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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

P. 80C, Mrs. T. 1 appeals from a final judgment 2 of the Superior Court (Cumberland County, Wheeler, J.) affirming a decision of the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services accepting the recommendation of an administrative hearing...more »

Health Care Law
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Western faculty discuss Affordable Health Care Act
News-Press NowFebruary 29, 2012

The Affordable Health Care Act has been a polarizing issue since it was signed into law in March 2010. Faculty at Missouri Western State University addressed the issue Tuesday evening at a panel discussion in Hearnes Hall. About 26 states have filed ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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House of GOP memo states that 'abortion is the leading cause of death in the ...
The GrioFebruary 7, 2012

Mother Jones reports that they have obtained a copy of the memorandum: HR 3541 Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2011. A House GOP memo obtained by Mother Jones argues for a controversial "prenatal discrimination ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 29, 2012

As long as the GOP allows this protectionist to singlehandedly stop pro-business job-creating immigration legislation, they cannot claim to be a pro-immigration party. We hear over and over that they're only against illegal immigration and want ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Underground Atlanta developer bets on another gambling plan
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

The Georgia Lottery board of directors, appointed by the governor, can legally approve video gaming in the state without the Legislature, O'Leary said. The lottery board declined to act three years ago but then-Attorney General Thurbert Baker gave an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Symantec Report Finds New Wave of Cyber-Attacks Impersonating Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

(NASDAQ:SYMC) today announced the findings of its February Symantec Intelligence Report, which shows a new wave of cyber-attacks designed to impersonate a well-known business mediation and arbitration service in North America.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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Missouri dog breeding compromise spurs animal measures
Southeast MissourianFebruary 12, 2012

Jeanne Kirkton would exempt Missouri animal shelters from paying state licensing fees. Animal shelters lost their exemption from the licensing fees under a law approved in 2010. Under the legislation passed last year amid the controversy over dog ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lunch And The Law“Intellectual Property” For Entrepreneurs With Attorney Andy ...
VillageSoup BelfastFebruary 13, 2012

By Spectrum Generations | Feb 13, 2012 Mid-Coast Maine Attorney Andrew Zulieve will be the presenter at Damariscotta Spectrum Generations "Lunch & the Law" Zulieve is an Intellectual Property expert and will explain Intellectual Property or "intangible ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Miami Commissioner Spence-Jones to sue State Attorney after failed criminal cases
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 28, 2012

By law, a plaintiff must notice a state agency six months before suing. Spence-Jones returned to office in August after she beat back two criminal cases filed by state prosecutors. In March, a jury acquitted Spence-Jones of allegations that she tried ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US affirmative action ban challenged
News24February 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

China Aviation Oil Seeks to Buy March, April Jet-Fuel Cargoes
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

China Aviation Oil Singapore Corp. (CAO) is seeking to buy as much as 1.2 million barrels of jet fuel for loading in March and April, according to tender information sent to potential sellers. The company is the largest jet-fuel supplier in China.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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LeaseRunner: A Landlord's Nirvana – A Tenant's Dream Come True
RealtyBizNewsFebruary 28, 2012

How do prospective or existing tenants get to LeaseRunner? If the landlord is signed up with LeaseRunner, they will email the applicant or tenant a link to LeaseRunner. On our site the applicant or tenant can join our secure portal for free.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bank lending jump bodes well for US economy
CBS NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Yet much of those profits are the result of banks reducing the reserves they set aside to offset bad loans. Many institutions are struggling to grow amid low interest rates and new federal caps on credit card and overdraft fees.more »

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Spill victims hope trial brings elusive justice
Huffington PostFebruary 26, 2012

MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | February 26, 2012 09:18 AM EST | AP NEW ORLEANS — Billions of dollars are on the line when a federal trial opens Monday over the reams of litigation spawned by the nation's worst offshore oil disaster, though those whose losses ...more »

Business Law
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FDA to study "corrective" ads
Medical Marketing and MediaFebruary 29, 2012

The FDA will study the impact of corrective advertising on consumer misperceptions of drug safety and efficacy. In a notice posted to today's Federal Register, the agency cited ads run by Bayer in 2009 at FDA's behest to remedy false or misleading...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
The StateFebruary 1, 2012

By JESSICA GRESKO - AP WASHINGTON — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straight spouses. The lawsuit announced in Washington involves a 12-year veteran of the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Estonia Endorses Deportation of 6 Alleged Cyber-criminals to USA
SPAMfighter NewsFebruary 28, 2012

In the meantime, during November 2011, the cyber-criminals' team head Vladimir Tshastshin, who designed the plan for carrying out the Internet fraud had police arrest him in Estonia via one huge collaboration between the Estonian agencies of law...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Firm, Cellino & Barnes, Addresses US Consumer Product Safety ...
PR Leap (press release)February 22, 2012

COM) New York - Personal injury attorneys report on the statement issued by US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, BSH Home Appliance Corporation and Kraft Foods on February 9th regarding immediate product recalls related to the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 24, 2012

The Sharia law that the Muslim attacker followed trumped the First Amendment. The Washington Post recently reported on an appeals court decision to maintain an injunction to stop the implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Insight: Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
Baltimore SunFebruary 23, 2012

Catlin provided an equivalent of malpractice insurance to First National's executives, but the insurer denied liability for the executives' alleged mistakes. The case illustrates complex legal maneuvering as the FDIC steps up efforts to pick through ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Retail competition 'leads to new risk in industry'
BusinessLIVEFebruary 28, 2012

But while selling personal finance products represents a new retail opportunity in a tight market, the practice needs to comply with the legislation set down by the Financial Advisory Services Act (FAIS), which strives to protect consumers of financial ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House passes speedy foreclosure bill
OcalaFebruary 29, 2012

Critics said the bill would create a new “trail of tears” from displaced homeowners, but a bipartisan group of lawmakers praised the legal revisions for balancing homeowners' rights against clearing a backlog of foreclosures to boost the real estate...more »

No Alarm Monopoly for Fire-Protection District
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 29, 2012

In 2009, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District passed an ordinance requiring the installation of wireless reporting alarms in all commercial and multifamily buildings. A nerve-center station in the district would monitor the alarms.more »

Sports Law
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Latest Georgia News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WSAV-TVFebruary 28, 2012

The bill would bar illegal immigrants from all state colleges, universities and technical schools and also makes tweaks to other state laws having to do with illegal immigration. Supporters of the bill say it's necessary to preserve state-funded ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Unusual elements in state's murder case against a mother and son
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 26, 2012

Parents are victims of only 1 percent to 2 percent of all homicides, said Paul Mones, a West Coast attorney who specializes in intra-family crimes. He and other defense attorneys said they knew of few cases involving both patricide and mariticide, ...more »

To Hire or Not to Hire a Tax Professional: Questions Every Taxpayer Should Ask
CPA Practice AdvisorFebruary 14, 2012

However, only CPAs, tax attorneys and enrolled agents can legally represent you before the IRS in the event that your tax return is audited. 3. How do I find the right tax preparer for me? When looking for a tax professional, you should begin the ...more »

Rowan Atkinson: BBC should have been allowed to drop Miriam O'Reilly
The GuardianFebruary 22, 2012

The BBC should have been free to drop Miriam O'Reilly from Countryfile without attracting any accusations of age discrimination, according to comedian Rowan Atkinson, in a controversial intervention into the debate about the lack of older women on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tierney, Brown press action vs. NOAA
Gloucester Daily TimesFebruary 21, 2012

Tierney also pressed Bryson with questions about the misuse of the fund by NOAA's Seattle Office of Law Enforcement, which drew $300787 from the fund in 2008 to acquire a 35-foot luxury cabin boat with flat screen TV and built-in bar for undercover ...more »

Environmental Law
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BTU International Reports Fourth Quarter Sales and Fiscal Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BTU International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTUI) , a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced its financial ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Metro Atlanta Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Attorney J. Mark Brittain Launches ...
PR Web (press release)February 9, 2012

The firm has developed a reputation for maintaining high ethical standards while effectively representing clients throughout Metro Atlanta in wills, trusts, estates, probate, real estate, business and family legal matters. Attorney J. Mark Brittain ...more »

Family Law
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Proposition 8 Ruling Appealed: GOP House Leaders To Appeal California Gay ...
Huffington PostFebruary 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Three GOP congressional leaders are appealing a federal judge's ruling that declared a law prohibiting the government from recognizing same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional, according to court papers filed Friday.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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