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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

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Administrative Law
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POTUS Write-In Candidate Sibley Amends Lawsuit to Force United States Attorney ...
SBWire (press release)February 1, 2012

Washington, DC -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/01/2012 -- Coming on the heels of the sworn testimony taken in the Georgia Administrative Law hearing at which expert witnesses testified under oath as to the indications of forgery in Barack Obama's putative ...more »

Health Care Law
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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 »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The school desegregation case you don't know
WDIV DetroitFebruary 6, 2012

The Jones Act, passed by the US Congress in 1917, said all Puerto Ricans, whether born on the island territory or the mainland, were American citizens. "My mother and her family were always aware that they were US citizens," Sylvia Méndez said.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law compromises human rights, safety
Daily Trojan OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Daniel Grzywacz · Daily Trojan Turmoil is growing between the California state legislature and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigration laws. ICE's Secure Communities program requires local law enforcement to send detainees' ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Obama proposes rollback of shale plans for Rocky Mountain West
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 3, 2012

In addition, it would only allow research on the leases until industry demonstrates that commercial development is technically viable and environmentally safe. "The preferred alternative continues our commitment to encouraging research, development and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Family Justice Review: Welfare of child the paramount consideration
TrethowansFebruary 7, 2012

The response confirms the retention of the overriding principle that the welfare of the child will be the Court's paramount consideration when determining any application before it and promotes the increased use of mediation and dispute resolution...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 2, 2012

In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit against Pine City, ...more »

Animal Law
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Biting Back at Hollywood's Animal Lies
Wall Street JournalFebruary 4, 2012

Animal-rights groups have savaged Liam Neeson's hit film "The Grey" for its portrayal of wolves as remorseless man-eaters. In "The Grey," Mr. Neeson's clinically depressed wolf-hunter survives a plane crash in the frozen tundra.more »

Intellectual Property
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Research and Markets: Edison in the Boardroom: How Leading Companies Realize ...
SunHerald.comFebruary 14, 2012

A revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking Edison in the Boardroom, highlighting the winning strategies today's biggest companies use to maximize the value of their intellectual property. Now fully revised and expanded, Edison in the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Indiana Enacts Right-to-Work Law
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

Thus, existing collective bargaining agreements containing union security clauses do not automatically become unlawful. It is only when the agreement is modified, renewed, or extended that the union security clause becomes subject to challenge.more »

House passes 4-year aviation program blueprint accelerating air traffic ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — A four-year blueprint for aviation programs that hastens the transition to a new air traffic control system based on GPS technology was given final approval by the House on Friday despite last-minute objections from organized labor.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Experts expect rising prices of commodities this year
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 1, 2012

In remarks to The Jordan Times on Tuesday, experts also cited other developments, such as the new Landlords and Tenants Law, that may cause inflationary pressures, expecting the consumer price index (CPI) to increase by 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent on ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Houston attorney receives board certification in bankruptcy law
Woodlands Online, LLCFebruary 1, 2012

HOUSTON –– The Texas Board of Legal Specialization recently announced that Houston-area attorney Adam G. Schachter received Board Certification in Bankruptcy Law. Board certification is a voluntary designation program certifying Texas attorneys in 21 ...more »

Litigation
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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 »

Business Law
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Child victims need more protection
Daily CameraFebruary 1, 2012

The children -- in addition to being trafficked for illegal sex with strangers -- are often abused, threatened, and plied with drugs and alcohol. They are told, and technically not inaccurately at least according to the law, that they will be arrested ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Jerry Miller, Army Veteran, Mistakenly Declared Dead 4 Times
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Every time the VA declares him dead, Miller's military pension benefits are cut off, which, in addition to his social security, account for the bulk of the retiree's income. The interruptions may put Miller's ability to keep his home in jeopardy, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Blotter: Keithville man faces child porn charges
Shreveport TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, state police and members of the North Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Myatt is accused of violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury lawyers, cosmetic surgery and cigarettes should be banned from ...
The DrumFebruary 6, 2012

YouGov survey results has found that cigarettes, payday loans, gambling and personal injury lawyers are the areas which most members of the British public believe there should be no TV adverts for. Nearly four-fifths of the public were against ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Setting The Scene For The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Two state attorneys general will face off at the National Press Club on the constitutionality of the health overhaul. In other news, a Mississippi district court judge has agreed to hear a different legal challenge to the measure.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Insight: Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
Baltimore SunFebruary 23, 2012

Catlin provided an equivalent of malpractice insurance to First National's executives, but the insurer denied liability for the executives' alleged mistakes. The case illustrates complex legal maneuvering as the FDIC steps up efforts to pick through ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

CGI to Transition the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Financial Systems to the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, Feb 09, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned US operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. /quotes/zigman/11421/quotes/nls/gib GIB +1.03% ...more »

Sports Law
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Epipen Bill Closer To Becoming Virginia Law
WRICFebruary 10, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP A bill presented to the General Assembly after the allergy death of a young girl at a Chesterfield County school is on a fast track to becoming law. The bill would require the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney seeks on ban on retrial in murder
Delaware County Daily TimesFebruary 11, 2012

By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN WEST CHESTER — The attorney for Morgan Marie Mengel on Friday asked a Common Pleas Court judge to prohibit the prosecution from retrying his client on charges that she helped murder her husband, saying that the prosecution had ...more »

SAN JACINTO: Forensic audit hit with early criticism
Press-EnterpriseFebruary 8, 2012

Comments from a council subcommittee, as well as an outside legal counsel hired to assist in management of the audit, suggest the report outcome may not be quite what the council had in mind last year. But there are recommendations on how to improve ...more »

Man sues Nitro company, alleges age discrimination
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

A former employee has filed a lawsuit in Putnam County against the world's largest crane company for age discrimination, among other allegations. Hurricane resident Cecil Hypes filed the suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Monday alleging Maxim Crane Works ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tierney, Brown press action vs. NOAA
Gloucester Daily TimesFebruary 21, 2012

Tierney also pressed Bryson with questions about the misuse of the fund by NOAA's Seattle Office of Law Enforcement, which drew $300787 from the fund in 2008 to acquire a 35-foot luxury cabin boat with flat screen TV and built-in bar for undercover ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Adoptive son loses inheritance through will error
The Co-operativeFebruary 4, 2012

An adopted son will not be able to benefit from the probate process of his adoptive parent's estate because of a will error. The appeals court ruled that Terry Marley could not inherit over Maureen and Alfred Rawlings' natural sons because they ...more »

Family Law
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Imperial Family talking point
The Japan TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Behind the move is a fear that as long as the current Imperial Household Law remains as it is, the number of Imperial Family members will dwindle as time goes on. Under the law, female Imperial Family members lose the status of being members of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Louisiana Workforce Commission announces fraud hotline, web portal
Sulphur Southwest Daily NewsFebruary 7, 2012

By Anonymous Anyone who suspects unemployment insurance or workers' compensation fraud in Louisiana now has a simpler, more efficient way to report it. The Louisiana Workforce Commission has combined resources within its Office of Unemployment ...more »

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