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General strike 2011: Strike day sees widespread disruption
Mirror.co.ukDecember 1, 2011

A total of 8000 probation and family court staff joined the strike against the government's plans to make public sector workers “pay more, work longer and get less in retirement”. But expected delays at air and sea ports were avoided as volunteers ...more »

KAWASAKI KISEN KAISHA LTD
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

The company also offers logistics services, such as air and land transportation services; and warehouse services. In addition, it provides shipping agency, ship management, harbor transportation, container repairing, and freight consolidation services; ...more »

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Administrative Law
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PROPPS v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

In prior hearings, the Administrative Law Judge ("ALJ") found that Propps had "slight to moderate" deficiencies in concentration, persistence and pace, with a residual functional capacity ("RFC") to perform limited light work. ...more »

Health Care Law
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IOWA SENIORS POLL: NEW HEALTH CARE LAW'S MASSIVE CUTS TO MEDICARE WRONG
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

Sixty-two percent of the participants responding to the poll opposed the cuts in Medicare funds mandated by the controversial health care law signed into law by President Obama in 2010. " Iowa seniors understand that the new health care law takes us in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Hinckley not dangerous and should be released, lawyers say
CNN InternationalDecember 1, 2011

Dr. Tyler Jones, director of psychiatry at St. Elizabeths, testified Hinckley also started taking Zoloft in 2005 after complaining about anxiety. Jones said Hinckley had been diagnosed years ago as suffering from depression and from an unspecified ...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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Guv calls LGUs to implement solid waste law
Sun.StarDecember 6, 2011

These equipments include a bioreactor developed by the Department of Science and Technology's Industrial Technology Development Institute. The bioreactor demonstrates simple management of highly organic public market wastes and converts them to organic ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Invaluable help for separating couples
Irish IndependentDecember 6, 2011

"Since the Divorce Referendum was passed 16 years ago, many couples have sought mediation services to make financial, parenting and interim agreements. "Early resolution of family disputes is achievable in the majority of cases. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Nine Saul Ewing Attorneys In Five States Recognized In Benchmark Litigation 2012
Citybizlist (press release)December 3, 2011

Saul Ewing LLP is a full service law firm with 240 lawyers in 10 offices in Pennsylvania,Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Delaware, New York and the District of Columbia. The firm serves businesses throughout the United States and internationally, ...more »

Animal Law
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Comfort for India's creatures
Asia Times OnlineDecember 2, 2011

The guidelines are in fact implementing Sec 17.1 (d) of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960. This law asks for experiments on animals to be avoided wherever possible, in medical colleges, hospitals, scientific labs etc, if alternatives such ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Firms told to be aware of value of intellectual property
Radio New ZealandDecember 4, 2011

Mr Adams says most of the knowledge and expertise around the intellectual patent will be in that external firm. He says in New Zealand the board needs to focus on the fact that they have patented assets and perhaps something should be done with them ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Demolition of Harvey's Dixie Square Mall could begin by year's end
SouthtownStarDecember 1, 2011

Work on clearing the property, at 151st Street and Dixie Highway, had been halted after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan sued Harvey in 2005 over asbestos removal at the site. The former mall has been the centerpiece of several redevelopment ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Obama administration in favor of affirmative action, against equality of ...
Tucson CitizenDecember 5, 2011

05, 2011, under Desert Lamp Today in backwards progress, the Obama administration has issued a guidance asserting the importance of affirmative action in education, including college admissions decisions. The guidance is a reversal in White House ...more »

Napolitano stresses international partnerships, aviation, cyber security on ...
Government Security NewsDecember 2, 2011

While in Paris, Napolitano and US Attorney General Eric Holder met with French Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant to talk about strengthening aviation security and information sharing to combat terrorism. They endorsed the US-EU Agreement on the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Measure would prohibit landlords from discriminating against Section 8
Baltimore SunDecember 8, 2011

The proposal would not prevent landlords from conducting background checks on prospective tenants or making sure they have enough money to pay the rent each month, he said, adding that the bill would also prevent discrimination against people who ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Views | Why India needs a Chapter 11- Style Bankruptcy Law
LivemintDecember 2, 2011

Unlike US, there is no such separate bankruptcy law in India which provides such breathing space to help companies come out of financial difficulty. The Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provisions) Act, 1985 (SICA) was enacted to take preventive or ...more »

Litigation
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Labrador talks about endangered slickspot peppergrass at hearing
The Idaho StatesmanDecember 6, 2011

But in his short questioning period his strongest point was that litigation over the slickspot peppergrass, an endangered plant that only grows in Idaho has cost the federal government $200000. The annual flowering bush, Lepidium papilliferum, ...more »

Business Law
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Interesting timing on Zygi Wilf's $19M Park Avenue digs
MinnPost.comDecember 1, 2011

The score on those 36 is: five true, three mostly true, four half-true, seven mostly false, 14 false and three pants on fire. Then, just this past Sunday, PolitiFact rated another Walker claim — that most school districts have maintained staffs ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Sukna scam: Army court martials former Lt.Gen Avadesh Prakash
Northern Voices OnlineDecember 3, 2011

“The army court found Lt.Gen. (retd) Avadesh Prakash guilty in three of the four charges (against him). He has been dismissed from service and would be deprived of pension and other benefits, besides losing his rank and other decorations,” army...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Seabrook man to plead guilty to attempting to lure 12-year-old
Seacoastonline.comDecember 7, 2011

24, after a monthlong investigation involving undercover officers and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Hampton Police Lt. Dan Gidley said the investigation began in January after authorities were notified by a Hampton parent about ...more »

Personal Injury
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Why You Should Insist On Structured Settlements?
Caribbean Media VisionDecember 3, 2011

This question may have entered your mind if you are suffering from an injury caused by the negligence of another person, group, or company. Personal injury litigation remains the common route of those seeking compensation from those responsible for ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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New York judge rules in inmate legislative districting case
ReutersDecember 3, 2011

Civil rights groups, including the NAACP and the Brennan Center for Justice, signed onto the case, arguing that the old method of counting, known as "prison gerrymandering," violated voting-rights laws by giving greater representation to residents of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What do you do when an entire system fails?
New Statesman (blog)December 5, 2011

The evidence continues to accumulate at the Leveson inquiry as to the sheer scope of British media malpractice in the first decade of the 21st century. The inquiry is not only there to investigate what went wrong, but also to suggest proposals for ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Credit Card Complaints Addressed In CARD Act Still Drive Consumer Anger
Huffington PostDecember 1, 2011

A sizable minority of the more than 5000 complaints about credit cards submitted to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau between mid-July and mid-October involved issues that were supposedly addressed by the CARD Act, signed into law in February ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Venice doctor's lawsuit against top law firm due to go to trial
Sarasota Herald-TribuneDecember 1, 2011

The Basnights' troubles began nearly five years ago, when the region's commercial real estate market still had enough steam to entice buyers. The couple had decided to buy out the cardiologist's four partners, all doctors seeing patients in the ...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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LSU locks up BCS title spot; Cowboys make case
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 5, 2011

Houston's Case Keenum (7) is pressured by Southern Mississippi's Cordano Law (49) during the third quarter of a Conference USA championship NCAA college football game on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, in Houston. Southern Mississippi defeated Houston 49-28. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Accused Cop Shooter Expected to Use PTSD Defense
WAAYDecember 2, 2011

Local criminal defense attorney Mark McDaniel has defended numerous clients using an insanity plea during his more than thirty year career in law. He says for those suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, a sudden change in behavior is ...more »

State Auditor says city has room for improvement
Bainbridge Island ReviewDecember 2, 2011

The audit is the culmination of more than a year's worth of effort by the office, which focused on determining if overhead costs between the general fund and utility funds were distributed according to leading practices and state law. ...more »

Jenkintown Creates New Anti-Discrimination Law for LGBT
NBC PhiladelphiaDecember 1, 2011

28 the Jenkintown Borough Council passed a new anti-discrimination bill for Jenkintown residents. In an 11-0 vote, the new bill outlaws discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender residents in housing, commercial property, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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US HOT STOCKS: Men's Wearhouse, NYSE Euronext, McClatchy
Wall Street JournalDecember 7, 2011

... integration within the US has been held up by Video Privacy Protection Act, which this bill aims to amend. Separately, Netflix said it will begin streaming to Xbox's in Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico. Oxford Industries Inc.'s (OXM, $39.23, ...more »

Environmental Law
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EDF to sell 61 TWh to rivals in 2012-regulator
ReutersDecember 2, 2011

PARIS Dec 2 (Reuters) - EDF competitors will buy 61 terawatt hours (TWh) of electricity in 2012 from the former power monopoly as part of a law to bolster competition, French energy regulator CRE said. This makes up around 12 percent of the country's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Estate Planning at Dorchester County Library
PR.com (press release)December 7, 2011

Mr. Guthrie talked about wills, living trusts, probate court, power of attorney, and living wills in a simple and direct manner that everyone was able to understand. Attorney Evan Guthrie answered questions after making his presentation that ranged ...more »

Family Law
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Alabama immigration law called nation's toughest
Southeast Farm PressDecember 7, 2011

The law makes it a crime to employ or assist an illegal immigrant in remaining in the country. And, while the law continues to be challenged in federal court — and certain portions have been blocked — almost all of those affecting Alabama employers ...more »

Workers Compensation
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SMITH v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

Steven Smith (Claimant) petitions for review of an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) dated November 30, 2010, which affirmed the decisions of a workers' compensation judge (WCJ) dismissing six review petitions filed by Claimant. ...more »

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