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Palike to reclaim Clarence School playground
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will take legal measures to reclaim the Clarence School playground. Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda, while replying to a discussion on the issue in the Council meeting on Tuesday, said the lease of the ground ...more »

Bill would make it a crime for first responders to photograph accident victims ...
Shore News TodayFebruary 1, 2012

Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove have requested legislation that would make it a crime for any first responder to take photographs or electronic images, or make a video recording of an accident victim ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Deborah Andrews Will Not Seek Re-Election
Metropolitan News-EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

She became managing shareholder of the office before leaving in 1993 to become an administrative law judge for the Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board. She ran for the Long Beach Municipal Court in 1994, winning a contested election.more »

Health Care Law
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Oklahoma Legislature: Health insurance exchange awaits GOP
Tulsa WorldFebruary 5, 2012

The federal health care law requires every state to set up an exchange or have one imposed from Washington. Each time the bills died under pressure from Tea Party activists, who want nothing to do with "Obamacare" or its mandates.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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In a Business of Style
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 3, 2012

April James-Jones, owner of Ebony & Ivory Salon, has been known to throw parties for customers, some of whom come from Central Texas. AP Do I need to remind you, Heber Taylor, that freedom is not free? Your pompous article, “Juneteenth party is going ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Peters: URA submitted required reports
Little Falls Evening TimesFebruary 6, 2012

... Budget Office last week released a report that identified more than 200 state and local authorities that did not file a budget, annual or audit report as of Jan. 27 for the most recent reporting period as required by Public Authorities Law.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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China seeking 'peaceful' Arctic dispute resolution
Montreal GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

China hopes to solve "by peaceful means" any disputes with Canada concerning the Arctic, China's ambassador to Canada told a Montreal audience Wednesday. Canada is to take over the chair of the Arctic Council in 2013, a body on which China wants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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House approves changes to laws on lawsuits
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

Republicans say tort law changes will make businesses more competitive. DFLers say they'll burden plaintiffs. Republicans in the Minnesota House pushed through a package of bills Wednesday to limit the costs of lawsuits, which they view as a necessity ...more »

Animal Law
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We need a spay/neuter law
Mail TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

Any exemptions must pay an increased licensing fee for each intact (nonsterilized) animal. Breeders are allowed only one litter per female in a 12-month period. The Santa Cruz law says anyone intentionally providing for any pet is declared the "owner" ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Qatar steps up fight against pirated goods
Gulf TimesFebruary 6, 2012

The seizures were made by the Intellectual Property Centre (IPC) at Qatar's Ministry of Justice in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior. Abdulla Ahmad Qayed, Director of the IPC, said at a joint press conference with the Business Software ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

Agreement on U.S. Aviation Bill to End Years of Stop-Gap Efforts
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

House and Senate lawmakers ended more than four years of standoffs by reaching agreement yesterday on a four-year, $63.6 billion US aviation bill that keeps current funding levels and speeds development of new air-traffic technology.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

The parties entered into a lease for the rental of commercial space which provided that plaintiff tenant had inspected the premises, was taking it "as is," and would be undertaking construction work to prepare for its initial occupancy.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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No More Fear and Loathing of CRE Lending for Banks
CoStar GroupFebruary 2, 2012

By Mark Heschmeyer As economic headwinds subside, the commercial real estate lending business for US banks has hit an inflection point. For the first time in five years, a majority of banks are finally talking about their ability to grow their loan ...more »

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Patent litigation settlements at Sanofi, BMS and J&J
PMLiVEFebruary 9, 2012

Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) have all settled patent litigation regarding generic versions of their products. The settlement involving Sanofi and BMS relates to patent infringement of their blood thinner Plavix ...more »

Business Law
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Presidential Campaign Finances
WCTVFebruary 1, 2012

Friends of candidates set up these groups and by law, can raise unlimited dollars to typically run ads blasting an opponent. It includes this ad run by a group supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney called, "restore our future".more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California veteran suing federal government over benefits not provided to same ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Caddo man charged with child pornography
KSLA-TVFebruary 1, 2012

The Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes such as identity theft, Internet fraud, and cyber-stalking. Yet, most of the unit's investigations have involved crimes against children – boys and girls ...more »

Personal Injury
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Blitz on bogus injury claims that bump up insurance bills
Evening StandardFebruary 1, 2012

A campaign was launched today to crack down on bogus personal injury claims which have added millions to the cost of insurance for the honest. It is aimed at re-educating the public to claim legitimately. Lawyers say dubious practices blight the entire ...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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Volusia County public records for Feb. 7, 2012
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Mitchell Green, real property; Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Ilidio J. Santana, real property; John Stanton v. Howard Cauvel, other professional malpractice; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance v. Lori A. Hill, auto negligence; Fia Card Services NA v.more »

Consumer Protection
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Dietary Supplements Extensively Regulated, Say Authors of New Article
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Today, under DSHEA and subsequent amendments to the FDCA, FDA has broad statutory authority to regulate dietary supplements appropriately and those who manufacture, distribute, and sell them, and to take enforcement action against unsafe or mislabeled ...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 »

Gorman Embracing Vegemite in New Wall Street's 15% Bogey at Morgan Stanley
BloombergFebruary 6, 2012

In the US, the Dodd-Frank law, enacted in July 2010, bans most proprietary trading and moves many derivatives onto central clearinghouses. Globally, the Basel III accord raises the amount of equity capital banks have to hold against illiquid trading ...more »

Sports Law
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Brabners Chaffe Street advises on record number of transatlantic transfers
Manchester Evening NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The sports law team at the Manchester office of Brabners Chaffe Street advised on a record number of transatlantic player moves during a busy January transfer window for the firm. Its lawyers acted on loan moves from Major League Soccer during the ...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 »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

This Chart Gives Definitive Proof Of Age Discrimination In America
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

That number rises to 29 percent for ages 25-34; and all the way up to 42 percent for over 55. This trend also gives dramatic evidence of age discrimination in America. The older you are, the less companies want to hire you.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Proposition 8 Ruling Analysis: Why the Narrow Holding?
TowleroadFebruary 9, 2012

While Judge Walker decided that same-sex marriage bans violate due process (by denying gay people the fundamental right to marry) and violate equal protection (by treating gay people differently than straight people for no legitimate reason), ...more »

Environmental Law
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Payback at the Capitol?
Marshall IndependentFebruary 4, 2012

She was the force behind the 2007 passage of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard that required all utilities to have 25 percent renewable energy (wind, solar, and small hydro) by 2025 (30 percent from Xcel Energy by 2020). This law creates a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Library calendar: Learn how to create online documents
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 19, 2012

6:30 pm Inman Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic. Come learn about wills, estates and probate in SC Call 864-472-8363. 6:30 pm Headquarters Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic.more »

Family Law
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Vance shooting victim's family speaks out
The Tand D.comFebruary 1, 2012

Murder suspect Demetrice Dwight Perry is escorted out of the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Law Enforcement Complex courtroom by Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office Investigator Riley Godwin following Tuesday's arraignment. Demetrius Perry faces charges of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hartford Profit Falls 79% On Workers' Comp, Investments
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Erik Holm and Tess Stynes Of DOW JONES NEWSWIRES NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.'s (HIG) fourth-quarter earnings fell 79% to $127 million, driven by investment losses and the rising cost of workers' compensation claims.more »


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