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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 »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Administrative Law
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Rick Snyder Signs Law Giving $4 Million To Highland Park Students, Not School ...
Huffington PostFebruary 24, 2012

And with him out of office, Snyder and other Republican lawmakers said the district couldn't be trusted to manage its own funds. Critics say the new law draws more money away from financially struggling Highland Park. Stand Up For Democracy, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Law Would Mean Fewer Uninsured in Texas
KUT NewsFebruary 27, 2012

The health care law will require insurance for everyone. Photo courtesy Thomas Hawk at http://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/ State officials expect more than 90 percent of Texans will have health insurance under the new federal health care law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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States consider drug testing welfare recipients
USA TODAYFebruary 29, 2012

He added that the proposed laws inaccurately suggest that people on welfare use drugs more than others. "This exemplifies the extent to which folks are willing to scapegoat poor people when it suits political interests," Williamson said.more »

Immigration Law
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California assemblyman to try again on driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 27, 2012

By Jim Sanders After winning passage of a law allowing some undocumented immigrants to apply for college aid, Assemblyman Gil Cedillo's new goal is driver's licenses. The Los Angeles Democrat will carry legislation this year that would allow ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Nigerian Content: Appreciable success, greater challenges still ahead
VanguardFebruary 27, 2012

The NCDMB boss, who spoke on, The Nigerian Content Implementation under the NOGID Act, argued that a strong wind of change is sweeping over the industry, as a result of government's regulation to ensure local content development in the petroleum ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Citizens Advice Bureau launches business advice service
BBC NewsFebruary 22, 2012

Businesses in north Cornwall and Devon are being offered impartial advice by a new service at the Citizens Advice Bureau. Advice Bureau Plus can also give assistance on legal issues and mediation. The service is not free but the money raised from it ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Bill Gunter: Legislature has unique opportunity to fix PIP
Tallahassee.comFebruary 17, 2012

Rick Scott, Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and a broad coalition from business and law enforcement at a rally at the Capitol to urge repairs to Florida's broken personal injury protection (PIP) system. Sometimes referred to as Florida's ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rescue Act
Capitol News ServiceFebruary 28, 2012

As Whitney Ray tells us, PETA says if lawmakers pass the Animal Rescue Act pet hoarding will run rampant…. We must warn you… some of this video may be hard to watch. They were supposed to be rescued, but their safe haven became their hell.more »

Intellectual Property
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Julian Assange claims 'intellectual property'
Politico (blog)February 28, 2012

He had the chutzpah to claim that the documents belonged to him and that if we published them, we would be infringing his “intellectual property.” Needless to say, the deputy editor turned down his request, but Assange bombarded Zilberberg with more ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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CONSOL Energy Idles Longwall Mining at Blacksville No. 2 Mine
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

... the impacts of various asbestos litigation claims; increased exposure to employee related long-term liabilities; our accruals for obligations for long-term employee benefits are based upon assumptions which, if inaccurate, could result in our being ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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'Equal Justice Under the Law': Why the End Is Near For Affirmative Action
Big GovernmentFebruary 25, 2012

by David Wohl It's been more than three decades since the US Supreme Court first gave thumbs up to the doctrine of affirmative action in higher education. The decision in Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 1978 is somewhat complex, ...more »

Cypress student wins at state and national levels in aviation art contest
Orange County BreezeFebruary 29, 2012

Eight Orange County students have been recognized in the state level of the 2012 International Aviation Student Art Contest, themed “Silent Flight.” Of these students, three have also had their artwork honored at the National Level of the competition.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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EASTSIDE EXHIBITION CORP. v. 210 E. 86th ST. CORP.
Leagle.comFebruary 22, 2012

In this appeal, we are asked to consider whether a minimal and inconsequential retaking of space that has been leased to a commercial tenant constitutes an actual partial eviction relieving the tenant from all obligation to pay rent.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Most Reliable New Cars for Approved Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 29, 2012

by Steve Cypher on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 Bad credit buyers with approved auto loans might want to consider what Consumer Reports has to say before making a buying decision on a new car. We understand this because for the last ten years Auto ...more »

Litigation
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Parents and New Education Group Intervene in Texas School Finance Litigation
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 24, 2012

... Today in the 200th Judicial District Court in Travis County, a group of parents and a new education group named Texans for Real Efficiency and Equity in Education led by three Texas entrepreneurs, intervened in current school finance litigation.more »

Business Law
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Is Google watching you?
ABC OnlineFebruary 29, 2012

MARGOT O'NEILL: It's a honey pot for advertising. Google says its new one-stop privacy policy enables a simpler more personalised online service. For instance, if you spend time searching for cooking tips, YouTube might suggest relevant videos.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VFW: Benefits cuts could force return of draft
AirForceTimes.comFebruary 23, 2012

By Rick Maze - Staff writer The nation's largest organization for combat veterans said the Obama administration's plans to cut military pay and benefits could force the return of a military draft. In a statement that ratchets up the rhetoric over ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Government computer at Fort Gordon used for inappropriate contact with teen ...
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 28, 2012

By Kyle Martin An Army chaplain arrested on a charge of obscene Internet contact with a child in January was using a government computer at Fort Gordon to communicate with a Lee County, Ga., sheriff's investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Rants & Raves: PIP fraud
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 28, 2012

There have been several stories printed recently in the [Times-Union] and also coverage on local TV news about PIP [personal injury protection] fraud and the legislature making changes to the law. One proposal mentioned in one of the TU stories was to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did the NYPD's Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?
TPMFebruary 29, 2012

by Justin Elliott ProPublica Last August, the Associated Press launched a series detailing how the New York Police Department has extensively investigated Muslims in New York and other states, including preparing reports on mosques and Muslim-owned ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sweeping anti-abortion bills facing hurdles
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 16, 2012

The measure is being pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, the influential pro-life group that has successfully gotten other broad regulations passed into law over the past several years. Deborah Sheasby, CAP legal counsel, said that the bill was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US House's Frank calls on CFTC to impose position limits now
PlattsFebruary 29, 2012

Position limits were a mandate of the Dodd-Frank Act. Frank said there was "no other explanation" for the rise except speculation driving up energy prices, and said he wants position limits imposed immediately, even though he conceded that such limits ...more »

Real Estate Law
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4 in 10 Law Firms Report Landing New Clients by Using Social Media, According ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

"After a slow start to gain acceptance in the legal services industry, US law firms are rapidly gaining confidence in the use of social media as a serious business development strategy," said Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing ...more »

UMass hosting event for Crosby at firm that won gaming contract
Daily News TranscriptFebruary 17, 2012

By Kyle Cheney and Michael Norton Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, will be feted Thursday night by the Commonwealth Compact at the offices of a law firm that on Wednesday won a state contract to serve as counsel on ...more »

Sports Law
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Feds Indict Former Online Gambling Billionaire Calvin Ayre
ForbesFebruary 28, 2012

The indictment focuses on the movement of funds from accounts outside the US, in Switzerland, England, Malta, and Canada, and the hiring of media resellers and advertisers to promote Internet gambling. “Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney asks Okla. court to vacate death sentence
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Lawyers for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System and the state attorney general's office presented oral arguments in Ronson Bush's appeal. The case is in the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Bush pleaded guilty without agreement with prosecutors ...more »

Tax Audit Horror Stories: When the IRS Attacks
DailyFinanceFebruary 28, 2012

It turns out an audit memo that had been sent to her old address was never forwarded and went unanswered. It took her 11 months to dig out from the paperwork avalanche that comes with an full audit. This is the horrid headache that we fear each year ...more »

Judges express doubts about KPIX age bias case
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 15, 2012

A lawyer for two veteran television reporters struggled Tuesday to persuade a federal appeals court to let them go to a jury with claims of age discrimination against San Francisco's KPIX-TV, which fired them as part of a staff cutback in March 2008.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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State Raps Four More Fire Districts For Non-Compliance
North Country GazetteFebruary 26, 2012

... fire districts and fire companies in the state aren't complying with the laws that have been enacted to ensure that the taxpayer's money is protected, that there is accountability and transparency in the financial operations of these organizations.more »

Environmental Law
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Death toll in Ohio school shooting rises
CBS NewsFebruary 28, 2012

King was studying alternative energy at nearby Auburn Career Center and like the others who were shot was waiting for a bus for his daily 15-minute ride to the center. Student Daniel Parmertor died hours after the shooting. Law enforcement sources told ...more »

Wills & Probate
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YOUR CREDIT RESOURCE: Am I responsible for my dad's debts after his death?
Rapid City JournalFebruary 12, 2012

The State Bar of South Dakota also has various brochures available to help you understand the laws in South Dakota regarding wills and probate. The State Bar of South Dakota is located in Pierre; you can find its brochures at www.sdbar.org.more »

Family Law
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LCO calls for evaluation of family law information centres
Canadian Lawyer MagazineFebruary 27, 2012

While the Ontario government has heralded reforms to streamline the family law system, a new Law Commission of Ontario interim report is calling for additional measures. In its interim report on the family law system, the commission emphasizes the need ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WSI worker claims deletions broke the law
Jamestown SunFebruary 27, 2012

FARGO — An employee of North Dakota's workers' compensation program contends laws were violated when a claims supervisor ordered the deletion of a worker's electronic medical record. FARGO — An employee of North Dakota's workers' compensation program ...more »

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