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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leap day a day like any other for Iowa state government
Quad City TimesFebruary 29, 2012

That comes as no surprise to John Reitz, a University of Iowa law professor and expert in administrative law, the field of law that includes the administration of government. While leap years are an interesting topic for discussion, he's not aware of ...more »

Health Care Law
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`Health Care Freedom Act' falls one vote short of getting on November ballot
Lawrence Journal WorldFebruary 24, 2012

By Scott Rothschild Topeka — A proposed state constitutional amendment aimed at challenging the federal health care reform law fell one vote short Thursday of getting on the November ballot. The Kansas Senate voted 26-14 for the so-called Health Care...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Hip hop acts make for energetic show at Bishop
Indiana Daily StudentFebruary 3, 2012

By William Gryna | IDS The Pro Letarians, Oreo Jones, DJ Wally Wonder and headliner DJ XV, who was the final, and most polished act, entertained a large crowd at the Bishop Wednesday. XV's visit to Bloomington was part of his Midwest State of Mind Tour ...more »

Immigration Law
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Anti-immigration law would hurt US
Lawrence Journal WorldFebruary 28, 2012

By Andres Oppenheimer If Mitt Romney becomes the next president of the United States and honors his latest vow to turn the Arizona immigration law into a “model” for the entire country, life in America could become quite unpleasant for many of us who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Dyadic International Partners with Leading Provider of Nutritional Ingredient ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (otc pink:DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzyme and protein products for the industrial enzyme, bioenergy, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judge praises AMH
NewsDayFebruary 28, 2012

Justice Hungwe noted there is need to adopt alternative dispute resolution as part of the judicial mechanisms available to a broad category of disputes. He said this could reduce the huge backlog the judicial system is currently battling with and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Chief of Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division Rejoins Chadbourne ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

... Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware, has rejoined the Firm's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Investigations and Litigation Group as Counsel in the Washington, DC office.more »

Animal Law
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City Council to Address Hayden Law Cuts
LBPOST.comFebruary 13, 2012

Passed in 1998 and named after its main drafter, former state senator and professor of animal law at UCLA Tom Hayden, the bill significantly altered the way in which animal shelters operated and euthanized animals. Pointedly under attack by both animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Improved Digital Rights Management and Authorization. ICAP Patent Brokerage ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

Improved management of intellectual property is a growing concern. Conventional techniques for providing rights management are not effective at recognizing certain restrictions. There is a need for an improved electronic rights management and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract By LUKOIL For Waste Heat Boiler
Hydrocarbon Online (press release)February 29, 2012

... as expressed by its backlog), its liquidity, the outcome of litigation and legal proceedings and recoveries from customers for claims and the costs of current and future asbestos claims and the amount and timing of related insurance recoveries.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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IU Maurer School of Law professors to discuss affirmative action case
Indiana UniversityFebruary 23, 2012

Texas, a case challenging the University of Texas' affirmative action program. The discussion panel will take place at noon Monday, Feb. 27, in the Maurer School of Law's Moot Court Room, 211 S. Indiana Ave. "The court's decision to hear the case ...more »

Tradewind Aviation Goes Live With Sabre, Extends Season to June 25
Travel AgentFebruary 24, 2012

Tradewind Aviation, which operates a daily first class scheduled service to St Barth's from both San Juan and St. Thomas and also offers private charters throughout the Caribbean, recently announced it went live with the Sabre Guaranteed Ticketing ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Closes Acquisition of 10 East 53rd Street
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

(NYSE:SLG) , New York City's largest commercial office landlord, today announced it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 10 East 53rd St., a 37-story, 390000 square-foot Midtown Manhattan office building. The Company also said that it ...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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AccessData Selected as a KMWorld Company That Matters in Knowledge Management
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 29, 2012

LINDON, Utah--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AccessData, a pioneer of digital investigations and litigation support, today announced that the company has been named by KMWorld magazine as a Company that Matters in Knowledge Management for 2012.more »

Business Law
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KBI searches for gun information
Hays Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012

By MIKE CORN The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has gone online, advertising for information surrounding the possible sale of a handgun by Rooks County Sheriff Randy Axelson. But they aren't willing to talk about the reasons behind a decision to place ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Franklin argues that the divorce judgment was unambiguous in awarding him his full military pension and that the court erred in determining otherwise and awarding a portion of his benefits to Lynette. We agree and vacate the judgment.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Naperville man held on child pornography charges
Naperville SunFebruary 29, 2012

Members of the police department's High Tech Internet Crimes Unit and Special Operations Group had Lipinski under investigation for six months, Bell said Wednesday. Detectives had been “patrolling the Internet to see who's downloading child ...more »

Personal Injury
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Can I Make A Personal Injury Claim
SYS-CON Media (press release) (blog)February 18, 2012

When whiplash leaves you unable to work, or a trip or fall means a visit to the hospital, the most essential thing to do if you wish to make a personal injury claim is to find an experienced injury claims lawyer to handle your case for you.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did the NYPD's Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?
TPMFebruary 29, 2012

by Justin Elliott ProPublica Last August, the Associated Press launched a series detailing how the New York Police Department has extensively investigated Muslims in New York and other states, including preparing reports on mosques and Muslim-owned ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Abortion investigation: Sex-selection terminations are 'like female infanticide' 24, 2012

Whatever an individual's opinion on abortion … laws in this country are decided by Parliament, not by individual doctors. If some professionals disagree with the law as it stands they should argue their case for change. Simply flouting them in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Direct marketing in the context of privacy regulation
Bizcommunity.comFebruary 9, 2012

The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (ECT Act) was ground-breaking in that, for the first time, the legislature addressed the issue of spam, or unwanted unsolicited commercial electronic communications. The ECT Act prescribes that, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New laws will force real estate agents to offer more realistic prices on houses
Adelaide NowFebruary 27, 2012

New laws will stamp out ambiguous pricing of homes on the market. Source: The Daily Telegraph CUTTING red tape and more stringent price guides will form part of reformed real estate legislation. The legislation, expected to go to Parliament in the next ...more »

NW Natural Reports 2011 & Q4 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Consolidated earnings for fiscal year 2011 were $2.39 per share on net income of $63.9 million, compared to $2.73 per share on net income of $72.7 million in 2010. --Utility results were strong despite ...more »

Sports Law
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Olympic Games to hold meetings to monitor possible cheats
Fox NewsFebruary 27, 2012

The International Olympic Committee has warned that betting and match-fixing could pose a bigger threat to sports than doping. And with the Olympics four months away, Britain has unveiled plans to prevent sports in the country being further undermined ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: Law enforcement missed red flags in Kalispell double murder
The MissoulianFebruary 26, 2012

KALISPELL – The attorney for a convicted double-murderer has raised concerns about whether law enforcement agencies adequately responded to a series of threats and domestic disputes that precipitated the shooting deaths of a Kalispell woman and her ...more »

ICE delivers hefty fines for paperwork errors
Houston ChronicleFebruary 20, 2012

An analysis of nearly 800 audit cases ICE completed since October 2010 shows that roughly half of the 117 companies fined were not specifically penalized for hiring illegal immigrants, but for problems with the employment verification paperwork ...more »

Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

... instant action against her former employer, Creative Hairdressers, Inc., d/b/a Hair Cuttery ("Defendant"), alleging that she was terminated because of her age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 USC § 621 et seq.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Introducing Forrester's Data Privacy Heat Map
ForbesFebruary 21, 2012

Leveraging in-depth analyses on the privacy legislation of 54 countries around the world, this product is aimed at helping our clients better strategize their own global privacy and data protection approaches. Using the tool, one can quickly determine ...more »

Environmental Law
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GREEN LEAD | Green Building News from CoStar
CoStar GroupFebruary 18, 2012

CHP technology produces both electricity and hot water from a single heat source using alternative fuels. CHP systems can achieve operating efficiency of 65 percent, beating out many of its energy-efficient counterparts that use separate sources of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate planning seminar planned
Salina JournalFebruary 28, 2012

The seminar will include information on why a person needs a will or trust; the probate process; a discussion of durable power of attorney and durable power of attorney for health care; advance care directives; living wills; and a review of federal and ...more »

Family Law
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McDonnell signs repeal of one-gun-a-month law
GoDanRiver.comFebruary 28, 2012

... he has talked to Virginia Tech families and others regarding the repeal of one-gun-a-month. Virginia's one handgun a month restriction will end July 1 with Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature today on legislation overturning the state's landmark law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Express Scripts Unveils Comprehensive Fraud, Waste And Abuse Program For ...
Daily MarketsFebruary 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Express Scripts, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESRX) announced today it has established a comprehensive Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) detection program for workers' compensation payers, which can help stem the rising costs associated with the ...more »


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