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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

Tacoma police standoff with domestic violence suspect ends with surrender
Q13 FOXFebruary 1, 2012

Tacoma Police entered a standoff with an armed domestic violence suspect on Monday afternoon, only for the suspect to surrender. Earlier in the day, the victim sought refuge at an elementary school, causing the school to go into lockdown, police said.more »

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Administrative Law
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Trial set for property scam case
Escanaba Daily PressFebruary 1, 2012

He also has a related trial pending in Escanaba's civil court and an administrative hearing pending at a regulatory agency downstate. During a pretrial conference in the judges' chambers in circuit court on Tuesday, the defense and prosecution decided ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

Immigration Law
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Proposed bills target Alabama immigration law
Birmingham Business JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Opponents of Alabama's tough immigration law are moving swiftly to repeal – or at least voice their displeasure with – the controversial legislation in the 2012 legislative session that kicks off tomorrow. As of Monday, two bills had already been filed ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Quotes From Key Global Personalities and Highlights at TERI Delhi Sustainable ...
India Education DiaryFebruary 4, 2012

Speaking at TERI Delhi Sustainable Development summit 2012, Dr Abdul Rahim, Nik, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Malaysia, "emphasized challenges, such as inventory of biodiversity and proper law enforcement in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Vodafone moves dispute resolution panel over IT department order
TelecomTigerFebruary 1, 2012

Buoyed by its victory over income tax department on December 20 after the Supreme Court on Friday set aside Bombay High Courts order directing the company to pay income tax of Rs 11000 crore, Vodafone on Tuesday moved the dispute resolution panel, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The additional reserves relate to excess workers' compensation policies Repwest either wrote or assumed from other insurance carriers between 1983 and 2003. These policies cover risks totally unrelated to U-Haul's core moving and storage business and ...more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

According to Dr. Patricia McEachern (Mc-Karen), the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, several students have already begun pursuing the minor. "This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of colleges and universities ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: take stock, protect what's valuable
Homer NewsFebruary 2, 2012

One hundred years on, patent and trademark filings with the United States Patent Office number in the hundreds of thousands per year. But inventions and trademarks are just two, albeit major, groups of assets that fall under a grouping called ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

Allegations against White were investigated by the Affirmative Action Office. Since then, White has issued his own complaints regarding the manner in which the accusations were investigated. Despite four formal grievances filed against the Physical ...more »

Agreement on US Aviation Bill to End Stop-Gap Efforts
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- House and Senate lawmakers ended more than four years of standoffs by reaching agreement yesterday on a four-year, $63.6 billion US aviation bill that keeps current funding levels and speeds development of new air-traffic technology.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Smoke-Free Rental Properties Now Possible Under New State Law
Imperial Valley WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

By holtvilletribune On February 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment A new law expands the availability of smoke-free housing in California by allowing landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units. The Smoke-Free Housing Law went into effect on January 1, 2012.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hot read: Rattner questions Romney's taxes - Facebook IPOs in politics ...
PoliticoFebruary 2, 2012

... qualifies for that 15 percent rate; engorged his individual retirement account to postpone millions in taxes and applied peculiarities of trust and estate law to funnel tens of millions to his sons and future descendants free of inheritance tax.more »

Litigation
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S&P Lifts MasterCard Outlook To Positive On 4Q Charge For Merchant Suits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The merchant litigation has been an overhang for MasterCard and chief rival Visa Inc. (V) of late as the card processors battle allegations they violated antitrust laws by fixing the fees retailers pay to accept their cards. A trial date for the cases...more »

Business Law
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Oscars 2012: The Artist's Jean Dujardin's chances could be jeopardised by ...
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 2, 2012

France's advertising standards authority, ARPP, has received complaints for a series of posters featuring Mr Dujardin and his co-star Gilles Lellouche in various compromising positions with women to promote Les Infidèles (English title, The Players), ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military health care carrier hit with $10M fine
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

By Nick de la Torre, Gannett/Arizona Republic Dave McIntyre is the CEO of TriWest health Care Alliance, a health care company providing benefits for military people. By Nick de la Torre, Gannett/Arizona Republic Dave McIntyre is the CEO of TriWest ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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School computer hacking probed
Omaha World-HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

By Kevin Cole Douglas County sheriff's deputies are investigating the case of a Millard student who reportedly disrupted his high school's computer network over a three-day period. Chief Deputy Marty Bilek said no arrests had been made in the incident ...more »

Personal Injury
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Brad Lakin Named SuperLawyer for 3rd Year In A Row
PR Web (press release)February 18, 2012

Brad Lakin is a personal injury lawyer and his firm has offices in St. Louis, Phoenix and Alton, Illinois. “This recognition from my peers is very gratifying, because it underscores my commitment to fighting for justice and devotion to our firm's ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge upholds Illinois law against carrying firearms in public
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

By CHRIS DETTRO A federal judge in Springfield has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois law prohibiting the carrying of loaded guns in public. US Judge Sue Myerscough wrote in an opinion issued Friday that the Second Amendment is narrow and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CPA sues Texas firm for alleged defective design of Tinian airport
Saipan TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

CPA is suing Leo A. Daly Co. for breach of contract, professional malpractice, negligence, fraud, and violations of the Consumer Protection Act and the CNMI Building Safety Code. CPA, through counsels William R. Satterberg Jr. and Matthew T. Gregory, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Food Safety Act will protect consumers
IBNLive.comFebruary 5, 2012

“The act can work only if the people become watchdogs,” said Institute of Hotel Management's former principal BP Tripathy. The FSSA will act as a subset of the Consumer Protection Act, he said. Gaur spoke on the the apprehension of many about the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lin joins loca law firm as associate
San Gabriel Valley TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

The Pasadena-based firm has extensive experience and expertise in representation of homeowner associations as well as business and construction litigation, real estate law, financial institution law and labor and employment law.more »

Health Net Reports Fourth Quarter 2011 GAAP Net Income of $60.2 Million, or ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

The pretax margin in 2011 for the combined Western Region and Government Contracts segments increased to 3.8 percent, a 60 basis point improvement year-over-year. Our commercial strategy resulted in continued enrollment growth in tailored network ...more »

Sports Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Brooklyn prosecutor returns to Davis Polk
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

Greg Andres, who has worked as a federal prosecutor since 1999, will join Davis Polk's litigation department and work closely with the firm's white-collar defense group, representing clients in civil and criminal cases, according to the announcement.more »

Miller & Chevalier Adds James I. Warren and Alexander Zakupowsky, Jr. to the ...
Citybizlist (press release)February 7, 2012

These matters include operational and transactional tax advice and representation in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the audit and appeals level, as well as in connection with applications to the IRS national office for ...more »

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) Hit With $500k Fine
eMoneyDailyFebruary 1, 2012

Bowne filed the case accusing that the bank dismissed him because of his age, which is against Florida law. FINRA did however say that the bank did not violate federal age discrimination law. Elizabeth Fogarty, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) spokeswoman, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Gifting does not give full protection
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

In the past, however, they usually went for the debtor's personal assets. Now that assets can be given to a trust in one go, other existing laws are likely to be used more often. "Because there won't be personal property for creditors to claim against ...more »

Environmental Law
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LRC's Capitol Notes: Bill expanding energy incentives heads to Senate
KyForward.comFebruary 2, 2012

Should it become law, HB 246 would expand the types of facilities that qualify for incentives under the Kentucky Alternative Fuel and Renewable Energy Fund and Incentives for Energy Independence Act. The bill would also exempt some geothermal drilling ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Council member Doran did things his way on Clearwater City Council
Tampabay.comFebruary 11, 2012

The 65-year-old is a tax accountant and an attorney in probate, wills and trusts; for a time, he also worked as a real estate agent. Self-employed, he typically works until 9 every night. Born in Indianapolis, Doran served a year in South Korea with ...more »

Family Law
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Sister Wives family given go-ahead to sue Utah over bigamy law
Daily MailFebruary 5, 2012

By AP A federal judge has ruled there's sufficient evidence to allow a polygamous family made famous by a reality TV show to pursue a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Utah's bigamy law. US District Judge Clark Waddoups on Friday dismissed ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation on Legislative Agenda for Oklahoma State Chamber
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Taxation, workers' compensation insurance and health care coverage top the State Chamber of Oklahoma's agenda for the 2012 legislative session that kicks off on Feb. 6. The State Chamber's business agenda for the Oklahoma Legislature was released on ...more »

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