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Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. ("K12" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/477398/quotes/nls/lrn LRN ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

A hearing was held before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on June 15, 2009, 3 at which time Lisa Pierro (Pierro), a forensic interviewer for CYS, testified that she interviewed the child on September 26, 2008, recorded the interview by audio and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Competition is the best medicine for the NHS 27, 2012

By Telegraph View Perhaps the best summary of the debate over the Health and Social Care Bill was offered at the weekend by Lord Crisp, the former chief executive of the NHS: “confused and confusing”. Politically speaking, the Government has managed to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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House subcommittee advances Sunshine Law revision
Online AthensFebruary 28, 2012

By Walter C. Jones - Morris News Service ATLANTA — A complete overhaul of the state's open meeting and open records laws cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday when a House subcommittee moved it to the full Judiciary Committee with the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Enforcing immigration laws
Ventura County StarFebruary 27, 2012

I agree the homeowner must stop hiring the day laborers, but when did we start having to check immigration status on gardeners and handymen? He chides the Arizona law as racial profiling even though it was modeled after the federal immigration laws.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New York Court Affirms Towns' Powers to Ban Fracking
ProPublicaFebruary 22, 2012

In New York, two very similarly worded laws govern the regulation of mining and oil and gas drilling. The oil and gas provision gives the state the power to "regulate the development, production and utilization of natural resources of oil and gas.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Both sides standing fast in dispute over BC teachers' salaries
Globe and MailFebruary 28, 2012

Mr. Abbott has said the government would react quickly to restore education services. Teachers last walked off the job in October of 2005 after the province imposed a two-year contract, and stayed out for two weeks. Veteran mediator Vince Ready helped ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Annual Cash Dividend Declared by Atlantic American
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Its principal subsidiaries consist of American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company. Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: This press release contains ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rescue Act
WJHG-TVFebruary 28, 2012

PETA says if lawmakers pass the Animal Rescue Act pet hoarding will run rampant. They were supposed to be rescued. But their safe haven became their hell. Seven hundred cats were found at a rescue shelter 50 miles east of the state capitol, living in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The ICAP Patent Brokerage Summit on Intellectual Property Strategy Scheduled ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 22, 2012

The 'Summit on IP Strategy' is sponsored by ICAP Patent Brokerage, a global leader in intellectual property transactions. The Summit will bring together a global "who's who" of attendees from across the IP landscape, including corporate Chief ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Corrections: February 15
New York TimesFebruary 15, 2012

NATIONAL An article on Tuesday about a debate regarding corporate donations to environmental groups misidentified a source of donations to the Environmental Working Group for research on asbestos litigation. It is the American Trial Lawyers Association ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Not Dead Yet
Daily BeastFebruary 26, 2012

When the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case challenging affirmative action, many saw evidence that it wants to end the practice for good. Not so fast, writes Dan Slater. When the Supreme Court announced this week that it would hear a case involving ...more »

Cypress student wins at state and national levels in aviation art contest
Orange County BreezeFebruary 29, 2012

Eight Orange County students have been recognized in the state level of the 2012 International Aviation Student Art Contest, themed “Silent Flight.” Of these students, three have also had their artwork honored at the National Level of the competition.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Moonzie ruling overturned
The Scottish FarmerFebruary 9, 2012

IN A major blow for tenant farmers, the Scottish Land Court's historic ruling on the Moonzie rent review case has been overturned in the Court of Session. In 2010, ruling on the rent dispute between the landlord and tenant of Moonzie Farm, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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No-fault insurance fraud scheme, which allegedly included 2 Staten Island docs ...
SILive.comFebruary 29, 2012

By John M. Annese Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announces the arrests during a press conference live streamed on his website. STATEN ISLAND, NY -- Federal prosecutors are calling this afternoon's ...more »

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Chief of Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division Rejoins Chadbourne ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

... Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware, has rejoined the Firm's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Investigations and Litigation Group as Counsel in the Washington, DC office.more »

Business Law
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78 New APIs: Microsoft Bing, Bloomberg, Gilt Groupe, Navteq and PayPal
ProgrammableWeb (blog)February 19, 2012

Additional data about the location include business activity, terrain features, and crime statistics. Gilt Groupe API: Gilt Groupe is a shopping website that offers daily deals on merchandise such as clothing, jewelry, house wares, and shoes for men, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Banning Tricare incentives saved little money
NavyTimes.comFebruary 27, 2012

C., CBO said that before the law took effect, 45000 to 70000 military retirees received incentives from their employers to use their Tricare benefit. Many of the companies covered the cost of Tricare supplemental insurance for their workers who opted ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Kanawha County man charged with child pornography
Charleston GazetteFebruary 29, 2012

The arrest came after an investigation by the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Uline was in the South Central Regional Jail on Wednesday in lieu of ...more »

Personal Injury
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PIP reform bills are still far apart
Sun-SentinelFebruary 25, 2012

The House Economic Affairs Committee Friday signed off on legislation that would attempt to reform personal injury protection insurance (PIP), which pays the first $10000 of medical bills or lost wages resulting from a car accident, regardless of fault ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Union Sues To Block Indiana's Right-To-Work Law
Manufacturing Business TechnologyFebruary 24, 2012

Among other things, the union claims the law violates the equal protection clause of the US Constitution by treating building and construction workers and public workers differently from others. The law's provisions regarding construction trades took ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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QBE forms new merged casualty and professional/financial lines team
Insurance Business ReviewFebruary 27, 2012

The new division will also be supported by internal appointees that include David Fitzpatrick as QBE's regional head of casualty international, Australia, Canada, South Africa, medical malpractice and pharmaceutical. Alastair Herbert will be the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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White House Unveils Online Privacy Bill Of Rights
RedOrbitFebruary 23, 2012

The Obama administration today unveiled a new online bill of rights intended to protect consumers' privacy and protect their personal data when surfing the Web. The measure has already received support from a number of top Internet and tech companies ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Alleged Rental Scammer Arrested
Martinez News-GazetteFebruary 28, 2012

By Greta Mart County prosecutors announced yesterday the arrest of a licensed real estate agent suspected of ripping off scores of victims by renting foreclosed homes he had no legal authority over. Using the housing rental section of Craigslist, ...more »

iPad legal fight highlights China's trademark minefield
BBC NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Legal experts describe a situation where the law favours opportunistic "trademark squatters", who register trademarks - often by the hundred - in the hope of turning a quick profit, rather than the companies who actually use them to do business.more »

Sports Law
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Federal authorities seize popular sports gambling website Bodog; founder among ...
Washington PostFebruary 28, 2012

“Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country,” said US Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Many of the harms that underlie gambling prohibitions are ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pennsylvania Sen. Jane Orie knows too much about criminal justice system to ...
PennLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

The new trial on those charges and new charges that she lied during a first trial and forged some of the documents used in her defense starts Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Orie, 50, of McCandless, is being retried on 10 campaign corruption ...more »

Obtaining family heirlooms would be difficult without a will
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 25, 2012

For years I have been told that the IRS has three years to audit you and after three years, supporting documentation can be shredded. But I read from other sources (including you) that we should wait seven years. So, which is it?more »

Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive
WBURFebruary 16, 2012

And with more people of all ages looking for work in the slow economy, age discrimination complaints are on the rise — but becoming harder to win. Employment law experts say that has a lot to do with one particular case: Gross v.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Document Security Systems Announces New Director
Sacramento BeeFebruary 21, 2012

DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia and the changing world
RTFebruary 27, 2012

Considering the growing instability of energy suppliers that could act as an alternative to Russia, the package aggravates the systemic risks to the European energy sector and scares away potential investors in new infrastructure projects.more »

Wills & Probate
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An Ounce of Estate Planning Prevention is Worth Way More Than a Pound of Cure (press release)February 24, 2012

Properly drafted wills can possibly -- depending on the state in which you and your heirs live -- avoid the probate process and ensure a speedier distribution of your assets than some other estate planning methods. Probate is still a necessity in ...more »

Family Law
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Governor Nominates Framingham Attorney To Be Judge
Patch.comFebruary 24, 2012

Christopher has practiced law for 22 years at MetroWest Legal Services in Framingham, representing low income and elder clients in administrative and court proceedings, with a focus on family law. She has been a supervising attorney since 2000 and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AIF Praises House on Advancing Workers' Compensation Reform
Sunshine State News (blog)February 24, 2012

Associated Industries of Florida released the following statement on the House Economic Affairs Committee's approval of HB 511, which would limit the amount doctors can charge their workers' comp patients for dispensing prescription drugs from their ...more »


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