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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.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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Note to Christo: Don't Start Hanging the Fabric Yet
New York TimesFebruary 2, 2012

But on Wednesday, a new battlefield emerged in law and local politics: in Denver, opponents filed a federal lawsuit aiming to block construction, which Christo had hoped to begin this summer. The suit argues that land managers violated federal law in ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...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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Hearing looks at SB 1070
KYMAFebruary 6, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona's immigration enforcement law on April 25th. The court will review a federal appeals court decision that upheld a judge's ruling blocking key provisions of the law. One of those provisions requires ...more »

Industrial Development 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 »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Douglas Noll Delivers Groundbreaking Peacemaking Strategies in The ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

The International Peace and Justice Book award is given annually by the CPR Institute, an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes innovation in commercial dispute prevention and resolution. CPR is a leading online destination for lawyers ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Schedules Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Release, Investor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

RENO, Nev., Feb 1, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL +0.47% , the holding company of U-Haul International Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, ...more »

Animal Law
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Public to examine local laws
Fraser Coast ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

THE new local laws for the Fraser Coast are now available for the public to examine. Car parking, animal control, backyard fires, noxious weeds, fencing, temporary advertising signs and boat and jet ski use are all areas covered under the new laws.more »

Intellectual Property
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Facebook Success Shows Why Intellectual Property Laws Are Stifling
PolicyMicFebruary 6, 2012

All of the site's success comes despite current intellectual property law, and the site is a shining example of why we should be against intellectual property (IP) laws. IP laws stifle the market by giving monopoly privilege to the “owner” of the ...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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Local women honored by their city
EastBayRI.comFebruary 14, 2012

This group – along with two others who could not be in attendance for the city council meeting – will be honored once again when the East Providence Affirmative Action Office hosts a 2012 Black History Month Celebration on Feb. 29.more »

Bessie Coleman: Woman Who 'Dared to Dream' Made Aviation History
DoD LiveFebruary 1, 2012

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman would go on to be the first female pilot of African-American descent, but more importantly would later influence the accomplishments of others who would continue the evolution of African-American involvement in aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Two more in penny stock case plead guilty to securities crimes
Plain DealerFebruary 2, 2012

Randall Rosenthal, 48, who worked as a computer technician in Margulies' law firm on Chagrin Blvd., faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced next week on felony charges of a scheme to defraud and falsifying business records.more »

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S&P Lifts MasterCard Outlook To Positive On 4Q Charge For Merchant Suits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The merchant litigation has been an overhang for MasterCard and chief rival Visa Inc. (V) of late as the card processors battle allegations they violated antitrust laws by fixing the fees retailers pay to accept their cards. A trial date for the cases...more »

Business Law
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Presidential Campaign Finances
WCTVFebruary 1, 2012

Friends of candidates set up these groups and by law, can raise unlimited dollars to typically run ads blasting an opponent. It includes this ad run by a group supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney called, "restore our future".more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. WASHINGTON—A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dublin sixth riskiest online city, survey says
Siliconrepublic.comFebruary 21, 2012

Dublin has ranked as the sixth riskiest city for cyber crime and cyber crime factors, a survey by internet security firm Norton and research group Sperling's BestPlaces suggests. The survey of 100 cities looked at several factors that could impact ...more »

Personal Injury
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Illegal Immigrants in Personal Injury Cases
Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog (blog)February 7, 2012

LawyersUSA has an article out today on the struggles that personal injury attorneys have had in getting fair compensation for their clients in accident and malpractice cases. The article contains a few quotes from me. There are a couple of leitmotifs ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Delegation comprising French senators complaining to Constitutional Court of ...
APAFebruary 3, 2012

Turkey said that Azerbaijan played a significant role in French senators' appeal to the French Constitutional Council in abolition of the abovementioned draft law. The Republic of Azerbaijan completely continues its efforts for the abolition of this ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NY court suspends lawyer over allegedly fake lawsuit
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 2, 2012

... giving him more than $70000 in legal fees for a lawsuit he never filed. The Appellate Division, Second Department, granted a motion by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to suspend Allen Gold from practicing law in New York, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog: No fears for small banks
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

The stringent provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that apply to massive investment banks and modest Main Street institutions alike are debilitating, Beck said. “That's what I'm hearing from our members.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 »

Movers & Shapers: Feb. 2
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 2, 2012

Glass was most recently director of program business development at The Hartford Insurance Group. • Greentree Real Estate in Monkton has hired Scott Meade as associate broker. Mead previously owned Meade Real Estate in Stowe.more »

Sports Law
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Feds Seize 307 Sports-Related Domains Ahead of Super Sunday
Wired NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The seizure, the biggest to date under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement crackdown known as Operation in Our Sites (.pdf), brings to more than 650 domains shuttered since the program began in June 2010. The latest seizures, which quietly began in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Milwaukee attorney banned from federal courts
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 3, 2012

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel If you're a lawyer, it's never wise to ignore "orders to show cause," especially when they're coming from a federal appeals court. Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Bridget Boyle-Saxton learned that the hard ...more »

trial for 'Ax the Tax' founder begins
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 6, 2012

The government hopes to call a key witness, a woman who prepared Guetzloe's taxes in the early 2000s, who said she warned him the IRS could audit him. Also watching is the lawyer for the client who was slandered by Guetzloe on his radio show who won a ...more »

First steps in case against Fairfax
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

His statement of claim says he is seeking a total of $1.02 million in compensation for economic loss arising from acts of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age and loss and damage to his reputation and pain and suffering.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Column: Transferring house isn't always best move
PennLive.comFebruary 7, 2012

... “50+ Planning Ahead,” with Janet Colliton and Phil McFadden of Home Instead Senior Care. Live streaming is available at that time on . Janet Colliton, Esq., limits her practice, Colliton Law Associates PC, to elder law, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Honoring the law
Seminole VoiceFebruary 23, 2012

Moran, whose law practice focuses on foreclosures, wills, guardianship and probate, said he does the pro bono work because he feels it's his duty as a lawyer to help people in their time of need. In his mind, in guardianship, he's helping someone with ...more »

Family Law
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Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter Now Offering Legal Consultations Free of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

... the law firm Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter have announced that they will now be offering free legal consultations for victims of auto accidents and their family members in Las Vegas and surrounding areas following fatal car accident in Mesquite, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »


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