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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 »

Should the Demi Moore 911 Call Be Public?
E! OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Because releasing 911 tapes such as Moore's is a matter of law. "It's public record under the California Public Records Act," says Jeff Hermes, director of the Digital Media Law Project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard.more »

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Administrative Law
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Questions remain about contraceptive services under 2010 health care law
Bellingham HeraldFebruary 27, 2012

Under the 2010 health care law, insured women will qualify for contraceptives without a co-payment as part of a range of preventive medical services. But insurers and advocates are frustrated by the lack of details. They're asking, for example, ...more »

Health Care Law
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2011 Healthcare Fraud Recovery Largest Ever
MedPage TodayFebruary 15, 2012

The Affordable Care Act includes $350 million in healthcare fraud-fighting funds. One new provision in the law requires those providers and suppliers wishing to participate in Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children's Health Insurance Program that have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Alberta off to World Championships
Edmonton SunFebruary 27, 2012

The appeal of Nedohin and her team of Beth Iskiw, Jessica Mair and Laine Peters, has also been the high-wire act they've had going all week, including winning the semifinal over four-time champion Jennifer Jones of Manitoba on a double measurement in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 22, 2012

These laws hijack the federal government's responsibility for immigration and have caused a civil-rights emergency. But Mr. Romney's response has been to condemn the Obama Justice Department for fighting them in court. Romney's opponents don't come off ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Fitch Downgrades Chester Community Charter School's (PA) Revs to 'BB'; Rating ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 24, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 24, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Fitch Ratings downgrades to 'BB' from 'BBB' the rating on approximately $57.4 million of outstanding charter school revenue bonds issued by the Delaware County Industrial Development Authority, PA (DCIDA) on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Don Philbin Receives BCDRC Distinguished Service Award for 2011
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

The Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center (BCDRC) honored Don Philbin with its Distinguished Service Award for 2011 at their annual volunteer appreciation dinner. BCDRC offers mediation services to businesses and residents of Bexar County and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PointRight unveils ClaimAnalytics solution
Insurance Business ReviewFebruary 28, 2012

Lexington-based PointRight has launched ClaimAnalytics, a new loss evaluation service to measure, assess and proactively defend litigation risk for long-term care providers and their insurance carriers. ClaimAnalytics applies to document the history of ...more »

Animal Law
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Senate passes Idaho animal cruelty bill
KIVI-TVFebruary 24, 2012

By Jennifer Auh The Senate overwhelmingly backed a bill that would charge repeat animal-cruelty offenders with a felony. The bill passed on a 31-1 vote Thursday, and it now heads to the house. The bill would make a 3rd animal-cruelty conviction within ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bit9 Announces New Platform To Stop Advanced Persistent Threats
Dark ReadingFebruary 28, 2012

The Bit9 Advanced Threat Protection Platform stops advanced persistent threats (APTs) as well as dangerous malware and protects enterprises against intellectual property (IP) theft. “The largest unsanctioned transfer of intellectual property in history ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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State lawyer helped net mortgage relief
News & ObserverFebruary 26, 2012

"Phil Lehman is the dean of consumer protection litigation in North Carolina," said Jerry Hartzell, a Raleigh attorney who specializes in consumer law. "His work with mortgage-lending practices and consumer lending have been noted not only throughout ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: “A bitter, but necessary pill.” Diverse campuses are more ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 29, 2012

Affirmative action has been a bitter, but necessary, pill. Designed to right a wrong, it began to provide opportunities for a portion of the population that has been unjustly denied access to education and opportunity. What began as a remedy for one ...more »

GE Aviation Expands Its U.S. Network of Operations
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- With its global business base growing, GE Aviation is expanding its manufacturing and research & development footprints in the United States with three new facilities to open by 2013. GE Aviation's production ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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CIBA calls for business and residential-friendly rent regime
Vibe GhanaFebruary 23, 2012

“The Rent Act 1963, (Act 220), which provides the law regulating affairs between landlords and tenants, is currently ineffective. Although this Act was promulgated to protect tenants, one cannot depend on this Act any longer.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US water systems face repair needs
San Diego Source (subscription)February 29, 2012

By BRIAN CHAPPATTA , Bloomberg News US public-water systems, about 85 percent-owned by municipalities, face credit risks as costs rise from a failure to invest in infrastructure and as demand outpaces supply, Standard & Poor's said.more »

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Renowned Litigator Steve Susman Launches "Trial by Agreement" Website
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Steve founded Susman Godfrey in 1980 after winning what was at the time the largest verdict in antitrust history. The 90 attorney firm has offices in Houston, Dallas, New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, and has been twice recognized by the American ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyer: Attackers didn't yell gay slurs in beating
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

... on the Internet appears to be the person filming the assault and not one of the attackers. Attorney Jay Abt also said Tuesday that his client, Dorian Moragne, knew the man who was beaten and that the beating does not appear to be a hate crime.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Army Probes Reversals of PTSD Diagnosis
MedPage TodayFebruary 22, 2012

By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today The US Army is investigating suggestions that diagnoses of posttraumatic stress disorder in 14 soldiers were changed to limit their eligibility for disability benefits. According to the army's Western ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Beware opening door to online surveillance, critics say
CTV.caFebruary 21, 2012

Computer hard drives, from closed criminal cases, sit on a shelf waiting to be wiped of information at the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center in Linthicum, Maryland, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011. (AP / Cliff Owen) OTTAWA — Opponents of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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RTÉ clip played in personal injury case
Irish TimesFebruary 18, 2012

A VIDEO clip on YouTube relating to RTÉ television's The Saturday Night Show was watched by a judge yesterday as part of the evidence in a personal injuries claim against the national broadcaster. Judge Jacqueline Linnane saw presenter Brendan O'Connor ...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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Scotland Yard launches investigation into doctors who agreed to illegal ... 24, 2012

Whatever an individual's opinion on abortion … laws in this country are decided by Parliament, not by individual doctors. If some professionals disagree with the law as it stands they should argue their case for change. Simply flouting them in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer defense
News & ObserverFebruary 24, 2012

But the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau went through as part of the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. Now the agency, headed by Richard Cordray, wants to expand its authority in an entirely appropriate way.more »

Real Estate Law
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King & Spalding Expands German Real Estate Tax Practice
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

Schilder will help build up the German arm of the firm's tax practice with a focus on real estate and investment tax law, support the continued growth of the firm's capital transactions and real estate practice in Frankfurt and strengthen the taxation ...more »

CB McGee restructures deal with Buffalo Bills
Wall Street JournalFebruary 23, 2012

AP Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee has agreed to restructure the final two years of his contract, providing the team salary relief if he continues to miss playing time. In exchange, McGee agreed to an incentive-laden deal based on him staying ...more »

Sports Law
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Syracuse accusers push for new NY sex abuse laws
NTVFebruary 28, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> Pa. judge rejects AG's request for out-of-county jury, says Sandusky can see grandkids More>> ALBANY, NY (AP) - The two former ball boys who accuse a fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach with molesting them ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutors Offer Alleged Motive In Case Against DC Defense Lawyer
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)February 13, 2012

Longtime criminal defense lawyer Charles Daum contends prosecutors in Washington haven't offered a motive to explain why he would jeopardize his career and his freedom to help a client charged with drug offenses. Daum and two criminal defense...more »

IRS Exam Techniques and Trends Including Audit Coverage of One in Every Eight ...
ForbesFebruary 11, 2012

The IRS contends that attorneys are actually preventing many examiners from wasting time on issues that will generate no income for the government. The presence of the IRS attorney is almost always behind the scenes. The IRS attorney will not be at the ...more »

Age Bias Claims Against Law Schools to Proceed
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 24, 2012

By RYAN ABBOTT WASHINGTON (CN) - A federal judge ruled that a law school professor suing six law schools for employment discrimination based on age must sue each of the schools separately and in their home districts. 62 year-old Nicholas Spaeth sued ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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SFA welcomes product-independent distribution rules
HedgeWeekFebruary 28, 2012

... as to make all erstwhile unsupervised asset managers subject to the prudential supervision of FINMA. To improve client protection in financial market law, FINMA proposes in its position paper that a package of regulatory measures be introduced.more »

Environmental Law
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Greenberg Traurig's Growing Global Energy and Infrastructure Practice Adds ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

... partner in charge of the energy practice at Borda y Quintana, SC Attorneys at Law in Mexico City. Borda's previous firm was one of only three firms ranked by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 in Energy & Natural Resources in Mexico in 2011 and 2012.more »

Wills & Probate
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Finance and marriage – should go together like a horse and carriage
CITY A.M.February 13, 2012

On death, joint bank accounts usually pass automatically to the surviving joint owner, and can therefore provide ready access to funds in advance of other assets passing under a will and through the probate process. During the marriage, joint bank ...more »

Family Law
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Proposition 8 Ruling Appealed: GOP House Leaders To Appeal California Gay ...
Huffington PostFebruary 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Three GOP congressional leaders are appealing a federal judge's ruling that declared a law prohibiting the government from recognizing same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional, according to court papers filed Friday.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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