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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 »

Md. lawmakers oppose continued federal pay freeze
Baltimore Sun (blog)December 1, 2011

Several public employee unions who have members in Maryland agreed. “We made our sacrifice,” Jacqueline Simon, policy director for the American Federation of Government Employees, said in an interview, referring to the current pay freeze. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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'Design for Liberty' important book in 2011
Daily News - Galveston CountyDecember 31, 2011

A bewildering complexity of laws, especially administrative laws, creates a thicket that ensnares the law-abiding while providing scofflaws with cover for their depredations. Epstein also offers his prescription for the problem — limited government, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Cory Booker says U.S. spends more than 17 percent of gross domestic product on ...
PolitiFactDecember 25, 2011

During a recent stump in New Hampshire for President Barack Obama, Booker, a Democrat, said he's proud that there are leaders in the US making progress, but said the health care law Obama signed wasn't "perfect." He claimed the US has a major problem: ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Finance Companies Deflect BP Trial; Obama Nominates Fed's Board Vacancies
Retirement PlanningDecember 30, 2011

The claim by Cameron saying that US District Judge Carl Barbier wrongly cited maritime law to permit him to perform a nonjury trial over accountability for the incident was rejected by the panel of the US Court of Appeals. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona sheriff sanctioned over destroyed documents
ReutersDecember 24, 2011

... at least some of the reported citizen complaints that prompted special immigration-enforcement sweeps by Arpaio's department referred to "'Mexicans,' 'day laborers' or 'illegal immigrants' but did not provide a description of any criminal activity. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Impasse ends
Manila BulletinDecember 7, 2011

CLARK FREEPORT, Pampanga, Philippines — In the spirit of industrial peace, the management of Clark Development Corporation and the supervisory union group agreed to end the impasse on the proposed Collective Bargaining Agreement and return to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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$1 billion NH budget trim devastates health, service, education programs
Nashua TelegraphDecember 30, 2011

Kathy Cleveland photo Cheryl Beaulieu works in a neighboring office to Host Homes and Milford Mediation, two Milford-area programs that closed for good last week. Beaulieu is in charge of Milford fuel assistance for Southern New Hamshire Services. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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DePuy Hip Implant Claims: Know Your Rights re: Paying Back Health Insurers
InjuryBoard.comDecember 28, 2011

This state anti-subrogation law is trumped by federal law, therefore, a qualifed ERISA-based health insurance plan would be entitled to enforce its contractual subrogation provisions notwithstanding any state anti-subrogation statute. ...more »

Animal Law
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Hastings, GOP target Endangered Species Act
MiamiHerald.comDecember 28, 2011

Of the nearly 2000 US and foreign plant and animal species that the nation's endangered species law protects, only two dozen have "recovered" to the point where they could be taken off the endangered list, according to figures the Fish and Wildlife ...more »

Intellectual Property
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SJ Berwin - Intellectual Property - ADVOCATE GENERAL'S OPINION IN FOOTBALL ...
LawfuelDecember 21, 2011

Furthermore, the Advocate General proposes a stringent test for 'author's own intellectual creation', which requires that the creation of the database (as opposed to that of the data) involves a 'creative aspect' and is not merely the result of labour, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Marin pumps more money into battle with Deloitte Consulting over computer contract
San Jose Mercury NewsDecember 27, 2011

The personnel information issue emerged last month when lawyers disclosed that Culver had retained a "shared" project hard drive containing names, Social Security and related payroll information about county employees. Culver, who was booted as the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Opinion: Chelsea Clinton's affirmative action TV job
Washington PostDecember 15, 2011

So let's just call it what it is: affirmative action. I know that term has been corrupted in the public realm as shorthand for being on the receiving end of unearned privilege. Someone beats you out for a job, a spot in Yale's freshman class? ...more »

Culture: Five predictions for 2012
CNET (blog)December 30, 2011

A typical year's coverage can easily include stories on everything from Burning Man to Lego, aviation to 3D printing, NASA to tech startups, MythBusters to Pixar movies, and so on. That makes coming up with predictions for next year in culture a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Small claims court big fees in lawyer costs
Tbo.comDecember 27, 2011

Ask George Meyer, a Tampa real estate investor and landlord who challenged a $258 plumbing bill and wound up paying more than $4800, most of that in attorney fees. "It's not what I thought I was getting into in small claims court," Meyer said. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bolivia To Sell Rice Seized From US Businessman
SalonDecember 30, 2011

Ostreicher's lawyer, Jerjes Justiniano, called the sale of the rice illegal, saying the authorities had not notified him of the plan or given him an opportunity to appeal. He said the proceeds of the rice sale are to be held in a government account and ...more »

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Kevorkian Estate Litigation in Michigan Court Disputes Ownership of Art
U.S. Politics TodayDecember 8, 2011

An October auction of a variety of Jack Kevorkian's personal items did not result in any bids on his paintings, which remain subject to the outcome of litigation in Michigan between his estate and a museum. December 08, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A ...more »

Business Law
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Bankruptcy Team Expands Business Group at Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Terry is a Chapter 7 Panel Trustee of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Richmond Division, and has represented both businesses and individuals as debtors and creditors under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code for over 30 ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Study Shows Military Families May Face an Increased Risk of Divorce
U.S. Politics TodayDecember 24, 2011

When this happens, there are special considerations in military divorces that must be taken into account. Military families will need to work out division of military pension as well as provide for health care benefits. There are also special laws that ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Utah AG honors 2 for tracking down child pornographers, helping victims
Deseret NewsDecember 21, 2011

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff honored a seasoned prosecutor and an inventive investigator for their work with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant attorney general Kristine Knowlton was named the 2011 ...more »

Personal Injury
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New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney Awarded "Awesome Attorney" By South Jersey ... (press release)December 30, 2011

New Jersey personal injury attorney Richard P. Console Jr. was recently awarded the 2011 "Awesome Attorney" award for personal injury law from South Jersey Magazine. Each year, the magazine highlights the “Perfect Practices” in South Jersey in their ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Nigeria: Fayemi - Constitution Doesn't Recognise LGs as Tier of Govt
AllAfrica.comDecember 5, 2011

Sub-section (5) of Section 7 of the 1999 Constitution also reads: "The functions to be conferred by Law upon local government councils shall include those set out in the Fourth Schedule to this Constitution." Fayemi, who spoke against the backdrop of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Self-employment Tax
ForbesDecember 10, 2011

Self-employment tax, sometimes called SE tax, is a tax consisting of Social Security and Medicare taxes for those who work for themselves. It's the equivalent of the total of Social Security and Medicare taxes, sometimes called FICA taxes, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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UAE- New unified auto contract to promote transparency
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 29, 2011

The unified contracts law aims to enforce minimum standard requirements within car sales, service and spare parts contracts among UAE based car dealers to ensure fair treatment for all contract parties under the umbrella of the Consumer Protection law. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The condo-hotel: a new real estate trend
International Law OfficeDecember 9, 2011

Against this lucrative economic backdrop, entrepreneurs have engineered a way to cash in on hospitality projects by presenting traditional residential or commercial real estate property as hospitality enterprises. This is achieved by dividing a ...more »

Insurance News Net (press release)December 28, 2011

FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders - Commercial Items ( May 2011 ). See attachment for full text. FAR 52.222-41, Service Contract Act of 1965. As prescribed in 22.1006(a), insert the following ...more »

Sports Law
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WLOX Editorial: Tougher Laws Needed
WLOXDecember 12, 2011

We think that these steps are steps in the right direction, and we urge Mississippi legislators, and the US Congress, to adopt stricter child abuse reporting laws. Because if any of our citizens need the protection of law, it's those who cannot defend. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New York Legislation to Close Gun Show Loophole; New York Criminal Defense... (press release)December 28, 2011

Rochelle Berliner of the Law Office of Rochelle S. Berliner is a Queens criminal defense attorney committed to the protection of men and women accused of crimes throughout the areas of Queens County, New York County (Manhattan), Kings County (Brooklyn) ...more »

Douglas Bruce convicted of tax evasion, faces prison time
Denver PostDecember 22, 2011

Bruce was found guilty in Denver District Court of felony tax evasion, attempting to influence a public servant and filing a false tax return as well as a misdemeanor charge of failing to file a return. By some accounts, nobody has more heavily ...more »

2011: A year of milestones, tragedies, courtroom fights
Washington BladeDecember 29, 2011

But Frank was criticized by transgender activists in 2007 for dropping gender identity protections from the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. The gay-only bill ultimately died in the Senate. His most enduring legacy will likely be the passage of Wall ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A simple plan to keep your assets safe from an out-of-control government
Gold SeekDecember 22, 2011

Encounters with high-handed IRS agents and eager TSA gropers do nothing to ease that concern. And for those who listen thoughtfully, the messages from our designated leaders and their would-be replacements only hurry the dawning sense of unease. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Cell phone loophole disappears, child prostitution penalties increase as new ...
The RepublicDecember 27, 2011

Other notable changes to Oregon law beginning Jan. 1 include: — The minimum wage will go up 30 cents to $8.80 an hour. — Most energy efficient appliances will no longer be eligible for tax credits, nor will alternative-fuel vehicles and vehicle ...more »

Wills & Probate
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APNewsBreak: NY accountant off heiress' estate
The Associated PressDecember 21, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — An accountant facing questions about his handling of a reclusive Montana copper mining heiress' fortune has resigned from administering her estate as a city official said the accountant and a lawyer underpaid her taxes by tens of ...more »

Family Law
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Illinois may alter child support formula
Belleville News DemocratDecember 30, 2011

It's time to modify the current formula, which dates to the 1980s and doesn't consider the realities of many modern families, say officials with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, its child support division and most family law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comDecember 30, 2011

William Allen (Claimant) petitions for review of the portion of the June 3, 2011, order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (WCAB) that reversed the decision of a workers' compensation judge (WCJ) to reinstate Claimant's benefits on January 29, ...more »


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