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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama's proposal for Senate votes on judicial nominees deserves bipartisan ...
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, wrote about "Our Broken Judicial Confirmation Process" and said this: "Wasteful and unnecessary delay in the process of selecting judges hurts our justice system and harms all Americans. It is intolerable no matter who ...more »

Health Care Law
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Opponents Argue The Health Law 'Went Too Far'
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Congress went beyond its powers by requiring Americans to buy insurance under President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul, opponents told the Supreme Court on Monday in arguing the law's centerpiece provision should be struck down.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Clubhouse Lawyer: Jones Day Partner to Lead US Golf Assocation
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

In law and in golf, Glen Nager has had an exceptional mentor. The Jones Day litigation partner clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1983. And when Nager started hitting the links some years later, the pair played several rounds ...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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On the Boards
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 6, 2012

Peter S. Linder, chairman of the MAG Fund, was elected treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee; Alan J. Cohn, president of Sage Financial Group, is finance committee vice chair; and Michael J. Heller, chair of the Business Law Department at ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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County Schools Host Student Mediation Conference
FairfaxNews.comFebruary 3, 2012

This year's conference theme, “My Part for Peace,” emphasizes the need for improved conflict resolution skills that will provide the potential to build a more peaceful atmosphere in schools, homes, and communities. During the workshops, participants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Kline attorney argues wife should be able to keep money
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 13, 2012

Michelle Kline and the insurance company reached the settlement last month after extensive litigation over whether she and her husband were responsible for the fire that destroyed the family's home. The Klines denied the claim, but the settlement also ...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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A New Question of Internet Freedoms
New York TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Now they are putting that knowledge to use in an effort to defeat new global rules for intellectual property. In the American protests , Web sites including Wikipedia went dark Jan. 18, and about four million people signed online petitions opposing the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

EIN News Adds Great Lakes Aviation Daily Report to Its Media Monitoring Services
Einnews PortugalFebruary 1, 2012

EIN News, an online news company established in 1995, has added Great Lakes Aviation Daily Report to its suite of media monitoring websites. February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- EIN News has developed one of the world's leading real time news ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Covenant of Quiet Enjoyment - A Bang or a Whimper
JD Supra (press release)February 3, 2012

Almost all commercial leases in the United States include a covenant of quiet enjoyment. At its simplest level, the protection afforded by the covenant to a tenant is straightforward: a landlord must not interfere with a tenant's use and enjoyment of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines to trim labor costs, 13000 jobs
Detroit Free PressFebruary 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 first negotiate agreements with its ...more »

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American Creek Resources Provides Litigation Update
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Feb 01, 2012 (ACCESSWIRE-TNW via COMTEX) -- The Board of Directors of American Creek Resources Ltd. /quotes/zigman/430569 CA:AMK 0.00% /quotes/zigman/430570 ACKRF +37.14% (the "Company") wishes to provide an update on the ongoing litigation with Teuton ...more »

Business Law
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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hiring Help
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is seeking input from current military service members on their pay and benefits preferences following last week's preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 spending request, which would change military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senate passes cybercrime bill on final reading
Mindanao Gold Star DailyFebruary 1, 2012

2796, sponsored by Senator Edgardo Angara, seeks to empower law enforcement agencies to investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals committing internet-related crimes. Angara said SBN 2796 aims to ensure internet security to the public with the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Mississauga's Go-To Personal Injury Law Firm Announces Launch of New Website
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 17, 2012

Petrillo Law, a Mississauga personal injury law firm with over 20 years of experience in championing the rights of accident victims announces the launch of a new website at Petrillo Law is a top-rated personal injury law firm ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Forget Super PACS. A modest proposal for legalizing vote buying
Washington Post (blog)February 5, 2012

It was just two years ago that the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, scraped away decades of barnacled case law obscuring our beloved Constitution and unequivocally established the right of corporations, unions and wealthy individuals to spend as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Real Estate Law
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Venable Adds Stroock's Koffler to Head N.Y. Real Estate Practice
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Venable LLP (1214L), the Washington-based law firm, hired Peter G. Koffler, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, as the firm expands its New York real estate practice. Koffler joined Venable's New York office and will lead its real estate group, ...more »

Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Sports Law
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Sport chiefs lobby PM for change in copyright law
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

THE chiefs of Australia's major sporting codes met with the Prime Minister and senior ministers to express concerns over the recent court ruling that allows Optus to broadcast delayed video of matches to its mobile phone network.more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Law changes on family violence recommended by commission
Herald SunFebruary 8, 2012

Ms Roxon said the passage of the Family Violence and Other Measures Act in November 2011 sent a clear message that family violence and child abuse are not acceptable. The attorney-general also announced that Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wall Street Split as Money Managers Fault Bank Foreclosure Deal
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

The rift within Sifma follows investor advocates' complaints that bondholder interests are often trumped by those of the biggest banks when government officials act to address the fallout from the US housing slump. Language similar to the planned ...more »

Environmental Law
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Optimistic UN nuclear team plans new Iran trip
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, is interviewed as he arrives after his flight from Iran at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Austria, Feb. 1, 2012.more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Class OnEstate Planning And Probate Located At ...
openPR (press release)February 9, 2012

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate plans, making a will or living trust, the probate court process, getting advance directives and power of attorney done, and how to get things started. Evan Guthrie is an attorney that practices in the areas ...more »

Family Law
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Legal forums return Feb. 16
Cleveland Daily BannerFebruary 2, 2012

The year's first forum topic will be “Family Law Issues,” the same subject covered in the event's inaugural session. It has returned by “popular demand,” as has the entire Community Legal Forum concept, Tapper explained. Joining Tapper on the “Family ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Gov: Slow Down Privatizing Workers Comp Insurer
KJCT8.comFebruary 3, 2012

John Hickenlooper and Colorado's only state-chartered workers compensation insurer have agreed to delay a proposal to privatize the company. Hickenlooper said Thursday more work needs to be done on the plan for Pinnacol Assurance.more »


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