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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama shows contempt for judicial process
Sonoran NewsFebruary 1, 2012

... and Dr. Orly Taitz presented their cases before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi regarding Barack Obama's constitutional ineligibility and their respective requests to have him stricken from the Georgia primary ballot.more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare law protests over birth control coverage
News 10NBCFebruary 4, 2012

President Obama's health care law is causing protest among religious groups, including the Catholic Church, with new requirements for birth control coverage. Under the law, employers who offer health insurance to their employees will be required to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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A Proposal: War Powers Act Should be Amended to Cover Drones, Libya-Style Wars
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

The War Powers Act, however, requires the President to terminate any deployment within 60 to 90 days unless authorized by Congress. Democrats like John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich were joined by Republicans like Speaker John Boehner, Walter Jones and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. Plan Roils Debate in Immigration Guru's State
ABC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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ND oil panel draws crowd
Black Hills PioneerFebruary 3, 2012

As for the city of Belle Fourche, he advised they stop selling off property and do what they can to keep an inventory for industrial development available at all times, and do what they can to attract affordable housing developments.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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WSO2 Workshop on Architectural Approaches to Implementing ESBs for Enterprise ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

WSO2 will explore SOA and integration best practices in a technical workshop that examines how SOA principles and an ESB model are used to properly implement a service broker pattern delivering connectivity, mediation, process orchestration, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 1, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit...more »

Animal Law
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Seaboard Corporation Pig Treatment Challenged By Humane Society Investigation...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Legal action is underway following an undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States that has alleged inhumane treatment at a pig breeding facility linked to the nation's largest grocer, Walmart. On January 31, HSUS filed ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Field Analyzed At Chabad
Chabad InfoFebruary 5, 2012

The settlement this week of a $250-million lawsuit over a decade-long fight for the use of the trademark name Target for retail stores in Canada is just the tip of the iceberg in the fast moving and lucrative world of intellectual property (IP) law.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
Boston.comFebruary 14, 2012

February 13, 2012|Terence Chea, AP Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American ...more »

Sensex witnesses choppy session; Aviation stocks surge
Bloomberg UTVFebruary 1, 2012

Aviation stocks rallied after state-run oil marketing companies cut jet fuel prices by over 3%, with effect from midnight, 31 January 2012, as an appreciating rupee made imports cheaper. Index heavyweight RIL, extended Tuesday's gains as the company's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Preserving rental income streams: the end of grandfathering provisions
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

In the current economic climate, the preservation and maximisation of rental income continues to be crucial as capital values of investment properties achieve slow growth. Under the Goods and Services Tax (Jersey) Law 2007, a landlord of commercial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AMR Poised to Open Labor Talks With 10000 Job Cuts Possible
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

29 Chapter 11 filing to chip away at what the company says is a disadvantage in labor spending to competitors that relied on court protection to shed costs and boost productivity in the past decade. If AMR can't get unions to go along, the airline can ...more »

Litigation
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Paris eyes litigation over gravel pit right-of-way
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Tony Reaves, Staff Writer PARIS — The Board of Selectmen is considering legal action against a landowner who has asserted that he can block certain uses of a right-of-way through his land. At a special meeting Monday night, board members discussed ...more »

Business Law
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Prepaid phone card marketers to pay 2.32 million over false claims about total ...
ConsumerReports.org (blog)February 1, 2012

The settlement does not constitute an admission by the defendant that the law was violated. Last May, the FTC filed a complaint in US District Court in New Jersey, charging that the defendants targeted immigrants using calling cards such as Africa ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lesbian Army Vet Sues Feds After Wife Denied Military Benefits
CBS LocalFebruary 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A US Army veteran has filed a lawsuit against the federal government after her wife was denied military benefits. Tracey Cooper-Harris, an Iraq War veteran who has served in the Army for 12 years, announced the lawsuit in Los ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," said 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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Blitz on bogus injury claims that bump up insurance bills
Evening StandardFebruary 1, 2012

A campaign was launched today to crack down on bogus personal injury claims which have added millions to the cost of insurance for the honest. It is aimed at re-educating the public to claim legitimately. Lawyers say dubious practices blight the entire ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Senegal's Wade risks revolt
euronewsFebruary 1, 2012

He is now in position to run for a third term, after a favourable ruling by Senegal's constitutional court just days ago. It accepted that the constitution's two-term limit does not apply to him because it became law during his second term.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Santorum doles out tough medicine on drug costs
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

What a dope. by mryoubrian February 2, 2012 4:54 AM EST "Back in 1994, when Santorum was in Congress and running for the Senate, he introduced HR 3918, which would have capped non-economic damages awarded by juries in medical malpractice cases at ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Overbooking: what are your rights?
Independent OnlineFebruary 17, 2012

What are the rights and obligations that consumers and suppliers hold with respect to overbookings and cancellation of bookings? The Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 (CPA) has come to the rescue of consumers who are unfortunate enough to be on the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Kathryn Cochrane Murphy of Brookline elected secretary of American College of ...
Wicked LocalFebruary 6, 2012

By Anonymous The Boston law firm of Krokidas & Bluestein has announced that partner Kathryn Cochrane Murphy of Brookline has been elected as secretary of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. ACREL is the premier organization of US real estate...more »

Clean Energy Opens LNG Fueling Station in Seville, Ohio to Support Truck Fleet ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

This station is on the leading edge of the natural gas highway that Clean Energy is developing across the United States over the next two years. We believe natural gas will be a mainstream alternative to diesel for class 8 truck fuel, because natural ...more »

Sports Law
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Valentine's Day: Famous Sports Couples to Break Up
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 8, 2012

Their names might not seem familiar right off the bat, but their divorce was very public and ugly, and with a whopping $20.6 million in legal bills, was reported to be one of the most expensive divorces in California's history.more »

Criminal Defense
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PA Supreme Court lifts the emergency stay on Horner murder trial
WJAC JohnstownFebruary 2, 2012

Authorities said Horner robbed the Subway on 58th Street in Altoona in April 2009, when he shot and killed a 19-year-old employee, injured another worker and fatally shot a 64-year-old bystander as he fled the crime scene. Horner's defense attorney...more »

Your money: Last-minute tax tips
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward helping avoid an IRS audit. Get help. Don't have time to figure out all the ongoing changes to tax regulations? Don't have the interest? Then get the help of a professional tax preparer immediately after ...more »

Important Ruling in Livermore Lab Case Preserves Age Discrimination Claims of ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 23, 2012

According to Gary Gwilliam of the law firm of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, which represents the plaintiffs in this case, "The court's ruling that age discrimination is formally back in the case is good news, and we are convinced that we ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Controversial bill would allow police to keep more crime details secret
MyrtleBeachOnline.comFebruary 16, 2012

“This goes a long way in creating a secret police operation in South Carolina,” said Jay Bender, a Columbia lawyer and USC media law professor who has for decades argued open government cases in courts. He represents numerous media organizations, ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Bain of Obamas existence: Solyndra audit coming this week
Houston Chronicle (blog)February 5, 2012

The White House is expected to release late this week its audit of Energy Dept. loans to alternative energy firms. The audit was ordered up last October by former White House chief of staff Bill Daley an effort to stanch the political bleeding from the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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HODGE v. CICHON
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

This is a negligence action founded in legal malpractice. The plaintiffs, Appellants herein, alleged that the defendant lawyers were negligent in failing to properly implement an estate plan for an estate of which Appellants were beneficiaries.more »

Family Law
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Workers Compensation
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Key Risk Introduces Essentials Risk Management
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC, Feb 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Key Risk, a leading provider of workers compensation products and services in the Eastern United States, today introduced Essentials Risk Management, an innovative approach to workers compensation that ...more »

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