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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

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Administrative Law
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MATTER OF GODFREY v. SHAH
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Following a fair hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) affirmed the denial of petitioner's request. We agree with petitioner that the request for the Bantam should have been approved because the Bantam is medically necessary.more »

Health Care Law
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Cabinet secretary defends health care law
Tbo.comFebruary 3, 2012

By MARY SHEDDEN | The Tampa Tribune Local mothers, female business owners and students are the latest groups being targeted by the White House's campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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5 Things, Including Job Skills at the Library
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

... jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which constitutionality was at issue. The court was also charged with ruling on matters concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice and maritime jurisdiction.more »

Immigration Law
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Studies, surveys examine immigration law's impact
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 1, 2012

bama's tougher immigration law could cost the state many billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product and tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The sponsor of the law called the study "baloney." Meanwhile, the Alabama Agribusiness Council is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Henry Aubin: New law won't protect environment
Montreal GazetteFebruary 9, 2012

The Charest government brought them in to prevent problems in what it hopes will be a new era of natural resource development. It is most ambitious about shale gas in southern Quebec, oil in the Gulf of St. Lawrence and minerals in northern Quebec ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Senior US diplomat: Improved inter-Korean ties crucial for resolution of ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — In a message aimed at both Koreas, a senior US diplomat said Wednesday that Washington is open to settling the North Korean nuclear standoff through diplomacy, but only if Pyongyang improves ties with archrival South Korea.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Jennifer Bisenius Joins Butler Rubin as an Associate
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 14, 2012

CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Jennifer Bisenius has joined the Chicago law firm Butler Rubin Saltarelli & Boyd LLP as an associate. At Butler Rubin, she will concentrate her practice in complex commercial litigation. Most recently, Bisenius was ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet rescuer hopes to empower residents with class on animal rights
TribLocalFebruary 3, 2012

By Amy Alderman TribLocal reporter Today at 2:26 pm Libertyville animal rescuer Sandy Wisniewski hopes to empower more citizens with information on animal rights through her class, “Say no to animal abuse and neglect.” The five-week course, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DuPont trade-secret award helps drive record verdict growth
The News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Lawsuits by DuPont Co. and St. Jude Medical Inc. to protect trade secrets helped account for the largest increase in US history last year in the size of intellectual-property jury awards. The 10 biggest intellectual-property verdicts, including six ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Relative of Asbestos Mine Founder Opposes Jeffrey Mine Funding
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The great-great niece of the founder of the first asbestos mine to ever open in Canada is speaking out against the continued production of asbestos at the Jeffry Mine in Quebec. Susan Henry is the descendant of Andrew Stuart Johnson, who founded the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In a first, HC employs transgender
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

Setting an example in affirmative action, the Karnataka high court on Saturday appointed a 27-year-old transgender as a Class IV employee. The landmark move could perhaps be the first of its kind in the country. C Anu, a resident of Haleguddadahalli, ...more »

EPIC Aviation Selects Allegro Trading & Risk Management Solution
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

DALLAS, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of energy trading and risk management (ETRM) software, announced today that EPIC Aviation (EPIC) has selected the Allegro 8 platform to support its jet fuel and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Experts expect rising prices of commodities this year
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 1, 2012

In remarks to The Jordan Times on Tuesday, experts also cited other developments, such as the new Landlords and Tenants Law, that may cause inflationary pressures, expecting the consumer price index (CPI) to increase by 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent on ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AMR Poised to Start Labor Talks With 10000 Job Cuts Possible
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

s American Airlines is preparing to offer union employees contracts today that probably will eliminate more than 10 percent of jobs and freeze pensions as the third-largest US carrier pares spending in bankruptcy. As many as 15000 jobs may be cut, ...more »

Litigation
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ERISA Court Ruled For Patients In A Self-Insured Out-of-Network UCR ERISA ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012

ERISAclaim.com offers new Executive & Litigation Support Webinars to examine the latest federal court decision on Jan 31, 2012, in a self-insured out-of-network UCR ERISA class action by the patients against the ERISA plan. The Court denied the plan's ...more »

Business Law
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Qualcomm's Compliance With Foreign Business Law Called Into Question
CRNFebruary 2, 2012

The FCPA outlines accounting transparency requirements for US companies doing business abroad, and also prohibits bribing foreign officials to maintain or get new business. Qualcomm made note in its quarterly filing with the SEC that the investigation ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets and crime: Judges consider service to country during sentencing
The Tribune-DemocratFebruary 5, 2012

EBENSBURG — A Marine Corps rifleman is facing a military court-martial, discharge from service and loss of all benefits if he is convicted on a drunken driving charge in Cambria County. The plight of Evan Griffith Williams again has drawn attention to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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KSP charges three with Internet related crimes
WPSD Local 6February 8, 2012

Kentucky State Police have arrested three east central Kentucky men on charges related to child pornography. The action was the result of search warrants pertaining to illegal Internet activity executed by the agency's Electronic Crime Branch.more »

Personal Injury
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Whiplash injuries can be avoided: IAM
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Rear-end shunts are the most common accidents and, since many rear impact accidents result in a neck or spinal injury, these are often linked to personal-injury insurance claims. But, says the Institute of Advanced Motoring, as with all aspects of your ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Hearing on bill to protect dental patients
Reading EagleFebruary 10, 2012

It took four years of hard work (getting the law changed). It has not been an easy road. "But this is a no-brainer. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue." Others who testified during the hearing, including Dr. Bernard P. Dishler, president-elect ...more »

Consumer Protection
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COVER STORY: Finance
Prairie BusinessFebruary 3, 2012

The Bureau has the responsibility and the authority to write all the regulations in relationship to consumer protection like truth in lending, truth in savings and home mortgage lending disclosure laws. Everson states, “I understand that the Bureau has ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Investor Sues Greenberg Traurig, Says Law Firm Helped Lender Client Defraud ...
ABA JournalFebruary 2, 2012

By Martha Neil An investor in a bankrupt California-based real estate lender is suing Greenberg Traurig, contending that the law firm helped the client company, RE Loans LLC, conceal its liquidity issues and alleged violation of securities law from him ...more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Bill to allow home-schooled students to play public school athletics clears ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Rob Bell, said an amendment to his bill had closed a loophole that could have allowed gifted athletes to declare themselves home-schoolers and market their services like adolescent free agents to premier high school sports programs. The law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyers claim suspect didn't intend to kill Indy police officer but ...
The RepublicFebruary 11, 2012

AP INDIANAPOLIS — Attorneys for a man charged with killing an Indianapolis police officer say he shouldn't face the death penalty because his gun discharged accidentally. Defense attorneys say in court documents that Thomas Hardy didn't intend to ...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...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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Are you a man getting a divorce? Law firm hopes new service will protect ...
Belleville News DemocratFebruary 6, 2012

By WILL BUSS - News-Democrat A law firm that has locations in Belleville and Edwardsville and is known for representing men in divorce cases wants to help its clients protect their personal assets, too. Beginning this week, Cordell & Cordell is test ...more »

Environmental Law
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New European Airplane Fuel Laws Will Spark U.S. Biofuels Industry
PolicyMicFebruary 4, 2012

Although DoD only buys about 15% of aviation fuels, it has been an important early adopter of advanced biofuels. The Department of Navy has committed to get 50% of its fuels from alternative sources by 2020 and the Air Force has committed to source ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Election 2012: English has experience in probate office
Opelika Auburn NewsFebruary 19, 2012

He presides over weddings, rules on court cases pertaining to probate issues, wills, adoptions and, obviously, is a major player in Lee County politics. But did you know that the Lee County probate judge for the past 11 years is also a World War II ...more »

Family Law
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Connecticut mom told maternity leave viewed as resignation
The Imperfect ParentFebruary 4, 2012

Connecticut has an employment discrimination statute that affords women a reasonable amount of time to heal from a disability resulting from pregnancy, which is usually interpreted as six weeks for a vaginal delivery and eight weeks for a C-section ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. pulls builder's license after worker killed
Fox NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Contractors State License Board said Friday that it suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment Inc. because the company had failed to comply with state workers' compensation insurance laws.more »

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