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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

Law Firm Moving to The Colonnade at Station Square in Silver Spring, MD
Citybizlist Real EstateFebruary 1, 2012

The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC has signed a 15440-square-foot lease at 1100 Wayne Ave., a 162834-square-foot building in Silver Spring, MD owned by Bethesda-based Moore & Associates. The Ezra Company Principal/Executive Vice ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legislature meddling in state judicial conflict
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

This rebellion against the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts comes against the backdrop of state budget cuts - $350 million this year alone - that have left courts struggling to maintain their hours and avert backlogs.more »

Health Care Law
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Contraceptive controversy: Bishop Galante urges protest of health care policy
Cherry Hill Courier PostFebruary 7, 2012

The letter called for parishioners to contact Congress to support legislation to reverse the health care policy. “We cannot — we will not — comply with this unjust law,” Galante said in the letter. “People of faith cannot be made second-class citizens.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'A terribly wrongful act'
Langley TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Natasha Jones - Langley Times The last thing Larri Woodrow expected when he joined other volunteers to plant trees at Derby Hills Park on Jan. 7 was to find that dozens of trees had been illegally chopped down. Woodrow and other volunteers planned ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. Plan Roils Debate in Immigration Guru's State
ABC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Our view: Development agency needs transparency
Utica Observer DispatchFebruary 3, 2012

Yet GLDC officials continue to insist they are above the law. It's shameful. The public is entitled to know how its money is spent. Period. The GLDC was established as a nonprofit corporation in 1994 to help find civilian uses to redevelop Griffiss Air ...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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FDIC sues former County Bank officials for mismanagement leading to $42M loss
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corp. of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the suit, filed Jan.more »

Animal Law
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Hidden cameras reveal mistreatment in Sydney abattoir
ABC OnlineFebruary 9, 2012

Animal rights groups say the current system is failing to protect animals and it wants mandatory cameras to monitor abattoir operations. BRONWYN HERBERT: The footage provided to the ABC claims to show the inside workings of the Hawkesbury Valley ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IP: is MegaUpload the most important case you've never heard of?
ChiefOfficers.NetFebruary 1, 2012

If for nothing else, the Megaupload case is important for establishing the use of public officials to protect private, commercial, rights. The film, music and software industries are so vital to the USA's otherwise flagging economy that it has used ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit, Business Forums Key Highlights Of Singapore ...
BernamaFebruary 2, 2012

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- The highly anticipated Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) and Business Forums return this year as part of Singapore Airshow 2012. The Singapore Airshow 2012 will be held from Feb 14-19 at the Changi ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Must Landlords Do to Evict Tenants?
Patch.comFebruary 8, 2012

When the final judgment is entered, you can then obtain a Writ of Possession. The Writ of Possession authorizes law enforcement to remove the tenant and the tenant's belongings from the property. Your clerk of court or the sheriff's office can quickly ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Don Cornelius Made Television History With 'Soul Train'
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

"But what I take credit for is that there were no black television commercials to speak of before `Soul Train.' There were few black faces in those ads before `Soul Train.' "And what I am most proud of," he added, "is that we made television history.more »

Litigation
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Honeywell Sues Nest for Patent Infringement
Connected World MagazineFebruary 6, 2012

Honeywell says this move follows similar litigation against other manufacturers, naming Venstar, www.venstar.com, and ICM Controls, www.icmcontrols.com. Nest thermostat has been touted as the “iPhone of thermostats” by its creators.more »

Business Law
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The Stolen Valor Act
phillyBurbs.com (blog)February 1, 2012

In our country, it is a crime to falsely impersonate a police officer, a federal officer or employee, doctors, nurses or any other public official. Military personnel were also a part of this list but that may soon change if the Stolen Valor Act is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military has special tax needs
The OlympianFebruary 18, 2012

With tax time at hand, the Internal Revenue Service is offering some tips specific to members of the military. When preparing their federal tax returns, service personnel can consider special benefits that may apply to them.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Blotter: Keithville man faces child porn charges
Shreveport TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, state police and members of the North Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Myatt is accused of violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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LA Personal Injury Attorneys, Grayson & Grayson to Offer Consultation for ...
PR.com (press release)February 11, 2012

Free radiology malpractice case evaluation now available from the LA based personal injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson. Victims can fill out a no-obligation form to get their free case review. Los Angeles, CA, February 11, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Leading Los ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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OUR VIEW: Smoke-free law badly needed, but not as a constitutional amendment ...
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)February 10, 2012

Vivian Figures, D-Mobile, is taking a two-pronged approach this year to get a strong smoke-free law enacted in Alabama. Figures has put forward two practically identical bills, but one is in the form of a constitutional amendment that requires a vote ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Online CE Course Now Available
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

CNA HealthPro and the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists are pleased to announce a new online dental continuing education course offering, the CNA HealthPro Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Program. One of the most comprehensive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Compensation for Galway 'clocked' car buyer
Galway IndependentFebruary 9, 2012

The National Consumer Agency (NCA) confirmed today that it had secured a compensation order under the Consumer Protection Act 2007 on behalf of a consumer in Galway who had purchased a clocked car. The application was granted in Galway District Court ...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 »

How SC members of Congress voted, week ending Feb. 3
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Over a third of Medicaid spending goes for long-term care, a share expected to rise markedly as baby boomers grow old. contract disabling diseases, run out of money to pay health bills and turn to Medicaid. A yes vote was to repeal the CLASS Act.more »

Sports Law
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Jared Kushner a prospective Dodgers owner
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 7, 2012

The Donald Trump son-in-law, 31, is a member of a prominent New York real estate family. Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump attend the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Skylight Soho last fall in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney appointed for Joseph Gentz in Jane Bashara case
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

By Joe Swickard Detroit defense attorney Susan Reed has been appointed to represent Joseph Gentz, who has told investigators he killed Jane Bashara. Reed, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was named by Presiding Judge ...more »

Don't dawdle on filing taxes. Identity thieves are lurking.
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

“We are taking this issue very seriously,” said IRS spokeswoman Julianne Fisher Breitbeil. The agency recently announced a crackdown on tax-refund fraud and identity theft. Working with the Justice Department's tax division and US attorney's offices ...more »

'Anti-gay' book puts Gove at centre of faith school teaching row
The GuardianFebruary 18, 2012

The TUC has accused Gove of failing in his legal duties by insisting that equality laws, which prohibit discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, do not extend to the school curriculum. The TUC complains that the current situation sends ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futures On Credit-Default Swaps Seen As Natural Evolution
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

If a borrower defaults, sellers of the protection compensate buyers. The swaps--traded over the phone or on-screen, with prices known only to trading partners--are the domain of asset managers and hedge funds with the sophistication and financial ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
Chicago TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured Workers Concerned about Breach
VOCMFebruary 5, 2012

The Newfoundland and Labrador Injured Workers Association is concerned about what is going on behind the scenes at Workers Compensation. A recent report brought to light that an employee accessed the records of twelve injured workers without a ...more »

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