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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 »

FHA Mortgages Could Become Major Choice of Financing
FreeRateUpdate.comDecember 1, 2011

Now that loan limits for FHA have been increased, FHA mortgages could become a major choice of financing for many people interested in purchasing a home or refinancing an existing FHA mortgage. Popular with consumers because of the low down payment ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Girl's mother-in-law and sister-in-law both detained but police hunt is on for ...
Daily MailDecember 31, 2011

Sahar Gul, 15, was in critical condition when she was rescued from a house in northern Baghlan province last week, after her neighbours reported hearing Miss Gul crying and moaning in pain. According to police in Baghlan, her in-laws pulled out her ...more »

Health Care Law
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Letters: There's more to health law's effects
Appleton Post CrescentDecember 27, 2011

Will describes how the requirements of President Barack Obama's health care law may cause the fast-food chain Carl's Jr. to open fewer restaurants and create fewer jobs than it would have without the law. What Will says may be true, but it's only a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Online gambling shares get US boost
Financial TimesDecember 28, 2011

Ivor Jones, European-based leisure analyst at Numis, said the timing of publication was designed to conceal an embarrassing U-turn by the DoJ, which has long adhered to a strict interpretation of the Wire Act. “This is a major change in the position of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Remains Hot Topic in US Politics
Voice of AmericaDecember 28, 2011

Many Latinos are watching closely how the presidential candidates view the issue of immigration in the US In California, legislators recently passed a law providing financial aid for students who are illegal immigrants. “I was born in Mexico, Jalisco. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Tanzania: Mining and the History of State
AllAfrica.comDecember 12, 2011

In the eyes of President Julius Nyerere, mining was an industry with big potential to contribute to national development, but it was not top priority at that point in time to exploit the resources, he decided to leave mining for a future date. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Leagle.comDecember 28, 2011

On October 18, 2011 the undersigned held a status and dispute resolution conference with counsel concerning discovery disputes memorialized in a Joint Status Report (Dkt. #68) and Separate Statement of Panelized Structures re Discovery Dispute (Dkt. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP, Ally Financial, Madoff, Stanford, Actavis in Court News
BusinessWeekDecember 29, 2011

... and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. v. Ally Financial, 653623-2011, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan). A unit of Synthes Inc., the world's largest maker of bone- related medical devices, accused Stryker Corp. in a lawsuit of raiding its San ...more »

Animal Law
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Minister Jim Paice says Hunting Act is unworkable
BBC NewsDecember 26, 2011

Hunt saboteur Michael Haines, however, said he has seen the law being broken "every single week". League Against Cruel Sports chief executive Joe Duckworth said it was "utterly appalling" that people could think "chasing a wild animal with hounds to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Online Pirates Are Costly and Dangerous
U.S. News & World ReportDecember 21, 2011

By Steve Tepp Steve Tepp is the chief intellectual property counsel for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the US Chamber of Commerce. Tepp, who joined the Chamber in July 2010, provides expert legal counsel across the GIPC at the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Week In Review: Asbestos Disappearing in Canada, Deadline in NYC, Firefighters ...
Asbestos.comDecember 30, 2011

The city of Everett, Washington agreed to provide lifetime medical monitoring for a group of firefighters who were exposed to asbestos during training sessions back in 2007. The firefighters filed a lawsuit in 2010 when the city balked at the idea of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New Hampshire law bans preferential treatment
Boston HeraldDecember 31, 2011

By AP CONCORD, NH — Preferential treatment or discrimination in recruiting, hiring, promotion or admission by New Hampshire agencies, colleges or universities is prohibited under a new law taking effect Sunday. Supporters argued that affirmative ...more »

ICAO set to pursue new aviation safety initiatives in 2012
Manila BulletinDecember 31, 2011

By EDU LOPEZ MANILA, Philippines — The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) would pursue the implementation and development of new safety initiatives as it recognized the cooperation and strength of the aviation community. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants in severe arrears on rise
Financial TimesDecember 30, 2011

He noted that the growth in tenant arrears followed a pattern already seen in official data from the Ministry of Justice, which tallies the number of landlord possession claims that lead to a court order, which are only available to the end of the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Judge helped shape bankruptcy practice
Milwaukee Journal SentinelDecember 31, 2011

Though he retired in 1986, Ihlenfeldt remained involved in the court, said Clevert and US Bankruptcy Judge James Shapiro. He served as recall judge, taking overload cases, and kept up on all the latest bankruptcy rules and cases, presenting updates and ...more »

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Lawyers Seeking Sharper Metal-Hip-Implant Litigation Insights to Hear From ... (press release)December 5, 2011

With some 4000 lawsuits filed to date in various state and federal courts against a single maker of artificial hips, interest among lawyers to learn the finer points of such litigation is increasing, according to plaintiff's attorney Ellen Relkin, ...more »

Business Law
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Law Firm Survey Shows Efforts to Attract Corporate Law Departments
Corporate CounselDecember 1, 2011

Firms who want to get more business from law departments are also being proactive about getting people onboard who will be attractive to general counsel. Hiring partners are seeking new hires with specific corporate expertise, and so "to jump-start ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New satellite boost for China's military
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 29, 2011

Beidou's developers took care to stress day-to-day benefits for the public, the BBC reported. They told China Daily that the system could create a 400 billion yuan (US$63 billion) market in related applications for the automotive, telecommunications, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Refusing to answer to policy reasons
The Hill (blog)December 30, 2011

Not everyone likes the idea of using technical measures to reduce the incidence of crime on the Internet; Response Policy and anti-spam measures have drawn considerable fire from Internet traditionalists and ardent free speech mavens (see the comments ...more »

Personal Injury
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Compensation for Grandmother Injured in Santa's Grotto
Injuries Direct NewsDecember 16, 2011

A Southampton grandmother, who suffered serious injury after a fall in Santa's grotto, is to receive personal injury compensation. Seventy three year old Joan Dufosse, from Hedge End, in Southampton, was visiting Santa at his grotto in the Selfridges ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Dangerous dog law ruled unconstitutional
UPI.comDecember 5, 2011

She said the county also will refund fees to people who have paid but not yet had their hearing. "This is a temporary measure until we can settle the law," she told The News Tribune in an e-mail. A panel of the Division II Court of Appeals issued its ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Haar & Woods, LLP
STLtoday.comDecember 14, 2011

Best Lawyers has named Robert T. Haar, of the law firm Haar & Woods, LLP as the "St. Louis Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. Best Lawyers designates "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Become a smarter consumer in 2012
EMC Ottawa SouthDecember 29, 2011

Consumers should not pay more than a 10-per cent deposit on any goods or services once a contract has been signed. - Ontario's Consumer Protection Act, 2002 gives consumers the right to cancel certain contracts within 10 days of receiving a written ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Charitable criminal: Nonprofits commend Mericle's financial contributions
Citizens VoiceDecember 11, 2011

In his law practice, Borland represents Mericle in a series of civil-rights suits filed by former juvenile court defendants jailed in the kids-for-cash case. Borland's son, Joseph Borland, who is also a Valley Santa board member, said the organization ...more »

Israel Didn't Know Tech Gear Was Sent to Iran Via Denmark
BusinessWeekDecember 23, 2011

Companies such as Allot are almost on an honor system to comply with the rules, says Rifat Azam, a professor of international business law at the Interdisciplinary Center, a private university in Herzliya, Israel. In the absence of strong laws and ...more »

Sports Law
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Thursday's Sports In Brief
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

SYRACUSE, NY — Federal authorities searched a locker in the Syracuse University basketball center as part of their investigation of former assistant coach Bernie Fine, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Former defense attorney appeals conviction for practicing law without a ...
The Herald-MailDecember 28, 2011

Indicted on the criminal statute in February 2009, Askin was fined $1100 — $100 each for 11 misdemeanor counts of practicing law without a license. Askin said in a telephone interview Tuesday that his petition argues that an administrative rule ...more »

Arizona non-profit schools' ties to for-profits raise flags
Tucson CitizenDecember 14, 2011

Tax attorney Marcus Owens, who directed the IRS exempt organizations division in the 1990s, said the interlocking contracts between taxable and tax-exempt organizations is new among charter schools. But it has been “replicated by different kinds of ...more »

Judge orders Nipomo landscaper to rehire employees, bargain with union
Cal Coast NewsDecember 5, 2011

The federal order will remain in place until NLRB Administrative Law Judge Gerald Etchingham, who recently heard the case, comes to a decision. The NLRB is an independent federal agency that protects the rights of private sector employees to join ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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AES Eastern Energy Enters Non-Binding Term Sheet for Asset Sale
MarketWatch (press release)December 31, 2011

RELEASES The Settlement will include mutual releases among the Parties (including officers, directors, employees and professionals), subject to a carveout for the Residual Claim. ...more »

Environmental Law
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What Delay? New Light Bulbs Hitting Shelves in 2012
Environmental LeaderDecember 30, 2011

Originally, the standards would have required 100-watt bulbs to be more energy-efficient starting on New Year's Day 2012. The rules, under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, require bulbs that emit light equal to that of a traditional ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The American Law Institute Completes the Restatement (Third) of Property ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

The publication completes a 20-year project to update the law of wills and succession. The latest volume provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the rules governing class gifts, powers of appointment, future interests, and perpetuities. ...more »

Family Law
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Judge Orders US Government To Pay $17.8 Million To Family For Marine Corps ...
Huffington PostDecember 29, 2011

During the trial, government attorneys offered their condolences to the family but questioned how much they depended on each other. The law does not allow victims to be compensated for grief, suffering or punitive damages. The judge said the deaths of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma Court Strikes Down Part Of Workers' Comp Law
Insurance JournalDecember 22, 2011

20 part of a new law that prevents chiropractors and some other medical professionals from serving as independent medical examiners in the state's Workers' Compensation Court and testifying in workers' compensation cases. The state's highest court ...more »


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