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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 1, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Olympia council violated law in closed session, lawsuit states
The OlympianFebruary 3, 2012

The Olympia City Council violated the state Open Public Meetings Act when it made the decision to appoint Councilwoman Julie Hankins during a closed session last month, an Olympia woman claims in a lawsuit. Kathleen M. Houts is suing the city and ...more »

Immigration Law
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McClendon: legislators will 'tweak' immigration law
St. Clair TimesFebruary 6, 2012

by Will Heath SPRINGVILLE — According to state representative Jim McClendon, statewide polling has revealed consistent majority support for Alabama's new immigration policy. “We're constantly polling to see where the public is,” McClendon said ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.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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Battling with memory loss, Dorsett joins concussion lawsuit against NFL
CBSSports.comFebruary 2, 2012

"And then when you hear that these guys don't have insurance, that the league won't give them insurance, that the league is saying that it didn't happen on their clock. That's bull." Citing the pending litigation, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the ...more »

Animal Law
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Arrests made in animal shelter thefts
The StateFebruary 13, 2012

By JOHN MONK - jmonk@thestate.com A teen has been arrested in connection to a string of dog thefts from the Columbia Animal Shelter. The Columbia Police Department is calling a press conference at 2 pm to discuss the arrest of a 17-year-old two days ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Enterprise Translation Leader MultiLing Continues Expansion With New Utah ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

PROVO, UTAH, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The translation industry's most advanced provider of global enterprise and intellectual property translation is expanding again. Following its move to expanded headquarters in 2005, MultiLing has ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Litigation Process - Luvera Law Firm
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Here is a very basic overview of some of the parts of the litigation process. Luvera Law Firm 701 5th Ave Suite 6700 The Litigation Process In the most simple form, damage claims follow a specific pattern, from when an attorney agrees to represent a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Federal court to hear renewed challenge to California's affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race ...more »

Lawmakers close in on FAA funding deal amid pushback from unions
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/31/12 07:25 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate came close to finalizing an agreement Tuesday to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unions voiced opposition to a labor deal that paved the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Preserving rental income streams: the end of grandfathering provisions
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

In the current economic climate, the preservation and maximisation of rental income continues to be crucial as capital values of investment properties achieve slow growth. Under the Goods and Services Tax (Jersey) Law 2007, a landlord of commercial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

Litigation
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Honeywell Files Lawsuit Alleging Patent Infringement by Nest Labs; Follows ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

This action follows recent patent litigation filed by Honeywell against Venstar Inc. and ICM Controls for infringing thermostat and combustion controls patents. "Competition is good and we welcome it, but we will not stand by while competitors, ...more »

Business Law
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Don't Trust, Verify
CFO.com MagazineFebruary 1, 2012

For the most part, executives understand the point of the 34-year-old law and have designed compliance programs to minimize the risk of their company or business partners violating the FCPA. Yet, straightforward as such compliance may sound, ...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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State: Broward man had 144 child porn images on computer
Palm Beach PostFebruary 18, 2012

During a news conference at its Miami regional headquarters Friday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Orville H. Bullitt, 44, was taken into custody Monday at his mother's home in Central Florida. "There is an indication that some of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Grayson & Grayson Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Free Case Review for ...
PR.com (press release)February 1, 2012

Los Angeles Personal Injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson has announced free case review by top personal injury lawyers for victims of auto accidents including car wrecks, truck accidents, medical malpractice, dog bite injuries, bicycle accidents, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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For health reform, constitutionality is not a matter of all or nothing
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)February 3, 2012

Opponents claim that Congress lacked authority to impose the law's mandate that everyone have health insurance. However, if the Supreme Court agrees, it must then confront an even thornier issue. Does it throw out all 2700 pages of the law or only that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Finalizes Regulatory Scheme for ...
JD Supra (press release)February 13, 2012

Section 1073 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act added a new section 919 to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (“EFTA”) to require certain disclosures and error resolution procedures with respect to remittance transfers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Property4east and Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland and Christies present the ...
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

It continues to surprise suppliers of real estate that, thanks to the cooperation between the marketing company, Property4east, and Marcie Hartley of Hilton & Hyland, East European investors, amongst others, are able to lay their hands on exclusive ...more »

BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Key witness in custody in phony certificates case against attorney
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Jeff German A former legal aide who is a key witness in the criminal case against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield is now in Las Vegas police custody. Brandon Snowden, 28, a felon who has convictions for theft and forgery in 2005, has been booked ...more »

Tax Prep Nightmare: Don't Get Ripped Off by Your Tax Pro
DailyFinanceFebruary 14, 2012

By Selena Maranjian, The Motley Fool Posted 3:05PM 02/14/12 Taxes, Crime We all know to expect occasional poor service. If you hire someone to prepare your taxes, for example, you know that there's a chance they might miss a deduction or credit you're ...more »

Retaliation Redux: Two Cases That Should Scare Employers A Lot
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

The doctor had sued the defendants for age discrimination in 1998, but I no tell that. As those of you who have defended lawsuits know, the wheels of justice sometimes turn at an excruciating pace. In this doctor's case, his lawsuit was still going on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Whitehall Township adopts ordinance governing alternative energy projects
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYSouth Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday approved rules for alternative energy systems. South Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday adopted rules ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Deathbed wills law needs change
B P Collins Buckinghamshire and Thames Valey SolicitorsFebruary 7, 2012

The law on deathbed wills should be changed to provide clarity on so-called "guided hand" signatures, a senior judge has said. Lord Justice Lewison, president of the Court of Appeal Civil Division, made the call after handing down a judgment in a ...more »

Family Law
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Gordon Ramsay Shelled Out How Much to Settle Family Feud?!
E! OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

Ramsay sparked a major family feud when he canned his father-in-law in 2010, alleging Hutcheson had broken into his personal and company files and swindled millions in order to fund a lavish double life with a mistress whom he was paying nearly $8000 a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. pulls builder's license after worker killed
Fox NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Contractors State License Board said Friday that it suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment Inc. because the company had failed to comply with state workers' compensation insurance laws.more »

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