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Court disbars Wesley Chapel lawyer accused of 'dishonest conduct' involving ...
Tampabay.comNovember 1, 2011

The Florida Bar said Denise Letizia used an invalid power of attorney to withdraw more than $100000 from bank accounts bearing her brother's name. "She also demonstrated a pattern of misconduct regarding the representation of her brother and in the ...more »

Offices failing the green test face hefty fines
eco-business.comNovember 1, 2011

The Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) program – also known as mandatory disclosure – requires that a Building Energy Efficiency Certificate be issued if more than 2000 square metres of office space is sold, leased or sub-leased. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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City Council schedules ward remap hearings
Chicago TribuneNovember 1, 2011

The law says the city must approve a new map by Dec. 1, but aldermen can agree to do it later in the month, as they did 10 years ago, city officials said. If any group of 10 or more aldermen proposes an alternate map, the proposals go to referendum. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Social forces may limit health care reform
PoliticoNovember 1, 2011

The health care reform law gives federal health officials a new mandate to address the fact that racial and ethnic minorities tend to be sicker than the rest of the population. But there are limits to what they can actually do about the problem. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

Wiesel's practice covers those areas as well as international arbitration, regulatory and criminal investigations, antitrust cases, and actions involving the interests of foreign sovereigns. As Wiesel puts it: "I'm not the end of this process, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Feds Make Statistical Strides Curbing Illegal Immigration But States Pass ...
SEOLawFirm.com Legal News CenterNovember 2, 2011

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced in October that it set a new record for deportation in the year that ended Sept 30. ICE deported 396906 people by setting enforcement priorities and executing the plan, according to director John Morton. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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John A. Riley and Christopher C. Thiele Join Bracewell & Giuliani's ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Thiele's practice focuses primarily on the regulation of air pollution under the federal Clean Air Act and related state and local laws and regulations, notably in Texas. He represents industrial clients on a wide range of air permitting, rulemaking, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Two-day workshop organized by WM Office
Pakistan ObserverNovember 3, 2011

Islamabad—A two-day workshop on 'Mediation as an Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism' was organized by Wafaqi Mohtasib Office / SPGRM project of UNDP in collaboration with Karachi Centre of Dispute Resolution (KCDR) on October 31and November 1, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HCC Insurance Holdings' CEO Discusses Q3 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaNovember 2, 2011

This quarter, we completed schedule reviews for US Property and Casualty and Professional Liability segments and our quarterly evaluation of all catastrophe reserves. We also included UK Professional Liability in the International segment in our review ...more »

Animal Law
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Ryerson student takes veganism discrimination dispute to Human Rights Tribunal ...
National PostNovember 8, 2011

Correspondence from the school to Ms. Ketenci indicates it views the dispute as an academic matter, exempt from discrimination law. “There is no positive obligation on the school to expand course work to allow for the inclusion of all creed or faith ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Parsons Behle & Latimer Expands Intermountain West Presence By Adding Zarian ...
Utah PulseNovember 3, 2011

Parsons Behle & Latimer president and CEO Raymond J. Etcheverry announced today that the Salt Lake City-based law firm has merged the practice of Boise-based intellectual property and litigation law firm Zarian Midgley & Johnson, adding 14 lawyers ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hiring of lawyers is rising slowly, survey shows | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

The demand is for lawyers with several years of experience in litigation, commercial transactions and health care, reflecting a modest uptick in work in those practice areas, the survey said. "Signs of a tightening talent market are becoming more ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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UW-Stout to receive affirmative action award
WQOW TV News 18November 9, 2011

Menomonie (WQOW)- A local university will be honored by the state for its efforts to help minority students stay in school. UW-Stout will receive a program achievement diversity award Thursday at the state capitol. ...more »

Is the aviation boom sustainable?
BBC NewsNovember 8, 2011

The reason for their confidence lies in Asia, which is experiencing something of an aviation boom, underpinned by rapid economic expansion in India and China. Twenty years from now, a third of all air traffic is going to come from the Asia-Pacific ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Slumords Stiffed Banks—& Raked In Sec. 8 Bucks
New Haven IndependentNovember 2, 2011

“Having properties owned by a landlord, whether a good one or a mediocre one, can often be better than being owned by the bank.” No tenants interviewed described Dawson or her affiliates as even “mediocre.” The tenant at 176 Dover also dealt with ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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More Bankruptcy Lawyers Pulled Into MF Global Orbit
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

Several more Am Law 100 and leading international firms have landed roles advising various parties in connection with the collapse of commodities and derivatives broker MF Global Holdings, which sought Chapter 11 protection in New York on Monday as a ...more »

Litigation
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Fitch: Litigation Does Not Affect Rating Assigned to State of Washington GO Bonds
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

Fitch's rating on the series 2012C bonds is based on the GO pledge of the state's full faith, credit, and taxing power and, as such, the tolling and project-related aspects of the litigation do not directly affect the rating. ...more »

Business Law
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3VR's CrimeDex Expands to Six Continents to Combat Financial Crime Internationally
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 3VR, the video intelligence company, today announced that the CrimeDex online collaborative network of more than 3000 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals has partnered with the International...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Klobuchar, Franken vote to repeal Defense of Marriage Act
MinnPost.comNovember 10, 2011

The only immediate effect is political: Democrats can show part of their liberal base of backers that they strongly support equality in federal benefits for gay couples. ... DFL Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken both sit on the committee and supported ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police warn citizens about computer scam
Halifax News NetNovember 8, 2011

The HRP/RCMP Integrated Financial Crime Unit is warning citizens about a computer related scam. There have been several recent complaints from citizens who have received a call from someone claiming to represent a large software company. ...more »

Personal Injury
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With Curbside Bus Accident Rate Seven Times Higher Than For Conventional Buses ...
PR Web (press release)November 8, 2011

David Resnick of the New York City personal injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, PC, says bus companies' small size, low fares don't negate duty of safety. These small companies that run inexpensive bus lines can't be allowed to create a risk ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Why the Constitution and Courts are Allies of the Occupiers
ForbesNovember 2, 2011

William Van Alstyne, Lee Professor of Constitutional Law at William & Mary Law School, sides with Judge Trauger's restraining order. “I think a flat curfew, just banning people from being present in a public park after a certain hour, will not survive ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Legal Events Calendar: November 1, 2011
Brooklyn Daily EagleNovember 1, 2011

"Labor Law and Construction Accident Update." Speaker: Brian J. Shoot. Reservations are required. For more information, call (718) 875-0158. Location: Rex Manor, 1100 60th St. (at 11th Avenue), Bay Ridge. TODAY, Nov. 1, CLE: Brooklyn Bar Association ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Survey: Many parents help kids lie to get on Facebook
CNETNovember 1, 2011

In 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires Web sites to "obtain verifiable parental consent" before collecting personal information from ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate brokers can double-end deals in any state
Inman.comNovember 1, 2011

Until about 20 years ago, agency relationships were largely determined by general statutes and common-law precedents. Few, if any, states had laws on the books that pertained specifically to the formation of agency relationships between real estate...more »

Establishing a Business in Germany
MarketWatch (press release)November 10, 2011

... of time or the German employees have far-reaching power to contract, a permanent establishment is involuntarily founded. In this case, the fiscal authorities will demand bookkeeping under German law and the taxation of profits allocated to Germany. ...more »

Sports Law
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Khalifa issues law on Abu Dhabi Sports Council
Khaleej TimesNovember 2, 2011

ABU DHABI—President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued in his capacity as the Ruler of Emirate of Abu Dhabi, a law regulating the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The law states that the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will have a legal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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For Sandusky case, local faces in mix
Pittsburgh Post GazetteNovember 8, 2011

Ms. Roberto co-founded the Women's Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania and is a past president of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Bruce Teitelbaum, retired assistant US attorney, remembers meeting Ms. Roberto while ...more »

Tax Rules Allow an Array of Givers to Be More Generous
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

IF you, like most charitably inclined people, wish you could afford to give more, the good news is that you probably can, simply by taking advantage of the tax code's provisions that effectively make Uncle Sam your partner in giving. ...more »

Julea Ward freedom of conscience act, like Michigan's amended anti-bullying ...
MLive.comNovember 14, 2011

In dismissing her from the program, EMU argued that Ward's stand goes against the American Counseling Association's code of ethics, which states: "Counselors do not condone or engage in discrimination based on age, culture, disability, ethnicity, race, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Your Treasure Valley business community: accomplishments and promotions.
The Idaho StatesmanNovember 2, 2011

Her areas of practice include commercial litigation, insurance defense and workers' compensation. After finishing law school, Mathews clerked for Judge NR Smith at the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. The Susan Graham Law Office is now called Senior Edge ...more »

Environmental Law
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Republican candidates on the issues
Houston ChronicleNovember 7, 2011

Tried to pull Minnesota out of No Child Left Behind law. Energy: Reduce regulatory impediments to drilling. Opposes cap and trade. Voted to open the outer continental shelf to oil drilling. Voted against tax breaks for renewable energy and conservation...more »

Wills & Probate
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SENIOR SCENE: Nov. 2
Wicked LocalNovember 2, 2011

Refreshments will be served. Senior planning today is complex and changing. In order to make informed decisions, seniors must be aware of issues such as wills, nursing home planning, Medicaid, trusts and probate. By attending this free seminar, ...more »

Family Law
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'License to Bully': Backlash Over Matt Epling Bill Passed in Michigan Senate
ABC NewsNovember 4, 2011

Matt's Safe School Law is named after Matt Epling, a freshman from East Lansing who killed himself after a bullying incident by upperclassmen in 2002. (Courtesy Epling Family) LGBT advocates and the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Insurer reconsiders, pays $2.5M claim of Joplin tornado hero
IFAwebnews.comNovember 1, 2011

“Upon further review of the case, and receiving additional information on the facts involved in this situation, Accident Fund believes the appropriate decision is to honor Mr. Mark Lindquist's claim for worker's compensation benefits. ...more »

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