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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge suspends Cline; hearing set
Durham NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009.more »

Health Care Law
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Rubio: Obama's contraception mandate is unconstitutional - 'We either believe ...
Fox NewsFebruary 9, 2012

A new President Obama health care rule has really ignited a fight, including within the Democratic Party. A new HHS rule, as part of the national health care law, requires all employers cover birth control for their workers.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Immigration Law
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Law enforcement cracking down on counterfeits at Super Bowl
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 2, 2012

The NFL, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police held a news conference Thursday highlighting the problems not only with counterfeit tickets, but other merchandise surrounding ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Jeffrey Jacobson Named Head of Xerox Global Graphic Communications
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Jacobson is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo and holds a master's degree in industrial relations from the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Pace University School of Law and is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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CC meet ends inconclusively
RepublicaFebruary 5, 2012

The parties are divided over the issues of form of governance, state-restructuring, electoral system, and judiciary, while some other issues settled by the Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee are also yet to be resolved after some lawmakers of the Maoist ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Harbinger Group Inc. Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Insurance segment acquired in April 2011 contributed operating income of $36 million (pre-tax) for the first quarter of Fiscal 2012. Insurance segment adjusted operating income of $24 million (pre-tax) for Fiscal 2012 first quarter improved compared to ...more »

Animal Law
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Group plans measure to tighten animal cruelty law
Bismarck TribuneFebruary 9, 2012

A group of concerned citizens plans on submitting language for a ballot measure within the next two weeks that if passed would strengthen North Dakota's animal cruelty law. Mandan resident Alison Smith, one of the proponents of the measure, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Oracle rejects $272M, seeks new trial in SAP intellectual property case
Philadelphia Business JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Oracle's lawsuit against SAP stemmed from actions by TomorrowNow Inc., a subsidiary of SAP that obtained information from current and former Oracle customers to log onto Oracle's customer-support website and download material that it used to try to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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State statutes place time limits on filing mesothelioma-related lawsuits
Mesothelioma NewsFebruary 1, 2012

It's not uncommon for attorneys to turn patients or families away because they waited too long to file a lawsuit. Each states' unique statutes of limitations provides a limited amount of time to sue companies responsible for asbestos-related diseases.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court Hears Challenge to CA Affirmative Action Ban
ABC NewsFebruary 13, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger portal to help consumers work out ...
Talk FinanceFebruary 1, 2012

UK holidaymakers can compare the optional extra fees charged by airlines when booking flights following the launch of a passenger resource by the airline regulator. At the end of 2011 the government announced plans to ban excessive surcharges on all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Private landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in 'hell-hole' home
24dash (press release)February 10, 2012

A private landlord has been fined for allowing his tenants to live in what Newham Council has described as a 'hell-hole' home. Amar Shazad, from Walthamstow, admitted eight offences of failing to keep the flat he rented out, on Sprowston Mews, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hope Withers for February Market Breakout
TheStreet.comFebruary 1, 2012

According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, correlation amongst Russell 2000 stocks has dropped to 20% from 74% last September. In other words, if there's room to distinguish bad and good apples, there's room for certain stocks or sectors to move ...more »

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SynQor and Lineage Power Settle IBA Patent Litigation
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

BOXBOROUGH, MA, Feb 07, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- SynQor, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive Settlement Agreement with Lineage Power Corp. to resolve SynQor's IBA patent litigation against Lineage (SynQor, Inc. v.more »

Business Law
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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm (The Sloan Firm, has expanded its Houston presence with the relocation of associate J. Ryan Fowler from Longview, Texas, and the lease of larger offices at 3000 Smith ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man charged with online solicitation of a juvenile
Opelousas Daily WorldFebruary 10, 2012

... who has been charged with computer aided solicitation of a minor and indecent behavior with juveniles. Sheriff Bobby J. Guidroz said the arrest resulted from an online sting operation by his department's Internet Crimes against Children Task force ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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“Legally invisible”: Law reform matters for Aboriginal health
Crikey (blog)February 2, 2012

A recent Croakey post suggested that Constitutional reform could bring important health benefits for Indigenous Australians. The article below argues that a clear legal framework is needed for better Aboriginal health, citing a paper recently released ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011: More power to consumers?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 1, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers of services.more »

Real Estate Law
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

Judge Declares a Mistrial in 'Sting' Case on Bribery
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The defendants, owners and executives of small military-equipment companies, were charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials to gain a business advantage.more »

Sports Law
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Federal Wire Act is high-wire act for racing
HarnesslinkFebruary 6, 2012

Then, in the fall of 2006, Congress passed the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act (UIGEA). This end-of-session legislative pronouncement prohibits businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with a bet or wager that involves the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: ATF sting targeted black Kansas males
Kansas City StarFebruary 4, 2012

By ROXANA HEGEMAN AP WICHITA | A bogus pawn shop operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives targeted black males during a months-long firearms sting operation that was racially motivated, a defense attorney claimed in a court ...more »

Washington accountant sentenced to prison for 'crusade' against IRS
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 2, 2012

COM STAFF The home of purported member of the Washington sovereign citizen movement Timothy Garrison, which was raided by the IRS and other law enforcement in June 2011. UPDATE: Having pleaded guilty to tax fraud, Mount Vernon accountant Timothy ...more »

Congress exempt from several federal laws
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Judicial Committee seeks to reduce protection of automotive repair parts
Examiner.comFebruary 10, 2012

The bill, titled the “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales” (PARTS) Act, allows for the blanket manufacture, testing, importation and pre-sale distribution of repair parts that would otherwise infringe a design patent for automotive “component ...more »

Environmental Law
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Chart: Republican presidential candidates on the issues
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 11, 2012

Wants to end corporate subsidies, cut regulations, lower taxes, spur jobs through energy development, seek repeal of Obama's healthcare law. Favors return to gold standard, eliminating Federal Reserve, eliminating most federal regulations.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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Paralyzed local attorney runs own family law practice
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

For seven years, Lewis has maintained his family law practice. He provides his services pro bono because he must remain below 85 percent of the federal poverty level to keep his eligibility for Medicaid. But Lewis is unable to get in or out of bed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Texas High Court Reaffirms Bar Against Policyholder Negligence Claims
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

In a decision that workers' compensation experts say is good for Texas employees and employers alike, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a unanimous opinion on January 27, 2012, that bars negligence claims against policyholders.more »


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