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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This is an appeal from a decision by the district court affirming the denial of social security disability benefits by an administrative law judge, whose decision became final when the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council denied the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Holy war over health care law? Obama angers Catholic leaders
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Catholics are fired up over new rules implementing Obama's health care reform law forcing Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities to provide insurance for their employees covering contraception -- even though that violates church teachings.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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Reeves: Immigration relief for abused immigrants
Sun.StarFebruary 6, 2012

By Robert L. Reeves DESPITE law enforcement agencies and community organizations making advances in their response to domestic violence, the issue continues to plague the immigrant community. Often, financial dependence, fear of deportation, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra
KERA NewsFebruary 3, 2012

But now the clean-tech industry is facing leaner times, in part because of cheaper natural gas prices, the effects of the financial crisis and China's growing solar industry. On Thursday's Fresh Air, Washington Post environmental correspondent Juliet ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Imagine the possibilities
West Linn TidingsFebruary 9, 2012

The same day the commissioners approved the $1.75 million purchase, the city of West Linn, Clackamas County Service District No. 1 and Tri-City Service District launched the website called Imagine Willamette. Water Environment Services, working on ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NewPage retiree lawsuit continues
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

Retired union workers of Wisconsin Rapids' largest employer do not need to take action before the end of this week to stay involved in a class-action lawsuit against the company. In a recent legal notice to retirees involved in the lawsuit, ...more »

Animal Law
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Public to examine local laws
Fraser Coast ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

THE new local laws for the Fraser Coast are now available for the public to examine. Car parking, animal control, backyard fires, noxious weeds, fencing, temporary advertising signs and boat and jet ski use are all areas covered under the new laws.more »

Intellectual Property
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Motorola Mobility, Nikon, MSF, EFF: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

Google is buying Motorola Mobility to gain mobile patents and expand its hardware business. Google's Android is also the operating system for smartphones made by companies such as HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. that compete with Apple's iPhone.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Conoco Phillips Appeals Mississippi Worker's $15.2M Asbestos Award
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By Jack Elliott Jr. | February 1, 2012 A Jones County man waited too long to file a lawsuit over exposure his exposure to workplace asbestos, attorneys told the Mississippi Supreme Court this week. The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments from ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disabled whites to be excluded from BBBEE - Solidarity
PoliticswebFebruary 7, 2012

White people with disabilities will be completely kicked out of affirmative action processes, trade union Solidarity said today. According to Solidarity, the latest proposed amendments to the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BBBEE Act) will ...more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Troubles: Is My Rent Being Raised In Retaliation For My Repair ...
The San Francisco AppealFebruary 1, 2012

The Landlord/Owner of your condominium does not, however, have the approval it would need from the state of California for the sale of the condominium units, as Landlord/Owner does not presently intend to sell these units as condominiums.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Action Line: Secured cards can help rebuild credit
Tulsa WorldFebruary 2, 2012

But keep in mind that for the most favorable "credit history" you must never exceed 30 percent of "available credit" - charge no more than $60 on a $200 deposit secured card. The way they help rebuild bad credit is their issuers report to the three ...more »

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The Litigation Process - Luvera Law Firm
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Here is a very basic overview of some of the parts of the litigation process. Luvera Law Firm 701 5th Ave Suite 6700 The Litigation Process In the most simple form, damage claims follow a specific pattern, from when an attorney agrees to represent a ...more »

Business Law
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Moneyville Calgary Home Show Giveaway Rules
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

Agreement: These rules govern the Moneyville Calgary Home Show Giveaway (“Contest”). No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judges, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Community Center's cell phone collection benefits troops
Your Houston NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The proceeds from this collection program will benefit “our soldiers in the military,” according to a community center release. The community center can earn up to $30 per cell phone and up to $100 per smartphone. “Donating a used, unwanted cell phone ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
PhysOrg.comFebruary 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Firm, Cellino & Barnes, Addresses US Consumer Product Safety ...
PR Leap (press release)February 22, 2012

COM) New York - Personal injury attorneys report on the statement issued by US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, BSH Home Appliance Corporation and Kraft Foods on February 9th regarding immediate product recalls related to the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros
JD Supra (press release)February 4, 2012

Virginia Local Government Law Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros By: Andrew McRoberts. Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

They wrote me a check out of the company account and I accepted it thinking it was a gift. I am now being asked to complete a W-9 form. Since this was a “gift” am I required to fill out this form? And am I required to list this amount as income and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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From the Experts: Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part I
Corporate CounselFebruary 8, 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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Better Buildings Reborn as National Real Estate Operations Publication
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

"Our annual reader survey indicated a need for more serious, in-depth articles on best practices for building operations and management," said Michael G. Desiato, Vice President and Group Publisher of ALM's Real Estate Media Division.more »

Ryder Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results and Provides 2012 Forecast
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The increase in comparable earnings primarily reflects strong organic growth in commercial rental, the benefit of acquisitions in all business segments, better used vehicle sales results, as well as organic growth in the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) ...more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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As Walker hires criminal defense team, he should level with Wisconsinites
Capital TimesFebruary 6, 2012

Each new day seems to bring more trouble: • A top donor to the governor's campaign has already been convicted of felony violations of campaign finance and tax laws. • The home of the governor's top political appointee — the woman who served as his ...more »

KOAM TV 7 Joplin and PittsburgMo. optometrist filed $40 million refund claim
KOAM-TVFebruary 9, 2012

The US Attorney's office says in a news release that 61-year-old Dr. Leslie Robert MacLaren of Nixa was sentenced Thursday for evading income taxes, bankruptcy fraud, impeding the work of the IRS and filing a false tax return.more »

Commissioner urges action on super savings
Financial StandardFebruary 7, 2012

By Elise Burgess | In Superannuation With women predicted to live to the average age of 95, Susan Ryan AO, Age Discrimination Commissioner spoke with super funds yesterday about the role they can play to protect ageing Australians.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Debuts New Website (press release)February 2, 2012

Punta Gorda, FL, February 02, 2012 --( Farr Law Firm, Charlotte County, Florida's largest and longest established law firm is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website Inherent to the website's redesign strategy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leeds Solicitor raises over £6000 for Will Aid Charity
openPR (press release)February 27, 2012

Visit their website at Grahame Stowe Bateson are a leading legal practice that specialise in many aspects of law including Family, Criminal, Conveyancing, Wills, Probate, Employment and Mental Health.more »

Family Law
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"Cooper's Law" Bill To Be Heard In State House Again Wednesday
LEX18 Lexington KY NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Unable to move "Cooper's Law" out of committee last week, there's a new vote planned. It surrounds the family's homeowner's association threatening a steep fine for the playhouse the family had built in their backyard at Andover Forest for therapy for ...more »

Workers Compensation
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National Workers' Compensation Coalition Merges with CLM
MMD Newswire (press release)February 3, 2012

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) February 3, 2012 -- The Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance is pleased to announce that the National Workers' Compensation Coalition (NWCC) is merging with the CLM. The NWCC is a premier workers' compensation...more »


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