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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Celebrating a Labour icon
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

Chief Wogu proceeded to the then Imo State University for his legal study, and finished in 1986 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1987. In preparation for the onerous task he is now saddled with, Chief Emeka Wogu was appointed a two-term ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Floyd supervisors set hearing on zoning law change
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

Keep it clean. Avoid language that is obscene, vulgar, lewd or sexually-oriented. If you can't control yourself, don't post it. Don't threaten to hurt or kill anyone. Be truthful.Don't lie about anyone or anything. Be nice.more »

Health Care Law
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Church steps up fight against law
Worcester TelegramFebruary 4, 2012

20 after Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, announced that the new federal health care law will require that insurance plans at many religious institutions, including colleges, hospitals, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 1, 2012

Bobby Scott, far right, speaks during a rally to protest proposed legislation to tighten Virginia's election laws at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (Steve Helber | The Associated Press) By Bill Sizemore Measures aimed at tightening ...more »

Immigration Law
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How North Country Reps Voted On Supporting Arizona Immigration Law
New Hampshire Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

By Chris Jensen Here's how North Country representatives voted on a resolution passed by the House Wednesday to express support for Arizona's controversial immigration law. Part of the Arizona law requires the police to determine the immigration status ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 3 - Saldanha Bay
FM.co.zaFebruary 2, 2012

Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes into effect, plans are at an advanced stage to proclaim the country's fifth zone at Saldanha Bay. Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How You Can Sue An Automaker In Small Claims Court And Win
JalopnikFebruary 2, 2012

If the company shows — they don't always, which often means you get a default judgment and get to move automatically to the fun money-collection part — they can only send a company representative, and they can't be a lawyer.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mining Insurance Losses Cause 30% Drop in Capacity
PropertyCasualty360February 6, 2012

Directors and officers liability insurance should remain competitive with plenty of capacity. The report warns, however, that “a significant increase in mergers and acquisition litigation might test insurers.” The international liability market has ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Proposed intellectual property agreement between E.U., India could affect ...
News-Medical.netFebruary 13, 2012

The Independent examines how "[t]he cheap supply of antiretroviral drugs to people with AIDS across the world could be choked by an 'intellectual property' deal ... being negotiated [on Friday] at the 12th EU-India summit in New Delhi between the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Honda loses Small Claims Court suit over Civic hybrid fuel economy
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 2, 2012

In taking the case to Los Angeles County Superior Court, the company will be allowed to bring in its army of lawyers to try to overturn the small-claims judgment. Even so, Peters' win was "amazing" and could affect litigation strategy in California and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Defended in California
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 13, 2012

By MARIA DINZEO SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - California's affirmative action ban created "a new Jim Crow in the state of California," an attorney told the 9th Circuit today. By prohibiting schools in the University of California system from considering race as ...more »

Ministry shielding officers in Airbus scam?
IBNLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has doggedly refused to grant sanction to the CBI to prosecute six people who were responsible for signing a deal with Airbus to procure 43 aircraft for Air India (AI) and cause a loss to the exchequer.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Higher rents for some - despite shared landlord
This is South WalesFebruary 1, 2012

A LEGAL deal means some tenants in Neath, Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley pay higher rents than their neighbours even though they share the same landlord. The quirk is down to an agreement made when NPT Homes took control of more than 9000 council ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

Litigation
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MasterCard's Profit Strong, Litigation Charge Weighs
CNBC.comFebruary 2, 2012

MasterCard reported a higher quarterly profit as consumers around the world spent more money using credit and debit cards, but a litigation-related charge took a large bite out of its earnings. “This special item represents the company's financial ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 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”) (NYSE:LRN) between September 9, 2009 and December 16, 2011, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Budget debate pits military retiree interests against those in active duty ...
GovExec.comFebruary 8, 2012

Major legislation incorporates measures that would increase the amount feds and lawmakers contribute to retirement benefits. By Amanda Palleschi Military personnel costs for retirees versus active-duty service members are among the “most politically ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Va officials want fund set up to catch child sexual predators to benefit other ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2010 adding a $10 assessment to every criminal conviction, with the funds going to Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. Lawmakers expected the new statute to generate $1.8 million a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Why is the injured plaintiff put on trial ?
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 7, 2012

The defendant's insurance company—whether for a slip and fall, a car crash, or some other personal injury—is usually very adept at shifting attention away from the defendant and onto the plaintiff. This certainly does not seem very fair.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Jaensch: Law changes aren't all equal
Adelaide NowFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination was one reason for the call for the existing clauses should be deleted! The committee also sought a prohibition of racial discrimination, but would allow positive discrimination laws designed to overcome Aboriginal disadvantages.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Online CE Course Now Available
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

CNA HealthPro and the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists are pleased to announce a new online dental continuing education course offering, the CNA HealthPro Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Program. One of the most comprehensive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Why e-tolling wont fly
ITWebFebruary 7, 2012

In December, government was asked what would happen in the case of fraudulent licence plates, since people without e-tags are charged for e-tolling via pictures of their licence plates, taken by overhead cameras on the gantries.more »

Real Estate Law
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Drama in the wings as flipping fraud trial begins
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

He is being represented by Tampa attorney Anne Borghetti. It pits brother against brother, a father against his sons and federal prosecutors against an aggressive criminal defense attorney who already has rattled them with her combative demeanor and ...more »

Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings (1) of $354.3 million, or $.97 per share, a per share increase of 54 percent over 2010. Full-year 2011 operating earnings (1) were $1.97 billion, ...more »

Sports Law
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Knox Co. Law Director asks for audit of KTSC
WBIR-TVFebruary 7, 2012

The letter continues, "If in fact we confirm that the aforementioned payment exceeds the course and scope of the contract, then please accept this letter as a formal demand for repayment." This all stems from transactions that happened back in the 2009 ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Walker says he will meet with John Doe prosecutor
Wisconsin State JournalFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Stanford Used 'Slush Fund' at SocGen for Bribes, Ex-CFO Says
BusinessWeekFebruary 4, 2012

When Assistant US Attorney William Stellmach asked Davis how much of this money Stanford ultimately paid back, Davis replied, “I don't believe he actually repaid any of the money.” Stanford, 61, denies all wrongdoing in connection with what the ...more »

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) Hit With $500k Fine
eMoneyDailyFebruary 1, 2012

Bowne filed the case accusing that the bank dismissed him because of his age, which is against Florida law. FINRA did however say that the bank did not violate federal age discrimination law. Elizabeth Fogarty, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) spokeswoman, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Environmental Law
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Federal agency moving forward with offshore wind energy plan
Augusta Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

“We are working closely with the Commonwealth of Virginia to facilitate the commercial leasing process for renewable energy in federal waters off Virginia's coast and are building on the steps that the Commonwealth has taken to encourage offshore wind ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Starts
bdailyFebruary 20, 2012

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors' Wills and Probate team have recruited a local solicitor. Nicola Dalzell brings extensive experience in high value estates with complex issues, and her new role includes inheritance tax planning, wills, ...more »

Family Law
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Bill would allow halt of autopsies
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed law giving families a way to stop autopsies for religious reasons, prompted by the recent case of a Jewish hiker who died on Mount Rainier, passed out of a legislative committee before a key deadline this week. A proposed law giving families...more »

Workers Compensation
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Coverage Trends in Manufacturing's “Big 3” Risks: Workers' Comp, Product ...
PropertyCasualty360February 9, 2012

With Workers' Compensation, the big shift is the medical component of costs exceeding indemnity costs—this after an extended period when companies could materially cut their Workers Comp' expenses by focusing primarily on returning injured employees ...more »

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