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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senior Status Keeps Recht in 1st Circuit
Wheeling News RegisterFebruary 1, 2012

9 approval as a senior status judge allows him to preside over any docket throughout the state, as appointed. Essentially, his appointment has called him to fill the vacancy his retirement created. An administrative order signed by state Supreme Court ...more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 1, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration laws: Utah House blocks E-Verify bill
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 8, 2012

Stephen Sandstrom's bid to push an immigration measure with employer sanctions through the House failed narrowly Wednesday when fellow lawmakers refused to give him permission to open a bill file. The Orem Republican had been working on a measure ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Buckeye adds oil, gas industry classes
New Philadelphia Times ReporterFebruary 6, 2012

That's a volunteer organization comprised of major and independent operating companies, industry associations and educators with the purpose of developing a standardized orientation. VanFossen said welding, which has been available for years at Buckeye ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Business calendar feb. 6
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

In Winnipeg, Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., including its two operating divisions, MTS and Allstream, hosts an investor day and 2012 outlook webcast. TUESDAY Manitoba Quality Network presents Conflict Resolution: Learn to Manage Conflict More ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Schedules Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Release, Investor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

RENO, Nev., Feb 1, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL +0.47% , the holding company of U-Haul International Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina.more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...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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US affirmative action ban challenged
News24February 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

FDI in aviation: Allow foreign airlines to invest 49% in domestic carriers ...
Economic TimesFebruary 5, 2012

"A liberal FDI regime would pave the way for foreign airlines to participate in India's aviation sector and strengthen it. A comprehensive policy direction is needed to address the prevailing crisis and lay a path for future growth," CII said in a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Must Landlords Do to Evict Tenants?
Patch.comFebruary 6, 2012

I believe that the landlord/tenant laws for residential leases are pro-tenant. If the landlord's “ducks” are all in a row, then the landlord can get the eviction. If a duck falls out of line, then the landlord may have to start over.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Before the court is a Motion to Dismiss Complaint for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 7012 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure filed by defendants George Faris, ...more »

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Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Gerry Flynn, deputy president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said school boards of management faced potential litigation if an unqualified person gave inappropriate advice to students. Mr Flynn was speaking at the Oireachtas Committee ...more »

Business Law
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Gen X: Stuck in the Middle
Destination CRMFebruary 1, 2012

Data from the study has prompted Miller to label Gen X "the first generation to grow up in the Internet Era, and perhaps the most extensively wired generation in American history." So what exactly are Gen Xers doing on the Web?more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Panel decides against discharge in cover-up case
CanadianBusiness.comFebruary 2, 2012

(AP) — A military panel on Wednesday decided not to discharge a soldier convicted of covering up the slayings of Iraqi citizens after he testified he needed military medical benefits because he is HIV positive and struggled with substance abuse.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Blotter: Keithville man faces child porn charges
Shreveport TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations, state police and members of the North Louisiana Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. Myatt is accused of violating a state law forbidding a person to produce, ...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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Sister Wives family given go-ahead to sue Utah over bigamy law
Daily MailFebruary 5, 2012

By AP A federal judge has ruled there's sufficient evidence to allow a polygamous family made famous by a reality TV show to pursue a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Utah's bigamy law. US District Judge Clark Waddoups on Friday dismissed ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Federal Insurance Office Says Overdue Regulation Report Still Weeks Away
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the FIO, had specified that the study must be submitted to Congress not later than 18 months after the date of the Dodd-Frank Act's enactment. The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Roundup for 2.3.12
RichmondBizSenseFebruary 3, 2012

Quest Law, PLLC leased 2200 square feet in the Lee Medical Building at 1805 Monument Ave. in the City of Richmond. Team United Martial Arts leased 2048 square feet at 7542 W. Broad St. in Henrico County. Zinga! Frozen Yogurt leased 2000 square feet in ...more »

Snap-on Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

KENOSHA, Wis., Feb 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Snap-on Incorporated /quotes/zigman/241124/quotes/nls/sna SNA +0.97% , a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, equipment, diagnostics, repair information and systems solutions for ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports bodies resolve internet isn't TV
The AgeFebruary 8, 2012

This encapsulates the legal dilemma - no party wants to change the law as it affects consumers. Optus' TV Now service relies on provisions inserted into the act in 2006. Customers can remotely record and watch free-to-air television on delays of about ...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 »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #8: Tax and Tequila
ForbesFebruary 11, 2012

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. 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.more »

Axe plan for sex bias laws, says business
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

BUSINESS is demanding Labor dump a proposal to model new anti-discrimination laws on a key pillar of the Fair Work Act that has already burdened employers with a surge in speculative claims designed to force costly payouts. The government is developing...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rising regulatory risk squashing M&A deals, say advisers
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

Lawyers and bankers expect deal-making in the UK to be hit even harder by this aspect in future. "I would not be surprised if in 2012 that percentage comes out even higher," said Ajal Notowicz, head of M&A at UK-based law firm Dickson Minto.more »

Environmental Law
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Fuel tax twist to nuclear row
Utility WeekFebruary 22, 2012

The nuclear fuel tax - €145 per gramme of uranium or plutonium fuel - took effect on 1 January 2011 as a means to fund Germany's transition away from nuclear power and fossil fuels to renewable energy. The tax is triggered when new fuel rods are put ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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County OKs Workers Comp-Related Contracts
The Ann Arbor ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 meeting: (1) for the third-party administration of claims services for the workers' disability compensation program from 2012-2015; and (2) for excess workers' disability compensation insurance coverage from Feb. 1, 2012 through May 1, 2013.more »


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