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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

TripAdvisor rebuked over 'trust' claims on review site
BBC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been ordered to rewrite some of its marketing claims by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ruling follows complaints by hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be "trusted". The ASA said it was concerned ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Health Care Law
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Study: Health Law's Tax On Insurers Will Take Bite Out Of Medicaid
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Immigration law 'here to stay'
Andalusia Star-NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Mike Jones said, “The law is not being repealed.” He was Alabamians should expect some “word changes” that will make the law easier to apply. Jones said as written, the new law requires anyone who buys a tag to show proof of citizenship.more »

Immigration Law
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How North Country Reps Voted On Supporting Arizona Immigration Law
New Hampshire Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

By Chris Jensen Here's how North Country representatives voted on a resolution passed by the House Wednesday to express support for Arizona's controversial immigration law. Part of the Arizona law requires the police to determine the immigration status ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Trade union laws must be overhauled
Nation on SundayFebruary 3, 2012

Although the law recognises the right to strike, it is not a weapon that should be used lightly particular in the public sector since these enterprises are invariably providing an essential service to the public. We inherited the Trade Union laws from ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Sells Location Business to Persistent Systems
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Building on its mobile data heritage, Openwave mobilizes the Internet with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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It's time to protect our rights -- and our economy -- by ending health care ...
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Attorneys General in their assertion that it is unconstitutional to force individuals to purchase health insurance. It didn't matter which President appointed the judges who concurred with the AGs, ...more »

Animal Law
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Biting Back at Hollywood's Animal Lies
Wall Street JournalFebruary 4, 2012

Animal-rights groups have savaged Liam Neeson's hit film "The Grey" for its portrayal of wolves as remorseless man-eaters. In "The Grey," Mr. Neeson's clinically depressed wolf-hunter survives a plane crash in the frozen tundra.more »

Intellectual Property
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Enzo, Eurocopter, Beyonce, Super Bowl: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Enzo Life Sciences, which makes products for genetic analysis to diagnose disease, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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XINYU JIANG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Thomas B. Fatouros, Senior Litigation Counsel; Lynda A. Do, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: JOSÉ A. CABRANES, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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ASUC Senate votes to support Day of Action protesting Prop. 209
Daily CalifornianFebruary 10, 2012

13 Day of Action in favor of overturning Proposition 209, a 1996 bill that prohibits affirmative action in admissions to public institutions. Under the bill, the senate will withdraw about $400 from its Contingency Fund to transport students to the 9th ...more »

Aviation poised to bring Alaska big business in 2012
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It won't be news to most that aviation is big in Alaska. It's a common talking point for Alaska's members of Congress that more than 80 percent of Alaska's communities lie off the road or ferry system, accessible only by air.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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District attorney wants tougher law on illegal housing after Quincy fire case
The Patriot LedgerFebruary 3, 2012

By Lane Lambert The Norfolk County district attorney and the state fire marshal say they will use the manslaughter convictions of two Quincy brothers to push for a stronger state law to prosecute landlords of illegal apartments.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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IN RE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL REFINERY
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Before the court is a Motion to Dismiss Complaint for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 7012 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure filed by defendants George Faris, ...more »

Litigation
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Apotex pays $444m to generic rivals
Financial TimesFebruary 8, 2012

Apotex in 2006 launched a rival, lower cost version of Plavix (known generically as clopidogrel) “at risk” – on the assumption that it would win any litigation over the patent. The two partner companies said: “Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb are ...more »

Business Law
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Indiana Senate vote puts state on verge of being first in decade to enact ...
CanadianBusiness.comFebruary 1, 2012

Indiana will be the first state in a decade to enact a right-to-work law prohibiting labour contracts that require workers to pay union representation fees. Indiana's move is expected to embolden national right-to-work advocates, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Combat troop ailments drive medical backlog
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

The problems of returning troops help explain the growing backlog among those seeking medical retirements from the military and disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs that now take a year or longer, Kilpatrick said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Friendswood man held on child porn charges
Your Houston NewsFebruary 4, 2012

“During the search warrant, a Friendswood investigator, along with members of the ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children) Task Force that includes investigators from Pearland, Santa Fe, and the Department of Homeland Security, seized Moya's computer.more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury of Nevada Launches Mobile Website
PR.com (press release)February 5, 2012

Personal Injury of Nevada, a Nevada law firm, launched a mobile version of its website to allow clients clear, concise access to its website from smart phones and other mobile devices. “When it comes to relationships between clients and attorneys, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Justice Ginsburg: “I Would Not Look to the US Constitution”
Heritage.org (blog)February 8, 2012

All these are “much more recent than the US Constitution.” Ginsburg's comments echo those by Washington University professor David Law, who published a study with Mila Versteeg on the US Constitution's declining influence worldwide.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records
Chicago TribuneFebruary 11, 2012

Six years ago, Oklahoma took away the medical license of a physician over sexual misconduct. A managed care organization in that state took emergency action to suspend the doctor's clinical privileges, and New York also revoked the doctor's license to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Real Estate Law
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Better Buildings Reborn as National Real Estate Operations Publication
Business Wire (press release)February 3, 2012

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, ...more »

10-K: LIFEPOINT HOSPITALS, INC.
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 17, 2012

We intend to comply with the EHR meaningful use requirements of the HITECH Act in time to qualify for the maximum available incentive payments. Our compliance will result in significant costs including business process changes, professional services ...more »

Sports Law
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Seattle sports-arena talks well under way, documents show
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

It was held at the law offices of Foster Pepper, one of Seattle's prominent law firms. An attorney with the firm, Hugh Spitzer, had been hired by the city in September to provide advice on selling construction bonds. The agenda also included discussion ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cuomo proposes more flexible probation laws
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

"Probation is a punishment, and judges should be able to decide if more or less is appropriate for a particular defendant," said Richard Willstatter, the president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a partner at Green ...more »

Tax time means scam time too
9NEWS.comFebruary 6, 2012

Be sure that you can contact your tax preparer year-round, in case of errors found by the IRS or an audit. If you receive any e-mails from the IRS, contact them directly. "Many times these e-mails will be asking for information the IRS should already ...more »

FULLER v. PANETTA
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Betty Fuller was employed by the Department of Defense as a supply clerk and, at about age 63, was passed over for a promotion to supply technician. She sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claiming that she was denied promotion because ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oilsands Quest Secures CDN$3.75 million Financing; Agrees to Sell Non-Core ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

The DIP Facility will be repayable on the earlier of one year following closing or the termination of the Order from the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (the "Court") providing creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bill would block export of Keystone fuels
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats unveiled legislation on Friday that would block export of any oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline, as they challenged claims that the delayed project would boost US energy security.more »

Wills & Probate
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Family Law
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Family hires law firm to look into son's death
Mail TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

By Teresa Ristow The parents of Elias Angel Ruiz have hired a Portland law firm specializing in excessive-force cases to probe the death of their son, who was shot by Medford police during a domestic disturbance call Jan. 22.more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »

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