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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

Victory For Landmark WWII Veterans Memorial: Jesus Statue To Remain On Big ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- US Forest Service's Renewal of Jesus Statue Permit Seen as Triumph Over Attempted Government Religious Viewpoint Discrimination Today, Liberty Institute announces a great victory for veterans, the Knights of Columbus ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Sidley Austin Elects Six in New York to Partnership;
Citybizlist (press release)February 3, 2012

Mr. Nunes, formerly an associate, received his JD from New York University School of Law and his BA, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. Alex R. Rovira, 35, a partner in the Corporate Reorganization and Bankruptcy practice, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Study: Health Law's Tax On Insurers Will Take Bite Out Of Medicaid
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Soda Co. to Raise $3.2 Million in Registered Direct Offering
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all passages containing words ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
Reuters IndiaFebruary 5, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Car insurance appeal backlog forces agency to reach out to private firms for help
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues former County Bank officials for mismanagement leading to $42M loss
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corp. of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the suit, filed Jan.more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Cubist Receives CUBICIN Paragraph IV Notice Letter
Business Wire (press release)February 9, 2012

Cubist intends to vigorously enforce its extensive intellectual property rights for CUBICIN and plans to file a complaint alleging infringement within the required 45-day response period of the Hatch-Waxman Act. Once a suit is filed, a 30-month stay of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker as Managing Partner
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

In response to the Tax Court's decision in that case and because of concerns about the potential loss of revenue resulting from the ruling, the US Congress amended the underlying law. "I'm honored to serve the clients and attorneys of Thompson & Knight ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court Hears Challenge to CA Affirmative Action Ban
ABC NewsFebruary 13, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

EnhancedView Could Take $50 Million Hit - Aviation Week (blog)February 2, 2012

Aviation Week is reporting that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) may be forced to renegotiate the EnhanceView contract with GeoEye and DigitalGlobe due to an expected $50 Million cut to the agency's 2012 fiscal year budget with the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SGA pushes for safer housing laws
The Daily AthenaeumFebruary 7, 2012

The West Virginia University Student Government Association is pushing for a statewide bill to be passed that would protect tenants who face issues with mold growing in their homes. There is currently no legislation that regulates what rights tenants...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 »

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Legal experts call for curbing the rising tide of litigation
Arab NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By ARAB NEWS JEDDAH: A number of prominent legal experts and jurists have underlined the need for reining in the rising tide of litigation in the Kingdom. They point out that most of the cases that have been pending before courts for several years are ...more »

Business Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ... (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Regarding “Act Of Valor”
Coronado Eagle and JournalFebruary 23, 2012

After all, besides obvious military benefits, there is the glorious weather. Once in a while, we also get to participate in movie openings, especially when they involve the military. Such as the recent opening of the movie “Act of Valor.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
USA TODAYFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.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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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
GlobeNewsWire (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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NH attorney general regains jurisdiction – to a point
Nashua TelegraphFebruary 11, 2012

State lawmakers first enacted the exemptions in 2002, looking to clarify the Consumer Protection Act, which provided oversight responsibilities to the Attorney General's Office, the Banking Department and other state authorities, said state Rep.more »

Real Estate Law
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Brody Wilkinson Partners with Fairfield Museum in Honoring our Nation's ...
PR Web (press release)February 6, 2012

We are delighted to celebrate the City's past and help promote its future while, at the same time, fostering student education The law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to announce its support of “Our Nation's Generations 2012” in partnership with ...more »

Selling the dead 2, 2012

The Monroe deal is the latest in a series of legal actions and commercial transactions involving her, and they have highlighted continuing battles over the marketing of dead stars. In America, licensing the images, names and voices of 'delebs' (dead ...more »

Sports Law
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Manning's Law Confounds the Experts, Inviting Humility in Business, Sports...
New York SunFebruary 6, 2012

By IRA STOLL, Special to the Sun | February 6, 2012 The victory of the New York Giants in the National Football League's Super Bowl is the latest in a series of recent news developments that underscore a principle that might be called Manning's Law, ...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 »

Don't Waste Your Money: Research tax office credentials before filing returns
WTOL.comFebruary 13, 2012

Randa Brown is facing every taxpayer's nightmare: an appointment with the IRS for an audit. "I got a call from the IRS, and they said they had pulled our tax return and needed to ask some questions and meet with us," explained Brown.more »

Worker Sues for Military Service Discrimination; Can a Supervisor Be Held ...
HR.BLR.comFebruary 2, 2012

The court turned to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employment discrimination statute that contains similar language and embodies similar goals./1 It noted that two California Supreme Court cases and one appellate court case have ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NOAA used fines for 'pleasure' boat
Gloucester Daily TimesFebruary 18, 2012

By Richard Gaines Staff Writer Using money from fines paid by fishermen, the NOAA law enforcement office in Seattle evaded procurement procedures to acquire a luxury undercover cabin boat that was used, misused and abused as a pleasure craft by ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy companies fight rule requiring disclosure of foreign payments
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 2, 2012

Oil, gas and mining industries are battling a late addition to the 2010 financial reform law that requires energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. Much of the fight has been played behind the scenes at the Securities and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Library calendar: Learn how to create online documents
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 19, 2012

6:30 pm Inman Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic. Come learn about wills, estates and probate in SC Call 864-472-8363. 6:30 pm Headquarters Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
Chicago TribuneFebruary 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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Employee Loses Worker Comp after He Posted Party Photos Online
AllGovFebruary 3, 2012

Clement and his attorney argued that the introduction of the photos into the case were “a disgrace to the dignity of the workers' compensation proceedings and the legal system.” Judge David M. Glover of the Arkansas Court of Appeals was not impressed ...more »


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