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The Media's Cain Mutiny
Huffington Post (blog)November 1, 2011

What I do know is that settlements of law suits including those alleging sexual harassment are not evidence of anything. Law suits are settled everyday because of the embarrassment a trial may bring and the expense of defending. ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Judiciary must respect separation of powers - Jacob Zuma
PoliticswebNovember 1, 2011

The former chief justice also paid specific attention to improving judicial governance as well as administrative and financial efficiency. It was during his leadership that there developed renewed hope, that the Constitution Seventeenth Amendment Bill ...more »

Health Care Law
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Cuomo to sign bill to expand health coverage for autism
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleNovember 1, 2011

Cuomo plans to sign the bill in a ceremony at the state Capitol. Former Gov. David Paterson vetoed similar legislation last year that would have required expanded health care coverage, saying it could cost the state and municipalities $70 million a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Americans' Health may be Compromised by Attacks on Federal Air Pollution...
MedIndiaNovember 4, 2011

The authors call on concerned physicians to write, call or e-mail Congress and ask them to strengthen and not weaken existing air pollution laws. They also recommend work with advocacy groups in this effort. "Professional societies such as the American ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law Sparks Department Of Justice Investigation Into School ...
Huffington PostNovember 2, 2011

The US Department of Justice is further pressuring Alabama schools to abide by federal mandates that states cannot deny children equal access to public education based on immigration status. Assistant US Attorney General Thomas Perez issued a letter ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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China Probes Broadband Providers Over Suspected Monopoly
The National Law JournalNovember 16, 2011

Xinhua reports that the investigation marks China's first national case involving large state-owned enterprises (SOEs) under a new 2008 anti-monopoly law. Anti-monopoly cases so far have all been related to foreign companies and their mergers and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Boy vanished amid parents' bitter divorce
The Seattle TimesNovember 8, 2011

The Sunday disappearance of 2-year-old Sky Elijah Metalwala came only four days after his parents endured 11 hours of mediation aimed at ending a bitter divorce in a compromise that awarded custody of the couple's two young children to their mother but ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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American National Insurance Company Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
GuruFocus.comNovember 4, 2011

The increase in other operating expenses was primarily the result of an accrual for a previously disclosed litigation matter resolved in the first quarter. For additional information, see Note 16, Commitments and Contingencies, of the Notes to the ...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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Merck, Teva, Movie Downloads, Poker: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Updates with Twitter in Patent section.) Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The US Supreme Court left intact a ruling that lets Merck & Co. block ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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TIPEEG Will Fail
NamibianNovember 11, 2011

My emphasis will be to address the topic of decent work through TIPEEG, Affirmative Action, poverty, and labour absorption. It is estimated that TIPEEG will create 104000 jobs and the majority of these jobs are for the youth and unskilled workers. ...more »

1 hurt after battery discharges at O'Hare
ABC7Chicago.comNovember 1, 2011

The Chicago Department of Aviation says luggage was being unloaded in a ramp area when an industrial battery packed in a checked case accidentally discharged. The owner of the luggage, who may be an engineer, was questioned by authorities, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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MPM policies abuse renter rights
Madison.comNovember 2, 2011

First, the landlord's security firms would reserve the right to enter a unit if its members saw or heard of any threat to safety or a lease violation. Second, at high-rise apartments like MPM's Grand Central, tenants would be given an allotment of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Vallejo out of bankruptcy after nearly three and a half years, city officials say
Vallejo Times-HeraldNovember 2, 2011

The 30-year-old father of two, though, said he is also hoping the city's bankruptcy exit will mean more jobs in the area, and a reduction in the city's crime rate. "Vallejo's got a bad reputation, but it's really not that bad," Burney said. ...more »

Litigation
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Visa, Facebook, Deutsche Bank, Dynegy, Lehman in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

3 (Bloomberg) -- Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the world's biggest payment networks, put any potential settlement of price-fixing litigation by merchants at about $4 billion. MasterCard “extrapolated an estimate of a reasonably possible loss of at ...more »

Business Law
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Waterloo mayoral candidates sound off on issues at Waterloo Downtown Rotary Club
Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierNovember 1, 2011

Clark used his opening statement to emphasize the city has seen a 29 percent reduction in crime since he took office in January 2010, while he has reorganized administrative staff to save money and tackled the major water quality enforcement issues ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Petrash: Let's salute, preserve our military force
Times Record NewsNovember 6, 2011

Some have referred to these cutbacks as "shockingly insensitive" to the extraordinary sacrifices inherent in a multi-decade military service career. One "radical" plan proposed by the Defense Business Board is to scrap the military defined benefit...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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74-year-old Lucedale man faces child pornography charge
SunHerald.comNovember 3, 2011

Authorities for more than two years have been using the Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children computer system to help track sexual predators over the Internet. The Sheriff's Department has several investigators trained to utilize the ICAC ...more »

Personal Injury
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New Jury Verdict Roundup Launched on Lawyers.com Blog
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)November 8, 2011

NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Lawyers.com SM has launched a weekly news feature reporting on some of the largest and most interesting jury awards won by individuals in recent personal injury cases. Lawyers.com is a leading legal website from ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Editorial: Anti-Shariah group learns hard lesson on freedoms
The Daily News JournalNovember 2, 2011

Zelenik contends the conference's goal is to "expose and disclose the differences between constitutional and Shariah law" and argues that it will recognize the freedom of every American, including Islamic women, under constitutional law. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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IronHealth to Offer Medical Professional Liability for Qualified Health Centers
Insurance JournalNovember 8, 2011

IronHealth, the specialty healthcare unit of Ironshore Inc., is offering medical professional liability coverage for federally qualified health centers to provide protection for deemed and non-deemed healthcare services, as well as other coverage ...more »

Consumer Protection
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People deserve better than Walker
Superior TelegramNovember 2, 2011

The Walker Administration is seeking to undermine a key national consumer protection which caps excessive health insurance industry profits and overhead. The Walker Administration is seeking to undermine a key national consumer protection which caps ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate newsmakers: Studio+ architecture firm now on its own
The News-PressNovember 13, 2011

During the real estate boom, Coral worked as a paralegal in a Southwest Florida law firm. During the past year, Coral decided he would became a Realtor. He brings with him more than 15 years as a paralegal specializing in real estate.more »

Business Profile: Charlotte Lloyd of Howarths Employment Law Ltd
Huddersfield ExaminerNovember 1, 2011

After leaving sixth form, she went on to study law at the University of Birmingham before going on to further her legal studies at the University of Wolverhampton. She says: “I always wanted to be a lawyer. I quite liked the Ally McBeal-type lawyer and ...more »

Sports Law
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League of Women Voters Guide on NJ Ballot Question
Patch.comNovember 6, 2011

A “Yes” vote on this question would allow the Legislature, when permitted by federal law, to legalize the placing of bets on certain sports events at casinos, racetracks, and former racetrack sites. Currently, federal law only permits this type of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Federal authorities, defense lawyers revisiting thousands of crack cocaine cases
The RepublicNovember 4, 2011

"We, along with the Federal Public Defender's Office and others, are in the process of identifying federal inmates prosecuted in our district that may be eligible for a sentence reduction pursuant to the Fair Sentencing Act," said William "Chad" Lamar, ...more »

State will audit local polling places
TheDay.comNovember 16, 2011

The Groton School Administration Building and Montville Town Hall have been selected as alternative audit sites. The Town Clerk in each community will choose which three local races will have their results audited. Under state law, 10 percent of the ...more »

mother of all $uits
New York PostNovember 12, 2011

The suit seeks unspecified damages for violation of state and federal age-discrimination laws. It also charges theater owner Gary Goldring, a minority investor in the Tampa Bay Rays' baseball team, and operations manager Paul Schuyler with “aiding and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Local banks prepare for Saturday's 'Bank Transfer Day' amid public animus
RVANewsNovember 3, 2011

These fees help fund that banking institution's fraud protection safeguards. The law allows the Federal Reserve to regulate these interchange fees so that they are “reasonable and proportional” to the cost of processing such transactions. So. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Alex Salmond Seals Renewable Deal In Abu Dhabi
eGov monitorNovember 7, 2011

As a result of his five-day tour of Qatar and the UAE this week, the First Minister (FM) has agreed plans with the alternative energy company Masdar to draw up plans for a partnership with Scotland that will boost university research into renewable ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Shelby County audit cites problems with probate clerk's office
Memphis Commercial AppealNovember 8, 2011

The Probate Court handles legal matters such as wills, estates, name changes and guardianships for children. The clerk's office holds large investments, mostly to pay out over time to children or adults who can't care for themselves, managers said. ...more »

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

Pennsylvania's chief justice sued his once-trusted attorney and a prominent Philadelphia law firm Tuesday, saying he was misled into paying millions in unnecessary fees for the Family Court building project. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pension Reform Strategy Echoes Workers Comp Reform of 2004
Fox and Hounds Daily (blog)November 3, 2011

As a proponent of a tough workers compensation reform initiative, I sat in the gallery of the State Assembly in 2004 to watch the final vote on a legislative version of reforming the workers compensation system (the no-fault system of ...more »

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