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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Commercial Contracts
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Federal Judge Joins Former Partners to Launch New Litigation Boutique
Business Wire (press release)February 7, 2012

Shuster was Global Head of Litigation at the 2000-lawyer White & Case firm, and is recognized by Chambers USA as one of New York's leading commercial litigators. He and Goldberg, a veteran litigator recognized by New York Super Lawyers as a top trial ...more »

Franchise Contracts
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Court date approaches for notorious Call of Duty lawsuit
Globe and Mail (blog)February 1, 2012

At the beginning of March 2010 the big story on most gamers' minds was the sudden departure of founders Vince Zampella and Jason West from Infinity Ward, the studio that gave birth to the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise. Activision, the company that ...more »

Contract Disputes
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Former hotelier blamed for contractor's suicide
Independent OnlineFebruary 6, 2012

There is no dispute.” Marshall lays the blame directly at Witthühn's door for her husband Gavin's suicide on November 23, the day he had a meeting with Witthühn to “launch a desperate last plea for payment outstanding on work he had done at the hotel”.more »

Government Contracts
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Private meetings on Detroit's financial crisis illegal, suit says
Detroit Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

Rick Snyder and the financial review team examining the city's finances violated the state's Open Meetings Act by meeting in private. Union activist Robert Davis plans to urge Ingham County Circuit Judge William Collette this morning to issue a ...more »

Lending Agreements
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Fed Plays Wall Street Favorites in Secret Bond Deals: Mortgages
BloombergFebruary 10, 2012

AIG said in March 2009 that Goldman Sachs received $12.9 billion from the insurer to settle securities-lending and credit-swap contracts from the 2008 bailout. The Fed was owed about $9.6 billion as of Feb. 1 from its loan to Maiden Lane III.more »

Contract Drafting, Review & Negotiation
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If the Buyer fails to comply with the notice to complete
Lawdit Commercial SolicitorsFebruary 4, 2012

This article continues the series looking at the various legal and drafting aspects of notices to complete that are served under contracts for the sale of commercial property, which incorporate the Standard Commercial Property Conditions (Second ...more »

Secured Transactions
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Google Wallet's PIN System Has Been Cracked But Don't Panic Just Yet
GizmodoFebruary 9, 2012

The security PIN system that Google Wallet users have to enter to verify transactions has been compromised. Thankfully, the chances of your wallet being used against you is relatively low—assuming you haven't rooted your phone, that is.more »

Employment Contracts
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Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as U.S. Ages
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Cheesecake Factory Will Post Drink Prices in Mass. After Threatened Suit; Law...
ABA JournalFebruary 13, 2012

After Threatened Suit; Law Prof Cites UCC By Debra Cassens Weiss The Cheesecake Factory will begin posting drink prices at its seven Massachusetts locations after a lawyer threatened a lawsuit. Buoyed by the change, Newton lawyer Ross Mitchell tells ...more »


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