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PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Supreme court rejects proposal to review State Bar's performance, dismisses ...
WisBarFebruary 29, 2012

Meeting in open administrative conference on Feb. 27, the court also voted by the same 4-3 margin to dismiss without a public hearing a petition seeking to convert the State Bar from an integrated to a voluntary association. The court did, however, ...more »

Health Care Law
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New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law
HelpingYouCare™February 26, 2012

The intent of the new book, Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, is to explain in simple and clear language the complexities of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for the average person and business owner.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Sunshine Law revision moves forward
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Media representatives are disappointed that the bill expands the range of confidential topics beyond what's in the current law. Some other objections they have include requiring people requesting records to submit them to a particular agency staffer ...more »

Immigration Law
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Pass new immigration law BI
TempoFebruary 8, 2012

Manila, Philippines – The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has urged Congress to prioritize the passage of a new immigration law, replacing the old 1940 Immigration Act. Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David, Jr. told a media forum that the enactment of a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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China Green Agriculture Announces the Relocation of its Wholly-Owned ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

The Zone's concentrated industrial activities and dense population changed the micro bioenvironment for the growth of Jintai's agricultural products and disturbed Jintai's normal fertilizer research and development. Recently such changes caused the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton Bankruptcy Unlikely To Stop Public Service Cuts
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

"They don't have the same power to write down or walk away from debt," afforded to individuals in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Fabian said. Bondholders will likely fight any attempt by the city to force a write-down of the loan principal -- in part to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Law Podcast Examines the Use of Social Media in Discovery and ...
Business Wire (press release)February 28, 2012

She was named a Florida Rising Star in the area of civil litigation defense in 2010. In an interview with AM Best Co.'s Brendan Noonan and Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys editor John Czuba, the attorneys discuss the proliferation of ...more »

Animal Law
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Broad Spectrum of National Interest Groups Sign On to Oppose "Ag-Gag" Laws...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 24, 2012

Not only would these bills perpetuate animal abuse on industrial farms, they would also threaten workers' rights, consumer health and safety, and the freedom of journalists, employees and the public at large to share information about something as ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lebanon to remain on copyright watch list
The Daily StarFebruary 20, 2012

BEIRUT: The International Intellectual Property Alliance has officially asked the United States trade representative last week to keep Lebanon on the watch list for serious infringements of intellectual property rights. The alliance's request is part ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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College Affirmative Action Threatened by US
BusinessWeekFebruary 24, 2012

22 (Bloomberg) -- Colleges may soon have to overhaul decades-old efforts to promote racial diversity after the US Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the constitutionality of affirmative action in admissions. In accepting an appeal from a rejected white ...more »

The Hidden Aviation Stock You're Missing
Motley FoolFebruary 23, 2012

In today's edition, Isaac discusses a manufacturer with roots in the snowmobile business that's now the largest player in light rail and aims to disrupt commercial aviation. The company in mind is Bombardier, and investors should pay close attention.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Do not use security deposit for last month's rent
Corpus Christi Caller TimesFebruary 22, 2012

A landlord who violates this law is considered to be acting in bad faith and can owe the tenant three times the deposit plus $100. You cannot, however, require the landlord to use the deposit to cover the last month's rent. In fact, if you do, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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MF Global Crime, Comedy and the Cover-Up
The Market OracleFebruary 28, 2012

MF Global's October 2011 bankruptcy was the eighth largest bankruptcy by assets in the United States. James Giddens, the bankruptcy trustee, issued a press release on February 6 stating that his investigation found that money from customer accounts ...more »

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Problems at new JFK could lead to litigation
Pacific Daily NewsFebruary 28, 2012

"I don't have any reservation about bringing the word litigation up because I think that is only the next step if they don't take corrective action," said Public Works Director Joanne Brown. "In the future, I think these contracts should be better ...more »

Business Law
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Many states aren't ready for looming health law changes
Boston HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

One of the most pressing tasks for states this year has to do with creating the exchanges, through which individuals and small businesses can buy insurance starting in 2014. On Jan. 1, 2013, the Department of Health and Human Services will certify ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military doesnt recognize all types of families
Albany Times Union (blog)February 26, 2012

It came to my attention when visiting my newlywed sister in Georgia this past week that being married to a member of our military can offer many wonderful benefits. These benefits include a pay increase, insurance for both spouses and any children they ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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TPD, Internet Crimes task force arrest man on child pornography charges
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)February 29, 2012

A police report from TPD says Kirkpatrick used "common Internet search terms" for child pornography on multiple occasions. After Kirkpatrick was confronted at his home and his house was searched, he said he used Torrent programs and Frostwire to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Going Online to Discover the Right Personal Injury Attorney
Set Piece AnalystsFebruary 27, 2012

Nowadays, finding a personal injury attorney is not as hard as it may have been in the past. With the help of the internet, it is a lot easier now to make a local search for available personal injury attorney options in your area.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge Yields To Ruling On Texas Abortion Law
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 9, 2012

"There can be little doubt that HB 15 is an attempt by the Texas Legislature to discourage women from exercising their constitutional rights by making it more difficult for caring and competent physicians to perform abortions," US District Judge Sam ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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SAVANNAH - 'Corporate Super Lawyers' Name from Bouhan, Williams & Levy Law... (press release)February 27, 2012

Frank "Sonny" Seiler has an extensive litigation practice which includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases, and divorce/domestic ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB Proposes Parameters For Jurisdiction Of Larger Participants In Debt...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 28, 2012

2 The Proposal addresses two of the six consumer financial product and service markets the CFPB identified in the Notice — (i) consumer debt collection, and (ii) consumer reporting activities. Under the "larger participant" authority set forth in the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Alleged Rental Scammer Arrested
Martinez News-GazetteFebruary 28, 2012

By Greta Mart County prosecutors announced yesterday the arrest of a licensed real estate agent suspected of ripping off scores of victims by renting foreclosed homes he had no legal authority over. Using the housing rental section of Craigslist, ...more »

Shelby County gives vendors til March 15 to comply with Alabama immigration law (blog)February 28, 2012

Companies are required to submit a sworn affidavit stating they have not knowingly hired illegal workers, and that they are enrolled in the federal E-Verify program. Vendors doing business with the county also must submit affidavits from any ...more »

Sports Law
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Four Linsane Lessons for Corporate Counsel
Corporate CounselFebruary 28, 2012

In my work as a consultant on crisis communications and other complex public perception issues, I'm often accused of relying too heavily on sports metaphors when counseling and training. But they work. . . so I'm making a Linsane drive to the hoop once ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer: Amy Senser wasn't drunk during hit-and-run
Grand Forks HeraldFebruary 25, 2012

In a legal memorandum filed Friday, defense attorney Eric John Nelson wrote Amy Senser may have been speeding and talking on her cellphone, but there's no evidence she was drunk. This photo provided by Halberg Criminal Defense law firm taken on Sept.more »

Better Business Bureau offers tips for finding a tax preparer
Wicked LocalFebruary 17, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility for enrolled agents.more »

Advocates ask for ordinances to ban discrimination,`Someone could get fired ...
KSPRFebruary 21, 2012

Springfield City Council members could soon decide if they will change the city's discrimination ordinance to include rights for gays. Under the current non-discrimination ordinance age, race, creed, color, disability, religion, sex, national origin, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Greek Debt Nightmare and a Macro-View for Investor Profit and Protection
The Market OracleFebruary 24, 2012

“I am staggered at how easily the concepts of Democracy and the Rule of Law – two of the pillars of the modern world – have been brushed aside in the interests of political expediency. This is not just a Eurozone phenomenon but of course the removal of ...more »

Environmental Law
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2nd victim dead after Ohio school shooting
CBS NewsFebruary 28, 2012

King was studying alternative energy at nearby Auburn Career Center and like the others who were shot was waiting for a bus for his daily 15-minute ride to the center. Student Daniel Parmertor died hours after the shooting. On Tuesday morning, a third ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Health on the Rocks? Estate Planning Can Put Your Mind at Ease
EIN News (press release)February 29, 2012

Yet, most of them do not have legal documents in place that will assist in safeguarding their health, protecting their autonomy and properly administering their property should they become unable to express their wishes. Although everyone can benefit ...more »

Family Law
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Law reform bid to protect migrant women
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 8, 2012

Its final report on family violence and Commonwealth laws, released by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon yesterday, recommends several immigration law reforms to allow migrants on temporary visas to stay and seek help. ■The creation of a new temporary ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Writers Tackle 30% Drop in Rates, Stiff Competition
Insurance News Net (press release)February 27, 2012

Workers' compensation writers are taking steps to improve the profitability of the troubled line, industry experts said. From 2006 to 2010, workers' compensation premiums fell by about 30%, while profitability dropped, said Ed Keane , senior financial ...more »


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