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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Maria Ladas Hoopes acting as Muskegon County 60th District Court chief judge
Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

By John S. Hausman | Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes recently began acting as the four-judge court's administrative chief after Chief Judge Harold F. Closz III appointed her "chief judge pro tem" and turned over the duties to her.more »

Health Care Law
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Western faculty discuss Affordable Health Care Act
News-Press NowFebruary 29, 2012

The Affordable Health Care Act has been a polarizing issue since it was signed into law in March 2010. Faculty at Missouri Western State University addressed the issue Tuesday evening at a panel discussion in Hearnes Hall. About 26 states have filed ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Reps. Keith Ellison and Walter Jones Stand Up for Diplomatic Engagement With Iran
truthoutFebruary 27, 2012

Walter Jones (R-North Carolina) at a press conference where he introduced the "Afghanistan Exit and Accountability Act" on Capitol Hill in Washington, on May 5, 2011. More recently, Jones came out in favor of measures to curtail the threat of war with ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law target of Comic Cowboys' humor on Mardi Gras
al.comFebruary 22, 2012

Just Juan!” “Please excuse our messy signs,” said another. “Due to immigration laws, we couldn't afford the help.” But Mobile Mayor Sam Jones competed for attention. The departure of the Carnival cruise line earned Jones this one: “Mayor Sam Sez .more »

Industrial Development Law
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A Roundup of Recent GOP Attacks: Girl Scouts, Muppets, Dr. Seuss and Lunch ...
International Business TimesFebruary 25, 2012

Dobbs claimed the film, about a character who speaks for the trees against a force that wants to destroy the forest for industrial development, reinforces Occupy Wall Street-like rhetoric that "demonizes the '1 percent' and [espouses] the virtue of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Conflict is getting transformed at UMass
The Massachusetts Daily CollegianFebruary 28, 2012

The series is organized by Leah Wing, a legal studies professor whose work focuses on conflict and untraditional ways of solving and coping with dispute. “The events this spring challenge the notion within the conflict resolution field that resistance ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MacroSolve Files Patent Infringement Suit Against GEICO
MarketWatch (press release)February 21, 2012

"Our patent underlies mobile apps that are deployed today across virtually all industries, including insurance. With this suit and others which we've already filed, we will continue to protect our intellectual property rights," stated MacroSolve Vice ...more »

Animal Law
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Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act Introduced
Examiner.comFebruary 29, 2012

This bi-partisan bill will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Monsanto, Apple, Hermes, Elsevier: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 28, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Updates with Elsevier in Copyright section.) Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Company briefs | Law firm celebrates 75th year
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 13, 2012

SARASOTA -- The law firm of Dickinson & Gibbons, PA is celebrating its 75 year anniversary. The firm has an emphasis on litigation and trial practice and clients represent every industry and trade. The firm's practice areas include construction, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Is Affirmative Action discriminatory?
msnbc.comFebruary 25, 2012

Melissa Harris-Perry's panel of guests - including comedian Elon James, Reason Magazine's Matt Welch, NYU's Irshad Manji, and GOOD Magazine's Nona Willis Aronowitz - discuss Affirmative Action and its role in college admissions as the issue is being ...more »

Exclusive Aviation New Authorized Sales Representative for South Dakota
Prairie BusinessFebruary 29, 2012

Matt Dyer, aircraft sales associate for Exclusive Aviation, has been assigned as the Cessna Sales Representative for South Dakota. Matt has been with the Exclusive team since 2010 and brings with him over 7 years of experience in the aviation industry.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Occupants must get cut warning
Independent OnlineFebruary 7, 2012

This is usually the situation when the charges for the municipal services are included in the rentals, or paid separately to the landlord. Tenants are sometimes anxious about the electricity and water being disconnected, since they have no idea if the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Allied Pilots Association Files Lawsuit with Bankruptcy Court “To Clarify ...
Business Wire (press release)February 29, 2012

Accordingly, APA has asked the bankruptcy court to clarify a legal gray area regarding rejection of airline industry collective bargaining agreements in bankruptcy.” While Section 1113 of the US Bankruptcy Code outlines procedures for rejecting ...more »

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Is Apple's iPad Success Drawing IP Litigation Fire?
Corporate CounselFebruary 22, 2012

These are triumphant times at Apple Inc. But patent litigation over Apple's best-selling tablet computer, the iPad, could dampen the festive mood. First, the good news for Apple and its devotees: The company thrived during the final calendar quarter of ...more »

Business Law
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Pro-Romney PAC Uses 'Willie Horton' Ad Maker
BloombergFebruary 15, 2012

The ad, which featured a menacing mug shot of Horton, helped Republican George HW Bush win the White House by portraying Dukakis as soft on crime. Restore Our Future is placing its ads on television through the Towson, Maryland-based firm Mentzer Media ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pentagon to review how military handles PTSD cases
The Seattle TimesFebruary 28, 2012

Soldiers at Madigan complained that they were improperly stripped of the PTSD diagnoses that would have qualified them for a medical retirement benefit. That prompted a recent review by a Walter Reed National Military Medical Center team that ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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A wild online ride hits the digital piracy wall
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 26, 2012

... becoming the fabulously wealthy computer maverick he had long claimed to be. (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Brett Phibbs, File) NEW ZEALAND OUT, AUSTRALIA OUT AP Enterprise: Crime fell around Conn. casinos 02.26.12 On his way up, he fooled them all: ...more »

Personal Injury
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Mudge sets jury trial in man's personal injury suit against Granite City tavern
Madison County RecordFebruary 29, 2012

Because of the attack, Fox claims he was injured, incurred pain, medical costs and lost money because of his inability to work, the suit states. The certificate of service showed that discovery depositions of Fred Fox Jr., Brenda Fox and Sara Fox were ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Overreach: Obamacare vs. the Constitution
St. Augustine RecordFebruary 21, 2012

Holy Cross Hospital, for example, is still required by law to engage an insurance company that is required by law to provide these doctrinally proscribed services to all Holy Cross employees. Nonetheless, the accounting device worked politically.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man awarded damages over Time sweepstake letter
Montreal GazetteFebruary 28, 2012

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a Time Magazine sweepstake letter that appeared to tell a Montreal man he'd hit the jackpot breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. Jean-Marc Richard of Montreal won his appeal after he'd been led to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House passes speedy foreclosure bill
OcalaFebruary 29, 2012

Critics said the bill would create a new “trail of tears” from displaced homeowners, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers praised the legal revisions for balancing homeowners' rights against clearing a backlog of foreclosures to boost the real estate...more »

Halfmoon supervisor profits from selling properties to developer
Albany Times UnionFebruary 27, 2012

(Skip Dickstein / Times Union) HALFMOON —The supervisor of the Capital Region's fastest-growing town sold two properties at a sharp profit to a local developer whose interest was triggered by a neighboring real estate project the supervisor personally ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Navajo sues Urban Outfitters over ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By FELICIA FONSECA AP FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters Inc. months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer demanding it pull the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Huguely trial delays could be pivotal
WSLSFebruary 18, 2012

The 14-member panel will assemble today at 9 am, one day after the high-profile murder case against the former University of Virginia lacrosse star was scheduled to have ended and two days after a key defense lawyer became too ill to participate.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 »

Fathers' custody rights getting attention in Legislature
KSL-TVFebruary 21, 2012

“Utah has a particular reputation for having a gender bias.” Wilcox's solution is HB88, which says that in custody decisions, courts may not discriminate against a parent “due to gender, race, color, national origin, religious preference, or age.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Phuket business: Axiom legal financing segregated portfolio
Phuket GazetteFebruary 29, 2012

The Axiom fund provides loans to law firms trying non-frivolous lawsuits such as divorce, etc. As with the types of notes I had looked at before, all the cases are insured and there is also insurance taken out against the law firm should it fail.more »

Environmental Law
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Gingrich in Olympia: Law on gay marriage done 'the right way'
The Seattle TimesFebruary 24, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said Washington state's gay-marriage law was enacted "the right way." By Brian Bakst Associated Press No comments have been posted to this article. OLYMPIA — Republican presidential candidate Newt ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Where have all the paper court files gone?
Jacksonville Daily RecordFebruary 27, 2012

Currently, documents can only be electronically filed by attorneys in Duval County probate and guardianship cases. The Clerk anticipates that attorneys will be able to file online documents for Duval Family cases by mid-February and will be able to ...more »

Family Law
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Solicitor helps family challenge dog laws after pet electrocution
Yorkshire PostFebruary 20, 2012

Historically legislation has classed dogs as “property” rather than live animals, which is being questioned as part of a compensation claim being prepared by Rajat Sharma, partner at Leeds based Metis Law. The case, he believes, could have far reaching ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Firefighters rally for workers comp changes
The West AustralianFebruary 29, 2012

Firefighters have rallied a Parliament House this morning, urging politicians to support a proposal to make it easier for firefighters with cancer to get workers compensation. Shadow emergency services minister Margaret Quirk will today introduce a ...more »


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