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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 »

EPA Proposes Stricter Rules For Ship Ballast Water
SalonDecember 1, 2011

The agency took over the pension plans in 2004 and 2005 after United filed for bankruptcy court protection in December 2002. When the PBGC takes over plans, it pays promised benefits to retirees up to certain limits. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ed chief upholds NJ football players' suspensions
Asbury Park PressDecember 2, 2011

Christopher Cerf's two-page decision echoed the finding Thursday of an administrative law judge who heard arguments from attorneys for school officials and for the nine Wayne Hills High School players. Cerf's decision could be appealed to a state ...more »

Health Care Law
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OIG Releases Health Care Provider Compliance Videos
Sacramento BeeDecember 5, 2011

"We know that the overwhelming majority of health care providers are working hard to comply with Federal laws and regulations," said Daniel R. Levinson, HHS Inspector General. "These videos are designed to guide them." These educational presentations ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Navy report finds preferential treatment on Ponce
The Virginian-PilotDecember 1, 2011

The investigation report, obtained by The Virginian-Pilot through the Freedom of Information Act, says all of those allegations were found to be true. It says there was a widespread perception among the Ponce's officers that Jones favored women. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings On Immigration Law
ILW.comDecember 2, 2011

Roger Algase, Esq., is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been practicing business immigration law in New York City for more than 20 years. The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the opinion of ILW. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Rubicon Announces that the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines has ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 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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Masry in talks with Merreikh to lure El-Hadary for Port Said
Ahram OnlineDecember 2, 2011

Masry, who are bankrolled by movie producer Kamel Abou Ali, are mediating between El-Hadary and Merreikh to resolve the dispute and sign the 38-year-old when the transfer window re-opens in January. The resolution will see Merreikh drop their complaint ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Wall Templeton & Haldrup's Raleigh Office Welcomes Attorney Matt Van Sickle
EIN News (press release)December 1, 2011

RALEIGH, NC, December 01, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- With significant experience in complex litigation, insurance disputes and construction law, Van Sickle will add to the firm's proficiency in these areas while operating out of their Raleigh office. ...more »

Animal Law
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Appeals court: NJ bear hunt can go on as scheduled
NECNDecember 1, 2011

TRENTON, NJ (AP) — New Jersey's black bear hunt can go on as scheduled, a state appeals court ruled Thursday in rejecting a challenge by animal rights activists that the state's bear management policy is flawed. Two animal rights groups sued the state ...more »

Intellectual Property
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US information struggle is over bills 'that could break the internet'
Business DayDecember 2, 2011

...Act. They are cousins that together form what has become known as the Internet Blacklist Legislation. While the bills in the US and the one in SA may have different aims and ideas, the outcomes of both sets greatly affect freedom of speech. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$5M malpractice suit vs. Choate Hall heads to BLS
Massachusetts Lawyers WeeklyDecember 2, 2011

Lawyers Weekly Staff As one of the state's largest law firms, Choate, Hall & Stewart is accustomed to putting up a good fight from the counsel table in Boston's Business Litigation Session. But in the wake of a $5 million-plus legal malpractice suit ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Plan to boost employment for disabled workers
The Associated PressDecember 8, 2011

The government long has used the leverage of federal spending to promote affirmative action in the hiring of women and minorities. The new rule would, for the first time, give that same treatment to people with disabilities. The proposed rule is not a ...more »

Kansas Aviation Museum plans Cessna exhibit
Washington ExaminerDecember 3, 2011

AP A new exhibit about Cessna Aircraft and its history in Wichita is opening at the Kansas Aviation Museum. Cessna and other donors are picking up the tab for the exhibit. An open house and dedication is planned for Thursday. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Property, Landlord Dies, Dad's Rights, Common Law Marriage
MyFox HoustonDecember 1, 2011

In today's segment, he addresses several questions: AS A LANDLORD, A TENANT OWED A MONTH AND A HALF OF BACK RENT AND ABANDONED THE PROPERTY. THE TENANT LEFT BEHIND A VEHICLE THAT HAD NO LIENS. I DISCOVERED THE TENANT HAD TAKEN OUT A LOAN WITH A TITLE ...more »

Bankruptcy 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 »

Litigation
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Attorney fees in BP litigation are disputed
NOLA.comDecember 5, 2011

By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune No judgments have been rendered in the massive litigation over last year's Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, and the trial doesn't start until Feb. 27, but the committee of plaintiff attorneys pressing the case have ...more »

Business Law
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Do counterfeiting crackdowns do any good?
GCN.comDecember 1, 2011

The National Crime Prevention Center is at least looking to raise awareness, launching a anti-piracy blitz, including TV, radio and Internet messages, warning people about the consequences of counterfeit goods. Until demand drops there can be no real ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'My country has lost its way': WWII vet denied military pension
KOMO NewsDecember 1, 2011

The Department of Veterans Affairs rejected Wollett's recent request for pension benefits, stating his service records show no active military service and only active duty for training purposes. "I was shocked. It was like a slap in the face, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber Crime Expected to Increase in 2012 - SupportSquad Offers New Hacker ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 8, 2011

Developed for users who are concerned that their internet habits may expose them to higher risks of identity theft, SupportSquad's PC Guard offers a more secure level of protection. "Our new protection plan, PC Guard, will ensure that you do not become ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Explosion Injury Lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. Announce ...
PR Web (press release)December 7, 2011

Habush Habush & Rottier SC, one of Wisconsin's oldest and largest personal injury law firms, is proud to announce the extension of their services nationwide to victims of explosions. Habush Habush & Rottier SC, one of Wisconsin's oldest and largest ...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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Are we measuring practice success correctly?
OSN SuperSiteDecember 10, 2011

We are now in an era with tapering profit margins and with far less cushion for business, legal or clinical misjudgments. 9. Pleasant facilities to work in. You spend more waking hours in your clinic than anywhere else. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Spammers still a law unto themselves
MarkLives.comDecember 5, 2011

The National Consumer Protection Act would provide some recourse if it actually implements its national opt-out database – something the legislation caters for but which for now doesn't exist. There has been some discussion as to who should operate the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Reduce lawsuit risks, maximize tax liabilities of owning real estate
ModernMedicineDecember 1, 2011

The types of real estate we are referring to include rental residential or commercial properties, the practice building, or even raw land. The merits of real estate as an asset class are beyond the scope of this article, but the structure to most ...more »

Software group locates in Maitland
Orlando SentinelDecember 19, 2011

Alex Rosario, a vice president of brokerage services at CNL Commercial Real Estate, represents New Boston and has leased 27000 square feet in Maitland Green I during the past five months. New tenants include the O'Kelly & Sorohan law firm, Amerigroup, ...more »

Sports Law
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Israeli race car drivers stuck in neutral
HaaretzDecember 9, 2011

In Israel, however, car races were legalized only in February 2011, after an exhausting campaign that began in 2005 when former MK Ehud Rassabi of Shinui began to promote the Motor Sport Law. "It's like passing a law that allows tennis matches," says ...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 »

Business freedom?
The City WireDecember 5, 2011

The IRS challenged Joe's treatment of these workers and successfully reclassified these five workers as employees. The IRS determined that Joe did not intentionally fail to comply with the employment tax rules. As a result Joe had to pay the IRS the ...more »

Binghamton City Council Invites Volunteers to Serve on the Binghamton Human ...
WBGHDecember 12, 2011

... and to pursue all appropriate means and without delay a policy of eliminating discrimination against people based on age, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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U.S. Department of the Treasury Seized & Forfeited General Property Program
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

Proceeds from the auction are returned to the US Treasury's Asset Forfeiture Fund for the continuation of law enforcement efforts by the participating agencies: US Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service ...more »

Environmental Law
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Europe set to lead 'next frontier' in renewables: analyst Yergin
PlattsDecember 2, 2011

More than half of US states have established their own renewable portfolio standards requiring electric utilities to secure a set amount of their power mix from renewables. Though the US has no national renewable energy law, a national renewables ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A Will can resolve vexatious family issues
Economic TimesDecember 14, 2011

An executor has a duty to collect and realise the estate of the deceased, pay his debts and distribute the legacies as mentioned in the Will by the testator. The duty of the executor is to probate the Will in a manner known to law. ...more »

Family Law
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Prosecutor questions agency's deal with accused child molester
The MissoulianDecember 4, 2011

The case has Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito questioning the action by the state agency and wondering how many other incidents of child sexual abuse have gone unreported to law enforcement. "It bothered me," Twito said of when he learned of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Officer files lawsuit over workers' compensation benefits in Fair Lawn
NorthJersey.comDecember 8, 2011

18 claiming that they engaged in a pattern of retaliation against him for filing workers' compensation claims after he sustained an injury in the line of duty on Sept. 30, 2010. Scibal Associates serves as the borough's claims administrator of Fair ...more »

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