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Personal Injury Claims Turn on Medical Evidence
TrethowansDecember 1, 2011

Medical Evidence is key when determining the value of any personal injury claim. It is imperative that the right medical expert is asked to report on your injuries. Your solicitor will select the most appropriate medical expert from the relevant ...more »

Downers Grove man gets year in prison for failing to pay $260K in taxes
Chicago TribuneDecember 1, 2011

... Conforti Construction Co. was sentenced today in US District Court after pleading guilty in September to one count of filing a false federal income tax return, according to a press release issued by Patrick J. Fitzgerald, United States Attorney for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge denies Wayne Hills football player's appeal to play in championship ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comDecember 2, 2011

By Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger The nine suspended Wayne Hills football players lost an appeal for emergent relief in a hearing today with an administrative law judge. The Commissioner of Education will make the final decision Friday morning on whether ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health law needed more time to approve
Hattiesburg AmericanDecember 12, 2011

We also remember that the majority of Americans opposed the bill. Health care did need to be addressed and improved, but time was needed to explore various ideas, bipartisan ideas. There are a lot of interesting twists in Obama's health care law. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Turnbull joins Liberals push to allow conscience vote on same-sex marriage
The AustralianDecember 6, 2011

... who is opposed to changing the Act, secured a conscience vote for Labor MPs. By securing a conscience vote, the legislation is likely to be defeated on the floor of the parliament when introduced by Labor Left MP Stephen Jones next year. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law And Policy
ILW.comDecember 21, 2011

Chief technology officer, chief executive and vice president of engineering are the most common positions held by immigrants in the top 50 venture-backed companies. The NFAP report notes that legislation is needed to ensure we continue to attract these ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Year honours list: MBEs
The GuardianDecember 31, 2011

For serv the Financial Services Industry and the Debt Management Office. Mrs Jayne Law, UK and Ireland Sales mgr, DOW Building Solutions. For serv the Insulation Industry. Mrs Barbara Lawrence, For voluntary service to the commty in Rhayader. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal reached in cable, CBS dispute
News-Press NowDecember 30, 2011

With the deadline fast approaching for a resolution to a contract dispute between Suddenlink and Meredith Corp., a deal has been reached. The agreement means Suddenlink customers in St. Joseph will be able to continue watching CBS programming. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FBL Financial Group Announces Closing Of EquiTrust Life Insurance Company Sale
TheStreet.com (press release)December 31, 2011

Certain statements in this release concerning FBL Financial Group's prospects for the future are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the “safe harbor” from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These ...more »

Animal Law
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New State Law Prohibiting Street-Corner Sale of Puppies Goes Into Effect
San Diego Reader (blog)December 29, 2011

By Dorian Hargrove | Posted December 29, 2011, 3:05 pm Complaints about puppies being sold on street corners are being phoned in to San Diego's Department of Animal Services at rapid rate now as a result of a new law that deals with animal abuse and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hagens Berman Welcomes Mark S. Carlson to Intellectual Property Practice
PR-CANADA.net (press release)December 22, 2011

Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, LLP, a Seattle-based complex litigation firm, is pleased to announce the addition of Mark S. Carlson to its growing intellectual property (IP) practice. A seasoned veteran, Mr. Carlson has dedicated his legal practice to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Gilman Law LLP Investigating Shareholder Class Action Lawsuit Against ...
PR-CANADA.net (press release)December 26, 2011

Gilman Law is ready to assist investors nationwide who have sustained losses as a result of IntraLinks' alleged fraud. For more information on the IntraLinks Investor Class action lawsuit or our other current investigations, please visit ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Affirmative-Action Myth
Town HallDecember 23, 2011

Instead, a widening shelf of empirical research suggests that the opposite is true -- that affirmative action in academia is not advancing minority achievement but impeding it. More than 30 years ago, in the case of University of California v. ...more »

HOLD THE DATE: Aviation Geekfest on Sunday February 19, 2012
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)December 9, 2011

Things got a little busy in 2011 and we did not have an official Aviation Geekfest of 2011, but that is not going to stop us from having one soon. It has been decided that the next Aviation Geekfest will be on Sunday February 19, 2012. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Norway housing fair resource for Section 8 landlords, tenants
Lewiston Sun JournalDecember 9, 2011

“This is a coming together,” MaineHousing Director Dale McCormick said of the first-in-the-state housing fair for landlords and tenants of Section 8 housing. Representatives from MaineHousing, Avesta Housing (the firm that handles Section 8 housing for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Extended warranties not worth it
Tulsa WorldDecember 30, 2011

Also, know that some credit-card providers - notably American Express - offer extended warranty protection on products purchased with the card." Official's warning: Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel offered retailer extended warranty and ...more »

Litigation
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Centre seeks to steer clear of quota PIL
Indian ExpressDecember 25, 2011

The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has requested the Gujarat High Court to remove its name as one of the respondents to a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) demanding reservation for the weaker sections in recruitment of district judges ...more »

Business Law
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RED Sues Arri Over Email Hacking, False Advertising In HD Camera Dust-Up
TechCrunchDecember 31, 2011

They also take exception to some claims Arri made in advertising disparaging RED's cameras. You can read the specifics below in the court filing, but the gist is that Bravin continually accessed the email of Amnon Band, founder of Band Pro, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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For Iran, cost of closing strait may outweigh gain
The Associated PressDecember 29, 2011

Hormuz is in the territorial waters of Iran and Oman, but it is considered an international strait where free passage is guaranteed, meaning that under international law, closing it by any nation would be considered an act of war. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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KSP Charges Three Eastern Kentucky Men with Internet Related Crimes
SurfKY NewsDecember 21, 2011

The Kentucky State Police is the lead agency for the state's Internet Crime Against Children Task Force. This task force is made up of federal, state and local partners that work a variety of online child sexual exploitation case investigations every ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on Brooklyn ...
PR Web (press release)December 28, 2011

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on the Brooklyn forklift accident that injured a 17 year old. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), it is a violation of federal law for individuals under 18 years ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court Upholds Immunity for Telecom Companies in Warrantless Surveillance Case
The New AmericanDecember 30, 2011

In a decision a plaintiffs' lawyer called an effort “to put lipstick on a pig,” a panel of the in San Francisco upheld Thursday a congressional grant of immunity from law suits to telecommunications companies that had surrendered records of their ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The government should be supported over its IMC cricket decision
Stabroek NewsDecember 31, 2011

... qualified, honest individuals who are elected to executive office by a free, transparent legal process. Needless to say the last two years or so have been characterized by numerous allegations of malpractice which caused grave concerns to members ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Senate politics shut down some federal agencies
USA TODAYDecember 28, 2011

By law, only the bureau's director can exercise the new powers granted under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act last year. Without one, the bureau can't regulate payday lenders, debt collectors and credit-reporting agencies, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Apartments Actions of self-employed manager raise ethics questions
Chicago TribuneDecember 23, 2011

Will this be a completely new license for condominium managers or will it be a real estate managing broker's license? A: Individuals who perform property management services will have to obtain a separate community association manager's license. ...more »

Director of Business Services
FINSDecember 21, 2011

Directs a District-wide risk management program which includes property and liability insurance, tort liability, workers' compensation, and environmental and occupational health and safety and acts as a technical advisor. Directs the development ...more »

Sports Law
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New laws to ensure child safety in vehicles, prevent bullying
The Turlock JournalDecember 31, 2011

Gay divorce: If a gay couple, married in California, will not be granted a divorce by their current state of residence, California courts will have the jurisdiction to grant that divorce. · Foster care: Foster care now extends through age 21; ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Were Army crime lab problems withheld from some defendants?
Kansas City StarDecember 29, 2011

Military and civilian judges agree that defendants deserve to know potentially exculpatory information, or information that undermines the credibility of government witnesses. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark S. Jackson, for instance, was accused of using ...more »

Douglas Bruce convicted of tax evasion, faces prison time
Denver PostDecember 22, 2011

Bruce was found guilty in Denver District Court of felony tax evasion, attempting to influence a public servant and filing a false tax return as well as a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a return. By some accounts, nobody has more heavily ...more »

WISE v. OHIO STATE UNIV.
Leagle.comDecember 21, 2011

{¶4} On October 11, 2007, appellant filed a complaint in the Court of Claims of Ohio alleging age discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. The trial court granted summary judgment in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rep. Bucshon says GOP freshmen have changed Washington
Evansville Courier & PressDecember 25, 2011

He is the prime sponsor of a bill, the Patient Privacy Protection Act, offered to protect personal medical information and prevent the federal government from obtaining the data as called for in the health care reform law. "Rep. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Iowan challenges Rick Perry on energy policy
DesMoinesRegister.comDecember 18, 2011

Additionally, his plan would leave intact federal law and regulations mandating that over 95 percent of vehicles on the road be filled with a fuel that is a minimum of 85 percent petroleum, according to a review from the Iowa Renewable Fuels...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate Planning Mistakes Of The Rich And Famous: Part One
Santa Monica MirrorDecember 20, 2011

Wills and trusts should have language which includes the rights or lack thereof for future children. William K. Hayes is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Hayes Law Firm specializes in Trusts, Probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Hawkins Law Firm Announces That It Is Accepting New Clients For Those In Need ...
PR Web (press release)December 29, 2011

Hawkins Law exists to help individuals and families that are going through divorce and custody issues, grandparent visitation rights, paternity suits, and other family law matters. Hawking Law LLC provides legal representation and appellate advocacy to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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STEEL v. ILLINOIS WORKERS' COMPENSATION COMMISSION
Leagle.comDecember 29, 2011

1 On April 29, 2008, claimant, Robert Common filed an application for adjustment of claim pursuant to the Workers' Compensation Act (Act) (820 ILCS 305/1 through 30 (West 2006)), seeking benefits from employer, Arcelor Mittal Steel, for injuries ...more »

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