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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 »

State Agency Accuses Former DA Kratz of Harassment, Attorney Violations
WBAYDecember 1, 2011

In the document obtained by Action 2 News, Kratz is accused of eleven different counts of violating state lawyer regulations, and it's being recommended the former DA lose his license to practice law in the State of Wisconsin for six months. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Will the SEC-Citi settlement rejection make a difference?
FortuneDecember 1, 2011

Financial entities are "not going to admit to wrongdoing because then they would have no defense against other suits, and be opened up to massive liability," contends Donald Langevoort, a securities law expert at Georgetown University Law School. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Why You Should Care About The 'Medical Loss Ratio'
The Atlantic WireDecember 3, 2011

That's because the federal Department of Health and Human Services just issued its final rule on the topic, implementing an aspect of the Obama health care law that played little part in the public debate, but matters tremendously to insurance ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Lawyers for Hinckley say the presidential assailant is not dangerous
CNN (blog)December 1, 2011

Dr. Tyler Jones, director of psychiatry at St. Elizabeths, testified Hinckley also started taking Zoloft in 2005 after complaining about anxiety. Jones said Hinckley had been diagnosed years ago as suffering from depression and from an unspecified ...more »

Immigration Law
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Visa Law Would Give U.S. World's Tired, Poor Technologists: View
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 1, 2011

Under current law, immigrants from an individual country can claim no more than 7 percent of the 140000 employment green cards issued annually. As Representative Steve Cohen, Democrat of Tennessee, pointed out, that cap applies equally to Iceland ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Rubicon Announces that the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has ...
PR Newswire (press release)December 2, 2011

These are the amendment to the Permit to Take Water, the amendment to the Air Certificate of Approval and the amendment to the Industrial Sewage Certificate of Approval. Rubicon currently expects all remaining permits to be in hand by the end of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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San Antonio lawyer launches mobile app to map out negotiations
San Antonio Business Journal (blog)December 1, 2011

Mediating messy business disputes takes patience, psychological savvy and a knack for intense negotiations. What's been missing, says Fort Worth lawyer and alternative dispute resolution expert John Allen Chalk, is accessible historical and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Farmers Insurance Pays $140M for Stiffing People Injured in Auto Accidents
JD Supra (press release)December 15, 2011

Because of its claims adjustment procedures, Farmers either didn't pay at all, or didn't pay everything it should have paid, on personal injury protection (PIP) and medical payment claims filed for medical services needed by people injured in car ...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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Copyright to be tied to officials' careers
China DailyDecember 14, 2011

BEIJING - The protection of intellectual property rights should be tied to the performance assessments of regional governments, a senior official said. "The regional governments must clarify their working guidelines, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Counseling Clients in a Distressed Economy
Texas LawyerDecember 2, 2011

Current economic conditions have impacted many aspects of society, and family law practice is no exception. Those facing life-changing adversity while contemplating divorce require effective guidance, which is part of the family law attorney's ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Costs of Affirmative Action
National Review Online (blog)December 1, 2011

George Will's column today references a brief that my US Civil Rights Commission colleagues Gail Heriot, Todd Gaziano, and I have filed with the US Supreme Court in the case of Fisher v. University of Texas. The Fisher case presents ...more »

Napolitano stresses international partnerships, aviation, cyber security on ...
Government Security NewsDecember 2, 2011

While in Paris, Napolitano and US Attorney General Eric Holder met with French Minister of the Interior Claude Guéant to talk about strengthening aviation security and information sharing to combat terrorism. They endorsed the US-EU Agreement on the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Nigeria: 7th Lagos Assembly - The Gains and Drawbacks
AllAfrica.comDecember 5, 2011

The bill consisting of 47 sections takes a critical look at the relationship between the landlord and the tenant in the state, and allocates rights and privileges to both parties. It also spells out their obligations. Among such right is tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Draghi Opens Door To Bigger ECB Crisis Role
NASDAQDecember 1, 2011

"The rationale for having the (bond-buying program) active is you want to make sure you repair the monetary policy transmission channels," and not to subsidize governments, Draghi said. The ECB purchases bonds in secondary markets, not from governments ...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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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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Sukna land scam: Lt Gen Avadesh Prakash found guilty, dismissed from service
NDTVDecember 3, 2011

This means he will not get any benefits like pension, medical facilities and provident fund. Yesterday the Army completed court martial proceedings against the former Military Secretary. Lt Gen Prakash is the senior-most Indian Army officer ever to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI opens new forensics lab at UNM for NM law enforcement agencies | The Republic
The RepublicDecember 6, 2011

The lab will also help authorities with internet crimes, child pornography and intellectual property crimes. The new FBI lab in New Mexico is the second Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory located on a university campus, and the 16th such facility ...more »

Personal Injury
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Were You Injured at a Florida Theme Park or Resort?
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 1, 2011

But, if you've been injured at an Orlando theme park, a personal injury attorney can help you understand your right December 01, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Each year, millions of tourists enjoy park rides and shows at Florida theme parks like Walt ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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ACLJ Urges Supreme Court to Consider ObamaCare Appeal in Tandem with Florida Case
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

In a Petition for a Writ of Certiorari, the ACLJ urges the high court to take its appeal after a federal appeals court in Washington, DC earlier this month declared the individual mandate constitutional. "The stage is set for the Supreme Court to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Developing the skills our future leaders will need
The Canberra TimesDecember 6, 2011

As I said recently, an assessment of a statutory office holder's actions in discharging their responsibilities should consider the totality of the legal framework in which the officer operates (eg including how that office is expected to interact with ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Sunshine Act Meeting
Insurance News Net (press release)December 5, 2011

Memorandum and resolution re: Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Treatment of a Mutual Insurance Holding Company as an Insurance Company for the Purpose of Section 203(e) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Memorandum and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Village Considering Downsizing Real Estate Signs
Patch.comDecember 6, 2011

Currently, the law allows for one real estate sign, per property, that is no bigger than a total of 7 square feet and no higher than 4 feet. Signs are usually 2-by-3.5 feet. Real estate signs are considered an exception to the signage law in the ...more »

Madoff, MF Global Broker, Real Mex, Tousa, Borders: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

20 hearing where Borders also hopes the bankruptcy court will confirm the liquidating Chapter 11 plan. The plan distributes assets in the order of priority called for in bankruptcy law. The disclosure statement says that unsecured creditors with $812 ...more »

Sports Law
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Las Vegas man indicted in sports betting investigation
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A Las Vegas area man tied to the sports betting operation ACME Group Trading has been indicted on charges of violating federal currency transaction laws. Robert Walker, 43, was charged with four counts of causing a financial institution ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jerry Sandusky's lawyer cuts unusual trail for defense in child sex abuse case
Patriot-NewsDecember 11, 2011

“If the client says he wants to fight the case, then the lawyer really can't waive [the preliminary hearing],” said Richard DeSipio, a former sex-crimes prosecutor in Philadelphia. “It also helps sometimes to talk to your client afterward and say, ...more »

12 Challenges and Opportunities for Hospitals in 2012
Becker's Hospital ReviewDecember 14, 2011

Congress has started to question the IRS' policing of non-profit organizations across sectors, including hospitals. Non-profit hospitals are required to fill out certain forms detailing their charity care, complaints from the American Hospital ...more »

Reform citizenship laws
Nassau GuardianDecember 9, 2011

The child may apply for Bahamian citizenship by the age of 18. The Free National Movement (FNM) government attempted to remove this blatantly discriminatory law from the books in a 2002 referendum. The issue of a Bahamian woman passing on her ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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US HOT STOCKS: Pacific Sunwear, THQ Active In Late Trade
Wall Street JournalDecember 7, 2011

Late Tuesday, the US House of Representatives voted in favor of clarifying a law that prohibits sharing a person's video-rental history without his written permission. The bill allows for one-time consent to share rental history that can be obtained ...more »

Environmental Law
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Senate Approves $662B Defense Bill
TIMEDecember 2, 2011

It would apply to foreign central banks only for transactions that involve the sale or purchase of petroleum or petroleum products. The sanctions on petroleum would only apply if the president determines there is a sufficient alternative supply and if ...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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Family Law Attorneys with Horack Talley Named Best Lawyers for 2012
MarketWatch (press release)December 2, 2011

2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Five family law attorneys from the law firm Horack Talley in Charlotte were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Tate K. Sterrett, Family Law & Family Law Mediation Best ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Broadspire® Launches Workers Compensation Health Care Network in Texas
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

The Broadspire Workers Compensation HCN is a certified network that is part of Broadspire's state-stratified, multi-tiered BOLD Network(SM). Broadspire has customized its network to each jurisdiction, rather than casting a wide net, producing superior ...more »

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