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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 »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Administrative Law
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Gasland's Josh Fox Fires Back At Congressional Republicans After Arrest At ...
MediaiteFebruary 2, 2012

The amendment is Congress shall make no law which infringes upon the Freedom of the Press. That means Congress can't pass a law or a rule or regulation in a subcommittee hearing to obstruct journalists from coming in and exposing to the American people ...more »

Health Care Law
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The Battle for Vermont's Health -- And Why It Matters for the Rest of the Country
Huffington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The problem for Shumlin and his allies is this: It will take five years before Vermont can fully implement its new system, partly because the federal health care reform law prohibits states from undertaking more far-reaching reforms until 2017 unless ...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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The intersection of 'Obamacare' and undocumented immigrants
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The Democrats' Affordable Care Act of 2010 — aka 'Obamacare' — could hasten America's journey toward a more orderly immigration program, writes Froma Harrop. No comments have been posted to this article. Two of the hottest topics on the political ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Inthinc Names Skip Kinford Vice President of Business Development
TruckinginfoFebruary 6, 2012

"His expertise in the telematics and M2M industry and passion for driver safety will be a great asset for our company." Cure Leasing & Maintenance announced Ken Hall is its new vice president of maintenance and call center operations.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dr. Clarisse von Wunschheim On Arbitrating Your China Disputes, Part I. The ...
China Law Blog (blog)February 2, 2012

And the way I judge international contracts is by heading straight to the dispute resolution provision. The well crafted provision is, above all else, unambiguous. If it calls for litigation, it says where it will be and what law will apply.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida Senate Panel Clears PIP Fraud-Fighting Bill
Insurance JournalFebruary 6, 2012

By James L. Rosica | February 5, 2012 A Senate panel has cleared a bill aimed at cutting down the massive fraud plaguing Florida's personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage program. The Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance passed the PIP ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposal would keep police dogs on job after biting incidents
Tucson CitizenFebruary 18, 2012

Veteran Gilbert K-9 Officer Greg Thomas said the new law would make a policy used by Maricopa County Animal Care and Control official throughout the state. Even without the change in law, the “working quarantine” approach used in Maricopa County ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A New Question of Internet Freedoms
New York TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Now they are putting that knowledge to use in an effort to defeat new global rules for intellectual property. In the American protests , Web sites including Wikipedia went dark Jan. 18, and about four million people signed online petitions opposing the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WR Grace Proposes $19.5M Asbestos Settlement
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 3, 2012

A proposed settlement in the WR Grace and Co. bankruptcy case would pay $19.5 million into a trust for people sickened by asbestos exposure from the company's now-shuttered vermiculite plant in Libby, Mont. Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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U. S. Supreme Court To Hear Texas Affirmative Action Case--Fisher v. Univ. of ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 22, 2012

Shortly after its introduction, the Top Ten Percent Law had the effect of creating a significantly more diverse freshman class than did UT's earlier affirmative action policies. By 2004, 21.4% of the entering class was African American and Hispanic, ...more »

Vt. Tech College to begin 4-year aviation bachelor degree
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

AP WILLISTON, Vt. — The Vermont Technical College is going to begin offering a four-year bachelor of science program in aviation called Professional Pilot Technology. The college said Thursday it had received approval for the program from the New ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How To Write “Subject-To” Offers
RealtyBizNewsFebruary 8, 2012

Since you are not qualifying for a new loan, and the existing loan is in the sellers name, it is the sellers credit that is at risk, instead of the buyer. This means that a buyer can buy the property without having to worry about having good credit.more »

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Madison County asbestos litigation has billion-dollar impact; But business ...
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Lester Brickman, professor of law at Cardozo Law School and an expert on asbestos and class action litigation, has been highly critical of Madison County courts over the past decade. "Every cell phone operator, virtually every large company in various ...more »

Business Law
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Militants claim attack on Nigeria Eni oil pipeline
ReutersFebruary 5, 2012

The joint military task force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta said recent unrest stemmed from criminal gangs who wanted expired amnesty benefits. "It should be noted that it is not possible to run an inelastic amnesty programme," Timothy Antigha, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Woonsocket man charged with possession of child pornography
The Providence JournalFebruary 26, 2012

By Tracy Breton PROVIDENCE, RI -- Members of the Computer Crimes Unit/Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force of the Rhode Island State Police arrested Ronald Philbrick, 26, of 167 Rathbun St., Woonsocket, on Friday and charged him with possession ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
Las Vegas Blog (blog)February 4, 2012

Sam Harding, a prominent Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who is also the owner of the Sam Harding Law Firm, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby announces that he has been chosen as the host of a new radio call-in show ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Anti-gay-marriage forces plan Prop. 8 strategy after legal defeat
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Chemerinsky said he asked his law students Wednesday whether they would recommend that ProtectMarriage seek a rehearing in the 9th Circuit or go to the Supreme Court. "They split," he said. UC Davis constitutional law professor Vikram Amar said it made ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When it's time to say goodbye
Chiropractic EconomicsFebruary 9, 2012

Yet as a doctor, you have an ethical and legal obligation to handle such a situation in a professional manner that fully protects the health and welfare of the patient. It is vital that you ensure that the termination of the patient relationship is ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Houston bankers say they are ready to lend
Houston Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

-Bob Franklin Vista Bank Texas Houston bankers said the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and its newborn regulations passed two years ago, don't just constrain the giant investment banks in New York.more »

Real Estate Law
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Great Falls man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting real estate agent
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

... sexually assaulting a Great Falls real estate agent in May. Bradley Joseph Crisman was arrested May 12 after the agent told law enforcement that he tied her up and attempted to sexually assault her after she showed him a home on Upper River Road.more »

AIG Chairman Heads for Hawker
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Ahead of a meeting to introduce himself to Hawker employees, Mr. Miller said in an interview that the company faced "some financial headwinds" because of the tough conditions in the business-jet market. "I'm here to work alongside Bill and figure out ...more »

Sports Law
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Manning's Law Confounds the Experts, Inviting Humility in Business, Sports...
New York SunFebruary 6, 2012

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | February 6, 2012 The victory of the New York Giants in the National Football League's Super Bowl is the latest in a series of recent news developments that underscore a principle that might be called Manning's Law, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Kirkland & Ellis Hires Prominent White Collar Attorney Eggleston
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)February 1, 2012

Eggleston, formerly a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton in DC, focuses his practice on civil and criminal securities fraud, health care, government procurement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses and antitrust. In an interview, Eggleston said that ...more »

Court of Accounts to finally audit military expenditures, a first in history
Today's ZamanFebruary 1, 2012

Using the authority granted to it by a recently amended law that allows for greater civilian oversight of military expenditures, the Turkish Court of Accounts will start auditing military spending at the Fenerbahçe Officers Club in İstanbul.more »

Expert: Age discrimination still common in UK
Russell Jones & WalkerFebruary 2, 2012

That is according to Ceri Wheeldon, founder of online resource Fab After Fifty, who has indicated that many older professionals believe they are subjected to unfair treatment purely on the basis of their age. Should managers not offer their more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LRAD Corporation Announces Fiscal Q1 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

"Deliveries of LRAD(R) systems for bird protection and control, perimeter security, disaster response and to the US Navy resulted in a profitable quarter and a good start to fiscal 2012," remarked Tom Brown, president and chief executive officer of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Federal agency moving forward with offshore wind energy plan
Augusta Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

“We are working closely with the Commonwealth of Virginia to facilitate the commercial leasing process for renewable energy in federal waters off Virginia's coast and are building on the steps that the Commonwealth has taken to encourage offshore wind ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Columbia Star
Columbia StarFebruary 16, 2012

Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012 will open February 24 in the Lipscomb Art Gallery, SC State Museum and run through August 26. 898-4921 or Columbia Museum of Art will host the 2012 Gala, the CHAIRity Ball, Friday, ...more »

Family Law
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Children's legal right to see both parents after divorce criticised by family... 3, 2012

Today, Mr Norgrove criticised the plans, insisting that his review had “concluded that the law should not be changed”. He said: “The independent Family Justice Review panel thoroughly considered the issue of shared parenting and concluded that the law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured worker entitled to comp benefits despite positive drug test: Court
Business InsuranceFebruary 3, 2012

A restaurant server who tripped over a box of potatoes is entitled to workers compensation benefits despite a post-injury drug test showing marijuana and Xanax consumption, a Louisiana appeals court ruled. Wednesday's finding by the 3rd Circuit Court ...more »


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