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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

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Administrative Law
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Assange extradition case hearing begins in top UK court
NDTVFebruary 1, 2012

He has said after earlier hearings that he fears he will eventually be handed over to the United States. While the legal battle has dragged on, Assange's celebrity status has grown -- he is to host his own TV show and will make an appearance as himself ...more »

Health Care Law
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Catholic Church's opposition to contraception turns health care law into ...
Plain DealerFebruary 1, 2012

But speaking as an American liberal who believes that religious pluralism imposes certain obligations on government, I think the Church's leaders had a right to ask for broader relief from a contraception mandate that would require it to act against ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Hip hop acts make for energetic show at Bishop
Indiana Daily StudentFebruary 3, 2012

By William Gryna | IDS The Pro Letarians, Oreo Jones, DJ Wally Wonder and headliner DJ XV, who was the final, and most polished act, entertained a large crowd at the Bishop Wednesday. XV's visit to Bloomington was part of his Midwest State of Mind Tour ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney, Gingrich focus on Hispanic voters in Fla.
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

(AP) — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney pitched their ideas for reforming immigration law and pushing democracy into Cuba and across Latin America as the Republican presidential candidates vied for Hispanic votes Friday, entering the final, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Charlie Nye / The Star »Companies and unions can no longer negotiate a contract that requires nonmembers to pay fees for representation. »The law took effect immediately but applies to all new contracts written or renewed after March 14.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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China seeking 'peaceful' Arctic dispute resolution
Montreal GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

China hopes to solve "by peaceful means" any disputes with Canada concerning the Arctic, China's ambassador to Canada told a Montreal audience Wednesday. Canada is to take over the chair of the Arctic Council in 2013, a body on which China wants ...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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Seaboard Corporation Pig Treatment Challenged By Humane Society Investigation...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Legal action is underway following an undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States that has alleged inhumane treatment at a pig breeding facility linked to the nation's largest grocer, Walmart. On January 31, HSUS filed ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Brooks Kushman Ranked Among Law360's Largest Intellectual Property Practices
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 14, 2012

(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Intellectual property law firm Brooks Kushman PC has been ranked as one of the largest intellectual property practices in the world. National legal publication Law360 released its “IP 100” list, which recognizes law firms...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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George Washington University Undergoes Asbestos Abatement in Faculty Building (blog)February 1, 2012

George Washington University conducted asbestos abatementprocesses at one of its major buildings only weeks before students returned to campus to kick off the new school year. According to the GW Hatchet, the University's newspaper, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

Allegations against White were investigated by the Affirmative Action Office. Since then, White has issued his own complaints regarding the manner in which the accusations were investigated. Despite four formal grievances filed against the Physical ...more »

Airlines may get US help for navigation upgrades
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Aviation legislation nearing completion in Congress would give US policymakers authority to offer airlines federally backed loan guarantees to help them pay for new air traffic technology. The financing authority was included ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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London Landlords Facing Rents of Zero Turn Offices Into Condos
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

Finance Jobs Lost Employment in the Square Mile dropped 8.5 percent last year and it will remain below 1998 levels until 2014, according to the Centre for Economics & Business Research Ltd. The cutbacks and the amount of aging space give City tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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550 people seeking restitution for sex abuse in Archdiocese of Milwaukee ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE — About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — more than in any of the other US dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy protection, according a lawyer involved in the ...more »

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Legal experts call for curbing the rising tide of litigation
Arab NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: A number of prominent legal experts and jurists have underlined the need for reining in the rising tide of litigation in the Kingdom. They point out that most of the cases that have been pending before courts for several years are ...more »

Business Law
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TripAdvisor ad banned for “misleading” reviews
Marketing WeekFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for making false claims about the reviews on its website, after it admitted it couldn't prove they were genuine or from real travellers. The claims such as “Reviews you can trust”, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Disabled vet to VA: 'I'm still alive'
Florida TodayFebruary 4, 2012

Government thinks Army veteran Jerry Miller is deceased and wants $94000 in benefits back. Not so fast, he says Living vet declared dead four times: Army veteran Jerry Miller is puzzled as to how the military could have deemed him dead and asked for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Even with holiday shopping over LPPD encourages Internet awareness
Your Houston NewsFebruary 1, 2012

While children are certainly susceptible to predators, adults are equally as likely to fall victim to a different kind of Internet crime known as “spoofing.” Therefore La Porte Police Department encourages computer users, or anyone interacting with ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Crash Cars to demonstrate Florida's Accident Fraud Problem
First Coast NewsFebruary 17, 2012

A Florida Highway Patrol squad car smacks into another vehicle as part of a demonstration showing how fraud rings are manipulating Florida's personal injury protection insurance system. Tallahassee, Fla. -- Accident fraud is estimated to cost Florida ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Senegal's Wade risks revolt
euronewsFebruary 1, 2012

He is now in position to run for a third term, after a favourable ruling by Senegal's constitutional court just days ago. It accepted that the constitution's two-term limit does not apply to him because it became law during his second term.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Health care in Oregon: Access, malpractice need attention in governor's bill
OregonLive.comFebruary 7, 2012

As written, the bill fails to increase access for Oregonians and fails to address the costs of medical malpractice premiums, which are strangling our health care system. In order to give the highest quality care to the most Oregonians, we need to make ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
MarketWatch (press release)February 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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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 »

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 »

Sports Law
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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling SteubenvilleLaw Allows W.Va. Residents ...
WTRFFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Will Valentino, agreements with all states are not possible. Some states do not allow concealed weapons to be carried, while other states' laws vary too much from the ones in West Virginia.more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland prosecutor stunned by Bashara attorney's comments
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By Mitch Hotts, Daily Tribune Staff Writer Well-known criminal defense attorney David Griem summoned the Detroit-area media to the Guardian Building on Friday to talk about the Bob Bashara murder case, but at times it seemed like he was gearing up for ...more »

Tax chief deputizes IG staff to permit use of returns
Albany Times UnionFebruary 6, 2012

Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox, left, and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, right, speak at the State Capitol on Friday, July 15, 2011 to announce New York State's plan to enfore the collection of unstamped and untaxed ...more »

NJ Senate vote on gay marriage the start of hard fight
The Star-Ledger - (blog)February 14, 2012

Christie is sticking to that idea, saying that perhaps some tweaking of the civil union law can finally end the continuing discrimination by hospitals, insurers and employers. He misses the point. It is offensive to establish a second tier for gays.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Monaco blossoms as new French tax laws hammer traditional Riviera resorts
Overseas Property ProfessionalFebruary 8, 2012

“It is also possible to own a property in Monaco through offshore companies and trusts without being penalised and providing a secure and discrete investment, which is good for clients wishing to protect their assets.” “Holding a Monegasque property ...more »

Environmental Law
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Report: Iowa Consumers' Annual Utility Bills Could Climb Over $800 if ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 14, 2012

Mark Cooper is senior fellow for economic analysis, Institute for Energy and the Environment, Vermont Law School, and author of "Policy Challenges of Nuclear Reactor Construction, Cost Escalation and Crowding Out Alternatives" (2009).more »

Wills & Probate
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Clinic open to veterans needing free legal advice
Beaumont Enterprise (blog)February 8, 2012

Appointments are encouraged by calling the bar office at 409-835-8647 but walk-ins will be welcomed. Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues such as family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, tax issues, ...more »

Family Law
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SEC to Family Offices: Brother-In-Law Must Exit
Barron's (blog)February 2, 2012

“If you have in-laws in a trust which includes family members, you can't just move the family members out. It's part of a trust. Splitting the two families apart takes time, potentially. It can also be expensive and complicated.” And, I might add, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers.more »


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