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Baby Moses law rarely utilized
San Angelo Standard TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By AP SAN ANGELO, Texas — DALLAS — The Baby Moses law gives parents of unwanted newborns an option, but only 50 infants have been surrendered in Texas since 2004. Texas Department of Family and Protective Service statistics during that time show more ...more »

Duty of mother of 9-year-old victim is questioned
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 1, 2012

The latter category is generally understood to represent the most dangerous offenders. The law prohibits sexually violent predators, and some other sex offenders who are on parole or probation, from working at or living within 1000 feet of school ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SEC Dismisses Case Against Ex-GC, Leaves Larger Questions Open
Corporate CounselJanuary 27, 2012

But Chief Administrative Law Judge Brenda Murray disagreed and dismissed the case [PDF] in September 2010. Murray said that “almost all the business leaders at FBW either lied to Urban or kept information from him, and people with clear supervisory ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health secretary Sebelius talks to women in Roland Park about medical issues
Baltimore SunJanuary 26, 2012

The event, in the wake of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, was billed by Health and Human Services as the "State of Women's Health," and gave Sebelius a chance, as the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Paula Abdul confirms she is leaving 'The X Factor'
NewsdayJanuary 31, 2012

... both host Steve Jones and judge Nicole Scherzinger will not be returning, as Fox confirmed last night. But now, almost certainly this, too: Paula Abdul is out. and not the world's biggest surprise either. Paula's lacrimose tearful act didn't quite ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Enforcement Advocate Russell Pearce Voted to a Top GOP Post in Arizona
NumbersUSAJanuary 31, 2012

Immigration law falls under federal code, so immigration enforcement falls under the federal government's domain. But several states and local municipalities have taken immigration enforcement into their own hands by passing legislation that prevents ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Villaraigosa, Other Mayors Call on Gov. Brown to Give Cities 'New Economic ...
Patch.comJanuary 18, 2012

... commercial and industrial development that fuels our economy." The California Supreme Court in late December upheld a state law that eliminated the 400 agencies across the state, which use increases in property tax revenue to fund development ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Doctors Strike Illegal - Tucta
AllAfrica.comJanuary 31, 2012

Instead, he explained, such groups were required first to channel their grievances through the Essential Services Committee, which could then refer their case to the Commission for Mediation and Arbitration (CMA) for further determination.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Thomas Segalla to Speak at the 2012 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance ...
MMD Newswire (press release)January 23, 2012

CLM's Members and Fellow include risk and litigation managers, insurance and claims professionals, corporate counsel, outside counsel and third party vendors. The CLM sponsors educational programs, provide resources and fosters communication among all ...more »

Animal Law
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Family fights to restore name in Colorado State Fair goat dispute
Denver PostJanuary 30, 2012

By Sara Burnett The family of two children whose prize-winning goats were disqualified from last year's Colorado State Fair after a feed additive used to promote growth was detected in the animals' systems is pursuing legal action to restore their good ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Servier, NFL, Haig, Zynga: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

27 case addressed 3 telecommunications standards. Apple had no specific comment on the ruling, said Alan Hely, a spokesman for the company, referring to an April statement that it has to defend against Samsung's “blatant copying.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Don Weber wants to change the courthouse climate in Madison County
Madison County RecordJanuary 29, 2012

A candidate for state representative in the Republican primary in the 108th House District, Weber, if elected, will propose legislation to improve the climate in the Madison County courthouse - and make it less inclement for defendants in asbestos...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Live and Let Live (and Study)
Inside Higher EdJanuary 26, 2012

... identify as conservative has stayed relatively stable, those students and the rest of their peers are shifting away from hard-line conservative stances on issues such as same-sex marriage, abortion, marijuana legalization and affirmative action.more »

FAA conference committee to meet Tuesday
The Hill (blog)January 30, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/30/12 03:35 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate will meet Tuesday to try to finalize a compromise leaders in the two chambers reached recently to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Marisa Manley
New York TimesJanuary 25, 2012

We'll help with strategy: do they lease or buy; how do they expand and where do they expand; do they have to dispose of an asset. So that means going out to the marketplace and finding space, or negotiating for purchase, hiring an architect and general ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Meet John Kiriakou
Antiwar.comJanuary 31, 2012

“If the legal fees defending themselves do not lead to bankruptcy, then the media play will ruin their chances of other employment, drag in their spouses and children and punish them quicker and more personally than the courts may or may not ever get ...more »

Litigation
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Popovici Nitu & Asociatii promotes new Litigation & Arbitration partner
Business ReviewJanuary 16, 2012

Ilinca Stefanescu has been promoted to partnership within the Litigation & Arbitration practice at Popovici Nitu & Asociatii law firm. Stefanescu has extensive experience in various types of conciliation, mediation and arbitration proceedings, ...more »

Business Law
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FDA Sights Concerns From 1-800-GET-THIN
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 2, 2012

A series of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against 1-800-GET-THIN, its affiliated surgery centers and doctors who performed the procedures. A class-action suit has also been filed - on behalf of patients - that accuses the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Patience, and then the benefits will come
The New Age OnlineJanuary 24, 2012

The country's military veterans are going to have to exercise patience – something they have been doing for a number of years – a while longer before any benefits start trickling their way in terms of the Military Veterans Act. The act was written into ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Task force arrests Katy man on child pornography charges
Ultimate KatyJanuary 26, 2012

6 at his Katy home, according to the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. ICAC forensic agents allege that when they analyzed computers and external devices found in Hutchins home, they discovered hundreds of videos and digital ...more »

Personal Injury
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Person-injury lawyer Craig Swapp enters plea in abeyance to gun charge
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

By Aaron Falk The charge against a Utah personal-injury attorney who brought a gun to Salt Lake International Airport will be dismissed in six months if he has no other offenses in that time. Craig Swapp, 49, entered a plea in abeyance last week in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Prepared Remarks: Sen. Grassley on the 'Erosion of Checks and Balances'
Main JusticeJanuary 31, 2012

Of course, senators and administration officials can reach different conclusions on the law. Each can have a reasonable point of view. But that is not the case here. If the Office of Legal Counsel is to be the “constitutional conscience of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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2012 Elections
SalonJanuary 25, 2012

If enacted, such a sweeping change in the court system would effectively screw every person who has ever been a victim of bad professional services, be it medical malpractice or crooked stock market brokers, because a “panel of experts” — and not an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ADVICE: Human trafficking law applies to Inland businesses
Press-EnterpriseJanuary 31, 2012

A new state law, which became effective Jan. 1, requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California that generate $100 million or more in annual sales to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Multimedia Games Names Dennis Neilander, Former Chairman of the Nevada Gaming ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 17, 2012

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on Multimedia Games' current expectations and projections, which are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ...more »

Refiners, Union Prepare for Possible Strike
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

By BEN LEFEBVRE HOUSTON—Contract negotiations continued for US refiners and the United Steelworkers union Tuesday, with the possibility of a strike giving gasoline and diesel prices a slight bump. The union has been pushing for stronger safety ...more »

Sports Law
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NFL, NCAA urge states to pass concussion laws
NewsdayJanuary 12, 2012

Football Newsday > Sports > Football NFL, NCAA urge states to pass concussion laws Published: January 12, 2012 12:41 PM By The Associated Press NEW YORK -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and NCAA President Mark Emmert are urging 19 governors to support ...more »

Criminal Defense
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McHenry state's attorney sues those who prosecuted him
Chicago TribuneJanuary 19, 2012

Earlier this month, the McHenry County Board agreed to pay $275000 in legal fees to Bianchi's and Synek's criminal defense attorneys. That agreement included a caveat that Bianchi and Synek could not sue the county itself for prosecuting them. ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #2: Prostitution and Tax Evasion
ForbesJanuary 30, 2012

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns.more »

The United States has a long way to go to eradicate discrimination
K-State CollegianJanuary 17, 2012

It took the efforts of icons such as Martin Luther King Jr., Susan B. Anthony, Malcolm X and each of their thousands of followers to change the discriminatory laws that were woven into the legal system. Although movements for equality did in fact ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Grant, Hinkle and Jacobs Announces New Life Insurance Options for 2012
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 23, 2012

Grant, Hinkle and Jacobs is second generation firm focused on delivering Life Insurance Services, Asset Protection, Wealth Transfer Planning and Business Succession Planning. With their long successful history of delivering services the Partners and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Government loses solar panel appeal
The IndependentJanuary 26, 2012

His decision will cause dismay to the solar industry, which says continuing uncertainty triggered by the legal action has already led to projects being abandoned and jobs lost. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) called for an end to the "fiasco" so ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Huntington attorney dies at 55
West Virginia RecordJanuary 31, 2012

Marc Williams, a partner at Nelson Mullins who was a friend and former co-worker of Stout, said Stout was by far the premier lawyer in the state in the field of wills and estates. "He was also ahead of his time in building a practice through networking ...more »

Family Law
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Family value: Vizards' messy break-up sparks pay row
The LawyerJanuary 30, 2012

A law firm takeover is hard to get right, but a partial one can be hell, as Vizards Wyeth is finding out. Vizards is being pursued by its former family law team, which was left out of its partial takeover by Weightmans, for allegedly failing to pay ...more »

Workers Compensation
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C.C. MYERS, INC. v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD
Leagle.comJanuary 30, 2012

Labor Code section 4553 (hereafter section 4553) provides for a 50 percent increase in the workers' compensation recovery of an injured worker in the event the injury was caused by serious and willful misconduct of the employer.more »

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