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Undercover Crack Cocaine Investigation Results in Nine Arrests
KBTXFebruary 1, 2012

Investigators believe it's been a problem for a long time, the selling of crack cocaine in Robertson County. A final arrest today wrapped up a 10 month-long federal investigation into drug dealing there. In a News 3, exclusive, we go to Calvert to find ...more »

Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legislature meddling in state judicial conflict
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

This rebellion against the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts comes against the backdrop of state budget cuts - $350 million this year alone - that have left courts struggling to maintain their hours and avert backlogs.more »

Health Care Law
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Mitch McConnell: Obama health care law is not financially viable
The State ColumnFebruary 1, 2012

Mr. McConnell's latest attack on the health care law comes as the US government spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will reportedly more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kim Dotcom Has A Case: Truth Behind Megavideo, Megaupload Indictment
International Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

All of these things, thrown together in one massive indictment, paint the picture of a man running an organized crime ring like a mafia don, not of a man who created file-sharing sites that can be used for online piracy. Take any of those individual ...more »

Immigration Law
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Is the Immigration Law Costing Alabama Billions?
CBS42February 3, 2012

The first assumption is that 70000 to 140000 jobs would be lost as undocumented workers leave the state. Addy explains that would account for $1.2 to $5.8 billion in earnings. Addy's assumptions also include the fact that some of those earnings are ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Systems (OPWV) Releases Quarterly Earnings, Misses Estimates By $0.01 EPS
LocalizedUSAFebruary 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. (Openwave) is a software provider delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers, which include mobile and broadband operators, to create and deliver smarter services.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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Make animal farm humane
Boston HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

The first piece of legislation that would limit the intense confinement of sows, hens and veal calves in the state is H458 (The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act). It would require that sows and veal calves be given enough space to lie down, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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T2 Biosystems Announces Issuance of Key Patent Providing Broad Intellectual...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, today announced the issuance of patent number 8102176 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office entitled ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action for women in math contests boosts participation without ...
Ars TechnicaFebruary 2, 2012

The common feature in all three methods is an affirmative action approach: the active promotion of the underrepresented group. Passive methods (such as increasing potential rewards for everyone) do improve participation by women, but they also improve ...more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Total Landlord insurance launches rent guarantee insurance policies
MyIntroducer.comFebruary 2, 2012

Specialist provider of Buy-to-Let cover, Total Landlord Insurance, has launched Total Rent Guarantee Insurance. In these troubling financial times it is impossible for landlords to predict whether their tenant's circumstances will change in the future ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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U-T San DiegoFebruary 3, 2012

The State Bar of California filed a 56-count complaint against Steigerwalt, charging he violated a series of bar rules in 19 cases, all but two of which were bankruptcy filings. In the 36-page complaint, the bar said that in numerous instances, ...more »

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Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Gerry Flynn, deputy president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said school boards of management faced potential litigation if an unqualified person gave inappropriate advice to students. Mr Flynn was speaking at the Oireachtas Committee ...more »

Business Law
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Dallas-based Branham Law Group represents corporate clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as helping individuals in catastrophic personal injury claims. Led by noted courtroom lawyer Trey Branham, the firm provides extensive ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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U-T San DiegoFebruary 12, 2012

The Navy is cutting nearly 3000 mid-career troops in a first-ever layoff this year, made necessary by record-high re-enlistment. Generous wartime military benefits, offered during a deep economic recession, left the Navy with 60 percent retention rates ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Crime-fund surplus sought for Virginia's child exploitation fight
Washington TimesFebruary 8, 2012

A 2010 law imposed an additional $10 fee for every criminal conviction in the state to fund the state's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces and law enforcement efforts. But the revenue generated by the law has exceeded a $1.8 million ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ... (press release)February 1, 2012

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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CJ Corona's escape hatch
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 6, 2012

Public officials are allowed by law to take the necessary "corrective action'' on defective or incomplete Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth (SALN) by simply correcting entries or providing missing information not reflected in the SALN ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 – This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

United States: Recent Litigation Affecting Aircraft Finance And The Aviation ...
Avionics IntelligenceFebruary 10, 2012

The lessors also cited to the "Airline Finance/Lease Contract Endorsement" clause (also known as the AVN 67B or 67C Endorsement), providing that the coverage for each contract party under the policy would not be invalidated by any act or omission of ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Brooklyn prosecutor returns to Davis Polk
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

Greg Andres, who has worked as a federal prosecutor since 1999, will join Davis Polk's litigation department and work closely with the firm's white-collar defense group, representing clients in civil and criminal cases, according to the announcement.more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) Hit With $500k Fine
eMoneyDailyFebruary 1, 2012

Bowne filed the case accusing that the bank dismissed him because of his age, which is against Florida law. FINRA did however say that the bank did not violate federal age discrimination law. Elizabeth Fogarty, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) spokeswoman, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Transfer Window: recent moves including Orrick, Salans and Gide
Legal WeekFebruary 6, 2012

Wylde (pictured) left Slaughters in April last year to take up a position as GC of the Asset Protection Agency, which was set up by HM Treasury in the wake of the credit crunch to stabilise financial institutions affected by the downturn.more »

Environmental Law
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County approves tax break for 'green' energy
Fremont News MessengerFebruary 4, 2012

FREMONT -- Sandusky County commissioners voted unanimously to designate the county as an alternative energy zone, which will provide tax breaks to green energy industries moving to the area. The decision was made Thursday as German-based wind turbine ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Cypress TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, worker's compensation, tax issues, bankruptcy, and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Family Law
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D'Souza elected New Orleans' first family court judge
NOLA.comFebruary 2, 2012

Online records of the Secretary of State's office show that Kris Kiefer, who said Wednesday he would take his name off the ballot to focus on his law practice and his family, had quit the race. D'Souza in a prepared statement Thursday called her ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pennsylvania workers' compensation insurance costs drop by an average of 5.7%
Live Insurance NewsFebruary 6, 2012

State regulators have announced the approval of a 5.7% decrease in workers' compensation costs. The rate reduction is estimated to save the state's employers approximately $160 million. The 5.7% decrease is a reflection of average reductions throughout ...more »


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