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US Troop out of Suffolk Law
The PhoenixDecember 1, 2011

On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves ...more »

FHA Mortgages Could Become Major Choice of Financing
FreeRateUpdate.comDecember 1, 2011

Now that loan limits for FHA have been increased, FHA mortgages could become a major choice of financing for many people interested in purchasing a home or refinancing an existing FHA mortgage. Popular with consumers because of the low down payment ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Chiropractor's hearing canceled, police probe continues
Star Community NewspapersDecember 1, 2011

A hearing scheduled Wednesday for Dr. David Russell, the McKinney chiropractor facing two charges of sexual assault of a child, was canceled at the State Office of Administrative Hearings. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Affordable Care Act helps seniors save on medication
Daily Mail - CharlestonDecember 1, 2011

Perry Bryant, executive director of West Virginians for Affordable Health Care, held a press conference Wednesday at the Capitol with Sen. Dan Foster, D-Kanawha, to tout changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act. The law has many opponents ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Landowner loses legal battle over green space
Yorkshire PostDecember 7, 2011

But Leeds Group plc claimed that the regime for establishing town and village greens, which was introduced in 2000, was a breach of the Human Rights Act. However, judges decided that there was no breach of the human rights convention. During the legal...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law: Long waits face many who wish to immigrate
al.com (blog)December 4, 2011

By Mary Orndorff -- The Birmingham News WASHINGTON -- The idea that prospective immigrants simply wait their turn to enter the US legally, as advocates of Alabama's immigration law suggest, would apply to only a few because the legal paths for entering ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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BUSINESS IN BRIEF 3/12
VietNamNet BridgeDecember 3, 2011

Being the second biggest investor in Vietnam, Singapore is becoming involved in most economic sectors in the country such as oil and gas exploitation, industry, agro-forestry and fishery product processing, infrastructure development, services, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Bishop Eddie Long takes leave from New Birth, will continue as senior pastor
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionDecember 4, 2011

The suit was settled in May after months of mediation. Long was appointed New Birth's pastor in 1987 when the church had only 300 members. By its 10th anniversary New Birth reported a membership of roughly 18000, peaking at 25000. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Excessive Endangered Species Act Litigation Threatens Species Recovery, Job ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 7, 2011

Doug Miller , General Manager of Public Utility District No. 2 of Pacific County, Washington , discussed a renewable energy wind project in Washington state that was abandoned due to the ESA's overly-burdensome regulatory process. ...more »

Animal Law
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Pierce County's dangerous-dog policy deemed unconstitional
TheNewsTribune.comDecember 5, 2011

A Pierce County animal control officer declared that dog, named Blizzard, “dangerous,” which meant Downey had to meet a number of stringent requirements if she wanted to keep the dog. Under county law, animal control officers can deem a dog dangerous ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple patents
CNET (blog)December 3, 2011

Lodsys, the intellectual property holdings firm behind last week's letters telling iOS app makers their use of in-app purchase was stepping on the toes of a patent, has come out with an FAQ (frequently asked questions) on the matter. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Takeda May Face 10000 US Suits Over Actos Cancer Claims
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

He's also hoping the litigation will force Takeda to take responsibility for his injuries, he said. “To some degree, I would like my pound of flesh from the company,” he said. Plaintiffs' lawyers say they expect thousands more former Actos users to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Labor Department asks contractors to step up hiring of disabled workers
GovExec.comDecember 8, 2011

The rule is designed to strengthen the affirmative action requirements established in Section 503 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, according to the Labor Department. The announcement noted that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is 13 ...more »

Steer clear of aviation sector
Business StandardDecember 3, 2011

Operational costs like aviation turbine fuel (ATF) are high. Pricing power is low, due to competition. Traffic can fluctuate alarmingly. Many airlines end up drowned in debt and run up huge losses. But cheap convenient air-travel is a key ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants to make $3B bid for Stuy Town
Real Estate WeeklyDecember 1, 2011

The resident, who didn't want his name published, said, “When have you ever heard a landlord come in and say: Our first order of business is to harass the tenants? I know the law, but I want to know what guarantees there are besides that. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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More students are using bad credit loans
International Business Times (press release)December 1, 2011

Students by having bad credit history may find it complicated to secure a loan. Nonetheless, it is not entirely impossible to receive a loan by having poor credit scores, provided students are prepared to take the time and effort to research their ...more »

Litigation
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Jersey Litigation Fund Breaks New Ground
Tax-news.comDecember 2, 2011

Offshore law firm Carey Olsen has broken new ground with the first ever listing of a litigation fund on the Channel Islands Stock Exchange (CISX) after it advised Argentum Capital Limited on the Jersey legal ...more »

Business Law
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Stranger than fiction
Colorado Springs IndependentDecember 1, 2011

(Associated Press) Thailand's new government directed the Office of Prevention and Suppression of Information and Technology Crimes to step up its crackdown on Internet insults against King Bhumibol Adulyadej and his family, who offline are openly ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military's newly aggressive rape prosecution has pitfalls
Stars and StripesDecember 3, 2011

When the accuser said she'd prefer not to testify, the military sent the case to a summary court-martial, which is the equivalent of a misdemeanor court. Olds represented himself, and was acquitted on Nov. 15. “It never should have seen the inside of a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Investigators Conduct Child Porn Search, Find Child Locked In Room With Feces ...
10TVDecember 1, 2011

Franklin County Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force said that it found the children while attempting to execute a child pornography warrant on Tuesday at a home located at 3206 Park Street. Investigators said that no one was home ...more »

Personal Injury
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L.A.'s Premier Personal Injury Law Firm Offers Over 90 Years of Combined ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

To learn more about the team at Burg and Brock, Inc., as well as personal injury lawyer services and contact info, please visit www.legaldefenders.com. SOURCE Law Offices of Burg and Brock, Inc. Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Beshear says constitutional amendment to expand gambling more likely than ...
Louisville Courier-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A constitutional amendment to expand gambling may have a better chance of passing the Kentucky General Assembly than simply amending existing law, Gov. Steve Beshear said Thursday. Beshear, who made his remarks following a speech to the Kentucky Farm ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Haar & Woods, LLP
STLtoday.comDecember 14, 2011

Best Lawyers has named Robert T. Haar, of the law firm Haar & Woods, LLP as the "St. Louis Best Lawyers Criminal Defense: White-Collar Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. Best Lawyers designates "Lawyers of the Year" in high-profile legal specialties in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Senators blast CFTC, Gensler for MF Global mess
Reuters UKDecember 2, 2011

Gary Gensler, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, testifies before the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry hearing on Continuing Oversight of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act on Capitol Hill in Washington, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Southwest Florida real estate briefs
Naples Daily NewsDecember 4, 2011

To submit personnel announcements, development news or other real estate-related items, email Gloria Kingsbury: realestate@naplesnews.com. Professional organizer and Naples Daily News' "Get Organized" columnist Marla Ottenstein has added a unique ...more »

Boeing Machinists Face 'Leap of Faith' in Contract Vote Anchoring 737
BloombergDecember 7, 2011

“These aren't the times when workers are going to reject wage increases or bonuses,” said Gary Chaison, a labor-law professor at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts. “This is a time when, for unions, not losing is the equivalent of winning. ...more »

Sports Law
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Forum tackles Penn State, Syracuse scandals
Record DeltaDecember 5, 2011

On Tuesday, The Annie Merner Pfeiffer Library on the campus of West Virginia Wesleyan College hosted a panel discussion entitled “Media, Law, Morals and Mass Hysteria: A Tale of the Not-So Happy Valley Scandal at Penn State. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Experts: Jerry Sandusky's defense will question credibility of new alleged victims
Patriot-NewsDecember 7, 2011

By JEFF FRANTZ, The Patriot-News That, said criminal defense experts, is where Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola will likely fight the new charges filed Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. Since several of the other alleged victims are ...more »

Reducing your tax liability
Monterey County HeraldDecember 6, 2011

If the work clearly relates to future years, the costs must be deducted over the life of the benefit you get from the lawyer or other professional. If you use your car for business, or your business owns its own vehicle, you can deduct some of the ...more »

The New York Judge Rules Law Partner is Not an Employee, Cannot Sue for Age ...
JDJournal.comDecember 14, 2011

... million to the former partners, but not before a three-judge Seventh Circuit panel had ruled that the EEOC appeared to have enough facts to show the Sidley partners qualified as employees and were therefore protected by the anti-discrimination laws.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LRAD-RX(R) Systems Ordered by City of Fort Worth for Perimeter Security of ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 8, 2011

... military deployments, maritime security, critical infrastructure and perimeter security, commercial security, border and port security, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, asset protection and wildlife preservation and control. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Vermont Law School publishes top 10 environmental watch list for 2012
vtdigger.orgDecember 12, 2011

These opposing concerns—preservation versus utilization of natural resources—underlie the controversy over the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. Oil companies have begun developing these tar sands fields, but Canada lacks oil refineries to refine a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Marin Estate Planning Attorney Publishes New Year Estate Plan Checklist
PR Web (press release)December 7, 2011

Wald's online checklist includes reviewing existing estate planning documents to ensure they are up-to-date, establishing or modifying living trusts, verifying that assets are properly titled for the trusts, paying for medical and educational expenses, ...more »

Family Law
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McCready ordered to return son
CNNDecember 1, 2011

... said Terri Durdaller, spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Children and Families. The case worker became "concerned about the well being" of the child and contacted law enforcement, a report obtained from the Cape Coral Police Department said. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Lawyers Unveil New Blog Website
PR Web (press release)December 4, 2011

The Boston law firm of Kantrovitz & Associates, PC, has launched the Massachusetts Workers' Compensation Blog to keep injured and ill workers informed. With this blog, we're hoping to engage in a dialogue with Massachusetts workers or those who are ...more »

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