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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 »

Kurtz protests US requirement for free contraceptive coverage in health plans
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has joined a growing national chorus of Catholic leaders in denouncing “alarming” federal requirements that church-affiliated schools and hospitals offer their employees free health insurance coverage for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade Commission (ITC) action filed by SWM under Section 337 (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC's initial decision found that SWM's Claims 36, 43, and 45 of United States Patent No.more »

Health Care Law
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Maryland Catholic Leaders Blast Birth Control Healthcare Law
Patch.comFebruary 9, 2012

By Patch Staff Local Catholic jurisdictions are up in arms over birth control requirement in healthcare law. NewsChannel15, Fort Wayne, Ind. Catholic services across the country Sunday—with Maryland being no exception—included admonitions against the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'A terribly wrongful act'
Langley TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Natasha Jones - Langley Times The last thing Larri Woodrow expected when he joined other volunteers to plant trees at Derby Hills Park on Jan. 7 was to find that dozens of trees had been illegally chopped down. Woodrow and other volunteers planned ...more »

Immigration Law
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McClendon: legislators will 'tweak' immigration law
St. Clair TimesFebruary 6, 2012

by Will Heath SPRINGVILLE — According to state representative Jim McClendon, statewide polling has revealed consistent majority support for Alabama's new immigration policy. “We're constantly polling to see where the public is,” McClendon said ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Nine special economic zones function in Kazakhstan
New EuropeFebruary 5, 2012

The government of Kazakhstan recently announced that it will continue development of special economic zones this year. Upon instruction of the President, industrial zones are planned to be established in all regions of the country, Gazeta.kz reported.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Quest should be for easier resolution of unfair dismissal cases, not repeal of law
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

We need to make sure that disputes between workers and employers are resolved in the workplace and never reach Fair Work Australia. Every dismissal costs the employer and employee time, money and resources. It costs the economy and it costs families.more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues County Bank's ex-executives
Modesto BeeFebruary 1, 2012

By Phil Milford The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corporation of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the lawsuit, filed Friday ...more »

Animal Law
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Passage of Nitro's Law Urged After Dead Puppies Found
WKBN/WYFX-TVFebruary 1, 2012

The Mahoning County Dog Warden spent Tuesday following up on possible leads to the animal abuse case we reported Monday. Now, some are arguing this is the perfect example of why Ohio's animal abuse laws need strengthened. Add your perspective to any ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights : Winners of "Hands off my Design" competition ...
IEWY NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26704 to over 80,0001. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Strong support for landfill permit
El Defensor ChieftainFebruary 8, 2012

In 2008, the Solid Waste Bureau recommended denial of a permit application submitted in 2006, unless the city agreed to a 10-year permit with an (operational) affirmative action plan. “At the hearing it was clear that the city did not agree with that ...more »

NASA's 2011 Aeronautics Work Makes Mark on Aviation
NASAFebruary 2, 2012

Data mining helps improve aviation safety. Screen capture: NASA NASA aeronautics researchers work on a simulation to test computer tools that can improve air traffic flow and reduce delays. Image credit: NASA Particle image velocimetry during operation ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Is Subleasing the Right Move for Your New York or New Jersey Business?
JD Supra (press release)February 8, 2012

In order for the subtenant to obtain all of the rights of the master tenant, there must be a novation. In novation, the original lease is terminated by agreement with the landlord, and a new lease is negotiated between the new tenant and landlord.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hot read: Rattner questions Romney's taxes - Facebook IPOs in politics ...
PoliticoFebruary 2, 2012

... qualifies for that 15 percent rate; engorged his individual retirement account to postpone millions in taxes and applied peculiarities of trust and estate law to funnel tens of millions to his sons and future descendants free of inheritance tax.more »

Litigation
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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 equaled $(12399000) and includes a pre-tax charge of $19980000 for additional net asbestos litigation costs through 2020 associated with products manufactured decades ago by the Air and ...more »

Business Law
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Child victims need more protection
Daily CameraFebruary 1, 2012

The children -- in addition to being trafficked for illegal sex with strangers -- are often abused, threatened, and plied with drugs and alcohol. They are told, and technically not inaccurately at least according to the law, that they will be arrested ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senator Creigh Deeds wants more money for the Internet Crimes Against Children ...
WSLSFebruary 7, 2012

As the leader of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce, he talks about just how bad Virginia's problem of child sexual predators is. "Once you see it, you never forget it. It's etched on your brain. These sexual predators, they try to ...more »

Personal Injury
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CALA: It's time to take smart action against double dipping
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 7, 2012

By Chip Hough Not so long ago, the Texas court system was drowning in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, seriously threatening access to our courts, harming our business climate and posing a real obstacle for those who were truly harmed by asbestos and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution Check: Should the People Be Able to Veto Supreme Court Decisions?
Huffington Post (blog)February 2, 2012

As an example, Donnelly notes that the media have been talking about how the Supreme Court will "settle" the constitutionality of the new federal health care law. If there were a People's Veto, he argues, the media would in the future focus on 'how the ...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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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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Staten Island Real Estate Developer Guilty of Operating $14 Million Ponzi Scheme
LoanSafeFebruary 10, 2012

by Evan Bedard on February 10, 2012 in Scams (Source: FBI) - BROOKLYN, NY—Following two weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn, NY, today returned guilty verdicts against Joseph Mazella, the founder and president of the Great Atlantic Group Inc., ...more »

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 »

Sports Law
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Outdoor Channel Holdings Announces Senior Legal Appointments
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

During his tenure with Outdoor Channel, Mr. Bolls has been responsible for overseeing and negotiating network contracts, licensing agreements, intellectual property matters, and litigation, as well as the development of a wide range of entertainment...more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Fairfax taken to task over delay
The AustralianFebruary 8, 2012

Michael Gill, who was fired as Financial Review Group chief executive and editor-in-chief last March, is suing Fairfax for age discrimination, seeking $1.02 million in compensation and the payout of his incentive scheme shares, as well as the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Intertape Polymer Group's ABL Maturity Extended Under Favorable Terms
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

MONTREAL, QUEBEC AND BRADENTON, FLORIDA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Intertape Polymer Group Inc. /quotes/zigman/17437 CA:ITP +1.29% ("Intertape" or the "Company") today announces the extension of its Asset-Based Loan facility (ABL) of $200 ...more »

Environmental Law
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APNewsBreak: Wis. GOP candidate got stimulus money
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

And another renewable energy company run by former US Rep. Mark Neumann signed a letter in November urging congressional leaders to keep the incentives flowing. The letter contradicts Neumann's campaign stance calling for the immediate end to the 2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Slamming the Door on the Government Thieves
Huffington Post (blog)February 6, 2012

The poorly maintained records and the lack of a system to probate the wills of the Indian landowners was the main reason the land is so fractionated and it is the very government now willing to take $2 billion from the cash poor Indians to straighten ...more »

Family Law
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio Woman Collecting Workers' Comp Caught Working at Veterinary Hospital
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 8, 2012

An Ohio woman was sentenced last week for fraud after Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) investigators found she was working for a veterinary hospital and a local charity while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.more »

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