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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...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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House votes to repeal part of health-care law
Columbus DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It's unusual for a public body to be found in violation of Ohio's open-meetings laws. It's not that violations are unheard of, but more the fact that few are willing to foot the legal bill to go to court to challenge secretive meetings.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Missouri Dems rally to block workplace discrimination bill
KC Community NewsFebruary 1, 2012

... that would modify the Missouri's Human Rights Act to narrow the definition of workplace discrimination. “Do we really want to be known as the state that turned back civil rights,” said Assistant Minority House Leader Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis.more »

Immigration Law
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Liberals Highlight Romney Ties To Ariz. Law Author Kobach
Investor's Business DailyFebruary 3, 2012

By SEAN HIGGINS, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 08:05 AM ET Mitt Romney campaigns at the Hispanic Leadership Network's conference in Miami on Jan. 27, 2012. Romney handily carried Florida's Hispanics in... View Enlarged Image Liberal groups have a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Senate poised to pass aviation bill
msnbc.com (blog)February 6, 2012

By Tom Curry, msnbc.com National Affairs Writer The Senate will vote Monday afternoon on a House-passed bill aimed at improving the nation's aviation infrastructure and modernizing air traffic control systems. The bill would provide more than $60 ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Property experts call for clarity on disputes
ArabianBusiness.comFebruary 5, 2012

A lack of transparency and a slow rate of dispute resolution are among the biggest gripes of buyers, some of whom are reaching out for legal and technical support after experiencing delays or cancellations to the construction of their units.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit filed by mother of victim in 2010 Discovery Middle School shooting
al.com (blog)February 2, 2012

Sanderson said he has "discussed (the lawsuit) with the superintendent. It has not been served yet, but we have 30 days to respond to the suit. We plan to turn it over to the Alabama Risk Management for Schools (insurance company).more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 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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Enterprise Translation Leader MultiLing Continues Expansion with New Utah ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 2, 2012

PROVO, Utah--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--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 finalized an ...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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New James Madison president sets goals
NECNFebruary 13, 2012

Alger played an instrumental role in two landmark affirmative action court cases at the University of Michigan. In those cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the university's law school could continue to consider race in its admissions process, ...more »

Actor John Travolta to donate jet to Ga. museum
Corning LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

Robins Air Force Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says the actor will donate a G-2 Gulfstream executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Museum officials say Travolta, who is a pilot, is donating the ...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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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Business Law
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Gen X: Stuck in the Middle
Destination CRMFebruary 1, 2012

Data from the study has prompted Miller to label Gen X "the first generation to grow up in the Internet Era, and perhaps the most extensively wired generation in American history." So what exactly are Gen Xers doing on the Web?more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Some top military brass making more in pension than pay
USA TODAYFebruary 3, 2012

The new pension rules were part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Act to address concerns that the military would lose too many experienced generals and admirals during wartime. Before the change, the maximum pension was based on an officer's pay at 26 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Injury Lawyers Set to Represent 3 Victims
EIN News (press release)February 1, 2012

/EINPresswire.com/ Chicago personal injury law firm Willens Law Offices has been retained by three Illinois survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. Chicago Injury Lawyer Matt Willens and his team will represent the Illinois family in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional law talk captures teens' attention
Burbank LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

La Cañada High School students got a crash course Thursday on the Supreme Court and the real-world application of constitutional law on Thursday, when they were visited by an attorney who will be arguing before theU.S. Supreme Courtthis month that the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business people
Concord MonitorFebruary 6, 2012

DOUGLAS MILLER of Concord has joined the litigation group of Hage Hodes in Manchester. Miller's civil litigation practice includes business and commercial disputes, personal injury, professional malpractice and employment litigation.more »

Consumer Protection
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Counterfeit cigarette seller sentenced
Liverpool City CouncilFebruary 6, 2012

Both men pleaded to 18 offences under the Consumer Protection Act offences relating to the lack of health warnings and the Trade Marks Act Offences for the sale of counterfeit Lambert ansd Butler, Regal Kingsize and Superkings cigarettes and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker faces obstruction charges
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 3, 2012

By Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen February 3, 2012 12:00 AM An Ottawa real estate broker is facing 18 charges under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, which she says stem from false allegations made by "disgruntled exagents.more »

Courting arbitration: specialised chamber decides first arbitration cases
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

Arbitration would have never become a viable mechanism for resolution of commercial disputes were it not for the decisive role played by the Brazilian courts. Starting with the Supreme Court's 2001 landmark ruling on the Arbitration Law's ...more »

Sports Law
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"The Law Firm" And The Best Nicknames In Sports
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Among the most timeless intimacies shared between athletes and those of us on the other side of the TV screen who choose to devote a degree of our desires towards witnessing the possible outcomes that these men and women facilitate with their deeds, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

Council Member: Arriola Refused Offer To Clear Up Tax Questions
NewsChannel5.comFebruary 3, 2012

"When the government couldn't get Al Capone on any of the other actions, the IRS got him," said councilman Charlie Tygard. Tygard was talking about all the cash that Davidson County Clerk John Arriola pocketed for weddings he performed on taxpayer time ...more »

Older Aussies Cope with Age Discrimination
TopNews United StatesFebruary 1, 2012

A report has revealed recently that older people in Australia are becoming victims of age discrimination. It has been found that more number of older people is employed to work at the time of crisis when there is shortage of labour.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rajat Gupta, JC Flowers, Muni Bonds, Full Tilt Poker: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The government also said yesterday that the insider-trading conspiracy continued beyond when Gutpa's lawyer has said his client's friendship with Rajaratnam deteriorated. Gupta still faces the same charges, five counts of securities fraud and one count ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solar project caught in legal shadows
Staunton News LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Fossil fuels are expensive, expensive to keep clean and undependable. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to see the world will need to change its ways of heating the homes and fueling motor vehicles before too long. Alternative fuel sources are the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A crass act?
Cape Breton PostFebruary 7, 2012

“Indians may make wills,” reads another section of the act, but “no will executed by an Indian is of any legal force or effect as a disposition of property until the minister has approved the will or a court has granted probate thereof pursuant to this ...more »

Family Law
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Workers Compensation
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California workers compensation insurers' profitability improved in 2010
Business InsuranceFebruary 1, 2012

The profitability of insurers writing workers compensation coverage in the Golden State improved during 2010, according to the Oakland-based California Workers' Compensation Institute. The insurers' return on net worth improved to an average of 5.2% in ...more »

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