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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Read Transcript of Federal Medical Pot Hearing That Smoked Brewer's Suit
Phoenix New Times (blog)February 1, 2012

The January 4 dismissal of Brewer's lawsuit, which was clearly intended to thwart a new medical marijuana law, came after a December 12 hearing that didn't go well for one of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's lawyers. Horne, who hasn't been averse ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as US Ages
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Walker's Union Law Saves Wisconsin Money as Teachers Quit School
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Turner said the law's impact varies with the availability of federal stimulus money, student enrollment, the overall financial health of districts and the status of their contracts -- the higher employee contributions don't begin until labor deals ...more »

Immigration Law
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Proposal from Kan. business groups goes against immigration guru's national ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Industrial Development 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 »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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Obama birth control mandate faces legal challenges
PoliticoFebruary 7, 2012

And in upholding the California and New York laws, the courts solidly rejected arguments that they violate the constitution or other religious liberty protections in federal law. "The court [has been] incredibly clear" in these cases, ...more »

Animal Law
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Blow the whistle on this proposal
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesFebruary 3, 2012

Backers want to take aim at animal rights activists who get jobs at facilities and collect secret video of animal mistreatment or other wrongdoing. Those videos have been a public relations problem for an important Iowa industry.more »

Intellectual Property
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Faculty Senate objects to policy
ASU HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

All students and persons employed by the Arkansas State University System may lose their rights to their own "Intellectual Property" in an updated policy that is being reviewed in the shared governance process. The policy made its way to the faculty ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Federal court to hear renewed challenge to California's affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race ...more »

EvCC Aviation Maintenance Technician School information session
HeraldNetFebruary 1, 2012

EVERETT – Learn about Everett Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technician School and careers in aviation maintenance at an information session at 2:30 pm Feb. 9. The information session will be held at the school, 9711 32nd Place W., ...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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Tribune's Bankruptcy Legal Bill Almost $231 Million So Far
All Access Music GroupFebruary 1, 2012

s three year bankruptcy and related litigation has reached almost $231 million and counting, according to the company's DECEMBER monthly operating report filed with Bankruptcy Court, reports CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. The large figure was attributed by ...more »

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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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Netflix says Congress can help bring Facebook app to US
Chicago TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

It's also to Netflix business partners and it's also potentially to law enforcement," Rotenberg said of the House bill's broader implications. Lawmakers also took issue with how the House bill would amend the Video Privacy Protection Act. Senator ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs
North County TimesFebruary 10, 2012

SEATTLE ---- The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center, a newspaper reported Tuesday. The review by the Western Regional ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Teacher pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography
Bennington BannerFebruary 6, 2012

He is also barred from using a computer with access to the Internet. Dockum was put on administrative leave from the school with pay on Oct. 5. Bennington police have said there is no evidence to suggest the alleged images involved local children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., Discuss ...
Marketwire (press release)February 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - Feb 9, 2012) - The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys discuss the state's new bicycle safety laws and are prepared to help individuals who have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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judge allows enforcement of Texas abortion law
ReutersFebruary 7, 2012

By Terry Baynes (Reuters) - A federal judge on Monday allowed the state of Texas to begin enforcing a law requiring abortion providers to show or describe to a woman an ultrasound image of her fetus, but criticized an appeals court that earlier ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bad Medicine Results in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits Says Nashua Medical ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 10, 2012

Nashua, NH (Law Firm Newswire) February 10, 2012 – Angry patients do not always file medical malpractice lawsuits because sometimes bad things just happen. But bad medicine causes plaintiffs to file suits. “Tort reform critics say medical malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Province announces new limits for debt-settlement agencies
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

They are a result of amendments to regulations under the Consumer Protection Act. "We want to be sure that people already struggling with debt don't find themselves paying large fees upfront with no guarantee the service will actually reduce their debt ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Fine Point Group Files Motion to Enforce Tribal Court Judgment Against ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Fine Point Group yesterday filed a motion in Pojoaque Tribal Court to enforce the decision of that same court in the face of continued interference by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Gaming Commission, whose conduct was previously ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Indiana election chief's defense rests without presenting case against voter ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are set for Friday, when the case ...more »

The 'A-Team,' once the most powerful clique in Cuyahoga County government
Plain DealerFebruary 5, 2012

In return, some earned the county commissioner's support on multimillion-dollar contracts and cushy government jobs, according to indictments. They also enjoyed access to the most powerful Democratic leader in the county. J. Kevin Kelley, a member of ...more »

Jury finds University of Iowa did not discriminate against Michigan lawyer ...
The RepublicFebruary 26, 2012

AP IOWA CITY, Iowa — A jury has rejected a Michigan lawyer's claims that the University of Iowa's law school denied him a faculty position because it found him too old, siding with the school in one of three discrimination lawsuits that were making ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Debuts New Website (press release)February 2, 2012

Punta Gorda, FL, February 02, 2012 --( Farr Law Firm, Charlotte County, Florida's largest and longest established law firm is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website Inherent to the website's redesign strategy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Entire Energy makes new bid for approval
ThisWeekNewsFebruary 15, 2012

Smith will find the city alternative special counsel. The letter delivered to Boso from Curry's legal counsel, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, includes Entire Energy's planned process and an analysis showing how the proposed use conforms to the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Lead Summervile SC Habit For Humanity Wills Clinic
openPR (press release)February 29, 2012

If a will is in place the probate court process is much easier and the homeowners can pass on the home to loved ones in a simpler way. There were many attorney and legal volunteers that participated in drafting and witnessing the documents that came ...more »

Family Law
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Children used by warring parents
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

Courts are struggling to cope with increasingly bitter family law cases involving one parent turning their child against the other. Behaviour includes false allegations of abuse, constant denigration of the other parent, asking the child to carry ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Denver Workers' Comp Privatization Gets Cool Reception
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

A proposal to privatize the only state-chartered workers' compensation company is getting a cool reception from a special panel reviewing the plan. A straw poll of the task force on Tuesday showed more than half to be opposed or neutral.more »


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