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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 »

IRS Form 2290 HVUT Tax Return Filing Deadline is November 30, 2011 for Tax ...
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Beginning November 1, 2011, IRS will provide a stamped (receipted) Schedule 1 to those who file and pay their tax. E-File and Pay 2011-2012 Truck Tax 2290 and Schedule-1: IRS e-file for 2290 is now available for the tax period beginning July 1, 2011. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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State Judge Upholds Suspension of Wayne Hills Football Players
Patch.comDecember 1, 2011

An administrative law judge upheld the suspension of nine Wayne Hills High School football players, barring them from playing in the team's sectional championship game on Saturday. Judge Elleen Bass denied a motion for emergent relief filed by ...more »

Health Care Law
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Letter: Scott's arrogance in resisting Affordable Care Act should be front ...
TCPalmDecember 6, 2011

Rick Scott's refusal to implement the federal Affordable Health Care Act. "If this is (Scott's) position, then he is violating his oath of office, and that is a serious thing that I think the voters of Florida ought to be concerned about. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bears-Wildcats Preview
USA TodayDecember 4, 2011

Cory Jefferson and Deuce Bello got into the act as well, with 12 and 10 points, respectively. In addition to the obvious scoring punch that Jones will provide, Baylor will also get solid contributions from Quincy Miller (15.2 ppg), Acy (11.7 ppg), ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law
ILW.comDecember 5, 2011

Generally, most asylum cases do not attract considerable media attention. Pamela Constable from the Washington Post wrote an article on Siraji Ahmed Malik a Pakistani journalist who was granted asylum because of the threats against him and the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kinross Reaches Agreement in Principle With Ecuadorian Government on Fruta del ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

... without limitation, the implementation of Ecuador's new mining and investment laws, and related regulations and policies, and negotiation of an exploitation contract and an investment protection agreement with the government, being consistent with ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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CC secretariat submits 6-month work plan
Himalayan TimesDecember 2, 2011

KATHMANDU: The Constituent Committee (CC) Secretariat presented a six month work plan for the completion of the constitution drafting task at the meeting of the dispute resolution sub committee under the Constitutional Committee held at Singha Durbar ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aetna Sues Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield
Wall Street JournalDecember 7, 2011

But he said Aetna "has chosen litigation as a business strategy" when the health insurer didn't succeed in Michigan. In responding to the Justice Department suit, Blue Cross has said the regulator failed to prove that economic harm is caused by pacts ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists often go too far
Portland TribuneDecember 8, 2011

It is by far the most common view Americans hold in regards to the treatment of animals, and it stands in stark, incompatible contrast with the animal rights philosophy. While supporters of animal welfare may disagree on where the line between ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Dear Congressman Posey, SOPA is both dangerous and un-American
ZDNet (blog)December 6, 2011

This, right away, tells us that he's not on our side, not because we support unlawful use of intellectual property, but because we don't support crappy lawmaking. He goes on to say, “I believe it is important to both ensure internet freedom and freedom ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Flood & Flood Partners Earn Selection to 2011 Texas Super Lawyers List
PR Newswire (press release)December 1, 2011

Chris Flood, who has been on the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2008, practices criminal defense and appellate law. His practice focuses on complex white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and complex civil litigation. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Public Comment Sought on New Disabled Hiring Quota
Maui NowDecember 9, 2011

The department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) invites public comment on this proposal, which will be published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Federal Register. OFCCP's proposed rule would strengthen the affirmative action ...more »

Baltic Aviation System Opts Out From Tender for JAT Airways
BusinessWeekDecember 2, 2011

2 (Bloomberg) -- Baltic Aviation Systems, the only potential bidder for JAT Airways, withdrew from a tender for Serbia's state-owned flag carrier. Baltic Aviation Systems gave no reason for its withdrawal and the Serbian government is now working on a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Flush With Prospective Renters, Landlords Now Charging Application Fees
SFistDecember 2, 2011

Update: Commenter tarniv points us to this helpful primer on your rights as a prospective tenant regarding these fees. Some landlords are likely exploiting the hot market to charge fees to everyone, rather than just finalists in the process, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Gary Foreman: Broke? Bad credit? Recent bankruptcy? Say humbug to lousy ...
CreditCards.comDecember 1, 2011

Most lenders will either want collateral or a very good credit rating. You have neither. You can ask where you do your banking, but chances are you'll need to find a lender who specializes in bad credit loans. Do a Web search for "personal loans for ...more »

Litigation
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Managed litigation in the cloud
KMWorld MagazineDecember 1, 2011

e-Stet has unveiled Managed Litigation Services, a cloud-based, software- and hardware-agnostic offering designed to provide law firms, corporate legal departments and legal vendors full control of their litigation software over the Web in a hosted ...more »

Business Law
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Sidley Austin LLP Adds James R. Bieke to the Firm's Environmental Practice in ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

He has been regularly listed in a number of legal directories, including Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's premier full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 lawyers practicing in 17 US ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Program reduces disability benefits waiting period after separation
Capital FlyerDecember 2, 2011

The Integrated Disability Evaluation System combines the military services' disability evaluation and that of the Department of Veterans Affairs benefits claims processes into a streamlined process to minimize the gap between service separation and VA ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Crime watch
Hometownlife.comDecember 15, 2011

The investigation was conducted by a task force made up of Wayne County Sheriff's Department deputies and members of the Michigan State Police Internet crimes unit, said Maria Miller of the county prosecutor's office. Greene was being held on a $100000 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury trial slated Monday over Imo's pizza delivery accident
Madison County RecordDecember 3, 2011

A trial is expected to start Monday in Madison County Judge Andreas A. Matoesian's courtroom in a personal injury suit stemming from a Bethalto pizza delivery in August 2009. Proceedings are slated for 9 am and could last up to two weeks, said Madison ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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ACLJ & 70000 Individuals Urge Feds to Keep Montana War Memorial in Place
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

1, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, today urged the National Forest Service on behalf of more than 70000 concerned individuals to renew a lease on a Montana mountain, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH v. DINNERSTEIN
Leagle.comDecember 15, 2011

... Allan Dinnerstein and his professional association, were entitled to sovereign immunity— under a volunteer health care contract and in accordance with the Access to Health Care Act—for causes of action alleged in a related medical malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Securing Nebulous Privacy Rights in the Cloud
Miller-McCune.comDecember 1, 2011

This would be especially so in the world of Web 3.0, which builds on the social media of Web 2.0 by utilising intricate personal user data to drive online business. (To address this, some advocate universal laws to thus govern levels of privacy ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney Barry Cohen faces real estate setbacks
Tbo.comDecember 2, 2011

It appears Barry Cohen, one of Tampa's legal giants, hasn't done as well in real estate as in high-profile court cases. The criminal defense lawyer is facing foreclosure on a Redington Shores condo and has lost ...more »

LA Pilots Steer for $374000 a Year While Long Beach Profits
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

Los Angeles is unusual in having municipal employees for pilots, according to Forrest Booth, a lawyer who represents the San Francisco Bar Pilots Association. Most are independent contractors who work for groups like San Francisco's. ...more »

Sports Law
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Las Vegas man indicted in sports betting investigation
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A Las Vegas area man tied to the sports betting operation ACME Group Trading has been indicted on charges of violating federal currency transaction laws. Robert Walker, 43, was charged with four counts of causing a financial institution ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mueller enlists Sheen's lawyer in coke case
Aspen TimesDecember 6, 2011

Aspen criminal-defense attorney Richard Cummins on Monday entered his appearance for celebrity Brooke Mueller, who was arrested outside of a downtown nightclub Saturday on cocaine and assault charges. Cummins also was a member of actor Charlie Sheen's ...more »

Congress Asks IRS to Investigate AARP
The New AmericanDecember 27, 2011

For example, in 1994 the AARP paid the IRS a piddling penalty of $135 million “in lieu of taxes” following an audit of its activities from 1985 through 1993. And the AARP paid the US Postal Service a puny $2.8 million for using its tax-exempt status to ...more »

Anti-discrimination ordinance established by Jenkintown Borough Council
Montgomery NewspapersDecember 2, 2011

The act currently prevents discrimination based on factors including race, color, religion, ancestry, age and national origin. Under the ordinance, the borough will create an unpaid, four-member human relations commission consisting of residents or ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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SIGTARP Aims to Protect Homeowners from Loan Modification Scams
LoanSafeDecember 1, 2011

SIGTARP will work with the CFPB and Treasury in this joint task force and with other law enforcement partners to shut down these scams and to ensure that the perpetrators pay for their crimes.” “Mortgage scams harm not only homeowners but legitimate ...more »

Environmental Law
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SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE COMPLETES CONFERENCE OF NATIONAL DEFENSE ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 13, 2011

Emphasizes the reduction of dependency on fossil fuels and seek greater energy security and independence and pursues technological advances in traditional and alternative energy storage, power systems, renewable energy production, and more energy ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Washington County judge sanctioned not dealing with cases quickly enough
Bangor Daily NewsDecember 1, 2011

Probate judges are the only judges elected in Maine. The probate courts handle adoptions, wills, guardianships, estates and name changes. Judges are paid by the counties but must abide by the state's Code of Judicial Conduct.more »

Family Law
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Wilson SCJ highlights importance of collaborative family law
The LawyerDecember 1, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has reaffirmed his commitment to collaborative family law and other non-court methods while slamming the Government's plans to cut legal aid, which he called a “false economy”. Speaking at the relaunch of Collaborative ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Spec Sess Day 4: Workers comp, unemployment rates, budgets
The Spokesman Review (blog)December 1, 2011

OLYMPIA — The new rates for unemployment insurance and workers compensation taxes will be announced this morning in a press conference by Gov. Chris Gregoire. The gov has been touting reforms earlier this year to both systems as proof that her ...more »

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