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A Patent for Software
IPWatchdog.comNovember 1, 2011

The “uniqueness” requirement mentioned is similar to the requirements for all inventions to be patented and is grounded into the patent laws by the novelty and non-obviousness requirements. The “tied to a machine” requirement comes to us thanks to the ...more »

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against HCA ...
Bradenton HeraldNovember 1, 2011

Specifically, the Complaint alleges that the Registration Statement and Prospectus failed to disclose that: (a) the Company improperly accounted for its prior business combinations in violation of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, ...more »

Real Estate Law News and Stories

Building Codes
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DBSI trustee sues Foley & Lardner for cheating investors
Thomson Reuters News & InsightNovember 3, 2011

Nov 2 (Reuters) - The trustee for a bankrupt real-estate investment company has sued Foley & Lardner, claiming that the law firm helped orchestrate a Ponzi scheme that cheated investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars. Filed Monday in Delaware ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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Fresno Co. to take new look at its pot law
Fresno BeeNovember 15, 2011

County supervisors wanted to take a comprehensive approach to controlling the burgeoning industry. The law they approved prohibits all storefront sales and confines cultivation of the drug to indoor sites at a few industrial areas along Highway 99. ...more »

Commercial Real Estate
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerNovember 15, 2011

Tsang, based in New York, was last at Kaye Scholer, though she most recently took time off from legal practice. She will work on commercial real estate finance transactions involving mortgage securitization programs, mezzanine financing, ...more »

Mechanic's Liens
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Carlsbad Attorney Launches Informational Web Site
Send2Press Newswire (press release)November 16, 2011

The new articles deal with the following: Advanced Planning for Divorce, Perils of Small Business Incorporation, Complex Construction Defect Litigation, Enforcing a Judgment, Mechanic's Lien Fundamentals, Enforcing and Defending Mechanics Liens, ...more »

30-year mortgage rates fall to 4.2 percent
Christian Science MonitorNovember 3, 2011

30-year mortgage rates fell to 4.2 percent since last week. 30-year mortgage rates have been in decline for most of this year. By SoldAtTheTop, Guest blogger / November 3, 2011 This chart shows the average interest for 30-year mortgage rates and 15-yer ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Farm Bureau sues over using farm land for solar farm
Central Valley Business TimesNovember 1, 2011

Williamson Act contracts include an agreement from landowners to maintain their property in agricultural use for 10 years. In return, landowners receive a property tax assessment based on the agricultural value of the property rather than on its ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Northern Dynasty CEO blasts anti-Pebble measure
Victoria AdvocateNovember 4, 2011

The state supported Pebble Limited Partnership, the group promoting the mine project, in its losing effort to keep the initiative off the Oct. 4 ballot, claiming the measure would enact an ordinance that's unenforceable as a matter of law. ...more »

Construction Litigation
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A family's simple plea: Can this fugitive be found? Across the border beyond ...
Chicago TribuneNovember 3, 2011

Jorge Coronel has not been definitively sighted near his central Mexican birthplace, and US and Mexican law enforcement officials apparently stopped hunting him years ago. Salvador Frutis, an agent with the Michoacan state attorney general's office in ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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New law creates real estate market in Cuba
CNNNovember 3, 2011

(CNN) -- In a move that could reshape the Cuban economy, the government on Thursday announced a new law that allows for the sale of real estate. The National Assembly in August approved a plan to permit the sale of real estate, ...more »

Eminent Domain
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One bill in the pipeline
Omaha World-HeraldNovember 2, 2011

TransCanada officials have denied that, saying they are required by law to inform landowners that, as a utility, they have the right to use eminent domain. This summer, the company said it would pursue any court action at this time. ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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BP Stays Positive as Oil Deal Fails
Wall Street JournalNovember 6, 2011

$700 million to settle claims between the two companies and to terminate what it called legacy restrictive covenants among BP, Pan American Energy and Bridas Corp. These allowed Pan American Energy to participate in any of BP's activities in the ...more »

Foreclosure
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Review: 'Tower Heist' A Crime
WESH OrlandoNovember 4, 2011

There's the Russian sugar daddy with the young blonde on his arm, the old woman who lives alone with just her sweater-clad Yorkie to keep her company and a laid-off Merrill Lynch worker who is seriously depressed as he faces foreclosure on his ...more »

Title Litigation
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Pow! Ousted 'Spidey' Director Files Copyright Lawsuit
Wall Street Journal (blog)November 9, 2011

It was inevitable that the $75 million Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” would generate litigation. Law Blog thought (hoped) it would look something like this. But we've got something even better: a copyright lawsuit by ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II Appoints American Healthcare Investors and ...
PR Newswire (press release)November 9, 2011

9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The independent members of the board of directors of Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II, Inc. today announced that they have elected to transition the existing advisory and dealer-manager arrangements from Grubb & Ellis Company ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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New zoning rules in South Salt Lake
ABC 4November 3, 2011

The city council passed new zoning rules to do just that, but they are generating mixed feelings. People interested in opening a business like a pawn shop or tattoo parlor would all be affected. The council voted to limit the number of permits for ...more »

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