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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative 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 »

Health Care Law
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Medicare Advantage Premiums Decline as Enrollment Rises
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- Medicare Advantage plans have 9.4 percent higher enrollment than a year earlier and fees that are 7.2 percent lower, according to a US official who credited the 2010 health-care law for the gains. In Medicare Advantage, people over age ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Editorial: Race on STOCK Act gets curiouser and curiouser
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

Members of Congress (and their staff, and all federal employees, for that matter) are prohibited by law from using inside information to make stock trades. Yet no member, at least in recent memory, has been investigated for insider trading even though ...more »

Immigration Law
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Feds: Teen injured in Florida pileup won't be deported
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

"Reports of her facing deportation are completely false." "ICE's stated priorities include convicted criminals, immigration fugitives, repeat immigration law violators and recent border crossers," Gonzalez said in a written statement.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Trend on China Real Estate Finance—Analysis on Real Estate Trusts and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

Now the business is moving from residential projects to commercial buildings and subsidiary houses, while more are targeting listed companies, large-scale groups or regional leading developers, and in the end may bring out REITs product.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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FAA's long flight nearly over
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

Commerce Chair Jay Rockefeller indicated a high level of confidence last week, though other sources are cautiously optimistic, noting there's a slight chance that union backlash against the compromised National Mediation Board language could erode some ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.more »

Animal Law
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Pet rescuer hopes to empower residents with class on animal rights
TribLocalFebruary 3, 2012

By Amy Alderman TribLocal reporter Today at 2:26 pm Libertyville animal rescuer Sandy Wisniewski hopes to empower more citizens with information on animal rights through her class, “Say no to animal abuse and neglect.” The five-week course, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Faculty Senate objects to policy
ASU HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

All students and persons employed by the Arkansas State University System may lose their rights to their own "Intellectual Property" in an updated policy that is being reviewed in the shared governance process. The policy made its way to the faculty ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers assert NFL needs to do more to address needs of players who suffer ...
New York Daily News (blog)February 1, 2012

They do not redress the league's deliberate misconduct denying players' contract disability benefits, but rather aim to penalize the league for morally reprehensible conduct - failing to design safe concussion management protocol.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political fresh air
Toronto SunFebruary 10, 2012

There were politicians willing to stand up and declare that they were pro-life, against affirmative action, in favour of increased oil exploration in the United States and, of course, many speaking out in favour of the Keystone pipeline.more »

Private aviation exhibition to take place in Abu Dhabi
Khaleej TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Abu Dhabi -- Al Bateen Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport of Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC), announced today that Abu Dhabi Air Expo, the region's first general aviation exhibition, will gather major participants from the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Fourth Quarter 2010 and 2011 Real Estate Case Law Update
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Adverse possession by co-tenants; Enforcement of arbitration provisions in CCRs; Waiver of anti-deficiency protections by guarantor; SB 800.; Prescriptive easements.; Real property contracts.; Development agreements.; Commercial leases.; ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Two Montreal men face fraud charges in mortgage scam
Montreal GazetteFebruary 4, 2012

According to the RCMP, many have since had to declare bankruptcy and saw their credit history ruined. The two men are to make their first court appearance at the Montreal courthouse on March 30. The RCMP warn that mortgage fraud “is a form of crime...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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Caldeira: Franchises Offer a Valuable Avenue to Job Creation
Roll Call (subscription)February 1, 2012

For every $1 million lent to franchise businesses, 34 new jobs are created. Regarding regulations, the House has already passed bills addressing the overreach of the National Labor Relations Board and the health care law. A recent Hudson Institute ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Digital partnership improves health care access for veterans
United States Army (press release)February 3, 2012

By Robin Boggs, First Army Division East Cpl. Eric McNulty, an infantryman from Southern Plains, NC, fills out the e-benefit form with military service coordinator Nathan Talley after returning from deployment with C Company, 279th Infantry Regiment, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Coventry University Ethical Hacking lab combats cyber crime
BBC NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Cybercrime has been on the rise in recent years, targeting big corporations and individual home computer users. The £37000 Ethical Hacking Lab simulates malicious attacks on systems to find weaknesses in internet safety. Senior lecturer Brian Moore ...more »

Personal Injury
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Austin Car Accident Lawyer Says Texas Needs To Crack Down On Drunk Driving And ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Texas personal injury attorney Bob Richardson of The Bob Richardson Law Firm points to recently released statistics showing that the state's drunk-driving fatalities have increased while the country's overall figures have gone down.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Will Gingrich return America to the days of King George?
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

As a conservative constitutional scholar, I share Gingrich's concerns that liberal members of the judiciary often misread the Constitution. But I am deeply troubled by his willingness to subvert the rule of law to strike back at those judges, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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LEVINE v. HARRITON & FURRER, LLP
Leagle.comFebruary 24, 2012

The claim was subsequently transferred to defendant, a law firm in the Village of Round Lake, Saratoga County, and plaintiff was again retained. The parties initially proceeded upon an oral agreement. In February 2006, plaintiff submitted a written ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Biz Groups Urge Repeal of CEO-to-Worker Pay Disclosure Rule
International Business TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Supporters of the rule, included in section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, say it is intended to encourage companies to narrow the considerable gap between executive and worker compensation.more »

Real Estate Law
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Great Falls man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting real estate agent
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

... sexually assaulting a Great Falls real estate agent in May. Bradley Joseph Crisman was arrested May 12 after the agent told law enforcement that he tied her up and attempted to sexually assault her after she showed him a home on Upper River Road.more »

SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade Commission (ITC) action filed by SWM under Section 337 (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC's initial decision found that SWM's Claims 36, 43, and 45 of United States Patent No.more »

Sports Law
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Outdoor Channel Holdings Announces Senior Legal Appointments
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

In addition to his passion for protecting and developing our network, he has been instrumental in discovering and developing strong relationships with the best talent and production companies in our industry. In his expanded role, he will continue to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Client Acquitted of DUI Charges, Represented by Florida DUI Defense Attorneys...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

DUI and criminal defense attorney Darren Finebloom combines extensive trial experience with a personal commitment to protecting his clients' rights. He received his Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Florida State University and attended ...more »

IRS Announces Pilot Program for Large Companies and Their Retirement Plans
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

The IRS hopes that after reviewing these procedures, etc., it can then use datadriven factors to surgically target a company's compliance weaknesses. Based on recent exam and survey activities, it seems large companies confront these types of ...more »

Man sues Nitro company, alleges age discrimination
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

A former employee has filed a lawsuit in Putnam County against the world's largest crane company for age discrimination, among other allegations. Hurricane resident Cecil Hypes filed the suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Monday alleging Maxim Crane Works ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futures On Credit-Default Swaps Seen As Natural Evolution
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

If a borrower defaults, sellers of the protection compensate buyers. The swaps--traded over the phone or on-screen, with prices known only to trading partners--are the domain of asset managers and hedge funds with the sophistication and financial ...more »

Environmental Law
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County approves tax break for 'green' energy
Fremont News MessengerFebruary 4, 2012

FREMONT -- Sandusky County commissioners voted unanimously to designate the county as an alternative energy zone, which will provide tax breaks to green energy industries moving to the area. The decision was made Thursday as German-based wind turbine ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Double appointment at Tayntons law firm
This is GloucestershireFebruary 22, 2012

Nicholas Southwell joins as a civil litigation solicitor and Richard Thomas is a wills and probate specialist with over twenty years of private client experience. In his new role at Tayntons, Mr Southwell will be drawing on his extensive property and ...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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Injured men appeal decision in workers compensation case
The Guardian CharlottetownFebruary 1, 2012

A judge's decision to dismiss legal proceedings by two injured workers landed before the PEI Appeals Court Monday. In their statement of claim, Gordon Richard Vail and Frederick Joseph McIver said the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) didn't follow the ...more »

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