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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Federal judges troubled, baffled with Texas redistricting
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

Also ruled that the Legislature's maps could not be used without prior approval by Justice Department or US District Court in the District of Columbia under the Voting Rights Act. Texas could still appeal any new maps drawn by the federal courts to the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Upholds Discipline for Two Firefighters
13WMAZFebruary 1, 2012

An administrative law judge has upheld the discipline for two Macon-Bibb firefighters who took part in a prank shooting at Station 108 in September. Hughes was fired and Brewer was demoted from sergeant to private and suspended for 10 days by Chief ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as U.S. Ages
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ... (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kingdom's spending drive to generate solid short-term growth
Arab NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Report: Saudi Arabia 2012 provides in-depth analysis of the Kingdom's spending initiatives under the Ninth Development Plan (2010-14), which is expected to generate solid short-term growth. It also considers Saudi Arabia's shift to an emphasis on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues County Bank's ex-executives
Modesto BeeFebruary 1, 2012

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

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights : Winners of "Hands off my Design" competition ...
IEWY NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26704 to over 80,0001. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
Boston.comFebruary 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 »

Dassault Aviation's Rafale Is Lowest Bidder in India Jet Fighter Contract
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Indian law requires the government to negotiate a contract with the lowest bidder. The only way it can reconsider the tender is if Dassault says it can't fulfill the contract, said Mrinal Suman, an arms-procurement adviser for the Confederation of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renter's Have Rights
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Yet many people feel that their landlord took too long to fix something in their unit or that they have been scammed out of their security deposit at the end of the lease. Here are ten points that I feel are important when it comes to tenant rights: ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Text of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech
KWQC 6February 1, 2012

Here is the full text provided by the governor's office: President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leaders Radogno and Cross, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Topinka, Treasurer Rutherford, Members of the General Assembly, ...more »

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Finra: Schwab Violating Customers' Litigation Rights
Fox BusinessFebruary 1, 2012

The company says it's "committed to resolving customer disputes fairly and efficiently without litigation through its internal customer advocacy program or by use of FINRA Dispute Resolution." However, it says within the resolution process, ...more »

Business Law
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The UK's ASA Slams a Rachel Weisz for L'Oreal Ad for 'Unrealistic Retouching'
FashionistaFebruary 1, 2012

By Cheryl Wischhover Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 / 10:02 AM The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken yet another cosmetics company to task for its false advertising, WWD is reporting. Instead of taking an overprotective role over too-young ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lesbian Army Vet Sues For Spousal Benefits
Instinct Magazine (blog)February 3, 2012

Even though the marriage remains legal even after Proposition 8, when Cooper-Harris requested the extra benefits, they got a big fat “no” from the military. The Pentagon validated their response by saying that a federal law enacted in 1996 supporting ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Danbury News TimesFebruary 3, 2012

... on charges he used his old company credit card to pay for his account, among other Internet bills. Remy Charmoz, 62, of Glengarry Road, Fairfield, was charged Jan. 26 with second-degree computer crime and illegal use of a credit card.more »

Personal Injury
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The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., Discuss ...
Marketwire (press release)February 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - Feb 9, 2012) - The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys discuss the state's new bicycle safety laws and are prepared to help individuals who have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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“Legally invisible”: Law reform matters for Aboriginal health
Crikey (blog)February 2, 2012

A recent Croakey post suggested that Constitutional reform could bring important health benefits for Indigenous Australians. The article below argues that a clear legal framework is needed for better Aboriginal health, citing a paper recently released ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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In each case, Sumner attorney wants to learn something new
The TennesseanFebruary 24, 2012

Cottontown resident Thomas Wiseman was named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense while his home Nashville-based Wiseman Ashworth Law Group receiving first tier for both medical malpractice law defense and personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine Recognizes Edelson McGuire Partners
Sacramento BeeFebruary 6, 2012

6, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Jay Edelson, founder and managing partner of Edelson McGuire, LLC was recognized by the Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2012 Illinois Super Lawyer, and his partner, Myles McGuire, was recognized as a 2012 Rising Star for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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George joins Lambert Leser as 'of counsel' member of firm
Midland Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

George has been practicing law in Midland for 40 years concentrating on real estate law, estate planning and business law. "We are excited and happy to have Barry join our team and look forward to his advice and counsel in the years to come.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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Ramnarine calls on WICB to blank GCB
Stabroek NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Sports | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine is calling on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to not recognise the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) ...more »

Criminal Defense
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George Huguely's trial in Yeardley Love's death starts Monday with jury selection
Washington Post (blog)February 5, 2012

“This is a very well- and strategically charged prosecution,” said Steven Benjamin, a Richmond defense lawyer who is president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Absent a dispute about whether Huguely went to the apartment, ...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 »

City's nondiscrimination law may widen to include gender and sexual orientation
Springfield News-LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

Currently, under the city's ordinance, discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability and sex is forbidden when it comes to housing, employment or public accommodations. In housing, discrimination based on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LiveViewGPS Publishes Updated 2012 GPS Tracking Catalog Featuring New Products ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 1, 2012

“They demand reliable products that deliver pinpoint accuracy and lightning fast results to protect vehicles, assets and loved ones. Our new catalog features products that do just that. We continually strive to exceed expectations of quality and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bipartisan agreement on energy conservation has disappeared at the state capitol
Minnesota Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

When Minnesota Senate Republicans ousted Ellen Anderson as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission this week, it was the latest sign that bipartisan support for renewable energy sources has largely disappeared at the state capitol.more »

Wills & Probate
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Hawksford has been shortlisted for two national branding awards. (press release)February 7, 2012

These include Hawksford Fiduciary, Hawksford Family Office, Hawksford Wills and Probate, Hawksford Funds, Hawksford Employee Solutions, Hawksford Media and Sports, Hawksford Advisory, Hawksford Succession Planning and the company's Swiss offering, ...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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Penn. Regulators Approve 5.7% Decrease in Workers' Comp Costs
Insurance JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers. Regulators said employers can expect a 5.7 percent rate decrease, ...more »


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