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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of China Organic Agriculture, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: (1) despite indicating otherwise, China Organic had received no initial payments for its September 2008 sale of Jilin ...more »

In Boon to Palm Coast, Appeals Court Rules Red-Light Cameras Legal Even ...
FlaglerLive.comDecember 1, 2011

The city countered that penalties were code infractions rather than criminal infractions, and that they were non-moving violations, even though a vehicle had to be moving to trigger such a violation. A trial court ruled in favor of Masone, saying state ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Law Prof's Amicus Brief in Potential Supreme Court Case Says Preferences Hurt ...
ABA JournalDecember 5, 2011

George Will cites the amicus brief by UCLA law professor Richard Sander and legal journalist Stuart Taylor Jr. in a Washington Post column questioning minority preferences. If the Supreme Court grants cert in Fisher v. University of Texas, it will ...more »

Immigration Reform & Control Act(Irca)
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Find middle ground on immigration
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)December 14, 2011

Closer to home, a group of Iowa business, law enforcement and faith leaders on Tuesday announced the signing of The Iowa Compact, a bipartisan effort that urges federal lawmakers to finally take action on national immigration reform after years of ...more »

Collective Bargaining
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Watertown Council wants closed meetings on union contracts
Wicked LocalDecember 4, 2011

Asya Calixto, a partner in Prince Lobel's Media Law Practice Group who also advises newspapers as part of the New England Newspaper and Press Association, said town officials can discuss contract negotiations in executive session if an open meeting ...more »

Labor Disputes
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Labor invokes ghost of Coalition past
Sydney Morning HeraldDecember 5, 2011

As recent industrial disputes at Qantas and Victorian hospitals have shown, WorkChoices was not so much repealed as watered down – and Labor has failed to reverse the negative reputation of unionism and collective action in much of its old heartland. ...more »

Rrb Disability
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'Live in my shoes, and you will soon see how being in a wheelchair influences ...
Borders TodayDecember 2, 2011

One improvement in recent years is that there is now a law that every building, new or old, has to have disabled access. This is covered by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005 (DDA), which gives disabled people the right to access everyday ...more »

Employment & Discrimination
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A step in the rights direction
pride source.comDecember 14, 2011

More than this, it also points to the importance of bills such as the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and the need for this now-transgender inclusive bill to pass. Let's clear this up, once and for all, and make sure that transgender protections are ...more »

Sexual & Other Harassment
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ACT Greens to introduce anti-bullying laws
NinemsnDecember 5, 2011

The ACT Greens will ask the territory's assembly to approve legislation aimed at combating workplace bullying and harassment. The minor party will table draft laws in the assembly this week, prior to the legislature's long summer break. ...more »

Employment Contracts
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US agency accuses Cargill of discrimination, seeks to halt $60M in contracts
Business InsuranceDecember 2, 2011

In a lengthy response, the Cargill Meat Solutions spokesman said in its statement, “We find the labor department's allegations of discrimination to be disappointing given that Cargill's employee population at Springdale, Ark., is diverse and is 84% ...more »

Undocumented Workers
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1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work in California under ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 3, 2011

Nearly 1 million undocumented immigrants could live and work openly in California with little or no fear of deportation under an initiative unveiled Friday by a state legislator and others. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, a Democrat, is helping to ...more »

Family Medical Leave & Pregnancy Discrimination
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Formerly conjoined twins leave Children's Hospital
Richmond Times DispatchDecember 3, 2011

They will be staying at the Hospitality House, which provides temporary lodging for patients and their families while in Richmond to get medical care, while continuing physical and occupational therapy and medical follow-up before going home to the ...more »

Unfair Labor Practices
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USW Files Unfair Labor Practice Suit Against Cooper
1330 WFINDecember 7, 2011

A press release says the Local 207L is alleging the company is engaging in unfair labor practices by keeping employees from working. The complaint was filed with the National Labor Relations Board The key issue in the suit is a claim by the union that ...more »

Federal Personnel
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Home of DC Council member Harry Thomas searched by FBI, IRS
Washington Post (blog)December 2, 2011

FBI and IRS agents are searching the Northeast Washington home of DC Council member Harry Thomas Jr., according to law enforcement officials. When asked about the raid on Thomas's house Friday, FBI spokeswoman Lindsay Godwin said: “We are participating ...more »

Unions Choose Tax Plan Backed by Brown, Corporations over Millionaires' Tax ...
Beyond ChronDecember 5, 2011

California labor unions are typically cautious about ballot measures. When they get behind an initiative, such as the state minimum wage hike, they pick an increase amount that is overwhelming favored in polls. This results in smaller victories, ...more »

Fires And Firefighters Law
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December 5th Early Morning Law Enforcement & Fire/Medical wrap up
Lawrence Journal World (blog)December 5, 2011

The activity blogged here is only a sampling of some of the things that Douglas County Law Enforcement and Lawrence-Douglas County Fire & Medical respond on. To see a complete list of Lawrence Police activity, the department has that available on their ...more »

Wrongful Termination
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Whole Foods Responds to OSHA Lawsuit
Eater NationalDecember 7, 2011

For starters, Whole Foods wants you to know that the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission already investigated this case and dismissed it "finding no probable cause for wrongful termination." (That information is only available under the Freedom of ...more »

Government Employees
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MEA, center spar over school rules
Livingston DailyDecember 5, 2011

The June e-mails entail McMillin seeking advice from McHugh about a proposal that is now law requiring teachers to pay more for their health coverage. One e-mail from McHugh to McMillin reads, "Our goal is outlaw government collective bargaining in ...more »

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