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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Scientology dispute hits Bexar courts
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

But its history is ridden with conflict and litigation, and it wasn't until 1993, that the IRS recognized it as a tax-exempt church. In the courtroom Friday was Mark Rathbun, another former high church official, who left in 2005.more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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What you can — and can't — ask in a job interview
Kitsap Peninsula Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Don't tailor your questions by gender, race, religion, etc. Unless it is a bona fide occupational qualification, you cannot ask questions regarding race, religion, creed, color or national origin. However, you could ask what languages they speak or ...more »

Native Americans
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Harvard Targeted in US Asian-American Discrimination Probe
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

“Asian-American students suffer discrimination at the hands of the University of Texas at Austin,” the Asian-American Legal Foundation said in a friend-of-the-court brief for the plaintiff. While the university justifies its preference for Hispanic ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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New Hampshire Republicans Fight Over How To Take Right To Marry Away From Gays
TPMMuckrakerFebruary 2, 2012

The bill also strips out anti-discrimination laws that would allow gay couples to bring legal action again people who don't recognize their civil unions. Rep. Lucy Weber (D) called it “the most mean-minded piece of legislation to come before me since I ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti Add Two to Legal Team
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Mr. Arnold practices general litigation, including commercial and construction disputes as well as municipal matters and eminent domain proceedings. His experience in construction litigation has involved representing owners, general contractors, ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Sexual harassment claim in slave case
Stuff.co.nzFebruary 2, 2012

'SLAVES': Sandeep Bhardwaj, Devanshu Taneja and Manish Sharma claim they have been exploited by their Auckland employer. REPRESENTATION: Max Whitehead is assisting eight liquor store assistants in taking employment action against a man who hired them ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Commentary: More information needed before no-fault is changed
The Detroit NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Trouble is, there's no way to determine how they came up with that figure because the MCCA says it's exempt from the state's Freedom of Information Act, which requires public bodies to reveal how taxpayer funds are spent.more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Meth bust in Stillwater is largest in Oklahoma history
Daily O'CollegianFebruary 3, 2012

Payne County sheriff's deputies, along with Stillwater police officers and investigators with the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics, seized the labs Tuesday after executing a search warrant at a house on the 6200 block of South Perkins Road, Woodward said.more »

Freedom Of Press
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'GasLand' Director Josh Fox Released After DC Arrest; Feb. 15 Court Date Set
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

The First Amendment to the Constitution states explicitly 'Congress shall make no law...that infringes on the Freedom of the Press.' Which means that no subcommittee rule or regulation should prohibit a respectful journalist or citizen from recording a ...more »

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