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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...more »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Administrative Law
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NORRIS v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Norris timely filed for and received a hearing before an administrative law judge ("ALJ") who rendered an unfavorable decision on October 21, 2009. (Tr. 17-27). Norris in turn petitioned for review to the Appeals Council who rejected review of Norris's ...more »

Health Care Law
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Could Obama healthcare law force you to buy a car?
ReutersFebruary 16, 2012

By James Vicini | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An attorney challenging President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law before the US Supreme Court said on Thursday that Congress could require Americans to buy a car or other product if people were compelled ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Are Disgruntled Law School Graduates a Bunch of 'Whiners'?
Above the LawFebruary 29, 2012

Take lawyer turned television personality Star Jones, who seems to have little sympathy for jobless law grads…. It's official: the controversy over the value proposition of law school has gone mainstream. First it hit the New York Times, ...more »

Immigration Law
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LAPD: New impound law shows 'compassion' for illegal immigrants
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 29, 2012

Calling it an act of “humanity” and “compassion” toward the city's illegal immigrants, the Los Angeles Police Commission on Tuesday approved a controversial plan to limit the cases in which police officers impound vehicles of drivers operating without ...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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Central Bank donates salary to economics students to clear up legal dispute...
Realdeal.huFebruary 27, 2012

The move is intended to support the resolution of a legal dispute between the government and the European Union over the remuneration of the central bank's management. Mr Simor said on the NBH's website that he had taken the decision to prevent the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Health Insurance: IRDA to Issue Claim Rules
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 22, 2012

Gaurang Damani, insurance activist, had filed a PIL (public interest litigation) in February 2011 against IRDA which states “there are a great deal of inconsistencies and violations in the health insurance industry which are directly detrimental to the ...more »

Animal Law
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Towards a better world for farm animals
CNN (blog)February 25, 2012

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) works to promote animal rights and mitigate cruelty toward animals. By Jeff Mackey - Special to CNN The announcement by fast-food giant McDonald's that it will require its US pork suppliers to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Over 75 Percent of Intellectual Property Professionals in the UK are Willing ...
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

Fellows and Associates' report of the 2012 salary survey of the Intellectual Property profession in the United Kingdom was well received by its audience. It gained exposure on prominent industry blogs as well as LinkedIn and Twitter.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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War at Wynn Opens a Legal Can of Worms
New York Times (blog)February 27, 2012

Wynn released a report prepared Louis J. Freeh, the former FBI director, and his law firm asserting there was evidence Mr. Okada engaged in “prima facie violations” of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a conclusion he strongly disagrees with.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Justices Take Up Race as a Factor in College Entry
New York TimesFebruary 22, 2012

On Tuesday, the court signaled that it might end such affirmative action much sooner than that. By agreeing to hear a major case involving race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas, the court thrust affirmative action back into the public ...more »

Aviation industry warns of trade war over EU carbon tax
AFPFebruary 13, 2012

SINGAPORE — World aviation bosses warned Monday of a potential trade war over a carbon tax imposed by the European Union on the airline industry to reduce emissions and curb climate change. In a conference on the eve of the Singapore Airshow, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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EASTSIDE EXHIBITION CORP. v. 210 E. 86th ST. CORP.
Leagle.comFebruary 22, 2012

In this appeal, we are asked to consider whether a minimal and inconsequential retaking of space that has been leased to a commercial tenant constitutes an actual partial eviction relieving the tenant from all obligation to pay rent.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jersey Central Power & Light to Invest Nearly $200 Million in 2012 to Enhance ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

JCP&L recently completed a system-wide program to repair or replace more than 10000 streetlights. Since 2001, JCP&L has invested more than $1.6 billion in capital improvements to its distribution network. In addition, in 2011 JCP&L invested $165 ...more »

Litigation
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Autorickshaw drivers support Mumbai unions litigation
Indian ExpressFebruary 27, 2012

Autorickshaw unions in the city have extended support to the Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in the Bombay High Court by the Mumbai Automen's Union. While some have signed up as co-petitioners for the PIL, other have demanded status quo on the ...more »

Business Law
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FDA to study "corrective" ads
Medical Marketing and MediaFebruary 29, 2012

The FDA will study the impact of corrective advertising on consumer misperceptions of drug safety and efficacy. In a notice posted to today's Federal Register, the agency cited ads run by Bayer in 2009 at FDA's behest to remedy false or misleading...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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Colorado woman must turn over computer password
WRICFebruary 21, 2012

That development has raised questions in a mortgage and real estate fraud criminal case in US District Court in Denver about whether turning over a computer password amounts to a violation of the Fifth Amendment's protection against self-incrimination.more »

Personal Injury
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Asbestos related cancer death rate “well above” national average in Tower Hamlets
East London AdvertiserFebruary 20, 2012

The borough's death rate for asbestos related cancer is “well above” the national average, according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers. The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that mesothelioma, a terminal cancer of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Michigan Workers Fight Emergency Managers, Plan Constitutional Amendment to ...
AlterNetFebruary 27, 2012

When an audience member asked why Michigan unions have not wholeheartedly backed the petition to repeal the emergency manager law, King said leaders thought amending the constitution was a better, more permanent strategy. A constitutional amendment ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Physicians have ethical, legal obligation to report child abuse
AAP News (subscription)February 27, 2012

However, failure to report abuse can have serious consequences: In many states, a medical professional could be charged with a misdemeanor and held liable for financial damages. A physician might be the subject of a medical malpractice action if a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Occupy the SEC attacks Obama bailout legislation
NYU Washington Square NewsFebruary 23, 2012

The letter commented on the proposed implementation and provision of the Volcker Rule on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The 2010 Dodd-Frank legislation, the Obama administration's response to the financial crisis and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bill to Streamline Foreclosures Moves One Step Closer to Florida Law
LoanSafeFebruary 28, 2012

(MCT) — For the first time since the real estate crash crippled Florida's economy and battered struggling homeowners, a bill to hasten foreclosures through the courts is headed to the full House and Senate. A narrow 6-4 vote Monday in a specially ...more »

Shell, Fortescue, Bodog, Credit Agricole, Wal-Mart in Court News
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Federal prosecutors also seized the Internet domain name bodog.com. Ayre and his co-conspirators paid more than $42 million from 2005 to 2008 for an advertising campaign to attract US gamblers to the website, prosecutors said.more »

Sports Law
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Latest Georgia News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WSAV-TVFebruary 28, 2012

The bill would bar illegal immigrants from all state colleges, universities and technical schools and also makes tweaks to other state laws having to do with illegal immigration. Supporters of the bill say it's necessary to preserve state-funded ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense urges jurors to be the voice of justice; trial wrapping for today
Detroit Free PressFebruary 13, 2012

We're expecting some of the defense lawyers to put on opening statements today. They are expected to argue that the defendants were running their mouths, but had no intention of committing any crimes. Assistant US Attorney Christopher Graveline said ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown Sweeps Across the Nation
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

UI law school facing three lawsuits
Iowa City Press CitizenFebruary 25, 2012

A jury ruled Friday in favor of the University of Iowa College of Law in an employment discrimination case against the school. The lawsuit, brought by attorney Donald Dobkin, alleged disparate treatment and disparate impact on the part of UI after ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Top 10 Ideas to Discuss With Your Financial Advisors Now
SYS-CON Media (press release)February 28, 2012

Using whole life insurance and annuity contracts as an alternative asset protection strategy For those who prioritize asset protection (ie doctors, business owners, etc.), these financial instruments cannot be accessed by creditors.more »

Environmental Law
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Report Evaluates Federal Green Energy Loans
NPRFebruary 11, 2012

Solyndra was the first renewable-energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program to encourage green energy and was frequently touted by the Obama administration as a model. The company filed for bankruptcy last year and laid off ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Columbia Star
Columbia StarFebruary 16, 2012

Abstract Art in South Carolina: 1949-2012 will open February 24 in the Lipscomb Art Gallery, SC State Museum and run through August 26. 898-4921 or southcarolinastatemuseum.org. Columbia Museum of Art will host the 2012 Gala, the CHAIRity Ball, Friday, ...more »

Family Law
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Group says state law prevents rally in Hutchinson
Hays Daily NewsFebruary 28, 2012

(AP) -- A state law that prohibits out-of-state dealers from selling recreational vehicles in Kansas means a national event will bypass the state, taking with it millions of dollars in potential revenue, organizers said. The Family Motor Coach ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma lawmaker wants House staff to testify in workers' compensation case
NewsOK.comFebruary 23, 2012

Mike Christian's workers' compensation attorney asked a judge Wednesday to compel the state House's former general counsel and House Speaker Kris Steele's press secretary to answer questions under oath. BY RANDY ELLIS rellis@opubco.com Leave a comment ...more »

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