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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...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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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Support builds for special health care session
Elizabethton StarFebruary 3, 2012

By AP NASHVILLE (AP) — Republican lawmakers are building support for a plan to wait until the end of the year to take action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law. House Speaker Beth Harwell said Thursday that ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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How North Country Reps Voted On Supporting Arizona Immigration Law
New Hampshire Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

By Chris Jensen Here's how North Country representatives voted on a resolution passed by the House Wednesday to express support for Arizona's controversial immigration law. Part of the Arizona law requires the police to determine the immigration status ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Jeffrey Jacobson Named Head of Xerox Global Graphic Communications
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Jacobson is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo and holds a master's degree in industrial relations from the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Pace University School of Law and is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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'Year of Bible' sparking dispute
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

By Andrew M. Seder House Resolution 535 is another example of the fine line between religion and politics being blurred, according to local religious leaders and professors. The two-page resolution, adopted last week by a 193-0 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights: Orangutans Saved By Four Paws
The Daily ActivistFebruary 2, 2012

Animal Rights – Indonesia – As hunters closed in and prepared to slaughter a defenseless pregnant orangutan and her baby, Four Paws, a British-based animal rescue group arrived in the nick of time, saving them from certain death.more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft, Facebook, Ericsson, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp., the largest software maker, said it would be “fair and reasonable” in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Prop 209 Just, Despite Governor's Opposition
Berkeley High JacketFebruary 11, 2012

Proponents of affirmative action policies claim that the black child must be given favor to counter historical oppression. This dilemma has become something of a controversy about freedoms and equal protection of rights. To resolve the issue, ...more »

Aviation Ministry objects crediting Delhi Airport fee to Consumer Fund
Hindu Business LineFebruary 5, 2012

PTI The Civil Aviation Ministry has strongly objected to the Consumer Affairs Ministry's view that airport regulator AERA should credit Rs 1500 crore collected by Delhi airport operator DIAL to the Consumer Welfare Fund. The collection of development ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord must send a CRP to tenant
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Q I rent a house in Minneapolis, and I want to get my renter's property tax refund, but my landlord hasn't given me my Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP). What should I do? A Under state law, the owner of any homestead rental property must furnish a CRP to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The US Supreme Court reaffirms the enforceability of arbitration agreements
Lexology (registration)February 1, 2012

Specifically, the plaintiffs relied on a provision of the CROA stating that consumers: “have a right to sue a credit repair organization that violates” its provisions and that this right cannot be waived. The US District Court for the Northern District ...more »

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Hecla Mining Shareholder Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe, founder of The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC, and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP announce that the firms are ...more »

Business Law
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The Lantern: Rampant online piracy causes proposal of new, controversial bills ...
my.hsj.orgFebruary 1, 2012

Many teenagers do not think twice about online piracy; some do not even think it is a crime. Now in the year 2012, illegal downloads are no joking matter as the government passes new laws to correct the problem and punish those responsible.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Female veteran sues US over denial of full benefits
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 2, 2012

The Pasadena woman, a 12-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, says she was denied full benefits because she is married to a woman. The suit targets the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times A Pasadena woman who served ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Online sex predator sentenced to prison
Northern Virginia DailyFebruary 7, 2012

20, 2011, Fuss engaged in an online chat with a Frederick County Sheriff's Office investigator assigned to an Internet Crimes Against Children task force, Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn Williamson said. The officer posed undercover as a 14-year-old girl ...more »

Personal Injury
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Small steps to offset suffering
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 5, 2012

After nearly 11 years, WR Grace & Co. is emerging from the cocoon of bankruptcy court where it sought financial protection while Libby asbestos victims got sicker and many died through the years. Grace filed for bankruptcy in 2001 as personal injury ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Jaensch: Law changes aren't all equal
Adelaide NowFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination was one reason for the call for the existing clauses should be deleted! The committee also sought a prohibition of racial discrimination, but would allow positive discrimination laws designed to overcome Aboriginal disadvantages.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WeiserMazars LLP announced today that Demetri G. Yatrakis has joined the firm as a tax principal in its Real Estate Services Group. Mr. Yatrakis will be based in the firm's New York City office. He brings expertise both from ...more »

Hurdles can arise in hunt for public information
Delmarva Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

In Onancock, Charles Landis prevailed in court last month when he filed a petition claiming the town violated the state Freedom of Information Act by providing a copy of the town manager's employment contract with signatures and dates removed.more »

Sports Law
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"The Law Firm" And The Best Nicknames In Sports
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Among the most timeless intimacies shared between athletes and those of us on the other side of the TV screen who choose to devote a degree of our desires towards witnessing the possible outcomes that these men and women facilitate with their deeds, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Legal proceedings: What is a John Doe investigation anyway?
WisBarFebruary 14, 2012

As John Doe proceedings unfold in Milwaukee County, criminal defense lawyer Marcus Berghahn explains what John Doe legal proceedings entail, how they are conducted, and why they are necessary. By Marcus J. Berghahn, Hurley, Burish & Stanton SC, ...more »

IRS Announces Pilot Program for Large Companies and Their Retirement Plans
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

The IRS hopes that after reviewing these procedures, etc., it can then use datadriven factors to surgically target a company's compliance weaknesses. Based on recent exam and survey activities, it seems large companies confront these types of ...more »

Advocates ask for ordinances to ban discrimination,`Someone could get fired ...
KSPRFebruary 21, 2012

Under the current non-discrimination ordinance age, race, creed, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, and ancestry are protected. The Mayor's Commission on Human Rights recently asked the city council to send the issue to a committee or ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jessica Mutch: Asset sales set to dominate Waitangi Day
TVNZFebruary 3, 2012

To partially sell off state assets the Government needs to take the assets protection clause (Section 9) out of the State Owned Enterprises Act which has Treaty provisions and they need to create a new law. There are three options: keep Section 9 of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Oil and gas commission director resigns
Northern Colorado Business ReportFebruary 1, 2012

The director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is resigning to join a law firm specializing in oil and natural gas and public lands practices. David Neslin was appointed director to the state agency regulating oil and gas development ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 24
The StateFebruary 24, 2012

(803) 545-3100 ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: Open Gallery weekend, 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the SC Political Collections galleries will be open for public viewing.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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National Workers' Compensation Coalition Merges with CLM
MMD Newswire (press release)February 3, 2012

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) February 3, 2012 -- The Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance is pleased to announce that the National Workers' Compensation Coalition (NWCC) is merging with the CLM. The NWCC is a premier workers' compensation...more »


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