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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

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Administrative Law
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New assignment is lot of work for judge
Hometownlife.comFebruary 12, 2012

It will make me a better person and a better judge. It is a valuable experience.” It's also a good opportunity to share best practices, too, he said. As the chief judge, Hammer, 60, has administrative and executive authority over each court.more »

Health Care Law
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House Republicans Pound Sebelius On Health Law
Gant DailyFebruary 28, 2012

She defended the health care law and the president's fiscal 2013 budget request. The hearing had all the hallmarks of a partisan political event. JACKIE JUDD: Good day, this is Health on the Hill. I'm Jackie Judd. The House Ways and Means Committee ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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New state law to affect where inmates are housed
WSOC CharlotteFebruary 16, 2012

“We'll give another look (at the misdemeanor law) when the new facility is completed,” Jones said. Caldwell County Sheriff's Office will house people convicted of misdemeanors, but hasn't yet worked out the details, said Capt. Marc Jardon.more »

Immigration Law
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Luis Gutierrez Addresses Mitt Romney's Characterization Of Arizona's Anti ...
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

... onerous anti-immigration policies as a 'model' the US should follow. "That's a lot of people to keep track of," says Guiterrez in the video, "especially if you want to offend each and every one of them." "One, if you're a politician, Arizona's law...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Residents oppose 96-apartment West St. affordable rental complex
Wicked LocalFebruary 26, 2012

Although the surrounding area is mostly industrial, a block of single-family homes lies across West Street. Residents who spoke at the Feb. 21 board meeting expressed concern about the strain on town resources the development will bring, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Canadian amateur positive for testosterone
Cyclingnews.comFebruary 9, 2012

The final decision of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre arbitrator was only provided on January 23 after a nearly 6 month process. He has been given a two year ban from the sport in line with the WADA code. John Tolkamp, President of the Canadian ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NFP Announces Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2011 Results
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

(NYSE: NFP), a leading provider of benefits, insurance and wealth management services, today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2011. Commenting on today's announcements, Jessica M. Bibliowicz, chairman, president and ...more »

Animal Law
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Suspect held on specific law banning eating pets
Bakersfield NowFebruary 15, 2012

And, yeah, he's eating animals.'" At the DA's office, Yraceburn said the law banning the eating of pets was enacted in 1989, and amended in 1996. "It makes it against the law to use companion animals, or animals that are commonly kept as pets for food ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CBS, Proview, Premier League, Fairey: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 27, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 27 (Bloomberg) -- CBS Corp. persuaded a federal judge to toss out a trademark-infringement case involving a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Non-U.S. Citizens Seeking Compensation for Exposure Aboard Navy Ships
Mesothelioma & Asbestos Awareness CenterFebruary 29, 2012

A trust was later set up to compensate those who were sickened due to the asbestos contained in the company's building products, many of which were used aboard US Navy ships for decades. The plaintiffs in the most recently filed lawsuit against ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Innsbruck scientists show positive effects of affirmative action policies ...
EurekAlert (press release)February 2, 2012

"We set up a simple coordination game, which was about the efficient coordination of actions, for example, mutual information exchange," they explain. In this game it was completely clear to all subjects who participated in which intervention ...more »

PSS Aviation to Seek GSA Schedule, Expand to Federal Accounts
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- PSS Aviation (Professional Security Support) announced plans today to apply for a GSA Schedule and actively pursue federal contracts. Federal officials appreciate GSA Schedules as a means of procuring goods and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Students propose forming committee on city services
UW Badger HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

Legislative Affairs members also continued to voice opposition to current state legislation on tenant rights, which they argued could make tenants more uncomfortable speaking to their landlords about their basic housing rights, which could result in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Mortgage adviser's £1.6m con foiled by bankruptcy
Debt Management TodayFebruary 15, 2012

A respected mortgage adviser who was introduced to 'cherry-picked gullible clients' by a partner-in crime-has been given a two-year suspended prison sentence when his £1.6 million fraud was uncovered after his bankruptcy sparked an investigation into ...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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KBI searches for gun information
Hays Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012

By MIKE CORN The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has gone online, advertising for information surrounding the possible sale of a handgun by Rooks County Sheriff Randy Axelson. But they aren't willing to talk about the reasons behind a decision to place ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Health Records to Have One-Stop Shop
Signal MagazineFebruary 10, 2012

How often have military service members been shuffled from one office to another—one organization to the next—before all of their records are pulled together and coordination of treatments or benefits can begin? The answer is too often.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Interpol arrests 25 'Anonymous' hackers
News24February 29, 2012

"This operation shows that crime in the virtual world does have real consequences for those involved, and that the internet cannot be seen as a safe haven for criminal activity," said Bernd Rossbach, Interpol's acting director of police services.more »

Personal Injury
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Grand Rapids has paid three trip-and-fall personal injury claims made in 2011
MLive.comFebruary 27, 2012

comA snow plow-child collision allegedly caused by an inoperable crosswalk signal is among the road-related personal injury claims filed against Grand Rapids in 2011. GRAND RAPIDS – Of 12 roadway trip-and-fall claims filed with the city in 2011, ...more »

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

PARIS (Dow Jones)--The French Constitutional Council Tuesday said the law approved by French Parliament in late 2011 that makes it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered genocide at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is unconstitutional.more »

Professional Malpractice
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NAICOM mulls stiffer penalty for late submission of accounts
The NationFebruary 28, 2012

Daniel told The Nation that most operators are comfortable with the current N5,000 daily penalty, adding that the anticipated Insurance Act will place stricter discipline on defaulters. Investigation revealed that about four companies are yet to get ...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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Apperson Crump absorbing four Borod & Kramer attorneys
Memphis Business JournalFebruary 28, 2012

Borod & Kramer was founded in 1915 and has a broad-based business law practice, but noted cases have centered on premises liability and victim's rights, as well as executive employment law, intellectual property and business partner disputes.more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Navajo sues Urban Outfitters over ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By FELICIA FONSECA AP FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters Inc. months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer demanding it pull the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Firing in defense at party puts man in trouble
Delmarva NowFebruary 29, 2012

Defense attorney Sharri Mapp admitted her client had a lengthy criminal history but said the bulk of it was because of drugs. "You have been in a lot of trouble over the years," said Judge W. Revell Lewis III, "You come out and you do he same thing ...more »

Tax Audit Horror Stories: When the IRS Attacks
DailyFinanceFebruary 28, 2012

It turns out an audit memo that had been sent to her old address was never forwarded and went unanswered. It took her 11 months to dig out from the paperwork avalanche that comes with an full audit. This is the horrid headache that we fear each year ...more »

Three Inductees for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame
Wink NewsFebruary 29, 2012

He led the passage of the 1986 law barring age discrimination and mandatory retirement based on age. Among his many awards, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Florida Council on Aging Hall of Fame Award, the University of Alabama Hugo ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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DEP Citizens' Advisory Council appoints new Executive Director
CBS 21February 27, 2012

The Citizens' Advisory Council to the Department of Environmental Protection announced today the appointment of Marjorie Hughes as its executive director. Hughes, who most recently served as chief of DEP's Conservation District Support Division in the ...more »

Environmental Law
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GREEN LEAD | Green Building News from CoStar
CoStar GroupFebruary 18, 2012

CHP technology produces both electricity and hot water from a single heat source using alternative fuels. CHP systems can achieve operating efficiency of 65 percent, beating out many of its energy-efficient counterparts that use separate sources of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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An Ounce of Estate Planning Prevention is Worth Way More Than a Pound of Cure (press release)February 24, 2012

Properly drafted wills can possibly -- depending on the state in which you and your heirs live -- avoid the probate process and ensure a speedier distribution of your assets than some other estate planning methods. Probate is still a necessity in ...more »

Family Law
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Homosexual and Lesbian Relationships "Marriages" in Maryland?
Catholic OnlineFebruary 25, 2012

The state Senate voted 25-22 for the law, coming less than a week after the House of Delegates barely passed the measure. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Homosexual and Lesbian unions are on the road to being given the legal equivalency of marriage ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Outreach worker loses bid for injuries claim
Perth NowFebruary 11, 2012

A FORMER outreach worker who was hit in the head with a milk crate as she tried to break up a fight has lost her bid for criminal injuries compensation. WA's chief assessor Helen Porter denied Dianne Ryder her claim because she did not do ``everything ...more »


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