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'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Info bill hearings manipulated, critics say
News24February 2, 2012

They claimed this was being done to mislead the public and manufacture support for the contested draft law. The Democratic Alliance said at a hearing in Port Elizabeth, one of three that took place in the Eastern Cape on Thursday, that members of the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Implementing health reform
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Consumers dread choosing health insurance, as various surveys show, largely because they don't understand it. But the new health care law now calls for uniform health insurance summaries, available to all consumers starting in 2012.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Firm's bill for defending U. of Iowa suit is $87K
Chicago TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

A law firm defending the university against a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by former general counsel Marcus Mills has billed the state more than $87000 in fees and expenses, and the case is far from over, according to invoices obtained by The ...more »

Immigration Law
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Car makers asked to opposed Ala immigration law
CBS NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Opponents of Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigration said Monday they have asked the state's three international automakers to help fight for repeal of the law, which Gov. Robert Bentley and Republican legislative leaders only want to tweak in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Laws must be reasonable and above all fair
Niagarathisweek.comFebruary 3, 2012

In Ontario it is illegal, that's right, against provincial law, to indulge in a glass of raw milk. And although I'm sure there could be health considerations at play here, I am just as sure it should not make one a criminal. Life in Ontario has become ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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China seeking 'peaceful' Arctic dispute resolution
Montreal GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

China hopes to solve "by peaceful means" any disputes with Canada concerning the Arctic, China's ambassador to Canada told a Montreal audience Wednesday. Canada is to take over the chair of the Arctic Council in 2013, a body on which China wants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit over $1.8M home that can't keep out the rain
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

Dissatisfied, the Rajans got Mackey's law firm to press Zirkelbach for a more permanent fix. "They were getting close to the end of construction and they were having what I considered to be kind of a typical end-of-residential-building dispute," Mackey ...more »

Animal Law
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After Ohio wild animal melee, Illinois looks at changing its laws
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 7, 2012

SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is pushing for a rewrite of the state's dangerous animal laws. Agency spokesman Chris McCloud said leaders believe an update is needed because the statutes haven't been beefed up since 1969.more »

Intellectual Property
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Xebec Adsorption Inc. Announces Anticipated Strategic Intellectual Property...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

... of intent (LOI) with a multinational company exploring strategic alternatives pertaining to the monetization of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, including the patents and patent applications relating to its gas separation technology.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rockville doubles contract with law firm to $1M
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

16, for legal services involving the city's bonds, employment and benefits, code enforcement, Rockville Town Square operations and the Town Square garage lease and litigation. Rockville City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel said the contract with Venable is ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Federal court to hear renewed challenge to California's affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race ...more »

03FebAspire Aviation wins “Best Blog of the Year” award
Aspire Aviation (blog)February 3, 2012

[3rd February, 2012, Hong Kong] Aspire Aviation is named “Best Blog of the Year” by the flightglobal Webbies 2011 Awards, which “celebrates the best and brightest in aviation websites and social media activities” and is in its fourth year.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Collegetown Compromise
Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

Collegetown landlords have to deal with unruly tenants, legal liability and destruction of their property. If a student causes damage in excess of his or her security deposit, proprietors can rarely get compensation. Even when a landlord makes a profit ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hope Withers for February Market Breakout
TheStreet.comFebruary 1, 2012

According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, correlation amongst Russell 2000 stocks has dropped to 20% from 74% last September. In other words, if there's room to distinguish bad and good apples, there's room for certain stocks or sectors to move ...more »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm (The Sloan Firm, www.SloanFirm.com) has expanded its Houston presence with the relocation of associate J. Ryan Fowler from Longview, Texas, and the lease of larger offices at 3000 Smith ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigates War Hero Bud Day
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the federal 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, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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MPs: Government should stop 'scaring' web users over cyber crime
PC AdvisorFebruary 2, 2012

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, agrees that greater awareness and education regarding internet threats is a key element in fighting cyber crime. "Simple, easy-to-understand language is by far the best way to help computer users ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers at Morris and Associates File California ...
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The San Diego personal injury attorneys at Morris and Associates, whose law firm Web site URL can be found at http://www.sandiegolegal.com/, hereby announce that the firm has filed a California personal injury lawsuit against Massage Envy on behalf of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Pillar of Montana law, government finance 'matriarch' Ellingson retiring
The MissoulianFebruary 4, 2012

A pillar of law in the state of Montana and the youngest delegate to the 1972 Constitutional Convention is retiring from legal practice. Mae Nan Ellingson, who spent the last 28 years as a public finance lawyer for Dorsey & Whitney in Missoula, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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State of Pennsylvania continues to see less civil suits
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 6, 2012

Nine of Allegheny County's 41 Common Pleas judges are assigned to the civil division, along with two senior judges, compared with 14 judges and one senior judge five years ago. Judge Terrence O'Brien, the division's administrative judge, said judges ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The right to refund
Calcutta TelegraphFebruary 20, 2012

According to the proposed changes in the Consumer Protection Act, introduced in the form of a comprehensive amendment bill in the last session of Parliament, failure to issue a cash receipt constitutes an unfair trade practice.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 »

Fibrant: Two vocal in criticism of city's new business
Salisbury PostFebruary 12, 2012

Bare even testified on behalf of Time Warner Cable during a hearing in Raleigh when Salisbury was fighting a proposed state law that would have choked municipal broadband systems. Bare, who spent four years in the Air Force and likes to quote CS Lewis, ...more »

Sports Law
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A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

But before that, their size and reach — not only through their own businesses, but also through the vast amount of work they farm out to law firms and loan servicers — meant that Fannie and Freddie shaped the standards for the entire mortgage industry.more »

Criminal Defense
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Difference Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

No matter what type of theft you are charged with, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Only an attorney can ensure that your side of the story is heard, and justice is truly served. It is possible that there are areas of gray ...more »

Leaders of Clark County teachers union see big jump in pay
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Each earned between $139785 and $208683 for a total of $1.5 million, according to the Clark County Education Association's report to the IRS. John Jasonek, then executive director, got $208683 for running the union but also received $423863 from two ...more »

Older Aussies Cope with Age Discrimination
TopNews United StatesFebruary 1, 2012

A report has revealed recently that older people in Australia are becoming victims of age discrimination. It has been found that more number of older people is employed to work at the time of crisis when there is shortage of labour.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pursuit of wealth
Philippine StarFebruary 14, 2012

With the national spotlight currently shining on inaccurate SALNs, or statements of assets, liabilities and net worth, his suspension was inevitable. Bravo is the assistant secretary for administration, legal and financial affairs of the Department of ...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 »

Workers Compensation
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CUMBERLAND RIVER COMPREHENSIVE CARE v. HACKER
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

JEANIE OWEN MILLER, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE; AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD, Appellees, Cumberland River Comprehensive Care appeals the decision of the Kentucky's Workers' Compensation Board upholding the Administrative Law Judge's (ALJ) award to ...more »

Family Law
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Supreme court decides issues on presiding judges and family member jurors
WisBarFebruary 3, 2012

All justices agree that a defendant was not entitled to a new trial where the presiding judge did not remove his daughter-in-law from the jury pool for cause, but defense counsel used a peremptory strike to remove her. Nevertheless, judges are urged to ...more »

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