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'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

Volcker: 'Confidence in Government is Shaky'
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

... Dodd-Frank Act. Photo: Rich Clement/Bloomberg Enlarge image Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Peter Foley/Bloomberg John Bogle, the founder of mutual fund company Vanguard Group Inc. who popularized index investing, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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G.J. v. MUSCOGEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

In this case, we should be called upon to determine whether the Administrative Law Judge and the district court properly evaluated Appellants' claims that the Muscogee County School District ("the school district" or "MCSD") did not comply with certain ...more »

Health Care Law
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Lansley's NHS bill is unnecessary, incomprehensible and possibly illegal ...
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)February 1, 2012

In response to a letter signed by 56 medics saying that his proposals are vital, 365 doctors wrote to our letters page saying that the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 "threatens to derail and fragment the NHS into a collection of competing private ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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After Workers Are Fired, an Immigration Debate Roils California Campus
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

For months, officials said, lawyers from the law firm Sidley Austin combed through the university's records and met with administrators. By the time the investigation was complete, the law firm had identified deficiencies in the files of 84 employees, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Merced County Farm Bureau opposes Livingston annexation
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 8, 2012

... SMITH - jsmith@mercedsunstar.com LIVINGSTON -- After an effort by Livingston city officials to fast-track a land annexation, legal questions raised by the Merced County Farm Bureau may have slowed the process aimed at industrial development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute between Teamsters, Red Cross may lead to Valentine's Day strike in ...
News-Herald.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Rachel Jackson A blood collections union and the agency that distributes the blood are preparing to square off over a contractual dispute. Teamsters Local 507 in Cleveland this week notified the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Motorola Solutions Reaches $200 Million Class Lawsuit Settlement
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

Motorola Mobility wasn'ta party to the lawsuit and isn't contributing to the settlement, according to Sweers and Jennifer Erickson, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman. Sweers said the settlement would be paid for using a combination of insurance and ...more »

Animal Law
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Vigil Held for Tougher Animal Abuse Laws
WKBN/WYFX-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Youngstown and lit candles in hopes of putting an end to animal abuse. The animal advocates support Nitro's Law, or House Bill 108, which would make animal abuse a felony in Ohio. The vigil comes one day after several ...more »

Intellectual Property
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T2 Biosystems Announces Issuance of Key Patent Providing Broad Intellectual...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, today announced the issuance of patent number 8102176 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office entitled ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essex: Campaign to change legislation over flytipping gathers pace
East Anglian Daily TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Ultimately we are looking to influence a change in legislation.” Explaining the extent of the problem, CPREssex chairman Tom Holme said: “Waste including household rubbish and tyres, asbestos and demolition material, fridges and washing machines is ...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 »

Sensex witnesses choppy session; Aviation stocks surge
Bloomberg UTVFebruary 1, 2012

Aviation stocks rallied after state-run oil marketing companies cut jet fuel prices by over 3%, with effect from midnight, 31 January 2012, as an appreciating rupee made imports cheaper. Index heavyweight RIL, extended Tuesday's gains as the company's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent regulation ruling cannot be used to scuttle deal: court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A real-estate firm cannot back out of a $6.2 million deal for an Upper East Side apartment building after a court ruled that several of the building's rental units had been wrongly converted from stabilized rent to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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20 Worst Quarterback Performances in Super Bowl History
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Too often do quarterbacks get too much credit for their team's victories and for the team's failures. It may not be fair, but it's the nature of the beast of playing quarterback. It is one of the few positions in football, if not the only one, ...more »

Litigation
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Diagnosed With Bladder Cancer After Actos? Call the Drug Litigation Attorneys ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Drug Litigation Attorneys warn anyone who has or is currently taking Actos to consider the risks associated with the drug. If you or a loved one has ever taken Actos for diabetes and are now exhibiting signs of bladder cancer, contact a doctor ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. (“K12” or the “Company”) (NYSE:LRN) between September 9, 2009 and December 16, 2011, ...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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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Wall Street JournalFebruary 4, 2012

"Symbolically, it doesn't bode well to Facebook and to potential investors," said Robert D'Ovidio, an associate professor of criminal justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia who studies computer crime. "I think it shows maybe an immaturity on his ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Injury Lawyers Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson Announce Victory in ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

Bernstein & Poisson, a Las Vegas personal injury law firm, announce the recent settlement for $600000.00 of a slip and fall case just prior to trial against a grocery store. Bernstein & Poisson is pleased that they were able to successfully obtain ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional law talk captures teens' attention
Valley SunFebruary 3, 2012

Students at La Cañada High School students got a crash course Thursday on the Supreme Court and the real-world application of constitutional law on Thursday, when they were visited by an attorney who will be arguing before the US Supreme Court this ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are Attorney's Fees an Endangered Species?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The fundamental principle of charging for legal services, enshrined in Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, is that the fee must be reasonable. Ancillary to this is the provision that lawyer and client should document the basics of the fee in their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Danielle E. Howarth Joins Ballard Spahr's Baltimore Office
Citybizlist (press release)February 3, 2012

BALTIMORE - Danielle E. Howarth has joined the Baltimore office of the law firm Ballard Spahr as an associate in the Real Estate Department. Ms. Howarth represents developers and investors in property acquisition, financing, restructuring, leasing, ...more »

Conroy flags law changes from Optus win
ZDNet AustraliaFebruary 3, 2012

Speaking on the Today Show yesterday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy — an avid Collingwood football club supporter — said that the government would wait for the appeals process to resolve, but indicated that the government may seek to change ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill aims to make cash for sports more than fantasy
So Md NewsFebruary 1, 2012

by AARON CARTER, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS In Maryland, playing fantasy sports for cash and prizes could make you a criminal. Technically, because of ambiguities in state law, Marylanders are prohibited from collecting cash and prizes in fantasy ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive
NPRFebruary 16, 2012

Someone 55 or older will typically take three months longer to find employment than the average job seeker. And with more people of all ages looking for work in the slow economy, age discrimination complaints are on the rise — but becoming harder to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Whitehall Township adopts ordinance governing alternative energy projects
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYSouth Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday approved rules for alternative energy systems. South Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday adopted rules ...more »

Wills & Probate
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2010 census causing problems in probate court
WFXL FOX 31February 13, 2012

If we lose that status, folks who would normally have matters finalized in probate court will have to pay for a whole new trial in superior court. Commissioners will write to local delegation urging them to endorse legislation that will allow for a ...more »

Family Law
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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

“This law is our effort to help other children who may be in the same situation,” Julie Anderson said. “Custody should be awarded not on the antiquated notion that the mother is the best caretaker.” HB888, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers Compensation Importance of Timely Reporting
OnMilwaukee.com (blog)February 3, 2012

By TonyMatera Last week we took a look at the basics of Workers Compensation (Work Comp). It was the first in a four part series giving insight to this often misunderstood and complex coverage facing most business owners. This week we are going to look ...more »

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