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Vince Neil to plead guilty to disorderly conduct in Vegas confrontation with ...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

A more serious misdemeanor charge of battery constituting domestic violence will be dropped against Neil when the 50-year-old rocker enters his plea next Monday in Las Vegas Justice Court, defense attorney David Chesnoff. He said the allegation of ...more »

Why we need confidentiality laws for juvenile suspects
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

Why is the adult probation system not picking these “youth” up when they reach legal adult status? It seems to me that statutes related to youth offenses (such as the confidentiality laws cited in the editorial) should not be applicable to legal adults ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tonight: Public Hearing on Elderly, Disabled and Veterans Tax Relief
Patch.comNovember 1, 2011

The credit amount is calculated by the local assessor and applied by the tax collector to the applicant's real property tax bill. Currently the East Haven is providing that benefit to nearly 600 residents at the rate of $400 per household, according to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Report: Universal health care system in Vermont could cost as much as $9.5B a ...
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

No final decision is expected until early 2013 — a date that critics of Vermont's health care legislation note comes after the 2012 elections. With or without the changes, spending on health care is expected roughly to double in the current decade ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Garvey Schubert Barer Launches Hospitality, Travel and Tourism Practice With ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 2, 2011

... from initial clearance through policing and post-registration maintenance, including those trademark issues arising exclusively in regard to the Internet. She received her JD, cum laude, from the University of Michigan School of Law (2000) and her ...more »

Immigration Law
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Feds probe enrollment practice data in wake of Immigration Law
WSFANovember 1, 2011

See 20 USC § 1703 (Equal Educational Opportunities Act). It has come to our attention that the requirements of Alabama's HB 56 may chill or discourage student participation in, or lead to the exclusion of school-age children from, public education...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Component makers to be heard by court
LivemintNovember 8, 2011

... after coming to power in May, enacted a law to take back the land alloted to Tata Motors and its parts suppliers. Tata Motors challenged the constitutional validity of the Singur Act, and in a letter to West Bengal Industrial Development Corp. said ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SunGard Links to Billtrust's CompleteBilling Service to Help Deliver Holistic ...
Bobsguide (press release)November 1, 2011

... collections and dispute resolution to electronic invoice presentment and payment (EIPP), including auto-cash processing. Corporations are commonly challenged by the high costs, inefficiencies and inaccuracies associated with the billing process. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Time for No-Fault Reform
PropertyCasualty360November 1, 2011

In an effort to hold down costs, the state adopted a fee schedule limiting the amount insurers have to pay for common medical treatments associated with car accidents. The state's medical society took issue with the change and sued to stop its ...more »

Animal Law
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Judge revokes permit for truck stop tiger long an attraction for motorists ...
Washington Post (blog)November 3, 2011

The Animal Legal Defense Fund contends it's dangerous holding a big tiger at a business. It recalled last month's episode when an owner of exotic wildlife in Ohio released wild animals before taking his life. “Louisiana has a law designed to protect ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bob Stoll to Retire from USPTO
Inventors DigestNovember 3, 2011

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos has announced that he will nominate current Deputy Commissioner for Patents Margaret “Peggy” Focarino to the position of Commissioner for Patents once ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Welcomes Caroline Hollingsworth
Citybizlist (press release)November 1, 2011

The law firm of Heninger Garrison Davis is pleased to announce that Caroline Hollingsworth has joined the firm. Caroline's practice focuses on representing individuals in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Cal Protestors Announce Lawsuit Against UC Berkeley, Campus Police
Berkeley Daily PlanetNovember 15, 2011

Ronald Cruz, a lawyer with the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality By Any Means Necessary, or BAMN, said today that the organization is planning to file the suit on behalf of seven ...more »

Transport Canada site, once for aviation history, now offering escort services
Winnipeg Free PressNovember 8, 2011

OTTAWA - A link on a Transport Canada website set up to promote the history of Canadian aviation has been offering visitors a decidedly different flight of fancy: Turkish and American call girls. Until late Tuesday, Transport Canada's main site ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ask Amy: Freezing, sneezing tenant wages rent strike against parents
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

I know that they are landlords but I don't see why I should be paying for my sister to be living in a nice on-campus apartment while I am freezing here at home. -- Cold and Breathless DEAR COLD: Your parents are telling you through their actions that ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Carol's Tours meeting attracts crowd
Beaver Dam Daily CitizenNovember 1, 2011

Carol's Tours Bankruptcy Attorney will get back to you. All trips & tours are canceled effective Jan. 14, 2008. The trip to Las Vegas will be going." About 125 individuals, almost exclusively senior citizens, attended the meeting Monday in the Beaver ...more »

Litigation
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GSI Technology Reports Developments Related to Pending Patent Litigation with ...
Business Wire (press release)November 2, 2011

(BUSINESS WIRE)--GSI Technology, Inc. (Nasdaq:GSIT) today reported on recent developments related to its pending patent litigation with Cypress Semiconductor Corp. “We continue to vigorously defend Cypress' claims before the ITC while prosecuting our ...more »

Business Law
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DeWitt Ross & Stevens: Ranked First-Tier Best Law Firm in 25 practice areas
Wisbusiness.comNovember 1, 2011

... responses from thousands of law firm clients and lawyers across the country. Rankings are determined based on criteria such as expertise, responsiveness, cost-effectiveness, civility and whether a client or lawyer would refer business to a firm. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military benefits discussed at GRCC's veteran's open house tonight
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.comNovember 15, 2011

GRAND RAPIDS - Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) is inviting students and community members interested in using military benefits for college to an open house. GRCC currently serves a population of over 300 veteran students - individuals already ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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School bus driver in jail after plea on minor-related sex charges
Loudoun Times-MirrorNovember 4, 2011

The two-week undercover sting that yielded Newberry's arrest was conducted in February and March as part of the Southern Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Klein said. The initiative trains police officers to go undercover online to catch ...more »

Personal Injury
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The hills are alive with the sound of injury claims
ScotsmanNovember 7, 2011

MOUNTAIN bikers are being targeted by personal injury specialists looking to launch compensation claims on behalf of riders who have suffered falls. The Brain Injury Group (BIG) has advertised in the magazine Mountain Bike UK urging ...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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Suit Claims Foley & Lardner Helped Perpetuate $500 Million Ponzi Scheme
The American LawyerNovember 3, 2011

The suit includes claims of professional negligence and legal malpractice, fraud, aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty, civil conspiracy, and the payment of fraudulent transfers. A Foley spokeswoman did not immediately return requests for ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Duped depositors can move Consumer fora too: HC
IBNLive.comNovember 14, 2011

PTI | 03:11 PM,Nov 14,2011 Madurai, Nov 14 (PTI) Madurai Bench of Madras High court has ruled that a Tamil Nadu act enacted to provide relief to depositors duped by finance firms could never override the Consumer Protection Act and consumer disputes ...more »

Real Estate Law
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29th Annual National Continuing Legal Education Conference Offers Attendees ...
PR Web (press release)November 11, 2011

“We have a diverse faculty on environmental law consisting of environmental law consultants and developers, along with attorneys specializing in real estate law.” Wolfe stated that the real estate section is an interesting legal track composed of ...more »

Alcoa offers NC officials jobs-for-license deal
Boston.comNovember 11, 2011

Alcoa vice president Kevin Anton told The Associated Press Thursday that to clear the path to its license the company is willing to sign a contract paying Stanley County if within four years it fails to recruit hundreds of jobs with a total payroll of ...more »

Sports Law
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The legal football field: Forcing the Vikings to stay in Minnesota
Twin Cities Planet (blog)November 7, 2011

Quite possibly according to the 1979 contract between the team and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC). Yet while the news of the day suggests this is the case, as does the 2002 litigation surrounding the Twins and the Dome, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Needham murder trial: Lawyers present closing arguments
Wicked LocalNovember 4, 2011

Defense lawyer Robert Griffin argued that Dunn is not guilty due to lack of criminal responsibility for his actions. He pointed to the lack of motive for the murders. “Ask yourselves when you go [into deliberation], how does something like this happen? ...more »

Lopez's Group Under Scrutiny
Wall Street JournalNovember 17, 2011

The report said the group filed a 2010 IRS tax returns that inaccurately asserted that the group's board members had reviewed the forms and approved Ms. Fisher's increased pay. Prior-year returns were also riddled with inaccuracies, the report said. ...more »

Scottish Government extending bigotry crackdown to include age and gender ...
Scotland CourierNovember 2, 2011

The Scottish Government's crackdown on bigotry at football matches will include measures to combat age and gender discrimination. By David Clegg, political editor The changes are contained in the government's response to the justice committee report on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Republican Chris Ballar to run for Judge of Gwinnett Probate Court
Duluth WeeklyNovember 13, 2011

BUFORD, Ga., (November 12, 2011) — Buford Attorney Chris Ballar announced Thursday that he will seek the Office of Judge of Gwinnett Probate Court. Ballar is the owner of The Ballar Law Firm based in Buford. The firm specializes in estate planning and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ghana Needs Renewable Energy Authority -Kofi Adda
AllAfrica.comNovember 3, 2011

Kofi Adda explained that because of the expensive nature of renewable energy, private sector participants will just flock the sub-sector and begin investing, because of the passage of the Bill into law. As such, the country needs a dedicated agency ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veterans Are Not Getting the Medical Care They Need, Says CertifiedCare.org
Sacramento BeeNovember 10, 2011

We believe that many able-bodied persons can find meaningful work for reasonable wages in the growing field of elder care. We believe we can get millions of people educated and prepared to take care of themselves, as well as someone else who really ...more »

Family Law
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Free Film Screening and Panel Discussion to Be Presented by Immigrant Law...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

1 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM), with underwriting from The Minneapolis Foundation, will host a free, public screening of the critically acclaimed documentary film Tony and Janina's American Wedding. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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GOP-led Michigan House OKs workers' comp changes
Chicago TribuneNovember 2, 2011

Republicans say the measure updates Michigan's workers' compensation laws and could help crack down on fraud while encouraging injured workers to seek some type of employment when they're able. Democrats say it could become harder for employees to file ...more »

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