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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

U.K. Government Says Fewer Workers Struck Than Unions Estimate
BloombergDecember 1, 2011

Members of 30 public-sector unions protested plans to make government employees retire later and contribute more to their pensions. The Trades Union Congress, Britain's umbrella labor movement, said as many as 2 million workers took part. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Mayor plans review of agency
Toledo BladeDecember 1, 2011

THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT Enlarge | Photo Reprints The Bell administration recommended several changes to the city's neighborhoods department's method of awarding federally funded housing rehabilitation contracts during a Toledo City Council hearing...more »

Health Care Law
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Hospitals Gear Hiring To Health Law And Industry Changes
Gant DailyDecember 1, 2011

The new jobs appear to be driven not by patient demand as much as a general restructuring of the health care industry that includes changes mandated by the 2010 federal health care law, the 2009 federal stimulus funding, new government regulations and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Are school zero-tolerance policies too harsh?
USA TodayDecember 4, 2011

Zero-tolerance policies grew out of the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994 that required states receiving federal funds to mandate that local school districts expel students who bring a weapon to school for a minimum of one year. States rushed to pass laws...more »

Immigration Law
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APNewsBreak: Ala. trains 16K cops on immigrant law
The Associated PressDecember 1, 2011

State officials said the case was handled properly under the law. But in an incident just this week, Honda Manufacturing of Alabama said a Japanese worker temporarily working in the country was cited under the immigration law. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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For India, outsourcing does the job at home too
NDTVDecember 1, 2011

Indeed, foreign companies that come to India often hire law firms and staffing agencies before hiring anyone else. Nearly one-quarter of India's industrial labourers worked on contracts in 2007, up from just 16 per cent in 2000, according to government ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comDecember 1, 2011

This is an insurance coverage dispute between the County of Boise (the County) and its insurer, Idaho Counties Risk Management Program (ICRMP). ICRMP refused to defend the County in Fair Housing Act (FHA) litigation in federal court, which the County ...more »

Animal Law
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Lifting of horse slaughter ban reignites debate in Texas, nationwide
Fort Worth Star TelegramDecember 1, 2011

Animal rights activists were dealt a blow two weeks ago when a ban on USDA horse meat inspections was quietly slipped out of an agricultural appropriations law, meaning that horse slaughter can resume in states that don't have their ...more »

Intellectual Property
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RAM Active Media PLC Statement re Agreement
Wall Street JournalDecember 7, 2011

RAM, the investor in Digital out of Home ('DOOH') media, communications and Intellectual Property, is pleased to announce that it has agreed, subject to contract, with CETEC Europe Limited ("CET") to establish a joint venture with respect of its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Appellate Judge Joins Maryland Law Firm
JDJournal.comDecember 2, 2011

Murphy will be the head of the law firm's Alternative Dispute Resolution practice while also assisting with litigation issues. “Judge Murphy is one of the most accomplished appellate advocates in the country, and we are thrilled he has chosen to join ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A growing intolerance toward Christians
SunHerald.comDecember 2, 2011

“Affirmative action” requires preferential treatment based on race. “Liberty” means the license to do my own thing regardless of the people around me. Now we can add “religious intolerance” to this list of politically correct terms. ...more »

Aviation Forum Highlights Ways To Manage Flight Diversions
AviationNews.netDecember 1, 2011

"We have the best aviation system in the world and we are committed to doing everything we can to help passengers reach their destinations safely and on-time," said DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. "But we need to do more and we will. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Bottom Line: Inside the 'Jungle,' tenants are lining up to fight online demand
Los Angeles Wave NewspapersDecember 1, 2011

1 neared, I contacted Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival, the biggest, baddest tenants rights advocacy organization in the Southland, and he lost his mind when I apprised him of this egregious act by a landlord and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Occupy LA camp cleanup takes hazmat suits, masks
San Jose Mercury NewsDecember 1, 2011

"I saw a woman being pushed down the steps, people being jabbed with batons," said Julia Wallace, member of movement's Committee to End Police Brutality. "I saw someone thrown to the ground." Pam Noles, a legal observer at the protest, ...more »

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Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Russell JE Verby, Senior Litigation Counsel; Katharine E. Clark, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. Present: JON O. NEWMAN, ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyer: Jailed Occupy activists treated harshly
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

Ian Thompson told a news conference Thursday that about 250 of the 292 arrestees are still in jail on $5000 bail although most have only been charged with the misdemeanor crime of failure to disperse. He says California law clearly states that people ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Zakaria: Pakistan – friends without benefits
CNN (blog)December 4, 2011

It has been ruled by a professional military for most of its independent existence, even when there has been a nominally civilian government in charge - as there is today. There have been no Gaddafiesque colonels' coups in Pakistan; instead, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Benton-Franklin justice system gets technical
Bellingham HeraldDecember 4, 2011

Jurors are repeatedly reminded not to research legal terms on the internet, visit crime scenes on their own or read news stories to make sure their decision is based only on testimony and evidence presented in court. Yet, more and more reports are ...more »

Personal Injury
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Actos Bladder Cancer Statute of Limitations
InjuryBoard.comDecember 3, 2011

You have a certain amount of time to file a personal injury lawsuit, or the claim will expire irrespective of how strong your case is. In the United States, personal injury statute of limitations vary from the state to state. Most states have a statute ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Alabama Attorney General wants to end school data collection, no-bail ... (blog)December 7, 2011

... since there is already a federal law requiring that documentation be carried. Strange also recommends ending the planned practice of post-secondary education officials gathering immigration data on students and says that the ban on contracts with ...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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White House presses Republicans to confirm consumer protection chief nomination
XinhuaDecember 6, 2011

The Obama administration last year fought to pass and signed into law the strongest consumer protections in history in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as Dodd- Frank Act. The Act created the CFPB, an independent agency ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney Barry Cohen faces real estate setbacks
Tbo.comDecember 1, 2011

The criminal defense attorney is facing foreclosure on a Redington Shores condo and lost millions on a Tierra Verde mansion, which he handed back to the bank last year. Cohen acknowledges his Tampa law firm has hired a financial advisor to tackle some ...more »

UPPER FREEHOLD: Town to state: Fix marijuana farm mess
Packet OnlineDecember 8, 2011

”The big issue, beyond what this governing body is doing, is how the state is going to interpret the Right to Farm Act and farmland preservation to these types of operations,” special counsel Eric Bernstein told the Township Committee. ...more »

Sports Law
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Mike Leach is the perfect coach for Washington State
The Seattle TimesDecember 1, 2011

Earned a law degree from Pepperdine and a Master's in sports science/coaching from the US Sports Academy. Assistant coaching career: Coached as an assistant at Cal Poly (1987) and College of the Desert (1988). Offensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney Barry Cohen faces real estate setbacks
Tbo.comDecember 2, 2011

It appears Barry Cohen, one of Tampa's legal giants, hasn't done as well in real estate as in high-profile court cases. The criminal defense lawyer is facing foreclosure on a Redington Shores condo and has lost ...more »

ASK THE LAWYER: IRS rules are different for children
Daily BreezeDecember 19, 2011

Email questions and comments to him at or write to him at Ask The Lawyer, Daily Breeze, 21250 Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 170, Torrance, CA 90503. This column is a summary of the law, and not a substitute for legal consultation on any ...more »

'Losing It'
Inside Higher EdDecember 7, 2011

Unlike those positive people I am not very good enough at lying to myself so as to convince myself that the crap I sometimes produce merits an A. Q: "Tenure and age-discrimination laws let [professors] keep working, which somehow does not seem the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Canadian banks too small to copy?
Toronto StarDecember 5, 2011

As well, the recent Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2010, adds a further layer of protection with the creation of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy: Morocco, productive capacity up 20% in 2 years
ANSAmedDecember 2, 2011

Law 57-09 has created an solar energy agency (MASEN, Moroccan agency for solar Energy) and facilities for promoting research into renewable energy sources (IRESEN, the institute for research into solar Energy and renewable energy). For the long term, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Strategies for avoiding crazy relatives
Windy City TimesDecember 7, 2011

Joint Tenancy. After the death of one joint tenant, the remaining joint tenant will continue to own the entire property. No probate. One drawback is that if you create a joint tenancy bank account by putting your lover's name on the account, ...more »

Family Law
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High Profile Divorce Attorney to Host Annual Holiday Event for LA's Top Female ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

ABOUT PHILLIPS, LERNER & LAUZON, LLP: Phillips, Lerner & Lauzon, LLP has a reputation for aggressive and effective family law representation with a specialty focus of representing business executives, entrepreneurs, noted entertainment personalities, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Unclear Future for Illinois Workers' Compensation Reform (press release)December 11, 2011

Workers' compensation reform in Illinois has been a continual and politically charged issue for several years. Legislators recently approved significant changes to the Illinois workers' compensation system. December 11, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ ...more »


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