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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Administrative Law
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NORRIS v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Norris timely filed for and received a hearing before an administrative law judge ("ALJ") who rendered an unfavorable decision on October 21, 2009. (Tr. 17-27). Norris in turn petitioned for review to the Appeals Council who rejected review of Norris's ...more »

Health Care Law
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Texas lawmakers prepare for health care law
Brenham Banner PressFebruary 28, 2012

AUSTIN — The percentage of Texans with health insurance would rise from 74 percent to 91 percent under the new federal health care law, a state official told lawmakers Monday. State Medicaid Director Billy Millwee also said the state is prepared to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Del. Jones: No Conflict on Pension Bill
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

Mohler, the county spokesman, said the county asked Jones to sponsor the bill because she "is very well respected and understands the issue." William Somerville, an ethics lawyer to the General Assembly, said state ethics law is more flexible for ...more »

Immigration Law
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U.S. immigration law doesn't recognize same-sex marriages
New York Daily NewsFebruary 22, 2012

The Statue of Liberty stands tall in Upper New York Bay, a beacon to immigrants woridwide. Q. Can I help my same-sex spouse to get legal status here? I married my spouse thanks to the NY State law that allows same sex couples to marry.more »

Industrial Development Law
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In Germany, a Limp Domestic Economy Stifled by Regulation
New York TimesFebruary 22, 2012

In fact, he was on the verge of breaking the law. Mr. Emmel's crime: Setting a placard on the sidewalk outside his shop advertising that he would stay open from 9 am to 4 pm It was, after all, Mother's Day. But a city inspector noticed the sign and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Med-arb – an alternative dispute resolution practice
Lexology (registration)February 29, 2012

Mediation is sometimes confused with arbitration as a dispute resolution process, since both involve the resolution of a dispute outside the national court system by a third party chosen by the parties. To a certain extent, the confusion can be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Citizens insurance board offers to settle claims for $102 million
NOLA.comFebruary 23, 2012

The offer by the board of directors of the Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. came on a 12-0 vote in a public meeting after the board discussed the litigation out of public view for 2½ hours. The board offered to pay $92.8 million to 18563 ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
WNEP-TVFebruary 29, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The Iowa state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose penalties on animal rights activists caught trying to get a job at a farm or animal production facility in order to gather evidence such as cruelty to animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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Yahoo, Facebook in Intellectual Property Dispute
PCWorldFebruary 28, 2012

In an e-mailed statement, Yahoo said, "Yahoo! has a responsibility to its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders to protect its intellectual property. We have invested substantial resources into these innovations. Recognizing that, other major ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Company briefs | Law firm celebrates 75th year
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 13, 2012

SARASOTA -- The law firm of Dickinson & Gibbons, PA is celebrating its 75 year anniversary. The firm has an emphasis on litigation and trial practice and clients represent every industry and trade. The firm's practice areas include construction, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New UVM President Worries About Affirmative Action Case
Vermont Public RadioFebruary 24, 2012

Sullivan says weakening affirmative action would have profound consequences for UVM. (Host) The University of Vermont's new president says he's deeply concerned that the US Supreme Court could soon erode the national policy on affirmative action.more »

World aviation experts meet in Fiji on air traffic management
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andFebruary 27, 2012

Top world aviation experts are meeting in Fiji's western tourist city of Nadi to discuss strategies to make flying safer in the Asia-Pacific region. Top world aviation experts are meeting in Fiji's western tourist city of Nadi to discuss strategies to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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LA Fitness International to move Irvine headquarters
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 6, 2012

LA Fitness will expand its offices about 30% with a move into 91000 square feet at the Michelson office complex under a 10-year lease. The agreement with LA Fitness brings the Michelson at 3161 Michelson Drive, above, to 93% leased, said Richard AC ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rules for the post-MF Global futures industry
CattleNetwork.comFebruary 29, 2012

The Commodity Customer Coalition will ask Congress to force futures brokers to remain legally separate from broker dealer affiliates to make bankruptcies less complicated for futures customers. Change bankruptcy law: Some futures advocates argue that ...more »

Litigation
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Former Justice Department Official Returns to Chadbourne & Parke in DC
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)February 27, 2012

Keith Rosen, former chief of the Criminal Division in the US attorney's office for the District of Delaware has returned to Chadbourne as a counsel in the white collar defense, regulatory investigations and litigation group.more »

Business Law
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Return of the DISCLOSE Act
Modesto BeeFebruary 16, 2012

It's well known that the Supreme Court in its 2010 Citizens United decision lifted restrictions on political advertising by unions and corporations, contributing to the orgy of special-interest spending already on view in the 2012 presidential campaign ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Congress questions fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts
FederalNewsRadio.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Jared Serbu As Defense officials take to Capitol Hill to defend their proposed personnel budget, they're beginning to hear a common theme: Complaints that civilian employees aren't bearing their fair share of military spending cutbacks.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Blotter: Keithville man faces child porn charges
Shreveport TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, state police and members of the North Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Myatt is accused of violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Leading Pain Clinic in Arizona Now Accepting Personal Injury Liens for ...
PR Web (press release)February 25, 2012

Preferred Pain Center, the leading Arizona pain management clinic in the state, is now offering pain treatments for individuals involved in motorcycle accidents and involved in a personal injury case. It's tough dealing with all of the problems afer a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Court affirms 'illegitimate' children's rights
Jakarta PostFebruary 18, 2012

Judges at the court made their decision in response to a judicial review filed to overturn the 1974 Marriage Law that stipulates that only mothers and their immediate families have responsibility for children born out of wedlock. Constitutional Judge ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comFebruary 29, 2012

Doctor's license suspended • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has suspended the medical license of Dr. Abid Nisar, 60, who pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to a federal misdemeanor charge of introducing misbranded prescription ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Saving the Capitalist Goose
New York Times (blog)February 27, 2012

... Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. More detailed evidence of managerial bias is provided by a recent comparison of the investment behavior of otherwise similar public and private companies between 2001 and 2007 by the economists John Asker, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Apperson Crump absorbing four Borod & Kramer attorneys
Memphis Business JournalFebruary 28, 2012

Borod & Kramer was founded in 1915 and has a broad-based business law practice, but noted cases have centered on premises liability and victim's rights, as well as executive employment law, intellectual property and business partner disputes.more »

ICF International Wins $11.5 Million Energy Efficiency Contract With Southern ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Through this contract, ICF will continue to promote increased energy efficiency in the commercial, industrial, and residential consumer markets. Efforts will include programs for lighting and appliances, heating and cooling, new construction, ...more »

Sports Law
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Trademark dispute looming over who discovered Jeremy Lin
ReutersFebruary 27, 2012

By Benjamin Kang Lim | BEIJING (Reuters) - The New York Knicks may have given Jeremy Lin his break in the NBA, but a sports ball maker in eastern China saw potential in the Harvard-educated Chinese-American more than a year and a half ago -- and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: Law enforcement response inadequate before Kalispell double ...
The MissoulianFebruary 26, 2012

Senior Public Defender Noel Larrivee says his investigation of the circumstances surrounding the brutal murders reveals missed opportunities, lapses in judgment and poor communication between law enforcement agencies. He has called for an examination ...more »

Citibank's New Frequent Flier Benefits Come With A Major Tax Hassle
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

A tax attorney Lazarus spoke to said the value of the miles are "whatever Citi says it is," but if that's the case, we have to wonder whether all consumer incentives are taxable, too. Don't freak out just yet: The IRS might not be too keen on all that ...more »

How Age Discrimination Is Legal in Illinois
NBC Chicago (blog)February 22, 2012

Well, according to Illinois' anti-age discrimination policies, there's a bizarre blind spot that chicagoemploymentattorneysblog.com discovered: "The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act only protect ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Alert - SEC Revises "Qualified Client ...
PR Newswire (press release)February 18, 2012

... "Rule") pursuant to Section 418 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act").[1] The Rule increases the assets-under-management ("AUM") and the net worth thresholds for the "qualified client" definition.more »

Environmental Law
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US House's Frank calls on CFTC to impose position limits now
PlattsFebruary 29, 2012

Position limits were a mandate of the Dodd-Frank Act. Frank said there was "no other explanation" for the rise except speculation driving up energy prices, and said he wants position limits imposed immediately, even though he conceded that such limits ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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The dozen leave laws California employers must know
Business Management DailyFebruary 19, 2012

by The HR Specialist: California Employment Law on February 19, 2012 1:00am by Johnnie A. James, John G. Lee, Carolyn E. Sieve, Charles L. Thompson, IV and Stuart D. Tochner, Esqs. Dealing with the multitude of federal and state laws governing leaves ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Express Scripts Unveils Comprehensive Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program for ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Express Scripts, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESRX) announced today it has established a comprehensive Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) detection program for workers' compensation payers, which can help stem the rising costs associated with the ...more »

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