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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 »

Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Speaker's Corner: Should employers have to cover workers' hearing aids?
Law TimesFebruary 6, 2012

Last June, an arbitrator opened up a potential can of worms in ruling that a school board must subsidize digital hearing aids for a teacher as part of its duty to accommodate short of undue hardship. The crux of the matter is what is fair and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Mass. AG Coakley Heading to DC to Make Case for Health Care Law
Insurance JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Attorney General Martha Coakley is heading to Washington to make a legal case for the national health care law that was modeled after Massachusetts' own landmark 2006 health care law. On Thursday Coakley will defend the constitutionality of the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones guards Tar Heels' tunnel for 26th year
The Daily Tar HeelFebruary 6, 2012

Now 73, Jones has spent the past decades in what he considers the best seat in the house. “I like seeing the people, the players and the enthusiasm of the ball game,” he said. “This really is a class act.” On Wednesday, Jones will experience one of his ...more »

Immigration Law
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New Report from FAIR Finds Illegal Aliens are Leaving Arizona in Response to ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

... a drop in the number of families living in poverty, and a decline in the violent crime rate. The data analyzed in Recent Demographic Change in Arizona provides strong evidence that illegal immigration is a highly controllable phenomenon.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Crawford fire station on Lowndes wish list
The Commercial DispatchFebruary 1, 2012

Smith is turned toward George Crawford, from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, who has his back to the camera. / Kelly Tippett The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to abandon library construction in Crawford ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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County, CSEA head to mediation
Evening ObserverFebruary 4, 2012

By declaring an impasse and moving to mediation, CSEA Unit 6300 President Rose Conti showed interest in no longer negotiating, Edwards said, which allows him to discuss the issue. The county and the union entered into negotiations in August, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cyber Insurance: An Efficient Way to Manage Security and Privacy Risk in the ...
Information Law GroupFebruary 1, 2012

Two things changed that made cyber insurance much more relevant. One was a rather sudden event, and the other more gradual. First, in 2003, California passed SB1386, the world's first breach notification law. The reality then (as now) is that companies ...more »

Animal Law
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Vigil Held for Tougher Animal Abuse Laws
WKBN/WYFX-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Youngstown and lit candles in hopes of putting an end to animal abuse. The animal advocates support Nitro's Law, or House Bill 108, which would make animal abuse a felony in Ohio. The vigil comes one day after several ...more »

Intellectual Property
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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in the Cloud
ComputerworldFebruary 6, 2012

Cloud services customers more often line of business leaders that IT executive -- were panicked as they began to realize that their intellectual property (IP) was now at risk. Some, like one client who discovered that he'd potentially exposed his ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Strong support for landfill permit
El Defensor ChieftainFebruary 8, 2012

In 2008, the Solid Waste Bureau recommended denial of a permit application submitted in 2006, unless the city agreed to a 10-year permit with an (operational) affirmative action plan. “At the hearing it was clear that the city did not agree with that ...more »

Cunningham: A Fort Worth aviation museum will have to be left to future ...
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 7, 2012

By D'Aun Cunningham As the widow of a man who contributed to Fort Worth's heralded aviation history for more than 30 years, I am deeply saddened by the situation in which we find ourselves. Our great city -- which owes much of its prosperity to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Roommate-matching site does not violate housing laws, court
Chicago TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

(Reuters) - A roommate-matching website that allows users to hunt for living partners based on gender and sexual orientation does not violate fair-housing laws that ban discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday. Fair Housing Councils in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Buyout of bankrupt Peninsula Hospital threatened
Crain's New York BusinessFebruary 3, 2012

The unsecured creditors of the bankrupt Queens hospital this week asked a judge for permission to have a say in the hospital's restructuring. If the bankruptcy court judge grants that request, Peninsula's financing deal with a Revival Home Health Care ...more »

Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Business Law
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Presidential Campaign Finances
WCTVFebruary 1, 2012

Friends of candidates set up these groups and by law, can raise unlimited dollars to typically run ads blasting an opponent. It includes this ad run by a group supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney called, "restore our future".more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California veteran suing federal government over benefits not provided to same ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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NY man charged with trying to meet 6-year-old Bergen girl for sex
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

The “parent” was really a detective in the prosecutor's Computer Crimes Task Force. The investigation revealed that Garmany distributed numerous video images of child pornography via the Internet, Molinelli said. Bail on the Bergen County charges was ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Crash Cars to demonstrate Florida's Accident Fraud Problem
First Coast NewsFebruary 17, 2012

A Florida Highway Patrol squad car smacks into another vehicle as part of a demonstration showing how fraud rings are manipulating Florida's personal injury protection insurance system. Tallahassee, Fla. -- Accident fraud is estimated to cost Florida ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Forget super PACs. A modest proposal for legalizing bribery
Washington PostFebruary 4, 2012

It was just two years ago that the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, scraped away decades of barnacled case law obscuring our beloved Constitution and unequivocally established the right of corporations, unions and wealthy individuals to spend as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Who Saying the Truth-Warner Revelations Vs. LPRC Recriminations
AllAfrica.comFebruary 17, 2012

"We confirm today, that all contracts at LPRC are legitimate and subscribe to the Public Procurement & Concession Commission Act," the state owned enterprise said. "All Contracts were evaluated by a panel of technicians, legal advisors and departmental ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumers must protect their rights: Agarwala
Assam TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

... Additional Secretary, Government of India, Ministry of Consumers' Affairs stressed that there should be the provisions of punishment and deterrence against the violators of consumers rights to give more teeth to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986.more »

Real Estate Law
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Rent regulation ruling cannot be used to scuttle deal: court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A real-estate firm cannot back out of a $6.2 million deal for an Upper East Side apartment building after a court ruled that several of the building's rental units had been wrongly converted from stabilized rent to ...more »

Movers & Shapers: Feb. 2
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 2, 2012

Glass was most recently director of program business development at The Hartford Insurance Group. • Greentree Real Estate in Monkton has hired Scott Meade as associate broker. Mead previously owned Meade Real Estate in Stowe.more »

Sports Law
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Super Bowl 2012 already breaking records before the football is even tossed in ...
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Rick Horrow is the "Sports Professor," and is the Sports Business Analyst for Fox Sports. He has been the Visiting Expert on Sports Law at the Harvard Law School, and has authored "When the Game Is on the Line" and "Beyond the Scoreboard: An Insider's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland prosecutor taken aback by Griem comments in Bashara murder case
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

By Mitch Hotts Well-known criminal defense attorney David Griem summoned the Detroit-area media to the Guardian Building on Friday to talk about the Bob Bashara murder case, but at times it seemed like he was gearing up for a fight with Oakland County ...more »

SHARON TOWNSHIP: IRS tells township assessor must be township employee, wants ...
Heritage NewspapersFebruary 3, 2012

Aiuto said the township should have the auditor's report within 60 days of the January audit. “We need to get it in writing so we see exactly what we're facing and we need to get a tax attorney,” said Trustee Kathy Spiegel.more »

Man sues Nitro company, alleges age discrimination
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

A former employee has filed a lawsuit in Putnam County against the world's largest crane company for age discrimination, among other allegations. Hurricane resident Cecil Hypes filed the suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Monday alleging Maxim Crane Works ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate Planning Attorney at Plantation, Florida's Wild Felice and Partners ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a Fort Lauderdale area law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate Administration is the newest attorney to be honored with the AV Preeminent designation.more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free wills being offered by Leamington firm
Leamington ObserverFebruary 24, 2012

Donna Bothamley, head of wills and probate at Blythe Liggins. Picture by Jon Mullis 09.012.003.leam.jm1 (www.buyphotos247.com) BLYTHE Liggins Solicitors have teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care to offer free wills during the next three months.more »

Family Law
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Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson's family is bankrolling Gingrich super PAC
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

... which backs Gingrich's campaign, is more closely tied to the Adelson family than previously known. Of the $2 million in donations reported by the super PAC through the end of 2011, half of the money came from the daughters and son-in-law of Miriam ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hyder loses comp appeal
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 4, 2012

By Jennifer Learn-Andes jandes@timesleader.com Sam Hyder has lost his appeal seeking workers' compensation for on-the-job stress when he worked as Luzerne County deputy prison warden. Hyder, who was furloughed from the $74263-a-year position in January ...more »

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