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Volcker: 'Confidence in Government is Shaky'
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

... Dodd-Frank Act. Photo: Rich Clement/Bloomberg Enlarge image Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Peter Foley/Bloomberg John Bogle, the founder of mutual fund company Vanguard Group Inc. who popularized index investing, ...more »

Law Firm Moving to The Colonnade at Station Square in Silver Spring, MD
Citybizlist Real EstateFebruary 1, 2012

The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC has signed a 15440-square-foot lease at 1100 Wayne Ave., a 162834-square-foot building in Silver Spring, MD owned by Bethesda-based Moore & Associates. The Ezra Company Principal/Executive Vice ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Health Care Law
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Alaska Senate committee advances health exchange
Boston.comFebruary 3, 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska—The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would establish a health care exchange in Alaska. An exchange is a marketplace for coverage options. Under the federal health care law, the government could step in and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Former UTSA law director aided blacks
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

Fast forwarding in history, President Lyndon Baines Johnson orchestrated passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act the following year. He was warned by a number of Southern senators that pushing for these laws would guarantee ...more »

Immigration Law
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McClendon: legislators will 'tweak' immigration law
St. Clair TimesFebruary 6, 2012

by Will Heath SPRINGVILLE — According to state representative Jim McClendon, statewide polling has revealed consistent majority support for Alabama's new immigration policy. “We're constantly polling to see where the public is,” McClendon said ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Settling school disputes before they escalate
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 5, 2012

At Charles Maclay Middle School in Pacoima, a program funded by the Center for Civic Mediation teaches students how to resolve conflict and learn to coexist peacefully among their classmates. Alejando Juarez, 13, a seventh-grader at Charles Maclay ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Religious groups committed to contraception suits
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 10, 2012

The litigation is in response to a regulation issued by the Obama administration last August, which requires employers to provide free birth control as a benefit in their healthcare plans under the Affordable Care Act of 2010.more »

Animal Law
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Doggedly stubborn law firm sued over access for service animal
Business Management DailyFebruary 4, 2012

You would think that a personal-injury law firm would be sensitive to a client's need for a service dog, but apparently attorneys at the firm of Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia & Tetenbaum are unfamiliar with Title III of the ADA.more »

Intellectual Property
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Eastern Europeans fuel fight for Internet freedoms
Cincinnati.comFebruary 20, 2012

The pact aims to fight intellectual property theft -- like fake Gucci handbags and violations of pharmaceutical patents. But it also targets online piracy -- illegal downloads of music, films and software -- and calls for measures that critics say ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Challenging legacy bias in admissions
UT The Daily TexanFebruary 10, 2012

Texas — the affirmative action case involving a Caucasian female denied admission to UT — makes its way to the Supreme Court and gains prominence in the media, other similar university admission policies are being criticized. A different demographic ...more »

Aviation Week Reveals Existence of New US Air Force “X-Plane”
Ottawa Citizen (blog)February 4, 2012

New York, NY - February 3 - In exclusive coverage, Aviation Week has revealed a new US Air Force X-plane, the X-56A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will test active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation– vital technologies that will propel ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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District attorney wants tougher law on illegal housing after Quincy fire case
The Patriot LedgerFebruary 3, 2012

By Lane Lambert The Norfolk County district attorney and the state fire marshal say they will use the manslaughter convictions of two Quincy brothers to push for a stronger state law to prosecute landlords of illegal apartments.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

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Second Circuit panel strikes arbitration agreement with class action waiver
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2012

In In Re: American Express Merchants' Litigation (No. 06-1871-cv), a two judge panel of the Second Circuit breathes new life into arguments to strike arbitration clauses. The court held that, because of the allegedly prohibitive costs for pursuing ...more »

Business Law
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Editorial: Finally, Ed Martin chooses a race befitting his unique skills
STLtoday.comFebruary 1, 2012

Republican Ed Martin hasn't yet asked for our endorsement as he seeks the Republican nomination for Missouri attorney general, but, as he begins his reconnoitered campaign, we suggest an aggressive advertising strategy. Who among potential candidates ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigating job held by decorated veteran
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 3, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life which restored ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Big Brother versus electronic libel
Business MirrorFebruary 7, 2012

LAST week the Senate approved on third and final reading the bill that would allow government authorities to investigate and prosecute individuals for Internet-related crimes. The new law is seemingly timely in the sense that present technology and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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State senator pushes for tougher abortion measures
Arizona Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

And a pregnant woman also would have to be informed she "has an existing relationship with that unborn human being" which is protected by the US Constitution and state laws. Smith said the legality of a similar law is being considered by the 8th US ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NAICOM mulls stiffer penalty for late submission of accounts
The NationFebruary 28, 2012

Daniel told The Nation that most operators are comfortable with the current N5,000 daily penalty, adding that the anticipated Insurance Act will place stricter discipline on defaulters. Investigation revealed that about four companies are yet to get ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Marketing of Consumer Items in Standardized Packets and Weights to Be Made ...
VAdvert Press Center (press release)February 5, 2012

KV Thomas, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, briefing the media persons after the meeting of Central Consumer Protection Council (CCPC) here today. The Minister said that Government has also proposed mandatory standardization of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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REITs might be good investment to land
The Newark AdvocateFebruary 6, 2012

Peculiarly, the commercial real estate market isn't quite as depressed. In fact, funds that invest in real estate investment trusts, or REITs, rose an average 7.5 percent in 2011, beating the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index's 2.1 percent gain.more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...more »

Criminal Defense
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MF Global judge to examine insurance for ex-execs
ReutersFebruary 9, 2012

By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - The US judge overseeing MF Global's bankruptcy plans a closer review before deciding whether any of an estimated $190 million of insurance coverage for former company executives should instead go to customers.more »

IRS Tackles Giants Safety Antrel Rolle--Hard
ForbesFebruary 3, 2012

But according to the court, last year he agreed to pay $1.9 million plus interest–pretty much everything the IRS was seeking. The tab included $368000 in late-filing and accuracy-related penalties. R0lle's lawyer, Hiram M. Martin, did not respond to a ...more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Monaco blossoms as new French tax laws hammer traditional Riviera resorts
Overseas Property ProfessionalFebruary 8, 2012

“It is also possible to own a property in Monaco through offshore companies and trusts without being penalised and providing a secure and discrete investment, which is good for clients wishing to protect their assets.” “Holding a Monegasque property ...more »

Environmental Law
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Getting to Know Publicly Traded Partnerships
Equities.comFebruary 13, 2012

Mineral or natural resources activities include exploration, development, production, mining, refining (including fertilizers), marketing and transportation (including pipelines), of oil and gas, minerals, geothermal energy, or timber.more »

Wills & Probate
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Senior citizens vulnerable to fraud, financial abuse from within family
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 16, 2012

... her son in order to avoid probate when she died. When her son filed for bankruptcy and creditors came knocking, she suffered the consequences, said Kotzer. "Be very cautious of giving up control to your children," he said. The same goes for wills.more »

Family Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Gary E. Williams of The Law Firm for Family Law, Clearwater, for Appellee. Melissa King, the former wife, appeals the trial court's order denying her motion for contempt and for enforcement of the parties' marital settlement agreement.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Bill, Backed by Florida Chamber and AIF, Advances
Sunshine State News (blog)February 9, 2012

By putting the costs that could be charged on par with what a pharmacy charges, sponsors of HB 511, have said it could save Florida small businesses that pay into the workers' compensation system $62 million, through a 2.5 percent rate reduction.more »


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