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Tribune Judge Denies JPMorgan, Aurelius Reorganization Plans
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The lower-ranking creditors already have filed lawsuits related to the LBO, including cases against Zell and Tribune's shareholders. The bankruptcy case is In re Tribune Co., 08-bk-13141, US Bankruptcy Court, District of Delaware (Wilmington).more »

A Patent for Software
IPWatchdog.comNovember 1, 2011

The “uniqueness” requirement mentioned is similar to the requirements for all inventions to be patented and is grounded into the patent laws by the novelty and non-obviousness requirements. The “tied to a machine” requirement comes to us thanks to the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Public Hearing on Northfield's Charter Amendments Scheduled for Tuesday's ...
Patch.comNovember 1, 2011

10 and become law 90 days later, on March 9. In addition to hearing what the public has to say about the amendments currently on the table, councilors will vote on putting additional charter amendments in the pipeline. The Charter Commission is ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health, abortion issues split Obama administration and Catholic groups
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

The American Civil Liberties Union sued, and HHS officials said they made a policy decision to award the grants to agencies that would refer women for those services. The bishops conference is threatening legal action and accusing the administration of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Former law enforcement lawmakers team up to end speed traps
HollandSentinel.comNovember 2, 2011

Rick Jones and Mike Nofs, both former law enforcement officials, introduced Senate Bill 795 Wednesday to ensure speed limits posted in Michigan are scientific and safe. “The intent of Public Act 85 in 2006 was to stop under-posting. ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Man Behind Arizona's Immigration Law Could Lose His Job Today
GawkerNovember 8, 2011

Russell Pearce, the Arizona state senator who drafted the state's infamous "papers, please" immigration law last year and was rewarded with the title of Senate president, may, impossibly enough, lose his job today, in the first recall election of a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Dyadic International Reports 2011 Third Quarter Financial Results
Sacramento BeeNovember 4, 2011

3, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (OTC Pink: DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzyme and protein products for the bioenergy, industrial enzyme and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BUFA says strike mediation talks break down
Brandon SunNovember 1, 2011

BUFA said in its release that it presented two comprehensive proposals designed to resolve all outstanding issues in the current dispute — now in its 21st day — but the university rejected both. “We gave them the opportunity to have classes resume as ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Delaware County fires jail manager
Tulsa WorldNovember 10, 2011

"Our firm represented the county in the civil rights lawsuit," said Chris Collins, one of the attorneys for the county's insurance carrier. "The District Attorney's Office did not participate in the civil litigation in federal court. ...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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Hackers Looked To Steal Intellectual Property From Chemical Manufacturers ...
Hot HardwareNovember 1, 2011

According to the paper, the hackers were after “intellectual property such as design documents, formulas, and manufacturing processes”. The attacks lasted from late July through the middle of September. Even more notable is that this is not apparently ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

"Keith brings a wealth of trial experience covering federal securities, corporate governance, antitrust, unfair competition, lender liability, commercial contracts, toxic tort, bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law, employment discrimination, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supa used like condom as Chiyangwa completes AAG take over
The Zimbabwe MailNovember 8, 2011

HARARE – President Robert Mugabe's nephew, controversial Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa has completed the takeover of the empowerment terror group the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) according to his sidekick AAG Chief Executive Officer, ...more »

Aviation Day lands in Fort Myers
Examiner.comNovember 5, 2011

On Saturday, November 5, 2011, the Lee County Port Authority hosts the annual Aviation Day at Page Field Airport. The historic airport, which was constructed in 1927 and served as the main gateway to the area for decades, sits off Cleveland Ave/US 41, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Milford landlords urged to act fast on violations
Milford Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

Health Officer Paul Mazzuchelli suggested that Stramer inspect every property when a tenant moves out to spot potential problems. "I'm encouraged by what you're doing," Selectman William Buckley said. "But, also, I agree with Mr. Mazzuchelli. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Students struggle to pay off loans
Sonoma State StarNovember 2, 2011

"Loan default has many negative consequences, including a bad mark on the borrower's credit report, loss of eligibility for all state and federal financial aid programs, garnishment of wages and state or federal income tax refund and late fees and ...more »

Litigation
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XXIV Old Buildings barrister appointed to lead Harneys' Cayman litigation practice
HedgeWeekNovember 2, 2011

Harneys has appointed former XXIV Old Buildings barrister David Herbert as head of the firm's growing Cayman Islands litigation and insolvency team. Herbert, whose appointment as partner and Head of Cayman Islands Litigation & Insolvency takes effect 1 ...more »

Business Law
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Yelp Class Action Dismissal Bolsters Web Publisher Immunity
Corporate CounselNovember 1, 2011

New US District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California has dismissed a class action against Yelp alleging the online review site extorted advertising from businesses in exchange for favorable treatment. In dismissing the suit with ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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F-35s don't benefit community
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineNovember 2, 2011

But we should cease defending a policy of massive Pentagon spending, simply in order to protect existing military contractor jobs. Federal job creation can generate positive benefits for our community, but producing more F-35s will not.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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James Wilson arrested again on child porn charge
Mississippi Press (blog)November 1, 2011

Wilson's computer was seized by detectives as evidence, which led to the discovered of child porn stored on the desktop. The arrests was made using the county's Internet Crime Against Children system. The computer system uses advance technologies to ...more »

Personal Injury
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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 »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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New Legal Challenges Surface from Redistricting
State JournalNovember 4, 2011

Mason and Putnam counties followed suit Oct. 21, seeking a writ of prohibition. Officials from both counties have a similar argument, stating the redistricting law does not provide equal representation to either county's citizens because counties are ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cepac Lawyer Marketing Presents Internet Business Plan at FJA Masters of Justice
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)November 2, 2011

The three seminars will cover the topics of medical malpractice, insurance bad faith claims and jury selection techniques. The meeting is also an opportune time to network with the top attorneys and legal experts from across Florida and legal service ...more »

Consumer Protection
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First 100 Days of Consumer Protection Bureau Examined
C-SPANNovember 2, 2011

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by last year's Dodd-Frank Act to protect consumer transactions, officially began work on July 21st. It assumed oversight of consumer finance regulations from other federal agencies. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Making It Legal to Tweet For Investors
Wall Street JournalNovember 3, 2011

But try following their cue in the business world and you might just be breaking the law. It's common to have hundreds or even thousands of "friends" on Facebook, "connections" on LinkedIn and "followers" on Twitter. Although such networks provide ...more »

How to avoid seeing red over 'evergreen clauses'
Seacoastonline.comNovember 14, 2011

While case law may favor those parties attempting to enforce these clauses, a few state legislatures have passed laws that may make it difficult for these parties to rely on automatic renewal clauses. For example, in 2000, Illinois adopted the ...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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Self-defense bill won't fix anything
Milwaukee Journal SentinelNovember 1, 2011

The above answers come by the way, from Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, made up of more than 600 prosecutors, judges, criminal defense lawyers and academics. ...more »

Tax Tips for the Newly Self-Employed
Fox BusinessNovember 18, 2011

I was recently surprised when a client asked me if she could write off her professional liability insurance. Of course you can! Don't overlook deductions. For the most part, the IRS allows you to deduct any expense that is considered “ordinary and ...more »

Throne Speech highlights
Royal GazetteNovember 4, 2011

Age discrimination will be eliminated through the Human Rights Act. Educators must be registered and meet criteria and qualifications in line with international best practice. New laws will allow the seizure of cash and property which are shown to be ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Published: 8:29AM Friday November 04, 2011 Source: ONE News
TVNZNovember 3, 2011

12.35pm: Judith Collins', National's spokesperson for law and order, gives more detail on the party's law and order policy. A person violating protection orders more than once would be jailed for up to three years, regardless of when they occur. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Could shale gas reserves reignite U.S. economy?
FuelFix (blog)November 4, 2011

Now head of the Center for American Progress in Washington, Podesta writes on the liberal think tank's website that natural gas can serve “as a bridge fuel to a 21st century energy economy that relies on efficiency, renewable sources, and low-carbon ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Justice Ministry Expediting Disposal of Applications for Probate
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceNovember 3, 2011

Pointing out that debt duties have also been reduced from seven to 1.5 per cent, the Minister said what this means is that the families can now have their properties/wills probated and letters of administration addressed, allowing their capital to be ...more »

Family Law
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New law will let Cubans buy and sell real estate for first time in half-century
Chicago TribuneNovember 3, 2011

The government has also allowed citizens to go into business for themselves in a number of approved jobs — everything from party clowns to food vendors and accountants — and permitted them to rent out rooms and cars. While Castro has stressed that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Proposed Canandaigua city budget includes changes, tax levy increase
Penfield PostNovember 4, 2011

The 2012 City of Canandaigua proposed budget features a 9.83 percent increase in the tax levy and several other changes, such as the inclusion of the Workers' Compensation levy to the overall tax levy. ...more »

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