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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Juan Vargas could cast the deciding vote for California's health care bill
OB RagFebruary 1, 2012

Senate Bill 810 passed committee, but fell two votes short in the Senate. A new vote is sought before tomorrow's deadline for passing all Senate bills and sending them on to the Assembly. The bill would not set up a government-run healthcare system.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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Kansas bill seeks to pair undocumented immigrants, jobs
CNNFebruary 3, 2012

The Kansas Business, Workers, Communities Partnership Act would create a state program that matches two groups -- local undocumented immigrants who are low-priority for deportation per federal directives, and employers who have trouble finding and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industry seizes opportunities amid challenges in election year
Oil & Gas JournalFebruary 6, 2012

An otherwise hyper-partisan 112th Congress, which seemed to pass crucial bills only at the last minute, approved a federal pipeline safety authorization bill late in 2011 which Obama signed into law on Jan. 3. National Ocean Industries Association Pres ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Employers agree mediation is an effective way of reducing tribunal claims but ...
HRmagazine.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

A Government funded-pilot scheme was announced last week which will help raise awareness of mediation among SMEs. Andrew Wareing, director of the Acas service responsible for resolving disputes between individuals and their employers, said: "Workplace ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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GEHA Selects FICO Analytic Solution to Intensify Fight Against Insurance Fraud ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Now, with the upgrade to FICO® Insurance Fraud Manager, GEHA can not only monitor medical claims but also can manage pharmacy and dental claims with fraud detection and prevention models, discovering new fraud schemes in additional areas.more »

Animal Law
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NSW abattoir closed over slaughter practices
ABC OnlineFebruary 9, 2012

The New South Wales Food Authority has closed an abattoir after viewing footage it says reveals 'acts of gross animal mistreatment.' TONY JONES, REPORTER: The focus of cruelty in abattoirs is shifting to Australia from Indonesia.more »

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

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Federal court to hear renewed challenge to California's affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz hmintz@mercurynews.com Reviving California's fierce debate over affirmative action programs, dozens of black and Latino students will turn to a federal appeals court this week in a bid to end the state's 16-year-old ban on using race ...more »

Idaho House passes aviation tax exemption
AOPA PilotFebruary 2, 2012

The bill, strongly supported by AOPA and the general aviation community, is now headed for Senate committee. Idaho House Bill 417 passed the house 69-0 Feb. 1, just days after being introduced by the Revenue and Taxation Committee.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent-control laws unconstitutional
News ChiefFebruary 19, 2012

Tenants can bequeath their rent-controlled apartments -- they have, essentially, a property right to their landlord's property -- to their children, or to a friend who lives with them for two years. This is not satire; it is the virtue of caring, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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No More Fear and Loathing of CRE Lending for Banks
CoStar GroupFebruary 2, 2012

By Mark Heschmeyer As economic headwinds subside, the commercial real estate lending business for US banks has hit an inflection point. For the first time in five years, a majority of banks are finally talking about their ability to grow their loan ...more »

Litigation
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DEMOPALOOZA! Launches a New Interactive Destination Event for Litigation...
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

DEMOPALOOZA! is a new annual conference designed to bring together the key players in the litigation support industry for in-depth and interactive presentations and demonstrations of leading edge tools and applications used in litigation support.more »

Business Law
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Automotive Advertising Compliance Panel Added to DMSC
WebWire (press release)February 1, 2012

In recent months, many state regulators have been actively voicing concerns regarding third party automotive advertising and marketing companies that may be violating State and Federal laws and placing dealers at risk. In addition, regulators have been ...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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Ephrata man charged in child-pornography case
Lancaster NewspapersFebruary 1, 2012

Ortenzi is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a national group that targets online exploitation of children. He initiated the investigation, police said. Police obtained a search warrant that was served by members of the Lancaster ...more »

Personal Injury
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Former BC resident seriously injured in crash in Indy
Brown County DemocratFebruary 7, 2012

At about 7:15 pm Saturday, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were dispatched to the intersection of Troy Avenue and Keystone Avenue on a personal-injury, hit-and-run accident. Officers found 22-year-old Tara M. Sanders in the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Renegotiate EAC Treaty - Dons
AllAfrica.comFebruary 6, 2012

Kabudi said just as for the political federation, in the Monetary Union, there is need for a new treaty because they are matters of international law, not constitutional law. "The reason the States were engaging in constitutional law is because they ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Goldberg Segalla LLP Welcomes James J. Wrynn, Former New York State ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

He will run the firm's New York office and will be a senior partner in its Global Insurance Services Practice Group. Mr. Wrynn served as the 40th and last Superintendent of Insurance in the State of New York until it merged with the New York State ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Use financial management tool 'at your own risk'
Independent OnlineFebruary 5, 2012

“I'm not sure that one could sign up with 22seven not fully understanding the risks, because service providers are obliged, in terms of prevailing consumer legislation, to ensure that a consumer fully understands the risks involved.more »

Real Estate Law
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Evan Feldman Joins Wagonheim Law
Citybizlist (press release)February 6, 2012

BALTIMORE - Wagonheim Law, a Baltimore-based commercial, real estate, and construction law firm, announced today the hiring of Evan Feldman as the firm's 8th attorney. Feldman joins Wagonheim Law after nine years of solo practice.more »

Meritor Reports First-Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

This press release contains statements relating to our future results (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.more »

Sports Law
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Federal judge will postpone ruling on motion to dismiss Poly Prep sex abuse case
New York Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

Block also gave Mulhearn 20 days to file an amended complaint that would include allegations that Poly Prep violated Title IX, the 1972 federal law best known for enforcing equality for women in collegiate sports, by covering up Foglietta's sexual ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

Frank Russo speaks 'from heart' on cross exam in Jimmy Dimora's corruption trial
NewsNet5.comFebruary 15, 2012

AKRON, Ohio - Cross examination by defense attorneys wrapped up mid-Wednesday afternoon at Jimmy Dimora's corruption trial, as federal prosecutors get ready for redirect. Michael Gabor's defense attorney highlighted testimony by Frank Russo that shows ...more »

FULLER v. PANETTA
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Betty Fuller was employed by the Department of Defense as a supply clerk and, at about age 63, was passed over for a promotion to supply technician. She sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claiming that she was denied promotion because ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Federal judge OKs lawsuit over Kennebec salmon
Kennebec JournalFebruary 10, 2012

The lawsuit, brought by Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and Environment Maine, claims the Hydro Kennebec dam violates federal endangered species laws because it kills fish and blocks access to salmon habitat. The defendants, Brookfield Power US Asset...more »

Environmental Law
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State law hurting Virginia's green future? Lawmakers eye changes
WSLSFebruary 2, 2012

State lawmakers are looking at making changes to a law that some argue may be hindering Virginia's push for renewable energy. As America makes the push for energy independence, many are turning to solar as one way to lead the charge.more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Report: California Workers' Comp Insurers Returns Improved in 2010
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

After declining for four consecutive years, California workers' compensation insurers' return on net worth showed signs of improvement in 2010. That's according to the data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which was compiled, ...more »

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