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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 »

Feinstein begins to replenish campaign account
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Durkee is facing a federal mail-fraud charge. Feinstein, who is a heavy favorite to win her fourth full term in the Senate, quickly replenished her campaign, loaning it $5 million. In all, her campaign has about $6.6 million in the bank, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal judge hears would-be casino developer's legal challenge
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Steve Decosta KG Urban Enterpise's legal challenge of the state's casino-enabling legislation got its first airing in US District Court Tuesday, with Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton peppering both parties with specific questions on points of law.more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law
StarNewsOnline.comFebruary 1, 2012

Regarding the "Other Views" editorial on Jan 30, on the topic of Health-care law paying dividends, this has not been good for the health care industry or individuals. This new health care law that was passed last year does not address the real problem, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Super Bowl 2012: 5 Odd Questions Dallas Cowboys Might Be Asked During Super Bowl
Bleacher ReportFebruary 3, 2012

Sometimes people act a bit rowdy. Since most people in the United States and a couple billion people worldwide will be watching the Super Bowl, many members of the Dallas Cowboys will watch the game. Cowboys players, coaches and front office members ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Growth management can stifle a city's economy
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Kennewick's mayor says the city has lost out on three opportunities to bring businesses to the area because it lacks developed industrial land. Mayor Steve Young is hoping the proposed bill will change that, helping to make land in south Kennewick ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Animal Law
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City Council to Address Hayden Law Cuts
LBPOST.comFebruary 13, 2012

Passed in 1998 and named after its main drafter, former state senator and professor of animal law at UCLA Tom Hayden, the bill significantly altered the way in which animal shelters operated and euthanized animals. Pointedly under attack by both animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Column: Intellectual Property Is Theft
Oklahoma DailyFebruary 1, 2012

The blackout in question was in protest of two pieces of legislation related to the Internet, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. The bills had several draconian punishments that outraged many Americans (Wikipedia ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Increased Cancer Risk for 9/11 First Responders, Says Study (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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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

On This Day in Aviation History: February 4th
NYCAviationFebruary 4, 2012

Belly landings with all surviving are wonderful news, but not that exciting when the pilot forgot the plane needed wheels to land. 1986 – Pakistan International Airlines Flight 300, a 747-200 (AP-AYW) lands on its belly at Islamabad Airport because the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment - A Bang or a Whimper
JD Supra (press release)February 3, 2012

Almost all commercial leases in the United States include a covenant of quiet enjoyment. At its simplest level, the protection afforded by the covenant to a tenant is straightforward: a landlord must not interfere with a tenant's use and enjoyment of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Attorney General Releases Top Ten Scam List
KTTSFebruary 1, 2012

Here is the rest of the list : 2. Abusive bill collectors who make threatening phone calls. 4. Debit and credit card companies that add unauthorized charges. 5. Home Repair and remodeling contractors that take payment but never deliver. 6.more »

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MasterCard's Profit Strong, Litigation Charge Weighs
CNBC.comFebruary 2, 2012

MasterCard reported a higher quarterly profit as consumers around the world spent more money using credit and debit cards, but a litigation-related charge took a large bite out of its earnings. “This special item represents the company's financial ...more »

Business Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...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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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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NY Personal Injury Attorney Michael Barasch Testifies That Cancer Should Be ...
PR Web (press release)February 24, 2012

NY personal injury lawyer Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson testified before the World Trade Center Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Feb. 16 on behalf of scores of his law firm's clients who have been diagnosed with ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Iowa gun laws face legal challenges under proposed constitutional amendment (blog)February 2, 2012

Iowa laws pertaining to restrictions or legal requirements in carrying or using guns could face new legal challenges under a legislative resolution that would amend the state's constitution into the strongest and most comprehensive firearm rights...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web (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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Park National Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

... timing and effect of changes in banking regulations or other regulatory or legislative requirements affecting the respective businesses of Park and its subsidiaries, including changes in laws and regulations concerning taxes, accounting, banking, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bank of America Plaza becomes Atlanta's priciest repo
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 8, 2012

The ownership shift probably won't affect current tenants -- who still include Bank of America and prominent law firms -- or the building's name for now. But it won't help already depressed commercial real estate values and rents in the broader market, ...more »

Fine Point Group Files Motion to Enforce Tribal Court Judgment Against ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Fine Point Group yesterday filed a motion in Pojoaque Tribal Court to enforce the decision of that same court in the face of continued interference by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Gaming Commission, whose conduct was previously ...more »

Sports Law
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FA cast votes over john Terry captaincy
The IndependentFebruary 3, 2012

Simon Boyes, a specialist in sports law from Nottingham Law School , said: "If the FA conducted a hearing, made a finding – whatever the finding, it could compromise the fairness of the criminal trial because it would anticipate the outcome.more »

Criminal Defense
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E. G. Morris Named Lawyer of the Year in Non White Collar Criminal Category ...
PR Web (press release)February 9, 2012

Austin based criminal defense lawyer EG Morris has been selected by the Best Lawyers in America publication as the Lawyer of the Year in the category of non-white collar criminal law for the Austin, Texas area. Best Lawyers, the oldest and most ...more »

How to find trustworthy tax preparation help
Wilson County NewsFebruary 3, 2012

According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans will enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help to avoid penalties or fees.more »

Provincial Board mulls passage of law vs job discrimination
Sun.StarFebruary 9, 2012

By Michael Andrew W. Yu THE Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental approved a resolution requesting Congress to enact a law that prohibits discrimination in employment opportunities on account of old age. Board Member Emmanuel Mugot, who authored the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe Launches New Farmington and Wethersfield Websites
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe have launched two new websites to serve local communities in Connecticut more effectively. The firm's goal is to be more accessible to Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut residents and accident victims.more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies, Inc. to Present at Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"We look forward to showcasing our company to some of the country's top clean tech and growth investors at this year's Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki. "This is an ideal venue in which we can provide an important update ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Election 2012: English has experience in probate office
Opelika Auburn NewsFebruary 19, 2012

He presides over weddings, rules on court cases pertaining to probate issues, wills, adoptions and, obviously, is a major player in Lee County politics. But did you know that the Lee County probate judge for the past 11 years is also a World War II ...more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012



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