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Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

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Administrative Law
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Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Pastor Rev. James E. Braley Facing Child Sex Abuse ...
Patch.comFebruary 12, 2012

The Archdiocese immediately notified law enforcement of the allegation and has initiated a preliminary investigation into the complaint. Fr. Braley will remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the preliminary investigation.more »

Health Care Law
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Oklahoma health care exchange proposal passes test vote
Tulsa WorldFebruary 28, 2012

Although the measure, Senate Bill 1629, would comply with the federal health-care law's requirement that every state establish an exchange, it intentionally would violate the federal law's requirement that individual health insurance buyers be allowed ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Some doctors say 'personhood' bill is unsound
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 16, 2012

By Bill Sizemore Some obstetricians and infertility specialists are lobbying state senators to kill the "personhood" bill passed Tuesday by the House of Delegates, saying it would wreak havoc on women's medical care. In particular, they say it would ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law protesters receive suspended sentences
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 27, 2012

12:36 am Illegal immigrants (black shirts) and others gather in the middle of Union Street to protest Alabama's Immigration Law in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (Montgomery Advertiser, Julie Bennett) A group of undocumented aliens ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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CertainTeed notifies workers, state of pending layoffs
Terre Haute Tribune StarFebruary 27, 2012

TERRE HAUTE — CertainTeed, a siding and paint manufacturer in the Vigo County Industrial Park, plans to lay off more than half of its local employees. In a letter to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, CertainTeed's president of the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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COD, Glen Ellyn may settle long-running dispute
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 9, 2012

During a closed-door mediation session with DuPage County circuit court Judge Hollis Webster on Tuesday, the two sides hammered out a five-year agreement that would keep COD incorporated within village limits, but it would be under the jurisdiction of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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TOYOTA MOTOR CREDIT CORP - 10-Q - MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 8, 2012

Certain statements contained in this Form 10-Q or incorporated by reference herein are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and ...more »

Animal Law
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An inside look at animal cruelty investigations
NewsChannel 9 WSYRFebruary 21, 2012

Animals don't have a voice, so it's harder to find out what happened in any given case. It's with this in mind that the three man team at the SPCA goes about its work on a daily basis. Ross Arena is one of them. Arena has been in law enforcement for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property and SMEs in Kenya
JD Supra (press release)February 17, 2012

Commendable as that is, the article posits that more effort must be put into educating stakeholders in the SMEs sector on intellectual property rights. This will assist them into fully taking their place in the government of Kenya's Vision 2030, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation on languages
Times LIVEFebruary 28, 2012

Despite threats of court action to halt the bill, Pan South African Language Board chairman Sihawu Ngubane was confident yesterday that the draft law would be approved next month. He is already questioning the lack of punishments that could be imposed ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Good schooling, not 'affirmative action,' should be the goal
Sacramento BeeFebruary 14, 2012

14): Why "affirmative action?" Is it to educate everybody equally? Is it to give minority students an advantage that some of the more qualified students won't get? Education is important. A better education for everybody would help solving many of our ...more »

Aviation: Not yet time to cheer
Business StandardFebruary 28, 2012

This, coupled with the government's decision to allow direct imports of jet fuel and opening up of foreign direct investment up to 49 per cent in aviation sector, helped Jet Airways and SpiceJet share prices jump 77 per cent and 28 per cent, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lewiston Adult Education kicking off 20 courses in March
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Business and personal finance: “Be a Responsible Consumer,” “Introduction to Personal Investing” and “Landlord Tenant Law 101.” Computer: “Computer Basics for Seniors,” “MS Word in a Day,” “MS Access in a Day" and "Professional Publishing in a Day.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Retired NFL players still seeking better benefits
CBS NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Lawyers for the retired players referred in the complaint to a 2010 quote from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees that described some of the retirees as coming to the current players and asking them to "please make up for my bad judgment.more »

Litigation
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College Stores Settle Textbook Ad Suit With Amazon
Wall Street JournalFebruary 27, 2012

By John Letzing Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES SAN FRANCISCO (Dow Jones)--Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) 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 ...more »

Business Law
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Tobacco health labels violate free speech, judge rules
msnbc.comFebruary 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — A US judge sided with tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising violate free-speech rights under the US Constitution.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Xi says frictions shouldn't define US-China ties: report
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

Xi, widely viewed as China's president-in-waiting, told the Washington Post via written answers to questions that China was of huge economic benefit to the United States. "As economic globalization gathers momentum, China and the United States have ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Large group of “Anonymous” hacker suspects arrested in multinational sweep
Sky Valley ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

(INTERNATIONAL) -- Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization based in France said Tuesday that 25 suspected members of the infamous, loosely-knit Anonymous computer hacker group have been arrested in a massive police sweep across Europe ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ambulance Chasers Offer Lessons in Digital Marketing
AdAge.comFebruary 29, 2012

More than 800 trial-attorney firms, according to NMS, actively spend on Google keyword advertising, with at least 25 such firms spending more than $100000 annually with Google. And terms that are hot-button issues in the personal-injury legal realm ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is The Voting Rights Act Endangered? A Legal Primer
North Country Public RadioFebruary 28, 2012

South Carolina has filed a federal lawsuit that legal observers say is bound for the Supreme Court, where justices could rule on the constitutionality of the landmark civil rights law. If Obama president sounded confident, maybe even a bit triumphant, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ky. suspends attorney/radio personality Eric Deters' law license
Cincinnati Business CourierFebruary 23, 2012

The Supreme Court of Kentucky has suspended lawyer Eric Deters' license to practice law in the state for 61 days. The court's unanimous decision adopted a previously announced recommendation by the Kentucky Bar Association's board of governors, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Florida Becomes 20th State to Impose Annuity Suitability Standards
LifeHealthProFebruary 27, 2012

The model law was expanded in 2010 to provide annuity protections for consumers of any age. A copy of the standard can be accessed here. The new law also implements Sec. 989A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under this ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rep. Mark Dion wants law court to rule on Poliquin
WCSH-TVFebruary 29, 2012

Dion says Poliquin has continued to manage real estate developments at Pop ham Beach, which he began before running for Governor in 2010. Poliquin has tolls the state Ethics Commission he did not make any money from those businesses in 2010, ...more »

NW Natural Reports 2011 & Q4 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 28, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE: NWN), posted earnings per share of $2.39 on net income of $63.9 million, compared to $2.73 per share on net income of $72.7 million in 2010, a 12 percent decrease year-over-year.more »

Sports Law
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United Nations backs hijab in football
Chicago TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

GENEVA, Fed (Reuters) - The United Nations has joined the campaign to overturn the ban on the hijab in football four days before the sport's rule makers are due to review the decision. The UN Secretary-General's special adviser on sport for development ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pennsylvania Sen. Jane Orie knows too much about criminal justice system to ...
PennLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

The new trial on those charges and new charges that she lied during a first trial and forged some of the documents used in her defense starts Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Orie, 50, of McCandless, is being retried on 10 campaign corruption ...more »

Tips for avoiding an audit
Cincinnati.comFebruary 22, 2012

If something deviates substantially, it may cause an audit. Most people envision face-to-face meetings when they hear “IRS tax audit,” but about one-third of IRS audits actually come in the form of letters asking for explanations or supporting ...more »

Shared password rouses firing, lawsuit against TIAA-CREF
Business Management DailyFebruary 19, 2012

The lawsuit she filed in October contends that many younger TIAA-CREF employees have shared their computer passwords without being fired. Her suit alleges violations of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Texas Labor Code.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Canada Goose Case Shines Spotlight on Real Damages From Trade-Mark Infringement
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

A Canadian trade-mark or patent registration does not provide automatic protection in other jurisdictions, including China. 5. Most importantly, consult a law firm familiar with intellectual property law. A consultation will help you identify what you ...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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Betty Lin-Fisher: Wills and other legal documents still important
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Do I still need a will? Yeah.” As an example in the case of spouses, ownership of two cars under a combined value of $40000 can pass outside of probate, McKenney said. If a car or cars are titled only in one name, at that person's death, Ohio law...more »

Family Law
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Group Tackles Oklahoma's Foster Family Shortage
KTUL (blog)February 29, 2012

TU Law's Family Law Society is hosting a one-night event designed to remove all of the legwork and research needed to become a foster family. It's a one-stop shop with DHS foster family recruiters and multiple training organizations on hand.more »

Workers Compensation
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Manassas hires state official John Budesky as new city manager
Washington Post (blog)February 15, 2012

Budesky is currently the executive director of the Virginia Workers Compensation Commission, which administers and oversees the state's compensation benefits. Budesky has been a local government administrator for 16 years in Pennsylvania, Maryland and ...more »

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