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Bankruptcy judge rejects competing reorganization plans in Tribune Co. case
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

s plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection, along with a rival plan from dissident creditors. Judge Kevin Carey said in a 126-page ruling that he may appoint a trustee to help end the 3-year-old case if the media conglomerate cannot come up with an ...more »

Phila. would lose, Chesco would gain in redistricting plan | Philadelphia ...
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

HARRISBURG - Philadelphia would lose a state House seat while Chester County would gain one under a plan tentatively approved Monday by a legislative commission charged with redrawing the state's House and Senate districts. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Liquor Control Violations in Quakertown, Doylestown and Lansdale
phillyBurbs.comNovember 1, 2011

Liquor control violations are filed with an Administrative Law Judge who can impose fines ranging from $50 to $1000 for minor violations, up to $5000 for more serious violations, and suspension or revocation of a liquor license. ...more »

Health Care Law
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New Hinchey Bill Would Allow Parents With Retiree Health Plans to Extend ...
WBGHNovember 1, 2011

Retiree-only plans were exempted from many of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including the dependent coverage provision that allowed children to stay on their parents' health care plan through age 26. "The ability for a young adult to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Pacman Jones: When times got hard, Titans weren't there for me
NBCSports.comNovember 1, 2011

When you break the law and act like an A$$, most business organizations will not stand by you. Get over it an be thankful you have NFL talent. “Yeah, I did [mess] things up off the field,” Jones said. “I blame myself for that. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law poses enforcement challenges for police (blog)November 5, 2011

By George Altman, Washington Bureau WASHINGTON -- Police enforcing Alabama's new immigration law cannot consider a person's apparent national origin as they work to catch people who moved illegally to this nation from another, according to Alabama ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Argentina To Overhaul Subsidy Regime
Wall Street JournalNovember 2, 2011

"Subsidy policies have played a role in the success of Argentina's economic development in those years," Mr. Boudou said. But government outlays on energy subsidies have exploded in recent years as a booming economy and capped natural gas and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Text of Billy Hunter's letter to players
ESPNNovember 2, 2011

After three days of productive talks, which followed a week of negotiations aided by the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, the owners held firm to their ultimatum that we take a 50/50 split in BRI. It was at this moment that the Negotiating ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Atlantic American Corporation Reports Improved Third Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 9, 2011

Its principal subsidiaries consist of American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company. Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: Except for historical information ...more »

Animal Law
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Whales are people too
ABC OnlineNovember 7, 2011

ELIZABETH JACKSON: In the United States, animal rights campaigners have begun a legal battle for the release of five killer whales. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - or PETA as they're known - argue that the whales are being kept as ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Groupon, Apple, Adidas, Amazon, Google: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 9, 2011

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Nov. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Groupon Inc., the company that provides daily deal coupons, was sued for infringement by a ...more »

Asbestos 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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Moves Closer to Hearing Texas Affirmative-Action Case
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)November 2, 2011

Critics of affirmative action have expressed hope that the court, which has changed considerably in its membership since the last time it ruled on such admissions policies, will use the Texas case to curtail or end the use of race-conscious admission ...more »

Port Authority aviation chief briefs chamber on Stewart benchmarks
Times Herald-RecordNovember 2, 2011

CENTRAL VALLEY — While updating Orange County Chamber of Commerce members on Stewart International Airport Tuesday morning, Port Authority Aviation Director Susan Baer left out one expected line. It was the one about how the agency ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Flintshire landlords and tenants of Shotton letting agency Eazy Let take legal ...
Flintshire ChronicleNovember 3, 2011

His website – – is now up and running and Simon wants tenants and landlords who have been left out of pocket to get in touch so he can try to recoup some of the tens of thousands of pounds they have lost. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Pennsylvania Court Rules Against Distressed Munis
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 1, 2011

The “opinion was to me signaling that the Supreme Court is not going to construe Act 47 broadly,” University of Pennsylvania law professor and bankruptcy expert David Skeel said in an interview Monday. If the state wants arbitration awards to be ...more »

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Verizon sued over FairPoint's bankrtuptcy by litigation trust
FierceTelecomNovember 3, 2011

"FairPoint Communications' 2008 acquisition of Verizon's northern New England wireline operations occurred after thorough due diligence on the part of FairPoint and its lenders and lawyers, as well as extensive review and approvals from ...more »

Business Law
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Source Consulting Group LLC Releases Results of 2011 Finance Operations Survey ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

CHICAGO, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Source Consulting Group LLC ("Source") announced today the results of its 2011 Finance Operations Survey of law firms. The Survey provides legal and professional service firms with industry benchmark and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Adventure run benefits foundation, military
Lebanon ExpressNovember 2, 2011

The run benefits the foundation and its efforts to make Cheadle Park a real economic asset to the community, Latimer said. It also raises money for the Oregon Military Support Network, which helps anyone affiliated with the military find assistance, ...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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Fraud, Massage Therapy Driving Up No-Fault Coverage
Sunshine State NewsNovember 2, 2011

... of fraudulent claims mostly in the state's metro areas and a business exemption enacted several years ago that allows some massage health clinics to avoid state filing requirements regarding vehicle injury treatment. In some cases the treatment may ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Sexual harassment and the law: a legal little shop of horrors
Daily CallerNovember 4, 2011

Few would argue that real sexual harassment isn't problematic. Indeed, even conservative critics of sexual harassment laws like UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh make it clear that certain types of workplace harassment should be barred including: ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comNovember 2, 2011

Plaintiff Deborah Restaino sued defendants Robert P. Des Jardins, Robert P. Des Jardins, Inc., Des Jardins & Haapala, ALC, and Michael J. Haapala for legal malpractice arising from their representation of her in a marital dissolution proceeding. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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First 100 Days of Consumer Protection Bureau Examined
C-SPANNovember 2, 2011

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created by last year's Dodd-Frank Act to protect consumer transactions, officially began work on July 21st. It assumed oversight of consumer finance regulations from other federal agencies. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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'When times are bad, people feel it will help'
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionNovember 6, 2011

But Berry, 68, a Cobb County native who started out in real estate law, has seen three clients receive the ultimate sentence since 2007. Joshua Drucker was sentenced to death last month by a Cobb jury for a double slaying in 2004. ...more »

CVS Caremark Net Rises 7.3%, Driven By Benefits Manager
Wall Street JournalNovember 3, 2011

Revenue in its pharmacy services segment increased 26%, again boosted by a contract with Aetna Inc. and added business from the acquisition of Universal American Corp.'s Medicare prescription drug business. Chief Executive Larry Merlo said the ...more »

Sports Law
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Khalifa issues law on Abu Dhabi Sports Council
Khaleej TimesNovember 2, 2011

ABU DHABI—President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, has issued in his capacity as the Ruler of Emirate of Abu Dhabi, a law regulating the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. The law states that the Abu Dhabi Sports Council, will have a legal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Attorney Files Motion to Dismiss Charges in $1.4 Million Embezzlement ...
U.S. Politics TodayNovember 1, 2011

She was accused of embezzling almost $1.1 million from Commercial Property Associates of Carpentersville between January 2001 and September 2006. Defense attorney Michael Norris and John Callahan filed a motion with the court to dismiss the case...more »

Real Estate Lawyer Closes Office Temporarily; Bank Asks Court to Decide Who ...
ABA JournalNovember 2, 2011

A well-known Georgia real estate lawyer has temporarily closed his Columbus office, amidst an audit, and a local bank has asked a Muscogee County court to determine who should get the nearly $473000 in his attorney trust account, ...more »

We dedicated our lives to patients but the NHS threw us out at 65
The StarNovember 4, 2011

Age discrimination campaigners are celebrating a major victory; the law now prevents employers from forcing their workers into retirement just because they've hit 65. It's part of the government's grand plan to make our old age a more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lawyer pitches U.S. Senate bid during Staunton visit
Staunton News LeaderNovember 11, 2011

McCormick would vote to repeal the federal health care legislation that passed last year and simplify the tax code to three rates — 10 percent, 21 percent and 32 percent — and keep just three deductions. His plan to balance the federal budget would ...more »

Environmental Law
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Have American taxpayers just been saddled with another Solyndra?
Alaska DispatchNovember 1, 2011

“I still support there being a loan guarantee program for new energy – alternative energy and nuclear energy,” Rep. Joe Barton (R) of Texas told The New York Times earlier this month. “But I do think it's fair to go in and look at the law, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Unity in the Community to host luncheon
Ennis Daily NewsNovember 4, 2011

Janet Boyanton, an attorney for elder law and the author of Alone and Alive and Dealing with the Death of Your Husband will be dealing with issues on probate, wills, estate planning, Medicaid and other topics. Sheila Venters will demonstrate how to ...more »

Family Law
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Legal aid bill threat to abused women
The GuardianNovember 1, 2011

In the legal aid debate (Report, 1 November), junior minister Jonathan Djanogly repeatedly answered Labour's argument for widening the range of evidence that establishes domestic violence by saying that his rules were to separate "genuine victims" from ...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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