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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 »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Holder Hearings: Democrats Praise Holder's 'Dignity and Honor,' then Call for ...
Big GovernmentFebruary 3, 2012

by AWR Hawkins During the House Oversight Committee hearings yesterday, Attorney General Eric Holder denounced what he called a “political gotcha game.” And he was not without his defenders, Democrats all, who also tried to spin the hearing into ...more »

Health Care Law
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Doctor charged in nation's largest healthcare fraud scam
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 29, 2012

"To get that kind of money, you'd need to be treating a million people," said Andrew Selesnick, a Los Angeles lawyer who represents physicians. "You'd have to have 30 locations and tons of people going through them." The arrest of the Canadian-born ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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HCHS improves its grade
Jasper NewsFebruary 6, 2012

HCHS Principal Wanda Law and her staff were ecstatic after receiving the news from Superintendent Martha Butler that they had been upgraded to a C for the 2010-11 school year. Law and her staff immediately went room to room, dancing through the halls ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia's immigration law targets universities
SalonFebruary 24, 2012

By Zaid Jilani When the state of Arizona enacted a draconian anti-immigrant law — which gave the police wide powers to detain individuals they believed to be undocumented immigrants — nearly two years ago, the national media took notice.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Call for regulatory policies to revise bio safety law
Vibe GhanaFebruary 28, 2012

Dr Hans Adu-Dapaah, Director of Crop Research of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, has called for regulatory policies to revise the bio- safety law to maximise gains in the era of genetic revolution. He said this would help reduce cost ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Obama And The Israel-Palestine Peace Process - Analysis
Eurasia ReviewFebruary 28, 2012

His first Presidency did not come at the right time for the solution of the conflict unlike former President Bill Clinton's first and the end of his second presidency that saw positive movement towards a possible resolution of this long-standing sore ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Seven states sue government over contraceptives mandate
CNNFebruary 25, 2012

Seven states on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the federal government requirement that religious employers offer health insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and other birth control services. The issue has become a political flashpoint in a ...more »

Animal Law
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Fife Lake horse owner violating animal burial laws
UpNorthLive.comFebruary 15, 2012

According to the Department of Environmental Health, not tending to the bodies violates Michigan law. “There is a law. It is the Burial of Dead Animals Act and it was enacted in 1982. It does require that dead animals be buried within 24 hours of death ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Dolby Sues ArcSoft for Breach of Its License Agreements
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 15, 2012

“We have tried every possible alternative to resolve our issues outside of the court system, but Dolby is unfortunately left with no choice but to protect its contractual and intellectual property rights.” The lawsuit alleges that ArcSoft breached its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US SC rules against asbestos plaintiff in important case
Legal News LineFebruary 29, 2012

"(P)etitioners contend that the LIA's preemptive scope does not extend to state common-law claims, as opposed to state legislation or regulation," Thomas wrote. "Napier, however, held that the LIA 'occup(ied) the entire field of regulating locomotive ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
Boston.comFebruary 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Marine Corps Aviation Introduces F-35B Lightning II Into Fleet
defproFebruary 28, 2012

A century after 1st Lt. Alfred A. Cunningham took his first flight in 1912, Marine Corps aviation introduced the F-35B Lightning II aircraft into its fleet. The short takeoff vertical landing variant combined with fifth generation capabilities is a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Despite legal challenge, landlord has spent millions on retrofits
Edmonton JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Earlier this month, critics alleged the government was set to "legalize fire traps" by repealing safety rules that force landlords to put windows in bedrooms so tenants can escape during a fire. NDP Leader Brian Mason suggested the government had caved ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton mediation first case under new Calif. law
Daily CometFebruary 29, 2012

Beleaguered Stockton is the first California city to test a new union-backed law aimed at protecting public employee contracts by making it harder for municipalities to file bankruptcy. Stockton is trying to avoid becoming the most populous US city in ...more »

Litigation
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Flashback: JunkScience predicts outcome of EPA 'endangerment finding' litigation
Canada Free PressFebruary 29, 2012

We aren't K St. lawyers bilking deep-pocketed clients at $500+ per hour — but we knew the endangerment finding litigation against the EPA was doomed from the start. … Moreover, while the portion of the EPA's climate rules that is flagrantly illegal ...more »

Business Law
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Parents of Lieutenant Killed in Iraq Sue Dating Websites in a Heartbreaker
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 29, 2012

Instead they resort to false advertising. "True's website brags on the fact that: 'True is the only online dating service and relationship site that conducts criminal background screenings in the US and Single Certifications.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military defends its handling of 'stolen valor' medals
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Jason Chaffetz has twice been burned by people who lied about their military service and now he wants the Pentagon to create an online database to help differentiate the honest veterans from the fakes. But leaders in the armed forces don't share his ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Jury convicts man of child pornography possession
Billings GazetteFebruary 25, 2012

Defense attorney Dion Custis said it was difficult to convince people that child pornography was unintentionally downloaded to McSherry's computer. The Wyoming Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched McSherry's home last August after ...more »

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

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at Atkins & Markoff, an Oklahoma law firm that dedicates its time to representing injured clients, hereby alerts the public of a recent article published in the Tulsa World newspaper that details the ongoing ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Does The Individual Mandate Violate Contract Law?
Stop the ACLUFebruary 29, 2012

Constitutional law professor Elizabeth Price Foley, who is the executive director of the Institute's Florida Chapter and who co-authored IJ's brief, said, “The individual mandate violates a cardinal rule of contract law—to be enforceable, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wiseman named Lawyer of the Year
The TennesseanFebruary 24, 2012

Cottontown resident Thomas Wiseman was named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense while his home Nashville-based Wiseman Ashworth Law Group receiving first tier for both medical malpractice law defense and personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Calpers, other funds urge more aggressive SEC
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

In a letter to Mary Schapiro, chairman of the SEC, the group said: "Despite the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, we believe there is unfinished business that is critical to protecting and strengthening ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Florida International Real Estate Investment Soars in 2012 Media Coverage ...
JD Supra (press release)February 29, 2012

Florida Commercial News www.floridacommercialnews.com Twitter: @schechterlaw Eckstein Schechter Law www.ecksteinschechterlaw.com Florida International Real Estate Investment Soars in 2012 Media Coverage: Foreign Investors' Cash Buys in Miami Real ...more »

Anti-competitive practices in government contracts
Business StandardFebruary 26, 2012

From an integrity perspective, the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) system is undoubtedly the most problematic method of awarding government contracts and licenses, but over the years, many other anti-competitive practices have gradually found their way ...more »

Sports Law
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Shatel: Football spending is letter of the law
Omaha World-HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

The Valley has four reps from each school (coach, sports information director, two media types) vote, but they can't vote for the team they're associated with. That makes no sense. Say the Creighton and Wichita State folks all voted for their guy.more »

Criminal Defense
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Former Justice Department Official Returns to Chadbourne & Parke in DC
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)February 27, 2012

Keith Rosen, former chief of the Criminal Division in the US attorney's office for the District of Delaware has returned to Chadbourne as a counsel in the white collar defense, regulatory investigations and litigation group.more »

Officials of Ark. city urging residents to OK sales tax proposal that would ...
The RepublicFebruary 19, 2012

"They never told us they would not file liens," City Attorney Mike Bearden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wQXrnn ) of the IRS. "But we were under the impression liens would not be filed until the election was over.more »

A Perfect Storm for Age Discrimination
AARP News (blog)February 16, 2012

A Supreme Court ruling by the slimmest of margins, combined with a seemingly never-ending cycle of long-term unemployment, has had a chilling effect on age discrimination cases. They're more frequent and harder to prove, according to experts cited in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Health reform facts
The Keene SentinelFebruary 22, 2012

An email alarm arrived this week in the form of a chain-mail complaint about the health care reform law. The communication describes an allegedly surreptitious tax on real estate transactions that would be used to to help pay for the reform.more »

Environmental Law
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Gov. Kasich will propose comprehensive overhaul of Ohio's energy policies
Plain DealerFebruary 29, 2012

Changes in existing law would allow electric companies to count such projects as meeting renewable energy or advanced energy mandates set down by existing state law. The governor's aides said the administration does not intend to gut renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate Planning for Transgender Clients by Mass. LGBTQ Bar Assoc.
Rainbow TimesFebruary 23, 2012

She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and speaks regularly on issues surrounding long term care planning with a focus on special needs trusts. Michelle has also served on the board of the LGBT Political Alliance of ...more »

Family Law
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Bay Area couple wins case against federal same-sex marriage law
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 23, 2012

The law affects legally married same-sex couples in California and other states when it comes to the 1000-plus federal issues pertaining to marriage, such as federal tax filings, Medicaid and Social Security. Paul Clement, the attorney for the House ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CALIFORNIA INSURANCE GUARANTEE ASSOCIATION v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

No appearance for Respondents Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and Next Enterprises. Petitioner California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) seeks review of a ruling by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) that recognized claims ...more »

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