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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 »

SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Status keeps Recht in 1st Circuit
The Steubenville Herald-StarFebruary 1, 2012

9 approval as a senior status judge allows him to preside over any docket throughout the state, as appointed. Essentially, his appointment has called him to fill the vacancy his retirement created. An administrative order signed by state Supreme Court ...more »

Health Care Law
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The 'Death Panel' Buried Deep Inside the Health Care Law
Crosswalk.com (blog)February 1, 2012

They applauded in Berkeley but advocates of health care reform were livid two years later when Sarah Palin offered an equally honest assessment of pending health care legislation, charging that it would introduce rationing and “Obama's 'death panel'” ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Walker's Union Law Saves Wisconsin Money as Teachers Quit School
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Turner said the law's impact varies with the availability of federal stimulus money, student enrollment, the overall financial health of districts and the status of their contracts -- the higher employee contributions don't begin until labor deals ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration's stark reality
Daily HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

A couple of Utah politicos are rattling sabers about immigration, but their proposals only underscore their failure to face the facts. Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, has introduced a bill that would gut the sensible comprehensive immigration law that was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 3 - Saldanha Bay
FM.co.zaFebruary 2, 2012

Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes into effect, plans are at an advanced stage to proclaim the country's fifth zone at Saldanha Bay. Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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'Year of Bible' sparking dispute
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

By Andrew M. Seder aseder@timesleader.com House Resolution 535 is another example of the fine line between religion and politics being blurred, according to local religious leaders and professors. The two-page resolution, adopted last week by a 193-0 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Judge James Kleinberg also rejected bids by both companies to seal documents in the case that they argued contain sensitive business information that that might harm them or their customers. HP said yesterday in an e-mailed statement that the fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Bob Barker: The Price Is Wrong For Animal Testing (TAKE ACTION)
Global AnimalFebruary 1, 2012

(ANIMAL TESTING) VIRGINIA — Long time animal rights activist Bob Barker has teamed up with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to ask the University of Virginia to stop doing it's pediatric testing on live cats. Barker points out that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Would Like To Know What ...
TechdirtFebruary 7, 2012

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has a pretty long history of basically being the leading supporter of ever stricter and more ridiculous copyright (and patent and trademark laws). To be fair, in recent years, WIPO has actually been ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New era LSK polls fail affirmative action test
Daily NationFebruary 11, 2012

FILE | NATION A lawyer casting her ballot in Eldoret during elections to pick LSK representatives to the Judicial Service Commission last October. The election of LSK officials will be carried out through secret ballot.more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Job of the Day: Leasing Agent
MyFox Tampa BayFebruary 2, 2012

• Must have knowledge of Public and subsidized housing program regulations, requirements, and standards as determined by HUD; Fair Housing Laws; and rental housing market and landlord/tenant laws. • Customer service and oral and written communication ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Prosecution calls for six-year sentence in Nova case
Helsingin SanomatFebruary 2, 2012

All three defendants have denied criminal activity. Merisalo was astounded by the demand. “It is probably the heaviest demand in years in this kind of an economic crime case”, he said. The trial involving the bankruptcy of the Nova Group began in ...more »

Litigation
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Federal Judge Joins Former Partners to Launch New Litigation Boutique
SunHerald.comFebruary 7, 2012

Richard J. Holwell, the Southern District of New York judge who recently presided over the insider trading trial of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, has announced his departure from the federal judiciary to open a boutique litigation firm ...more »

Business Law
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Indoor tanning: Not as sunny as depicted, Congress' Democrats say
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Henry A. Waxman of Los Angeles, said calls to 300 salons nationwide and a review of advertising found that the vast majority provided "false information about the serious risks of indoor tanning and made specious claims about the health benefits that ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tim Barnes and Joe Pitts tout Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses in ...
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget. “The Governor's support of this bill shows ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Feldman Shepherd Names Patricia Giordano a Partner in Philadelphia Personal...
Citybizlist (press release)February 8, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Giordano has been named a partner of the firm. Giordano is a personal injury lawyer who handles ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Mississippi high court takes ex-gov pardons case
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Matt Steffey, a constitutional law professor at Mississippi College, said the high court's decision is not a surprise because it ultimately would be up to the justices to decide the constitutional issue. "This is a positive development.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Change in leadership at malpractice insurer
Parkersburg NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"We had a change in leadership," said Dr. R. Austin Wallace, who has taken over as president and chief executive officer of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company. "It's been a very great transition." Wallace took over the top positions at the ...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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Jones Day boosts real estate practice with 2 former Simmons & Simmons hires
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Shaheen Pasha | Thursday, 2 February 2012 International law firm Jones Day has nabbed former Simmons & Simmons real estate head Duane Keighran and senior associate David Weir, as it looks to expand its Dubai office and bolster its real estate and ...more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lab tests could shed light on Grosse Pointe Park killing
Detroit Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

The case has drawn the attention of criminal defense lawyers, who weighed in Thursday about why Gentz hasn't yet been criminally charged after he supposedly confessed to murder. Criminal law expert David A. Moran, a professor at the University of ...more »

DPS teacher and former accountant indicted on money laundering and program ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The case was investigated by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Education. The DPS Office of Inspector General “developed and investigated dozens of leads, which led to collaboration with the FBI and US Attorney's...more »

Weekly Capitol Update - February 13
Linn County LeaderFebruary 14, 2012

Both bills would substantially raised the legal bar for bringing claims of unlawful workplace discrimination based on race, gender, age disability or religion. For cases that still manage to make to court, the bills would severely limit the amount of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Resolute Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

The public is invited to join the call at (866) 696-5910 (pass code 1038311) at least fifteen minutes before its scheduled start time.A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under "Presentations and Webcasts" in the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Oil and gas commission director resigns
Northern Colorado Business ReportFebruary 1, 2012

The director of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is resigning to join a law firm specializing in oil and natural gas and public lands practices. David Neslin was appointed director to the state agency regulating oil and gas development ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Adoptive son loses inheritance through will error
The Co-operativeFebruary 4, 2012

An adopted son will not be able to benefit from the probate process of his adoptive parent's estate because of a will error. The appeals court ruled that Terry Marley could not inherit over Maureen and Alfred Rawlings' natural sons because they ...more »

Family Law
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Governor Quinn Encourages Working Families to Apply for Tax Relief
IGNN (press release)February 4, 2012

The new law also benefits all Illinois taxpayers by raising the value of the personal exemption and indexing it to inflation. “Illinois took a huge step forward in helping working families keep more of what they earn,” Governor Quinn said.more »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Insurance News Net (press release)February 5, 2012

2 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for ...more »

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