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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 »

Legal pair reject corporate approach and establish Sinclair Sharpe Law
Manchester Evening NewsDecember 1, 2011

“It's often quite a daunting experience for someone to approach a solicitor in the first place but the corporate approach does not suit everyone. “I wanted to get away from that and create a legal service that was delivered differently. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Farmland tax-break reform provokes debate at hearing in Trenton
Dailyrecord.comDecember 2, 2011

Under the law, that homeowner was entitled to the tax break on the acreage. Farmland assessments can slash property tax bills by 98 percent. Rep. Jon Runyan, RN.J.., former state Sen. Ellen Karcher, former Gov. Christie Todd Whitman, rock star Jon Bon ...more »

Health Care Law
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COMMENTARY: The Supreme Court and the health care law
digitalBURG.comDecember 1, 2011

It's also significant that the recent DC Court of Appeals decision upholding the health care law was written by Judge Laurence Silberman, a Reagan appointee and a close friend of Scalia's. Silberman argued (consistent with long-established precedent) ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Group not laughing at Depp's Christmas tune
msnbc.comDecember 5, 2011

Johnny Depp has not commented on the brouhaha, but it's not his first time teaming up with Babybird, or frontman Stephen Jones. Depp played guitar on and directed the music video for the single "Unloveable" last year. By Gina Serpe Forget turning the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Small Businesses Unprepared For New Hiring Rules
News Channel 7December 6, 2011

Knight said the audit plan is in the works and couldn't say how many LLR employees will work on the audits, or how many will be conducted, but that in two years of the last immigration hiring law, which ran from the start of 2009 to May 31 of this year ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Minister updates lawyers on labour-legislation development
Jamaica GleanerDecember 1, 2011

Among the recent development Charles mentioned were amendments to several legislation, including the Employment Act, Employment Agencies Regulations Act, Factories Act, Labour Relations and Industrial Disputes Act (LRIDA), and Foreign Nationals and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The CommLaw Group Appoints New Head of its Dispute Resolution and Litigation ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 5, 2011

Marashlian & Donahue, LLC, The CommLaw Group is a full service Washington, DC-area law firm serving the comprehensive legal needs of the communications industry. We are experienced in all aspects of federal and state telecommunications law and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HSBC, Morgan Stanley Exit MBIA Litigation
PropertyCasualty360December 13, 2011

The structured finance policies remained with MBIA and its healthy book of municipal-bond insurance was formed under the umbrella of National Public Finance Guarantee. HSBC Bank also joined in the action, but withdrew from it on Monday. ...more »

Animal Law
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Owner of dogs in attack says animals have never been aggressive
Maryville Daily TimesDecember 4, 2011

A member of the Seymour Volunteer Fire Department said firefighters arrived at the residence around 10:35 am Rural/Metro Ambulance Service transported the injured toddler to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The 3-year-old was listed in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Carr & Ferrell LLP Welcomes Patent Attorney Brian Hennessey to Intellectual ...
PR Web (press release)December 2, 2011

Prior to practicing patent law with Carr & Ferrell LLP, Mr. Hennessey worked in both patent prosecution and litigation for several law firms in the New York City metropolitan area. Mr. Hennessey holds a BSE in Inter-Disciplinary Engineering from the ...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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Obama Effort Hides but Can't Run From Affirmative Action: View
BusinessWeekDecember 6, 2011

They highlight the conflict that critics on both sides of the affirmative action argument maintain has undermined the court's reasoning from the beginning: There is no way to square this circle. If a factor may never be determinative, then it's not a ...more »

Jury awards $11.35 million to Akron doctor and fiance who survived 2007 crash ...
Plain Dealer (blog)December 16, 2011

The verdict was against Winner Aviation, a Pennsylvania-based company that maintained the plane. The jury found that the plane had not been properly maintained prior to the crash. A spokesman for Winner Aviation could not be reached. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Cambridge's water-sewer billing still raising stink with some customers
Waterloo RecordDecember 2, 2011

Landlords were incensed the city used provincial law to push any unpaid water bills from delinquent tenants onto their laps. “You can't put all the pressure on landlords. It's totally unfair,” landlord Victor Andrade told city councillors Monday. ...more »

Bankruptcy 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 »

Litigation
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Tackle the high cost of litigation
nebusiness.co.ukDecember 2, 2011

However, unlike in litigation or arbitration, it generally requires the disputing parties to bear their own legal costs. Therefore, it can turn out to be an expensive option. Whatever the outcome of the award, a party may be left with a relatively ...more »

Business Law
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New federal, state rules for health care insurance rattle businesses
vtdigger.orgDecember 1, 2011

Aside from the restriction on advertising designed to eliminate fraud, the other criteria are similar to current Vermont law. If the Affordable Care Act was determined to be unconstitutional, she said, Vermont could still enact its own individual ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Zakaria: Pakistan – friends without benefits
CNN (blog)December 4, 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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Attorney General's Office cracks down on technology-related crimes
Fontana Herald-NewsDecember 19, 2011

Child exploitation -- Disrupting online child pornography networks and those who commit sex crimes against children using the Internet or social media. Many of these crimes are multi-jurisdictional and are better suited for prosecution on a statewide ...more »

Personal Injury
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Town hall organizers: Protect no-fault insurance
Hometownlife.comDecember 18, 2011

“While families across our state have watched their jobs leave and incomes fall, their insurance premiums continue to rise,” said Lund, R-Shelby Township, in a press release. “We are the only state in the nation where motorists are required by law to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Republican presidential candidates on terror
MiamiHerald.comDecember 6, 2011

Michele Bachmann: Expand Guantánamo, no Miranda or constitutional rights for foreign terrorist suspects. “I would be willing to use waterboarding,” now banned, in interrogations. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: Supports extending and strengthening ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Major insurer for physicians says it's not needed
CanadianBusiness.comDecember 6, 2011

In the US, each party bears its own litigation costs in federal court and virtually all state courts. Because large companies are involved typically in more than 100 lawsuits, "they can spread their risk of losing," said Jeffrey Jackson, professor at ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Sen. Franken demands answers from company accused of data abuse
Coon Rapids ECM PublishersDecember 1, 2011

The legislation has already garnered significant support in the Senate and from prominent privacy and consumer protection advocates. Sen. Franken has been a leader on privacy issues since joining the Senate and earlier this year was named chairman of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Welcomes New Associate Attorney
PR Web (press release)December 5, 2011

They have particular expertise in the areas of business law, litigation, employment law, real estate matters, tax planning, tax disputes, estate planning, probate matters, construction law, condemnation, inverse condemnation and sports law. ...more »

The Legal Background Of Consumer Protection In Sri Lanka
Sunday LeaderDecember 3, 2011

In the present socio economic landscape in Sri Lanka, the consumer is a victim of many unfair and unethical tactics adopted in the market place. The untrained consumer is not in a position to resist the tactics of the businessman marketing goods and ...more »

Sports Law
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Demorest Law Firm, PLLC Welcomes New Associate Attorney
PR Web (press release)December 5, 2011

They have particular expertise in the areas of business law, litigation, employment law, real estate matters, tax planning, tax disputes, estate planning, probate matters, construction law, condemnation, inverse condemnation and sports law. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Kentucky should suspend death penalty, ABA panel recommends
Louisville Courier-JournalDecember 8, 2011

In a news release, the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers also called on Beshear, Conway and other criminal justice policymakers to fully adopt the proposed moratorium while reforms are being implemented. But Conway said in a statement ...more »

SCHOTZ v. INDIANAPOLIS LIFE INSURANCE CO.
Leagle.comDecember 29, 2011

The IRS also began nationwide audits of participants in certain § 412(i) plans, including the plaintiffs. The First Amended Complaint alleges that the plaintiffs incurred substantial audit-related fees and tax liabilities. ¶ 5 The plaintiffs sued the ...more »

When it's safe to fire an employee
The HourDecember 4, 2011

In light of your poor performing employee not improving even with progressive discipline, you are very likely to be able to defend the company against a claim of age discrimination. One further step that could be taken is to give the employee a "last ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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FactCheck: Dems go too far in web video
Traverse City Record EagleDecember 3, 2011

In October 2008, then-President George W. Bush signed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which created TARP. The new program was designed "to enable the Department of the Treasury to purchase or insure troubled assets as a way to promote ...more »

Environmental Law
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Simple energy tariffs find favour
BBC NewsDecember 1, 2011

This leads to them staying put on expensive deals when they would benefit from a switch, if only they could tell which was the cheapest alternative. suppliers will still be able to offer as many sophisticated tariffs as they like - including dual-fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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Make two wills if you own property abroad
The Co-operativeDecember 23, 2011

With inheritance laws differing from country to country, it is important that a will is in place in all lands in which persons own property, to prevent loved ones being short-changed during probate. Although as a UK resident all international assets ...more »

Family Law
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Managing Risk Estate Planning Work – Not for the Timid
WisBarDecember 6, 2011

WILMIC had a claim in which a lawyer used the wrong payoff for a land contract paid off to the estate and consequently prepared releases of two parcels of real estate when only one land contract was paid off. • Charitable gifts. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OC woman sentenced for insurance fraud
San Jose Mercury NewsDecember 1, 2011

An Orange County woman has been sentenced for committing $30 million in insurance fraud, described as one of the largest known workers compensation insurance fraud cases in California history. Prosecutors say Devon Lynn Kile's 10-year prison term will ...more »

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