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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Federal MS-13 informant who lied about murders granted new trial
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

Acosta was recruited as an undercover informant by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in 2005 and gave federal agents information about the gang's activities in San Francisco, including murders and planned murders. It was not immediately clear ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Trial set for property scam case
Escanaba Daily PressFebruary 1, 2012

He also has a related trial pending in Escanaba's civil court and an administrative hearing pending at a regulatory agency downstate. During a pretrial conference in the judges' chambers in circuit court on Tuesday, the defense and prosecution decided ...more »

Health Care Law
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Did Health Care Reform Hurt The Private Insurance Part Of Medicare? Apparently Not
TPMDCFebruary 1, 2012

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the Medicare Advantage program, which allows seniors to receive health coverage through a private insurer, is enjoying lower costs and more customers as a result of the health care reform law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. gov. confident meetings didn't violate law
Boston.comFebruary 3, 2012

The governor's staff has said the events did not violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act because they were social gatherings and Brownback admonished legislators to avoid discussions that would violate the law. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE.more »

Immigration Law
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Local group seeks to roll back state's immigration law
Randolph LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Many of those present came to learn more about what is termed the strictest immigration law in the country. The legislative session in Montgomery starts Tuesday, Feb. 7, but the bill protest date has been changed to Tuesday, Feb.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Telefonica Argentina adopts Comptel Convergent Mediation
Telecompaper (subscription)February 1, 2012

Telefonica de Ar gentina has selected the Comptel Convergent Mediation service to replace its existing vendor's mediation platform. Telefonica de Argentina plans to use Comptel's technology to collect and transform more than 90 million network ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Summit tackles 'whiplash epidemic'
The Press AssociationFebruary 5, 2012

A summit of top cabinet ministers are to discuss ways to slash the number of whiplash claims forcing up car insurance premiums in Britain. Transport Secretary Justine Greening, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, ...more »

Animal Law
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Fairview rancher heads to court in one of Wyoming's worst animal cruelty cases
Billings GazetteFebruary 6, 2012

If convicted on all six counts of animal cruelty, he could receive up to three years in jail and a $4500 fine. Last May, Wyoming Livestock Board officials and law enforcement raided Ridge's ranch, seizing 98 horses that he had allegedly neglected and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: take stock, protect what's valuable
Homer NewsFebruary 2, 2012

One hundred years on, patent and trademark filings with the United States Patent Office number in the hundreds of thousands per year. But inventions and trademarks are just two, albeit major, groups of assets that fall under a grouping called ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Foreclosure Settlement Will Settle Nothing
TheStreet.comFebruary 4, 2012

Details of the deal emerging from recent press reports suggests that the states, while requiring banks to address their foreclosure procedures and reduce principal on mortgages, might not grant them any real immunity from future mortgage litigation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Is It Bias? Is It Legal?
Inside Higher EdFebruary 3, 2012

Asked if Asian-American applicants face bias at top colleges, Hernandez said "after 10 years of doing this [counseling] and four years in Dartmouth admissions, I don't think it's intentional, but I think there is discrimination.more »

WEBBIES: Flightglobal announces the winners of this year's aviation web awards
FlightglobalFebruary 3, 2012

The Webbies, now in its fourth year, celebrates the best and brightest in aviation websites and social media activities – and this time includes new and improved categories. We asked flightglobal.com users to enter or nominate their favourite websites ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord must send a CRP to tenant
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Q I rent a house in Minneapolis, and I want to get my renter's property tax refund, but my landlord hasn't given me my Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP). What should I do? A Under state law, the owner of any homestead rental property must furnish a CRP to ...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 »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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Thwarting scams, frauds takes vigilance
The Westerly SunFebruary 1, 2012

... scams, and misleading advertising. "We believe in outreach and education because we believe in protecting consumers by prevention," Miller said. The Consumer Protection Unit has six investigators and one lawyer who determine if there have been any ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'Financial Field Manual' Targets Military Families
AdvisorOneFebruary 7, 2012

By Marlene Y. Satter The second edition of a financial guide aimed at military families is ready to be distributed. (Photo: AP) Just in time for Military Saves Week, Feb. 19-26, a second edition of the “Financial Field Manual: The Personal Finance ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...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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Fact check: Does Romney "believe in the Constitution"?
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

The bill was passed overwhelmingly in the House and the Senate, and President Obama signed it quietly into law on New Year's Eve. Thomas Jefferson saw the right to a trial as an essential part of the Constitution. He said, "I consider trial by jury as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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EC Interim Report on Bulgaria Progress under CVM - Full Text
Novinite.comFebruary 8, 2012

A law on asset forfeiture now being debated in Parliament needs to be comprehensive, and backed up with strong institutions, if it is to be effective in dissuading organised crime and high-level corruption. An analysis of shortcomings in judicial and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Lawmakers Working to Protect Millions of American Jobs
WDTVFebruary 2, 2012

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are on board to protect 4 million American jobs. Introduced last month, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act wants a ban on taxpayer subsidies to companies that choose to take American jobs overseas ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Clean Energy Opens LNG Fueling Station in Seville, Ohio to Support Truck Fleet ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

This station is on the leading edge of the natural gas highway that Clean Energy is developing across the United States over the next two years. We believe natural gas will be a mainstream alternative to diesel for class 8 truck fuel, because natural ...more »

Sports Law
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Wes Welker is No Goat: Non-fan Opinion
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 6, 2012

I'm an Indianapolis Colts fan, and as such, I'm required by football law to loathe the Patriots—and loathe them, I do. Welker also played his college ball at Texas Tech. I graduated from Tech rival Texas A&M. I haven't liked Welker the player since ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Federal Tax Dodgers Owe $3.4 Billion
The Fiscal TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Under federal labor law, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee on the basis that their earnings are garnished for any one debt, including owing taxes, except in case of IRS employees who can be terminated for unpaid taxes.more »

This Chart Gives Definitive Proof Of Age Discrimination In America
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

That number rises to 29 percent for ages 25-34; and all the way up to 42 percent for over 55. This trend also gives dramatic evidence of age discrimination in America. The older you are, the less companies want to hire you.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Don't Back Down
The INDsiderFebruary 1, 2012

And Lafayette will never again have this kind of asset in the heart of the city. Davidson, however, was back at it in 2005. Because his neighbors' passion to protect their quaint and historic piece of Lafayette from commercial intrusion had squashed ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wonkbook: Economy poised to beat expectations in 2012. But will Congress get ...
Washington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

At the same time, the Treasury and the IRS also released proposed regulations to implement a 2010 US law known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires foreign financial institutions to report detailed information about US account ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Would you feel comfortable with a death bed will?
The Co-operativeFebruary 11, 2012

The case of Martin Lavin has caused judges to debate the legality of the practice after he changed his will to make his sister Anne Liston the main probate beneficiary just a few hours before his death, the Telegraph reported.more »

Family Law
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Proposal extends medical leave to veterans' families
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Amanda Palleschi Family members of veterans would be entitled to the same leave afforded to family members of current military service members under an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act announced Monday. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. pulls builder's license after worker killed
Fox NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Contractors State License Board said Friday that it suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment Inc. because the company had failed to comply with state workers' compensation insurance laws.more »

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