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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

Volcker: 'Confidence in Government is Shaky'
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

... Dodd-Frank Act. Photo: Rich Clement/Bloomberg Enlarge image Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Peter Foley/Bloomberg John Bogle, the founder of mutual fund company Vanguard Group Inc. who popularized index investing, ...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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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Calif. shooting latest woe for immigration agency
Albany Times UnionFebruary 20, 2012

( AP Photo/Nick Ut) (AP / AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly office shooting in California involving a federal immigrations supervisor and a special agent is the latest mark against US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the law enforcement agency ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Frost & Sullivan Names DigitalRoute as Global Mediation Competitive Strategy ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

DigitalRoute refers to this approach as "Horizontal Mediation". Together with partner solutions, MediationZone from DigitalRoute has been deployed by 240 communication service providers (CSPs) around the world. Its revenue has grown sharply, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

Animal Law
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Effort Under Way to Ban Double-Deck Horse Trailers
Boise WeeklyFebruary 6, 2012

And the law also allows horses to be hauled in double-deck trailers to destinations other than slaughter houses, such as rodeos. According to the Animal Law Coalition, violators routinely haul horses long distances in double-deck trailers until they ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AMD's move could pave the way for ARM in future chips
ComputerworldFebruary 4, 2012

AMD said this week it will allow the integration of third-party intellectual property in future processors, as part of a new plan to design purpose-built chips for customers. If a customer needs another architecture besides x86, AMD will combine its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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UK Moves 'No Win, No Fee' Litigation Reforms to 2013
The National Law JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Ministry of Justice announced the delay Monday, with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, contained within the second part of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

"We need to fight to get affirmative action back in California." Lawyers for the governor and the students argued the previous 9th Circuit case was "wrongly decided," and that it did not consider Proposition 209's effect on minority enrollment at UC ...more »

Dassault Aviation's Rafale Is Lowest Bidder in India Jet Fighter Contract
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Indian law requires the government to negotiate a contract with the lowest bidder. The only way it can reconsider the tender is if Dassault says it can't fulfill the contract, said Mrinal Suman, an arms-procurement adviser for the Confederation of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Manhattan Church Leads an Area's Improvement
New York TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The eight-story former warehouse, between Charlton and Vandam Streets in the Hudson Square neighborhood, has been vacant for a decade after several scuttled development plans and even a legal tussle. Last week construction finally began on a $113 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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TEXT-Fitch:SBI capital injection is welcome boost as bad loans rise
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

Banks will face a sharp increase in the volume of restructured loans due to their exposure to infrastructure projects and the struggling aviation and power sectors. Rising credit and pension costs are also likely to limit SBI's ability to boost capital ...more »

Litigation
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On the move
Sacramento BeeFebruary 6, 2012

Matt Young has joined the Law Offices of Alan Laskin in Sacramento as an associate attorney. Central Valley Community Bank has hired Steve Romeo as vice president, commercial banking officer for its Sacramento office. The Sacramento law firm of ...more »

Business Law
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A Dozen Law Schools Hit with Lawsuits over Jobs Data
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 1, 2012

The core allegations are generally the same in each lawsuit: the schools misled plaintiffs by advertising that a high percentage of their graduates were employed. What they didn't advertise is that a chunk of those graduates were stuck in jobs that ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigating Bud Day
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
PhysOrg.comFebruary 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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CALA: It's time to take smart action against double dipping
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 7, 2012

By Chip Hough Not so long ago, the Texas court system was drowning in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, seriously threatening access to our courts, harming our business climate and posing a real obstacle for those who were truly harmed by asbestos and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Nullify NDAA
The New AmericanFebruary 1, 2012

Next, as for the NDAA, on December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of that law, the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Topics covered touched on background and health effects of asbestos inspectors, the role of inspectors, bulk sampling techniques, regulations, friable vs. nonfriable asbestos, personal protective equipment, dust sampling, soil sampling, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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E-tag terms and conditions illegal – CPA
MyBroadbandFebruary 6, 2012

The terms and conditions signed by motorists when registering for e-tags to use on toll roads are not in line with the Consumer Protection Act, the Star newspaper reported on Monday. According to the report, Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala said ...more »

Real Estate Law
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First-time investor tips
Canadian Real Estate MagazineFebruary 3, 2012

Veteran real estate lawyer and author Martin KI Rumack outlines the options open to that newbie buyer or someone buying new after a four-year hiatus. If you are a first-time homebuyer, you may be entitled to certain benefits under the RRSP Home Buyers' ...more »

Regulating direct claims against construction contractors and principals
International Law OfficeFebruary 6, 2012

Under Albanian law, a construction contractor is solely responsible for its commercial liabilities towards third parties (ie, its subcontractors). Moreover, a contractor which hires workers shall be solely responsible for the payment of their wages, ...more »

Sports Law
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A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

But before that, their size and reach — not only through their own businesses, but also through the vast amount of work they farm out to law firms and loan servicers — meant that Fannie and Freddie shaped the standards for the entire mortgage industry.more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...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 »

Utah panelists support health care overhaul
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By pamela manson President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation led to numerous lawsuits filed by organizations and states — including one by Utah and 25 other states — claiming a requirement that individuals buy health insurance is ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Key Private Bank Launches Delaware Trust Company
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Anne Marie Levin, senior vice president and national Delaware trust specialist, will be responsible for working with attorneys and accountants nationally to assist in managing sophisticated estate and tax planning considerations for high net worth ...more »

Environmental Law
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LRC's Capitol Notes: Bill expanding energy incentives heads to Senate
KyForward.comFebruary 2, 2012

Should it become law, HB 246 would expand the types of facilities that qualify for incentives under the Kentucky Alternative Fuel and Renewable Energy Fund and Incentives for Energy Independence Act. The bill would also exempt some geothermal drilling ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Susan Fuertes, Nathan Milliron and Sarah Robbins Join Hughes Watters Askanase LLP
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

The main emphasis of Fuertes' legal career has been consumer and business bankruptcy. She has represented creditors, bankruptcy trustees, and debtors. She also has experience in property tax collections, wills, probate, guardianship, and general civil ...more »

Family Law
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Family law Judge Diane Altamirano seeks re-election
Imperial Valley PressFebruary 1, 2012

A native of Brawley, Altamirano was a general law practitioner exclusively in the Imperial Valley for 30 years before her appointment. She hears family law cases. Prior to her appointment, Altamirano served 12 years as the Superior Court's self-help ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. Pulls Builder's License After Worker Killed
ABC NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Contractors State License Board said Friday that it suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment Inc. because the company had failed to comply with state workers' compensation insurance laws.more »

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