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Toothache lawsuit may stifle medical gag orders
msnbc.comDecember 1, 2011

Lawyers for Robert Lee, 42, this week asked a New York federal court to declare that dentist Stacy Makhnevich's contract, which effectively attempts to gag patient reviews, is unethical, invalid and illegal. Within hours, the complaint filed by the ...more »

The Enron cast: Where are they now?
Financial NewsDecember 1, 2011

The leading characters in the Enron saga have had varied fortunes since the disgraced trading giant collapsed into Chapter 11 bankruptcy a decade ago this week. A few went to prison, a couple have since died, while another employee went on to become a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge sets Beach hearing for Wednesday
Great Falls TribuneDecember 1, 2011

District Judge E. Wayne Phillips has set the hearing for Wednesday at 10 am at the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown. Beach a new trial. That ruling effectively vacated Beach's original 1985 conviction, so in the eyes of the law Beach is now ...more »

Health Care Law
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Rousseff Wins Senate Battle on Brazil Health Care Spending
BusinessWeekDecember 8, 2011

The bill, which now goes to President Dilma Rousseff to be signed into law, tightens the definition of what constitutes such spending. According to Tendencias, 15 of 27 states don't spend the required minimum on health care. Lawmakers voted to maintain ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Dream Act drives petition
SignalDecember 1, 2011

Despite the blustery wind sweeping through the parking lot, lifting errant petition forms off their table, Assembly members Tim Donnelly, R-Hesperia, Brian Jones, R-Santee, and Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, collected more than 200 names in less than an ...more »

Immigration Law
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McManus: Tough guys on illegal immigration
Los Angeles TimesDecember 4, 2011

After that election, he stuck to his guns, signing an immigration reform law that allowed illegal immigrants to apply for residency if they could prove they'd lived in the country for five years, held jobs and committed no crimes. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Software copied functions, but didn't infringe copyright
RegisterDecember 2, 2011

"To accept that a functionality of a computer program can be protected as such would amount to making it possible to monopolise ideas, to the detriment of technological progress and industrial development," he said. Bot added that reproducing source ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mining Sector: Churchill shares soar after if asks Indonesia to resolve East ...
Stock Market WireDecember 2, 2011

The company has filed a formal letter to the republic of Indonesia seeking cooperation to achieve "an amicable and commercial resolution" to the dispute. The letter highlights that following a significant investment in coal exploration in Indonesia, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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U.S. Court Orders Syngenta's Swiss Parent Company to Appear & Defend Illinois ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

In his order, the Judge found: -"It is clear that Illinois has a substantial interest in this litigation in that the allegations are that SAG is responsible for contaminating the water supply of numerous municipalities within the state. ...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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Red Bull, Samsung, Pfizer, Amazon, Google: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekDecember 1, 2011

Amazon's Misener said technology has advanced enough so that all but the smallest sellers can manage sales tax collections. Time Warner Cable Inc. and US pay-TV companies, weighing how to profit from surging Internet demand spurred by Netflix Inc. and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Sunday Sit-Down: Ohio County Circuit Judge Arthur Recht
Wheeling News RegisterDecember 4, 2011

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse is one group. I ... don't know anybody associated with it, never seen anybody in this courtroom, never been approached by anybody asking why did you do so and so, which would be a legitimate question. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Guidance on Race-Based Factors Gets Polarized Response
Education Week NewsDecember 9, 2011

Civil rights advocates and opponents of affirmative action are sharply divided on the wisdom—and legal soundness—of new Obama administration guidance to schools and colleges on how much flexibility they have in considering the race of ...more »

Airbus Challenges Patent on Fuel-Saving Winglets Used by Boeing
BloombergDecember 1, 2011

The lawsuit filed today in Austin, Texas, asks the federal court to declare that the Aviation Partners Inc. patent is invalid and that Airbus doesn't infringe. Closely held Aviation Partners, which has a joint venture with Boeing to make winglets that ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What a commercial tenant or buyer must consider when selecting a real estate...
Smart Business NetworkDecember 1, 2011

Attorneys have a fiduciary relationship with their clients. They can find themselves in serious legal trouble by failing to research and disclose conflicts of interest. Real estate agents also owe a fiduciary obligation to their clients. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Blame Jimmy Carter for American Airlines' Bankruptcy. Or Better Yet, Thank Him
Slate MagazineDecember 1, 2011

Carter signed the Airline Deregulation Act into law in 1978 and the federal regulatory apparatus wound down over the next six years. Looking back on the legacy of deregulation in January of this year, Breyer observed that “airline revenue per passenger ...more »

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doeLEGAL Successfully Completes SSAE 16 Type II Data Hosting Audit
PR Web (press release)December 5, 2011

doeLEGAL remains the only provider of electronic discovery, litigation management and legal spend management hosting solutions and services to own and operate its own enterprise-class, Tier-3 data center. We are proud to be one of the first companies ...more »

Business Law
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Trademark wars heat up. Be ready.
CNNDecember 1, 2011

Furthermore, more law firms have found trademark litigation to be a lucrative business, said Matthew Swyers, founder of The Trademark Company, which represents thousands of small businesses. Law firms are hurting, he said. "They need billable hours. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Sukna scam: Army court martials former Lt.Gen Avadesh Prakash
Northern Voices OnlineDecember 3, 2011

“The army court found Lt.Gen. (retd) Avadesh Prakash guilty in three of the four charges (against him). He has been dismissed from service and would be deprived of pension and other benefits, besides losing his rank and other decorations,” army...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Surveillance: A thriving British industry
Bureau of Investigative JournalismDecember 1, 2011

The company says it aims to 'help customers strengthen borders and safeguard transportation systems, improve cyber security, and combat terrorism and organised crime'. 'The internet is a platform for new crime. The Internet can be a platform for new ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fort Wayne police respond to injury accident on Hillegas and Bass Wednesday ...
WANEDecember 7, 2011

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne police responded to a personal injury accident Wednesday morning. Dispatch told us it happened just before 8:00 am on Hillegas and Bass Roads. The crash caused traffic to be backed up during the morning commute. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Pybas: Individual mandate may not require reinterpretation
Springfield News-Leader (blog)December 4, 2011

Kevin Pybas is associate professor of political science at Missouri State University, where he teaches constitutional law and constitutional politics. He has a law degree from The University of Tulsa, where he was editor-in-chief of law review, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wiley Rein LLP | Legal Malpractice Claim Against Law Firm Barred By Former ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)December 2, 2011

The United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida has granted partial summary judgment for an insurer, holding that coverage for a legal malpractice claim against a law firm under a lawyer's professional liability (LPL) policy was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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White House to push Cordray confirmation
UPI.comDecember 5, 2011

The Senate is expected to vote this week on Cordray's nomination as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created under the Wall street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The Obama administration, indicating it expects some ...more »

Real Estate Law
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'Investigative blogger' doesn't get journalist's protection, Portland judge rules
OregonLive.comDecember 7, 2011

Hernandez decided separately from the jury on several matters of law in the case. He ruled that Cox does not qualify for certain protections given journalists. He rejected Cox's arguments that she even is a member of the media. ...more »

Revaluation contract near final approval
Stamford AdvocateDecember 1, 2011

"That is another aspect in which this contract is vastly superior (to the other bidders)," Povodator said. Connecticut law requires municipalities to assess their commercial and residential real estate every five years in order to ensure a fair ...more »

Sports Law
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At GMU Law, puppies ease the stress of law school finals
Washington PostDecember 1, 2011

Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment. Fact Checkers contribute questions, information and facts to The Fact Checker. Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Former court service suspected of scheme with fake certificates
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 3, 2011

Steven Brox, the former owner of the counseling service, United States Justice Associates, and criminal defense lawyer Brian Bloomfield were told in letters from the district attorney's office this week that they were targets of the investigation, ...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 »

Canadians allowed to work longer, past 65
AFPDecember 16, 2011

"Age discrimination is discrimination, pure and simple." As Canada's baby boomer generation ages, more and more people want to continue to work past retirement age, for personal or financial reasons, the commission noted. The change affects only jobs ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Advance Record Management Offers Tailor Made Data Protection Solutions
Industry Today (press release)December 19, 2011

Apart from standard packages for data protection, it has introduced tailor made data protection services to meet unique requirements of organizations. Data is the greatest asset for all types of businesses and its critical importance is recognized when ...more »

Environmental Law
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Senate Approves $662 Billion Defense Bill
Fox NewsDecember 2, 2011

The vote was 93-7 for the bill authorizing money for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs in the Energy Department, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in the fiscal year that began Oct. 1. Reflecting a period of austerity ...more »

Wills & Probate
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National newspaper article features Somerset Solicitor
The Weston EchoDecember 5, 2011

David, aged 34, was shortlisted for UK Young Lawyer of the Year two years ago and has been on regional BBC Radio programmes discussing issues on Wills and Probate. He is also a national Director for Solicitors for the Elderly. The latest article in the ...more »

Family Law
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HIV positive boy denied admission sues Hershey school
ReutersDecember 2, 2011

"Like Ryan White, this young man is a motivated, intelligent kid who poses no health risk to other students, but is being denied an educational opportunity because of ignorance and fear about HIV and AIDS," said AIDS Law Project Executive Director ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injury on job doesn't mean automatic workers' comp
AZ Central.comDecember 1, 2011

1, 2011 12:00 AM Employees who are injured when they fall down on the job for unknown reasons are not automatically entitled to workers' compensation benefits, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. In the case of a truly unexplainable fall, a worker is ...more »


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