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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 »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Online Gambling Hearing Set for Thursday
NBC ConnecticutFebruary 1, 2012

In December, the US Justice Department issued an opinion that in-state Internet gambling does not violate federal law, prompting New Jersey lawmakers to consider a new state law allowing online gambling there. Soon after the court issued a ruling, Gov.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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UFC 143 Preview: The Main Card
Sherdog.comFebruary 1, 2012

Last year gave us Anderson Silva's front kick knockout on Vitor Belfort, as well as the opening chapter in The Year of Jon Jones. This year promises to deliver the goods, as well, as Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz figure to be a tough act for the Giants ...more »

Immigration Law
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industries come up with economic revival plan
The Express TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

... industrialisation and plan to improve law and order were the features of PIAF's economic revival agenda. LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has come up with a seven-point action plan to revive the country's economy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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China seeking 'peaceful' Arctic dispute resolution
Montreal GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

China hopes to solve "by peaceful means" any disputes with Canada concerning the Arctic, China's ambassador to Canada told a Montreal audience Wednesday. Canada is to take over the chair of the Arctic Council in 2013, a body on which China wants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NewPage retiree lawsuit continues
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

Retired union workers of Wisconsin Rapids' largest employer do not need to take action before the end of this week to stay involved in a class-action lawsuit against the company. In a recent legal notice to retirees involved in the lawsuit, ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Proposes Animal Shelter Law Repeal
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 1, 2012

By Kellie Onaga The animals waiting for homes in California shelters have no idea what could be coming. They may get an early death sentence under Governor Jerry Brown's proposal that would repeal parts of a state law meant to protect them.more »

Intellectual Property
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Brain drain: Protecting your organization's intellectual property
InfoWorldFebruary 6, 2012

Intellectual property is increasingly targeted by hackers and inadequately secured. Here's how to protect your business's IP By Lauren Gibbons Paul | CSO Global health care provider Best Doctors employs the most robust technologies and practices ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Increased Cancer Risk for 9/11 First Responders, Says Study
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and suspect you wereexposed to asbestos at ground zero, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options regarding a possible mesothelioma settlement, please contact an ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disabled whites to be excluded from BBBEE - Solidarity
PoliticswebFebruary 7, 2012

White people with disabilities will be completely kicked out of affirmative action processes, trade union Solidarity said today. According to Solidarity, the latest proposed amendments to the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BBBEE Act) will ...more »

Travolta donates jet to Museum of Aviation
Macon Telegraph (blog)February 2, 2012

By WAYNE CRENSHAW - wcrenshaw@macon.com Film actor John Travolta, a pilot and avid aviation enthusiast, is donating his Gulfstream II executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, which is located at the museum, said Chrissy Miner, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Greenwashing domino effect
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

USGBC is given notice of Jade's failure to maintain green cleaning (probably from the across-the-street landlord), and lowers her building's certification level from Gold to Silver. The major tenant has the same termination right if the building loses ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

Litigation
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Hill Schwartz Spilker Keller (“HSSK”) Announces the Closing of the Sale of ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 3, 2012

Its bankruptcy and financial forensics practices are led by two individuals with over fifty years of combined courtroom experience. HSSK assists clients in quantifying and articulating value for financial reporting, taxation, transaction, and corporate ...more »

Business Law
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Kansas Immigration Law: Kansas's Business Owners Ask Legislators To Start ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Businesses hiring the immigrants would have to follow federal labor laws. The Washington-based Pew Hispanic Center estimates that Kansas had 45000 illegal immigrant workers in 2010, accounting for about 3 percent of its workforce.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Army had several examples of energy-saving technologies on display, including a solar-powered water purifier and a tent with solar cells, during the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Update: Father, son charged with multiple counts of sexual exploitation of a child
WNCTFebruary 14, 2012

Deputies say they downloaded sexually explicit images of children on their home computers. It was a team effort by the Pitt County Sheriff's Office and the Internet Crimes Against Children task force. The father and son turned themselves in Tuesday ...more »

Personal Injury
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Palms teen injured in Monday car accident
Huron Daily TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Josh Horst was dispatched at about 7:45 pm Monday to the area of Goetze and Forester roads in Forester Township for a one-vehicle personal injury accident. According to Sgt. Steve McKenney, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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House Committee Examines Obama's Unconstitutional Appointments
Heritage.org (blog)February 2, 2012

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited a handful of constitutional law experts to discuss the four controversial appointments Obama made in January. Citing delays in the Senate, Obama installed Richard Cordray (pictured) as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Abortion investigation: Sex-selection terminations are 'like female infanticide'
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 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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Direct marketing in the context of privacy regulation
Bizcommunity.comFebruary 9, 2012

The Electronic Communications and Transactions Act, 2002 (ECT Act) was ground-breaking in that, for the first time, the legislature addressed the issue of spam, or unwanted unsolicited commercial electronic communications. The ECT Act prescribes that, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker faces obstruction charges
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 3, 2012

By Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen February 3, 2012 12:00 AM An Ottawa real estate broker is facing 18 charges under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, which she says stem from false allegations made by "disgruntled exagents.more »

Morgan Stanley Getting Vegemite for New Wall Street's 15% Bogey
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

“He understands people, and he understands the business,” he said. “I trust him with the franchise.” That franchise has undergone head-spinning changes since Gorman's arrival in 2006. In the US, the Dodd-Frank law, enacted in July 2010, ...more »

Sports Law
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Ga. court overturns assisted suicide restrictions
WRICFebruary 6, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> Analysis: Obama, GOP work to frame what matters: how economy is now, or where it's headed? More>> Analysis: Obama, GOP work to frame what matters: ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.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 »

Va. House approves bill allowing private adoption agencies to discriminate...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

The Virginia Board of Social Services in December adopted regulations allowing discrimination by private agencies based on personal factors, including gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and family status.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Examination of the FY 2013 Budget Request for...
defproFebruary 16, 2012

DHS also works closely with its Federal, State, and local law enforcement partners on a wide range of critical homeland security issues in order to provide those on the frontlines with the tools they need to address threats in their communities.more »

Environmental Law
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Five reasons to be pessimistic for solar PV
Renewable Energy FocusFebruary 6, 2012

Denmark is proud of its heritage when it comes to pushing forward the use of alternative energy solutions, and is all set to host the make or break un climate change conference (COP 15) in 2009. renewable energy focus assistant editor Kari Larsen saw ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Would you feel comfortable with a death bed will?
The Co-operativeFebruary 11, 2012

The case of Martin Lavin has caused judges to debate the legality of the practice after he changed his will to make his sister Anne Liston the main probate beneficiary just a few hours before his death, the Telegraph reported.more »

Family Law
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Proposal extends medical leave to veterans' families
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Amanda Palleschi Family members of veterans would be entitled to the same leave afforded to family members of current military service members under an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act announced Monday. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New York Construction Accident Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Discusses Workers ...
JD Supra (press release)February 8, 2012

New York workers' compensation lawyer David Perecman comments on a construction accident that left a worker critically injured. A piece of concrete fell on the head of the 26-year-old construction worker as he was clearing away loose concrete in a ...more »

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