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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Nothing About Public Transportation in Chris Quinn's Transportation Report
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 1, 2012

Our bill will provide parking ticket recipients a greater degree of fairness as they await the ruling of an Administrative Law Judge. Finally, Intro. 546, introduced by Council Member David Greenfield, prohibits the City from placing adhesive stickers ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...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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Immigration laws: Utah House blocks E-Verify bill
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 8, 2012

Stephen Sandstrom's bid to push an immigration measure with employer sanctions through the House failed narrowly Wednesday when fellow lawmakers refused to give him permission to open a bill file. The Orem Republican had been working on a measure ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 1 - Industrial policy 2, 2012

SA's industrial development zone (IDZ) programme has been a disappointment. Government is now overhauling and expanding it but scepticism remains, writes Claire Bisseker Since 2000, the IDZ programme has been marred by underdelivery , gross ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution sees lay-by go-ahead
Yorkshire PostFebruary 1, 2012

But a report to Calderdale Council's Cabinet said the dispute has been resolved and the process is under way to transfer the land required for the lay-by into council ownership. It means that Calderdale Council will now be able to get on with the work ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

(Adds Gupta in Lawsuits section, Stanford in Trials, Facebook in Litigation Departments and Foreign Bribe Case in Verdicts. Updates BP and EchoStar in Lawsuits, JPMorgan in New Suits and JC Flowers in Verdicts. Corrects gender of HSBC spokesman in ...more »

Animal Law
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Two animal-rights activist arrested at protest
Gainesville SunFebruary 7, 2012

By Nathan Crabbe Two animal-rights activists were arrested Saturday at a protest of the University of Florida's use of primates in research. Camille Marino and Lisa Grossman, part of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, were protesting outside ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New Partnership Shows Growth Trend in FDIC Insured Cash Management Space
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 14, 2012

MAHWAH, NJ & MANHASSET, NY--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Intermedium Financial LLC (Intermedium) and Island Intellectual Property LLC (Island IP) today announced that they have entered into a license agreement. This arrangement provides Intermedium ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Exposure Led to the Death of a Woman in England (blog)February 1, 2012

In addition to mesothelioma, asbestos exposure can cause also cause other deadly diseases such as asbestosis and asbestos lung cancer. If you or a loved one was exposed to asbestos and has since developed mesothelioma, contact Sokolove Law to receive a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Prop 209 Just, Despite Governor's Opposition
Berkeley High JacketFebruary 11, 2012

Proponents of affirmative action policies claim that the black child must be given favor to counter historical oppression. This dilemma has become something of a controversy about freedoms and equal protection of rights. To resolve the issue, ...more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Banking glitch resolved in aid to landlord Thanh Kim Le's family
HollandSentinel.comFebruary 2, 2012

Wanting to help the family pay Le's outstanding funeral and medical bills, her friends from EBW collected $400 and set up an account at Chase Bank in Holland in the name of Le's daughter-in-law, Tiara Gwynn. Gwynn has been handling Le's bills and other ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Panel Decides to Hire Expert to Review City's Finances
The LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

Satchel was paid per diem for meals when he traveled for the city, and at the same time charged his meals on the city's credit card. He said he didn't know per diem was for meals. State Attorney Jerry Hill said his office is exploring the allegations ...more »

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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Marine fights conviction for suicide attempt
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A discharged Marine private who slit his wrists in a suicide attempt is fighting his military conviction for deliberately injuring himself, arguing the punishment is inconsistent with the armed forces' efforts to battle a rise ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Senate panel clears personal injury protection fraud-fighting bill
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 2, 2012

A Senate panel has cleared a bill aimed at cutting down the massive fraud plaguing the state's personal injury protection coverage. The Senate committee on banking and insurance passed the PIP fraud-fighting bill (SB 1860) by a vote of 9-0 on Thursday.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Did Corona commit a high crime?'
ABS CBN NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The impeachable act is so grave that it constitutes a high crime," Tamano explained. "Fr. Joaquin Bernas, when he talks about betrayal of public trust in his book, he says betrayal of public trust is a catch-all provision, and even acts that are not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...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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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...more »

Ram Power, Corp. Announces Updates for the San Jacinto-Tizate Project
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Under the steam turbine supply contract with Fuji Electric Corp. of America ("Fuji") for the Project's Phase I, 36 MW steam turbine generator, Fuji was required to conduct a performance test shortly after commercial operation of the geothermal power ...more »

Sports Law
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IOC steps up fight against illegal betting
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Governments, law enforcement agencies and betting operators agreed Thursday to work more closely together to fight illegal betting and corruption in sports. The International Olympic Committee held a summit meeting of sports...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 »

You may have to pay for your tax preparer's error
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 19, 2012

Ask your tax preparer what happens if the bottom line turns out to be wrong because an error was made on your return. Who pays if the IRS comes knocking? Will your preparer stand by you during an audit, or are you thrown to the wolves?more »

Texas county coughs up $20000 for age discrimination
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)February 20, 2012

Retaliating against individuals who oppose what they believe to be discriminatory conduct on the basis of age (40 years of age or older) violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, according to the commission. “The EEOC is here to protect ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Statement by Paul M. King, President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council on ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

PEC has released a series of reports and legislative proposals, containing more than 40 specific policy recommendations, several of which are now law. We are pleased that many of the environmental protection measures contained in this bill match those ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Kelly not commenting on report
MetroNews CanadaFebruary 17, 2012

According to Nova Scotia's Probate Act, which governs the handling of wills, an executor has to notify beneficiaries within 30 days from taking over the estate. An affidavit of service must be filed within 60 days, and an inventory of the deceased's ...more »

Family Law
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Paralyzed local attorney runs own family law practice
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

For seven years, Lewis has maintained his family law practice. He provides his services pro bono because he must remain below 85 percent of the federal poverty level to keep his eligibility for Medicaid. But Lewis is unable to get in or out of bed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Auditor General says poor management of state workersÂ' insurance fund ...
FOX43.comFebruary 1, 2012

Auditor General Jack Wagner said today that the State Workers' Insurance Fund, the largest workers' compensation insurance carrier in Pennsylvania, paid nearly $4.9 million over a two-year period to a Pennsylvania-based claims services and medical ...more »


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