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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Read Transcript of Federal Medical Pot Hearing That Smoked Brewer's Suit
Phoenix New Times (blog)February 1, 2012

The January 4 dismissal of Brewer's lawsuit, which was clearly intended to thwart a new medical marijuana law, came after a December 12 hearing that didn't go well for one of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's lawyers. Horne, who hasn't been averse ...more »

Health Care Law
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Dems forum cheers overhaul of health care
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By pamela manson President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation led to lawsuits filed by organizations and states — including one by Utah and 25 other states — claiming that requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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JONES v. TRUSTEES OF UNION COLL.
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Pennock Law Firm, PLLC, Clifton Park (John H. Pennock Jr. of counsel), for Trustees of Union College, respondent. Before: Mercure, Acting PJ, Lahtinen, Spain, Malone Jr. and Kavanagh, JJ. In March 2007, plaintiff was questioned about a possible arson ...more »

Immigration Law
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Studies, surveys examine immigration law's impact
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 1, 2012

bama's tougher immigration law could cost the state many billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product and tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The sponsor of the law called the study "baloney." Meanwhile, the Alabama Agribusiness Council is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Energy Ministry seeks to boost ethanol exports, remove obstructions
The NationFebruary 6, 2012

Energy Minister Arak Chonlatanon is seeking discussions with the ministries of Finance and Industry to boost ethanol exports and promote alternative energy development. He said on Monday that the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The additional reserves relate to excess workers' compensation policies Repwest either wrote or assumed from other insurance carriers between 1983 and 2003. These policies cover risks totally unrelated to U-Haul's core moving and storage business and ...more »

Animal Law
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Pit bulls may lose 'vicious' label due to bill
Dayton Daily NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Ron Alvey Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, places a pit bull in a cage. Ohio Senate voted 27-5 on Tuesday to rewrite the state's vicious dog law. By Lawrence Budd, Staff Writer 8:56 PM Wednesday, February 1, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Enzo, Eurocopter, Beyonce, Super Bowl: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Enzo Life Sciences, which makes products for genetic analysis to diagnose disease, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

A tribute to his son: John Travolta donates plane to museum in memory of ...
Daily MailFebruary 2, 2012

The father-of-three is donating one of his the five jets that make up his personal collection to the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia. He later accused a paramedic and a former Ambulance driver Tarino Lightbourne and his attorney, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Residential rents in Madinah skyrocket
Arab NewsFebruary 4, 2012

“There should be provisions in the law banning landlords from raising rent for a specific period of time. For example, the Ministry of Commerce can fix the minimum valid period of a rent contract at five years,” he said, adding that the tenant can have ...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 »

Litigation
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JIAN CAN ZHENG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Ada Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel; Jonathan F. Potter, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: ROGER J. MINER, ...more »

Business Law
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Investors Get the Chance to Assess Facebook's Potential
New York TimesFebruary 2, 2012

The company, which mainly sells advertising and virtual goods, recorded revenue of $3.71 billion in 2011, an 88 percent increase from the previous year. According to its filing, Facebook posted a profit of $1 billion last year. “Facebook will have more ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Army had several examples of energy-saving technologies on display, including a solar-powered water purifier and a tent with solar cells, during the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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UK Student Who Hacked Facebook Jailed for Eight Months
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 20, 2012

Fearing industrial espionage, Facebook said it spent $200000 dealing with the crime. Mr. Mangham said he intended to compile a report on security vulnerabilities which he would hand over to the social network, a routine he had previously performed with ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on the Likely ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

"Apparently the fatal elevator accident accident could have been prevented if proper safety protocols were followed," said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of the Perecman Firm, one of New York's personal injury law firms.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SC Attorney General Asks Court to Unblock Immigration Law
The New AmericanFebruary 5, 2012

According to the complaint filed by the Justice Department, the South Carolina law, if enforced, would unlawfully conflict with federal immigration statutes and would contribute to a patchwork of state and local laws many of which would contradict ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

They wrote me a check out of the company account and I accepted it thinking it was a gift. I am now being asked to complete a W-9 form. Since this was a “gift” am I required to fill out this form? And am I required to list this amount as income and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Roundup: Firms Trading Spaces in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

On its Web site, Wilson Elser describes the 12-year-old Westchester office—which houses 150 attorneys across such practice areas as professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, and corporate law—as "more than just ...more »

CRDA approves Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

They voted at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday, a deadline set by state law. Effective one year ago, those regulations also established the Tourism District and CRDA development powers within it, in addition to setting in motion other ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports court strips Contador of 2010 Tour title
The Associated PressFebruary 6, 2012

MADRID (AP) — Alberto Contador was stripped of his 2010 Tour de France title Monday and banned for two years after sport's highest court found the Spanish cyclist guilty of doping. The Court of Arbitration for Sport suspended the three-time Tour ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Key witness in custody in phony certificates case against attorney
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Jeff German A former legal aide who is a key witness in the criminal case against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield is now in Las Vegas police custody. Brandon Snowden, 28, a felon who has convictions for theft and forgery in 2005, has been booked ...more »

How to pick a tax pro
VEGAS INCFebruary 13, 2012

Ask fellow business owners if they were satisfied with their legal services. • Evaluate their qualifications. Review the lawyer's information with the American Bar Association or other websites that provide peer reviews, and the State Bar of Nevada's ...more »

Computer job applications act as a form of age discrimination
The TennesseanFebruary 23, 2012

Discrimination is rampant in many areas of our lives. Our legislature seems to add another discriminatory rule daily. I've run into episodes of unfair practice. It seems that all the big-box stores (Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc.) ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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ECB Basel 'Voice,' Credit Bureaus, Swaps, ESMA: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 17, 2012

In the case of these companies, the consumer bureau could find breaches of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Under the proposal, debt collectors with more than $10 million in annual receipts from collection ...more »

Environmental Law
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Xcel Energy 2011 Year End Earnings Report
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The rate increases are net of a provision for refund of approximately $67 million for Minnesota and $2.3 million for North Dakota, based on settlements reached with various parties in both cases. In addition, NSP-Minnesota reduced depreciation expense ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney James announces run for Richmond County Probate Court judge
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 10, 2012

A probate judge can issue an emergency order to have that person temporarily detained and evaluated to avoid those types of situations, he said. “It burdens my heart when people say, 'We don't know where to go,' or, 'No one will help us,' ” he said.more »

Family Law
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Children used by warring parents
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

Courts are struggling to cope with increasingly bitter family law cases involving one parent turning their child against the other. Behaviour includes false allegations of abuse, constant denigration of the other parent, asking the child to carry ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Applying for Workers' Compensation Benefits? Follow These Steps
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 9, 2012

Workers' compensation benefits are designed to cover medical, lost wage and rehabilitation costs resulting from an occupational injury or disease. If injured in this manner, it is important to follow these guidelines.more »

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