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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Indiana joins right-to-work ranks, gov. signs bill
abc40February 1, 2012

The Senate is hearing the right-to-work bill on final reading and the governor is expected to sign the bill later in the day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Union members protesting the right-to-work legislation wait to enter the Statehouse in Indianapolis, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senate passes bill to ban mandated health insurance
Superior TelegramFebruary 22, 2012

In addition to banning mandatory health insurance, the plan would prohibit any law that requires participation in any health care system or plan. It's being pushed by Republicans like Frank Lasee of De Pere in response to the federal health care law, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Lawsuit Filed To Halt Riverside County Sun Tax
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

... Mitigation Fee Act. "In order for California to meet its renewable energy objectives and take real strides toward energy independence, the solar industry needs to be nurtured, not attacked by illegal county policies," said Jan Smutny-Jones, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
KTAR.comFebruary 29, 2012

By JACQUES BILLEAUD AP PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Will Iowa have enough water?
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 27, 2012

Iowa may have trouble coming up with enough water to fill taps and meet industrial needs in coming decades. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is worried that underground water supplies in some areas might not be able to quench the future thirst ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Collingswood Municipal Court Seeks Volunteers
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Matt Skoufalos Mediators provide valuable relief to the borough courts system. If you'd like to help, call 856-854-7535. Collingswood Community Disputes Resolution Committee (CDRC) is looking for citizen volunteers 21 and older to train as mediators...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Animal Law
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NSW abattoir closed over slaughter practices
ABC OnlineFebruary 9, 2012

MARK SIMPSON, VETERINARIAN: Well the footage I viewed and my understanding of the law led me to believe there were more than 100 breaches of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. STEVE CANNANE: Dr Simpson says the vision also shows that sheep are ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Spider-Man, Pfizer-Sanofi, Apple: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 17, 2012

Taymor sued producers in November, claiming that they refused to pay royalties guaranteed by her contract and violated her intellectual-property rights by changing the show without her permission. As the co-writer, she said she worked on the script for ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Non-U.S. Citizens Seeking Compensation for Exposure Aboard Navy Ships
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness CenterFebruary 29, 2012

A trust was later set up to compensate those who were sickened due to the asbestos contained in the company's building products, many of which were used aboard US Navy ships for decades. The plaintiffs in the most recently filed lawsuit against ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California Minorities Ask Court to Restore Affirmative Action in College ...
Fox NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Calls it Quits Opinion: Sueños Latino College Enrollment Up 24% Opinion: For Latinos, Education Starts at the Kitchen Table SAN FRANCISCO – Attorneys for the plaintiffs in a case challenging California's ban on using affirmative action to determine ...more »

WSP Aviation Assists in DUI Stop
Access WashingtonFebruary 28, 2012

Just before 8:00 am on Monday morning, Washington State Patrol dispatch was notified by an aviation unit patrolling over the Seattle area of a semi-truck driving erratically on northbound I-5 in the Northgate area. The truck was traveling at slow ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Henon targeting bad neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 26, 2012

The warnings and tactics, he promised, will get more stark over time, and he may introduce legislation to increase fines and penalties for owners and tenants. The problem is that there already are laws on the books that landlords and tenants are ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad debts hit record high
TuoitrenewsFebruary 5, 2012

The statistics by the HCMC Branch pointed out that most banks enjoying low profits or mired in losses or high bad debt rates had been involved in real estate-related loans. The central bank affirmed that credit activities of the banking system this ...more »

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SFL Data Experts Earn Relativity Certified Administrator Status to Help Ensure ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 27, 2012

SFL Data, the first provider of a fixed-price e-discovery managed service for corporations and law firms, today announced that Lead Litigation Support Analyst Rich Regio and Litigation Support Analyst Christine Tocalino have achieved Relativity ...more »

Business Law
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Moran to Metro: Drop Obama 'go to hell' ad
PoliticoFebruary 29, 2012

“It has come to my attention that an ad for a film disparaging the health reform law which includes the phrase 'go to h[—-] Barack' was recently placed in the Clarendon Metro stop in Arlington, Va.,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wrote the general manager of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Liberians celebrate Armed Forces Day with parade, military skills demonstration
DVIDSFebruary 28, 2012

Sirleaf also called upon the legislature to work with her to grow the military and develop infrastructure to better care for soldiers and their families. “As we look ahead, we can say that the foundation has been laid for future benefits for members of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ashton Kutcher Rode Along During Child Porn Raid
SFistFebruary 25, 2012

The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made three arrests in a child pornography raid through Marin County yesterday. The Task Force's raid team, which started arresting the reprehensible kiddie porn suspects yesterday morning, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fla. House keeps pushing auto insurance law fix
Boston.comFebruary 24, 2012

A House panel on Friday approved a bill that aims to bring down costs associated with personal injury protection or PIP. Motorists in Florida are required to carry PIP in order to drive legally. Gov. Rick Scott supports the House bill.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's lawless recess appointments
Washington TimesFebruary 28, 2012

Mike Lee Fundamental to our constitutional republic is the axiom that we are a government of laws, not a government of men. The rule of law ensures that no man, not even the president of the United States, is above the Constitution.more »

Professional Malpractice
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In each case, Sumner attorney wants to learn something new
The TennesseanFebruary 24, 2012

Cottontown resident Thomas Wiseman was named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense while his home Nashville-based Wiseman Ashworth Law Group receiving first tier for both medical malpractice law defense and personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Park National Corporation Completes Vision Bank Sale With Home BancShares, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 16, 2012

On November 16, 2011, Park announced an agreement with Home to sell substantially all performing loans, operating assets and deposit liabilities from Park's Florida-based subsidiary Vision Bank (Vision) to Home's subsidiary Centennial Bank (Centennial) ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rep. Mark Dion wants law court to rule on Poliquin
WCSH-TVFebruary 29, 2012

Dion says Poliquin has continued to manage real estate developments at Pop ham Beach, which he began before running for Governor in 2010. Poliquin has tolls the state Ethics Commission he did not make any money from those businesses in 2010, ...more »

Omnicare Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Financial Results ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 23, 2012

Cash flow from continuing operations for the full-year 2011 totaled $549.4 million, which includes a $22.7 million benefit related to the settlement of a receivable dispute with a customer and a $23.3 million refund for federal tax overpayments.more »

Sports Law
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Voting on key 2014 World Cup bill delayed further
CBC.caFebruary 29, 2012

The commission partially approved the proposed law on Tuesday, but some key points — including the sale of alcohol inside stadiums — were going to be voted on separately on Wednesday in Sao Paulo. Congressmen said they had to postpone the vote until ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Meet gay beating suspect's douchebag lawyer
Project Q AtlantaFebruary 18, 2012

By Matt Hennie | Feb 18, 2012 | 9:14 AM When Dorian Moragne did his perp walk into Atlanta police headquarters on Friday, he had in tow criminal defense attorney Jay Abt. If you didn't already suspect Moragne was a douchebag, Abt will help.more »

Ark. city asking residents to OK tax payment plan
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 19, 2012

"They never told us they would not file liens," City Attorney Mike Bearden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) of the IRS. "But we were under the impression liens would not be filed until the election was over.more »

Post Blog: Nissan Micras, sexual discrimination and Ramsey Pricing
Post Online (blog)February 27, 2012

However, from an economic perspective, is price discrimination really all that bad? It exists seemingly legitimately in a wide variety of circumstances. Age discrimination is commonplace through student or senior discounts, (or, indeed, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Occupy the SEC Pitches An Extreme Makeover of Wall Street
CounterPunchFebruary 20, 2012

The Volcker Rule constitutes Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law on July 21, 2010. In addition to proprietary trading, also impacted will be the ability of Wall Street banks to own hedge funds ...more »

Environmental Law
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BGSU Candidate Bio: Rick Santorum
13abc Action NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Opposes Obama Administration timeline for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Opposed to federal bailout of US auto industry. Favors a 5-year freeze in defense spending, but opposes automatic cuts. Opposes Obama Administration's timetable for ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 27
The StateFebruary 27, 2012

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7:30 tonight at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; ...more »

Family Law
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Institute of Family Law Arbitrators launched
ClickdocsFebruary 28, 2012

A new organisation has been set up to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration in England and Wales. The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) has been created by the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers' group Resolution...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio Woman Collecting Workers' Comp Caught Working at Veterinary Hospital
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 8, 2012

An Ohio woman was sentenced last week for fraud after Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) investigators found she was working for a veterinary hospital and a local charity while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.more »


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