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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Commercial Metals Company
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP is a national law firm which represents investors and individuals in class action litigation. The firm is focused on providing exemplary legal services in complex litigation in the areas of securities, shareholder, antitrust and ...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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School, staffer spar over firing
News & ObserverDecember 31, 2011

A state administrative law judge and the state Personnel Commission have both found that White should have her job back, but the school recently filed an appeal in state Superior Court to prevent her from returning, saying she violated state laws ...more »

Health Care Law
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Should Supreme Court Health Care Reform Law Arguments be on TV?
Tucson CitizenDecember 2, 2011

02, 2011, under The Right To Be Heard From the ABA Journal - Despite intense public and media interest in the constitutional challenge to President Barack Obama's health care reform law, it's unlikely that the US Supreme Court will agree to allow ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oath Keepers Founder Stewart Rhodes Wants to Recall Montana Legislators Who ...
Reason Online (blog)December 28, 2011

Max S. Baucus and Jonathan Tester (Democrats) and Republican Congressman Denny Rehberg because they voted for the National Defense Authorization Act. And in theory, Montana law and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution would allow for it if only ...more »

Immigration Law
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Less focus on immigration likely at GA legislature
NECNDecember 11, 2011

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said he'd like to see some changes to a section that establishes requirements for the issuing and renewal of professional or business licenses. But legislative leaders and the law's sponsor say significant changes to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Out of favour, family stares at oblivion
Hindustan TimesDecember 27, 2011

“At that time, our priority was to maintain law and order, bring peace and remove the slur on Punjab that it had become a state of anti-nationals. There was hardly any time to think about the development agenda. But my father did bring industry to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Oleg Deripaska: 'wealthy time' has ended for the eurozone
Telegraph.co.ukDecember 31, 2011

It is a commercial agreement, it is dispute resolution, it is the acceptance of a lot of standardised procedures, which helps to reduce barriers on trade," he said. "If you are reasonable it will help you to add a positive score to Russia. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FBL Financial Group Announces Closing Of EquiTrust Life Insurance Company Sale
TheStreet.com (press release)December 31, 2011

Certain statements in this release concerning FBL Financial Group's prospects for the future are forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the “safe harbor” from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These ...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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Illumina, Boston Capital, Universal: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekDecember 30, 2011

Life Technologies' Ion Personal Genome Machine and Ion OneTouch System infringe Illumina's patent 7060431, covering a method of “making and decoding of array sensors with microspheres,” Illumina said in a complaint filed Dec. 27 in federal court in San ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US settlement reached in Chinese drywall case
ReutersDecember 15, 2011

The settlement is subject to the approval of US District Judge Eldon Fallon, who has been overseeing the litigation. KPT's attorney said the final hearing to approve the deal would likely be in the middle of 2012, once affected homeowners were notified ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Legal Alert Update: Will Congress Exempt Health Care Providers from ...
JD Supra (press release)December 16, 2011

Legal Alert Update: Will Congress Exempt Health Care Providers from Affirmative Action Obligations? 12/15/2011 Executive Summary: On December 14, 2011, the House passed HR 1540, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which included language ...more »

A look at aviation fatality rates over the decades for US commercial flights
Washington PostDecember 31, 2011

A look at aviation fatality rates over the decades. The figures are for regularly scheduled commercial flights involving US airlines. 2002-2011: two deaths per 100 million passengers (154 fatalities among 7.1 billion passengers). ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Cupertino rental units play part in fair housing study
San Jose Mercury NewsDecember 2, 2011

This year, ECHO focused on disability discrimination with regard to reasonable modifications to rental units. Under both federal and state fair housing laws, housing providers are obligated to allow tenants to make reasonable changes to the interior ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Comparing Buy Here Pay Here to Bad Credit Auto Sales
Auto Credit Express (blog)December 29, 2011

by Steve Cypher on Thursday, December 29th, 2011 Applicants with bad credit often think there are no differences between a tote the note dealer and a new car dealer that offers terrible credit auto loans. We should know since we've been involved with ...more »

Litigation
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GE, Delphi Financial, Barclays, TD, News Corp. in Court News
BloombergDecember 27, 2011

A copy of the transcript was provided by the law firm Conrad & Scherer, which represents investors seeking to recover money. Rothstein, formerly of Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, pleaded guilty in January 2010 to five counts ...more »

Business Law
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Texas AG sues telemarketer touting to help DPS
Houston ChronicleDecember 20, 2011

The department also complained to the attorney general that the museum was mailing official-looking advertising materials and insignias. "The Texas Highway Patrol Association and Museum does not have any authorization from the Department of Public ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Protester, 14, hopes her arrest catches president's attention
Mason City Globe GazetteDecember 30, 2011

We don't have the money to buy legislation that will help us, that benefits the majority of American people.” Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Norm Sterzenbach said he sympathizes with some of the concerns of the occupiers, but he decided to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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US copyright hearing goes into 2012
ITWorld CanadaDecember 21, 2011

WASHINGTON -- A hearing to debate and amend the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US House of Representatives has been delayed, likely until early next year. The House Judiciary Committee had planned to continue with a third day of ...more »

Personal Injury
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John Askins: PIP fraud is a billion-dollar industry
Tallahassee.comDecember 28, 2011

Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, members of the Florida Justice Association (formerly the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers) are predictably becoming vocal in an attempt to downplay the magnitude of "PIP" (personal injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Polygamous family launches challenge of Utah law
Fox NewsDecember 21, 2011

As authorities investigate them for bigamy, the TLC "Sister Wives" family is asking a federal judge to overturn part of Utah's bigamy law because it bans them from living together and criminalizes sexual relationships between unmarried consenting ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Indiana Securities Law Firm Investigating Fraud Stemming From Self-Directed ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 30, 2011

Custodians and trustees for self-directed IRAs, however, may allow investors to invest retirement funds in other types of assets such as real estate, promissory notes, tax lien certificates, and private placement securities. Fraud promoters who want to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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No special law to help deal with unfair travel contracts
Hindustan TimesDecember 31, 2011

Nor do we have a special regulation to protect consumers from unfair terms. So, here, the rights of tourists are defined by the Consumer Protection Act and judgments of the consumer courts. The order of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Are Oregon home sellers really subject to a double tax?
PolitiFactDecember 30, 2011

What's more, beside that one-time Washington Count exception, under current law, cities, counties and other jurisdictions don't have the power to impose taxes on real estate transfers. So what gives? What would an amendment be stopping? ...more »

The 2011 Texas Legislature Tightens Indemnity Rights and Changes Mechanic's ...
JD Supra (press release)December 17, 2011

Indemnity Prohibitions for Construction Contracts (Tex. Ins. Code § 151.001, et seq.) This law was originally drafted to provide more transparency and uniformity to consolidated insurance programs (CIP)—those that "wrap" together commercial general ...more »

Sports Law
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Boxing Commission lays down the law
The Freeport NewsDecember 21, 2011

... the law of the land are established to ensure that the people's rights are protected and if those persons who want to promote professional boxing should be advised by persons in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture office namely Steven Burrows ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Casey Anthony: Defense wants prosecutor Jeff Ashton held in contempt
Orlando SentinelDecember 22, 2011

During his opening statement in the criminal trial, Anthony defense lawyer Jose Baez told jurors Caylee had died in a drowning in mid-June 2008 and also said George Anthony discovered the lifeless child and yelled at Casey. But many of the claims Baez ...more »

Recent IRS Guidance on the Tax Treatment of Excessive 1603 Grants
Novogradac Company LLPDecember 6, 2011

However, the IRS' view is that the excess payment, being taxable income, doesn't cause a basis reduction. Of course, the recipient presumably did reduce basis when its original tax return was filed, thinking that the entire payment received from ...more »

Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Honors ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 21, 2011

Special President's Awards were granted to the following members for their service to and support of the chapter: Brian Barreira, Esq., Plymouth, MA for The Dorothy Fish Trust; Peter Macy, Esq., and Charlie Gallo, Esq., Boston, MA for the Family Trust...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BoE's seven Christmas stock picks
Moneyweb.co.zaDecember 13, 2011

Metrofile's growth vectors include: (1) its continued market dominance in SA and a supportive legislative underpin (FAIS Act, New Companies Act, Consumer Protection Act and others); (2) the exponential increase in data volumes and the associated ...more »

Environmental Law
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China, Vietnam Wind-Tower Makers Draw US Petition
BusinessWeekDecember 30, 2011

“The United States will do everything we can to defend our core interest and make sure our manufacturers are not discriminated against or put in to a competitive disadvantage because of another country's industrial policy,” US Trade Representative Ron ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Goodbye to 2011, Year of the Rabbit, Welcome 2012, Year of the Dragon
Eat the StateDecember 31, 2011

It's wondrous what two expanding bullets to the head of an unarmed man will do. The chorus of approval for the SEALs covers the liberal spectrum. The Nation's Jeremy Scahill exulted , as did Gary Wills on the New York Review of Books site , with an ...more »

Family Law
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Highway Safety holds 13th holiday campaign
Bethany Beach WaveDecember 20, 2011

DOVER -- The state's Office of Highway Safety has kicked off its 13th annual Safe Family Holiday Campaign. Twenty-nine law enforcement agencies across the state plan to conduct 1009 DUI saturation patrols, 133 aggressive driving patrols, 114 seat belt ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Trucking company owned by state senator shut down for workers' comp violation
BurlingtonFreePress.comDecember 31, 2011

Monahan said that in addition to creating a potential liability for taxpayers, companies that fail to carry workers' compensation insurance as required by state law also compete unfairly. “If you're operating without it, you wouldn't have the same ...more »

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