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Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

Cuts to foreclosure-prevention aid fought
Ithaca JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The agency, which oversees lending in the state, will review New York's laws governing foreclosure, he said. New York has appropriated $26 million in state funds and $21 million in federal stimulus money since the 2008-09 fiscal year for housing ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Letters: Reasons for retaining prohibition
Sooke News MirrorFebruary 29, 2012

DEA Administrative Law Judge Francis Young said in 1988 that, 'In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume . . . Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.more »

Health Care Law
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How Cherie Blair and New Labour's aristocracy plan to cash in on 'Tory' health...
Daily MailFebruary 25, 2012

By David Rose Having proclaimed that Parliament has 'three months to save our NHS', and that the Government's Health and Social Care Bill will turn out to be David Cameron's Poll Tax, Labour leader Ed Miliband has been basking in his first opinion poll ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ranks of moderate Republicans shrink with Sen. Dennis Jones leaving after 32 years
Tampabay.comFebruary 28, 2012

But his colleagues, who call the 70-year-old Seminole Republican the "Dean of the Senate," didn't cooperate, giving him several standing ovations before surprising him by renaming one of his bills the Dennis L. Jones Beach and Shore Preservation Act.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law protesters receive suspended sentences
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 28, 2012

Illegal immigrants (black shirts) and others gather in the middle of Union Street to protest Alabama's Immigration Law in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (Montgomery Advertiser, Julie Bennett) A group of undocumented aliens received ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Human rights activists seek repeal of ecozone law
DigitalJournal.comFebruary 27, 2012

They further claimed that local government units of covered barangays were never informed, consulted, and considered before the law was approved. Noting their complaints, Pabillo said “We believe that true and sustainable development must benefit ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Trustees call for 'expedited mediator' to end job action
Victoria Times ColonistFebruary 28, 2012

Education Minister George Abbott issued a statement Sunday saying government is considering mediation to resolve parts of the dispute, but not wages or benefits. He insists that the BCTF, like other public-sector unions, is bound by the government's ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Judge approves Pace Airlines insurance settlement
Winston-Salem JournalFebruary 29, 2012

A US Bankruptcy Court judge approved today a $1 million insurance payment to the estate of a defunct Pace Airlines Inc. Judge Thomas Waldrep's approval of the settlement means 423 former Pace employees will receive "a significant payment" of back wages ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights group wants Haley to stop live bird shoot
WISFebruary 8, 2012

By Taylor Kearns - email COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Some animal rights groups throw red paint or carry banners. SHARK, or Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, uses YouTube. "The best way to get people to understand and to get them to oppose these various ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Brain drain: Protecting your organization's intellectual property
InfoWorldFebruary 6, 2012

Intellectual property is increasingly targeted by hackers and inadequately secured. Here's how to protect your business's IP By Lauren Gibbons Paul | CSO Global health care provider Best Doctors employs the most robust technologies and practices ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Library: Union Protest Result of 'Misunderstanding'
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

“He replied that in Will County asbestos abatement is listed under the prevailing wage law.” Pointon said the library district abides by all prevailing wage requirements, adding that after he pressed Kleinik regarding the apprenticeship issue, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Legal Alert: Supreme Court Grants Review of University Affirmative Action Practice
JD Supra (press release)February 28, 2012

In what will likely be the most significant decision regarding affirmative action since the US Supreme Court's 2003 decision in Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 US 306 (2003), the Court has granted certiorari in a case challenging the use of race in the ...more »

Wallan Aviation to exhibit Cessna aircraft in Abu Dhabi
Arabian Supply ChainFebruary 19, 2012

by ASC Staff on Feb 19, 2012 Wallan Aviation, the exclusive dealer of Cessna Aircraft in the Middle East, will be exhibiting its collection of the Wichita-designed aircraft at Abu Dhabi Air Expo, the region's first general aviation exhibition.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Read the fine print: Legal office is here to help
CommandoFebruary 21, 2012

"Whether that's to prepare them for court or contact a creditor or a landlord, basically we've just expanded what we can do for everyone to better our members' readiness." For legal assistance, call 884-5169 or for wills call 884-7821, legal worksheets ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jury deliberating in bus stop murder case
Austin American-Statesman (blog)February 29, 2012

The impact severed Brooks' spinal cord and almost cut his leg off, Assistant District Attorney Brandon Grunewald said. “He got hit so hard it launched him into a tree,” Grunewald said during closing arguments in the murder trial of the man accused of ...more »

Litigation
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Final $15.5 million settlement in Freedom BK
OCRegisterFebruary 29, 2012

As part of the bankruptcy deal, Freedom agreed to allow the carriers and the other unsecured creditors to pursue separate litigation to recover additional funds from the insurers for the company's officers and directors. The carriers and creditors ...more »

Business Law
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Sidley Austin LLP Expands Project Finance Practice in Washington DC with the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

For purposes of the New York State Bar rules, this press release may be considered Attorney Advertising and the headquarters of the firm are Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and Sidley Austin LLP One South Dearborn ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Retirees See Increased Health Care Costs
NBC San DiegoFebruary 22, 2012

But many military retirees feel they'll be taking the brunt of the hit. Health care benefits for retirees and their families - for life - has always been one of the biggest incentives for staying in the military. Many veterans feel betrayed by what ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Using Internet 'Crime' Laws,
CPJ Press Freedom OnlineFebruary 20, 2012

In September, VeriSign, the corporate administrator of the .com domain, requested permission from the global Internet regulatory body ICANN to enforce the "denial, cancellation, or transfer of any [domain name] registration" in response to "any ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury accident on Brookside Drive
WatertownDailyTimes.comFebruary 25, 2012

Rescue units from the towns of Watertown and Rutland were dispatched at about 2:15 pm Friday to a two-vehicle personal injury accident at Brookside Drive and Cook Road. Injured people were reported to be entrapped in both vehicles, one of which was ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gallup poll: 72 percent of Americans call individual mandate 'unconstitutional'
Daily CallerFebruary 29, 2012

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File) Even among Americans who support President Obama's health care overhaul, a large majority believe that the law is out of step with the US Constitution, a Gallup poll released Monday revealed. The poll, conducted Feb.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Reporting Income Under $600
ForbesFebruary 9, 2012

If you have real questions – ie you're hiding in a closet while the feds bang on your door – you need to consult with a tax professional. If you live in my corner of the world, that might be me. But see #1. I do work at a law firm.more »

Consumer Protection
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Insurance co. sued in Grafton bridge failure
Worcester TelegramFebruary 2, 2012

Yesterday the attorney general filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court alleging that XL Specialty Insurance Company, a Delaware corporation, and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates violated the False Claims Act and the Consumer Protection Act by ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Black money: Panel suggests tougher law
MSN IndiaFebruary 29, 2012

To rein in black money transactions in the real estate sector, the panel has recommended that pre- emptive purchase of immovable property be reintroduced in the IT law. Similarly, the bullion and jewellery sectors are seen as a big consumer and ...more »

SCH approves human tissue protection law draft
Gulf TimesFebruary 28, 2012

By Bonnie James Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has approved the draft of the proposed human tissue protection law, the Qatar International Conference on Stem Cell Science and Policy 2012, was told yesterday. “The committee meeting in this ...more »

Sports Law
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FIFA Master Alumni Association Partners with FGV to Host Major Sports Seminar ...
World Football InsiderFebruary 29, 2012

The programme features presentations from FIFA Master alumni currently working in high positions within the Brazilian sports market covering the fields of sports marketing, management and sports law and it aims to enlighten professionals that seek to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mobile Phone Application for Lawyers Enters Affinity Partnership with NACDL
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 20, 2012

Members include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active US military defense counsel, law professors, and judges. The affinity partnership with PUSH:legal will include special discount rates for all NACDL members, as well as other ...more »

IRS Files Liens Over Unpaid Blytheville Taxes
Arkansas Business OnlineFebruary 16, 2012

By AP BLYTHEVILLE - The IRS has attached liens to nearly all property owned by the city of Blytheville as the federal government tries to regain nearly $3 million in unpaid payroll taxes. Blytheville Mayor James Sanders says the liens were filed ...more »

Parkland High School driver's education teacher alleges age bias, sues district
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYParkland Area School District driver's education teacher alleges he has been a victim of age discrimination at work. A driver's education instructor is suing ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Los Angeles Dodgers: McCourt Wants to Have His Cake and Eat It Too
Bleacher ReportFebruary 25, 2012

A first-year law student would quickly recognize that this was an asset protection scheme that would permit McCourt to do exactly what he is doing today—bifurcating assets to paralyze any challenges to his ownership of the Dodgers.more »

Environmental Law
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Should Flagler Beach quench bonfires?
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 19, 2012

All are designated as either threatened or endangered under the Federal Endangered Species Act. The next step could be extinction. Three of those species nest right here on our beaches in Flagler County. Loggerheads are the most common; 90 percent of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ripping off grandma: How the elderly are vulnerable to fraud
Globe and MailFebruary 18, 2012

... with her son in order to avoid probate when she died. When her son filed for bankruptcy and creditors came knocking, she suffered the consequences. “Be very cautious of giving up control to your children,” he said. The same goes for wills.more »

Family Law
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Institute of Family Law Arbitrators launched
ClickdocsFebruary 28, 2012

A new organisation has been set up to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration in England and Wales. The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) has been created by the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers' group Resolution...more »

Workers Compensation
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Chartis no longer writing excess workers comp coverage
Business InsuranceFebruary 28, 2012

NEW YORK—Chartis Inc. has stopped writing stand-alone excess workers compensation coverage, American International Group Inc. said in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. But large self-insureds that purchased Chartis' excess workers comp...more »

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