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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 »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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STREET v. DIRECTOR OF REVENUE
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Craig A. Street filed a petition asking this Court to review the decision of the Administrative Hearing Commission (AHC) that denied Mr. Street's request for a refund of the local sales taxes the Missouri Director of Revenue required him to pay to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Lansley's NHS bill is unnecessary, incomprehensible and possibly illegal ...
Telegraph.co.uk (blog)February 1, 2012

In response to a letter signed by 56 medics saying that his proposals are vital, 365 doctors wrote to our letters page saying that the Health and Social Care Bill 2011 "threatens to derail and fragment the NHS into a collection of competing private ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Optus wins landmark sports broadcast case
ABC OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

CLARE GILL, OPTUS SPOKESWOMAN: This has been a win for Australians, for innovation and for the law. This is a product similar to things that you can do today. So we see this no different from any other personal video recording device.more »

Immigration Law
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JOEY KENNEDY: After the chat -- another busy day on the immigration law beat
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)February 1, 2012

By Joey Kennedy -- The Birmingham News After The Chat With Joey Kennedy: Unemployment, Immigration Law and Alabama's Economy BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- After the chat: Pulitzer Prize-winner Joey Kennedy and his readers discuss immigration law's impact on ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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'Year of Bible' sparking dispute
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

By Andrew M. Seder aseder@timesleader.com House Resolution 535 is another example of the fine line between religion and politics being blurred, according to local religious leaders and professors. The two-page resolution, adopted last week by a 193-0 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Summit tackles 'whiplash epidemic'
The Press AssociationFebruary 5, 2012

A summit of top cabinet ministers are to discuss ways to slash the number of whiplash claims forcing up car insurance premiums in Britain. Transport Secretary Justine Greening, Health Secretary Andrew Lansley, Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A New Question of Internet Freedoms
New York TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Now they are putting that knowledge to use in an effort to defeat new global rules for intellectual property. In the American protests , Web sites including Wikipedia went dark Jan. 18, and about four million people signed online petitions opposing the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WR Grace proposes $19.5 million settlement in Libby asbestos case
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

KALISPELL — A proposed settlement in the WR Grace and Co. bankruptcy case would pay $19.5 million into a trust for people sickened by asbestos exposure from the company's now-shuttered vermiculite plant in Libby. Jon Heberling, the attorney...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Ludicrous Lawsuit
Harvard CrimsonFebruary 8, 2012

But while the student's individual case may be impossible to prove, it is likely that overall, Asians are rarely the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action. Yet this particular case bears no evidence of undue discrimination and can at the most ...more »

ADAC and Etihad CEO's to open important aviation event
Travel Daily News InternationalFebruary 1, 2012

Nigel Mayes, VP & Commercial for UBM Aviation Routes, organiser of World Routes, said: “Air service development is fundamental to the prosperity of cities and regions around the world, as well as the growth of the airports that serve these regions.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants priced out of their homes by Olympics as landlords cash in
MetroFebruary 2, 2012

Tenants are being driven out of their homes during the Olympics so their landlords can cash in on soaring rents. Even long-term residents have been told they will be evicted because of the shortage of accommodation expected in London in July and August ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bob Barker at Canada AM in April, 2011
Castanet.netFebruary 2, 2012

"In this respect, the more than doubtful treatment of Mrs. Francois sends a very bad signal." The union, part of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says Beaudet was simply doing his job as a labour rep and standing up for a worker.more »

Litigation
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Little Falls planning board resolves years of litigation with developer
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

2 resolved years of litigation between Edward Schumacher, a local developer, and the township. Schumacher had sued the township after the planning board in 2006 denied an application for town homes he proposed to build on Woods Road, Stephen Eisdorfer, ...more »

Business Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ...
al.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The Generals' Secret: Egypt's Ambivalent Market
Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceFebruary 9, 2012

Rather, he resents the potential of privatization to encroach on the military's vast economic empire. In Upper Egypt, the ambiguity in the economy for the benefit of the military elite becomes more conspicuous. While in Cairo the civilian parliament ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Iran chokes Internet at politically sensitive time
Khaleej TimesFebruary 13, 2012

Attempts to get on Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo and foreign news pages were either met with an Iranian page saying in Farsi that “Access to this page is a violation of computer crime laws” or the connection was slowed to such an extent to make it nearly ...more »

Personal Injury
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Remit of injuries board may extend to medical negligence
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

A PROPOSAL to extend the remit of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board to include medical negligence claims is being discussed by the Department of Health. The aim of the non-judicial process would be to speed up compensation cases and cut costs.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Improving consumer protection laws
The Sun DailyFebruary 12, 2012

The purpose of the Act is to reform the trade description law, and it replaces the Trade Description Act 1972 (1972 Act). The 2011 Act aims to promote good trade practices by prohibiting false trade descriptions and false or misleading statements, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State asks homeowners to stop deducting some taxes
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

The California Franchise Tax Board is leaning on taxpayers and tax preparers to start complying with a widely ignored law that prevents property owners from deducting certain real estate taxes on their income tax returns. Many tax preparers are telling ...more »

Sidley Austin Elects Six in Washington, D.C. to Partnership
Citybizlist (press release)February 6, 2012

The office's lawyers help clients navigate US and international regulatory law and public policies that affect the way business is conducted both in the US and around the globe. Key practice areas in the Washington, DC office include appellate, ...more »

Sports Law
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Ind. liquor law could crimp Super Bowl party hosts
KLTVFebruary 1, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> By JIM SUHR AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Super Bowl tailgaters who wait until the last minute to buy alcohol could be out of luck. Indiana is one of only a handful of states that outlaw liquor sales on Sundays.more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

CÉGEP students say new law is discrimination
CJADFebruary 17, 2012

Quebec's CÉGEP students say a new provincial law is discriminatory and they'll fight it in court. The province announced today that it will impose zero-alcohol policy on all drivers under 21, starting April 15th. George Iny, with the Automobile ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Your Uninsurable Long-Term Care Insurance Client
LifeHealthProFebruary 16, 2012

For awhile, it looked as if a component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) program, would create an option for uninsurable individuals.more »

Environmental Law
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Golf cart laws evolve | Editorial
Whidbey News-TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, got a law passed last year allowing people to drive golf carts in properly established golf cart zones. The idea was hatched by people living around the now-defunct Holmes Harbor Golf Course in Freeland, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Health on the Rocks? Estate Planning Can Put Your Mind at Ease
EIN News (press release)February 29, 2012

Yet, most of them do not have legal documents in place that will assist in safeguarding their health, protecting their autonomy and properly administering their property should they become unable to express their wishes. Although everyone can benefit ...more »

Family Law
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Legal forums return Feb. 16
Cleveland Daily BannerFebruary 2, 2012

The year's first forum topic will be “Family Law Issues,” the same subject covered in the event's inaugural session. It has returned by “popular demand,” as has the entire Community Legal Forum concept, Tapper explained. Joining Tapper on the “Family ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp fraud nets 18 suspects
Bizjournals.comFebruary 8, 2012

A West Seneca man was among 18 people arrested from 13 counties in a state crackdown on workers' compensation fraud. John Czechowski was charged with third degree insurance fraud, grand larceny, offering a false instrument for filing and workers' ...more »

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