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Kodak denies bankruptcy plan but shares plummet
Economic TimesOctober 1, 2011

Eastman Kodak Co shares lost more than half their value on Friday as the company hired a law firm well-known for bankruptcy cases, triggering speculation that the photography pioneer could file for bankruptcy. Kodak, which delivered the first consumer ...more »

The law of unintended consequences
The Canberra TimesOctober 1, 2011

... taxes and contribute to the economy and the society in myriad ways, will begin to demand better access to government services, greater political representation and, eventually, access to the franchise and other rights that come with citizenship. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Analysis: SEC and Rakoff to reunite in Citi CDO case
ReutersOctober 19, 2011

Rakoff appeared to embolden other judges to question settlements. Last August, for example, US District Judge Ellen Huvelle in Washington initially refused to approve a $75 million settlement between Citigroup and the SEC over charges the bank misled ...more »

Health Care Law
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W.Va. still pursuing health insurance exchange
NECNOctober 16, 2011

Most involve research and planning, and largely have been funded by a series of grants including some that pre-date the overhaul's passage. "It's a mammoth project," acting Insurance Commissioner Mike Riley told a House-Senate interim subcommittee. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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CHEM ONE, LTD. v. GENOA
Leagle.comOctober 21, 2011

Owners and subrogated insurers of certain cargoes (the "Cargo Interests") that had been destroyed during the Rickmers Genoa incident filed four individual admiralty actions in the Southern District, seeking to recover for damage to the cargo in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kobach: Local cops OK for immigration work
Topeka Capital JournalOctober 21, 2011

By Steve Fry The use of local and state law enforcement officers to enforce immigration law isn't intruding into a federal function, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach said Thursday. "It is not encroachment," Kobach said during a symposium focusing ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Honduras becomes western hemisphere cocaine hub
Boston.comOctober 31, 2011

And in San Pedro Sula, local gangs moving drugs north have spawned armies of street-level dealers whose violence has given the rougher neighborhoods of the northern industrial city a homicide rate that is only comparable to Kabul, Afghanistan. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Electronic evidence plays a growing part in legal process
Siliconrepublic.comOctober 7, 2011

Liam Kennedy, head of dispute resolution at A&L Goodbody, one of Ireland's largest legal firms, said there are few cases which are not influenced by material produced in discovery. In the civil arena, the 'Pyrite' case involving the use of faulty ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aspen U.S. Insurance Announces Strategic Alliance with V3 Insurance Partners ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 27, 2011

Application of the Safe Harbor of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release contains written, and Aspen's officers may make related oral, "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the US federal securities laws ...more »

Animal Law
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Legal issues keep at least 30 cats stuck in West Longview trailer
Longview Daily NewsOctober 3, 2011

"I can't do anything in the city," Humane Society animal control supervisor Mike Nicholson said last week. "(Stephanie Preston's) not breaking any laws because there's no law to break. ... There's no ordinance telling me she can't live like this. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Us, RP sign bilateral agreement
Manila BulletinOctober 1, 2011

The accord was signed by USPTO director David Kapos and IPOPHL director-general Ricardo Blancaflor in Geneva on the occasion of the 49th General Assemblies of the World Intellectual Property Organization held recently in Geneva. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Experienced New York Litigator Joins McGuireWoods
MarketWatch (press release)October 28, 2011

Now at McGuireWoods, his practice will continue to be focused on commercial and corporate disputes, securities class actions, international arbitration, regulatory and criminal investigations, antitrust litigation and actions involving the interests of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court set to open crucial term
Los Angeles TimesOctober 3, 2011

Since then, generations of law students have been taught that in matters of economics and business, Congress makes the law and the court stands aside. If the court were to void the individual mandate, it would put healthcare reformers in a box. ...more »

Landmark Aviation Begins Operations at Tampa International Airport (TPA)
AMTOnline.comOctober 17, 2011

(Houston, TX – October 17, 2011) Landmark Aviation officially began operations on Saturday, October 8th at Tampa International Airport. “We are excited to finally be a part of the Tampa International Airport and surrounding communities,” President ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Judge aims to protect rights of poor
WIVBOctober 6, 2011

New York State's Chief Judge, Jonathan Lippman, was in Buffalo to preside over a panel fighting for the legal rights of the poor, specifically those who can't afford lawyers in civil matters, like landlord-tenant disputes and child support cases, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RBI turns heat on banks to check bad loans...
Hindustan TimesOctober 12, 2011

He is also said to have sought an explanation from banks on the reason for the rise in the level of bad assets. "There has been a substantial increase in bad loans and this is primarily because public sector banks have been very lenient on willful ...more »

Litigation
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Federal Court Handling Consolidated Pretrial Matters in DePuy Orthopaedics ASR ...
Benzinga (press release)October 31, 2011

The Rottenstein Law Group, which represents clients with claims stemming from the recall of defective hip replacement devices manufactured and sold by DePuy Orthopaedics, has learned that the next status conference in the multidistrict litigation has ...more »

Business Law
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Crime Alert bestows annual honors
Reading EagleOctober 6, 2011

Crime Alert Berks County held its annual awards dinner Wednesday at the Victor Emmanuel II Beneficial Society in Reading. • Dave Peacock, general manager/vice president of Lamar Advertising, Reading division, accepted a business award. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans invited to open house
AccentOctober 3, 2011

Military service members who served and are still serving our nation, had the opportunity to find more educational benefits at the Humvee to ACC event held on Sept. 29 at Round Rock Campus. The transition from the battlefield to the classroom is not ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Microsoft clears Czech firm in Kelihos botnet case
ComputerworldOctober 27, 2011

"Microsoft has reached a settlement with defendants Dominique Alexander Piatti and his company, dotFREE Group SRO, and will be dismissing the lawsuit against them," said Richard Boscovich, a senior attorney with the company's digital crimes unit, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Yearout & Traylor Announce the Expansion of Personal Injury Services
MarketWatch (press release)October 19, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, AL, Oct 19, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Birmingham personal injury attorneys of Yearout & Traylor, PC are pleased to announce the expansion of their personal injury representation services to Birmingham and the surrounding cities. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge hearing Fla. retirement contribution case
MiamiHerald.comOctober 26, 2011

He chairs a board that oversees investments for the $121.6 billion Florida Retirement System. Scott had asked the Legislature to make employees contribute 5 percent, but lawmakers approved only 3 percent. Unions say it also amounts to a pay cut for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Zero dollar jury verdict did not bar plaintiffs' recovery of costs, appeals ...
WisBarOctober 24, 2011

Meet and network with lawyers who share your professional background - State Bar sections. More Get confidential support for coping with the stress of practicing law. More Fee Arbitration program - helping lawyers and clients resolve fee disputes. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Case of the Missing Red Snapper
Mother JonesOctober 28, 2011

A new Senate bill, "The Commercial Seafood Consumer Protection Act," aims to try and stop cases of seafood fraud by encouraging federal agencies to cooperate with each other and increase testing and regulation of imported seafood. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Merrill LAD Voted “Best Court Reporting and Deposition Provider in Washington ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)October 24, 2011

(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Merrill Corporation (www.merrillcorp.com), a leading global provider of technology-enabled services for the financial, health care, real estate, legal and other corporate markets, announced today that Merrill LAD ...more »

Who's financing HISD trustee campaigns? Vendors who do business with district
Your Houston NewsOctober 31, 2011

School board members' ties to district vendors – and their level of involvement in who gets lucrative contracts – have been under intense public scrutiny in recent months. The campaign finance data additional questions about what vendors expect in ...more »

Sports Law
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Chief Joseph LeMire: Understanding the new concealed carry law
UW Oshkosh TodayOctober 31, 2011

Chapter 18 permits police to confiscate and remove dangerous weapons from university lands. To the extent Chapter 18 is consistent with Wisconsin Act 35, the University of Wisconsin System will continue to follow and enforce Chapter 18. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Expert: Michael Jackson Injected Fatal Dose of Sedative
NBC Los AngelesOctober 28, 2011

Criminal defense attorney and legal analyst Darren Kavinoky joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to break down day 19 of the Conrad Murray Trial. Jurors in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's personal ...more »

Unfriends of Facebook unite
Irish TimesOctober 14, 2011

As well as being a test of Facebook, the upcoming Irish audit will also test the capability of the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner. TJ McIntyre, a lecturer in law at University College Dublin and chairman of Digital Rights Ireland, ...more »

National Labor Court: Agudas Yisrael Is Guilty Of Discrimination
Yeshiva World NewsOctober 3, 2011

The decision was in response to an appeal to the court after a regional labor court ruled there was age discrimination that were in violation of labor laws as well as a violation of the Basic Law relating to one's dignity and freedom. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ice Storm
The American LawyerOctober 2, 2011

The code did not meet international standards set by UNCITRAL, the United Nations commission that regulates international trade. "Icelandic law did not cover a reorganization proceeding for banks that was capable of being recognized outside of Iceland ...more »

Environmental Law
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New Jersey Attorney General approves use of certain stun guns
Press of Atlantic CityOctober 14, 2011

Attorney General Paula Dow developed the new policy on "conducted energy devices" in consultation with the law enforcement community because the pre-existing policy considered too restrictive regarding the number of officers who could carry the devices ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Fort Myers, FL Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning Attorney Barbara M. Pizzolato ...
eYugoslavia.comOctober 1, 2011

... New Jersey, Connecticut and Florida, with 24 years of experience. Ms. Pizzolato represents clients by reviewing current estate plans, establishing new estate plans including Wills and Trusts, Probate and Trust Administration, and Business Planning.more »

Family Law
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Arizonans Redefining the Meaning of Family
U.S. Politics TodayOctober 27, 2011

These agreements -- best handled by a skilled family law attorney who can ensure that each party's rights are protected and that the agreement is a fair one that will stand up in court if necessary -- are ideal for cohabitating couples who each provide ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Crowded labor market drives lackluster wage growth
Los Angeles TimesOctober 28, 2011

A labor market flooded with unemployed workers continued to put downward pressure on wages and compensation in the last three months, according to employment cost data released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wages and salaries increased just ...more »

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