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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 »

Vegas notary found dead in was fraud case witness
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 1, 2011

Their names have not been made public. Attorney Kenneth Julian of Costa Mesa, Calif., who represents Sheppard, declined to comment about the indictment and Lawrence's death. He said he was negotiating a court date and bail terms with Kelleher. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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LAZZELL v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

An administrative law judge ("ALJ") denied Plaintiff's application for supplemental security income, finding Plaintiff not disabled within the meaning of the Social Security Act. Tr. 23-34. This decision became Defendant's final decision when the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Legal Challenge to Health-Care Law Faces Hurdle
MarketWatchDecember 5, 2011

WSJ's Emily Maltby and Jess Bravin join the News Hub to discuss the legal challenges to President Obama's health care initiative and the hurdles facing Mary Brown, who has argued strongly against the policy. WSJ photo.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Act may complicate US offshore wind efforts
RechargeDecember 1, 2011

If the US wants offshore wind energy, developers and supply-chain companies will need to consider the potential impact of the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. Better known as the Jones Act — after its sponsor, the late senator Wesley Jones — the law ...more »

Immigration Law
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Group rallies against immigration law
Times DailyDecember 2, 2011

Thursday's march and rally by the Hispanic Culture Organization marked the beginning of what organizer Amanda Hernandez hopes is the beginning of a community dialogue about the effects of Alabama's tough immigration law on a ...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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McCarthy is Top Winner of Regional Better Business Bureau 2011 TORCH Award
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The BBB provides objective advice, free BBB Business Reviews, dispute resolution service, charity wise-giving reports, alerts and educational information on topics affecting marketplace trust. More information is available at www.bbb.org . ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Washington Mutual Forced Placed Flood Insurance Complaints Under Investigation
Emailwire (press release)December 3, 2011

Potentially, a mortgage holder may be able to participate in a flood insurance lawsuit against Washington Mutual or any mortgage company if they were forced or coerced into any of the following: buying a second flood insurance policy even though they ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet stores abuse animals, exploit customers
The Daily StarDecember 3, 2011

According to veterinarians and animal rights NGOs, unregulated pet stores exist throughout the country, selling animals that are often so sick that they die just a few days or weeks after being sold. Lana al-Khalil, co-founder and president of Animals ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property regulator says US ginger ale brewer exploiting Jamaica
Jamaica GleanerDecember 4, 2011

The Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) has described as exploitation of the island's brand, the decision by REED's, a fast-growing US listed company, to describe its flagship ginger ale as 'Jamaican style', even though the raw material used in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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QIYAO CHEN v. HOLDER
Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Anthony P. Nicastro, Senior Litigation Counsel; Dana M. Camilleri, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. Present: GUIDO CALABRESI ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Obama Administration Gives Colleges Broad Leeway on Affirmative Action
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)December 3, 2011

The Obama administration on Friday released its first guidelines on affirmative action in higher education. In doing so, it showed that it takes an expansive view of the educational benefits of diversity and intends to give colleges ...more »

Private Jet Operator, Solairus Aviation, Renews ARG/US Platinum Rating, Earns ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 1, 2011

Solairus Aviation demonstrated its commitment to safety and quality once again by renewing its ARG/US Platinum rating and obtaining IS-BAO Phase 2 Certification this month. The Platinum rating is awarded to those private jet operators who meet the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Buy to let market increasing, leading to more landlords
Journalism.co.uk (press release)December 6, 2011

Nobody likes to evict tenants. The law is very strict, so we advise them on how to enforce their rights without putting themselves at risk" said Lee Daniels, MD of Helpland landlord support service. Helpland operate a free advice line for landlords...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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NASCAR: Joe Gibbs Racing history with Interstate, part 19
Motorsport.comDecember 2, 2011

However, like Jarrett did in 1999, they limited their bad finishes with only three outside the top-15 with the worst being 26th in the spring race at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. The incredible consistency allowed Labonte to finish 265 points ...more »

Litigation
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CentRealTech Introduces Trustee Sale and Litigation Guarantee Services in a ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 1, 2011

New Division to provide services associated with processing foreclosure related title insurance products. This service is currently available for all locations within California, but will soon include other states too. EL DORADO HILLS, CA, December 01, ...more »

Business Law
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Charm Appoints Chief Technology Officer
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

His in-depth knowledge and hands-on experience regarding internet trends in both China and the US will also help guide the expansion of our digital advertising capabilities. Moreover, this new position reflects Charm's continued growth beyond ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy partners with Duval schools to mentor students
Florida Times-UnionDecember 7, 2011

I'm really excited about this collaboration and the benefits it will provide.” The program was initiated by Forrest High School Psychologist Freedom Reid who approached the Navy school liaison officers about having Sailors come into the schools to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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48 arrested in Florida child-sex investigation
Tbo.comDecember 15, 2011

Law enforcement is more knowledgeable in computer crimes, and parents and children are more aware of the dangers that can lurk on the Internet. "This is the 800-pound gorilla that is coming after our little girls and boys," he said. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Samuel Excused For Personal Reasons
PhiladelphiaEagles.comDecember 9, 2011

Cornerback Asante Samuel did not attend Friday's practice but was excused for personal reasons, head coach Andy Reid said Friday. Reid said that Samuel is expected to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Injury-wise, "everybody practiced ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Huckabee Forum: A Constitutional Challenge
Huffington PostDecember 2, 2011

Simply invoking the Constitution's name to justify a policy position doesn't cut it for a President. Nor should it cut it for a candidate. A thoughtful explanation, based on American law and values is what we need. Equality — We often hear the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NHS whistleblowing helpline to be extended to social care
The GuardianDecember 22, 2011

The announcement comes after concerns were raised about healthcare professionals being gagged by managers from reporting malpractice. To address these concerns, Andrew Lansley, the health secretary, announced plans in October to protect whistleblowers. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Campaign 2012: The Candidates and the Economy
Council on Foreign RelationsDecember 16, 2011

In July 2010, Obama pushed a financial reform bill through Congress known as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (PDF). The law gives the Federal government new powers to regulate Wall Street, and creates a Consumer Financial ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Passidomo pushes foreclosure reform measure for 2012 session
Naples Daily NewsDecember 3, 2011

Her new foreclosure bill is more detailed, with more input from various groups, including real estate and foreclosure defense attorneys, Realtors and bankers. Work on the 45-page bill began during the summer, starting with a group of real property ...more »

House Ways and Means & Finance Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)December 7, 2011

I am also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Northwestern University School of Law , where I teach "Taxation of Financial Derivatives" in the graduate tax program. I am here on my own behalf and the views I express are entirely my own. n1 Often in ...more »

Sports Law
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Betfair urges EU action against German gambling law
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British online gambling company Betfair urged EU regulators on Thursday to stop Germany from implementing a new gambling law, saying it did not comply with EU rules and that it favored state monopolies. The German sports betting ...more »

Criminal Defense
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National Veterans Foundation Rises to Challenge: Criminal Attorneys Defending...
Benzinga (press release)December 1, 2011

US Army) Stephen Xenakis, MD – considered by many to be the leading practical expert on PTSD that the US Army had working for them before his retirement into private practice, Brockton D. Hunter, Esq. – criminal defense attorney from Minneapolis and ...more »

IRS invited into Pinal County debate
Tucson CitizenDecember 3, 2011

03, 2011, under Arizona Republic News Pinal County has asked the Internal Revenue Service to decide if it is correctly taxing fringe benefits after a nearly yearlong debate with the Sheriff's Office over civilian employees' personal use of county ...more »

Letters: Blagojevich case sends clear message
USA TodayDecember 12, 2011

Commentary writer Peter Funt asked, "Does age matter in a presidential race?" Perhaps a more honest question would have been, is age discrimination acceptable in a presidential race? Funt goes on to say how other prejudices are not acceptable when ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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House Judiciary Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)December 1, 2011

Testimony by Tod Cohen , Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Global Government Relations, Intellectual Property, Regulatory and Asset Protection, eBay Inc. , San Jose, CA Chairman Smith, Ranking Member Conyers, and Members of the Committee: ...more »

Environmental Law
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White House renews veto threat on defense bill
The Associated PressDecember 2, 2011

Overall, the Senate bill would authorize money for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs in the Energy Department, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Reflecting a period of austerity and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Dispatches
Press HeraldDecember 3, 2011

Probate judges are elected. They handle adoptions, wills, guardianships, estates and name changes. Holmes has been the probate judge in Washington County for 22 years. The Bangor Daily News said the sanction order says some people had to wait years for ...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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Employers helping workers fight opioid abuse
Business InsuranceDecember 4, 2011

With opioid prescription abuse on the rise nationwide, workers compensation experts are seeking ways to help addicted workers return to sobriety. Insurers, brokers and third-party administrators say they're working with primary physicians to help wean ...more »

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