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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 »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Kratovil swornin as QA's judge
The Star DemocratFebruary 1, 2012

The occasion attracted judges from throughout District 3 of the District Court of Maryland and was presided over by Judge Stephen J. Baker, administrative judge for District 3. An online service is needed to view this article in its entirety.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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Perrin appointed LCU's sixth President
KCBD-TVFebruary 3, 2012

At a press conference earlier today, LCU Chancellor Ken Jones announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees that Pepperdine School of Law Vice Dean, Tim Perrin, JD, will be Lubbock Christian University's sixth president. The Board of Trustees' decision ...more »

Immigration Law
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McClendon: legislators will 'tweak' immigration law
St. Clair TimesFebruary 6, 2012

by Will Heath SPRINGVILLE — According to state representative Jim McClendon, statewide polling has revealed consistent majority support for Alabama's new immigration policy. “We're constantly polling to see where the public is,” McClendon said ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New law may turn industrial property into social ownership
El UniversalFebruary 7, 2012

In his view, the new text ignores the value of industrial property for social and economic development. He warned that the new law could become a huge obstacle to research. "All workers involved in researches at the service of a third party make it for ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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LawfuelFebruary 5, 2012

JeffBakker practises corporate and securities law. His primary focus is on securities matters, particularly in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and continuous disclosure compliance.MelanieGastonpractises in litigation and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

The litigation arose from a motor-vehicle accident that occurred on October 4, 2001. In this accident, a vehicle driven by appellee Forester Vanderhoff rear-ended a vehicle driven by Ryan Piontkowski. In what has become the crux of this long-running ...more »

Animal Law
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A dog's life in Hong Kong
AsiaOneFebruary 1, 2012

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, authorities are virtually powerless to prevent animals from living in poor conditions even when they are in danger or distress. They can act only when those conditions have actually taken a toll on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Regulators have increased scrutiny of intellectual property rights, with EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia saying last month that he wanted to ensure patents weren't used to block rivals' expansion. He is also probing Honeywell International Inc. and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Pass Affirmatiive Action Bill-Council Of State Member
GhanaFebruary 13, 2012

Naa Seidu Braimah, Member of the Council of State has called for the passage of the Affirmative Action Bill into law after the drafting of the Legislation on it. Naa Braimah, who is also the chief of Guli, in the Wa Municipality, ...more »

AP Exclusive: US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"Both US intelligence and law enforcement communities and foreign services continue to identify people who want to cause us harm, particularly in the US and particularly as it relates to aviation," Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord urges tenancy cheats to come clean during fraud amnesty
24dash (press release)February 1, 2012

Terry Bonner, KHT's Operational Director of Landlord Services, said: “Tenancy fraud takes away homes from those on waiting lists who desperately need them. “We want to appeal to those who are committing fraud to do the right thing now, rather than risk ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Panel Decides to Hire Expert to Review City's Finances
The LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

Satchel was paid per diem for meals when he traveled for the city, and at the same time charged his meals on the city's credit card. He said he didn't know per diem was for meals. State Attorney Jerry Hill said his office is exploring the allegations ...more »

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Court to stay infringement litigation while Neptune's krill patent is re-examined
NutraIngredients-usa.comFebruary 3, 2012

Under the terms of the deal struck by the Delaware court, the litigation is now on hold pending the conclusion of the re-examination, said Neptune. “Pursuant to an agreement by the parties… the court has ordered a stay of the litigation until the ...more »

Business Law
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Anti-gay-marriage group loses Maine list appeal
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

... and represents a second defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, which previously lost a challenge to the state's political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Mess: Widow Feels Short-Changed after Benefits Slashed
First Coast NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Since then, Stevenson, of St. Augustine, has received a monthly check from the military as part of the Survivor Benefit Plan. "I am 99 percent to 100 percent sure he was active duty because they activated him after 9/11," Stevenson said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Colo. woman must turn over computer hard drive after appellate court refuses ...
In-ForumFebruary 22, 2012

The San Francisco-based Electronic Freedom Foundation has opposed the government's actions in the case because it believes easy-to-use encryption software should be used by everybody to prevent computer crimes and fraud, said Hanni Meena Fakhoury, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Austin Car Accident Lawyer Says Texas Needs To Crack Down On Drunk Driving And ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Texas personal injury attorney Bob Richardson of The Bob Richardson Law Firm points to recently released statistics showing that the state's drunk-driving fatalities have increased while the country's overall figures have gone down.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court asks for change in law to prosecute
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the right to file a complaint against a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right, and that Parliament should make an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Santorum doles out tough medicine on drug costs
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

What a dope. by mryoubrian February 2, 2012 4:54 AM EST "Back in 1994, when Santorum was in Congress and running for the Senate, he introduced HR 3918, which would have capped non-economic damages awarded by juries in medical malpractice cases at ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Coakley says insurance company should pay over bridge collapse
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

XL Specialty Insurance Company and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act by submitting false statements to avoid an obligation to pay $3 million under a June 2007 construction ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Sports Law
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Charleston, SC | Breaking News, Sports, Weather911 caller tells story of ...
ABC NEWS 4February 4, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Law enforcement officials blocked the bridge in both directions on Thursday as they worked to resolve the incident. (WCIV) By Stefanie Bainum CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) – Police have charged 38-year-old Phillip DeClemente with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Huguely's trial ends with less than impressive lawyering
Baltimore SunFebruary 20, 2012

says another Charlottesville attorney, David Heilberg, the past president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Heilberg and Snook said the defense also didn't help itself by saying, shortly after Huguely's arrest, that Love's death ...more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

How The Rock Got To Plymouth (And To The Parking Lot Near You)
North Country Public RadioFebruary 16, 2012

For older people who are looking for work, age discrimination is a major barrier. But proving bias can be difficult. The point guard was an unknown bench warmer for the New York Knicks until a few weeks ago. But after a series of breakout performances, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LiveViewGPS Publishes Updated 2012 GPS Tracking Catalog Featuring New Products ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"They demand reliable products that deliver pinpoint accuracy and lightning fast results to protect vehicles, assets and loved ones. Our new catalog features products that do just that. We continually strive to exceed expectations of quality and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Exeter's Russman Law Office, Solar-Powered
Patch.comFebruary 9, 2012

Attorney Ryan Russman said he can't count the number of people who have popped into his law office asking about its new solar array. The array, which will provide all the electricity his office needs, was installed by ReVision Energy, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Protect loved ones with living wills
Shreveport TimesFebruary 24, 2012

Bossier City attorney David White often drafts living wills when clients request standard wills and power of attorney. "Everybody that I've done wills for wanted a living will. I've never had anybody say they wanted to be kept alive by machines.more »

Family Law
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Enforcement of child maintenance orders
The StarFebruary 1, 2012

He is a senior partner in the firm of Chigiti and Chigiti Advocates in Nairobi whose key area of practice is Human rights and public interest litigation and family law. He was admitted to the list of Counsel at the International Criminal Court-ICC in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Theresa Piotrowski (Claimant) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed as modified the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) that denied and dismissed Claimant's claim petition and terminated ...more »


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