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Roosters costing taxpayers a fortune
KRQENovember 1, 2011

SANTA FE, NM (KRQE) - Some roosters are evidence in a misdemeanor cockfighting case, but keeping them alive so they can be presented in court is costing taxpayers a small fortune. The total is more than $100000 so far. On Monday, a Santa Fe judge ...more »

How to start preparing for your year-end tax planning
Smart Business NetworkNovember 1, 2011

The end of the year is fast approaching — which means it's time to start thinking about year-end tax planning, both for your business and personal accounts. Planning early will help ensure maximum benefits. “Many items within tax planning are time ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judges to trim number of Pa. magistrate's courts
Chambersburg Public OpinionNovember 1, 2011

The magistrate court serves as the first stop in criminal proceedings and is a forum where neighbors can resolve disputes. The judges are elected and often do not have law degrees. Every 10 years the state undergoes judicial redistricting to allocate ...more »

Health Care Law
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US argues against quick review of Virginia's challenge to health-care law
Richmond Times DispatchNovember 5, 2011

Virginia's lawsuit challenging the new federal health-care law does not merit immediate review by the US Supreme Court, lawyers for the US Department of Justice contend in a response brief to the high court. Instead, federal lawyers argue that Attorney ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Horizon Lines Reports Third-Quarter Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

The pre-tax charges also include $0.7 million for antitrust-related legal fees, $0.3 million of non-cash interest accretion related to a legal settlement, $0.1 million for employee severance, and a tax expense impact of $0.1 million. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Biz deadline delayed due to Ala. immigration law
Washington ExaminerNovember 4, 2011

The new law requires individuals and general partnerships going to get or renew their annual business and store licenses to show a driver's license, birth certificate or similar document. The law has caused long lines at some courthouses, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bay City reviews $25 million plan to develop Uptown at RiversEdge site
MLive.comNovember 8, 2011

During that time, the city, using state and federal grants, has removed environmental contamination and three former Industrial Brownhoist buildings — once used by companies that built locomotive cranes — from the site. RiversEdge Development Corp ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Blake Lapthorn invests in success through latest round of promotions
Blake LapthornNovember 2, 2011

Caroline, who continues to help grow the firm's Private Law team in Oxford, advises on matters relating to estate/inheritance tax planning - from advice on lifetime planning and the drafting or amending of Wills, through to administration of estates...more »

Insurance Litigation
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A welcome mat for 'Obamacare' in Ariz.
Arizona RepublicNovember 14, 2011

States like Arizona that have already received money should follow the lead of Florida, Oklahoma, and Kansas, and send it back. Diane Cohen is the senior attorney with the Scharf-Norton Center for Constitutional Litigation at the Goldwater Institute.more »

Animal Law
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Bob Barker makes bid to protect exotic animals
PoliticoNovember 2, 2011

The longtime host of “The Price Is Right,” who used to say “have your pets spayed or neutered” after each show, is in Washington to advocate for animal rights. POLITICO caught up with Barker to chat about what he's up to in DC What brings you to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The Licensing Executives Society International Announces Global Technology ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 19, 2011

The Licensing Executives Society International (LESI), an association of 32 national and regional societies each composed of individual members dedicated to advancing the business of intellectual property globally, announced the 2012 program agenda for ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hiring of lawyers is rising slowly, survey shows
Philadelphia InquirerNovember 1, 2011

Lawyers responding to the Robert Half survey said they expected general business and commercial law and litigation to experience the greatest growth over the next three years, followed by health care and labor and employment. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Namibia: Civil Society to Hold Land Indaba
AllAfrica.comNovember 10, 2011

The workshop, to be attended by 80 people, will focus on critical aspects emerging from the two main land reform programmes resettlement and the acquisition of commercial land through the Affirmative Action Loan Scheme (AALS) of Agribank. ...more »

Lockheed Martin acquires Dutch simulation company
ReutersNovember 3, 2011

WASHINGTON Nov 3 (Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said Thursday it had acquired Sim-Industries BV, a commercial aviation simulation company with 104 employees at its production facility in the Netherlands. The acquisition reflects plans by Lockheed, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renting Laws Your Landlord Probably Doesn't Want You to Know
Curbed SF (blog)November 8, 2011

Check out these strange, only-in-SF rent laws that may surprise even the most well educated tenant advocate. 1. If your unit is illegal, meaning your landlord built it without permits or is not reporting the income or any number of other shenanigans, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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USGA pioneers handicap program in America
PGA TourNovember 1, 2011

This is the third installment of a four-part series about the history of handicapping. By the dawn of the 20th century, the rapid growth of golf -- on both sides of the Atlantic OceanČ -- outstripped the capabilities of existing handicapping methods, ...more »

Litigation
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Will power tool makers' liability change?
Business InsuranceNovember 6, 2011

“I don't think it's going to increase litigation,” said C. Barry Montgomery, partner at Williams Montgomery & John Ltd. in Chicago and co-chair of the law firm's commercial litigation practice. “It's going to be an issue with respect to whatever the ...more »

Business Law
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Goldline Execs Charged With Being Fraudsters
TPMMuckrakerNovember 2, 2011

Goldline executives are also accused of false advertising for allegedly offering the gold bullion for sale in commercials and on the website, but without any intention of actually selling it. The charges also include that the company told salespeople ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Social Security: Veterans Day reminder on benefits
Mansfield News JournalNovember 6, 2011

It's important that they -- and other American service personnel -- know just what retirement benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their future financial plans. Like most of the civilian workforce, all current military personnel ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hartford Man Faces 15 Years After Child Porn Plea
Hartford CourantNovember 8, 2011

Hartford police tracked him to the library in 2009 after learning he had failed to register his address with the Connecticut Sex Offender Registry. An examination of the laptop computer Van Wyk had at the library showed that it contained more than 500 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Holidaymaker suffers head injuries after steps plunge
Stoke & StaffordshireNovember 2, 2011

A CARE worker has launched a claim for compensation after he suffered serious head injuries when he fell down promenade steps at a popular seaside resort. Chris Brown is pursuing a personal injury claim after he sustained a broken eye socket, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Keeping Up With the Joneses: How Far Does the 'Reasonable Expectation of ...
ABA JournalNovember 1, 2011

Jones involves the question of whether it is a search or seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment when the police plant a GPS device on a person's vehicle and monitor it for 24 hours a day, for 28 days. Since Katz v. United States, decided in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Tennessee Medical Malpractice Lawyers Pohl & Berk, LLP Discuss Tennessee ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 9, 2011

Because medical malpractice often doesn't result in death, the actual number of cases of malpractice occurring in Tennessee each year might be far greater. Because of the high standard of professional accuracy expected from physicians and other medical ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Paper denies fake 'Tribune' cover was attempt to deceive
Irish TimesNovember 15, 2011

Associated Newspapers Ireland, owners of the Irish Mail on Sunday, is being prosecuted by the National Consumer Agency at the Dublin District Civil Court for breaching the Consumer Protection Act. The watchdog brought the case after complaints by ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Avid Law Center Saves Disabled Homeowners from Foreclosure
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 17, 2011

Their hardships again increased after Mr. Alunan suffered a stroke and was injured in a serious car accident. Now completely unable to return to work, the couple struggles even further in making their mortgage payments on their disability benefits ...more »

Craig J. Coughlin, Democratic incumbent
MyCentralJersey.comNovember 3, 2011

Public officials should be required to disclose when a family member is about to be hired, or where a family member or where a former or current business associate directly or indirectly benefits from a public contract not awarded through a process ...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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Report: Tressel tip hurts attorney
FOXSports.comNovember 14, 2011

Get the inside slant, stats, scores, schedules and more scoops right here Columbus criminal-defense lawyer Christopher Cicero has been accused of violating attorney-client privilege for making Tressel aware of the players' deal with tattoo-parlor owner ...more »

Mark seeks sack of MDAs chiefs over default in audit reports
The Nation NewspaperNovember 3, 2011

He said it was unacceptable that an agency of government created and funded by government should deliberately refuse to submit its audited account as required by law. Committee Chairman Senator Ahmed Lawan said many Federal Government statutory ...more »

Paid-leave benefits lagging for working moms in US
Boston HeraldNovember 10, 2011

That is unchanged from 2001 to 2005, but compares with 37.3 percent in the 1981-1985 period, when federal laws barring pregnancy discrimination in employment were starting to take fuller effect. About 66 percent of women with a bachelor's degree or ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Dallas Elder Law Firm Launches New Website
Law Firm Newswire (press release)November 1, 2011

Both attorneys are members of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. They are well-versed in designing estate plans that protect beneficiaries, preserve assets, minimize taxes, and take in the special needs of each family. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Hydrogenics Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)November 11, 2011

The Corporation signed a loan agreement to realize up to CA$6.0 million to advance commercialization of products for telecommunications, vehicles and utility-scale energy storage markets. -- Revenues were $16.2 million, an increase of 7%, primarily as ...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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An Update on the Sam Friedlander Family Murder-Suicide
Above the LawNovember 1, 2011

In mid-October, we brought you news of a tragic family murder-suicide that took place in Westchester County, New York. The perpetrator, solo practitioner Sam Friedlander, an alumnus of Western New England University School of Law, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp plan administrator responds to comments
Little Falls Evening TimesNovember 2, 2011

Comments made by Herkimer Deputy Mayor Gary Hartman regarding the Herkimer County Workers' Compensation Self-Insurance Plan have drawn a response. Steven Billings, county personnel officer and plan administrator, said in a statement ...more »

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