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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 »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Attorney General Eric Holder Set to Take Hot Seat at Fast and Furious Hearing
ABC News (blog)February 2, 2012

Issa also addressed concerns he had over the head of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer, proposing a cross-border operation with Mexican law enforcement officials to make arrests of gun straw purchasers on the border.more »

Health Care Law
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Bills to create health-care exchanges halted
Lynchburg News and AdvanceFebruary 1, 2012

RICHMOND — Legislators and insurance lobbyists urged a House of Delegates committee to approve a bill Tuesday that would create a health-care exchange to comply with federal law, but the panel decided to wait. If the US Supreme Court were to uphold ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Blue Shield agrees to cover autism therapy
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Jones' settlement resolves any lingering legal disputes for current and past claims. Meanwhile, recently approved legislation, which takes effect in July, makes it clear that applied behavioral analysis therapy must be made available for any member of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama senator says his bill would add 'common sense' to state's immigration law
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

A Republican senator introduced a bill that makes modifications to Alabama's immigration law. Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville has pre-filed the bill which he says will add common sense to the immigration law. Dial's bill amends a section prohibiting the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Unknown manufacturer coming to Athens
Online AthensFebruary 17, 2012

The two counties' industrial development authorities, which facilitate bond issues for manufacturers, met separately behind closed doors Thursday night, also to discuss real state, an exception to the state open-meetings law.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How You Can Sue An Automaker In Small Claims Court And Win
JalopnikFebruary 2, 2012

If the company shows — they don't always, which often means you get a default judgment and get to move automatically to the fun money-collection part — they can only send a company representative, and they can't be a lawyer.more »

Insurance Litigation
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HB Announces Four High-Level Insurance Law Programs, Free for In-House Counsel
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

By HB Litigation Conferences LLC BERWYN, Pa., Feb. 9, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In-house counsel at insurance carriers and policyholder companies are invited to attend four programs in New York City on some of the most urgent topics they face today, ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet rescuer hopes to empower residents with class on animal rights
TribLocalFebruary 3, 2012

By Amy Alderman TribLocal reporter Today at 2:26 pm Libertyville animal rescuer Sandy Wisniewski hopes to empower more citizens with information on animal rights through her class, “Say no to animal abuse and neglect.” The five-week course, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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MWV Expands Melodie® Pump Capacity and Global Patent Protection for Fragrance ...
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 2012

Along with this increased capacity, the company is pleased to confirm that the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China has approved the company's patent application for a fragrance dispensing system using fluoropolymer dip ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation; Mona Maria Yousif, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent.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 »

John Travolta donates jet in son's memory
Times of IndiaFebruary 3, 2012

The aviation enthusiast - who is a qualified pilot - and his wife Kelly Preston were left devastated in 2009 when 16-year-old Jett died after hitting his head during a seizure while in the Bahamas and John has decided to pay tribute to him by ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Emails to competitor backfire on employees
Montreal GazetteFebruary 25, 2012

The very day it opened, it sustained water damage when a pipe burst in an overhead apartment also owned by the landlord. The tenants said the landlord failed to repair damage caused by the water infiltration, a recurring problem that hindered business ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Infrastructure act includes toll credits for Route 219
Daily American OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act filed Tuesday would allow the use of toll credits for Appalachian highway projects such as Route 219. The toll credits would provide funding necessary to finish the highway — a project local, ...more »

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Attorney Glenn E. Davis of Gallop Elected Vice Chairman of the Academy of ...
LawfuelFebruary 6, 2012

Glenn E. Davis, Chair of Gallop's Litigation Department, has been elected Vice Chair of the Academy of Antitrust Law of the Litigation Counsel of America™ (LCA). Based in New York, the Litigation Counsel of America is an invitation-only trial lawyer ...more »

Business Law
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Official rules and regulations for Oh, Say Can You Sing? contest
OCRegisterFebruary 1, 2012

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; NO WARRANTIES AND RELEASE. By entering into this Contest, you accept and agree that (a) Contest Entities and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents do not have and will not have any liability...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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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
PhysOrg.comFebruary 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
PR Web (press release)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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Iowa gun laws face legal challenges under proposed constitutional amendment (blog)February 2, 2012

Iowa laws pertaining to restrictions or legal requirements in carrying or using guns could face new legal challenges under a legislative resolution that would amend the state's constitution into the strongest and most comprehensive firearm rights...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ark. SC: Cause of action for negligent credentialing doesn't exist
Legal News LineFebruary 14, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week affirmed a ruling in favor of hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Court filed its 16-page opinion Thursday in favor of appellees QHG of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Federal Insurance Office Says Overdue Regulation Report Still Weeks Away
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the FIO, had specified that the study must be submitted to Congress not later than 18 months after the date of the Dodd-Frank Act's enactment. The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Tips for Old Real Estate Professionals
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012

The site offers free marketing tips to real estate professionals. It also offers free e-books from some of the industry's top authors. Agents can read Donald Trump's How to Get Rich, Napoleon Hill's Law of Success, and Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, ...more »

Resource America, Inc. Reports Operating Results for the First Fiscal Quarter ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

LEAF's commercial finance assets at December 31, 2011 increased to $224.5 million, an increase of $32.5 million, or 17%, from September 30, 2011. -- Securitization: On October 28, 2011, LEAF securitized approximately $105 million of leases, ...more »

Sports Law
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Examining Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports
Newswise (press release)February 1, 2012

Newswise — Villanova University School of Law (VSL) convenes an all-star roster of leading experts from sports and television for its 2012 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium, “Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports,” Friday, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cuomo proposes more flexible probation laws
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

"Probation is a punishment, and judges should be able to decide if more or less is appropriate for a particular defendant," said Richard Willstatter, the president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a partner at Green ...more »

Thieves preying on tax returns, IRS says
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

Besides the IRS, the Justice Department's Tax Division, the Postal Service and local US attorney's offices were involved after investigations that lasted months and, in some cases, years. IRS officials say the use of stolen identities to fraudulently ...more »

Retaliation Redux: Two Cases That Should Scare Employers A Lot
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

The doctor had sued the defendants for age discrimination in 1998, but I no tell that. As those of you who have defended lawsuits know, the wheels of justice sometimes turn at an excruciating pace. In this doctor's case, his lawsuit was still going on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Named “Top Law Firm” by Martindale-Hubbell (press release)February 15, 2012

The list will be featured as a stand-alone publication and sent out statewide as an insert in The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Business Review, The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and The National Law Journal on February 29, 2012.more »

Environmental Law
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Transportation Bill Would Streamline Environmental Review, Sponsors Say
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 2, 2012

2 will mark up a transportation reauthorization bill that Republican sponsors say will streamline the environmental review process for new construction projects. The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) would impose new timetables on the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the lawyer
Victorville Daily PressFebruary 19, 2012

Greg Zumbrunn is a Victorville-based attorney specializing in family law, probate, trial litigation and wills and trusts. Q: I have a case where I need to speak with a mediator and I was told all the information that I told her would be confidential.more »

Family Law
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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

"This law is our effort to help other children who may be in the same situation," Julie Anderson said. "Custody should be awarded not on the antiquated notion that the mother is the best caretaker." HB888, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lisa Amoriello (Claimant) appeals from an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granting the modification/suspension petition of Giant Foods (Employer) because Claimant ...more »


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