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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 »

Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Conn. liquor law hearing expected to draw large crowd
Norwich BulletinFebruary 28, 2012

By Anonymous AP A large turnout is expected at the state Capitol today for a public hearing on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to overhaul Connecticut's liquor laws, including allowing retail alcohol sales on Sundays. The coalition "End Connecticut's Blue ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gingrich, in Tennessee, calls for ways to replace new health care law
Greenfield Daily ReporterFebruary 27, 2012

Earlier, Gingrich attended a health care forum at the law firm of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., urging Republicans to think of this time as "the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obamacare debate.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Davy Jones, singer in The Monkees, dead at 66
Plain Dealer (blog)February 29, 2012

Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork became The Monkees in 1966 when they were chosen to star as a goofball, Beatles-like musical act in the TV show, "The Monkees." The show only aired until 1968, but The Monkees became a pop cultural ...more »

Immigration Law
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LGBT community and immigraton
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 17, 2012

By max green One of the Utah immigration bills from last year is currently the subject of two lawsuits filed by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, and by the US Department of Justice. Apart from the contested elements of the bill, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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KeyPoint Government Solutions Names New Advisory Board Member
MarketWatch (press release)February 21, 2012

... Mr. Davidson is currently the CEO of Bill Davidson Associates, LLC, a firm providing consulting and advisory service to government and private entities focusing on security, law enforcement, intelligence and organizational development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton, Calif., takes 'first step towards bankruptcy'
msnbc.comFebruary 29, 2012

And now, officials say this river port city of 290000 is on the brink of insolvency and could become the nation's largest city to fall into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The City Council voted late Tuesday to use a new California law to enter ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Beckett Fund Misleads on Obama Defense of Contraception Lawsuit
Religion DispatchesFebruary 28, 2012

What's more, there will be additional modifications, which would "require health insurance issuers to offer group health insurance coverage without contraceptive coverage to non-profit religious organizations that object to contraceptive coverage and ...more »

Animal Law
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Hays County commissioners amend ordinance that called for killing dogs that ...
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 29, 2012

But officials assured livestock owners that the revised law won't undermine their ability to protect their own animals or to seek retribution when those animals are harmed. Hays County Animal Control Division officers seized two dogs on Feb.more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Perspectives - Collective Management of Copyright Works
AllAfrica.comFebruary 24, 2012

Copyrighted works are by their very nature not all stand alone intellectual property (IP) assets but have what are termed related or neighboured rights built around them, albeit comparatively limited in scope and shorter in duration.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Federal court upholds "bare-metal" defense
Lexology (registration)February 9, 2012

As the asbestos litigation has evolved, and the major manufacturing defendants have declared bankruptcy, the litigation has moved away from the manufacturers of asbestos to new types of defendants, including premises owners, and even those that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action faces another showdown
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 23, 2012

Apprehension, trepidation, fear - those words may best describe the emotions of many affirmative-action supporters in response to Tuesday's news that the US Supreme Court will again take up that issue. This court leans further to the right than the ...more »

Rockwell Collins Executive VP and COO to address JP Morgan Aviation...
defproFebruary 29, 2012

15:45 GMT, February 29, 2012 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa | Kelly Ortberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Government Systems for Rockwell Collins, will address the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference in New York on ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Many Renter's Unsure Of Rights
WDSU New OrleansFebruary 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- Local renters said they are frustrated after experiencing several problems with their landlords. Renters said many of them are unsure of their rights when it comes to housing. Sheila Duncan, a renter, said for one year, she had to endure ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How This Year's Chicago Bulls' Defense Ranks with the Best in Franchise History
Bleacher ReportFebruary 29, 2012

The Hawks' shooters would in turn settle for bad shots, or the Bulls would contest the shots well. This defense might rank higher, but we will know only when the season is over. When Tom Thibodeau came to coach the Chicago Bulls, ...more »

Litigation
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Burford Capital Completion of Acquisition
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Burford Capital Limited ("Burford Capital" or "Burford" or "the Company"), the world's largest provider of investment capital and risk solutions for litigation, today announced that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of Firstassist ...more »

Business Law
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Legal Alert: Georgia Garnishment Law Amended
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Georgia businesses are once again able to answer garnishments through an authorized officer or employee rather than an attorney. Until last year, a representative of human resources or payroll generally answered garnishment actions on behalf of a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ron Paul Issues Statement on Obama's Proposed Tricare Cuts
Business Wire (press release)February 29, 2012

“The Obama administration's proposed defense budget would require military families and retirees to pay exceedingly more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized civilian defense workers' benefits untouched. This is unacceptable.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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TPD, Internet Crimes task force arrest man on child pornography charges
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)February 29, 2012

A police report from TPD says Kirkpatrick used "common Internet search terms" for child pornography on multiple occasions. After Kirkpatrick was confronted at his home and his house was searched, he said he used Torrent programs and Frostwire to ...more »

Personal Injury
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LV= profits double despite rise in personal injury claims and attempted fraud
This is MoneyFebruary 27, 2012

By This Is Money Reporter Annual profits more than doubled at insurer LV=, despite a further increase in personal injury claims and attempted fraud. The UK's fourth largest car insurer reported trading profits of £72.1million, while premium income grew ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Oregon Backs Obama on Health Care Legal Fight
KTVZFebruary 17, 2012

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger announced Friday the filing of a friend-of-the-court brief in the US Supreme Court supporting the constitutionality of federal health care reform and urging the high court to uphold the landmark law.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man awarded damages over Time sweepstake letter
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 28, 2012

By Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia News February 28, 2012 The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a Time Magazine sweepstake letter that appeared to tell a Montreal man he'd hit the jackpot breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. OTTAWA — The Supreme ...more »

Real Estate Law
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What you need to know about estate tax laws
Minuteman News CenterFebruary 29, 2012

When most people hear about estate tax planning, they assume it's only for the wealthiest taxpayers. However, recent changes in the estate tax laws have been so advantageous to those passing wealth to another generation that it is worth knowing about ...more »

iPad legal fight highlights China's trademark minefield
BBC NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Legal experts describe a situation where the law favours opportunistic "trademark squatters", who register trademarks - often by the hundred - in the hope of turning a quick profit, rather than the companies who actually use them to do business.more »

Sports Law
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26 states seek relief from education law
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Major mistake: Jimmy Dimora's defense attorney says jury should return 'guilty ...
NewsNet5.comFebruary 29, 2012

AKRON, Ohio - Jimmy Dimora's defense attorney made a major flub in his closing argument in federal court. He said, “I think you'll be returning a verdict of 'guilty' on each and every one of these counts.” Defense attorney Bill Whitaker did not appear ...more »

BBB Cautions Those Preparing to File Tax Returns
Patch.comFebruary 26, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

Salina considers changes to discrimination law
El Dorado TimesFebruary 27, 2012

The proposed change would add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of classes protected from discrimination. The list includes race, sex, familial status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin and ancestry.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Phuket business: Axiom legal financing segregated portfolio
Phuket GazetteFebruary 29, 2012

The Axiom fund provides loans to law firms trying non-frivolous lawsuits such as divorce, etc. As with the types of notes I had looked at before, all the cases are insured and there is also insurance taken out against the law firm should it fail.more »

Environmental Law
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Landfill Projects Legislation
Michigan Policy Network (blog)February 27, 2012

On the proponent's side, House Bill 4875, which was signed by Governor Snyder into law on November 10, 2011, has opened the door for research projects designed to develop renewable energy from gases, specifically methane, created by the decomposition ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Health on the Rocks? Estate Planning Can Put Your Mind at Ease
Einnews PortugalFebruary 29, 2012

Yet, most of them do not have legal documents in place that will assist in safeguarding their health, protecting their autonomy and properly administering their property should they become unable to express their wishes. Although everyone can benefit ...more »

Family Law
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Cranford law firm offers free divorce seminar
Suburban NewsFebruary 16, 2012

By Christine Unish The law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, PC has announced that Senior Partner, Mario C. Gurrieri, Chair of its Family Law Department, Attorneys Richard A. Outhwaite, Kristin M. Capalbo and Andrew J. Economos, will once again ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Victaulic foundry employee wins workers' comp for on-the-job stroke
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 21, 2012

By Peter Hall, Of The Morning Call A Forks Township man who suffered a stroke while working in the "hot room" at a Victaulic Co. foundry will receive workers' compensation benefits following a judge's decision in a case an expert described as difficult ...more »

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