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Supreme Court order a signal to stop misuse of sanction power
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Mail Today Reporter There seems no end to the embarrassment that the United Progressive Alliance government has had to face on account of the 2G spectrum scam. The Supreme Court's order of Tuesday stating that Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Administrative Law
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SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade Commission (ITC) action filed by SWM under Section 337 (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC's initial decision found that SWM's Claims 36, 43, and 45 of United States Patent No.more »

Health Care Law
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Juan Vargas could cast the deciding vote for California's health care bill
OB RagFebruary 1, 2012

Senate Bill 810 passed committee, but fell two votes short in the Senate. A new vote is sought before tomorrow's deadline for passing all Senate bills and sending them on to the Assembly. The bill would not set up a government-run healthcare system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones defines the student-athlete term
CSNChicago.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Chico's older brother and Taylor's sister were Jones graduates. They recommended the school, which ranks No. 9 academically among all public schools in the state. It features a selective enrollment for its 820 students. The average ACT score is 25.5.more »

Immigration Law
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Bill on hold barring illegal immigrants from colleges
Gainesville TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Under Georgia's new immigration law, any person receiving a public benefit in the state must provide a document showing his or her presence in the country is legal and sign an affidavit swearing the same. Students enrolling in private colleges would ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Codexis Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Codexis is an industrial biotechnology company developing enzymes for the production of high value sustainable chemicals, clean fuels, cost effective pharmaceutical processes and renewable bioindustrial ingredients to make industry more efficient, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNFebruary 4, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China have vetoed a Security Council resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. The other 13 council members, including the US, France and Britain, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Judge: City insurance committee violated Open Meetings Act
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 15, 2012

The city argued the 12-member committee, which was created by ordinance in 2002, is not a public body subject to the Open Meetings Act, but rather the result of a collective bargaining agreement with 13 unions that is subject to the Illinois Public ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Facebook Success Shows Why Intellectual Property Laws Are Stifling
PolicyMicFebruary 6, 2012

All of the site's success comes despite current intellectual property law, and the site is a shining example of why we should be against intellectual property (IP) laws. IP laws stifle the market by giving monopoly privilege to the “owner” of the ...more »

Asbestos 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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Davenport's Affirmative Action Committee Needs Members
WQADFebruary 6, 2012

Davenport is looking for volunteers to join the city's newly-established group, the Affirmative Action Commission. During a press conference Monday morning, Mayor Bill Gluba said the city hadn't received any official applications yet, ...more »

Aviation poised to bring Alaska big business in 2012
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It won't be news to most that aviation is big in Alaska. It's a common talking point for Alaska's members of Congress that more than 80 percent of Alaska's communities lie off the road or ferry system, accessible only by air.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Patriots fan view from media day
ESPN (blog)February 1, 2012

But on Tuesday, along with 4999 other lucky fans, I got to make NFL history. For the first time since the Super Bowl began 46 years ago, the NFL opened its doors so fans could experience media day. Upon arrival to Lucas Oil Stadium, ...more »

Litigation
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JIAN CAN ZHENG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Ada Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel; Jonathan F. Potter, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: ROGER J. MINER, ...more »

Business Law
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The Stolen Valor Act
phillyBurbs.com (blog)February 1, 2012

In our country, it is a crime to falsely impersonate a police officer, a federal officer or employee, doctors, nurses or any other public official. Military personnel were also a part of this list but that may soon change if the Stolen Valor Act is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets Views: Iraq, Afghanistan vets may be entitled to disability benefits
Park Rapids EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

... of Defense's Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will work together to notify 77000 post-9/11 veterans that they are potentially eligible to receive increased disability benefits if they appeal the decision made when they left the military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New Technology Takes Down Child Porn Users
CBS LocalFebruary 3, 2012

One morning in mid-January — after a pre-dawn planning session — investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC, task force drove the van into a quiet, working class Margate neighborhood. Their target was a man suspected of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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FACTBOX: Cases behind California's gay marriage fight
ReutersFebruary 9, 2012

Texas (Supreme Court 2003) Even though the case struck down a criminal sodomy law, the Supreme Court found that laws that distinguish between people based on sexual orientation can be constitutional if the government can show a reason for the law.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Company briefs | Law firm celebrates 75th year
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 13, 2012

SARASOTA -- The law firm of Dickinson & Gibbons, PA is celebrating its 75 year anniversary. The firm has an emphasis on litigation and trial practice and clients represent every industry and trade. The firm's practice areas include construction, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FDIC To Require Stress Tests For Institutions With Over $10 Billion in Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

... (FDIC) announced on February 3 that it is seeking comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to implement requirements of Section 165 (i)(2) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under this section of the Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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PHH Restructuring; MBA Classes; Servicing Comp Change Bearing...
Mortgage News DailyFebruary 3, 2012

"I am writing to let you know we recently decided to reallocate resources from our Correspondent Lending channel to our Private Label Solutions and Real Estate Field Sales distribution channels. Although this action will reduce our Correspondent ...more »

Swaps Contracts Seen Shrinking as New Rules Come
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The idea of trading in ticket sizes of hundreds of thousands of dollars, instead of the more routine tens-of-millions and hundred-million-dollar contracts, comes as electronic trading becomes more prevalent and a postcrisis regulatory overhaul is set ...more »

Sports Law
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IOC steps up fight against illegal betting, seeks global pledge to criminalize ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Governments, law enforcement agencies and betting operators agreed Thursday to work more closely together to fight illegal betting and corruption in sports. The International Olympic Committee held a summit meeting of sports...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Stanford Used 'Slush Fund' at SocGen for Bribes, Ex-CFO Says
BusinessWeekFebruary 4, 2012

When Assistant US Attorney William Stellmach asked Davis how much of this money Stanford ultimately paid back, Davis replied, “I don't believe he actually repaid any of the money.” Stanford, 61, denies all wrongdoing in connection with what the ...more »

Allen & Overy Abolishes Mandatory Retirement Age as Top UK Law Firms Review ...
Texas LawyerFebruary 12, 2012

The City giant's move comes as research by Legal Week found that SJ Berwin, Nabarro and Holman Fenwick Willan are also currently reviewing their policies in the wake of legislative changes which have phased out default retirement ages for UK employees.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tension mounts at Waitangi
TVNZFebruary 4, 2012

Tension is growing among Maori leaders over the new state asset sales law, as politicians prepare to arrive at Waitangi. The issue of asset sales is likely to dominate the celebrations in Northland, with the Maori Party worried the Government wants to ...more »

Environmental Law
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LRC's Capitol Notes: Bill expanding energy incentives heads to Senate
KyForward.comFebruary 2, 2012

Should it become law, HB 246 would expand the types of facilities that qualify for incentives under the Kentucky Alternative Fuel and Renewable Energy Fund and Incentives for Energy Independence Act. The bill would also exempt some geothermal drilling ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A crass act?
Cape Breton PostFebruary 7, 2012

“Indians may make wills,” reads another section of the act, but “no will executed by an Indian is of any legal force or effect as a disposition of property until the minister has approved the will or a court has granted probate thereof pursuant to this ...more »

Family Law
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Money from family's lawsuit against tobacco giant helps Oregon balance budget
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

The company lost a lawsuit brought by the family of a Portland smoker who died of lung cancer. Philip Morris had agreed to pay the man's family but challenged an Oregon law requiring that 60 percent of punitive damage awards go to a state fund that ...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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