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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 »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

In this case, we should be called upon to determine whether the Administrative Law Judge and the district court properly evaluated Appellants' claims that the Muscogee County School District ("the school district" or "MCSD") did not comply with certain ...more »

Health Care Law
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Did Health Care Reform Hurt The Private Insurance Part Of Medicare? Apparently Not
TPMDCFebruary 1, 2012

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the Medicare Advantage program, which allows seniors to receive health coverage through a private insurer, is enjoying lower costs and more customers as a result of the health care reform law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comFebruary 3, 2012

LOUIS > Despite error, sentence stands for ATM Solutions robber • John Wesley Jones, 37, convicted in the $6.6 million holdup of the ATM Solutions cash depot here, failed Thursday to win a reduction of his 32-year prison sentence.more »

Immigration Law
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Economic impact of immigration law 'rather costly'
Opelika Auburn NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A University of Alabama research economist has conducted a cost-benefit analysis of Alabama's immigration law and found the law's economic effects “rather costly to the state.” The analysis determines that the exodus of workers caused by the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Naturally Advanced Technologies Names Scott Staff to its Board of Directors
Sacramento BeeFebruary 7, 2012

Mr. Staff serves as the Director of Business Development for Perkins Coie, an international law firm with 18 offices and more than 800 lawyers. He leads the firm's business development strategy, and oversees its client service interview, client service ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New Complaints Against NCUA Arise in North Carolina CAMEL Dispute
Credit Union TimesFebruary 3, 2012

At the same time, Jerrie Jay, administrator of the state's Credit Union Division, accused the NCUA of creating confusion and dragging its feet concerning resolution of the exam scrap triggered by last October's disclosure of CAMEL ratings by State ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

("PRIAC"), brought this action pursuant to sections 409(a) and 502(a)(2) and (3) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") against defendant State Street Bank and Trust Company ("State Street") on October 1, 2007.more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights: Orangutans Saved By Four Paws
The Daily ActivistFebruary 2, 2012

Animal Rights – Indonesia – As hunters closed in and prepared to slaughter a defenseless pregnant orangutan and her baby, Four Paws, a British-based animal rescue group arrived in the nick of time, saving them from certain death.more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Field Analyzed At Chabad
Chabad InfoFebruary 5, 2012

The settlement this week of a $250-million lawsuit over a decade-long fight for the use of the trademark name Target for retail stores in Canada is just the tip of the iceberg in the fast moving and lucrative world of intellectual property (IP) law.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essex: Campaign to change legislation over flytipping gathers pace
East Anglian Daily TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Ultimately we are looking to influence a change in legislation.” Explaining the extent of the problem, CPREssex chairman Tom Holme said: “Waste including household rubbish and tyres, asbestos and demolition material, fridges and washing machines is ...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 »

House Approves 4 Years of Funds for Aviation Programs
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday approved $63 billion to pay for federal aviation programs through 2015, acting after five years of dispute and 23 short-term extensions of financing that the Federal Aviation Administration said made it harder to carry ...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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Consumer Spending Down, Bad Credit Borrowing Up
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

The online consumer information website,, has released the results of its annual visitor survey revealing that consumer spending for necessities has declined sharply while borrowing, categorized as bad credit cards, loans or debt ...more »

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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Business Law
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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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For Kyl, One Last Stand in the Crossfire
New York TimesFebruary 9, 2012

He is a small-government conservative doing all he can to head off military cuts. He is an antitax crusader who at first argued against the payroll tax cut, then successfully demanded that it be paid for, even though he says extended cuts in income ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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MPs: Government should stop 'scaring' web users over cyber crime
PC AdvisorFebruary 2, 2012

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, agrees that greater awareness and education regarding internet threats is a key element in fighting cyber crime. "Simple, easy-to-understand language is by far the best way to help computer users ...more »

Personal Injury
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Denver CO Personal Injury Attorney - Vaden Law Firm - Launches New Website
EIN News (press release)February 28, 2012

The Vaden Law Firm specializes in personal injury accident cases, real estate law, car and truck accidents, business law, and trusts and estate planning. Vaden Law provides personal attention to clients offering years of experience, expert knowledge of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutional Court has lifted the interim suspension on the shared ... 2, 2012

The Spanish Constitutional Court has now lifted the interim suspension that had been applied to 'The shared Custody Law' within the Valencian Community. Some time ago we informed our readers about the Law issued by the Valencian Generalitat Number 5/11 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Austin College hosts Annual Law Symposium for students, professionals March 2
North Texas e-NewsFebruary 20, 2012

While a member of the law firm, she pursued litigation in several areas, including will contests, trusts, general commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, labor and employment, and intellectual property. She earned her bachelor's degree, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 - This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Real Estate Law
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Dubai Real Estate Market Overview, Q4 2011
Dubai ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

The Dubai Government announced the introduction of 'Law no 13 of 2011′ in an effort to boost business confidence and attract new investment to the real estate market. The amended commercial law aims to create a more transparent, efficient and ...more »

Kodak wants co. name off LA home of Oscars show
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports ( ) that the iconic photography company filed a motion this week in US Bankruptcy Court seeking to end its sponsorship agreement with Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, ...more »

Sports Law
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Feds Seize 307 Sports-Related Domains Ahead of Super Sunday
Wired NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The seizure, the biggest to date under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown known as Operation in Our Sites (.pdf), brings to more than 650 domains shuttered since the program began in June 2010. The latest seizures, which quietly began in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Arizona's Law Office of Corso & Rhude Expands with Addition of New Attorney
openPR (press release)February 3, 2012

(openPR) - The Law Office of Corso & Rhude has announced the hiring of its newest attorney, Ryan Cummings, who joins the firm's growing staff of defense attorneys at its Peoria office. Peoria, AZ, February 03, 2012 -- The Law Office of Corso & Rhude ...more »

Bankruptcy for Tax Debt: Can Back Taxes Be Discharged in Los Angeles? (press release)February 1, 2012

February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most people associate bankruptcy with credit card, loan and mortgage debt. What they may not realize is that bankruptcy can also be used to eliminate liability for unpaid taxes. The US Bankruptcy Code permits ...more »

Bluffton Age Discrimination Trial Moves Forward
WCBDFebruary 7, 2012

By: | AP BLUFFTON, SC (AP) A federal judge has ruled that an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Bluffton police lieutenant can move forward. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports ( that Magistrate Judge Bruce ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Proposition 8 Ruling Analysis: Why the Narrow Holding?
TowleroadFebruary 9, 2012

While Judge Walker decided that same-sex marriage bans violate due process (by denying gay people the fundamental right to marry) and violate equal protection (by treating gay people differently than straight people for no legitimate reason), ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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Where there's a will there's a way to con
Portsmouth NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Enter Gerald Barton – a disqualified director – and his string of franchises going under the names of Willmakers Ltd and National Legal Services. By the time Harris and Barton had been unmasked as will and probate rogues, thousands of clients were left ...more »

Family Law
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Amy Winehouse coroner resigns, family seeks advice
Aiken StandardFebruary 2, 2012

She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia. Her resignation was not made public until Wednesday. "I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post," Reid said in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pennsylvania Insurance Department OKs Decrease in Workers' Compensation Costs ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 7, 2012

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers, it was announced. "At a time when many are feeling a financial ...more »


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