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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China higher court begins hearing Apple iPad appeal
Orlando SentinelFebruary 29, 2012

GUANGZHOU (Reuters) - A long-running legal fight between Apple Inc and a debt-laden Chinese firm over the iPad trademark moved to a higher court on Wednesday, in a potentially decisive hearing that will set a precedent for the rest of mainland China.more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Monkees Singer Davy Jones Dies
KESQFebruary 29, 2012

Davy Jones, whose charming grin and British accent won the hearts of millions of fans on the 1960s television series "The Monkees," died Wednesday of an apparent heart attack, according to a law enforcement source in Martin County, Florida. He was 66.more »

Immigration Law
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EC group asks court to deny state's request on immigration law
Post-TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

By Teresa Auch Schultz February 28, 2012 4:26PM An East Chicago group is fighting to keep its lawsuit against Indiana's immigration laws active, asking that a federal judge deny the state's request to put the case on hold.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Energy Policy Is Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Renewables do not have the scale, development timeframe or economics to materially change this outcome as much as we would hope. The energy industry has to stand up to provide strategic vision. Here are some thoughts for a United States energy policy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Don Philbin Receives BCDRC Distinguished Service Award for 2011
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

The Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center (BCDRC) honored Don Philbin with its Distinguished Service Award for 2011 at their annual volunteer appreciation dinner. BCDRC offers mediation services to businesses and residents of Bexar County and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MF Global judge to examine insurance for ex-execs
ReutersFebruary 9, 2012

* Insurance proceeds for executives in dispute * Unclear who is covered under $190 mln policy * Customer claims status update within a few weeks By Jonathan Stempel Feb 9 (Reuters) - The US judge overseeing MF Global's bankruptcy plans a closer review ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
CattleNetwork.comFebruary 29, 2012

The Iowa state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose penalties on animal rights activists caught trying to get a job at a farm or animal production facility in order to gather evidence such as cruelty to animals. Senator Joe Seng, a Democrat ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Avedro Options Rights to Intellectual Property
SunHerald.comFebruary 28, 2012

Avedro, Inc. announced today that the Company has entered into an exclusive Option Agreement with the Cleveland Clinic for the right to negotiate a license for 3 specific Intellectual Property (IP) assets to enhance the Company's existing portfolio of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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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SCOTUS may scrap affirmative action
American Thinker (blog)February 24, 2012

For more concrete examples of Grutter in action, go to You can see that last year, Harvard rejected someone with an LSAT score of 176 and GPA of 3.81, but admitted someone with a 163 and 3.3. The difference? The latter is a URM.more »

Aviation industry warns of trade war over EU carbon tax
AFPFebruary 13, 2012

SINGAPORE — World aviation bosses warned Monday of a potential trade war over a carbon tax imposed by the European Union on the airline industry to reduce emissions and curb climate change. In a conference on the eve of the Singapore Airshow, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q & A
New York TimesFebruary 16, 2012

A “Tenants are typically required to accept a landlord's design decisions for a building's common areas,” said Lucas A. Ferrara, a Manhattan real estate lawyer. So unless a lease provides otherwise, a tenant has no right to make changes or alterations ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Loans for Emergency Pet Vet Bills and Medical Expenses
eYugoslavia.comFebruary 28, 2012

In the current economic downturn, consumers know they can turn to trusted ReallyBadCreditOffers. com for bad credit loans and no hassle financial help, but now the beloved family pet has a financial ally as well. The site has announced a new suite of ...more »

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ADDING and REPLACING Callahan & Blaine Announces $30 Million Settlement of ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

California business litigation firm Callahan & Blaine announced today that a final settlement in the Orange County Register class action lawsuit has been reached, resulting in a total payment of $30 million to resolve the newspaper carriers' class ...more »

Business Law
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Business, Government Legal News from throughout WVEx-Sen. Kerrey to run for ...
State JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Phipps said it meets state law requirements for Kerrey to declare his sister's house as his residence. Kerrey denied again Wednesday that he waited to get into the race to ensure he wouldn't face a challenge from popular GOP Nebraska Gov.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama Slashes Soldiers' Benefits to Pay Back Healthcare Industry Donors
Big GovernmentFebruary 29, 2012

Make no mistake; the President is downsizing our military, and this new military medical initiative is one sure way he will see volunteers leave the military knowing their benefits are jeopardized. At a time when Iran threatens the free world, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Lawmaker proposes expansion of state police crime lab to fight child porn
Bangor Daily NewsFebruary 17, 2012

Bill Diamond is proposing the state provide at least $300000 a year in additional funds for the state police computer crimes unit that deals mostly with Internet sex crimes against children. “The last I checked recently there are 560 pieces of evidence ...more »

Personal Injury
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Mississauga's Go-To Personal Injury Law Firm Announces Launch of New Website
PR Web (press release)February 17, 2012

Petrillo Law also represents clients in long term disability disputes, health care subrogation claims, breach of contract, life insurance claims and Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR). Petrillo Law serves clients in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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White drama nears its end
Indianapolis StarFebruary 29, 2012

The state's highest court will hear arguments over former Secretary of State Charlie White's eligibility to be a candidate in the 2010 race. The court's opinion, which could come soon after the hearing, is expected to end a 14-month legal battle over ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Clifford Law Offices Delivers Mediation Program to Answer Questions on ...
PR Leap (press release)February 13, 2012

(PRLEAP.COM) Clifford Law Offices is holding a two-hour program, "Ethical Issues in Mediation," Thursday, Feb. 16, from 2:30-4:30 pm on the web. The program has been approved for two hours of professional responsibility credit for Illinois lawyers.more »

Consumer Protection
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Sudbury woman files negligence lawsuit
MetroWest Daily NewsFebruary 25, 2012

The counts are: negligence, breach of contract, violation of state regulations and Consumer Protection Act violations. No one believes Sudbury Pines or Henderson acted maliciously, but “it was certainly negligence and it may have been a heightened ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Abortion foes want women's health funds rerouted from Planned Parenthood
Columbus DispatchFebruary 29, 2012

Yet, state lawmakers keep seeking to add to the list of public employees whose home addresses cannot be released to the public. The home addresses of federal law-enforcement officers and probation officers would be shielded from release under separate ...more »

What biz thinks
Crain's Detroit BusinessFebruary 27, 2012

While Reb said he supports right-to-work in theory, he doesn't think that such a law would have much impact on Michigan's economy. He cites surveys that show right to work ranks in the middle of the pack in terms of factors companies consider when ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Shorts: PEA picked for NE tourney
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 29, 2012

The 5K begins at 9 am at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney seeks on ban on retrial in murder
Delaware County Daily TimesFebruary 11, 2012

By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN WEST CHESTER — The attorney for Morgan Marie Mengel on Friday asked a Common Pleas Court judge to prohibit the prosecution from retrying his client on charges that she helped murder her husband, saying that the prosecution had ...more »

Tax Audit Horror Stories: When the IRS Attacks
DailyFinanceFebruary 28, 2012

It turns out an audit memo that had been sent to her old address was never forwarded and went unanswered. It took her 11 months to dig out from the paperwork avalanche that comes with an full audit. This is the horrid headache that we fear each year ...more »

Jury sides with Iowa law school in age discrimination case
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 27, 2012

Two other employment-related lawsuits are pending against the University of Iowa College of Law. One is an age bias suit filed by Nicholas Spaeth, a former North Dakota attorney general. Spaeth is suing the University of Iowa College of Law along with ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New York Debt-Resolution Attorney Leslie H. Tayne Discusses Consumer Rights ...
Danbury News TimesFebruary 16, 2012

The FTC's recent $2.5 million settlement with Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, one of the nation's largest debt collection companies, required Asset Acceptance to pay a civil penalty for deceiving consumers by trying to collect old debts.more »

Environmental Law
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Ethanol mandate fails economically and environmentally
Tucson CitizenFebruary 14, 2012

A new study by Michigan State University economist Soren Anderson says in part: “Federal law requires increasing volumes of renewable fuels to be blended with the nation's fuel supply. This year, the requirement includes the use of more than 13 billion ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Council member Doran did things his way on Clearwater City Council
Tampabay.comFebruary 11, 2012

The 65-year-old is a tax accountant and an attorney in probate, wills and trusts; for a time, he also worked as a real estate agent. Self-employed, he typically works until 9 every night. Born in Indianapolis, Doran served a year in South Korea with ...more »

Family Law
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Family of man accused in police shooting learns permit needed for defense ...
The RepublicFebruary 26, 2012

His family told The Salt Lake Tribune ( they received a letter Thursday from the Utah Division of Consumer Protection saying they may be violating state law. Stewart's father, Michael, said the fundraising portion of the family's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Steuben agrees to switch workers' comp plan
Hornell Evening TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

By Mary Perham A workers compensation program serving Steuben County and a number of county municipalities will now be managed by the Public Employer Risk Management Association, Inc. (PERMA). County legislators unanimously endorsed Monday the switch ...more »


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