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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

VFW to Pot Heads: Give us our name back
Peoria Journal Star (blog)February 1, 2012

Prosecutors say Hubbard had registered his group with the Illinois Attorney General's Office of Charitable Trusts and was a licensed fund-raiser. He would tell victims his group picked up where other veterans' groups left off. The perjury charge stems ...more »

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Administrative Law
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'Green light' to see Obama's Hawaii files
WND.comFebruary 1, 2012

Jablonski told Kemp that “serious problems” had developed in the hearings “pending before the Office of State Administration Hearings.” He said, “At issue in these hearings are challenges that allege that President Obama is not eligible to hold or run ...more »

Health Care Law
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Catholic Church's opposition to contraception turns health care law into ...
Plain DealerFebruary 1, 2012

But speaking as an American liberal who believes that religious pluralism imposes certain obligations on government, I think the Church's leaders had a right to ask for broader relief from a contraception mandate that would require it to act against ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Cops, GPS Devices, and You
Huffington Post (blog)February 3, 2012

But the highest court in our land has now ruled that installing that GPS tracker was an unconstitutional action, a violation of every citizen's Fourth Amendment protection against illegal searches and seizures, because no judge signed a warrant ahead ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

... but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mosquito breeders to feel full sting of the law
Sunday Times.lkFebruary 5, 2012

Some of Greater Colombo's public areas have become veritable mosquito breeding “factories” and havens of pollution. Less than a half-hour's drive from the Ministry of Health, the nerve centre from which anti-dengue operations are being directed, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Negotiating with the LGBT Community at Pepperdine University
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

This student (I'll call him Joe) took Dan Van Ness' Restorative Justice class together and then Jack McCrory's Arbitration class during the summers in which my young friend was earning the Alternative Dispute Resolution part of his JD/MDR.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Obama birth control mandate faces legal challenges
PoliticoFebruary 7, 2012

And in upholding the California and New York laws, the courts solidly rejected arguments that they violate the constitution or other religious liberty protections in federal law. "The court [has been] incredibly clear" in these cases, ...more »

Animal Law
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Bills Led By Animal Welfare Group Best Friends And Miami Marlins' Mark Buehrle ...
ForbesFebruary 4, 2012

That's hopeful news for Miami Marlins' pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife Jamie who, alongside Best Friends Animal Society, have worked to lift the ban. The Buehrles' dog Slater is a recent victim of the Sunshine State's discriminatory law.more »

Intellectual Property
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Column: Intellectual Property Is Theft
Oklahoma DailyFebruary 1, 2012

The blackout in question was in protest of two pieces of legislation related to the Internet, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. The bills had several draconian punishments that outraged many Americans (Wikipedia ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Relative of Asbestos Mine Founder Opposes Jeffrey Mine Funding
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The great-great niece of the founder of the first asbestos mine to ever open in Canada is speaking out against the continued production of asbestos at the Jeffry Mine in Quebec. Susan Henry is the descendant of Andrew Stuart Johnson, who founded the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New era LSK polls fail affirmative action test
Daily NationFebruary 11, 2012

FILE | NATION A lawyer casting her ballot in Eldoret during elections to pick LSK representatives to the Judicial Service Commission last October. The election of LSK officials will be carried out through secret ballot.more »

Engineer promotes African-Americans in early days of aviation
Edwards Air Force BaseFebruary 3, 2012

2/3/2012 - FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) -- An engineering student from Chicago would go on to become an important link in African-American aviation history and do much to take the accomplishments of the early pioneers in aviation and propel them to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Collegetown Compromise
Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

Collegetown landlords have to deal with unruly tenants, legal liability and destruction of their property. If a student causes damage in excess of his or her security deposit, proprietors can rarely get compensation. Even when a landlord makes a profit ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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IN RE AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL REFINERY
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 »

Litigation
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Mobile patent litigation: It's a push game no one wins
ZDNet (blog)February 3, 2012

No one can win this game of patent litigation because there is simply too much money involved. The way the system used to work was much different. A company would get a patent covering a specific area of technology unique to the pertinent industry.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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2nd black graduate of University of Mississippi dies
Norwich BulletinFebruary 1, 2012

James Donald, who also graduated from Ole Miss and served 33 years in the military, said their family started an organization after World War II to push for military benefits for black veterans when the Veterans of Foreign Wars refused to let blacks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Detective helps catch Internet sex predator
Milford MirrorFebruary 2, 2012

A Milford police officer helped nab a Plainville man who was allegedly using the Internet to lure minors into sexual acts. Last June, a Milford detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Against Children Taskforce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police crash cars to demonstrate Florida's growing problem with accident fraud
WTSP 10 NewsFebruary 16, 2012

A Florida Highway Patrol squad car smacks into another vehicle as part of a demonstration showing how fraud rings are manipulating Florida's personal injury protection insurance system. Tallahassee, Florida -- Accident fraud is estimated to cost ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Election Commission-Salman Khurshid row: Congress wants its leaders to speak ...
Times of IndiaFebruary 12, 2012

"The Election Commission is a constitutional body. Congress always wants that all Congressmen should speak as per the norms of public life and the law of the land," AICC General Secretary and media department chairman Janardan Dwivedi told PTI.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Costs, Changes to Med-Mal Insurers, and More
MedscapeFebruary 10, 2012

Says Murray, "We expect a...shift in market share [over time] toward [medical professional liability] insurers with multispecialty and multistate underwriting and claim-servicing capabilities for both individual medical practitioners," within these ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Brothers pay for filing baseless case in consumer court
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

The three siblings were fined Rs 30000 by a consumer forum for dragging a builder to court over complaints that were "devoid of substance". Recently, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission too upheld the State Consumer Disputes Redressal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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On Chinese New Year, Beijing Loses Part of Its Memory: Adam Minter
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

It was a perfect day to break the law. The managers at Beijing's Fuheng Real Estate, a subsidiary of a state-owned company, surely knew this. For years, they've wanted to demolish the former courtyard residence of Liang Sicheng, the undisputed father ...more »

The People: Feb. 6, 2012
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Prior's focus is primarily in labor and employment law, providing litigation defense and extensive preventative counseling to clients in all areas of his practice. Schuttert's practice is concentrated in products liability defense, ...more »

Sports Law
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Federal judge will postpone ruling on motion to dismiss Poly Prep sex abuse case
New York Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

Block also gave Mulhearn 20 days to file an amended complaint that would include allegations that Poly Prep violated Title IX, the 1972 federal law best known for enforcing equality for women in collegiate sports, by covering up Foglietta's sexual ...more »

Criminal Defense
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John D. Barnett Is the Attorney for the Damned
OC WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

That's not my guess, but rather the confident prediction of John D. Barnett, the veteran criminal-defense attorney for Manuel Ramos, who is facing a second-degree murder charge. While it's commonplace for defense lawyers to belittle prosecutors and ...more »

When taxes attack: Can your business handle tax prep, or is it time to outsource?
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Potential problems are lurking at every turn, ranging from an IRS or state tax audit caused by errors on the filer's part to the discovery that a longtime employee has gotten away with stealing money from the company because of a lack of adequate ...more »

Civil Rights Lawyer and Author Michelle Alexander to Present Convocation
Carleton College NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (New Press, 2010), which will be the subject of her address, focusing on the continued legacy of discrimination against African Americans, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oil and gas director bows out
Colorado Springs Independent (blog)February 1, 2012

David Neslin, the man at the center of oil and gas regulation in Colorado, has decided to bag it and practice law instead. Neslin appeared at the hearing on El Paso County's oil and gas regulations yesterday. Commission to return to the practice of law...more »

Environmental Law
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Government Poised To Tap Into Biomass Technology
GhanaFebruary 20, 2012

In furtherance of this move was the promulgation of the Renewable Energy Law in 2011 to give legal backing and policy direction for sustainable generation of bio-fuels, including bamboo. Mr Buah, the Member of Parliament Ellembele, said this at a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 17
The StateFebruary 17, 2012

27 at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; www.scbar.org/clinics SOUTHERN WRITERS SERIES: ...more »

Family Law
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Elkhart community gathers to support immigrant family
WNDU-TVFebruary 6, 2012

How can you seek legal representation for deportation when you were here illegally to start with. Why did you not processs the proper paperwork if you really wanted to be a US citizen ? You broke the law.........No pitty by Jeanna Location: IN on Feb 6 ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp a $27 million dollar expense for city of Tulsa
kjrh.comFebruary 7, 2012

Gentry has seen the county's workers' comp expense drop over the past eight years. He says the key is prevention. "We can prevent an injury before it takes place by observing the work zone, seeing what the workers are doing and identifying areas where ...more »

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