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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 »

Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

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Administrative Law
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Lafourche president's camp rental violated law
Daily Comet (blog)February 28, 2012

By Nate Monroe The state's Ethics Board says Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph violated the law by leasing her personal Grand Isle camp to BP in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and months-long oil spill.more »

Health Care Law
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Understanding healthcare reform: A picture's worth 1000 words
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 28, 2012

You could visit healthcare.gov and click around dozens of menus to get the full picture of how the law works. Or you could crack open the new book from MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised both Mitt Romney and President Obama when they tackled ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Brimming with inventive devices and jokes, like a frothy operetta
Daily MailFebruary 24, 2012

Richard Jones's production brims over with inventive devices and jokes. The trouble is that some of the scenes cannot be played for laughs, and the audience is unsure how to take them. The famous Act 4 Barcarolle goes for nothing.more »

Immigration Law
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Utah Immigration Act Judge Awaits Top Court's Arizona Ruling
BloombergFebruary 22, 2012

The judge considering a federal government bid to block enforcement of three Utah immigration statutes said he won't rule on the request until after the US Supreme Court decides a case involving a similar Arizona law. US District Judge Clark Waddoups ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Can Indonesia's New Land Law Help Its Wobbly March Toward Joining the BRICs?
Jakarta GlobeFebruary 7, 2012

Indonesia's attempts to attract foreign investment took a major leap forward in December when the House of Representatives passed long-awaited land reform legislation. Disputes over land ownership have long been one of the major impediments for ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NBA title odds at midseason
ESPNFebruary 24, 2012

By Dave Tuley Two months ago, as the NBA season was getting ready to tip off after the resolution of the labor dispute, I was asked to do a preview from the Vegas point of view and to take a look at the top seven title contenders based on the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Beckett Fund Misleads on Obama Defense of Contraception Lawsuit
Religion DispatchesFebruary 28, 2012

What's more, there will be additional modifications, which would "require health insurance issuers to offer group health insurance coverage without contraceptive coverage to non-profit religious organizations that object to contraceptive coverage and ...more »

Animal Law
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Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act Introduced
Examiner.comFebruary 29, 2012

This bi-partisan bill will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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National Academy of Inventors holds inaugural annual conference
EurekAlert (press release)February 27, 2012

"Mr. Kappos is the ideal person to lead the USPTO when it is charged with implementing the America Invents Act, milestone legislation passed last year that brings the most sweeping changes to patent law in generations." Before joining the USPTO, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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SAVANNAH - 'Corporate Super Lawyers' Name from Bouhan, Williams & Levy Law...
CarriageTradePR.com (press release)February 27, 2012

Frank "Sonny" Seiler has an extensive litigation practice which includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases, and divorce/domestic ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Letters: GOP and contraception, faith values, globalization, affirmative action
U-T San DiegoFebruary 24, 2012

By UT San Diego At Wednesday's Republican debate (“Romney and Santorum square off,” Feb. 23), Rick Santorum bemoaned the growing incidents of out-of-wedlock births (over 40 percent) and the decline of the traditional American family.more »

Families of Marine crash victims share memories
Marine Corps TimesFebruary 26, 2012

They were among the seven Marines killed in one of the Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years. As their families grieved and shared memories, crews worked to clean up the accident site on a sprawling desert range near Yuma, Ariz.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tucson real estate
Arizona Daily StarFebruary 29, 2012

David Carroll of Romano Real Estate Corp. represented the landlord. • Chelsea Lucas and Kristen Horton leased 1446 square feet in Broadway Village, on the southwest corner of East Broadway and South Country Club Road, from CRI Broadway Village Partners ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton Could Become Biggest City To Go Bankrupt
NPRFebruary 29, 2012

(AP) — The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine ...more »

Litigation
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Hecla Mining Shareholder Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor, LLP ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe, founder of The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC, and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP announce that the firms are ...more »

Business Law
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Cruise ships perfect ground for predators - investigation
Herald SunFebruary 29, 2012

"50 per cent of disappearances involve foul play" Some ships have upgraded their video systems UK siblings in both cruise ship disasters CRIMINALS are more likely to get away with serious crimes on cruise ships than anywhere else, a maritime lawyer has ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ashworth College Enlists as Sponsor of AWN's Field Exercise for Ft. Gordon ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

With more than accredited 115 online programs, the online school is approved for a number of military benefit programs including Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, GoArmyEd, and MyCAA. "It's Ashworth's mission to ensure that our programs meet the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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TPD, Internet Crimes task force arrest man on child pornography charges
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)February 29, 2012

A police report from TPD says Kirkpatrick used "common Internet search terms" for child pornography on multiple occasions. After Kirkpatrick was confronted at his home and his house was searched, he said he used Torrent programs and Frostwire to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Going Online to Discover the Right Personal Injury Attorney
Set Piece AnalystsFebruary 27, 2012

Nowadays, finding a personal injury attorney is not as hard as it may have been in the past. With the help of the internet, it is a lot easier now to make a local search for available personal injury attorney options in your area.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Poll: Most voters believe health care mandate is unconstitutional
The Seattle TimesFebruary 28, 2012

... three-quarters of registered voters believe the law's requirement that every American carry health insurance is unconstitutional, according to a new survey. By Kim Geiger Looks like the most recent court determination says it IS CONSTITUTIONAL.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Jackson Walker Elects 11 New Partners
openPR (press release)February 9, 2012

Mr. Heydenburk regularly represents landlords and tenants in the preparation and negotiation of commercial office, retail, and industrial property leases in Texas and other states across the nation. His experience consists of representing buyers and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man awarded damages over Time sweepstake letter
Canada.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia News February 28, 2012 10:12 AM The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a Time Magazine sweepstake letter that appeared to tell a Montreal man he'd hit the jackpot breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. OTTAWA — The ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rep. Mark Dion wants law court to rule on Poliquin
WCSH-TVFebruary 29, 2012

Dion says Poliquin has continued to manage real estate developments at Pop ham Beach, which he began before running for Governor in 2010. Poliquin has tolls the state Ethics Commission he did not make any money from those businesses in 2010, ...more »

Company sues Apple over iPad name in Shanghai
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 22, 2012

"The agreement to sell the trademark is not valid under Chinese law." Proview is suing to have Apple stop selling the iPad in China under that name. It has also sought to have commercial authorities in many cities order sales to stop.more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -New rules on FBI custody of al-Qaida ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

The new law that emerged requires military custody for non-US citizen members of al-Qaida or "associated forces" involved in planning or attempting an attack on the United States or coalition partners, unless the president waives that provision.more »

Criminal Defense
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Sandusky seeks 2-month delay in sex-abuse trial
Fox NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Monday asked the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his criminal trial until mid-July, saying he needed more time to prepare. Defense lawyer Joe Amendola said the additional two months would help him ...more »

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Tax Lawyer
ReutersFebruary 27, 2012

By Andrew Chow, JD at FindLaw.com As a small business owner, should you hire a tax lawyer? You may feel like the answer depends on the complexity of your tax filing, or the size of your business. And with the economy still sluggish, affordability may ...more »

Salina considers changes to discrimination law
El Dorado TimesFebruary 27, 2012

The proposed change would add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of classes protected from discrimination. The list includes race, sex, familial status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin and ancestry.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Feds, States, Banks Agree To $25 Billion Mortgage Fraud Settlement
Brevard TimesFebruary 9, 2012

“ Banks must follow the laws. Any bank that hasn't done so should be held accountable and should take prompt action to correct its mistakes. And it will not end with this settlement. One of the most important ways this settlement helps homeowners is ...more »

Environmental Law
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Why Republicans Are Fighting To Repeal Obama's Medicare Cost-Cutting Board
TPMFebruary 29, 2012

House Republicans are poised to advance legislation this week to repeal President Obama's Medicare cost-cutting board, a provision enacted in the health care reform law. The Energy & Commerce Committee is set to mark it up this Wednesday, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Lead Summervile SC Habit For Humanity Wills Clinic
openPR (press release)February 29, 2012

If a will is in place the probate court process is much easier and the homeowners can pass on the home to loved ones in a simpler way. There were many attorney and legal volunteers that participated in drafting and witnessing the documents that came ...more »

Family Law
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Zephyrhills Family Law Attorney Sees Problems in Alimony Reform
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 29, 2012

Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – Family law attorneys across Florida are keeping a close eye on Tallahassee this season as two alimony reform bills work their way through the state legislature. If passed, either new state law ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Alpha Review Migrates to Mitchell SmartAdvisor(TM) Medical Bill Review Solutions
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Prior to selecting Mitchell as its workers' compensation claims management and cost containment solutions provider, Alpha Review was an Ingenix PowerTrak client. "We welcome Alpha Review to the SmartAdvisor medical bill review family," said Nina ...more »

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