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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Racial Justice Act hearing: Statistics expert says race a factor in exclusion ...
Fayetteville ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

That testimony came the third day of Marcus Reymond Robinson's Racial Justice Act hearing. The law gives death row inmates a chance to argue that racism played a role in their prosecution. Robinson is the first to have an evidentiary hearing since the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Lansley's NHS bill is unnecessary, incomprehensible and possibly illegal ...
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)February 1, 2012

In response to a letter signed by 56 medics saying that his proposals are vital, 365 doctors wrote to our letters page saying that the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 "threatens to derail and fragment the NHS into a collection of competing private ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kim Dotcom Has A Case: Truth Behind Megavideo, Megaupload Indictment
International Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

All of these things, thrown together in one massive indictment, paint the picture of a man running an organized crime ring like a mafia don, not of a man who created file-sharing sites that can be used for online piracy. Take any of those individual ...more »

Immigration Law
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Meet Your Industrial Development Agency
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 3, 2012

Deputy Director for Housing, Economic Development and Infrastructure Planning, NYC Planning Department. Leonard Wasserman. Chief, Economic Development Division, New York City Law Department (Corporation Counsel). Geez, the suspense is killing me.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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WSO2 Workshop on Architectural Approaches to Implementing ESBs for Enterprise ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

WSO2 will explore SOA and integration best practices in a technical workshop that examines how SOA principles and an ESB model are used to properly implement a service broker pattern delivering connectivity, mediation, process orchestration, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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DESSELLE v. ACADIAN AMBULANCE SERVICE, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... of a preliminary injunction prohibiting it from collecting, or attempting to collect, an amount in excess of the reimbursement rate contracted with certain health insurance providers pending litigation of a related class action certification.more »

Animal Law
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Hanna slams delay in exotic animal laws
BigPond NewsFebruary 10, 2012

Efforts to strengthen the law took on new urgency in October, when authorities had to hunt down and kill 48 wild animals - including Bengal tigers - after their owner freed them from his Zanesville farm and then committed suicide.more »

Intellectual Property
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Cabinet Office: no lobby influence on open standards
ZDNet UKFebruary 9, 2012

A Cabinet Office procurement policy note defined open standards as having "intellectual property made irrevocably available on a royalty free basis." This definition was formally withdrawn in November 2011. Technology publication ComputerWeekly said in ...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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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

"We need to fight to get affirmative action back in California." Lawyers for the governor and the students argued the previous 9th Circuit case was "wrongly decided," and that it did not consider Proposition 209's effect on minority enrollment at UC ...more »

Aviation college graduates honored
Arab NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By ARAB NEWS Emirates Aviation College, the institution of choice for higher education in aviation studies, honored 197 graduates at its graduation ceremony. The event was presided over by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renter's Have Rights
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Yet many people feel that their landlord took too long to fix something in their unit or that they have been scammed out of their security deposit at the end of the lease. Here are ten points that I feel are important when it comes to tenant rights: ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

Litigation
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City to move forward with litigation on Consolidated Tax issue
Reno Gazette JournalFebruary 1, 2012

18 city council meeting, the council directed staff to retain legal counsel and to move forward with litigation regarding the consolidated tax issue. Mayor LeRoy Goodman said, "We've been fighting this for the last 1-1/2 years," adding the city has ...more »

Business Law
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Kosmos Energy Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Announced by Gilman Law...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gilman Law LLP, a national securities law firm, announces class action securities fraud suit against Kosmos Energy, Ltd. (“Kosmos Energy”) (NYSE: KOS) and certain of its officers and directors for allegedly violating Federal ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Even with holiday shopping over LPPD encourages Internet awareness
Your Houston NewsFebruary 1, 2012

While children are certainly susceptible to predators, adults are equally as likely to fall victim to a different kind of Internet crime known as “spoofing.” Therefore La Porte Police Department encourages computer users, or anyone interacting with ...more »

Personal Injury
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Former BC resident seriously injured in crash in Indy
Brown County DemocratFebruary 7, 2012

At about 7:15 pm Saturday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to the intersection of Troy Avenue and Keystone Avenue on a personal-injury, hit-and-run accident. Officers found 22-year-old Tara M. Sanders in the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NDAA Law News: Washington State Bill Would Block US from Investigating ...
International Business TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The bill explains the reason behind its sponsors' opposition to the NDAA, stating that the law is unconstitutional because it deprives US citizens of key constitutional rights including the right to due process and right to trial.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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Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part I
Corporate CounselFebruary 7, 2012

Instead, their lucrative penalty schemes encourage lawsuits over hyper-technical statutory violations and promote “creative” interpretations of otherwise well-intentioned laws. See, eg, In re Nissan Odometer Litigation (2009). Companies faced with such ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Better Buildings Reborn as National Real Estate Operations Publication
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

"Our annual reader survey indicated a need for more serious, in-depth articles on best practices for building operations and management," said Michael G. Desiato, Vice President and Group Publisher of ALM's Real Estate Media Division.more »

SWM PROVIDES UPDATE TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Philip Morris - USA's action reflects a requirement found in the Virginia Uniform Commercial Code, the law that governs the contract, that suggests a party making full payment of a disputed invoice potentially waives any right to recover the amount ...more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cave trial: Her attorney questions what her responsibility is in death of man
Jamestown SunFebruary 8, 2012

Cave is accused of murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of Abdi Ali Ahmed, 18, last April. The defense attorney for a Jamestown woman charged with murder is questioning what responsibility she has in the case. David Ogren, court-appointed ...more »

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 »

Feb 2012: Age discrimination
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Many of the Act's requirements are already in force, but one new provision of potential importance to financial services – a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services (under section 29) – is yet to be implemented.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Firm hired for Citizens' appeal
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop plaintiffs' attorneys from seizing Citizens' assets while Gibson, Dunn prepares its request for a Supreme Court review of the state court judgment. Citizens is fighting a March 2009 ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bain of Obama: Solyndra audit expected next week
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 2, 2012

The White House is expected to release late next week its audit of Energy Dept. loans to alternative energy firms. The audit was ordered up last October by former White House chief of staff Bill Daley an effort to stanch the political bleeding from the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
WA todayFebruary 29, 2012

Outside court, Mr Robins' eldest daughter, Melanie McDonald, said: ''Our justice system is a joke if a person doesn't even have a right to write their own will.'' Mr Estrella's lawyer, Terry Johansson, from Contested Wills & Probate Lawyers, ...more »

Family Law
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Gordon Ramsay Shelled Out How Much to Settle Family Feud?!
E! OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

Ramsay sparked a major family feud when he canned his father-in-law in 2010, alleging Hutcheson had broken into his personal and company files and swindled millions in order to fund a lavish double life with a mistress whom he was paying nearly $8000 a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Amaxx Details 2012 Workers Compensation Management Program Updates
WorkersCompensation.com (press release) (blog)February 6, 2012

Workers' Compensation Costs Can Be Reduced by Implementing Operational Best Practices: Learn How With This New Guidebook. A company that wants to implement a new workers' compensation program or revamp an existing system will find this book helpful.more »

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