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Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...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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Moore, Malone agree on many issues in debate
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 29, 2012

Moore also said he would work with the governor and Legislature to keep the courts funded, though he did suggest cuts were needed in the Administrative Office of the Courts. "We can always cut waste and use retired judges more effectively, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Santorum hits even popular parts of the ACA
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

How much does Rick Santorum hate President Barack Obama's health care law? So much that he even opposes the parts a lot of Republicans like. The Republican presidential candidate, talking health care across the street from Minnesota's Mayo Clinic ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Court Backs DNA Testing of Arrestees in California
Wall Street JournalFebruary 24, 2012

By JOE PALAZZOLO and ASHBY JONES A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld a California law requiring law-enforcement officers to take DNA samples from people arrested in connection with serious crimes, even if they are never charged or convicted, ...more »

Immigration Law
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ACLU Asks Court to Strike Down Nebraska Town's Immigration Law
Fox NewsFebruary 29, 2012

"We were gratified by the judge's decision that key portions of the ordinance violated federal law and the Constitution," Jennifer Chang Newell, a staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said Tuesday. "We are appealing the decision only ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Panasonic Announces Proposed Senior Management Changes
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

... Ikusaburo Kashima In charge of Legal Affairs and Intellectual Property Director, Corporate Legal Affairs Division In charge of Corporate Risk Management, Corporate Information Security, Corporate Business Ethics, and Corporate International Affairs ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Divorce Financial Expert Named Family Mediator
PR Web (press release)February 28, 2012

Rosemary Frank, MBA, CDFA, CFDP, CFDS, divorce financial expert, has recently been approved as a Rule 31 Listed Family Mediator by the Tennessee State Supreme Court, Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission. As a family mediator, Ms. Frank anticipates ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MBIA Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

... into our insured securitizations. These developments support our view that our MBIA Corp. subsidiary will be able to meet all future expected claims as they come due." "Since the third quarter of 2011, five banks have exited the litigation...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty bill creates harsher penalties for offenders
KTVBFebruary 22, 2012

by Natalie Podgorski BOISE -- Animals lovers converged on the Statehouse Wednesday to urge lawmakers to support a bill that would increase the punishment for animal cruelty. More than 50 people showed up this morning to fight for harsher animal cruelty...more »

Intellectual Property
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Monsanto, Apple, Hermes, Elsevier: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 28, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Updates with Elsevier in Copyright section.) Feb. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Monsanto Co., the world's largest seed ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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JIN WU ZHENG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 20, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; John S. Hogan, Senior Litigation Counsel; Kiley L. Kane, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: “A bitter, but necessary pill.” Diverse campuses are more ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 29, 2012

Affirmative action has been a bitter, but necessary, pill. Designed to right a wrong, it began to provide opportunities for a portion of the population that has been unjustly denied access to education and opportunity. What began as a remedy for one ...more »

Losses mount at Chattanooga Airport's new aviation terminal
Chattanooga Times Free PressFebruary 28, 2012

by Mike Pare Line technicians Jeremy Cranmore, left, and Jason Waters converse on the tarmac in front of Chattanooga's new general aviation terminal, WIlson Air, which is the first national airport to receive a LEED Platinum certification.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Around the Region for Feb. 15, 2012
Gainesville SunFebruary 15, 2012

Adam Lee Dicks, 30, of 247 NE Old Jacksonville Loop, was charged with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver within 1000 feet of a school or day-care center, manufacture of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton could become biggest city to go bankrupt
OcalaFebruary 29, 2012

The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.more »

Litigation
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Court Rules In Favor Of Monsanto in Organic Seed Growers Litigation
RTT NewsFebruary 27, 2012

(RTTNews) - Monsanto Co. (MON: News ) announced that the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association or OSGATA and dozens of other plaintiff growers and ...more »

Business Law
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Court battle of rival SoBe restaurants named Chow ends, and the winner is...
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 23, 2012

They pointed out that Michael Chow was awarded $1 million in his claim that the other Chow had engaged in false advertising and unfair competition. Basically, Michael charged that Philippe, who worked in Michael Chow's kitchen before changing his name ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Commentary: Medical care from U.S. veteran's point of view
Kansas City StarFebruary 29, 2012

It wasn't the prospect of future benefits that prompted me to join the military. In that long-ago time, it was just what young men my age were obliged to do. Nor was money the attraction. Although, in truth, the monthly check, including a small bonus ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ephrata man charged in child-pornography case
Lancaster NewspapersFebruary 1, 2012

Ortenzi is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a national group that targets online exploitation of children. He initiated the investigation, police said. Police obtained a search warrant that was served by members of the Lancaster ...more »

Personal Injury
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Small steps to offset suffering
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 5, 2012

After nearly 11 years, WR Grace & Co. is emerging from the cocoon of bankruptcy court where it sought financial protection while Libby asbestos victims got sicker and many died through the years. Grace filed for bankruptcy in 2001 as personal injury ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Michigan Workers Fight Emergency Managers, Plan Constitutional Amendment to ...
AlterNetFebruary 27, 2012

When an audience member asked why Michigan unions have not wholeheartedly backed the petition to repeal the emergency manager law, King said leaders thought amending the constitution was a better, more permanent strategy. A constitutional amendment ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wrongful Death vs. Murder
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

When most people think of murder, they think of a willful act that resulted in death. By contrast, wrongful death is often a result of a negligent act such as an automobile accident, medical malpractice, or a defective product.more »

Consumer Protection
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Five Essential Elements of a Successful International Compliance Program
Corporate CounselFebruary 29, 2012

In the US alone, 4000 new laws and regulations are in the works -- and that's in addition to the more than 3500 federal regulations passed just last year. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 represented the most ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawmakers to open new, real-time window with frequent reports of their ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

Article by: LARRY MARGASAK , AP WASHINGTON - Congress is about to open a new, real-time window into its members' stock trades, real estate deals and other financial transactions, allowing anyone to view the information online within weeks of the ...more »

NW Natural Reports 2011 & Q4 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

PORTLAND, Ore., Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- --Consolidated earnings for fiscal year 2011 were $2.39 per share on net income of $63.9 million, compared to $2.73 per share on net income of $72.7 million in 2010. --Utility results were strong despite ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Maryland And Delaware News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WJTVFebruary 26, 2012

Sussex Sheriff Jeff Christopher had argued that sheriffs were essentially "peace officers" under state law and therefore had the power of arrest. Christopher had ordered his deputies to stop dangerous drivers and execute arrest warrants.more »

Criminal Defense
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Utah County defense attorney remembered as skilled, charming
Daily HeraldFebruary 27, 2012

And he understood and really embodied the principle that everyone deserves a defense." Esplin added that in the fall Carter was honored for his work with an award from the Utah Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Attorney Tom Means, who currently ...more »

IRS exempts most oil sands crude from spill cleanup tax
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 9, 2012

The per-barrel tax that oil sands crude was exempted from by the IRS comprises more than 90 percent of the fund's intake, according to a recent Government Accountability Office audit that said it would soon run dry if Congress did not extend the levy ...more »

Age Discrimination
Patch.comFebruary 23, 2012

I still mind, and if you ask me it's still rude to discuss someone's age, but I've learned to live with it. Frankly, I don't know what exactly you expect a young adult to look like. Anyways, the other day I was at a very prestigious hair salon in Holly ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Health reform facts
The Keene SentinelFebruary 22, 2012

An email alarm arrived this week in the form of a chain-mail complaint about the health care reform law. The communication describes an allegedly surreptitious tax on real estate transactions that would be used to to help pay for the reform.more »

Environmental Law
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Boone-Doggle
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

The natural gas industry doesn't need subsidies. Something about energy policy causes Republicans and even many conservatives to abandon every free-market principle they claim to believe and embrace corporate welfare. The latest example comes courtesy ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 27
The StateFebruary 27, 2012

FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7:30 tonight 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 ...more »

Family Law
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McDonnell signs repeal of one-gun-a-month law
GoDanRiver.comFebruary 28, 2012

... he has talked to Virginia Tech families and others regarding the repeal of one-gun-a-month. Virginia's one handgun a month restriction will end July 1 with Gov. Bob McDonnell's signature today on legislation overturning the state's landmark law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma bills would allow employers to opt out of state workers comp system
Business InsuranceFebruary 28, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY—A set of bills has advanced in the Oklahoma Legislature that would allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system by establishing an alternative plan. Oklahoma's House Judiciary Committee passed HB 2155 on an 8-5 ...more »

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