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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Administrative Law
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NCUA's Marquis Throws Cold Water on Bill to Overhaul Exams
Credit Union TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Claude R. Marx A bill to revamp the examination process and allow appeals to an administrative law judge would raise NCUSIF premiums, give examiners less flexibility and raise administrative costs, NCUA Executive Director David Marquis told ...more »

Health Care Law
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Shumlin bends on health benefits exchange
vtdigger.orgFebruary 7, 2012

The exchange, a federal requirement that states set up electronic marketplaces for individuals and small groups to purchase health insurance, must be up and running by 2014. The federal health care reform law sets basic requirements for an exchange, ...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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New Report from FAIR Finds Illegal Aliens are Leaving Arizona in Response to ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

... a drop in the number of families living in poverty, and a decline in the violent crime rate. The data analyzed in Recent Demographic Change in Arizona provides strong evidence that illegal immigration is a highly controllable phenomenon.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New benefits under new circumstance of Roll Crusher
American Cowboy (blog)February 8, 2012

...development and construction, the Government has to increase environmental protection legal system, to improve the low carbon environmental policy and law, to promote the harmonious development of low-carbon economy. In mining machinery industry, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation—Coming to a Financial Services Dispute Near You: Legislation ...
JD Supra (press release)February 6, 2012

In 2012, we no doubt will see the continuation of a significant trend towards the use of mediation to resolve financial services disputes. A perfect storm of economic, legislative, and regulatory conditions has been created with the potential to affect ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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As an Increasing Target for Claims, Nonprofits Seek More D&O Coverage
PropertyCasualty360February 2, 2012

By Chad Hemenway, PropertyCasualty360.com Receiving court documents over a lawsuit related to one's involvement in a nonprofit organization is not. The fact is, a nonprofit organization and its directors and officers face many of the same risks as a ...more »

Animal Law
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Poll says ND voters want stiffer animal cruelty laws
Grand Forks HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

He said the issue was complicated when Legislative Council staff, seeking to modernize “archaic” language in the law, took his proposed bill from four pages to 16. That unnerved some agricultural interests, who “feared that loopholes in our laws could ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple, Schweitzer-Mauduit, Target: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

“Samsung has shown that it is more likely than not that the patent will be revoked because of a technology that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed for protection,” Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller said when ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Some Asbestos Cases Just Got Easier in PA
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Instead, through a legal process called reverse bifurcation, most if not all mesothelioma lawsuit plaintiffs had to first prove in court that their mesothelioma diagnosis is tied to past asbestos exposure. Once this was proved – and it usually was ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 281 Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bill Larson | February 1, 2012 | Fort Campbell, KY – Yesterday Fort Campbell welcomed 281 soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a year long deployment to Southern Afghanistan. The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of the last ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Redmond OKs Law to Prevent Landlords from Refusing Voucher Tenants
Patch.comFebruary 8, 2012

Following in the footsteps of Bellevue, Seattle and King County, the Redmond City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to approve an ordinance that makes such discrimination illegal in the city. The ordinance, which goes into effect Feb.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Financial Peace University being offered at Cornerstone
Online AthensFebruary 3, 2012

Ramsey's motto explains that if people can live like no one else now (put all of their money toward paying of their debts, pay cash for items, sacrifice pleasures for a short time, drive a junk car, say no to credit cards and loans) then they can live ...more »

Litigation
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Lavan Legal maximises litigation capability with new additions
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 9, 2012

They have an outstanding reputation in all aspects of litigation, particularly in the corporate, commercial, mining, resources and energy sectors. In speaking with Kevin Stewart, it was clear that he also shares our view that there is a continuing need ...more »

Business Law
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Law Grads Claim Schools Misled
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By JOE PALAZZOLO And JENNIFER SMITH Lawsuits accusing a dozen law schools across the country of fudging post-graduate employment statistics were filed on Wednesday, amid mounting controversy over the high cost of tuition and grim job prospects for ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Holder won't defend limit on gay military benefits
Boston.comFebruary 18, 2012

By Nedra Pickler AP / February 17, 2012 WASHINGTON—The Obama administration is extending its decision to stop defending an anti-gay marriage law to provisions affecting same-sex couples in the military. The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ware child porn case highlights risk of recidivism, challenges to sex offender ...
MassLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

... The Republican A Level 2 sex offender is supposed to pose only a moderate risk of committing more sex crimes. But the case of a registered sex offender from Hampshire County, freshly accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Virginia Law Firm of Marks & Harrison Adds Associate to Social Security ...
PR Web (press release)February 11, 2012

Established in 1911, Marks & Harrison represents clients in a variety of different practice areas, including personal injury, wrongful death, car accidents, tractor trailer accidents, motorcycle accidents, alcohol/drug-related accidents and pedestrian ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals court to issue long-awaited ruling on constitutionality of Calif. gay ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The three-judge panel, consisting of judges appointed by presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, heard arguments on the ban's constitutional implications more than a year ago. But it put off a decision so it could seek guidance from ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Baltimore Drug Injury Lawyer Named To Maryland Top 100 List by Super Lawyers ...
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

It marks the sixth consecutive year that Jenner, who leads the Mass Torts Division for the Maryland personal injury law firm of Janet, Jenner & Suggs, LLC, has been listed in the top echelon of Maryland Super Lawyers. “It is an honor to receive this ...more »

Consumer Protection
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New Radius Cell Manager Strictly Follows TCPA Law
InsideARMFebruary 1, 2012

The Radius Cell Manager solution is a game changer because it's not based on dialer technology, but rather was newly developed starting in 2009 specifically to help call centers, credit grantors, and collection agencies overcome the liabilities ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law360 Ranks Largest Real Estate Practices
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

13, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A new ranking of the law firms with the biggest real estate practices by Law360, the newswire for business lawyers, reveals that success in New York's dizzying real estate market does not require armies of ...more »

Exclases Holdings Ltd. Signs Contract for AW169, AW139 and AW189 Helicopters ...
RotorPad (press release)February 15, 2012

Emilio Dalmasso, Senior Vice President Commercial Business Unit, AgustaWestland said “Signing this latest contract is a further important confirmation in Russia of the continued success achieved by the largest, most modern and ever evolving range of ...more »

Sports Law
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Giants coach and son-in-law Snee, working together
Boston.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Tom Canavan AP Sports Writer / February 3, 2012 INDIANAPOLIS—Chris Snee has to please his coach every day. His father-in-law, too. Tom Coughlin is that coach. And that father-in-law. "It's been eight years of us working together on the field and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Handyman assigned a lawyer in Jane Bashara killing
Detroit Free PressFebruary 7, 2012

Police sources previously said evidence in the case would be sent to the Michigan State Police crime laboratory, but no information on that was available Monday. Grosse Pointe Park public safety officials did not return calls Monday.more »

City debates liquor cases
Moulton AdvertiserFebruary 9, 2012

Theodorou asked the council to consider doing an audit following the procedures of the Internal Revenue Service. He said if the council used the IRS method, his sales would conform to the 40/60 ratio set out in the ordinance. "If there isn't a change, ...more »

Ryanair has brought a High Court challenge to a decision of the Equality ...
Irish TimesFebruary 13, 2012

In his complaint, Mr Gallagher alleged the termination of his contract could not have happened to a pilot aged under 60 and amounted to a discriminatory dismissal contrary to the Employment Equality Acts. At least five other pilots have continued in ...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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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SCOV Law Blog: No peeking under the codicil
vtdigger.orgFebruary 18, 2012

Given that a will is our last statement to this mortal coil, it is hardly surprising that many go through several iterations, as children, friends, and charities fall in and out of favor. The latter Kurt Vonnegut wrote a short-story about the idea of ...more »

Family Law
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INSIGHT - Laws leave cruise-ship victims at sea
Reuters IndiaFebruary 21, 2012

Thomas Dickerson, a New York state judge who has written extensively on travel law, says the legal hurdles resulting from the industry's victories over the years give operators the upper hand in litigation and make the business highly profitable.more »

Workers Compensation
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PIOTROWSKI v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Theresa Piotrowski (Claimant) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed as modified the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) that denied and dismissed Claimant's claim petition and terminated ...more »

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