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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Law Firm Moving to The Colonnade at Station Square in Silver Spring, MD
Citybizlist Real EstateFebruary 1, 2012

The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC has signed a 15440-square-foot lease at 1100 Wayne Ave., a 162834-square-foot building in Silver Spring, MD owned by Bethesda-based Moore & Associates. The Ezra Company Principal/Executive Vice ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Indiana joins right-to-work ranks, gov. signs bill
abc40February 1, 2012

The Senate is hearing the right-to-work bill on final reading and the governor is expected to sign the bill later in the day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Union members protesting the right-to-work legislation wait to enter the Statehouse in Indianapolis, ...more »

Health Care Law
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QCA Catholic Dioceses Fight Obama Healthcare Law
KWQC 6February 1, 2012

The Diocese of Davenport and Peoria are in a battle with the federal government over new healthcare mandates that require church affiliated groups, like hospitals and universities, to cover contraception under their plans. "It would appear as though we ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Long Island PressFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Immigration Law
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Reclusive Tunisian billionaire has date with immigration
CTV.caFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, when the rules are not met, a permanent resident may be deemed inadmissible and issued a departure order. The Canadian government has said previously that Trabelsi has sought refugee status in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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State office cites local agencies for lack of compliance
WatertownDailyTimes.comFebruary 3, 2012

By BRIAN HAYDEN MASSENA — Multiple north country agencies are out of compliance with state law because they are months behind in filing documentation. And representatives from two of those agencies say the state's rules make it difficult for smaller ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Motorola Solutions settles securities fraud suit for $200M
Chicago TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

The two had hired a mediator to resolve the dispute. In December, the mediator proposed that Motorola Solutions settle for $200 million, which the parties accepted, according to court papers. "We're pleased to have this behind us as it removes the risk ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cyber Insurance: An Efficient Way to Manage Security and Privacy Risk in the ...
Information Law GroupFebruary 1, 2012

Two things changed that made cyber insurance much more relevant. One was a rather sudden event, and the other more gradual. First, in 2003, California passed SB1386, the world's first breach notification law. The reality then (as now) is that companies ...more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

According to Dr. Patricia McEachern (Mc-Karen), the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, several students have already begun pursuing the minor. "This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of colleges and universities ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Disagreements on cyber risk East-West "Cold War"
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

* East-West disagreements over cyberspace rise * Intellectual property theft, Internet freedom key issues * Increasingly obvious gap between US, alies, Russia ,China By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent LONDON - With worries growing over ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rockville doubles contract with law firm to $1M
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

16, for legal services involving the city's bonds, employment and benefits, code enforcement, Rockville Town Square operations and the Town Square garage lease and litigation. Rockville City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel said the contract with Venable is ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Gluba extends search for affirmative action panelists
Quad City TimesFebruary 7, 2012

After more than two weeks without any applicants for Davenport's Affirmative Action Commission, Mayor Bill Gluba put out another call Monday. The city council created the seven-member panel late last year. Now that work on the annual city budget is ...more »

New USAF X-Plane, the X-56A UAV, Revealed by Aviation Week
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In exclusive coverage, Aviation Week has revealed a new US Air Force X-plane, the X-56A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will test active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation-- vital technologies that ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord fined over eviction
Newtownabbey TodayFebruary 2, 2012

A spokeswoman for Belfast City Council said: “We are pleased with this ruling as it reminds landlords that tenants are entitled to the full protection of the law. We work extremely hard with landlords to raise awareness about the rights of tenants and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AMR Poised to Start Labor Talks With 10000 Job Cuts Possible
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

s American Airlines is preparing to offer union employees contracts today that probably will eliminate more than 10 percent of jobs and freeze pensions as the third-largest US carrier pares spending in bankruptcy. As many as 15000 jobs may be cut, ...more »

Litigation
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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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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay female veteran sues over denial of benefits
York Daily RecordFebruary 2, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. WASHINGTON—A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Three face Internet child pornography charges
StandardNetFebruary 4, 2012

According to the probable cause statements, an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used a secure database to investigate Utah computers that were downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography files on the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Spine Injury Information Many Doctors Don't Explain
EIN News (press release)February 6, 2012

Here we will discuss the intricacies of spinal injuries and how a skilled personal injury attorney can help. FISHKILL, NY, February 06, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- How is a spine injury patient supposed to make an informed decision about his/her medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Why the Health Care Law Is Constitutional
Huffington Post (blog)February 6, 2012

While no doubt the Supreme Court will pronounce as a matter of law whether a decision to forego the purchase of insurance is an "activity" that can be regulated within the framework of the constitution's Commerce Clause, it deciding not to make such a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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EC Interim Report on Bulgaria Progress under CVM - Full Text
Novinite.comFebruary 8, 2012

A law on asset forfeiture now being debated in Parliament needs to be comprehensive, and backed up with strong institutions, if it is to be effective in dissuading organised crime and high-level corruption. An analysis of shortcomings in judicial and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA to file complaint on Eskom blackouts
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

In addition, Mr. Yatrakis has extensive experience advising investors on issues related to inbound and real estate investments, including the application of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") and of the US withholding rules.more »

Canada's anti-spam law goes too far
Globe and MailFebruary 7, 2012

The act limits that implied consent; by far the most common form it could take would be “an existing business relationship,” such as a continuing contract. In the Internet age, that is a very narrow criterion. Large numbers of people may frequently ...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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Jimmy Dimora's defense lawyer raises questions about J. Kevin Kelley's mental ...
Plain Dealer (blog)February 4, 2012

According to Kelley's earlier testimony, a Cleveland halfway house helped finance the trip in exchange for the commissioner's help in getting a county contract renewed. Follow Jimmy Dimora's trial live with The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.more »

Tax time proves taxing on wallet
Enid News & EagleFebruary 1, 2012

Of course, when the IRS is the agency conducting the poll, what other answer could you give? What is a bit surprising is the number of people who say you should cheat on your taxes “as much as possible” doubled in 2011, to 8 percent.more »

Analysis: Civil rights cases dismissed at alarming rate
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 16, 2012

The commission — a state body charged with investigating unfair or discriminatory practices — on average found there was “probable cause” to proceed in less than 1.5 percent the roughly 2000 non-housing complaints filed each year.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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Sun Stroke: SoCal Edison and the Battle Over Solar Power
KCET (blog)February 1, 2012

This extended delay, said one campus official who is close to the situation, appears to be a result of SCE's unwillingness to allow alternative energy to "bleed back into the grid." This is not a simple case of SCE fearing that solar technology will ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Clinic open to veterans needing free legal advice
Beaumont Enterprise (blog)February 8, 2012

Appointments are encouraged by calling the bar office at 409-835-8647 but walk-ins will be welcomed. Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues such as family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, tax issues, ...more »

Family Law
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Family law overhaul to head off violence
PS NewsFebruary 9, 2012

The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) has called for changes to Federal laws relating to domestic and family violence, making 102 recommendations for reform. In its report Family Violence and Commonwealth Laws — Improving Legal Frameworks, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured Workers Concerned about Breach
VOCMFebruary 5, 2012

The Newfoundland and Labrador Injured Workers Association is concerned about what is going on behind the scenes at Workers Compensation. A recent report brought to light that an employee accessed the records of twelve injured workers without a ...more »

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