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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Commercial Metals Company
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is a national law firm which represents investors and individuals in class action litigation. The firm is focused on providing exemplary legal services in complex litigation in the areas of securities, shareholder, antitrust and ...more »

Attorney seeks mental health evaluation for Cambridge woman accused of killing dad
Wicked LocalDecember 1, 2011

Sragow allowed all the defense motions and one motion by Middlesex assistant district attorney Marian Ryan, asking that Verna's seven-year-old son be appointed a guardian ad litem who will represent the child during the course of the litigation. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Environmental group challenges new Fla. water standards
The News-PressDecember 1, 2011

The federal standards had been opposed by a host of groups from the business community, power generators and government officials from both sides of the political fence who said the federal rules were inflexible and too expensive to enact, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Secretary must consider most vulnerable when determining essential benefits ...
The Hill (blog)December 12, 2011

By designing an essential health benefits package that works for the entire population, HHS can go a long way towards ensuring the success of health care reform. Plans that offer a wide range of products and treatments, follow the laws regarding mental ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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No, Obama can't grant 'amnesty' by pardoning illegal immigrants
Washington Post (blog)December 6, 2011

... as I reported for Mother Jones over the summer. But though it's been labeled by some as the “backdoor DREAM Act,” the administration's policy shift still does nothing to change the legal residency or citizenship of any illegal immigrants. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Republican Women Ask AL Pols to Stop Saying "Bah, Humbug" to Alabama's ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 19, 2011

They need to stop saying 'bah, humbug' to the Alabama immigration law and stay true to their promises to their constituents. They need to celebrate Christmas and not consider making any of the Attorney General's proposed changes, which drastically ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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D. McKay: Time to exercise 'home rule'
Lewiston Sun JournalDecember 28, 2011

Only by having the citizens of each community raise hell in support of their constitutional rights opposing wind will this travesty called LD-2283(The Wind Law, past while the legislature slept) be expunged or controlled to prevent damage to the health ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Snyder appoints five members to Task Force on Physician's Assistants
Sentinel-StandardDecember 31, 2011

Sara Basso, of Iron River, is a partner at Basso & Basso Legal Services, where she specializes in arbitration and mediation as well as public policy and regulatory areas. She previously served as the director of policy for the Michigan Office of the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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DePuy Hip Implant Claims: Know Your Rights re: Paying Back Health Insurers
InjuryBoard.comDecember 28, 2011

This state anti-subrogation law is trumped by federal law, therefore, a qualifed ERISA-based health insurance plan would be entitled to enforce its contractual subrogation provisions notwithstanding any state anti-subrogation statute. ...more »

Animal Law
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New laws target abortion, immigration, alcohol and animals
CNNDecember 29, 2011

California, meanwhile, is prohibiting any state or local government office from requiring that employers use E-Verify, unless it is required by federal law as a condition of receiving federal funds. E-Verify is a controversial program designed to check ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google, Sprint, Smith & Nephew: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekDecember 20, 2011

20 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular Internet search engine, was sued by British Telecommunications Plc for allegedly infringing six US patents for mobile-device technology. BT, based in London, is seeking a jury trial and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Damon Key's 2012 Class: "Best Lawyers" and "Superlawyers"
JD Supra (press release)December 27, 2011

Member, MeritasSM, a Worldwide Alliance of Independent Business Law Firms in More Than 60 Countries 1003 Bishop Street • Suite 1600 • Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 • Telephone (808) 531-8031 Kenneth Kupchak Best Lawyers and Super Lawyers Construction ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Should race be considered in admissions processes?
The HornetDecember 7, 2011

President Obama is encouraging schools to find loopholes and go around the laws against affirmative action. Because it is illegal to consider race in college admissions, Obama urges schools to find other ways to do ...more »

Alec Claims Aviation Rules to Be Silly
French TribuneDecember 8, 2011

As per the Federal Aviation Administration regulations, no electronic gadget should be on as soon as the airliner's door has been closed as it is important to maintain passengers' safety. Baldwin apologized to airline crew members and others who were ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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CMHA to take over troubled Near East Side condo project
Columbus DispatchDecember 6, 2011

The council also reversed an ordinance that took effect in April and allowed the city's electric utility to recover unpaid bills from landlords if tenants failed to pay. Some landlords were moving to American Electric Power, which does not charge them ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Personal Loans To Help Relieve Financial Pressures
PR-CANADA.net (press release)December 31, 2011

The easy to get lending leader online, ReallyBadCreditOffers.com is announcing newly reviewed instant bad credit loans offering people easy access to money for post holiday needs. The fast funding offers provide borrowers a hassle free application ...more »

Litigation
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Chief Justice defends Supreme Court's recusal policy
USA TODAYDecember 31, 2011

By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – As controversy churns over pending health-care litigation, Chief Justice John Roberts took the unusual step Saturday of defending the Supreme Court's recusal policy and voicing confidence in justices' choices on ...more »

Business Law
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Top Ten Resolutions for Marketing Your Law Firm in 2012
PR Web (press release)December 31, 2011

Cindy Speaker, CEO of Speaker Media and Marketing, is on a mission to partner with law firms to help restore the professional image of personal injury lawyers in the United States. She is launching a program called Resolution 2012 to that end. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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What America's Same-Sex Couples and Our Families Gained in 2011
10 Thousand CouplesDecember 30, 2011

Governor Patrick also signed an executive order banning discrimination against state employees based on gender identity. The Nevada Legislature passed a bill banning employment and housing discrimination in the state on the basis of gender identity. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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News - Friday 12/23 - Newberg man arrested for Possession of Child Pornography
KUIKDecember 23, 2011

During the month of October the Newberg-Dundee Police Department participated in "Operation Internet Angel", a joint operation sweep for internet crimes against children. On October 18th, 2011 Detectives from the Computer Crimes Unit executed a search ...more »

Personal Injury
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Free Case Review Announced for Pharmacy Malpractice Victims at LA Personal ...
PR.com (press release)December 2, 2011

Grayson & Grayson LA personal injury attorneys offer legal assistance in other areas of medical malpractice litigation as well. These include cancer mis-diagnosis, labor/ deliver malpractice, birth injury, surgical malpractice, radiologic malpractice...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Minn. inspection code case advances
Jamestown SunDecember 31, 2011

Those courts, and the city's attorney, argued that the tenants and landlords couldn't show that their rights were violated or about to be violated. But the Supreme Court sided with the appellants, whose attorney Dana Berliner of the Institute for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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W.Va. law firm to open Boston office
State JournalDecember 29, 2011

In total, Bailey & Glasser LLP has 35 lawyers who have worked on cases as diverse as the Toyota sudden acceleration personal injury and class action cases; energy and environmental litigation for state governments, individuals and energy companies; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Comment Periods for Volcker Rule, ABS Conflicts Proposal Extended
Journal of AccountancyDecember 27, 2011

This regulation is named after former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker, a proponent of the proposal. It is designed to prevent banks from investing in certain high-risk securities. The ABS Conflicts Proposal prohibits conflicts of interest in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyer moves to bigger firm, but stays in Frederick office
Frederick News Post (subscription)December 30, 2011

By Pete McCarthy After 14 years of running his own practice with one other attorney, the land-use and real estate development lawyer from Frederick decided to move six months ago to a much larger firm. As a partner with Linowes and Blocher -- a ...more »

Newton TAB's Top Ten Newsmakers of 2011
Wicked LocalDecember 29, 2011

But Jonathan Yeo, who chaired the School Committee's negotiating team, said that the School Committee had never left the table and that the flyer was “misleading.” Newton Teachers Association President Michael Zilles and Yeo agreed that both parties ...more »

Sports Law
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Padres CEO Jeff Moorad gives his all to manage pro sports and players
La Jolla LightDecember 28, 2011

A native of Modesto, Jeff Moorad earned an associates degree from Modesto Junior College in 1976, a bachelor's degree in political science in 1978 from UCLA, then a law degree from Villanova University School of Law in 1981. As founder of Moorad Sports...more »

Criminal Defense
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DUI Costs: What Skipping the Cab Could Cost You
NBC 29 NewsDecember 30, 2011

'Tis the season for celebrating and with New Year's Eve just around the corner, a Charlottesville criminal defense attorney say a DUI will cost you thousands. Thousands of people will pack the downtown mall Saturday night, and most will be drinking. ...more »

PRC criticized in audit for lack of controls over credit cards, state vehicles ...
The RepublicDecember 21, 2011

The IRS requires documentation of business and personal use of vehicles. Because of a lack of record-keeping, auditors said, the PRC agency has been "underreporting fringe benefit income to employees and commissioners who are commuting in a state ...more »

EEOC accuses Shawano company of age discrimination
Chicago TribuneDecember 30, 2011

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it has sued Computer Systems LLC for alleged age discrimination. A message left with Computer Systems was not immediately returned. The EEOC's Milwaukee office says Computer Systems eliminated the job ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Movers and Shakers - December 13
East Anglian Daily TimesDecember 13, 2011

Roger Loomes has joined the claimant personal injury team in Ashton KCJ's Felixstowe office. Roger, who has over 25 years' experience in personal injury work and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, is well known within the local ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solar power legislation now law in NJ
Sparta IndependentDecember 30, 2011

Proponents say the measure will create jobs and eliminate eyesores while helping to clean the environment and promote the benefits of alternative energy. It permits the development of solar and wind facilities and structures on closed landfills and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Make two wills if you own property abroad
The Co-operativeDecember 23, 2011

With inheritance laws differing from country to country, it is important that a will is in place in all lands in which persons own property, to prevent loved ones being short-changed during probate. Although as a UK resident all international assets ...more »

Family Law
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New laws clarify process to seek loan modification
Battle Creek EnquirerDecember 29, 2011

That is the goal of legislation signed into law last week by Gov. Rick Snyder. Public Acts 301, 302 and 303 amend the state's Revised Judicature Act to require that mortgage lenders, when they start foreclosure proceedings, provide homeowners with a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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100 Years of No Workers' Comp
Salem-News.ComDecember 26, 2011

Apart from the personal dramas of the three plaintiffs, court records in the workers' comp case shed new light on the history and treatment of a mainly Mexican immigrant labor force in New Mexico. (LAS CRUCES, NM) - For the nearly one hundred years New ...more »

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