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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Emotion absent from first week of Racial Justice Act hearing in Fayetteville
Fayetteville ObserverFebruary 5, 2012

By Paul Woolverton At North Carolina's premiere Racial Justice Act hearing in Fayetteville, the mathematical language is clinical, the courtroom emotionally sterile under fluorescent lights. Two sets of well-dressed lawyers perform with professional ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care overhaul law proceeds as court fight draws near
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 28, 2012

By Tim Eaton While Texas' top political leaders continue to fight the federal government's new health care law, the state's insurance department is charging forward with a schedule to put it into place. Katrina Daniel, an associate commissioner with ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. GOP leaders say lawmakers can't be forced to give evidence on meetings ...
The RepublicFebruary 7, 2012

... committees violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Invitations went to more than 90 of the Legislature's members. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene Jones-Sontag said Tuesday that the governor remains confident the meetings didn't violate the law.more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 29, 2012

A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. By JACQUES BILLEAUD; Associated Press ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New York Court Affirms Towns' Powers to Ban Fracking
UK Progressive MagazineFebruary 24, 2012

The next month, Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. sued the town, saying the ban was illegal because state law trumped the municipal rules. As Anschutz noted, New York law promotes the development of oil and gas resources in the state.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The Anti-Antagonist: Conflict and divorce mediation
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 29, 2012

Many mediation organizations have standards of practice that provide for confidentiality. Many court programs have rules to provide for confidentiality. In Pennsylvania, as in many other states, there is a specific law that mandates mediation be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Classic David Vs Goliath Case, Aetna Bullies Surgical Group, Threatens ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 24, 2012

24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Insurance giant Aetna Inc. is using aggressive litigation tactics to strong-arm family-run Bay Area Surgical Management (BASM) into making patients of their affiliated surgery centers use only Aetna-affiliated ...more »

Animal Law
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Acall for animal rights
Bangkok PostFebruary 15, 2012

However, every year is a difficult year for animals in Thailand since this country still lacks the law to fight cruelty against animals and better animals' lives. Worse, not all legislators see the importance of having such a law.more »

Intellectual Property
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Research and Markets: Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market by ...
Business Wire (press release)February 10, 2012

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Research and Markets( has announced the addition of the "Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market by Intellectual Property (IP), Design Architecture ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US High Court Blocks Asbestos Injury Lawsuit In Locomotive Case
NASDAQFebruary 29, 2012

The court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, said such lawsuits are preempted by a federal rail-safety law, the Locomotive Inspection Act. The ruling barred a Pennsylvania lawsuit by the family of a railroad worker allegedly exposed to asbestos...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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One good turn deserves another
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 14, 2012

It neither was, nor is, my intent to imply that Mr. Affonce is in favor of abolishing Affirmative Action. Personally, I don't know Mr. Affonce, and have no reason to believe that he opposes Affirmative Action, the only tool that will achieve any ...more »

Aviation Week App Wins BtoB Mobile Award
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- BtoB magazine has selected Aviation Week's Paris Air Show App as the Mobile winner of this year's Social Media Marketing Awards, recognizing the top social media marketing campaigns in the b-to-b industry.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Police to teach crime prevention to landlords
Statesman JournalFebruary 22, 2012

The second day, presented by Campbell DeLong Resources, comprises an expanded section on Oregon landlord and tenant law, including applicant screening, rental agreements and evictions. SPD crime prevention Officer Mark Jantz facilitates the program and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Cypress TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Our corporate and securities fraud cases, for example, resulted in more than 600 convictions last year—including a number of high-level executives—and more than $23 billion in recoveries, fines, and restitutions over the past three years.more »

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Newspaper carriers say lawsuit against OC Register's owner settled for $30 million
Washington PostFebruary 29, 2012

Irvine-based Freedom Communications negotiated a $14.5 million payment to some 5000 carriers under a 2010 bankruptcy reorganization plan, plaintiffs' attorney Daniel J. Callahan said Tuesday. Callahan, who represents 3000 of the carriers, ...more »

Business Law
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FTC Attorney to Join Microsoft
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

In recent years, Microsoft has emerged as Google's chief legal antagonist, working publicly and privately to get antitrust cops in Washington and Brussels interested in Google's activities. As part of his new job, Mr. Long will likely continue those ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor ...
Greenville NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Megan Mosteller, 26, of Pickens was convicted by a federal jury trial in Florence of stealing more than $37000 from the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ashton Kutcher Rode Along During Child Porn Raid
SFistFebruary 25, 2012

The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made three arrests in a child pornography raid through Marin County yesterday. The Task Force's raid team, which started arresting the reprehensible kiddie porn suspects yesterday morning, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Mudge sets jury trial in man's personal injury suit against Granite City tavern
Madison County RecordFebruary 29, 2012

Because of the attack, Fox claims he was injured, incurred pain, medical costs and lost money because of his inability to work, the suit states. The certificate of service showed that discovery depositions of Fred Fox Jr., Brenda Fox and Sara Fox were ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Egypt to Select Constitutional Panel March 3
ABC NewsFebruary 26, 2012

The current constitution says that the state religion is Islam and the principle of Islamic Sharia law is the main source of legislation. However, some ultraconservative Muslims have called for the article to be changed to read that Islamic law is the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Abortion investigation: Sex-selection terminations are 'like female infanticide' 24, 2012

Whatever an individual's opinion on abortion … laws in this country are decided by Parliament, not by individual doctors. If some professionals disagree with the law as it stands they should argue their case for change. Simply flouting them in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Judge sends Ottawa contractor back to jail for scamming clients
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 16, 2012

The Provincial Offences Court on Wednesday sentenced Philip Slobodzian to 37 days in jail and ordered him to pay $14000 restitution for violating the provincial Consumer Protection Act. Slobodzian and his company, PSC New Home Construction Inc., ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bill to Streamline Foreclosures Moves One Step Closer to Florida Law
LoanSafeFebruary 28, 2012

(MCT) — For the first time since the real estate crash crippled Florida's economy and battered struggling homeowners, a bill to hasten foreclosures through the courts is headed to the full House and Senate. A narrow 6-4 vote Monday in a specially ...more »

ICF International Wins $11.5 Million Energy Efficiency Contract With Southern ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Through this contract, ICF will continue to promote increased energy efficiency in the commercial, industrial, and residential consumer markets. Efforts will include programs for lighting and appliances, heating and cooling, new construction, ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Mississippi News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WJTVFebruary 23, 2012

US District Judge Carl Barbier also ruled Wednesday that Deepwater Horizon rig owner Transocean Ltd. may be liable under the same law as an "operator" of the well. The judge, however, said he couldn't decide before a trial scheduled to start Feb.more »

Criminal Defense
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Plan calls for shifting funds for defense of poor Ohioans
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 27, 2012

Proponents say it could save money for local governments and make the justice system fairer, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday. “When you have the state of Ohio law being enforced and defended in 88 different ways ... you end up with huge ...more »

Bakersfield woman pleads guilty to tax fraud, mortgage fraud scheme
Bakersfield Californian (blog)February 13, 2012

The tax case is the product of an extensive investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant US Attorney Mark E. Cullers is prosecuting that case. According to the plea agreement in the mortgage fraud case, from approximately October 2005 to ...more »

How Age Discrimination Is Legal in Illinois
NBC Chicago (blog)February 22, 2012

Well, according to Illinois' anti-age discrimination policies, there's a bizarre blind spot that discovered: "The federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) and the Illinois Human Rights Act only protect ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Occupy the SEC Pitches An Extreme Makeover of Wall Street
CounterPunchFebruary 20, 2012

The Volcker Rule constitutes Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law on July 21, 2010. In addition to proprietary trading, also impacted will be the ability of Wall Street banks to own hedge funds ...more »

Environmental Law
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FirstEnergy Reports 2011 Earnings, Provides Guidance for 2012 and 2013
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

"In 2011, we successfully met our financial and operational objectives, including those related to the integration of Allegheny Energy, while continuing to grow our competitive business," said Anthony J. Alexander, president and chief executive officer ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 21
The StateFebruary 21, 2012

(803) 791-9767 FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7:30 pm Monday at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext.more »

Family Law
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Love and Relationships: March is the New Divorce Month
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

1 website for free consumer-focused legal information with more than 5.1 million visits per month, searches for "divorce" and related phrases such as "family law" and "child custody" jumped 50 percent - from just over 10000 in December 2010 to nearly ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mitchell Enhances SmartAdvisor Solution for Workers' Comp
PropertyCasualty360February 7, 2012

... claims management solutions, is continually enhanced and improved in order to substantially increase straight-through processing rates,” says Nina Smith-Garmon, senior vice president and general manager of Mitchell's workers' compensation division.more »


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