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Federal judge dismisses part of fraud case against Citi
Thomson Reuters News & InsightOctober 1, 2011

For plaintiffs: Stuart Grant and Megan McIntyre of Grant & Eisenhoffer. For Citi defendants: Brad Karp, Richard Rosen, Susanna Buergel and Karen King for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. (Reporting by Nick Zieminski) REUTERS / Lucas Jackson.more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing delayed in racially charged attack
Topeka Capital JournalOctober 24, 2011

By Steve Fry The preliminary hearing of an Arkansas man charged with setting a Council Grove man on fire has been rescheduled to Nov. 18. Defendant Isaac Wilson, 23, who is charged with setting Sterling Law on fire on Oct. 7, initially had been ...more »

Health Care Law
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Study: Health care reform won't decrease employer-sponsored insurance
NJBIZOctober 24, 2011

Sarno, who teaches a health care law class about the ACA at Fairleigh Dickinson University to executive MBA students, said the law increases accessibility, but is unlikely to do anything to mitigate premium price increases — which is the most ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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IN RE JONES
Leagle.comOctober 24, 2011

Capital One argues that the Debtor has an available remedy under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), 15 USC § 1681, et seq., to the exclusion of this Court's jurisdiction. However, the fact that there may be an available alternate remedy does not ...more »

Immigration Law
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JOEY KENNEDY: After the chat -- immigration law, Beason's credibility get a ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)October 26, 2011

By Joey Kennedy -- The Birmingham News After The Chat With Joey Kennedy: Alabamas' Immigration Law and Scott Beason Discussed BIRMINGHAM, Alabama--Joey Kennedy talks about todays’ chat that included debate a of Alabamas’ Immigration Law, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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State supports development of science in Kazakhstan
CaspionetOctober 1, 2011

Representatives of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies believe that this measure will assist the real sector of the economy in creating more competitive products. «As part of the law on state support for industrial and innovative development, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ACLU amends complaint over Kansas abortion insurance
Kansas City StarOctober 9, 2011

The document filed Friday in US District Court in Kansas makes a one-sentence addition to their complaint stating ACLU's members include women who will seek to buy insurance policies on state-level exchanges established under the federal health care...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Hood says political foe abused his office at DPS
Jackson Clarion LedgerOctober 25, 2011

In fact, there is $45 million available, he said. "We've got that in the bank." There is another $38 million in litigation expected to come in, Hood said. For Barbour to make these remarks is "petty partisan politics," Hood said. ...more »

Animal Law
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Transgender law, others go into effect
Las Vegas Review - JournalOctober 1, 2011

ANIMAL CRUELTY: "Cooney's Law," named after a Reno beagle killed last year by an owner who cut her stomach open with a box cutter, makes it a felony, punishable by at least a year in prison, to "willfully and maliciously" commit cruelty against pets. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property in the YouTube Era: The Justin Bieber Problem
EContent (press release)October 27, 2011

The full chapter is titled: "Ethics, Technology, and the Net Generation: Rethinking Intellectual Property Law" and is written by Albert M. Erisman. The book is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other retailers in e-book and print format. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney: It's Time For JCPS Litigation To End
WLKY LouisvilleOctober 3, 2011

An attorney, who successfully challenged Jefferson County Public Schools' student assignment plan at the Kentucky Court of Appeals, said it's time to stop the court battles. The court's majority 2-to-1 opinion as it stands would mean JCPS would have to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action bake sale misses the point
Highlander NewspaperOctober 4, 2011

27, 2011, members of the Young Republicans at The University of California at Berkeley staged an "Affirmative Action Bake Sale" in protest of the concept of affirmative action at public universities. The protest offered cupcakes to individuals at ...more »

Perdido Key Honors U.S. Veterans with Blue Angels Air Show, Tribute Concert ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 20, 2011

Veterans Day Weekend Package Includes 27th Annual Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Tribute Performance, Free Admission and Shuttle Service to the Blue Angels Homecoming Air Show and National Parks, Tour of the National Naval Aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Western Center's Christine Minnehan to Retire
Beyond ChronOctober 5, 2011

... revenue set-aside for housing by redevelopment agencies; and scores of fair housing and landlord-tenant reforms, such as requiring a 60-day notice of a no-cause eviction, exempting SRO's from the Ellis Act, prohibiting housing discrimination based ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Morrison v. NAB’s 2nd act: way beyond securities fraud and RICO
ReutersOctober 17, 2011

TianRui's lawyers at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumber and McDermott Will & Emery appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, arguing, among other things, that under Morrison, federal trade secrets laws don't apply to overseas conduct. ...more »

Litigation
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Oppenheimer Rochester Funds Lose Dismissal Bid, Face Trial
BusinessWeekOctober 25, 2011

“This is a very significant opinion” and “we are pleased that we can now proceed with the discovery phase of this litigation,” said plaintiffs' co-lead counsel, Steven Toll, in a statement today. Shareholders in seven Oppenheimer municipal bond funds ...more »

Business Law
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Battle, Winslow, Scott & Wiley law firm celebrates its centennial
Rocky Mount TelegramOctober 9, 2011

A. Scott McKellar focuses on collections and bankruptcy with emphasis on secured creditors. David W. Green focuses on commercial real estate, business law and local government law. Marlo Ricks focuses on bankruptcy law and insurance defense. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay American Troops Demand Equal Benefits
TechnoratiOctober 30, 2011

It also asks the military to recognize their marriages and provide spousal benefits such as medical coverage along with the right to be buried together in military cemeteries, benefits already enjoyed by straight service personnel The Defense of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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4th grade teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges
KVOA Tucson NewsOctober 26, 2011

In May 2011, detectives in the Internet Crimes Against Children got a report that Chanecka had images of child porn on his home computer. Detectives followed the report and served search warrants at Chanecka's home and Van Buskirk Elementary. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injury, consumer case laws change
DeSoto AppealOctober 1, 2011

The bill also substantially alters the state's Consumer Protection Act. It prohibits lawsuits under the TCPA for securities fraud, and prohibits some lawsuits filed by individuals -- providing instead for enforcement of key provisions by the state ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hispanics leave school in face of Alabama's tough immigration law
Christian Science MonitorOctober 1, 2011

Paul Horowitz, a constitutional law expert at the University of Alabama's law school in Tuscaloosa, says the data collection nature of the law “is fairly clever” in circumventing a federal law that prohibits discrimination in public school enrollment ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Mullin as lawyer targeted in suits
The Detroit NewsOctober 10, 2011

Lawyers avoid so-called conflicts of interest to ensure clients have their "undivided loyalty," said Larry Dubin, a University of Detroit Mercy law professor. "It's so that clients get adequate loyalty that is not compromised by a lawyer's obligations ...more »

Consumer Protection
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BITS: Top Security Concerns for 2012
BankInfoSecurity.comOctober 20, 2011

Paul Smocer, the new president of BITS, the technology policy division of The Financial Services Roundtable, says the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as emerging technologies like mobile and social media, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. to Hold Annual General Meeting of Shareholders ...
Sacramento BeeOctober 31, 2011

Xinyuan Real Estate Co., Ltd. ("Xinyuan") (NYSE: XIN) is a developer of large scale, high quality residential real estate projects aimed at providing middle-income consumers with a comfortable and convenient community lifestyle. ...more »

Dubai judiciary and IBA officials attend DIAC roundtable meeting
AME InfoOctober 30, 2011

We have seen the number of arbitration cases we have received increase over the past few years, which indicates a heightened awareness amongst the business community of this efficient means of resolving commercial disputes. ...more »

Sports Law
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Wagner Hopeful New Poll Showing Heavy Support For Sports Betting Portends ...
ParamusPost.comOctober 25, 2011

Wagner is one of the sponsors of the proposed constitutional amendment (ACR-167) that asks voters whether New Jersey should allow sports betting at Atlantic City casinos and horse racing tracks in the state, if federal law is changed. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer: Ficano will not be indicted
Detroit Free PressOctober 28, 2011

“I do not expect Mr. Ficano to be indicted,” Detroit criminal defense lawyer Steve Fishman said today after a court hearing on an unrelated case. “I expect there will be a thorough investigation. I have every confidence that the FBI and the US ...more »

Low Interest Rates Can Be a Boon to Taxpayers
Smartmoney.comOctober 3, 2011

"The opportunity is tremendous for wealth transfer, especially with asset values low," says Richard Behrendt, a former IRS estate-tax specialist now with Robert W. Baird & Co. in Milwaukee. For example, low interest rates make intrafamily loans ...more »

A retirement policy that's past its prime
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteOctober 2, 2011

When federal lawmakers first addressed age discrimination more than 40 years ago, they carved out exceptions, including one for top executives in both the public and private sectors. Purdue's policy applies to that group – administrators in high ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futterman & Lanza, LLP Hosts Free Elder Law and Estate Planning Seminars on ...
openPR (press release)October 7, 2011

(openPR) - SMITHTOWN, NY — The law firm of Futterman & Lanza, LLP presents two free two-hour seminars which addresse the topics of elder law and estate planning. “Medicaid Planning & Asset Protection” takes place October 26 at 400 West Main Street, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Jatropha as alternative fuel a bust
MalayaOctober 4, 2011

The official said that the remaining amount could be used to develop other forms of alternative fuels. The Biofuels Act of 2006 mandates mixing of 1 percent of biodiesel in diesel and 5 percent of ethanol in gasoline for the first four years of the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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In brief: Gardai appeal for witnesses after car crash claims lives of two ...
Irish IndependentOctober 2, 2011

The Pink at La Stampa will continue to operate as normal. Dublin landlord Michael Aherne of Terenure Road East, Rathgar, who died on August 9, 2007, has left €5045665 in his will, which went to probate this week. Other wills: Seamus Dardis, farmer, ...more »

Family Law
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Details of family law case published to counter misinformation
Irish TimesOctober 17, 2011

All these proceedings had taken place in private, in accordance with English law on child care cases. Ms Haigh's attention then turned towards a media and internet-based campaign. According to the president's judgment, “She recruited a number of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
Blacktown SunOctober 1, 2011

The Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan, wants age restrictions on workers compensation and income insurance scrapped and a national standard introduced. ''Most people in their 60s and 70s would like to be in work, probably part time, ...more »

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