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WCBI Investigation results in arrest of McDonald's employee for theft
WGMD RadioNovember 1, 2011

A month-long investigation into an internal theft at the McDonald's on Racetrack Road in Berlin has resulted in the arrest of an employee. The Worcester County Bureau of Investigations began investigating the theft in late December. ...more »

UPI NewsTrack Business
UPI.comNovember 1, 2011

Burroughs predicted membership at the nine-branch credit union would grow 5 percent this year, compared to 4 percent in 2010, The Detroit News reported Monday. With a new law limits the amount banks can charge when a consumer uses a debit card at a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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: Statement of Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer Before the Senate ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 1, 2011

The defendants were charged with engaging in numerous frauds, including sophisticated schemes to defraud Medicare and insurance companies by submitting fraudulent bills for medically unnecessary treatments or treatments that were never performed. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Social forces may limit health care reform
PoliticoNovember 1, 2011

The health care reform law gives federal health officials a new mandate to address the fact that racial and ethnic minorities tend to be sicker than the rest of the population. But there are limits to what they can actually do about the problem. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Environment amendments to Coast Guard bill rejected in House votes
The Hill (blog)November 4, 2011

Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), expand information needed to waive the Jones Act and allow foreign flag vessels to carry cargo between two US ports. Michael McCaul (R-Texas), prohibit the Coast Guard from delegating vessel inspections to groups that also ...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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Chairman Candidates Discuss Infrastructure Funding and Low-Income Housing
Patch.comNovember 4, 2011

The comprehensive plan is a visioning guide whereas our zoning ordinances comprise the actual relevant law. Community leaders and county staff work extensively to ensure the two remain consistent. Landowners wanting to develop their property consistent ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dubai joins race to be global legal centre
Financial TimesNovember 2, 2011

Dubai has thrown its international financial court open to cases from anywhere in the world in the latest effort by a Gulf state to make itself a lucrative global legal centre. The United Arab Emirates is vying with ...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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Couple jailed over 'very shocking' abuse of dog
Toronto StarNovember 17, 2011

A Milton couple is going to jail in what animal care workers are calling a “very shocking” animal cruelty case. The Oakville and Milton Humane Society said incarceration is very, very rare in animal law. “The sentencing is one of the most severe in our ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Merck, Teva, Movie Downloads, Web Poker: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The US Supreme Court left intact a ruling that lets Merck & Co. block Teva Pharmaceutical ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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U.S. News - Best Lawyers Ranks Akerman Senterfitt Among "Best Law Firms ...
Sacramento BeeNovember 1, 2011

As part of this year's Best Law Firms rankings, Akerman was named US News - Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year" in Litigation - Real Estate. For the first time, one law firm in each of the practice areas ranked nationally received the prestigious 2011 ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action legislation sees halt
UW Badger HeraldNovember 3, 2011

Democrats in the state Assembly managed to temporarily stall a vote on a controversial surprise amendment on affirmative action brought into Tuesday night's floor meeting, which flowed into the early hours of Wednesday morning. ...more »

Aviation Insurance Market Showing No Upward Turn
PropertyCasualty360November 9, 2011

Experts say the overall insurance-aviation market is expected to remain flat for the rest of this year and begin 2012 at the same level, with pricing driven primarily by individual risk assessment, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Navy veteran threatened with eviction for hanging American flag on Navy Day
Daily MailNovember 3, 2011

But Mr McDonald said Mr Zivica is clearly in violation of the rules. He told KVAL.com: 'Landlord tenant law is very specific. If you're going to live in a situation where there's lots of other tenants, you need to follow the rules that are set up. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Gigantic bankruptcy leaves future of former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine at risk
New York Daily NewsNovember 1, 2011

Now he's in the throes of one of the largest bankruptcy filings in US history. The curtain on the third act of ex-Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, 64, came down with a thud Monday as the Wall Street firm he took over just a year ago filed for bankruptcy. ...more »

Litigation
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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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Greenberg Traurig Takes Top Spot in Florida on mergermarket Legal Adviser ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

MIAMI, Nov 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP once again ranks among the world's top mergers and acquisitions legal advisers, according to league table reports published by Bloomberg, mergermarket and Thomson ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military: Panel urges 401(k)-like retirement plan
Pensacola News JournalNovember 10, 2011

Baker said that in the current economic climate, some cuts to military benefits are unavoidable. The question is whether the cuts will come immediately, as reform, or eventually, as a whittling away of benefits, he said. "You can take the existing ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Trial of Cedartown dentist charged with sexual exploitation of a child postponed
Examiner.comNovember 1, 2011

The charges against Palatini were brought forth in April of 2009 when he was arrested by GBI agents as a result of an investigation of the Georgia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Palatini's computer was seized from his home at 87 Club View ...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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Analysis: Mo. lawmaking at issue before high court
CanadianBusiness.comNovember 6, 2011

On the last day of March, Cole County Circuit Judge Dan Green declared that an ethics law passed in 2010 by the Republican-led Legislature violated the state constitution because it addressed more than one subject. Green struck down the ethics ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Tennessee Medical Malpractice Lawyers Pohl & Berk, LLP Discuss Tennessee ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 9, 2011

Because medical malpractice often doesn't result in death, the actual number of cases of malpractice occurring in Tennessee each year might be far greater. Because of the high standard of professional accuracy expected from physicians and other medical ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Survey: Many parents help kids lie to get on Facebook
CNETNovember 1, 2011

In 1998, Congress passed the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) that requires Web sites to "obtain verifiable parental consent" before collecting personal information from ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Five Partners of Ganfer & Shore, LLP Named "Super Lawyers" for 2011
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 7, 2011

He is a past lecturer at the New York City Bar Association on securities mediation and at Columbia Law School on securities law, and one of New York's leading practitioners in the area of real estate litigation and commercial litigation. ...more »

Global Power Equipment Group Inc. Awarded $27 Million Contract With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

Except as may be required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, and we caution you not to rely upon them unduly.more »

Sports Law
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Spurs deny 'spy' claims
SkySportsNovember 8, 2011

Tottenham were quick to deny the claims in a statement released by law firm Russell Cooke. The statement read: "The club did not undertake, instruct or engage any party to conduct surveillance on any member of the OPLC Committee and we consider the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The “dumb and disorganized” defense
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineNovember 11, 2011

That's why I never leave home without the phone number of one of Maryland's best criminal defense attorney's, Paul Kemp, in my wallet. After all, you never know when, out of the blue, you'll be charged with some criminal act. So, if I ever get arrested ...more »

Austin County continues investigation for IRS suit
Sealy NewsNovember 10, 2011

The county's request for abatement from the IRS was denied and the court has filed suit against the auditing firm Rutledge Crain & Company, PC. The company never caught that payroll taxes, though budgeted and the funds in an account, never got paid.more »

The Penn State Scandal: Why Is No One Talking about Title IX? Part Two in a ...
Justia VerdictNovember 15, 2011

Recall that the statute says that “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be . . . subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . .” Although the abused boys are not ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law firm partners with Orange County physicians group
The Downey PatriotNovember 3, 2011

... consultations and discounted rates on a wide range of legal services, including healthcare and employment law, trust administration/probate, business litigation, real estate, tax and business planning, and asset protection and estate planning. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Basic Materials, Alternative Energy and Utility Groups: Analyzing Noteworthy ...
Seeking AlphaNovember 8, 2011

Overall, during the past week, corporate insiders traded a number of basic material, alternative energy and utility sector stocks, including buying shares in Pacific Ethanol Inc. (PEIX) and McMoran Exploration Co. (MMR), and selling shares in Cheniere ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Exit Strategies: Last wills, estate-planning and life insurance
GMANews.TVNovember 1, 2011

Executors handle the estate of those who died leaving a valid will authenticated in "probate proceedings" where interested parties can contest the will. In the Philippines, only three types of wills are recognized. The Civil Code provides for notarized ...more »

Family Law
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Legal Ease: Marriage validity for transgenders
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsNovember 15, 2011

Rivka Israel, Esq. is a local Family and LGBT Family Law attorney who spent her undergrad years at Bar Ilan University, received her JD from California Western School of Law and was admitted to the California State Bar in 2000. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Paladin Chooses Mitchell's Worker Compensation Solution to Streamline Services
TMC NetNovember 7, 2011

Mitchell Workers' Compensation Solutions, a division of Mitchell International, describes itself as a provider of workers' compensation cost-containment technologies and services, whose clients include payers, self-insured companies, third-party ...more »

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