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US could pay pension bill for AMR as it restructures: report
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

Tom Horton, the new chief executive of American Airlines and its parent company AMR said the fact the company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection did not mean its pension plans would definitely move to the PBGC, but he signaled it was a real ...more »

Connecticut Man Sentenced for Role in $4 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme
LoanSafeDecember 1, 2011

... Insurance Corporation, Office of Inspector General; and State of Connecticut Department of Banking. To report financial fraud crimes, and to learn more about the President's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, please visit www.stopfraud.gov.more »

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Administrative Law
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Baron and Budd and the Mumphrey Law Firm Achieve Compensation for Murphy Oil ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 8, 2011

NEW ORLEANS, Dec 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- After twelve years of litigating against the Murphy Oil Corporation in Chalmette, La., the Louisiana Supreme Court has denied Murphy Oil's final effort to deny six of its former employees compensation for ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bachmann blasts Gingrich, Romney on health care
CBS NewsDecember 19, 2011

Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich -- as well as the other GOP candidates -- have said they would repeal Obama's health care law if they are elected president. But Bachmann blasted Gingrich as "the father of the individual mandate" and said, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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RE Sources sues SSA Marine for Clean Water Act violations
Blaine Northern LightDecember 12, 2011

“I think the fundamental goal of this lawsuit is to get SSA Marine to respect the law and obey the law, which we don't think they're doing.” In a press release issued just hours after RE Sources' announcement, SSA Marine senior vice president Bob ...more »

Immigration Law
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CA Illegal Immigrant Initiative Enters Circulation
KMJ NowDecember 29, 2011

The Immigration Initiative proposed by the group called The Taxpayer Revolution Committee would require state and local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law, and in the event of an arrest it states "...the arresting agency shall ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Hospital demolished; Wildlife Conservation officer killed; doggie dining law...
The Herald-MailDecember 30, 2011

That group also recommended that the hospital sell the site to a nonprofit organization that would be in a position to hold on to the property until the economy improves, to prevent an economically undesirable use. The Hagerstown-Washington County ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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City offers mediation for neighbors in need
The ColoradoanDecember 26, 2011

The Community Mediation Program is a voluntary, confidential dispute resolution service within the city of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services department. It is provided free of charge to Fort Collins residents. Mediation works because the people most ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Silicon Valley Politicians Introduce 50 New Laws for 2012
Patch.comDecember 31, 2011

SB 445: Updating Privacy Protections for Library Patrons Part of Simitian's annual “There Oughta Be A Law” contest, this extends library privacy protections to online content. SB 164: Preserving Funding for Child Abuse Prevention and Endangered Species ...more »

Animal Law
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Violation report on Domino Effect animal rescue not released by county officials
Examiner.comDecember 29, 2011

BROOKSVILLE – Tampa area animal rights advocates were recently outraged over allegations of code violations and horse underfeeding at Domino Effect Rescue Ranch in Weeki Wachee, Florida. The outcry prompted Hernando County Animal Services and the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lawsuit could set precedent on tweets
UPI.comDecember 26, 2011

26 (UPI) -- An Internet firm said a lawsuit filed in California over a Twitter account is about protection of its customer lists and intellectual property. In a statement, the firm, PhoneDog Media, said, "The costs and resources invested by PhoneDog ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Burg Simpson Ranked Number One in the United States For Product Liability Law...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 30, 2011

2197, In re: DePUY ORTHOPAEDICS, INC., ASR HIP IMPLANT PRODUCTS LIABILITY LITIGATION in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, Western Division). First published over 140 years ago, the Martindale-Hubbell legal directories ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UM hires outside investigation of alleged sex assault involving multiple ...
The MissoulianDecember 15, 2011

"Through this investigation, we'll determine what occurred and take immediate steps to resolve this situation," Foley said. "We'll cooperate fully with the Missoula Police Department to move any possible criminal investigation forward. ...more »

At Boeing's request | UM-Helena may double aviation program
Helena Independent RecordDecember 19, 2011

From left, Derick Frey and Callie Kellem, first-year aviation maintenance technology students at UM-Helena, change out spark plugs on a Beechcraft Baron in the hanger at the airport campus. UM-Helena may increase the size of the aviation program to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Apartments Deposit rule for beach house crosses the line
Chicago TribuneDecember 8, 2011

When tenants break lease rules and damage the property, or fail to pay the rent, landlords can use the deposit, within limits. For example, if the tenant's rule-breaking has in fact resulted in monetary damage — for example, he gives the landlord less ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Draghi signals greater ECB action
The AustralianDecember 1, 2011

"The rationale for having the (bond-buying program) active is you want to make sure you repair the monetary policy transmission channels," and not to subsidise governments, Mr Draghi said. The ECB purchases bonds in secondary markets, ...more »

Litigation
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Kansas City Drug Injury Lawyer Provides Updates on Topamax and Zoloft Cases
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 30, 2011

The Potts Law Firm, LLP, currently is representing clients in a Mass Tort that is being litigated in the Court, In re Topamax Litigation (CCP Philadelphia County, No. 02131). According to the Court's website, a status conference will be held in the ...more »

Business Law
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Del. explores online lottery ticket sales after ruling
The News JournalDecember 31, 2011

There is a chance the ruling also may permit states to sell each other's lottery tickets online, said Joseph Kelly, a professor of business law at Buffalo State College in New York and consultant for the gambling industry. "It could be very important ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Cutting Retiree Benefits A Sore Subject For Military
KUARDecember 4, 2011

Part of the defense budget usually protected from budget cuts is health care and retirement benefits, but some argue those benefits are depleting the Department of Defense of funds it needs to function as a top military force.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cybercrimes unit warns TU students of 'Net dangers
Tiffin Advertiser TribuneDecember 6, 2011

Members of a cybercrimes task force had a word of caution for Tiffin University students Monday: Be careful on the Internet. "Be careful what you put out there (because) it's out there forever," said James Dec, a detective in Computer Crimes Office of ...more »

Personal Injury
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ESL church answers personal injury suit
Madison County RecordDecember 6, 2011

In its answer to the plaintiff's complaint, the New Jerusalem Church said the injuries McCorn sustained were due to her own carelessness and negligence. The church claims that McCorn allegedly failed to exercise care for her own safety and assumed the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court Upholds Law That Protects Companies Aiding US Surveillance
New York TimesDecember 30, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO — A United States appeals court on Thursday upheld the constitutionality of a federal law that grants immunity to telecommunications companies that assist the federal government in conducting surveillance of American citizens. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Women Scarred By Cosmetic Surgeon Furious He Kept His License For So Long
GothamistDecember 28, 2011

After scores of malpractice lawsuits over the course of three decades, a Staten Island plastic surgeon finally had his medical license suspended this month and was deemed "an imminent danger to the health of the people of the state." Legal documents ...more »

Consumer Protection
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It's national consumer day today
Hindustan TimesDecember 23, 2011

To mark the completion of 25 years of the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, the Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) on Friday launched three initiatives to help consumers to fight for their rights. From Saturday, citizens can call up the state ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Myrtle Beach realtor makes Forbes rising star list
WMBFDecember 24, 2011

Among him are celebrities, athletes and business professionals. Blake Sloan is the President of the Sloan Realty Group, and the founder of the International Association of Real Estate Experts. Forbes asked a panel of industry experts who they thought ...more »

The Ticker
Boston HeraldDecember 27, 2011

Alison Smith Piasecki has joined the general practice law firm of Drohan Tocchio & Morgan in Hingham. Moontoast, an Internet commerce company, has hired Errol Apostolopoulos as vice president of product. CWCapital LLC , a debt and equity provider to ...more »

Sports Law
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Huskies Brace For Oregon, Winners of 6 of 7
KING5.comDecember 30, 2011

by Sportspress Northwest Staff There ought to be a law against holding a college basketball game at 7 pm on New Year's Eve, but Washington (7-5, 1-0) will play its second Pac-12 game of the season at that time at Alaska Airlines Arena, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney: Grand Jury Delayed in Bomb Plot Case
WNYC (blog)December 4, 2011

Jose Pimentel had been scheduled to learn Monday whether he had been indicted, but defense lawyer Lori Cohen said a legal deadline would be waived for about a month. WNYC has learned that the Manhattan DA's office will likely agree to the delay. ...more »

No prison for NY woman who tried to avoid tax audit by offering cash and ...
Washington PostDecember 14, 2011

She offered the bribe — which officials said was not accepted — in exchange for having the agent close the audit and approve her return. Defense lawyer Patrick Burke said Tran had contributed to leprosy camps, orphanages and soup kitchens in her ...more »

Man Claims That He Was Fired So a Younger Employee Could Have His Job
Human Resources JournalDecember 28, 2011

In this case, he maintains that the reason was so a younger worker could take his place, an act which would violate the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The ADEA protects employees aged 40 years or older against discrimination on the basis ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Minor Details Ep. 16: Breaking down the Red Sox/Astros Mark Melancon trade ...
WEEI.comDecember 15, 2011

In very much be a more valuable asset than a guy who's tethered to the ninth inning no matter how good he is which is part of the reason why. You know in recent seasons even though I think you know. Jonathan Papelbon was unquestionably. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wind farm generates debate
Arizona RepublicDecember 11, 2011

Perrin Ranch will be the fourth and largest wind farm in Arizona, which is quickly adding renewable power plants to meet the state requirement for alternative energy and host renewable-power plants that will power California, which has an even larger ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Course to begin at Harrow Civic Centre Library on searching for family history
Harrow TimesDecember 22, 2011

Topics covered will include how to start searching through civil registration, census returns, parish registers, wills and probate and surnames. The course will be held at the Civic Centre Reference Library, in Station Road, Harrow. ...more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement gearing up for New Year's Eve
Modesto BeeDecember 30, 2011

That's smart because not only would drinking and driving risk her life and the lives of others, but law enforcement around Stanislaus County will have additional officers on duty looking specifically for people that have had one too many. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Recession Impacting Return to Work of Injured Workers; Study Examines Role of ...
Benzinga (press release)December 1, 2011

WCRI's report says that although injured workers in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin have typically reported better return-to-work outcomes than workers in other states, the economic downturn has diminished the impact of selected workers' compensation system ...more »

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