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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

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Administrative Law
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York County VFW Post cited by for liquor law violation
York Daily RecordFebruary 3, 2012

The charges will be brought before an Administrative Law Judge who can impose penalties of $50 to $1000 for minor offenses and up to $5000 for more serious offenses. The judge also can suspend or revoke a liquor license, or mandate training to educate ...more »

Health Care Law
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Patrick Kennedy, Scott Brown trade fire on health care
Boston HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

That's what was in his 1995 law and what he referenced to the Pope. That is completely different than the broad language of the Blunt Amendment that will allow any employer, or even an insurance company, to use vague moral objections as an excuse to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Corolla Wild Horse Herd Expansion Bill Moves to Senate
TheHorse.comFebruary 7, 2012

Last year, North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones introduced HR 306, The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, which would establish a new public-private management agreement plan for the Corolla horses. The new plan would allow a herd population of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Luis Gutierrez Addresses Mitt Romney's Characterization Of Arizona's Anti ...
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

... onerous anti-immigration policies as a 'model' the US should follow. "That's a lot of people to keep track of," says Guiterrez in the video, "especially if you want to offend each and every one of them." "One, if you're a politician, Arizona's law...more »

Industrial Development Law
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City hopes county land bank will spur local development
ThisWeekNewsFebruary 29, 2012

Ohio law allows for counties and municipalities to form a nonprofit public-private Community Improvement Corp. to deal with the acquisition and sale of property, Haire said. The five-member CWICC was setup as a CIC in 1994 primarily to develop the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton mediation first case under new Calif. law
Modesto BeeFebruary 29, 2012

Wieckowski, a bankruptcy attorney, said he brought his expertise into the process last year by introducing the notion of alternative dispute resolution, which has become a popular way to resolve differences outside the courtroom.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Burford Capital Completion of Acquisition
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Burford Capital Limited ("Burford Capital" or "Burford" or "the Company"), the world's largest provider of investment capital and risk solutions for litigation, today announced that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of Firstassist ...more »

Animal Law
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Steel Pier right to cancel Atlantic City horse-diving act
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)February 15, 2012

Over the objections of animal-rights activists, the diving horses act has been scrapped. Anthony Catanoso, whose family owns the historic pier, told the Associated Press yesterday he's no longer interested in reviving an attraction that helped make the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Expway Retains Drakes Bay Company LLC to Monetize its Patent Portfolio to ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

PARIS, Feb 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Expway, the world leader in Electronic Service Guide Solutions for broadcast and telecom industries, today announced that they have retained Drakes Bay Company LLC, an Intellectual Property (IP) brokerage firm, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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STATE v. TOOLOOZE
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Thomas C. Horne, Arizona Attorney General, Phoenix, By Kent E. Cattani, Chief Counsel, Criminal Appeals/Capital Litigation Division, Attorneys for Appellee. THIS DECISION DOES NOT CREATE LEGAL PRECEDENT AND MAY NOT BE CITED EXCEPT AS AUTHORIZED BY ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
CBS NewsFebruary 14, 2012

(AP) 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, Latino and Native American students at the ...more »

Cantwell calls for biofuels center at WSU Tri-Cities
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 26, 2012

Cantwell toured the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at the university's Richland campus, and talked about how a new aviation biofuel research hub could be in the Tri-Cities. The recently passed Federal Aviation Administration bill ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Housing rights workshop planned in Oxnard
Ventura County StarFebruary 23, 2012

By Mark Storer A tight economy and a volatile housing market have created problems for more people than homeowners. Tenants and landlords are facing questions on discrimination, security deposits and other topics, according to Marisol Arzate, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RI lawmakers representing Central Falls say city shouldn't have to pay ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

William Benson Jr., the City Council president, who was among the elected officials who unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the receivership law, notes that it was Flanders who filed for bankruptcy on the city's behalf.more »

Litigation
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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on US and Australian Gene Patenting ...
Marketwire (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Genetic Technologies Limited ( ASX : GTG) ( NASDAQ : GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Business Law
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Ambulance Chasers Offer Lessons in Digital Marketing
AdAge.comFebruary 29, 2012

More than 800 trial-attorney firms, according to NMS, actively spend on Google keyword advertising, with at least 25 such firms spending more than $100000 annually with Google. And terms that are hot-button issues in the personal-injury legal realm ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Training for cops to track & crack cases
Times of IndiaFebruary 24, 2012

LOHARDAGA: Police are undergoing computer training to step in to Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS), a project to digitize records from a police station to district police headquarters. More than 200 police jawans and officers are ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Alert Public to Tulsa ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 29, 2012

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at Atkins & Markoff, an Oklahoma law firm that dedicates its time to representing injured clients, hereby alerts the public of a recent article published in the Tulsa World newspaper that details the ongoing ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's lawless recess appointments
Washington TimesFebruary 28, 2012

Mike Lee Fundamental to our constitutional republic is the axiom that we are a government of laws, not a government of men. The rule of law ensures that no man, not even the president of the United States, is above the Constitution.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Honesty May Not Always Be a Doctor's Policy
TCPalmFebruary 24, 2012

Tanvir Hussain, MD, a cardiologist and adjunct professor of bioethics at the Pepperdine University School of Law feels that, though the reasons can be varied, malpractice lawsuits are often at the heart of a doctor's decision to lie or withhold certain ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Cabela's Inc. Reports Strong Top and Bottom Line Growth for Fourth Quarter ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 16, 2012

... the impact of legislation, regulation and supervisory regulatory actions in the financial services industry, including new and proposed regulations affecting securitizations and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act; ...more »

Real Estate Law
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American Bar Association
Law.comFebruary 27, 2012

22, University of North Texas System Chancellor Lee F. Jackson announced that Michael Hunter Schwartz will serve as associate dean for the UNT Dallas College of Law, which is slated to open i by Jeff Mordock | 02/27/2012 ...committee of the American ...more »

Shell, Fortescue, Bodog, Credit Agricole, Wal-Mart in Court News
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Federal prosecutors also seized the Internet domain name bodog.com. Ayre and his co-conspirators paid more than $42 million from 2005 to 2008 for an advertising campaign to attract US gamblers to the website, prosecutors said.more »

Sports Law
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Notable Arrests of Chicago Bears Players: A Fan's Take
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 27, 2012

Fresh off of the heels of the Sam Hurd arrest, JT Thomas found himself on the wrong side of the law this month in Virginia. Originally pulled over for going the wrong way on a one way street and speeding, Thomas was found to be in possession of a small ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford defense rests without calling Stanford
Chicago TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas financier Allen Stanford's attorneys wound up their defense in his criminal fraud trial on Monday without calling Stanford himself to the stand, ending suspense over whether he would testify. Stanford, 61, is accused of ...more »

New lottery director outlines goals
Arkansas NewsFebruary 14, 2012

“Hopefully we have the procedures and policies in place to take care of any of those issues,” Woosley, a former Arkansas assistant attorney general, said Monday. “We're vigilant and constantly watching that. We have an internal auditor, ...more »

HALIKMAN v. CREATIVE HAIRDRESSERS, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

... instant action against her former employer, Creative Hairdressers, Inc., d/b/a Hair Cuttery ("Defendant"), alleging that she was terminated because of her age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 USC § 621 et seq.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A&P Grocery Chain Wins Approval for Plan to Exit Bankruptcy Protection
BloombergFebruary 27, 2012

A&P announced the financing commitment in November from Yucaipa, Mount Kellett Capital Management and investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. A&P, based in Montvale, New Jersey, operates 336 stores and has about 36000 employees, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Global Fuel Demand Outside Iran Outstrips Supply, U.S. Says
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

31 law that requires the EIA to provide an update on oil market conditions every 60 days. “The EIA report highlights how tight the global market is,” Trevor Houser, an energy analyst and parter at Rhodium Group, a New York-based economic research firm, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Arnold seeking to remain Probate Court judge
Monroe Evening NewsFebruary 23, 2012

He works alongside Chief Probate Judge John A. Hohman Jr. During his time on the bench, Judge Arnold has overseen numerous cases involving administration of wills, estates and trusts of deceased people, as well as guardianships and adoptions.more »

Family Law
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Senate panel passes anti-sharia bill without public testimony during 'Muslim ...
Florida IndependentFebruary 28, 2012

By Ashley Lopez | 02.28.12 | 3:04 pm A Senate panel ended emotionally today after a group of people attending “Muslim Day” at the Capitol were shut out of speaking against a bill aimed at outlawing “foreign law” in family court cases.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp fraud nets 18 suspects
Bizjournals.comFebruary 8, 2012

A West Seneca man was among 18 people arrested from 13 counties in a state crackdown on workers' compensation fraud. John Czechowski was charged with third degree insurance fraud, grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing and workers' ...more »

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