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4 hrs ago | The News-Star

Do endorsements help candidates?

Candidates for public office often seek out endorsements from political or civic groups or even individuals viewed as having influence in a community. But whether those endorsements affect voter outcome depends on the race, the candidates involved and how voters were leaning in the first place, observers of politics say.

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Related Topix: The Data Company, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Representative Bill Cassidy, US Politics, Mary Landrieu, US Senate, Democrat, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, Barack Obama

5 hrs ago | Schools Matter

Legal Rights of Linguistic Minorities

"We therefore live in a period where the prevailing Zeitgeist is at least receptive to the notion that we do not have to be identical ethnically or linguistically." - Dr. Fernand de Varennes In an era where right-wing millionaires use their obscene wealth to finance arch-reactionary legal firms like Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher to craft deceptive causes of action to destroy academic freedom , students' access to experienced instructors, and workers' rights in the shape of the horrific Vergara decision , it's somewhat hard to recall that occasionally the law is used to help, rather than harm, the remaining institutions of public education.

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Related Topix: Gibson Dunn and Crutcher, Education Etc.

10 hrs ago | Marine News

Oil Refiner Bound to Goldman, Deutsche Fee Agreements - NY Judge

CVR Energy Inc is bound by agreements to pay Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Deutsche Bank AG more than $36 million in fees and expenses stemming from billionaire investor Carl Icahn's 2012 tender offer for the oil refiner, a New York state judge has ruled. The banks had each sued CVR in 2012, claiming CVR had hired them to provide financial advice on Icahn's ultimately successful tender offer for its stock, and agreed to the fees based on the size of the transaction.

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Related Topix: Goldman Sachs, Financial Services, Investment Services, Banking, Deutsche Bank AG, Sugar Land, TX, Wachtell Lipton Rosen and Katz

Sat Sep 13, 2014

Daily Kos

SPLC: League of the South Forming Paramilitary Unit

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the League of the South is forming a uniformed paramilitary unit. More below the orange puff of burnt gunpowder.

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Related Topix: Southern Poverty Law Center

ABA Journal

Ex-BigLaw partner gets 13 months in tax case, admits he owes $924K to US

A former partner at McDermott Will & Emery in Miami has been sentenced to 13 months in federal prison for failing to file multiple tax returns. Steven Siff, 56, was taken into custody immediately after his sentencing in Fort Lauderdale on Thursday, reports the Sun-Sentinel .

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Related Topix: McDermott Will and Emery, Federal Prisons, Prison

UConn Advance

The Public's Perception of the Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has been called a major health crisis and a national epidemic. Health authorities, including prominent spokespeople like Michelle Obama and the Surgeon General, have sounded the alarm, and the media have responded with a bombardment of stories about the state of the nation's waistline.

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Related Topix: Epidemic, Natural Disasters, Michelle Obama, The Data Company, Kids, Heart Attack, Heart Disease

Marin Independent Journal

Marin Voice: Being good neighbors means working together

Should it require a lawsuit to get Golden Gate National Recreation Area managers to finally sit down to talk about the environment, to be more "neighborly" as a recent IJ editorial suggests? If the Morrison & Foerster law firm had not quickly stepped in pro bono to ask GGNRA to follow the law, contractors would be breaking ground today on land that does not belong to them, but to Green Gulch Zen Center. The property is a conservation zone at a salmon spawning ground.

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Related Topix: US National Parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Morrison and Foerster, Environmental Law, Law, Muir Woods National Monument

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Business Journal

Need venture capital funding? It's time to get personal

Helen Quick, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, left, and Al Berkeley, an angel investor and former chairman of the NASDAQ. Every entrepreneur knows that getting funded is not an easy task.

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Related Topix: Venture Capital, Emerging Technology, Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough

Medical News Today

Improved survival of ovarian cancer patients receiving treatment...

Data from an ovarian cancer registry presented at the European Society for Gynaecological Oncology annual meeting reinforce comprehensive tumour profiling as a 'game changer' for oncologists. The preliminary report from the Caris RegistryTM demonstrated significantly longer post-profiling survival in patients with ovarian, fallopian tube or primary peritoneal cancer who were given treatments that their tumour profile showed were likely to benefit them compared with patients who were treated with drugs that profiling suggested would be less effective.

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Related Topix: Ovarian Cancer, Health, The Data Company, Oncology, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mail & Guardian

'Busy' Mbete drops bribery beef

ANC chairperson and parliamentary speaker Baleka Mbete has withdrawn her complaint to the press ombud that an amaBhungane article in July 2013 about her was defamatory and unfair. The article, published in the Mail & Guardian , described the finding by investigators from a prominent New York law firm that a R26-million share allocation to her constituted bribery by the mining house Gold Fields.

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Related Topix: Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison

ABA Journal

Former White House lawyer gets 15-year sentence for attempted murder; wife tells of past abuse

Former White House lawyer John Michael Farren was sentenced on Thursday to 15 years in prison for the attempted murder of his then-wife, a lawyer at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Judge Richard Comerford of Stamford, Connecticut, sentenced Farren and ordered him held without bond pending appeal, report the Stamford Advocate and the Connecticut Law Tribune .

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Related Topix: Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom, Stamford, CT

JD Journal

Kirkland & Ellis Boosts Global Restructuring Practice in Hong Kong

Summary: Kirkland & Ellis makes two key hires for its Global Restructuring Practice group in Hong Kong, enhancing their market positioning in Asia. K irkland & Ellis announced this week of two key hires in its Global Restructuring Practice in Hong Kong.

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JD Supra

Health Headlines: Also in the News - September 2014

GAO Finds CMS Should Fully Develop Plans for Medicare Advantage Encounter Data and Assess Data Quality Before Use In a report released on September 2, 2014, GAO evaluated CMS's plans for using Medicare Advantage encounter data and its efforts to validate the data's quality. GAO recommends that CMS establish a clearly defined strategy for using MA encounter data and thoroughly assess the completeness and accuracy of the data before using it to risk adjust payments to MA organizations or for other intended purposes.

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Related Topix: King and Spalding

Thu Sep 11, 2014

JD Journal

Hogan Lovells Welcomes Steven Tran to Hong Kong Office

Mr. Tran's practice includes specialization in private equity and mergers and acquisitions in a broad range of sectors. He joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis 's Hong Kong office.

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Related Topix: Kirkland and Ellis

JD Supra

[Video] Davis Polk's Litigation Group Continues to Drive Growth

Thomas Reid, managing partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell, talks with Lee Pacchia about how a busy litigation group and a resurgence in M&A activity has kept his firm on sound financial footing in a challenging legal market. Reid also talks about some of practical and cultural changes he sees taking place in the financial industry after the credit crisis.

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Related Topix: Davis Polk and Wardwell

JD Supra

[Video] Hedge Funds Word of the Day - 10b5-1 Plan

Latham & Watkins partner Stephen Wink explains the Hedge Funds term 10b5-1 Plan, a plan used by company insiders to sell shares in the company without running afoul of restrictions on insider trading. For additional definitions of hedge fund slang and terminology, visit http://www.lw.com/bookofjargon-apps/boj-hedgefunds.

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Related Topix: Latham & Watkins, Latham and Watkins

Reuters

Dow Chemical cannot get $1 bln deductions on sham partnerships

Dow Chemical Co is not entitled to more than $1 billion of tax deductions based on a decade of transactions with "sham" partnerships that Goldman Sachs Group Inc and the law firm King & Spalding promoted, a federal appeals court decided on Wednesday. A unanimous three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals let stand a lower court ruling that Dow entered the two Chemtech partnerships that ran from 1993 to 2003 mainly to avoid taxes, and had no legitimate business purpose for them.

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Related Topix: Rubber-Plastics, Manufacturing, Dow Chemical, Chemicals, Goldman Sachs, Financial Services, Investment Services, King and Spalding, US News, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

New York Attorney Malpractice Blog

Champerty and Judiciary Law 487

Champerty is not a subject that generates wide discussion. You won't see a blog about it on Gawker.

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Related Topix: Greenberg Traurig, New York County, NY

Wed Sep 10, 2014

SFGate

Richard Odgers, pioneer of diversity, gun control advocate, dies

Richard Odgers, a veteran business lawyer and legal activist who co-founded attorneys' organizations aimed at promoting minorities in the profession and curbing gun violence, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 77. Mr. Odgers of Mill Valley spent most of his 52-year legal career in corporate litigation.

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Related Topix: Mill Valley, CA, San Francisco County, CA, San Francisco, CA, Pillsbury Winthrop

WSFA-TV Montgomery

Correction: Detroit-Bankruptcy story

In a story Sept. 9 about a tentative agreement reached between Detroit and major creditor Syncora in its bankruptcy trial, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Steven Schlein is a spokesman for Syncora.

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Related Topix: Economics News, Bankruptcy, Kirkland and Ellis

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