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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...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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Code of Ethics needs makeover
Monroe News StarFebruary 11, 2012

"Today, Louisiana is among the top in the nation for our ethics laws. To be good stewards of taxpayer money and provide effective government for our communities, we have to look for ways to improve the administration and enforcement of those laws," he ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senior Romney Health Adviser: Obamacare Can Move Health Care System In The ...
ThinkProgressFebruary 29, 2012

By Igor Volsky on Feb 29, 2012 at 8:30 am Mike Leavitt, President George W. Bush's former Secretary of Health and Human Services and a senior adviser to Mitt Romney, say the Affordable Care Act could help reduce health care costs and transform ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Legislator criticizes House elimination of federal home visiting grant
Florida IndependentFebruary 15, 2012

Jones writes that the elimination of that grant, which exempts the state from millions more for those programs, is a good example of how the state's refusal to take money from the Affordable Care Act has hurt health programs in the state.more »

Immigration Law
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Romney calls Arizona immigration law a model for the nation
39online.comFebruary 23, 2012

By Michael A. Memoli Mitt Romney called the controversial Arizona illegal immigration law a model for the country, and blasted the Obama administration for challenging it in court. "I will drop those lawsuits on Day One," Romney said in response to a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Tribune-Review: Drilling feeds Washington County's development boom
NorthcentralPa.comFebruary 24, 2012

Development, spurred largely by the expansion of the natural gas industry, has put Washington County in prime position to invest in the region's continued growth, officials said. The US Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics ranked the county ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Clark County ratifies two-year pact with employees union
Las Vegas Review - JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Kristi Jourdan The County Commission ratified a two-year contract agreement Tuesday with the Service Employees International Union for fiscal years 2012 and 2013. Under the contract provisions, which are expected to save the county about $20.4 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Judge Hands SEC Initial Victory In Suit Against Insurance Fund
Wall Street JournalFebruary 10, 2012

The SEC filed its lawsuit against SIPC in December, after negotiations between the two agencies reached an impasse on the Stanford matter. It is the SEC's first lawsuit against SIPC in the insurance fund's 42-year history. The dispute hinges on how ...more »

Animal Law
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Dog attack reignites talks of pet laws
Times Record NewsFebruary 26, 2012

By Alyssa Johnston Some residents and Wichita Falls City councilors alike recently have discussed concerns about local laws regarding animals. The concerns resurfaced because of a Feb. 15 dog attack on 77-year-old woman. June O'Hara was attacked by two ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New pilot survey reveals importance of intellectual property
PhysOrg.comFebruary 23, 2012

Credit: Thinkstock New survey results indicate that trademarks and trade secrets are the most important forms of intellectual property (IP) protection according to most businesses, followed by copyrights and patents. The findings shed light on the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Florida County Sued Over Asbestos-Filled Courthouse
Seedol.com (blog)February 29, 2012

If you or a loved one have been harmed by dangerous asbestos fibers that have gone unmonitored in your workplace, there may be legal action worth pursuing. Contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing an asbestos lawsuit.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Recommended: Affirmative action in college admissions? Supreme Court to hear case
msnbc.comFebruary 21, 2012

Affirmative action in college admissions? Supreme Court to hear case By NBC News, msnbc.com staff and news services Updated at 12:08 pm ET: WASHINGTON -- In a potentially momentous case, the Supreme Court will once again confront the issue of race in ...more »

Rockwell Collins Executive VP and COO to address JP Morgan Aviation...
defproFebruary 29, 2012

15:45 GMT, February 29, 2012 CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa | Kelly Ortberg, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Government Systems for Rockwell Collins, will address the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference in New York on ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Landlord's Tale
City JournalFebruary 28, 2012

A landlord friend turns up his speakerphone to demonstrate how much his tenants love him. Some kid on the other end asks if he has to hook up his own washing machine and dryer at the rental house. My buddy says, “No, we'll supply that.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Retired NFL players still seeking better benefits
CBS NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Lawyers for the retired players referred in the complaint to a 2010 quote from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees that described some of the retirees as coming to the current players and asking them to "please make up for my bad judgment.more »

Litigation
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BP oil spill trial delay stirs up talk of a brewing settlement
NOLA.comFebruary 28, 2012

"I think it indicates that the parties were able to convince him that there was a realistic possibility of settling the private plaintiffs portion of the case," said Blaine LeCesne, a Loyola tort law professor who has been following the case.more »

Business Law
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West Memphis Three: $100000 reward offered to clear their names
Christian Science MonitorFebruary 28, 2012

They passed the tests, according to the defense team. Hobbs's DNA has also been linked to the crime scene in previous investigations. Hobbs, however, has always maintained his innocence. Billboards and radio advertising will promote the reward.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Fears of 'hollow force' unfounded, lawmakers told
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 12, 2012

"It also is un衍ikely ... even in the case of drastically reduced military funding and a smaller military, (that) recruit quality would de苞line, pay and benefits would be drastically cut or US public support for the military would significantly ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cops grab Marin porno suspects in sweep
Marinscope Community NewspapersFebruary 29, 2012

By Joe Wolfcale Marin County law enforcement detectives assisted a South Bay Internet task force Feb. 23 in the arrest of five Marin men on suspicion of downloading child pornography. The joint operation, initiated by the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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NYC Elevator Death Due to Disabled Safety Device
ReutersFebruary 28, 2012

14, and purposely overrode the safety system to gain access to the elevator car, The New York Times reports. The override allowed the elevator to move with its doors open. Repair crews completed their work and left the building at 9:55 am, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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FEATURE-Cold War tactics against Germany's Left under scrutiny
ReutersFebruary 24, 2012

But apparently the Left are still deemed enough of a threat to the German constitution that everything their top lawmakers say or write - perhaps even the cookbook - is worthy of surveillance by the state. Germany's domestic intelligence agency in ...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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'Joburg breaking own by-laws'
iAfrica.comFebruary 24, 2012

The City of Johannesburg is failing to comply with its own by-laws on the handling of billing complaints, according to counsel for the National Consumer Commission (NCC), Oatlhotse Thupayatlase. Presenting the commission's heads of argument on the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ghosts & a Spirit of Equity: Religion, Superstition & Stambovsky v. Ackley ...
Patheos (blog)February 23, 2012

Ackley is read by nearly every law student in the country, and even just a quick glance at the citation list of the case in Google Scholar illustrates the decision's wide effects… in real estate law. The implications of this case for religion and law, ...more »

Atlas Air Worldwide Reports 2011 Earnings
Business Wire (press release)February 15, 2012

Despite global economic strains that affected the airfreight market and our business during 2011, performance in our Commercial Charter business in South America remained strong, and overall performance in Commercial Charter in the fourth quarter ...more »

Sports Law
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26 states seek relief from education law
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyers: Daycare shooting victim's widow making herself a target
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 23, 2012

"She's put herself at risk" by her testimony, said criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow, who is following the trial in the media. "Why let her undergo a vigorous cross-examination with both sides claiming she is lying? I would have never let her ...more »

Co-Defendant Wants to Testify In Favor of Ritacco
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

Francis X. Gartland, whose supposed ties to the Barnegat School District led to subpoenas and a forensic audit of Barnegat's records, is seeking to sever his trial from ousted Toms River superintendent By Catherine Galioto The man accused alongside ...more »

Plaintiffs appealing Vegas casino age bias ruling
NECNFebruary 21, 2012

Lawyer Michael Balaban said Tuesday he's asking the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco to overturn US District Judge Roger Hunt's decision to toss out the age discrimination suit filed in 2010 against the Treasure Island hotel-casino.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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ECB Special Lender Status Threatens Backlash
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

Play Video The European Central Bank's willingness to ride roughshod over bondholder rights risks pushing up borrowing costs for indebted governments by making investors less willing to lend. The ECB swapped about 50 billion euros ($67 billion) of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Gov. Kasich will propose comprehensive overhaul of Ohio's energy policies
Plain DealerFebruary 29, 2012

Changes in existing law would allow electric companies to count such projects as meeting renewable energy or advanced energy mandates set down by existing state law. The governor's aides said the administration does not intend to gut renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veterans invited to free legal clinic
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 19, 2012

The VA Medical Center, Houston personnel will be on hand to assist veterans with enrollment and authentication in the My HealtheVet program. This Internet portal is a free, online personal health record. If you are a VA patient and have completed the ...more »

Family Law
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Family-Owned Businesses Hiring, Despite Tough Times
Fox BusinessFebruary 24, 2012

Uncertainty in the tax code and in government regulations is keeping many businesses from hiring. More than 40 percent of family firms said it was the biggest impediment to job growth. The new health care law is also of concern, with 61 percent of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NAPIER v. ST. PAUL TRAVELERS
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

JOSEPH JUSTICE, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE; AND WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD, Appellees. AND ST. PAUL TRAVELERS AND KENTUCKY INSURANCE GUARANTY ASSOCIATION (KIGA), CROSS-APPELLANTS, DONNA C. NAPIER; HON. JOSEPH W. JUSTICE, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE; ...more »

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