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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Inkster Judge Sylvia James blames court official for using her name
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The job offer made to Kevin Dokes, the former court officer, violated a Michigan Supreme Court's Administrative Order, which states that a chief judge cannot enter into a multi-year contract without permission from the court's funding such as a city ...more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal long-term care program in health care law
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to repeal a financially troubled part of the 2010 health care law that was designed to provide affordable long-term care insurance. The House vote comes months after the Obama administration ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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On the Move
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

Jones joined the firm in 2004, and his practice areas include business law, energy, environmental law, governmental law and mergers and acquisitions. Power joined the firm in 2006, and his practice areas include commercial law, employment law, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ... (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.more »

Industrial Development Law
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SAUK RAPIDS — Sauk Rapids officials are exploring tax abatement to help pay ...
St. Cloud TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Unlike tax-increment financing, it requires that the city, county and school district approve abating the property taxes from the jurisdiction. State law allows abatement for numerous public benefits including economic development and construction of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Senior US diplomat: Improved inter-Korean ties crucial for resolution of ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — In a message aimed at both Koreas, a senior US diplomat said Wednesday that Washington is open to settling the North Korean nuclear standoff through diplomacy, but only if Pyongyang improves ties with archrival South Korea.more »

Insurance Litigation
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As an Increasing Target for Claims, Nonprofits Seek More D&O Coverage
PropertyCasualty360February 2, 2012

By Chad Hemenway, Receiving court documents over a lawsuit related to one's involvement in a nonprofit organization is not. The fact is, a nonprofit organization and its directors and officers face many of the same risks as a ...more »

Animal Law
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Two animal-rights activists arrested at protest
Gainesville SunFebruary 7, 2012

By Nathan Crabbe Two animal-rights activists were arrested on Saturday at a protest of the University of Florida's use of primates in research. Camille Marino and Lisa Grossman, part of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, were protesting ...more »

Intellectual Property
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2011 Intellectual Property Year in Review and Outlook for 2012 - Part II ...
Legal Talk NetworkFebruary 3, 2012

Attorney Peter Lando, host of IP Counsel and partner at the firm of Lando & Anastasi, LLP, welcomes John Welch, Of Counsel with Lando & Anastasi, to discuss important trademark cases and issues of 2011 that may continue well into the new year.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Attorney General, Saul Froomkin, joins ISIS Law
Bermuda SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” She said Mr Froomkin is one of the most experienced and well-respected lawyers in Bermuda. After practising law in Manitoba for eight years, he spent nine years in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: Is hiring the less qualified justifiable?
BrunswickanFebruary 7, 2012

If Barack Obama had made his way to the top of the political world in the United States because of affirmative action his achievements would not have been looked up as highly as they have been. Representation of women and minorities in the workplace is ...more »

Ministry shielding officers in Airbus scam?
IBNLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has doggedly refused to grant sanction to the CBI to prosecute six people who were responsible for signing a deal with Airbus to procure 43 aircraft for Air India (AI) and cause a loss to the exchequer.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SGA pushes for safer housing laws
The Daily AthenaeumFebruary 7, 2012

The West Virginia University Student Government Association is pushing for a statewide bill to be passed that would protect tenants who face issues with mold growing in their homes. There is currently no legislation that regulates what rights tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Text of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

Through tough new ethics laws, campaign finance reform, and establishing the ability to recall a corrupt governor, we have made Illinois a more ethical state. But we didn't stop there. By legalizing civil unions, by raising the standards of nursing ...more »

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On the move
Sacramento BeeFebruary 6, 2012

Matt Young has joined the Law Offices of Alan Laskin in Sacramento as an associate attorney. Central Valley Community Bank has hired Steve Romeo as vice president, commercial banking officer for its Sacramento office. The Sacramento law firm of ...more »

Business Law
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Prepaid phone card marketers to pay 2.32 million over false claims about total ... (blog)February 1, 2012

The settlement does not constitute an admission by the defendant that the law was violated. Last May, the FTC filed a complaint in US District Court in New Jersey, charging that the defendants targeted immigrants using calling cards such as Africa ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Detective helps catch Internet sex predator
Milford MirrorFebruary 2, 2012

A Milford police officer helped nab a Plainville man who was allegedly using the Internet to lure minors into sexual acts. Last June, a Milford detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Against Children Taskforce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Utah Supreme Court Rules Unborn Child is a Minor Child per Legislation Says ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 6, 2012

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2012 – Legally, there has been a question whether or not unborn children are considered minor children for the purposes of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Recently, the Utah Supreme Court handed down a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Michigan Supreme Court disappoints on manager law
Livingston DailyFebruary 1, 2012

Justice Stephen Markman, a Republican on the so-called nonpartisan bench, wants an immediate decision on whether the law passes constitutional muster. The majority of his high-court brethren, however, seem content to let the system run its course ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sweeping anti-abortion bills facing hurdles
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 16, 2012

The measure is being pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, the influential pro-life group that has successfully gotten other broad regulations passed into law over the past several years. Deborah Sheasby, CAP legal counsel, said that the bill was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 – This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Real Estate Law
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court to hear arguments on trademark suit involving Univ. of Alabama ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the trademark infringement case between sports artist Daniel Moore and the University of Alabama, whose football program is portrayed in a number of his works. They present their cases to the US 11th ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney appointed for Joseph Gentz in Jane Bashara case
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

By Joe Swickard Detroit defense attorney Susan Reed has been appointed to represent Joseph Gentz, who has told investigators he killed Jane Bashara. Reed, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was named by Presiding Judge ...more »

Ark. city asking residents to OK tax payment plan
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 19, 2012

"They never told us they would not file liens," City Attorney Mike Bearden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) of the IRS. "But we were under the impression liens would not be filed until the election was over.more »

Worker Sues for Military Service Discrimination; Can a Supervisor Be Held ...
HR.BLR.comFebruary 2, 2012

The court turned to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employment discrimination statute that contains similar language and embodies similar goals./1 It noted that two California Supreme Court cases and one appellate court case have ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Three years since meltdown, banks are shackled but stronger
PoliticoFebruary 13, 2012

Banks could merge to survive the heightened scrutiny caused by the enforcement of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection law, or they could break themselves up so they no longer appear on the radar screen of some newly empowered ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Technology Innovator DyneGroup Names Tom Ridge to Board of Advisors
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

“In our last collaboration we were able to create over 1500 US manufacturing jobs and, in this new endeavor, these numbers could easily double with the addition of other technologies that we are actively pursuing in the alternative energy space.more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Family Law
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Warren Township family talks of emotional toll as 'Janet's Law' clears state ...
New Jersey HillsFebruary 3, 2012

In addition to requiring readily accessible AEDs where children are likely to be congregated, the law also requires schools to have five CPR/AED certified employees. Committee chair, state Sen. Teresa Ruiz, D-Essex, applauded the Zilinski family's...more »

Workers Compensation
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National Workers' Compensation Coalition Merges with CLM
MMD Newswire (press release)February 3, 2012

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) February 3, 2012 -- The Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance is pleased to announce that the National Workers' Compensation Coalition (NWCC) is merging with the CLM. The NWCC is a premier workers' compensation...more »


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