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Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

JB Pritzker may get substantial payday from Facebook IPO
Chicago TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

The expected initial public offering of social media juggernaut Facebook could result in a substantial payday for at least one Chicago investor: local venture capitalist JB Pritzker. Pritzker's operations were part of a group that purchased $100 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Inkster Judge Sylvia James blames court official for using her name
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The job offer made to Kevin Dokes, the former court officer, violated a Michigan Supreme Court's Administrative Order, which states that a chief judge cannot enter into a multi-year contract without permission from the court's funding such as a city ...more »

Health Care Law
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Implementing health reform
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Consumers dread choosing health insurance, as various surveys show, largely because they don't understand it. But the new health care law now calls for uniform health insurance summaries, available to all consumers starting in 2012.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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After Workers Are Fired, an Immigration Debate Roils California Campus
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

For months, officials said, lawyers from the law firm Sidley Austin combed through the university's records and met with administrators. By the time the investigation was complete, the law firm had identified deficiencies in the files of 84 employees, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 1 - Industrial policy
FM.co.zaFebruary 2, 2012

SA's industrial development zone (IDZ) programme has been a disappointment. Government is now overhauling and expanding it but scepticism remains, writes Claire Bisseker Since 2000, the IDZ programme has been marred by underdelivery , gross ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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As an Increasing Target for Claims, Nonprofits Seek More D&O Coverage
PropertyCasualty360February 2, 2012

By Chad Hemenway, PropertyCasualty360.com Receiving court documents over a lawsuit related to one's involvement in a nonprofit organization is not. The fact is, a nonprofit organization and its directors and officers face many of the same risks as a ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Gas Chambers Close Down in Alabama
CBS42February 2, 2012

(WIAT) - The last remaining animal shelter gas chambers in the state have shut down for good ... with animal rights groups condemning them as inhumane. The Cullman County Animal Shelter was only one of four in the state still using the carbon monoxide ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IP: is MegaUpload the most important case you've never heard of?
ChiefOfficers.NetFebruary 1, 2012

If for nothing else, the Megaupload case is important for establishing the use of public officials to protect private, commercial, rights. The film, music and software industries are so vital to the USA's otherwise flagging economy that it has used ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Zoloft Manufacturer's Motion to Consolidate 59 ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Pfizer filed the motion on Jan. 18 under the following multi-district litigation number: MDR 2342. The motion's stipulations and some background on the cases that the motion seeks to consolidate are outlined in a Jan. 20, 2012, article on Law.com.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Labor Department extends comment period on proposed rule to improve ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

The rule proposed by OFCCP would strengthen the affirmative action and reporting obligations of federal contractors by requiring them to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their employees be qualified workers with disabilities.more »

New USAF X-Plane, the X-56A UAV, Revealed by Aviation Week
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In exclusive coverage, Aviation Week has revealed a new US Air Force X-plane, the X-56A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will test active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation-- vital technologies that ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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'No mechanism set to protect tenants from greedy landlords'
Arab Times Kuwait English DailyFebruary 4, 2012

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: The issue of house rent in the country is out of control, while availability of accommodation surpasses demand due to landlords' approach to raising rents, once they have the upper hand in contracts they sign with tenants, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

Litigation
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Court dismisses Medford Crossings litigation
phillyBurbs.comFebruary 6, 2012

MEDFORD — A series of legal complaints related to the never-built Medford Crossings complex were dismissed last week in Burlington County Superior Court, possibly ending 16 years of litigation between land owner Stephen Samost and Medford Township.more »

Business Law
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Proposal from Kan. business groups goes against immigration guru's national ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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La Porte Man Charged in Child Pornography
MyFox HoustonFebruary 14, 2012

Detectives with the La Porte Police Department, assigned to the Houston Metro Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, found several thousand images on Gardner's computer that showed children engaged in various sexual acts. During the investigation ...more »

Personal Injury
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Man Never Should Have Survived This Brutal Trucking Accident Says Atlanta ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 9, 2012

“I've seen a lot of big rig accidents during the course of my practice,” said Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer who practices personal injury, accidents and malpractice law. “I have helped many plaintiffs go to court to recover for their ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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I Was Denied Legal Help, Kasab Tells Apex Court
Daijiworld.comFebruary 1, 2012

The amicus curiae told the court that an accused was not just offered his right but he was informed of the right under the constitution and law. When the court observed that "you can say it was a formal compliance" of the provisions of the criminal ...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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Medical profession: the other side of the coin
The HinduFebruary 18, 2012

The Supreme Court decision to include doctors under the CPA (Consumer Protection Act) amply confirms the general feeling. Why are these happening and what are are the causes behind this change in the profession? Has it really become a business?more »

Real Estate Law
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Property law specialists welcome two new faces
This is CornwallFebruary 9, 2012

Holly Greenslade, from Illogan, started her training contract with the firm, which has offices in Truro and Mevagissey, in November. Charles French established the firm in 2007 with an office in Truro. It has since has grown considerably and now has ...more »

Sports Law
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A Local Law Enforcement Official Received UniqueTraining From Experts
KEYC TVFebruary 2, 2012

More>> A local law enforcement official was able to attend a prestigious US Department of Justice program. According the National Center for Missing and Exploited children there are over 200000 missing kids in the US Nicollet County Sheriff Dave Lange ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bernard L. Siegel, 73, criminal lawyer, educator
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 7, 2012

In 1988, Mr. Siegel was a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and in 2005 he received its Josel Advocacy Award. He received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award from the criminal-justice section of the Philadelphia Bar ...more »

How to find trustworthy tax preparation help
Wilson County NewsFebruary 3, 2012

According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans will enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help to avoid penalties or fees.more »

Black Officers File Lawsuit Against Capitol Police
BETFebruary 8, 2012

Hostile work environments, reprisals, denial of promotions, age discrimination and denial of career-enhancing opportunities are just some of the allegations of discrimination outlined in the lawsuit. “The Chief of Police, Phillip Morse, and members of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NORTHERN IRELAND: Charity regulation
Xperedon Charity NewsFebruary 9, 2012

The CCNI role includes investigatory, compliance, enforcement and regulatory scrutiny of all charities currently registered with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) for tax purposes and will bring charities in Northern Ireland in line with the rest of the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Consumer alert: Electricity-price discounts heat up
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 12, 2012

Under Pennsylvania's law establishing electric choice, customers are free to shop around for alternative suppliers of electricity. Regardless of who they choose, Peco Energy Co. remains the distribution company, responsible for billing and customer ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe Launches New Farmington and Wethersfield Websites
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe have launched two new websites to serve local communities in Connecticut more effectively. The firm's goal is to be more accessible to Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut residents and accident victims.more »

Family Law
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New Bedford lawyer nominated for judgeship in Probate and Family Court
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 9, 2012

McMahon has devoted a 31-year legal career to representing low-income clients, both as an active trial attorney in Probate and Family Court and as a supervisor and mentor of legal services staff attorneys on probate and family law matters, according to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Former Energy Employees May Be Eligible for Worker's Comp
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Part B covers current and former workers diagnosed with cancer, beryllium disease. Exposure to beryllium mist, dust or fumes can cause lung damage. Individuals or their survivors found eligible under Part B may receive a lump sum compensation payment ...more »

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