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Goldman buys real estate portfolio from Lehman
MSN MoneyNovember 1, 2011

The sale was previously approved by the bankruptcy court in August. The portfolio is comprised of 10 buildings representing 3 million square feet of space and 30 percent of all commercial real estate in Rosslyn, Va. Monday Properties, which originally ...more »

Putting an end to corruption
Management TodayNovember 1, 2011

'It's surprisingly common in international construction contracts, but a kind of bribery. These "sponsors" are often connected to the ruling elite and you're expected to pay them a retainer to make "connections".' Darby declined and didn't get the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bulgarian Supreme Magistrates Overturn Controversial Court Head Appointment
Novinite.comNovember 3, 2011

Photo by BGNES Bulgaria's Supreme Administrative Court (VAS) overturned the Supreme Judicial Council's (VSS) controversial appointment of Vladmira Yaneva as Chair of the Sofia City Court. The claim was filed by the other candidate for the post, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Pioneering a State Health-Insurance Exchange
Knoxville Metro PulseNovember 9, 2011

Either a Republican victory in next year's presidential election or an adverse US Supreme Court decision could undermine implementation of the landmark federal health-care law that's due to take full effect in 2014. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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In Re Wells Fargo Mortgage Lending Discrimination Litigation
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

(Prisbe is in Baltimore; the others are in Towson, Maryland.) —Tania Karas For breaking litigation news, read The Am Law Litigation Daily. Go to A browser or device that allows javascript is required to view this content.more »

Immigration Law
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Law changes linked to drug smuggling 3, 2011

Immigration laws that opened the door for more Chinese to move to New Zealand have been a boon for drug smugglers, a customs official says. Illegal drugs smuggled into New Zealand are being intercepted at twice the rate they were 10 years ago. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Saying goodbye to Adam Smith at the Dawn of the Third Industrial Revolution
The GuardianNovember 3, 2011

The first and second laws of thermodynamics state that "the total energy content of the universe is constant, and the total entropy is continually increasing." The first law, the "conservation law," posits that energy can't be created or destroyed ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Proskauer Announces New Partners and Senior Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

Partner Reid E. Arstark -- Corporate, New York Daniel I. Ganitsky -- Corporate, New York William C. Komaroff -- Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York Sigal P. Mandelker -- Litigation & Dispute Resolution, New York Kimberly A. Mottley -- Litigation ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Visa, Facebook, Deutsche Bank, Dynegy, Lehman in Court News
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

3 (Bloomberg) -- Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc., the world's biggest payment networks, put any potential settlement of price-fixing litigation by merchants at about $4 billion. MasterCard “extrapolated an estimate of a reasonably possible loss of at ...more »

Animal Law
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McDonald's Drops Egg Supplier Over Cruelty Allegations
Wall Street JournalNovember 18, 2011

AP MINNEAPOLIS—McDonald's Corp. said Friday it dropped a Minnesota-based egg supplier after an animal-rights group released an undercover video of operations at the egg producer's farms in three states. The video by Mercy for Animals shows what the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IPR Protection in Asia: Past, Present, Future
Sacramento BeeNovember 9, 2011

8, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: The protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) has become one of the most contentious issues in international trade and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerNovember 1, 2011

Wiesel's practice covers those areas as well as international arbitration, regulatory and criminal investigations, antitrust cases, and actions involving the interests of foreign sovereigns. As Wiesel puts it: "I'm not the end of this process, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Showdown looms in Ohio over right to strike
Financial TimesNovember 6, 2011

The battle between public sector unions and state governments, which has been raging cross the US Midwest this year, faces another flashpoint in the form of a referendum on a law that limits state workers' collective bargaining rights and forces them ...more »

First Aviation Services : Third Quarter EPS of $.46 Reported by First Aviation...
4-traders (press release)November 7, 2011

WESTPORT, CT, November 7, 2011 - First Aviation Services Inc. (OTC PINK: FAVSD) today released reviewed financial statements for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. Income from operations for the quarter increased by 300% over the prior year ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Judgment reserved in Joburg lease case
News24November 3, 2011

The Rental Housing Act also stipulated that a landlord could not cancel a lease on grounds that were unfair. Berger said the pursuit of profit should be balanced against the constitutional rights of the tenants. At least seven people living in the ...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 »

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Indian tops Oxford post-graduate law course
Times of IndiaNovember 6, 2011

It's not just policy-oriented law, but what a barrister interested in litigation would want to read. I interacted with the best minds in the field there, like Lord Hoffmann,'' he said. Niranjan had always dreamt of studying litigation in Oxford for the ...more »

Business Law
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Sri Lanka planned expropriation law under fire
Lanka Business OnlineNovember 1, 2011

Chandra Jayaratne, a retired business executive who is now active in campaigning for citizens liberties and just rule of law said the 'selective criteria' defined classifying underperforming and underutilized assets could be applied to many other ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Letter: False claims on Veterans Day eve
Memphis Commercial AppealNovember 11, 2011

Just the day before Veterans Day we were treated to a wandering, fact-free letter to the editor accusing our commander in chief of "making drastic cuts in military retirees' and disabled veterans' health care benefits ... because our president wants to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Security firm: Hacking attacks traced to China hit chemical, military-related...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

BEIJING — Cyber attacks traced to China targeted at least 48 chemical and military-related companies in an effort to steal technical secrets, a US computer security company said Tuesday, adding to complaints about pervasive Internet crime linked to ...more »

Personal Injury
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PA Personal Injury Attorney Opens York Office In Expansion Move
Law Firm Newswire (press release)November 16, 2011

York, PA (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2011 – One of Central Pennsylvania's most successful personal injury and workman's compensation law firms, Freeburn & Hamilton, announces the opening of its eleventh local office, at 135 South Duke Street, ...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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Database with Doctors' Professional, Disciplinary Information is Back Online
Patch.comNovember 3, 2011

A news report by The Associated Press says that the database was taken offline last year when the Illinois Supreme Court struck down a medical malpractice reform law as unconstitutional. The new law, the Patients' Right to Know Act (House Bill 105) ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Interim Director Defends Consumer Protection Bureau's Structure
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)November 2, 2011

It's been 100 days since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau opened its doors -- an occasion that a House subcommittee marked by grilling interim director Raj Date for two hours this morning. The reception accorded Date was marginally more polite ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Obscure law used to claim homes in Mansfield
WFAANovember 3, 2011

MANSFIELD — At the corner of St. Mark and St. Matthew drives in an upscale Mansfield neighborhood, the devil's in the real estate details. The owner lives in another country. When his agents came to list the vacant home for sale, ...more »

Business Profile: Charlotte Lloyd of Howarths Employment Law Ltd
Huddersfield ExaminerNovember 1, 2011

After leaving sixth form, she went on to study law at the University of Birmingham before going on to further her legal studies at the University of Wolverhampton. She says: “I always wanted to be a lawyer. I quite liked the Ally McBeal-type lawyer and ...more »

Sports Law
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Employers Consider Dropping Insurance Plans Once Health Law Provisions Take Effect
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

AP October 20, 2011: Patients receive free dental care at a free health clinic sponsored by CareNow at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. Three years before the new health care law takes full effect, a survey of employers has found 30 percent ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney questions scrutiny in Kansas abortion case
Kansas City StarNovember 3, 2011

The board's top litigation attorney filed the complaint in April 2010, but it stems from a complaint lodged with the board in 2006 by Cheryl Sullenger, senior policy adviser for the Wichita-based anti-abortion group Operation Rescue. ...more »

Treasury fouls up, but it's just a minor breach
Sydney Morning HeraldNovember 1, 2011

Auditor-General Ian McPhee highlighted the technical fouls on section 83 (''No money shall be drawn from the Treasury of the Commonwealth except under appropriation made by law'') in his audit report on Treasury's accounts. ...more »

We dedicated our lives to patients but the NHS threw us out at 65
The StarNovember 5, 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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Locke Lord Continues Global Growth: Announces Plans To Expand London Office
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

Roger G. Abrahams is a well-regarded solicitor and businessman in the UK and has extensive international law firm management experience. He has decades of experience advising clients in the real estate, automotive and banking and finance industries. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) Announces Two Large, Multi-Year ...
MFRTech (press release)November 1, 2011

BEST is a subsidiary of Bruker Corporation (NASDAQ: BRKR), and is a leader in the development and industrial manufacturing of advanced superconducting materials and superconducting devices for alternative energy, smart grid, healthcare and 'big ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Professionals - news in brief
Manchester Evening NewsNovember 3, 2011

*Paul Coombs, 27, has joined the wills, trusts and probate department at Altrincham law firm Myers Lister Price. He was previously at Aaron and Partners. As well as advising on wills, trusts and probate he is studying to become a chartered tax adviser ...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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Workers' comp exclusion in UIM policy unenforceable, says Pennsylvania Supreme ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 1, 2011

An exclusion for those covered by workers' compensation in an employer-provided underinsured motorist policy violates state public policy and is therefore unenforceable, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled. A police officer was severely injured in ...more »


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