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Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Palike to reclaim Clarence School playground
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will take legal measures to reclaim the Clarence School playground. Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda, while replying to a discussion on the issue in the Council meeting on Tuesday, said the lease of the ground ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Philadelphia traffic court judge resigns
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 29, 2012

Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer, the acting administrative judge of Traffic Court, said Singletary submitted his resignation by iPhone. However, Glazer said that under state law a judge must resign directly to the governor, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Affordable Care law improves women's health
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 14, 2012

As a woman, I know just how important preventive medical services can be for my health. The Obama administration's recent announcement that by August, insurance companies will cover preventive services, including contraception, is comforting news.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Taxpayer Revolution Seeks a Law Like Arizona's
San Diego ReaderFebruary 29, 2012

The Protection from Transnational Gangs initiative, which Hilton hopes to put before voters next November, would require state and local officers to act as federal officers on immigration matters, make it more difficult for persons without legal...more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona: Romney's model for immigration policy
The Hill (blog)February 29, 2012

To appeal to the most extreme elements of his party, last week he called Arizona's harsh immigration law, “a model for America.” Arizona's anti-immigrant law is definitely a model. It's just not a model for immigration policy.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Market for scrap metal entices criminals
Press HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

The measure has advanced in the Legislature, receiving an “ought to pass” recommendation from the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee on Feb. 16. Current law prohibits the sale of scrap metal obtained illegally and prevents ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Crary Buchanan partner James Bowdish to attend annual American Arbitration ...
TCPalmFebruary 29, 2012

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is a not-for-profit dispute resolution organization which operates nationally and internationally. Bowdish has been a member of the AAA's panel of neutrals for more than 20 years. He currently is assigned to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Fulbright Adds Mortgage Banking Pair to Litigation Department
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

He received his JD from Tulane University School of Law and his bachelor's degree from Northwestern. His professional associations include Mortgage Bankers Association of America and the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.more »

Animal Law
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Majority of California Assembly members call for resignation of wildlife ...
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 25, 2012

By Paul Rogers Animal welfare groups are up in arms about a photo showing the president of California's FIsh and Game Commission posing with a mountain lion he shot in Idaho. These are screengrabs from the web site where the photo was found.more »

Intellectual Property
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AppNexus Announces Initiative to Stop Piracy of Intellectual Property on the ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

As part of the initiative, AppNexus is making a firm public commitment to actively monitor traffic and refuse to allow clients to run ads on those sites that are found to feature pirated intellectual property. Microsoft Advertising and the Interactive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Why Dallas Court Reporters Provide Realtime Services for Attorneys
JD Supra (press release)February 28, 2012

COM Why Dallas Court Reporters Provide Realtime Services for Attorneys Litigation Support is a highly competitive industry, and Dallas court reporters who want to retain their existing clients -and develop new ones -really need to keep up with ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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GUEST COLUMN: Affirmative action: the perspective from admissions
The MIT TechFebruary 28, 2012

By Stu Schmill In response to the recent discussions taking place in these pages, where a lot has been said about the admissions process, I want to take this opportunity to add to the conversation with a few comments. First, I want to make clear that ...more »

Precision Aviation Group (PAG) Launches New Business - Rotorcraft Services ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

By Precision Aviation Group ATLANTA, Feb. 9, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta-based Precision Aviation Group (PAG), a leading provider of products and value-added services to the Worldwide Aerospace and Defense industries, announces the launch of the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q&A: Underwater house is a home, not just a transaction
The OlympianFebruary 16, 2012

A: Most states have specific laws to deal with abandoned personal property left behind by a tenant. For example, Florida's Disposition of Personal Property Landlord and Tenant Act requires that you mail or give your former tenant a specific form, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How the Quest for the Perfect Calendar Accidentally Created February 30
io9February 29, 2012

Adding twelve of these alternating months together gives a year of 354 days, which isn't a bad approximation of the length of a year, all things considered. Most early calendars prioritized the cycles of the Moon over the length of the year, ...more »

Litigation
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Renowned Litigator Steve Susman Launches "Trial by Agreement" Website
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

28, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen Susman, a nationally known litigator based in Houston Texas, has launched TrialbyAgreement.com, a groundbreaking website aimed at ultimately transforming litigation in the United States into a process that is more ...more »

Business Law
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Statman, Harris & Eyrich, LLC Announces Investigation Into Unsolicited Text ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

CINCINNATI, Feb 29, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Attorney Advertising. The law firm of Statman, Harris & Eyrich, LLC announces it is investigating the marketing practices of companies that send unsolicited and unwanted text messages to consumers' ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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BURNELL v. BURNELL
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Franklin argues that the divorce judgment was unambiguous in awarding him his full military pension and that the court erred in determining otherwise and awarding a portion of his benefits to Lynette. We agree and vacate the judgment.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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warranted or not waranted..either way
The North Bay NuggetFebruary 19, 2012

The new bill allowing the police access to our personal information for them to catch child pornographers/diddlers, and other people who are committing crimes on the internet.. My 1st instinct was, sure! this sound good. a new set of rules, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Brad Lakin Named SuperLawyer for 3rd Year In A Row
PR Web (press release)February 18, 2012

Brad Lakin is a personal injury lawyer and his firm has offices in St. Louis, Phoenix and Alton, Illinois. “This recognition from my peers is very gratifying, because it underscores my commitment to fighting for justice and devotion to our firm's ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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THE BIG READ: The right constitution
Times LIVEFebruary 26, 2012

"We therefore, through our freely elected representatives, adopt this constitution as the supreme law of the republic so as to heal the divisions of the past and establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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FDIC coming up empty in pursuit of bankers
msnbc.comFebruary 23, 2012

The primary targets of the lawsuits aren't so much the former executives' wallets, but rather the insurance policies most banks take out to shield their officers and directors from claims of negligent management, according to court documents and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Proposes 'Red Flags' Identity Theft Rules
Accounting TodayFebruary 28, 2012

Section 1088 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act transferred authority over certain parts of the Fair Credit Reporting Act from the Federal Trade Commission to the SEC and CFTC for entities they regulate.more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate lawyer close to mortgage fraud, Law Society says
Toronto StarFebruary 26, 2012

Tony Van Alphen Business Reporter He was deceptive, dishonest and “grossly deficient.” He concocted “sham” deals. He “lied” to lenders. But Ron Allan Hatcher, the lawyer behind a series of bizarre house transactions in the city's Junction area, ...more »

Jakarta Has Its Work Cut Out
Wall Street JournalFebruary 26, 2012

In January, a court ruled that contract-based workers had to be paid the same wages as permanent employees, which could now threaten even contract work. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono put reform of this law on his government's agenda when he ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Arizona executes man for killing ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By AMANDA LEE MYERS AP FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona executed an inmate Wednesday for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland prosecutor taken aback by Griem comments in Bashara murder case
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

By Mitch Hotts Well-known criminal defense attorney David Griem summoned the Detroit-area media to the Guardian Building on Friday to talk about the Bob Bashara murder case, but at times it seemed like he was gearing up for a fight with Oakland County ...more »

Taking Tax Software for a Walk
New York TimesFebruary 12, 2012

If trying to deduct a dog seems silly, understand that the attempt had a serious purpose: to determine whether the tax-preparation programs discourage the kind of conduct that can lead to an IRS audit. TurboTax and Block saved me from doing something ...more »

University of Iowa prevails in age-discrimination lawsuit
The National Law JournalFebruary 27, 2012

The University of Iowa College of Law did not discriminate against a candidate for a faculty position on the basis of his age, an Iowa jury found on Feb. 24. Donald Dobkin sued the law school after he failed to secure an interview for a teaching ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Considering making a large gift? The time is now
North Bay Business JournalFebruary 27, 2012

At the end of 2010, Congress increased the estate and gift tax exemptions to $5 million, effective for two years. As presently enacted, that will be the law only until Dec. 31, 2012. If no action is taken by Congress at that time, then, beginning on ...more »

Environmental Law
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Jordan wants to scrap energy benchmarks
Mansfield News JournalFebruary 7, 2012

The benchmarks were approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by former Gov. Ted Strickland in 2008. They require at least 12.5 percent of electricity sold in Ohio to be from renewable energy resources -- including wind, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 8, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes.more »

Family Law
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Law targets sex offenders living together
WSFAFebruary 29, 2012

"It's hard for these guys to get jobs. Some of them don't have a lot of family support." The sex offender law limits where registered sex offenders can live. Lt. Persky says that's why you see them grouped in certain areas of town.more »

Workers Compensation
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Study Provides Baseline to Measure Impact of Reforms on Illinois Workers...
PR Web (press release)February 22, 2012

A new study, CompScope™ Benchmarks for Illinois, 12th Edition, by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) provides useful baseline data to measure the future impact of 2011 reforms in Illinois, which are designed to ensure that the state's ...more »

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