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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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 »

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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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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 1, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kim Dotcom Has A Case: Truth Behind Megavideo, Megaupload Indictment
International Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

All of these things, thrown together in one massive indictment, paint the picture of a man running an organized crime ring like a mafia don, not of a man who created file-sharing sites that can be used for online piracy. Take any of those individual ...more »

Immigration Law
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Studies, surveys examine immigration law's impact
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 1, 2012

bama's tougher immigration law could cost the state many billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product and tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The sponsor of the law called the study "baloney." Meanwhile, the Alabama Agribusiness Council is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal on FAA bill tweaks union rules, adds flights in DC
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

The bill sets a new requirement for half the workers in a bargaining unit to petition the National Mediation Board for a vote to certify a union, up from the current 35%. -- Development of "NextGen" air-traffic control equipment.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance co. sued in Grafton bridge failure
Worcester TelegramFebruary 2, 2012

Yesterday the attorney general filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court alleging that XL Specialty Insurance Company, a Delaware corporation, and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates violated the False Claims Act and the Consumer Protection Act by ...more »

Animal Law
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Ohio Senate advances anti-puppy mill bill
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

Ohio's animal ownership laws came under nationwide scrutiny in October when law enforcement officers were forced to shoot 49 exotic animals after their owner released them from a Zanesville farm, touching off a panic in the surrounding area.more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favoured the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$19.5M asbestos settlement proposed by WR Grace
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Grace began the Libby Medical Program in 2000 after news reports exposed the widespread disease and deaths linked to asbestos exposure. Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the Libby claimants, says the proposed settlement ensures that the company ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Wis. appeals court vacates ruling on how state elections board must review ...
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

Scott Walker, who is being targeted in part for pushing last year's law ending nearly all collective-bargaining rights for most public workers. United Wisconsin, the coalition that spearheaded the recall effort along with the Democratic Party, ...more »

AP Exclusive: US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"Both US intelligence and law enforcement communities and foreign services continue to identify people who want to cause us harm, particularly in the US and particularly as it relates to aviation," Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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London Landlords Facing Rents of Zero Turn Offices Into Condos
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

Finance Jobs Lost Employment in the Square Mile dropped 8.5 percent last year and it will remain below 1998 levels until 2014, according to the Centre for Economics & Business Research Ltd. The cutbacks and the amount of aging space give City tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Top Payday Loans with No Credit Check Updated
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

The suggested offers do not check the consumers credit score which makes them ideal for people with a bad credit history. Borrowers with a bad credit rating who meet the minimum requirements for approval can virtually guarantee that they will get the ...more »

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Viewpoint: Description of witness as 'key figure' disputed
Maui NewsFebruary 5, 2012

27 article about the Laurence Dorcy litigation. The article contained serious errors, and that it described a witness named Petro Hoy as a "key figure" in the ongoing litigation is false. Mr. Hoy is not a key figure in the Dorcy litigation.more »

Business Law
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Political Firestorm in Mexico over 1.9M in Cash Found in Suitcase
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

28, 2012 image released by Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) on Jan. 31, 2012, an official counts money that was seized at the Mexico state airport in Toluca, Mexico. Industry groups, political parties and analysts in Mexico are questioning the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Digital partnership improves health care access for veterans
United States Army (press release)February 3, 2012

By Robin Boggs, First Army Division East Cpl. Eric McNulty, an infantryman from Southern Plains, NC, fills out the e-benefit form with military service coordinator Nathan Talley after returning from deployment with C Company, 279th Infantry Regiment, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
PR Web (press release)February 4, 2012

Sam Harding, a prominent Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who is also the owner of the Sam Harding Law Firm, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby announces that he has been chosen as the host of a new radio call-in show ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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For health reform, constitutionality is not a matter of all or nothing
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)February 3, 2012

Opponents claim that Congress lacked authority to impose the law's mandate that everyone have health insurance. However, if the Supreme Court agrees, it must then confront an even thornier issue. Does it throw out all 2700 pages of the law or only that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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Brothers pay for filing baseless case in consumer court
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

The three siblings were fined Rs 30000 by a consumer forum for dragging a builder to court over complaints that were "devoid of substance". Recently, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission too upheld the State Consumer Disputes Redressal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Banks See Paying Bonus to Troubled Homeowners Beats Foreclosure: Mortgages
BloombergFebruary 7, 2012

The deals accounted for 33 percent of financially distressed transactions in November, up from 24 percent a year earlier, said CoreLogic Inc., a Santa Ana, California-based real estate information company. Karen Farley hadn't made a mortgage payment in ...more »

Meritor Reports First-Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

This press release contains statements relating to our future results (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.more »

Sports Law
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Loretta Hunt: Showtime Sports' head discusses future of Strikeforce
SI.comFebruary 8, 2012

It was widely speculated that this contract wouldn't be renewed for two reasons: Zuffa already had a history of buying and stripping other fight organizations, and UFC president Dana White and Showtime Sports head Ken Hershman didn't see eye to eye.more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oil and gas director bows out
Colorado Springs Independent (blog)February 1, 2012

David Neslin, the man at the center of oil and gas regulation in Colorado, has decided to bag it and practice law instead. Neslin appeared at the hearing on El Paso County's oil and gas regulations yesterday. Commission to return to the practice of law...more »

Environmental Law
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Jordan wants to scrap energy benchmarks
Mansfield News JournalFebruary 7, 2012

The benchmarks were approved with broad bipartisan support and signed into law by former Gov. Ted Strickland in 2008. They require at least 12.5 percent of electricity sold in Ohio to be from renewable energy resources -- including wind, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Mirror wills invalidated by signature mix-up
Legalbrief (subscription)February 6, 2012

The ruling disinherits the couple's intended heir and has left lawyers calling for a more flexible approach to probate law. A report in the Law Gazette notes that in 1999 Mr and Mrs Alfred Thomas Rawlings signed mirror wills that they believed would ...more »

Family Law
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Keeping Locked-up Kids and Families Connected
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Middle Ground Prison Reform, a prison advocacy group, challenged the law in court as a discriminatory tax, but a county judge upheld its constitutionality. Fees like that, slapped on prisoners and their families, couldn't be more counterintuitive.more »

Workers Compensation
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City pays workers comp settlement
Gilroy DispatchFebruary 3, 2012

The city paid a workers' compensation settlement to one of its public works employees this week, bringing the total amount paid in such claims this fiscal year to about $199000. Following a discussion in closed session at Wednesday's meeting, ...more »


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