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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 »

Public sector wage freeze law possible, Hudak says
Toronto SunOctober 1, 2011

“I think we need to realize that we have a collective bargaining agreement regime in Ontario that is the law.” Asked about a public-union pay freeze Friday, Hudak wouldn't rule one out — though it would only be considered as a “last resort” in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge backs car dealer that fired employee over Facebook post
Chicago TribuneOctober 1, 2011

Judge Joel Biblowitz in his ruling issued Wednesday agreed that Becker's online posts about the sales event were protected by federal law. But the judge found that his comments and pictures about the Land Rover accident were "neither protected nor ...more »

Health Care Law
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Issue 3 called symbolic
Cincinnati.comOctober 2, 2011

In short, it would allow Ohioans to opt out of the so-called "individual mandate" of President Barack Obama's health care law. The Affordable Health Care Act requires that all Americans have health insurance by 2014, either through keeping their ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Weekdays 4p et
Fox News (blog)October 4, 2011

Biden was in Florida touting the American Jobs Act and said how it would help jobs for teachers. As for the Tea Party, Biden actually had some positive things to say, even connecting their mission to Jones'. "And, by the way, I don't disrespect the Tea ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law Leaves Schools Gripped by Uncertainty
ABC NewsOctober 2, 2011

A judge's ruling Wednesday upheld several portions of Alabama's tough new immigration law, including the section on public-school enrollment. Advocates of the law say it doesn't block enrollment in schools, but simply enables the state to track the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Snapshot of Feed-in Tariffs around the World in 2011
RenewableEnergyWorld.comOctober 6, 2011

Despite the economic recession, more and more jurisdictions are turning to feed-in tariffs to spur not only renewable energy development but also industrial development and the attendant jobs that it creates. The following article is a snapshot of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Haslam seals Amazon deal in Tennessee, touts new jobs
Bizjournals.comOctober 6, 2011

Bill Haslam confirmed a deal with online retailer Amazon Thursday morning, announcing thousands of additional jobs and the resolution of an ongoing dispute. Amazon will create a total of 3500 full-time jobs under the new deal which will also include ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Internal Probes Increase While Litigation Declines, Study Shows
BusinessWeekOctober 18, 2011

The technology, retail and insurance sectors saw a rise in suits brought against them, according to the survey. Energy and manufacturing reported a decrease, and financial services showed no change. Fifty-two percent of US corporations reported that ...more »

Animal Law
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Brown clears his desk
Contra Costa TimesOctober 11, 2011

Ted Lieu, D- Redondo Beach, that would have required microchips be implanted in all dogs and cats rescued from animal shelters. "Under current law, local agencies and shelters can - and should - require animals to be microchipped before being released ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Unlocking the mysteries of patent valuation
Financial PostOctober 7, 2011

But determining what that intellectual property is worth once the patent is approved, is anyone's guess. The mysteries of patent valuation was one of the topics discussed at a two-day conference here on Canada's IP policy, hosted by the Canadian ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US Supreme Court opens, likely to wade into health care debate
AXcess NewsOctober 3, 2011

The teacher is not asking any court to take sides in a religious dispute, her lawyers say. Rather, she merely seeks a determination of whether her dismissal violated generally applicable provisions of a federal anti-discrimination law. In Zivotofsky v. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Chiyangwa takes control of AAG
New Zimbabwe.comOctober 18, 2011

by Staff Reporter PROPERTY tycoon Phillip Chiyangwa had declared himself acting Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president after five executives quit on Sunday. AAG president Supa Mandiwanzira and four other executives announced they were leaving during ...more »

Boeing awarded 'Greener Skies' contract by Federal Aviation Administration
eTurboNewsOctober 7, 2011

WASHINGTON - Boeing today announced a research task order award from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to maximize performance-based navigation capabilities across the United States. The FAA initiated a $3.1 million task order for "Greener ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Election signs cause tenant spat
Stuff.co.nzOctober 3, 2011

Palmerston North MP Iain Lees-Galloway has hit out at landlords directing tenants to take down election billboards, saying this could be interfering with tenancy rights enshrined under law. Mr Lees-Galloway, the Labour candidate for the city electorate ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Good News for No Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)October 3, 2011

For people applying for horrible credit auto loans, Equifax released a report today that you should know about. We should know because for close to two decades we've been involved in bad credit car sales ...more »

Litigation
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Intellectual Ventures Joins the Mobile Patent War, Suing Motorola Mobility
All Things DigitalOctober 6, 2011

“Intellectual Ventures has successfully signed licensing agreements with many of the top handset manufacturers in the world, and has been in discussions with Motorola Mobility for some time,” Chief Litigation Counsel Melissa Finocchio said in a ...more »

Business Law
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Brazilian law professor allegedly kills student
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

The officer declined to give his name because he wasn't authorized to speak to the news media. He said Saturday that Rodrigues could be sentenced to up to 30 years in jail. Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Broader GI Bill
New York TimesOctober 3, 2011

In the 2010-11 academic year, when 5985 institutions collected $4.4 billion in VA benefits, eight of the 10 biggest aid recipients were for-profit institutions, together raking in $1 billion. From those eight, the committee found, a total of 409437 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber crims making the net a battlefield
NinemsnOctober 5, 2011

Graham Ingram is the general manager of AusCERT, the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team, a private group housed at the University of Queensland. He told Wednesday's session of the National Identity and Hi-Tech Crime Symposium on the Gold Coast ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Law Firm Gelber & O'Connell, LLC Partners with ...
Benzinga (press release)October 3, 2011

The Buffalo, NY Personal Injury law firm, Gelber & O'Connell, LLC is committed to business citizenship and community service within the Erie/Niagara County and Western New York area. The Personal Injury Attorneys of Gelber & O'Connell, LLC engage in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Justices Breyer And Scalia Take Their Constitutional Show To The Senate
Huffington PostOctober 6, 2011

"I'm hoping that the 'living Constitution' will die," said Scalia in an exchange with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). That was no novel sentiment from Scalia, who is the longest-serving justice on the current Court and this week celebrated the 25th ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyers profit while assisting government lawbreaking
Washington ExaminerOctober 5, 2011

In securing the suspect $535 million Department of Energy loan to Solyndra, private lawyers respectively representing Solyndra and the Department of Energy made a cool $4.3 million off the taxpayers. Now that Solyndra is in bankruptcy, more taxpayer ...more »

Consumer Protection
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B of A not all bad
Boston HeraldOctober 4, 2011

The government passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act. The government coerced Bank of America into buying Countrywide Financial. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, with support of the government, destroyed the housing market. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Gov't report: Fannie knew of 'robo-signing' in '03
MiamiHerald.comOctober 4, 2011

AP Real Estate Writer WASHINGTON -- Mortgage giant Fannie Mae knew about allegations of improper foreclosure practices by law firms in 2003 but did not act to stop them, a government watchdog says. Similar allegations are the subject ...more »

Class action targets Auction
Gloucester Daily TimesOctober 5, 2011

By Richard Gaines Staff Writer The Ciulla family filed in US Bankruptcy Court Tuesday to protect the mostly theoretical assets left in the Gloucester Seafood Display Auction from liabilities traced to claims in a pending lawsuit. ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Briefs: Jensen Law completes triple crown of soccer
www.kamloopsnews.caOctober 4, 2011

Jensen Law beat Outland Roofing 3-0 on Sunday to win the Kamloops Recreational Soccer League 30-plus playoffs and complete a season triple crown. Along with the playoff title, Jensen also won the President's Cup earlier this season and won the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney Asks Separate Trials For Pair Charged In Pastor's Murder
The ChattanooganOctober 3, 2011

A defense attorney is asking for separate trials in the case in which two people are charged in the slaying of a minister at his Glenwood home last Oct. 10. Attorney Dan Ripper said Antonio Henry, 25, and Brendan Barnes, 16, "are both pointing at each ...more »

IRS Proposes New Regulations for Submitting EITC Claims
ForbesOctober 8, 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 »

Governor acts on wide range of farm-related bills
California Farm BureauOctober 11, 2011

Farm Bureau supported the bill. Some of the governor's vetoes also benefited agriculture and family businesses. He vetoed AB 1155 that would have stated that workers' compensation injury determinations not include considerations of race, religious...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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I lied about being the biological dad
Jamaica ObserverOctober 10, 2011

Yes, you are a father in fact -- if not in law. It is a great pity that you and your family have been suffering for what was clearly a well-intentioned act on your part. But it was not legal as it is an offence to make a false declaration on oath. ...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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Avoid a courtroom drama
Irish TimesOctober 9, 2011

The use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an alternative to litigation in the courts is increasingly popular and can be extremely cost-effective. Research has shown that mediation can, in some instances, see legal costs fall by up to 85 per ...more »

Family Law
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Jerry Brown signs law requiring victim notification in clemency cases
Sacramento BeeOctober 4, 2011

A lawyer for Esteban Núñez has said Marsy's Law, on which the Santos family's lawsuit relies, does not apply to the executive branch of government, only the judicial. Though not affecting Núñez's commutation, Assembly Bill 648, by Assemblyman Marty ...more »

Workers Compensation
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COMMONWEALTH v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD (KOPSIE)
Leagle.comOctober 6, 2011

Pursuant to a Notice of Compensation Payable (NCP) dated May 25, 2005, describing his work injuries as a cervical/abdomen contusion, Claimant began receiving workers' compensation benefits. On June 18, 2008, Employer filed a notice of ability to return ...more »

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