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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal judge hears would-be casino developer's legal challenge
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Steve Decosta KG Urban Enterpise's legal challenge of the state's casino-enabling legislation got its first airing in US District Court Tuesday, with Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton peppering both parties with specific questions on points of law.more »

Health Care Law
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Juan Vargas could cast the deciding vote for California's health care bill
OB RagFebruary 1, 2012

Senate Bill 810 passed committee, but fell two votes short in the Senate. A new vote is sought before tomorrow's deadline for passing all Senate bills and sending them on to the Assembly. The bill would not set up a government-run healthcare system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Michelle Obama In LA: First Lady Raises Almost $1 Million For The President ...
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Her most recent visit was met with some resistance because of the industry's desire for more presidential support for the Stop Online Piracy Act, according to the New York Post. Even so, the tension seemed to have subsided for the evening Beverly Hills ...more »

Immigration Law
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Expanding solar power company exemplifies Brentwood's economic goals
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Rodda's success is an example of the growing industries that the city of Brentwood would like to attract to create more jobs and generate revenue here. More than a decade ago, Brentwood incorporated economic development goals into its General Plan and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Persistent Systems Acquires Location Biz From Openwave Systems
DealCurryFebruary 2, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Openwave has a blue chip customer base spanning North America, Latin America, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Schedules Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Release, Investor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

RENO, Nev., Feb 1, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL +0.47% , the holding company of U-Haul International Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, ...more »

Animal Law
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Dog breeding compromise spurs animal measures
The Rolla Daily NewsFebruary 13, 2012

Jeanne Kirkton would exempt Missouri animal shelters from paying state licensing fees. Animal shelters lost their exemption from the licensing fees under a law approved in 2010. Under the legislation passed last year amid the controversy over dog ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Intellectual property lawyer David E. Warden has joined the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) as of counsel.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Early Word: Affirmative Action
New York Times (blog)February 22, 2012

By JADA F. SMITH The Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled that it might end affirmative action in public colleges and universities, Adam Liptak reports. All sides agree that such a decision would reduce the number of African-American and Latino students ...more »

Magazine for Ghana's aviation industry launched
Ghana Business NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The “Aviator Magazine” was launched in Accra on Wednesday to address some of the challenges in the reportage of aviation, tourism and hospitality industry issues. Typical of these challenges is the terminologies used in the industry which may not be ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Social housing consultation begins
The Press AssociationFebruary 5, 2012

The proposed new measures aim to reward law-abiding tenants. Mr Brown said: "Landlords and tenants lobbied hard for changes to the way affordable rented housing is allocated and managed. "We have listened and these proposed changes reflect, I believe, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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NRI banker faces bankruptcy
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Sinha, who was chief executive of the London arm of JC Flowers, is now expected to plunge back into bankruptcy -- a position he was only discharged from on August 23, 2011, the report said. He borrowed 9 million euros (7.5 million pounds) to invest in ...more »

Litigation
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Jury Rules Against Mylan In Sunovion Pharma Patent Litigation - Quick Facts
NASDAQFebruary 10, 2012

(RTTNews.com) - Mylan Inc. (MYL) announced Friday that a jury has rendered an unfavorable verdict in a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., f/k/a Sepracor Inc., against Mylan Inc., Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc., ...more »

Business Law
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Crackle Launches Voice-controlled Experience on Xbox 360
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Crackle, Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment's multi-platform video entertainment network, has launched today on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network as a free full-length Hollywood movie and TV app, it was announced by ...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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NY man charged with trying to meet 6-year-old Bergen girl for sex
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

The “parent” was really a detective in the prosecutor's Computer Crimes Task Force. The investigation revealed that Garmany distributed numerous video images of child pornography via the Internet, Molinelli said. Bail on the Bergen County charges was ...more »

Personal Injury
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A Need for Tort Reform for Personal Injury Lawsuits is a Myth Pushed by the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Cincinnati personal injury lawyer fights Tort reform that is being pushed because of so called lawsuit abuse or frivolous lawsuits. As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer for over 30 years, the reality is that jurors ...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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Lawyer Breached Duty, Must Forfeit Fees For Ignoring Conflicts Among Joint Clients
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

The rulings came in a malpractice action filed by Kevin So, a Chinese businessman, against Leonard Suchanek, a former administrative law judge who represented So and others in litigation arising from an international Ponzi scheme.more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Real Estate Law
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A New Alternative For Real Estate Investors
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

Over 50 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that enabled small investors to make investments in large-scale, significant income-producing real estate. This law, named the REIT Act, combined the attributes of mutual funds and ...more »

CAUGHT IN THE ACT?
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

Black has been accused of violating federal laws that protect marine mammals. There it is, in sunbathed living color. Exhibit A. Monterey Bay marine biologist Nancy Black hangs over the side of her inflatable research dinghy with one hand gripping a ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal Defense Attorney Patricia Campi of Summit Defense Law Firm Wins ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 3, 2012

By a criminal lawyer, San Jose clients are advised that California district attorneys still prosecute domestic abuse cases. In Campi's most recent domestic violence defense victory, the client, whose name is withheld to protect his reputation, ...more »

Tax chief deputizes IG staff to permit use of returns
Albany Times UnionFebruary 6, 2012

Department of Taxation and Finance Commissioner Thomas Mattox, left, and Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, right, speak at the State Capitol on Friday, July 15, 2011 to announce New York State's plan to enfore the collection of unstamped and untaxed ...more »

Texas county coughs up $20000 for age discrimination
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)February 20, 2012

Retaliating against individuals who oppose what they believe to be discriminatory conduct on the basis of age (40 years of age or older) violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, according to the commission. “The EEOC is here to protect ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Woman charged with grand theft
OcalaFebruary 25, 2012

An asset protection manager told the deputy he saw Sylvia Leonides place four items in a shopping cart and leave the building without paying. Leonides was brought back inside while a call was made to law enforcement. The woman gave the deputy a name ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Technology Innovator DyneGroup Names Tom Ridge to Board of Advisors
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

“In our last collaboration we were able to create over 1500 US manufacturing jobs and, in this new endeavor, these numbers could easily double with the addition of other technologies that we are actively pursuing in the alternative energy space.more »

Wills & Probate
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Mirror wills invalidated by signature mix-up
Legalbrief (subscription)February 6, 2012

The ruling disinherits the couple's intended heir and has left lawyers calling for a more flexible approach to probate law. A report in the Law Gazette notes that in 1999 Mr and Mrs Alfred Thomas Rawlings signed mirror wills that they believed would ...more »

Family Law
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Family law Judge Diane Altamirano seeks re-election
Imperial Valley PressFebruary 1, 2012

A native of Brawley, Altamirano was a general law practitioner exclusively in the Imperial Valley for 30 years before her appointment. She hears family law cases. Prior to her appointment, Altamirano served 12 years as the Superior Court's self-help ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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