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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Administrative Law
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POTUS Write-In Candidate Sibley Amends Lawsuit to Force United States Attorney ...
SBWire (press release)February 1, 2012

Washington, DC -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/01/2012 -- Coming on the heels of the sworn testimony taken in the Georgia Administrative Law hearing at which expert witnesses testified under oath as to the indications of forgery in Barack Obama's putative ...more »

Health Care Law
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Our NHS bill amendments represent a major concession by the government
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

The government's proposed amendments to the health and social care bill prior to the report stage, which begins on 8 February, represent a major concession, the outcome of efforts by representatives of all parties and the crossbenchers in the Lords.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Law Enforcement Wary Following Supreme Court GPS Surveillance Ruling
Slate Magazine (blog)February 7, 2012

It's no surprise that law enforcement is moving cautiously—and is a bit confused about what is OK and what is not with GPS technology. As Dahlia Lithwick explained in Slate, “In issuing the narrowest possible decision about the most consequential ...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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New Trend on China Real Estate Finance—Analysis on Real Estate Trusts and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

Now the business is moving from residential projects to commercial buildings and subsidiary houses, while more are targeting listed companies, large-scale groups or regional leading developers, and in the end may bring out REITs product.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NIA Places NICON Insurance on Three Months Suspension
THISDAY LiveFebruary 4, 2012

Justice George Adesola Oguntade, a retired Supreme Court Judge, would serve as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism for the industry devoid of all the protocols and technicalities involved in normal court process.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Luce Forward Adds Annie Hu to its Insurance Litigation Practice
LawfuelFebruary 14, 2012

Hu will be a part of the firm's Insurance Litigation practice group. Luce Forward's experienced Insurance Litigation team specializes in defending insurance companies and related entities against class actions, “unfair competition” suits, and lawsuits ...more »

Animal Law
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Emotional adoption case may weigh state versus federal law
Aiken StandardFebruary 6, 2012

The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, and the justices could for the first time be weighing state adoption law against a federal law, little known in South Carolina, meant to protect Native American children.more »

Intellectual Property
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Enterprise Translation Leader MultiLing Continues Expansion With New Utah ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

PROVO, UTAH, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The translation industry's most advanced provider of global enterprise and intellectual property translation is expanding again. Following its move to expanded headquarters in 2005, MultiLing has ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker as Managing Partner
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

From 2002 to 2004, Parker was Deputy Chief Counsel and later Acting Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, where she was ultimately responsible for all legal matters within the IRS and leadership of the agency's more than 1500 attorneys.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California Affirmative Action Ban, Proposition 209, Challenged In Court
Huffington PostFebruary 13, 2012

By TERENCE CHEA 02/13/12 08:55 PM ET SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, ...more »

More Information on Aviation Geek Fest 2012 – February 19, 2012
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)February 1, 2012

The Future of Flight, Boeing and AirlineReporter.com are continuing to move forward with Aviation Geek Fest 2012 (#AGF12) and are ready to share a rough draft schedule of events for the day. Times can change — well really anything can change, ...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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Good news on jobs is bad news for GOP
CNN (blog)February 3, 2012

They can't give the President credit for anything positive and are quick to blame him for everything that is bad, even if it means rewriting history by blaming him for things that happened before he took office, like the housing market collapse.more »

Litigation
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US hastens financial crisis probes amid election year
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

... time to bring charges before statutes of limitations on crisis-era RMBS and CDOs run out -- are spurring the US government to push ahead with RMBS law enforcement and private investors to pursue litigation, according to people close to the probes.more »

Business Law
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Dallas-based Branham Law Group represents corporate clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as helping individuals in catastrophic personal injury claims. Led by noted courtroom lawyer Trey Branham, the firm provides extensive ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. WASHINGTON—A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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CALA: It's time to take smart action against double dipping
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 7, 2012

By Chip Hough Not so long ago, the Texas court system was drowning in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, seriously threatening access to our courts, harming our business climate and posing a real obstacle for those who were truly harmed by asbestos and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Marriage Equality' and The Power of Words in Law
TowleroadFebruary 1, 2012

Some ground rules: First, the scope of this column is limited to the courtroom, where legal advocates are making the argument that laws and constitutional amendments that limit marriage to man-woman unions are unconstitutional.more »

Professional Malpractice
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MGIS Underwriting Managers Inc. Appoints Molly L. Farrell as Vice President of ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Farrell brings decades of industry experience and expertise to this new role that will be key in further accelerating the company's growth in the medical-professional liability insurance segment nationwide. "With more than 25 years of executive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dodd-Frank Act defended by Geithner
Debtmerica ReliefFebruary 3, 2012

While many aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have come under fire in recent months, particularly from Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently defended the law ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Roundup for 2.3.12
RichmondBizSenseFebruary 3, 2012

Quest Law, PLLC leased 2200 square feet in the Lee Medical Building at 1805 Monument Ave. in the City of Richmond. Team United Martial Arts leased 2048 square feet at 7542 W. Broad St. in Henrico County. Zinga! Frozen Yogurt leased 2000 square feet in ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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Charleston, SC | Breaking News, Sports, Weather911 caller tells story of ...
ABC NEWS 4February 4, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Law enforcement officials blocked the bridge in both directions on Thursday as they worked to resolve the incident. (WCIV) By Stefanie Bainum CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) – Police have charged 38-year-old Phillip DeClemente with ...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 »

IRS reopens Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: Should Indian Americans apply?
Times of IndiaFebruary 23, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service has reopened the offshore voluntary disclosure program (OVDP) to help people hiding offshore accounts to get current with their taxes. The IRS had similar programs in 2009 and 2011 when it raised more than $4.4 billion.more »

Va. House approves bill allowing private adoption agencies to discriminate...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

The Virginia Board of Social Services in December adopted regulations allowing discrimination by private agencies based on personal factors, including gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and family status.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Business Law: Creditors still free to challenge gifts, trusts
Otago Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Under the Property Law Act and the Insolvency Act creditors are able to challenge gifts in certain circumstances. Section 60 of the Property Law Act 1952 (which has now been replaced by section 346 of the Property Law Act 2007) provides that a transfer ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Would you feel comfortable with a death bed will?
The Co-operativeFebruary 11, 2012

The case of Martin Lavin has caused judges to debate the legality of the practice after he changed his will to make his sister Anne Liston the main probate beneficiary just a few hours before his death, the Telegraph reported.more »

Family Law
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SEC to Family Offices: Brother-In-Law Must Exit
Barron's (blog)February 2, 2012

“If you have in-laws in a trust which includes family members, you can't just move the family members out. It's part of a trust. Splitting the two families apart takes time, potentially. It can also be expensive and complicated.” And, I might add, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Time is now to prosecute reckless employers
The ProvinceFebruary 7, 2012

Last year in BC, the Workers Compensation Board attributed more work-related deaths to asbestos than all other causes combined. The safe handling and cleanup of asbestos is costly and technical. It is also critical to ensuring that workers don't have ...more »

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