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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 »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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US lawmaker urges legal review after Italy ship disaster
AFPFebruary 29, 2012

Representative Mazie Hirono of Hawaii told the hearing that the accident in Italy had highlighted the need to revisit US maritime laws which curb the ability to seek damages from accidents at sea. Under a century-old law, Hirono said "cruise ship ...more »

Health Care Law
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Deadlines near for states on health care laws
Marion StarFebruary 12, 2012

"What we hear is that they are waiting for the final regulations from the federal government, which is understandable," she said. "It's difficult to assess what this means for our state unless you have the parameters laid out.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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House OKs repeal of laws banning silencers
Arizona Daily SunFebruary 29, 2012

Russ Jones, R-Yuma, who said it flies in the face of public safety concerns. "If I have a silencer on a rifle or pistol, I can shoot it off in my backyard and my neighbor won't know about it, even though (firing near a residence) is prohibited by law," ...more »

Immigration Law
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Commentary: Arizona isn't a 'model' for U.S. immigration policy
Kansas City StarFebruary 29, 2012

In addition, the Arizona law requires that local police act as immigration inspectors not only when they legally stop somebody for a crime, but also when they do it for a violation of a city ordinance. If somebody calls the police to complain that a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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THE TIMES BOARD OF ECONOMISTS: Despite opinions, RTW impact hard to quantify
nwitimes.comFebruary 19, 2012

In his capacity as leader of two Valparaiso area economic development groups, Rex Richards said having a right-to-work law is already starting to pay dividends in Porter County. Richards, who is president of the Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Apple expected to unveil new iPad
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 29, 2012

If the consensus predictions of analysts and bloggers are accurate, the new iPad will have a higher-resolution screen, a better camera, 4G LTE wireless capability, a pumped-up processor and a design similar to but a tad thicker than the iPad 2.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mandate 'shell game'? Obama contraception battle far from over
Fox NewsFebruary 27, 2012

The new blow-up is over birth control and insurance coverage. Seven states are now taking the Obama administration to court. They're suing to block the HHS contraception mandate, the attorneys general of Texas, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, ...more »

Animal Law
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No funding to enforce new sled dog regulations: SPCA
Whistler QuestionFebruary 23, 2012

“It's just physically impossible for 26 constables funded by donors to conduct proactive, onsite visits to all of these operations on top of the animal cruelty investigations that we do each year.” Some of the new regulations include restrictions for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Proview drags Apple through a legal hailstorm
Financial TimesFebruary 28, 2012

Proview Technology (Shenzhen) a mainland China-based affiliate, has gone after Apple resellers in two different Chinese courts, mobilised local governments to probe iPad sales and asked Chinese customs to block exports of the tablet.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Federal Court Upholds "Bare-Metal" Defense
JD Supra (press release)February 9, 2012

As the asbestos litigation has evolved, and the major manufacturing defendants have declared bankruptcy, the litigation has moved away from the manufacturers of asbestos to new types of defendants, including premises owners, and even those that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Class Notes: Affirmative Action, iPads In Class and More Education News
TIMEFebruary 23, 2012

Each week, TIME's Kayla Webley fills you in on the goings on in the education world, everything from pre-K to higher ed. By Kayla Webley | @kaylawebley | February 23, 2012 | + The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that for the first time since ...more »

Starr Companies Introduces A Safety Manager Mentoring Program For Aviation Clients
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 09, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Starr Companies announced the launch of a Safety Manager Mentoring Program for its Starr Aviation customers. Administered by Starr Aviation's Safety and Loss Control unit, the Safety Manager Mentoring Program ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Santa Monica Rent Board Wrong in Hot Tub Case, Appeals Court Rules
The Lookout NewsFebruary 21, 2012

In a 99-page decision that set forth 58 separate "Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law," the rent board hearing examiner ordered a $48 per month rent decrease to tenant R. Liza Salvatore ($3 of which was for an unrelated matter) and a $25 decrease ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Why Muni Investors Aren't Sweating Over Stockton
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

Last night Stockton's city council voted to skip $2 million in bond payments and, signaling more gloomy news to come, to begin negotiating with creditors as it tries to avert bankruptcy. The city, saddled with high crime and a foreclosure rate second ...more »

Litigation
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M J Antony The public interest camouflage
Business StandardFebruary 28, 2012

The glare created by recent judgments in public interest cases, like the 2G spectrum scam, illegal money cached abroad and human rights violations have blinded the eyes to the darker side of such litigation. Every now and then, the Supreme Court and ...more »

Business Law
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Insurance consultant warns about impact of health care reform
GoDanRiver.comFebruary 29, 2012

Businesses also dislike many provisions of the law, she said, especially those that create uncertainty. Those provisions include penalties for employers that don't offer coverage for their workers in 2014, tax increases and presumed savings that are ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military defends its handling of 'stolen valor' medals
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Jason Chaffetz has twice been burned by people who lied about their military service and now he wants the Pentagon to create an online database to help differentiate the honest veterans from the fakes. But leaders in the armed forces don't share his ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man pleads guilty to sex abuse, child porn raps
Daily Local NewsFebruary 17, 2012

Stephen C. DiValerio Jr., of the 400 block of Folsom Avenue, was arrested in October after detectives with the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force traced a computer sharing two known child pornography files on the Gnutella ...more »

Personal Injury
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Court blocks injury lawsuit against tribe
The Shawano LeaderFebruary 15, 2012

By Leader Staff A state appeals court Tuesday sided with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe in a personal injury lawsuit, affirming a lower court that ruled the tribe cannot be sued because of its sovereignty. Robert and Mary Koscielak of Menominee Falls ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Tea and Sympathy
Inside Higher EdFebruary 29, 2012

The influence on the movement of constitutional-law scholars such as Foley is minute compared to that of the fantasies that Jill Lepore discusses in her recent book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comFebruary 29, 2012

Doctor's license suspended • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has suspended the medical license of Dr. Abid Nisar, 60, who pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to a federal misdemeanor charge of introducing misbranded prescription ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC proposes identity theft “red flags” rules to protect investors
Journal of AccountancyFebruary 28, 2012

Authority over certain parts of the Fair Credit Reporting Act was transferred from the FTC to the SEC and CFTC, for entities they regulate, by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, PL 111-203. Comments can be submitted on the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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BUSINESS PEOPLE
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

Korszen practices in Farr's Englewood office, concentrating on trusts and estates, real estate and business and corporate law. Sentry Management Inc., a community management company based in Orlando, has named Robin Spencer as vice president of its ...more »

Quinns may avoid €2.34bn liability
Irish TimesFebruary 24, 2012

A SIGNIFICANT Commercial Court ruling yesterday means the family of bankrupt businessman Seán Quinn may avoid liability for loans of up to €2.34 billion Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, formerly Anglo Irish Bank, claims they owe.more »

Sports Law
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Michael Jordan Sues Qiaodan Sports to Reclaim His Name
American University Intellectual Property BriefFebruary 28, 2012

Under Article 31 of the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China, “An application for registration of a trademark shall not create any prejudice to the prior right of another person, nor unfair means be used to pre-emptively register the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Trio tasked to oversee end of Merced's redevelopment agency
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 6, 2012

Businessman Mike Gallo, insurance partner Bob Carpenter and criminal defense attorney Ralph Temple Jr. were tapped by Gov. Jerry Brown last week to oversee dismantling Merced's redevelopment agency, a task that will require retirement of Merced's ...more »

How to find trustworthy tax preparation help
Wilson County NewsFebruary 3, 2012

According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans will enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help to avoid penalties or fees.more »

Important Ruling in Livermore Lab Case Preserves Age Discrimination Claims of ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 23, 2012

According to Gary Gwilliam of the law firm of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, which represents the plaintiffs in this case, "The court's ruling that age discrimination is formally back in the case is good news, and we are convinced that we ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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House Budget Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)February 29, 2012

The past trend has been generally increasing, with the exception of the first 3 years following the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The subsequent Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999 and the Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 eased certain ...more »

Environmental Law
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E15 fuel, not quite legal yet, under new challenge
USA TODAYFebruary 8, 2012

But EPA said E15 had to be "registered" first -- that is, vendors had to guarantee it wouldn't cause environmental problems. Last November, EPA said the fuel "is not registered with EPA and is therefore not legal for distribution or sale" at service ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Clinic open to veterans needing free legal advice
Beaumont Enterprise (blog)February 8, 2012

Appointments are encouraged by calling the bar office at 409-835-8647 but walk-ins will be welcomed. Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues such as family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, tax issues, ...more »

Family Law
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Kiobel v. Shell Tests Corporate Personhood
Huffington PostFebruary 28, 2012

If corporations have rights then surely they have responsibilities too. Yet in a case before the Supreme Court Feb. 28, lawyers for petroleum giant Shell will argue that corporations are immune from laws that prohibit complicity in human rights ...more »

Workers Compensation
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National Organization of Injured Workers
California Progress ReportFebruary 21, 2012

AB1155 which would not allow doctors to apportion disability caused by other factors such as race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or genetic characteristics. These are only two among many ...more »

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