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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 »

Gay rights in Washington: A timeline
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

COM STAFF -- 1976: The Dorian Group, a lunch gathering for Seattle's gay and lesbian business folk, publicizes its existence at a lunch featuring Republican US Rep. Joel Pritchard. First talk of gay civil rights bill for Washington State.more »

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Administrative Law
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Being gay 'not a crime': SC
Sun.StarFebruary 28, 2012

By Gerome M. Dalipe THE Supreme Court (SC) cleared a retired judge from Agusan del Sur, who admitted being gay, of administrative cases of immorality and dishonesty. The SC Second Division agreed with the report of the investigating judge who ruled ...more »

Health Care Law
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Governors split over effects of Obama's health-care law
Washington PostFebruary 26, 2012

Scott Walker cheers on Republican presidential contenders, who all pledge a takedown of President Obama's health-care reform law if they win the White House. Meeting with fellow state leaders at the National Governors Association here Sunday, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 23, 2012

by Greg Siskind CIS Ombudsman January Contreras is leaving her post at the end of this month and it's a loss for the immigration advocacy community. Under her leadership, the Ombudsman's office has grown greatly in size, scope and its overall level of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Augusta Arranges Extension on Red Kite Loan Facility
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Augusta Resource Corporation (tsx/nyse amex:AZC) ("Augusta" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the Company and RK Mine Finance Fund I ("Red Kite") has signed a term sheet (the "Term Sheet") for a one year ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Congressman facing pressure from Jewish groups on adviser's religious divorce ...
Fox NewsFebruary 29, 2012

The dispute, among others, has prompted some discussion within the rabbinical community of how to avoid these situations. Herzfeld said that, for any wedding he officiates, he always requires the bride and groom to sign a prenuptial agreement of sorts ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allianz Life Names Gretchen Cepek as General Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) has promoted Gretchen Cepek to the post of general counsel, effective February 20, 2012. In her new role, Cepek will serve as chief legal...more »

Animal Law
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W.Va. might (finally!) regulate exotic wildlife
Charleston Gazette (blog)February 5, 2012

State law also prohibits keeping some animals like raccoons as pets because of the risk of rabies, said Paul Johansen, assistant chief in charge of game management with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. But officials have no idea how ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A Debate on Protection of Intellectual Property in the Internet
Poland.plFebruary 8, 2012

On Monday, PM Donald Tusk announced a debate on protection of intellectual property in the Internet. At the same time, the head of the government notified about the suspension of the ACTA ratification process. The Prime Minister explained that the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US High Court Blocks Asbestos Injury Lawsuit In Locomotive Case
4-tradersFebruary 29, 2012

By Brent Kendall Of The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that railroad maintenance workers can't bring state-law personal injury lawsuits against locomotive equipment manufacturers for alleged asbestos-related injuries. The court, in an opinion by ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

Chattanooga Airport terminal gets LEED certification
WRCB-TVFebruary 22, 2012

By Mike Pare, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio The new general aviation terminal under construction in this July 9, 2011 file photo. Photo by Angela Lewis/TFP CHATTANOOGA, TN. (Times Free Press) -- Chattanooga Airport's new general aviation terminal ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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More small investors take leap into landlord business
The News JournalFebruary 19, 2012

Landlords not only have to be tough enough to evict people -- even families in the dead of winter as Huerkamp had to do -- but to take midnight calls about broken plumbing, confront late-paying tenants and live with a heightened risk of legal hassles.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Loans for Emergency Pet Vet Bills and Medical Expenses
eYugoslavia.comFebruary 28, 2012

In the current economic downturn, consumers know they can turn to trusted ReallyBadCreditOffers. com for bad credit loans and no hassle financial help, but now the beloved family pet has a financial ally as well. The site has announced a new suite of ...more »

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BroadcomSEC probing litigation reserves
MarketWatchFebruary 25, 2012

s (NASDAQ:BRCM) accounting of litigation reserves as far back as June 2010, the company disclosed Friday. Shares fell 2.7% at $35.75 after hours Friday after the chip maker said the SEC's Los Angeles office said it will conduct a formal investigation ...more »

Business Law
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Governor or Big Oil spokesman?
SalonFebruary 29, 2012

Hickenlooper shamelessly shilling for the industry By David Sirota In the world of advertising, nothing is more quintessentially American than the corporate endorser. From Michael Jordan's storied history at Nike to Sam Waterston's ubiquitous ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy Secretary Visits First Coast
First Coast NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Greg Kinder served 30 years in the Navy and enjoys his military health insurance benefits. He hates what's being proposed in the budget to cut defense spending. "I'm very angry about the fact that they want to touch the healthcare programs that I was ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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ZICTA plans setting up team to combat cyber crime
postzambia.comFebruary 29, 2012

He said ZICTA would be working closely with the law enforcement agencies to protect consumers and institutions, both private and public, from cyber crime. "Under the electronic communications transaction Act of 2009, it provides for coming up with a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Unraveling the Myth of "Defensive Medicine"
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 25, 2012

For years, Republican politicians, physicians, personal injury defense attorneys, and other parties with a vested interest in tort reform have been lobbying for government intervention in the courtroom so as to curb "frivolous lawsuits" and for caps on ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gallup: Dems say Obamacare's unconstitutional, want to keep it anyway
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 27, 2012

It's going to change over time but there is no way it is all going away. They've been implementing since they day after the ACA was signed. In fact, some have speculated that implementation has already reached the point that it would be MORE expensive ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Scotland Yard launches investigation into doctors who agreed to illegal ... 24, 2012

Whatever an individual's opinion on abortion … laws in this country are decided by Parliament, not by individual doctors. If some professionals disagree with the law as it stands they should argue their case for change. Simply flouting them in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Regulatory watch list for 2012: the shifting landscape for hedge funds and ...
Lexology (registration)February 9, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act), which was adopted in July 2010 with the goals of reducing risk, increasing transparency and promoting market integrity within the financial system, significantly alters ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ALM's Law Journal Press Publishes New Book Offering Legal Guidance on Family...
GlobeNewsWire (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALM's Law Journal Press, a leading publisher of print and digital publications for legal professionals, today announced the release of a new book, Family & Medical Leave and the Law, co-authored by Megan P. Norris and James ...more »

Anti-competitive practices in government contracts
Business StandardFebruary 26, 2012

From an integrity perspective, the First-Come-First-Served (FCFS) system is undoubtedly the most problematic method of awarding government contracts and licenses, but over the years, many other anti-competitive practices have gradually found their way ...more »

Sports Law
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Baltimore Co. public ethics law falls short of state standards
Baltimore SunFebruary 25, 2012

Maryland law bars officials from taking gifts from people who do business with their agencies or whose activities are regulated by them. "It's absolutely our intention to comply with the state requirements," said Ellen Kobler, a spokeswoman for ...more »

Criminal Defense
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As Veteran-Related Crime Statistics Increase - Defense Attorneys Will Have a ...
PR Web (press release)February 21, 2012

The NVF is producing an important new publication directed at defense attorneys who represent these individuals. This first-of-its-kind tool is scheduled for release this spring. I have learned that judges do have a unique ability to lead and to become ...more »

BBB offers tax filing tips to avoid scams
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Check the credentials of the tax preparer. They should be either a CPA, tax attorney, an enrolled agent or certified E-file provider. They should be a member of a professional organization that keeps its members abreast of tax code changes, ...more »

Marcia O'Kelly, longtime law professor at UND, dies at age 77
Grand Forks HeraldFebruary 20, 2012

Marcia O'Kelly, a constitutional law scholar who taught law at UND for 27 years until her retirement in 2000, died Feb. 13 at her home in Arlington Heights, Ill. She was 77. Jeremy Davis, former dean of the UND Law School, was talking recently with a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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EU Bank Firewalls, Citigroup 'Defects,' D.E. Shaw: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 23, 2012

Measures to be considered by the group include “prohibiting banks from carrying out some activities or requiring banks to put certain activities (eg taking deposits from retail customers) into separate legal entities,” according to the statement.more »

Environmental Law
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House GOP redoing transportation bill - Vilsack pumps up biofuels - Climate ...
PoliticoFebruary 24, 2012

Burgess Everett has more — including whom the Republicans are blaming — for Pros: 1603 MAY NOT BE JOBS SAVIOR, WSJ REPORTS: Renewable energy companies received billions of dollars under the 1603 grant program that expired ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Program helps first responders plan for the future
Jones County NewsFebruary 23, 2012

Billy Mitchell (l) met with attorney Kristen Quinton at the Jones County Probate Court last week to work on the details of their will. A group of local attorneys reached out to Jones County first responders last week to provide a free service in an ...more »

Family Law
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Agency's 'rule' defies abuse law
Albany Times UnionFebruary 29, 2012

Among other reforms, the law required a public accounting of the events leading up to the death of any child in New York state who had been reported as abused or neglected. But for the past five years, the state's Office of Children and Family Services ...more »

Workers Compensation
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National Workers' Compensation Coalition Merges with CLM
MMD Newswire (press release)February 3, 2012

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) February 3, 2012 -- The Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance is pleased to announce that the National Workers' Compensation Coalition (NWCC) is merging with the CLM. The NWCC is a premier workers' compensation...more »


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