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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Administrative Law
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Status keeps Recht in 1st Circuit
The Steubenville Herald-StarFebruary 1, 2012

9 approval as a senior status judge allows him to preside over any docket throughout the state, as appointed. Essentially, his appointment has called him to fill the vacancy his retirement created. An administrative order signed by state Supreme Court ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Day boosts real estate practice with 2 former Simmons & Simmons hires
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Shaheen Pasha | Thursday, 2 February 2012 International law firm Jones Day has nabbed former Simmons & Simmons real estate head Duane Keighran and senior associate David Weir, as it looks to expand its Dubai office and bolster its real estate and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 6, 2012

It's a tough call, but I've said many times in this blog that I support piecemeal immigration reform. We have virtually no pro-immigration legislation pass in this country since comprehensive immigration reform was introduced in 2004 and it is largely ...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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STAR students offer mediation to peers
Community AdvocateFebruary 6, 2012

Some participants linked their service to long-term goals. Oddo said she wants to become something like a guidance counselor, and skills she's learning, like being impartial, will be useful. Eighth-grader Tatiana Karadimitriou believes mediation skills ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

Certain of the statements made in this press release regarding our business constitute forward-looking statements as contemplated under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet rescuer hopes to empower residents with class on animal rights
TribLocalFebruary 3, 2012

By Amy Alderman TribLocal reporter Today at 2:26 pm Libertyville animal rescuer Sandy Wisniewski hopes to empower more citizens with information on animal rights through her class, “Say no to animal abuse and neglect.” The five-week course, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 6, 2012

I. Introduction to Cisco and the Coalition for Patent Fairness I am the Vice President for Intellectual Property of Cisco Systems. We are one of the world's largest manufacturers of telecommunications equipment that powers the Internet, with more than ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, and Ada E. Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: Is hiring the less qualified justifiable?
BrunswickanFebruary 7, 2012

If Barack Obama had made his way to the top of the political world in the United States because of affirmative action his achievements would not have been looked up as highly as they have been. Representation of women and minorities in the workplace is ...more »

Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger portal to help consumers work out ...
Talk FinanceFebruary 1, 2012

UK holidaymakers can compare the optional extra fees charged by airlines when booking flights following the launch of a passenger resource by the airline regulator. At the end of 2011 the government announced plans to ban excessive surcharges on all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord sued after tenant losses footing between bottom stair and floor surface
The Louisiana RecordFebruary 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman is suing her landlord for injuries she claims to have sustained when she fell. Christina A. Arrington filed suit on Jan. 26 in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against Katherine Stone Babineaux.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines could shed 13000 jobs to cut costs
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

If American and its three unions can't agree on labor cuts, the company could ask a bankruptcy judge in New York to impose changes on workers. But federal law requires the company to make a good-faith effort to negotiate agreements with labor first.more »

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Itronics Named a Medium Entrepreneurial Technology Company of the Year by NCET ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

("safe harbor" statement under the private securities litigation reform act of 1995:This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements such as statements regarding the Company's growth and profitability)("safe harbor" statement under ...more »

Business Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military health care carrier hit with $10M fine
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

By Nick de la Torre, Gannett/Arizona Republic Dave McIntyre is the CEO of TriWest health Care Alliance, a health care company providing benefits for military people. By Nick de la Torre, Gannett/Arizona Republic Dave McIntyre is the CEO of TriWest ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Danbury News TimesFebruary 2, 2012

... on charges he used his old company credit card to pay for his account, among other Internet bills. Remy Charmoz, 62, of Glengarry Road, Fairfield, was charged Jan. 26 with second-degree computer crime and illegal use of a credit card.more »

Personal Injury
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Guest: Senate's PIP bill better
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

By Bill Newton By BILL NEWTON Several bills designed to reform our state's Personal Injury Protection system are working their way through the legislative process. While everyone agrees reforms are necessary to help safeguard against fraud, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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President's Message Assisting New Lawyers
WisBarFebruary 9, 2012

The experience of many new lawyers today is utterly different from my own. When I graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1976, I was admitted to the bar with no student debt, had a year of intensive trial experience under the student ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Houston bankers say they are ready to lend
Houston Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

-Bob Franklin Vista Bank Texas Houston bankers said the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and its newborn regulations passed two years ago, don't just constrain the giant investment banks in New York.more »

Real Estate Law
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REITs might be good investment to land
The Newark AdvocateFebruary 6, 2012

Peculiarly, the commercial real estate market isn't quite as depressed. In fact, funds that invest in real estate investment trusts, or REITs, rose an average 7.5 percent in 2011, beating the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index's 2.1 percent gain.more »

Employment law misconceptions: Wrongful termination, sexual harassment ...
newjerseynewsroom.comFebruary 7, 2012

BY ANDREW M. MOSKOWITZ Many misconceptions exist about what it is and is not against the law as applied to the workplace. The purpose of this article is to try to clarify some of these misconceptions. Hostile work environment. Many people believe that ...more »

Sports Law
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Feds seize illegal sports-streaming sites
CNETFebruary 3, 2012

ICE says that he illegally operated nine Web sites that streamed live sporting and pay-per-view events from his home in Michigan. "In sports, players must abide by rules of the game, and in life, individuals must follow the laws of the land," said ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cuomo proposes more flexible probation laws
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

"Probation is a punishment, and judges should be able to decide if more or less is appropriate for a particular defendant," said Richard Willstatter, the president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a partner at Green ...more »

Citibank's New Frequent Flier Benefits Come With A Major Tax Hassle
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

A tax attorney Lazarus spoke to said the value of the miles are "whatever Citi says it is," but if that's the case, we have to wonder whether all consumer incentives are taxable, too. Don't freak out just yet: The IRS might not be too keen on all that ...more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Fannie Moten appeals the district court's 1 adverse grant of summary judgment in her action asserting that her former employer discriminated against her based on her age and gender, and unlawfully retaliated against her for complaining about a single ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Protects Fund Companies From Investors
Barron'sFebruary 11, 2012

"I'm not surprised the SEC filed an amicus brief," says Barry Barbash, partner and head of the asset-management group for law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Barbash also served as the SEC's director of investment management from 1993 to 1998.more »

Environmental Law
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South Whitehall Township adopts ordinance governing alternative energy projects
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYSouth Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday approved rules for alternative energy systems. South Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday adopted rules ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Where's there's a will, there's a way to help 7, 2012

Nationally, Will Aid has reported its most successful year ever, raising more than £1.5 million to date. Carolyn Tilly, partner with Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors and specialist in Wills and Probate, said: “It is wonderful to report this success for ...more »

Family Law
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Santa Anita to host Cops 4 Causes law enforcement day Feb. 18
Paulick ReportFebruary 5, 2012

5, 2012)—Santa Anita Park, Cops 4 Causes and Go Country 105.1 FM will host the first annual Law Enforcement Family Fun and Appreciation Day, Saturday, Feb. 18, in the track's spacious infield area it was announced today.more »

Workers Compensation
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Employee Loses Worker Comp after He Posted Party Photos Online
AllGovFebruary 3, 2012

Clement and his attorney argued that the introduction of the photos into the case were “a disgrace to the dignity of the workers' compensation proceedings and the legal system.” Judge David M. Glover of the Arkansas Court of Appeals was not impressed ...more »


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