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He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

During Super Bowl week "Tackle Domestic Violence"
KXII-TVFebruary 1, 2012

DURANT, OK-- The Crisis Center is holding its 2nd Annual "Tackle Domestic Violence," fundraiser. During Super Bowl week last year, they raised about $5000 for Texoma Counties.This year, they hope to score even more. In 2011, the Crisis Control Center, ...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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Implementing health reform
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Consumers dread choosing health insurance, as various surveys show, largely because they don't understand it. But the new health care law now calls for uniform health insurance summaries, available to all consumers starting in 2012.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Soda Co. to Raise $3.2 Million in Registered Direct Offering
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all passages containing words ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama conducting immigration law impact survey
Southwest Farm PressFebruary 6, 2012

In an effort to gauge current and potential labor shortages resulting from enactment of the state's immigration law, the Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) is asking farmers, producers and agribusinesses to complete a Web-based survey by Feb. 13.more »

Industrial Development Law
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US roadless rule weathers court challenge from Wyoming, Colorado Mining ...
The Colorado IndependentFebruary 17, 2012

The ruling reaffirmed a three-judge decision issued on Oct. 21, 2011, that upheld the roadless rule, passed under former President Bill Clinton, which prohibits development on nearly 60 million acres. “Appellant's petition for rehearing is denied,” the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution sees lay-by go-ahead
Yorkshire PostFebruary 1, 2012

But a report to Calderdale Council's Cabinet said the dispute has been resolved and the process is under way to transfer the land required for the lay-by into council ownership. It means that Calderdale Council will now be able to get on with the work ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Michigan Blues wants aetna antitrust lawsuit dismissed
FierceHealthPayerFebruary 2, 2012

Aetna also claims the Blues contracts have prevented aetna from successfully expanding in the Michigan insurance market, including causing the insurer to stop selling health plans to small businesses in the state, reported the Detroit News.more »

Animal Law
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Kentucky worst in nation at fighting animal abuse
WKYTFebruary 6, 2012

The American Legal Defense Fund, an animal rights law organization, ranks Kentucky the worst at animal cruelty case convictions. They say the state's lack of laws makes it easy for criminals to get away with animal abuse. 27 NEWSFIRST took the claim to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Wars: An Outbreak of 'Nice' from Microsoft and Google
Techzone360February 10, 2012

You could have knocked me over with a feather when, in surfing the net, I found two stories that indicate civility may reign in the global intellectual property wars. This leads to the observation that the word for today should be “NICE!more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court to hear affirmative action case
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 22, 2012

21, 2012 to consider new limits on the contentious issue of affirmative action programs. The US Supreme Court cast doubt Tuesday on the future of affirmative action at the nation's colleges and universities, agreeing to hear an appeal from a white ...more »

Aviation Bill Gives Flight to Research, Too
Science AAASFebruary 2, 2012

After years of controversy and more than 20 extensions of the current law, Congress is poised to pass a 4-year reauthorization of programs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill, which could come up for a vote as early as this week, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hill Schwartz Spilker Keller (“HSSK”) Announces the Closing of the Sale of ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Its bankruptcy and financial forensics practices are led by two individuals with over fifty years of combined courtroom experience. HSSK assists clients in quantifying and articulating value for financial reporting, taxation, transaction, and corporate ...more »

Litigation
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Motorola settles legal dispute with Lemko
Telecompaper (subscription)February 1, 2012

Motorola Solutions and IP software company Lemko have signed an agreement to settle all pending litigation between them. Motorola Solutions had sued Lemko, Xiaohong Sheng, Shaowei Pan, Xiaohua Wu, Xuefeng Bai, Nicholas Labun, Bohdan Pyskir, Hechun Cai, ...more »

Business Law
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DOT passenger protections threatened by partisan bickering
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Rob Lovitt, msnbc.com contributor Thanks to new rules regarding airfare advertising, what you see is now what you pay. But it may not be for long. At least that's the hope of Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military all in the family for Lees
Benson News SunFebruary 9, 2012

Army Pfc. Tanner Lee, 20, is visiting his family in St. David after serving 10 months in Afghanistan, where he was part of a specialized bomb unit that scanned for Improvised Explosive Devices and cleared them from routes where troops and military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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NY man charged with trying to meet 6-year-old Bergen girl for sex
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

The “parent” was really a detective in the prosecutor's Computer Crimes Task Force. The investigation revealed that Garmany distributed numerous video images of child pornography via the Internet, Molinelli said. Bail on the Bergen County charges was ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on the Likely ...
Exec Digital (press release)February 10, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman comments on the outcome of the Buildings Department investigation into the New York elevator accident that killed an advertising executive. NEW YORK, NY, February 04, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Inspectors ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals court to issue long-awaited ruling on constitutionality of Calif. gay ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The three-judge panel, consisting of judges appointed by presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, heard arguments on the ban's constitutional implications more than a year ago. But it put off a decision so it could seek guidance from ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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R. BROOKS ASSOC., INC. v. HARTER SECREST & EMERY LLP
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Company falls under definition of consumer,rules Panchkula Forum
Indian ExpressFebruary 13, 2012

In A significant decision, Panchkula consumer court has dismissed a plea of a bank, by stating that “a private limited company falls within the definition of a 'consumer' and should be treated as a consumer in case of any dispute”.more »

Real Estate Law
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At 102%, His Tax Rate Takes the Cake
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Mr. Ross's plight illustrates something that came through in nearly every response and cuts across nearly all income levels: the disparities of the tax code don't just pit rich against poor or middle class. It taxes people within the same income ...more »

Booz Allen Hamilton Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 3, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced preliminary results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 with revenue and ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal Defense Attorney Patricia Campi of Summit Defense Law Firm Wins ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

By a criminal lawyer, San Jose clients are advised that California district attorneys still prosecute domestic abuse cases. In Campi's most recent domestic violence defense victory, the client, whose name is withheld to protect his reputation, ...more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

Age discrimination suit against Bluffton to go to trial
Hilton Head Island PacketFebruary 6, 2012

A federal age discrimination suit brought by Katherine Sours, a former Bluffton police officer who was laid off in 2009, will be going to trial after a judge denied the town of Bluffton's motion to throw out the case. Sours, 55, alleges she was ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended December ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. /quotes/zigman/90692/quotes/nls/jfbi JFBI 0.00% , the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, announced a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $3.7 million ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mogul Energy Commences the Drilling of the Kunitz Well #1, San Patricio County ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

For more information about Mogul Energy International, Inc., go to www.mogulenergy.com . This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws, which are based on current expectations and beliefs, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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Former employer testifies to family's control of Ramapo woman
The Journal News | LoHud.comFebruary 9, 2012

A woman who briefly employed the alleged victim in a labor trafficking and sex-abuse trial described a confrontation she had with the sister-in-law of the young woman, which appeared to underscore the prosecution's claim that the Jagotas of Ramapo kept ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Report: California Workers' Comp Insurers Returns Improved in 2010
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

After declining for four consecutive years, California workers' compensation insurers' return on net worth showed signs of improvement in 2010. That's according to the data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which was compiled, ...more »

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