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Holy war over health care law? Obama angers Catholic leaders
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Catholics are fired up over new rules implementing Obama's health care reform law forcing Catholic universities, hospitals, and charities to provide insurance for their employees covering contraception -- even though that violates church teachings.more »

Franchise Council slams SA Government after appointing franchisee champion ...
SmartCompany.com.auFebruary 1, 2012

The franchising industry has balked at the announcement that advocate for state-based franchise legislation Frank Zumbo has been appointed as the new deputy South Australia small business commissioner. The appointment comes after months of debate in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Fulton schools ordered to pay tuition after abuse by teacher
WSB AtlantaFebruary 2, 2012

Fulton County Administrative Law Judge Kimberly Schroer's ruling comes as a result of an investigation, which determined Fulton County School officials knew that the teacher, Melanie Pickens, was abusing students at Hopewell Middle School, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Hall votes to repeal 'Class Act in health care law
Mount Pleasant Daily TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

This bill repeals a portion of President Obama's controversial health care law. "Today's vote would repeal The Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act - one of many costly programs in the President's health care law," said Hall.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Optus wins landmark sports broadcast case
ABC OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

CLARE GILL, OPTUS SPOKESWOMAN: This has been a win for Australians, for innovation and for the law. This is a product similar to things that you can do today. So we see this no different from any other personal video recording device.more »

Immigration Law
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Hundreds rally against Alabama immigration law
Boston.comFebruary 15, 2012

February 14, 2012|Andy Brownfield, AP Hundreds packed the Alabama Statehouse courtyard on Tuesday to rally against the state's tough immigration law, with organizers saying they chose to send a message on Valentine's Day that lawmakers need to love and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerFebruary 7, 2012

Tennessee attorney R. CULVER SCHMID has jumped from Long, Ragsdale & Waters to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Knoxville. Schmid, a shareholder, handles commercial transactions involving real estate development and financing, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Assamba heads to UK high commission
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 1, 2012

She also served the voluntary sector through her work with United Way of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica, Association of Development Agencies, Women's Leadership Initiative ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 2, 2012

In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit against Pine City, ...more »

Animal Law
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Help needed to care for neglected animals
KXRMFebruary 1, 2012

The animals have since been relocated to shelters and vet clinics across Colorado. "Those animals are being cared for in shelters from Douglas County to Pueblo County," Director of Animal Law Enforcement said. The Humane Society in Colorado Springs is ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ACTA ignites concerns about threat to Internet freedom
USA TODAYFebruary 11, 2012

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is designed to put in place international standards to protect intellectual property rights. But some lawyers say it forces private companies to police cybertraffic — and across the globe the treaty is ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

GE Aviation receives annual Outstanding Supplier Award
Rockford Register StarFebruary 4, 2012

By Franz Osorio GE Aviation was named a recent recipient of the Outstanding Supplier Award from Federal Defense Industries (FDI). The award is given in recognition of excellence in performance and the accomplishment of the suppliers that support a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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POLITICAL EMPIRE: Landlords, patriots and tea parties
Press-EnterpriseFebruary 13, 2012

The San Bernardino County Democratic Central Committee recently learned that its landlord, the Redevelopment Agency of the city of San Bernardino, is no more. The party has been a tenant at the agency-owned Carousel Mall in San Bernardino for several ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Poverty surge equals crime surge
Philippine StarFebruary 1, 2012

The equation is clear, the observer noted – poverty surge equals crime surge. Despite the global financial crisis that has placed a lot of European countries on the brink of bankruptcy, luxury brands seem to have bounced back from the downturn first ...more »

Litigation
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Greenberg Traurig Grows National Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Greenberg Traurig's Atlanta-based national Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice Group continues to grow with the addition of Ginger Heyman Pigott. Pigott, who joins as a shareholder, ...more »

Business Law
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Strict control on false advertisements planned
The NationFebruary 2, 2012

The National Health Assembly Thursday pushed through a resolution to ensure strict law enforcement and harsher punishment for companies that falsely advertise food, drug and cosmetic products. This problem is common among community radio stations and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Charlie Morgan, Lesbian Service Member With Cancer, Asks John Boehner To Stop ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Charlie Morgan, left, and Karen at an October event of gays openly serving in the military. WASHINGTON -- A lesbian National Guardsman -- who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer and who fears time is running out for overturning the Defense of Marriage ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," said D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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A Need for Tort Reform for Personal Injury Lawsuits is a Myth Pushed by the ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Cincinnati personal injury lawyer fights Tort reform that is being pushed because of so called lawsuit abuse or frivolous lawsuits. As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer for over 30 years, the reality is that jurors are very ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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ACLJ to Defend Montana War Memorial With Amicus Brief Countering Lawsuit From ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

By American Center for Law and Justice WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), focusing on constitutional law, said today it will aggressively defend a World War II memorial on a Montana ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ark. SC: Cause of action for negligent credentialing doesn't exist
Legal News LineFebruary 14, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week affirmed a ruling in favor of hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Court filed its 16-page opinion Thursday in favor of appellees QHG of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Jones Day boosts real estate practice with 2 former Simmons & Simmons hires
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Shaheen Pasha | Thursday, 2 February 2012 International law firm Jones Day has nabbed former Simmons & Simmons real estate head Duane Keighran and senior associate David Weir, as it looks to expand its Dubai office and bolster its real estate and ...more »

CGI to Transition the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's Financial Systems to the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA, Feb 09, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has awarded CGI Federal Inc. (CGI), a wholly-owned US operating subsidiary of CGI Group Inc. /quotes/zigman/11421/quotes/nls/gib GIB +1.03% ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports artist battles University of Alabama over right to paint iconic ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Moore and his attorneys countered that his artwork, which includes paintings, prints and drawings on coffee mugs, is protected free speech and shouldn't be restricted by trademark law. He hasn't stopped his work, and is now working on a painting called ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Texas Traffic Laws Recently Enacted; Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

Dallas criminal defense lawyer Richard C. McConathy discusses the new laws and the potential criminal implication the traffic laws may have on drivers. The new speed limit laws in Texas could potentially lead to an increased number of criminal traffic ...more »

When taxes attack: Can your business handle tax prep, or is it time to outsource?
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Potential problems are lurking at every turn, ranging from an IRS or state tax audit caused by errors on the filer's part to the discovery that a longtime employee has gotten away with stealing money from the company because of a lack of adequate ...more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate Planning Attorney at Plantation, Florida's Wild Felice and Partners ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a Fort Lauderdale area law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate Administration is the newest attorney to be honored with the AV Preeminent designation.more »

Environmental Law
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Credit rating agencies: what are the alternatives for energy markets?
Risk.netFebruary 7, 2012

“I don't know that most of the market would have yet the necessary skills and/or systems – and you probably need both – to really have an effective alternative,” says Paul Forrester, a Chicago-based partner at the law firm Mayer Brown, with extensive ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Class OnEstate Planning And Probate Located At ...
openPR (press release)February 9, 2012

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate plans, making a will or living trust, the probate court process, getting advance directives and power of attorney done, and how to get things started. Evan Guthrie is an attorney that practices in the areas ...more »

Family Law
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Marriage vote tests donor law
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 12, 2012

... heavyweights: the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the Minnesota Family Council and the Washington-based National Organization for Marriage. A relatively new state law allows groups giving to ballot organizations to protect the names of contributors.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Insurer Launches Narcotics Program for Injured Workers
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 8, 2012

Escalating problems such as overdose, addiction, and even death have reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and are now commonly reported in association with workers compensation claims with 55-85% of injured ...more »

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