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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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WV Supreme Court asks Legislature to reduce budget
State JournalFebruary 28, 2012

27 letter addressed to chairmen of the House and Senate finance committees, state Supreme Court Administrative Director Steve Canterbury asked for a reduction of $1714000. Seven years ago, the judicial retirement system was underfunded at 50 percent ...more »

Health Care Law
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Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012
Lansing State JournalFebruary 28, 2012

Although touting the Affordable Care Act is part of Obama's standard pitch at political events such as that one, at larger presidential events, he is more likely to be focused on proposals to foster jobs or promote education.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Occupy protesters engage in other ways
Washington PostFebruary 28, 2012

Occupiers chose Jones to rally behind after discussions with staffers at Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, where Vicki King Taitano, who directs the bureau's foreclosure legal assistance project, has championed Jones's case for months.more »

Immigration Law
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LGBT community and immigraton
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 17, 2012

By max green One of the Utah immigration bills from last year is currently the subject of two lawsuits filed by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, and by the US Department of Justice. Apart from the contested elements of the bill, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Penn State trustee election ballot positions announced
Penn State LiveFebruary 29, 2012

10 David E. Robbins, '78, Lib, Bus, Attorney, Law Offices of David E. Robbins, Broomall, Pa. 11 Martin R. Davis, '86, Bus, President, Donald E. Davis, Inc., Pottsville, Pa. 12 Stephen M. Hladik, '89, Lib, Lawyer/Partner, Kerns Pearlstine Onorato Hladik ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Air Canada, pilot talks hit new snag
Toronto StarFebruary 28, 2012

Just as the pilots were in a legal position to strike on Valentine's Day, having received a 97 per cent strike mandate, Raitt appointed Otis along with Jacques Lessard, acting director-general of the federal mediation service, for up to six months.more »

Insurance Litigation
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PwC arm's insurance cover under cloud
Times of IndiaFebruary 28, 2012

NEW DELHI: Price Waterhouse (PW) Bangalore, the tainted auditor of scam-hit Satyam, utilized over 95% of a $60-million (Rs 280 crore approximately) insurance cover available to all Price Waterhouse entities in India to meet post-fraud litigation...more »

Animal Law
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Groups assail bill making it a crime to film farm animals
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

PETA spokesman Jeremy Beckham said photographs and videotapes "often are the best tools we can give to law enforcement" in uncovering animal abuses in factory farms. He said several covert operations in other states have led to criminal charges.more »

Intellectual Property
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Avedro Options Rights to Intellectual Property
Business Wire (press release)February 29, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Avedro, Inc. announced today that the Company has entered into an exclusive Option Agreement with the Cleveland Clinic for the right to negotiate a license for 3 specific Intellectual Property (IP) assets to enhance the Company's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Texas firm claims office manager misappropriated trade secrets
Lexology (registration)February 13, 2012

While undoubtedly lawyers are players in every misappropriation and unfair competition lawsuit, they are rarely parties to this type of litigation. However, with facts that sound like a fictionalized legal thriller, a Texas toxic tort firm has sued its ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Supreme Court Rams Race Back on the Presidential Plate
Eurweb.comFebruary 29, 2012

The justices may not have had thoughts about how affirmative action and the issue of race will play out in the presidential campaign. But it will again present all the thorny, potentially inflammatory, sore spots that race always pricks.more »

Global Aviation Holdings Inc. Announces Interim Approval of DIP Financing
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

By Global Aviation Holdings Inc. PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., Feb. 28, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Global Aviation Holdings Inc. ("Global" or the "Company") today announced that the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn) ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Roommate-matching site does not violate housing laws, court
Chicago TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

(Reuters) - A roommate-matching website that allows users to hunt for living partners based on gender and sexual orientation does not violate fair-housing laws that ban discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. Fair Housing Councils in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Why Muni Investors Aren't Sweating Over Stockton
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

Last night Stockton's city council voted to skip $2 million in bond payments and, signaling more gloomy news to come, to begin negotiating with creditors as it tries to avert bankruptcy. The city, saddled with high crime and a foreclosure rate second ...more »

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New Report Reveals Apple Inc. Patent Landscape
Daily DisruptionFebruary 28, 2012

... on consumer electronics giant, Apple Inc. The newly released report provides greater insight into Apple's patent portfolio and IP investments and outlines some of the most significant innovations, acquisitions and recent litigation activities.more »

Business Law
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Even Mitt Romney's car is a liar
Daily KosFebruary 15, 2012

There was a minor kerfuffle over this car when the Made In The USA Foundation filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission after Chrysler launched its "Imported From Detroit" ad campaign, alleging false advertising. Chrysler defended itself ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Wade was one of first black combat soldiers in WWII
Bend BulletinFebruary 28, 2012

Wade formed the Association of the 2221 Negro Volunteers, World War II, and launched a lobbying effort aimed at military and political leaders to restore the benefits, ranks and medals that black troops had been denied. Wade was an exceptionally ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Wanted: A law on cyber security
The Nation NewspaperFebruary 1, 2012

He said the risks of cybercrime and other online vices could make many international investors to be wary of transacting businesses online. Ewelukwa said delay in passage of all bills relating to safe online transactions into law may make other African ...more »

Personal Injury
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Insurance policies pushed up by £30 a year because of £2.4m daily bill to ...
Daily MailFebruary 23, 2012

By Ray Massey British motorists are paying an astonishing £2.4million a day on their insurance policies to cover legal fees generated by personal injury and whiplash claims, a damning new report revealed yesterday. The hefty £876million a year legal ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is the law against lying about military heroism constitutional?
Enterprise News (blog)February 20, 2012

By Pat Cunningham Most Americans would agree, I suspect, that anyone who would lie about having served heroically — or even just honorably — in the US military is deserving of a special kind of scorn. Such phony self-aggrandizement is worse than ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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SAVANNAH - 'Corporate Super Lawyers' Name from Bouhan, Williams & Levy Law... (press release)February 27, 2012

Frank "Sonny" Seiler has an extensive litigation practice which includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases, and divorce/domestic ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Contractor given 30 more days in jail
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 25, 2012

By Andrew Seymour, Ottawa Citizen February 25, 2012 12:00 AM A Renfrew contractor with a history of violating Ontario's Consumer Protection Act has been sentenced to another 30 days in jail after performing substandard and incomplete home renovations ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ALM's Law Journal Press Publishes New Book Offering Legal Guidance on Family ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

Written by leading lawyers and experts and updated regularly, Law Journal Press editions offer definitive and timely information, insightful analysis and practitioner-oriented guidance for the legal profession. ALM, an integrated media company, ...more »

Asian shares pushed higher by China, US
Business SpectatorFebruary 24, 2012

The market moves came after positive US jobs data and a German business confidence index reached a seven-month high Thursday. Greece also approved a law on a historic 107-billion-euro debt writedown. European stock markets were up in early trade Friday ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Shorts: PEA picked for NE tourney
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 29, 2012

The 5K begins at 9 am at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park.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 Planner CPA Gears Up For The 2012 Tax Season With A New Team and Website ...
PR Web (press release)February 16, 2012

And they join Edward Parsons CPA and Ari Propis CPA to the team of experts and IRS Attorneys. The due date for filing US taxes is April 1st for US Citizens and Residents and June 15th for US Citizens Living abroad. Tax Planner CPA invites US tax-payers ...more »

Experience isn't the only valid qualification; document differences between ...
Business Management DailyFebruary 25, 2012

...Law on February 25, 2012 3:00pm The job candidate with the most experience might also be the oldest applicant. But that doesn't mean you always have to pick that person. You can use other factors as long as none of them hints at age discrimination.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Protects Fund Companies From Investors
Barron'sFebruary 11, 2012

"I'm not surprised the SEC filed an amicus brief," says Barry Barbash, partner and head of the asset-management group for law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Barbash also served as the SEC's director of investment management from 1993 to 1998.more »

Environmental Law
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FACT CHECK: Gingrich energy ad errs on facts
Post-BulletinFebruary 25, 2012

But in the case of Newt Gingrich's unusual extended commercial on American energy policy, it just means more time for mistakes. In the ad, Gingrich offers a pain-free prescription for cheap energy that betrays a misunderstanding of how oil markets work ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The End of Trusts?
LifeHealthProFebruary 23, 2012

By David W. Schlossberg In the early part of the last decade, the most common reason for families to replace their wills with a revocable living trust was to reduce exposure to estate taxes (aka death taxes or inheritance tax).more »

Family Law
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Whitney Houston's Final Doctor Visits For Teeth Whitening, Sore Throat
TMZ.comFebruary 17, 2012

Both family and law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Whitney was recording the title track to "Sparkle" and got a sore throat ... so she went to a doctor to get it checked out. We're told the doctor gave Whitney an Rx for Amoxicillin.more »

Workers Compensation
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Express Scripts Unveils Comprehensive Fraud, Waste and Abuse Program for ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Express Scripts, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESRX) announced today it has established a comprehensive Fraud, Waste and Abuse (FWA) detection program for workers' compensation payers, which can help stem the rising costs associated ...more »


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