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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 »

Jim Reed: Case demanded difficult choices
Record-SearchlightDecember 1, 2011

My client was charged with the crime of resisting arrest and at the same time was injured by the arresting police officer. I was aware that a claim against the city for police brutality is supposed to be filed within six months, but I was also aware ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Florida gambling law filled with barrel-sized loopholes
MiamiHerald.comDecember 2, 2011

Stirling and other horsemen are working to get a hearing before an administrative law judge, and the legal tussle will likely continue after that. Attorney Marc Dunbar, a Gulfstream Park lobbyist with an ownership stake in Creek Entertainment, ...more »

Health Care Law
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GOP to renew healthcare law repeal efforts
UPI.comDecember 2, 2011

2 (UPI) -- US congressional Republicans will renew their call to repeal healthcare reform laws in bits and pieces, not all at once, members of both parties say. Back in January, the new House Republican majority's first major legislative effort was a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Reviewing Counterterrorism Training Materials, Biased and Not
American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)December 1, 2011

Documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by the ACLU of Northern California and the Asian Law Caucus show that FBI use of these erroneous and biased materials spans from at least 2003 to 2011, and has been an integral part of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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UNA Group Holds Immigration Law March
WAAYDecember 1, 2011

The University of North Alabama's Hispanic Culture Organization along with several community members marched through the streets of Florence on Thursday to voice their concerns about the state's immigration law. South American native Diana Wilmes, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Limits may be placed on electric purchasing plan
Canton RepositoryDecember 3, 2011

But if a proposed rate plan between AEP Ohio and the staff of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio is approved, the number of residents who could switch to another electric supplier at the lowest rate would be limited. Canton Law Director Joseph ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Another FAA Shutdown Looming?
Aviation International NewsDecember 4, 2011

told the Washington Aero Club that the primary holdup is a dispute between a major airline and labor unions over a provision in the House version of FAA reauthorization that would make it more difficult for airline workers to unionize. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comDecember 8, 2011

The plaintiff, Amanda Carpenter, appeals from the trial court denial of her motions for summary judgment and new trial on the issue of whether her automobile liability insurance company, Shelter Mutual Insurance Company (Shelter Mutual), is entitled to ...more »

Animal Law
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Stars who strip for a cause
New York Daily NewsDecember 1, 2011

Pratt, 24, teamed up with peta2, the young adult division of the animal rights organization, to encourage people to never buy personal-care and household products which are tested on animals. Joanna Krupa is not afraid to show off a little skin - or ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bills will not end intellectual property theft
Houston Chronicle (blog)December 5, 2011

...crime without a complete understanding of how the Internet and computing technology works. “The powers proposed in SOPA and PROTECT IP do not secure the Internet or protect the overwhelming number of US companies, from tech startups to law firms, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Kagan, Thomas pressed to stay out of healthcare fight
Los Angeles TimesDecember 1, 2011

Eric Holder a letter demanding more information about Kagan's involvement with the healthcare legislation while she served as US solicitor general. The bill was passed by Congress and signed into law in March 2010, while Kagan was still in the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Topical Writer/Producer
mediabistro.comDecember 1, 2011

Note job #2413 NBC Universal is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer promoting diversity in the workplace. We invite and encourage response from women, persons of color, veterans and the disabled. NBCUniversal is one of the worlds leading ...more »

Alliance Aviation Services IPO finally takes off
The AustralianDecember 1, 2011

Alliance Aviation Services priced its initial public offering, or IPO, yesterday at $1.60 a share, according to Dow Jones Newswires. Four days of book building by Credit Suisse raised $74 million from the IPO, way short of the hoped for target of $120m ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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TEXT-Fitch affirms Opera Finance (CMH) PLC
ReutersDecember 9, 2011

The decision not to proceed with the amendment to the Landlord and Tenant (Business Leases Review) Bill was due to the vulnerability to legal challenges stemming from conflicts with the Irish Constitution. Although the decision clarifies one of Fitch's ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The lessons we could have learned from Enron
Akron Beacon JournalDecember 4, 2011

A decade ago, as Enron slid toward bankruptcy, it seemed almost impossible that the seventh-largest company in America could wither so quickly. Disbelief gave way to outrage. Thousands lost their jobs, and we vowed that, if nothing else, ...more »

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Fitch: Stiffer Penalties, Litigation Risk Could Pressure Banks
MarketWatch (press release)December 2, 2011

Federal NY judge Jed S. Rakoff Monday threw out a $285 million penalty against Citigroup proposed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) saying he could not quantify the settlement amount without additional information concerning the ...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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Amid Capitol drama, Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll expects a bigger role in ...
MiamiHerald.comDecember 12, 2011

... 2004-09; Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission, 2004-07; White House Presidential Scholars Commission member, 2001-04; Department of Veterans Affairs, executive director, 2001-02; US House candidate, 2000, 2002; served in US Navy, 1979-99. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man arrested on child porn charges worked at Houston Y
Houston ChronicleDecember 1, 2011

"We have reason to believe that there are victims from ages 3 to 12 years," said JT Roscoe, an officer with the HPD sex crimes unit and a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. He added that investigators believe the victims to be ...more »

Personal Injury
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Law Firm Now Accepting Birth Control Drug Cases
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 2, 2011

The Law Firm of Craig Swapp & Associates emphasizes consumer law cases, including serious personal injury, wrongful death, vehicle or pedestrian accidents, animal attacks, dangerous drugs, defective medical devices, bankruptcy, and criminal defense. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Weinstein pens chapter in new First Amendment book
Arizona State UniversityDecember 2, 2011

A chapter by James Weinstein, Amelia Lewis Professor of Constitutional Law at the College of Law, has been published in First Amendment Stories, edited by Richard Garnett and Andrew Koppelman (Foundation Press). In “The Story of Masses Publishing Co. v ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Getting Married When a Tax Liability Exists
ForbesDecember 11, 2011

I do work at a law firm. Some might even say I'ma partner at said law firm. But this blog is in no way affiliated with my law firm. The other partner and my malpractice carrier insist on it. And I have to live with one of them. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Congress eyes Internet restrictions
Statesman JournalDecember 5, 2011

It also seeks to protect manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and other goods and services who see knockoff versions of their products advertised on such sites. A somewhat similar Senate bill is called the Protect IP (intellectual property) Act. Critics ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ex-RI state senator and legal secretary charged
Boston.comDecember 1, 2011

Supreme Court Chief Disciplinary Counsel David Curtin says McDonald's case was turned over to state police after his law license was suspended in 2008. Curtin says McDonald was accused of failing to pay off pre-existing mortgages at two real estate...more »

Combine Solicitation - Crane Rental
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

(xi) The clause at FAR 52.212-5, Contract Terms and Conditions Required to Implement Statutes or Executive Orders-Commercial Items (Deviation), applies to this acquisition. 52.204-10 Reporting Executive Compensation and First Tier Subcontract awards ...more »

Sports Law
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The Lanier Law Firm Unveils New Website
PR Newswire (press release)December 1, 2011

The new website also provides access to news releases and media coverage of major cases handled by The Lanier Law Firm, including the firm's lead role in nationwide hip implant litigation, and Mr. Lanier's jury win in the first courtroom trial over the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Flood & Flood Partners Earn Selection to 2011 Texas Super Lawyers List
PR Newswire (press release)December 1, 2011

Chris Flood, who has been on the Texas Super Lawyers list every year since 2008, practices criminal defense and appellate law. His practice focuses on complex white-collar criminal defense, corporate investigations and complex civil litigation. ...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 »

When it's safe to fire an employee
The HourDecember 4, 2011

In light of your poor performing employee not improving even with progressive discipline, you are very likely to be able to defend the company against a claim of age discrimination. One further step that could be taken is to give the employee a "last ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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ModusLink Sends Letter To Stockholders
MarketWatch (press release)December 7, 2011

These tax benefits represent a significant corporate asset that may deliver substantial benefits to ModusLink stockholders. The Company recently adopted a tax benefit preservation plan that is designed to protect these tax benefits and to allow all of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Fox denigrates the solar energy industry
REVEDecember 6, 2011

A range of complementary policies will guide these investment decisions, including the Renewable Energy Law, national demand-side management regulations, and pilot carbon taxes, among others. China has swiftly made itself a clean energy power, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Young people must plan ahead
The Co-operativeDecember 8, 2011

Young people should plan ahead and consider writing a will to avoid problems in the event of their death. With many young adults being in possession of numerous assets, disputes can often occur when they die over who gets what during the probate...more »

Family Law
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Julie Gentili Armbrust
The Register-GuardDecember 7, 2011

Professional accomplishments: Founded and heads Mediation Northwest, a firm specializing in workplace, special education, adoption and divorce mediation; was a special lecturer at University of Oregon and Willamette law schools. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Broadspire® Launches Workers Compensation Health Care Network in Texas
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

A -2.84% and leading third party administrator (TPA) and medical management services provider, has successfully launched its Workers Compensation Health Care Network (HCN) in Texas. The Broadspire Workers Compensation HCN is a certified network that is ...more »


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