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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

TripAdvisor reviews that can't be trusted: Website fails to vet comments, says ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Sean Poulter TripAdvisor can no longer claim to offer 'trusted and honest' reviews, the advertising watchdog has ruled. It said that because the world's biggest travel website does not vet its 50million users' comments, it cannot guarantee they are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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'Over the River' Hearings Far From Over
Canon City Daily RecordFebruary 2, 2012

About 100 people filled the commissioners' boardroom, including law enforcement and media from across the state. About 75 chairs also were set up for overflow in the lower level of the administration building, where viewers could watch live televised ...more »

Health Care Law
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Politics and the Supreme Court
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

The Supreme Court underscored its power to shape American life when it took major cases about the health care reform law, Arizona's anti-immigrant law and the Voting Rights Act in an election year. But this is not simply a case of the court thrusting ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kim Dotcom Has A Case: Truth Behind Megavideo, Megaupload Indictment
International Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

All of these things, thrown together in one massive indictment, paint the picture of a man running an organized crime ring like a mafia don, not of a man who created file-sharing sites that can be used for online piracy. Take any of those individual ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Immigration law will cost Alabama billions
SunHerald.comFebruary 1, 2012

A study by a long-standing economic research center at the University of Alabama says Alabama's new immigration law will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave the state, lost tax income ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Shrader & Associates Joins Health Community In Support Of Legislation To ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 14, 2012

Shrader & Associates is a leading national law firm that specializes in representing individuals harmed by dangerous products and toxic chemicals. These dedicated professionals have extensive experience handling personal injury and product liability...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Herdt: The seed of a pension compromise?
Ventura County StarFebruary 1, 2012

By Timm Herdt As any mediator might tell you, the best way to resolve a dispute is to ask adversaries to spell out their bottom-line concerns and then try to fashion a solution that serves the core interests of both sides. In the ongoing battle over ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Las Vegas Mob Experience developer hit with two lawsuit judgments
VEGAS INCFebruary 2, 2012

By Steve Green (contact) Jay Bloom, founder of the bankrupt Las Vegas Mob Experience tourist attraction, faces new legal problems in the form of two lawsuit judgments requiring that he and one of his companies pay a total of $153818.more »

Animal Law
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Alabama Voices: State has weakest cockfighting law
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 5, 2012

An Alabama cockfighter can strap a knife to a roosters' leg and goad him on to slash and kill another animal and, if caught, pay less of a fine than a citizen with a speeding ticket. All 50 states now ban cockfighting and 39 punish this form of animal...more »

Intellectual Property
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Is the Road to the White House Paved with Intellectual Property Lawyers?
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The top contenders for the Republican presidential candidate nomination are finding out that the road to the White House might well be an intellectual property minefield. “The ad, entitled 'History Lesson', is little more than a short clip of NBC's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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George Washington University Undergoes Asbestos Abatement in Faculty Building
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

George Washington University conducted asbestos abatementprocesses at one of its major buildings only weeks before students returned to campus to kick off the new school year. According to the GW Hatchet, the University's newspaper, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Labor Department extends comment period on proposed rule to improve ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

The rule proposed by OFCCP would strengthen the affirmative action and reporting obligations of federal contractors by requiring them to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their employees be qualified workers with disabilities.more »

Aviation Bill Gives Flight to Research, Too
Science AAASFebruary 2, 2012

After years of controversy and more than 20 extensions of the current law, Congress is poised to pass a 4-year reauthorization of programs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill, which could come up for a vote as early as this week, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Social housing consultation begins
The Press AssociationFebruary 5, 2012

The proposed new measures aim to reward law-abiding tenants. Mr Brown said: "Landlords and tenants lobbied hard for changes to the way affordable rented housing is allocated and managed. "We have listened and these proposed changes reflect, I believe, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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BBB's top 10 complaints again include credit cards and cars, but lawn care and ...
Columbus DispatchFebruary 3, 2012

Other familiar sources of consumer ire revolve around vehicle purchase and repair, areas that also rank high on the Ohio attorney general's annual list of consumer complaints, which was released recently. “My team tells me motor vehicles always lead ...more »

Litigation
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MasterCard posts strong Q4, litigation charge weighs
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

N) reported a higher quarterly profit as consumers around the world spent more money using credit and debit cards, but a litigation-related charge took a large bite out of its earnings. The world's second-largest credit and debit card processing ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Some top military brass making more in pension than pay
USA TODAYFebruary 3, 2012

The new pension rules were part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Act to address concerns that the military would lose too many experienced generals and admirals during wartime. Before the change, the maximum pension was based on an officer's pay at 26 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Internet Predator Sting
KLFYFebruary 10, 2012

A sting operation ended with one man in jail for indecent behavior with juveniles and computer aided solicitation of a minor. Sheriff's officials say over the past several weeks investigators with the department's Internet crimes against children task ...more »

Personal Injury
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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Senegal: US legal firm helps Wade fight for third term
Radio NetherlandsFebruary 4, 2012

Demonstrations erupted in the capital, Dakar, after the Constitutional Court last week cleared the way for Wade to compete in the February 26 presidential contest on the grounds that term limits were introduced after he first came to office.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Firm Insurance Costs Rise as Malpractice Suits Increase
ABA JournalFebruary 6, 2012

By Martha Neil One of the biggest expenses for law firms is professional liability insurance, after paying employees and office rent. And it's getting bigger, as malpractice suits, driven by the difficult economy, increase both in number and the scope, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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From the Experts: Fighting Back Against Statutory Penalty Class Actions, Part I
Corporate CounselFebruary 8, 2012

Instead, their lucrative penalty schemes encourage lawsuits over hyper-technical statutory violations and promote “creative” interpretations of otherwise well-intentioned laws. See, eg, In re Nissan Odometer Litigation (2009). Companies faced with such ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

Appeals declining in WV but some still want intermediate court
State JournalFebruary 6, 2012

The proposed business court, or complex commercial litigation court, would have jurisdiction across the state and would handle cases involving contract disputes between multiple businesses, sales and commercial code disputes, non-consumer debts, ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bill would speed trial process to aid victims, families
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 13, 2012

Anchorage criminal defense attorney Darrel Gardner, who has served on panels addressing delays, isn't certain that the bill will achieve its goal. "For the courts there's going to be a question about what constitutes a 'substantial delay,' " he said.more »

6 Ways to Increase Your Chances of an IRS Tax Audit
JD Supra (press release)February 14, 2012

Lawyers.com Website | Blog | LexisNexis You can read the Lawyers.com News Blog at http://blogs.lawyers.com 6 Ways to Increase Your Chances of an IRS Tax Audit February 13, 2012 By Jennifer King The deadline for filing your income tax return is rapidly ...more »

Retaliation Redux: Two Cases That Should Scare Employers A Lot
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

The doctor had sued the defendants for age discrimination in 1998, but I no tell that. As those of you who have defended lawsuits know, the wheels of justice sometimes turn at an excruciating pace. In this doctor's case, his lawsuit was still going on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LiveViewGPS Publishes Updated 2012 GPS Tracking Catalog Featuring New Products ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (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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Around the region
Post-BulletinFebruary 4, 2012

Four projects in this region will receive grants from the Clean Energy Resource Team to increase awareness of alternative energy or upgrade an old school's heating system. The four were among 27 announced for the state totaling $70000.more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 15
The StateFebruary 15, 2012

27 at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; www.scbar.org/clinics SOUTHERN WRITERS SERIES: ...more »

Family Law
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Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter Now Offering Legal Consultations Free of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

... the law firm Benson, Bertoldo, Baker & Carter have announced that they will now be offering free legal consultations for victims of auto accidents and their family members in Las Vegas and surrounding areas following fatal car accident in Mesquite, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bus Craziness: Chelsea MBTA Driver Faked Crime to Collect Worker's Compensation
Chelsea RecordFebruary 2, 2012

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley's office announced last Friday that charges are being filed against a former MBTA Route 111 bus driver for faking an armed robbery while driving her Chelsea route in order to collect worker's compensation...more »

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