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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 »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Researcher testifies statistics point to bias in Racial Justice Act hearing
Fayetteville ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

That testimony came the second day of 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 legislature ...more »

Health Care Law
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History shows that Kagan should hear health care law
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 1, 2012

As Obama's health care law reaches the Supreme Court, the clamor from conservatives and their libertarian sympathizers becomes shriller every day. From Dick Morris and Hans von Spakovsky to WorldNetDaily and The Washington Times, the call rings clear: ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ECBH to host info sessions on changes
Outer Banks SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

Peterson added that several Medicaid waiver programs will be addressed in the sessions. Medicaid was created in 1965 as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. The joint federal-state program provides health care insurance to low-income people ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney, Gingrich focus on Hispanic voters in Fla.
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

(AP) — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney pitched their ideas for reforming immigration law and pushing democracy into Cuba and across Latin America as the Republican presidential candidates vied for Hispanic votes Friday, entering the final, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Council Says No to Animal Slaughter Ban
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

Jones said the cost of developing and possibly defending a ban in court is secondary to the policy issue of whether "the cause is right." He said that the law should at least ban slaughter in front yards or within view of neighbors.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Philippine envoy to UN stresses 'rule of law' in resolving int'l disputes
Inquirer.netFebruary 7, 2012

According to Cabactulan, “we need to broaden and enrich the debate in the UN on the rule of law to include conflict prevention and dispute resolution. We must not tire in the efforts to prevent international conflicts.more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Schedules Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Release, Investor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

RENO, Nev., Feb 1, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL +0.47% , the holding company of U-Haul International Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal abuse often escalates
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 8, 2012

If the offenders are apprehended, though, a first- offense for animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, Musolino said. Subsequent offenses are felonies. Nitro's Law, named for one of the dogs that died in 2008 from neglect in a Youngstown kennel, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights : Winners of "Hands off my Design" competition ...
IEWY NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26704 to over 80,0001. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Zoloft Manufacturer's Motion to Consolidate 59 ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Pfizer filed the motion on Jan. 18 under the following multi-district litigation number: MDR 2342. The motion's stipulations and some background on the cases that the motion seeks to consolidate are outlined in a Jan. 20, 2012, article on Law.com.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political fresh air
Toronto SunFebruary 10, 2012

There were politicians willing to stand up and declare that they were pro-life, against affirmative action, in favour of increased oil exploration in the United States and, of course, many speaking out in favour of the Keystone pipeline.more »

LUXUS AVIATION, LLC v. KERWIN MEDIA LLC
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Higher rents for some - despite shared landlord
This is South WalesFebruary 1, 2012

A LEGAL deal means some tenants in Neath, Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley pay higher rents than their neighbours even though they share the same landlord. The quirk is down to an agreement made when NPT Homes took control of more than 9000 council ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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President Obama's Plan to Put Veterans Back to Work
Whitehouse.gov (press release)February 3, 2012

Creating two new veterans' tax credits: In November 2011, the President signed into law two new tax credits for hiring veterans, both of which were included as part of the American Jobs Act. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides an incentive of up ...more »

Litigation
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ROJAS v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Anthony W. Norwood, Senior Litigation Counsel; Manuel A. Palau, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. Present: AMALYA L. KEARSE, ...more »

Business Law
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Lodi council sends cardroom changes to Attorney General's Bureau of Gaming Control
Lodi News-SentinelFebruary 2, 2012

Before the council can make any decision on the cardroom's requests, the state has to approve the changes, City Attorney Steve Schwabauer said. The council voted unanimously to send the potential changes to the Attorney General's Bureau of Gaming ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets Views: Iraq, Afghanistan vets may be entitled to disability benefits
Park Rapids EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

... of Defense's Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will work together to notify 77000 post-9/11 veterans that they are potentially eligible to receive increased disability benefits if they appeal the decision made when they left the military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cuccinelli, Bedford sheriff seek funds to catch sex predators
Lynchburg News and AdvanceFebruary 8, 2012

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown joined a push Tuesday to keep criminal-offender revenue focused on the sexual predators it was meant to catch. More police officers are needed to seize and analyze computers sex ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyer has court date in Waldwick
NorthJersey.comFebruary 9, 2012

His work has mainly revolved around personal injury cases, representing people who may have been injured as a result of improper safety measures or oversight, such as one in which a man was paralyzed after diving into a municipal pool and another in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Professional Malpractice
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CPA sues Texas firm for alleged defective design of Tinian airport
Saipan TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

CPA is suing Leo A. Daly Co. for breach of contract, professional malpractice, negligence, fraud, and violations of the Consumer Protection Act and the CNMI Building Safety Code. CPA, through counsels William R. Satterberg Jr. and Matthew T. Gregory, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Encore Capital Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECPG) Investor Investigation Focuses on ...
SBWire (press release)February 14, 2012

Specifically, the investigation concerns allegations that Encore Capital Group's business practices may have violated consumers' rights, including possible violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) and comparable state statutes.more »

Real Estate Law
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Construction Law Conferences Feature Judges and In-House Counsel, HB Announces
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

David S. Jaffe, Vice President, Legal Advocacy, Office of the General Counsel, NAHB Scott R. Vokey, General Counsel, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company Brenda K. Radmacher of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP HB is a leading provider of certified legal...more »

Confusion tables $500000 contract for law firm
Tampa Bay Business JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Two law firms will have to wait until next month to see which one wins a contract worth up to $500000 for providing bond counsel services at Tampa International Airport . Nabors Giblin & Nickerson PA edged Holland & Knight LLP by two points in staff ...more »

Sports Law
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Manning's Law Confounds the Experts, Inviting Humility in Business, Sports...
New York SunFebruary 6, 2012

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | February 6, 2012 The victory of the New York Giants in the National Football League's Super Bowl is the latest in a series of recent news developments that underscore a principle that might be called Manning's Law, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...more »

Age Discrimination
openPR (press release)February 10, 2012

(openPR) - Age Discrimination looks at how both young and old can be penalised by prejudice against their age group. This comprehensive new book is essential to practitioners responsible for HR issues, finance, operations, service delivery, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Business Law: Creditors still free to challenge gifts, trusts
Otago Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Under the Property Law Act and the Insolvency Act creditors are able to challenge gifts in certain circumstances. Section 60 of the Property Law Act 1952 (which has now been replaced by section 346 of the Property Law Act 2007) provides that a transfer ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wind farm perks hot air: opponents
Sault StarFebruary 9, 2012

They feared the Green Energy Act of 2009 would override local opposition to the wind farm's expansion. Though Mantha supported a full review of province's renewable energy plan, he could not promise that his New Democratic Party's caucus would back the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bonnie Kraham: Plan will to cut risk of disputes after your death
Times Herald-RecordFebruary 23, 2012

By Bonnie Kraham Most people agree on the importance of doing elder law estate planning. It can help avoid the cost and duration of probate proceedings and any possible fighting among survivors, save on estate taxes, plan for disability, keep assets in ...more »

Family Law
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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

"This law is our effort to help other children who may be in the same situation," Julie Anderson said. "Custody should be awarded not on the antiquated notion that the mother is the best caretaker." HB888, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Workers' Comp fight could cost hundreds of millions
Cincinnati.comFebruary 4, 2012

How NFL contracts apply to injured players • NFL contracts, NFL attorney Robert Corker said, pay a player 100 percent of his salary in the first year of the contract if an injury prevents him from playing. • If that player is injured in the second yea ...more »

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