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'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Administrative Law
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Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

Health Care Law
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Hall votes to repeal 'Class Act in health care law
Mount Pleasant Daily TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

This bill repeals a portion of President Obama's controversial health care law. "Today's vote would repeal The Community Living Assistance Services and Support (CLASS) Act - one of many costly programs in the President's health care law," said Hall.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Judge lifts death penalty for Wayne County murderer
WRAL.comFebruary 2, 2012

Goldsboro, NC — A Goldsboro man on Thursday became the 17th prisoner to avoid the death penalty under a 2001 state law that prohibits the execution of mentally retarded prisoners. Superior Court Judge Arnold Jones vacated the death sentence of Marvin ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Immigration law will cost Alabama billions
SunHerald.comFebruary 1, 2012

A study by a long-standing economic research center at the University of Alabama says Alabama's new immigration law will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave the state, lost tax income ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Project investors sue former partners
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 7, 2012

By Patrick Danner A group of Nevada investors who backed the $65 million acquisition of 2500 acres for the Texas A&M University campus and nearby development on the South Side has sued the project's former managers and law firm.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BALLEW v. CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INCORPORATED
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This appeal arises from the district court's order dismissing Plaintiffs-Appellants' ("Retirees") claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to the Railway Labor Act's ("RLA") exclusive and mandatory dispute resolution process that applies to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL MUTUAL CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY v. ROBERTS
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

COMPLEX INSURANCE CLAIMS LITIGATION ASSOCIATION, Amicus Supporting Appellee. ATTSGOOD REALTY COMPANY; STEWART D. SACHS, as trustee of the assets of Dreck, Incorporated, Defendants. COMPLEX INSURANCE CLAIMS LITIGATION ASSOCIATION, Amicus Supporting ...more »

Animal Law
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W.Va. moves to tighten laws for wild animal owners
Washington ExaminerFebruary 3, 2012

The Senate introduced a bill this week that would require current owners of such animals to obtain a permit and inspection from the Division of Natural Resources and generally bans breeding and possession of non-native, wild animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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Oracle rejects $272M, seeks new trial in SAP intellectual property case
Philadelphia Business JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Oracle's lawsuit against SAP stemmed from actions by TomorrowNow Inc., a subsidiary of SAP that obtained information from current and former Oracle customers to log onto Oracle's customer-support website and download material that it used to try to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Searcy Denney Law Firm Reports $3.5 Million Verdict in Tobacco Litigation
WebWire (press release)February 1, 2012

Said Attorney Hardee Bass A spokesperson for the Searcy Denney law firm said that this case marks eight straight plaintiff's verdicts in Engle progeny tobacco suits by the lawyers for Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New James Madison president sets goals
NECNFebruary 13, 2012

Alger played an instrumental role in two landmark affirmative action court cases at the University of Michigan. In those cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the university's law school could continue to consider race in its admissions process, ...more »

A tribute to his son: John Travolta donates plane to museum in memory of ...
Daily MailFebruary 2, 2012

The father-of-three is donating one of his the five jets that make up his personal collection to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia. He later accused a paramedic and a former Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and his attorney, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Pro bono efforts result in housing opportunities for disabled man
Jacksonville Daily RecordFebruary 6, 2012

Being only somewhat familiar with landlord/tenant law, Hughes turned to a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law, Rob Hornstein, for guidance. Hughes' work and Hornstein's counsel produced a positive outcome. The City program had offered to pay ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Attorney General Releases Top Ten Scam List
KTTSFebruary 1, 2012

Here is the rest of the list : 2. Abusive bill collectors who make threatening phone calls. 4. Debit and credit card companies that add unauthorized charges. 5. Home Repair and remodeling contractors that take payment but never deliver. 6.more »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.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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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP Tracey Cooper-Harris, who served in the Army for 12 years, left, and her spouse ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man charged with online solicitation of a juvenile
Opelousas Daily WorldFebruary 10, 2012

... who has been charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with juveniles. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said the arrest resulted from an online sting operation by his department's Internet Crimes against Children Task force ...more »

Personal Injury
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Whiplash injuries can be avoided: IAM
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Rear-end shunts are the most common accidents and, since many rear impact accidents result in a neck or spinal injury, these are often linked to personal-injury insurance claims. But, says the Institute of Advanced Motoring, as with all aspects of your ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business people
Concord MonitorFebruary 6, 2012

DOUGLAS MILLER of Concord has joined the litigation group of Hage Hodes in Manchester. Miller's civil litigation practice includes business and commercial disputes, personal injury, professional malpractice and employment litigation.more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Affairs Complaint Statistics
BernewsFebruary 18, 2012

Mr. Speaker and Members of this Honourable House, I am pleased to rise today to present the Department of Consumer Affairs 2011 Complaint Statistics. Under the Consumer Protection Act 1999, Consumer Affairs is the designated body with responsibility ...more »

Real Estate Law
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$16 house man: real estate genius or squatter?
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

And while real estate experts and authorities say he's misusing the law, Robinson appears to have inspired dozens of imitators who moved into the Dallas-Fort Worth area homes - some of which were still occupied by their owners.more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Texas Traffic Laws Recently Enacted; Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyer...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

Dallas criminal defense lawyer Richard C. McConathy discusses the new laws and the potential criminal implication the traffic laws may have on drivers. The new speed limit laws in Texas could potentially lead to an increased number of criminal traffic ...more »

Miccosukee tribe says members owe $26M to IRS
Wink NewsFebruary 13, 2012

But the IRS says individual members do have to pay. Lehtinen's attorney told The Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/y2vd1h ) that the Miccosukees are trying to shift blame to him to cover up mistakes by their own leaders. Lehtinen represented the tribe on a ...more »

The slings and arrows of at-will employment
Las Vegas WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

Second, because age seems less at issue here than appearance, and discrimination law barely touches the subject. Michigan is the only state with an outright ban on appearance discrimination, though Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode notes in her book ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bank Credit Ratings, 'Zombie Banks,' PepisCo: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

US Senator Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he wouldn't rule out proposing legislation to protect money market mutual funds from new rules being planned at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The mutual funds industry is fighting new ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Thrings Solicitors | Wills on the cheap - Thrings LLP
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 10, 2012

These sound tempting, considering it will only cost £9.99 for a bulky DIY will pack from a local stationer. The misconception is that will drafting is merely “deciding what you want and filling in the blanks”. What you want may not be legally possible; ...more »

Family Law
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Md. delegate proposing 'Phylicia's Law,' a plan to maximize search resources ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The case spurred broader interest in missing persons cases and experts and community members discovered gaps as they helped law enforcement search for Barnes. Some were concerned that the fact that Barnes was black kept the case from getting the media...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers Compensation Importance of Timely Reporting
OnMilwaukee.com (blog)February 3, 2012

By TonyMatera Last week we took a look at the basics of Workers Compensation (Work Comp). It was the first in a four part series giving insight to this often misunderstood and complex coverage facing most business owners. This week we are going to look ...more »

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