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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge's ruling expected today in Fulton school abuse case
WGCL AtlantaFebruary 1, 2012

By Jeff Chirico - email An administrative court judge's ruling is expected to be handed down Wednesday in a case that could cost the Fulton County School System millions of dollars. In November, an attorney for the family of Alex Williams argued in a ...more »

Health Care Law
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AP Interview: Top Ill. official says lawmakers must act to avert Medicaid 'crisis'
Chicago TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

Aren't we prohibited by federal law from tightening current eligibility requirements? A. Last year, in the Medicaid reform law, the Legislature turned the All Kids program into a "most kids" program. They capped children's eligibility at 300 percent of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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House OK's Stricter Voter ID Laws as Hundreds Protest
Williamsburg Yorktown DailyFebruary 2, 2012

“We know that these voter suppression activities are designed with a strategic purpose in mind,” said Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones. “This is a systemic approach to suppressing the voting power of those who turned Virginia blue in 2008,” when the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Proposed bills target Alabama immigration law
Birmingham Business JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Opponents of Alabama's tough immigration law are moving swiftly to repeal – or at least voice their displeasure with – the controversial legislation in the 2012 legislative session that kicks off tomorrow. As of Monday, two bills had already been filed ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Small business committee to hold first Red Tape Watch meeting
WGCL AtlantaFebruary 2, 2012

By Jennifer Banks - email By Christopher King - email The Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation held a hearing on how to streamline governmental red tape - regulations many believe are smothering small business owners and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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THIRD PARTY SUMMONS ORCHARD POINTE CONDOMINIUM VS. THE RYLAND GROUP
Hastings Star GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The additional reserves relate to excess workers' compensation policies Repwest either wrote or assumed from other insurance carriers between 1983 and 2003. These policies cover risks totally unrelated to U-Haul's core moving and storage business and ...more »

Animal Law
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CHP deputies propose animal rights draft law
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)February 2, 2012

Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputies Umut Oran and Melda Onur have prepared a draft law that includes important amendments to the Animal Protection Law. Oran proposed prison sentences ranging from one to six years for those found guilty of ...more »

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

Regulators have increased scrutiny of intellectual property rights, with EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia saying last month that he wanted to ensure patents weren't used to block rivals' expansion. He is also probing Honeywell International Inc. and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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LawyersandSettlements.com Recognizes American Heart Month With Its Top 10 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

LawyersandSettlements.com 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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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 »

EPIC Aviation Selects Allegro Trading & Risk Management Solution
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

DALLAS, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of energy trading and risk management (ETRM) software, announced today that EPIC Aviation (EPIC) has selected the Allegro 8 platform to support its jet fuel and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

Litigation
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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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IN THE MATTER OF DICKEY
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

In addition, respondent agrees to complete the Legal Ethics and Practice Program Ethics School and Advertising School within six (6) months of the date of the order imposing discipline. We accept the agreement, issue a public reprimand, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. WASHINGTON—A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ephrata man charged in child-pornography case
Lancaster NewspapersFebruary 1, 2012

Ortenzi is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a national group that targets online exploitation of children. He initiated the investigation, police said. Police obtained a search warrant that was served by members of the Lancaster ...more »

Personal Injury
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Jogger sues paralympians over injuries caused during morning run
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 10, 2012

By GARY DIMMOCK, The Ottawa Citizen February 9, 2012 7:47 PM Top Canadian paralympians Jon and Jason Dunkerley (pictured) are facing a personal-injury lawsuit for crashing into another runner on a morning jog along the Rideau Canal in 2010.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Law — right to bear arms — qualified immunity
Wisconsin Law JournalFebruary 2, 2012

United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit Civil Constitutional Law -- right to bear arms -- qualified immunity While Wisconsin law was in flux regarding the legality of openly carrying firearms, officers who arrested the plaintiff for ...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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Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Alert - SEC Revises "Qualified Client ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 18, 2012

[2] According to Section 205(a)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act (the "Act"), registered investment advisers ("RIAs") are prohibited from charging performance fees; however, the SEC provided an exemption under Rule 205-3(a) of the Act, allowing RIAs ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Mont. attorney seeking GOP bid for AG
Legal News LineFebruary 6, 2012

The state has had a Democratic attorney general since 1993. Fox is a partner in the law firm Gough Shanahan Johnson & Waterman, specializing in the areas of banking, commercial construction, real estate, corporate, bankruptcy, foreclosures and ...more »

Investors Should Wait Out Quest And LabCorp
Seeking AlphaFebruary 16, 2012

Since Labcorp undersold Quest on the United contract, both companies have seen operating margin erosion. More importantly, companies that provide benefits, whether it be Medicare, Commercial insurers or Medicaid, have been putting pressure on all ...more »

Sports Law
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IOC steps up fight against illegal betting
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – Governments, law enforcement agencies and betting operators agreed Thursday to work more closely together to fight illegal betting and corruption in sports. The International Olympic Committee held a summit meeting of sports...more »

Criminal Defense
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Portland defense attorney Gary Bertoni will be suspended for 150 days
OregonLive.comFebruary 3, 2012

The Oregon State Bar is suspending for 150 days a prominent Portland criminal defense lawyer who was accused of mismanaging client's money. Gary Bertoni was facing a professional ethics trial that could have resulted in a longer suspension or even ...more »

Tax Planner CPA Gears Up For The 2012 Tax Season With A New Team and Website ...
PR Web (press release)February 16, 2012

And they join Edward Parsons CPA and Ari Propis CPA to the team of experts and IRS Attorneys. The due date for filing US taxes is April 1st for US Citizens and Residents and June 15th for US Citizens Living abroad. Tax Planner CPA invites US tax-payers ...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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Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Environmental Law
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Xcel Energy 2011 Year End Earnings Report
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The rate increases are net of a provision for refund of approximately $67 million for Minnesota and $2.3 million for North Dakota, based on settlements reached with various parties in both cases. In addition, NSP-Minnesota reduced depreciation expense ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Granddaughter loses inheritance for living in sin
The Co-operativeFebruary 15, 2012

Ms Barrett was made the probate beneficiary of her grandmother's will but Catherine, David and John Murray requested that a judge rectify the will on the grounds that Ms Murray was a "very religious person" who didn't believe in people cohabiting ...more »

Family Law
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Children's legal right to see both parents after divorce criticised by family...
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 3, 2012

Today, Mr Norgrove criticised the plans, insisting that his review had “concluded that the law should not be changed”. He said: “The independent Family Justice Review panel thoroughly considered the issue of shared parenting and concluded that the law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Employee Loses Worker Comp after He Posted Party Photos Online
AllGovFebruary 3, 2012

Clement and his attorney argued that the introduction of the photos into the case were “a disgrace to the dignity of the workers' compensation proceedings and the legal system.” Judge David M. Glover of the Arkansas Court of Appeals was not impressed ...more »

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