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David Williams' father-in-law gives another $1.5 million to political committee
Louisville Courier-JournalNovember 1, 2011

The father-in-law of Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams has contributed $1.5 million more to a political committee that is paying for most of the broadcast advertising advocating Williams' election. Terry Stephens, a Russell Springs ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Nelson calls for inquiry into voter law changes
Orlando Sentinel (blog)November 1, 2011

A District Court is set to meet Wednesday to settle on a hearing schedule for a review of the changes, which is required because five Florida counties face extra scrutiny under the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Last week, a three-judge panel denied ...more »

Health Care Law
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Administration Misses More Than Half of Health Care Deadlines
Fox News (blog)November 3, 2011

AP By Paige Winfield Cunningham, Washington Times The Obama administration has failed to meet more than half of the new health care law's deadlines, from submitting plans for new, value-based Medicare purchasing programs to publishing criteria for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Wright, Constable & Skeen, L.L.P. Is Ranked "Tier One Best Law Firm in ...
Citybizlist (press release)November 2, 2011

Mr. Skeen has been named individually to Best Lawyers every year since 1989, including 2012 for Admiralty & Maritime Law and Mediation. Mr. White has been named to Best Lawyers since 2008 for Admiralty & Maritime Law. As a firm, WC&S also earned a ...more »

Immigration Law
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How Alabama's immigration law is crippling its farms
Washington PostNovember 4, 2011

Alabama lawmakers insist that, by driving undocumented workers out, they will open jobs for Americans; the unemployment rate in the state is nearly 10 percent. But farmers say that jobless US workers, mostly inexperienced in field work and concentrated ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Talent dearth stifles China's auto industry
People's Daily OnlineNovember 2, 2011

... the following four kinds of talent will be required: advanced inter-disciplinary enterprise management with a background in the automotive industry as well as knowledge of international trade, law and marketing; senior research and development...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Viacom, Time Warner Cable iPad Dispute Heats Up
Hollywood ReporterNovember 3, 2011

The dispute between Viacom and Time Warner over streamed content of cable channels including MTV and Comedy Central on iPads is not over. Not by any stretch of the imagination. Over the summer, the conflict seemed to be heading towards resolution after ...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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Animal Lovers Trying to Save 'Ace'
MyFox DetroitNovember 8, 2011

The dog was picked up and brought to Detroit Animal Control. State law dictates that Ace be cared for and kept there for four business days as they wait for the dog's rightful owner. If that person doesn't show up, Ace would then likely have to be put ...more »

Intellectual Property
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iPhone-compatible porn sites targeted by Apple in domain name dispute
Apple InsiderNovember 3, 2011

That process is known as the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy, and it applies to top-level domains including .com, .net, and .org. Apple has turned to WIPO before for domain name disputes. This July, the organization ordered that the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation and shareholder rights advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law firm that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disparity study still issue for session
Jackson Clarion LedgerNovember 14, 2011

The fear of quotas or affirmative action-type programs is at least one reason some people believe Mississippi has never conducted a study into state contracts with minority businesses. Such a study would clear current legal hurdles that prevent the ...more »

Q+A-What issues are at stake in the EU-US carbon spat?
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

The protest at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) meeting in Montreal, Canada, is likely to escalate transatlantic tension, which has triggered an anti-EU bill in the US Congress. It declared illegal the EU plan to make all flights ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Illinois sues landlord who allegedly sought sex from tenant
Chicago TribuneNovember 3, 2011

The state is taking Ignat to court under the Illinois Human Rights Act, which attaches penalties to civil rights violations — including those in real estate deals. Its civil lawsuit is seeking monetary damages against Ignat for unlawfully altering the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Suit Drags on Against the Lawyer Who Wrote the Book On Legal Mal
Texas LawyerNovember 1, 2011

Hilton Stein, the once dean of legal -malpractice lawyers who went bankrupt and has been on disability inactive status since 2002, is fighting to stave off trial of a nearly 10-year-old suit by a former client. The case, Mehta v. Stein, Bankr. No. ...more »

Litigation
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Goldcorp declares eleventh monthly dividend payment for 2011
MarketWatch (press release)November 7, 2011

This press release contains "forward-looking statements", within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and applicable Canadian securities legislation, concerning the business, operations and financial ...more »

Business Law
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3VR's CrimeDex Expands to Six Continents to Combat Financial Crime Internationally
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 3VR, the video intelligence company, today announced that the CrimeDex online collaborative network of more than 3000 fraud, loss prevention and law enforcement professionals has partnered with the International...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA adds staff to better help female vets
NavyTimes.comNovember 3, 2011

The changes were announced Thursday by Allison Hickey, VA's undersecretary for benefits and a retired Air Force brigadier general who remains in close contact with current and former military women. Hickey said the changes should come as part of a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Farmersburg Man Accused of Distributing Child Porn
WIBQNovember 3, 2011

The Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helped narrow down where the child porn was being distributed. After a search warrant was executed at his home, police found the computer that Unsinger allegedly used to view and share the graphic ...more »

Personal Injury
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Octagon Insurance Selects ISO COA and MoJ Solution to Handle Motor Personal...
Targetwire (press release)November 2, 2011

London, UK — 02 November 2011 — Octagon Insurance has selected ISO Claims Outcome Advisor ® (COA TM ) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) case management application to deal with the company's motor personal injury (PI) claims. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Will the Supreme Court Carve Up Obamacare?
BusinessWeekNovember 3, 2011

For insurance companies nervously watching the legal fight over the constitutionality of the President's health-care law, it would be the unthinkable: The US Supreme Court strikes down the law's so-called individual mandate ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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"Best Law Firms" Rankings by US News and Best Lawyers® Lists Gair, Gair ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

The firm also ranked in the top tier in five legal specialties in the New York City Metropolitan Area in Legal Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation and Professional Malpractice Law. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CPA changing the leasing landscape
SA Commercial Prop News (press release)November 2, 2011

Short-term lease agreements make it difficult to predict revenue streams making it that much harder for property owners to seek further investment from the banking sector. “The CPA has no preceding case law, making accurate prediction and outcome of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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So-Called Communist Cuba Legalizes Sale, Purchase of Real Estate
BenzingaNovember 3, 2011

Associated Press: "The law limits Cubans to owning one home in the city and another in the country, an effort to prevent the accumulation of large real estate holdings." Even further, "[The law] requires that all real estate transactions be made ...more »

GovWin Recon: Nov. 3: Reactions to OFPP Head Departure; DOD Industry
govWin (blog)November 3, 2011

OFPP's Gordon says goodbye to government service [Washington Technology] - Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP) Administrator Dan Gordon is leaving his post at the end of the year to become associate dean of government procurement law studies at ...more »

Sports Law
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Anatomy of the Terry race row: Key individuals who will decide England ...
Daily MailNovember 8, 2011

Specialises in sports law. He was part of the defence team in Cole's 'tapping up' case and has represented Marcel Desailly, Jose Mourinho and Steve Clarke in UEFA disciplinary cases. He also acted for West Ham during the Premier League's disciplinary ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Taxpayers Pay Billions for Dysfunctional Criminal Justice but Senator Webb ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 3, 2011

Mandatory sentencing laws are stark and cold and do not allow judges to consider the facts of each case say LibertyBell Law Group's criminal defense attorneys. In effect, mandatory sentencing shifts power from judges to prosecutors as it gives ...more »

Allied Mortgage Fraud Could Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion, USA Says
Courthouse News ServiceNovember 2, 2011

"Hodge also required employees to sign extremely broad confidential agreements and has sued numerous former employees for the slightest perceived breach, including a former tax manager for speaking to the IRS. In one recent such action, when Stell was ...more »

What's Next for Long-Term Care Insurance?
SecondActNovember 10, 2011

Some experts argue that the next phase of debate about long-term care should focus on improving the efficiency of care delivery, and cost reduction. For example, Len Fishman, CEO of Boston-based elder care provider Hebrew Senior Life, pointed to the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Need for Fashion Protection Inspires Attorney To See Clients Throughout United ...
PR Web (press release)November 15, 2011

“Private clients always come first to a law office,” he explains. “I have plenty of trademarks and copyrights to register, maintain, and enforce—not to mention the associated licensing contracts. I have to make sure they are fully protected before ...more »

Environmental Law
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Financial support to be needed at start of alternative energy development in ...
Trend News AgencyNovember 3, 2011

Jamil Melikov, Deputy Chief of the State Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources Agency, said, "Once infrastructure, legal provisions and tariff base are prepared, alternative energy sources will become an interesting thing to invest in and will ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Fort Bend Lawyers Care to offer free legal advice
Ultimate Fort BendNovember 9, 2011

These questions might involve divorce, custody, child support, adult guardianship, adoption, real estate, landlord and tenant issues, credit issues, and wills and probate. The Legal Line phone number is 281-239-0015 and is for advice and counsel only. ...more »

Family Law
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Despite New Law, Domestic Workers Struggle to Care for Their Families in Kenya
TrustLawNovember 1, 2011

She gets two days off a week, is paid very well and often gets gifts to take to her family. The Africans keep changing house girls every few months. I have met so many new ones in my three years of working here." Jane Muchiri, 34, a banker from Nakuru, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California Workers' Compensation Cost Benchmark, Hike Approved
Insurance JournalNovember 4, 2011

The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau's filing to change the way the state's workers' compensation pure premium rate is calculated and a rate hike drew praise on Friday from Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones and others. ...more »

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