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Victory For Landmark WWII Veterans Memorial: Jesus Statue To Remain On Big ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- US Forest Service's Renewal of Jesus Statue Permit Seen as Triumph Over Attempted Government Religious Viewpoint Discrimination Today, Liberty Institute announces a great victory for veterans, the Knights of Columbus ...more »

Gay rights in Washington: A timeline
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

COM STAFF -- 1976: The Dorian Group, a lunch gathering for Seattle's gay and lesbian business folk, publicizes its existence at a lunch featuring Republican US Rep. Joel Pritchard. First talk of gay civil rights bill for Washington State.more »

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Administrative Law
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Indiana joins right-to-work ranks, gov. signs bill
abc40February 1, 2012

The Senate is hearing the right-to-work bill on final reading and the governor is expected to sign the bill later in the day. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy) Union members protesting the right-to-work legislation wait to enter the Statehouse in Indianapolis, ...more »

Health Care Law
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States will get socked with new Medicaid tax under health law
Bellingham HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Judge lifts death penalty for Wayne County murderer
WRAL.comFebruary 2, 2012

Goldsboro, NC — A Goldsboro man on Thursday became the 17th prisoner to avoid the death penalty under a 2001 state law that prohibits the execution of mentally retarded prisoners. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones vacated the death sentence of Marvin ...more »

Immigration Law
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Is the Immigration Law Costing Alabama Billions?
CBS42February 3, 2012

The first assumption is that 70000 to 140000 jobs would be lost as undocumented workers leave the state. Addy explains that would account for $1.2 to $5.8 billion in earnings. Addy's assumptions also include the fact that some of those earnings are ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Needham & Company Analysts Reaffirm a "Hold" Rating on Openwave Systems (OPWV)
LocalizedUSAFebruary 2, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. (Openwave) is a software provider delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers, which include mobile and broadband operators, to create and deliver smarter services.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance company sues Michael A. Eddings in real estate fallout
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 5, 2012

“No one at the Law Office of Michael A. Eddings was aware of my actions,” she said in a handwritten statement dated Oct. 27. “I completely violated the trust of this law firm.” The statement, filed recently in US District Court, is part of a new ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Use of Asbestos Wood Chips in Libby Disturbs Montana Senator Baucus
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or former employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
Boston.comFebruary 15, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Abu Dhabi government approves Midfield Terminal Complex at ADIA
gulfnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tenders for the construction of the terminal were received in November 2011 and the anticipated contract award represents the next key milestone for the Emirate in its drive to develop a world-class air transportation hub. Following the completion of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Roommate-matching site does not violate housing laws, court
Chicago TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

(Reuters) - A roommate-matching website that allows users to hunt for living partners based on gender and sexual orientation does not violate fair-housing laws that ban discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. Fair Housing Councils in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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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 »

Litigation
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S&P Lifts MasterCard Outlook To Positive On 4Q Charge For Merchant Suits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The merchant litigation has been an overhang for MasterCard and chief rival Visa Inc. (V) of late as the card processors battle allegations they violated antitrust laws by fixing the fees retailers pay to accept their cards. A trial date for the cases...more »

Business Law
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Kosmos Energy Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Announced by Gilman Law...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Gilman Law specializes in cases involving stock manipulation, securities fraud, investments fraud, shareholder rights violations, and securities arbitration. Gilman Law, LLP Kenneth G. Gilman, Esq., 239-221-8301 www.gilmanlawllp.com ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Marine fights military conviction for suicide attempt
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland – A discharged US Marine private who slit his wrists in a suicide attempt is fighting his military conviction for deliberately injuring himself, arguing the punishment is inconsistent with the armed forces' efforts to battle a rise ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ware child porn case highlights risk of recidivism, challenges to sex offender ...
MassLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

... The Republican A Level 2 sex offender is supposed to pose only a moderate risk of committing more sex crimes. But the case of a registered sex offender from Hampshire County, freshly accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Attorneys and Jeremy Lin
Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog (blog)February 15, 2012

There are a lot of Jeremy Lins out there in our business - great personal injury lawyers that are obscure and handling Yorkshire Terrier dog bite cases. Their first problem is the lack of opportunity. Trial lawyers can only do so much with the facts ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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For health reform, constitutionality is not a matter of all or nothing
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)February 3, 2012

Opponents claim that Congress lacked authority to impose the law's mandate that everyone have health insurance. However, if the Supreme Court agrees, it must then confront an even thornier issue. Does it throw out all 2700 pages of the law or only that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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C/River guber election will be free and fair - REC
Nigerian TribuneFebruary 21, 2012

... trust and goodwill by following the electoral laws as mandated and ensure that all involved abide by these laws. How true is the assertion that a repositioned lNEC and a committed judiciary can end electoral malpractice and thus secure democracy?more »

Consumer Protection
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ABC Article Outlines Supplement Regulation Myths
Natural Products INSIDERFebruary 7, 2012

... passed over the last 12 years since the publication of the previous article, including the Dietary Supplement and Nonprescription Drug Consumer Protection Act (2006), the FDA Amendments Act (2007), and the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (2011).more »

Real Estate Law
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Employment law misconceptions: Wrongful termination, sexual harassment ...
newjerseynewsroom.comFebruary 7, 2012

BY ANDREW M. MOSKOWITZ Many misconceptions exist about what it is and is not against the law as applied to the workplace. The purpose of this article is to try to clarify some of these misconceptions. Hostile work environment. Many people believe that ...more »

Sports Law
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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling SteubenvilleLaw Allows W.Va. Residents ...
WTRFFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Will Valentino, agreements with all states are not possible. Some states do not allow concealed weapons to be carried, while other states' laws vary too much from the ones in West Virginia.more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorneys narrow jury pool
Times-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

In 1989, he entered private practice, continues to specialize in criminal defense and maintains a caseload of federal criminal cases in US district courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1998, he gained aquittal for Heather McGill, ...more »

DPS teacher and former accountant indicted on money laundering and program ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The case was investigated by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Education. The DPS Office of Inspector General “developed and investigated dozens of leads, which led to collaboration with the FBI and US Attorney's...more »

Commissioner urges action on super savings
Financial StandardFebruary 7, 2012

By Elise Burgess | In Superannuation With women predicted to live to the average age of 95, Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner spoke with super funds yesterday about the role they can play to protect ageing Australians.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Firm hired for Citizens' appeal
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop plaintiffs' attorneys from seizing Citizens' assets while Gibson, Dunn prepares its request for a Supreme Court review of the state court judgment. Citizens is fighting a March 2009 ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

For a monthly premium, the long-term care program would have provided workers a cash stipend of at least $50 a day if they became seriously ill or disabled and needed care at home. The 2010 health-care law specified that the government wouldn't start ...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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KING v. KING
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Gary E. Williams of The Law Firm for Family Law, Clearwater, for Appellee. Melissa King, the former wife, appeals the trial court's order denying her motion for contempt and for enforcement of the parties' marital settlement agreement.more »

Workers Compensation
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Former Energy Employees May Be Eligible for Worker's Comp
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Part B covers current and former workers diagnosed with cancer, beryllium disease. Exposure to beryllium mist, dust or fumes can cause lung damage. Individuals or their survivors found eligible under Part B may receive a lump sum compensation payment ...more »

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