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The Last Battle of the Cold War
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

His armies and factories were in the Soviet mold, as were his feared intelligence services. The Treaty of Brotherhood, Cooperation, and Coordination Hafez Assad forced on the hapless Lebanese in 1991 was vintage Warsaw Pact.more »

Nevada AG questions national foreclosure deal
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By Chris Sieroty States have until Friday to decide whether to accept a proposed nationwide settlement of a foreclosure investigation involving Bank of America Corp. and JP Morgan Chase & Co, among others, that may be worth as much as $25 billion.more »

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Administrative Law
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Gay Marriage Gets Hearing in New Jersey Assembly
Advocate.comFebruary 2, 2012

The same day, Governor Chris Christie, who supports the state's civil union law, reiterated his pledge to veto the marriage legislation and suggested that lawmakers put the issue to a public vote this fall in a referendum. His proposal, delivered with ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bills to create health-care exchanges halted
Lynchburg News and AdvanceFebruary 1, 2012

RICHMOND — Legislators and insurance lobbyists urged a House of Delegates committee to approve a bill Tuesday that would create a health-care exchange to comply with federal law, but the panel decided to wait. If the US Supreme Court were to uphold ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Walker's Union Law Saves Wisconsin Money as Teachers Quit School
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Turner said the law's impact varies with the availability of federal stimulus money, student enrollment, the overall financial health of districts and the status of their contracts -- the higher employee contributions don't begin until labor deals ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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63% in city say Mayawati govtfailed to check corruption
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The voters of Varanasi look at the crime scene as developing as 29% of them high-fives the government. Again, Kanpur voters (5%) are circumspect of Mayawati's stance on law and order control. Interestingly, 24% of Lucknow voters believe the current ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Persistent Systems Acquires Location Biz From Openwave Systems
DealCurryFebruary 2, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Openwave has a blue chip customer base spanning North America, Latin America, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.more »

Animal Law
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Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania
WTAE PittsburghFebruary 2, 2012

It's a horrible way to put an animal down. Horrible," said Ion. Kathy Bartlett, executive director of the Venango County Humane Society, said "It's not as cruel as some people say that it is." Senate Bill 1329, also known as Daniel's Law, would require ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property field is challenging
Montreal GazetteFebruary 3, 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
[read all news] Recognizes American Heart Month With Its Top 10 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012 provides comprehensive legal news and critical information for those affected by once-in-a-lifetime situations involving medical device lawsuits, personal injury, defective products, California overtime and labor issues or a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court to take new look at affirmative action
Washington TimesFebruary 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 »

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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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Text of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

Through tough new ethics laws, campaign finance reform, and establishing the ability to recall a corrupt governor, we have made Illinois a more ethical state. But we didn't stop there. By legalizing civil unions, by raising the standards of nursing ...more »

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Judge in Rajaratnam Insider Trading Trial to Step Down From Bench
New York TimesFebruary 7, 2012

By PETER LATTMAN Richard J. Holwell, the federal judge in Manhattan who presided over the insider trading case of the hedge fund manager Raj Rajaratnam, is stepping down from the bench to set up his own law firm. “I've had a great time on the bench,” ...more »

Business Law
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Charlie Morgan, Lesbian Service Member With Cancer, Asks John Boehner To Stop ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Charlie Morgan, left, and Karen at an October event of gays openly serving in the military. WASHINGTON -- A lesbian National Guardsman -- who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer and who fears time is running out for overturning the Defense of Marriage ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Danbury News TimesFebruary 2, 2012

... on charges he used his old company credit card to pay for his account, among other Internet bills. Remy Charmoz, 62, of Glengarry Road, Fairfield, was charged Jan. 26 with second-degree computer crime and illegal use of a credit card.more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
PR Web (press release)February 4, 2012

Sam Harding, a prominent Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who is also the owner of the Sam Harding Law Firm, whose Web site URL can be found at, hereby announces that he has been chosen as the host of a new radio call-in show ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patterson said the NDAA is part of "a long line of assaults on our liberties that provides an easy transition to Totalitarianism." Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal analysis but did not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Faulty Loans Top $72 Billion as Banks Seek Legal Deal: Mortgages
BusinessWeekFebruary 8, 2012

Chief Executive Officer Brian T. Moynihan has been hobbled by bad loans created at Countrywide Financial Corp., acquired in 2008 as the subprime home lender careened toward possible bankruptcy. The combined company, which once accounted for one in ...more »

Electric Aggregation Frequently Asked Questions
Ashton GazetteFebruary 8, 2012

A guaranteed savings may be negotiated with a supplier at the time of the bid and contract award. Q: What happens if the municipality cannot purchase or negotiate lower rates than ComEd? A: Your account would stay with the local utility.more »

Sports Law
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Letter, 2/5: Don't tax youth sports
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 5, 2012

Abbie Cornett, who is sponsoring a bill (LB903) to amend Nebraska tax law to exempt sports events for youths under 19 from sales taxes. She is right on the mark. The Feb. 2 article "Advocates: Tax hinders youths" exemplifies the need for getting our ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

Pres. Shelly to sign protection act
Farmington Daily TimesFebruary 16, 2012

Dennison advocated for the act after experiencing abuse and neglect following a car accident that left her with a spinal cord injury. "Her husband left her with all the bills and she was financially stuck with everything," said Hoskie Benally, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Parham Focuses Practice On Estate Law Complexities
Memphis Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Dries Estate law has become so complex that what an attorney calls his or her practice in the field has to have a certain precision. Attorney Michael R. Parham knew what he meant when he called his practice Parham Estate Planning.more »

Environmental Law
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Report Questions Eco-Friendliness of Biomass
WABEFebruary 15, 2012

ATLANTA, GA (WABE) - Climate scientists had always assumed biomass, or fuel created from processed trees, grass, and waste material, was carbon neutral and therefore eco-friendly. But a new study suggests the answer is a little more complicated and it ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Wicked LocalFebruary 1, 2012

A free senior legal planning workshop will be held from 2 to 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 2, and again at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Atty. Jonathan Graham's office, 8 Samoset St., Plymouth. Senior planning today is complex and changing.more »

Family Law
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Paralyzed local attorney runs own family law practice
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

For seven years, Lewis has maintained his family law practice. He provides his services pro bono because he must remain below 85 percent of the federal poverty level to keep his eligibility for Medicaid. But Lewis is unable to get in or out of bed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Gov: Slow Down Privatizing Workers Comp Insurer
KJCT8.comFebruary 3, 2012

John Hickenlooper and Colorado's only state-chartered workers compensation insurer have agreed to delay a proposal to privatize the company. Hickenlooper said Thursday more work needs to be done on the plan for Pinnacol Assurance.more »


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