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Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

Nevada AG questions national foreclosure deal
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By Chris Sieroty States have until Friday to decide whether to accept a proposed nationwide settlement of a foreclosure investigation involving Bank of America Corp. and JP Morgan Chase & Co, among others, that may be worth as much as $25 billion.more »

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Administrative Law
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Tribal leader in; Tribal judge out
Vernal ExpressFebruary 29, 2012

The court disagreed, saying sovereign immunity does not shield the Business Committee from the review of administrative actions. On the following day, Feb. 14, Ute Tribe Chief Justice Smiley Arrowchis sent a letter of dismissal to Judge Ronald ...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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Build it: Guam needs its new, multipurpose museum to showcase culture
Pacific Daily NewsFebruary 25, 2012

The Jones Act has long been blamed for the high cost of shipping goods to Guam and elsewhere in the region. Recently, a longtime shipper to Guam bowed out of the market, citing high costs. Is it time to revise the Jones Act? •Should the US give Guam ...more »

Immigration Law
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Hyundai official writes dealerships about Ala. law
NECNFebruary 28, 2012

(AP) — One of Alabama's largest foreign owned manufacturing companies has sent a letter to all of its vehicle dealerships in the United States warning them there might be protests at dealerships concerning Alabama's new immigration law.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Market for scrap metal entices criminals
Press HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

The measure has advanced in the Legislature, receiving an “ought to pass” recommendation from the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee on Feb. 16. Current law prohibits the sale of scrap metal obtained illegally and prevents ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NicOx 2011 Financial Results
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

In July 2011, NicOx submitted a formal appeal under the US FDA's Formal Dispute Resolution process, regarding the decision issued in July 2010 by the FDA not to approve the naproxcinod New Drug Application (NDA) that NicOx had submitted in September ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Harbinger Group Inc. Announces Financial Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Insurance segment acquired in April 2011 contributed operating income of $36 million (pre-tax) for the first quarter of Fiscal 2012. Insurance segment adjusted operating income of $24 million (pre-tax) for Fiscal 2012 first quarter improved compared to ...more »

Animal Law
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No funding to enforce new sled dog regulations: SPCA
Whistler QuestionFebruary 23, 2012

“It's just physically impossible for 26 constables funded by donors to conduct proactive, onsite visits to all of these operations on top of the animal cruelty investigations that we do each year.” Some of the new regulations include restrictions for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property infringement and labour disputes identified as serious ...
Virtual Press Office (press release)February 27, 2012

Notwithstanding heightened efforts by the Chinese authorities to curb intellectual property rights (IPR) violations, companies saw little improvement in IPR protection in 2011. More than half of the respondents (54 per cent) consider IPR infringement ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Tort reform by fiat in Philly
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 16, 2012

The judge, reacting to what he said were "concerns and criticisms of this court's mass tort program," found that filings by out-of-state plaintiffs in asbestos and pharmaceutical cases have become a serious problem. Since the mass tort court rolled out ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Affirmative Action Backfires at Universities
Boulder WeeklyFebruary 28, 2012

Since the court last reviewed college affirmative action in 2003, a body of empirical research has emerged showing that racial preferences can hurt their purported beneficiaries by catapulting them into schools for which they are inadequately prepared.more »

Cantwell calls for biofuels center at WSU Tri-Cities
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 26, 2012

Cantwell toured the Bioproducts, Sciences and Engineering Laboratory at the university's Richland campus, and talked about how a new aviation biofuel research hub could be in the Tri-Cities. The recently passed Federal Aviation Administration bill ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mt. Pleasant landlords aim toward education
Connellsville Daily CourierFebruary 4, 2012

"I'd like to bring in local magistrates to speak on aspects of the Pennsylvania Landlord/Tenant Law and to explain proper procedure when it comes to situations such as eviction and interpreting the legalities of a lease agreement," Rendine said.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Vietnam Ready to Force Bank Mergers as Bad Loans Hurt Growth
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

“The central bank can take measures to force some merger and acquisition activities if and when needed, in line with the Law on the State Bank of Vietnam,” Deputy Governor Nguyen Dong Tien said yesterday in a written reply to questions from Bloomberg ...more »

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New Report Reveals Apple Inc. Patent Landscape
Daily DisruptionFebruary 28, 2012

... on consumer electronics giant, Apple Inc. The newly released report provides greater insight into Apple's patent portfolio and IP investments and outlines some of the most significant innovations, acquisitions and recent litigation activities.more »

Business Law
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Sidley Adds DOJ Environmental and Natural Resources Division Attorney as ...
Business Wire (press release)February 22, 2012

With her substantial litigation experience in Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, FIFRA, NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, Natural Historic Preservation Act, Native American issues and other statutes, Ms. Jones is highly capable of managing matters ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ron Paul Issues Statement on Obama's Proposed Tricare Cuts
SunHerald.comFebruary 28, 2012

LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- 2012 Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's latest proposal to seek cuts in Tricare benefits for veterans and active military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New cyber bill to put US in charge of global cyber security
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 9, 2012

The new bill - International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act - is likely to go to a vote in the next few months. It will place the United States at the forefront of the battle against international internet-driven crime by threatening economic ...more »

Personal Injury
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Cellphone Use is not the Only Reason for Driving Distracted Says Austin ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 8, 2012

I've heard of a couple of other shenanigans people have tried in a moving vehicle, but suffice it to say that should not be done in a car either,” added Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney at The Lee Law Firm. Numbers provided by the US ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Bill would apply meeting law to redistricting panel
Arizona RepublicFebruary 28, 2012

The bill specifically references the redistricting panel, which last fall successfully argued in court that it does not have to abide by the law because it follows a stricter standard set in the state Constitution. That ruling from a Maricopa County ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records
Chicago TribuneFebruary 11, 2012

Six years ago, Oklahoma took away the medical license of a physician over sexual misconduct. A managed care organization in that state took emergency action to suspend the doctor's clinical privileges, and New York also revoked the doctor's license to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumers hungry for new credit cards, N.Y. Fed report says
CreditCards.comFebruary 27, 2012

Persson says issuers' revenues were cut sharply by new regulations from the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, so lenders may be more hesitant about taking chances on riskier cardholders. "They have less money to work with and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Florida foreclosures reach 'Category 5'
WTSP 10 NewsFebruary 27, 2012

(Florida Today) - Already facing overloaded dockets of criminal and civil cases, Florida's court system is getting hit by a deluge of foreclosures that could tie up the state's legal system for years to come, according to nationally prominent lawyer.more »

EU Bank Firewalls, Citigroup 'Defects,' D.E. Shaw: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 23, 2012

Measures to be considered by the group include “prohibiting banks from carrying out some activities or requiring banks to put certain activities (eg taking deposits from retail customers) into separate legal entities,” according to the statement.more »

Sports Law
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United Nations backs hijab in football
Chicago TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

GENEVA, Fed (Reuters) - The United Nations has joined the campaign to overturn the ban on the hijab in football four days before the sport's rule makers are due to review the decision. The UN Secretary-General's special adviser on sport for development ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Kirkland & Ellis Hires Prominent White Collar Attorney Eggleston
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)February 1, 2012

Eggleston, formerly a partner with Debevoise & Plimpton in DC, focuses his practice on civil and criminal securities fraud, health care, government procurement, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act offenses and antitrust. In an interview, Eggleston said that ...more »

Obtaining family heirlooms would be difficult without a will
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 26, 2012

Everyone else is afraid to go to an attorney. My mother's sisters want me to not rock the boat, but I feel two years and a new wife who is younger than me means someone has moved on. Answer: Perhaps he has moved on, but there may not be much you can do ...more »

Health workers 'should be sacked' for patronising elderly 29, 2012

“Age discrimination is the most common form of discrimination in the UK.” Instead of celebrating increased life expectancy as a major achievement, ageing is too often viewed as a “crisis” or a “population time bomb”, the commission says.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LIVE WEBCAST: Bebchuk testifies before Senate Banking committee
Harvard Law School NewsFebruary 15, 2012

In addition to Bebchuk, the panel of witnesses include: Kurt Hyde, deputy special inspector general, Troubled Asset Relief Program; Professor Robert J. Jackson, Jr., associate professor at Columbia Law School; and Michael S. Melbinger, Bebchuk is the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia and the changing world
RTFebruary 27, 2012

Considering the growing instability of energy suppliers that could act as an alternative to Russia, the package aggravates the systemic risks to the European energy sector and scares away potential investors in new infrastructure projects.more »

Wills & Probate
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Everyone needs a will, says area law office
Suburban NewsFebruary 24, 2012

In addition to creating a Will or Discretionary Living Trust everyone should have supplemental documents such as a Living Will, a Power of Attorney for Health Care and a Power of Attorney for Assets to protect them and their assets should they become ...more »

Family Law
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Mills & Reeve lawyers qualify for new family law service
Cambridge NetworkFebruary 28, 2012

Two of Mills & Reeve's top family lawyers, Roger Bamber and Nigel Shepherd, have qualified as family law arbitrators and will become members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Family law arbitration is the latest addition to the family dispute ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Missouri audit blasts state-sponsored insurer
STLtoday.comFebruary 27, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY – A state-sponsored workers' compensation company has given out huge severance checks to its former executives and hefty bonuses to other employees, according to a state audit released today. The company, Columbia-based Missouri ...more »


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