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Moody's Cuts Argentine Oil Companies on Capital Control Law
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The foreign currency rating of Pan American Energy LLC's Argentine unit was reduced one step to Ba3, three levels below investment grade, according to a statement. Moody's also cut Petrobras Argentina SA, a unit of Brazil's state-controlled oil company ...more »

UPI NewsTrack Business
UPI.comNovember 1, 2011

Burroughs predicted membership at the nine-branch credit union would grow 5 percent this year, compared to 4 percent in 2010, The Detroit News reported Monday. With a new law limits the amount banks can charge when a consumer uses a debit card at a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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ATT-mobile
CNET (blog)November 3, 2011

The document urges the FCC "to act promptly to designate AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile for a hearing before an administrative law judge," which is the next step if the commission is going to block the deal. AT&T filed a response to the Justice ...more »

Health Care Law
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Conservative lawyers bullish on healthcare suit
The Hill (blog)November 3, 2011

Attorneys arguing against President Obama's healthcare law say the case is nothing short of a referendum on unchecked federal power. The Supreme Court justices will debate next week whether to take one of the cases ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'Heartbeat bill' supporters airing TV ads in Dayton, Columbus
Columbus DispatchNovember 4, 2011

"The task force is a diverse group of stakeholders invited by the director of ODNR to give advice on the issue of regulating dangerous wild animals," wrote spokeswoman Laura Jones. "The group was not created by law, isn't required to meet or take any ...more »

Immigration Law
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South Carolina immigration laws encourage discrimination
The GamecockNovember 3, 2011

Yes, there are millions of illegal immigrants here who committed a crime and bypassed the system. Unfair as it may be to some, we must be realistic. There are millions here, and trying to round them all up and ship them back to their home countries is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Doe Run Company Promotes Matt Wohl to Vice President of Law
PR Web (press release)November 4, 2011

He will also oversee all other legal matters, including permitting, the interpretation of regulations and statutes, compliance and internal and external counsel for company operations. The Doe Run Company is pleased to announce that Matthew Wohl has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Occupy Boston's efforts to watchdog its own finances show a maturing movement
Boston.com (blog)November 1, 2011

So instead, they went through a behind-closed-doors mediation process with a lawyer, designed to paper over the dispute and come out with a statement to reassure donors who might be worried their gifts would be misused. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Butler Rubin Named Among Best Law Firms in US News Media Group and Best ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

US News also ranked Butler Rubin as a Tier 2 "Best Law Firm" in the areas of arbitration, commercial litigation and bankruptcy/reorganization. Best Lawyers named eight Butler Rubin attorneys as leaders in their fields: Louis J. Aurichio (Insurance Law) ...more »

Animal Law
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Purse non grata: Reese Witherspoon is slammed for having $4000 python skin ...
Daily MailNovember 1, 2011

But Reese Witherspoon's most recent personal acquirement has landed her in hot water with animal rights groups, as she was spotted with a $4000 python skin purse illegal in California. While the Oscar-winning actress,35, will not be in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Govt urged to bring effective law to protect IPR
Himalayan TimesNovember 9, 2011

Combating IP infringement is beneficial for Investment promotion, economic development, maintaining regular market order and protecting fair competition. The law and practice cannot ensure IP right for IP owner however importance of intellectual ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Are city's pot co-ops still legal?
Record-Searchlight (blog)November 1, 2011

The closed-session agenda for tomorrow night's City Council meeting includes some discussion of "significant exposure to litigation": Closed session pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(b)(3)(A): CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Gallagher's easy path to election
The Canberra TimesNovember 26, 2011

Ms Gallagher, her staffer Angie Drake and former public servant Meegan Fitzharris will all be nominated under Labor's affirmative action policy to promote women candidates. The automatic progression of the three women on to the ticket in the ...more »

Turbulence for aviation line as SIA, Emirates earnings tumble
Straits TimesNovember 6, 2011

Hefty falls in earnings for aviation giants Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Emirates are the clearest signs yet of fresh turbulence just three years after the 2008 financial crisis wreaked havoc, analysts said. -- PHOTO: YEN MENG JIIN, AP SINGAPORE (AFP) ...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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Accused Embezzler Arrested, Police Release Photo
KKTV 11 NewsNovember 1, 2011

The owners of the business found out about the embezzlement when they had to file for bankruptcy. Detectives with the Financial Crimes Unit reviewed the business records and Bratcher's records and found she issued large checks from the business account ...more »

Litigation
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Vornado Declares Quarterly Dividends on Preferred Shares
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Certain statements contained herein may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors ...more »

Business Law
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"Most Influential Lawyer" Joins False Advertising Case Against Corn Processors
Sacramento BeeNovember 2, 2011

2, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- W. Mark Lanier, the Houston attorney renowned for securing trial verdicts amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars, has joined the legal team trying to stop the false advertising of high-fructose-corn-syrup (HFCS) as a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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China Military Accepting Bigger Recruits, Tattoos
Fox NewsNovember 2, 2011

While China's growing economy offers numerous alternatives, military pay and benefits have been improving in line with double-digit annual percentage increases in the defense budget. The armed forces also retain a privileged position in communist ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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IDF, Mossad, and Shin Bet back online after day of computer malfunctions
Ha'aretzNovember 7, 2011

Hackers' group Anonymous claims responsibility for crashing the websites of IDF, Shin Bet and Mossad, but government denies this, claiming that an IBM computer component was responsible. By Anshel Pfeffer All Israeli government and security-related...more »

Personal Injury
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Randall Leshin's Law Firm Services Now Include Personal Injury and Estate Planning
Newswire Today (press release)November 8, 2011

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Pompano Beach, FL, United States, 11/07/2011 - Randall Leshin and the Leshin Law Firm, a South Florida law practice focused on bankruptcy and foreclosure cases expanded its service offerings to include personal injury and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Europe's constitutional literalism
ForbesNovember 5, 2011

It reminds me of the meta-debate over constitutional law that circumscribes so much of American politics, and the doctrine of strict constructionism (if Jefferson wouldn't have thought of it, we can't do it) that is the darling of the American right. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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DBSI trustee sues Foley & Lardner for cheating investors
Thomson Reuters News & InsightNovember 3, 2011

Nov 2 (Reuters) - The trustee for a bankrupt real-estate investment company has sued Foley & Lardner, claiming that the law firm helped orchestrate a Ponzi scheme that cheated investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Filed Monday in Delaware ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Things that go bump before a flight
Independent OnlineNovember 3, 2011

One of the consumer-unfriendly practices which the Consumer Protection Act is intended to discourage is one which airlines across the world routinely use. It's called overbooking and it works like this: they deliberately overbook their ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Padua Law Firm in Houston Solved Complex Commercial Real Estate Issue
Newswire Today (press release)November 7, 2011

NewswireToday - /newswire/ - Houston, TX, United States, 11/07/2011 - Alejandro L. Padua, Esq., of Padua Law Firm in Houston, with his excellent drafting of real estate related contracts and related lawyering solved complex Fernandez family commercial...more »

HR Business Manager
PersonnelToday.comNovember 1, 2011

I am working with a top 20 law firm to recruit an HR Business Manager for their Northern region working as part of an HR team of more than 30 strong across the UK. This six month contract role will work alongside 5 other HR Business Managers who take ...more »

Sports Law
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Chris Christie on sports betting: He's voting yes in NJ referendum
MyCentralJersey.comNovember 3, 2011

Even if voters endorse having the Legislature pass laws allowing sports betting to take place at Atlantic City casinos and at racetracks, a federal law that bans sports betting in New Jersey and 45 other states would still need to be repealed or ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Shaken Defense Lawyers Decry Violent Attacks on Two Colleagues in Organized ...
ABA JournalNovember 8, 2011

Within less than six months after that, Paul Beaudry, 34, was shot to death by two assailants in his glass-walled law office in Old Montreal, as six or more employees witnessed the crime. Benoît Gariépy, a criminal lawyer who shared an office with Doré ...more »

Insight: MF board seen beholden to Corzine as risk grew
ReutersNovember 4, 2011

Schamis also sits on MF Global's audit and risk committee, which is supposed to provide defense against dodgy accounting and reckless risk taking. The firm says in the proxy that the committee, among other things, is supposed to review its risk ...more »

Why pre-employment screening can be beneficial
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalNovember 30, 2011

Laws that pertain to employee testing include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The bottom line is that you must ensure that the testing does not ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Opal Financial Group Invites Praxis Capital to Speak at the Family Office ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 2, 2011

Other topics being covered will include tax and regulatory issues, asset protection and fiduciary responsibilities of consultants/family offices/family members. These conference events are designed for High-Net-Worth Individuals and executives in ...more »

Environmental Law
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John Wisniewski, Democratic incumbent
MyCentralJersey.comNovember 3, 2011

I'm most proud of the work I've done on behalf of families, children and communities. As Chairman of the Transportation Committee, I fought for the passage of Kyleigh's Law (PL2009, c.37) and continue to work to protect the changes we've made in the ...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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Family: Hillary Clinton's Mother Dies at 92
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

... mother of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton's mother-in-law, died Tuesday at age 92 after an illness. The family said Rodham died shortly after midnight, surrounded by her family at a Washington hospital. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hartman: Herkimer will pay judgment, file appeal
Little Falls Evening TimesNovember 1, 2011

“While Herkimer County grabbed a headline claiming it was vindicated by an Onondaga County judge, the truth is its workers compensation plan was mismanaged and that premiums were unfairly assessed pursuant to a formula that benefited the county over ...more »

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