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Rockford Man Pleads Guilty to Bankruptcy Fraud
eNews Park ForestNovember 1, 2011

Rockford, IL-(ENEWSPF)- A Rockford man pleaded guilty yesterday in federal court to bankruptcy fraud. The defendant, Shane Mathew Berry, 39, admitted to making a false statement in documents he signed under penalty of perjury in his 2007 bankruptcy ...more »

Why Contain Iran When Its Own Aims Will Do Just That?: Vali Nasr
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

Even while claiming nefarious outsiders are fomenting the unrest in Syria, they have begun to add veiled criticisms of the regime's brutal crackdown, an obvious means of pandering to the street. What's more, Iran's leaders perceive that it is the US ...more »

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Administrative Law
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The Promenade is coming to the zoning board
phillyBurbs.comNovember 2, 2011

Revised plans for The Promenade development at the old Acme site on Sycamore Street will come before the Newtown Township Zoning Hearing Board next week, according to a notice posted at the township's administrative offices. The site owner, 200 North ...more »

Health Care Law
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HHS says to further delay Sunshine Act rules
ReutersNovember 1, 2011

The measure was originally proposed in 2009 by Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Wisconsin Democrat Herb Kohl, and then became part of President Obama's healthcare law in 2010 as a way of reducing healthcare costs through greater transparency. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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A Letter from Assemblyman Mike Feuer
Patch.comNovember 2, 2011

This law brings a new level of transparency and accountability to California's public pension funds, while helping ensure that taxpayer dollars do not go toward investing in companies that do business with Iranian energy interests. ...more »

Immigration Law
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YOUR VIEW: Could Alabama immigration law give legal status to illegal immigrants?
The Birmingham News - (blog)November 1, 2011

By Letters from our readers A labama law enforcement is trying to come to terms with the new immigration law on how to handle an arrest for minor violations and no Alabama-approved proof of citizenship. So authorities turn to the Alabama Administrative ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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K&L Gates Opens Office in São Paulo, Brazil
JDJournal.comNovember 14, 2011

In addition, the São Paulo office and its clients will benefit from the resources of a fully integrated global law firm and especially from the firm's worldwide energy, infrastructure and resources (EIR) and Asia-based business and investment practices ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Improving Cash Flow is Within Your Reach
ABCN's Officing TodayNovember 2, 2011

With its long history of providing clients with aggressive, ethical representation at affordable rates, United Mediation Services, Inc. was established as “a different kind of collection agency.” Focusing solely on commercial debt collections, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HCC Insurance Holdings Reports Third Quarter 2011 Net Earnings of $60.4 ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The types of risks and uncertainties which may ...more »

Animal Law
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Los Angeles Dog Barking Law Approved By City Council
Huffington PostNovember 2, 2011

11/ 2/11 11:54 AM ET AP The City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that fines owners of excessively barking dogs $250 for a first offense, $500 for a second and $1000 for a third if a Department of Animal Services hearing officer decides the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Mintz Levin Adds to Intellectual Property Litigation Capabilities in New York ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

NEW YORK, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo, PC has announced that it is expanding its Intellectual Property practice with the addition of John A. Bauer. Mr. Bauer, an experienced litigator with first chair trial ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Sen. Rand Paul: Radicals have taken over the White House
The Hill (blog)November 10, 2011

RADICAL STYLISH COLLEGE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION CHICANOS RULE…Hoover, of the centers listed in the DOJ lawsuit protecting illegal aliens in the a part of Jefferson Co. Jefferson Co..just went under. The Biggest municipal bankruptcy in ...more »

AirTran Senior Executive Kevin Healy Joins Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, Firm ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 3, 2011

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov 03, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Campbell-Hill Aviation Group, LLC, one of the world's leading and foremost aviation consulting firms has significantly broadened its range of airline planning and air service development expertise with ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Flintshire landlords and tenants of Shotton letting agency Eazy Let take legal ...
Flintshire ChronicleNovember 3, 2011

His website – – is now up and running and Simon wants tenants and landlords who have been left out of pocket to get in touch so he can try to recoup some of the tens of thousands of pounds they have lost. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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San Diego Bankruptcy Lawyers Offering Free Initial Consultation to Growing ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 1, 2011

The San Diego bankruptcy lawyers at the law firm of the Golden State Law Group hereby announce that the firm is offering a free initial consultation to the growing number of seniors who may need bankruptcy protection based on statistics provided by the ...more »

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Exasperation, litigation, bruised feelings in Big Easy battle over historic ...
Washington PostNovember 3, 2011

NEW ORLEANS — Angry tenants of a historic 19th century apartment building in New Orleans' French Quarter are squabbling with the city government about recent rent increases. The Upper Pontalba Apartment buildings are owned by the city of New Orleans. ...more »

Business Law
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For the Second Straight Year, Sidley Receives the Most First-Tier National ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

NEW YORK & CHICAGO, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Repeating its performance in the inaugural USNews -- Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" survey, Sidley Austin LLP has once again received more first-tier national rankings than any other US law firm, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Staff of military vets offers support for student veterans
Arizona State UniversityNovember 3, 2011

ASU's student body includes 1603 veterans and 483 veteran dependents who are receiving VA benefits. For many it can be a rough transition, leaving a very structured military life for a looser, less defined campus experience. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Milford investigation leads to guilty plea on child pornography charges
Milford MirrorNovember 11, 2011

The federal penalties for repeat sex offenders are appropriately severe, and I want to commend the FBI, the Hartford Police Department, the Milford Police Department, and all members of the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force for their efforts in ...more »

Personal Injury
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Increase injury cap: report
Daily GleanerNovember 3, 2011

Current legislation defines a "minor personal injury" as one that does not result in permanent serious disfigurement or a permanent serious impairment of an important bodily function caused by a continuing physical injury. "A minor personal injury is a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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High court case on GPS surveillance could break new ground
USA TodayNovember 2, 2011

The one group siding with the federal government, the New York-based Center on the Administration of Criminal Law, points to the cost benefits of satellite surveillance in tough financial times. It says GPS surveillance requires fewer personnel hours ...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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Kids still lie to get on Facebook
msnbc.comNovember 1, 2011

More specifically, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Enacted by US Congress in 1998 (practically the Paleozoic era of the Internet), COPPA requires commercial websites to obtain parental permission before collecting the personal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Q & A
New York TimesNovember 11, 2011

A recently updated, free iPhone app offering in-depth property search tools and mobile features to help you navigate the real estate market. For news and features on real estate, follow @nytrealestate. Q I bought my daughter a Brooklyn ...more »

Yanks Lock Up the Architect, a Day After the Ace
Wall Street JournalNovember 2, 2011

Last winter, talk circulated that Cashman would not return to the Yankees when his contract expired Oct. 31. In the past year, the Yankee GM became more and more outspoken, often coining interesting phrases, as when he told reporters to "smoke the ...more »

Sports Law
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Law enforcement works to slow traffic fatality numbers
OcalaNovember 7, 2011

Many drivers seem unaware of this law.” Another enforcement strategy that has “educated” hundreds of drivers is utilization of a sports car and a luxury-type car to patrol heavily traveled roads. The sports car was acquired through a grant and the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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APNewsBreak: PSU official's lawyer shapes defense
Boston.comNovember 6, 2011

In this photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky, center, is placed in a police car iin Bellefonte, Pa. to be taken to the office of a Centre County ...more »

Mohney Sues Henkel Over Rejected Appraisals of Erotic Collection
AVN News (press release)November 8, 2011

“The tax deduction of $5.7 million in 2005 and $4.2 million in 2006 [is] neither reasonable nor substantiated,” said the IRS in its audit report. The appraisal(s) did not accurately identify or value the property said to have been donated. ...more »

MI Case: Are Shareholders' Age Discrimination Claims Subject to Arbitration?
HR.BLR.comNovember 9, 2011

... discharge, or otherwise discriminate against an individual with respect to employment, compensation, or a term, condition or privilege of employment, because of religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, or marital status.”more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New York Medicaid Changes Affect Estate Plans
ForbesNovember 2, 2011

Our New York City, White Plains and Fishkill estate planning attorneys and elder law attorneys are accomplished in comprehensive estate planning including these new regulations, probate matters, and asset protection. To learn more about New York estate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Veto it: Bill 206 would hurt GCC, stall alternative energy use in Guam
Pacific Daily NewsNovember 20, 2011

Public Law 31-99 allows the community college to enter into a lease agreement with the Guam Power Authority to develop a renewable energy facility, which has been in the works for about a year. Guam Community College would use the money it makes from ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Unity in the Community to host luncheon
Ennis Daily NewsNovember 4, 2011

Janet Boyanton, an attorney for elder law and the author of Alone and Alive and Dealing with the Death of Your Husband will be dealing with issues on probate, wills, estate planning, Medicaid and other topics. Sheila Venters will demonstrate how to ...more »

Family Law
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'License to Bully': Backlash Over Matt Epling Bill Passed in Michigan Senate
ABC NewsNovember 4, 2011

Matt's Safe School Law is named after Matt Epling, a freshman from East Lansing who killed himself after a bullying incident by upperclassmen in 2002. (Courtesy Epling Family) LGBT advocates and the ...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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