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Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

VFW to Pot Heads: Give us our name back
Peoria Journal Star (blog)February 1, 2012

Prosecutors say Hubbard had registered his group with the Illinois Attorney General's Office of Charitable Trusts and was a licensed fund-raiser. He would tell victims his group picked up where other veterans' groups left off. The perjury charge stems ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Barnes & Noble's patent-misuse claim v. Microsoft: Not dead yet!
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

On Tuesday, administrative law judge Theodore Essex of the US International Trade Commission dealt a blow to Barnes & Noble. As the bookseller heads into trial next week on Microsoft's claim that its e-readers infringe four Microsoft patents, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Marco Rubio pushes back at Obama contraception rules under healthcare plan
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 6, 2012

Uniquely positioned to act, the Republican senator last week filed legislation that would repeal part of President Barack Obama's healthcare law requiring some religious institutions to offer their employees contraceptives and family planning services ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Indiana Becomes Right-to-Work State as Daniels Signs Bill
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

By Tim Jones and Samm Quinn Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Governor Mitch Daniels made Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state by signing a bill exempting nonunion employees from paying dues when working alongside their unionized colleagues.more »

Immigration Law
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NM immigrant forum to host Ariz., Ala. leaders
KTAR.comFebruary 10, 2012

by AP (February 10th, 2012 @ 7:29am) SANTA FE, NM - An Arizona state senator leading the charge to overturn that state's much debated immigration law and an Alabama activist fighting his state's new anti- immigration law are scheduled to speak at a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Project investors sue former partners
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 7, 2012

By Patrick Danner A group of Nevada investors who backed the $65 million acquisition of 2500 acres for the Texas A&M University campus and nearby development on the South Side has sued the project's former managers and law firm.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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China seeking 'peaceful' Arctic dispute resolution
Montreal GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

China hopes to solve "by peaceful means" any disputes with Canada concerning the Arctic, China's ambassador to Canada told a Montreal audience Wednesday. Canada is to take over the chair of the Arctic Council in 2013, a body on which China wants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Animal Law
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ASPCA Research Confirms Americans Strongly Oppose Slaughter of Horses for ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ASPCA urges public support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced in a newly released poll conducted by Lake ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Faculty Senate objects to policy
ASU HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

All students and persons employed by the Arkansas State University System may lose their rights to their own "Intellectual Property" in an updated policy that is being reviewed in the shared governance process. The policy made its way to the faculty ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

Global Aviation Seeks to Cut Planes as Military Missions End
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

6 (Bloomberg) -- Global Aviation Holdings Inc., the biggest charter-flight company for US military troops, plans to reorganize by getting rid of more than half of its aircraft, citing the end of flying missions to Iraq and Afghanistan.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Merchants strike as rent law dispute continues
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 6, 2012

(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Merchants from across the Kingdom held a strike on Sunday in protest against the 2011 Landlords and Tenants Law. Meanwhile, around 30 landlords gathered outside the Prime Ministry to urge the government not to amend the law.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

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Hecla Mining Shareholder Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe, founder of The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC, and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP announce that the firms are ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. ("K12" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/477398/quotes/nls/lrn LRN ...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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We're closing the net on the cyber stalkers
News & StarFebruary 11, 2012

Cumbria's Chief Constable Stuart Hyde is an international expert on computer crime and president of the charity the Society for the Policing of Cyberspace. He said: “Five or so years ago, few people used Facebook. That has now changed.more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ... (press release)February 1, 2012

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Health Law Challenge Gets A Dry Run At Georgetown Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 3, 2012

A group of experienced lawyers argued the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate in an afternoon of legal theater. The “moot court” aired debate points and gave a stuffy auditorium full of law students – many on the edge of their seat – a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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EC Interim Report on Bulgaria Progress under CVM - Full Text
Novinite.comFebruary 8, 2012

A law on asset forfeiture now being debated in Parliament needs to be comprehensive, and backed up with strong institutions, if it is to be effective in dissuading organised crime and high-level corruption. An analysis of shortcomings in judicial and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ABC Article Outlines Supplement Regulation Myths
Natural Products INSIDERFebruary 7, 2012

... passed over the last 12 years since the publication of the previous article, including the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act (2006), the FDA Amendments Act (2007), and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (2011).more »

Real Estate Law
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.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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Seattle sports-arena talks well under way, documents show
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

It was held at the law offices of Foster Pepper, one of Seattle's prominent law firms. An attorney with the firm, Hugh Spitzer, had been hired by the city in September to provide advice on selling construction bonds. The agenda also included discussion ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Board keeps low profile in wake of SPCA allegations
Buffalo NewsFebruary 5, 2012

But the people who put him there — the SPCA's board of directors — have largely remained low-profile, communicating through brief statements, a spokesman and a criminal defense attorney. The group—a who's who of well-known Niagara Falls and Niagara ...more »

TurboTax Review: PC Software for Easing Your Tax Burden
Notebook ReviewFebruary 1, 2012

With your signed power of attorney, a CPA, attorney, or enrolled agent can actually conduct all audit-related or other contact activities for you. You don't even need to be present at a hearing. Other kinds of tax preparers can accompany you to an IRS ...more »

Feb 2012: Age discrimination
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Many of the Act's requirements are already in force, but one new provision of potential importance to financial services – a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services (under section 29) – is yet to be implemented.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended December ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. /quotes/zigman/90692/quotes/nls/jfbi JFBI 0.00% , the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, announced a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $3.7 million ...more »

Environmental Law
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Va. House passes conception-life, mandatory ultrasound bills
Washington TimesFebruary 14, 2012

ASSOCIATED PRESS Virginia House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, says using money from the state's multibillion-dollar tobacco settlement to fund alternative-energy projects in southern Virginia makes sense. Under his plan, $100 million ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SCOV Law Blog: No peeking under the codicil
vtdigger.orgFebruary 18, 2012

Given that a will is our last statement to this mortal coil, it is hardly surprising that many go through several iterations, as children, friends, and charities fall in and out of favor. The latter Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short-story about the idea of ...more »

Family Law
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Enforcement of child maintenance orders
The StarFebruary 1, 2012

He is a senior partner in the firm of Chigiti and Chigiti Advocates in Nairobi whose key area of practice is Human rights and public interest litigation and family law. He was admitted to the list of Counsel at the International Criminal Court-ICC in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WCRI: Virginia's Medical Cost Per Workers' Comp Claim Higher Than Most
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Broad metrics of worker' compensation costs show that Virginia is a lower cost state, largely due to a lower frequency of claims, according to a new report. But the report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also found that the ...more »


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