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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge suspends Cline; hearing set
Durham NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009.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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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawmakers Want to Amend Alabama's Immigration Law
WNCFFebruary 12, 2012

By Morgan Hightower It was a mute point in Governor Robert Bentley's State of the State Address, but lawmakers have made it a priority to amend parts of Alabama's controversial immigration law. "My bill is to correct those unintended consequences that ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Our view: Development agency needs transparency
Utica Observer DispatchFebruary 3, 2012

Yet GLDC officials continue to insist they are above the law. It's shameful. The public is entitled to know how its money is spent. Period. The GLDC was established as a nonprofit corporation in 1994 to help find civilian uses to redevelop Griffiss Air ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 1, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit...more »

Animal Law
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Seaboard Corporation Pig Treatment Challenged By Humane Society Investigation...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Legal action is underway following an undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States that has alleged inhumane treatment at a pig breeding facility linked to the nation's largest grocer, Walmart. On January 31, HSUS filed ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favored the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Contraceptive recall could put Pfizer at risk of multimillion-dollar lawsuit ...
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

According to Pfizer's statement, there are no other health risks associated with the contraceptives – but Greg Gianforcaro, a litigation attorney in New Jersey, told the risk of unwanted pregnancies alone could be enough to open the company ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Innsbruck scientists show positive effects of affirmative action policies ...
EurekAlert (press release)February 2, 2012

"We set up a simple coordination game, which was about the efficient coordination of actions, for example, mutual information exchange," they explain. In this game it was completely clear to all subjects who participated in which intervention ...more »

Abu Dhabi government approves Midfield Terminal Complex at ADIA
gulfnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tenders for the construction of the terminal were received in November 2011 and the anticipated contract award represents the next key milestone for the Emirate in its drive to develop a world-class air transportation hub. Following the completion of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Prop 8 overturned: what about South Carolina?
Examiner.comFebruary 9, 2012

On a similar note, it also remains legal for a landlord to discriminate against a tenant in the state, as there are no housing discrimination laws based on sexuality. As a representative for the state in 1996, Lindsey Graham voted in favor of the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Witness: Efforts Made to Hide AEA Loans
LoanSafeFebruary 1, 2012

... reports to the credit union's board of directors from information provided by Liddle. At his direction, the reports did not include the many large loans made to Dan Thelen and Frank Ruiz, who eventually ran up about $25 million in bad loans.more »

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Legal experts call for curbing the rising tide of litigation
Arab NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: A number of prominent legal experts and jurists have underlined the need for reining in the rising tide of litigation in the Kingdom. They point out that most of the cases that have been pending before courts for several years are ...more »

Business Law
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Group mulls hedge fund advertising, crowdsourcing capital
Ct PostFebruary 1, 2012

A government advisory panel is considering moves that would allow startups to raise money online and permit hedge funds to advertise. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet ...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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Ware child porn case highlights risk of recidivism, challenges to sex offender ...
MassLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

... The Republican A Level 2 sex offender is supposed to pose only a moderate risk of committing more sex crimes. But the case of a registered sex offender from Hampshire County, freshly accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk: NYS Police & SLC Sheriff's Office partner to ...
MyABC50.comFebruary 1, 2012

In St. Lawrence County alone, there were 95 alcohol related crashes during 2010, including 2 fatalities and 44 personal injury crashes. “We are also urging hosts to refrain from serving alcohol to those under 21,” said Michele James, the St. Lawrence ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Corona trial good for educating people about law'
Inquirer.netFebruary 4, 2012

“The one thing good about the impeachment trial is it's an educational process for those who are not too familiar with the law and the Constitution,” Aurora Rep. Juan Edgardo Angara told the Inquirer. “The nice thing about it is that when I walk around ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NY court suspends lawyer over allegedly fake lawsuit
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 2, 2012

... giving him more than $70000 in legal fees for a lawsuit he never filed. The Appellate Division, Second Department, granted a motion by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to suspend Allen Gold from practicing law in New York, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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That's Not the Spirit
FutureOfCapitalism.comFebruary 8, 2012

... Affairs Committee, he was instrumental in drafting and passing major pieces of legislation including the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WeiserMazars LLP announced today that Demetri G. Yatrakis has joined the firm as a tax principal in its Real Estate Services Group. Mr. Yatrakis will be based in the firm's New York City office. He brings expertise both from ...more »

Photo shows biologist Nancy Black securing blubber for orcas
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 5, 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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Decision day looms for Terry as FA casts votes
The IndependentFebruary 3, 2012

Simon Boyes, a specialist in sports law from Nottingham Law School , said: "If the FA conducted a hearing, made a finding – whatever the finding, it could compromise the fairness of the criminal trial because it would anticipate the outcome.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 »

2012 Employment Law Update : New Developments in Employment Law 2012
JD Supra (press release)February 9, 2012

Depending on the circumstances, simply disciplining an employee for airing a complaint about working conditions may be insufficient for the NLRB to find an unfair labor practice. However, if a group of employees are terminated for protesting a change ...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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Government efficiency group appoints ex-Slaughters partner as GC
The LawyerFebruary 6, 2012

Lucy Wylde, the current general counsel at the HM Treasury's Asset Protection Agency (APA) has been appointed as general counsel for commercial law of the Government's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) – a cross-government role based in the Cabinet ...more »

Environmental Law
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APNewsBreak: Wis. GOP candidate got stimulus money
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

The leading tea party-backed Republican candidate running for Wisconsin's open US Senate seat who has also been a longtime critic of a federal stimulus program received more than $80000 in stimulus grants for his own solar energy company.more »

Wills & Probate
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Citations help others assess credibility
Tbo.comFebruary 19, 2012

But experience should teach us that wills written into will books are clerks' copies of the original wills. Had the citation said the will came from the loose papers in a probate or estate file at the probate court, the researcher would surmise the ...more »

Family Law
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Local lawyer speaks to women's group
Advertiser-NewsFebruary 9, 2012

SPARTA — The AAUW Sussex County Branch will have member Ann Pompelio, a family law attorney, as their speaker at their next meeting, Feb. 11. She will be discussing Litigation vs. Mediation. Pompelio is sensitive to the fact that family law litigation...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »


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