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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Administrative Law
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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.more »

Health Care Law
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Tennessee and Georgia resist health care reform
Chattanooga Times Free PressFebruary 5, 2012

Tennessee and Alabama applied for and received grants for planning and the first phase of establishment. Georgia has received only planning funding, with the application process deadline for the first phase in June. States must pass laws to implement ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Indiana Becomes Right-to-Work State as Daniels Signs Bill
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

By Tim Jones and Samm Quinn Feb. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Governor Mitch Daniels made Indiana the nation's 23rd right-to-work state by signing a bill exempting nonunion employees from paying dues when working alongside their unionized colleagues.more »

Immigration Law
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Members of Illinois DREAM Fund Commission announced at immigration summit
Daily NorthwesternFebruary 6, 2012

"What better to keep immigration reform, the DREAM act and also state level stuff on the table than by getting out to vote," Benito said. In August, Quinn signed the Illinois DREAM Act into law, which authorized the first government-backed scholarship ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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WSO2 Workshop on Architectural Approaches to Implementing ESBs for Enterprise ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

WSO2 will explore SOA and integration best practices in a technical workshop that examines how SOA principles and an ESB model are used to properly implement a service broker pattern delivering connectivity, mediation, process orchestration, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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It's time to protect our rights -- and our economy -- by ending health care ...
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Attorneys General in their assertion that it is unconstitutional to force individuals to purchase health insurance. It didn't matter which President appointed the judges who concurred with the AGs, ...more »

Animal Law
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US judge may rule on whether US constitution protects animals against slavery
GlobalPost (blog)February 7, 2012

A US federal judge may rule on whether animals enjoy the constitutional protections against slavery as human beings. Guests watch a killer whale act at SeaWorld, in Orlando, Florida, in 2010. (Matt Stroshane/AFP/Getty Images) A US federal judge may ...more »

Intellectual Property
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House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 6, 2012

I. Introduction to Cisco and the Coalition for Patent Fairness I am the Vice President for Intellectual Property of Cisco Systems. We are one of the world's largest manufacturers of telecommunications equipment that powers the Internet, with more than ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Increased Cancer Risk for 9/11 First Responders, Says Study
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and suspect you wereexposed to asbestos at ground zero, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options regarding a possible mesothelioma settlement, please contact an ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Davenport's Affirmative Action Committee Needs Members
WQADFebruary 6, 2012

Davenport is looking for volunteers to join the city's newly-established group, the Affirmative Action Commission. During a press conference Monday morning, Mayor Bill Gluba said the city hadn't received any official applications yet, ...more »

EnhancedView Could Take $50 Million Hit - Aviation Week
DirectionsMag.com (blog)February 2, 2012

Aviation Week is reporting that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) may be forced to renegotiate the EnhanceView contract with GeoEye and DigitalGlobe due to an expected $50 Million cut to the agency's 2012 fiscal year budget with the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Text of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech
KWQC 6February 1, 2012

Here is the full text provided by the governor's office: President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leaders Radogno and Cross, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Topinka, Treasurer Rutherford, Members of the General Assembly, ...more »

Litigation
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Ghana Gas Steers Off Litigation
GhanaWebFebruary 11, 2012

... failed to deliver on that and an attempt by the Ministry of Energy to carry out a financial and technical audit to assess the requirements necessary to bring it on-stream ended up in litigation between the company and the Government of Ghana.more »

Business Law
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Moneyville Vancouver Home Show Giveaway Rules
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

Agreement: These rules govern the Moneyville Vancouver Home Show Giveaway (“Contest”). No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judges, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans Benefits in Texas
Texas InsiderFebruary 6, 2012

The state of Texas provides several veteran benefits. This section offers a brief description of each of the following benefits. This is a brief summary of what the State of Texas offers its military veterans. The Texas Veterans Land Board (VLB), ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Greenville Man Charged With 10 Child Porn Counts
WITNFebruary 9, 2012

There's been another arrest of someone with child pornography on their computer in Pitt County. Pitt County deputies say Larry Fiero of Greenville has been under investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force since November 16th.more »

Personal Injury
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Lubbock personal injury attorney offers safety tips regarding passenger vans
EIN News (press release)February 19, 2012

Lubbock, Texas (Lubbock personal injury attorney reports) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published an article regarding the safety of passenger vans. These large vehicles are often used by organizations and companies ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros
JD Supra (press release)February 4, 2012

Virginia Local Government Law Proposed Constitutional Amendment on Eminent Domain: Cons and Pros By: Andrew McRoberts. Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 The proposed eminent domain constitutional amendment is pending at the 2012 Virginia General Assembly.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Remembering Journalist Tsegereda Hailu
EzegaFebruary 19, 2012

Her memory should fuel a movement to address the need for an enforceable legal framework which mandates close investigation of deaths from suspected medical malpractice and appropriate mechanisms of redress when such neglect is proven.more »

Consumer Protection
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When the advertised price isn't right who has to pay?
Independent Online (blog)February 6, 2012

This is called bait marketing, and it's a no-no in terms of the Consumer Protection Act. But the CPA does give retailers an “out” in terms of honouring prices which are obvious mistakes. It states: “If a price as displayed contains an inadvertent and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...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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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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German author's collection racked with 'Guilt,' keen observation
Kansas City StarFebruary 1, 2012

A longtime criminal defense attorney in Berlin, von Schirach's story collection "Crime" (2011) was a German bestseller and, in translation, attracted positive notice in the United States. "Guilt," his second collection, follows the first book's ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Business warns govt on discrimination laws
Business SpectatorFebruary 5, 2012

Business groups have urged the federal government to dump proposed new anti-discrimination laws, warning that already burdened employers could face a surge of speculative claims, according to The Australian. According to the newspaper, the government ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Walmart Offers Reward In Felony Theft Case
WIBWFebruary 7, 2012

Topeka Police Department detectives and Walmart's Asset Protection Division have been working this case, a felony theft, for the past few months. Detective Terry Harris, the lead investigator in the case, said many people have called with information ...more »

Environmental Law
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Water policy far too limp - academic
Stuff.co.nzFebruary 5, 2012

Otherwise, she thinks we risk stifling economic and cultural development. Researcher and assistant lecturer Jagdeep Singh-Ladhar is examining the law and policy governing water allocation in Australiasia for the Centre for Environmental, Resources and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »

Family Law
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Children used by warring parents
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

Courts are struggling to cope with increasingly bitter family law cases involving one parent turning their child against the other. Behaviour includes false allegations of abuse, constant denigration of the other parent, asking the child to carry ...more »

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