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Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Administrative Law
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Patent Law Analysis by Professors Dennis Crouch and Jason Rantanen
Patently-OFebruary 1, 2012

This is even more so in the prior use context because the later filed patent by definition will have a priority date of at least one year later than the user's first date of commercial use. Using the language of the Supreme Court in its KSR decision: ...more »

Health Care Law
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Church steps up fight against law
Worcester TelegramFebruary 4, 2012

20 after Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, announced that the new federal health care law will require that insurance plans at many religious institutions, including colleges, hospitals, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Cops, GPS Devices, and You
Huffington Post (blog)February 3, 2012

But the highest court in our land has now ruled that installing that GPS tracker was an unconstitutional action, a violation of every citizen's Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches and seizures, because no judge signed a warrant ahead ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's Immigration Law to Cost State Millions in Lost Taxes, Study Says
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Alabama employers say Latinos -- including legal immigrants -- are not showing up at their jobs because of the hostile environment they feel since an immigration law took effect.AP Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Stories New Immig.more »

Industrial Development Law
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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 »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New mediation and dispute resolution service launched
Post OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Amy Ellis Expedite Resolution's said that its central focus is to offer mediation and dispute resolution as a viable route to reduce life cycles of claims, and early closure, with a corresponding reduction in costs both direct and indirect.more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Reports Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

8, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- AMERCO (Nasdaq: UHAL), parent of U-Haul International, Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, today reported net earnings available to common shareholders for its third ...more »

Animal Law
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Laying hen housing legislation divisive for agriculture
Agri-ViewFebruary 2, 2012

"This bill would result in mandated animal care standards based largely on the political goals of an animal rights group that seeks to eventually shut down animal agriculture by government mandate," blasts AFBF president Bob Stallman.more »

Intellectual Property
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Enterprise Translation Leader MultiLing Continues Expansion With New Utah ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

PROVO, UTAH, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The translation industry's most advanced provider of global enterprise and intellectual property translation is expanding again. Following its move to expanded headquarters in 2005, MultiLing has ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Exposure Led to the Death of a Woman in England (blog)February 1, 2012

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause also cause other deadly diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos lung cancer. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and has since developed mesothelioma, contact Sokolove Law to receive a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Rutgers–Newark Law School Hosts March 1 Symposium on the Future of Affirmative...
News from RutgersFebruary 17, 2012

NEWARK, NJ – The future of affirmative action in higher education will be discussed by a panel of legal experts and distinguished speakers at the Rutgers Race & the Law Review symposium to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Thursday, March 1, ...more »

Congress OKs bill to prod US aviation into new era
CBS NewsFebruary 7, 2012

(AP) WASHINGTON — Congress has passed a bill aimed at prodding the nation's aviation system into a new high-tech era in which satellites are central to air traffic control and piloted planes share the skies with unmanned drones.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New government rules would make windowless 'fire traps' legal, critics warn
Vancouver SunFebruary 15, 2012

Critics say the government has caved to pressure from apartment rental companies, who first tried and failed to have the costly safety laws overturned by the courts. “The Conservative government is proposing to legalize fire traps in order to pay off a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit hire: Collision course
Post OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Craig Budsworth The investigation follows a three-month call for evidence which saw insurers, credit hire companies and various trade bodies, including the Credit Hire Organisation participate. The number of cases surrounding this area of law is ...more »

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Finra: Schwab Violating Customers' Litigation Rights
Fox BusinessFebruary 1, 2012

The company says it's "committed to resolving customer disputes fairly and efficiently without litigation through its internal customer advocacy program or by use of FINRA Dispute Resolution." However, it says within the resolution process, ...more »

Business Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigating job held by decorated veteran
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 3, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life which restored ...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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Fighting fraud or helping insurance?
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 14, 2012

8 guest column, "Fix auto insurance by getting back to basics," reveals only half of the story when it comes to personal injury reform in Florida. All parties involved in the PIP arena (insurance companies, physicians, attorneys, and patients) want to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court rejects ground rent law challenge
Irish TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The challenge came in an appeal from a High Court ruling that the law on ground rents was constitutional. Isle of Man-registered JES Holdings and its shareholders, John and Lucy Shirley, had claimed that the 1980 Landlord and Tenant Act, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Penningtons | Clinical Negligence Annual Report 2012
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 5, 2012

Clinical Negligence Annual Report 2012 52 Foreword 3 Key facts and figures 4 1. Clinical negligence claims – volume and payment value to 2011 5 2. Legal costs for claimants and defendants 6 3. 2011 hot legal topics 8 3.1 The Legal...more »

Consumer Protection
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Food Safety Act will protect consumers
IBNLive.comFebruary 5, 2012

“The act can work only if the people become watchdogs,” said Institute of Hotel Management's former principal BP Tripathy. The FSSA will act as a subset of the Consumer Protection Act, he said. Gaur spoke on the the apprehension of many about the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Gov. Jerry Brown names panel to dismantle LA redevelopment agency
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... the chairman of a real estate investment firm and the head of a consulting group with the job of dismantling the sprawling, half-century-old agency. The three-person panel is required under state law because LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the ...more »

Labour of love
Malaysia StarFebruary 4, 2012

Sinnadurai has written extensively on Malaysian law, publishing many books that have since become authoritative sources of reference for legal practitioners as well as law students. His book on Law of Contract, the fourth edition of which was also ...more »

Sports Law
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Girls' sports schedules ruled to violate federal law
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

If sports schedules make it harder for girls than boys to be refreshed the next day for school, they violate federal law, the United States Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Half of girls games in Franklin County, Indiana "have been relegated to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Brooklyn prosecutor returns to Davis Polk
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

Greg Andres, who has worked as a federal prosecutor since 1999, will join Davis Polk's litigation department and work closely with the firm's white-collar defense group, representing clients in civil and criminal cases, according to the announcement.more »

Former F&S Oil auditor pleads guilty to bank fraud
Waterbury Republican AmericanFebruary 3, 2012

The US Attorney's Office said Thursday that Dale K. Ciccarelli, 57, of Southbury, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty in US District Court in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aiding and assisting ...more »

Utah panelists support health care overhaul
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By pamela manson President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation led to numerous lawsuits filed by organizations and states — including one by Utah and 25 other states — claiming a requirement that individuals buy health insurance is ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate Planning Attorney at Plantation, Florida's Wild Felice and Partners ...
PR Web (press release)February 4, 2012

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a Fort Lauderdale area law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate Administration is the newest attorney to be honored with the AV Preeminent designation.more »

Environmental Law
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Bill would block export of Keystone fuels
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats unveiled legislation on Friday that would block export of any oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline, as they challenged claims that the delayed project would boost US energy security.more »

Wills & Probate
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Kenneth R. Kraus named partner in law firm of Evans & Fox LLP
Brighton-Pittsford PostFebruary 13, 2012

Karus will continue his work in wills, trusts and estate planning, probate and estate administration, preparation of fiduciary, gift and estate tax returns, long term care, Medicaid planning, Surrogate Court litigation and residential real estate.more »

Family Law
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Legal forums return Feb. 16
Cleveland Daily BannerFebruary 2, 2012

The year's first forum topic will be “Family Law Issues,” the same subject covered in the event's inaugural session. It has returned by “popular demand,” as has the entire Community Legal Forum concept, Tapper explained. Joining Tapper on the “Family ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Private vs. public sector workers
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

In response to Andrew Taylor's article in The Seattle Times regarding private sector versus federal-worker compensation [“Earnings of many federal workers top private sector,” News, Jan. 31]. The question should not be why federal workers are earning ...more »


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