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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...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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Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

2011), we agree with the district court that substantial evidence on the record as a whole supports the administrative law judge's (ALJ's) decision. We disagree with Rodewald's contention that the ALJ was required to call a psychological expert to ...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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FBI raid targets Congressman Fattah's son
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 29, 2012

Chaka Fattah's son and the law office of an attorney who has received millions in contracts from the Philadelphia school district. Agents for the FBI and US Treasury Department carried out documents and a computer from David T. Shulick's law office on ...more »

Immigration Law
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Utah Immigration Act Judge Awaits Top Court's Arizona Ruling
BloombergFebruary 22, 2012

The judge considering a federal government bid to block enforcement of three Utah immigration statutes said he won't rule on the request until after the US Supreme Court decides a case involving a similar Arizona law. US District Judge Clark Waddoups ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Penn State trustee election ballot positions announced
Penn State LiveFebruary 29, 2012

10 David E. Robbins, '78, Lib, Bus, Attorney, Law Offices of David E. Robbins, Broomall, Pa. 11 Martin R. Davis, '86, Bus, President, Donald E. Davis, Inc., Pottsville, Pa. 12 Stephen M. Hladik, '89, Lib, Lawyer/Partner, Kerns Pearlstine Onorato Hladik ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BC government introduces legislation to halt teachers' strike
Canadian Labour ReporterFebruary 29, 2012

The British Columbia provincial government has introduced legislation that would suspend any strike action by teachers and set a “cooling off” period while a mediator is appointed to facilitate negotiations. The legislation was announced the same day ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Beckett Fund Misleads on Obama Defense of Contraception Lawsuit
Religion DispatchesFebruary 28, 2012

What's more, there will be additional modifications, which would "require health insurance issuers to offer group health insurance coverage without contraceptive coverage to non-profit religious organizations that object to contraceptive coverage and ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rescue Act
WJHG-TVFebruary 28, 2012

PETA says if lawmakers pass the Animal Rescue Act pet hoarding will run rampant. They were supposed to be rescued. But their safe haven became their hell. Seven hundred cats were found at a rescue shelter 50 miles east of the state capitol, living in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property infringement and labour disputes identified as serious ...
Virtual Press Office (press release)February 27, 2012

Notwithstanding heightened efforts by the Chinese authorities to curb intellectual property rights (IPR) violations, companies saw little improvement in IPR protection in 2011. More than half of the respondents (54 per cent) consider IPR infringement ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Ex-NXIVM aide takes NXIVM to federal court
Albany Times UnionFebruary 16, 2012

(Luanne Ferris / Times Union) ALBANY -— NXIVM punishes whistleblowers and outspoken former associates by illegally using lawyers and litigation in conspiracies that violate civil rights, a new suit filed last week by one-time NXIVM business consultant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SCOTUS may scrap affirmative action
American Thinker (blog)February 24, 2012

For more concrete examples of Grutter in action, go to You can see that last year, Harvard rejected someone with an LSAT score of 176 and GPA of 3.81, but admitted someone with a 163 and 3.3. The difference? The latter is a URM.more »

PSS Aviation to Seek GSA Schedule, Expand to Federal Accounts
PR Newswire (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- PSS Aviation (Professional Security Support) announced plans today to apply for a GSA Schedule and actively pursue federal contracts. Federal officials appreciate GSA Schedules as a means of procuring goods and services, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Locals exasperated by derelict Gerrard St. E. storefronts and buildings
Toronto StarFebruary 9, 2012

In fact, the city offers landlords a one-third property-tax cut if they can't find a tenant. But what if a landlord simply doesn't want to rent out the space? I talked to one Gerrard St. E. landlord who says he hasn't found the right tenant for 10 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton mediation tests new Calif. law, which was pushed by public unions to ...
The RepublicFebruary 29, 2012

Stockton is testing a new state law after the City Council agreed to use a mediator before seeking bankruptcy protection. The river port city 50 miles south of the state capital is trying to avoid becoming the most populous US city in modern times to ...more »

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CIT Raises Cost Estimate For Litigation
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Legal proceedings CIT is involved in securities litigation filed in 2008 in federal court against the company and former executives by its pre-bankruptcy shareholders. The suits allege the company failed to disclose the risks of certain mortgage loans ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyer faces sentencing in 'baby-selling ring'
Sacramento BeeFebruary 19, 2012

AP SAN DIEGO -- A San Diego County lawyer who specializes in reproductive law will be sentenced this week for her role in what federal prosecutors called a "baby-selling ring" that charged couples more than $100000 to adopt babies born from surrogate ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Forgetting the past, one military movie at a time
The Seattle TimesFebruary 27, 2012

Since 1986's "Top Gun" rekindled the Pentagon-Hollywood relationship from its post-Vietnam doldrums, the collusion between the military and the entertainment industry has become a blockbuster con, generating huge benefits for both participants — and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Fremont man faces child pornography charges
Fremont TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

... after investigators discovered several pictures of boys engaged in a sexually explicit nature on his home computer. The warrant said the Attorney General's office received several reports in March 2011 from the Nebraska State Patrol Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Neuberger criticises costs in Irwin Mitchell personal injury case
Legal WeekFebruary 21, 2012

Irwin Mitchell has come under fire for the pricing of a personal injury case, after the Master of the Rolls, Lord Neuberger, said costs of almost £75000 were disproportionate to a damages award of £12750. The case, Simcoe v Jacuzzi UK Group, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Marriage proposal's broader effects debated in NC
pride source.comFebruary 22, 2012

"It's difficult to predict with any certainty how courts are going to predict constitutional provisions or statutes," said E. Gregory Wallace, a constitutional law professor at Campbell University's Wiggins School of Law. Part of the uncertainty lies ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Kramon & Graham P.A. Appoints David Shuster as Managing Principal
Citybizlist (press release)February 29, 2012

He is very well-respected in the legal community and has the vision, energy, and leadership to assure the firm's continued success." Shuster, 43, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. After law school, he served as a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Car dealer settles loan but fees remain
SowetanFebruary 29, 2012

CONSUMERS who buy defective cars continue to suffer prejudice in the name of the Consumer Protection Act. A WRITE-OFF: Jones Mashego, Mathebula's fiancé, standing next to their car before they discovered it had previously been written off.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 »

GO Topeka changes not in line with Mars contract
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 22, 2012

The modifications released Wednesday would retain 1920.93 residential acres — containing 76 parcels and 32 dwellings — that initially were slated to be rezoned as commercial, office and institutional or light industrial. The new proposal looks almost ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Virginia News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WJTVFebruary 29, 2012

Bob McDonnell has signed a bill that repeals a law limiting individual handgun purchases to one per month, passed in 1993 when Virginia was a haven for gun runners. McDonnell's signature is no surprise. He had earlier expressed support for the bill, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ohio group considers changes to defending the poor
Marietta TimesFebruary 27, 2012

AP COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio working group considering changes in how defense lawyers are provided for the poor has drafted a proposal that would shift the financial responsibility from counties to the state over a five-year period.more »

Bakersfield Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Tax, Mortgage Fraud
KERO-TV 23February 14, 2012

The tax case is the product of an extensive investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant US Attorney Mark E. Cullers is prosecuting that case. According to the plea agreement in the mortgage fraud case, from approximately October 2005 to ...more »

South Florida job discrimination charges set record
Sun-SentinelFebruary 24, 2012

Often, charges involve both retaliation and sexual harassment. On Thursday, a lawsuit was filed against a Piloto Photo Center in Miami for sexual harassment. Women working at the photo center were subjected to graphic sexual comments and demeaning name ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Elpida Files for Bankruptcy Protection, Set to Hold Press Conference Today
BloombergFebruary 27, 2012

Elpida Memory Inc. (6665), the Japanese chipmaker facing an April deadline to repay debts, sought bankruptcy protection in the country's largest filing in two years as prices for its main product plunged to a record low. Elpida had liabilities of 448 ...more »

Environmental Law
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Why Republicans Are Fighting To Repeal Obama's Medicare Cost-Cutting Board
TPMFebruary 28, 2012

House Republicans are poised to advance legislation this week to repeal President Obama's Medicare cost-cutting board, a provision enacted in the health care reform law. The Energy & Commerce Committee is set to mark it up this Wednesday, ...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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Law firm offers free divorce seminar in Clark
Suburban NewsFebruary 22, 2012

By Suburban News The law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, PC has announced that Senior Partner, Mario C. Gurrieri, Chair of its Family Law Department, Attorneys Richard A. Outhwaite, Kristin M. Capalbo and Andrew J. Economos, will once again present ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma bills would allow employers to opt out of state workers comp system
Business InsuranceFebruary 28, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY—A set of bills has advanced in the Oklahoma Legislature that would allow employers to opt out of the state's workers compensation system by establishing an alternative plan. Oklahoma's House Judiciary Committee passed HB 2155 on an 8-5 ...more »


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