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TripAdvisor rebuked over 'trust' claims on review site
BBC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been ordered to rewrite some of its marketing claims by the UK's Advertising Standards Authority. The ruling follows complaints by hotels that the site had said that its holiday reviews could be "trusted". The ASA said it was concerned ...more »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Administrative Law
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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Health Care Law
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Coakley, Cuccinelli to debate health care law
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two state attorneys general will square off in a discussion next week about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's federal health care law. Massachusetts' Martha Coakley and Virginia's Ken ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Nonlawyer Ownership Interests in Law Firms Remains an Unsettled Issue for ...
ABA JournalFebruary 4, 2012

By James Podgers The ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 still is undecided on whether it will make a recommendation on whether nonlawyers should be allowed to have some form of limited ownership interest in US law firms. In recent months, the commission's ...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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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. /quotes/zigman/91287/quotes/nls/opwv OPWV +4.48% is a global software innovator delivering all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

(Adds Gupta in Lawsuits section, Stanford in Trials, Facebook in Litigation Departments and Foreign Bribe Case in Verdicts. Updates BP and EchoStar in Lawsuits, JPMorgan in New Suits and JC Flowers in Verdicts. Corrects gender of HSBC spokesman in ...more »

Animal Law
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US judge may rule on whether US constitution protects animals against slavery
GlobalPost (blog)February 7, 2012

A US federal judge may rule on whether animals enjoy the constitutional protections against slavery as human beings. Guests watch a killer whale act at SeaWorld, in Orlando, Florida, in 2010. (Matt Stroshane/AFP/Getty Images) A US federal judge may ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Asbestos Lawsuit Settles for Record Amount (blog)February 1, 2012

The asbestos lawsuit settlement was awarded to her family late last month. If you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos exposure and later developed mesothelioma, call an asbestos attorney at Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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South Africa's BEE and AA-thoughtless imprudence or responsible necessity?
News24February 11, 2012

Most people will tell you that application of the South African government's policies such as Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action sounds good on paper and was seen as the best step forward, given our history of deep-seated sense of ...more »

ADAC and Etihad CEO's to open important aviation event
Travel Daily News InternationalFebruary 1, 2012

Nigel Mayes, VP & Commercial for UBM Aviation Routes, organiser of World Routes, said: “Air service development is fundamental to the prosperity of cities and regions around the world, as well as the growth of the airports that serve these regions.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Seek New Tenant for Hewlett Bar
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The landlords, who have owned the whole building for over 30 years, are asking $3100 per month for rent, although there may be a little flexibility for the right tenant. They hope to find someone more dependable this time around, according to Odel ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Consumer Spending Down, Bad Credit Borrowing Up
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

The online consumer information website,, has released the results of its annual visitor survey revealing that consumer spending for necessities has declined sharply while borrowing, categorized as bad credit cards, loans or debt ...more »

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JPMorgan settles overdraft fee case for $110 million
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

N) has agreed to pay $110 million to settle consumer litigation accusing it of charging excessive overdraft fees. The largest US bank by assets joined Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and several smaller lenders in settling their portion of the nationwide ...more »

Business Law
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Selling the dead 2, 2012

The Monroe deal is the latest in a series of legal actions and commercial transactions involving her, and they have highlighted continuing battles over the marketing of dead stars. In America, licensing the images, names and voices of 'delebs' (dead ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Philippine President Works on US Ties
Wall Street JournalFebruary 12, 2012

But as China's commercial and military power expands, Mr. Aquino said in an extensive interview that he is strengthening this tropical archipelago's security and diplomatic relationships with Washington, much as the US is pivoting back toward Asia ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PD: Man Seeks Teen For Sex After Online Chat, But Finds Naugatuck Cops Instead
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Blanchard is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, collaborated program between state and local law enforcement that seeks to investigate offenders who use the internet or the computer to sexually exploit children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on the Likely ... (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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Why the Health Care Law Is Constitutional
Huffington Post (blog)February 6, 2012

While no doubt the Supreme Court will pronounce as a matter of law whether a decision to forego the purchase of insurance is an "activity" that can be regulated within the framework of the constitution's Commerce Clause, it deciding not to make such a ...more »

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

As the Web page notes, Wasserman is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected legal malpractice authorities and attorneys in the country, with more than three decades of experience in this unique area of the law.more »

Consumer Protection
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Why e-tolling wont fly
ITWebFebruary 7, 2012

In December, government was asked what would happen in the case of fraudulent licence plates, since people without e-tags are charged for e-tolling via pictures of their licence plates, taken by overhead cameras on the gantries.more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker faces obstruction charges
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 3, 2012

By Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen February 3, 2012 12:00 AM An Ottawa real estate broker is facing 18 charges under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, which she says stem from false allegations made by "disgruntled exagents.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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"Tebow Bill" could bring home-schooled to school sports
WTVRFebruary 2, 2012

Current Virginia law does not allow homeschooled children to compete on public school sports teams, but that could soon change if HB 947 is passed. Sponsors of the newest bill have referred to it as the "Tebow Bill" named for Tim Tebow, the quarterback ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Walker schedules meeting with DA
The Oshkosh NorthwesternFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Mo. optometrist filed $40 million refund claim
STLtoday.comFebruary 9, 2012

The US Attorney's office says in a news release that 61-year-old Dr. Leslie Robert MacLaren of Nixa was sentenced Thursday for evading income taxes, bankruptcy fraud, impeding the work of the IRS and filing a false tax return.more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Show Me the Money: Helping Clients Find and Protect Assets in a Divorce
ABA JournalFebruary 6, 2012

I'm Stephanie Francis Ward, and today we're discussing family law assets recovery with Randall M. Kessler, an Atlanta, Georgia lawyer; and Ira Freedman, who practices in Beverly Hills. Stephanie Francis Ward: Let's start this out–I have a question for ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian countries with few alternative sources of energy, government officials said on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 20, 2012

[¶ 1] Philip Sprague appeals from an order denying his petition for formal probate of a will allegedly executed by Harriet O. Clemetson. Because we conclude the district court correctly applied the law on the presumption that a missing will is revoked, ...more »

Family Law
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Gordon Ramsay bitter feud with father-in-law finally ends after pair reach £2m ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

Ramsay and Hutcheson, his former business partner, friend and close confidant, have reached a £2 million settlement but the Kitchen Nightmares star has also run up a huge legal bill during the high-profile feud. Ramsay's publicist Freud Communications, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WCRI: Virginia's Medical Cost Per Workers' Comp Claim Higher Than Most
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Broad metrics of worker' compensation costs show that Virginia is a lower cost state, largely due to a lower frequency of claims, according to a new report. But the report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also found that the ...more »


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