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Miami cop innocent of reckless driving on turnpike, lawyer says
MiamiHerald.comNovember 1, 2011

Officer Fausto López's lawyer, William Matthewman, said in a statement that López client is innocent of the charge of driving recklessly, a second-degree misdemeanor, on the morning of Oct. 11, when Florida Highway Patrol Trooper DJ Watts stopped him ...more »

Chicago Cubs 2012 free-agent and draft-pick possibilities
Through The Fence Baseball (blog)November 1, 2011

With some burdening contracts finally expiring soon, and many positions needing to be filled, this offseason could get real interesting on the north side of Chicago. They also own the sixth pick in next year's draft, and Epstein has showed a keen eye ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Did junked pipe end up in San Bruno? PG&E says no
San Francisco ChronicleNovember 2, 2011

s possible reuse of scrapped gas transmission pipe, but the utility's top lawyer rejected that suggestion as alarmist and unsubstantiated. The legal arm of the state Public Utilities Commission released a PG&E shipping notice dated March 10, 1955, ...more »

Health Care 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 »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bullying and the Law
Inside Higher EdNovember 3, 2011

This year, New Jersey has a much-discussed new law that is considered the nation's toughest anti-bullying statute. Adopted following the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, the law contains only one mention of higher education: it ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Employers Get Training About Immigration Law
Fox NewsNovember 7, 2011

The new law requires businesses to use a federal system known as E-Verify to ensure that new employees are in the country legally and not in violation of the new law. Elebash told the employers she is often asked about E-Verify and told employers they ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bank of China's Hong Kong Unit to Remain Sole Yuan-Clearing Bank
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 3, 2011

China's central bank will sign a renewed contract with BOC Hong Kong (Holdings) Ltd. as early as this week to continue its yuan-clearing role, said the person. "The terms will likely remain the same as in the last contract," the person said, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NADN Launches MISSISSIPPI Chapter -- 7 Leading Mediators & Arbitrators ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) is a national association whose membership consists of mediators and arbitrators distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HCC Insurance Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2011 Net Earnings of $60.4 ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The types of risks and uncertainties which may ...more »

Animal Law
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Sex With Animals Can Lead To Penis Cancer: Study
GhanaWebNovember 15, 2011

That would make Florida the thirty seventh state with such a measure on the books, according to information on the Animal Legal Defense Fund website. The group, which advocates for animal protection laws, said that (prior to the Florida bill), ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Why Eastman Kodak Will Survive The Current Negativity
Seeking AlphaNovember 7, 2011

Third-quarter digital revenue grew 3% excluding that year-ago intellectual property revenue and a 25% decline in the company's digital cameras & devices business. Eastman Kodak has continued to see a decline in traditional products. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Welcomes Caroline Hollingsworth
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

Caroline's practice focuses on representing individuals in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama and a 2011 graduate of Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action audits enforce unbiased hiring practices
The AlestleNovember 17, 2011

According to the American Association for Affirmative Action, “Affirmative Action refers to positive steps aimed at increasing the inclusion of historically excluded groups in employment, education and business. Such steps are not designed to offer ...more »

New Study Highlights Aviation Industry's Economic Impact, Benefits
Sacramento BeeNovember 2, 2011

2, 2011 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An economic impact study commissioned by PennDOT reveals that Pennsylvania's aviation industry is creating jobs and significant revenue that reinforces the impact of airports on local economies. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Resource Center scales back services, staff
IsthmusNovember 3, 2011

The MTU was formed to educate the public on laws pertaining to tenants and landlords, and to help organize tenants who were being exploited by landlords. Madison at the time had a rental-relations ordinance that gave tenants the right to form a tenant...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 »

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Salt Lake City's Parr Brown law firm gets top rank
Salt Lake TribuneNovember 3, 2011

Parr Brown was tops in commercial litigation, communications law, construction law, three areas of corporate law, environmental law, labor-union law, construction litigation, eminent domain litigation, media and first amendment law, ...more »

Business Law
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Capital Markets Partner Tony Jacobsen Joins Sidley Austin, Shanghai
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Sidley was also named the USNews -- Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in both Corporate Law and Securities Regulation in the 2011/12 survey (the first year of such designations). BTI, a Boston-based research and consulting firm, has named Sidley as ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Survey: Military families report concern over potential TRICARE fee hike
GovExec.comNovember 14, 2011

"Almost nine out of 10 respondents say that TRICARE is an extremely or very important part of their military retirement benefits," said Scott Spiker, chief executive officer of First Command Financial Services Inc. "Faced with the possibility of an ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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James Wilson arrested again on child porn charge
Mississippi Press (blog)November 1, 2011

Wilson's computer was seized by detectives as evidence, which led to the discovered of child porn stored on the desktop. The arrests was made using the county's Internet Crime Against Children system. The computer system uses advance technologies to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Self-inflicted car insurance wounds: I crashed into myself!
Fox BusinessNovember 3, 2011

Can we make a claim on our liability policy? You can't make a claim for yourself on your own liability coverage. However, Rick Ward, director of auto claims for MetLife Auto & Home, says you typically would be covered if you have a collision policy. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Pelosi leads Democrats' challenge to DOMA
San Francisco ChronicleNovember 4, 2011

The contract to defend the law, paid with taxpayer funds, does not require a full House vote. The Democrats' brief argues that Congress acted hastily in 1996, operating under negative stereotypes about gays and lesbians who at the time were not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Texas Personal Injury Attorney Joins Ranks of Prestigious American Board of ...
PR Web (press release)November 18, 2011

... display his desire for constant improvement and education within the legal community. Christensen has tried cases involving negligent security, product defects, premises liability, medical malpractice, auto accidents and truck accidents. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Capstead Mortgage Corporation Submits Comment Letter on SEC Concept Release
MarketWatch (press release)November 8, 2011

The comment letter will be available in the investor relations section of the Company's website at and on the SEC's website at . Capstead Mortgage Corporation, formed in 1985 and based in Dallas, Texas, is a self-managed ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Century 21 China Real Estate Announces Change to Board of Directors
Sacramento BeeNovember 22, 2011

CTC primarily focuses on China's fast-growing and highly fragmented secondary real estate market, providing company-owned brokerage services, franchise services, mortgage management services, primary services, commercial services and fund management ...more »

Contracts of RPPs awarded without advertisement: counsel
Business Recorder (blog)November 1, 2011

On the occasion, the Chief Justice termed the award of project contracts without advertisement as sheer violation of the legal procedure which, he said, was not allowed by the law of the land. According to him, if the federal cabinet has given cover to ...more »

Sports Law
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Mississippi 'Personhood' Law, Other State Ballot Issues On The Line In Tuesday ...
Huffington PostNovember 8, 2011

Also in Mississippi, a proposed constitutional amendment would prohibit the government from taking private property by eminent domain and transferring it to other people. In Arizona, Republican state Sen. Russell Pearce, architect of the immigration ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Missing Baby Lisa Irwin: Police and Parents Spar on Tot's Birthday
ABC NewsNovember 11, 2011

When asked if he thought police consider parents Deborah Bradley, 25, and Jeremy Irwin, 29, suspects, criminal defense attorney John Picerno replied, "Absolutely. They've told them as much, Debbie in particular." Picerno said he was "not at liberty" to ...more »

Ask the Experts: How to handle an inherited IRA
Kansas City StarNovember 7, 2011

This audit trail provides documentation for the IRS or other potential third-party challengers. It is important that you take this practical step to avoid any errors that could be challenged in the future. Q: My mother had a living trust prepared in ...more »

Greenberg Traurig Hosts Annual Employee Benefits Conference in Palm Beach County
MarketWatch (press release)November 30, 2011

"Business owners and executives need guidance in planning for business succession in a tax efficient manner and securing their longevity in a competitive marketplace," said Kahn. "We host this conference annually to advise our clients about the latest ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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MF Global Exposes Prop-Trading Risk That Volcker Aims to Curb
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

It was the most profitable securities firm in Wall Street history before converting to a bank holding company in 2008, when smaller rival Lehman Brothers went bankrupt. “Jon Corzine made his bones at Goldman Sachs by going big,” said Cohan, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Franklin Mining, Inc. Enters into Strategic Alliance to Design, Develop ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 17, 2011

Mr. Hudson practiced in the areas of federal and state legislative law, emphasizing energy, environmental, technology, telecommunications and administrative law. Prior to joining the firm, he was the Chief of Staff of US Senator John Breaux for 2 years ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Peters, Steinhorn Vie for Surrogate Job
Patch.comNovember 7, 2011

The surrogate's office deals with roughly 3300 estates a year, involving will validity, trustees and executors, determining estate administrators for those who die without wills, clearing up matters concerning signatures on wills and probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Undocumented immigrants rarely gain legal status without family sponsorship
New York Daily NewsNovember 3, 2011

A. If an undocumented immigrant does not have a family sponsor, it can be almost impossible for that person to get legal status. Still, a few very difficult-to-get opportunities are available. The most commonly tried options are asylum, cancellation of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured Wal-Mart workers not eligible for state benefits: Wyo. high court
Business InsuranceNovember 1, 2011

Two injured employees who received benefits from a private workers compensation fund operated by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. are not eligible for benefits under Wyoming's Workers' Compensation Act, the Wyoming Supreme Court has ruled. ...more »


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