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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Cape dispatcher on unpaid administrative leave
Cape Coral Daily BreezeNovember 30, 2011

Her status with the city was pending a future administrative hearing. Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police, explained Wednesday that the internal administrative hearing was held within the past several days. "She's on administrative leave ...more »

Health Care Law
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Congressman Holt Tackles Fracking, Healthcare at Town Hall
Patch.comNovember 30, 2011

"Under the new law [health insurance companies] must spend 80 to 85 percent [on healthcare]," Holt said. "It should be 90 to 95 percent, but then the companies would squawk that they can't make a profit." Holt said that the Healthcare Reform Bill...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Stocks jump after central banks act to boost liquidity
USA TodayNovember 30, 2011

To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, ...more »

Immigration Law
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SC state officials oppose Justice Department's request for illegal immigration...
The RepublicNovember 30, 2011

AP COLUMBIA, SC — State officials want a federal judge to deny the US government's request to halt South Carolina's illegal immigration law while a lawsuit goes forward. Gov. Nikki Haley and other officials argue that the United States cannot ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Government issues building energy and water submetering report (press release)November 9, 2011

By 2050, buildings are likely to use as much energy as the transportation and industrial sectors combined. Formally, submetering is the installation of metering devices to measure actual energy or water consumption at points beyond the primary utility ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Free workshop on Dispute Resolution Service (press release)November 23, 2011

If you, or someone you know, have questions on how to resolve disputes with finance companies, ACC, banks or phone and internet providers you need to come along to this session. Dispute Resolution Services is set up to support people to resolve their ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gear Up Florida Coalition Launches to Combat Personal Injury Protection Fraud
Sacramento BeeNovember 16, 2011

Staged accidents, rampant litigation, and unscrupulous medical clinics that provide services to Personal Injury Protection claimants have created a perfect storm of skyrocketing costs for honest Florida consumers. Florida leads the nation in staged ...more »

Animal Law
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Ringling circus agrees to $270K fine by USDA, alleged violations of animal ...
Washington PostNovember 28, 2011

The US Department of Agriculture says the civil penalty announced Monday is the largest ever assessed against an exhibitor under the Animal Welfare Act. Vienna-based Feld Entertainment, which owns the circus, said it does not admit to violating the law...more »

Intellectual Property
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Rise in intellectual property is changing the face of innovation
Science BusinessNovember 21, 2011

Ownership of intellectual property (IP) rights has become central to the strategies of innovative companies worldwide, with increasing investment in R&D and the development of global markets driving demand for patents from 800000 applications in the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Baron & Budd, PC Supports National Lung Cancer Awareness Month
Mesothelioma NewsNovember 2, 2011

The national mesothelioma law firm of Baron & Budd, PC has a more than 30-year history of “Protecting What's Right” for asbestos sufferers and their families. As one of the first law firms to successfully litigate an asbestos lawsuit, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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City and Volunteers Give Food Baskets to Families in Need
Patch.comNovember 23, 2011

The Affirmative Action and Human Resources Department gave out nearly 100 baskets to families in need of food for the holiday. By Abigail Crocker Elmer Pina, director of the Affirmative Action office, works to put Thanksgiving baskets together. ...more »

Insurer denies there is coverage on incident
Ironton TribuneNovember 29, 2011

“We believe there is no coverage,” John Farnan of Weston Hurd law firm in Cleveland, said. The law firm represents US Specialty, the company that insures Attitude Aviation. The lawsuit, filed in July 2010, by Ashley Washburn, focuses on injuries ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Berkeley landlord not required to financially support displaced tenants
Daily CalifornianNovember 27, 2011

The one thing city staff has guaranteed is that tenants will receive their original security deposits and November rent as soon as possible, but Goh said Ent has yet to reach out to tenants after the fire occurred to notify them of their legal rights. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Comparing Insurance Costs for Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)November 27, 2011

We know this is true after having spent nearly two decades in all aspects of bad credit auto sales here at Auto Credit Express. To clarify the terrible credit auto loans process we even built a web site so applicants can research things such as tote ...more »

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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of Sonesta ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 4, 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 »

Business Law
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Missing out on plea bargains
Belleville News DemocratNovember 8, 2011

The Supreme Court has been asked to restore the terms of plea bargains that two defendants did not accept because of lawyer malpractice. The cases give the justices an opportunity to enforce fairness in the legal system at every level. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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China Challenges Clinton for Myanmar's Attention
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 30, 2011

... China has spent the week pitching the benefits of friendship to its politically isolated yet strategically important neighbor. On Monday, Vice President Xi Jinping proposed China and Myanmar bolster military cooperation during a meeting with the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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iPlods: Police to recruit specialist team of cyber experts to foil hacking plots
Daily MailNovember 25, 2011

Courts will be told to make greater use of computer sanctions when sentencing. Fraudsters could be prevented from selling things online while people who commit sex crimes could have their web access curtailed. Cabinet Secretary Francis Maude also ...more »

Personal Injury
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Firms 'must wise up on asbestos' or face personal injury compensation claims ...
WebWire (press release)November 28, 2011

Companies in the construction industry need to make sure they protect their workers from asbestos, or risk facing a personal injury compensation claim, according to law firm Alkers Solicitors. Companies in the construction industry need to make sure ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Issue 3 serves as a needed rebuke to federal overreach
The Newark AdvocateNovember 6, 2011

I am no legal scholar, but I am pretty sure the wording in the Constitution gives Congress the power to "... regulate interstate commerce." not ".... compel interstate commerce." This is a defining argument in the debate about the role of the federal ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Associate Bonus Watch: Skadden Matches Cravath
Above the LawNovember 30, 2011

It's no accident First Personal Injury is one of the United Kingdom's leading personal injury law firms. If you're in the UK and have suffered personal injury, whether through an auto accident, medical malpractice or any other cause, get in touch with ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Telemarketers, Collectors Could Target Cells Under "Mobile Information Call ...
New York Daily News (blog)November 21, 2011

Do we really want to stop FedEx or UPS using modern technology to deliver your holiday gifts on time? Of course not, but that is what we heard at the hearing is one consequence of this 20-year old law. Other consequences we heard were about how the law...more »

Real Estate Law
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US News & World Report Awards Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel
WTVCNovember 10, 2011

Young's practice is focused in the area of commercial law, primarily on commercial lending and finance and commercial contracts. Young was a recent presenter in the firm's Street Law Corporate Diversity Pipeline Program, and serves on the Tennessee Bar ...more »

How to avoid seeing red over 'evergreen clauses'
Seacoastonline.comNovember 14, 2011

While case law may favor those parties attempting to enforce these clauses, a few state legislatures have passed laws that may make it difficult for these parties to rely on automatic renewal clauses. For example, in 2000, Illinois adopted the ...more »

Sports Law
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Chat with Andrew Brandt
ESPNNovember 3, 2011

He is also a lecturer at the Wharton School of Business, teaching Sports Law, Sports Business and Negotiations. He has written for Forbes, the Huffington Post and Sports Business Journal, while also appearing across all ESPN TV, radio and online ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Renowned New York Attorney Joel Walter Named To The I CARE Foundation Board Of ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 26, 2011

Joel Walter's law practice primarily is in the United States federal courts, where he focuses on complex domestic and family law matters along with criminal matters. The International Child Abduction Research and Education Foundation (I CARE ...more »

Eddings Real Estate Law Firm Closes
JDJournal.comNovember 23, 2011

Michael A. Eddings has closed the doors to his real estate law firm due to a bank freezing its trust account and having $470000 transferred to a court registry. Columbus Bank and Trust filed the documents, which is not the end of the problems for ...more »

ALP eyes tougher anti-hate laws
The AustralianNovember 22, 2011

In an interview with The Australian, Dr Szoke said the Attorney-General was reviewing all anti-discrimination laws across race, gender, age and sexuality, and she would push to ensure there was no watering down of the laws and even an enhancement of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Long Island Foreclosure & Bankruptcy Lawyers at the Law Offices of Kyle Norton ...
Insurance News Net (press release)November 11, 2011

Our Seminars cover, in detail, bankruptcies (chapter 7, 11 & 13), debt consolidation, asset protection, foreclosure defense (modifications, forbearance, partial claim) and exit strategies (short sales, deed-in-lieu, pre-foreclosure sales). ...more »

Environmental Law
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VELCO: No expanded high voltage transmission corridor from Hydro-Quebec ...
vtdigger.orgNovember 30, 2011

The Conservation Law Foundation, a New England-based environmental group, has been advocating during the scoping process that the Department of Energy consider all reasonable alternatives. Christophe Courchesne, a staff attorney in the group's New ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Simpson Millar | Pre-death financial gifts and Wills: some things you should know
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)November 15, 2011

"It's a question that many people ask," says Sian Thompson, Head of Wills and Probate at Simpson Millar LLP. "Unfortunately, the law on Wills and lifetime financial gifts is complex and you can't be certain if your wishes will be carried out. ...more »

Family Law
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Family Hopes Teen's Suicide Pushes Passage of DREAM Act
Fox NewsNovember 28, 2011

He was never caught up in fights or did drugs, they added, and someone who never was never in trouble with the law. Mendoza says that Luna applied to and was accepted at ITT-Tech, Rice University in Houston and Texas A & M. But the road seemed hopeless ...more »

Workers Compensation
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More workers' comp fraud investigators are needed, Oklahoma official says
NewsOK.comNovember 23, 2011

Todd Lamb says his recommendation to hire more workers' comp investigators comes from constituents he has met across Oklahoma. He is developing a report that he will give to the governor and legislative leaders before the start of next year's session. ...more »


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