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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 »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

... PRISCILLA PENA; HILDA GIRON; DEBBIE ALMANZA, individually and in their official capacities; STATE OF NEW MEXICO-New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, Defendants-Appellees. Before BRISCOE, Chief Judge, MURPHY and BRORBY, Circuit Judges.more »

Health Care Law
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Congress may not fund new health care law
Fulton SunFebruary 7, 2012

Thomas McAuliffe, a Missouri Foundation for Health policy analyst, discusses to the pros and cons of the new federal health care law during a seminar Monday at the Callaway County Expension Center. Photo by Don Norfleet. By Don Norfleet If the new ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Forget Super PACS. A modest proposal for legalizing vote buying
Washington Post (blog)February 5, 2012

It was just two years ago that the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, scraped away decades of barnacled case law obscuring our beloved Constitution and unequivocally established the right of corporations, unions and wealthy individuals to spend as ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration's stark reality
Daily HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

A couple of Utah politicos are rattling sabers about immigration, but their proposals only underscore their failure to face the facts. Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, has introduced a bill that would gut the sensible comprehensive immigration law that was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bill seeks 7-year extension for Keystone Opportunity Zone program
Republican & HeraldFebruary 13, 2012

By KENT JACKSON (Staff Writer A program exempting businesses from most state and local taxes while providing an incentive to develop or reuse distressed land will continue if Gov. Tom Corbett signs a bill that the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Douglas Noll Delivers Groundbreaking Peacemaking Strategies in The ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

The International Peace and Justice Book award is given annually by the CPR Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes innovation in commercial dispute prevention and resolution. CPR is a leading online destination for lawyers ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lumber suit defendants declare bankruptcy
Northern Virginia DailyFebruary 4, 2012

Herbert H. and Melanie Ann Hoskins and their son, James Robert "JR" Wesley Hoskins are being sued in US District Court by St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. for $4.1 million. The lawsuit says that when Herbert Hoskins worked as a lumber manager at ...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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Column: Intellectual Property Is Theft
Oklahoma DailyFebruary 1, 2012

The blackout in question was in protest of two pieces of legislation related to the Internet, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. The bills had several draconian punishments that outraged many Americans (Wikipedia ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers assert NFL needs to do more to address needs of players who suffer ...
New York Daily News (blog)February 1, 2012

They do not redress the league's deliberate misconduct denying players' contract disability benefits, but rather aim to penalize the league for morally reprehensible conduct - failing to design safe concussion management protocol.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian ...
ColorLines magazineFebruary 10, 2012

Anxieties about the discrimination of Asian Americans in higher education admissions are often used to mask an anti-affirmative action argument. Experts say the two issues need to be put in separate boxes. “Negative action is what was the basis of the ...more »

Salina aviation professor renews flight master title
K-State CollegianFebruary 3, 2012

In order to maintain the high rating of the aviation program at K-State-Salina, its faculty have constantly renewed Master Certified Flight Instructor accreditations. Troy Brockway, associate professor of aviation, recently renewed his Master CFI ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Total Landlord insurance launches rent guarantee insurance policies
MyIntroducer.comFebruary 2, 2012

Specialist provider of Buy-to-Let cover, Total Landlord Insurance, has launched Total Rent Guarantee Insurance. In these troubling financial times it is impossible for landlords to predict whether their tenant's circumstances will change in the future ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Debt crisis threatens slow death for Portugal
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

In a six-room Lisbon office where until last year more than a dozen people worked, engineer Joao Paulo Lopes sits alone in silence amid dark computer screens, patiently waiting for a bankruptcy lawyer to shut the company's doors and send him home.more »

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Motorola and Lemko Settle Suits Over Theft of Trade Secrets
Corporate CounselFebruary 1, 2012

That's because Motorola, represented by Nixon Peabody and Winston & Strawn, and Lemko, represented by Niro, Haller & Niro, announced in a joint statement on Tuesday that they have settled all of their pending litigation. The two companies had sued each ...more »

Business Law
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Official rules and regulations for Oh, Say Can You Sing? contest
OCRegisterFebruary 1, 2012

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY; NO WARRANTIES AND RELEASE. By entering into this Contest, you accept and agree that (a) Contest Entities and their respective affiliates, officers, directors, employees and agents do not have and will not have any liability...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hiring Help
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is seeking input from current military service members on their pay and benefits preferences following last week's preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 spending request, which would change military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Milford Police Help Arrest Man for Computer Sex Crimes
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

... Plainville, sent several sexually explicit photos of himself over the Internet to someone he believed was a child under age 16. The "child" was actually a Milford Police detective assigned to the FBI Computer Crimes Against Children Taskforce.more »

Personal Injury
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Feldman Shepherd Names Patricia Giordano a Partner in Philadelphia Personal...
Citybizlist (press release)February 8, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Giordano has been named a partner of the firm. Giordano is a personal injury lawyer who handles ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Santorum doles out tough medicine on drug costs
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

What a dope. by mryoubrian February 2, 2012 4:54 AM EST "Back in 1994, when Santorum was in Congress and running for the Senate, he introduced HR 3918, which would have capped non-economic damages awarded by juries in medical malpractice cases at ...more »

Consumer Protection
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That's Not the Spirit
FutureOfCapitalism.comFebruary 8, 2012

... Affairs Committee, he was instrumental in drafting and passing major pieces of legislation including the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.more »

Real Estate Law
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DWT Snags 3 DLA Piper Attys To Launch Real Estate Group
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

All three are based in the firm's Los Angeles office, where they started Tuesday. Nelson, a 30-year real estate law veteran who was at Paul Hastings LLP before joining DLA Piper, will lead Davis Wright's new California real estate...more »

N-deal: India to provide US firms level playing field
TwoCircles.netFebruary 7, 2012

"We are committed to translating the success of our diplomatic partnership in changing the global nuclear order into an equally productive commercial cooperation in civil nuclear energy," said Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai at the Center for Strategic ...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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PA Supreme Court lifts the emergency stay on Horner murder trial
WJAC JohnstownFebruary 2, 2012

Authorities said Horner robbed the Subway on 58th Street in Altoona in April 2009, when he shot and killed a 19-year-old employee, injured another worker and fatally shot a 64-year-old bystander as he fled the crime scene. Horner's defense attorney...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...more »

Law changes on family violence recommended by commission
Herald SunFebruary 8, 2012

Ms Roxon said the passage of the Family Violence and Other Measures Act in November 2011 sent a clear message that family violence and child abuse are not acceptable. The attorney-general also announced that Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Walmart Offers Reward In Felony Theft Case
WIBWFebruary 7, 2012

Topeka Police Department detectives and Walmart's Asset Protection Division have been working this case, a felony theft, for the past few months. Detective Terry Harris, the lead investigator in the case, said many people have called with information ...more »

Environmental Law
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Covanta Holding Corporation Reports 2011 Full Year and Fourth Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"), Section 21E of the Securities ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Beaumont EnterpriseFebruary 11, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will be prepared to discuss issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord and tenant law, tax issues, bankruptcy, employment, foreclosures and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Family Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mitchell Enhances SmartAdvisor Solution for Workers' Comp
PropertyCasualty360February 7, 2012

... claims management solutions, is continually enhanced and improved in order to substantially increase straight-through processing rates,” says Nina Smith-Garmon, senior vice president and general manager of Mitchell's workers' compensation division.more »


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