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Courthouse construction begins
Redlands Daily FactsDecember 1, 2011

SAN BERNARDINO - Construction began Wednesday on the new San Bernardino County courthouse in downtown San Bernardino. The estimated $339 million project, which has been in development since 2007, ...more »

Michigan holds quick hearings on welfare appeals
WDIV DetroitDecember 1, 2011

... to resolve many of the appeals cases quickly. The process has been used in the past. But opponents say the procedure is unfair to recipients because the hearings run by administrative law judges are rushed. AP Source: Suh appeal hearing to be...more »

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Administrative Law
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Owner of 100 seized dogs is dog show judge
Seattle Post IntelligencerDecember 1, 2011

As a result of that investigation, the AKC temporarily suspended the judge's privileges "until it is determined whether or not she has violated the AKC judicial or administrative determination of inappropriate treatment policy. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Archbishop Wenski: on healthcare, protect 'rights of conscience'
MiamiHerald.comDecember 3, 2011

In the final healthcare bill passed in March 2010, traditional protections for conscience rights were omitted; instead, a provision was included that would subjugate conscience rights to federal and state “emergency” service laws. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ISI doesn't act independently, takes orders from Kayani: Jones
Deccan HeraldDecember 1, 2011

Gen (Retd) James Jones, who was Obama's National Security Adviser from January 2009 to October 2010, told the popular Charlie Rose show on the PBS news network that ISI "does not act independently of General Kayani." Agreeing with the interviewer that ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law Ensnares Auto Worker
Wall Street JournalDecember 1, 2011

Alabama's anti-illegal immigrant law ensnared a Japanese employee with Honda Motor Co., the second foreign worker of a major car maker to be charged under the measure in less than two weeks. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Abuse at closed 'White House Boys' reform school unconstitutional, feds say
Florida Times-UnionDecember 4, 2011

“These problems may well persist without detection or correction in other juvenile facilities operating under the same policies and procedures,” the report said. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice disputes the federal government's claim, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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President criticises legal aid cuts
Family Law NewswatchDecember 1, 2011

"Whilst I strongly support all forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution (including, of course, mediation) I have considerable concern that the public funding of mediation - welcome as that is - will not be sufficient to resolve the problems of the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Small Business Authority Hour Focuses On Health Insurance Issues for ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

Statements in this press release including statements regarding Newtek's beliefs, expectations, intentions or strategies for the future, may be "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Animal Law
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Legal 'personhood' shifts law, thinking
Portland TribuneDecember 8, 2011

Some animal welfare advocates want to increase the penalties for animal neglect. A thick legal wall separates all humans from all nonhumans (New law school program unleashes animal rights, Nov. 24). In Western law, every nonhuman animal has long been ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property lawyer selling Lake Bluff 5BD
BlockshopperDecember 3, 2011

Daria Andrews, Prudential Rubloff Properties is the listing agent of the home. Mr. Burns is a founding shareholder at the law firm Greer Burns & Crain, an intellectual property law firm in Chicago, where his practice is focused on patent prosecution ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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New York Mesothelioma Attorney Joseph W. Belluck of Belluck & Fox Supports ...
Benzinga (press release)December 1, 2011

The mesothelioma law firm of Belluck & Fox, LLP represents victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease, as well as individuals with claims related to medical malpractice, motorcycle crashes, lead paint, and other serious injuries. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Fronting in businesses spawns black tape
Independent OnlineDecember 2, 2011

Nedlac is reviewing the labour law and equity provisions that promote affirmative action. Every year the Employment Equity Commission declares itself frustrated that “transformation” in the workplace is slow. Businesses are bogged down with the “black” ...more »

Two aviation service companies to be sold
The Spokesman ReviewDecember 2, 2011

Ross Aviation has acquired more than 20 other commercial operators throughout the country. Its website says its strategy is to look for solid operations in rapidly growing regions. A Denver company is buying two Spokane aviation service companies and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Signs Anchor Tenant Committing to Nearly 340000 Square Feet at 3 ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

SL Green Realty Corp., New York City's largest office landlord, is the only fully integrated real estate investment trust, or REIT, that is focused primarily on acquiring, managing and maximizing value of Manhattan commercial properties. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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St. Edmond's, religious orders settle abuse suits
The News JournalDecember 2, 2011

... and concealed heinous crimes, and that's what we're doing," said Conaty, who pushed for passage of Delaware's 2007 Child Victims Act and co-chaired the survivors' committee during the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington's Chapter 11 bankruptcy case. ...more »

Litigation
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Notice of Certification and Settlement Approval in Redline Securities Litigation
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

Please note: This is a summary notice, produced for publication purposes, announcing Court approval of the settlement reached in this litigation. A Second Long Form Notice, with full details of the settlement is available on Class Counsel's website: ...more »

Business Law
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The Law Firm of Weiss & Lurie Investigates Magma Design Automation Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

NEW YORK, Dec 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Weiss & Lurie, a national class action and shareholder rights law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law by the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Programs link students, vets for Pearl Harbor's 70th
USA TodayDecember 5, 2011

"I feel I am the one who's receiving all the benefits," says Piper, who went on a similar trip to Hawaii in April with some students. "It was the best week in my life." Tang also reports for the Springfield News-Leader in Missouri. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Sacramento man pleads guilty to possessing child pornography
Sacramento Bee (blog)December 2, 2011

The case resulted form an investigation by the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The federally funded task force is managed by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department and made up of agents from federal, state and local agencies ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Auto Accident Lawyer Marc G. Snyder Releases Guide to Common Injury ...
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Baltimore Accident Lawyer Marc G. Snyder and The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder announce the release of their latest book, Truth Be Told: The Tall-Tales, Legends, and Myths Threatening to Destroy Your Maryland Personal Injury Claim. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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ACLJ Urges Supreme Court to Consider ObamaCare Appeal in Tandem with Florida Case
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

In a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, the ACLJ urges the high court to take its appeal after a federal appeals court in Washington, DC earlier this month declared the individual mandate constitutional. "The stage is set for the Supreme Court to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Group of 12 Former NFL Players Brings Fresh Lawsuit Against League for ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 5, 2011

Note: Seeger Weiss LLP is one of nation's leading trial law firms handling complex individual, mass and class action litigation on behalf of consumers, investors and injured persons. The firm, with offices in New York, Philadelphia, Newark and Los ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Online poker still has champions in Frank-less Washington
San Antonio ExpressDecember 1, 2011

In 2009, Frank authored a bill (HR 2267) — the Internet Gambling Regulation, Consumer Protection and Enforcement Act — that passed through a subcommittee vote in an attempt to counter existing laws that prohibit online gaming. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Nina Sitzer Joins DLA Piper's Real Estate Practice in Chicago
Citybizlist (press release)December 5, 2011

"Her established industry reputation, as well as her unique capability to handle complex transactional matters, will make her a strong addition to DLA Piper's top-ranked Real Estate practice." Sitzer focuses her practice on commercial real estate law...more »

Revaluation contract near final approval
Stamford AdvocateDecember 1, 2011

"That is another aspect in which this contract is vastly superior (to the other bidders)," Povodator said. Connecticut law requires municipalities to assess their commercial and residential real estate every five years in order to ensure a fair ...more »

Sports Law
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WADA head Howman to NFL players about HGH testing: 'If you've got nothing to ...
Washington PostDecember 1, 2011

He advocated cooperation between federal investigators and various sports to track down performance-enhancing drugs. “It's important for us in government law enforcement to work with anti-doping (agencies), to work with the leagues, to determine what ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Theresa Caballero Announces Bid For District Judge
KTSM News Channel 9December 1, 2011

EL PASO- Defense attorney Theresa Caballero announced on Thursday that she is running for judge of El Paso District Criminal Court #1. The primary election is set to take place in March. ...more »

Corporate America Puerto Rico Tax Break Shifts to Cayman Islands
BusinessWeekDecember 20, 2011

He is now a professor at Boston University's School of Law. Berman was right. After losing the legislative fight, the tax-avoidance industry of accountants and lawyers sprung into action. While manufacturing facilities stayed in Puerto Rico, ...more »

CalChamber: New State Laws Every Employer Should Know About
SCVNEWS.comDecember 22, 2011

For example, a Mission Viejo city ordinance requires the city and certain employers with city contracts to verify the eligibility of new employees through E-Verify. This new law prohibits such state or local mandates, unless required by federal law or ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate planning a thing of the past? Think again | Clark
Auburn ReporterDecember 2, 2011

New estate tax provisions in the law enacted with the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 might cause some to feel that estate planning is no longer necessary and is a "thing of the past. ...more »

Environmental Law
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What's At Stake In South Africa Climate Talks?
NPRDecember 4, 2011

by NPR Staff South Africans light up a Baobab tree by riding bikes in Durban as part of a renewable energies display on the beach front during the United Nations Climate Change Conference. South Africans light up a Baobab tree by riding bikes in Durban ...more »

Wills & Probate
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December calendar
Southwest Community ConnectionDecember 1, 2011

Acquire up to date knowledge about wills, living trusts, health care documents, issues regarding guardian-ship and conservatorship plus power of attorney. Explore strategies to minimize or eliminate Oregon estate taxes, avoid probate and retain ...more »

Family Law
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McCready ordered to return son
CNNDecember 1, 2011

... said Terri Durdaller, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families. The case worker became "concerned about the well being" of the child and contacted law enforcement, a report obtained from the Cape Coral Police Department said. ...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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