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He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Administrative Law
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Georgia Administrative Law Judge Determines that President Obama Meets the ...
Ballot AccessFebruary 3, 2012

On February 3, an administrative law judge in Georgia ruled that President Obama's name should be left on the Georgia Democratic presidential primary. The 10-page decision finds that the witnesses who testified that President Obama was not born in ...more »

Health Care Law
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Juan Vargas could cast the deciding vote for California's health care bill
OB RagFebruary 1, 2012

Senate Bill 810 passed committee, but fell two votes short in the Senate. A new vote is sought before tomorrow's deadline for passing all Senate bills and sending them on to the Assembly. The bill would not set up a government-run healthcare system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS archives Skip Jennifer Jones
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 4, 2012

Free Press curling writer Paul Wiecek marvels at Jones' 10th-end, last-rock tapback to the button for her fifth Manitoba women's curling championship Sunday. Should clean up their act "I understand that there are risks. Certainly, among nationalists ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama senator says his bill would add 'common sense' to state's immigration law
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

A Republican senator introduced a bill that makes modifications to Alabama's immigration law. Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville has pre-filed the bill which he says will add common sense to the immigration law. Dial's bill amends a section prohibiting the ...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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Class action against Motorola settles for $200 mln
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

* Shareholders had alleged firm artificially boosted stock * Settlement money comes from reserves and insurance By Rebecca Hamilton NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A 2007 securities-fraud class action lawsuit brought by shareholders against Motorola ...more »

Animal Law
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Death by a Single Cut: the Hayden Act
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 3, 2012

Governor Brown wants to pull California out of its financial ditch by, among other things, repealing key parts of the Hayden Act, a key protection of animal welfare. The Hayden law, passed in 1998, did many things to improve the lives of shelter ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Picks Up 2 Paul Hastings IP Litigators
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (February 02, 2012, 3:03 PM ET) -- Goodwin Procter LLP has bulked up its Los Angeles office with two intellectual property partners specializing in high-stakes patent litigation from Paul Hastings LLP, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Conoco Phillips Appeals Mississippi Worker's $15.2M Asbestos Award
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By Jack Elliott Jr. | February 1, 2012 A Jones County man waited too long to file a lawsuit over exposure his exposure to workplace asbestos, attorneys told the Mississippi Supreme Court this week. The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments from ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 281 Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bill Larson | February 1, 2012 | Fort Campbell, KY – Yesterday Fort Campbell welcomed 281 soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a year long deployment to Southern Afghanistan. The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of the last ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Wausau City Council passes rent abatement ordinance
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 15, 2012

Tenants also can call Judicare at 715-842-1681 for legal questions on tenant rights. Wausau landlords who fail to fix hazardous conditions inside their rental units could be hit in the pocketbook under an ordinance approved Tuesday by the Wausau City ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Group names 'Top 10 Scams' of 2011
OCRegisterFebruary 3, 2012

NUMBER 5: ADVANCE FEE LOANS/CREDIT ARRANGERS - More than 3% of complaints to the National Consumer League's Fraud Center in 2011 involved false promises of personal loans, even with bad credit, if the victim pays a fee upfront. 50% off!more »

Litigation
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Neptune, Aker and Schiff Agree to Stay of Litigation During Patent Re ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

During a January 17, 2012 webcast, Neptune advised that the defendants in the litigation -- Aker Biomarine ASA, Aker Biomarine Antarctic USA, Inc., and Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. -- would likely file a motion to stay the litigation in view of ...more »

Business Law
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Palin: Romney's $17 million in ads bought 'some false narrative' in Florida
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

"I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter that bombardment of advertisements," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Local man organizes benefit for SEALs
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 13, 2012

He envisioned a benefit for the Navy SEAL Foundation as a way of honoring his son and his fellow SEALS. Bill contacted the Sarasota Film Society, which operates Lakewood Ranch Cinemas and Burns Court Cinema, and asked if “Act of Valor” had been booked.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Palms teen injured in Monday car accident
Huron Daily TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Josh Horst was dispatched at about 7:45 pm Monday to the area of Goetze and Forester roads in Forester Township for a one-vehicle personal injury accident. According to Sgt. Steve McKenney, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Setting The Scene For The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Two state attorneys general will face off at the National Press Club on the constitutionality of the health overhaul. In other news, a Mississippi district court judge has agreed to hear a different legal challenge to the measure.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Names Three New Partners
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

Since graduating from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, Ginger Hunsucker has been practicing defense litigation at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog with significant experience in medical malpractice and professional...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bill Gates Joins Push for Strong SEC Rule on Extractive Industries
Main JusticeFebruary 15, 2012

9 letter to SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro and commissioners urging vigilance on Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 1504 would require oil, gas and mining companies reporting to the SEC to disclose ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

New Amendment Bill and Future of Labour Hire
AllAfrica.comFebruary 3, 2012

More significantly when passed, the new law should be able to give greater protection to workers rights and employment conditions in this three-tiered employment industry without diminishing business employers need to operate under flexible competitive ...more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Wis. governor hires defense lawyers
UPI.comFebruary 4, 2012

The Journal Sentinel described one of Walker's two attorneys, Michael Steinle, as one of Milwaukee's most prominent criminal defense lawyer. The other, John Gallo, is a former federal prosecutor. Walker has said he is not a target of the investigation ...more »

Passports... for a price
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

They pay no personal income taxes, and the island's remote location in the West Indies serves as a safe haven, should the need for a quick move ever arise. Demand for a second passport is "way up," says David Lesperance, a Canadian immigration lawyer.more »

First steps in case against Fairfax
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

His statement of claim says he is seeking a total of $1.02 million in compensation for economic loss arising from acts of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age and loss and damage to his reputation and pain and suffering.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Regulator targets credit reporting firms and debt collectors
Chicago TribuneFebruary 17, 2012

Credit reporting companies and debt collectors already fall under the bureau's power to enforce consumer protection laws and enact new regulations. Cordray proposed to subject the largest of those companies to additional oversight because of their key ...more »

Environmental Law
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Lake Erie windmill outlook is anything but breezy: Brent Larkin
Plain DealerFebruary 11, 2012

Continued exploration of alternative energy sources is a worthwhile idea. Indeed, history may view the offshore windmill proponents as visionary pioneers who helped revive the entire Great Lakes region. But it's time to rein in expectations, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe Launches New Farmington and Wethersfield Websites
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe have launched two new websites to serve local communities in Connecticut more effectively. The firm's goal is to be more accessible to Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut residents and accident victims.more »

Family Law
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Graves family planned to raise lost nephews, Charlie, Braden
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 9, 2012

The Graveses met with a family-law attorney to discuss procedures. They bought a 15-passenger van to accommodate a larger family. And they spoke to their own five children about new bedroom arrangements, preparing the kids for the arrival of their ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Flagler Beach resident reappointed as judge of workers' compensation claims
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By NICK KLASNE, Staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Judge Thomas G. Portuallo of Flagler Beach was reappointed Tuesday as a judge of compensation claims by Gov. Rick Scott. Portuallo, 50, has been a judge of workers' compensation claims for the Daytona Beach ...more »

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