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'We need new laws against cyber crime' says security specialist NCC Group
Manchester Evening NewsNovember 1, 2011

The government needs to draft in new legislation to combat the growing threat of cyber crime to businesses and public sector organisations. That is the view of the boss of Manchester security specialist NCC Group, who reacted to warnings from Iain ...more »

Roosters costing taxpayers a fortune
KRQENovember 1, 2011

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) - Some roosters are evidence in a misdemeanor cockfighting case, but keeping them alive so they can be presented in court is costing taxpayers a small fortune. The total is more than $100000 so far. On Monday, a Santa Fe judge ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Entergy's CEO Discusses Q3 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaNovember 1, 2011

Closing this target for this year, pending federal regulatory approvals and other closing conditions. In closing, I'm proud to report that Entergy was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North American Index for 2011 and 2012. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employers Consider Dropping Insurance Plans Once Health Law Provisions Take Effect
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

AP October 20, 2011: Patients receive free dental care at a free health clinic sponsored by CareNow at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Crowley to Christen One Of Industry's Largest, Safest ATBs
LogisticsWeekNovember 3, 2011

Crowley will operate the Legacy/750-1 in the Jones Act US coastwise trade for Marathon Petroleum and will regularly load cargo in Garyville, La., 40 miles upriver from New Orleans. The750-1 was built nearby at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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DU: No water or power for illegal immigrants
The Decatur DailyNovember 6, 2011

“Because of the new law, we are now going through the process to confirm that they are either a citizen or an alien here legally. In seeking a ruling that the immigration law was unconstitutional, the US Department of Justice claimed that Section 30 ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Cable: Senators predict massive US withdrawal from international organizations
Foreign Policy (blog)November 1, 2011

Membership in UNESCO also grants the Palestinians membership in the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The United States is not a member of UNIDO, but will be forced to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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Feds sue mortgage broker, alleging lending fraud
Wall Street JournalNovember 1, 2011

According to the lawsuit, nearly 32 percent of the 112324 home loans originated by Allied between Jan. 1, 2001, and the end of 2010 have defaulted, resulting in more than $834 million in insurance claims paid by HUD. The lawsuit said the default rate ...more »

Animal Law
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Reports: Following Ace euthanization, Detroit officials to meet with animal...
MLive.comNovember 12, 2011

By Michael Wayland | MLive.com City officials will reportedly meet with animal rights activists Monday to discuss possible changes to the way Detroit handles the euthanization of stray pit bulls. Nov. 12, the Detroit Free Press: “Local animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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LG, P&G, Kraft, Cafe Hon, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 8, 2011

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Updates with US Lighting Tech item in patent section.) Nov. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Dyson Ltd., the maker of the Dyson ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney files partial opposition to borough dropping redistricting lawsuit
Fairbanks Daily News-MinerNovember 1, 2011

“Rather, the 'direction' was to end the litigation as a party.” The filing asks the assembly for transparency on the decision by holding a public vote to approve the action and also that evidence is provided to show former Asssemblymember Tim Beck, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Commissioner kicked off Affirmative Action Committee
WTSP 10 NewsNovember 18, 2011

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Pinellas County Commissioner Norm Roche was kicked off the county's Affirmative Action Committee Friday. The move follows Roche's admission that he's been posting disparaging remarks on the St. Petersburg Times' website under ...more »

China's First Aviation Biofuel Test
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 1, 2011

An Air China Boeing 747-400 passenger jet, which is filled with mixture of biofuel and aviation kerosene, takes off on an inauguration test flight at Beijing Captital International Airport in Beijing, October 28, 2011. An hour-long flight around ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renter Sues To Keep Name Off List Of Renters Who Have Been Sued
The ConsumeristNovember 3, 2011

The president of the Rent Stabilization Association, which represents landlords, said the list is useful in identifying "professional tenants," who stop paying right after they move into an apartment and live for free until they are evicted, ...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 »

Litigation
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Firms turning to environmental law to combat rivals
Los Angeles TimesNovember 14, 2011

When the developer Urban Partners proposed erecting a new complex to house 1600 students, Conquest sued under California's landmark environmental law. It then filed similar challenges to unrelated Urban Partners projects elsewhere in the state. ...more »

Business Law
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Keating Muething & Klekamp Receives National Recognition in "Best Law Firms ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

CINCINNATI, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- US News Media Group and Best Lawyers(R) released the 2011-12 Best Law Firms rankings in which Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL (KMK(R)) received three national rankings and 28 first tier metropolitan rankings. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Repaying a debt to vets: Post 9/11 GI Bill helping many get a fresh start
Press & Sun-BulletinNovember 5, 2011

The bill allows veterans and military members to transfer the benefits to their dependents, so some students going to school under the program are their spouses or children. At Cornell, in fact, dependents are a big factor, said Tom Keane, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Computer hijackers charged in US
BBC NewsNovember 10, 2011

Domestic ISPs are also being told about the people that were infected to give them a chance to clean up. The defendants have been charged with five counts of wire fraud and computer intrusion crimes. If found guilty they face heavy jail sentences. ...more »

Personal Injury
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The hills are alive with the sound of injury claims
ScotsmanNovember 7, 2011

MOUNTAIN bikers are being targeted by personal injury specialists looking to launch compensation claims on behalf of riders who have suffered falls. The Brain Injury Group (BIG) has advertised in the magazine Mountain Bike UK urging ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Mississippi voting on amendment to declare fertilized egg a person
CNNNovember 4, 2011

When voters cast their ballots Tuesday, they will decide whether to amend their constitution to say that the moment an egg is fertilized, it becomes a person with full legal rights. Initiative 26 would define personhood as "every human being from the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Government Shuts Down Public Access to Physician's Discipline and Malpractice...
InjuryBoard.comNovember 7, 2011

A government health agency has revoked the public's access to a database of healthcare practitioner's malpractice and other negative history, even though its records are anonymous, due to the pressure of one physician after a reporter figured out which ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Microsoft offers free 7-day trial for Mango phone apps in Taiwan
Focus Taiwan News ChannelNovember 1, 2011

1 (CNA) Microsoft Taiwan Corp. is offering consumers a seven-day refund policy for purchased apps in accordance with the country's Consumer Protection Act, a government official said Tuesday, the day handsets running Microsoft's new Mango OS went on ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Iowa Poll: GOP caucusgoers no fans of health law
DesMoinesRegister.comNovember 7, 2011

Richards said he supports a basic safety net for people otherwise unable to receive care, but believes the new federal law will offer extensive and expensive care, which would encourage people to seek out a doctor “for every sniffle. ...more »

Councils go commercial: authorities seek independence by making profit
The GuardianNovember 3, 2011

"One of the key sticking points is procurement," admits Judith Barnes, partner and head of local government at law firm Eversheds. "You can't just give your staff or former staff a contract to provide a service. But it would be useful to involve legal, ...more »

Sports Law
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Atlantic City rolls dice on sports betting
Cherry Hill Courier PostNovember 6, 2011

... our world-class entertainment, thriving restaurant industry and famous Boardwalk. This will allow Atlantic City to better compete, grow and reinvest in the region.” Gros points to the NFL as a further indication the federal law won't be overturned. ...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 »

Are You 'Class' Conscious?
SecurityInfoWatchNovember 4, 2011

Security providers may employ two types of workers-employees and independent contractors. While these workers might look and act the same in the work they do, they subject employers to very different federal and state tax and employment laws and ...more »

Scottish Government extending bigotry crackdown to include age and gender ...
Scotland CourierNovember 2, 2011

The Scottish Government's crackdown on bigotry at football matches will include measures to combat age and gender discrimination. By David Clegg, political editor The changes are contained in the government's response to the justice committee report on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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US Department of the Treasury Awards VSE Corporation Potential $250 Million ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

VSE has been the prime contractor for Treasury's Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF) general property program since 2006. Under this contract, VSE will lead its team to provide transportation, storage, and disposition services to several law...more »

Environmental Law
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Ghana needs Renewable Energy Authority -Kofi Adda
Modern GhanaNovember 2, 2011

Kofi Adda explained that because of the expensive nature of renewable energy, private sector participants will just flock the sub-sector and begin investing, because of the passage of the Bill into law. As such, the country needs a dedicated agency ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Meet Democratic Surrogate Candidate Theodore "Ted" Stevens II
Patch.comNovember 3, 2011

The Essex County Surrogate's Office is responsible for the probate of wills, the processing of adoptions and estate matters and the appointments of administrators, trustees and guardians. Ted Stephens has been a corporate, public sector and privately ...more »

Family Law
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Castille sues lawyer, firm over Family Court deal | Philadelphia Inquirer ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 2, 2011

Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille says he was the victim of fraud and legal malpractice by attorney Jeffrey B. Rotwitt, who was paid by the court to put together a deal for a new Family Court building at 15th and Arch Streets - and ended up as the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Paladin Managed Care Services, Inc. Selects Mitchell Workers' Compensation...
MarketWatch (press release)November 8, 2011

"We are pleased to welcome Paladin to Mitchell," said Nina Smith-Garmon, senior vice president and general manager of the Mitchell Workers' Compensation Solutions Division. "This new alliance is a compelling example of the speed and success of the ...more »

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