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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Kurtz protests US requirement for free contraceptive coverage in health plans
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has joined a growing national chorus of Catholic leaders in denouncing “alarming” federal requirements that church-affiliated schools and hospitals offer their employees free health insurance coverage for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Alabama Lawmakers Calls for Immigration Law Repeal
Fox NewsFebruary 28, 2012

We must repeal this law," Beasley said. His bill seeking to scrap HB 56 will get a hearing next week in the Alabama Senate's judiciary committee, but the senator acknowledged the measure faces an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled legislature.more »

Health Care Law
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Americans United for Life Challenges the Constitutionality of the Abortion ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

"Over the last few weeks, we've seen a clear abortion agenda hidden in the pages of the healthcare law through the controversy surrounding the abortion-inducing drug mandate," said Dr.Yoest. "Forcing either companies or individuals to pay for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ranks of moderate Republicans shrink with Sen. Dennis Jones leaving after 32 years
Tampabay.comFebruary 28, 2012

But his colleagues, who call the 70-year-old Seminole Republican the "Dean of the Senate," didn't cooperate, giving him several standing ovations before surprising him by renaming one of his bills the Dennis L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act.more »

Immigration Law
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Across Arizona, Illegal Immigration Is on Back Burner
New York TimesFebruary 27, 2012

Jan Brewer, a Republican, signed legislation that required all immigrants to carry documentation or face arrest — a law that set off protests here and stirred a national boycott of the state — concern about illegal immigration is no longer the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Nigerian Content: Appreciable success, greater challenges still ahead
VanguardFebruary 27, 2012

The NCDMB boss, who spoke on, The Nigerian Content Implementation under the NOGID Act, argued that a strong wind of change is sweeping over the industry, as a result of government's regulation to ensure local content development in the petroleum ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Employee denies defaming colleague
NKU The Northerner OnlineFebruary 29, 2012

Sidebottom, who also works as an arbitrator for NKU's Alternative Dispute Resolution Center, said that mediation, even among NKU employees, must be voluntary. The Northerner found no university policy for mandatory mediation.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gibraltar settles with Rothstein investors, massive lawsuit over
Orlando SentinelFebruary 29, 2012

In addition, the investors will be entitled to a share of funds that could be collected in an insurance claim. Gibraltar, which has its headquarters in Coral Gables, was the last defendant standing in the massive lawsuit filed on behalf of investors ...more »

Animal Law
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Fasano pushing bill requiring animal abusers to be on public registry
Bay News 9February 18, 2012

Fasano is working to introduce a bill in the Senate that would put convicted animal abusers out there for everyone to see. "This legislation would bring it to the attention of not only law enforcement, but good, decent pet owners," the Republican state ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Over 75 Percent of Intellectual Property Professionals in the UK are Willing ...
Albany Times UnionFebruary 29, 2012

Fellows and Associates' report of the 2012 salary survey of the Intellectual Property profession in the United Kingdom was well received by its audience. It gained exposure on prominent industry blogs as well as LinkedIn and Twitter.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BP, Anadarko, Merrill, Monsanto, Google, Apple in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 27, 2012

A legal challenge to Google Inc.'s privacy policy was dismissed by a judge who said she lacked authority to order the Federal Trade Commission to take action against the world's most popular search engine. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In defense of affirmative action
A & T RegisterFebruary 29, 2012

Originally justified as a way to compensate for a long legacy of racial discrimination, and later embraced as a way to provide a more diverse learning environment, affirmative action has been good for the United States.more »

Hundreds of flights cancelled in day 3 of French aviation strike
CanadianBusiness.comFebruary 8, 2012

By Nicolas Garriga, AP | February 08, 2012 Travelers look at a departures board at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, in Roissy, near Paris, Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. Hundreds of flights in France were cancelled on Tuesday, including 40 percent out of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Elmira Water Board Vs. Landlords (VIDEO)
WENY-TVFebruary 13, 2012

Elmira (WENY) - Landlords often call the Elmira City Water Board to shut off water at buildings where tenants still live inside. Then they call city code enforcement to evict tenants, instead of going through the legal eviction process.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton could become biggest city to go bankrupt
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 29, 2012

The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.more »

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Regulation By Litigation May Be Hazardous to Your Health
ForbesFebruary 29, 2012

The consent judgment issued by a US District Court in New York is the result of a lawsuit filed by the NRDC in 2010 in an attempt to achieve through litigation what it could not achieve through science-based evidence. The FDA doesn't necessarily have ...more »

Business Law
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New law could free up TV airwaves for mobile use
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 28, 2012

Those that do could continue to operate as cable-only channels if they don't want to go out of business. Bidding for freed airwaves likely won't begin until late 2013 or early 2014, partly to give bidders time to raise money to pay for any spectrum ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ron Paul to President Obama: 'Keep us free'
The State ColumnFebruary 29, 2012

2012 Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's latest proposal to seek cuts in Tricare benefits for veterans and active military. See comments below: “As a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Father, son face sexual exploitation charges
The Daily AdvanceFebruary 16, 2012

The investigation was part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force program, she said. Wallace said the sheriff's office does not have reason to believe the sexual images found on the computers were of local children.more »

Personal Injury
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Police Crash Cars to demonstrate Florida's Accident Fraud Problem
First Coast NewsFebruary 17, 2012

A Florida Highway Patrol squad car smacks into another vehicle as part of a demonstration showing how fraud rings are manipulating Florida's personal injury protection insurance system. Tallahassee, Fla. -- Accident fraud is estimated to cost Florida ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gallup: Dems say Obamacare's unconstitutional, want to keep it anyway
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 27, 2012

It's going to change over time but there is no way it is all going away. They've been implementing since they day after the ACA was signed. In fact, some have speculated that implementation has already reached the point that it would be MORE expensive ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm (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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A surprise turn on the SEC's winding road to the Dodd-Frank “conflict minerals ...
Lexology (registration)February 22, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank), Pub. L. 111-203, signed into law on July 21, 2010, requires the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to implement regulations under which issuers attest to aspects of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Elder real estate transactions can be a mine field
newjerseynewsroom.comFebruary 26, 2012

I am not a lawyer, but.... I am a retired real estate broker and familiar with both real estate law as well as elder law. By turning over their house -- probably their biggest asset -- to the eldest son, your friends have put themselves and their other ...more »

GlobalWise Provides Corporate Overview and History of Intellinetics
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

During this formation timeframe, the Intellinetics customer base evolved beyond law enforcement to government contracts and commercial clients. From 2001 through 2007, Intellinetics continued to focus on software development, refinement, ...more »

Sports Law
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WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |Charges in burning of ...
WXOW.comFebruary 28, 2012

The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement searched Barnes' Winter Park home Tuesday and confiscated her cellphone and laptop. Authorities also reported finding methamphetamine, scales and drug paraphernalia. Barnes told investigators she set the fire ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense says any patient care mistakes were not criminal
Albany Times UnionFebruary 10, 2012

(Skip Dickstein / Times Union) Defense attorney for Kathkeen Osgood presents her opening arguments Feb. 9, 2012 at the trial of four healthcare professionals in Rensselaer County Court in Troy, NY accused of neglecting a nursing home patient.more »

Tea Party Warrior: Report Medical Marijuana Clubs to the IRS and Get Rich
SF Weekly (blog)February 7, 2012

"If this is true, I should be on the phone every day, calling the IRS and reporting every small business up and down the street in the hopes that they audit them," Wykowski said. "[Chabot] misstates the basics of the [whistleblower] program ... you ...more »

Billion dollar lawsuit, as Lost Canadians sue government over discriminatory...
The Vancouver ObserverFebruary 25, 2012

... based on age, gender or marital status. Yet these factors are at the heart of problem for "Lost Canadians", who are taking the federal government to court over its refusal to grant citizenship to victims of Canada's discriminatory laws of the past.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Chief Minister for making police stations symbol of protection
The Nation, PakistanFebruary 27, 2012

He said that the professional and hardworking officers and officials were the asset of the police department and government was proud of them. He further stated that the provincial government had also paid special attention to improve the general law...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy And Environment Update -- February 5, 2012
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Personnel; States; International; and Miscellaneous.more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Makes Presentation Concerning Estate Planning and ... (press release)February 10, 2012

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate plans, making a will or living trust, the probate court process, getting advance directives and power of attorney done, and how to get things started. Charleston, SC, February 10, 2012 --( Attorney ...more »

Family Law
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Human Rights Victims Seek Remedy At High Court
NPRFebruary 28, 2012

Human rights are front and center at the US Supreme Court on Tuesday in two cases testing how American law intersects with international law. At issue in both cases is whether foreign nationals in the United States can sue corporations or other ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Maine lawmakers consider changing workers' comp duration, pay
Bangor Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012

By Matt Wickenheiser, BDN Staff AUGUSTA, Maine — As lawmakers began work on a proposal to revamp Maine's workers' compensation system Wednesday in Augusta, some Democrats were skeptical about plans to cap how long injured workers can collect benefits ...more »


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