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Iconic for decades, time running out for Kodak
CNBC.comOctober 1, 2011

Concerns about the company's future boiled over on Friday, after it hired a law firm well-known for bankruptcy cases, sending its shares down 54 percent to 78 cents per share. Although Kodak said it has "no intention" of filing for bankruptcy, ...more »

How recent oil and gas discoveries will impact Ohio businesses and landowners
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

Smart Business asked Huntsberger what Utica Shale drilling means for Ohio. Why does the Utica Shale hold so much promise for Ohio? The Utica Shale formation appears to hold significant amounts of 'wet' gas and oil. The wet gas has elements in it that ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Is this truck worth $17000?
Belleville News DemocratOctober 2, 2011

The only way to even attempt to fight the tax bill is by attending an administrative hearing, which are held only in Springfield and Chicago, said Sue Hofer, spokeswoman for the department. "Who in their right mind would pay anywhere near $17000 for ...more »

Health Care Law
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Court Can't Kill Health Reform Without Collateral Damage: View
BusinessWeekOctober 4, 2011

If the health-care law's individual mandate is unconstitutional, so is much of what the government has been doing for 80 years or so, and it will be the duty of the Supreme Court to sort through the ruins of the federal government as we know it and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Goodwin Procter Names 17 New Partners
Business Wire (press release)October 3, 2011

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Goodwin Procter LLP, a national Am Law 50 firm, announced today that 17 attorneys have been elected to the firm's partnership, effective October 1. “We are pleased to welcome our new partners, all of whom exemplify legal ...more »

Immigration Law
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Proponents say new in-state tuition policy 'tenuous'
Providence JournalOctober 2, 2011

“The reason we need to continue in our efforts is it's a tenuous change,” said Roberto Gonzalez, an immigration lawyer and a former chief judge with the Providence Housing Court. “I think we need to nail this down with legislation. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Merc gets discounted electric rates
Fond du Lac ReporterOctober 2, 2011

Mercury Marine was the first Alliant Energy customer to seek a rate reduction under a pilot program to retain distressed industrial firms in the state. A bill that would make the economic development energy rates program state law has been included in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Google Launches Trusted Stores Program
InformationWeekOctober 3, 2011

The purchase protection program allows customers to seek help from Google if a dispute arises. Google is offering up to $1000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases. The company describes its dispute resolution process on its website. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Bernstein Liebhard LLP Named to the National Law Journal's Plaintiffs' Hot ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

The National Law Journal featured three of the firm's recent successes: - a partial settlement in excess of $100 million in In re Tremont Securities Law, State Law and Insurance Litigation, No. 08-CV-11117 (TPG) (SDNY), in which the firm, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Protection Law revision lures flood of opinions
The Daily YomiuriOctober 9, 2011

The Environment Ministry has received more than 100000 responses to its request for opinions regarding changes in the Animal Protection Law, according to government sources. The key issue in the revisions is when puppies and kittens should be separated ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Groups Praise US, Seven Other Countries for Signing ACTA
PCWorldOctober 3, 2011

Representatives from Australia, Canada, Morocco, New Zealand, South Korea and Singapore also signed ACTA, an agreement to help each other enforcement intellectual property laws and work together on border enforcement of counterfeit goods. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Tripp Levy PLLC Announces Investigation of Pharmaceutical Product Development (press release)October 3, 2011

Tripp Levy PLLC, a leading national securities law firm, announces an investigation into the proposed acquisition of Pharmaceutical Product Development, Inc. (Nasdaq:PPDI). It was announced that PPDI has entered into a definitive merger agreement under ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Conservative lawyer to discuss UW-Madison affirmative action
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)October 17, 2011

Clegg's address, "Affirmative Action at the University of Wisconsin and Elsewhere During the Obama Era," is scheduled for noon at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Reservations via email are recommended or by mailing this form to Daniel Kelly, Suite 1700, ...more »

Change of Command Ceremony at Museum of Aviation
13WMAZOctober 1, 2011

They held a ceremony at the museum of aviation. After 9 years, the Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Wing de-blended with the active duty and formed the 461st Air Control Wing. Hundreds attended the special event which according to Robins Air ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How your attorney can save you money on lease negotiations
Smart Business NetworkOctober 1, 2011

While conducting your search for an attorney, it is important to look for specific experience in commercial leasing as it is a unique area of law that has become much more sophisticated over the last few decades. Richard Mersman is a partner with The ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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101 Secrets to Running a Successful Home-Based Business
AllBusiness (blog)October 4, 2011

Repair and maintenance of the office portion of your home 36. Telephone, except the base local service, for the first line into your home 37. Utilities and trash collection attributable to business use of your home (for example, electricity, gas, ...more »

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Alternatives to litigation
Irish TimesOctober 2, 2011

A joint reception with the American Bar Association International Law Section, sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice, follows the conference's close. For further information contact Mandy Sawier at »

Business Law
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Photo by Andreas Fuhrmann
Record-SearchlightOctober 2, 2011

"I think they've got some fogies there running the town," said Dale Gieringer, coordinator of the California chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law. "They really ought to get into the 21st century on this. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Shares Daily Life of Members of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 1, 2011

Contacts: Media Inquiries: Janice Summerby Media Relations Advisor Veterans Affairs Canada 613-992-7468 Codie Taylor Director of Communications Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs 613-996-4649 Jean-Pierre J. Godbout Communications Advisor, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Web users warned of 'search engine poison'
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 4, 2011

Mr Ducklin, of computer security firm Sophos, spoke about search engine poisoning at the National Identity and Hi Tech Crime Symposium on the Gold Coast today, hosted by Queensland Police's State Crime Operations Command Fraud and Corporate Crime Group ...more »

Personal Injury
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Marathon Business Development Group Now Offers a Service Designed to ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)October 4, 2011

The Marathon Business Development Group has created a game changing service designed to dramatically assist a personal law firm, or plaintiffs law firm grow their law practice, or to expand their law practice into new areas. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Strengthening the legal foundation of Indonesia's foreign policy
Jakarta PostOctober 4, 2011

There are at least two ways to strengthen the law. A substantive change can be accommodated in the same legal source, such as amendments in the Constitution or the Law on Foreign Relations (vertical strengthening), or through the proliferation of legal ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Florida OIR Report on Med-Mal Shows Profitable 2010
PropertyCasualty360October 6, 2011

OIR notes in its 2011 annual report that “ ... it would appear that the 2003 changes to the law have benefited policyholders and the industry, assisted with the solvency of medical malpractice carriers, and directly contributed to lowering the defense ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Brown calls for report on alleged bank fraud of veterans
Washington Post (blog)October 5, 2011

Sherrod Brown, (D-Ohio), chairman of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection Panel and a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs The two Georgia mortgage brokers who brought the suit said they were ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Sales associate Maher new to real estate industry but got hooked years earlier
Charleston Post CourierOctober 15, 2011

It was her long-time goal to enter the real estate field. Meanwhile, after more than a decade raising the kids, Jennifer Maher took steps to obtain her real estate license. Her experience? “A brief stint” in the 1990s handling reservations for an Isle ...more »

Clarification and Statement by Sinovel on Charges From American Superconductor
Sacramento BeeOctober 3, 2011

Sinovel reserves the right to legal actions against them." The Sinovel statement also said that "more than five years of development and the dedication of over 800 engineers have put Sinovel technically far ahead of its industry counterparts, ...more »

Sports Law
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Proposed Pennsylvania law would help protect youth athletes from concussions
Patriot-NewsOctober 5, 2011

The proposed law's immediate impact will be felt at the 20 percent or so of Pennsylvania schools that don't have a certified athletic trainer for sports events. Most schools with trainers long ago adopted industry standards, such as requiring preseason ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Orleans Public Defenders Office sues Gusman over visitation
WWLOctober 5, 2011

said attorney Mariah Holder in a statement released by the public defenders office. “Because of visitation conditions, I had to communicate with this mentally ill woman through someone else. I could not help her effectively and she never got to where ...more »

The Business of Being Lindsay
ForbesOctober 13, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Age discrimination in nation's workplaces has only worsened in the tough economy
msnbc.comOctober 3, 2011

3M's issues started with a mass reduction in force, or RIF, and that's often where issues of age discrimination can arise, according to Gavin Appleby, an attorney for the employment law firm Littler. “When we get involved in a RIF we typically do a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Miami Office of McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Expands, Adding Intellectual ...
PR Newswire (press release)October 20, 2011

During her career, Spagnole has served as a partner in a prominent New England law firm and was the vice president and general counsel for a sports entertainment company. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Suffolk University Law School ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama or Emanuel pushed to spotlight Solyndra
Washington PostOctober 7, 2011

The collapse of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra raises new questions about President Obama's push for alternative energy--and whether White House pressure played a role in a loan guarantee that has taxpayers on the hook for millions. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Laird A. Lile selected to present at Estate, Business and Financial Planning ...
Naples Daily NewsOctober 12, 2011

... Bar as a Wills, Trusts and Estates lawyer and is a Fellow in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. An elected member of the Board of Governors for The Florida Bar and past chair of its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, ...more »

Family Law
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Immigration law author tells farmers: No changes
ForbesOctober 4, 2011

... but only eight of the 48 workers they needed showed up after the law took effect. "My husband and I take them to the grocery store at night and shop for them because they are afraid they will be arrested," she said. Chad Smith said his family would ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Warnings arise of sticker shock in '12 workers comp costs
North Bay Business JournalOctober 3, 2011

NORTH BAY — The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau, the body that oversees and makes recommendations for the workers comp sector, has officially recommended a 1.8 percent decrease in pure premium ...more »


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