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Supreme Court order a signal to stop misuse of sanction power
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Mail Today Reporter There seems no end to the embarrassment that the United Progressive Alliance government has had to face on account of the 2G spectrum scam. The Supreme Court's order of Tuesday stating that Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy ...more »

10 top tips on becoming a franchisee 1, 2012

1 Find out what franchises are available: There are franchise exhibitions, directories, magazines, all devoted to franchising and starting a business. Start by visiting the British Franchise Association website, »

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Administrative Law
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Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law
ESPNFebruary 1, 2012

Only then did 86-year-old Ralph Branca let on that there was nothing wrong with his hearing, and that his brain cells were still firing just fine, the way you'd expect they would for a guy who says he has an IQ of 160. George Napolitano/FilmMagic LR: ...more »

Health Care Law
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New administration figures aim to show health law strengthened private ...
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The news contradicts Republican warnings that the healthcare reform law's $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage would gut the popular program. But the insurance industry immediately countered that painful cuts are yet to come.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kirby Corporation Announces Record 2011 Fourth Quarter and Year Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

... including cyclical or other downturns in demand, significant pricing competition, unanticipated additions to industry capacity, changes in the Jones Act or in US maritime policy and practice, fuel costs, interest rates, weather conditions, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Local group seeks to roll back state's immigration law
Randolph LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Many of those present came to learn more about what is termed the strictest immigration law in the country. The legislative session in Montgomery starts Tuesday, Feb. 7, but the bill protest date has been changed to Tuesday, Feb.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Lawsuit Filed on Benzene Leukemia: Provides Advice and ...
Albany Times UnionFebruary 18, 2012

... Texaco, US Steel, Chevron USA, and 4520 Corp. alleging that he developed leukemia from benzene exposure. Benzene is a petroleum product, originally manufactured from coal tar that is used as a component in multiple industrial and consumer products.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Duluth Calls Meeting to Accept SDS Agreement
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

Other cities in Gwinnett scheduled to meet Tuesday to resolve service delivery strategy dispute. Signing ceremony tonight at Historic Gwinnett Courthouse. The Duluth City Council has called a special meeting for 7 pm Tuesday, Jan.more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Animal Law
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A dog's life in Hong Kong
AsiaOneFebruary 1, 2012

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, authorities are virtually powerless to prevent animals from living in poor conditions even when they are in danger or distress. They can act only when those conditions have actually taken a toll on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AMD's move could pave the way for ARM in future chips
ComputerworldFebruary 4, 2012

AMD said this week it will allow the integration of third-party intellectual property in future processors, as part of a new plan to design purpose-built chips for customers. If a customer needs another architecture besides x86, AMD will combine its ...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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Affirming Affirmative Action
Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunFebruary 8, 2012

The continuous debate surrounding affirmative action is testament to this. Quite honestly, in this time of college admissions, no one is guaranteed admissions based on GPAs and test scores alone. College acceptance can also be about those who have ...more »

Airlines Move To Fill Gap In Hungarian Aviation Market
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

By Gergo Racz Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES BUDAPEST (Dow Jones)--Several airlines are to boost their Hungarian activities after national airline Malev terminating operations earlier Friday suspended operations earlier Friday under the weight of crippling ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Housing associations and councils to be given stronger powers to evict...
Scottish Daily RecordFebruary 6, 2012

The Scottish Government has put forward plans that could give councils and housing associations more flexibility when allocating property and make it simpler to evict the worst anti-social behaviour offenders. Housing Minister Keith Brown said the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lowest Costs of Ownership for Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 1, 2012

by Steve Cypher on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 People with bad credit must consider the total expenses of a bad credit auto loan if they want to complete the process successfully. We understand this because for more than two decades we've been ...more »

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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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Official rules and regulations for Oh, Say Can You Sing? contest
OCRegisterFebruary 1, 2012

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; NO WARRANTIES AND RELEASE. By entering into this Contest, you accept and agree that (a) Contest Entities and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents do not have and will not have any liability...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lesbian Army Vet Sues Feds After Wife Denied Military Benefits
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A US Army veteran has filed a lawsuit against the federal government after her wife was denied military benefits. Tracey Cooper-Harris, an Iraq War veteran who has served in the Army for 12 years, announced the lawsuit in Los ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mass. man allegedly preyed on innocent, young girls online
NECNFebruary 8, 2012

The Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline report which tipped them to the upload of child porn to a website. Authorities on the Cape took it from there.more »

Personal Injury
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Small steps to offset suffering
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 5, 2012

After nearly 11 years, WR Grace & Co. is emerging from the cocoon of bankruptcy court where it sought financial protection while Libby asbestos victims got sicker and many died through the years. Grace filed for bankruptcy in 2001 as personal injury ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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I Was Denied Legal Help, Kasab Tells Apex Court
Daijiworld.comFebruary 1, 2012

The amicus curiae told the court that an accused was not just offered his right but he was informed of the right under the constitution and law. When the court observed that "you can say it was a formal compliance" of the provisions of the criminal ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

They wrote me a check out of the company account and I accepted it thinking it was a gift. I am now being asked to complete a W-9 form. Since this was a “gift” am I required to fill out this form? And am I required to list this amount as income and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Alert - SEC Revises "Qualified Client ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 18, 2012

... and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") released its final rule regarding Investment Adviser Performance Compensation (the "Rule") pursuant to Section 418 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act").more »

Real Estate Law
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A New Alternative For Real Estate Investors
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

Over 50 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that enabled small investors to make investments in large-scale, significant income-producing real estate. This law, named the REIT Act, combined the attributes of mutual funds and ...more »

Confusion tables $500000 contract for law firm
Tampa Bay Business JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Two law firms will have to wait until next month to see which one wins a contract worth up to $500000 for providing bond counsel services at Tampa International Airport . Nabors Giblin & Nickerson PA edged Holland & Knight LLP by two points in staff ...more »

Sports Law
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"The Law Firm" And The Best Nicknames In Sports
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Among the most timeless intimacies shared between athletes and those of us on the other side of the TV screen who choose to devote a degree of our desires towards witnessing the possible outcomes that these men and women facilitate with their deeds, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murder was very drunk ...
Fox NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Defense attorney Francis Lawrence said the relationship drama and infidelity went both ways. A videotape of Huguely's interview with police will show he's incapable of being a calculating criminal, he told the jury. "He's not complicated.more »

ICE delivers hefty fines for paperwork errors
Houston ChronicleFebruary 20, 2012

An analysis of nearly 800 audit cases ICE completed since October 2010 shows that roughly half of the 117 companies fined were not specifically penalized for hiring illegal immigrants, but for problems with the employment verification paperwork ...more »

Civil Rights Lawyer and Author Michelle Alexander to Present Convocation
Carleton College NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (New Press, 2010), which will be the subject of her address, focusing on the continued legacy of discrimination against African Americans, ...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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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

... ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel, said Republicans who have majority control of the House haven't offered an alternative long-care plan even though they say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law.more »

Wills & Probate
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ENMU briefs — Feb. 15
Portales News-TribuneFebruary 15, 2012

KENW-TV studio will present “Last Will and Testament” 7 pm Tuesday for those who have questions about last wills, living wills and trusts. This hour-long live call-in special provides viewers the opportunity to call the KENW-TV studio and direct ...more »

Family Law
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Amy Winehouse coroner resigns, family seeks advice
Aiken StandardFebruary 2, 2012

She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia. Her resignation was not made public until Wednesday. "I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post," Reid said in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules
Workforce ManagementFebruary 2, 2012

Those include workers' compensation, disability benefits and the NFL's 88 Plan, which pays for medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia. While some players have been able to receive benefits for concussion-related injuries, ...more »


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