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CNPA attorney: City Council violated open meeting law
Patterson IrrigatorDecember 1, 2011

Councilwoman Annette Smith said a final decision had not been made regarding the hiring of Hallinan, because the council was in contract negotiations. The matter was part of talks and did not have to be revealed, she said. “It's an employment issue,” ...more »

'We never saw it coming': Friends mourn two men killed in Dover-Foxcroft
Bangor Daily NewsDecember 1, 2011

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff Maine State Police detectives and other local law enforcement personnel are seen at the Piscataquis Valley Fairgrounds in Dover-Foxcroft on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, to investigate the police shooting of Michael Curtis of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NY judiciary proposes budget with raises for judges but no overall increase at ...
The RepublicDecember 1, 2011

AP ALBANY, NY — New York judicial officials have proposed a $2.3 billion budget for the next fiscal year with raises for state judges who haven't had one since 1999, but no increase in spending. Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau says the funding ...more »

Health Care Law
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Opponents Against Health Care Law's Repeal at Odds with Reality
About - News & IssuesDecember 2, 2011

This health care law is hard to defend when considering what our small businesses, the employers of 52 percent of Americans of Americans, must endure. The health care law gives no incentives for businesses to hire, which is what our neighbors of both ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard lauds 'scary' defence as Phil ...
Telegraph.co.ukDecember 4, 2011

Those contenders also include Chris Smalling and Phil Jones – the latter deployed in midfield and scoring his first senior goal – with Lindegaard adding of the 19 year-old: “It's amazing how well he's been doing in all the positions he's been playing. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Visa Law Would Give US World's Tired, Poor Technologists: View
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

Add in that immigrants have a much higher propensity to create new businesses -- a Duke University study found that they helped found more than a quarter of the technology and engineering companies established in the US between 1995 and 2005 -- and one ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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For Outsourcing Giant, Shoe Is on Other Foot
StarNewsOnline.comDecember 1, 2011

Indeed, foreign companies that come to India often hire law firms and staffing agencies before hiring anyone else. Nearly one-quarter of India's industrial laborers worked on contracts in 2007, up from just 16 percent in 2000, according to government ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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FG Plans to Decongest Prisons
THISDAY LiveDecember 2, 2011

Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Bello Adoke, reiterated this at a round table on Non-Custodial Sentencing, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Retroactive Justice System organised by the ministry in conjunction with the National ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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H. Tom Shipp & Associates Responds to Customer Need for Effective Results in ...
Ultimate KingwoodDecember 6, 2011

H. Tom Shipp & Associates, Attorneys at Law, can provide clients with effective results in commercial and business litigation amidst these tough economic times when Americans are seeking effective and quality ...more »

Animal Law
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Task force urges ban on exotic animals
Mansfield News JournalDecember 5, 2011

Enforcement would be under the auspices of the ODA, but local humane societies, state and local law enforcement and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources also should be involved. » Humane officers, law enforcement and other appointed officials ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Sequel Technology & IP Law Rolls Out First "Sequel Seminar": Trade Secrets
MarketWatch (press release)December 19, 2011

It is important for an in-house attorney to be able to identify and protect the company's trade secrets. The Sequel Seminar on trade secrets examines the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, looks at the elements of a trade secret claim in practical terms, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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What's The Worst Law School In New York?
Above the LawDecember 1, 2011

Our pace would have slowed down even further had we not been successful in making a much larger than usual number of fund formation and litigation placements for a four month period. * denotes multiple placements at the firm in question. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Walker Administration Could Face Legal Action Over Capitol Access Policy
89.7 WUWM - Milwaukee Public RadioDecember 7, 2011

It gives too much discretion to law enforcement authorities to determine who can exercise their rights to free speech and in a way it's too obvious, it's too obviously designed to protect public officials from public criticism,” Ahmuty says. ...more »

UN aviation body seeks emissions deal by end 2012
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

(Reuters) - The United Nations body that oversees civil aviation is accelerating its work to address greenhouse emissions from jetliners, and now hopes to have a global agreement by the end of 2012. The International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Concern over copyright law
Otago Daily TimesDecember 4, 2011

The Ministry of Economic Development says where liability falls will depend on each case, and may have to be contested at the tribunal, but internet civil rights group Tech Liberty NZ believes the law clearly says the account holder is liable. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Was Gaddafi using French technology to 'spy' on opponents in the UK?
Bureau of Investigative JournalismDecember 1, 2011

But when it goes to the other side, to be used in a bad way, I think everyone would condemn that use of technology.' In an indication of how far Gaddafi's overseas surveillance network may have spread, the list also names a London-based lawyer, ...more »

Litigation
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Fosamax Settlement Closer in Federal Jaw Litigation
InjuryBoard.comDecember 2, 2011

Federal judge, Judge Keenan has appointed a law professor to oversee settlement talks in hundreds of Fosamax jaw decay lawsuits filed throughout the United States. John Feerick, of the Fordham University School of law was appointed Special Settlement ...more »

Business Law
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Sadler Law Expands, Opening Pittsburgh Office
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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Zakaria: Pakistan - friends without benefits
CNN (blog)December 1, 2011

It has been ruled by a professional military for most of its independent existence, even when there has been a nominally civilian government in charge—as there is today. There have been no Gaddafiesque colonels' coups in Pakistan; instead, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Enid man arrested for child porn
KFORDecember 5, 2011

He was arrested last week following an Internet Crimes Against Children task force investigation that began in mid-November. Police say Bowen had hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on a laptop, desktop computer, hard drives and dozens ...more »

Personal Injury
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MEDEAN v. MOELLER
Leagle.comDecember 8, 2011

Before the court entered the judgment, defendant's liability insurer reimbursed plaintiffs insurer for the amount of personal injury protection (PIP) benefits provided by plaintiffs insurer to plaintiff. More than a year after the court entered the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Welfare drug testing law's future in question
The HawkeyeDecember 1, 2011

Referencing the 4th amendment and citizen's rights against unlawful search and seizure, the likelihood of a successful lawsuit is probable. Governor Scott recently suspended a planned policy requiring state workers to also provide drug samples after ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Developing the skills our future leaders will need
The Canberra TimesDecember 6, 2011

As I said recently, an assessment of a statutory office holder's actions in discharging their responsibilities should consider the totality of the legal framework in which the officer operates (eg including how that office is expected to interact with ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Testimony on Dodd-Frank Act Implementation
Insurance News Net (press release)December 3, 2011

... the implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act" or "Act") by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").1 (http://www.sec.gov/news/testimony/2011/ts120111mls.htm#P11_518) As you ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Protest at Parliament against Landlords and Tenants Law
Ammon NewsDecember 4, 2011

AMMONNEWS – Dozens of real estate owners and tenants protested in front of the Parliament building on Sunday morning ahead of a Lower House's session scheduled to discuss amendments to the Landlords and Tenants Law. The protestors criticized the law, ...more »

County violating own law by approving Barley Mills rezoning
The News JournalDecember 1, 2011

... under construction or under contract for construction. For land uses that became nonconforming when the UDC became law, a "Nonconforming Situations" article allows lawful continuation of prior lawful uses without full compliance with the UDC's ...more »

Sports Law
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FA hires lawyers for Rooney appeal
Hindustan TimesDecember 4, 2011

“We have spoken at length with our own internal lawyers on this, and also we have been working with an external legal firm as well, who have a great deal of expertise in sports law,” Bevington said. “Wayne will attend the hearing — he will travel in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Holmes has regrets in police-assault case
The Seattle TimesDecember 1, 2011

Buck was present at the meeting, along with Lee's criminal-defense attorney, that led the witness to change his mind. Buck has a long record of defending police officers, including Ian Birk, who resigned after his shooting of woodcarver John T. ...more »

Accounting News Roundup: IRS Might Still Have Your Refund; Deloitte Expecting ...
Going ConcernDecember 1, 2011

Deputy District Attorney Mike Blazina concluded his monthlong case Wednesday by calling a former state Department of Justice financial crimes auditor, who detailed alleged overpayments in 1400 library maintenance projects from April 2004 through July ...more »

ATTARD v. CITY OF NEW YORK
Leagle.comDecember 16, 2011

Under the McDonnell-Douglas framework, the plaintiff bears the initial burden to establish a prima facie case of age discrimination by showing "(1) that she was within the protected age group, (2) that she was qualified for the position, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Advance Record Management Offers Tailor Made Data Protection Solutions
Industry Today (press release)December 19, 2011

Apart from standard packages for data protection, it has introduced tailor made data protection services to meet unique requirements of organizations. Data is the greatest asset for all types of businesses and its critical importance is recognized when ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama Promotes Energy Efficiency, Hosts Tribes
SalonDecember 2, 2011

Civil rights groups fiercely oppose the bill. “The bill is an historic threat to American citizens and others because it expands and makes permanent the authority of the president to order the military to imprison without charge or trial American...more »

Wills & Probate
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Benton-Franklin Legal Aid gives awards to 5 this year
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldDecember 10, 2011

The Powell & Gunter law firm of Richland started in 1979 with a handshake, but the partnership will end with Gunter's plans to retire in August. Their "office practice" focuses on real estate, wills, probate and business work. ...more »

Family Law
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Rural communities struggle with lack of lawyers
KTTCDecember 11, 2011

It's a problem seen more and more in rural communities - one that means people must travel farther for legal advice, slowing down the process and bogging down an already-crowded court system. Cash-strapped communities are spending more money to bring ...more »

Workers Compensation
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COLUMN: Former Atomic Worker Compensation System Broken
HNN Huntingtonnews.netDecember 5, 2011

These workers were promised they would receive the same consideration for workers' compensation as their brothers and sisters received in the private sector. This is a good law. Granted, there are a few sections that can be clarified, but overall, ...more »

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