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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 »

Worker complains to EEOC
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

Five days later, the 30-year-old maintenance worker filed a discrimination complaint with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, alleging the county has failed to take action to ease the hostile work environment created by the co-worker's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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'Design for Liberty' important book in 2011
Daily News - Galveston CountyDecember 31, 2011

A bewildering complexity of laws, especially administrative laws, creates a thicket that ensnares the law-abiding while providing scofflaws with cover for their depredations. Epstein also offers his prescription for the problem — limited government, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Is There Good Health In Health Care Reform?
ForbesDecember 27, 2011

For those people, we have to provide carrots and sticks – this is the top down approach of the Affordable Care Act. People equate the ACA with health insurance changes, but the majority of the law is about change in health care delivery. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Several new state laws set for 2012
USA TODAYDecember 29, 2011

The law bans teaching materials that reflect poorly on gays or particular religions. Already, opponents have begun seeking a ballot initiative to repeal the law. •School sports teams must bench an athlete suspected of sustaining a concussion or head ...more »

Immigration Law
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Visa Law Would Give U.S. World's Tired, Poor Technologists: View
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 1, 2011

Under current law, immigrants from an individual country can claim no more than 7 percent of the 140000 employment green cards issued annually. As Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee, pointed out, that cap applies equally to Iceland ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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West Edge gets new design, big financial boost
Kansas City StarDecember 9, 2011

The plan calls for the city to issue up to $200 million in industrial development bonds through the Chapter 100 program to fund construction as well as purchase equipment, furniture and fixtures. The city will own the property until the bonds are ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Top story of 2011: Lee leaves 'historic' mark on the Tier
Press & Sun-BulletinDecember 31, 2011

Besides, flood mediation efforts after historic flooding in June 2006, along with preventive measures following storms in the late 1990s and 2000s, were safeguards against Mother Nature's rainy wrath. But the ground was already saturated from Irene and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Breakwater Announces Multi-Million-Dollar Settlement with Grubb & Ellis Real...
PR Web (press release)December 28, 2011

Breakwater Equity specializes in commercial loan workouts, and has over 200 commercial loan engagements completed or in progress. Armed with a team of legal, financial, economic, banking and real estate experts, Breakwater Equity offers a unique, ...more »

Animal Law
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'Trust Us' Legislation: When Protest Becomes an act of Terror
The AtlanticDecember 28, 2011

Consider the Controlled Substances Act and its use by drug warriors against doctors who prescribe pain medication (and beware of any law enforcement crusade marketed as a "war.") This is the "trust us" theory of legislating. It demands that we trust...more »

Intellectual Property
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MoE launches intellectual property protection campaign
WAM - Emirates News AgencyDecember 25, 2011

WAM ABU DHABI: The UAE's Ministry of Economy on Sunday launched a national campaign to uphold and protect intellectual property rights. In its third year in a row, the campaign aims to promote the community's awareness and the culture of intellectual ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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STATE v. QUINN
Leagle.comDecember 7, 2011

Thomas C. Horne, Arizona Attorney General, Phoenix, by Kent E. Cattani, Chief Counsel, Criminal Appeals/Capital Litigation Section, Attorneys for Appellee. Bruce Peterson, Office of the Legal Advocate, Phoenix, by Frances J. Gray, Deputy Legal Advocate ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Chiwanza urges women empowerment
NewsDayDecember 30, 2011

Members of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) last week put aside their differences when they came together at an end-of-year party. After a tumultuous year that resulted in power struggles and ultimately led to the resignation of the Supa Mandiwanzira ...more »

Aviation scholarships
Wicked LocalDecember 31, 2011

By Anonymous PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Aero Club is now accepting applications for its 2012 aviation scholarships, to be used towards post-secondary education or training in a career in aviation. Applicants must reside, work or attend school in Plymouth ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rental regs a complex affair
Delmarva Daily TimesDecember 28, 2011

Efforts have included landlord licensing, which has been in effect since 2004, and various systems of inspections by city housing inspectors. This is an issue that appears simple but in practice, is anything but. When the licensing law was first passed ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ex-Lawyer Rothstein Testifies Fund Managers Helped in Fraud
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 31, 2011

Casas cited an exchange in which the funds' lawyer Eliot Lauer questioned Rothstein about a conversation with Nordlicht. "Your best recollection is that if prospective investors or new investors would contact him, he would not give it a bad rating? ...more »

Litigation
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Commerce Bancshares Unit Agrees to Settle Overdraft Suits
BusinessWeekDecember 23, 2011

“The bank, while admitting no wrongdoing, agreed to the settlement in order to resolve the litigation and avoid further expense,” officials said in the filing. Commerce Bancshares, based in Kansas City, Missouri, is among more than a dozen banks across ...more »

Business Law
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The Law Firm of Weiss & Lurie Investigation of DemandTec, Inc.
TradersHuddle.com (press release)December 12, 2011

... issuing materially misleading information), consumer fraud (including false advertising, defective products, or other deceptive business practices), or anti-trust violations, please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military families celebrate bittersweet Christmas
Fox11online.comDecember 26, 2011

Ben is trying to focus on the benefits of the National Guard rather than the rough parts like deployment. "I'm trying not to think about that. There are lots of benefits, like college paid for her," he said looking over at Keira. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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OSBI Agents Arrest Ada Man In Child Pornography Case
news9.com KWTVDecember 28, 2011

Agents also seized several computer-related items so they could further examine them for more illegal images. Pitman was booked into the Pontotoc County Jail for possession of child pornography and violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act. His ...more »

Personal Injury
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Former personal injury lawyer, Helm, pleads guilty to federal charges
WSLSDecember 21, 2011

Court papers show Helm entered guilty pleas today on charges of mail fraud and tax evasion. He faces more than 20 years in prison and over $250000 in fines. Court records claim he reported around $45000 in income to the IRS for 2009, but actually ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Feinstein Introduces Due Process Guarantee Act
The New AmericanDecember 18, 2011

We must clarify US law to state unequivocally that the government cannot indefinitely detain American citizens inside this country without trial or charge. I strongly believe that Constitutional due process requires US citizens apprehended in the US ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When the Doctor Faces a Lawsuit
New York Times (blog)December 15, 2011

By PAULINE W. CHEN, MD “You've been named in a malpractice lawsuit,” said the hospital administrator on the other end of the line. The family of a patient I had seen briefly a year before believed that a colleague's decision not to operate hastened her ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Indiana high court says robo-call law constitutional
Louisville Courier-JournalDecember 30, 2011

But the law remains under scrutiny in a federal lawsuit as well. The Indiana law applies to commercial and non-commercial speech and prohibits automated, pre-recorded calls unless a live operator introduces the message. Schools are exempted, as are ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Hollywood's Billion Dollar Real Estate FraudRichard Lee Abrams
City WatchDecember 27, 2011

What foreign and local investors often do not understand is how dumping billions into CRA mixed-use projects caused a population decline. Property tax dollars which have been siphoned off to the CRA are not available to up-grade infrastructure. ...more »

Lawyer well-versed in Korean community
Calgary HeraldDecember 29, 2011

He studied ESL in Calgary and then went on to University of Alberta to get his Alberta law degree. Kim specializes in commercial, bank services, immigration and real estate law and is also an active member of the community. Fixler says he is honoured ...more »

Sports Law
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Libel, fraud and the (other) SEC
ESPNDecember 23, 2011

By Lester Munson It's gettin' so it's hard to tell sports from the law anymore, the way those two worlds have been colliding at such a frenetic pace lately. An example: The phrase "pump and dump." Does it belong in the football world or in the legal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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San Jose Criminal Defense Attorneys Bay Area Defense Associates Secure Release ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 29, 2011

C1069410] is the latest in a string of victories for San Jose criminal defense attorneys Bay Area Defense Associates, which has the strongest record of successfully defending child molestation cases of any Santa Clara County defense litigation firm. ...more »

2012 tax tips for small businesses
BizReportDecember 30, 2011

And, with audits for small businesses on the increase, here are a few tips to keep you out of the IRS office - or at least make the visit as painless as possible. by Kristina Knight According to a Syracuse University study audits of small businesses ...more »

Judge rejects age bias complaint against law firm
Business InsuranceDecember 15, 2011

As he was being pressured to leave the firm, Mr. Weir logged an age discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, for which he alleges the company retaliated by abruptly terminating his partnership. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Webinar to Provide Insight into Year-end Requirements for Physicians ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

... who assists physicians, primarily on the west coast of Florida, with their practices and personal estate planning needs. In practice for 27 years, Gassman is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to asset protection and tax planning.more »

Environmental Law
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Dangerous mix: Iranian oil and US sanctions
CNNDecember 29, 2011

By Vali Nasr, Special to CNN Iran's Navy Commander Adm. Habibollah Sayari speaks to the press last week about Iran's 10-day military exercise. Editor's note: Vali Nasr is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Solihull solicitors raise cash for city hospice
Birmingham MailDecember 30, 2011

A instead of charging a fee for the work they have split donations of more than £7300 to St Mary's and the Will Aid charity. Valerie Warner, partner and head of the Wills & Probate department, said: “We were delighted to raise so much money. ...more »

Family Law
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How to protect yourself from 'insurance revenge' during divorce
Fox BusinessDecember 13, 2011

based family law attorney who runs the law firm Harding & Associates. "When you file for divorce in California, there are automatic temporary restraining orders that take effect, and standing court orders prohibit either party from canceling any ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Louisiana workers' comp costs growing at double-digit rate, study finds
Alexandria Town TalkDecember 22, 2011

Workers' compensation costs per claim for Louisiana grew at a double-digit rate in recent years, the fastest growth among all states in a new study by Cambridge, Mass.-based Workers Compensation Research Institute. The Insurance Journal reports that ...more »

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