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Palike to reclaim Clarence School playground
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will take legal measures to reclaim the Clarence School playground. Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda, while replying to a discussion on the issue in the Council meeting on Tuesday, said the lease of the ground ...more »

Former Minister Paroled after Child Sex Abuse Conviction
KATVFebruary 1, 2012

A state representative wants to make sure the law that allowed his release is changed. David Pierce worked at First Baptist Church for about 3-decades. He was beloved and looked up to by many members, but in 2009 men started coming forward with details ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Floyd supervisors set hearing on zoning law change
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

CHARLES CITY - The Floyd County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and first reading for a proposed change to its newly-revised zoning ordinance at 9 am Feb. 13. The change will be in the small wind energy portion of the ordinance.more »

Health Care Law
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Implementing health reform
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Consumers dread choosing health insurance, as various surveys show, largely because they don't understand it. But the new health care law now calls for uniform health insurance summaries, available to all consumers starting in 2012.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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Anti-Immigrant Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona's Immigration Law
Hispanically Speaking NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Strangely enough, some of these statistics—such as those on the drop in crime—document trends which began before Arizona had enacted any harsh immigration laws. The report does mention, offhandedly, that punitive state immigration policies may not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Era clears the air on Caymanas development
Jamaica ObserverFebruary 6, 2012

BY PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR Environment editor williamsp@jamaicaobserver.com NEW Era Homes has insisted that at no time did it act to circumvent the environmental permitting and licensing process in its now controversial $9.2-billion Caymanas housing ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Residents promote peace after riots
The Press AssociationFebruary 3, 2012

Volunteer mediators in London will be trained to help prevent violence and looting as seen in last year's riots from happening again. Fifteen people are to complete training with Wandsworth Mediation Service to become a volunteer community mediator.more »

Insurance Litigation
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GEHA Selects FICO Analytic Solution to Intensify Fight Against Insurance Fraud ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Now, with the upgrade to FICO® Insurance Fraud Manager, GEHA can not only monitor medical claims but also can manage pharmacy and dental claims with fraud detection and prevention models, discovering new fraud schemes in additional areas.more »

Animal Law
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Group plans measure to tighten animal cruelty law
Bismarck TribuneFebruary 9, 2012

A group of concerned citizens plans on submitting language for a ballot measure within the next two weeks that if passed would strengthen North Dakota's animal cruelty law. Mandan resident Alison Smith, one of the proponents of the measure, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Xebec Adsorption Inc. Announces Anticipated Strategic Intellectual Property...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

... of intent (LOI) with a multinational company exploring strategic alternatives pertaining to the monetization of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, including the patents and patent applications relating to its gas separation technology.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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State statutes place time limits on filing mesothelioma-related lawsuits
Mesothelioma NewsFebruary 1, 2012

It's not uncommon for attorneys to turn patients or families away because they waited too long to file a lawsuit. Each states' unique statutes of limitations provides a limited amount of time to sue companies responsible for asbestos-related diseases.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ask the County Law Librarian -- Affirmative Defenses to Fraud
The Sacramento PressFebruary 9, 2012

A common affirmative defense for many types of cases is a violation of the Statute of Limitations, or failure to file an action within a certain period of time after the “wrong” involved was committed. The Statute of Limitations for Fraud is three ...more »

Lawmakers close in on FAA funding deal amid pushback from unions
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/31/12 07:25 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate came close to finalizing an agreement Tuesday to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unions voiced opposition to a labor deal that paved the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Gold Dust Lounge Landlords Reportedly Call Cops, Worried About Supporters' Pub ...
The San Francisco AppealFebruary 2, 2012

But that didn't stop supporters of the bar from appearing before San Francisco's Historic Preservation Commission Wednesday, in an effort to gain support for classifying the Union Square lounge as a historic landmark. The Weekly reports that while the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Casino rules govern chip color, size, much more
Canton RepositoryFebruary 2, 2012

Rules adopted by the commission must go before a legislative committee with veto power. The rules span the array of casino gambling, licensing and oversight, some in exhaustive detail. For example, the rules will make it hard for gamblers to confuse a ...more »

Litigation
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Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti Add Two to Legal Team
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Mr. Arnold practices general litigation, including commercial and construction disputes as well as municipal matters and eminent domain proceedings. His experience in construction litigation has involved representing owners, general contractors, ...more »

Business Law
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Cohen & Grigsby's Florida Office Relocates to Mercato in Naples
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's practice areas include Business & Tax, Labor & Employment, Immigration/International Business, Real Estate & Public Finance, Litigation, Estates & Trust, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights, and Public Affairs.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Kern bases vulnerable to defense cuts
Bakersfield CalifornianFebruary 4, 2012

While California could lose lucrative contracts, it could benefit if troops are repositioned on the West Coast. Military spending is key to California, where the 11 percent unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Tennis coach charged in bust
Worcester TelegramFebruary 4, 2012

Thursday's arrest was the result of an undercover investigation by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that began Oct. 7, 2011. According to Ms. Kennedy, State Police Sgt. Michael Hill began an undercover investigation into a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Concordia Passengers Lawsuit Against Costa Cruise Lines, Inc Can be Turned ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 6, 2012

Generally, cruise tickets include a contract with a "choice of forum" clause stating the proper venue for potential lawsuits. Defendants can challenge the jurisdiction of US court over this case if the tickets purchased and signed by the plaintiffs ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court asks for change in law to prosecute
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the right to file a complaint against a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right, and that Parliament should make an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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BLANK ROME, LLP v. PARRISH
Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012

Insofar as the third-party and proposed amended third-party complaints allege that BMF represented defendant, agreed to represent him with respect to the issues giving rise to the legal malpractice alleged in defendant's counterclaims, and that BMF was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How to Break Up the Banks
Barron'sFebruary 4, 2012

Roberta Karmel, a onetime Securities and Exchange Commissioner who's now one of just two Centennial Professors at Brooklyn Law School, sees problems with reforms in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 -- the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Attorney Robert J. Ramseur, Jr. Named to Advisory Board of Band Together NC
PR.com (press release)February 9, 2012

A partner at the law firm of Ragsdale Liggett PLLC in Raleigh, NC, attorney Bobby Ramseur, a fervent community servant is named to the Band Together NC advisory board. The nonprofit organization uses live music to raise funds and awareness for other ...more »

Xcel Energy 2011 Year End Earnings Report
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The rate increases are net of a provision for refund of approximately $67 million for Minnesota and $2.3 million for North Dakota, based on settlements reached with various parties in both cases. In addition, NSP-Minnesota reduced depreciation expense ...more »

Sports Law
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Examining Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports
Newswise (press release)February 1, 2012

Newswise — Villanova University School of Law (VSL) convenes an all-star roster of leading experts from sports and television for its 2012 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium, “Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports,” Friday, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Kirkland & Ellis Hires Prominent White Collar Attorney Eggleston
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)February 1, 2012

Eggleston, formerly a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton in DC, focuses his practice on civil and criminal securities fraud, health care, government procurement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses and antitrust. In an interview, Eggleston said that ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Anti-discrimination law shake-up doesn't cut burden on employers: Employer group
SmartCompany.com.auFebruary 7, 2012

Business groups have warned that a discussion paper on consolidating the four pieces of legislation covering anti-discrimination into one does not reduced burdens on employers. "Anti-discrimination law is overregulated and is becoming increasingly ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LiveViewGPS Publishes Updated 2012 GPS Tracking Catalog Featuring New Products ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"They demand reliable products that deliver pinpoint accuracy and lightning fast results to protect vehicles, assets and loved ones. Our new catalog features products that do just that. We continually strive to exceed expectations of quality and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Consumers Energy customers would pay $350 million in annual fixed costs if ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comFebruary 6, 2012

When the energy-reform 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. Hypothetically, if the cap did not exist, choice participation would ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Family Law
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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Work comp
Tulsa WorldFebruary 14, 2012

By World's Editorial Writers Staff writer Randy Krehbiel paints a bleak picture of the city of Tulsa's workers compensation claims, which far outpace the national and regional averages. Most of the claims were filed by police officers and firefighters, ...more »

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