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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Administrative Law
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CITY OF JACKSBORO v. TWO BUSH COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP
Leagle.comFebruary 13, 2012

TCEQ granted Two Bush's request for a contested-case hearing and referred the disputed issues to the State Office of Administrative Hearings. After the contested-case hearing in October 2008, at which testimonial and documentary evidence was presented, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Vote on health care reform law put off in Peabody
The Salem NewsFebruary 28, 2012

By Jesse Roman Staff writer PEABODY — Five of the city's 11 city councilors have been ruled ineligible to vote on whether to adopt municipal health care reform due to conflicts of interest. That has led to cancellation of tonight's scheduled vote, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Justice Scalia makes up with University of Chicago
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 14, 2012

US Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia kissed and made up with the University of Chicago Law School, where he used to teach, giving a speech Monday at which he defended his ruling against gun control and urged students to settle for a job at ...more »

Immigration Law
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US Senate subcommittee to hold hearing on Arizona's immigration law; Invite ...
The RepublicFebruary 24, 2012

AP PHOENIX — A US Senate subcommittee will hold a hearing on Arizona's tough immigration law on April 24. And the committee's chairman wants Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to show up and defend herself. New York Sen. Charles Schumer has sent Brewer a letter ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A Roundup of Recent GOP Attacks: Girl Scouts, Muppets, Dr. Seuss and Lunch ...
International Business TimesFebruary 25, 2012

Dobbs claimed the film, about a character who speaks for the trees against a force that wants to destroy the forest for industrial development, reinforces Occupy Wall Street-like rhetoric that "demonizes the '1 percent' and [espouses] the virtue of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Putting consumers in the driving seat
European Parliament (press release)February 9, 2012

The Commission is proposing a reinforcement of their rights, an online dispute resolution system, better education tools and more funding for European Consumer Centres. On Monday it presented its consumer agenda for 2014-2020 to the EP's Internal ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SIOUX HONEY ASSOCIATION v. HARTFORD FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY
Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012

Plaintiffs-Appellants, UNITED STATES, UNITED STATES CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION, JAYSON P. AHERN, ACTING CUSTOMS COMMISSIONER, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, AND GARY LOCKE, SECRETARY OF COMMERCE, Defendants-Appellees. MARY KAY VYSKOCIL, Simpson Thacher ...more »

Animal Law
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Serial Cat Killer Wanted for Making Animal Snuff Movies
DigitalJournal.comFebruary 22, 2012

Luka Magnotta sought for a series of animal snuff films posted online. Internet vigilantes and animal rights groups from around the world seek justice. London UK, Male model and bisexual porn actor Luka Magnotta is being sought for questioning for his ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Prominent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 23, 2012

Although concentrating their diverse practices on apparently different areas of the law, Rubinstein and McGrady have a number of high profile clients in common and have collaborated in litigation for their shared clients with excellent results.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers Outspend Obama On The Web, Study Finds
ForbesFebruary 29, 2012

The law firms also have set up myriad “informational” websites such as “mesolthelium.com” and “socialsecurity-disability.org” that serve as lead generators but rarely identify the law firm that is paying for them. And lawyers haven't missed the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action May Lose Place in College Admissions
NewserFebruary 21, 2012

By John Johnson, Newser Staff (Newser) – The Supreme Court has twice backed up the idea that colleges can take race into account in college admissions, but the third time might not be the charm for supporters of affirmative action.more »

Aviation user tax unwanted
Stuttgart Daily LeaderFebruary 27, 2012

By Leigh Kreimeier The Alliance for Aviation Across America (AAAA) has released a letter signed by over 100 mayors and town managers — including Stuttgart Mayor Marianne Maynard — from 48 different states to President Barack Obama.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SL Green Closes Acquisition of 10 East 53rd Street
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

(NYSE:SLG) , New York City's largest commercial office landlord, today announced it has closed on its previously announced acquisition of 10 East 53rd St., a 37-story, 390000 square-foot Midtown Manhattan office building. The Company also said that it ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Retired NFL players still seeking better benefits
Boston.comFebruary 15, 2012

Lawyers for the retired players referred in the complaint to a 2010 quote from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees that described some of the retirees as coming to the current players and asking them to "please make up for my bad judgment.more »

Litigation
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CNJ Enterprises: DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall Large Contributor to Johnson ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Investors of Johnson & Johnson thought the $912mm charge in the 4th quarter of 2010 was a large number for the DePuy ASR Hip litigation; however the recent 4th quarter charge of $2.9bil partly attributed, ...more »

Business Law
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LexisPSL Announces Corporate Crime Product to Help Law Firms Provide a Full ...
Business Wire (press release)February 29, 2012

Karen Watton, LexisPSL Practice Area Director, said: “The LexisPSL Corporate Crime product can open up a whole new world of business for corporate law firms. Building on their existing relationships and areas of specialism, this unique resource ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California economy to take hit from defense cuts
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 13, 2012

While California could lose lucrative contracts, it could benefit if troops are repositioned on the West Coast. Military spending is key to California, where the 11 percent unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Former Boy Scouts leader pleads guilty in child porn case
Palm Beach PostFebruary 23, 2012

Sheriff's detectives working with the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force came across information regarding the pornographic images and traced the files to a computer and portable hard drive on rental property Morano owns in Dania ...more »

Personal Injury
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Irving TX Personal Injury Attorney - The Dashner Law Firm - Launches New Website
EIN News (press release)February 29, 2012

Irving TX personal injury attorney partners with Dallas SEO firm Advice Interactive Group to increase their Web presence to greater serve the Dallas Fort Worth Area. February 28, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Local Irving personal injury attorney, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Egypt's parliament sends amendments to presidential elections' law to ...
Ahram OnlineFebruary 28, 2012

Egypt's parliament has approved presidential elections law amendments on Monday, and has referred them to the Supreme Constitutional Court. The Presidential Election Commission is to announce details of Egypt's upcoming presidential elections within ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PUGSLEY v. STOCKS
Leagle.comFebruary 10, 2012

Plaintiffs, Lisa Pugsley and Lori Dunn, filed suit against Tueth, an attorney, for legal malpractice, alleging Tueth failed to convey certain real estate to plaintiffs from their mother, Tueth's client. Attorneys Stocks and Wetzel, who are attorneys ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Report: Overseas call centers put consumer info and US jobs at risk
Murfreesboro PostFebruary 27, 2012

The report says the US government should strongly encourage other countries to pass data privacy laws. Larson supports proposed bipartisan legislation known as the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. The bill would take steps to make ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Democrats seeking seat in Congress reveal few differences in final debate
Columbus DispatchFebruary 29, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7-0 today that real-estate title documents maintained by Cuyahoga County are records under the state's public-records law. The Dispatch public affairs team talks politics and tackles state and federal government issues in ...more »

Photo shows biologist Nancy Black securing blubber for orcas
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

The Monterey resident made her first appearance in US District Court in San Jose on Thursday, pleading not guilty to two counts of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act by feeding or attempting to feed the killer whales. She was also arraigned on ...more »

Sports Law
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Title IX at 40: The games girls play
Hornell Evening TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

Generally, Title IX does not require an absolute equal distribution of resources to girls and boys sports. What the law requires, instead, is equality of opportunity. Participation in sports benefits an individual's physical fitness and overall health.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorneys withdraw from Silence case
Idaho Press-TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

... a Middleton man accused of grand theft and securities fraud, made a motion to withdraw from the case Tuesday morning, citing Silence's inability to pay. Fourth District Judge Richard D. Greenwood was reluctant to grant the request because Silence ...more »

Immigration Enforcement: Anatomy of an ICE Investigation
HR.BLR.comFebruary 24, 2012

In a BLR webinar titled "IRS and ICE Audit Alert: How to Avoid and Manage Payroll and Recordkeeping Scrutiny," Jeffrey S. Bell and Mary K. Samsa provided information about ICE and what to expect if you get audited. In a previous article, Bell and Samsa ...more »

Frightening power of discrimination laws
The GuardianFebruary 29, 2012

My letter to Radio 4's The Media Show last week about the Miriam O'Reilly/Countryfile age discrimination case has been interpreted in some odd ways (Report, 23 February; Letters, 28 February). For the avoidance of doubt, as a lawyer would say, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Maori Party formally urges Treaty role in asset plan
Radio New ZealandFebruary 22, 2012

The Maori Party has formally urged the Government to retain Treaty of Waitangi provisions in any new law that paves the way for partial asset sales. The party has just released its submission on the proposed sale of shares in four state-owned energy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bowood Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives
StockhouseFebruary 27, 2012

Bowood Energy Inc. ("Bowood" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BWD) announces that its Board of Directors has determined to evaluate a range of strategic alternatives aimed at enhancing shareholder value. In addition, Bowood has engaged GMP Securities LP ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Susan Fuertes, Nathan Milliron and Sarah Robbins Join Hughes Watters Askanase LLP
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

The main emphasis of Fuertes' legal career has been consumer and business bankruptcy. She has represented creditors, bankruptcy trustees, and debtors. She also has experience in property tax collections, wills, probate, guardianship, and general civil ...more »

Family Law
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Report: Tough laws don't make illegal immigrants 'self-deport'
Ahwatukee Foothills NewsFebruary 29, 2012

“It doesn't benefit anyone for Hispanics to not call the police . . . the fact is those crimes are going to spread.” Kobach agreed with at least part of the report, that illegal immigrants do sometimes relocate to states with lesser immigration laws, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Workers' Compensation Fees
JD Supra (press release)February 16, 2012

You should never have to pay a Florida or Georgia workers' compensation attorney a fee to tell them what is going on with your injury. If you do speak to a law firm and they require you to pay a fee to simply talk about the possibility of hiring them ...more »

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