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Federal judges troubled, baffled with Texas redistricting
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

Also ruled that the Legislature's maps could not be used without prior approval by Justice Department or US District Court in the District of Columbia under the Voting Rights Act. Texas could still appeal any new maps drawn by the federal courts to the ...more »

Feinstein begins to replenish campaign account
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Durkee is facing a federal mail-fraud charge. Feinstein, who is a heavy favorite to win her fourth full term in the Senate, quickly replenished her campaign, loaning it $5 million. In all, her campaign has about $6.6 million in the bank, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Can President Obama ignore fraud evidence at Georgia birther eligibility hearing?
The International News MagazineFebruary 3, 2012

The hearing was before Judge Michael Malihi of the Georgia state Office of State Administrative Hearings. In Georgia, a state law requires “every candidate for federal” office who is certified by the state executive committees of a political party or ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Clubhouse Lawyer: Jones Day Partner to Lead US Golf Assocation
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

In law and in golf, Glen Nager has had an exceptional mentor. The Jones Day litigation partner clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1983. And when Nager started hitting the links some years later, the pair played several rounds ...more »

Immigration Law
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TN lawmaker puts immigration bill on hold
The TennesseanFebruary 2, 2012

A state House bill that would allow law enforcement to check someone's immigration status if pulled over or detained has been put on hold for the moment. The bill, called the Lawful Immigration Enforcement Act, was put behind the budget by a House ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Growth management can stifle a city's economy
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Kennewick's mayor says the city has lost out on three opportunities to bring businesses to the area because it lacks developed industrial land. Mayor Steve Young is hoping the proposed bill will change that, helping to make land in south Kennewick ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New mediation and dispute resolution service launched
Post OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Amy Ellis Expedite Resolution's said that its central focus is to offer mediation and dispute resolution as a viable route to reduce life cycles of claims, and early closure, with a corresponding reduction in costs both direct and indirect.more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Animal Law
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Pet lemon law: Help when buying a pet
WJXT JacksonvilleFebruary 14, 2012

If you're thinking about buying a pet, you may not realize that as a consumer you have certain rights under Florida's pet lemon law. The seller must have the animal checked out by a veterinarian no more than 30 days before selling the animal to you.more »

Intellectual Property
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Xebec Adsorption Inc. Announces Anticipated Strategic Intellectual Property... (press release)February 3, 2012

... of intent (LOI) with a multinational company exploring strategic alternatives pertaining to the monetization of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, including the patents and patent applications relating to its gas separation technology.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Exposure Led to the Death of a Woman in England (blog)February 1, 2012

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause also cause other deadly diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos lung cancer. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and has since developed mesothelioma, contact Sokolove Law to receive a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disabled whites to be excluded from BBBEE - Solidarity
PoliticswebFebruary 7, 2012

White people with disabilities will be completely kicked out of affirmative action processes, trade union Solidarity said today. According to Solidarity, the latest proposed amendments to the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BBBEE Act) will ...more »

Aviation: Malev ceases operations
ChiefOfficers.NetFebruary 6, 2012

Hungary's national carrier, Malev, has ceased operations without warning, leaving more than 7000 passengers stranded and thousands of ticket holders unable to travel. Malev's management says the decision was made when it became clear that the airline ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

The parties entered into a lease for the rental of commercial space which provided that plaintiff tenant had inspected the premises, was taking it "as is," and would be undertaking construction work to prepare for its initial occupancy.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hope Withers for February Market Breakout
TheStreet.comFebruary 1, 2012

According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, correlation amongst Russell 2000 stocks has dropped to 20% from 74% last September. In other words, if there's room to distinguish bad and good apples, there's room for certain stocks or sectors to move ...more »

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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

He is licensed as a patent attorney before the US Patent & Trademark Office, and has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1989 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Mr. Warden has arbitrated cases under the rules of the ICC International ...more »

Business Law
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DOT Advertising Rule Should Be Overturned
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 1, 2012

Now a report from The Hill indicates Republican lawmakers are trying to overturn the truth in advertising law. This is one area where the government could actually get it right. As The Hill report indicates, government taxes and fees can add more than ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Partnership benefits New Hampshire Guard, El Salvador
DVIDSFebruary 3, 2012

Reddel met with Salvadoran military officials as part of the State Partnership Program, which builds relationships between the National Guard in the states and territories and partnered nations worldwide. New Hampshire is in its 12th year of partnering ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Family man faces child porn charges
KPRC HoustonFebruary 10, 2012

Investigators with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said they tracked him down through his computer's IP address. They said Belcheff would even carry around a thumb drive with child porn on it so he could access the images ...more »

Personal Injury
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Colorado Law Firm Introduces the Services of Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer and ...
SBWire (press release)February 23, 2012

McDowell Laybourne & Rodemer, a well-known law firm in Colorado, announces the introduction of result- oriented services of Soft Tissue Injury Lawyer and Medical Malpractice Attorneys. Medical malpractices and soft tissue injuries make for serious ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Jake Curtis and Jason Kohout: Voter ID law is good for democracy
La Crosse TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

Wisconsin's Voter Photo ID law is clearly constitutional under the federal Constitution (a fact opponents tacitly acknowledge by bringing suit in Wisconsin court). therefore robs citizens of their fundamental Constitutional right to democratic ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Emotional Distress Enough for Medical Malpractice Suit, Says PA Supreme Court
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

She filed a suit against the radiologist, the hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania, which was immediately thrown out of trial court in its early stages because of lack of legal precedent. Toney appealed and the appellate court said she had a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Litigious Indian customers
LivemintFebruary 2, 2012

The national consumer redressal department in the consumer affairs ministry has set up a three-tier mechanism of consumer courts at the national, state and district levels. Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986, a person can take recourse at any of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Georgia's highest court to decide if neighborhood is responsible for fatal ...
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 7, 2012

By Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The Georgia Supreme Court is grappling with the question of whether a posh real-estate development is to blame for an alligator mauling an 83-year-old visitor to death. The seven justices on the state's highest court heard ...more »

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Jon L. Swergold Has Been Elected to the Board of ...
Business Wire (press release)February 9, 2012

As a commercial litigator, Jon has represented local, national and international clients in numerous jury and non-jury trials. Jon routinely litigates partnership and shareholder disputes, business fraud, banking disputes, bankruptcy matters, ...more »

Sports Law
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Club Development Seminar To Take Place In Limerick
The Clare HeraldFebruary 6, 2012

This seminar will feature leading speakers on issues such as Sport and the Law, Club Governance and Best Practice in Coaching, to help clubs across Limerick City and County to tackle the principal problems they face and to ensure they are well ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Thieves preying on tax returns, IRS says
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

Besides the IRS, the Justice Department's Tax Division, the Postal Service and local US attorney's offices were involved after investigations that lasted months and, in some cases, years. IRS officials say the use of stolen identities to fraudulently ...more »

End in sight for workplace age discrimination
Australian Ageing AgendaFebruary 2, 2012

Ms Ryan, who was a pioneer of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986, said the older worker debates reminded her of the debates around employment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Blumenthal says LI Sound should be marine refuge
TheDay.comFebruary 11, 2012

The Sound needs the additional protection that sanctuary status would afford to preserve and enhance its value as an environmental and economic asset to New York, Connecticut and the whole nation, Blumenthal said. It would help prevent industrial ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian countries with few alternative sources of energy, government officials said on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the lawyer
Victorville Daily PressFebruary 19, 2012

Greg Zumbrunn is a Victorville-based attorney specializing in family law, probate, trial litigation and wills and trusts. Q: I have a case where I need to speak with a mediator and I was told all the information that I told her would be confidential.more »

Family Law
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Vance shooting victim's family speaks out
The Tand D.comFebruary 1, 2012

Murder suspect Demetrice Dwight Perry is escorted out of the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Law Enforcement Complex courtroom by Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office Investigator Riley Godwin following Tuesday's arraignment. Demetrius Perry faces charges of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »


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