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During Super Bowl week "Tackle Domestic Violence"
KXII-TVFebruary 1, 2012

DURANT, OK-- The Crisis Center is holding its 2nd Annual "Tackle Domestic Violence," fundraiser. During Super Bowl week last year, they raised about $5000 for Texoma Counties.This year, they hope to score even more. In 2011, the Crisis Control Center, ...more »

Celebrating a Labour icon
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

Chief Wogu proceeded to the then Imo State University for his legal study, and finished in 1986 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1987. In preparation for the onerous task he is now saddled with, Chief Emeka Wogu was appointed a two-term ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Deborah Andrews Will Not Seek Re-Election
Metropolitan News-EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

She became managing shareholder of the office before leaving in 1993 to become an administrative law judge for the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She ran for the Long Beach Municipal Court in 1994, winning a contested election.more »

Health Care Law
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Why the health bill is a threat to preventative medicine
The GuardianFebruary 6, 2012

It is a principle that we in public health live by, whichever branch we actually practise in. My main interest lies in commissioning health services, but I would much rather have a healthier population with fewer avoidable premature deaths from things ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ET, the new alien scaring global markets
ReutersFebruary 5, 2012

* US under pressure to tweak Volcker's global reach * EU mulls tougher conditions on non-EU countries * Asia looks on from sidelines, banks unsure what to do By Huw Jones Feb 5 (Reuters) - The United States is coming to be seen as a global threat, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama conducting immigration law impact survey
Southeast Farm PressFebruary 2, 2012

In an effort to gauge current and potential labor shortages resulting from enactment of the state's immigration law, the Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) is asking farmers, producers and agribusinesses to complete a Web-based survey by Feb. 13.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bill on Investment Favours Peripheral Regions, Manf'g for Tax Holidays
Addis FortuneFebruary 7, 2012

Out of the 20 areas of investments in the manufacturing sector to be privileged for tax exemptions in the draft law, the highest exemption period of eight years is given to those planning to construct industrial zones. To date, Eastern Industrial Zone, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Sells Location Business to Persistent Systems
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Building on its mobile data heritage, Openwave mobilizes the Internet with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Judge James Kleinberg also rejected bids by both companies to seal documents in the case that they argued contain sensitive business information that that might harm them or their customers. HP said yesterday in an e-mailed statement that the fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Leisure Village woman hopes to take fight to keep 'therapy' dog to federal court
TCPalmFebruary 14, 2012

She's suing Leisure Village under the Fair Housing Act for the right to keep an "emotional-support animal." "This is not a pet," said attorney David Boyer, who's representing Hoffman through the non-profit Disability Rights Florida.more »

Intellectual Property
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New Ann Arbor intellectual property consultancy plans 'practical' business advice
AnnArbor.comFebruary 1, 2012

A group of Ann Arbor business executives with experience in various segments of the information services and publishing industries have launched an intellectual property consultancy. Apogee Insights Group has five partners, including Dan Arbour, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Makes Finding the Most Successful ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

You do not find the best mesothelioma attorneys, or a listing of the best mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, all in one place in the Yellow Pages, or on the Internet. We are the only group in the nation, that offers a service like this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals court to hear affirmative action challenge
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 13, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students who make up about half of California high school graduates.more »

West Star Aviation Named Grand Junction Business of the Year
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andFebruary 2, 2012

Grand Junction, CO, February 1, 2012- West Star Aviation has been named Business of the Year by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made on Friday, January 24 th , at the annual awards banquet held at Two Rivers Convention ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Banking glitch resolved in aid to landlord Thanh Kim Le's family
HollandSentinel.comFebruary 2, 2012

Wanting to help the family pay Le's outstanding funeral and medical bills, her friends from EBW collected $400 and set up an account at Chase Bank in Holland in the name of Le's daughter-in-law, Tiara Gwynn. Gwynn has been handling Le's bills and other ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines could shed 13000 jobs to cut costs
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

If American and its three unions can't agree on labor cuts, the company could ask a bankruptcy judge in New York to impose changes on workers. But federal law requires the company to make a good-faith effort to negotiate agreements with labor first.more »

Litigation
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Finra: Schwab Violates Rules On Customers' Litigation Rights
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has filed a complaint against Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), saying the discount brokerage violated Finra rules by requiring customers to waive their rights to bring class-action lawsuits against the firm.more »

Business Law
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Kan. businesses seeking to let some crossers stay
Arizona Daily StarFebruary 1, 2012

In Kansas, a coalition of business groups wants a program that would let some illegal immigrants remain to work farms and do other work. TOPEKA, Kan. - A coalition of business groups will propose that Kansas start a program to help some illegal ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Several scholarships available to post students
Fort Leavenworth LampFebruary 9, 2012

Other organizations that offer military children scholarships include the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. For more information about scholarships, financial aid or military benefits, visit the Army Education Center or call School ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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NY man charged with trying to meet 6-year-old Bergen girl for sex
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

The “parent” was really a detective in the prosecutor's Computer Crimes Task Force. The investigation revealed that Garmany distributed numerous video images of child pornography via the Internet, Molinelli said. Bail on the Bergen County charges was ...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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SOPA defeated: Massive grassroots movement delays US lawmakers from passing ...
North Wind OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

In particular, professor Laurence H. Tribe, who teaches Constitutional law at Harvard Law School, wrote a lengthy open letter on SOPA that brought to light issues that most hadn't even considered in their opposition. First, Tribe said, SOPA denies due ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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INSIGHT-Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
ReutersFebruary 23, 2012

In pursuing these claims, the FDIC acts more like a bankruptcy receiver whose main goal is to collect money, not punish executives. But with the dearth of criminal prosecutions in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the FDIC's liability claims carry ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Role of plaintiffs lawyers in Dodd-Frank debated at House hearing
Legal News LineFebruary 8, 2012

BY JOHN O'BRIEN WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Whether state attorneys general should be allowed to hire private attorneys on a contingency fee to enforce federal law was debated last week before a House subcommittee. Provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Empire State Building Owners File $1 Billion IPO, REIT Plan
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 13, 2012

Empire State Realty Trust Inc. plans to become a real estate investment trust and list shares on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol "ESB," the company said in a US Securities and Exchange Commission filing today.more »

Gorman Embracing Vegemite in New Wall Street's 15% Bogey at Morgan Stanley
BloombergFebruary 6, 2012

In the US, the Dodd-Frank law, enacted in July 2010, bans most proprietary trading and moves many derivatives onto central clearinghouses. Globally, the Basel III accord raises the amount of equity capital banks have to hold against illiquid trading ...more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense says any patient care mistakes were not criminal
Albany Times UnionFebruary 10, 2012

(Skip Dickstein / Times Union) Defense attorney for Kathkeen Osgood presents her opening arguments Feb. 9, 2012 at the trial of four healthcare professionals in Rensselaer County Court in Troy, NY accused of neglecting a nursing home patient.more »

Beware of IRS tax refund check thefts
NorthFulton.comFebruary 3, 2012

28, a victim in the 3200 block of Sweetwater Drive called authorities to report a check fraud in the amount of $1542. "She received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating the check had been cashed," a deputy said. The check's signature was ...more »

Expert: Age discrimination still common in UK
Russell Jones & WalkerFebruary 2, 2012

That is according to Ceri Wheeldon, founder of online resource Fab After Fifty, who has indicated that many older professionals believe they are subjected to unfair treatment purely on the basis of their age. Should managers not offer their more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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SIGTARP in a Nutshell
NTDTVFebruary 11, 2012

SIGTARP staff expressed concern about the new regulations under the Dodd-Frank Act (Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act), as they are in their infancy and still under development. These regulations may not have gone far enough to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Report: Fewer businesses in Consumers Energy's territory buying power from ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

When the law was enacted in October 2008, 3 percent of Consumers' customers were buying from alternative providers. Ten months later, that figure hit the 10 percent cap. The number of choice customers in Consumers Energy's service territory was 1069 in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Southwest Florida real estate briefs
Naples Daily NewsFebruary 19, 2012

Learn how to buy short sales, save on homeowners insurance, foreclosures and bank owned properties, content of all real estate contracts and how they can affect your purchase or sale. Also included is a field trip to the county clerk's office for a ...more »

Family Law
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A Florida Millionaire Adopted His 42-Year-Old Girlfriend. Isn't that Incest?
Slate MagazineFebruary 7, 2012

Watson Jr. was unaware that Patricia was his adoptive granddaughter when he died and, in the eyes of the law, now a beneficiary to the trust. (The case led to a protracted court fight between Patricia and the Watson family that ended in a settlement ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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