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DOJ seeks trustee in Solyndra bankruptcy
ReutersOctober 1, 2011

By Dan Levine (Reuters) - The US Department of Justice is seeking to give control of Solyndra's estate to a bankruptcy trustee, citing the refusal by executives at the solar power company to answer questions about its operations. ...more »

Berwyn cops now say they had 6 calls about filthy, animal-filled home
Chicago TribuneOctober 1, 2011

The calls, mostly related to neighbor disputes or property-related issues, did not suggest the five children living there were in danger or that forced entry was warranted, police Chief James Ritz said. Police said the most serious incident was in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Rajaratnam case: fair hearing, tough fight, just sentence
Globe and MailOctober 14, 2011

Legal experts still don't know much about how best to deter crime. But there's powerful evidence that people are more likely to follow the law when they believe it will give them a fair hearing. That happened in Mr. Rajaratnam's case. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Wyoming lawmakers favor more study on health exchange
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineOctober 12, 2011

Insurance exchanges are marketplaces where small businesses and individuals can compare health care premiums and buy coverage. They are a key part of the federal health reform law and are viewed as a way to provide coverage to more people. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Burr & Forman Nashville Partner Darlene Marsh Elected First Woman President of ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 13, 2011

Outside of practicing law, Ahern currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for Secured Transactions at Vanderbilt University Law School. He was also Visiting Professor for Secured Transactions & Banking in the fall of 2002 at Cumberland School of Law...more »

Immigration Law
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Webinar guides employers through immigration law
Dothan EagleOctober 14, 2011

Don't knowingly employ, hire for employment, or continue to employ an unauthorized alien to perform work within the state of Alabama. The law requires employers to verify the status of every new employee. » Do enroll in E-Verify, an Internet based ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Socialist democracy milestone
China DailyOctober 28, 2011

To protect and improve the living and ecological environment, the legislature enacted the Environmental Protection Law, Law on the Prevention and Control of Water Pollution, Law on the Prevention and Control of Atmospheric Pollution, and some other ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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AFFYMAX, INC. v. ORTHO-McNEIL-JANSSEN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 4, 2011

As the district judge saw things, the panel "manifestly disregarded the law" (2011 US Dist. LEXIS 28679 at *18) by awarding Ortho ownership of the foreign patents without analysis: "the panel should have assessed inventorship separately with regard to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aetna Reports Third-Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)October 27, 2011

Many significant parts of the legislation, including health insurance exchanges and the implementation of medical loss ratios, require further guidance and clarification both at the federal level and in the form of regulations and actions by state ...more »

Animal Law
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Mo. AG enters agreement with breeding facility owner
Legal News LineOctober 28, 2011

(Legal Newsline) - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced Friday that the Schuyler County Circuit Court has entered a consent judgment against a breeding facility owner for violations of the Animal Care Facilities Act. Cynthia Stump owns ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Was the most fervent believer in intellectual property rights an IP thief?
Christian Science MonitorOctober 28, 2011

Libertarian guru Andrew Galambos' intellectual property beliefs were so extreme that he paid royalties to the descendants of Thomas Paine every time he used the world "liberty." But did he steal his radical ideas from someone else? ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Rosen Law Firm Announces Filing of Securities Class Action Against AgFeed ...
Bradenton HeraldOctober 24, 2011

If you wish to join the litigation, or to discuss your rights or interests regarding this class action, please contact Phillip Kim, Esq. of The Rosen Law Firm, toll-free, at 866-767-3653, or via e-mail at pkim@rosenlegal.com. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Mandiwanzira, Mliswa in near fisticuffs
NewsDayOctober 25, 2011

Former Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Supa Mandiwanzira and controversial former vice-president of the economic empowerment lobby group, Temba Mliswa, yesterday came to near-blows accusing each other of theft and mismanagement of AAG funds. ...more »

Montana celebrates Cromwell Dixon's historic mountain flight
Billings GazetteOctober 4, 2011

Kevin Danz climbs into the cockpit of his Long EZ experimental plane on Saturday to give rides over Blossburg, where Cromwell Dixon landed to make aviation history 100 years ago. HELENA -- Experimental pilots and aviation buffs gathered over the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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THE LAGOS TENANCY LAW
Nigerian TribuneOctober 6, 2011

It defines the rights and obligations of the both the landlord and the tenant as parties to a contract. Although the law purports to prohibit “unreasonable” increase in the rent on a property, it does not place a ceiling on rents neither does it fix ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Another Fannie Mae faux pas
Houston Chronicle (blog)October 4, 2011

The financing firm knew as early as 2003 that law firms it hired to handle foreclosures were engaging in abusive practices such as filing false pleadings in bankruptcy courts, but it did little to correct the problem, according to a report by the ...more »

Litigation
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Imation Reports Third Quarter 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)October 25, 2011

The Company reported Q3 2011 net revenue of $308.6 million, down 9.8 percent from Q3 2010, an operating loss of $8.3 million, including litigation settlement and restructuring and other charges of $7.5 million, and a diluted loss per share of $0.38. ...more »

Business Law
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Political Ads' Funders Must Not Dodge Scrutiny: Susan Crawford
BloombergOctober 28, 2011

You don't need a law degree to figure out that democracy requires disclosure of the moneybags behind political advertising. That's the premise underlying the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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OUR VIEW: High cost of military health care
Gadsden TimesOctober 24, 2011

Military boosters say men and women, some of whom were attracted to military service by the benefits, who risk their lives in places like Afghanistan, deserve better than the average manufacturing plant or retail worker. Both arguments are strong, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Casper man convicted of child porn makes final appeal
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineOctober 26, 2011

In January 2007, a federal grand jury indicted Solon on a single count of possessing child pornography after the Internet Crimes Against Children agency of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation identified his computer as offering files ...more »

Personal Injury
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Price Benowitz LLP Launches a New Personal Injury Website
DigitalJournal.com (press release)October 25, 2011

The Personal Injury Law Group of Price Benowitz LLP is pleased to announce the launch of its Maryland Personal Injury Lawyer website and blog. The new website serves as another resource for Maryland citizens looking for news and information about ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Belize Law Society at Cavehill position on the Ninth Amendment to the Belize ...
The Guardian, BelizeOctober 27, 2011

Together with water, these utilities form part of the fabric for survival. Simply put, we believe my survival is my responsibility; therefore it is logical to equate that our survival is our responsibility, and given that the Government of Belize is ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Overhaul civil litigation
The National Law JournalOctober 29, 2011

Civil litigation costs too much. Also, the process often takes far too long. Continuances, unresolved motions and changes in judges protract the case. The jury trial is not just vanishing — it has all but vanished. Instead, cases settle — frequently ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bank Transfer Day
bestofneworleans.comOctober 31, 2011

The reason, according to the bank, was passage of the Dodd-Frank Act (full name: The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), which limited debit card swipe fees and changed overdraft fee protection from opt-out to opt-in, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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San Leandro Real Estate Company, The Beverley Group's Sunny Thiara, Announces ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 29, 2011

Soon after the project was complete, his career took off with the handling of residential and commercial mortgages and real estate. "I developed relationships with banks, learning about their needs and consumer needs, said Sunny Thiara. ...more »

Battling billionaires: Icahn's trial v. NY developer Macklowe
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 21, 2011

Willkie, which had drafted the contract Icahn claimed Macklowe had breached, had advised the developer throughout the failed joint bid for Reckson in 2006. The law firm and its client both believed they'd done nothing wrong. The trial was their chance ...more »

Sports Law
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Govt plans to regulate BCCI, other rich bodies
Times of IndiaOctober 29, 2011

... one of the world's richest sports bodies. Corporate affairs minister M Veerappa Moily said the government felt the need for a new law as the over 150-year old legislation, the Societies Registration Act, was unable to account for multi-faceted ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Fulton County is seeking criminal prosecutions of APS educators
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)October 31, 2011

Howard contends that the PSC hearings could impede his criminal investigation. Earlier this month, the PSC voted to revoke the teaching certificates of three administrators and to impose two-year suspensions on eight teachers. ...more »

Health grants get OK
Charleston Post CourierOctober 26, 2011

State auditors reviewing more than $2.4 million in federal grants to the SC Department of Insurance determined that the money was "handled in compliance with the law and terms" of the funding, according to a report released Tuesday. ...more »

Feds ask appeals court to block Ala. immigration law
USA TodayOctober 7, 2011

"The law also invites discrimination against many foreign-born citizens and lawfully present aliens, including legal residents, by making it a crime for any landlord to rent housing to an unlawfully present alien, invalidating all contracts with ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Public-private model for fighting retail crime spreads across the country
Security Director NewsOctober 27, 2011

The group brings together law enforcement officers with local loss prevention professionals at monthly meetings where information about recent cases of shoplifting or organized retail crime is shared. "This isn't sitting around having coffee and donuts ...more »

Environmental Law
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Transcript: NBC's "Meet the Press"
TIMEOctober 30, 2011

Well, these are going to be, you know, in terms of solar, alternative batteries. Now we take very seriously the fact that one of these loans did not work. That's why we've appointed Herb Allison, who did a bunch of the investigative work on TARP, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Helping Out for Oct. 5, 2011
Charleston Regional BusinessOctober 5, 2011

Legal Help with Wills, Estates and Probate. 6-7:30 pm Thursday, Main Library, 68 Calhoun St. Attorney George E. Morrison will come to the library for a free legal clinic about wills, estates and probate issues. This event is co-sponsored by the SC Bar ...more »

Family Law
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Police, family at odds as AZ girl remains missing
San Francisco ChronicleOctober 25, 2011

But Jahessye's family said that they don't believe that police have given her disappearance enough attention because she's black and her mother has a criminal history. "We feel that law enforcement is not active in finding Jahessye and that they're ...more »

Workers Compensation
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IN THE MATTER OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM OF ARAGUZ v. STATE EX REL ...
Leagle.comOctober 31, 2011

After receiving compensation through the Wal-Mart Plan, Wal-Mart's private workers' compensation fund, the appellants filed for benefits under the Wyoming Worker's Compensation Act (the Act). The Wyoming Workers' Safety and Compensation Division ...more »

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