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Berkshire paying $150M for Omaha newspaper company
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 1, 2011

Berkshire owns more than 80 subsidiaries, including clothing, insurance, furniture, utility, jewelry and corporate jet companies. It also has big investments in companies including Coca-Cola Co. and Wells Fargo & Co.more »

Greene County, MO Couple Pays $1000 Tax Bill in $1 Bills
KSPRDecember 1, 2011

A Greene County, MO couple says all they wanted to do was pay their property tax bill, but instead they were told to leave the Greene County Collector's Office. The couple says they brought in their payment in cash, an acceptable form according to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Villalobos' attorneys drop him for not paying legal fees
Los Angeles TimesDecember 1, 2011

However, in legal papers, Villalobos unsuccessfully argued that Cooley should not be relieved from representing him until a US Bankruptcy Court in Reno, Nev., approves his hiring of new counsel. "If this court grants Mr. Villalobos' request, ...more »

Health Care Law
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The legacy of Romney's healthcare Rx
ReutersDecember 2, 2011

"The hope is that they get earlier care at managing chronic illnesses and not end up in the ER." Overall, Massachusetts residents remain broadly supportive of the new healthcare law. Roughly two in three adults initially backed the reforms, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Young spanked sailor's distress displayed in court
Herald SunDecember 1, 2011

"Consent was obtained by his abuse of authority," Flt Lt Whybrow said. Flt Lt Whybrow said a laptop containing sadomasochistic pornography was thrown away by Jones in an act of guilt as the relationship ended.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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Conn. economic development officials award $17 million for cleanups of old ...
The RepublicDecember 2, 2011

Connecticut economic development officials have awarded more than $17 million to pay for costly and complicated environmental cleanups of polluted industrial and manufacturing sites. Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Department of Economic ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Chapman Tripp announces five partner promotions
Legal Business OnlineDecember 1, 2011

The new partners are all from within the firm and cover litigation and dispute resolution, financial services regulation, finance and resource management practice areas. In the Auckland office the appointments include environment, planning and resource ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Focus: The litigation top 50 - Wars of the world
The LawyerDecember 5, 2011

Headline cases for Kirkland recently have included the landmark Pliva Inc v Mensing (2011), in which partner Jay Lefkowitz represented Teva Pharmaceuticals in a closely watched Supreme Court case that ruled generic drug companies, unlike brand ...more »

Animal Law
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Legislature should get to work on law to rein in wild animals
Youngstown VindicatorDecember 5, 2011

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources issued a release Oct. 21 on its convening of a Dangerous Wild Animals Work Group. The ODNR website said that Gov. John R. Kasich supported the regulation of dangerous wild animals to ensure the public's safety ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Benchmark Applies GuardTime for Verifiable Proof of Intellectual Property...
MarketWatch (press release)December 8, 2011

Says Peter Cotton, Benchmark's Chief Scientist, "We saw the value in cryptographically timestamping intellectual property, notwithstanding possible changes to patent law. The GuardTime solution was an easy win and, given the simplicity of the product, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Johnson Law Group Awareness Campaign Looks at the Stages of a Mesothelioma ...
Benzinga (press release)December 1, 2011

... review of medical records, issues pertaining to work history, and possible or probable ways in which asbestos exposure occurred. The information is then evaluated and assessed to ensure that a lawsuit is the appropriate direction in which to head. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The affirmative action myth
The Boston GlobeDecember 23, 2011

Instead, a widening shelf of empirical research suggests that the opposite is true - that affirmative action in academia is not advancing minority achievement but impeding it. In the University of California v. Bakke case more than 30 years ago, ...more »

Aviation fans celebrate centenary of seaplane Waterbird's maiden flight from ...
The Westmorland GazetteDecember 2, 2011

A REVOLUTION in aviation history took place 100 years ago on Windermere. Hundreds of people gathered in the Lakes this week to celebrate two anniversaries – the first flight of the ground-breaking seaplane Waterbird, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Property, Landlord Dies, Dad's Rights, Common Law Marriage
MyFox HoustonDecember 1, 2011

In today's segment, he addresses several questions: AS A LANDLORD, A TENANT OWED A MONTH AND A HALF OF BACK RENT AND ABANDONED THE PROPERTY. THE TENANT LEFT BEHIND A VEHICLE THAT HAD NO LIENS. I DISCOVERED THE TENANT HAD TAKEN OUT A LOAN WITH A TITLE ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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EPA Proposes Stricter Rules For Ship Ballast Water
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

Litigation
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EU Says It Has Complied With WTO Ruling on Airbus Subsidies
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

... “on all models that are the topic of this litigation.” The EU's compliance report was submitted to the US and the Geneva-based WTO today in the seven-year legal battle over aid to Airbus and Boeing, the world's two biggest commercial planemakers. ...more »

Business Law
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Immigration scam awareness campaign goes national
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Family of Bronze Star Recipient Appealing for Death Benefits After Pentagon ...
Fox NewsDecember 2, 2011

Yet despite Luke's service, the Army has since declined to pay out military death benefits to the family -- claiming his family is not eligible because the veteran died in his home just a few miles from base. As a US senator steps in to try and reverse ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Surveillance: A thriving British industry
Bureau of Investigative JournalismDecember 1, 2011

The company says it aims to 'help customers strengthen borders and safeguard transportation systems, improve cyber security, and combat terrorism and organised crime'. 'The internet is a platform for new crime. The Internet can be a platform for new ...more »

Personal Injury
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Man injured in alcohol related crash
Newark PostDecember 6, 2011

On December 5 at 1:18 am, County Police and Paramedics responded to the 100 block of Fenwick Avenue in the community of Kiamensi Gardens for a report of a personal injury accident. When officers arrived, they found an older model Honda Accord that was ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Polygamy ruling muddies marriage law
Edmonton JournalDecember 3, 2011

And if he made the law apply only to people who did X or Y - held a ceremony, drew up a contract, used the word "wife" - he'd be telling lawbreakers where to find the loophole. So Bauman created a third category of relationship: not common-law, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sri Lanka's Hypocritical Bar
Sunday LeaderDecember 3, 2011

... he had been directed by Silva to inform her that the material she had submitted for an inquiry “does not warrant issuing a rule under section 42 (2) of the Judicature Act since the incident does not disclose malpractice or professional misconduct. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Mayors Urge Senate Leaders to Act on Swift Confirmation of Cordray as Director ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 7, 2011

We urge you to end this gridlock and confirm Richard Cordray as Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau," said Villaraigosa. In the wake of the financial crisis, the CFPB is intended to help the marketplace operate more effectively by ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Syria regulates Real Estate Ownership for Non-Syrians
Day Press NewsDecember 2, 2011

DAMASCUS- Syrian Interior Ministry issued Thursday a decision on the real estate ownership for non-Syrians, in accordance with the Law No. 11 for 2011, especially article 3, and provisions of the cabinet's decision issued on August 08, ...more »

Non-arbitrable public procurement disputes: on the right track?
International Law OfficeDecember 1, 2011

The dispute related to a construction agreement that was concluded following public procurement procedures. The claimants were the construction contractors under the contract. They brought an action against the procuring entity and the customer under ...more »

Sports Law
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Illinois Sports Facilities Authority finds shortfall not as big as originally ...
Chicago TribuneDecember 2, 2011

This past year was the first time the tax revenue was inadequate since 2001, when a new law allowed the authority to issue bonds for renovations at Soldier Field. This has been a time of change for the board. Gov. Pat Quinn appointed four new members ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer Seeks Trial Delay, Says Courthouse Xmas Tree OK, But Crime-Victim-Photo ...
ABA JournalDecember 2, 2011

An Alabama criminal defense attorney doesn't object to the Christmas tree in the Houston County Courthouse or even the ornaments, featuring photographs of crime victims, with which it is decorated. But Billy Joe Sheffield II does object ...more »

Conservation Easements–Using The IRS Audit Manual To Avoid Issues
JD Supra (press release)December 15, 2011

The IRS has revised it Conservation Easement Audit Techniques Guide as of September 30, 2011. This lengthy guide should be reviewed by those structuring such contributions to assure compliance with all statutory and regulatory requirements. ...more »

Family win discrimination claim against school
Ealing GazetteDecember 15, 2011

The Greenford parents sought legal advice when they realised their nine-year-old son Ross, who was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome - a form of autism - at the age of four, was being taught by insufficiently qualified teachers. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Release from Harwood Andrews Lawyers
PRWireDecember 8, 2011

Our new office means that the local Ballarat community will have local access to the entire Harwood Andrews Lawyers group significant expertise and resources. The firm provides strategic legal and commercial advice nationally to a diverse range of ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Science, Space, and Technology Subcommittee on Energy and Environment ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 1, 2011

(NRC) Policymakers and the public are often unaware of the influence of these risk assessment policy choices or the existence of alternative assessments that are equally plausible. Instead, assessments often generate precise-sounding predictions that ...more »

Wills & Probate
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How to Manage the Stress of Caring for the Elderly During the Holidays
PR Web (press release)December 8, 2011

She is a nationally recognized Eldercare Specialist in the areas of wills, trusts, probate, elder law and holistic health and wellness. Dr. Carr is a published author on various topics including eldercare, natural health and green living. ...more »

Family Law
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Family judges must take bigger role to curb court battlegrounds
Telegraph.co.ukDecember 1, 2011

He warned: “Against this background, it is a matter of considerable anxiety to me that the government propose to take nearly all private law family work out of the scope of public funding. He said there was already a “radical increase in litigants in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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JACOB v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

Annamma Jacob (Claimant) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) that affirmed the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) who granted Claimant's claim petition and awarded her total disability benefits from September 6, 2003, ...more »

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