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US could pay pension bill for AMR as it restructures: report
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

Tom Horton, the new chief executive of American Airlines and its parent company AMR said the fact the company had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection did not mean its pension plans would definitely move to the PBGC, but he signaled it was a real ...more »

Harassment case in Oxnard 'was about dignity,' attorney says
Ventura County StarDecember 1, 2011

The settlement, filed Monday, requires Cyma to assign an equal employment opportunity coordinator to ensure the staff is trained to prevent future harassment, discrimination and retaliation. EEOC lawyer Anna Park commended Cyma for making changes. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tribunal stays Group-I interviews
Times of IndiaDecember 30, 2011

The tribunal bench comprising its chairman Justice G Yethirajulu and member AK Goel gave this interim order after hearing scores of applicants who took the test in Telugu medium. They alleged that several bloomers crept into the questions translated ...more »

Health Care Law
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Unions sue over retiree health costs
Albany Times Union (blog)December 28, 2011

Late Wednesday, the Public Employees Federation, Civil Service Employees Association, United University Professions and other unions representing law enforcement and corrections officers filed suit in federal court, claiming health care for retirees is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Russian Tanker Waiting On Jones Act Waiver
Alaska Public Radio NetworkDecember 29, 2011

But it must first receive a waiver of the Jones Act, or it will turn north and deliver diesel fuel only. Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Voter ID Laws Lead Flurry of New Statutes
Wall Street JournalDecember 31, 2011

The voter ID measures are among a large number of new state laws that also reflect concerns related to illegal immigration, employment and the well-being of the country's youth. An estimated 40000 new laws were passed in 2011, up 29% from the previous ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Clarence IDA takes new look at grants
Buffalo NewsDecember 16, 2011

By Matt Glynn The Clarence Industrial Development Agency is rethinking how it provides grants to support the town's business community. The Clarence IDA discussed the topic Thursday, after a state report in October questioned the IDA's $10000 grant to ...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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Group names 'most ridiculous' lawsuits of 2011
OCRegisterDecember 31, 2011

"While these lawsuits vary from the outrageous to the humorous, abusive litigation is hardly a laughing matter," said Institute President Lisa Rickard. "ILR's annual poll of ridiculous lawsuits helps to remind us that abusive lawsuits affect real ...more »

Animal Law
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Law firms and law schools add animal law specialties
Portland Business JournalDecember 30, 2011

Tonkon Torp LLC partner Mark Cushing heads up the Portland law firm's new animal law practice. More Portland attorneys are tackling animal law issues, not surprising for a city that loves its four-footed friends. Some of the city's largest law firms, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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It's Time for Republican Presidential Candidates to Take a Stand on SOPA ...
Hollywood ReporterDecember 30, 2011

The Hollywood Reporter has been attempting to survey where each of the Republican presidential candidates stand on the Stop Online Piracy Act, the hotly debated intellectual property bill that's currently under consideration in Congress and has been ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Family Law Attorneys with Horack Talley Named Best Lawyers for 2012
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor. Horack Talley's practice areas include family law, commercial and residential real estate, real estate litigation, commercial litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Combine Solicitation - Training COI
Insurance News Net (press release)December 23, 2011

The Government will not sign any release forms, as Government liability is governed by the contract and applicable Federal law and regulation. FAR 52.202-1 Definitions Jul-04 FAR 52.203-3 Gratuities Apr-84 FAR 52.203-6 Restrictions On Subcontractor ...more »

Aircraft company credits worker dedication as key to its success
Contra Costa TimesDecember 31, 2011

During the current recession, Delman said one of the company's strengths these past couple of years has been its diverse portfolio, being able to provide service to anything from general aviation planes, corporation and military aircraft. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Nakheel Can't Charge Dubai Palm Island Dwellers for Beach, Regulator Says
BloombergDecember 28, 2011

Landlord's Responsibility Tenants who are barred from using the facilities at Palm Jumeirah because their landlords failed to pay service fees may be allowed to withhold their rent, bin Ghalita said. Instead, they could pay the developer directly after ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rothstein has spoken ... so what did we learn?
Sun-SentinelDecember 31, 2011

Likewise, he claimed banks where the proceeds of his fraud flowed — TD Bank and Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Co. — did nothing to stop him, even when his actions went well beyond the suspicious. Attorneys for his former law partners at Rothstein ...more »

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Fitch Sees Stability For US Tobacco Cos Despite Declining Volumes
Wall Street Journal (India)December 9, 2011

Still, the credit rating firm said tobacco companies' ratings will stay lower than those of other companies with similar credit metrics due to ongoing litigation risk, increased regulatory risk and the volume declines. Fitch expects volumes to decline ...more »

Business Law
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Law Office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC Announces Investigation of SuccessFactors, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Dec 05, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC announces that it is investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of SuccessFactors, Inc. ("SuccessFactors" or the "Company") ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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In North Korea's succession, is the new Kim same as old Kim?
Edmonton JournalDecember 23, 2011

This will probably result in increased economic opportunities for Western - including Canadian - companies, but the lion's share of the economic benefits will most likely continue to flow to the military. In addition, like the Chinese model they would ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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When your criminal past isn't yours 18, 2011

Fear of litigation keeps the number of errors in check, he says. "The system works well if everyone stays compliant," Cool says. But when the system breaks down, it does so spectacularly. Dennis Teague was disappointed when he was rejected for a job at ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 29, 2011

The new website,, has been launched to provide clients with valuable information on what to do in event of an accident. The Orange County auto accident lawyer that is chosen will hire expert witnesses to testify ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Chemerinsky's Obamacare argument called flawed
The Journal News | LoHud.comDecember 12, 2011

He's saying that the Affordable Care Act mandate that citizens enter into private insurance contracts is valid because the so-called health care reform law is putting 50 million more on the health care rolls but it can't do that if the mandate is ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice suit against Indianapolis law firm settled
Indianapolis StarDecember 19, 2011

NOBLESVILLE -- A Noblesville farm couple settled their legal malpractice lawsuit against the Indianapolis law firm of Krieg DeVault while the jury was deliberating in the case. The six-person jury had started deliberations after the five-day trial ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Tribunal orders college to reimburse RM9,972 to former student
The Borneo PostDecember 20, 2011

... Excel College of Training and Development should reimburse the amount to Liew Li Ming Salinah after holding that the incorporation of a clause related to their 'no refund policy' was in contravention of the amended Consumer Protection Act. Liew had ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Inland Real Estate Corporation Pays December And Declares January Cash ... (press release)December 15, 2011

By Business Wire 12/15/11 - 05:01 PM EST Inland Real Estate Corporation (NYSE: IRC) today announced that it has paid a cash dividend of $0.169271 per share on the outstanding shares of its 8.125% Series A Cumulative Redeemable Preferred Stock, ...more »

Deadline nears as NYC's office cleaners negotiate
Wall Street JournalDecember 28, 2011

AP NEW YORK — New York's office cleaners and building owners have returned to the bargaining table to hammer out a new four-year contract before a Jan. 1 deadline. The 22000 members of Local 32BJ of the Service Employees International Union have ...more »

Sports Law
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Online sport bets to be out of New Jersey bill
BusinessWeekDecember 14, 2011

The original intent of New Jersey's sports betting law was to drive new business to the state's casinos and horse racing tracks. But provisions were added expanding it to the Internet and smartphones because that's the most lucrative part of the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge Rules Veteran DC Defense Attorney Doesn't Qualify as Sentencing Expert
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)December 20, 2011

In a long-pending lawsuit against the District of Columbia over the 2002 fatal stabbing of Mikal Gaither as he awaited sentencing in jail, a Washington federal judge ruled (PDF) that a veteran defense attorney could not testify as an expert on what ...more »

How about these resolutions for a consumer headaches-free year?
Chicago Sun-TimesDecember 29, 2011

The links on these emails are run by scam artists. [bullet] I'll also ignore those scam emails that pretend to come from my bank, credit union, insurance company, credit issuer, etc., and which ask me to provide personal and financial information. ...more »

Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

1] His complaint alleged that KSU discriminated against him on the basis of his age in violation of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act (KCRA) and the Federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). [Id.] The case was "actively litigated" and both ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Movers and Shakers - December 13
East Anglian Daily TimesDecember 13, 2011

Roger Loomes has joined the claimant personal injury team in Ashton KCJ's Felixstowe office. Roger, who has over 25 years' experience in personal injury work and is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, is well known within the local ...more »

Environmental Law
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Leagle.comDecember 29, 2011

3 They claim that the PPA violates the commerce clause of the United States Constitution; the department improperly found that the PPA was cost effective and in the public interest; the contract should have been solicited through competitive bidding ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Venezuela's Chavez Establishes Presidential Commission to Draft New Labour Law
Venezuelanalysis.comDecember 12, 2011

Meanwhile, the president and the coordinator of the Bolivarian Socialist Workers Central, Wills Rangel and Carlos Lopez, the president of small and medium manufactures body Fedeindustria, and three lawyers and legal experts complete the composition of ...more »

Family Law
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Seatbelts more than the law in my family
Jacksonville Daily NewsDecember 5, 2011

It's good advice and it's the law. My wife, Michelle, would wear a seatbelt regardless. Anyone who has been through the hell she went through for not buckling-up probably would too. I've only been in one serious car wreck. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Committee recommends “major shift” in workers' compensation system
Regina Leader-PostDecember 10, 2011

Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said in a news release that ministry officials will begin a review of the recommendations early in 2012. By law, the workers' compensation program must be reviewed by a committee every four ...more »


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