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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

Law Firm Moving to The Colonnade at Station Square in Silver Spring, MD
Citybizlist Real EstateFebruary 1, 2012

The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC has signed a 15440-square-foot lease at 1100 Wayne Ave., a 162834-square-foot building in Silver Spring, MD owned by Bethesda-based Moore & Associates. The Ezra Company Principal/Executive Vice ...more »

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Administrative Law
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BJORNSON v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This is an appeal from a decision by the district court affirming the denial of social security disability benefits by an administrative law judge, whose decision became final when the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council denied the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Carney to religious health care providers: 'The decision has been made'
Daily CallerFebruary 2, 2012

President Barack Obama's decision was based on portions of the 2010 health care reform law, which puts most of the nation's medical sector under stringent government supervision. He now requires religious groups, principally the Catholic church, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'A terribly wrongful act'
Langley TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Natasha Jones - Langley Times The last thing Larri Woodrow expected when he joined other volunteers to plant trees at Derby Hills Park on Jan. 7 was to find that dozens of trees had been illegally chopped down. Woodrow and other volunteers planned ...more »

Immigration Law
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Law enforcement cracking down on counterfeits at Super Bowl
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 2, 2012

The NFL, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police held a news conference Thursday highlighting the problems not only with counterfeit tickets, but other merchandise surrounding ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerFebruary 7, 2012

Tennessee attorney R. CULVER SCHMID has jumped from Long, Ragsdale & Waters to Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Knoxville. Schmid, a shareholder, handles commercial transactions involving real estate development and financing, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Couple's mediation rising in popularity
Enfield Weekly PressFebruary 1, 2012

Mediation is a practice where an impartial third party helps two or more individuals who are in a conflict or dispute come to an amicable agreement. Needs are first identified, the issues are made clear, options to resolve the issues explored and a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Full-year 2011 operating earnings for Group Insurance were $153.0 million, compared with $128.0 million in 2010. The increase was primarily due to higher underwriting margins on our life and disability products partially offset by lower underwriting ...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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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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$19.5M asbestos settlement for Montana victims proposed in WR Grace bankruptcy...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

He says the claimants' appeals will be withdrawn once the bankruptcy court approves the documents. Heberling says claimants also will be eligible to receive distributions from the separate Asbestos Personal Injury Trust to be established as part of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political fresh air
Toronto SunFebruary 10, 2012

There were politicians willing to stand up and declare that they were pro-life, against affirmative action, in favour of increased oil exploration in the United States and, of course, many speaking out in favour of the Keystone pipeline.more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Future of Landlord and Tenant is no PIE in the sky
eProp.co.zaFebruary 1, 2012

PIE governed landlords rights could be permanently altered. TrudieBroekmann, commercial director for Gunstons Attorneys', has been quoted as saying: “But community and human rights organisations representing indigent tenants are hoping that the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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“Credit Cards For Bad Credit“ just published at Amazon.com
WebWire (press release)February 1, 2012

Joe McClain starts off his newly published book, “Credit Cards for Bad Credit”, with a gloomy picture of how he had lost everything as his business and personal assets were lost at a blink of an eye in 2007 when his business went bankrupt.more »

Litigation
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American Creek Resources Provides Litigation Update
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Feb 01, 2012 (ACCESSWIRE-TNW via COMTEX) -- The Board of Directors of American Creek Resources Ltd. /quotes/zigman/430569 CA:AMK 0.00% /quotes/zigman/430570 ACKRF +37.14% (the "Company") wishes to provide an update on the ongoing litigation with Teuton ...more »

Business Law
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City places ad for police chief position
Brownsville HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald Nearly two months after Police Chief Carlos Garcia announced his retirement from the police department, the city of Brownsville will start advertising the chief of police position.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigating Bud Day
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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City College of S.F. tells FBI of computer viruses
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 7, 2012

28 when USDN, a cyber security company hired by the college, traced 723 Internet protocol addresses to criminal hacking networks in Russia, China and elsewhere. The company said the viruses had been lurking in the college's poorly guarded systems since ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury of Nevada Launches Mobile Website
PR.com (press release)February 5, 2012

Personal Injury of Nevada, a Nevada law firm, launched a mobile version of its website to allow clients clear, concise access to its website from smart phones and other mobile devices. “When it comes to relationships between clients and attorneys, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French council to review genocide denial law
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

By Saskya Vandoorne and Ivan Watson, CNN Paris (CNN) -- French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time. The French Senate said Wednesday that 65 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

As the Web page notes, Wasserman is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected legal malpractice authorities and attorneys in the country, with more than three decades of experience in this unique area of the law.more »

Consumer Protection
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4 Steps to Help Securitizers Comply With Dodd-Frank's New Reporting Requirements
Wall Street & TechnologyFebruary 3, 2012

By By Eli Stern, Ernst & Young LLP Financial services organizations have invested considerable time and money assessing the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as Dodd-Frank.more »

Real Estate Law
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Negative Connotations Surrounding Sharia Must Be Dispelled
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Based on US conflicts of law, the law where the tort occurred would govern the dispute. The court would require expert testimony regarding the tort law of the country using Sharia, which would include issues relating to Sharia. A, a Saudi company, ...more »

Sports Law
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Ind. liquor law could crimp Super Bowl party hosts
KLTVFebruary 1, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> By JIM SUHR AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Super Bowl tailgaters who wait until the last minute to buy alcohol could be out of luck. Indiana is one of only a handful of states that outlaw liquor sales on Sundays.more »

Criminal Defense
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Walker says he will meet with John Doe prosecutor
Wisconsin State JournalFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Former US Army Corps of Engineers Manager Pleads Guilty in Alleged $20 Million ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)February 14, 2012

... Peggy E Gustafson, Inspector General for the Small Business Administration (SBA); Robert E Craig, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Eric Hylton, Acting Special Agent in ...more »

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) Hit With $500k Fine
eMoneyDailyFebruary 1, 2012

Bowne filed the case accusing that the bank dismissed him because of his age, which is against Florida law. FINRA did however say that the bank did not violate federal age discrimination law. Elizabeth Fogarty, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) spokeswoman, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Equifax Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... changes in, and the effects of, laws and regulations and government policies governing our business, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in particular the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection...more »

Environmental Law
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Five reasons to be pessimistic for solar PV
Renewable Energy FocusFebruary 6, 2012

Denmark is proud of its heritage when it comes to pushing forward the use of alternative energy solutions, and is all set to host the make or break un climate change conference (COP 15) in 2009. renewable energy focus assistant editor Kari Larsen saw ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Family 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 »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers.more »

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