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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Administrative Law
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Status keeps Recht in 1st Circuit
The Steubenville Herald-StarFebruary 1, 2012

9 approval as a senior status judge allows him to preside over any docket throughout the state, as appointed. Essentially, his appointment has called him to fill the vacancy his retirement created. An administrative order signed by state Supreme Court ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care industry sees employment gains
Daily Mail - CharlestonFebruary 6, 2012

It still will be hard for investors to pick stocks in the industry, as prospects for hiring and profitability are clouded by lack of clarity on legislation. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health care law...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Richmond Launching New "Grocery Shuttle"
WRICFebruary 2, 2012

"This is a recommendation that we can act on right away," said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. "Helping city residents access healthy and fresh food options tie right in with the City's healthy lifestyle focus." The areas deemed food deserts include many of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Nigerian Central Washington student stuck in immigration limbo
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Technically under an order of deportation, Nigerian native Al Okere could be deported at any time. Now that he's at Central Washington University, he's getting support from activists lobbying for the so-called Dream Act. By MANUEL VALDES The Associated ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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South Carolina State Superintendent Battles 'Education Industrial Complex ...
Big GovernmentFebruary 9, 2012

Such views have drawn the ire of the “education industrial complex,” Zais' term for those who place the interests of adult school employees ahead of the needs of students, and who claim failing public schools can be fixed with a checkbook.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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US judge may rule on whether US constitution protects animals against slavery
GlobalPost (blog)February 7, 2012

A US federal judge may rule on whether animals enjoy the constitutional protections against slavery as human beings. Guests watch a killer whale act at SeaWorld, in Orlando, Florida, in 2010. (Matt Stroshane/AFP/Getty Images) A US federal judge may ...more »

Intellectual Property
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International Rectifier Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 2012

The second quarter fiscal year 2012 results included a reduction in intellectual property revenue due to a royalty over reporting and overpayment by one of the Company's licensees in prior periods of $1.5 million, and $1.5 million equity investment ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Zoloft Manufacturer's Motion to Consolidate 59 ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Pfizer filed the motion on Jan. 18 under the following multi-district litigation number: MDR 2342. The motion's stipulations and some background on the cases that the motion seeks to consolidate are outlined in a Jan. 20, 2012, article on »

Labor & Employment Law
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Kilombero valley eviction directive 'doomed to fail'
The Citizen DailyFebruary 5, 2012

The Vice-President's directive on eviction of Kilombero valley pastoralists is a non-starter because it is not backed by affirmative action by the government to institute land use plans for pastoralists to live in the earmarked regions of Lindi and ...more »

Aviation Partners seeks dismissal of Airbus winglet lawsuit
FlightglobalFebruary 2, 2012

Seattle-based Aviation Partners (API), patent-holder of the blended winglet, is seeking the dismissal of an Airbus lawsuit aiming to clarify the intellectual property rights of the European airframer's alleged use of API's winglet on the Airbus A320's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Job of the Day: Leasing Agent
MyFox Tampa BayFebruary 2, 2012

• Must have knowledge of Public and subsidized housing program regulations, requirements, and standards as determined by HUD; Fair Housing Laws; and rental housing market and landlord/tenant laws. • Customer service and oral and written communication ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Witness: Efforts Made to Hide AEA Loans
LoanSafeFebruary 1, 2012

... reports to the credit union's board of directors from information provided by Liddle. At his direction, the reports did not include the many large loans made to Dan Thelen and Frank Ruiz, who eventually ran up about $25 million in bad loans.more »

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Paris eyes litigation over gravel pit right-of-way
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Tony Reaves, Staff Writer PARIS — The Board of Selectmen is considering legal action against a landowner who has asserted that he can block certain uses of a right-of-way through his land. At a special meeting Monday night, board members discussed ...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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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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Meriden man sentenced in child porn case
Meriden Record-JournalFebruary 2, 2012

In December of 2010, an undercover FBI agent downloaded 22 images of children pornography from an Internet file sharing program account maintained by Pillsbury, Fein said. In January, members of Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force executed a search ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Injury Lawyers Set to Represent 3 Victims
EIN News (press release)February 1, 2012

/ Chicago personal injury law firm Willens Law Offices has been retained by three Illinois survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. Chicago Injury Lawyer Matt Willens and his team will represent the Illinois family in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Turkey welcomes French constitutional appeal of 'genocide' law
FRANCE 24February 1, 2012

By Tony Todd (text) Turkey on Wednesday welcomed an appeal by some 130 French lawmakers for the Constitutional Court to overturn a law that would criminalise genocide denial in France. The draft law, which was passed by the Senate in January, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011: More power to consumers?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 1, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers of services.more »

Real Estate Law
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Chicago Real Estate Attorney Ranj Mohip Honored at Reception
PR Urgent (press release)February 9, 2012

Less than 60 real estate attorneys in Illinois were recognized as 2012 Rising Stars. When originally notified of the award, Mr. Mohip said “I am honored and humbled to know that judges, fellow attorneys, and others in the legal field nominated me for ...more »

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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Bill aims to make cash for sports more than fantasy
So Md NewsFebruary 1, 2012

by AARON CARTER, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS In Maryland, playing fantasy sports for cash and prizes could make you a criminal. Technically, because of ambiguities in state law, Marylanders are prohibited from collecting cash and prizes in fantasy ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown Sweeps Across the Nation
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Fannie Moten appeals the district court's 1 adverse grant of summary judgment in her action asserting that her former employer discriminated against her based on her age and gender, and unlawfully retaliated against her for complaining about a single ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Off-Shore Energy Programs Move Forward
NBC4 Washington (blog)February 3, 2012

By Perry Stein President Barack Obama's administration announced Thursday that it would go forward with plans to issue renewable energy leases for off-shore wind programs in the Mid-Atlantic after a study concluded that offshore wind farms would not ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Program helps first responders plan for the future
Jones County NewsFebruary 23, 2012

Billy Mitchell (l) met with attorney Kristen Quinton at the Jones County Probate Court last week to work on the details of their will. A group of local attorneys reached out to Jones County first responders last week to provide a free service in an ...more »

Family Law
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Money from family's lawsuit against tobacco giant helps Oregon balance budget
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

The company lost a lawsuit brought by the family of a Portland smoker who died of lung cancer. Philip Morris had agreed to pay the man's family but challenged an Oregon law requiring that 60 percent of punitive damage awards go to a state fund that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Court Okays Facebook Party Photos in Workers Comp Claim
ABC News (blog)February 3, 2012

Images of injured worker Zackery Clement that were presented as evidence in claim surrounding Workers' Compensation. An appeals court has ruled that photos on Facebook and Myspace of a man “drinking and partying” can be used as evidence to deny him ...more »


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