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Ex-cop, four others guilty of conspiracy to distribute cocaine
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

They also were partners in real-estate deals and their business relationship continued after Lewellen resigned in 2003. Prosecutors alleged they were partners in crime, too. But defense attorneys argued there wasn't any evidence implicating Lewellen in ...more »

Celebrating a Labour icon
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

Chief Wogu proceeded to the then Imo State University for his legal study, and finished in 1986 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1987. In preparation for the onerous task he is now saddled with, Chief Emeka Wogu was appointed a two-term ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Conn. liquor law hearing expected to draw large crowd
Norwich BulletinFebruary 28, 2012

By Anonymous AP A large turnout is expected at the state Capitol today for a public hearing on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to overhaul Connecticut's liquor laws, including allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays. The coalition "End Connecticut's Blue ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senate Republican reintroduces measure to repeal health law's Independent ...
News-Medical.netFebruary 29, 2012

John Cornyn has reintroduced his legislation to repeal the health care reform law's Independent Payment Advisory Board with a way to pay for it, a sign that Senate Republicans are preparing to go after the provision. Cornyn (R-Texas) would pay for the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'Kelsey's Law,' bill to ban cellphone use by teen drivers, good policy ...
MLive.comFebruary 28, 2012

Young drivers on cellphones are far more likely to be involved in crashes than older drivers, according to an analysis by MLive Media Group. One in five drivers using cellphones during crashes since 2002 were teens. Drivers 16 or 17 years old crashed ...more »

Immigration Law
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Appealing to the Right on Anti-Immigration May Not Produce Victory
Huffington Post (blog)February 7, 2012

Alabama's law has in fact resulted in self-deportation, and at a significant cost to the state. The agricultural industry has taken a hit, because migrant workers have fled the state and farmers cannot find US workers to replace them.more »

Industrial Development Law
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'Keep farming laws local'
Michigan CitizenFebruary 25, 2012

This effort has presented zoning challenges to both state legislators and city officials. “The new ordinance is going to legalize agriculture activities and set standards for agriculture operations,” says Kathryn Lynch Underwood, of the Detroit City ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton Bankruptcy Unlikely To Stop Public Service Cuts
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

"They don't have the same power to write down or walk away from debt," afforded to individuals in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Fabian said. Bondholders will likely fight any attempt by the city to force a write-down of the loan principal -- in part to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Law Podcast Examines the Use of Social Media in Discovery and ...
Business Wire (press release)February 28, 2012

She was named a Florida Rising Star in the area of civil litigation defense in 2010. In an interview with AM Best Co.'s Brendan Noonan and Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys editor John Czuba, the attorneys discuss the proliferation of ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

By Kay Henderson | DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - The Iowa state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose penalties on animal rights activists caught trying to get a job at a farm or animal production facility in order to gather evidence such as ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AppNexus Announces Initiative to Stop Piracy of Intellectual Property on the ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

As part of the initiative, AppNexus is making a firm public commitment to actively monitor traffic and refuse to allow clients to run ads on those sites that are found to feature pirated intellectual property. Microsoft Advertising and the Interactive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Asbestos Lawsuit Settles for Record Amount
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The asbestos lawsuit settlement was awarded to her family late last month. If you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos exposure and later developed mesothelioma, call an asbestos attorney at Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action: Is It Still Necessary?
NPRFebruary 27, 2012

Audio for this story from Talk of the Nation will be available at approx. 6:00 pm ET.more »

'Kingfisher can't be closed down because of losses'
Hindustan TimesFebruary 29, 2012

PTI Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines cannot be closed down just because it is making losses and banks are not helping it out with funds, Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said today. "You can't close down a company because they are making losses or ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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TCHC explains eviction proceedings against 81-year-old tenant
Toronto StarFebruary 29, 2012

Paul Moloney Urban Affairs Reporter Toronto Community Housing says it moved to evict an 81-year-old tenant because he failed to disclose his income last year, including money earned through part-time employment. The housing company issued a statement ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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European Stocks Rise Before ECB Loans as Italian Bonds, Oil Gain
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

"Europe didn't turn out as bad as the market was fearing because of the actions taken" by the ECB, said Nader Naeimi, a Sydney-based senior strategist at AMP Capital Investors Ltd., which manages about $100 billion. "Investor sentiment has gone from ...more »

Litigation
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College Stores Settle Textbook Ad Suit With Amazon
Fox BusinessFebruary 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO – Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) has settled litigation with the National Association of College Stores over prices touted by the online retailer in textbook advertising, putting to rest one of a number of flare ups between the company and ...more »

Business Law
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'Knock Off' the Hate Speech, Says LGBT Super Bowl Ads
ABC News (blog)February 1, 2012

For the first time ever, gay-rights advocates will launch a sassy advertising campaign aimed at football fans in the most macho of American venues — the Super Bowl. Four award-winning public service announcements feature various celebrities telling ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Adams/Pitts bill will help military families
Jackson SunFebruary 21, 2012

Joe Pitts, D-Clarksville, would make spouses of active military members eligible for Tennessee unemployment benefits if they are forced to quit their jobs because their military spouse is transferred to a new location. The bill has the support of Gov.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Reno Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Child Porn
KOLOFebruary 22, 2012

The US attorney's office says Roth's arrest followed an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Reno. During that investigation, an undercover detective traced downloaded child pornography to an internet address belonging to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Denver Personal Injury Attorney Presents at International Brain Injury Conference
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

Denver personal injury attorney Steven Shapiro – a partner at the firm Fleishman and Shapiro PC – recently presented a workshop to an international team of medical professionals at the 2012 Brain Injury Summit, held January 9-11 in Beaver Creek, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama, Contraception, and Freedom of Association: Constitutional Guys Finish Last
The New AmericanFebruary 9, 2012

Santorum merely mentions that states could enforce a contraception law at the end of a gun, and he's a threat; Obama actually does enforce one at the end of a gun, and he's a savior. Okay, got it. Speaking of constitutional confusion, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Scotland Yard launches investigation into doctors who agreed to illegal ...
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 24, 2012

Whatever an individual's opinion on abortion … laws in this country are decided by Parliament, not by individual doctors. If some professionals disagree with the law as it stands they should argue their case for change. Simply flouting them in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man awarded damages over Time sweepstake letter
Montreal GazetteFebruary 28, 2012

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a Time Magazine sweepstake letter that appeared to tell a Montreal man he'd hit the jackpot breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. Jean-Marc Richard of Montreal won his appeal after he'd been led to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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American Bar Association
Law.comFebruary 27, 2012

22, University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson announced that Michael Hunter Schwartz will serve as associate dean for the UNT Dallas College of Law, which is slated to open i by Jeff Mordock | 02/27/2012 ...committee of the American ...more »

TomTom Warns of Rough Road
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

Its consumer business, which accounts for over 60% of group revenue, is expected to contract further following a 40% drop in the fourth quarter. The company said earnings per share, adjusted for one-offs and restructuring costs, would fall to €0.35 a ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Virginia News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WJTVFebruary 28, 2012

Henry Marsh, a lawyer involved in the legal fight to desegregate public schools 50 years ago, said he had to pay a $5 poll tax, and this bill would similarly put new obstacles before the poor, elderly, disabled and others.more »

Criminal Defense
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NY lawyer Lynne Stewart asks court to reconsider sentence
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 29, 2012

Stewart, an outspoken criminal defense attorney now disbarred, was convicted by a Manhattan federal court jury in July 2005 of helping a terrorism suspect smuggle messages to his followers from prison. She was sentenced to 28 months in prison in 2006.more »

SHARON TOWNSHIP: IRS tells township assessor must be township employee, wants ...
Heritage NewspapersFebruary 3, 2012

Aiuto said the township should have the auditor's report within 60 days of the January audit. “We need to get it in writing so we see exactly what we're facing and we need to get a tax attorney,” said Trustee Kathy Spiegel.more »

Galt firings draw age-discrimination lawsuit
Sacramento BeeFebruary 21, 2012

The suit, however, complains that the city's conduct showed "malice, oppression and/or fraud" and violated state laws barring discrimination on the basis of age. Lawrance A. Bohm, the Sacramento attorney who filed the Jeffries lawsuit, said the city ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New EU data protection laws threaten cloud computing
Kroll OntrackFebruary 27, 2012

The European Union (EU) risks curtailing the growth of cloud computing across the continent if new data protection laws go through, according to a report carried out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for ...more »

Environmental Law
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Global Fuel Demand Outside Iran Outstrips Supply, U.S. Says
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

31 law that requires the EIA to provide an update on oil market conditions every 60 days. “The EIA report highlights how tight the global market is,” Trevor Houser, an energy analyst and parter at Rhodium Group, a New York-based economic research firm, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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End of life series offered at Episcopal Church
Utica Observer DispatchFebruary 22, 2012

March 18 – “Making Wills” with Hamilton attorney Chris Kendall. He will address questions such as: Does everyone need a will? What are Living Trusts? What is Power of Attorney? What happens when someone dies without a will? What is probate, and how can ...more »

Family Law
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Ramarley Graham's Family Rebuffs Meeting With Ray Kelly
DNAinfoFebruary 8, 2012

By Murray Weiss Murray Weiss is an award-winning investigative journalist, author, columnist and editor, and is considered an expert on government, law enforcement, criminal justice, organized crime and terrorism. MANHATTAN — The family of Ramarley ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Investigative Unit to Target California's Serial Labor Law Violators
Insurance JournalFebruary 29, 2012

The unit, an arm of the Department of Industrial Relations, will be focusing on serial violators, and a large number of those violators tend to be workers' comp violators, Su told Insurance Journal. “We will enforce all of the laws that are on the ...more »

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