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Followers of Christ case exposes shift in law-enforcement relations
OregonLive.comNovember 1, 2011

The manslaughter trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman exposed a shift in the uneasy relationship between the Followers of Christ and Clackamas County law enforcement. Several years ago, the church and law enforcement reached an agreement that called for ...more »

CIT Group's CEO, John Thain — what a pain
Chicago Sun-TimesNovember 1, 2011

Trouble began brewing in 2006 and continued through 2009, so after taking a $3 billion loan from the Treasury (what a deal), CIT very cleverly filed for bankruptcy in late 2009. John Thain, who was asked to vacate his chairmanship of the NYSE in 2008 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Pflugerville holding second water hearing tonight
Austin American-StatesmanNovember 1, 2011

SouthWest Water Co., which operates Windermere, plans to consolidate Windermere and seven other water and wastewater utilities under the name of another one of its utilities, Monarch. On at 10 am Nov. 8, the State Office of Administrative Hearings, ...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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Kasich glad SB 5 hubbub kept focus off budget
Columbus DispatchNovember 1, 2011

The administration of Gov. John Kasich is not keen on legally justifying its case for government secrecy. In the wake of the escape and deaths of dozens of exotic animals near Zanesville, the public and press are understandably interested in the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's immigration law continues to make an impact
Alabama's13.comNovember 3, 2011

The mood somewhat changed in Alabama following the passing of its immigration law. Workers left the fields, and some students left the classroom. Lari Valtierra, Jefferson County School District's English as a Second Language Supervisor said, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Doe Run Company Promotes Matt Wohl to Vice President of Law
STLtoday.comNovember 1, 2011

During his tenure with Doe Run, Wohl has been involved in proposed plans to repurpose the company's property in Herculaneum into an industrial park, which could support port development. He has also been instrumental in providing legal counsel in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation talks break down at Brandon University
CJOBNovember 2, 2011

The Brandon University Faculty Association presented two proposals to resolve the dispute but the university rejected both of them. Salaries are still a sticking point. cent and 2.75 per cent, while the professors wanted increases of 2.9 per cent, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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VALHI REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2011 RESULTS
Reuters (press release)November 3, 2011

Litigation settlement expense in the first nine months of 2010 of $32.2 million ($.15 per diluted share net of taxes and noncontrolling interest) million relates to the settlement of certain legal proceedings of NL. Insurance recoveries reflect ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposed law would make equine abuse a felony
The SaratogianNovember 6, 2011

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Recent allegations of equine animal abuse have once again sparked debate about how actual violations should be treated. Under state law, animal cruelty against pets such as cats and dogs is a felony, while crimes against ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Mintz Levin Adds to Intellectual Property Litigation Capabilities in New York ...
BioMedReports (subscription)November 1, 2011

By Business Wire Health: Biotechnology News NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC has announced that it is expanding its Intellectual Property practice with the addition of John A. Bauer. Mr. Bauer, an experienced ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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"Most Influential Lawyer" Joins False Advertising Case Against Corn Processors
PR Newswire (press release)November 2, 2011

Recognized as one of America's "Most Influential Lawyers" and one of the country's top trial attorneys by The National Law Journal, Lanier's past successes include victories in major asbestos and business fraud cases, including winning a $417 million ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action for Our Troops
American Thinker (blog)November 12, 2011

It is the veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press. It is the veteran, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech. It is the veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble. It is the veteran, ...more »

Sen Moran Leads Bipartisan Effort to Oppose User Fees on General Aviation Aircraft
PoliticalNews.me (press release)November 5, 2011

Moran Leads Bipartisan Effort to Oppose User Fees on General Aviation Aircraft WASHINGTON, DC – US Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) led a bipartisan effort with 22 of his colleagues to voice strong opposition to the Obama Administration's efforts to impose ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Reluctantly Accept City's Meth Lab Law
Patch.comNovember 16, 2011

“No landlord rents to a drug dealer knowingly. None of us walk into this. We're as much a victim as the neighbors are.” She said the other side of the coin is that tenant-landlord laws in Ohio “are very friendly to tenants, not landlords. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Follow From the Wires
SalonNovember 2, 2011

Since then, FirstPlus has filed for bankruptcy, blaming the alleged criminals for wrecking the firm. Fishman said the alleged conspirators were planning one more “piece de resistance:” They wanted to pump up the stock price of FirstPlus and sell off ...more »

Litigation
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Dallas Intellectual Property Law Firm Adds Partner, Changes Name
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

"Keith brings a wealth of trial experience covering federal securities, corporate governance, antitrust, unfair competition, lender liability, commercial contracts, toxic tort, bankruptcy, real estate, environmental law, employment discrimination, ...more »

Business Law
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The DPP and criminal proceedings
Jamaica ObserverNovember 1, 2011

Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com. 6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Coming home. OK, now what?
The Seattle TimesNovember 7, 2011

We've heard a lot about all the benefits that are supposedly available to veterans and their families, but how do we find out about them? A: When I got out of the Marine Corps I started looking into this, but the process was so cumbersome and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Albuquerque Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Child Pornography Offense
7thSpace Interactive (press release)November 15, 2011

The case also was brought as part of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force's (ICAC Task Force) mission to locate, track, and capture Internet child sexual predators and Internet child pornographers in New Mexico. ...more »

Personal Injury
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One Car Personal Injury Accident Under Investigation
MyABC50.comNovember 1, 2011

A one car personal injury accident is under investigation by St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Deputies. The one car personal injury accident took place on County Route 21 in the own of Hermon. Deputies allege that Joseph France, 36, of 107 Church Street, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge blocks law on cigarette pack warnings
CNNNovember 8, 2011

Thus, this Court must -- and will -- act to preserve the status quo until it can evaluate, on the merits (and without incurring irreparable harm to those companies genuinely affected), the constitutionality of the commercial speech that these graphic ...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: Parents lie to help preteens get on Facebook
Los Angeles TimesNovember 2, 2011

Boyd, a senior researcher with Microsoft Research, teamed up with Eszter Hargittai from Northwestern University, Jason Schultz from UC Berkeley and John Palfrey from Harvard to take a closer look at the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, COPPA, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Oaktree Joins With Woodridge to Buy Fairmont Orchid Luxury Hotel in Hawaii
BloombergNovember 1, 2011

Howard Marks's Oaktree Capital Management LP and real estate developer Woodridge Capital Partners LLC purchased the Fairmont Orchid luxury hotel in Hawaii, the companies' law firm said today. ...more »

Gold Bugs Are Puzzled By This Risky Business
Wall Street JournalNovember 13, 2011

"There is too much historical evidence to show otherwise." This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order ...more »

Sports Law
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AP Exclusive: BCS discounted chances of WH action
The Tand D.comNovember 5, 2011

Matt Mitten, a law professor and director of the National Sports Law Institute at Marquette University in Milwaukee, said that what makes the BCS legally vulnerable is that some conferences have preferential access to the BCS bowl games over other ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Self-defense bill won't fix anything
Milwaukee Journal SentinelNovember 1, 2011

The above answers come by the way, from Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and the Criminal Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin, made up of more than 600 prosecutors, judges, criminal defense lawyers and academics. ...more »

Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico Update
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

Additionally, the Company's Board of Directors and board committees, including its Audit Committee, have always been duly organized and performed their duties in the strictest adherence with applicable law and the Company's by-laws. ...more »

Ministry To Spearhead Social Programmes
BernewsNovember 11, 2011

The Department of Human Affairs has initiated a review of how age discrimination can manifest itself in our community, and is conducting research into how age discrimination is handled under human rights legislation in other jurisdictions. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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10-Q: SUN HEALTHCARE GROUP INC
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 3, 2011

In March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the "PPACA") and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 were signed into law. The combined laws create the Affordable Care Act (the "ACA"). Together, these two measures ...more »

Environmental Law
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Vertex Energy, Inc. Reports Record Quarterly Revenue, Increased Net Income ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Vertex's focus, as a participant in the alternative energy and environmentally friendly investment sectors, is on creating increased value in the products it manages and produces through a variety of strategies and technologies that facilitate the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free Legal Assistance for Low-Income Older Adults
Patch.comNovember 17, 2011

Other areas of the law addressed at these clinics include: Family Law, General Civil Legal Issues, Divorce, Parenting, Bankruptcy, Probate, Housing and Small Claims. For a schedule, listing individual clinics and their times and locations for services, ...more »

Family Law
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New law will let Cubans buy and sell real estate for first time in half-century
Chicago TribuneNovember 3, 2011

The government has also allowed citizens to go into business for themselves in a number of approved jobs — everything from party clowns to food vendors and accountants — and permitted them to rent out rooms and cars. While Castro has stressed that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMERISAFE Announces 2011 Third Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

We remain cautiously optimistic concerning the direction of the workers' compensation marketplace. Further, we are confident that AMERISAFE is poised to take advantage of opportunities that may arise." -- Gross premiums written increased in both the ...more »

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