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Premier Service Bank Announces Financial Results for the Third Quarter of 2011
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

In the Bank's lawsuit against the FDIC, as receiver for 1st Centennial Bank, and against certain former officers of 1st Centennial Bank and 1st Centennial's director and officer liability insurance carrier, the Bank negotiated a settlement, ...more »

Moody's Cuts Argentine Oil Companies on Capital Control Law
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

The foreign currency rating of Pan American Energy LLC's Argentine unit was reduced one step to Ba3, three levels below investment grade, according to a statement. Moody's also cut Petrobras Argentina SA, a unit of Brazil's state-controlled oil company ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Nelson wants congressional hearing on state's new voting rules
Florida IndependentNovember 2, 2011

Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Nelson asked him to consider “conducting investigative field hearings” to see if the new voting laws were “an orchestrated effort to disenfranchise voters” in a manner that is possibly illegal. In the letter, Nelson spoke of a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Issue 3 sparks health care dialogue
Marietta TimesNovember 4, 2011

"The amendment is written to prevent compulsory participation in a health system, the individual mandate of the federal health care law," Snyder said. "The liberals of Innovation Ohio are twisting words on this clear and simple issue to propel their ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Summary Judgments for Nov. 2
Thomson Reuters News & InsightNovember 2, 2011

But Justice Clarence Thomas, who disagreed with Breyer's 1999 dissent, dismisses the idea thatwhat goes on in other countries is relevant to US law. "I am unaware of any support in the American constitutional tradition or in this court's precedent for ...more »

Immigration Law
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Expanded Immigration Detention: Locking Up Those Yearning to Breathe Free
Huffington Post (blog)November 1, 2011

But at the core, Smith's measure has little to do with keeping "dangerous criminals" off the street, but is rather another attempt to misuse the immigration detention system to punish immigrants, even when they have never committed a crime and are ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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EDC committee postpones possible action on future of CEO Chavez
Clarksville Leaf ChronicleNovember 3, 2011

The EDC is an umbrella agency that houses and provides support staff for a combination of four public and private entities that have community development missions. The Industrial Development Board and Convention & Visitors Bureau are county agencies ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NBA: Marathon negotiations fail to produce resolution
GMANews.TVNovember 8, 2011

NBA owners and players met for more than eight hours with federal mediator George Cohen in New York on Saturday but were unable to negotiate a resolution to the ongoing labor dispute. Revenue splitting remains the primary obstacle that led team owners ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Michigan Auto Accident Insurance Industry Seeking to Protect Profits Over People
InjuryBoard.comNovember 2, 2011

Under Michigan's current No-Fault system, the highest-priority insurance company is usually very easy to identify, and it is required to begin paying for medical care immediately without the need for or delay of litigation to determine fault. ...more »

Animal Law
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After stray pit bull's death, city is pushed to change policies
Detroit Free PressNovember 12, 2011

Facebook BY GINA DAMRON Local animal rights advocates say they are hoping the City of Detroit will change its policies on dealing with stray pit bulls after one was euthanized despite efforts by rescue groups to save the emaciated pooch. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Martins: Intellectual property protection condition for EU
EMportalNovember 11, 2011

Protection of intellectual property rights is one of the preconditions for Serbia's accession to the EU and World Trade organization (WTO), and a basis for economic development and attracting foreign investments, it was stated at the 9th annual ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Welcomes Caroline Hollingsworth
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

Caroline's practice focuses on representing individuals in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. She is a 2007 graduate of the University of Alabama and a 2011 graduate of Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Comic Book MovieNovember 9, 2011

This article is not about race or creed, it's about superheroes that need the same treatment as any other being made into a movie. It's been almost eight years since Blade: Trinity hit theaters, and Wesley Snipes is famously indisposed at the moment. ...more »

World Fuel Services (INT) Announces Quarterly Results, Beats Estimates By ...
LocalizedUSANovember 1, 2011

World Fuel Services Corporation is engaged in the marketing and sale of marine, aviation and land fuel products and related services on a global basis. The Company operates in three business segments: marine, aviation and land. In the marine segment, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rental apartments in Orléans, not happening
Orléans StarNovember 10, 2011

This was an act that protected tenants' rights. The Tribunal that heard and ruled on complaints was well known for putting the onus on landlords in applications brought by landlords, as the law requires that the applicant bear the onus of proof; ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Facing state takeover, Harrisburg officials talk
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

Harrisburg became one of the most-high profile cities to opt for the little-used Chapter 9 of the US bankruptcy code, notably used nearly 20 years ago by Orange County, California. Municipal bankruptcies are rare. But if Harrisburg is successful in ...more »

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FairPoint trust sues Verizon for $2 billion
BusinessWeekNovember 2, 2011

A litigation trust created for FairPoint Communications Inc. creditors is blaming Verizon Communications for FairPoint's bankruptcy. In a $2 billion fraudulent transfer lawsuit filed in North Carolina last week, the FairPoint ...more »

Business Law
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Yelp Class Action Dismissal Bolsters Web Publisher Immunity
Corporate CounselNovember 1, 2011

New US District Judge Edward Chen of the Northern District of California has dismissed a class action against Yelp alleging the online review site extorted advertising from businesses in exchange for favorable treatment. In dismissing the suit with ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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New Social Security formula could cut benefits, raise taxes
USA TodayNovember 7, 2011

Taxes would go up by $60 billion over the next decade because annual adjustments to tax brackets would be smaller, resulting in more people jumping into higher tax brackets because their wages rose faster than the new inflation measure. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Rogers: Alabama crucial to homeland security
Opelika Auburn NewsNovember 7, 2011

Near Birmingham, the US Secret Service runs the National Computer Forensics Institute. This facility trains local and state law enforcement, district attorneys and judges how to solve crimes committed with computers and on the Internet. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Woman gets personal-injury award in county history
Plattsburgh Press RepublicanNovember 3, 2011

MALONE — A jury has awarded a Fort Covington woman $2.9 million for injuries suffered during an X-ray examination at Alice Hyde Medical Center. Lawyers for Kathryn Brethour say it is the biggest personal-injury award ever in Franklin County. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge blocks law on cigarette pack warnings
CNNNovember 7, 2011

... Branch can appropriately review the constitutionality of the Government's novel -- and costly -- approach to regulating tobacco packaging and advertising. Thus, this Court must -- and will -- act to preserve the status quo until it can evaluate, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Three Freund, Freeze & Arnold Attorneys Named 2012 “Lawyer of the Year” By ... (press release)November 7, 2011

Mark L. Schumacher- Best Lawyers' 2012 Columbus, Ohio Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year. Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Microsoft offers free 7-day trial for Mango phone apps in Taiwan
Focus Taiwan News ChannelNovember 1, 2011

1 (CNA) Microsoft Taiwan Corp. is offering consumers a seven-day refund policy for purchased apps in accordance with the country's Consumer Protection Act, a government official said Tuesday, the day handsets running Microsoft's new Mango OS went on ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Seven Branscomb PC Attorneys Named on “The Best Lawyers in America's 2012” List
PR Web (press release)November 2, 2011

We would like to congratulate each Branscomb PC attorney that was selected as Best Lawyers 'Lawyer of the Year' for 2012.” Branscomb PC is an 18-member business law firm with offices in Corpus Christi and Austin, Texas. The firm works collaboratively ...more »

Austin's DMX, Pandora team up for new product aimed at businesses
Austin American-StatesmanNovember 2, 2011

Austin-based commercial music services company DMX Inc. and Internet music giant Pandora have teamed up to offer customizable radio stations to businesses big and small. The new service, Pandora for Business, allows companies ...more »

Sports Law
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State should take a gamble on sports betting
WaltonianNovember 2, 2011

Officials are attempting to pass a referendum that will overturn the laws against sports betting. Each voter will be given the option to either vote for or against this referendum. If the majority favors this referendum, the process towards making ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Chaos in criminal court after judge grants recusal
WWLNovember 2, 2011

Defense attorneys Jeffrey Smith and Kerry Cuccia asked for the recusal in light of Cannizzaro's recent letter to the state Attorney General requesting a criminal investigation into insurance purchases by the judges that goes beyond what experts say is ...more »

Ask the Experts: How to handle an inherited IRA
Kansas City StarNovember 7, 2011

This audit trail provides documentation for the IRS or other potential third-party challengers. It is important that you take this practical step to avoid any errors that could be challenged in the future. Q: My mother had a living trust prepared in ...more »

Community leaders appeal to government on eve of anti-discrimination vote
I Love Chile NewsNovember 8, 2011

9, the government will decide on a new anti-discrimination law that seeks to penalize all types of discrimination including against race, ethnic background, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability, among other things. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Waters attacks Volcker rule
Financial TimesNovember 20, 2011

The rule, part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, is meant to reduce the need for future taxpayer-funded bail-outs of US banks by barring banks from engaging in risky activities such as prop trading and limiting their ...more »

Environmental Law
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A Senate Bill That Values Energy Efficiency
Fine HomebuioldingNovember 1, 2011

The preferred tool for estimating energy costs is Residential Energy Service Network's Home Energy Rating System, although the law would allow other suitable third-party methods to be used (alternative methods must be approved by the Department of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Families change. Laws change. Be prepared. [Colorado Springs Business Journal ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 11, 2011

Personal wealth is typically non-financial assets like a house, land or a business. And the majority of that wealth will go to spouses, children and charity. "They will fight over things," Koenigsman said. "Why not take care of it yourself? ...more »

Family Law
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Subsidy for early retirees tapped by Texas state programs, Huntsman family ...
Washington PostNovember 3, 2011

Two Texas public employee programs are among the top 25 recipients of the federal subsidy despite Texas Gov. Rick Perry's opposition to the law Republicans derisively call “Obamacare.” And records show the Huntsman family business, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Study: Virginia pays more for workers comp
Augusta Free PressNovember 11, 2011

According to a recent study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute, Virginia had higher prices paid and faster growth compared to study states with fee schedule regulations. The study, Medical Price Index for Workers' Compensation, ...more »


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