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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to Sharespost.com, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Upholds Discipline for Two Firefighters
13WMAZFebruary 1, 2012

An administrative law judge has upheld the discipline for two Macon-Bibb firefighters who took part in a prank shooting at Station 108 in September. Hughes was fired and Brewer was demoted from sergeant to private and suspended for 10 days by Chief ...more »

Health Care Law
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MUTO v. CBS CORPORATION
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... S. Jones, Judge) dismissing as time-barred their putative class action complaint against their former employer and the employer's pension plan for benefits alleged to be due under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA").more »

Immigration Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Casino concerns about offshore drilling
SunHerald.comFebruary 12, 2012

They also recommend the MDA include in its leasing -and seismic-testing rules language from the Legislature's 2004 offshore oil and gas law that prohibits activity in most of the near-shore waters of the Mississippi Sound. The casino industry back then ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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County Schools Host Student Mediation Conference
FairfaxNews.comFebruary 3, 2012

This year's conference theme, “My Part for Peace,” emphasizes the need for improved conflict resolution skills that will provide the potential to build a more peaceful atmosphere in schools, homes, and communities. During the workshops, participants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cyber Insurance: An Efficient Way to Manage Security and Privacy Risk in the ...
Information Law GroupFebruary 1, 2012

Two things changed that made cyber insurance much more relevant. One was a rather sudden event, and the other more gradual. First, in 2003, California passed SB1386, the world's first breach notification law. The reality then (as now) is that companies ...more »

Animal Law
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Horse slaughtering resumes in US as legislation languishes in Congress
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under pressure from animal rights groups and many horse owners, the domestic slaughter industry was effectively ended in the US in 2007, when Congress stopped funding for Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter houses since uninspected ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ACTA ignites concerns about threat to Internet freedom
USA TODAYFebruary 11, 2012

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is designed to put in place international standards to protect intellectual property rights. But some lawyers say it forces private companies to police cybertraffic — and across the globe the treaty is ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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XIU XING CHEN v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation; Mona Maria Yousif, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

Indian opposition urges inquiry over bribery case
Globe and MailFebruary 4, 2012

Indian opposition leaders are calling for a government inquiry into allegedly corrupt dealings at the country's Ministry of Civil Aviation, following a Globe and Mail report on bribery and bid-rigging allegations that implicate, among others, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Infrastructure act includes toll credits for Route 219
Daily American OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act filed Tuesday would allow the use of toll credits for Appalachian highway projects such as Route 219. The toll credits would provide funding necessary to finish the highway — a project local, ...more »

Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, ...more »

Business Law
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DOT passenger protections threatened by partisan bickering
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Rob Lovitt, msnbc.com contributor Thanks to new rules regarding airfare advertising, what you see is now what you pay. But it may not be for long. At least that's the hope of Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets Views: Iraq, Afghanistan vets may be entitled to disability benefits
Park Rapids EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

... of Defense's Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will work together to notify 77000 post-9/11 veterans that they are potentially eligible to receive increased disability benefits if they appeal the decision made when they left the military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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School computer hacking probed
Omaha World-HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

By Kevin Cole Douglas County sheriff's deputies are investigating the case of a Millard student who reportedly disrupted his high school's computer network over a three-day period. Chief Deputy Marty Bilek said no arrests had been made in the incident ...more »

Personal Injury
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Florida Senate Panel Clears PIP Fraud-Fighting Bill
Insurance JournalFebruary 6, 2012

By James L. Rosica | February 5, 2012 A Senate panel has cleared a bill aimed at cutting down the massive fraud plaguing Florida's personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage program. The Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance passed the PIP ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's alien nation
Hernando TodayFebruary 2, 2012

These liberties and freedoms that aliens are seeking are not guaranteed by President Obama or any other president; they are guaranteed by the US Constitution, the supreme law of the land, and by those brave men and women who gave their lives so that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( www.sambierstock.com ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Calpers, other funds urge more aggressive SEC
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

In a letter to Mary Schapiro, chairman of the SEC, the group said: "Despite the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, we believe there is unfinished business that is critical to protecting and strengthening ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

NYC hotels to equip workers with panic alarms
Wall Street JournalFebruary 8, 2012

New York Hotel Trades Council spokesman John Turchiano (tuhr-shee-AH'-noh) said the provision, which must be implemented within a year, is part of a new seven-year labor contract that the Hotel Association of New York approved last year.more »

Sports Law
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3 Reasons Why Helmet Use Shouldn't Be Mandated for Skaters: A Fan's Take
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 6, 2012

Contributor Network 1 hour, 49 minutes ago There has been a lot of buzz lately about the dangers of extreme sports and mandatory skate helmet use. Up until now I have kept relatively quiet on the subject but I feel it's time to make some of my opinions ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense urges jurors to be the voice of justice; trial wrapping for today
Detroit Free PressFebruary 13, 2012

We're expecting some of the defense lawyers to put on opening statements today. They are expected to argue that the defendants were running their mouths, but had no intention of committing any crimes. Assistant US Attorney Christopher Graveline said ...more »

Washington accountant faces prison in 'ongoing crusade' against IRS
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Writing the court, Garrison's attorney suggested the long-running fraud was Garrison's reaction to the IRS refusing to answer his questions. In “frustration,” the attorney told the court, Garrison put down “obviously incorrect information” in an ...more »

Taking a Stand Against a Bad Employment Discrimination Proposal
Patch.comFebruary 5, 2012

Senate Bill 592 would modify the state's law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. The bill would roll back decades of achievements in discrimination law, and is aimed at muzzling whistleblowers who risk their jobs to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended December ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. /quotes/zigman/90692/quotes/nls/jfbi JFBI 0.00% , the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, announced a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $3.7 million ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veterans invited to free legal clinic
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 19, 2012

The VA Medical Center, Houston personnel will be on hand to assist veterans with enrollment and authentication in the My HealtheVet program. This Internet portal is a free, online personal health record. If you are a VA patient and have completed the ...more »

Family Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation on Legislative Agenda for Oklahoma State Chamber
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Taxation, workers' compensation insurance and health care coverage top the State Chamber of Oklahoma's agenda for the 2012 legislative session that kicks off on Feb. 6. The State Chamber's business agenda for the Oklahoma Legislature was released on ...more »

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