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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Health Care Law
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CLASS Act: Abandoned yet defended
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

It's not as though the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Actis generating good press for President Barack Obama's health care law. In fact, Republicans are sure they can make it a symbol of the out-of-control spending they think the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Goshen sees unusually high number of homicides
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Mason teen signed up to take the ACT as a practice exercise to prepare him for a... Colerain senior safety Andre Jones woke up at 6 am Wednesday in preparation for the moment he would officially sign with the University of Cincinnati.more »

Immigration Law
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Anti-Immigrant Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona's Immigration Law
Hispanically Speaking NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Strangely enough, some of these statistics—such as those on the drop in crime—document trends which began before Arizona had enacted any harsh immigration laws. The report does mention, offhandedly, that punitive state immigration policies may not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kicking and screaming toward climate regulation
WyoFileFebruary 14, 2012

Late last year it became apparent that Wyoming's anti-Kyoto law would force industries emitting more than 75000 tons of CO2 per year to obtain permits from both Wyoming DEQ and the EPA Region 8 office in Denver. “What we didn't know at the time is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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John Keith Miller
Oak RidgerFebruary 1, 2012

In November 2011, he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past 20 years. John Keith Miller, 84, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer Sued for $50 Million in BP Oil Spill
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

"When Cameron needed it the most, Liberty refused to provide Cameron the $50 million in insurance limits it sold Cameron. Instead, Liberty offered Cameron a choice: either continue the Gulf oil spill litigation and face potentially crippling liability, ...more »

Animal Law
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NEW: Senate Leader Ruggerio Introduces Legislation to Ban Animal Devocalization
GoLocalProvFebruary 1, 2012

To perform the surgery, a direct incision at the animal's neck is made, and vocal cords are taken out. Risks involved include difficulty breathing, chronic gagging, pneumonia and infection. “This act is inhumane for any animal to go through.more »

Intellectual Property
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CORRECTED-Disagreements on cyber risk East-West "Cold War"
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

(Corrects name spelling of UK defence firm to QinetiQ in paragraph 13) * East-West disagreements over cyberspace rise * Intellectual property theft, Internet freedom key issues * Increasingly obvious gap between US, allies, Russia ,China By Peter Apps, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Suit filed against several corporations that allegedly used asbestos
WLDS-WEAI NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A lawsuit naming 14 national corporations that allegedly used and sold products containing asbestos was filed in Morgan County court yesterday. Larry and Judy Hill filed the eight-count suit asking for in excess of $50000. The suit, which represents ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Rutgers–Newark Law School Hosts March 1 Symposium on the Future of Affirmative...
News from RutgersFebruary 17, 2012

NEWARK, NJ – The future of affirmative action in higher education will be discussed by a panel of legal experts and distinguished speakers at the Rutgers Race & the Law Review symposium to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark on Thursday, March 1, ...more »

ADAC and Etihad CEO's to open important aviation event
Travel Daily News InternationalFebruary 1, 2012

Nigel Mayes, VP & Commercial for UBM Aviation Routes, organiser of World Routes, said: “Air service development is fundamental to the prosperity of cities and regions around the world, as well as the growth of the airports that serve these regions.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Banking glitch resolved in aid to landlord Thanh Kim Le's family
HollandSentinel.comFebruary 2, 2012

Wanting to help the family pay Le's outstanding funeral and medical bills, her friends from EBW collected $400 and set up an account at Chase Bank in Holland in the name of Le's daughter-in-law, Tiara Gwynn. Gwynn has been handling Le's bills and other ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US Plans Charges on Bond Fraud
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Manhattan US Attorney's office is planning to allege in a criminal complaint that several former traders at Credit Suisse Group AG, a major global investment bank, misled the bank's investors by booking inflated prices of mortgage bonds to boost ...more »

Litigation
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Honeywell Sues Nest for Patent Infringement
Connected World MagazineFebruary 6, 2012

Honeywell says this move follows similar litigation against other manufacturers, naming Venstar, www.venstar.com, and ICM Controls, www.icmcontrols.com. Nest thermostat has been touted as the “iPhone of thermostats” by its creators.more »

Business Law
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Quincy Public Schools: Beware of Quincy Blue Devil banner scam
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQAFebruary 1, 2012

Here's a KHQA Safe Family Crime tip -- there has been a scam reported to law enforcement in the Quincy area. Several businesses have reported receiving calls to advertise on banners to be placed in Quincy Blue Devil Gym or Flinn Stadium.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Army Veteran Sues Federal Government for Denying Military Benefits to Her Wife
LAistFebruary 2, 2012

A gay US Army veteran in Pasadena has filed a suit against the federal government for denying military benefits to her wife. Tracey Cooper-Harris was an Iraq War veteran who served in the Army for 12 years until she was diagnosed with multiple ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," said D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Contingency Fee Lawsuit Program for ...
EIN News (press release)February 5, 2012

The car accident and personal injury attorneys at Jaspon and Armas have announced a "No Fees Until We Win" program to assist victims of car accidents throughout the Orlando area with pursuing potential car accident law suits. ORLANDO, FL, February 05, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patterson said the NDAA is part of "a long line of assaults on our liberties that provides an easy transition to Totalitarianism." Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal analysis but did not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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R. BROOKS ASSOC., INC. v. HARTER SECREST & EMERY LLP
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA threatens complaint against Eskom
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Foreign Investment in Florida Due in Part to 2011 Florida Legal Reforms and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Market reports are confirming the great amount of international interest in Florida real estate investment and development. In the last quarter of 2011, one report reveals that Florida took the lion's share in foreign investor interest from the rest of ...more »

New Amendment Bill and Future of Labour Hire
AllAfrica.comFebruary 3, 2012

More significantly when passed, the new law should be able to give greater protection to workers rights and employment conditions in this three-tiered employment industry without diminishing business employers need to operate under flexible competitive ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Criminal Defense
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Arizona's Law Office of Corso & Rhude Expands with Addition of New Attorney
openPR (press release)February 3, 2012

(openPR) - The Law Office of Corso & Rhude has announced the hiring of its newest attorney, Ryan Cummings, who joins the firm's growing staff of defense attorneys at its Peoria office. Peoria, AZ, February 03, 2012 -- The Law Office of Corso & Rhude ...more »

Introducing Form 8949, and Other Changes
New York TimesFebruary 12, 2012

Going on extension does not invite an audit, she said, but a return with information that does not match the 1099-B that the IRS has received from the broker will be questioned. Schwab has more information and a video on the topic at its Web site.more »

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) Hit With $500k Fine
eMoneyDailyFebruary 1, 2012

Bowne filed the case accusing that the bank dismissed him because of his age, which is against Florida law. FINRA did however say that the bank did not violate federal age discrimination law. Elizabeth Fogarty, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) spokeswoman, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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You've Started A Business: Is Your Brand Protected?
Small Business TrendsFebruary 2, 2012

It's the cornerstone of your business and shapes everything that follows – from marketing tone to a customer's first impressions. Have you protected this valuable asset? How well do you understand trademark law? Maybe you're just starting your business ...more »

Environmental Law
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New European Airplane Fuel Laws Will Spark U.S. Biofuels Industry
PolicyMicFebruary 4, 2012

Although DoD only buys about 15% of aviation fuels, it has been an important early adopter of advanced biofuels. The Department of Navy has committed to get 50% of its fuels from alternative sources by 2020 and the Air Force has committed to source ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Council member Doran did things his way on Clearwater City Council
Tampabay.comFebruary 11, 2012

The 65-year-old is a tax accountant and an attorney in probate, wills and trusts; for a time, he also worked as a real estate agent. Self-employed, he typically works until 9 every night. Born in Indianapolis, Doran served a year in South Korea with ...more »

Family Law
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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »

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