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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

Federal judges troubled, baffled with Texas redistricting
San Antonio ExpressFebruary 1, 2012

Also ruled that the Legislature's maps could not be used without prior approval by Justice Department or US District Court in the District of Columbia under the Voting Rights Act. Texas could still appeal any new maps drawn by the federal courts to the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China higher court begins hearing Apple iPad appeal
Hindustan TimesFebruary 29, 2012

A long-running legal fight between Apple Inc and a debt-laden Chinese firm over the iPad trademark moved to a higher court on Wednesday, in a potentially decisive hearing that will set a precedent for the rest of mainland China. the US firm after a ...more »

Health Care Law
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States will get socked with new Medicaid tax under health law
Bellingham HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Summary Judgments for Feb. 24
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 24, 2012

...Securities and Exchange Commission's $285 million settlement with Citigroup Inc last November. Now, other judges are catching on, questioning whether the government is letting companies off the hook too easily, The AmLaw Litigation Daily writes.more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 23, 2012

by Greg Siskind CIS Ombudsman January Contreras is leaving her post at the end of this month and it's a loss for the immigration advocacy community. Under her leadership, the Ombudsman's office has grown greatly in size, scope and its overall level of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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City hopes county land bank will spur local development
ThisWeekNewsFebruary 29, 2012

Ohio law allows for counties and municipalities to form a nonprofit public-private Community Improvement Corp. to deal with the acquisition and sale of property, Haire said. The five-member CWICC was setup as a CIC in 1994 primarily to develop the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton mediation first case under new Calif. law
Modesto BeeFebruary 29, 2012

Wieckowski, a bankruptcy attorney, said he brought his expertise into the process last year by introducing the notion of alternative dispute resolution, which has become a popular way to resolve differences outside the courtroom.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Annual Cash Dividend Declared by Atlantic American
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Its principal subsidiaries consist of American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company. Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: This press release contains ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty bill creates harsher penalties for offenders
KTVBFebruary 22, 2012

by Natalie Podgorski BOISE -- Animals lovers converged on the Statehouse Wednesday to urge lawmakers to support a bill that would increase the punishment for animal cruelty. More than 50 people showed up this morning to fight for harsher animal cruelty...more »

Intellectual Property
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New pilot survey reveals importance of intellectual property
R & D MagazineFebruary 28, 2012

New survey results indicate that trademarks and trade secrets are the most important forms of intellectual property (IP) protection according to most businesses, followed by copyrights and patents. The findings shed light on the importance businesses ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Austin College hosts Annual Law Symposium for students, professionals March 2
North Texas e-NewsFebruary 20, 2012

While a member of the law firm, she pursued litigation in several areas, including will contests, trusts, general commercial litigation, legal malpractice defense, labor and employment, and intellectual property. She earned her bachelor's degree, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court to Rule on Affirmative Action Ban
The UCSD Guardian OnlineFebruary 21, 2012

A lawsuit filed in Federal Court this month aims to end a statewide ban on affirmative action and increase the number of minority students in public colleges. On Feb. 13, three members of the 9th Circuit Appellate Court heard arguments from affirmative ...more »

Aviation Week App Wins BtoB Mobile Award
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- BtoB magazine has selected Aviation Week's Paris Air Show App as the Mobile winner of this year's Social Media Marketing Awards, recognizing the top social media marketing campaigns in the b-to-b industry.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Fourth Quarter 2010 and 2011 Real Estate Case Law Update
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Adverse possession by co-tenants; Enforcement of arbitration provisions in CCRs; Waiver of anti-deficiency protections by guarantor; SB 800.; Prescriptive easements.; Real property contracts.; Development agreements.; Commercial leases.; ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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European Banks Flock to 2nd Round of Cheap Loans
New York TimesFebruary 29, 2012

FRANKFURT — In a closely watched display of its firepower, the European Central Bank on Wednesday allocated to euro zone banks another huge round of the cheap, three-year loans that have helped avert a banking crisis but have not yet revived lending...more »

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Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

Laurence L. Grabowski (Grabowski) owes the law firm Rutan & Tucker (Rutan) legal fees for litigation involving a family trust dispute. After Grabowski failed to make payments or honor his promissory note, Rutan filed a lawsuit against Grabowski and ...more »

Business Law
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The 7 'creep factors' of online behavioral advertising
VentureBeatFebruary 23, 2012

The flood of news stories on the data-collection and online behavioral advertising (“OBA”) practices of search engines, mobile apps, brand advertisers, and social networks is giving many people a very distinct feeling: the creeps.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Army sergeant was accused of 'exaggerating' the stress of war
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 23, 2012

That meant he was no longer entitled to the automatic 50% disability rating granted soldiers with PTSD, a rating that provides some continuing disability pay after service members leave the Army as well as some continued healthcare benefits for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Tennis coach charged in bust
Worcester TelegramFebruary 4, 2012

Thursday's arrest was the result of an undercover investigation by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that began Oct. 7, 2011. According to Ms. Kennedy, State Police Sgt. Michael Hill began an undercover investigation into a ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Alert Public to Tulsa ...
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby alert the public of a recent report published by the Tulsa World newspaper that details the investigation ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Committee members back amendment to force ministers to resign if they lose ...
Times of MaltaFebruary 27, 2012

This was a redefinition of Malta's public law. He said this code affected sections of the Constitution such as individual ministerial responsibility and removal of judges and therefore the preparation of this code and amendments to the Constitution...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What's Required in an Expert's Opinion for Medical Malpractice
Patch.comFebruary 24, 2012

Thereafter, the Connecticut Supreme Court reviewed the legislative history of our Medical Malpractice Statute 52-190 (a), which was originally enacted as part of the Tort Reform Act of 1986. The original statute did not require the plaintiff to obtain ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Developing Resources, Ignoring Poverty: Why the Cardin-Lugar Amendment Matters
JustmeansFebruary 22, 2012

If the agency misses the deadline, the world's poor will suffer On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. A response to the recession, Dodd-Frank is a major piece financial ...more »

Real Estate Law
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4 in 10 Law Firms Report Landing New Clients by Using Social Media, According ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

"After a slow start to gain acceptance in the legal services industry, US law firms are rapidly gaining confidence in the use of social media as a serious business development strategy," said Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing ...more »

Dykema Launches Exclusive CFPB Regulatory Scorecard
MarketWatch (press release)February 22, 2012

CHICAGO, Feb 22, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dykema, the leading financial services law firm in the Midwest, today announced the release, on the firm's CFPB Law Blog, of its new regulatory scorecard on activities of the new Bureau of Consumer Financial ...more »

Sports Law
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Judge Blocks Law Requiring Graphic Images On Cigarette Packs
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A judge has blocked a federal requirement that would have begun forcing US tobacco companies to put large graphic images on their cigarette packages later ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford's Lawyers, Prosecutors to Make Final Arguments to Jury in Houston
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

R. Allen Stanford's defense lawyers, and the US prosecutors who say he masterminded a $7 billion international fraud scheme, are set to make their final attempts to sway a federal court jury. Closing arguments in the five-week trial are scheduled to be ...more »

Miccosukee tribe says members owe $26M to IRS
Native TimesFebruary 16, 2012

But the IRS says individual members do have to pay. Lehtinen's attorney told The Miami Herald that the Miccosukees are trying to shift blame to him to cover up mistakes by their own leaders. Lehtinen represented the tribe on a variety of issues from ...more »

Leagle.comFebruary 24, 2012

Ronald Vahey, through counsel, appeals the grant of summary judgment in favor of his former employer, Lifeline Systems Company ("Lifeline"), in Vahey's age discrimination suit, filed under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, 29 USC § 623(a)(1) ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Trust Administration Takes a Financially Savvy Dallas Trust Lawyer to Help ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 28, 2012

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – Once a trust is in place, the important task of administering it according to the trust agreement and relevant laws begins. “Anyone who agrees to serve as a trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the ...more »

Environmental Law
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FirstEnergy Reports 2011 Earnings, Provides Guidance for 2012 and 2013
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

"In 2011, we successfully met our financial and operational objectives, including those related to the integration of Allegheny Energy, while continuing to grow our competitive business," said Anthony J. Alexander, president and chief executive officer ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Probate judge candidates disagree over attorney's role in the position (blog)February 18, 2012

The probate judge's term is for six years. The probate judge is the chief election officer in the county. The duties of the job include recording real estate documents, such as deeds and mortgages, probating wills, issuing marriage licenses, ...more »

Family Law
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Missing Florida Fireman: Family, Friends Search in Maine
ABC NewsFebruary 27, 2012

"It's concerning, but at this point we're going to keep putting fliers up and we're going to find him," Perdomo's brother-in-law said. Sunday's search included Bangor's old city landfill, which is roughly a mile from where Jerry Perdomo's car was found ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Steuben agrees to switch workers' comp plan
Hornell Evening TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

By Mary Perham A workers compensation program serving Steuben County and a number of county municipalities will now be managed by the Public Employer Risk Management Association, Inc. (PERMA). County legislators unanimously endorsed Monday the switch ...more »


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