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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NCUA's Marquis Throws Cold Water on Bill to Overhaul Exams
Credit Union TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Claude R. Marx A bill to revamp the examination process and allow appeals to an administrative law judge would raise NCUSIF premiums, give examiners less flexibility and raise administrative costs, NCUA Executive Director David Marquis told ...more »

Health Care Law
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Study: Health Law's Tax On Insurers Will Take Bite Out Of Medicaid
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Missouri Dems rally to block workplace discrimination bill
KC Community NewsFebruary 1, 2012

... that would modify the Missouri's Human Rights Act to narrow the definition of workplace discrimination. “Do we really want to be known as the state that turned back civil rights,” said Assistant Minority House Leader Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis.more »

Immigration Law
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Black immigration bill targets Obama lawsuits
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Diane Black, R-Gallatin on Tuesday, introduced HR 3842, a bill that would stop the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration from pursuing lawsuits against Arizona, South Carolina and Alabama over their state immigration enforcement laws.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Quotes From Key Global Personalities and Highlights at TERI Delhi Sustainable ...
India Education DiaryFebruary 4, 2012

Speaking at TERI Delhi Sustainable Development summit 2012, Dr Abdul Rahim, Nik, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia, "emphasized challenges, such as inventory of biodiversity and proper law enforcement in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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It's 2012 And The NLRB Is Off To A Fast – And Controversial – Start
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

This arbitration agreement provided that all employment-related disputes must be resolved through individual arbitration and that the employees could not pursue class or collective litigation claims. Notably, the arbitration clause at issue in this ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues County Bank's ex-executives
Modesto BeeFebruary 1, 2012

By Phil Milford The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corporation of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the lawsuit, filed Friday ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple, Schweitzer-Mauduit, Target: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

“Samsung has shown that it is more likely than not that the patent will be revoked because of a technology that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed for protection,” Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller said when ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Obama birth control mandate faces legal challenges
PoliticoFebruary 7, 2012

And in upholding the California and New York laws, the courts solidly rejected arguments that they violate the constitution or other religious liberty protections in federal law. "The court [has been] incredibly clear" in these cases, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Davenport's Affirmative Action Committee Needs Members
WQADFebruary 6, 2012

Davenport is looking for volunteers to join the city's newly-established group, the Affirmative Action Commission. During a press conference Monday morning, Mayor Bill Gluba said the city hadn't received any official applications yet, ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit to address long-term growth, sustainability issues
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 February 2012 1107 hrs SINGAPORE: The Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums return this year as part of the Singapore Airshow 2012. Organisers said under the theme, "Driving Change, Overcoming Challenges Together", ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Collegetown Compromise
Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

Collegetown landlords have to deal with unruly tenants, legal liability and destruction of their property. If a student causes damage in excess of his or her security deposit, proprietors can rarely get compensation. Even when a landlord makes a profit ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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To Payday Loan or Not To Payday Loan – That Is The Question
Which Way To Pay – UKFebruary 2, 2012

Why then are so many turning to these high interest loans? Late last year the Citizen's Advice Bureau warned that the number of people running into debt through payday loans has quadrupled in two years. It said that it is too easy to obtain such credit...more »

Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Business Law
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Presidential Campaign Finances
WCTVFebruary 1, 2012

Friends of candidates set up these groups and by law, can raise unlimited dollars to typically run ads blasting an opponent. It includes this ad run by a group supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney called, "restore our future".more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hiring Help
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is seeking input from current military service members on their pay and benefits preferences following last week's preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 spending request, which would change military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Illegal Immigrants in Personal Injury Cases
Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog (blog)February 7, 2012

LawyersUSA has an article out today on the struggles that personal injury attorneys have had in getting fair compensation for their clients in accident and malpractice cases. The article contains a few quotes from me. There are a couple of leitmotifs ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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R. BROOKS ASSOC., INC. v. HARTER SECREST & EMERY LLP
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dietary Supplements Extensively Regulated, Say Authors of New Article
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Today, under DSHEA and subsequent amendments to the FDCA, FDA has broad statutory authority to regulate dietary supplements appropriately and those who manufacture, distribute, and sell them, and to take enforcement action against unsafe or mislabeled ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

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 »

Sports Law
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Exclusive sports deals worthless: analysts
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

A Federal Court ruling allowing Optus to broadcast sports matches online means multi-million dollar exclusive rights deals are worthless, media analysts say. In a ruling on Wednesday, the Federal Court found Optus did not breach copyright law by ...more »

Criminal Defense
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No criminal trials held in Santa Cruz County since 2010
Nogales InternationalFebruary 8, 2012

The Santa Cruz County Attorney's Office has not taken a felony criminal case to trial since 2010, figures from the clerk of the superior court show. The fact that no felony cases were heard by a local jury in 2011 - and none so far in 2012 - represents ...more »

IRS exempts most oil sands crude from spill cleanup tax
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 9, 2012

The per-barrel tax that oil sands crude was exempted from by the IRS comprises more than 90 percent of the fund's intake, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit that said it would soon run dry if Congress did not extend the levy ...more »

DIAZ v. JITEN HOTEL MANAGEMENT, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012

A jury rendered a verdict in favor of plaintiff-appellee Carmen Llerena Diaz (Diaz) in this age discrimination action. On appeal, defendant-appellant Jiten Hotel Management, Inc. (Jiten) challenges the district court's jury instructions and the court's ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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James Contini: Asset protection, planning grows in importance for mineral rights
New Philadelphia Times ReporterFebruary 5, 2012

By James Contini Developing an estate with an asset protection plan for mineral rights has become a very hot topic for area residents as an oil and natural gas exploration boom develops in the Tuscarawas Valley region. If you own unleased mineral ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian countries with few alternative sources of energy, government officials said on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SENIOR SCENE: Feb. 1
Wicked LocalFebruary 1, 2012

A free senior legal planning workshop will be held from 2 to 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 2, and again at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Atty. Jonathan Graham's office, 8 Samoset St., Plymouth. Senior planning today is complex and changing.more »

Family Law
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Legal forums return Feb. 16
Cleveland Daily BannerFebruary 2, 2012

The year's first forum topic will be “Family Law Issues,” the same subject covered in the event's inaugural session. It has returned by “popular demand,” as has the entire Community Legal Forum concept, Tapper explained. Joining Tapper on the “Family ...more »

Workers Compensation
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U-Haul Parent to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Workers' Comp Business
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

based AMERCO (Nasdaq: UHAL) announced on Wednesday that following an internal review of its property and casualty subsidiary's excess workers' compensation business, Repwest will take a third quarter fiscal 2012 charge to strengthen its loss reserves.more »

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