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Hedge funds crash, Apple becomes uncool in 2011

There is an old joke that economists only make predictions so that the weather guys have someone to laugh at. In much the same spirit, once a year this column also makes some predictions — but only so the economists have something to giggle over.

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WikiLeaks founder tests limits of press

For better and for worse, Julian Assange pushes limits. In his work life and his sex life, he stands at the border dividing legal conduct from criminality, though it’s not clear which side of that border he occupies.

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When Yogi comes calling, don’t pick a fight

Just when you realize all the late afternoon naps in the world are not compelling enough to make you eat another piece of turkey this holiday season, I have something that will make you sleep easier at night — thereby making the required afternoon nap superfluous.

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Fee-dispute regs do more harm

Lawyers nationwide increasingly face state and federal government actions to implement a whole new regulatory structure aimed at what has become a growing problem: companies that charge consumers an upfront fee to modify the terms of a mortgage or deed of trust they can no longer afford, then either fail to deliver results or actually abscond with the fee itself.

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Border patrol’s scope not unlimited

Sometimes doing right causes a person a heap of harm, courtesy of the government. To compound the harm, the person may be without legal redress.

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Ernst & Young is nuts to say Lehman was clean

Two weeks before New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s office sued Ernst & Young, a prominent U.S. consulting firm issued a press release touting its ability to help others manage the risk of fraud.

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Five tips for successful holiday networking

Holiday parties are plentiful for lawyers, even if some have been scaled back to reflect challenging economic times. Whether you are invited to your own firm’s glittering bash, a client’s holiday open house or a referral source’s holiday breakfast, take a few minutes to think about how to turn holiday cheer into new business.

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