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Impact of circle rates
Times of IndiaNovember 1, 2011

There are several reasons for this, like the stricter general power of attorney norms as well as higher stamp duty. The financier's profit margin is smaller in this scenario," added GP Tiwari (name changed), who invests in real estate. ...more »

David Williams' father-in-law gives another $1.5 million to political committee
Louisville Courier-JournalNovember 1, 2011

The father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has contributed $1.5 million more to a political committee that is paying for most of the broadcast advertising advocating Williams' election. Terry Stephens, a Russell Springs ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing outcry, City Council leans toward public vote on park district
Billings GazetteNovember 27, 2011

The idea of creating a citywide district to pay for $9 million in deferred maintenance at city parks came from the Parks Board, which based its recommendation on a 2009 state law that gave cities the authority to create special park districts. ...more »

Health Care Law
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States Receive Health Care Grants
New York Times (blog)November 29, 2011

Hoping to alleviate concerns of states, the Obama administration on Tuesday said it would award nearly $220 million in new federal grants to states to set up exchanges where uninsured Americans may eventually be able to buy medical ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Fired from TSA, Mpls. man gets prison term for off-duty hate crime against Somali
Minneapolis Star TribuneNovember 30, 2011

George Thompson, 64, who pleaded guilty, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Minneapolis under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Thompson's case was the first prosecuted under the act. Signed into law in October ...more »

Immigration Law
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National Fair Housing Alliance Applauds Temporary Order to Block Section of ...
PR Newswire (press release)November 29, 2011

29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On November 23, 2011, the US District Court for the Middle District of Alabama temporarily ordered certain Alabama officials to halt enforcement of Section 30 of HB 56, Alabama's discriminatory anti-immigration law, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Right-Wing Media Continue To Mislead On Nonexistent Light Bulb "Ban"
Media Matters for AmericaNovember 28, 2011

In fact, the law simply restricts the sale of inefficient bulbs and has led companies to develop numerous alternatives, including energy-efficient incandescents. Please upgrade your flash player. The video for this item requires a newer version of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Leveson inquiry: NUJ, Guardian editor, core participants' lawyer - live
The Guardian (blog)November 16, 2011

They will be joined by other figures who have attained a high profile through no fault of choosing of their own – wrongly linked to a crime such as the Bristol landlord Chris Jefferies or former intelligence officer Ian Hurst, who believes he was ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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CNinsure to Announce Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results and Host Conference ...
TradersHuddle.com (press release)November 7, 2011

... adjusting as well as other insurance-related services. This press release contains statements of a forward-looking nature. These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Animal Law
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Romanian Stray Dogs: Parliament Votes To Euthanize Animals
Huffington PostNovember 22, 2011

The law will allow officials to round up homeless dogs from the street, hold them in shelters for 30 days and then have them killed. Animal rights groups gathered in Parliament Tuesday, holding banners calling on lawmakers not to pass the legislation. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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U.S. Seeks Intellectual Rights Protection, Exports in China Trade Talks
BloombergNovember 20, 2011

By Bloomberg News - Sun Nov 20 09:13:45 GMT 2011 Annual US-Chinese trade talks opened today, with American officials aiming for China to take concrete action to protect intellectual property rights and buy more US products. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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First Cravath, then Skadden, then . . . Everyone Else?
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 30, 2011

Maybe some juggernaut litigation boutique will throw its weight around and decide to double the Cravath bonuses. Or some other big firm out there will top the Cravath bonuses by just a bit, thereby resetting the bonus benchmark. We're guessing — again ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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House approves immigration, bankruptcy, airport screening bills
The Hill (blog)November 30, 2011

By 407-1, members approved HR 2192, which eases bankruptcy rules for members of the National Guard and Reserves. And by 404-0, the House approved HR 1801, which requires a program easing airport screening rules for members of the Armed Services. ...more »

Aviation min: proposed foreign airline FDI in local carriers
Reuters IndiaNovember 29, 2011

MUMBAI (Reuters) - The aviation ministry has proposed allowing foreign airlines to invest under 26 percent in Indian carriers and the final decision will be made by the cabinet, civil aviation minister Vayalar Ravi told news channel CNBC TV18. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord-tenant laws discussed
Delaware County Daily TimesNovember 29, 2011

MEDIA — Two magisterial district judges and two attorneys experienced in landlord-tenant laws will explain rights of owners and tenants at a free seminar 6:30 to 8 pm Thursday at the Delaware County Bar Association, 335 W. Front St. Magisterial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Mexican Businesses Forced to Pay Up or Play Along with Criminal Groups
InSight CrimeNovember 18, 2011

Those who don't pay risk their lives, and those who do risk bankruptcy. As Mexico's drug war drags on, businesses have responded by upping their investment in security. “The cost of security has increased 10-fold in the past four years,” says Edgardo ...more »

Litigation
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BNA Books Announces the Publication of the "2011 Cumulative Supplement" to ...
PR Newswire (press release)November 28, 2011

Intellectual Property Taxation: Transaction and Litigation Issues, with 2011 Cumulative Supplement is authored by Jeffrey A. Maine, Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, Portland, ME, and Xuan-Thao N. Nguyen, Professor of Law at ...more »

Business Law
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Sexual harassment settlements: 'cost of doing business'
CNNNovember 1, 2011

The website of Allred's law firm boasts of verdicts from $5 million to $18.4 million. The confidentiality clause is also an attractive near-guarantee that the matter will stay secret, unless someone is subpoenaed to discuss the terms in a court of law...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Military Benefits from Credit Union Generosity
Credit Unions OnlineNovember 23, 2011

Beginning on Veteran's Day, Navy Federal Credit Union ($46 billion, Vienna, VA) started the “Send a Thanksgiving 'Thanks for Serving' Salute” to the numerous men and women serving overseas. The salute is driven solely through social media and is meant ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Are Facebook's terms of service the law of the land?
GCN.comNovember 18, 2011

But at the heart of the debate over authorized access is the question of who gets to write federal law: Congress or companies? I'm not saying that the verbiage churned out by corporate lawyers is not impressive. Have you ever read Google's terms of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Los Angeles Law Firm Handling Transvaginal Mesh Injury Claims
PR.com (press release)November 25, 2011

Los Angeles, CA, November 25, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Nadrich & Cohen, LLP, a national law firm specializing in personal injury litigation is now accepting cases from women who've been injured after using transvaginal mesh. A number of patients have reported ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Warning over Henry VIII law powers
The Press AssociationNovember 3, 2011

"In our view, the current drafting of clause 41 gives rise to more concern when read in the twin contexts of our constitutional history and strong common law tradition, and of a bill titled Protection of Freedoms." They added that the bill "does not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Associate Bonus Watch: Skadden Matches Cravath
Above the LawNovember 30, 2011

It's no accident First Personal Injury is one of the United Kingdom's leading personal injury law firms. If you're in the UK and have suffered personal injury, whether through an auto accident, medical malpractice or any other cause, get in touch with ...more »

Consumer Protection
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EU Data Protection Reform Will Put Pressure on Foreign Companies
PCWorldNovember 10, 2011

In a joint statement released on Monday, European Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding and Germany's Federal Minister for Consumer Protection Ilse Aigner said that European consumers should have their data protected regardless of the country where ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State media says Cuba has passed law allowing sale and purchase of real estate
Washington PostNovember 3, 2011

HAVANA — State media says Cuba has passed law allowing sale and purchase of real estate. Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.more »

Green Frog closes Columbus store
Bakersfield CalifornianNovember 7, 2011

Meanwhile, employees let go from the closed store at Columbus and Oswell streets are working with representatives of the Golden State United Food and Commercial Workers union, Local 8, to secure employee compensation. In one of the bigger legal cases, ...more »

Sports Law
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Law student leading Dinos' bid for CIS basketball title
Calgary HeraldNovember 25, 2011

... Interuniversity Sport women's basketball title when the Dinos host the championship in March. Jena Kaye, in her final year of law school, can spin a great argument about what's in store for the University of Calgary women's basketball squad. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Renowned New York Attorney Joel Walter Named To The I CARE Foundation Board Of ...
PR Web (press release)November 26, 2011

Mr. Walter is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the New York Criminal Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers' Association (criminal and family law sections),a Director of the International Child Abduction Research ...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 »

Business Workshop: Retaliation claims can be costly for employers
Pittsburgh Post GazetteNovember 7, 2011

Consider this statistic: In 2010, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that 36 percent of all discrimination claims filed with the agency alleged some form of retaliation by the employer. That represents a 13 percent jump in 13 ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Barney Frank to Retire Next Year
American BankerNovember 28, 2011

But Frank will forever be tied with the regulatory reform legislation he helped to pass in 2010, what is now known as the Dodd-Frank Act. The law made a series of changes to the system, including creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Franklin Mining, Inc. Enters into Strategic Alliance to Design, Develop ...
PR Newswire (press release)November 17, 2011

The conversion to alternative energy resources is swiftly becoming a top priority to many operations worldwide. Companies and operations are beginning to increasingly seek environmentally friendly ways of reducing their operating cost and environmental ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Speaks At Dorchester County Library On The Topic Of ...
PR UrgentNovember 24, 2011

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate planning including wills, living trusts, intestate succession, probate, estate taxes, powers of attorney, healthcare decisions, and getting everything organized. Attorney Guthrie's presentation lasted about ...more »

Family Law
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March to raise awareness of immigration law
Times DailyNovember 30, 2011

Representatives from the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act, the Alabama Dreamer's Organization and the Alabama Coalition for Immigrant Justice also will speak. “In general, we really just want to expose the community — and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Floral Shop Owner Pleads to Workers' Comp Fraud
WKBN/WYFX-TVNovember 16, 2011

Now Landis has pleaded guilty to Workers' Compensation fraud. The felony charge claims Landis worked at the shop while he was supposed to be on temporary total disability. He has repaid more than $19000 and has agreed to pay another $8000, ...more »

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