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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

John Keith Miller
Oak RidgerFebruary 1, 2012

In November 2011, he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past 20 years. John Keith Miller, 84, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Nothing About Public Transportation in Chris Quinn's Transportation Report
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 1, 2012

Our bill will provide parking ticket recipients a greater degree of fairness as they await the ruling of an Administrative Law Judge. Finally, Intro. 546, introduced by Council Member David Greenfield, prohibits the City from placing adhesive stickers ...more »

Health Care Law
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Rick Santorum Goes After Mitt Romney on Health Care: 'He Should Not Be the ...
ABC News (blog)February 6, 2012

He listed reasons why Romney's legislation and the administration's national health care plan, a standard target on the GOP campaign trail, are the same, even saying Obama “copied” Romney's plan. “The problem is, we have a candidate who is running and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones first off the blocks for Liberals pre-selection
The Canberra TimesFebruary 5, 2012

As for the tone of her campaign, don't expect too much difference between Ms Jones and her political mentor, Zed Seselja. ''In so many ways, ACT elections are about roads, rates and rubbish, the things that impact people every day but [are] not very ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bills to repeal guest-worker law, driving card emerge
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

Steve Urquhart is making good on a promise to push the repeal of key immigration reforms and Friday will publicly unveil bills to scrap the state's guest worker law and the driving privilege card. Both bills — drafts of which were provided Thursday to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The additional reserves relate to excess workers' compensation policies Repwest either wrote or assumed from other insurance carriers between 1983 and 2003. These policies cover risks totally unrelated to U-Haul's core moving and storage business and ...more »

Animal Law
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Ohio bill to offer less-strict exotic animal ban
USA TODAYFebruary 5, 2012

Troy Balderson hopes his legislation will help save places such as the American Primate Education Sanctuary, or APES, a not-for-profit preserve in Blacklick, Ohio. By Trevor Jones, Times Recorder A primate moves through an enclosure at Pam White's ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Why an International Trade Agreement Could Be as Bad as SOPA
The AtlanticFebruary 6, 2012

A few weeks ago a sleeping giant woke up, when the Internet -- average users and Silicon Valley companies -- united in protest against two bills before Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals Court To Hear Affirmative Action Challenge
KCRA SacramentoFebruary 13, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday is set to hear a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is ...more »

Van Horn Unveils New Bell 412/212 Tail Rotor
Aviation International NewsFebruary 12, 2012

by James Wynbrandt Rotor blade manufacturer Van Horn Aviation (VHA) of Tempe, Arizona (Booth No. 9651) is unveiling a prototype of its new Bell 412/212 tail-rotor blade here at Heli-Expo. Designed by VHA in collaboration with Bell Helicopter Textron, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy for Tax Debt: Can Back Taxes Be Discharged in Los Angeles?
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most people associate bankruptcy with credit card, loan and mortgage debt. What they may not realize is that bankruptcy can also be used to eliminate liability for unpaid taxes. The US Bankruptcy Code permits ...more »

Litigation
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IN RE AMERICAN EXPRESS MERCHANTS' LITIGATION
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011), just weeks after we issued our decision in In re American Express Merchants' Litigation, 634 F.3d 187 (2d Cir. 2011) ("Amex II"). Amex II returned to us from the Supreme Court, after defendants American Express ...more »

Business Law
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Honda loses false advertising case
Independent OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

Heather Peters shows her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid never achieved the consumption that Honda claimed in its advertising, presenting her case in small claims court in Torrrance, California. AP Carnahan included in his 26-page decision a long list of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Panel decides against discharge in cover-up case
CanadianBusiness.comFebruary 2, 2012

(AP) — A military panel on Wednesday decided not to discharge a soldier convicted of covering up the slayings of Iraqi citizens after he testified he needed military medical benefits because he is HIV positive and struggled with substance abuse.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man accused of sexually enticing child
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 2, 2012

26 after a search warrant at his home on Ocean Boulevard was executed by police and members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Preston is charged with one count of certain uses of computers, a Class B felony.more »

Personal Injury
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Feldman Shepherd Names Patricia Giordano a Partner in Philadelphia Personal...
PR.com (press release)February 10, 2012

Philadelphia, PA, February 10, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Giordano has been named a partner of the firm.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's recess appointments will create uncertainty, GOP critics say
Washington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Issa acknowledged that the US Constitution doesn't define the scope of a partial Senate recess or pro-forma sessions. "The courts may soon decide – the sooner the better – whether these appointments are valid and whether a law limiting taxes to the ...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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Dietary Supplements Extensively Regulated, Say Authors of New Article
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Today, under DSHEA and subsequent amendments to the FDCA, FDA has broad statutory authority to regulate dietary supplements appropriately and those who manufacture, distribute, and sell them, and to take enforcement action against unsafe or mislabeled ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

US Offers $10M to Jump-Start ID Security Tech Research
TechNewsWorldFebruary 7, 2012

That same day the US Department of Justice reported the arrest of three women in California for engaging in a scheme to use stolen identities to illegally collect tax refunds. And just days earlier, DoJ officials reported the arrest in New York of ...more »

Sports Law
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Judge finds gender bias in high school's athletics
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 11, 2012

The law requires both high schools and colleges that receive federal funds - that would be virtually all of them - to provide equal opportunities for men and women to participate in sports along with equal treatment and benefits.more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Your money: Last-minute tax tips
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward helping avoid an IRS audit. Get help. Don't have time to figure out all the ongoing changes to tax regulations? Don't have the interest? Then get the help of a professional tax preparer immediately after ...more »

I got it wrong on older women: BBC boss admits there ARE too few on TV
Daily MailFebruary 8, 2012

And he reveals that he hopes a landmark age-discrimination employment tribunal brought by ex-Countryfile presenter Miriam O'Reilly, 54, would be seen as a 'turning point', describing it as an 'important wake-up' for the broadcaster.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Old stories and anti-Shell propaganda
Royal Dutch Shell plc .comFebruary 1, 2012

Richard knows Shell well and all of the tricks of their legal department. Richard is head of Royds Employment Department and specialises in all aspects of employment law. He was recommended to me and turned out to be a great asset and kind friend in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Who owns the sun? Patent law and clean energy
The ConversationFebruary 21, 2012

Dr Matthew Rimmer is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, working on Intellectual Property and Climate Change. He is an associate professor at the ANU College of Law, and an associate director of the Australian Centre for Intellectual Property...more »

Wills & Probate
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Kelly not commenting on report
MetroNews CanadaFebruary 17, 2012

According to Nova Scotia's Probate Act, which governs the handling of wills, an executor has to notify beneficiaries within 30 days from taking over the estate. An affidavit of service must be filed within 60 days, and an inventory of the deceased's ...more »

Family Law
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One on One With Rep. Lynn Woolsey: US Family Law Is Stuck in the "'Leave It to ...
truthoutFebruary 4, 2012

AB: Let's talk about the Balancing Act. The provisions it includes, such as universal preschool and doubling the length of family medical leave - of course there's always going to be a split in Congress and among the public, but these seem like ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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