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WA Govt funds Telstra mobile expansion
DelimiterFebruary 1, 2012

news The nation's largest telco Telstra the Western Australian State Government's Regional Mobile Communication Project (RMCP) contract, a deal which will see Telstra receive $39.2 million from the state government and in return provide a value return ...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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Floyd supervisors set hearing on zoning law change
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

CHARLES CITY - The Floyd County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and first reading for a proposed change to its newly-revised zoning ordinance at 9 am Feb. 13. The change will be in the small wind energy portion of the ordinance.more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal part of health-care law
Columbus DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It's unusual for a public body to be found in violation of Ohio's open-meetings laws. It's not that violations are unheard of, but more the fact that few are willing to foot the legal bill to go to court to challenge secretive meetings.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Optus wins landmark sports broadcast case
ABC OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

CLARE GILL, OPTUS SPOKESWOMAN: This has been a win for Australians, for innovation and for the law. This is a product similar to things that you can do today. So we see this no different from any other personal video recording device.more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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MT Expert - Legal: Stand up to HMRC
Management TodayFebruary 3, 2012

Another promising development is a current move by HMRC to embrace something called 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' when dealing with small businesses. Under the ADR process an HMRC 'facilitator' has the task of working with the taxpayer and the HMRC ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ebix Board of Directors Authorizes Regular Quarterly Dividend of $0.04 Per Share
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

ATLANTA, Feb 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ebix, Inc. /quotes/zigman/89059/quotes/nls/ebix EBIX +1.76% , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, today authorized a regular quarterly ...more »

Animal Law
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Help needed to care for neglected animals
KXRMFebruary 1, 2012

The animals have since been relocated to shelters and vet clinics across Colorado. "Those animals are being cared for in shelters from Douglas County to Pueblo County," Director of Animal Law Enforcement said. The Humane Society in Colorado Springs is ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IntraOp Medical wins Patent Defense Suit Protecting Their Intellectual Property
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

By IntraOp Medical Corporation SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- IntraOp Medical Corporation (OTC: IOPD) is pleased to announce that the German Supreme Court dismissed the patent nullification case that IntraOp Medical had appealed, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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LawyersandSettlements.com Recognizes American Heart Month With Its Top 10 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

LawyersandSettlements.com provides comprehensive legal news and critical information for those affected by once-in-a-lifetime situations involving medical device lawsuits, personal injury, defective products, California overtime and labor issues or a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action
Lake County Record-BeeFebruary 8, 2012

In 1970, I worked for a bank in Cleveland, Ohio, when Affirmative Action came to our attention. As we boys enjoyed several Manhattans over lunch (also called the three-martini lunch) at "America's Citadel of Free Speech," The City Club of Cleveland, ...more »

Aviation workers plan strike in France next week
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 4, 2012

By Hannah Sampson Aviation unions in France have voted to strike Monday through Thursday, though AFP reported that the potential impact is unknown because unions have not given details of their plans. Air France said it expects to operate more than 85% ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Bristol City Council to Improve Customer Service and Save £2.7 Million Per ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 7, 2012

The new workforce management solution will enable the council to provide a more responsive service to tenants in areas such as repairs and maintenance, while improving staff productivity by aiming to ensure that its 300 field workers have the right...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Have a bad credit history? Here's a loan just for YOU!
RediffFebruary 2, 2012

But if you have the misfortune of having a bad credit history then will you be able to avail a personal loan? The introduction of bad credit personal loans resolves this problem and comes as a blessing for borrowers who are refused credit on the basis ...more »

Litigation
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S&P Lifts MasterCard Outlook To Positive On 4Q Charge For Merchant Suits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The merchant litigation has been an overhang for MasterCard and chief rival Visa Inc. (V) of late as the card processors battle allegations they violated antitrust laws by fixing the fees retailers pay to accept their cards. A trial date for the cases...more »

Business Law
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Sansom businesses rejoice end of Law School construction
The Daily PennsylvanianFebruary 1, 2012

By Huizhong Wu · January 31, 2012, 8:23 pm Some business owners on Sansom Street will heave a sigh of relief when the construction trucks drive away from Golkin Hall for the final time. The Law School's Golkin Hall — which opened Jan.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Madigan Army doc Suspended Over PTSD Comments
Military.comFebruary 6, 2012

A Madigan Army Medical Center psychiatrist who screens soldiers for PTSD has been removed from clinical duties while investigators look into controversial remarks he made about patients and the financial costs of disability benefits, according to US ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Even with holiday shopping over LPPD encourages Internet awareness
Your Houston NewsFebruary 1, 2012

While children are certainly susceptible to predators, adults are equally as likely to fall victim to a different kind of Internet crime known as “spoofing.” Therefore La Porte Police Department encourages computer users, or anyone interacting with ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

We are passionate about defending the rights of patients needlessly injured by defective medical devices such as transvaginal mesh. To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Rubio on Obama: "I don't know where he got his law degree from"
MiamiHerald.com (blog)February 2, 2012

"I don't know where he got his law degree from because one of the most cherished constitutional principles, in fact one of the cornerstone ones when this country was founded and framed through the Constitution, was the issue of religious freedom," ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

Consumer Protection
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Use financial management tool 'at your own risk'
Independent OnlineFebruary 5, 2012

“I'm not sure that one could sign up with 22seven not fully understanding the risks, because service providers are obliged, in terms of prevailing consumer legislation, to ensure that a consumer fully understands the risks involved.more »

Real Estate 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 »

Former US Army Corps of Engineers Manager Pleads Guilty in Alleged $20 Million ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)February 14, 2012

... Peggy E Gustafson, Inspector General for the Small Business Administration (SBA); Robert E Craig, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Eric Hylton, Acting Special Agent in ...more »

Sports Law
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In-state online sports bets may be OK
The News JournalFebruary 5, 2012

But the federal Wire Act of 1961 explicitly makes it illegal to transmit bets or information about sports wagering across state lines. (A 1978 law called the Interstate Horse Racing Act carved out an exemption for "simulcast" betting on horse races.) ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Website Created to Help California Criminal Defendants
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 12, 2012

This most recent website is dedicated exclusively to criminal defense: A visitor to the sight can learn about the different types of crimes, from arson to vehicular manslaughter, and their commonly associated penalties. A viewer can watch an attorney...more »

IRS Tackles Giants Safety Antrel Rolle--Hard
ForbesFebruary 3, 2012

But according to the court, last year he agreed to pay $1.9 million plus interest–pretty much everything the IRS was seeking. The tab included $368000 in late-filing and accuracy-related penalties. R0lle's lawyer, Hiram M. Martin, did not respond to a ...more »

Congress exempt from several federal laws
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Helping Clients Protect What They Have
Accountingweb.comFebruary 12, 2012

[But] almost any asset protection is laden with tax consequences." Domestic asset protection trusts are self-settled trusts enacted in domestic jurisdictions, which have enacted the requisite legislation. "In most states, if you create a trust where ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Technology Innovator DyneGroup Names Tom Ridge to Board of Advisors
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

“In our last collaboration we were able to create over 1500 US manufacturing jobs and, in this new endeavor, these numbers could easily double with the addition of other technologies that we are actively pursuing in the alternative energy space.more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 21
The StateFebruary 21, 2012

(803) 791-9767 FREE LEGAL CLINIC: 6-7:30 pm Monday 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.more »

Family Law
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Family look at legal action
Jarrow & Hebburn GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

JAMES Bennett's family are considering legal action as they demand health chiefs act on South Tyneside coroner Terrence Carney's findings. They claimed NHS cost-cutting had contributed to the grandfather-of-three's poor care due to a lack of nurses at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Tulsa hires workers compensation consultant
Tulsa WorldFebruary 8, 2012

Mayor Dewey Bartlett discusses a plan to reduce Tulsa's workers compensation costs at City Hall on Tuesday. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer Mayor Dewey Bartlett said Tuesday that a consultant hired this week can help the ...more »

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