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Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

The Last Battle of the Cold War
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

His armies and factories were in the Soviet mold, as were his feared intelligence services. The Treaty of Brotherhood, Cooperation, and Coordination Hafez Assad forced on the hapless Lebanese in 1991 was vintage Warsaw Pact.more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing on Mississippi pardons delayed until next week
CNN InternationalFebruary 2, 2012

Attorney General Jim Hood has been particularly outspoken, calling the pardons "a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and (saying) Governor Barbour should be ashamed." The attorney general is questioning the pardons for "failure to ...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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Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 1, 2012

Bobby Scott, far right, speaks during a rally to protest proposed legislation to tighten Virginia's election laws at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (Steve Helber | The Associated Press) By Bill Sizemore Measures aimed at tightening ...more »

Immigration Law
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California immigration crackdown campaign to enlist American Legion members
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 8, 2012

By Matt O'Brien Continuing a 93-year fight to control immigration, American Legion leaders are rallying military veterans to convince California voters they should require police to enforce federal immigration law. "This country is for people who are ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lest we forget in Myanmar
Asia Times OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

He has formed a new Human Rights Commission, opened previously closed doors to international diplomats and their corporate sponsors, and relaxed laws to promote more international investment and development. The timing has been impeccable.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Senior US diplomat: Improved inter-Korean ties crucial for resolution of ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — In a message aimed at both Koreas, a senior US diplomat said Wednesday that Washington is open to settling the North Korean nuclear standoff through diplomacy, but only if Pyongyang improves ties with archrival South Korea.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Proposes Animal Shelter Law Repeal
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 1, 2012

By Kellie Onaga The animals waiting for homes in California shelters have no idea what could be coming. They may get an early death sentence under Governor Jerry Brown's proposal that would repeal parts of a state law meant to protect them.more »

Intellectual Property
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MarketsandMarkets: Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market worth $9.58 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

DALLAS, February 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The report "Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market by Intellectual Property (IP), Design Architecture & Applications (2011 - 2016)" defines and segments the global Digital Signal Processors ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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7 Deadly Sins of Document Review
Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

Doing so requires taking responsibility for what's often the biggest cost-center in modern-day litigation. Legal budgets are tighter than they have been in years, so it's important to make every day and every dollar count. The attorney's first priority ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian ...
ColorLines magazineFebruary 10, 2012

Anxieties about the discrimination of Asian Americans in higher education admissions are often used to mask an anti-affirmative action argument. Experts say the two issues need to be put in separate boxes. “Negative action is what was the basis of the ...more »

Aviation poised to bring Alaska big business in 2012
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It won't be news to most that aviation is big in Alaska. It's a common talking point for Alaska's members of Congress that more than 80 percent of Alaska's communities lie off the road or ferry system, accessible only by air.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Residential rents in Madinah skyrocket
Arab NewsFebruary 4, 2012

“There should be provisions in the law banning landlords from raising rent for a specific period of time. For example, the Ministry of Commerce can fix the minimum valid period of a rent contract at five years,” he said, adding that the tenant can have ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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President Obama's Plan to Put Veterans Back to Work (press release)February 3, 2012

Creating two new veterans' tax credits: In November 2011, the President signed into law two new tax credits for hiring veterans, both of which were included as part of the American Jobs Act. The Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides an incentive of up ...more »

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Orlando SentinelFebruary 8, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Community Center's cell phone collection benefits troops
Your Houston NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The proceeds from this collection program will benefit “our soldiers in the military,” according to a community center release. The community center can earn up to $30 per cell phone and up to $100 per smartphone. “Donating a used, unwanted cell phone ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Guest column: Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor
This is NottinghamFebruary 1, 2012

Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor at Rothera Dowson reacts to changes in payouts for crime victims... IN the cold light of day, this is a cost-cutting exercise. As part of the plans, victims of violent crime who suffer injuries such as a broken ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Senegal's Wade risks revolt
euronewsFebruary 1, 2012

He is now in position to run for a third term, after a favourable ruling by Senegal's constitutional court just days ago. It accepted that the constitution's two-term limit does not apply to him because it became law during his second term.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Obama to unions: see you later
SalonFebruary 15, 2012

But labor will face a steeper obstacle earlier in the process. Rather than being required to submit signatures from 35% of workers in a bargaining unit to trigger an election (as had been required), unions would have to submit signatures from a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumers must protect their rights: Agarwala
Assam TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

... Additional Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Consumers' Affairs stressed that there should be the provisions of punishment and deterrence against the violators of consumers rights to give more teeth to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.more »

Real Estate Law
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Brody Wilkinson Partners with Fairfield Museum in Honoring our Nation's ...
PR Web (press release)February 6, 2012

We are delighted to celebrate the City's past and help promote its future while, at the same time, fostering student education The law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to announce its support of “Our Nation's Generations 2012” in partnership with ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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Seized Sports Streaming Site Makes a Blazing Comeback
TorrentFreakFebruary 3, 2012

Convinced that the service they are providing does not violate the law, the site continues to operate under a new domain name. One of the owners told TorrentFreak that they don't intend to stop until a court shuts them down. Yesterday, several sports...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 »

International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

In addition, Mr. Yatrakis has extensive experience advising investors on issues related to inbound and real estate investments, including the application of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") and of the US withholding rules.more »

Super Bowl Madness: 6 Big Legal Questions (and Answers)
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 5, 2012

"The chances of any law enforcement being interested in this are very small,” attorney Brian Finucane told the Kansas City Business Journal. “They probably have their own pools.” Finucane presents some alternative options to stay on safe legal ground, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Don't let law changes put you off retirement funds
Independent OnlineFebruary 12, 2012

But it definitely does affect most members of retirement products provided by the financial services industry, such as RAs, preservation funds and those occupational funds (mainly umbrella funds) where there is wide investment choice.more »

Environmental Law
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Oil and gas commission director resigns
Northern Colorado Business ReportFebruary 1, 2012

The director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is resigning to join a law firm specializing in oil and natural gas and public lands practices. David Neslin was appointed director to the state agency regulating oil and gas development ...more »

Workers Compensation
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American Specialty Launches Worker' Comp Program
Insurance Networking NewsFebruary 10, 2012

American Specialty Insurance & Risk Services Inc., a provider of specialty insurance programs serving the sports, motorsports and entertainment industries, has released a workers' compensation program. The program provides guaranteed cost coverage for ...more »

Family Law
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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

"This law is our effort to help other children who may be in the same situation," Julie Anderson said. "Custody should be awarded not on the antiquated notion that the mother is the best caretaker." HB888, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, ...more »


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