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Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law
ESPNFebruary 1, 2012

Only then did 86-year-old Ralph Branca let on that there was nothing wrong with his hearing, and that his brain cells were still firing just fine, the way you'd expect they would for a guy who says he has an IQ of 160. George Napolitano/FilmMagic LR: ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medicare Advantage Premiums Decline as Enrollment Rises
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- Medicare Advantage plans have 9.4 percent higher enrollment than a year earlier and fees that are 7.2 percent lower, according to a US official who credited the 2010 health-care law for the gains. In Medicare Advantage, people over age ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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Supreme Court to hear Arizona immigration arguments April 25
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

| WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The US Supreme Court said on Friday it will hear arguments on April 25 on the power of states to adopt tough immigration laws, concluding the term's scheduled oral arguments with a major case pitting Arizona against the Obama ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ormond airport expansion proposal stalls
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 9, 2012

City Manager Joyce Shanahan said, "Due to federal and state budget woes, the city has no idea when funds will be released for Taxiway G." She also said Green's proposal relies on "publicly issued Industrial Development Bonds to fund their project.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal on FAA bill tweaks union rules, adds flights in DC
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

The bill sets a new requirement for half the workers in a bargaining unit to petition the National Mediation Board for a vote to certify a union, up from the current 35%. -- Development of "NextGen" air-traffic control equipment.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Full-year 2011 operating earnings for Group Insurance were $153.0 million, compared with $128.0 million in 2010. The increase was primarily due to higher underwriting margins on our life and disability products partially offset by lower underwriting ...more »

Animal Law
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NEW: Senate Leader Ruggerio Introduces Legislation to Ban Animal Devocalization
GoLocalProvFebruary 1, 2012

To perform the surgery, a direct incision at the animal's neck is made, and vocal cords are taken out. Risks involved include difficulty breathing, chronic gagging, pneumonia and infection. “This act is inhumane for any animal to go through.more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Regulators have increased scrutiny of intellectual property rights, with EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia saying last month that he wanted to ensure patents weren't used to block rivals' expansion. He is also probing Honeywell International Inc. and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New era LSK polls fail affirmative action test
Daily NationFebruary 11, 2012

FILE | NATION A lawyer casting her ballot in Eldoret during elections to pick LSK representatives to the Judicial Service Commission last October. The election of LSK officials will be carried out through secret ballot.more »

Bessie Coleman: Woman Who 'Dared to Dream' Made Aviation History
DoD LiveFebruary 1, 2012

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman would go on to be the first female pilot of African-American descent, but more importantly would later influence the accomplishments of others who would continue the evolution of African-American involvement in aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q & A
New York TimesFebruary 9, 2012

A “The tenant may have been blacklisted, but he can protect himself,” said Leon I. Behar, a Manhattan real estate litigation lawyer. If a landlord withholds an apartment based on a tenant screening report, he is required to notify the tenant, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

Litigation
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Third-party litigation funding is a relatively new model, but it is likely to ...
The LawyerFebruary 6, 2012

Litigation funding is slowly beginning to take off and gain acceptance among lawyers and clients. This week's panel discusses what needs to be addressed to ensure the market is well-run and provides litigants with the certainty they need when ...more »

Business Law
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City places ad for police chief position
Brownsville HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald Nearly two months after Police Chief Carlos Garcia announced his retirement from the police department, the city of Brownsville will start advertising the chief of police position.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Cry of the Hawk: Sacrificing more than their lives
my.hsj.orgFebruary 6, 2012

In the US, politicians propose cutting military pensions and health benefits. Overseas fighting in combat veterans see the potential reduction of military benefits and can see that their service and sacrifices, over many years and multiple deployments ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police: Hampton man asked girl to send lewd photos
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 1, 2012

26 after a search warrant at his home on Ocean Boulevard was executed by police and members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Preston is being charged with one count of certain uses of computers, a Class B felony.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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Constitution Check: When the Internet Went Dark, What Was the Constitutional...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Politics, indeed, may be changing as Ms. MacKinnon suggests, but law could be another matter. In an awesome display of Digital Age political power, the shuttering of major parts of the Internet in protest on January 18 had an almost instant impact in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Doctor Spyros Panos focus of criminal probe
Poughkeepsie JournalFebruary 17, 2012

An orthopedic surgeon accused of medical malpractice is the subject of a criminal investigation by the US Attorney's Office, according to a Dutchess County Supreme Court motion filed by his former employer to seal court records.more »

Consumer Protection
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Property disclosure ranks high among real estate legal disputes
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Combining surveys of state real estate commissions and other key people in the business with a close analysis of case law and recently enacted statutes, the document identifies potential pitfalls that can ensnare anyone. Property condition disclosures ...more »

Hurdles can arise in hunt for public information
Delmarva Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

In Onancock, Charles Landis prevailed in court last month when he filed a petition claiming the town violated the state Freedom of Information Act by providing a copy of the town manager's employment contract with signatures and dates removed.more »

Sports Law
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"The Law Firm" And The Best Nicknames In Sports
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Among the most timeless intimacies shared between athletes and those of us on the other side of the TV screen who choose to devote a degree of our desires towards witnessing the possible outcomes that these men and women facilitate with their deeds, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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John D. Barnett Is the Attorney for the Damned
OC WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

That's not my guess, but rather the confident prediction of John D. Barnett, the veteran criminal-defense attorney for Manuel Ramos, who is facing a second-degree murder charge. While it's commonplace for defense lawyers to belittle prosecutors and ...more »

Washington accountant sentenced to prison for 'crusade' against IRS
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 2, 2012

COM STAFF The home of purported member of the Washington sovereign citizen movement Timothy Garrison, which was raided by the IRS and other law enforcement in June 2011. UPDATE: Having pleaded guilty to tax fraud, Mount Vernon accountant Timothy ...more »

End in sight for workplace age discrimination
Australian Ageing AgendaFebruary 2, 2012

Ms Ryan, who was a pioneer of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986, said the older worker debates reminded her of the debates around employment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate Planning Attorney at Plantation, Florida's Wild Felice and Partners ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a Fort Lauderdale area law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate Administration is the newest attorney to be honored with the AV Preeminent designation.more »

Environmental Law
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Bain of Obama: Solyndra audit expected next week
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 2, 2012

The White House is expected to release late next week its audit of Energy Dept. loans to alternative energy firms. The audit was ordered up last October by former White House chief of staff Bill Daley an effort to stanch the political bleeding from the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
WA todayFebruary 29, 2012

Outside court, Mr Robins' eldest daughter, Melanie McDonald, said: ''Our justice system is a joke if a person doesn't even have a right to write their own will.'' Mr Estrella's lawyer, Terry Johansson, from Contested Wills & Probate Lawyers, ...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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No Virginia Workers Compenstion Benefits for Virginia Laborer's Out of State ...
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 8, 2012

Just as yesterday's post discussed where to bring a personal injury action for a Virginia resident, this post will look at the same question from the point of view of an on the job accident claim. At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., ...more »

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