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Haley wants Occupy Columbia suit sent to fed court
Myrtle Beach Sun NewsDecember 1, 2011

In court papers filed Wednesday, attorneys representing the governor and other top state officials say the issues around the arrests of protesters involve constitutional rights to free speech, assembly and unreasonable search and seizure and should be ...more »

Judge dismisses discrimination, defamation claims by former Lexington library CEO
Lexington Herald LeaderDecember 1, 2011

Imhoff's claim of gender discrimination was thrown out because "she is unable to identify evidence sufficient to support a finding that the Library Board treated her less favorably than a similarly situated male employee," the order says. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Villalobos' attorneys drop him for not paying legal fees
Los Angeles TimesDecember 1, 2011

However, in legal papers, Villalobos unsuccessfully argued that Cooley should not be relieved from representing him until a US Bankruptcy Court in Reno, Nev., approves his hiring of new counsel. "If this court grants Mr. Villalobos' request, ...more »

Health Care Law
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White House holds third tribal leaders conference
CBS NewsDecember 2, 2011

Obama nominated a Native American to the federal bench, signed a law renewing the Indian Health Care Act and settled a tribal royalties lawsuit that had dragged over three administrations. "Obama has done better for tribes than the others, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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BRIC manager to act as business counselor
Nevada AppealDecember 4, 2011

28 and will be trained as a small-business development counselor, Carson City Library Director Sara Jones said. Salooga also will be in charge of running the center, which is designed to provide business with information, and “really help the business ...more »

Immigration Law
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OUR VIEW: Getting officers on same page on immigration law
Gadsden TimesDecember 3, 2011

Alabama's more than 16000 sworn law enforcement officers are about to hit the classroom for four hours of mandatory training on how to enforce the state's controversial immigration law. Stressed-out, underfunded law enforcement agencies that already ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bihar a 'BIMARU' state even 64 years after freedom: NCP
Economic TimesDecember 3, 2011

The political parties and the politicians could not escape responsibility for the morass in which the state finds itself today as the industrial development has continued to elude it and other avenues for development to bring employment opportunities ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Healthcare Advocate calls for contract disputes resolution
Norwalk Plus MagazineDecember 5, 2011

“While it's not uncommon for carriers and hospitals and carriers and physician organizations to engage in protracted negotiations, in this case there are three contracts in dispute at the same time. One, the United/Oxford and ECHN hospital contract, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mayfield Settlement Funding Makes Online Debut, Offering Litigation Funding ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 13, 2011

This service is advantageous for individuals who are waiting for a settlement from the insurance company, or who are involved in personal injury claims and are having problems meeting financial obligations due to their injuries and the lengthy legal ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal advocates for Nitro's Law to rally in Columbus this week
Youngstown VindicatorDecember 5, 2011

Supporters of Nitro's Law, a bill to increase criminal penalties against kennel operators who abuse animals in their care, will rally Wednesday outside the Statehouse in Columbus. House Bill 108 was introduced by state Reps. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Former Pfizer lawyer joins Nutter McClennen & Fish
The Boston GlobeDecember 5, 2011

Konstantin Linnik, who was previously the lead patent counsel for Pfizer Inc. research units in the US, Canada, and Germany, has joined Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP as a partner in its intellectual property group, the Boston law firm said ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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How must-know patent law changes will affect your business
Smart Business NetworkDecember 1, 2011

How will these patent law changes affect a company's ability to get a patent? The changes correct concerns and issues that surfaced with the previous patent process and are supposed to reduce federal litigation. The new law is supposed to make the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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George Will's Disingenuous Idea on How SCOTUS Can Help Black People
Above the LawDecember 2, 2011

You'll just look like George Will prancing around the pages of the Washington Post trying to act like he is against affirmative action because he suddenly wants the Supreme Court to step up to the plate and “help” black people…. Will's editorial in ...more »

Aviation Forum Highlights Ways To Manage Flight Diversions
AviationNews.netDecember 1, 2011

"We have the best aviation system in the world and we are committed to doing everything we can to help passengers reach their destinations safely and on-time," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. "But we need to do more and we will. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord trying to end lease of 'sex positive' shop
Iowa City Press CitizenDecember 6, 2011

After having been turned down for at least four other properties, they thought they were in the clear when they signed a lease on a second-floor property at 128½ East Washington St. But a Nov. 30 letter from Mark Danielson with the Leff Law Firm in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Madoff, MF Global Broker, Real Mex, Tousa, Borders: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

20 hearing where Borders also hopes the bankruptcy court will confirm the liquidating Chapter 11 plan. The plan distributes assets in the order of priority called for in bankruptcy law. The disclosure statement says that unsecured creditors with $812 ...more »

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Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

This case arises out of the August 1, 2007, collapse of the Interstate 35W Bridge (Bridge) where it crosses the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following the collapse, individual plaintiffs commenced lawsuits against appellant URS ...more »

Business Law
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Minnesota news in brief at 8:58 pm CDT
KTVU San FranciscoDecember 1, 2011

Signs reading, "Arm the Poor," ''Money for Jobs, Not War" and "Sleeping Is Not a Crime" marked some of the tents. About a dozen sheriff's deputies and county security officers stood on the outskirts of the encampment, some videotaping the scene but did ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Yuma family says military survivor benefits went to wrong person
KSWT-TVDecember 9, 2011

"Miss Parker-Turner was awarded $400000 in life insurance benefit that my son had as beneficiary in his life insurance from the Army," says Zavala. Zavala says Manuel had only dated Parker-Turner for three months, during which he made her beneficiary. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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On the Record with Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at UAB
The Birmingham News - (blog)December 4, 2011

Warner says the UAB students he uses to help him track computer scamps are in high demand after graduation, illustrating the important work they do. In an interview, Warner talked about why Internet-related fraud is so prevalent around the holidays. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ganderton Solicitors is a family owned and operated firm specialising in no win no fee personal injury claims.Their specialist personal injury department provides an expert service in assisting innocent victims recover compensation for road traffic ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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True Faith To Democracy
The League of Ordinary GentlemenDecember 6, 2011

My favorite subject here is Constitutional law and I typically take a textualist approach to the subject. So in the spirit of the day, I offer here a manifesto of Constitutional interpretation from Okkil Trub, a proponent of Constitutional originalism. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The San Diego Injury Lawyers at Morris and Associates Announce Their ...
PR Web (press release)December 15, 2011

The firm handles cases that include personal injury matters, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, insurance bad faith, defective drugs, oilfield accidents and professional malpractice. The San Diego personal injury lawyers at the law firm of Morris ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Be wary of cheap cooking oil, consumers warned
The Borneo PostDecember 14, 2011

He, however, said they could either invoke the Trade Description Act 1972 or Consumer Protection Act 1999 against unscrupulous businesses if the content listed on the packet differed from the test carried out. “If it is listed on the packet that it ...more »

Real Estate Law
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SEZ rules tweaked to allow real estate stakes for foreigners
FirstpostDecember 2, 2011

While the recent decision to allow FDI in retail will allow foreign parties to own urban real estate as part of the business, the SEZ decision will enable further transfers of developed land to foreign parties — in violation of the laws of the land in ...more »

An about face for commercial crew
The Space ReviewDecember 19, 2011

The agency announced plans to shift from Space Act Agreements (SAAs) to contracts based on Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), which many feared would burden the industry with contracting overhead and otherwise limit their flexibility (see “Could ...more »

Sports Law
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Keith Law: Upton still has 'another level'
Arizona SportsDecember 2, 2011

"It wasn't close," Law said. "There were really only two candidates; it was him, number two was Andrew McCutchen with the Pirates." Upton hit 31 home runs, drove in 88 runs, and hit .289 last season, while playing solid ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Riverdale Man Accused of Swindling Elderly, Disabled Victims Out of $10K
Patch.comDecember 6, 2011

2011, police said, when a man contacted the Montgomery County Financial Crimes Section to report that several family members were the victims of a financial fraud scheme. According to police, Johnson had befriended the man's relative, a 55-year-old ...more »

Top ten personnel policies and practices for your list of New Year's resolutions
Employee Benefit NewsDecember 30, 2011

In addition to reviewing the classification of individuals as independent contractors, audit your files for independent contractors to ensure that all proper paperwork is filed and maintained, such as IRS Form 1099, invoices, business licenses and ...more »

EEOC finds no age, race discrimination in tax employee's firing
The Augusta ChronicleDecember 17, 2011

The EEOC notice of dismissal, obtained from the Augusta Law Department, said that based on its investigation, EEOC was unable to conclude Kendrick was in violation of federal laws. Mims is white; Kendrick is black. Mims said she was not surprised EEOC ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Unlike Iran, Israel won't face sanctions
Ha'aretzDecember 7, 2011

This is the tax American citizens pay in exchange for the Middle Eastern asset they were promised: a democratic ally. Because for nondemocratic allies in the Middle East, they don't need to pay - not Saudi Arabia, not Kuwait and also not Qatar. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Unwinding the regulations
Suffolk News-HeraldDecember 18, 2011

A 2010 report by the Small Business Administration found that American businesses paid, on average, $8086 per employee to comply with federal regulations. Businesses are forced to comply with new standards at an increasing rate, causing some plants to ...more »

Wills & Probate
[read all news] Launches New Estate Planning Website with the Perfect ... (press release)December 8, 2011, a multipurpose website aimed at closing the gap between non-attorney self help online legal services and actually having to step foot into a law office in order to draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney, advance healthcare ...more »

Family Law
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Lebanese split over draft law on violence against women
BBC NewsDecember 1, 2011

As in most countries in the region, religious law largely governs marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance. "We have a culture here where it's considered embarrassing to take these things to court, especially because the police and the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Third of Ill. worker comp awards in 12 facilities
CBS NewsDecember 5, 2011

The examination focused on about 7800 cases obtained from the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission through the Freedom of Information Act. The AP analyzed paid claims statewide after linking nearly all the employees with cases to one of hundreds ...more »


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