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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Volcker: 'Confidence in Government is Shaky'
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

... Dodd-Frank Act. Photo: Rich Clement/Bloomberg Enlarge image Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Peter Foley/Bloomberg John Bogle, the founder of mutual fund company Vanguard Group Inc. who popularized index investing, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge's ruling expected today in Fulton school abuse case
WGCL AtlantaFebruary 1, 2012

By Jeff Chirico - email An administrative court judge's ruling is expected to be handed down Wednesday in a case that could cost the Fulton County School System millions of dollars. In November, an attorney for the family of Alex Williams argued in a ...more »

Health Care Law
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GP group mounts full opposition to health reforms
InPharmFebruary 3, 2012

This also adds to the outright opposition to the Bill coming from the royal colleges of nurses and midwives, which last month said it could no longer support the reforms. The Health and Social Care Bill is looking to abolish current NHS managers and ...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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Alabama's Immigration Law to Cost State Millions in Lost Taxes, Study Says
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Alabama employers say Latinos -- including legal immigrants -- are not showing up at their jobs because of the hostile environment they feel since an immigration law took effect.AP Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Stories New Immig.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Small business committee to hold first Red Tape Watch meeting
WGCL AtlantaFebruary 2, 2012

By Jennifer Banks - email By Christopher King - email The Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation held a hearing on how to streamline governmental red tape - regulations many believe are smothering small business owners and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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West reluctantly weighs military aid for Syria rebels
MinnPost.comFebruary 8, 2012

By Nicholas Blanford | Published Wed, Feb 8 2012 8:20 am With Syria's violence escalating and diplomatic efforts deadlocked at the United Nations, international attention is turning toward a possible military solution to hasten the downfall of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Civil lawsuit against River Birch landfill stayed by judge
NOLA.comFebruary 18, 2012

By Paul Rioux, The Times-Picayune In a victory for the embattled River Birch landfill, a federal judge stayed a $50 million civil lawsuit filed by a rival firm, pending the outcome of a criminal investigation of the Waggaman dump.more »

Animal Law
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Orca legal bid 'a strategic error'
The Press AssociationFebruary 5, 2012

While the case would bring publicity to the issue of the rights or interests of "non-human persons", something for which some people have been arguing for a long time, if the case fails and there is then case law history against recognising those ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Xebec Adsorption Inc. Announces Anticipated Strategic Intellectual Property...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

... of intent (LOI) with a multinational company exploring strategic alternatives pertaining to the monetization of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, including the patents and patent applications relating to its gas separation technology.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Davenport's Affirmative Action Committee Needs Members
WQADFebruary 6, 2012

Davenport is looking for volunteers to join the city's newly-established group, the Affirmative Action Commission. During a press conference Monday morning, Mayor Bill Gluba said the city hadn't received any official applications yet, ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit to address long-term growth, sustainability issues
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 February 2012 1107 hrs SINGAPORE: The Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums return this year as part of the Singapore Airshow 2012. Organisers said under the theme, "Driving Change, Overcoming Challenges Together", ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mt. Pleasant landlords aim toward education
Connellsville Daily CourierFebruary 4, 2012

"I'd like to bring in local magistrates to speak on aspects of the Pennsylvania Landlord/Tenant Law and to explain proper procedure when it comes to situations such as eviction and interpreting the legalities of a lease agreement," Rendine said.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Common Law: The People's Law School – Learn the Law for Free: People's Law...
Austin ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

More focused classes include small business law, debt (credit repair, consumer loans, and collections), and the legal process. The event will take place on Feb. 25 at the UT Law School (727 E. Dean Keeton); doors open at 8am and an optional orientation ...more »

Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Picks Up 2 Paul Hastings IP Litigators
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (February 02, 2012, 3:03 PM ET) -- Goodwin Procter LLP has bulked up its Los Angeles office with two intellectual property partners specializing in high-stakes patent litigation from Paul Hastings LLP, ...more »

Business Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ...
al.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.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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Lakewood Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges
Patch.comFebruary 15, 2012

“Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children investigators found one child pornography video and 428 child pornography photos between the two computers (found at his Lakewood home),” she said. Rigo is scheduled for sentencing on Feb.more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

We are passionate about defending the rights of patients needlessly injured by defective medical devices such as transvaginal mesh. To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NH bill would require students to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Bangor Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Members of the House Constitutional Review and Statutory Recodification Committee, however, were wary of the proposal at a hearing on Tuesday. “Unfortunately, I don't think it's going to go anywhere,” Accornero said. “I grew up in an era when it wasn't ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer Breached Duty, Must Forfeit Fees For Ignoring Conflicts Among Joint Clients
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

The rulings came in a malpractice action filed by Kevin So, a Chinese businessman, against Leonard Suchanek, a former administrative law judge who represented So and others in litigation arising from an international Ponzi scheme.more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation and Other Swap Regulations; Proposes ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2011 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).more »

Real Estate Law
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Gov. Jerry Brown names panel to dismantle LA redevelopment agency
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... the chairman of a real estate investment firm and the head of a consulting group with the job of dismantling the sprawling, half-century-old agency. The three-person panel is required under state law because LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Sports Law
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Jen Floyd Engel
FOXSports.comFebruary 7, 2012

Jen Floyd Engel covered local sports for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997 and became a columnist in 2003. Sports opinions? She's never short of them. And love her or hate her, she'll be just another one of the boys. Follow her on Twitter or like ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.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 »

Feb 2012: Age discrimination
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Many of the Act's requirements are already in force, but one new provision of potential importance to financial services – a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services (under section 29) – is yet to be implemented.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LiveViewGPS Publishes Updated 2012 GPS Tracking Catalog Featuring New Products ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"They demand reliable products that deliver pinpoint accuracy and lightning fast results to protect vehicles, assets and loved ones. Our new catalog features products that do just that. We continually strive to exceed expectations of quality and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veale Wasbrough Vizards | Sisters lose contentious probate claim
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 1, 2012

In December last year, the High Court upheld the Will of a testator executed on his death-bed, leaving everything to his long-term partner, whom he married days before his death. The testator in Wharton - v - Bancroft & Others [2011] EWHC (Ch) 3250 ...more »

Family Law
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Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer Receives 'Super Lawyer' Designation
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- On January 23rd, Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer received the designation of "2012 Southern California Super Lawyer" in the 'Family Law' category. Super Lawyers, a top recognition, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Penn. Regulators Approve 5.7% Decrease in Workers' Comp Costs
Insurance JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers. Regulators said employers can expect a 5.7 percent rate decrease, ...more »

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