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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Wisconsin bill would limit victim testimony to trials
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 13, 2012

Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, the bill's chief sponsor in the Senate, said the change would streamline the hearing process. An array of law enforcement organizations and victim advocacy groups have lined up behind the measure, including the Wisconsin ...more »

Health Care Law
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Are health reform laws working?
Reno Gazette JournalFebruary 29, 2012

During the next two years, the implementation of various national and state-level activities, such as the development of the Silver State Health Insurance Exchange in Nevada, will move us closer to a time in which most US citizens and legal US ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Education law signed locally fading away
Middletown JournalFebruary 10, 2012

By Richard O Jones, Staff Writer 8:17 PM Thursday, February 9, 2012 As President Barack Obama prepared to announced a plan Thursday to give 10 states flexibility from the mandates of No Child Left Behind Act, Republicans introduced legislation to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Tough laws don't make illegal immigrants 'self-deport'
Arizona Daily SunFebruary 25, 2012

"It doesn't benefit anyone for Hispanics to not call the police ... the fact is those crimes are going to spread." Kobach agreed with at least part of the report, that illegal immigrants do sometimes relocate to states with lesser immigration laws, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Underground Atlanta developer bets on another gambling plan
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

The Georgia Lottery board of directors, appointed by the governor, can legally approve video gaming in the state without the Legislature, O'Leary said. The lottery board declined to act three years ago but then-Attorney General Thurbert Baker gave an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Canadian amateur positive for testosterone
Cyclingnews.comFebruary 9, 2012

The final decision of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre arbitrator was only provided on January 23 after a nearly 6 month process. He has been given a two year ban from the sport in line with the WADA code. John Tolkamp, President of the Canadian ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Manulife takes loss, Great-West profit jumps
ReutersFebruary 9, 2012

Great-West took a C$225 million litigation provision in 2010 when it was embroiled in a lawsuit surrounding the financing of its 1997 takeover of London Insurance Group. The company said on Thursday it re-evaluated and reduced that provision.more »

Animal Law
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New law ends 'pit bull' tag
Toledo BladeFebruary 22, 2012

John Kasich signed the new law on dogs Tuesday. It will take effect on May 20. Lucas County Dog Warden July Lyle, right, with a pit bull. THE BLADE/ANDY MORRISON Enlarge | Photo Reprints COLUMBUS -- Gov. John Kasich signed a bill Tuesday morning ending ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Posedge Announces NVM Express Compliant Flash Controller IP Core
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 27, 2012

Posedge Inc., a leading supplier of Wired/Wireless Secure Networking Semiconductor Intellectual Property solutions provider has expanded its NAND Flash Controller IP portfolio by announcing the availability of NVM Express compliant Flash Controller IP ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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CONSOL Energy Idles Longwall Mining at Blacksville No. 2 Mine
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

... the impacts of various asbestos litigation claims; increased exposure to employee related long-term liabilities; our accruals for obligations for long-term employee benefits are based upon assumptions which, if inaccurate, could result in our being ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court will consider challenge to affirmative action at University of Texas
Washington PostFebruary 21, 2012

The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in admissions. This time around, a more conservative court is being asked to ...more »

Russia fires first shot in EU aviation emissions trade war
The GuardianFebruary 22, 2012

Simmering tensions between the EU and the group of countries opposed to the bloc's expansion of its emissions trading scheme (ETS) to include aviation increased further today, after officials signalled that the so-called "coalition of the unwilling" ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant - not landlord - in a fix after violations go unaddressed
Philadelphia Daily NewsFebruary 23, 2012

Seems like a case of the system working the way it should to protect a citizen from a slacker landlord, right? But the system gives landlords a generously long time to fix code violations. It is not as patient with problem tenants.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RBI warns on bad loans, but says situation not alarming
LivemintFebruary 14, 2012

After declining continuously between fiscal years 1995-96 and 2007-08, the total stock of bad loans at banks has risen sharply, RBI deputy governor Anand Sinha said in his keynote address at the fifth Mint Annual Banking Conclave in Mumbai on Tuesday.more »

Litigation
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Voice of Texas Voters Fades With Long Redistricting Litigation
Neon TommyFebruary 27, 2012

"There's been a lot of dismay about the whole process mainly because, while we've had a lot of redistricting litigation in Texas for forty years, this is the first time that it has effected everything because of the whole primary delay," said Li.more »

Business Law
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Democrat to D.C. Metro: Drop anti-Obama ad
Politico (blog)February 29, 2012

“It has come to my attention that an ad for a film disparaging the health reform law which includes the phrase 'go to h[—-] Barack' was recently placed in the Clarendon Metro stop in Arlington, Va.,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wrote the general manager of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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It's money that matters
CNN (blog)February 13, 2012

By Adam Levine With today's budget for 2013 comes the latest sign of how the Obama administration wants to reshape the military going forward to deal both with the changing nature of threats to the US and a scaled back military budget.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Telcoms Regulator Signs Deal With ITU On Cyber Security
AllAfrica.comFebruary 24, 2012

The project would create a team to deal with online crimes from a central desk. Currently, each ministry handles its computer or Internet security separately, which has exposed them to cyber attacks, ranging from defacement to hacking of government ...more »

Personal Injury
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Irving TX Personal Injury Attorney - The Dashner Law Firm - Launches New Website
Einnews PortugalFebruary 29, 2012

The Dashner Law Firm specializes in personal injury accident cases involving automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, pedestrians, construction environments, mesothelioma exposure and work-related injuries. The Irving TX personal injury attorney also provides ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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President Obama's health care law is unraveling
Daily CallerFebruary 29, 2012

We've also come to learn just how grossly underestimated the cost of the new law really was. The Department of Health and Human Services has already received and spent the entirety of its $1 billion budget to implement state-based health care exchanges ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
ReutersFebruary 23, 2012

AVOIDING COSTS The primary targets of the lawsuits aren't so much the former executives' wallets, but rather the insurance policies most banks take out to shield their officers and directors from claims of negligent management, according to court ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US anti-outsourcing rhetoric seen to escalate
ABS CBN NewsFebruary 19, 2012

Tim Bishop's proposed US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act, which would require the US Department of Labor to track firms that shift contact center jobs overseas. The firms would then be ineligible for any direct or indirect US federal loans or ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Black money: Panel suggests tougher law
MSN IndiaFebruary 29, 2012

To rein in black money transactions in the real estate sector, the panel has recommended that pre- emptive purchase of immovable property be reintroduced in the IT law. Similarly, the bullion and jewellery sectors are seen as a big consumer and ...more »

The People: Feb. 6, 2012
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Prior's focus is primarily in labor and employment law, providing litigation defense and extensive preventative counseling to clients in all areas of his practice. Schuttert's practice is concentrated in products liability defense, ...more »

Sports Law
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County looking at law firms for negotiating new stadium lease
Buffalo NewsFebruary 10, 2012

His plan is to award a contract by Feb. 24 in preparation of lease talks for the county-owned Ralph Wilson Stadium to begin after the Bills complete an architectural study of stadium needs. Poloncarz has said the County Attorney's Office — which has ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Flamboyant Attorney Jimmy Binns Plans Lawsuit Against NJ Town After His Arrest
CBS LocalFebruary 27, 2012

By Steve Tawa MARGATE, NJ (CBS) — High-profile Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer Jimmy Binns didn't like the feel of handcuffs when he was arrested in Margate last December, after he disabled a neighbor's air conditioning units that may have been ...more »

Leaders of Clark County teachers union see big jump in pay
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Each earned between $139785 and $208683 for a total of $1.5 million, according to the Clark County Education Association's report to the IRS. John Jasonek, then executive director, got $208683 for running the union but also received $423863 from two ...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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Law Protects Fund Companies From Investors
Barron'sFebruary 11, 2012

"I'm not surprised the SEC filed an amicus brief," says Barry Barbash, partner and head of the asset-management group for law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Barbash also served as the SEC's director of investment management from 1993 to 1998.more »

Environmental Law
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Gingrich in Washington
The Seattle TimesFebruary 26, 2012

He drew derisive laughs when talking about the Obama administration's efforts to support alternative energy, such as fuel made of algae. Noting the president's recent speech in which he said there is no "silver bullet" to solve high energy prices, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Columbia Star
Columbia StarFebruary 16, 2012

Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012 will open February 24 in the Lipscomb Art Gallery, SC State Museum and run through August 26. 898-4921 or southcarolinastatemuseum.org. Columbia Museum of Art will host the 2012 Gala, the CHAIRity Ball, Friday, ...more »

Family Law
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Hawaii Law Office of Mei Nakamoto Proudly Welcomes Erin M. Kobayashi
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 28, 2012

Erin M. Kobayashi joined the firm as an associate attorney, with a solid knowledge base and experience that will add value to the Honolulu divorce firm devoted to family law. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMERIND Expands Partnership with Ravello Solutions by Adding Workman's ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 16, 2012

AMERIND is a top flight organization with a critical mission and we are proud to support its mission and goals” Andy Serowitz, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Ravello has a long history in the Workers Compensation sector.more »

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