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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 »

Greene County, MO Couple Pays $1000 Tax Bill in $1 Bills
KSPRDecember 1, 2011

A Greene County, MO couple says all they wanted to do was pay their property tax bill, but instead they were told to leave the Greene County Collector's Office. The couple says they brought in their payment in cash, an acceptable form according to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tribunal stays Group-I interviews
IBNLive.comDecember 31, 2011

HYDERABAD: After the hearing on the petition filed by some Telugu medium candidates, the Andhra Pradesh Administrative Tribunal has issued interim stay orders on the Group-I interviews, which were scheduled to be held from January 4 to 10. ...more »

Health Care Law
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GE Healthcare Pays $30 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Case
BusinessWeekDecember 30, 2011

The fraud settlement announced today involving the drug Myoview sold by Amersham Health Inc. resolves claims filed under the False Claims Act. The law allows whistle-blowers to pursue fraud claims on behalf of the federal government and then share in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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US police fatalities up 13 percent in 2011 to 173
The Associated PressDecember 28, 2011

The number of fatalities from departments across the country caused by firearms made 2011 one of the deadliest years in recent history for US law enforcement. Across the nation, 173 officers died in the line of duty, up 13 percent from 153 the year ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration rights: US launches new hotline for detainees
Los Angeles TimesDecember 30, 2011

The toll-free number, (855) 448-6903, will field queries from detainees held by state or local law enforcement agencies if the detainees "believe they may be US citizens or victims of a crime," the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Questions remain following Shepherdsville's annexation near Clermont
Louisville Courier-JournalDecember 15, 2011

The church and some other residents who live in the area have expressed concerns for months about increased traffic and flooding if the property is developed for industrial use. Simpson told the council that approving annexation before seeing ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Nembang exudes optimism
Himalayan TimesDecember 31, 2011

KATHMANDU: Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang today expressed happiness over the performance of the dispute resolution sub-committee formed for resolving the disputes surfaced in course of the constitution drafting process. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Former Employee Sues Nebraska Insurance Company
ClaimsJournal.comDecember 21, 2011

A former worker at Farmers Mutual Insurance Company of Nebraska is suing for employment discrimination. The Lincoln Journal Star says the lawsuit was filed in Lancaster County District Court. It alleges that the company violated the Nebraska Fair ...more »

Animal Law
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'Trust Us' Legislation: When Protest Becomes an act of Terror
The AtlanticDecember 28, 2011

Consider the Controlled Substances Act and its use by drug warriors against doctors who prescribe pain medication (and beware of any law enforcement crusade marketed as a "war.") This is the "trust us" theory of legislating. It demands that we trust...more »

Intellectual Property
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BNA Books Announces the Publication of the 2011 Cumulative Supplement to ...
NEWS.GNOM.ESDecember 27, 2011

In addition to Trademark Infringement Remedies, BNA's Book Division publishes: Trademark Dilution: Federal, State, and International Law; Trademark Litigation Practice; and other titles in intellectual property law. For a free BNA Books catalog, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Actos Bladder Cancer Lawsuits Transferred to US District Court, Western ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 30, 2011

The US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation (JPML) has consolidated all pending federal Actos bladder cancer lawsuits in a multidistrict litigation, and has assigned the docket to the Honorable Judge Rebecca F. Doherty, US District Court for the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ghana: Women's Rights Agenda in Retrospect
AllAfrica.comDecember 20, 2011

Dr. Coker-Appiah said come next year 2012, they were expecting that the Affirmative Action Bill under preparation, the Amendment of Intestate Succession Law and the Property Rights of Spouses would be passed. The 1992 Constitution regulates the ...more »

Nigeria: Aviation Sector to Focus On Manpower Development in 2012 - -Demuren
AllAfrica.comDecember 30, 2011

DIRECTOR-General, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Dr Harold Demuren, has said in Lagos that manpower training would get a boost in 2012 to sustain service delivery in the country's aviation sector. He said the training would also help to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants in severe arrears on rise
Financial TimesDecember 30, 2011

He noted that the growth in tenant arrears followed a pattern already seen in official data from the Ministry of Justice, which tallies the number of landlord possession claims that lead to a court order, which are only available to the end of the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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As the campaign unreels, voters feel dispirited
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 31, 2011

20, 2011 photo, Kathy Stofka works on a piece of fabric while making a flag at Flags Sales & Repairs in Toledo, Ohio. Howard Pinkley established Flag Sales and Repair a half century ago and runs it with his daughter, Wendy Beallas. The days after Sept. ...more »

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Reducing the Cost of Retiree Health Care MagazineDecember 14, 2011

Last year's health-care law has given companies a new reason to cut back on their offerings. Those changes will usually be finalized in a courtroom. Companies that provide health benefits to retirees have understandably become ever more cognizant of ...more »

Business Law
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Mortgage firm pulls business from state
The Boston GlobeDecember 3, 2011

“To do business in Massachusetts, GMAC has to follow the law before foreclosing on homeowners,'' Coakley said. By deciding to halt most of its mortgage operations here, she said, “GMAC has acknowledged it has a problem following those laws and being ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Retired Army colonel to head regional Department of Children and Families office
Florida Times-UnionDecember 30, 2011

... adult abuse and neglect, economic self-sufficiency benefits and substance abuse and mental health services. Abramowitz, 52, now lives in Atlanta and will move to Jacksonville. He said he'll bring his military experience to his new position, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Band's fans join hunt for stolen computers
Windsor StarDecember 27, 2011

After a recent break-in at guitarist Matte Lalonde's home, fans are spending their holidays scouring the Internet in search of the rock band's stolen material. Lalonde's heart sank when he discovered his house had been broken into Thursday night, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Two-Car Personal Injury Accident in Town of Cazenovia
Madison County CourierDecember 29, 2011

28, 2011 at 3:54 pm Morrisville State Troopers investigated a two-car personal injury accident on State Route 92, town of Cazenovia just west of West Lake Road that closed the roadway for approximately one hour. Investigation revealed that Rubanel ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Guest opinion: Sheriff makes mockery of US Constitution
The News-PressDecember 6, 2011

The Occupy movement is a Constitutional expression of the freedoms we Americans have. This freedom of expression is the very reason for the Mall in Washington, DC — so people could gather and be heard. The Courts are upholding the Occupy movements, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Understanding the Radiologist's Legal Responsibility for Patient Safety
Diagnostic Imaging (blog)December 13, 2011

Craig Frischman, a medical malpractice plaintiff's attorney, joined noted MRI safety expert, Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR, on the dais to present on the unique legal responsibilities and liabilities faced by MRI providers and radiologists. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Bankruptcies Down For November, Year
JD Supra (press release)December 30, 2011

The most common reasons for filing for personal bankruptcy, Markus says, are falling behind on mortgage payments, credit card debt and medical problems. People facing intractable debt or other fiduciary disasters should consult with a bankruptcy ...more »

Real Estate Law
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VISIT USA Act Will Give Foreign Investors in Florida Real Estate a US Visa ...
JD Supra (press release)December 14, 2011

That's right: buy $500000 or more in residential real estate in the United States, and you will automatically get a US Visa - if the VISIT USA Act becomes law. Please see full article below for more information. ...more »

Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 29, 2011

On November 23, 2009, we and Richard F. Sommer, our then-current Chief Executive Officer, entered into an amendment to Mr. Sommer's Employment Agreement dated as of May 19, 2009. This amendment, provided that Mr. Sommer was entitled to an option to ...more »

Sports Law
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Jamaica needs more legal training says Harding
Jamaica ObserverDecember 11, 2011

With more companies becoming involved in business across international borders and persons becoming more aware of issues, such as intellectual property and human rights, he said there is a greater need not only for lawyers, but also for persons who are ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Fowle nominated for judicial post
Kennebec JournalDecember 28, 2011

The only downside to Fowle's nomination is that Kennebec and Somerset counties would lose a great district attorney, said Walter McKee, a prominent defense attorney and past president of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. ...more »

Corporate America Puerto Rico Tax Break Shifts to Cayman Islands
BusinessWeekDecember 20, 2011

He is now a professor at Boston University's School of Law. Berman was right. After losing the legislative fight, the tax-avoidance industry of accountants and lawyers sprung into action. While manufacturing facilities stayed in Puerto Rico, ...more »

EEOC: New Regulations on Age Discrimination!
Main Street Business JournalDecember 16, 2011

By Michael Patrick O'Brien, Esq. Speaking of partisan lines, some also emerged recently at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC has passed a new regulation requiring that an employment practice that adversely impacts older ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Vitro, Lehman, MF Global, Dodgers, Madoff, Syms: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekDecember 9, 2011

Windstar filed under Chapter 11 in April after working out a contract where Whippoorwill originally was to buy the business in exchange for $40 million in secured debt. Anschutz won the auction, beating out Whippoorwill. Assets were $86.4 million, ...more »

Environmental Law
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New state laws to go into effect
Mt. Vernon Register-NewsDecember 27, 2011

Banking and Estate Clean-Up — Makes numerous clean-up changes and clarifications to a current law related to banking and real estate. Brand Name Prescriptions — Authorizes HFS to reimburse the dispensing of a 90 day supply of a brand name drug when ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Estate Planning and Probate At Dorchester County ...
openPR (press release)December 10, 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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White Plains Judge Sondra M. Miller Receives Prestigious Award From the ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

In addition to heading McCarthy Fingar's Appellate Practice and Mediation & Arbitration divisions, she serves as a member of the firm's Collaborative Law, Business Litigation, and Matrimonial & Family Law groups. Her professional and community ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bob's Top 10 Predictions for 2012 (press release)December 30, 2011

I have been noticing that many writers, pundits and experts in the workers' compensation arena have been issuing their predictions for the New Year, in the form of a “Top Ten” list or similar variant. I am not sure why it is always ten items, ...more »


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