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Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

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Administrative Law
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County Residents Given Chance to Say 'No' to Rate Hike
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

We urge the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities, the New Jersey Rate Counsel, and the New Jersey Office of Administrative Law to reject the rate petition and to compel the company to provide hearings and hearing notices as indicated.more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 2, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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DOJ paying legal fees for prosecutors who botched case
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the department paid about $1.6 million since 2009 to private lawyers representing the six prosecutors targeted by that court investigation. It paid an additional $208000 to defend three ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

... but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Chinese Policies—and US Companies—Threaten American Auto Parts Jobs
In These TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Obama himself could benefit from calling for such investigation: It could demonstrate seriousness about his State of the Union pledge to enforce trade laws—a winning pledge especially with many voters from working-class households, whose support is ...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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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 1, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit...more »

Animal Law
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Horse slaughtering resumes in US as legislation languishes in Congress
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under pressure from animal rights groups and many horse owners, the domestic slaughter industry was effectively ended in the US in 2007, when Congress stopped funding for Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter houses since uninspected ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Four firms develop LSI intellectual property
Telecompaper (subscription)February 24, 2012

Japanese operator NTT Docomo, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Fujitsu have jointly developed the software and hardware intellectual property for a single large-scale integration (LSI) chip that will enable small modems to support the GSM, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Increased Cancer Risk for 9/11 First Responders, Says Study
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and suspect you wereexposed to asbestos at ground zero, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options regarding a possible mesothelioma settlement, please contact an ...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 »

EU not to spare Aviation from emission plan
Economic TimesFebruary 4, 2012

NEW DELHI: The European Union has made clear that while it would not consider putting on hold the inclusion of the aviation sector in its Emission Trading Scheme, it was willing to consider whether India's efforts to reduce carbon emissions could ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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One-pot meth labs lead to profusion of damaged, abandoned houses
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 12, 2012

Fetter said if the problem worsens, landlords will be forced to pass the burden of prevention on to the prospective tenant, which includes paying for background checks and tougher lease conditions. "Are we going to have a leper colony of low-quality ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American's layoffs loom large in bankruptcy case
Bizjournals.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The layoffs are designed to be deep enough to allow American Airlines to emerge from bankruptcy long-term in a highly competitive market, said Wielebinski, who heads the firm's Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights group.more »

Litigation
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Third-party litigation funding is a relatively new model, but it is likely to ...
The LawyerFebruary 6, 2012

Litigation funding is slowly beginning to take off and gain acceptance among lawyers and clients. This week's panel discusses what needs to be addressed to ensure the market is well-run and provides litigants with the certainty they need when ...more »

Business Law
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Political Firestorm in Mexico over 1.9M in Cash Found in Suitcase
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

28, 2012 image released by Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) on Jan. 31, 2012, an official counts money that was seized at the Mexico state airport in Toluca, Mexico. Industry groups, political parties and analysts in Mexico are questioning the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California veteran suing federal government over benefits not provided to same ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ware child porn case highlights risk of recidivism, challenges to sex offender ...
MassLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

... The Republican A Level 2 sex offender is supposed to pose only a moderate risk of committing more sex crimes. But the case of a registered sex offender from Hampshire County, freshly accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Boyd legislation best to stem insurance fraud in car wrecks
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

As a primary care physician who has practiced in Manatee County and treated patients injured in automobile accidents for 30 years, I have seen it all. I have spoken both to state Rep. Jim Boyd and Sen. Mike Bennett about the need for Personal Injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Senegal's Wade risks revolt
euronewsFebruary 1, 2012

He is now in position to run for a third term, after a favourable ruling by Senegal's constitutional court just days ago. It accepted that the constitution's two-term limit does not apply to him because it became law during his second term.more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation and Other Swap Regulations; Proposes ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2011 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker charged with regulatory offences denies allegations
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Absolutely nothing has been proven in the court of law.” The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), which regulates the real estate industry, laid the charges. They are related to alleged obstruction of a RECO investigator trying to get information ...more »

Dr. Clarisse von Wunschheim On Arbitrating Your China Disputes, Part I. The ...
China Law Blog (blog)February 2, 2012

And the way I judge international contracts is by heading straight to the dispute resolution provision. The well crafted provision is, above all else, unambiguous. If it calls for litigation, it says where it will be and what law will apply.more »

Sports Law
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Neb. bill would make youth sports fees tax exempt
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The measure comes in response to a state tax commissioner ruling late last year that said the sales tax law applies to recreational activities for youngsters. Cornett said youth sports events for those 18 and under should be exempt from the tax.more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

IRS Announces Pilot Program for Large Companies and Their Retirement Plans
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

The IRS hopes that after reviewing these procedures, etc., it can then use datadriven factors to surgically target a company's compliance weaknesses. Based on recent exam and survey activities, it seems large companies confront these types of ...more »

Gill v Fairfax: judge went to school with chairman
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 8, 2012

The judge dealing with an age discrimination case brought by a former senior Fairfax Media executive has queried whether his relationship with Fairfax Media's chairman, Roger Corbett, would be an impediment to him hearing the case.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Maori consultation paper for state asset law change released
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples yesterday said they would consider pulling out of the support arrangement with National if a Treaty of Waitangi clause was not extended to new legislation that will cover partial state asset sales.more »

Environmental Law
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COLUMN-"Green jobs" plea muddles energy choices -Gerard Wynn
ReutersFebruary 10, 2012

CLOUDY The EU's Renewable Energy Directive sets stretching national targets with the collective aim for the bloc to get a fifth of all energy from renewable sources by 2020. Given that different regions have different energy resources, the law allows ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Adoptive son loses inheritance through will error
The Co-operativeFebruary 4, 2012

An adopted son will not be able to benefit from the probate process of his adoptive parent's estate because of a will error. The appeals court ruled that Terry Marley could not inherit over Maureen and Alfred Rawlings' natural sons because they ...more »

Family Law
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Bar Task Force to Study Issues Related to Indigent Pro Se Litigants
Texas LawyerFebruary 3, 2012

The move comes after the Bar's Family Law Section and the Texas Family Law Foundation objected to an effort by the high court's Uniform Forms Task Force to create standardized forms for divorces. The Family Law Section also has raised questions about ...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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