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Bankruptcy judge rejects competing reorganization plans in Tribune Co. case
Washington PostNovember 1, 2011

s plan to emerge from bankruptcy protection, along with a rival plan from dissident creditors. Judge Kevin Carey said in a 126-page ruling that he may appoint a trustee to help end the 3-year-old case if the media conglomerate cannot come up with an ...more »

Homicide suspect claims self-defense
York Daily RecordNovember 1, 2011

Accused of murdering an unarmed man, Shannon Mayo's defense is that someone - his cousin's husband, in fact - picked the dead man's gun up off the street before police arrived in the early morning hours of Oct. 6, 2009. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Discrimination Complaint Filed Against Cargill
Wisconsin Ag ConnectionNovember 30, 2011

The complaint was filed with the department's Office of Administrative Law Judges after OFCCP was unable to secure a fair resolution from Cargill Meat Solutions to pay back wages and interest to the rejected job applicants and extend job offers to at ...more »

Health Care Law
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Legal Forecast: The Supreme Court Won't Strike Health Reform - Part I
Huffington Post (blog)November 30, 2011

First, the Court chose to review only two parts of the law -- the individual mandate and the Medicaid expansion. It's worth noting that the vast majority of the law is not being reviewed. As discussed previously -- in Health Care Reform Is Here! ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gaels' second-half surge trumps Wildcats
StandardNetNovember 29, 2011

SMC point guard Matthew Dellavedova racked up a career-high 25 points and 11 assists, tournament MVP Rob Jones poured in 24 points to go with 12 rebounds and Kenton Walker II added 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lillard scored 21 straight second-half ...more »

Immigration Law
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Sailing Round Immigration Laws
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 29, 2011

In the 1960s off the coast of Britain pirate radio ships provided a commercial alternative to the BBC's legal monopoly. They were eventually forced off the air by a law which made it illegal to supply or advertise with the stations. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bay City reviews $25 million plan to develop Uptown at RiversEdge site
MLive.comNovember 8, 2011

During that time, the city, using state and federal grants, has removed environmental contamination and three former Industrial Brownhoist buildings — once used by companies that built locomotive cranes — from the site. RiversEdge Development Corp ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Obama Pledges to Veto Anti-Net Neutrality Legislation
Wired NewsNovember 8, 2011

The net-neutrality dispute harkens to 2008, when the FCC ordered Comcast to stop interfering with the peer-to-peer service BitTorrent, which can use a lot of bandwidth and is often associated with online piracy. That marked the first time the FCC ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Teacher's lawsuit alleges improper cancer diagnosis
Maui NewsNovember 12, 2011

But his attorneys said Kaiser has refused to cover the cost of Siopes' medical treatment, although that is required by state law and by Kaiser's health insurance plan. He has been a member of Kaiser since 1994. "Faced with mounting medical bills, ...more »

Animal Law
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Who's the Ostrich?
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 28, 2011

The case is one of many offshoots of litigation arising out of vehicular accidents allegedly caused by defects in Bridgestone and Firestone tires installed on Fords in Latin America. The ostrich remark was directed at a lawyer representing a group of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IPO: Should stand for Intellectual Property Obliteration
RegisterNovember 17, 2011

There's evidence of it at the Home Office: this Labour minister belatedly discovered he was being misled. And it's true at one other important outpost, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) as we shall see below. The IPO is the old Patent Office, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Ashfords LLP | Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 - Duty to manage asbestos ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)November 30, 2011

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 place obligations on the part of employers, landlords and other types of "dutyholder" to identify and manage asbestos and to notify the Health and Safety Executive ("HSE") when carrying out particular types of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Kenya: Affirmative Action Fuelling Discrimination
AllAfrica.comNovember 24, 2011

In this piece, I address the constitutional and theoretical arguments relating to affirmative action and inclusion. One of the central features of our constitution is the imposition of duties on the state to address the legacy of exclusion by taking ...more »

Webb argues against further defense cuts
Daily Press (blog)November 30, 2011

Jim Webb that ran in a special section of The Washington Post on the 100th anniversary of US Navy aviation. In it, Webb argues against delaying the construction of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier or the cancellation of a new carrier outright. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Nigeria: Away With Rule of Law, Return to Rule of God
AllAfrica.comNovember 14, 2011

A landlord can unleash a reign of terror on an innocent tenant that resists unending upward review of his rent not justified by added-value face-lift or renovation of property. You may not believe it, there are policemen and magistrates on the payroll ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Macey Bankruptcy Law's Own Marla Tate Named Paralegal of the Quarter
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)November 23, 2011

The bankruptcy attorneys at Macey Bankruptcy Law are pleased to announce that their very own Marla Tate has been awarded the honor of Paralegal of the Quarter by 722 Redemption Funding. And the award goes to Marla Tate of Macey Bankruptcy Law in ...more »

Litigation
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The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP Announce Investigation of INX, Inc.
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 »

Business Law
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Shasta County reports jail suicide
Sacramento Bee (blog)November 5, 2011

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Update: Amid battles to protect benefits, gays seek equality
Montgomery AdvertiserNovember 27, 2011

The dismal failure by the congressional "super commit負ee" to deal with the nation's debt crisis leaves the Depart衫ent of Defense facing auto衫atic $55-billion-a-year spend虹ng cuts from 2013 through 2021. This is in addition to de苯ense cuts of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Edison teacher Andrew Brown charged with sex crimes over Internet
newjerseynewsroom.comNovember 28, 2011

The BCPO's Office Computer Crimes Unit headed the investigation with assistance from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office and South Plainfield Police Department. Personnel with the Maywood and Oradell Police Departments also aided the investigation ...more »

Personal Injury
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Serious crash in Columbia County
WXXANovember 26, 2011

UPDATE: State Police were called to a personal injury accident on State 23 near Middle Road in the Town of Greenport on Friday night. Police say a vehicle driven by 42-year-old Corey Duncan of Catskill was eastbound on State 23 when he went off the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Kasich, Obama on the hot seat
Youngstown VindicatorNovember 6, 2011

Likewise, if Issue 3, the derisively labeled “Anti-Obamacare constitutional amendment,” is rejected by Ohioans, President Obama's re-election campaign will spin the result as an affirmation of the Affordable Care Act. Obama's insiders will argue that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Best Lawyers has Named Peter H. Weinberger as the "Cleveland Best Lawyers ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 30, 2011

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named Peter H. Weinberger as the "Cleveland Best Lawyers Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" for 2012. CLEVELAND, OH, November 30, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Starbucks Caught Charging Hidden Fee
The Daily mealNovember 15, 2011

The extra service fee was never posted, and customers were never informed, violating Massachusetts' consumer protection act. "For example, beans listed at $11.95 per pound ended up costing $7.45 for a half-pound — not $5.98, or 50 percent of the price ...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 »

Business in Cuba
The EconomistNovember 10, 2011

That has forced companies to break the law—and run afoul of his newfound efforts to enforce it. “My people help run a business which brings in millions of dollars to Cuba,” says one European businessman, who pays bonuses to his entire local staff ...more »

Sports Law
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Atlantic City rolls dice on sports betting
Cherry Hill Courier PostNovember 6, 2011

... our world-class entertainment, thriving restaurant industry and famous Boardwalk. This will allow Atlantic City to better compete, grow and reinvest in the region.” Gros points to the NFL as a further indication the federal law won't be overturned. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Penn State accuser disputes defense's approach
The Associated PressNovember 29, 2011

Slade McLaughlin said his client stands by the allegations and sees the strategy by defense attorney Joe Amendola as putting victims on trial instead of Sandusky. The grand jury report, issued Nov. 5 when Sandusky was charged with 40 criminal counts, ...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 »

As baby boomers age, spectre of abuse in all forms hits home
Victoria Times ColonistNovember 27, 2011

Krista James, national director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law, said strides have been taken to combat abuse by at least getting the topic on the radar. "To some extent, there has been a breaking of the silence around elder abuse; ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Thailand Warns Facebook Sharing May Slur Monarchy
SalonNovember 29, 2011

The case has raised concerns about the reach of Thai law and how it is applied to both Thai nationals and foreign visitors. Meanwhile, the opposition Democrat party claims the government is not doing enough to protect the monarchy from being tarnished. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Farmers torn over pros, cons of ethanol subsidy
Journal and CourierNovember 27, 2011

Matt Hartwig, chief of staff for the Renewable Fuels Association, called the effort to rewrite the fuel standard law "little more than a Trojan horse effort" to weaken or even eliminate it. He said the farmers' complaints were overblown and most ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Most Boomers Don't Have Living Wills
Huffington PostNovember 16, 2011

For baby boomer William Walsh in Petersburg, Va., drafting a living will hasn't crossed his mind. "I just haven't really thought about it to tell you the truth," said Walsh, 61. "You always think something is going to happen to the other guy, not you. ...more »

Family Law
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Health law ruling could be political earthquake
PoliticoNovember 2, 2011

However, pro-health reform groups have tried to turn around public opinion on the law since it passed in March 2010. So far, that effort hasn't accomplished much. The Kaiser Family Foundation's monthly polls on the health law show that support has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Crown argues WCB hostage taker Clayton merits 14 years in prison
Edmonton JournalNovember 21, 2011

Patrick Clayton, the man accused of taking hostages during a standoff at the Workers' Compensation Board building in downtown Edmonton. EDMONTON - Patrick Clayton should be sentenced to ...more »

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