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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 »

Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Colorado Senate Candidate Stars in Birther Trial
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The administrative law judge is scheduled to rule Feb. 5 on whether the sitting president meets Georgia's citizenship requirements, and at that point, the Georgia Secretary of State will determine if he's eligible to appear on the ballot -- again.more »

Health Care Law
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Health law raises faith concerns
Gainesville TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Jamie Barona of St. Michael Catholic Church said the national health care law infringes on conscience and constitutional rights as the Catholic Church does not condone birth control. "Those things are totally opposite to what we believe.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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In Face of Resistence, Carlyle Backs Away From Edgy Shareholder Provision
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 3, 2012

By Ashby Jones That old truism ran through our mind today when we read the latest news about private-equity firm Carlyle Group LP. The firm, currently preparing for an initial public offering, has, according to Bloomberg, ditched an idea for which it ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama senator says his bill would add 'common sense' to state's immigration law
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

A Republican senator introduced a bill that makes modifications to Alabama's immigration law. Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville has pre-filed the bill which he says will add common sense to the immigration law. Dial's bill amends a section prohibiting the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Development To Bring Townhomes, Nursing Facility To Former Industrial Site
NJ TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

SOUTH AMBOY – Woodmont Properties has begun site work on a 15-acre parcel in South Amboy's Lower Broadway Redevelopment Area that will be transformed into Woodmont at South Amboy, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development comprised of townhomes and an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NLRB crucial to protecting workers, employers
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The reason, he explained, was that the parties reached their own resolution of the dispute. He pointed out that the purpose of the board, and of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), “is to foster collective bargaining and productive ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 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, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Agenda for Feb. 8 ASUC Senate meeting
Daily CalifornianFebruary 9, 2012

By Chloe Hunt At the ASUC Senate's third spring semester meeting Wednesday, a new bill aiming to reduce food waste on campus will be introduced, and the senate will also consider passing a bill in support of affirmative action. The Day of Action bill ...more »

Aviation classes for youths set to take flight by summer
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

He and a partner founded Outreach Aviation, a Lanham-based nonprofit that plans to teach kids about the mechanics and theory of flight in addition to critical thinking skills. Kirk Spencer Jr., a freshman at Dematha High School in Hyattsville, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Ministers to outline anti-social tenant measures
BBC NewsFebruary 5, 2012

It will also ask if anti-social tenants should lose tenancy rights. Housing Minister Keith Brown is due to unveil the proposals this week. Under the plans, social landlords could be given greater flexibility over housing allocations, and be allowed to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

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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 »

Business Law
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The Aldridge Company and Rafte & Company Merge Services
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"With combined IT support services, Rafte & Company and The Aldridge Company offer easy availability of cloud services as well as a full complement of technology and business consulting services for small businesses, law firms and other professional ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Jerry Miller, Army Veteran, Mistakenly Declared Dead 4 Times
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Every time the VA declares him dead, Miller's military pension benefits are cut off, which, in addition to his social security, account for the bulk of the retiree's income. The interruptions may put Miller's ability to keep his home in jeopardy, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dockum pleads not guilty to possessing child pornography
Bennington BannerFebruary 7, 2012

He is also barred from using a computer with access to the Internet. Dockum was put on administrative leave from the school, with pay, on Oct. 5. Bennington police have said there is no evidence to suggest the alleged images involved local children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Injury Lawyers Set to Represent 3 Victims
EIN News (press release)February 1, 2012

/ Chicago personal injury law firm Willens Law Offices has been retained by three Illinois survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. Chicago Injury Lawyer Matt Willens and his team will represent the Illinois family in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court asks for change in law to prosecute
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the right to file a complaint against a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right, and that Parliament should make an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Orlando SentinelFebruary 8, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SAFF wants farm commissioner to have bite
ABC OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

SAFF president Peter White says the position stemmed from farmer concerns that their machinery is not covered by the Consumer Protection Act, and the move is a welcome one. He says it is hoped farmers will now have an alternative to the courts when it ...more »

Real Estate Law
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On Chinese New Year, Beijing Loses Part of Its Memory: Adam Minter
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

It was a perfect day to break the law. The managers at Beijing's Fuheng Real Estate, a subsidiary of a state-owned company, surely knew this. For years, they've wanted to demolish the former courtyard residence of Liang Sicheng, the undisputed father ...more »

Bringing back Steel Pier diving horse tops Atlantic City's newly approved ...
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

Chris Christie to revive the resort beset by competition from nearby gaming markets and the recession. State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, was one of the main proponents of the legislation. “This is beyond my wildest dreams, what we saw today.more »

Sports Law
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Prentice Power Sports sells
Minden TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Prentice Power Sports will soon have a new name and new owner. Paul Prentice, centre, recently sold his business to Steve Harper, left, who has been cottaging in the Highlands for 10 years. Harper's brother-in-law Dan Bursey will be managing the shop, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mandeep Chhabra, Managing Member of Cochran, Cochran and Chhabara, Recognized ...
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

Cochran, Cochran and Chhabra lawyers are recognized for their leading advocacy and accomplishments in the areas of: Criminal Defense; DWI/DUI Law; Traffic Law; Forfeiture Law; business litigation; civil litigation defense; criminal defense; ...more »

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 »

Medford resident promoted to partner at Boston law firm
Wicked LocalFebruary 5, 2012

Stewart will continue to focus her civil litigation practice in the areas of construction law, employment law, professional liability and business litigation. She has been named a “Rising Star” (a distinction reserved for attorneys under the age of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LiveViewGPS Publishes Updated 2012 GPS Tracking Catalog Featuring New Products ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 1, 2012

“They demand reliable products that deliver pinpoint accuracy and lightning fast results to protect vehicles, assets and loved ones. Our new catalog features products that do just that. We continually strive to exceed expectations of quality and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Federal Court Blocks California Carbon Emissions Rule
Health Care NewsFebruary 9, 2012

“Oil and gasoline are used in transportation vehicles precisely because they are less expensive than alternative fuel sources,” said Heartland Institute science director Jay Lehr. “Reducing carbon dioxide emissions by punishing inexpensive energy ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free legal clinic to be held for veterans
Ultimate Clear LakeFebruary 17, 2012

According to a press release, veterans and spouses of a deceased veteran can receive advice and counsel from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and ...more »

Family Law
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Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer Receives 'Super Lawyer' Designation
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- On January 23rd, Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer received the designation of "2012 Southern California Super Lawyer" in the 'Family Law' category. Super Lawyers, a top recognition, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Penn. Regulators Approve 5.7% Decrease in Workers' Comp Costs
Insurance JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers. Regulators said employers can expect a 5.7 percent rate decrease, ...more »


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