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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legislature meddling in state judicial conflict
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

This rebellion against the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts comes against the backdrop of state budget cuts - $350 million this year alone - that have left courts struggling to maintain their hours and avert backlogs.more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 1, 2012

Bobby Scott, far right, speaks during a rally to protest proposed legislation to tighten Virginia's election laws at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (Steve Helber | The Associated Press) By Bill Sizemore Measures aimed at tightening ...more »

Immigration Law
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Anti-Immigrant Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona's Immigration Law
Hispanically Speaking NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Strangely enough, some of these statistics—such as those on the drop in crime—document trends which began before Arizona had enacted any harsh immigration laws. The report does mention, offhandedly, that punitive state immigration policies may not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kansas Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

Stephen Hughes, of Overland Park, is President and CEO of Hughes and Company Real Estate Appraisal. The company focuses on residential subdivisions and golf courses. Hughes earned his MBA from the University of Kansas in 1977.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Oklahoma governor asks Chickasaw, Choctaw nations to dismiss water lawsuit
NewsOK.comFebruary 3, 2012

Mary Fallin says an ongoing mediation process is the best way to resolve disputes between Oklahoma and the tribes. The federal lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations asks a federal judge stop Oklahoma's plan to sell water storage rights to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allentown School District legal defense bills mount in Central Elementary rape ...
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 6, 2012

By Steve Esack, Of The Morning Call The Allentown School District has spent more than $250000 defending itself from a long-running federal lawsuit that claims officials failed to tell police that a 12-year-old boy was raping younger boys at Central ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina.more »

Intellectual Property
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Arterial Network: Intellectual Property Sessions
Artslink.co.za News (press release)February 15, 2012

He is the author of Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-Hop Subversion (HSRC Press, 2008) and Static: Music & Identity after Apartheid (HSRC Press, forthcoming). As part of the Arterial Network's advocacy and knowledge management goals, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Relative of Asbestos Mine Founder Opposes Jeffrey Mine Funding
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The great-great niece of the founder of the first asbestos mine to ever open in Canada is speaking out against the continued production of asbestos at the Jeffry Mine in Quebec. Susan Henry is the descendant of Andrew Stuart Johnson, who founded the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

EvCC Aviation Maintenance Technician School information session
HeraldNetFebruary 1, 2012

EVERETT – Learn about Everett Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technician School and careers in aviation maintenance at an information session at 2:30 pm Feb. 9. The information session will be held at the school, 9711 32nd Place W., ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent: It's Crazy Paying For A
Leadership NewspapersFebruary 4, 2012

So what we do is that they ensure that everything is well with the house and they ensure that if you have a tenant, he pays his rent at the right time because we have landlord and tenant laws and they have the right to tell the tenant to leave and so ...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 »

Litigation
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Finra: Schwab Violating Customers' Litigation Rights
Fox BusinessFebruary 1, 2012

The company says it's "committed to resolving customer disputes fairly and efficiently without litigation through its internal customer advocacy program or by use of FINRA Dispute Resolution." However, it says within the resolution process, ...more »

Business Law
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The Aldridge Company and Rafte & Company Merge Services
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"With combined IT support services, Rafte & Company and The Aldridge Company offer easy availability of cloud services as well as a full complement of technology and business consulting services for small businesses, law firms and other professional ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Army had several examples of energy-saving technologies on display, including a solar-powered water purifier and a tent with solar cells, during the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Fremont man faces child pornography charges
Fremont TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

... after investigators discovered several pictures of boys engaged in a sexually explicit nature on his home computer. The warrant said the Attorney General's office received several reports in March 2011 from the Nebraska State Patrol Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Blitz on bogus injury claims that bump up insurance bills
Evening StandardFebruary 1, 2012

A campaign was launched today to crack down on bogus personal injury claims which have added millions to the cost of insurance for the honest. It is aimed at re-educating the public to claim legitimately. Lawyers say dubious practices blight the entire ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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AG Martha Coakley to make case for health care law
Boston HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

On Thursday Coakley will defend the constitutionality of the national law at a National Press Club event called "The Affordable Health Care Act - Constitutional or Not?" Coakley will explain why the results in Massachusetts show Congress had a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Goldberg Segalla LLP Welcomes James J. Wrynn, Former New York State ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

He will run the firm's New York office and will be a senior partner in its Global Insurance Services Practice Group. Mr. Wrynn served as the 40th and last Superintendent of Insurance in the State of New York until it merged with the New York State ...more »

Consumer Protection
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When the advertised price isn't right who has to pay?
Independent Online (blog)February 6, 2012

This is called bait marketing, and it's a no-no in terms of the Consumer Protection Act. But the CPA does give retailers an “out” in terms of honouring prices which are obvious mistakes. It states: “If a price as displayed contains an inadvertent and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyer To Appeal Panhandling Decision
WINA AM 1070February 1, 2012

The county says it's the result of a continued softening of the local real estate market as well as nationwide. The lawyer fighting the city panhandling ordinance has decided to appeal. Members of the Albemarle School Board are hoping Superintendent ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.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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STATE v. LAZO
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lawrence S. Lustberg argued the cause on behalf of amicus curiae Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (Gibbons PC, attorneys; Mr. Lustberg and Eileen M. Connor, on the brief). Deborah C. Bartolomey, Deputy Attorney General, ...more »

Beware of IRS tax refund check thefts
NorthFulton.comFebruary 3, 2012

28, a victim in the 3200 block of Sweetwater Drive called authorities to report a check fraud in the amount of $1542. "She received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating the check had been cashed," a deputy said. The check's signature was ...more »

Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive
Minnesota Public RadioFebruary 16, 2012

And with more people of all ages looking for work in the slow economy, age discrimination complaints are on the rise — but becoming harder to win. Employment law experts say that has a lot to do with one particular case: Gross v.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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James Contini: Asset protection, planning grows in importance for mineral rights
New Philadelphia Times ReporterFebruary 5, 2012

By James Contini Developing an estate with an asset protection plan for mineral rights has become a very hot topic for area residents as an oil and natural gas exploration boom develops in the Tuscarawas Valley region. If you own unleased mineral ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

For a monthly premium, the long-term care program would have provided workers a cash stipend of at least $50 a day if they became seriously ill or disabled and needed care at home. The 2010 health-care law specified that the government wouldn't start ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Double appointment at Tayntons law firm
This is GloucestershireFebruary 22, 2012

Nicholas Southwell joins as a civil litigation solicitor and Richard Thomas is a wills and probate specialist with over twenty years of private client experience. In his new role at Tayntons, Mr Southwell will be drawing on his extensive property and ...more »

Family Law
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Family law Judge Diane Altamirano seeks re-election
Imperial Valley PressFebruary 1, 2012

A native of Brawley, Altamirano was a general law practitioner exclusively in the Imperial Valley for 30 years before her appointment. She hears family law cases. Prior to her appointment, Altamirano served 12 years as the Superior Court's self-help ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Insurance News Net (press release)February 5, 2012

2 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for ...more »

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