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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

'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 »

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Administrative Law
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Attorney general Bill Schuette asks that hearing on grad student unions be halted
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By David Jesse Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a request with the state Supreme Court, asking it to stop a hearing scheduled for today to decide whether University of Michigan graduate student research assistants can unionize.more »

Health Care Law
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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 »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Immigration law 'here to stay'
Andalusia Star-NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Mike Jones said, “The law is not being repealed.” He was Alabamians should expect some “word changes” that will make the law easier to apply. Jones said as written, the new law requires anyone who buys a tag to show proof of citizenship.more »

Immigration Law
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Appealing to the Right on Anti-Immigration May Not Produce Victory
Huffington Post (blog)February 7, 2012

Alabama's law has in fact resulted in self-deportation, and at a significant cost to the state. The agricultural industry has taken a hit, because migrant workers have fled the state and farmers cannot find US workers to replace them.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Obama proposes rollback of shale plans for Rocky Mountain West
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 3, 2012

In addition, it would only allow research on the leases until industry demonstrates that commercial development is technically viable and environmentally safe. "The preferred alternative continues our commitment to encouraging research, development and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Lab services 'too expensive'
Independent OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bheki Mbanjwa The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health says the services provided by the National Health Laboratory Service are too expensive, while also disputing the amount it reportedly owes to the service provider. This was after reports that the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Animal Law
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Doggedly stubborn law firm sued over access for service animal
Business Management DailyFebruary 4, 2012

You would think that a personal-injury law firm would be sensitive to a client's need for a service dog, but apparently attorneys at the firm of Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia & Tetenbaum are unfamiliar with Title III of the ADA.more »

Intellectual Property
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ConforMIS Expands Intellectual Product Portfolio with 22 Issued Patents
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- ConforMIS, Inc. today announced it has completed its most productive period to date in the development of its intellectual property with the addition of 22 issued patents to its portfolio since January ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Agenda for Feb. 8 ASUC Senate meeting
Daily CalifornianFebruary 9, 2012

By Chloe Hunt At the ASUC Senate's third spring semester meeting Wednesday, a new bill aiming to reduce food waste on campus will be introduced, and the senate will also consider passing a bill in support of affirmative action. The Day of Action bill ...more »

Remembering a Gaston County aviation hero
Gaston GazetteFebruary 5, 2012

It might have looked like a swarm of aging aviators as they gathered in Belmont to pay tribute to the memory of EC (Red McCord), a local legend who wrote aviation history in Gaston County. Some 30 men (and a few women) had responded to an invitation to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mt. Pleasant landlords aim toward education
Connellsville Daily CourierFebruary 4, 2012

"I'd like to bring in local magistrates to speak on aspects of the Pennsylvania Landlord/Tenant Law and to explain proper procedure when it comes to situations such as eviction and interpreting the legalities of a lease agreement," Rendine said.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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550 abuse claims filed against Wisconsin archdiocese
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE – About 550 people have filed claims for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee -- the most of the eight dioceses in the US that have sought bankruptcy protection, a lawyer in the Milwaukee case said ...more »

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Hill Schwartz Spilker Keller (“HSSK”) Announces the Closing of the Sale of ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 3, 2012

Its bankruptcy and financial forensics practices are led by two individuals with over fifty years of combined courtroom experience. HSSK assists clients in quantifying and articulating value for financial reporting, taxation, transaction, and corporate ...more »

Business Law
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Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Florida Republican primary
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The former speaker of the House of Representatives blamed his falling fortunes in Iowa on negative advertising launched by the Romney campaign — but the blitz in the Hawkeye State was akin to a bow and arrow compared to the $15 million cruise missile ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Combat troop ailments drive medical backlog
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

The problems of returning troops help explain the growing backlog among those seeking medical retirements from the military and disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs that now take a year or longer, Kilpatrick said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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Grayson & Grayson Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Free Case Review for ... (press release)February 1, 2012

Los Angeles Personal Injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson has announced free case review by top personal injury lawyers for victims of auto accidents including car wrecks, truck accidents, medical malpractice, dog bite injuries, bicycle accidents, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Turkey welcomes French constitutional appeal of 'genocide' law
FRANCE 24February 1, 2012

By Tony Todd (text) Turkey on Wednesday welcomed an appeal by some 130 French lawmakers for the Constitutional Court to overturn a law that would criminalise genocide denial in France. The draft law, which was passed by the Senate in January, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Strengthening Efforts to Fight Corruption in India
JURISTFebruary 6, 2012

... to quasi judicial functions. to generate complaints against government administration, to use its extensive powers of investigation in performing a post-decision administrative audit, to form judgments which criticize or vindicate administrators, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA to file complaint on Eskom blackouts
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Sheppard Mullin Elevates 12 To Partner
Metropolitan Corporate CounselFebruary 8, 2012

Mr. Keshavarzi has extensive experience in complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts involving claims for breach of contract, fraud, unfair competition and unfair business practices, violations of state and federal antitrust laws, ...more »

Sports Law
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Hershman: HBO to remain 'bullish' on boxing going forward
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

By Mike Coppinger, Soecial for USA TODAY NEW YORK – Following years of questionable decisions and accusations of favoritism, HBO President of Sports Ross Greenburg was ousted from "The Network of Champions". HBO boxing broadcaster Jim Lampley, left, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pa. judge to consider Sandusky jury, bail issues
The Associated PressFebruary 10, 2012

The state attorney general's office has asked for tougher bail rules, arguing that safety concerns among Sandusky's neighbors warrant restricting him indoors. Cleland has asked defense and prosecution lawyers to narrow the disputes on which he will ...more »

Citibank's New Frequent Flier Benefits Come With A Major Tax Hassle
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

A tax attorney Lazarus spoke to said the value of the miles are "whatever Citi says it is," but if that's the case, we have to wonder whether all consumer incentives are taxable, too. Don't freak out just yet: The IRS might not be too keen on all that ...more »

Older Workers Staying On The Job Much Longer
CBS LocalFebruary 7, 2012

Chicago Kent College law professor Howard Eglit, who specializes in legal issues facing older workers, says there's still plenty of age discrimination. “Overall, the notion is older workers are not your best bet and that's just wrong.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Firm hired for Citizens' appeal
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop plaintiffs' attorneys from seizing Citizens' assets while Gibson, Dunn prepares its request for a Supreme Court review of the state court judgment. Citizens is fighting a March 2009 ...more »

Environmental Law
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“Clean” Energy May Not Be as Green As We Thought
What They Think (blog)February 2, 2012

By Richard Romano on February 2nd, 2012 New Scientist has a long, yet provocative article pointing out that alternative energies may be subject to the law of unintended consequences. That is, at present, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Better Business: You don't need to be rich to benefit from an estate plan
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 4, 2012

An estate plan can be as simple as drafting a will or as complex as setting up a trust and a living will. At the very least, anyone who has assets they would like to pass on to specific individuals should create a will. A will can also establish ...more »

Family Law
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Md. delegate proposing 'Phylicia's Law,' a plan to maximize search resources ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The case spurred broader interest in missing persons cases and experts and community members discovered gaps as they helped law enforcement search for Barnes. Some were concerned that the fact that Barnes was black kept the case from getting the media...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp privatization gets cool reception
9NEWS.comFebruary 1, 2012

AP DENVER (AP) - A proposal to privatize the only state-chartered workers' compensation company is getting a cool reception from a special panel reviewing the plan. A straw poll of the task force on Tuesday showed more than half to be opposed or ...more »


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