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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Aide: Arpaio accepts blame for botched sex cases
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By AP Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top aide said Tuesday that the sheriff accepts responsibility for hundreds of sex-crimes investigations that were inadequately investigated and Arpaio started working to clear up the backlog once the problem ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Indiana Commission Establishes Legal Department
Standardbred CanadaFebruary 29, 2012

Ellingwood, a graduate of Indiana University School of Law, comes to the IHRC from the Indiana Gaming Commission where she served as deputy counsel. In that position, she has had extensive administrative law experience while prosecuting casinos and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gingrich, in Tennessee, calls for ways to replace new health care law
Greenfield Daily ReporterFebruary 27, 2012

Earlier, Gingrich attended a health care forum at the law firm of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., urging Republicans to think of this time as "the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obamacare debate.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Lawsuit levied against Bridgeton Board of Ed. for meeting conduct
NJ.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Greg Adomaitis/The News of Cumberland County News file photoBridgeton Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Thomasina Jones, left, speaks at a gathering in 2011. BRIDGETON — The chairman of the New Jersey Libertarian Party's Open Government Advocacy ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 20, 2012

This time it happens to be at ICE: A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is dead after a workplace dispute erupted into gunfire at the agency's offices in a California federal building, officials said. In the incident at the Glenn M. Anderson ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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FAVORABLE WINDS: Marion businessmen partner with global firm for local wind ...
Wicked LocalFebruary 27, 2012

By Chris Reagle A Middleborough business with Marion ties is at the forefront of the emerging wind industry in the state that has resulted from the federal push toward clean, renewable energy movement. Mass Tank Sales Corp. and Goldwind USA Inc.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Council OKs contract to facilitate transit talks
KPHO PhoenixFebruary 29, 2012

By Phil Benson - email The Phoenix City Council has approved a contract to allow a former Chief Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court help mediate transit talks. The Hon. Ruth V. McGregor will provide mediation services in negotiations between Veolia ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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$200 Million Fraud Case Involving Former Bond Trader Frankel Set for Trial in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 27, 2012

Colagiovanni is still named in the lawsuit, though Frankel's name has been dropped because his assets were sold to compensate policyholders and insurers losses as a result of his alleged fraud. The lawsuit was joined by insurance regulators in Arkansas ...more »

Animal Law
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New Ohio Law: Dogs Judged on Behavior, Not Breed
Opposing ViewsFebruary 29, 2012

And it is about time that the law reflected actual animal behavior instead of hype and stereotype. How many good dogs were denied the opportunity to thrive with a loving family under the old law just because of who they were born to?more »

Intellectual Property
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Survey Reveals Importance of Intellectual Property
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 23, 2012

New survey results indicate that trademarks and trade secrets are the most important forms of intellectual property (IP) protection according to most businesses, followed by copyrights and patents. Washington, DC - infoZine - The findings shed light on ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Kline attorney argues wife should be able to keep money
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 13, 2012

Michelle Kline and the insurance company reached the settlement last month after extensive litigation over whether she and her husband were responsible for the fire that destroyed the family's home. The Klines denied the claim, but the settlement also ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Constitution Check: Is affirmative action in college admissions doomed?
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 23, 2012

It will be months, maybe not until next year, before the Nation will know whether the foreboding of Columbia University's Bollinger about the fate of affirmative action in college admissions is well founded. The Supreme Court will not hear the new test ...more »

Former HK Aviation Chief Convicted
CRIENGLISH.comFebruary 27, 2012

Former Hong Kong Director General of Civil Aviation Lam Kwong-yu was found guilty of insider dealing on Monday. According to Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission, Lam was sentenced to five months' imprisonment, suspended for two years and fined ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Program aims to reduce number of evictions of 'risky' tenants
Owen Sound Sun TimesFebruary 7, 2012

They take the tenants' rights first.” Brenndorfer is one of four housing support workers with the Owen Sound-based YMCA Housing Support Program which oversees the Landlord Links program. Landlords can list their vacancies on the Y's new website for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton aims to avoid being biggest bankrupt city
The Associated PressFebruary 29, 2012

The city council was expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal to continue the city's fiscal emergency for a third year and launch a process designed to avert bankruptcy. At issue is whether to use a new California law to enter mediation with its ...more »

Litigation
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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on US and Australian Gene Patenting ...
Marketwire (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Genetic Technologies Limited ( ASX : GTG) ( NASDAQ : GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Business Law
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Demand the truth, or put up with lies
Charlotte ObserverFebruary 19, 2012

Much of it will be attack ads, and maybe that's merely annoying. But many of the ads will be flat-out false, and funded by shadowy groups backed by unidentified billionaires. Jamieson is like the lone protester who halted tanks rolling near Beijing's ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pickens woman convicted of embezzling from military survivors
Greenville NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Megan Mosteller, 26, of Pickens was convicted by a federal jury trial in Florence of stealing more than $37000 from the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Teacher pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography
Bennington BannerFebruary 6, 2012

He is also barred from using a computer with access to the Internet. Dockum was put on administrative leave from the school with pay on Oct. 5. Bennington police have said there is no evidence to suggest the alleged images involved local children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury of Nevada Launches Mobile Website
PR.com (press release)February 5, 2012

Personal Injury of Nevada, a Nevada law firm, launched a mobile version of its website to allow clients clear, concise access to its website from smart phones and other mobile devices. “When it comes to relationships between clients and attorneys, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Surveying Obamacare's constitutional wreckage
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 20, 2012

Holy Cross Hospital, for example, is still required by law to engage an insurance company that is required by law to provide these doctrinally proscribed services to all Holy Cross employees. Nonetheless, the accounting device worked politically.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( www.sambierstock.com ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Illinois Banks: Strongest and Weakest
TheStreet.comFebruary 24, 2012

... the "opt-in" requirement for costly ATM and debit card overdraft protection that went into effect in August 2010, and the Federal Reserve's final rule based on the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New laws will force real estate agents to offer more realistic prices on houses
Adelaide NowFebruary 27, 2012

New laws will stamp out ambiguous pricing of homes on the market. Source: The Daily Telegraph CUTTING red tape and more stringent price guides will form part of reformed real estate legislation. The legislation, expected to go to Parliament in the next ...more »

Shell, Fortescue, Bodog, Credit Agricole, Wal-Mart in Court News
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Federal prosecutors also seized the Internet domain name bodog.com. Ayre and his co-conspirators paid more than $42 million from 2005 to 2008 for an advertising campaign to attract US gamblers to the website, prosecutors said.more »

Sports Law
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Federal authorities seize popular sports gambling website Bodog; founder among ...
Washington PostFebruary 28, 2012

“Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country,” said US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Many of the harms that underlie gambling prohibitions are ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mirkarimi judge a knowledgeable, no-nonsense jurist
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 27, 2012

A no-nonsense former criminal defense attorney and civil lawyer-turned judge, with a reputation as a knowledgeable though occasionally prickly jurist, will preside over the domestic violence trial of Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi.more »

Complaint: NB chamber using tax dollars for politics
OCRegisterFebruary 2, 2012

But chamber President Richard Luehrs has refused to disclose his organization's audited financial statements. "We're not required to do so, so we don't do it," he said. According to the state Attorney General's office, Luehrs is right.more »

University of Iowa prevails in age-discrimination lawsuit
Law.comFebruary 28, 2012

The University of Iowa College of Law did not discriminate against a candidate for a faculty position on the basis of his age, an Iowa jury found on Feb. 24. Donald Dobkin sued the law school after he failed to secure an interview for a teaching ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Assured Guaranty's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript
Seeking AlphaFebruary 29, 2012

Such short-term thinking is a breach of trust with creditors and ultimately will hurt local communities to higher expenses and limited access to debt markets. We also believe that by defending investors rights and challenging abuses of the bankruptcy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Gingrich stakes campaign on energy issue
CBS NewsFebruary 26, 2012

Obama, speaking to a crowd at the University of Miami on Thursday, described an "all-of-the-above" approach that includes an expansion of domestic energy production, more focus on alternative energy sources, and stricter fuel efficiency standards.more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 27
The StateFebruary 27, 2012

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7:30 tonight at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; www.scbar.org/clinics ...more »

Family Law
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Family upset by blog post after lawyer's death
West Virginia RecordFebruary 23, 2012

CHARLESTON - The recent death of a Charleston attorney was a heartbreaking tragedy for his family, his friends and law partners. But a national legal news blog's post related to Adam Maynard's death has turned the sad situation into a nightmare for ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Maine lawmakers consider changing workers' comp duration, pay
Bangor Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012

By Matt Wickenheiser, BDN Staff AUGUSTA, Maine — As lawmakers began work on a proposal to revamp Maine's workers' compensation system Wednesday in Augusta, some Democrats were skeptical about plans to cap how long injured workers can collect benefits ...more »

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