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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama's proposal for Senate votes on judicial nominees deserves bipartisan ...
Kansas City StarFebruary 1, 2012

John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, wrote about "Our Broken Judicial Confirmation Process" and said this: "Wasteful and unnecessary delay in the process of selecting judges hurts our justice system and harms all Americans. It is intolerable no matter who ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare Law Provides Savings on Drugs for Seniors
Health Aim (blog)February 3, 2012

In just the first full year of the new healthcare law, the Medicare program provided people with $2.1 billion savings on prescription drugs in 2011. This was announced by the Obama administration last Thursday. The savings was one of the tangible ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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E. Tenn. Catholic Diocese Won't Comply With US Mandate
Greeneville SunFebruary 3, 2012

BY RICH JONES The Roman Catholic Diocese of Knoxville will not comply with the Obama Administration's decision to require church-affiliated employers to include abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception in their employees' health ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Power plant sidesteps voters
Denton Record ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

The city charter requires an election to allow the city to “own, acquire, construct, maintain and operate” a new public utility. The state law included language overriding any conflicting city charter provisions. In interviews and a written statement, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Don't get mad, get mediation
Kingston PeopleFebruary 2, 2012

To help prevent serious disputes from spiralling out of control Kingston University, in conjunction with Kingston Police, has expanded its free mediation service to any Kingston Borough residents. The service was initially designed to assist in student ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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House approves changes to laws on lawsuits
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

Republicans say tort law changes will make businesses more competitive. DFLers say they'll burden plaintiffs. Republicans in the Minnesota House pushed through a package of bills Wednesday to limit the costs of lawsuits, which they view as a necessity ...more »

Animal Law
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Ohio Senate advances anti-puppy mill bill
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

Ohio's animal ownership laws came under nationwide scrutiny in October when law enforcement officers were forced to shoot 49 exotic animals after their owner released them from a Zanesville farm, touching off a panic in the surrounding area.more »

Intellectual Property
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Minister to Open IP Protect Expo 2012 in London
MarketWatch (press release)February 5, 2012

IP Protect Expo 2012, co-hosted by the UK's influential Anti-Counterfeiting Group (ACG), has attracted exhibitors, brand owners, law enforcement teams and brand protection specialists from around the world, including Europe, America and Australia.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti Add Two to Legal Team
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Mr. Arnold practices general litigation, including commercial and construction disputes as well as municipal matters and eminent domain proceedings. His experience in construction litigation has involved representing owners, general contractors, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New era LSK polls fail affirmative action test
Daily NationFebruary 11, 2012

FILE | NATION A lawyer casting her ballot in Eldoret during elections to pick LSK representatives to the Judicial Service Commission last October. The election of LSK officials will be carried out through secret ballot.more »

LUXUS AVIATION, LLC v. KERWIN MEDIA LLC
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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INVESCO ADVISERS, INC. v. MARSH & McLENNAN CO., INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

The parties entered into a lease for the rental of commercial space which provided that plaintiff tenant had inspected the premises, was taking it "as is," and would be undertaking construction work to prepare for its initial occupancy.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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San Francisco Consumer Protection Lawyer: High Court Favors Big Business- Again!
WiredPRNews.com (press release)February 1, 2012

The Supreme Court found it was not the intention of Congress to prohibit arbitration of disputes for companies that claimed to help improve people's credit scores. Their bizarre interpretation of the law that requires that credit repair companies must ...more »

Litigation
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Paul A. Ainsworth Joins Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox as Of Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC (SKGF), an intellectual property law firm in Washington, DC, announced today the addition of Paul A. Ainsworth as Of Counsel in the Litigation Practice Group.more »

Business Law
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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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California veteran suing federal government over benefits not provided to same ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man charged with online solicitation of a juvenile
Opelousas Daily WorldFebruary 10, 2012

... who has been charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with juveniles. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said the arrest resulted from an online sting operation by his department's Internet Crimes against Children Task force ...more »

Personal Injury
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Boyd legislation best to stem insurance fraud in car wrecks
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

As a primary care physician who has practiced in Manatee County and treated patients injured in automobile accidents for 30 years, I have seen it all. I have spoken both to state Rep. Jim Boyd and Sen. Mike Bennett about the need for Personal Injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Peoria sergeant's post of Obama photo leads to debate
AZ Central.comFebruary 5, 2012

5, 2012 12:00 AM Constitutional-law attorneys and free-speech advocates are divided over whether a northwest Valley police sergeant was within his First Amendment right to post a Facebook photo showing a T-shirt with President Barack Obama's image ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part I
Corporate CounselFebruary 7, 2012

Instead, their lucrative penalty schemes encourage lawsuits over hyper-technical statutory violations and promote “creative” interpretations of otherwise well-intentioned laws. See, eg, In re Nissan Odometer Litigation (2009). Companies faced with such ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Venable Adds Stroock's Koffler to Head N.Y. Real Estate Practice
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Venable LLP (1214L), the Washington-based law firm, hired Peter G. Koffler, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, as the firm expands its New York real estate practice. Koffler joined Venable's New York office and will lead its real estate group, ...more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Seattle sports-arena talks well under way, documents show
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

It was held at the law offices of Foster Pepper, one of Seattle's prominent law firms. An attorney with the firm, Hugh Spitzer, had been hired by the city in September to provide advice on selling construction bonds. The agenda also included discussion ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Portland defense attorney Gary Bertoni will be suspended for 150 days
OregonLive.comFebruary 3, 2012

The Oregon State Bar is suspending for 150 days a prominent Portland criminal defense lawyer who was accused of mismanaging client's money. Gary Bertoni was facing a professional ethics trial that could have resulted in a longer suspension or even ...more »

How to pick a tax pro
VEGAS INCFebruary 13, 2012

Ask fellow business owners if they were satisfied with their legal services. • Evaluate their qualifications. Review the lawyer's information with the American Bar Association or other websites that provide peer reviews, and the State Bar of Nevada's ...more »

Medford resident promoted to partner at Boston law firm
Wicked LocalFebruary 5, 2012

Stewart will continue to focus her civil litigation practice in the areas of construction law, employment law, professional liability and business litigation. She has been named a “Rising Star” (a distinction reserved for attorneys under the age of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pinal County Sheriff Babeu uses cash for coins, badges
Tucson CitizenFebruary 12, 2012

RICO money comes from assets seized in racketeering investigations, the proceeds of which are distributed to law-enforcement agencies involved in the busts. State law allows policing agencies to spend the money within these perimeters: gang prevention, ...more »

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

... ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel, said Republicans who have majority control of the House haven't offered an alternative long-care plan even though they say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law.more »

Wills & Probate
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Depressing News in Women's Healthcare, and Cute Animals to Get You Through It
The Mary SueFebruary 16, 2012

I've spent a while working in a law firm, working with lawyers and clients in the process of drafting Living Wills, also known as Advanced Directives, which allow people to make end of life decisions in a relatively stress free environment, ...more »

Family Law
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Bill would allow halt of autopsies
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed law giving families a way to stop autopsies for religious reasons, prompted by the recent case of a Jewish hiker who died on Mount Rainier, passed out of a legislative committee before a key deadline this week. A proposed law giving families...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio's Workers Compensation bureau implements a new wellness program
WKSU NewsFebruary 6, 2012

The bureau is now offering discounts on workers comp. premiums that companies pay. The businesses qualify if they enact workplace safety programs, offer recovering workers transitional jobs or file paperwork with the bureau electronically. Bill Cohen.more »

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