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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New Judges Named in 4th Judicial District
KRDOFebruary 2, 2012

Judge Prince graduated from the University of Utah Law School where he served on the law review and received Order of the Coif honors. Colorado is divided into 22 judicial districts, each with a chief judge who serves as the administrative head.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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Blue Shield agrees to cover autism therapy
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Jones' settlement resolves any lingering legal disputes for current and past claims. Meanwhile, recently approved legislation, which takes effect in July, makes it clear that applied behavioral analysis therapy must be made available for any member of ...more »

Immigration Law
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TN lawmaker puts immigration bill on hold
The TennesseanFebruary 2, 2012

A state House bill that would allow law enforcement to check someone's immigration status if pulled over or detained has been put on hold for the moment. The bill, called the Lawful Immigration Enforcement Act, was put behind the budget by a House ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Commentary: Medical marijuana a threat to state's children
Education News ColoradoFebruary 7, 2012

The amendment simply created an affirmative defense against the enforcement of state marijuana laws for people with debilitating medical conditions who have physician approval to use the drug. But in recent years, a series of policy decision at the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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WSO2 Workshop on Architectural Approaches to Implementing ESBs for Enterprise ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

WSO2 will explore SOA and integration best practices in a technical workshop that examines how SOA principles and an ESB model are used to properly implement a service broker pattern delivering connectivity, mediation, process orchestration, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer Sued for $50 Million in BP Oil Spill
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

"When Cameron needed it the most, Liberty refused to provide Cameron the $50 million in insurance limits it sold Cameron. Instead, Liberty offered Cameron a choice: either continue the Gulf oil spill litigation and face potentially crippling liability, ...more »

Animal Law
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Local advocates petition for tougher punishments on animal abusers
KIVI-TVFebruary 3, 2012

By Jennifer Auh Animal rights advocates push for tougher punishments on animal abusers, and they want your help. Using a recent case of animal abuse in Oregon as an example, they point out why Idaho needs stricter punishments to protect animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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DOJ's computer crime chief takes expertise to private concern
Washington TechnologyFebruary 21, 2012

Based in Washington, DC, DuBose will oversee Kroll's cyber investigations practice within the business intelligence and investigations group, providing comprehensive investigative services for digital forensics, data breach response and complex cyber ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Intellectual property lawyer David E. Warden has joined the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) as of counsel.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Ludicrous Lawsuit
Harvard CrimsonFebruary 8, 2012

But while the student's individual case may be impossible to prove, it is likely that overall, Asians are rarely the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action. Yet this particular case bears no evidence of undue discrimination and can at the most ...more »

Dassault tops EADS for Indian jet deal
Outcome MagazineFebruary 5, 2012

A Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter jet performs during the 48th international Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport on June 16, 2009. The air show, which celebrates its centenary, will be open to the public on June 19. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement) In a brief ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Smoke-Free Rental Properties Now Possible Under New State Law
Imperial Valley WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

By holtvilletribune On February 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment A new law expands the availability of smoke-free housing in California by allowing landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units. The Smoke-Free Housing Law went into effect on January 1, 2012.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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About 550 sex abuse claims filed by Wednesday deadline in Archdiocese of ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE — About 550 people have filed claims for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — the most of the eight dioceses in the US that have sought bankruptcy protection, a lawyer in the Milwaukee case said ...more »

Litigation
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Madison County asbestos litigation has billion-dollar impact; But business ...
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Lester Brickman, professor of law at Cardozo Law School and an expert on asbestos and class action litigation, has been highly critical of Madison County courts over the past decade. "Every cell phone operator, virtually every large company in various ...more »

Business Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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CEO, Garret Puckett, Proudly Announces the Recently Launched VA Loan Websites ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012

Security America Mortgage, Inc. recently announced released the VA Loan calculations on YouTube to grow the knowledge base for American Veterans and Military War Heroes who are purchasing a home in 2012. The VA home mortgage company also launched an ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Richmond man charged with child porn possession
Richmond RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

Police took a computer and several other electronic storage devices from Burkhead's home, according to the report. The items were sent to the Kentucky State Police Crimes Section for examination. The KSP reportedly found four images depicting nude ...more »

Personal Injury
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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Michigan Supreme Court disappoints on manager law
Livingston DailyFebruary 1, 2012

Justice Stephen Markman, a Republican on the so-called nonpartisan bench, wants an immediate decision on whether the law passes constitutional muster. The majority of his high-court brethren, however, seem content to let the system run its course ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Coakley says insurance company should pay over bridge collapse
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

XL Specialty Insurance Company and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act by submitting false statements to avoid an obligation to pay $3 million under a June 2007 construction ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Sandra Shoupe-Gorga opens Scottsdale practice
AZ Central.comFebruary 2, 2012

By John McLean, Arizona Business Gazette | azcentral.com Sandra Shoupe-Gorga has opened a private law practice in Scottsdale. She focuses in municipal liability, employment law, tort litigation, sports law and commercial litigation.more »

Sports Law
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Hershman: HBO to remain 'bullish' on boxing going forward
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

By Mike Coppinger, Soecial for USA TODAY NEW YORK – Following years of questionable decisions and accusations of favoritism, HBO President of Sports Ross Greenburg was ousted from "The Network of Champions". HBO boxing broadcaster Jim Lampley, left, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Duty laps incumbent Bradley in fundraising for Williamson district attorney race
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 8, 2012

Bradley has questioned the way Duty has raised her money, saying it has come largely from Austin criminal defense lawyers, her own staff and loans to herself. "My fundraising will show broad support from a wide variety of Williamson County supporters," ...more »

New lottery director outlines goals
Arkansas NewsFebruary 14, 2012

“Hopefully we have the procedures and policies in place to take care of any of those issues,” Woosley, a former Arkansas assistant attorney general, said Monday. “We're vigilant and constantly watching that. We have an internal auditor, ...more »

Marriage Equality Act Passes In Washington State
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 13, 2012

But to retain that status, the couple would have to marry within one year after becoming permanent residents of Washington State, unless at least one of the partners was at least 62 years of age. The Marriage Equality Act would generally eliminate the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Greek Debt Nightmare and a Macro-View for Investor Profit and Protection
The Market OracleFebruary 24, 2012

“I am staggered at how easily the concepts of Democracy and the Rule of Law – two of the pillars of the modern world – have been brushed aside in the interests of political expediency. This is not just a Eurozone phenomenon but of course the removal of ...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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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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D'Souza elected New Orleans' first family court judge
NOLA.comFebruary 2, 2012

Online records of the Secretary of State's office show that Kris Kiefer, who said Wednesday he would take his name off the ballot to focus on his law practice and his family, had quit the race. D'Souza in a prepared statement Thursday called her ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bus Craziness: Chelsea MBTA Driver Faked Crime to Collect Worker's Compensation
Chelsea RecordFebruary 2, 2012

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley's office announced last Friday that charges are being filed against a former MBTA Route 111 bus driver for faking an armed robbery while driving her Chelsea route in order to collect worker's compensation...more »

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