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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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IN THE MATTER OF FORD
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

After claimant's application for unemployment insurance benefits was denied, a hearing was held after which an Administrative Law Judge determined that the employer had substantiated that claimant had arranged for the faxes to be sent and, therefore, ...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 preventive care for women. Churches and houses of worship do not have to follow that requirement, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Immigration law 'here to stay'
Andalusia Star-NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Mike Jones said, “The law is not being repealed.” He was Alabamians should expect some “word changes” that will make the law easier to apply. Jones said as written, the new law requires anyone who buys a tag to show proof of citizenship.more »

Immigration Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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HRH Premier Chairs Regular Cabinet Meeting
Bahrain News AgencyFebruary 12, 2012

(BNA) – Marking the anniversary of the National Action Charter, which was approved by 98,4% of the Bahraini citizens and laid the foundation for an ambitious national project that yielded constitutional and institutional development, the Cabinet has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Assamba heads to UK high commission
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 1, 2012

She also served the voluntary sector through her work with United Way of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica, Association of Development Agencies, Women's Leadership Initiative ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Super Lawyers Recognizes 33 Arnall Golden Gregory Attorneys
Citybizlist (press release)February 17, 2012

Mr. Rothman co-chairs the Litigation Practice Group and focuses on assisting clients in evaluating complex business disputes, whether through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution or litigation. He has substantial experience in state and federal ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
The AgeFebruary 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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CORRECTED-Disagreements on cyber risk East-West "Cold War"
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

(Corrects name spelling of UK defence firm to QinetiQ in paragraph 13) * East-West disagreements over cyberspace rise * Intellectual property theft, Internet freedom key issues * Increasingly obvious gap between US, allies, Russia ,China By Peter Apps, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Greenberg Traurig Grows National Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Greenberg Traurig's Atlanta-based national Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice Group continues to grow with the addition of Ginger Heyman Pigott. Pigott, who joins as a shareholder, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In the news this morning: DHS budget proposes 287(g) cutback, California's ...
89.3 KPCCFebruary 14, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To California Affirmative Action Ban – NPR The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a challenge to Proposition 209, which 15 years ago effectively banned affirmative action in the state, brought by minority ...more »

IATA Urges Policy Makers To Use Aviation As Strategic Asset
BernamaFebruary 13, 2012

SINGAPORE, Feb 13 (Bernama) -- The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged policy makers to use aviation as a strategic asset. Its director-general and chief executive officer, Tony Tyler said: "When the relationship between industry ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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A bank on Charles Street? Dull and Duller
Boston GlobeFebruary 25, 2012

At community meetings in Boston, neighbors often criticize proposed business projects that they deem too garish, too disruptive, or too geared toward night owls. But as a dispute in Beacon Hill has shown, residents must be at least as alert to changes ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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2 NY conspiracy pleas in federal probe of the sub-prime mortgage securities market
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Higgs said his crime began in 2007, when the real estate market began to deteriorate in the United States and the valuations of mortgage-backed securities faced significant reductions. The ensuing sub-prime mortgage crisis fueled the financial meltdown ...more »

Litigation
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Krill Companies Agree to Cease-Fire During Patent Re-Examination
Natural Products INSIDERFebruary 2, 2012

LAVAL, Quebec—Neptune, Aker Biomarine and Schiff Nutrition have agreed to a stay of litigation in their patent infringement case until the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) completes its re-examination of the original Neptune-held patent in ...more »

Business Law
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Colbert Super PAC lawyer explains how campaign finance disclosure is and isn't ...
Public Radio International PRIFebruary 1, 2012

Stephen Colbert, left, with his lawyer Trevor Potter after meeting members of the Federal Election Commission to discuss his proposal to establish a Super PAC in Washington June 30, 2011. (Photo by Yuri Gripas/Reuters.) Perhaps no man has made Super ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Holder won't defend limit on gay military benefits
The Associated PressFebruary 17, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is extending its decision to stop defending an anti-gay marriage law to provisions affecting same-sex couples in the military. The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act requires the Pentagon to ignore same-sex ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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OKC Man Faces Aggravated Child Porn Complaint
KOCO Oklahoma CityFebruary 9, 2012

According to a news release from the OSBI, the arrest was a result of a proactive case initiated by an Internet Crimes Against Children taskforce member. Kramp's laptop and additional computer-related items will undergo further forensic testing to ...more »

Personal Injury
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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Never let law profs near the Oval Office
Washington ExaminerFebruary 7, 2012

"Surely as a former constitutional law professor, President Obama must know ..." -- that's a fairly common refrain whenever Obama commits another constitutional atrocity. I've said as much myself -- but as a recovering law student, I should know better ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Segal & Kirby moves to Wells Fargo building
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 14, 2012

Segal & Kirby has a trial and appellate practice in white collar criminal defense, legal and professional malpractice defense, ethics and personal responsibility, business litigation and commercial and real estate litigation. Kirby honed writing skills ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Western Union Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Business Wire (press release)February 8, 2012

Each of our consumer-to-consumer regions grew, with strong performance in electronic channels. Consumer bill payments continued its turnaround, and Western Union Business Solutions delivered double-digit revenue growth. We also returned $1 billion to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Great Falls man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting real estate agent
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

... sexually assaulting a Great Falls real estate agent in May. Bradley Joseph Crisman was arrested May 12 after the agent told law enforcement that he tied her up and attempted to sexually assault her after she showed him a home on Upper River Road.more »

Task Force: meth, coke, heroin, commercial MJ its focus
Ukiah Daily JournalFebruary 12, 2012

... who is also the chairman of the Mendocino County Law Enforcement Executive Association. Of the state's 50 similar task forces, only 25 survived, eight of those under short-term contracts, according to Russell, including Mendocino County's.more »

Sports Law
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Sport chiefs lobby PM for change in copyright law
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

The heads of the major sporting bodies have met members of the government and opposition over copyright law. The chiefs of Australia's major sporting codes met the Prime Minister and senior ministers to express concerns over the recent court ruling ...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 »

Better Business Bureau offers tax tips
Daily News TranscriptFebruary 16, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

Black Officers File Lawsuit Against Capitol Police
BETFebruary 8, 2012

Hostile work environments, reprisals, denial of promotions, age discrimination and denial of career-enhancing opportunities are just some of the allegations of discrimination outlined in the lawsuit. “The Chief of Police, Phillip Morse, and members of ...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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South Whitehall Township adopts ordinance governing alternative energy projects
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYSouth Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday approved rules for alternative energy systems. South Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday adopted rules ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Protect loved ones with living wills
Shreveport TimesFebruary 27, 2012

Bossier City attorney David White often drafts living wills when clients request standard wills and power of attorney. "Everybody that I've done wills for wanted a living will. I've never had anybody say they wanted to be kept alive by machines.more »

Family Law
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Mo. Teen Killer Had Troubled Family, Depression
ABC NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Bustamante, 18, sat silently — occasionally glancing at those testifying about her, often looking down or to the side — as law enforcement officers, attorneys and forensics experts read aloud her inner most thoughts that she had recorded as a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PIOTROWSKI v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Theresa Piotrowski (Claimant) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed as modified the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) that denied and dismissed Claimant's claim petition and terminated ...more »

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