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Schwarzman Cites Profitable Ventures in Backing Romney
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

He later apologized for the comparison while maintaining his criticism of the tax proposal. Obama, who has the backing of organized labor, has criticized the financial industry for its opposition to tougher regulations and has called for the wealthy to ...more »

Rockville Centre's Village Attorney honored for leadership
liherald.comDecember 1, 2011

Levin represents public and private sector clients in local government law, land use regulation, and commercial litigation, and matters relating to professional responsibility, ethics and disciplinary proceedings. Levin serves as Village Attorney for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Chiropractor's hearing canceled, police probe continues
Star Community NewspapersDecember 1, 2011

A hearing scheduled Wednesday for Dr. David Russell, the McKinney chiropractor facing two charges of sexual assault of a child, was canceled at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. ...more »

Health Care Law
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OIG Releases Health Care Provider Compliance Videos
Sacramento BeeDecember 5, 2011

"We know that the overwhelming majority of health care providers are working hard to comply with Federal laws and regulations," said Daniel R. Levinson, HHS Inspector General. "These videos are designed to guide them." These educational presentations ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Act may complicate US offshore wind efforts
RechargeDecember 1, 2011

If the US wants offshore wind energy, developers and supply-chain companies will need to consider the potential impact of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Better known as the Jones Act — after its sponsor, the late senator Wesley Jones — the law ...more »

Immigration Law
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Are Contradictory Immigration Laws Leaving Families in Legal Limbo?
AlterNetDecember 1, 2011

PHOENIX, Az. – The contents of Maria Teresa Fuentes' immigration file take up an entire table. Legal appeals, government letters carrying bad news, attorney advertisements clipped from newspapers, technical explanations of cryptic immigration laws, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Fact Sheet on the United States' Relationship with the European Union: An ...
eNews Park ForestDecember 1, 2011

Together we are central to the global economy and are each other's most important markets for our products and investments. Trade flows between the US and the EU exceed $3.5 billion per day. Foreign Direct Investment has created millions of jobs on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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TIBCO's ActiveMatrix BusinessWorks Emerges Winner In SOA TCO Study by PushToTest
InfoQ.comDecember 1, 2011

We followed the published best practices from each of the stack vendors, including use of their repositories, ESBs, and mediation services. For IBM that meant using: WebSphere Application Server v8.0.3, IBM Rational Application Developer V8.0.3 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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12/12 Names and faces
Bradenton HeraldDecember 12, 2011

His areas of practice are business and commercial litigation, estate and trust litigation and insurance claims and coverage disputes. Brad Lindberg was named senior investment adviser with Sperry Van Ness Commercial Advisory Group. ...more »

Animal Law
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Area Deputies Train in Dog Handling After Recent Shooting Cases
Patch.comDecember 2, 2011

Pinellas Sheriff's deputies use new tools to protect themselves and animals when responding to complaints. There are a variety of training opportunities across the region for all law enforcement officers. By Leigh Armstrong and Toni Whitt Deputies and ...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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State sues five big US lenders
The Boston GlobeDecember 2, 2011

It is the first major legal action taken against the nation's biggest banks since they started foreclosure-settlement negotiations with the 50 state attorneys general in the spring. The talks began after the attorneys general launched an investigation ...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 »

Lake Elsinore: Owner of aviation school arrested on visa fraud charges
Southwest Riverside News NetworkDecember 1, 2011

Karena Chuang, 28, of Lake Elsinore, owner of Blue Diamond Aviation in La Verne, was arrested without incident and charged with visa fraud in a criminal complaint filed in Los Angeles federal court, according to the US Attorney's Office. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Concerns About Changes To Rental Inspections
WFMY News 2December 13, 2011

Now under the new law, there has to be a reason for the inspection, like a complaint or a request. "You have a significant amount of tenants who are afraid to call because some landlords will retaliate ad the ones that don't, tenants are afraid that ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jeremy Johnson fights fraud allegations with website targeting 'evil' FTC
Deseret NewsDecember 1, 2011

The FTC alleges I Works lured Internet consumers into "trial" memberships for bogus government grants and moneymaking schemes and then repeatedly charged their credit cards fees for programs they didn't sign up for, totaling more than $275 million. ...more »

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Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

The issue addressed here is whether the statute of limitations bars claims for damages occurring prior to September 24, 2004 in this civil antitrust litigation. Defendants dispute the contention that Plaintiffs adequately have alleged facts under the ...more »

Business Law
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Stranger than fiction
Colorado Springs IndependentDecember 1, 2011

(Associated Press) Thailand's new government directed the Office of Prevention and Suppression of Information and Technology Crimes to step up its crackdown on Internet insults against King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family, who offline are openly ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Intel Insights: Federal Spending Cuts Loom Large for Region (blog)December 1, 2011

These benefits include such things as student loans, mortgages, veterans' benefits, social security, Medicare, and Medicaid, just to name a few. The salaries and pensions of civilian and military federal employees are part of these expenditures too. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Benton-Franklin justice system gets technical
TheNewsTribune.comDecember 4, 2011

Jurors are repeatedly reminded not to research legal terms on the internet, visit crime scenes on their own or read news stories to make sure their decision is based only on testimony and evidence presented in court. Yet, more and more reports are ...more »

Personal Injury
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Where car insurance fraud is a sport
Fox BusinessDecember 4, 2011

Much of the blame has been laid at the feet of Florida's no-fault insurance law, which requires all drivers to carry $10000 in personal injury protection coverage for injuries suffered in a car crash, regardless of who was responsible for the accident. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Analysis: Constitutional concerns raised about new Mo. Senate boundaries that ...
The RepublicDecember 4, 2011

In a 2009 decision, the high court noted that the federal voting rights law could trump a section of the North Carolina Constitution prohibiting counties from being divided to form state Senate and House districts. In that case, however, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ga. SC calls attorneys greedy, disbars them
Legal News LineDecember 1, 2011

Their law practice, based in Atlanta, dealt with malpractice and negligence claims. The court's 4-2 ruling, released Wednesday, said two chiropractors approached them and agreed to send them clients in exchange for payment. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Banks frustrated by rules that hinder helping customers
ABC7Chicago.comDecember 5, 2011

They urge maintaining banking regulation to protect consumers. "We believe that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 contains important provisions and tools that will address many of the problems that led to current ...more »

Real Estate Law
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People & Practices – December 5
Minnesota LawyerDecember 2, 2011

Duehr is an associate with the firm's Energy, Real Estate, and Environmental Law Groups. Duehr utilizes his knowledge of environmental law, land use, and real estate law to help clients develop and permit a variety of projects and properties. ...more »

Fairness of construction tender documents determined by laws on bid submission
Daily Commercial NewsDecember 3, 2011

Once it is determined that the forgoing conditions are satisfied by the tender or RFP process, it follows that Contract “A” rights will arise. In the case of the municipality, the effect of the conclusion is to require the municipality to treat the ...more »

Sports Law
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Athletics: Bridgend triathlete Helen Jenkins backs British stance on lifetime ...
WalesOnlineDecember 1, 2011

The BOA will test their legal right to maintain the ban by taking the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. Jenkins, who is one of Team GB's gold medal hopefuls next year, is hoping the British policy will not be overturned. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Syracuse coach investigation faces challenges
Fox NewsDecember 7, 2011

Lee Kindlon, a criminal defense attorney who practices in state and federal courts, said even though that federal case could proceed, prosecutors will still have to jump other hurdles including a lack of physical proof for something that allegedly ...more »

Major Victory for Whistleblowers in Seventh Circuit Says Retaliation is a RICO ...
Whistleblowers Protection Blog (blog)December 19, 2011

DeGuelle blew the whistle on a prolonged tax cheating scheme by SC Johnson & Son, Inc. The scheme included taking advantage of IRS audit mistakes, destroying records, and buying a tax shelter from the now defunct accounting firm of Arthur Anderson. ...more »

I do: Labor to gay marriage
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 4, 2011

The legislation is doomed to fail unless the Coalition grants its MPs a free vote too, with as many as 10 Labor senators and between 10 and 20 Labor members of the lower house likely to vote against it. In emotional scenes at Labor's national ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oilsands Quest files form 10-Q quarterly report with status update
PR Newswire (press release)December 9, 2011

Before a plan is implemented it must be approved by the requisite number and value of affected stakeholders contemplated by law and approved by the Court. CCAA protection enables the Company to continue with its day to day operations until the CCAA ...more »

Environmental Law
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LawfuelDecember 7, 2011

Reed Smith is a preeminent advisor to industries including financial services, life sciences, health care, advertising, technology and media, shipping, energy and natural resources, real estate, manufacturing, and education. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Give the Gift of Asset Protection to Your Family This Holiday Season
Law Firm Newswire (press release)December 14, 2011

“A quality estate plan will put your family in good shape for years to come.” Osenton Law Offices handles wills, estate planning and trusts. With its principal office in Brandon, Osenton Law Offices handles probate cases throughout Florida.more »

Family Law
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Lebanese split over draft law on violence against women
BBC NewsDecember 1, 2011

As in most countries in the region, religious law largely governs marriage, divorce, child custody and inheritance. "We have a culture here where it's considered embarrassing to take these things to court, especially because the police and the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Lawyers Are Prepared to Help Injured ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA, Dec 01, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Pennsylvania workers' compensation attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC are prepared to help individuals who have been injured on the job this holiday season. According to the Pennsylvania ...more »


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