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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Construction starts on Irvine's Great Park development
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The development sits on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Irvine approved the first phase of the construction last year. "With today's groundbreaking, we are moving forward with the first phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.more »

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Administrative Law
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SCHRADER v. RICHARDSON
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

... PRISCILLA PENA; HILDA GIRON; DEBBIE ALMANZA, individually and in their official capacities; STATE OF NEW MEXICO-New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, Defendants-Appellees. Before BRISCOE, Chief Judge, MURPHY and BRORBY, Circuit Judges.more »

Health Care Law
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States will get socked with new Medicaid tax under health law
Bellingham HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ECBH to host info sessions on changes
Outer Banks SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

Peterson added that several Medicaid waiver programs will be addressed in the sessions. Medicaid was created in 1965 as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. The joint federal-state program provides health care insurance to low-income people ...more »

Immigration Law
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Nigerian Central Washington student stuck in immigration limbo
The Seattle TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Technically under an order of deportation, Nigerian native Al Okere could be deported at any time. Now that he's at Central Washington University, he's getting support from activists lobbying for the so-called Dream Act. By MANUEL VALDES The Associated ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NIA Places NICON Insurance on Three Months Suspension
THISDAY LiveFebruary 4, 2012

Justice George Adesola Oguntade, a retired Supreme Court Judge, would serve as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism for the industry devoid of all the protocols and technicalities involved in normal court process.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Selective Insurance Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2011 Earnings
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

2, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. For the quarter, net income per diluted share was $0.29 and operating income(1) was ...more »

Animal Law
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W.Va. might (finally!) regulate exotic wildlife
Charleston Gazette (blog)February 5, 2012

State law also prohibits keeping some animals like raccoons as pets because of the risk of rabies, said Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. But officials have no idea how ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Improved Digital Rights Management and Authorization. ICAP Patent Brokerage ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

Improved management of intellectual property is a growing concern. Conventional techniques for providing rights management are not effective at recognizing certain restrictions. There is a need for an improved electronic rights management and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit to address long-term growth, sustainability issues
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 February 2012 1107 hrs SINGAPORE: The Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums return this year as part of the Singapore Airshow 2012. Organisers said under the theme, "Driving Change, Overcoming Challenges Together", ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord sued after tenant losses footing between bottom stair and floor surface
The Louisiana RecordFebruary 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman is suing her landlord for injuries she claims to have sustained when she fell. Christina A. Arrington filed suit on Jan. 26 in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against Katherine Stone Babineaux.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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The Litigation Process - Luvera Law Firm
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Here is a very basic overview of some of the parts of the litigation process. Luvera Law Firm 701 5th Ave Suite 6700 The Litigation Process In the most simple form, damage claims follow a specific pattern, from when an attorney agrees to represent a ...more »

Business Law
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Group mulls hedge fund advertising, crowdsourcing capital
Ct PostFebruary 1, 2012

A government advisory panel is considering moves that would allow startups to raise money online and permit hedge funds to advertise. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military pensions may be cut
UPI.comFebruary 3, 2012

Army veteran Logan Merrill salutes as he passes an American flag while riding on a truck in a parade in St. Louis on January 28, 2012. Thousands of people lined a parade route in downtown St. Louis for the nationÕs first parade to honor those who have ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New Technology Takes Down Child Porn Users
CBS LocalFebruary 3, 2012

One morning in mid-January — after a pre-dawn planning session — investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC, task force drove the van into a quiet, working class Margate neighborhood. Their target was a man suspected of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

We are passionate about defending the rights of patients needlessly injured by defective medical devices such as transvaginal mesh. To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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State of Pennsylvania continues to see less civil suits
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 6, 2012

Nine of Allegheny County's 41 Common Pleas judges are assigned to the civil division, along with two senior judges, compared with 14 judges and one senior judge five years ago. Judge Terrence O'Brien, the division's administrative judge, said judges ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Company falls under definition of consumer,rules Panchkula Forum
Indian ExpressFebruary 13, 2012

In A significant decision, Panchkula consumer court has dismissed a plea of a bank, by stating that “a private limited company falls within the definition of a 'consumer' and should be treated as a consumer in case of any dispute”.more »

Real Estate Law
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Flower Mound Squatter Sitting On An Eviction Notice, Court Date
LoanSafeFebruary 1, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on February 1, 2012 in Real Estate FLOWER MOUND (Source: James Ragland The Dallas Morning News) — Kenneth Robinson's day of legal reckoning could soon be at hand. Dubbed by some as the most famous squatter in America, Robinson has ...more »

Conroy flags law changes from Optus win
ZDNet AustraliaFebruary 3, 2012

Speaking on the Today Show yesterday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy — an avid Collingwood football club supporter — said that the government would wait for the appeals process to resolve, but indicated that the government may seek to change ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of murder was very drunk ...
Fox NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Defense attorney Francis Lawrence said the relationship drama and infidelity went both ways. A videotape of Huguely's interview with police will show he's incapable of being a calculating criminal, he told the jury. "He's not complicated.more »

IRS exempts most oil sands crude from spill cleanup tax
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 9, 2012

The per-barrel tax that oil sands crude was exempted from by the IRS comprises more than 90 percent of the fund's intake, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit that said it would soon run dry if Congress did not extend the levy ...more »

Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rajat Gupta, JC Flowers, Muni Bonds, Full Tilt Poker: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The government also said yesterday that the insider-trading conspiracy continued beyond when Gutpa's lawyer has said his client's friendship with Rajaratnam deteriorated. Gupta still faces the same charges, five counts of securities fraud and one count ...more »

Environmental Law
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Off-Shore Energy Programs Move Forward
NBC4 Washington (blog)February 3, 2012

By Perry Stein President Barack Obama's administration announced Thursday that it would go forward with plans to issue renewable energy leases for off-shore wind programs in the Mid-Atlantic after a study concluded that offshore wind farms would not ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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Imperial Family talking point
The Japan TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Behind the move is a fear that as long as the current Imperial Household Law remains as it is, the number of Imperial Family members will dwindle as time goes on. Under the law, female Imperial Family members lose the status of being members of the ...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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