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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 »

Failed Solar Company's Auction Draws Bargain Hunters
New York TimesNovember 1, 2011

To some people, the bankruptcy of the solar-module maker Solyndra shows the folly of government trying to pick winners in technology markets. To others, the furor over its $535 million federal loan guarantee represents an attack on the solar industry ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Will Senate Hold Hearings on Law Schools? Lawmakers' Data Collection Could Be ...
ABA JournalNovember 14, 2011

Lawmakers who are gathering a “treasure trove” of data about law schools could use the information in congressional hearings, according to a published report. According to the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) ...more »

Health Care Law
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Draft healthcare law aims to inject quality into medical services
Business ReviewNovember 21, 2011

A new healthcare law is currently being drafted to allow private insurers to break into the health insurance market, which is currently controlled by public bodies. The new law is due to be ready in December. Additional provisions include changes to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Documenting the border fence between Mexico and the US
msnbc.com (blog)November 19, 2011

If illegals were to build it, the contractors that hire them would be breaking the law. Most government contracts, and I'm sure the building of border fences would be a government job, require contractors to hire skilled workers that are paid wages ...more »

Immigration Law
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Changing the faces of hatred
Paragould Daily PressNovember 28, 2011

Lewis won by arguing that our immigration laws need to be reformed “in a way that bespeaks our humanity.” He spoke of the need for federal reforms “to be considerate of the families, and provide a means for those already here to square themselves with ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Environmental Law Association focused on mould
Daily Miner and NewsNovember 29, 2011

"Other communities have identified contaminant sites and industrial air emissions," she said, pointing to Sarnia as a hub of urban industrial development. "Kenora was distinct and different from the other communities because they're more southern. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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MF Global, Lehman, AMR, Solyndra, LA Dodgers: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekNovember 30, 2011

The Act prevents a federal court with diversity jurisdiction from making any order affecting rates charged by a state rate-making body. Bennett likewise ruled that the Act doesn't apply in a bankruptcy context. Bennett gave the contending parties an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Deal with KCTCS pays Gastenveld $250000 [Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.]
Insurance News Net (press release)November 29, 2011

The KCTCS settlement document states that the $250000 is being paid to Gastenveld for claims of emotional distress as well as attorney's fees and costs. Paying the claim is not an admission of the defendants' liability and "is made solely in order to ...more »

Animal Law
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Fur Free WeHo wins – for now
WeHo NewsNovember 10, 2011

West Hollywood's acceptance of PETA's and other animal rights agencies' point of view infuriated the Fur Information Council of America (FICA), ironically located in West Hollywood and run by a long-time WeHo resident, Keith Kaplan. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CEA attacks 'innovation-killing' IP legislation
Advanced TelevisionNovember 4, 2011

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro has reacted strongly to a Motion Picture Association of America blog on intellectual property legislation under consideration in Congress which suggests that Shapiro is ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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YUN JIN GAO v. HOLDER
Leagle.comNovember 30, 2011

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; David V. Bernal, Assistant Director; Yedidya Cohen, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: GUIDO CALABRESI ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speaker backs calls for quota system
Myjoyonline.comNovember 29, 2011

The speaker noted that despite the fact that many governments had adopted and adapted affirmative action measures, “the figure still indicates that globally, women are nowhere near half of the decision-making bodies. “The threshold of 30 per cent ...more »

Aviation Museum of Kentucky celebrates grand reopening
WKYTNovember 20, 2011

It was a grand re-opening for the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport. The museum moved into the old Tac-Air building earlier this year, giving it lots more room to spread out. The keynote speaker for Saturday's celebration was astronaut ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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MHB CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, L.L.C. v. RM-NA HB WATERWAY SHOPPES, L.L.C.
Leagle.comNovember 24, 2011

Michael J. Yates of the Law Offices of Michael J. Yates, PL, Miami, for appellant. Scott D. Rembold and Mark D. Bohm of Bogert & Rembold, PL, Coral Gables for Amicus Curiae South Florida Associated General Contractors. In its consolidated appeals, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Fraud targets seniors with real-estate investments
Arizona RepublicNovember 6, 2011

When he told her to send him a certified check for the company's last $18000, she said she refused. "I just could not see him taking any more money out of that business," she said. Plein, his wife and their company filed for bankruptcy on Aug. 6, 2010. ...more »

Litigation
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More litigation in fight over Kyiv's Ukraina shopping mall (updated)
Kyiv PostNovember 28, 2011

By law, judges are supposed to be assigned to cases randomly. Instead of giving the claimant the injunction orders in both cases, the judge sent the records to the state registry, a rare legal practice in Ukraine. In contrast, Magisters claims their ...more »

Business Law
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Ringling circus agrees to $270K fine by USDA
BusinessWeekNovember 29, 2011

... Vienna-based Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus and other well-known acts such as Disney on Ice, said it does not admit to violating the law and agreed to the settlement as a cost of doing business to resolve its differences with the USDA. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Housing Help for Military in Jeopardy
Wall Street JournalNovember 10, 2011

Under the broadened program, the federal government has provided benefits to nearly 7000 reassigned soldiers. The government can partially reimburse service members for their losses, covering as much as 90% of a loss if a service member was forced to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Medina Police conduct child porn raid
WTAM.comNovember 9, 2011

Both are charged with one felony count of pandering sexual oriented matter involving a minor. Lt. Birckbichler says the men were sharing child porn via their computers. The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force also participated in this bust.more »

Personal Injury
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Admiral Falls Most on Record on Surging Personal Injury Claims
BusinessWeekNovember 9, 2011

9 (Bloomberg) -- Admiral Group Plc, the UK car insurer that owns the confused.com website, fell the most on record after the firm said a period of higher-than-expected personal injury claims would lower its reserves. The stock dropped 30 percent to 840 ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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UH constitutional law professor Jon Van Dyke dies
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserNovember 30, 2011

This file photo from April of this year shows University of Hawaii law professor Jon Van Dyke. University of Hawaii law professor, author and constitutional law expert Jon Van Dyke died Tuesday night while traveling in Australia, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Provisional obligations
Chiropractic EconomicsNovember 26, 2011

Now businesses use contract workers in highly skilled positions, such as scientists, engineers, professionals, and managers. To respond to business demand, many staffing agencies have become increasingly specialized. According to the National ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Many parents help kids lie to get on Facebook
CBS NewsNovember 1, 2011

In 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires Web sites to "obtain verifiable parental consent" before collecting personal information from children under 13. This very well-intentioned law--enacted long ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Les Kramsky, a Respected Banking Attorney, Discusses Loan Modifications
PR Newswire (press release)November 28, 2011

Les R. Kramsky, Esq. possess a keen sense of the law and markets, along with an astute business background that is invaluable in real estate law, corporate law, contracts, leases, title insurance and the mortgage banking industry. ...more »

Horror Show: Hollywood vs. Silicon Valley
Wall Street JournalNovember 27, 2011

Private action is often more effective than laws. There was an outcry when credit card companies cut off WikiLeaks, drying up its contributions. Internet freedom is better protected through contract—when WikiLeaks violates terms of use, ...more »

Sports Law
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AP Source: Feds Search Fine's Office
ABC NewsNovember 30, 2011

Federal agents have searched the campus office of former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine as part of the investigation of child molestation allegations against him, according to a law enforcement official ...more »

Criminal Defense
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A Look at the Sean Combs and Suge Knight Hit-for-Hire Allegations
ForbesNovember 6, 2011

Serra has dealt with them throughout his legendary 40-some years as a criminal defense attorney. Office workers don't like snitches either. I have a friend whose office boss encouraged her to spy on fellow workers, then snitch on them, going so far as ...more »

Tax Tips for the Newly Self-Employed
Fox BusinessNovember 18, 2011

I was recently surprised when a client asked me if she could write off her professional liability insurance. Of course you can! Don't overlook deductions. For the most part, the IRS allows you to deduct any expense that is considered “ordinary and ...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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Carissa Giebel column: Estate planning protects family
Green Bay Press GazetteNovember 29, 2011

Everyone age 18 and older should have both a financial power of attorney and a health care power of attorney. These documents name someone to make your financial and health care decisions if you are unable to make the decisions yourself. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Stanley stresses economic plans
Martinsville BulletinNovember 6, 2011

... Stanley said of a program that targets the unemployed or underemployed to increase the number of adults who obtain post-secondary education The US Department of Labor Workforce Investment Act Title I provides funding for the program. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Wills and Other Ways: What You Should Know About Estate Planning
Anchorage Daily NewsNovember 16, 2011

Susan teaches regularly on estate planning, probate, and post mortem administration and is a frequent presenter to state and national attorney groups, accountants, financial and insurance professionals, nonprofit and community organizations.more »

Family Law
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Stricter laws may leave NJ teens facing tougher road to driver's license
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comNovember 29, 2011

"New Jersey has a tradition of providing its citizens with the finest in sports and entertainment, namely at the Meadowlands, but the state hasn't always made it convenient to use mass transit to get to these events," Assemblywoman Connie Wagner ...more »

Workers Compensation
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GOP-led Michigan House OKs Workers' Comp Changes
Insurance JournalNovember 4, 2011

Republicans say the measure updates Michigan's workers' compensation laws, reflects recent court rulings and could help crack down on fraud while encouraging injured workers to seek some type of employment when they're able. The proposal clarifies that ...more »

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