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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Tests spot kids' hearing loss early
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 19, 2012

Since July, it has been part of a state pilot program funded by a grant through the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach initiative, which is trying to identify hearing problems in young children through periodic hearing screenings. Indiana law requires ...more »

Health Care Law
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Website helps firms with health care law
Modesto BeeFebruary 29, 2012

By Mark Glover A group of California business organizations launched a website to help business operators understand the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Health Law Guide for Business site at – is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Highland Park Michigan school district faces closure threat
World Socialist Web SiteFebruary 23, 2012

Michigan's Public Act 4 law, giving expanded powers to emergency managers, is thoroughly undemocratic. It gives EMs the right to void union contracts, impose budget cuts and sell city assets. At the same time, the Democratic Party establishment and the ...more »

Immigration Law
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State Officials Have Concerns About ”Secure Communities”
NBC ConnecticutFebruary 20, 2012

AP Opponents of Alabama's immigration law gather for a rally outside the Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. The group was calling for the repeal of HB56 which is considered to be among the strongest immigration laws in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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France plans new genocide bill
euronewsFebruary 29, 2012

“It is an important decision and development. The French Constitutional Court made the right decision from the view of international law, human rights and European values which all of us defend.” The Council says the bill infringes freedom of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DR sub-committee gears up to resolve thorny issues
Himalayan TimesFebruary 16, 2012

KATHMANDU: A meeting of the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee under the Constitutional Committee (CC) held on Thursday has concluded to resolve the contentious issues seen in constitution drafting process. The meeting decided to hold further ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Penn State Sues PMA Insurance Co. Over Legal Costs From Sexual Abuse Lawsuit
Insurance News Net (press release)February 17, 2012

Oshinsky compared the reasoning behind the complaint to litigation stemming from asbestos and environmental cases, which he said generally involved insurance companies trying to limit how much coverage it should be required to provide.more »

Animal Law
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Betrayal: Pressure mounts on Lloyds to act on all animal insurance policies
This is MoneyFebruary 25, 2012

Hardship: Some animal lovers have had massive bill since Halifax axed policies lasting 'the lifetime of your pet'. Chris Law's dog, Sally, has died since he won a payout following the withdrawal of his pet cover 'But while I was trying to come to terms ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Monsanto, Apple, Hermes, Elsevier: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 28, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Updates with Elsevier in Copyright section.) Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BP Oil Spill Trial Postponed
ABC News (blog)February 27, 2012

“This is the biggest liability suit in the history of the world,” New Orleans environmental litigation attorney Stuart Smith said. “Just writing a check for this is not that easy. The damages are still occurring, and the oil is still washing up on the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action case to be heard by U.S. top court
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 22, 2012

The US Supreme Court said Tuesday it would rule on whether universities can use an applicant's racial profile to achieve a more diverse student population, an issue it considered nine years ago. In 2008, Abigail Fisher, who is white, ...more »

Kingfisher cannot be closed down: Aviation Minister
Hindu Business LineFebruary 29, 2012

PTI Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines cannot be closed down just because it is making losses and banks are not helping it out with funds, the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, has said. “You can't close down a company because they are making losses ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The right to a civil lawyer
San Francisco Bay GuardianFebruary 29, 2012

That's one reason landlords tend to win eviction cases against low-income people: If the tenant can't find free legal help, it's high-priced landlord lawyer who knows all the tricks against poor tenant who has no idea how to respond to a summons and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Finance official: SME Bank 'misstated' bad loans in portfolio
Bangkok PostFebruary 23, 2012

The Small and Medium Enterprise Development Bank of Thailand (SME Bank) has manipulated its accounts to understate the level of bad loans in its credit portfolio, says a Finance Ministry official. The source said an examination by the Bank of Thailand ...more »

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SFL Data Experts Earn Relativity Certified Administrator Status to Help Ensure ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 27, 2012

SFL Data, the first provider of a fixed-price e-discovery managed service for corporations and law firms, today announced that Lead Litigation Support Analyst Rich Regio and Litigation Support Analyst Christine Tocalino have achieved Relativity ...more »

Business Law
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Luxottica Upbeat for 2012, Facebook to Pitch New Ad Model, Platinum Lures ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 29, 2012

WSJ Facebook is expected to detail its new advertising model today. AllThingsD Facebook Timeline has arrived for brand Pages, but there are some dangerous pitfalls organizations must avoid in order to take full advantage of the feature.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Holder won't defend limit on gay military benefits
Boston.comFebruary 18, 2012

February 17, 2012|Nedra Pickler, AP The Obama administration is extending its decision to stop defending an anti-gay marriage law to provisions affecting same-sex couples in the military. The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act requires the Pentagon ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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US, UK lawful access implementation full of flaws
PC AdvisorFebruary 23, 2012

In one notable case, no less than 208 officers and staff received legal caution for viewing computer records related to a high profile crime. In another, a staff member was dismissed for discussing policing information on Facebook.more »

Personal Injury
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MOBILE DOCTORS GROUP PLC : Legal Costs Push Up Car Insurance Premiums, ABI Claims
4-tradersFebruary 27, 2012

According to the latest figures released by the Association of British Insurers (ABI), legal fees in personal injury and whiplash claims are costing UK motorists up to £2.4 million a day in extra insurance premium costs. This means that a staggering ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Public battle begins over redistricting constitutional amendment
WNYCFebruary 29, 2012

“A veto is essentially a spanking – it stings, but it's temporary, and will not ultimately stop the bad behavior when Cuomo is no longer governor,” said Justin Levitt, Associate Professor of Law at Loyola Law School, in a statement after a conference ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Company briefs | Law firm celebrates 75th year
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 13, 2012

SARASOTA -- The law firm of Dickinson & Gibbons, PA is celebrating its 75 year anniversary. The firm has an emphasis on litigation and trial practice and clients represent every industry and trade. The firm's practice areas include construction, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB wants authority over two more industries
Legal News LineFebruary 17, 2012

Madigan is participating in a program within the CFPB, which was created by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, that targets scams against the elderly. State AGs have been given the power to enforce federal law by the CFPB.more »

Real Estate Law
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King & Spalding Expands German Real Estate Tax Practice
Marketwire (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 »

New Jersey Legislation Expands State's Cooperative Purchasing Options
PR Web (press release)February 13, 2012

Recently, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed PL2011, c.139 into law, allowing all government agencies including K-12 school districts, local governments and non-profit organizations to use contracts awarded by national cooperative purchasing ...more »

Sports Law
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Voting on key 2014 World Cup bill delayed further
CBC.caFebruary 29, 2012

The commission partially approved the proposed law on Tuesday, but some key points — including the sale of alcohol inside stadiums — were going to be voted on separately on Wednesday in Sao Paulo. Congressmen said they had to postpone the vote until ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Firing in defense at party puts man in trouble
Delmarva NowFebruary 29, 2012

Defense attorney Sharri Mapp admitted her client had a lengthy criminal history but said the bulk of it was because of drugs. "You have been in a lot of trouble over the years," said Judge W. Revell Lewis III, "You come out and you do he same thing ...more »

IRS Threatens to Shut Down Medical Cannabis
PR Web (press release)February 23, 2012

Twelve medical cannabis states form a national alliance, 280E Reform, to challenge US IRS Tax Code 280E. The 280E Reform effort plans to bring an end to the current IRS campaign to close medical cannabis dispensaries. We are going to challenge this tax ...more »

South Florida job discrimination charges set record
Sun-SentinelFebruary 24, 2012

Often, charges involve both retaliation and sexual harassment. On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against a Piloto Photo Center in Miami for sexual harassment. Women working at the photo center were subjected to graphic sexual comments and demeaning name ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pennsylvania DEP Citizens' Advisory Council Appoints New Executive Director
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Citizens' Advisory Council to the Department of Environmental Protection announced today the appointment of Marjorie Hughes as its executive director. Hughes, who most recently served as chief of DEP's ...more »

Environmental Law
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Should Flagler Beach quench bonfires?
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 19, 2012

All are designated as either threatened or endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The next step could be extinction. Three of those species nest right here on our beaches in Flagler County. Loggerheads are the most common; 90 percent of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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15 Second Pitch: Flatiron Legal Advisors LLC
Daily CameraFebruary 25, 2012

The company's pitch: Flatiron Legal Advisors specializes in cost-conscious divorce, family law, wills and trusts, conservatorships, guardianships, probate, business formations and real estate transactions. We offer reasonable flat rates for many ...more »

Family Law
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Fatal school fight between two girls was over boy, family says
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 26, 2012

"My sister-in-law rushed her to the ER, and two hours later she's gone," Cervantes told the station. "It's just sad. Very sad." Deputy Chief Robert Luna said the cause of Joanna's death remains “undetermined” but offered more details on the physical ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 24, 2012

William L. Davis, Jr. (Claimant) petitions for review of the April 1, 2011, order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the decision of a workers' compensation judge (WCJ) that denied Claimant's modification and review petitions, ...more »


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