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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

Copyright proposals block innovation and free expression
Irish TimesFebruary 1, 2012

In part, the concern relates to the way in which this law is being made. By using a statutory instrument, an Act of the Oireachtas can be amended by the stroke of a ministerial pen in a way which denies the Dáil and Seanad the ability to scrutinise and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing to be scheduled in Helfrich case
Yorkdispatch.comFebruary 29, 2012

Helfrich, who did not attend the Wednesday meeting, said his attorneys told him the hearing would be public. Linebaugh could have made his ruling based on the legal briefs submitted by both sides, he said. "Now this opens it up to bring in potential ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama Up in Swing States, Health Care Law Down
ABC News (blog)February 27, 2012

A pair of new polls show President Obama's standing on the rise with battleground state voters even as his signature health care overhaul appears increasingly unpopular. Obama's approval rating in 12 key general election states stands at 53 percent in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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American Vessel Operators Urge Feds to Prevent Future Jones Act Waivers
GCaptain (press release)February 27, 2012

“AMP recognizes that there may be circumstances where waivers of the Jones Act are necessary, but we want to work with the Departments to maximize the use of available American vessels, employing American workers, in the transportation of SPR oil ...more »

Immigration Law
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11th Circuit to hear Ala. immigration law arguments
WSFAFebruary 27, 2012

The state of Alabama should get a sense of what parts of the state's new immigration law are most likely to stand, and which parts may never be enforced based upon the questions asked by the three judge panel. Judge Sharone Lovelace Blackburn's ruling ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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How the Roanoke Valley nearly lured Sierra Nevada
Roanoke TimesFebruary 26, 2012

Perhaps the full case of drinking water from Spring Hollow Reservoir in west Roanoke County would remind the rock star-like founder of California's Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. how good things could be here, thought Roanoke County economic development...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Collingswood Municipal Court Seeks Volunteers
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Matt Skoufalos Mediators provide valuable relief to the borough courts system. If you'd like to help, call 856-854-7535. Collingswood Community Disputes Resolution Committee (CDRC) is looking for citizen volunteers 21 and older to train as mediators...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Oscoda initiates pier lawsuit
Iosco County News HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

OSCODA — The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees acted by resolution to pursue litigation to seek full payment of $22000 on the bid bond that was posted on behalf of EC Korneffel Company of Trenton by Continental Insurance Company.more »

Animal Law
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Pet lovers barking over CA budget proposal
Daily DemocratFebruary 16, 2012

Jerry Brown that aims to save $23 million by ending reimbursements to animal shelters for the cost of keeping strays alive. Brown wants to repeal parts of Hayden's Law that require the state to pay for such expenses as food, vet care and kitty litter ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Citing Big Strides, Philippines Seeks Removal From USTR IPO Watchlist
Manila BulletinFebruary 18, 2012

By BERNIE CAHILES-MAGKILAT MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines has sought for its removal from the United States Trade Representative (USTR) watch list of intellectual property rights violators citing important strides in the government's concerted ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Inside-Trading 'Club,' Citigroup, Total in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 15, 2012

By Elizabeth Amon (Law firm corrects figure in second paragraph of Raymond James-Towry item in Verdicts section.) Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Four men arrested last month for allegedly participating in a “criminal club” that made almost $62 million using ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What you may have missed in the polls: Taxes, the auto bailout, and ...
The American (blog)February 24, 2012

By Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg We're confident that most Americans don't have a well-developed grand theory of taxation. We do know that most people think the system is a mess. The Pew poll from late December found that 60 percent of Republicans, ...more »

Expectant dad, ex-pastor among 7 dead Marines
Ventura County StarFebruary 28, 2012

AP SAN DIEGO — SAN DIEGO (AP) - Details of the personal lives of the seven Marines killed in one of the Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years emerged Friday as families across the nation expressed their grief.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SGA pushes for safer housing laws
The Daily AthenaeumFebruary 7, 2012

The West Virginia University Student Government Association is pushing for a statewide bill to be passed that would protect tenants who face issues with mold growing in their homes. There is currently no legislation that regulates what rights tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Plaintiffs ask to see archdiocese's papers
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 29, 2012

By Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee, which faces more than a dozen civil fraud lawsuits over its handling of clergy sex abuse cases, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January.more »

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AccessData Selected as a KMWorld Company That Matters in Knowledge Management
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

LINDON, Utah, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AccessData, a pioneer of digital investigations and litigation support, today announced that the company has been named by KMWorld magazine as a Company that Matters in Knowledge Management for 2012.more »

Business Law
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'No More Weapons!' billboard placed on US border
Cedartown StandardFebruary 17, 2012


Military Law & Military Benefits
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Congress questions fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts
FederalNewsRadio.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Jared Serbu As Defense officials take to Capitol Hill to defend their proposed personnel budget, they're beginning to hear a common theme: Complaints that civilian employees aren't bearing their fair share of military spending cutbacks.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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How to defend your company against online financial fraud threats
ComputerworldUKFebruary 17, 2012

By Thor Olavsrud | CIO US | Published 15:52, 17 February 12 Criminals in 2012 are increasingly targeting the accounts of business owners and executives as a way to facilitate financial fraud and CIOs can help protect their organisations against these ...more »

Personal Injury
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Legal Assistance for Auto Injury Incidences Offered at LA Personal Injury Law ... (press release)February 25, 2012

Legal assistance for auto injury incidences is now offered from the Los Angeles personal injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson. A free case evaluation form can be filled out at the website to receive an evaluation and advice from the personal injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appointments of Advisors as per Constitution: Sagar
GreaterKashmir.comFebruary 18, 2012

Srinagar, Feb 18: Minister for Rural Development, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Sagar on Saturday said the Advisors and Vice Chairmen of various boards were appointed by the state government within the parameters of constitution...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fans not financiers should run football
Socialist PartyFebruary 22, 2012

Professional football in Britain is stumbling from one crisis to another. After repeatedly failing to deal with racism, attention returns to financial malpractice. In one week, two of Britain's most famous clubs, Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers have ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Want to Join the CFPB?
National Mortgage Professional MagazineFebruary 24, 2012

The Consumer Advisory Board will offer us outside guidance and advise us on emerging financial trends, concerns, and practices. "One way that the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act makes sure that we hear from a variety of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Tax break for mortgage relief may go away
Boston HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

The law, first enacted in 2007, allows homeowners who have received principal reductions on their mortgages as the result of loan modifications, short sales or foreclosures to avoid income taxation on the amounts forgiven. Loss of that tax help would ...more »

Dan Zwirn's Fall a Horror Story of Doing Right: William D. Cohan
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

To close the deal, Kahn sent e-mails to Perry Gruss, Zwirn's chief financial officer, and an accountant at the firm named Li Anne Law. Gruss authorized that almost $1.8 million be taken from the firm's domestic hedge fund and about $2 million from a ...more »

Sports Law
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Prep Swimmer Loses ADA Lawsuit
Athletic Business (blog)February 27, 2012

In an effort to break down some, if not all, of the barriers facing students with disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that schools make accommodations for students with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Plan calls for shifting funds for defense of poor Ohioans
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 27, 2012

Proponents say it could save money for local governments and make the justice system fairer, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday. “When you have the state of Ohio law being enforced and defended in 88 different ways ... you end up with huge ...more »

Beware of IRS tax refund check thefts
NorthFulton.comFebruary 3, 2012

28, a victim in the 3200 block of Sweetwater Drive called authorities to report a check fraud in the amount of $1542. "She received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating the check had been cashed," a deputy said. The check's signature was ...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 EU data protection laws threaten cloud computing
Kroll OntrackFebruary 27, 2012

The European Union (EU) risks curtailing the growth of cloud computing across the continent if new data protection laws go through, according to a report carried out by the Business Software Alliance (BSA). Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Policy Is Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Renewables do not have the scale, development timeframe or economics to materially change this outcome as much as we would hope. The energy industry has to stand up to provide strategic vision. Here are some thoughts for a United States energy policy.more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the lawyer
Victorville Daily PressFebruary 19, 2012

Greg Zumbrunn is a Victorville-based attorney specializing in family law, probate, trial litigation and wills and trusts. Q: I have a case where I need to speak with a mediator and I was told all the information that I told her would be confidential.more »

Family Law
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call for new 'presumed dead' law
BBC NewsFebruary 22, 2012

The government should change the law to make it easier for families of missing people to deal with their affairs, the Commons Justice Select Committee says. In a report, it calls for legislation based on Scotland's 1977 Presumption of Death Act to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMERIND Expands Partnership with Ravello Solutions by Adding Workman's ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 15, 2012

Andy Serowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Ravello has a long history in the Workers Compensation sector. Coupled with our success with AMERIND's national commercial auto program and our expertise in workers compensation, ...more »


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