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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Notice to city hotel as BMC corporators hit by food poisoning
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

BHOPAL: Nearly half a dozen corporators of Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) were take ill after having food that they reportedly ordered from a hotel in the city during the council meeting here on Tuesday. Soon, the BMC officials issued a notice to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bill to deny driver's licenses to dropouts advances
SCNowFebruary 29, 2012

The bill would also add 300 to 500 cases to the Administrative Law Court's already heavy load so it would need $108000 to add employees. “That cost to the state is nominal compared to the benefit we will receive from the lower social costs we as tax ...more »

Health Care Law
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Committee opposes health care exchange
The Union LeaderFebruary 17, 2012

By TED SIEFER CONCORD — A House committee voted on Thursday to endorse a bill that would bar the state from cooperating in the establishment of a health care exchange, a move praised by House Republican leaders who have waged a dogged fight against ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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RIP Davy Jones of the Monkees
Westword (blog)February 29, 2012

Davy Jones played a big role in the look, feel and sound of the 1960s musical act whose Saturday morning television would refine the marriage of two mediums. Jones's death today from a heart attack at the age of 66 not only represents the sad loss of a ...more »

Immigration Law
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Latino voters group wants GOP candidates to embrace Dream Act
Boston.comFebruary 27, 2012

The group is particularly targeting former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who has said he would veto the Dream Act. In last week's debate in Arizona, Romney also referred to a controversial Arizona law cracking down on illegal immigration as a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Seven's result shows accounting law is an ass
Brisbane TimesFebruary 29, 2012

(That view was reinforced in the past week when James Packer, currently running a game on the board of Echo Entertainment, was quoted in The Australian Financial Review saying, ''I've been very impressed with the way Kerry Stokes does business; ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Hackers hit US business mediation and arbitration service
FudzillaFebruary 29, 2012

Insecurity outfit Symantec has noticed a new wave of cyber-attacks designed to impersonate a well-known business mediation and arbitration service in the US. Businesses are being targeted with emails purporting to originate from the US Better Business ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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CIT Raises Cost Estimate For Litigation
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Legal proceedings CIT is involved in securities litigation filed in 2008 in federal court against the company and former executives by its pre-bankruptcy shareholders. The suits allege the company failed to disclose the risks of certain mortgage loans ...more »

Animal Law
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Help needed to care for neglected animals
KXRMFebruary 1, 2012

The animals have since been relocated to shelters and vet clinics across Colorado. "Those animals are being cared for in shelters from Douglas County to Pueblo County," Director of Animal Law Enforcement said. The Humane Society in Colorado Springs is ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A Test Case for Intellectual Property in China
IEEE SpectrumFebruary 24, 2012

Yet China has a reputation as a place where intellectual property laws are routinely flouted. So the legal outcome is uncertain—and is of great interest to foreign companies. “There are a lot of eyes on this case,” says Jason Fredette, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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St. Lawrence County will study asbestos at Sunrise Mall in Massena
WatertownDailyTimes.comFebruary 28, 2012

There is asbestos in bags and on the basement floor that the previous owner removed from pipes before municipal authorities told him to stop. County attorney Michael C. Crowe said he doubted the previous owner would pay for the cleanup, estimated at ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court should keep affirmative action at universities
MU The ParthenonFebruary 27, 2012

You may not understand what it is or how it works, but you at least know the basic details of it: Affirmative action. Last week, the Supreme Court made a decision to rehear a case that could overturn the ability for universities to consider race when ...more »

Badal writes to Centre; demands new train to Nanded
IBNLive.comFebruary 11, 2012

He also urged union civil aviation minister Ajit Singh to start direct domestic flights from Amritsar and Chandigarh to Nanded, during a meeting at Kapurthala House here today. Badal said that during his recent visit to Nanded, a large number of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected
Vermont Public RadioFebruary 23, 2012

They're not always model landlords, according to tenants and regulators. Some banks are failing to follow local and state housing codes, leaving tenants to live in squalor — without even a number to call in the most dire situations.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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GenOn Reports 2011 Results and Announces Expected Deactivation of Generation Units
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

When taken together with availability under existing credit facilities, GenOn's total available liquidity at December 31, 2011 was $2.2 billion. Total debt at December 31, 2011, excluding unamortized debt discounts and adjustments to fair value of debt ...more »

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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on US and Australian Gene Patenting ...
Marketwire (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Genetic Technologies Limited ( ASX : GTG) ( NASDAQ : GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Business Law
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Ambulance Chasers Offer Lessons in Digital Marketing
AdAge.comFebruary 29, 2012

More than 800 trial-attorney firms, according to NMS, actively spend on Google keyword advertising, with at least 25 such firms spending more than $100000 annually with Google. And terms that are hot-button issues in the personal-injury legal realm ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DOMA Still Dogs Domestic Partners of Feds
GovExec.comFebruary 29, 2012

While the civilians argue the Obama administration's fiscal 2013 budget proposal targets civilian pay and benefits more than the military's, several Republican lawmakers this week said the opposite. Federal News Radio reports: “DoD leaders got battered ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police warn posting photos of ex-lovers online can lead to jail
NorthJersey.comFebruary 21, 2012

... the assistant Bergen County prosecutor who is chief of the computer crimes unit. “People … have to understand before they click 'send': By transmitting images of their former partner, they're likely committing a crime.” Before the Internet was so ...more »

Personal Injury
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Crash Sends Two To Hospital
Jamestown Post JournalFebruary 20, 2012

The New York State Police out of Fredonia investigated the personal-injury car accident on Highland Avenue in Portland. According to police, Johnathan Winslow, 22, of Fredonia was driving north on Highland Avenue when he went off onto the west shoulder ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Government approves Constitutional Court draft law
Ammon NewsFebruary 28, 2012

AMMONNEWS - In a historic session, the Cabinet on Tuesday approved the Constitutional Court draft law for the year 2012. The government's decision to pass the bill came in accordance with the provisions of paragraph 1 of Article 58 of the Constitution, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Topics covered touched on background and health effects of asbestos inspectors, the role of inspectors, bulk sampling techniques, regulations, friable vs. nonfriable asbestos, personal protective equipment, dust sampling, soil sampling, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Source 44's Groundbreaking Technology Simplifies Conflict Minerals Compliance
Environmental Expert (press release)February 23, 2012

... providing retailers and manufacturers a cost-effective solution to meet the requirements set forth in the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act. This announcement comes ahead of the imminent ruling expected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate lawyer close to mortgage fraud, Law Society says
Toronto StarFebruary 26, 2012

Tony Van Alphen Business Reporter He was deceptive, dishonest and “grossly deficient.” He concocted “sham” deals. He “lied” to lenders. But Ron Allan Hatcher, the lawyer behind a series of bizarre house transactions in the city's Junction area, ...more »

Stroock's Entertainment Practice Expands Into Miami
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

27, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, a national law firm with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, announced the addition of James G. Sammataro as a Partner in the firm's Entertainment group in Miami, effective immediately.more »

Sports Law
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Virginia repeals law on 1 handgun buy per month
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By LARRY ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Wis. bill would end victim testimony
Wausau Daily HeraldFebruary 12, 2012

Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, the bill's chief sponsor in the Senate, said the change would streamline the hearing process. An impressive array of law enforcement organizations and victim advocacy groups have lined up behind the measure, including the ...more »

If You Don't File, Beware the Ghost Return
New York TimesFebruary 12, 2012

That's because the IRS uses data from only the income side when it creates such a return, which means that it doesn't include all kinds of items that might offset that income, according to Julian Block, a tax lawyer in Larchmont, NY The IRS works from ...more »

Trapped in Unemployment
CBS NewsFebruary 20, 2012

Now...we just need legislation and favorable incentives (like what vets currently receive) to further incent companies to hire. Also, actionable age discrimination laws should be put into effect and enforced. Firms do not touch pregnant ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe Launches New Farmington and Wethersfield Websites
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe have launched two new websites to serve local communities in Connecticut more effectively. The firm's goal is to be more accessible to Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut residents and accident victims.more »

Environmental Law
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Rep. Martha Roby column for week of February 6
Dothan Eagle (blog)February 6, 2012

Therefore, I support an “all of the above” approach to energy, which includes opening up new areas for American energy exploration, transitioning to renewable and alternative energy, and using more clean and reliable nuclear power.more »

Wills & Probate
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Las Vegas-based estate planning, probate firm expanding to Peoria
Phoenix Business JournalFebruary 10, 2012

It also offers legal services related to prenuptial agreements, financial agreements, limited-liability companies, domestic partnerships and wills. Cassady offers free 30-minute financial service, probate and estate-planning consultations to ...more »

Family Law
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LCO calls for evaluation of family law information centres
Canadian Lawyer MagazineFebruary 27, 2012

While the Ontario government has heralded reforms to streamline the family law system, a new Law Commission of Ontario interim report is calling for additional measures. In its interim report on the family law system, the commission emphasizes the need ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Investigative Unit to Target California's Serial Labor Law Violators
Insurance JournalFebruary 29, 2012

The unit, an arm of the Department of Industrial Relations, will be focusing on serial violators, and a large number of those violators tend to be workers' comp violators, Su told Insurance Journal. “We will enforce all of the laws that are on the ...more »


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