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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 »

Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Nothing About Public Transportation in Chris Quinn's Transportation Report
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 1, 2012

Our bill will provide parking ticket recipients a greater degree of fairness as they await the ruling of an Administrative Law Judge. Finally, Intro. 546, introduced by Council Member David Greenfield, prohibits the City from placing adhesive stickers ...more »

Health Care Law
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Boehner: Feds should back off birth control order
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, most employers and insurance plans will have to cover birth control free of charge as a preventive service for women. The administration had already ruled that churches and houses of worship do ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Conomo Point fate hangs on votes of town, Legislature
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

“I'm giving it good odds; it just might take time,'' said Jones, adding that without Town Meeting approval, the town may ask residents to vote on the plan, subject to an exemption. “We'll be pleasantly surprised if they act on it before then.more »

Immigration Law
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Bills to repeal guest-worker law, driving card emerge
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

Steve Urquhart is making good on a promise to push the repeal of key immigration reforms and Friday will publicly unveil bills to scrap the state's guest worker law and the driving privilege card. Both bills — drafts of which were provided Thursday to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Indiana Gov. Daniels signs 'right to work' bill; protest winds through Super ...
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels signed "right to work" legislation this afternoon without a ceremony, making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with the law. Supporters said businesses already were lining up to expand or come to Indiana. Opponents had their eye on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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'Year of Bible' sparking dispute
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

By Andrew M. Seder aseder@timesleader.com House Resolution 535 is another example of the fine line between religion and politics being blurred, according to local religious leaders and professors. The two-page resolution, adopted last week by a 193-0 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Battling with memory loss, Dorsett joins concussion lawsuit against NFL
CBSSports.comFebruary 2, 2012

"And then when you hear that these guys don't have insurance, that the league won't give them insurance, that the league is saying that it didn't happen on their clock. That's bull." Citing the pending litigation, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the ...more »

Animal Law
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Local advocates petition for tougher punishments on animal abusers
KIVI-TVFebruary 3, 2012

By Jennifer Auh Animal rights advocates push for tougher punishments on animal abusers, and they want your help. Using a recent case of animal abuse in Oregon as an example, they point out why Idaho needs stricter punishments to protect animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Washington PostFebruary 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 favored the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Consumption Increase Leads to ADAO Call for Import Ban
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos fibers and later been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be legal options worth pursuing. Call Sokolove Law today to learn more about possibly pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US affirmative action ban challenged
News24February 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Bessie Coleman: Woman who 'dared to dream' made aviation history
Air Force LinkFebruary 1, 2012

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman would go on to be the first female pilot of African-American descent, but more importantly would later influence the accomplishments of others who would continue the evolution of African-American involvement in aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mom and pop investors propping up home-buying market
USA TODAYFebruary 15, 2012

Landlords not only have to be tough enough to evict people — even families in the dead of winter as Huerkamp had to do — but to take midnight calls about broken plumbing, confront late-paying tenants and live with a heightened risk of legal hassles.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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'Jewish Indiana Jones' faces jail for $1m fraud after lying about daring trips ...
Daily MailFebruary 3, 2012

... and over $200000 (£126000) on his credit cards and against his home to acquire and repair 15 Torah that were facing rapid deterioration or destruction, including 10 from an unspecified Russian general and five from a monastery in Kiev, Ukraine.more »

Litigation
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The Litigation Process - Luvera Law Firm
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Here is a very basic overview of some of the parts of the litigation process. Luvera Law Firm 701 5th Ave Suite 6700 The Litigation Process In the most simple form, damage claims follow a specific pattern, from when an attorney agrees to represent a ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. ("K12" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/477398/quotes/nls/lrn LRN ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Super Bowl party benefits wounded warriors
United States Army (press release)February 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS (Army News Service, Feb. 6, 2012) -- Just days before Super Bowl XLVI, Jim McMahon, the retired NFL, two-time Super Bowl champ, hosted the Fourth Annual Swang N' Super Bowl Bash at the historic Rathskeller where charity donations from NFL ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man sentenced 30 years for child porn
WLFI.comFebruary 7, 2012

This case resulted from an investigation by Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including US Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Lafayette Police Department and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's ...more »

Personal Injury
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No Virginia Workers Compenstion Benefits for Virginia Laborer's Out of State ...
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 8, 2012

Just as yesterday's post discussed where to bring a personal injury action for a Virginia resident, this post will look at the same question from the point of view of an on the job accident claim. At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Peoria sergeant's post of Obama photo leads to debate
Tucson CitizenFebruary 5, 2012

05, 2012, under Arizona Republic News Constitutional-law attorneys and free-speech advocates are divided over whether a northwest Valley police sergeant was within his First Amendment right to post a Facebook photo showing a T-shirt with President ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Facing Maternity Care Gaps, Midwives Push for Birthing Justice
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Born of a movement to reclaim the childbirth experience from the medical establishment, today's professional midwives are a modern incarnation of an age-old vocation, defining themselves as an alternative to the hospital ward.more »

Consumer Protection
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DA threatens complaint against Eskom
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WeiserMazars LLP announced today that Demetri G. Yatrakis has joined the firm as a tax principal in its Real Estate Services Group. Mr. Yatrakis will be based in the firm's New York City office. He brings expertise both from ...more »

Movers & Shapers: Feb. 2
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 2, 2012

Glass was most recently director of program business development at The Hartford Insurance Group. • Greentree Real Estate in Monkton has hired Scott Meade as associate broker. Mead previously owned Meade Real Estate in Stowe.more »

Sports Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.more »

Your money: Last-minute tax tips
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward helping avoid an IRS audit. Get help. Don't have time to figure out all the ongoing changes to tax regulations? Don't have the interest? Then get the help of a professional tax preparer immediately after ...more »

Older employees can protect themselves by making age an issue; lawyer
Toronto StarFebruary 10, 2012

John Goddard Business Reporter A good tactic for the older employee who feels nudged toward the door is to ask for help because of age, says Toronto employment lawyer David Whitten. Most employees do the opposite. “Most people go, 'No, no, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jessica Mutch: Asset sales set to dominate Waitangi Day
TVNZFebruary 3, 2012

To partially sell off state assets the Government needs to take the assets protection clause (Section 9) out of the State Owned Enterprises Act which has Treaty provisions and they need to create a new law. There are three options: keep Section 9 of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wonkbook: Economy poised to beat expectations in 2012. But will Congress get ...
Washington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

At the same time, the Treasury and the IRS also released proposed regulations to implement a 2010 US law known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires foreign financial institutions to report detailed information about US account ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Family Law
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SEC to Family Offices: Brother-In-Law Must Exit
Barron's (blog)February 2, 2012

“If you have in-laws in a trust which includes family members, you can't just move the family members out. It's part of a trust. Splitting the two families apart takes time, potentially. It can also be expensive and complicated.” And, I might add, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Surviving migrant workers may lose benefits and be deported
570 NewsFebruary 9, 2012

6, 2012) Photo by: Mike McCulloch/680News The Ontario Federation of Labour says it has learned the three surviving migrant workers from this week's horrific crash near Hampstead will likely be cut off from Workers' Compensation benefits and be deported ...more »

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