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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

College students provide free help filing income tax returns in Springfield
KSPRFebruary 1, 2012

Students at both Drury University and Missouri State University will offer free income tax preparation this winter and spring. Here is the information for both. Students will provide free tax preparation through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Statehouse beat: Laws that become obsolete
Charleston GazetteFebruary 12, 2012

As lawyer/lobbyist extraordinaire Wendel Turner explained, it's a legal term referring to laws that become obsolete and no longer enforceable after long periods of non-enforcement. That's why the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration law that ...more »

Health Care Law
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Experts weigh law's implications at health care forum
Denton Record ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

About 60 people filled a small meeting room to hear experts explain details of the 2010 federal health care law in the first of a two-part “Healthcare 101” session organized by the Denton Black and Hispanic chambers of commerce.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Police: Teens held student against her will in classroom
WSB AtlantaFebruary 16, 2012

By Tom Jones Two high school students are accused of holding another student against her will and forcing her to perform an indecent act in an empty classroom at a local high school. Clayton County Sheriff's Office investigators told Channel 2's Tom ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law foes seek automakers' support
CNNFebruary 29, 2012

HB 56, which became law in September 2011, is widely considered to be one of the toughest illegal immigration laws in the country. It allows police to ask for legal status in certain situations and voids contracts if one party is not in the country ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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In quest for jobs, some cities will raid neighbors
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

As the economy slowly strengthens, neighboring cities and states can be pitted against one another in the competition for jobs and development. But it's not always clear how many positions are actually created, rather than just poached and shuffled ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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A's to extend Billy Beane through 2019
ESPNFebruary 8, 2012

The A's are hoping for a resolution to the long-standing dispute soon. Beane and Crowley hold small ownership stakes in the team. Crowley took over as team president at the end of the 1998 season. Beane has been Oakland's general manager since 1997.more »

Insurance Litigation
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City, Zehm family will enter mediation regarding lawsuit
The Spokesman ReviewFebruary 10, 2012

Under the city's insurance plan, the city is on the hook for the first $1 million in liability litigation. Included in that first million is the $119000 already paid to attorney Carl Oreskovich's firm to represent Thompson in the civil case.more »

Animal Law
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Dog killing guidelines outrage BC animal rights groups
Vancouver SunFebruary 22, 2012

VANCOUVER -- Two Vancouver animal rights groups say new provincial sled-dog regulations won't prevent another massive slaughter, like the one that occurred in Whistler in 2010, because they still leave room for healthy dogs to be shot.more »

Intellectual Property
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Four firms develop LSI intellectual property
Telecompaper (subscription)February 24, 2012

Japanese operator NTT Docomo, NEC, Panasonic Mobile Communications and Fujitsu have jointly developed the software and hardware intellectual property for a single large-scale integration (LSI) chip that will enable small modems to support the GSM, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US High Court Blocks Asbestos Injury Lawsuit In Locomotive Case
4-tradersFebruary 29, 2012

By Brent Kendall Of The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that railroad maintenance workers can't bring state-law personal injury lawsuits against locomotive equipment manufacturers for alleged asbestos-related injuries. The court, in an opinion by ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals court to hear affirmative action challenge
Modesto BeeFebruary 13, 2012

By TERENCE CHEA AP SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday is set to hear a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions.more »

Former Hong Kong Civil Aviation Chief Convicted Of Insider Trading
Fox BusinessFebruary 27, 2012

HONG KONG – A Hong Kong judge on Monday convicted former civil aviation chief Albert Lam Kwong-yu of insider trading involving a Hong Kong-listed aircraft maintenance company, and handed down a five-month suspended jail sentence as well as a HK$50000 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant - not landlord - in a fix after violations go unaddressed
Philadelphia Daily NewsFebruary 23, 2012

Seems like a case of the system working the way it should to protect a citizen from a slacker landlord, right? But the system gives landlords a generously long time to fix code violations. It is not as patient with problem tenants.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Alabama Football: The 10 Greatest Crimson Tide Players in NFL History
Bleacher ReportFebruary 15, 2012

Before retirement, he would add two AFC Defensive Player of the Year awards to his credit in 1988 and 1991. "Settling" for five championship rings is something a lot of players would do in a heartbeat. It is the NFL, after all. November 4, 1973: Jordan ...more »

Litigation
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Burford Capital Completion of Acquisition
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Burford Capital Limited ("Burford Capital" or "Burford" or "the Company"), the world's largest provider of investment capital and risk solutions for litigation, today announced that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of Firstassist ...more »

Business Law
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Above the LawFebruary 29, 2012

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Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pentagon rules should reflect military reality
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 10, 2012

We hope that Congress agrees and recognizes the necessity of providing women in the military with the same benefits as their male counterparts when they perform essentially the same jobs and confront the same risks. Despite Pentagon policies ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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From Milwaukee to Chattanooga, a sea of digital divide
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 27, 2012

... service on a large scale - Google is building a much smaller network in Kansas City - and the superfast broadband is being touted as an economic development tool, much like electricity spurred the second industrial revolution in the 19th century.more »

Personal Injury
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PIP reform bills are still far apart
Sun-SentinelFebruary 25, 2012

The House Economic Affairs Committee Friday signed off on legislation that would attempt to reform personal injury protection insurance (PIP), which pays the first $10000 of medical bills or lost wages resulting from a car accident, regardless of fault ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French Constitutional Council Says Armenia Genocide Law Unconstitutional
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

In a six-point ruling released on its website, France's Constitutional Council said the law which was passed by both houses of the French parliament violated freedom of speech. The council's decision definitively cancels the law in its current form and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Open Letter to Governor Abercrombie: Improve the State's Medical Marijuana ...
Hawaii News DailyFebruary 16, 2012

I have never, ever been in trouble with the law; I have never had any malpractice suits or formal (or informal) complaints levied against me. I am a professional in natural medicine and the clinical application of cannabis. The state NED has never, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Florida Becomes 20th State to Impose Annuity Suitability Standards
LifeHealthProFebruary 27, 2012

The model law was expanded in 2010 to provide annuity protections for consumers of any age. A copy of the standard can be accessed here. The new law also implements Sec. 989A of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under this ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Where's the homebuyer boom?
The Real Deal New York (blog)February 28, 2012

By Leigh Kamping-Carder Why aren't more people buying residential real estate? That was a question posed today by Jonathan Miller, CEO of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, at the third annual breakfast forum organized by the New York Law School's ...more »

Health Net Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 GAAP Net Income of $60.2 Million, or ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

The pretax margin in 2011 for the combined Western Region and Government Contracts segments increased to 3.8 percent, a 60 basis point improvement year-over-year. Our commercial strategy resulted in continued enrollment growth in tailored network ...more »

Sports Law
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Syracuse accusers push for new NY sex abuse laws
NTVFebruary 28, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> Pa. judge rejects AG's request for out-of-county jury, says Sandusky can see grandkids More>> ALBANY, NY (AP) - The two former ball boys who accuse a fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach with molesting them ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Round Rock lawyer sentenced in connection with choking daughter
Austin American-Statesman (blog)February 27, 2012

By Claire Osborn | Monday, February 27, 2012, 11:10 AM A criminal defense lawyer was sentenced today in connection with assaulting her 17-year-old daughter in Round Rock. Allyson Rowe, 46, received five years of probation and was ordered to pay a $2000 ...more »

KPMG Launches E-Zine to Help Execs Stay Abreast of Fast-Moving Tax Dispute...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

"Increased scrutiny and the demand for greater transparency from tax authorities are posing a host of challenges for many companies," said Frank Lavadera, principal-in-charge of KPMG LLP's Tax Dispute Resolution (TDR) Services Network.more »

University of Iowa prevails in age-discrimination lawsuit
Law.comFebruary 28, 2012

The University of Iowa College of Law did not discriminate against a candidate for a faculty position on the basis of his age, an Iowa jury found on Feb. 24. Donald Dobkin sued the law school after he failed to secure an interview for a teaching ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New York Debt-Resolution Attorney Leslie H. Tayne Discusses Consumer Rights ...
Danbury News TimesFebruary 16, 2012

The FTC's recent $2.5 million settlement with Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, one of the nation's largest debt collection companies, required Asset Acceptance to pay a civil penalty for deceiving consumers by trying to collect old debts.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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Columbia Star
Columbia StarFebruary 16, 2012

Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012 will open February 24 in the Lipscomb Art Gallery, SC State Museum and run through August 26. 898-4921 or southcarolinastatemuseum.org. Columbia Museum of Art will host the 2012 Gala, the CHAIRity Ball, Friday, ...more »

Family Law
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Health care law hurting Obama in swing states
WTSP 10 NewsFebruary 27, 2012

Lynn West, 58, a retired state education official from Boscawen, NH, is exasperated that a law she says has been "fabulous" for her family continues to draw so much heat. Under its provisions, her 24-year-old son has been able to stay on his father's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Worker's widow must show nexus between injury, offshore operations
Workers Comp ForumFebruary 16, 2012

Ruling: The US Supreme Court held that the widow of a worker killed on his employer's onshore facility could receive compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act if she could establish a substantial nexus between his injury and his ...more »

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