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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Juan Vargas could cast the deciding vote for California's health care bill
OB RagFebruary 1, 2012

Senate Bill 810 passed committee, but fell two votes short in the Senate. A new vote is sought before tomorrow's deadline for passing all Senate bills and sending them on to the Assembly. The bill would not set up a government-run healthcare system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MUTO v. CBS CORPORATION
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... S. Jones, Judge) dismissing as time-barred their putative class action complaint against their former employer and the employer's pension plan for benefits alleged to be due under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA").more »

Immigration Law
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Liberals Highlight Romney Ties To Ariz. Law Author Kobach
Investor's Business DailyFebruary 3, 2012

By SEAN HIGGINS, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 08:05 AM ET Mitt Romney campaigns at the Hispanic Leadership Network's conference in Miami on Jan. 27, 2012. Romney handily carried Florida's Hispanics in... View Enlarged Image Liberal groups have a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Roseman: We struck out with McDonald's, Samsung and The Brick
Toronto StarFebruary 3, 2012

By Ellen Roseman | 2012/02/03 15:29:00 I try to help readers resolve customer service disputes. But in some cases, companies insist they're right and the customer is wrong. Here are three examples of companies refusing to budge, despite the prospect of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BRG's Financial Institutions Team Adds Three DC Experts Specializing in ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

He specializes in SEC, NASD, and NYSE market regulation investigations, securities valuation, share price modeling, and commodities trading, having testified in over 30 different cases. Further, Mr. Lundelius has testified or is designated to testify ...more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 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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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favored the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

Actor John Travolta to donate jet to Ga. museum
Corning LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

Robins Air Force Base spokeswoman Chrissy Miner says the actor will donate a G-2 Gulfstream executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame at the Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins. Museum officials say Travolta, who is a pilot, is donating the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Housing associations and councils to be given stronger powers to evict...
Scottish Daily RecordFebruary 6, 2012

The Scottish Government has put forward plans that could give councils and housing associations more flexibility when allocating property and make it simpler to evict the worst anti-social behaviour offenders. Housing Minister Keith Brown said the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AMR Poised to Open Labor Talks With 10000 Job Cuts Possible
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

29 Chapter 11 filing to chip away at what the company says is a disadvantage in labor spending to competitors that relied on court protection to shed costs and boost productivity in the past decade. If AMR can't get unions to go along, the airline can ...more »

Litigation
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Paris eyes litigation over gravel pit right-of-way
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Tony Reaves, Staff Writer PARIS — The Board of Selectmen is considering legal action against a landowner who has asserted that he can block certain uses of a right-of-way through his land. At a special meeting Monday night, board members discussed ...more »

Business Law
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Study Finds Local Online Ad Outlook Strong; Call for Mobile Regulation
Street FightFebruary 1, 2012

Marketers are becoming bullish about their current and future investment in local advertising, particularly in local online media, according to a study released this week by GMSLocal. However, members of Congress such as Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straight spouses. The lawsuit announced in Washington involves a 12-year veteran of the Army, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Tennis coach charged in bust
Worcester TelegramFebruary 4, 2012

Thursday's arrest was the result of an undercover investigation by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force that began Oct. 7, 2011. According to Ms. Kennedy, State Police Sgt. Michael Hill began an undercover investigation into a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Feldman Shepherd Names Patricia Giordano a Partner in Philadelphia Personal...
PR.com (press release)February 10, 2012

Philadelphia, PA, February 10, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Giordano has been named a partner of the firm.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's recess appointments will create uncertainty, GOP critics say
Washington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Issa acknowledged that the US Constitution doesn't define the scope of a partial Senate recess or pro-forma sessions. "The courts may soon decide – the sooner the better – whether these appointments are valid and whether a law limiting taxes to the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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James V. Painter Successfully Defends Plastic Surgeon in Medical Malpractice Claim
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 6, 2012

Hull Barrett, PC is a full service law firm with 27 attorneys with offices in Augusta and Evans, Georgia, and Aiken, South Carolina. The firm is engaged in a general civil practice providing a broad range of legal services with an emphasis on general ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Brothers pay for filing baseless case in consumer court
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

The three siblings were fined Rs 30000 by a consumer forum for dragging a builder to court over complaints that were "devoid of substance". Recently, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission too upheld the State Consumer Disputes Redressal ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

US Offers $10M to Jump-Start ID Security Tech Research
TechNewsWorldFebruary 7, 2012

That same day the US Department of Justice reported the arrest of three women in California for engaging in a scheme to use stolen identities to illegally collect tax refunds. And just days earlier, DoJ officials reported the arrest in New York of ...more »

Sports Law
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Ramnarine calls on WICB to blank GCB
Stabroek NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Sports | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine is calling on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to not recognise the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Co-defendant testifies for the defense in Tony Lewis trail
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

Defense attorney Jennifer Bukowsky shows a gun considered to be evidence to witness Lee W. Carter during the murder trial of Tony Lewis on Thursday. ¦ Sam Gause BY Ben Nadler COLUMBIA — Members of the Hobson family and members of the Lewis family ...more »

Complaint: NB chamber using tax dollars for politics
OCRegisterFebruary 2, 2012

But chamber President Richard Luehrs has refused to disclose his organization's audited financial statements. "We're not required to do so, so we don't do it," he said. According to the state Attorney General's office, Luehrs is right.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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Your Uninsurable Long-Term Care Insurance Client
LifeHealthProFebruary 16, 2012

For awhile, it looked as if a component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), the Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) program, would create an option for uninsurable individuals.more »

Environmental Law
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Wrong track in Richmond
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 6, 2012

... of lunacy — with outlawing abortions to the exclusion of vital issues such as funding for transportation, education, law enforcement, medical research, alternative energy exploration and dealing with the elderly, poor and homeless in Virginia.more »

Wills & Probate
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Better Business: You don't need to be rich to benefit from an estate plan
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 4, 2012

An estate plan can be as simple as drafting a will or as complex as setting up a trust and a living will. At the very least, anyone who has assets they would like to pass on to specific individuals should create a will. A will can also establish ...more »

Family Law
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Ramsay settles nasty family legal battle
New York PostFebruary 2, 2012

The TV chef had been in a legal war with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, over $3.8 million in disputed loans and who was to blame for Ramsay's high-end restaurant chain nearly going bankrupt three years ago. Both sides announced yesterday that the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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U-Haul Parent to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Workers' Comp Business
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

based AMERCO (Nasdaq: UHAL) announced on Wednesday that following an internal review of its property and casualty subsidiary's excess workers' compensation business, Repwest will take a third quarter fiscal 2012 charge to strengthen its loss reserves.more »

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