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Ecopetrol S.A. Announces Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting
Sacramento BeeOctober 1, 2011

In all events, shareholders' representation shall be subject to the rules set forth under Colombian Corporate Law and Securities Regulations, concerning illegal, unauthorized and unsafe practices by the issuers of securities. ...more »

Health Department Says Cause of Elyria Players' Illness 'Unknown'
Cleveland News - Fox 8October 1, 2011

The food borne illness that sickened dozens of players on the Elyria High School football team earlier this month remains a mystery. The Elyria City Health District and the Ohio Department of Health announced ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hate group extremists are leading anti-gay amendment push
QNotesOctober 1, 2011

They're hasty consideration of the anti-LGBT constitutional amendment circumvented a true public hearing on the bill and betrayed Republicans' utter disrespect for their hallowed chambers, the law and the people of this great state. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Why is the health and social care bill causing so much pain?
The GuardianOctober 6, 2011

It was conceived by the social reformer William Beveridge, who envisaged a model of healthcare provided and financed by the government through tax payments. In England you don't usually get a doctor's bill and the NHS is cheap with low costs per capita ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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state auditor State auditor investigates
Bixby BulletinOctober 4, 2011

The Legislature has since amended the law to shift administration of the program to the State Department of Education, rather than the school districts. Pruitt's letter asks Jones' office to audit the schools that initially did not comply with the law...more »

Immigration Law
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SCOTUS Cases Could Affect Presidential Race
NPROctober 3, 2011

One federal public court has ruled one way, saying the law is constitutional. The other has said that it's unconstitutional. It's an issue that the Supreme Court has got to resolve. So I think the thought will be: We might as well do it now. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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WORKPLACE: Warehouse operators face labor law heat
Press-EnterpriseOctober 14, 2011

Investigators from the state Department of Industrial Relations Wednesday inspected two distribution buildings run by Schneider Logistics, one of the country's largest shipping and warehousing firms. The state issued a $499000 fine against Impact ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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TELL US: Dispute sees no resolution
Leader NewsOctober 4, 2011

TELL US: Has the dispute affected you? Let us know in the comments below But Australia Post has rejected the claims and said most of its workers found the new system straightforward. The survey of 32 workers was the latest development in a growing ...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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Irish Radio Airs Documentary of Man Killed by Pit Bulls
Opposing ViewsOctober 4, 2011

By May, the Teohs -- who would not be interviewed for the documentary -- had teamed up with an animal rights attorney and activists to "save" their four pit bulls from destruction. As stated in the radio piece, the Teohs had originally agreed to put ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New BNA Webinar Helps Companies Identify and Tackle Online Product Counterfeiting
MarketWatch (press release)October 4, 2011

How can corporate counsel advise clients in such a fast-moving environment? Two leading legal specialists will share their experience in trademark and brand protection in a new webinar, Tackling Online Product Counterfeiting, from BNA Business & Legal. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ROBERTSON v. DOUG ASHY BUILDING MATERIALS, INC.
Leagle.comOctober 5, 2011

... to recover damages allegedly resulting from Harris' exposure to asbestos-containing products while working as a sheetrock installer, which plaintiffs claimed caused Harris' fatal disease. Three of the defendants in the litigation are Union Carbide, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High Court May Enter 2012 Election With Politicized Docket
BusinessWeekOctober 3, 2011

... and nervousness about the UT case,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law in College Park. The broadcasting case, likely to be argued in January, is perhaps the most significant of the court's business cases. ...more »

Wichita needs a world-class aviation museum
Kansas.comOctober 2, 2011

Over the past 20 years, Kansas Aviation Museum staff, board members and volunteers have worked tirelessly to ensure the preservation of Kansas and Wichita aviation heritage. They've spent huge amounts of time, money and energy to restore ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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You do not owe money when your signature is forged
Victoria AdvocateOctober 22, 2011

I just rented an apartment and discovered that the tenant above me practices the drums at night. I also learned that this was the reason the former tenant move out. Do I have any legal rights? First, under the law, the landlord owes you a duty to allow ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Profit before distributions: $977538
Asheville Citizen-TimesOctober 2, 2011

ASHEVILLE — Under questioning from a state Alcohol Law Enforcement agent, Asheville ABC Board General Manager Curtis Canty made a prophetic comment five months ago. “The system ejects people that don't follow the rules,” Canty said, defending himself ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation attorney pockets Lafayette 5BD for $3.2M
BlockshopperOctober 1, 2011

Mr. Brown is a managing partner in the law firm of Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe LLP. He works in the firm's litigation division and focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, securities litigation and complex business litigation. ...more »

Business 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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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To help US, veteran benefits should be cut, vet says
Baltimore Sun (blog)October 7, 2011

Here's one from Paul Belz, an Army reservist and insurance agent who is surprised that his military Tricare health plan requires no premium contribution from him. He wrote to the magazine of the Military Officers Association of America, he says, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Are you being watched?
Deccan ChronicleOctober 4, 2011

“Inadvertent or deliberate, sneaking into someone's computer and looking into their browsing history is an offence under cyber crime laws,” points out Internet security expert MH Noble of Zoom Technologies. The Additional Superintendent of Police ...more »

Personal Injury
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Labour injury lawyers fee anger
The Press AssociationOctober 17, 2011

The Labour Party has been accused of "filling its coffers" with referral fees for personal injury lawyers who are said to force up the cost of car insurance. The party receives a fee of £250 plus VAT every time it refers a supporter seeking accident ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Nobel in Medicine
Inside Higher EdOctober 3, 2011

A proposal to create a center on constitutional law at North Carolina Central University has been withdrawn amid criticism of the source of funds, The News & Observer of Raleigh reported. The money would have come from the John William Pope Foundation, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Chicago Medical Malpractice Attorney Says Better-Informed Decisions Will ...
PR Web (press release)October 3, 2011

... Chicago medical malpractice attorney Patrick A. Salvi said today. “This will be valuable new tool for the public to use in their search for qualified physicians,” said Salvi, whose Chicago medical malpractice law firm, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Impact of the 'Say-on-Pay' Vote on the CEO Evaluation Process
BNAOctober 17, 2011

Ms. Lochmann practices general corporate and business law, with an emphasis in securities law, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Michael Schultz is an associate in Foley & Lardner LLP's Boston office, and is a member of the firm's ...more »

Real Estate Law
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LegalZoom Files Lawsuit to Increase Affordable Legal Access for North Carolina ...
MarketWatch (press release)October 3, 2011

In December 14, 2001 and July 11, 2002 letters, the United States Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission jointly urged the Bar to reconsider its opinions requiring lawyers to be physically present during real estate closings and ...more »

Mexico City mulls short-term marriages
AHN | All Headline NewsOctober 3, 2011

Besides ending marriages after the contract lapses, the proposed law includes provisions on how property would be divided and custody of the children. Mexico City could soon issue short-term marriage licenses that would be valid for two years only. ...more »

Sports Law
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Ghana GOC Congress: Baba & Appiah Initiate “Operation Elimination”
GhanaWebOctober 3, 2011

The removal of the suspension was in response to Parliament modifying the existing sports law. Given the calm on the airwaves and in the print media since the announcement, Ghanaians can be forgiven for expecting peace and progress on the sports ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal Defense Attorney Venus Niner Moves to New Office
PR.com (press release)October 3, 2011

Winner of Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals Cases Moves to New Office in Franklin, TN. Franklin, TN, October 03, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Franklin defense criminal attorney Venus Niner – winner of Tennessee Supreme Court and Court of ...more »

USDOJ: Niagara Falls, New York, Financial Advisor Sentenced to Prison for ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)October 4, 2011

According to the plea agreement, Muto also counseled clients to submit frivolous correspondence to the IRS in response to audit notices as a way to intimidate IRS revenue agents and thwart IRS audits of the trusts he was promoting. ...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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"Asset Protection" With Attorney Brendan F. Daly at Canton Public Library
Hartford CourantOctober 5, 2011

Learn all about Medicaid and asset protection for long term care. Attorney Daly will provide examples of how single individuals and married couples can qualify for Medicaid benefits while keeping their assets. As long as you know the rules and plan ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solaria Considers Tax Break in California Expansion
BusinessWeekOctober 1, 2011

Under a 2010 law, the state Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority can exempt sales taxes on equipment, the building or assembly of alternative-energy manufacturing and landfill-gas plants. The authority plans to vote on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Barnes Foundation's disputed relocation is upheld by judge
Los Angeles TimesOctober 6, 2011

Judge Stanley Ott of Montgomery County Orphans Court (the equivalent of a probate division judge in California's Superior Courts) ruled Thursday that there's no reason to revisit his 2004 decision allowing the Barnes Foundation to abrogate the will of ...more »

Family Law
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Ask Amy: Family loans create disclosure questions
Washington PostOctober 8, 2011

This pulls from investments we have made to fund our retirement (we are in our 60s). Furthermore, my brother-in-law's wife does not know about these loans. She retired about five years ago but took a full-time job to support the family. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Call for a fair go for older workers
Sydney Morning HeraldOctober 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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