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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Bishops point to dignity for asylum seekers
Catholic LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

THE Australian Catholics Bishops Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development has called for a common vision among political parties in the approach to asylum seekers. On Australia Day the commission encouraged "the Australian sense of justice and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Connecticut lawmakers consider election law changes
Norwich BulletinFebruary 27, 2012

Some proposals up for discussion at Monday's public hearing before the General Assembly's Government Administration and Elections Committee attempt to help save municipalities money with their election expenses. One bill, for example, would allow small ...more »

Health Care Law
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Tax deal reduces funds for hospitals
Boston.comFebruary 28, 2012

Tucked into the legislation are cuts to the rates paid to hospitals to care for the elderly and poor, as well as a provision slicing a new preventive care fund by about a third. The cuts amount to at least $62 million over 10 years in Massachusetts and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Feds Urged to Use US Tonnage in SPR
MarineLinkFebruary 27, 2012

“AMP recognizes that there may be circumstances where waivers of the Jones Act are necessary, but we want to work with the Departments to maximize the use of available American vessels, employing American workers, in the transportation of SPR oil ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration reform a non-starter on Utah's Capitol Hill
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, said Monday his employer-sanctions bill aimed at curbing the hiring of undocumented workers couldn't get out of the powerful House Rules Committee and that he wouldn't try to resurrect it. Then Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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On the Boards
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 6, 2012

Peter S. Linder, chairman of the MAG Fund, was elected treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee; Alan J. Cohn, president of Sage Financial Group, is finance committee vice chair; and Michael J. Heller, chair of the Business Law Department at ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Session to help solve disputes
Bundaberg News MailFebruary 23, 2012

The information sessions have been organised by the Wide Bay Dispute Resolution Centre. A spokesperson for the centre said the session would provide property owners and neighbourhood groups with more information on their rights in regard to trees and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Committee calls for Oklahoma insurance exchange
Durant Daily DemocratFebruary 23, 2012

Glen Mulready, R-Tulsa, said the exchange is a proactive choice, though he said he is hopeful the federal health care law will be overturned through litigation or the election of a different president. Mulready told The Associated Press he does not ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights Professor on Talking Animals
WMNFFebruary 27, 2012

My guest on "Talking Animals" Feb. 29 will be DR. PATRICIA MCEACHERN, the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights at Drury University in Springfield, MO. In 2009, former "The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker donated $1 million to Drury--his ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A Test Case for Intellectual Property in China
IEEE SpectrumFebruary 24, 2012

Yet China has a reputation as a place where intellectual property laws are routinely flouted. So the legal outcome is uncertain—and is of great interest to foreign companies. “There are a lot of eyes on this case,” says Jason Fredette, ...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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Supreme Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case That Could Be Campaign Issue
WBURFebruary 21, 2012

By Mark Memmott And because the case will be argued this fall, it could be among the hotly debated issues in the presidential and congressional campaigns. "The Texas case began in 2008," Liz reported, "when two white female applicants, Abigail Fisher ...more »

Port of Seattle illegally gave Aviation High School $13.6 million
SeaTac Blog (blog)February 28, 2012

by Jack Mayne The Port of Seattle illegally gave the Highline School District $13.6 million for the construction and operation of Aviation High School. “The Port is not authorized to contribute funding to construct and operate public schools,” the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Henon targeting bad neighbors
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 26, 2012

The warnings and tactics, he promised, will get more stark over time, and he may introduce legislation to increase fines and penalties for owners and tenants. The problem is that there already are laws on the books that landlords and tenants are ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton could become biggest city to go bankrupt
Gettysburg TimesFebruary 29, 2012

The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine _ twice.more »

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Discovery Litigation Services, LLC is Pleased to Announce that Rose Ann Annesi ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 21, 2012

Discovery Litigation Services, LLC announces the expansion of its Trial Presentation Service Line. Visit for more information. Discovery Litigation Services, LLC (DLS) is pleased to announce that Rose Ann ...more »

Business Law
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ATF Offers $5000 Reward for Information
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

In addition to the ATF reward, Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $5000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide, for a total reward of $10000. Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Israel report: West Bank Palestinians may turn to violence if peace talks ...
HaaretzFebruary 27, 2012

The report also notes that last year's attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo demonstrates that the Egyptian "street" has succeeded in forcing its opinions on the military leadership. "[Egypt's] Supreme Military Council is aware of the benefits of the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Colorado woman must turn over computer hard drive
Post-BulletinFebruary 23, 2012

The San Francisco-based Electronic Freedom Foundation has opposed the government's actions in the case because it believes easy-to-use encryption software should be used by everybody to prevent computer crimes and fraud, said Hanni Meena Fakhoury, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Denver CO Personal Injury Attorney - Vaden Law Firm - Launches New Website
Einnews PortugalFebruary 29, 2012

The Vaden Law Firm specializes in personal injury accident cases, real estate law, car and truck accidents, business law, and trusts and estate planning. Vaden Law provides personal attention to clients offering years of experience, expert knowledge of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Does the ObamaCare individual mandate make contracts unenforceable?
Hot AirFebruary 28, 2012

In any other context, signing a contract under threat of force constitutes duress, which negates the contract under centuries-old legal standards. What happens when government applies the threat of force, through fines and presumably an eventual jail ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Insight: Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
CNBC.comFebruary 23, 2012

"BEAT THE SYSTEM" Investigations into some of the bank failures on the FDIC's patch have only recently been completed or are about to be, auguring a greater number of lawsuits, agency officials and outside lawyers say. As of mid-February, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Indiana Adopts New Exemption for Private Fund Advisers
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 20, 2012

... investment adviser regulations with recent changes to the federal Investment Adviser Act of 1940 (the "Advisers Act") and Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "1940 Act") imposed by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Pub.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 Twitter: @schechterlaw Eckstein Schechter Law Florida International Real Estate Investment Soars in 2012 Media Coverage: Foreign Investors' Cash Buys in Miami Real ...more »

TAT Technologies Reports an Offer Made by Isal to Negotiate a Potential ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 21, 2012

TAT/the Company), a leading provider of services and products to the commercial and military aerospace and ground defense industries, reported today that it has received an offer from Isal Amlat Investments (1993) Ltd. ("Isal"), its indirect ...more »

Sports Law
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High school association seeks to move Picayune sports hazing case to federal ...
The RepublicFebruary 29, 2012

The Mississippi High School Activities Association is trying to get the case of a teen who was hospitalized by hazing moved to federal court, claiming that his request to have him transferred to another school is rooted in the No Child Left Behind law.more »

Criminal Defense
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The Daily Herald Endorses Mike Nerheim as Best Republican Lake County State's...
eYugoslavia.comFebruary 27, 2012

Mike Nerheim has been endorsed by the Daily Herald as the best Republican candidate for Lake County State's Attorney. The Daily Herald is suburban Chicago's largest daily newspaper and its tradition of endorsements dates back many years.more »

US IRS may tap local banks to help in campaign after Fil-Am tax evaders
Inquirer.netFebruary 26, 2012

Mississippi-based tax lawyer Kurt Rademacher said in an interview on Friday that the environment was becoming much tougher for American nationals or permanent residents using offshore markets as tax havens because banks around the world were now under ...more »

Fired teacher sues Agassi academy
Las Vegas SunFebruary 23, 2012

By Steve Green (contact) A fired teacher filed a lawsuit this week against the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, alleging racial and age discrimination. Represented by local law firm Barry Levinson & Associates, James Holmes Jr.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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ECB Special Lender Status Threatens Backlash
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

Play Video The European Central Bank's willingness to ride roughshod over bondholder rights risks pushing up borrowing costs for indebted governments by making investors less willing to lend. The ECB swapped about 50 billion euros ($67 billion) of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bowood Announces Review of Strategic Alternatives
StockhouseFebruary 27, 2012

Bowood Energy Inc. ("Bowood" or the "Company") (TSX VENTURE:BWD) announces that its Board of Directors has determined to evaluate a range of strategic alternatives aimed at enhancing shareholder value. In addition, Bowood has engaged GMP Securities LP ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Betty Lin-Fisher: Wills and other legal documents still important
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Do I still need a will? Yeah.” As an example in the case of spouses, ownership of two cars under a combined value of $40000 can pass outside of probate, McKenney said. If a car or cars are titled only in one name, at that person's death, Ohio law...more »

Family Law
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Love and relationships: march is divorce month
WTOL.comFebruary 29, 2012

(ARA) - Have you been thinking about divorce? Have you been searching the Internet for information about divorce? But putting off the decision until after the holiday season? Legal websites such as are being flooded with searches for ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California Launches Action Against Zurich Units over WC Policies
PropertyCasualty360February 28, 2012

By Arthur D. Postal, California has launched enforcement action against two units of Zurich American Insurance Company related to alleged use of a workers' compensation insurance agreement known as a “large deductible agreement” ...more »


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