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Colts hope to regain their confidence in three-game homestand
WSBT-TVNovember 1, 2011

Those are, and have been, the watch words for a highly successful Colts franchise over the years. Now, the same franchise is struggling along with an 0-8 record at the midway point of the season. The Colts are one of two NFL franchises still without a ...more »

Bankruptcy judge rejects competing reorganization plans in Tribune Co. case
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

s plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection, along with a rival plan from dissident creditors. Judge Kevin Carey said in a 126-page ruling that he may appoint a trustee to help end the 3-year-old case if the media conglomerate cannot come up with an ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Assembly Panel Postpones Hearing On Weapons Training
WISC MadisonNovember 2, 2011

A legislative committee has postponed a hearing on complaints about training requirements in Wisconsin's new concealed carry rules. The state's concealed carry law went into effect Tuesday. State Justice Department rules implementing the law require ...more »

Health Care Law
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The Not-So-Class Act
FrontPage MagazineNovember 1, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finally decided earlier this month to give up on the CLASS Act. It entailed a voluntary insurance plan to aid the old and disabled to pay for long-term care, including care in a nursing home. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Assange would not face fair trial: Robertson
ABC OnlineNovember 2, 2011

He's got ... TONY JONES: Geoffrey, can I just interrupt you there? Are you saying the case until now has merely bought him time? Does that mean that the legal team does expect him to have to go to Sweden to face these charges? GEOFFREY ROBERTSON: Well ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law: State Attorney General Balks At Feds' School ...
Huffington PostNovember 3, 2011

Alabama's attorney general is questioning the US Justice Department's legal authority to get enrollment information about all students in many Alabama school districts as part of its federal lawsuit challenging the state's tough new immigration law. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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UK court backs HGS over Lilly in key patent legal fight
Pharma TimesNovember 3, 2011

The case revolved around the concept of 'industrial application', which is the basis for patentability under European law. In its patent application, HGS did not provide data confirming a particular medical use for neutrokine alpha, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Public ServiceNovember 1, 2011

•Parental mediation is still important: when parents explicitly restrict SNS use for their children, the children are less likely to have a profile, especially when young. However, as the children grow older, they are less likely to obey their parents; ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Time for No-Fault Reform
PropertyCasualty360November 1, 2011

In an effort to hold down costs, the state adopted a fee schedule limiting the amount insurers have to pay for common medical treatments associated with car accidents. The state's medical society took issue with the change and sued to stop its ...more »

Animal Law
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Polish president, rabbis condemn Dutch anti-'shechita' law
Jerusalem PostNovember 2, 2011

... there are literally no words to describe the irony of a liberal European country enacting a law against freedom of religion,” said Chief Rabbi of Poland Michael Schudrich at a press conference on Tuesday in Warsaw's Noz˙yk Synagogue. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Commissioner for Patents Bob Stoll Retires After 29 Years
IPWatchdog.comNovember 2, 2011

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced that he will nominate current Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret “Peggy” Focarino (left) to the position of Commissioner for Patents once ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm And Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation Of INX, Inc. (press release)November 1, 2011

By Business Wire 11/01/11 - 07:39 PM EDT Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP are investigating the sale of INX, Inc. (“INX”) (NASDAQ: INXI) to Presidio ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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4% of govt purchases will have to be from dalit, tribal-run firms
Times of IndiaNovember 1, 2011

The 'purchase quota' follows affirmative action in the US where 30% of federal contracts give preference to minorities which include African-Americans and Latinos. The idea has held a serious pull with dalit activists who see it as an antidote to ...more »

Platinum Aviation Opens Its Third Cirrus Flight Training and Aircraft Rental ...
PR Web (press release)November 1, 2011

Platinum Aviation continues its expansion, today announcing the opening of its newest Cirrus Aircraft Center at the Palm Beach, North County Airport. The leader in the Cirrus Aircraft Partner Network, Platinum Aviation adds yet another Cirrus Aircraft ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Apartment smoking ban: Evictions possible?
WeHo NewsNovember 3, 2011

Critics say the law targets smokers in rental properties for eviction, as landlords would be free to change the terms of tenancy. The proponents say SB 332 would comply with all federal, state, and local requirements governing changes to the terms of a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Judge rejects both Tribune bankruptcy exit plans
Los Angeles TimesNovember 1, 2011

In a 126-page opinion, US Bankruptcy Judge Kevin J. Carey said neither plan was confirmable under the Bankruptcy Code and threatened to appoint a bankruptcy trustee to resolve the case if the company and its warring creditors can't come up with a ...more »

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ELD Mobile App From Wolters Kluwer Facilitates Labor and Employment Litigation
InfoToday.comNovember 7, 2011

“The litigation of employment-related issues necessitates immediacy of access to critical content,” explains Lisa-Milam Perez, JD, CCH Employment Law Daily managing editor. “The ability to gain up-to-date information, including same-day news coverage ...more »

Business Law
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Businesses on notice after Wicked Campers fined $26k
StartupSmartNovember 1, 2011

A spokesperson for the ACCC says when advertising or promoting the prices of products or services, traders must not make false or misleading representations. “Whether or not conduct is considered misleading or deceptive will depend on the particular ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Operation Chillout assists homeless N.J. veterans
Dailyrecord.comNovember 9, 2011

“It's my job to give them the chance they need to come into the VA system and get their DD214 card — which is what they need to access the services and benefits they're entitled to,” said DeStefano. He said when military personnel first return from ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Craigslist becoming more popular for scammers
WDAYNovember 1, 2011

Last year The Internet Crime Complaint Center-an FBI partner-received 328 complaints in North Dakota, about 9% of that related to computer crimes. Seller beware. Scam artists are targeting people who sell on Craigslist. As a consumer credit counselor, ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Car Accident Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Warn Public Uninsured ... (press release)November 7, 2011

Specifically, this law limits the types of damages that can be awarded to uninsured and some under-insured motorists who would otherwise be eligible for them in Oklahoma personal injury lawsuits that result from Oklahoma car accidents. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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High court case on GPS surveillance could break new ground
USA TodayNovember 2, 2011

The one group siding with the federal government, the New York-based Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, points to the cost benefits of satellite surveillance in tough financial times. It says GPS surveillance requires fewer personnel hours ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Federal database on doctors is available again
STLtoday.comNovember 10, 2011

The investigation inspired a new law that gives the state healing arts board more power and gives patients more information about their doctors. The Association of Health Care Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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QC Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

These risks include (1) changes in laws or regulations or governmental interpretations of existing laws and regulations governing consumer protection or payday lending practices, including particularly changes in Washington, South Carolina, Virginia, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Orlando SentinelNovember 5, 2011

LEGAL ASSISTANT —— Real Estate Law Firm in Maitland seeks full time professionals for litigation files and pre/post closing positions. Ideal candidates for litigation will have experience with foreclosure, eviction, and other real-estate based ...more »

Roundtable: Commerical Litigation 2011
Who's Who LegalNovember 2, 2011

This litigation usually involves issues affecting fundamental rights, which are entrenched in the Constitution. We have also seen a significant increase in litigation in relation to mining law issues. Changes in South African mining and prospecting ...more »

Sports Law
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Michael McCann: Dodgers deal is a victory for Selig, and a warning for other teams
SI.comNovember 2, 2011

AP After insisting for months that he would fight commissioner Bud Selig in bankruptcy court to keep the Dodgers, Frank McCourt has relented and agreed to a settlement that ends the litigation and calls for a court-supervised process to sell the team ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Michael Jackson Doctor Trial: Sizing Up Defense, Prosecution Cases
MTV.comNovember 4, 2011

Los Angeles-based criminal defense attorney Mike Cavalluzzi said he thought the prosecution told a "great and very tight" story over the course of the trial, beginning with Jackson's longtime confidant and director/choreographer Kenny Ortega. ...more »

WeiserMazars LLP Promotes Three Senior Managers to Partner in New York City ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

He has extensive knowledge in IRS, state, and local tax law and policy. As a tax controversy specialist, Mr. Cohen has been involved with tax litigation, examination and appeals, and has helped to craft voluntary disclosure agreements. ...more »

Paul W. Mollica Elected to Membership in the American Law Institute
PR Web (press release)November 4, 2011

The firm represents employees with a wide variety of claims, including claims of discrimination and harassment based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, disability, national origin, religion, and age, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Allied, FirstPlus, News Corp., Transocean in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 2, 2011

3 Degrees Asset Management, ordered by Singapore regulators to shut down over allegations that founder Moe Ibrahim diverted assets, sued former lawyer Ng Wee Chong, claiming breach of duties. 3 Degrees claims Ng, 37, failed in “handling all legal ...more »

Environmental Law
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Legislation could open cell phones to robocalls
GCN.comNovember 4, 2011

The communications landscape has changed dramatically since the Telephone Consumer Protection Act was passed in 1991, and a House bill would bring it up to date by treating cellular phones more like traditional wireline phones. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Dian Page column: Attorney Hinkfuss receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Green Bay Press GazetteNovember 29, 2011

A member of the Hinkfuss, Sickel, Petitjean & Wieting law firm for more than 30 years, Hinkfuss continues to practice in business law, probate, trusts, wills and employment relations and as an adviser on condemnations. After Hinkfuss received a degree ...more »

Family Law
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City hosts family planning event for gay couples
Edinburgh Evening NewsNovember 1, 2011

GAY, lesbian and transgender couples are to receive advice on how to start a family at what will be the first event of its kind in Scotland. Experts from NHS Lothian and adoption charities will join family law specialists at the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp exclusion in UIM policy unenforceable, says Pennsylvania Supreme ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 1, 2011

An exclusion for those covered by workers' compensation in an employer-provided underinsured motorist policy violates state public policy and is therefore unenforceable, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled. A police officer was severely injured in ...more »


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