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Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

TripAdvisor rebuked over 'trust' claims on review site
BBC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been ordered to rewrite some of its marketing claims by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ruling follows complaints by hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be "trusted". The ASA said it was concerned ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Centegra, Mercy appeal hospital rejections from state board
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Centegra and Mercy each have requested an administrative hearing on the denials Illinois Health Facilities Planning Review Board issued on their plans in December. Centegra's preliminary hearing will be Feb. 23, while Mercy's is scheduled for March 14.more »

Health Care Law
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Holy war over health care law? Obama angers Catholic leaders
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Catholics are fired up over new rules implementing Obama's health care reform law forcing Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities to provide insurance for their employees covering contraception -- even though that violates church teachings.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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APNewsBreak: DA warns Kansas lawmakers to keep records as he investigates ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

Sam Brownback to preserve records and electronic files about gatherings at his official residence as “potentially relevant evidence” in an investigation into a newspaper's complaints that the sessions violated the state's open meetings act.more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

... but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Changes loom for Alabama's 'strong' immigration law
Opelika Auburn NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Hubbard expects a variety of bills to be introduced, from incentive-based ones to hire veterans, to incentives to lure industries, to making it easier for companies to conduct business in the state. “We have an economic development incentives plan that ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Argentines seek peaceful resolution in Falklands
Boston.comFebruary 4, 2012

Nearly 79 percent of those surveyed favor diplomacy or negotiations to resolve the dispute. Such unity is "not often found in an Argentina so divided and politicized," said Ignacio Ramirez, Ibarometro's polling director. "Any way of recovering the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Torchmark Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter And Year-End 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Net operating income, a non-GAAP financial measure, has long been consistently used by Torchmark's management to evaluate the operating performance of the Company, and is a measure commonly used in the life insurance industry.more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights: Orangutans Saved By Four Paws
The Daily ActivistFebruary 2, 2012

Animal Rights – Indonesia – As hunters closed in and prepared to slaughter a defenseless pregnant orangutan and her baby, Four Paws, a British-based animal rescue group arrived in the nick of time, saving them from certain death.more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights : Winners of "Hands off my Design" competition ...
IEWY NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26704 to over 80,0001. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

Idaho House passes aviation tax exemption
AOPA PilotFebruary 2, 2012

The bill, strongly supported by AOPA and the general aviation community, is now headed for Senate committee. Idaho House Bill 417 passed the house 69-0 Feb. 1, just days after being introduced by the Revenue and Taxation Committee.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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More Sarkisian quotes from signing day
The Seattle Times (blog)February 2, 2012

It's a credit to our new coaches that have come in to do some of the things they've done, but also guys that were on our staff that are still on our staff to hold this thing together until we could get some momentum here at the end to make this happen.more »

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Managing Information in Litigation: How to Avoid Spending a Fortune
CIO InsightFebruary 2, 2012

By Adam C. Losey The costs of preserving, searching and reviewing information in litigation can be staggering. What costs a dollar to store on a hard drive can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to search and review for a lawsuit.more »

Business Law
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China Global Media, Inc. Announces $2.3 Million Automobile Advertisement Contracts
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Certain of the statements made in this press release constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 27E of the Securities Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements involve known and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The Conversation: New help for our wounded warriors
Sacramento BeeFebruary 5, 2012

By Foon Rhee, Associate editor Should post-9/11 veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan receive more benefits and services than veterans of previous wars? To comment, please use our comments section at the end of the story or go our facebook page at ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Danbury News TimesFebruary 3, 2012

... on charges he used his old company credit card to pay for his account, among other Internet bills. Remy Charmoz, 62, of Glengarry Road, Fairfield, was charged Jan. 26 with second-degree computer crime and illegal use of a credit card.more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney William Bill Hurst Has Been Again Listed in "Best Lawyers In America ...
PR Web (press release)February 19, 2012

The law firm of Mitchell Hurst Dick and McNelis, LLC is pleased to announce that William Bill Hurst has been named to the Indiana Super Lawyers list as a top Personal Injury Attorney in the state of Indiana for 2012; and designated again as a top ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Marriage Equality' and The Power of Words in Law
TowleroadFebruary 1, 2012

Some ground rules: First, the scope of this column is limited to the courtroom, where legal advocates are making the argument that laws and constitutional amendments that limit marriage to man-woman unions are unconstitutional.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Feldman Shepherd Names Patricia Giordano a Partner in Philadelphia Personal...
Citybizlist (press release)February 8, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Giordano has been named a partner of the firm. Giordano is a personal injury lawyer who handles ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA threatens complaint against Eskom
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law changes mortgage rules
SignalFebruary 8, 2012

By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor AP/ In support of the real estate market, state senators voted Jan. 23 on a pair of bills that would offer protections to those hurt by the California mortgage crisis. By Monday, one of those bills was withdrawn ...more »

Negative Connotations Surrounding Sharia Must Be Dispelled
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Based on US conflicts of law, the law where the tort occurred would govern the dispute. The court would require expert testimony regarding the tort law of the country using Sharia, which would include issues relating to Sharia. A, a Saudi company, ...more »

Sports Law
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Super Bowl 2012 already breaking records before the football is even tossed in ...
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Rick Horrow is the "Sports Professor," and is the Sports Business Analyst for Fox Sports. He has been the Visiting Expert on Sports Law at the Harvard Law School, and has authored "When the Game Is on the Line" and "Beyond the Scoreboard: An Insider's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Teacher disputes criminal sex conduct charge
Devil's Lake Daily JournalFebruary 15, 2012

Thirty-six-year-old Matthew Ellsworth is on trial in Ramsey County District Court for criminal sexual conduct. Defense attorney Allan Kaplan argues Ellsworth had no intention of returning to the high school when the relationship took place.more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Allen & Overy Abolishes Mandatory Retirement Age as Top UK Law Firms Review ...
The National Law JournalFebruary 11, 2012

The City giant's move comes as research by Legal Week found that SJ Berwin, Nabarro and Holman Fenwick Willan are also currently reviewing their policies in the wake of legislative changes which have phased out default retirement ages for UK employees.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Debuts New Website (press release)February 2, 2012

Punta Gorda, FL, February 02, 2012 --( Farr Law Firm, Charlotte County, Florida's largest and longest established law firm is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website Inherent to the website's redesign strategy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A crass act?
Cape Breton PostFebruary 7, 2012

“Indians may make wills,” reads another section of the act, but “no will executed by an Indian is of any legal force or effect as a disposition of property until the minister has approved the will or a court has granted probate thereof pursuant to this ...more »

Family Law
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Powell tragedy sparks questions about child custody
USA TODAYFebruary 8, 2012

"The trend has been for every state to give judges broad discretion to protect children," said Randall Kessler, chairman of the American Bar Association's family law section. "I can't imagine that the judge had any concern that the father would do this ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

Shara Stokes (Claimant) petitions for review of the January 26, 2011, order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which affirmed the decision of a workers' compensation judge (WCJ) granting the termination petition filed by HGO, ...more »


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