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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 »

Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Attorney general Bill Schuette asks that hearing on grad student unions be halted
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By David Jesse Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a request with the state Supreme Court, asking it to stop a hearing scheduled for today to decide whether University of Michigan graduate student research assistants can unionize.more »

Health Care Law
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Thompson talks air passengers, health care
Lake County Record-BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Thompson also announced he introduced a new bill Wednesday with Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) to help rural communities striving to access better health care. "The quality of health care you receive should not depend on whether you're from a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law defense bill: $85K
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

By David Montero Utah's enforcement-only immigration law has already cost taxpayers in excess of $85000 to defend in federal court, according to government records obtained by a social justice group. United for Social Justice filed its open records ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Jeffrey Jacobson Named Head of Xerox Global Graphic Communications
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Jacobson is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo and holds a master's degree in industrial relations from the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Pace University School of Law and is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Vodafone moves dispute resolution panel over IT department order
TelecomTigerFebruary 1, 2012

Buoyed by its victory over income tax department on December 20 after the Supreme Court on Friday set aside Bombay High Courts order directing the company to pay income tax of Rs 11000 crore, Vodafone on Tuesday moved the dispute resolution panel, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.more »

Animal Law
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Leisure Village woman hopes to take fight to keep 'therapy' dog to federal court
TCPalmFebruary 14, 2012

She's suing Leisure Village under the Fair Housing Act for the right to keep an "emotional-support animal." "This is not a pet," said attorney David Boyer, who's representing Hoffman through the non-profit Disability Rights Florida.more »

Intellectual Property
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IntraOp Medical wins Patent Defense Suit Protecting Their Intellectual Property
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

By IntraOp Medical Corporation SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- IntraOp Medical Corporation (OTC: IOPD) is pleased to announce that the German Supreme Court dismissed the patent nullification case that IntraOp Medical had appealed, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action advocates should make a better case
Daily CalifornianFebruary 16, 2012

By Jason Willick Affirmative action found its way back onto The Daily Californian's front page Tuesday — this time without the help of a satirical bake sale. For those of you who aren't up to date on the latest Proposition 209 news: Students staged a ...more »

Ministry shielding officers in Airbus scam?
IBNLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has doggedly refused to grant sanction to the CBI to prosecute six people who were responsible for signing a deal with Airbus to procure 43 aircraft for Air India (AI) and cause a loss to the exchequer.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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More Sarkisian quotes from signing day
The Seattle Times (blog)February 2, 2012

It's a credit to our new coaches that have come in to do some of the things they've done, but also guys that were on our staff that are still on our staff to hold this thing together until we could get some momentum here at the end to make this happen.more »

Litigation
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Krill Companies Agree to Cease-Fire During Patent Re-Examination
Natural Products INSIDERFebruary 2, 2012

LAVAL, Quebec—Neptune, Aker Biomarine and Schiff Nutrition have agreed to a stay of litigation in their patent infringement case until the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) completes its re-examination of the original Neptune-held patent in ...more »

Business Law
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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Disabled vet to VA: 'I'm still alive'
Florida TodayFebruary 4, 2012

Government thinks Army veteran Jerry Miller is deceased and wants $94000 in benefits back. Not so fast, he says Living vet declared dead four times: Army veteran Jerry Miller is puzzled as to how the military could have deemed him dead and asked for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senate passes cybercrime bill on final reading
Mindanao Gold Star DailyFebruary 1, 2012

2796, sponsored by Senator Edgardo Angara, seeks to empower law enforcement agencies to investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals committing internet-related crimes. Angara said SBN 2796 aims to ensure internet security to the public with the ...more »

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

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Jaensch: Law changes aren't all equal
Adelaide NowFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination was one reason for the call for the existing clauses should be deleted! The committee also sought a prohibition of racial discrimination, but would allow positive discrimination laws designed to overcome Aboriginal disadvantages.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Change in leadership at malpractice insurer
Parkersburg NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"We had a change in leadership," said Dr. R. Austin Wallace, who has taken over as president and chief executive officer of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company. "It's been a very great transition." Wallace took over the top positions at the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bring Call Centers Back To U.S., Bill Proposes
InformationWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Bishop's US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) would prohibit companies that place call centers offshore from receiving federal grants or guaranteed loans. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a publicly ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Flower Mound Squatter Sitting On An Eviction Notice, Court Date
LoanSafeFebruary 1, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on February 1, 2012 in Real Estate FLOWER MOUND (Source: James Ragland The Dallas Morning News) — Kenneth Robinson's day of legal reckoning could soon be at hand. Dubbed by some as the most famous squatter in America, Robinson has ...more »

Sands China, Cirque du Soleil Call Early End to Show Contract
Wall Street JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By KATE O'KEEFFE HONG KONG—After three and a half years, the Macau unit of Las Vegas Sands Corp. and Cirque du Soleil said Tuesday that they are putting an end to their 10-year contract. The move underscores the difficulty companies have faced trying ...more »

Sports Law
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Ga. court overturns assisted suicide restrictions
WRICFebruary 6, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> Analysis: Obama, GOP work to frame what matters: how economy is now, or where it's headed? More>> Analysis: Obama, GOP work to frame what matters: ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cuomo proposes more flexible probation laws
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

"Probation is a punishment, and judges should be able to decide if more or less is appropriate for a particular defendant," said Richard Willstatter, the president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a partner at Green ...more »

Thieves preying on tax returns, IRS says
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

Besides the IRS, the Justice Department's Tax Division, the Postal Service and local US attorney's offices were involved after investigations that lasted months and, in some cases, years. IRS officials say the use of stolen identities to fraudulently ...more »

PAISD non-suited from discrimination case
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 2, 2012

A former Port Arthur Independent School District teacher has non-suited the district from his age discrimination suit. As the Southeast Texas Record reported in April 2007, Gary Phillips sued PAISD alleging the district fired him due to his age.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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“Clean” Energy May Not Be as Green As We Thought
What They Think (blog)February 2, 2012

By Richard Romano on February 2nd, 2012 New Scientist has a long, yet provocative article pointing out that alternative energies may be subject to the law of unintended consequences. That is, at present, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar ...more »

Wills & Probate
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FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC FOR HOUSTON VETERANS TODAY
The Cypress TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, worker's compensation, tax issues, bankruptcy, and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Family Law
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8 remain hospitalized after fatal Florida pileup
CNNFebruary 2, 2012

"ICE's stated priorities include convicted criminals, immigration fugitives, repeat immigration law violators and recent border crossers." A letter to family friend Alonso Oliveira from Carmo's family members in Brazil said they were eager for ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »

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