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Feinstein begins to replenish campaign account
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Durkee is facing a federal mail-fraud charge. Feinstein, who is a heavy favorite to win her fourth full term in the Senate, quickly replenished her campaign, loaning it $5 million. In all, her campaign has about $6.6 million in the bank, ...more »

SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Status keeps Recht in 1st Circuit
The Steubenville Herald-StarFebruary 1, 2012

9 approval as a senior status judge allows him to preside over any docket throughout the state, as appointed. Essentially, his appointment has called him to fill the vacancy his retirement created. An administrative order signed by state Supreme Court ...more »

Health Care Law
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Ann Coulter Defends Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Ann Coulter offered a surprising defense of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law -- affectionately dubbed 'Romneycare' -- on Wednesday. In a blog post featured on her website, entitled "Three Cheers For Romneycare!", she explains, "If only the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Immigration law 'here to stay'
Andalusia Star-NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Mike Jones said, “The law is not being repealed.” He was Alabamians should expect some “word changes” that will make the law easier to apply. Jones said as written, the new law requires anyone who buys a tag to show proof of citizenship.more »

Immigration Law
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US IMMIGRATION LAW: H-1B 2012 SEASON IS UPON US - BEWARE THE INFAMOUS CAP GAP.
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

For example, F-1 student visa holders who received work authorization in Optional Practical Training (OPT) were permitted to extend the authorized period of stay and work authorization as long as they have received approved H-1B visas prior to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kansas Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

Stephen Hughes, of Overland Park, is President and CEO of Hughes and Company Real Estate Appraisal. The company focuses on residential subdivisions and golf courses. Hughes earned his MBA from the University of Kansas in 1977.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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Selective Insurance Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2011 Earnings
PR Newswire (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. For the quarter, net income per diluted share was $0.29 and operating income(1) was ...more »

Animal Law
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Biting Back at Hollywood's Animal Lies
Wall Street JournalFebruary 4, 2012

Animal-rights groups have savaged Liam Neeson's hit film "The Grey" for its portrayal of wolves as remorseless man-eaters. In "The Grey," Mr. Neeson's clinically depressed wolf-hunter survives a plane crash in the frozen tundra.more »

Intellectual Property
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Call for submissions; ALB 2012 Intellectual Property Rankings
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 10, 2012

By ALB | Friday, 10 February 2012 We are now accepting submissions for the ALB 2012 Intellectual Property Rankings. We have improved the submission process, enhanced our methodology and are offering greater transparency to generate more reliable, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$19.5M asbestos settlement for Montana victims proposed in WR Grace bankruptcy...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

He says the claimants' appeals will be withdrawn once the bankruptcy court approves the documents. Heberling says claimants also will be eligible to receive distributions from the separate Asbestos Personal Injury Trust to be established as part of ...more »

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

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...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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Supreme Court rejects ground rent law challenge
Irish TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The challenge came in an appeal from a High Court ruling that the law on ground rents was constitutional. Isle of Man-registered JES Holdings and its shareholders, John and Lucy Shirley, had claimed that the 1980 Landlord and Tenant Act, ...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 »

Litigation
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Finra: Schwab Violating Customers' Litigation Rights
Fox BusinessFebruary 1, 2012

The company says it's "committed to resolving customer disputes fairly and efficiently without litigation through its internal customer advocacy program or by use of FINRA Dispute Resolution." However, it says within the resolution process, ...more »

Business Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Grant to fund cyber crimes in Lee County Iowa
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQAFebruary 7, 2012

by Jim Whitfield KEOKUK, IOWA -- A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice is going to help create a full time computer crimes investigator in Lee County Iowa. Keokuk Assistant Police Chief Dave Hinton applied for the $15000 grant.more »

Personal Injury
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Syracuse Car Accident Attorney Joins Call for Crackdown on Drugged Driving
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb of the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates says he supports improving technology and training for local law enforcement in their efforts to stem the rising threat of drugged driving accidents.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CALDEEN CONSTRUCTION, LLC. v. KEMP
Leagle.comFebruary 9, 2012

Plaintiffs filed a complaint against defendant, 1 alleging legal malpractice. Pursuant to ORCP 21 A(8), defendant moved to dismiss the complaint for failure to state a claim. The trial court granted the motion and denied plaintiffs' request for leave ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011: More power to consumers?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 1, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers of services.more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Gorman Embracing Vegemite in New Wall Street's 15% Bogey at Morgan Stanley
BloombergFebruary 6, 2012

In the US, the Dodd-Frank law, enacted in July 2010, bans most proprietary trading and moves many derivatives onto central clearinghouses. Globally, the Basel III accord raises the amount of equity capital banks have to hold against illiquid trading ...more »

Sports Law
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Court ruling the first loss in what will be a long legal season
The AustralianFebruary 2, 2012

No matter the intricacies of the law, it just seems unfair. And that was the initial consideration when Federal Court judge Steven Rares brought down his decision in Telstra's case against Optus on Wednesday. Not illegal because the judge's decision ...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 »

Council Delay Arriola Vote As Fireworks Fly
NewsChannel5.comFebruary 8, 2012

Arriola's lawyer insisted that he had reported the weddings fees on IRS tax returns, but he would not say when. "I'm answering your question, Councilman Tygard -- I'm answering your question," Lewis said, as Tygard pressed. "Taxes have been paid, ...more »

Harassment added to ex-officer's claim against Knightdale
Eastern Wake NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Nearly one-third of Knightdale town employees in a May 2011 survey said they had seen or experienced harassment in the workplace. Twenty of the town's 61 staff members responded “Yes” to the question: “Have you ever experienced or observed harassment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Proposition 8 Ruling Analysis: Why the Narrow Holding?
TowleroadFebruary 9, 2012

While Judge Walker decided that same-sex marriage bans violate due process (by denying gay people the fundamental right to marry) and violate equal protection (by treating gay people differently than straight people for no legitimate reason), ...more »

Environmental Law
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Germany: Rösler plans solar subsidy exit strategy
pv magazineFebruary 4, 2012

Germany's Federal Ministry of Economics has presented its own proposal for alterations to the Renewable Energy Law (EEG). An additional installed capacity of 33.3 gigawatts (GW) could see an end to the solar subsidy. Phillip Rösler is planning to phase ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Double appointment at Tayntons law firm
This is GloucestershireFebruary 22, 2012

Nicholas Southwell joins as a civil litigation solicitor and Richard Thomas is a wills and probate specialist with over twenty years of private client experience. In his new role at Tayntons, Mr Southwell will be drawing on his extensive property and ...more »

Family Law
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Jared Kushner a prospective Dodgers owner
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 7, 2012

The Donald Trump son-in-law, 31, is a member of a prominent New York real estate family. Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump attend the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Skylight Soho last fall in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Chiropractor jailed, fined for workers' comp fraud
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 8, 2012

A Salinas chiropractor was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $5000 on three misdemeanor counts of workers' compensation fraud Tuesday, Monterey County District Attorney Dean Flippo announced. Robert Schreiner, 59, was also sentenced to three years ...more »

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