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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 »

The US Treasury is Aiming to Lower the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Ideal Tax Solution is amongst these companies broadening their horizons to assists all Americans tax problems. The US Treasury discussed a few months ago, possibly working with the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) to lower the standards on it ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Upholds Discipline for Two Firefighters
13WMAZFebruary 1, 2012

An administrative law judge has upheld the discipline for two Macon-Bibb firefighters who took part in a prank shooting at Station 108 in September. Hughes was fired and Brewer was demoted from sergeant to private and suspended for 10 days by Chief ...more »

Health Care Law
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Mitch McConnell: Obama health care law is not financially viable
The State ColumnFebruary 1, 2012

Mr. McConnell's latest attack on the health care law comes as the US government spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will reportedly more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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LSA arrives with a bang with listed Aussie firm's Russell Jones & Walker takeover
Legal WeekFebruary 3, 2012

It's been a long time coming, but the Legal Services Act (LSA) revolution is well and truly underway, with news that Australia's Slater & Gordon is acquiring Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) marking the first takeover of one law firm by another since the ...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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Industries come up with economic revival plan
The Express TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

... industrialisation and plan to improve law and order were the features of PIAF's economic revival agenda. LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has come up with a seven-point action plan to revive the country's economy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Oklahoma governor asks Chickasaw, Choctaw nations to dismiss water lawsuit
NewsOK.comFebruary 3, 2012

Mary Fallin says an ongoing mediation process is the best way to resolve disputes between Oklahoma and the tribes. The federal lawsuit filed by the Chickasaw and Choctaw nations asks a federal judge stop Oklahoma's plan to sell water storage rights to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cyber Insurance: An Efficient Way to Manage Security and Privacy Risk in the ...
Information Law GroupFebruary 1, 2012

Two things changed that made cyber insurance much more relevant. One was a rather sudden event, and the other more gradual. First, in 2003, California passed SB1386, the world's first breach notification law. The reality then (as now) is that companies ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Column: Intellectual Property Is Theft
Oklahoma DailyFebruary 1, 2012

The blackout in question was in protest of two pieces of legislation related to the Internet, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. The bills had several draconian punishments that outraged many Americans (Wikipedia ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Suit filed against several corporations that allegedly used asbestos
WLDS-WEAI NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A lawsuit naming 14 national corporations that allegedly used and sold products containing asbestos was filed in Morgan County court yesterday. Larry and Judy Hill filed the eight-count suit asking for in excess of $50000. The suit, which represents ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action advocates should make a better case
Daily CalifornianFebruary 16, 2012

By Jason Willick Affirmative action found its way back onto The Daily Californian's front page Tuesday — this time without the help of a satirical bake sale. For those of you who aren't up to date on the latest Proposition 209 news: Students staged a ...more »

Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger portal to help consumers work out ...
Talk FinanceFebruary 1, 2012

UK holidaymakers can compare the optional extra fees charged by airlines when booking flights following the launch of a passenger resource by the airline regulator. At the end of 2011 the government announced plans to ban excessive surcharges on all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants priced out of their homes by Olympics as landlords cash in
MetroFebruary 2, 2012

Tenants are being driven out of their homes during the Olympics so their landlords can cash in on soaring rents. Even long-term residents have been told they will be evicted because of the shortage of accommodation expected in London in July and August ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Panel Decides to Hire Expert to Review City's Finances
The LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

Satchel was paid per diem for meals when he traveled for the city, and at the same time charged his meals on the city's credit card. He said he didn't know per diem was for meals. State Attorney Jerry Hill said his office is exploring the allegations ...more »

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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Business Law
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Indiana poised to enter right-to-work era as unions prep protest amid Super ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — State lawmakers were poised Wednesday to pass legislation that would make Indiana the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state and prohibit labor contracts requiring workers to pay union representation fees. Meanwhile, union protesters ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military calendar for the week of Feb. 3
North County TimesFebruary 3, 2012

ESCONDIDO ---- VA-accredited attorney Merwyn J. Miller of Encinitas is offering a workshop on previously unknown financial benefits through the Aid and Attendance Program for veterans and their spouses at 10 am Feb. 7 at the Joslyn Senior Center, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Wanted: A law on cyber security
The Nation NewspaperFebruary 1, 2012

He said the risks of cybercrime and other online vices could make many international investors to be wary of transacting businesses online. Ewelukwa said delay in passage of all bills relating to safe online transactions into law may make other African ...more »

Personal Injury
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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 »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Forget Super PACS. A modest proposal for legalizing vote buying
Washington Post (blog)February 5, 2012

It was just two years ago that the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, scraped away decades of barnacled case law obscuring our beloved Constitution and unequivocally established the right of corporations, unions and wealthy individuals to spend as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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Coakley says insurance company should pay over bridge collapse
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

XL Specialty Insurance Company and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act by submitting false statements to avoid an obligation to pay $3 million under a June 2007 construction ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Roundup: Firms Trading Spaces in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

On its Web site, Wilson Elser describes the 12-year-old Westchester office—which houses 150 attorneys across such practice areas as professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, and corporate law—as "more than just ...more »

How SC members of Congress voted, week ending Feb. 3
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Over a third of Medicaid spending goes for long-term care, a share expected to rise markedly as baby boomers grow old. contract disabling diseases, run out of money to pay health bills and turn to Medicaid. A yes vote was to repeal the CLASS Act.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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Defense attorney Joerg Jaeger enters State Attorney's race
Orlando SentinelFebruary 7, 2012

By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel Long-time Orlando criminal defense attorney Joerg F. Jaeger confirmed late Monday that he is running as a Republican for Orange-Osceola State Attorney. With Jaeger entering the race, incumbent Lawson Lamar now ...more »

Teacher's union told IRS funds missing
Delmarva NowFebruary 2, 2012

This is a portion of the typed letter submitted by the Worcester County Teachers Association to the IRS. OCEAN CITY -- In a routine tax filing to the IRS last spring, the Worcester County Teacher's Association made a startling disclosure: Its leaders ...more »

Fight against gay marriage is battle to keep discrimination
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 23, 2012

Civil marriage is simply allowing two people who are of legal age to make a lifelong commitment to each other based on love. The statement that any homosexual man can apply for a license to marry a woman, and any lesbian can apply for a license to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended December ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. /quotes/zigman/90692/quotes/nls/jfbi JFBI 0.00% , the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, announced a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $3.7 million ...more »

Environmental Law
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US Law News - Debevoise - Apollo Global Management Leads $7.15 Billion ...
LawfuelFebruary 25, 2012

“Apollo is acquiring a company with an impressive portfolio of valuable natural resource assets, a talented management team and a remarkable group of highly skilled employees. We look forward to building on El Paso's impressive track record of success ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Rocca argues that because he filed a caveat and challenge to the validity of the will prior to the appointment of Irene Boyansky and Victor Rones as personal representatives, the trial court erred in admitting the will to probate before ruling on his ...more »

Family Law
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Family hires law firm to look into son's death
Mail TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

By Teresa Ristow The parents of Elias Angel Ruiz have hired a Portland law firm specializing in excessive-force cases to probe the death of their son, who was shot by Medford police during a domestic disturbance call Jan. 22.more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured worker entitled to comp benefits despite positive drug test: Court
Business InsuranceFebruary 3, 2012

A restaurant server who tripped over a box of potatoes is entitled to workers compensation benefits despite a post-injury drug test showing marijuana and Xanax consumption, a Louisiana appeals court ruled. Wednesday's finding by the 3rd Circuit Court ...more »


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