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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Administrative Law
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BJORNSON v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This is an appeal from a decision by the district court affirming the denial of social security disability benefits by an administrative law judge, whose decision became final when the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council denied the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Coakley, Cuccinelli to debate health care law
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two state attorneys general will square off in a discussion next week about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's federal health care law. Massachusetts' Martha Coakley and Virginia's Ken ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Editorial: Race on STOCK Act gets curiouser and curiouser
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

Members of Congress (and their staff, and all federal employees, for that matter) are prohibited by law from using inside information to make stock trades. Yet no member, at least in recent memory, has been investigated for insider trading even though ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 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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Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra
KERA NewsFebruary 3, 2012

But now the clean-tech industry is facing leaner times, in part because of cheaper natural gas prices, the effects of the financial crisis and China's growing solar industry. On Thursday's Fresh Air, Washington Post environmental correspondent Juliet ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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THIRD PARTY SUMMONS ORCHARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM VS. THE RYLAND GROUP
Hastings Star GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The additional reserves relate to excess workers' compensation policies Repwest either wrote or assumed from other insurance carriers between 1983 and 2003. These policies cover risks totally unrelated to U-Haul's core moving and storage business and ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Brown Looks to Repeal the Hayden Law – Animals Would Die After Three Days
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 3, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown is looking to repeal the Hayden Law, which is a law to protect shelter animals in Claycord, and throughout California. Governor Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law, citing budget concerns.more »

Intellectual Property
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Business Software Alliance Qatar's Ministry of Justice to hold intellectual...
Jordan DirectionsFebruary 7, 2012

Software Alliance (BSA), the world's foremost advocate for the software industry, has announced that it will be holding a media roundtable on intellectual property rights (IPR) in collaboration with Qatar's Ministry of Justice.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ARÉVALO-GIRÓN v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, and Ada E. Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

"We need to fight to get affirmative action back in California." Lawyers for the governor and the students argued the previous 9th Circuit case was "wrongly decided," and that it did not consider Proposition 209's effect on minority enrollment at UC ...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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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

Litigation
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Litigator Diane Sullivan Bolts Dechert for Weil
The American LawyerFebruary 13, 2012

In a statement, a Dechert spokeswoman said the two lawyers "have been valued members of our firm for many years. We understand that they would like to change the focus of their practice and we wish them well." James Quinn, co-chair of Weil's litigation...more »

Business Law
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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm (The Sloan Firm, www.SloanFirm.com) has expanded its Houston presence with the relocation of associate J. Ryan Fowler from Longview, Texas, and the lease of larger offices at 3000 Smith ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay female veteran sues over denial of benefits
York Daily RecordFebruary 2, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. WASHINGTON—A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Iran chokes Internet at politically sensitive time
Khaleej TimesFebruary 13, 2012

Attempts to get on Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo and foreign news pages were either met with an Iranian page saying in Farsi that “Access to this page is a violation of computer crime laws” or the connection was slowed to such an extent to make it nearly ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
Las Vegas Blog (blog)February 4, 2012

Sam Harding, a prominent Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who is also the owner of the Sam Harding Law Firm, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.lvjustice.com, hereby announces that he has been chosen as the host of a new radio call-in show ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are Attorney's Fees an Endangered Species?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The fundamental principle of charging for legal services, enshrined in Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, is that the fee must be reasonable. Ancillary to this is the provision that lawyer and client should document the basics of the fee in their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Mortgage woes may have solution
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

“The new law said all mortgage guys have to be regulated. The extent to which they will be watered down by industry will be very important.” The CFPB was created in 2011 as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Kodak wants co. name off LA home of Oscars show
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports (http://on.rocne.ws/AjcPEm ) that the iconic photography company filed a motion this week in US Bankruptcy Court seeking to end its sponsorship agreement with Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill to allow home-schooled students to play public school athletics clears ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Rob Bell, said an amendment to his bill had closed a loophole that could have allowed gifted athletes to declare themselves home-schoolers and market their services like adolescent free agents to premier high school sports programs. The law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Experts: Stanford's trial not won with 1 witness
Boston.comFebruary 12, 2012

Prosecutors allege Texas financier R. Allen Stanford masterminded a fraud in which he bilked investors out of more than $7 billion in a massive Ponzi scheme centered on the sales of certificates of deposit, or CDs, from a Caribbean bank.more »

Married Filing Separately, Joint or Single? Find Out Your Filing Status
Learnvest Living (blog)February 5, 2012

Plus, it's one of things that, if you get it wrong, will definitely land you in a dreaded audit. Your filing status basically expresses how you wish to be treated by the IRS, and can determine which deductions and credits you are allowed to take, ...more »

Older Workers Staying On The Job Much Longer
CBS LocalFebruary 7, 2012

Chicago Kent College law professor Howard Eglit, who specializes in legal issues facing older workers, says there's still plenty of age discrimination. “Overall, the notion is older workers are not your best bet and that's just wrong.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Greek Debt Nightmare and a Macro-View for Investor Profit and Protection
The Market OracleFebruary 24, 2012

“I am staggered at how easily the concepts of Democracy and the Rule of Law – two of the pillars of the modern world – have been brushed aside in the interests of political expediency. This is not just a Eurozone phenomenon but of course the removal of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mitt's Solyndra? He handed out renewable energy subsidies, too
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

Also that day, Romney announced plans to take $15 million from Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Trust Fund — a pot of more than $150 million collected from electricity customers following passage of a 1998 energy deregulation law — and start up a new ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the lawyer
Victorville Daily PressFebruary 19, 2012

Greg Zumbrunn is a Victorville-based attorney specializing in family law, probate, trial litigation and wills and trusts. Q: I have a case where I need to speak with a mediator and I was told all the information that I told her would be confidential.more »

Family Law
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Children used by warring parents
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

Courts are struggling to cope with increasingly bitter family law cases involving one parent turning their child against the other. Behaviour includes false allegations of abuse, constant denigration of the other parent, asking the child to carry ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers Compensation Importance of Timely Reporting
OnMilwaukee.com (blog)February 3, 2012

By TonyMatera Last week we took a look at the basics of Workers Compensation (Work Comp). It was the first in a four part series giving insight to this often misunderstood and complex coverage facing most business owners. This week we are going to look ...more »

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