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Law Office Of Brodsky & Smith To Probe Potential Claims Against Parlux Directors
RTT NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Parlux for not acting in Parlux shareholders' best interests in connection with the sale. by RTT Staff Writer.more »

San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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Hungary's New Constitution Sparks Protest by Opposition
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

5 and Dec. 12 and has a 2.5 percentage point margin of error. The next parliamentary election is scheduled for 2014. Thousands demonstrated last year at various rallies against the new constitution, media law and the scrapping of early retirement benefits.more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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'Move to Amend' forum planned
Morning StarJanuary 2, 2012

By KRISTINE MORRIS David Cobb, national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a national grassroots movement dedicated to abolishing “corporate personhood” and “money as speech,” will be the speaker at Traverse City's Milliken Auditorium on Jan. 11. The free...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Belle Meade Country Club may offer membership to first female
The TennesseanJanuary 11, 2012

Club leadership is taking steps to respond to a federal judicial panel's recent conclusion that Belle Meade engages in invidious race and gender discrimination. The club wants to prevent an exodus of members, particularly judges and lawyers, ...more »

Native Americans
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Arts 2012 Preview: Dig right in to new exhibits
MetroWest Daily NewsJanuary 1, 2012

From the 1940s through the 1970s, Withers documented African American life in the South with a particular interest in the Civil Rights movement, Negro baseball leagues and blues and rock musicians of all races. Accompanying the exhibit will be ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Changes to anti-discrimination bill violate Chile's constitution
Santiago TimesJanuary 11, 2012

Thirty lawmakers presented a petition on Tuesday at the Chamber of Deputies in Valparaíso to object to the Constitutional Tribunal's decision to remove issues of gender equality and sexual orientation from the nation's anti-discrimination bill. ...more »

Eminent Domain
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Ind. bill would make land-acquisition tougher for universities seeking
Chicago TribuneJanuary 10, 2012

Doug Eckerty of Yorktown says he wants to correct an "error" in the state's current eminent domain law. His bill would require public universities using eminent domain to acquire property that includes an operating business to pay the business owner ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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All Ryan, all the time ...
The Sheboygan PressJanuary 1, 2012

Payne settles Ryan sexual harassment claim for $310K A long-running sexual harassment claim alleging Ryan drunkenly tried to kiss and proposition the city's former human resources director was abruptly settled this summer after Ryan's drinking binge in ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Supreme Court to Hear Environmental Case From Idaho
Fox NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Six months later, the EPA sent the order that triggered the court case. Mike Sackett says someone must have tipped off the EPA to the work. But the NRDC has produced documents that suggest the Sacketts have left out important parts of the story. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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Express papers used investigator five years after sentencing
The GuardianJanuary 12, 2012

Search agents are used for legitimate purposes to trace certain information about people, such as addresses and telephone numbers. But their use became controversial after it emerged some have been engaged in potentially illegal activity – obtaining ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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RAYMOND LOUW: Judicial officers cannot take over role of press ombudsman
Business DayJanuary 5, 2012

Though Trengove has misdirected himself in putting forward his proposal, he is to be praised for urging a review of the law of defamation to remove claims for damages. He said these claims should be replaced by a court declarator that the story was ...more »


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