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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 »

10 top tips on becoming a franchisee
Mirror.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

1 Find out what franchises are available: There are franchise exhibitions, directories, magazines, all devoted to franchising and starting a business. Start by visiting the British Franchise Association website, www.thebfa.org.more »

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Administrative Law
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Bipartisan mining compromise proposal gets cool reception from GOP leaders
Wisconsin State JournalFebruary 22, 2012

Allows public legal challenges, called contested case hearings, of a mining permit but requires a hearing before an administrative law judge who would rule on whether a proposed challenge has merit and is not frivolous. • Requires a mining company to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Mental health care gaps are identified
Herald Times ReporterFebruary 27, 2012

"The burden for some of the care … falls to primary-care physicians," Arnold said. Navigating the mental health care system is difficult for anyone, said Bill Ehrendreich, a 43-year-old Manitowoc resident who has post-traumatic stress disorder and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Economy Is Paramount Issue to US Voters
Gallup.comFebruary 29, 2012

by Jeffrey M. Jones PRINCETON, NJ -- More than 9 in 10 US registered voters say the economy is extremely (45%) or very important (47%) to their vote in this year's presidential election. Unemployment, the federal budget deficit, and the 2010 healthcare ...more »

Immigration Law
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Federal judge delays Utah immigration law ruling
The Associated PressFebruary 22, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A federal judge is postponing a decision on Utah's immigration enforcement law until after the US Supreme Court rules on a similar law in Arizona. US District Judge Clark Waddoups (WAH'-duhps) says there are enough similarities ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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China Green Agriculture Announces the Relocation of its Wholly-Owned ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

The Zone's concentrated industrial activities and dense population changed the micro bioenvironment for the growth of Jintai's agricultural products and disturbed Jintai's normal fertilizer research and development. Recently such changes caused the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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David Cameron and EU leaders call for growth plan in Europe: full letter
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 20, 2012

... to trade on-line, by simplifying licensing, building an efficient framework for copyright, providing a secure and affordable system for cross-border on-line payments, establishing on-line dispute resolution mechanisms for cross-border on-line ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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VALLEY FORGE INSURANCE CO. v. FIELD
Leagle.comFebruary 23, 2012

That state court suit led to this insurance coverage litigation in federal court. The federal plaintiffs are Valley Forge Insurance Company and American Casualty of Reading, PA, the insurers of the Carson Center and, as such, of Field as an employee of ...more »

Animal Law
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Exposed: The cruel dog-spinning ritual to 'ward off rabies' that is STILL ...
Daily MailFebruary 28, 2012

By Graham Smith Animal rights activists have managed to thwart a bizarre traditional that involves spinning dogs on a rope above a river in rural Bulgaria to ward off rabies. For hundreds of years, locals in the remote town of Brodilovo in the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Yahoo, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

Inc. asked Facebook Inc. to license technologies covered by its intellectual property and threatened to take legal action if the companies don't reach an agreement. “We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Insurance Law Podcast Examines the Use of Social Media in Discovery and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

OLDWICK, NJ, Feb 27, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AM Best Co. has released the latest installment of the Insurance Law Podcast, a series that examines timely insurance issues from an attorney's point of view. The latest episode features attorneys Daniel ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Revisiting Affirmative Action
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 22, 2012

AP The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to revisit affirmative action in state-college admissions, suggesting a 2003 ruling that narrowly permitted race-conscious policies in public higher education may face tough scrutiny from today's more conservative ...more »

Pressure Builds For Civilian Drone Flights At Home
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andFebruary 28, 2012

"It's going to be the next big revolution in aviation. It's coming," says Dan Elwell, the Aerospace Industries Association's vice president for civil aviation. Some impetus comes from the military, which will bring home drones from Afghanistan and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Troubles: I Think My Master Tenant Is Scamming Me
The San Francisco AppealFebruary 29, 2012

Should I ask for a cashier's check? Get her landlord involved in this? If she doesn't pay me my security deposit what would I be able to do? Small claims court? Do I have any rights as a subletter? What can I do to protect myself at this point?more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Sarah Frankel Joins GCG's Bankruptcy Team
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

GCG has been named Best Claims Administrator by the New York Law Journal for two years in a row. The firm has been engaged in many high-profile distribution matters, including the General Motors bankruptcy, the $6.15 billion WorldCom settlement, ...more »

Litigation
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Broadcom Discloses SEC Probe Into Litigation Reserves
Wall Street JournalFebruary 25, 2012

s (BRCM) accounting of litigation reserves as far back as June 2010, the company disclosed Friday. Shares fell 2.7% at $35.75 after hours Friday after the chip maker said the SEC's Los Angeles office said it will conduct a formal investigation into the ...more »

Business Law
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Mexico Case Reveals Vast Human Trafficking Scheme
InSight CrimeFebruary 29, 2012

Associated Press writer Olga Rodríguez followed the story closely, reporting on how seven of the children's mothers said they believed they had been allowing their children to be photographed for anti-abortion advertising campaigns.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Navy SEALs hope film blitz draws recruits
The Associated PressFebruary 21, 2012

Washington (AP) — US Navy SEALs never expected the film "Act of Valor," starring real, active-duty Navy SEALs, to be this big. Five years ago, US special operations commanders allowed a small, independent film company into their elite ranks to turn ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Large group of “Anonymous” hacker suspects arrested in multinational sweep
Sky Valley ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

(INTERNATIONAL) -- Interpol, the International Criminal Police Organization based in France said Tuesday that 25 suspected members of the infamous, loosely-knit Anonymous computer hacker group have been arrested in a massive police sweep across Europe ...more »

Personal Injury
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Jury Awards More Than Asked for in Lawsuit
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 15, 2012

Because the determination of damages awards in personal injury cases is left to the sound discretion of the trier of fact, in this case, the jury. The plaintiff must rely on the jury to examine the facts of the case and determine fair compensation.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Bill of Rights Defense Committee Director Warns Public of NDAA
The New AmericanFebruary 25, 2012

On December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of the NDAA, the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of the President of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Topics covered touched on background and health effects of asbestos inspectors, the role of inspectors, bulk sampling techniques, regulations, friable vs. nonfriable asbestos, personal protective equipment, dust sampling, soil sampling, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Delhi Consumer Court fines NDPL for delay in awarding power connection
Indlaw.comFebruary 20, 2012

'We direct NDPL under Section 14 (1) (f) of Consumer Protection Act, 1986 to discontinue the unfair trade practice.' The court further said the power company should not take advantage of their monopoly and harass the consumers on issues for which they ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate agents, residents balk at Certificate of Occupancy rule
Buffalo NewsFebruary 28, 2012

A $100 fee to the town gets the property certified by a town inspector who makes sure the home is not only habitable and safe but up to town code. Real estate agents, some town residents and at least one Town Board member, John M. Rusinski, ...more »

Hendrickson, AxleTech Build Suspensions for Navistar MRAP Trucks
TruckinginfoFebruary 20, 2012

Hendrickson Axle Suspension Systems and AxleTech International say they were recently awarded a contract by Navistar Defense LLC to equip 2717 International MaxxPro long-wheel base armored trucks with independent suspension systems.more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Interpol says suspected Anonymous ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

The international police agency said in a statement that the arrests in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Spain were carried out by national law enforcement officers working under the support of Interpol's Latin American Working Group of Experts on ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Hampden DA Mark Mastroianni applauds Jeffrey Asher guilty verdict; defense...
MassLive.comFebruary 28, 2012

Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni said he was satisfied with the jury's decision. “It was the right verdict. A crime was committed; that was why I prosecuted it,” Mastroianni said, cautioning that local police should not view the ...more »

State Police Considers Look Into Blytheville's IRS Troubles
Arkansas Business OnlineFebruary 17, 2012

The audit found the city failed to file employment taxes in 2009 and 2010, which resulted in a bill of $3.77 million to the IRS for back taxes, penalties and interest. The IRS has attached liens to nearly all property owned by the city of Blytheville ...more »

Marriage Equality Act Passes In Washington State
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 13, 2012

But to retain that status, the couple would have to marry within one year after becoming permanent residents of Washington State, unless at least one of the partners was at least 62 years of age. The Marriage Equality Act would generally eliminate the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Today's media stories from the papers
The GuardianFebruary 16, 2012

P11 James Whitaker: A true king of Fleet STreet. P13 Yahoo's $17bn asset-swap negotiations hit impasse. P29 The Independent The Sun staff seek protection of human rights legislation. P1, P3 New scrutiny must not restrict investigative reporting, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Meeting biofuel production targets could change agricultural landscape
EurekAlert (press release)February 29, 2012

An alternative, according to a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels. W. Kolby Smith and colleagues explain that the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Public Servants
Memphis Daily NewsFebruary 22, 2012

22, as they were honored by the family of the late Probate Court clerk and the Rotary Club of Memphis East. Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery with wife, Mary, accepts a Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award. Ted Illsley of Code Enforcement received ...more »

Family Law
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Ramapo father-in-law in labor trafficking case denies abuse, servitude
The Journal News | LoHud.comFebruary 24, 2012

A Ramapo man charged in a labor trafficking and sex abuse case painted a family portrait in stark contrast to that of his daughter-in-law, who says she was overworked, beaten and sexually abused in the household she shared with her husband and his ...more »

Workers Compensation
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ISLAND OPERATING COMPANY, INCORPORATED v. DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF WORKERS ...
Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

An administrative law judge ("ALJ") awarded Doucet benefits, and the Benefits Review Board ("the Board") affirmed the award. Island petitions for review of the Board's decision, arguing that insufficient evidence supports the ALJ's award determination.more »

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