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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 »

Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judicial independence and judicial bias
Sunday Times.lkFebruary 4, 2012

“Judges need to comprehend the moral implications of their verdicts and deliver verdicts that are in accordance with their conscience. They need not dispense justice in fear; the doors of hell are open to Judges who deliver verdicts based on what they ...more »

Health Care Law
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Competition is the best medicine for the NHS
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 27, 2012

By Telegraph View Perhaps the best summary of the debate over the Health and Social Care Bill was offered at the weekend by Lord Crisp, the former chief executive of the NHS: “confused and confusing”. Politically speaking, the Government has managed to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Welcome home First United Church
Wetaskiwin Times AdvertiserFebruary 8, 2012

It was a time for celebration, and to finally put to rest any feelings of ill will towards Peter Terence Jones, the man who is serving a four-year sentence for his cowardly act. Giving no thought of burning down the church, the act by Jones robbed us ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law Opponents Plan More Pressure On Auto Manufacturers
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

Civil rights groups plan to increase pressure on automakers that have plants in Alabama in an effort to stop the state's contested immigration law, a member of the coalition told The Huffington Post on Tuesday. As civil rights groups fight Alabama ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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In-House Counsel's Guide to Crisis Management
Corporate CounselFebruary 27, 2012

These vary by industry but can include catastrophic accidents, product malfunctions or recalls, discharge of hazardous chemicals, governmental investigations, employee disclosures or whistle-blowing, legal or regulatory actions, and discovery of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Both sides standing fast in dispute over BC teachers' salaries
Globe and MailFebruary 28, 2012

Mr. Abbott has said the government would react quickly to restore education services. Teachers last walked off the job in October of 2005 after the province imposed a two-year contract, and stayed out for two weeks. Veteran mediator Vince Ready helped ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Alliant Insurance receives complimentary ruling in Aon lawsuit
Insurance Business ReviewFebruary 22, 2012

US based Alliant Insurance Services has received a complimentary ruling by the New York State Supreme Court against contempt claims filed by Aon, the provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage. The court had confirmed that the ...more »

Animal Law
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Lawmakers try to strengthen KY's animal cruelty laws
WAVEFebruary 15, 2012

Another was an animal hoarding case out of Henry County. Following these stories, four lawmakers filed a bill regarding animal abuse in Kentucky, which has some of the most lax laws in the country. In December, Terri Smith was arrested on more than 200 ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New Partnership Shows Growth Trend in FDIC Insured Cash Management Space
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

MAHWAH, NJ & MANHASSET, NY, Feb 13, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Intermedium Financial LLC (Intermedium) and Island Intellectual Property LLC (Island IP) today announced that they have entered into a license agreement. This arrangement provides Intermedium ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mesothelioma Attorneys Add Medical Assistance Advice for Veterans Diagnosed ...
PR Web (press release)February 28, 2012

CPSM, a leading asbestos law firm in the nation, has been helping veterans injured by asbestos and their families for over 30 years. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 2500-3000 people in the United States will be ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
Boston.comFebruary 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Werner Enterprises to Participate in the J.P. Morgan Aviation, Transportation ...
SunHerald.comFebruary 29, 2012

Werner Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ:WERN) (“Werner”), one of the nation's largest transportation and logistics companies, announced that it will participate in the annual JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference on Wednesday, March 14, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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More tenants come out against Jamaica landlord
Queens CourierFebruary 29, 2012

Fifteen more families in apartment complexes throughout Jamaica have joined the fight against their landlord, who they said constantly harasses them for money. In December 2011, tenants of 90-36 149th Street filed suit against Zara Realty, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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ISU deals Bradley historic bad beat
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 5, 2012

We were totally in flow on the offensive end. We were really in sync. I credit our guys for their resiliency, determination and competitiveness.” History reared its ugly side once again on the Bradley men's basketball team Saturday night.more »

Litigation
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Callahan & Blaine Announces $30 Million Settlement of Orange County Register ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 29, 2012

California business litigation firm Callahan & Blaine announced today that a final settlement in the Orange County Register class action lawsuit has been reached, resulting in a total payment of $30 million to resolve the newspaper carriers' class ...more »

Business Law
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Concord Law School Celebrates Graduation of 106 Students
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

LOS ANGELES, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Concord Law School of Kaplan University, the nation's leading fully-online law school, will celebrate the graduation of 106 students on Saturday, March 3, at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Kern bases vulnerable to defense cuts
Bakersfield CalifornianFebruary 4, 2012

While California could lose lucrative contracts, it could benefit if troops are repositioned on the West Coast. Military spending is key to California, where the 11 percent unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salisbury Man in Court on Child Porn Charges
Litchfield County TimesFebruary 25, 2012

The State Police Computer Crimes Unit began an investigation in January into the sharing of child pornography over the Internet, according to the release, which said the Internet activity led investigators to the residence at 138 White Hollow Road.more »

Personal Injury
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Biomechanics and Bodily Injury Claims
PropertyCasualty360February 14, 2012

Claims adjusters frequently look to biomechanical engineers to answer injury causation and prevention questions such as these in order to assess personal injury claims. To answer head injury mechanism or causation questions, claims professionals may ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Bill would apply meeting law to redistricting panel
Arizona RepublicFebruary 28, 2012

The bill specifically references the redistricting panel, which last fall successfully argued in court that it does not have to abide by the law because it follows a stricter standard set in the state Constitution. That ruling from a Maricopa County ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Medical care claim $2.3M deal eyed
Contra Costa TimesFebruary 27, 2012

County leaders this week will consider approval of a $2.3 million medical malpractice settlement in a lawsuit brought by a patient who was treated at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey. Robert Vasquez filed the lawsuit in August ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Regulatory Watch List for 2012: Issues Anticipated to Impact the Commodity ETF ...
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Due, in large part, to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) and increased scrutiny by regulators of the financial and commodities markets, 2012 promises to bring a host of new regulatory requirements and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Democrats seeking seat in Congress reveal few differences in final debate
Columbus DispatchFebruary 29, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7-0 today that real-estate title documents maintained by Cuyahoga County are records under the state's public-records law. The Dispatch public affairs team talks politics and tackles state and federal government issues in ...more »

Liberty acquire veteran guard Kelly Miller
Wall Street JournalFebruary 24, 2012

AP NEW YORK — The New York Liberty have agreed to a free agent contract with veteran guard Kelly Miller. Miller averaged 7.4 points and 2.8 assists in 34 games for the Washington Mystic last season. The Liberty announced the deal in a statement Friday.more »

Sports Law
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If the Virginia anti-abortion bills become law, the availability of legal ...
W*USA 9February 23, 2012

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Paul had a season-high 36 points to ... Pau Gasol had 24 points and nine rebounds on Wednesday night, as the Lakers ... If Virginia Anti Abortion Bills Become Law, Will Safe, Legal Abortions Stop?more »

Criminal Defense
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Crane owner's criminal trial to start Tues. in NYC collapse that killed 2 in 2008
Washington PostFebruary 21, 2012

For the Manhattan district attorney's office, Lomma's trial is a second attempt to hold someone criminally responsible for the two crane collapses, which stoked anxieties about construction oversight in a city that had been in a building boom.more »

BBB urges consumers to research tax preparers before signing on the dotted line
Rockdale CitizenFebruary 23, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

Parkland High School driver's education teacher alleges age bias, sues district
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYParkland Area School District driver's education teacher alleges he has been a victim of age discrimination at work. A driver's education instructor is suing ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ownership of work-related social media: Could my employer really own my ...
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 24, 2012

The cases also draw attention to the importance of prudence, equity, and fair play, which, though elusive to define or to quantify, often take a front seat in the courtroom. PHONEDOG V. KRAVITZ: IT'S MY TWITTER AND I CAN TWEET WHO I WANT TO (OR MAYBE ...more »

Environmental Law
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Does The Cloud Keep Pace With Moore's Law?
InformationWeekFebruary 27, 2012

But that's not the usual case, so understanding the cost benefit of IaaS is a tricky business. There have been many discussions lately of calculations that assess the incremental cost of using a system versus the cost of it just sitting idle in your ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Health on the Rocks? Estate Planning Can Put Your Mind at Ease
EIN News (press release)February 29, 2012

Yet, most of them do not have legal documents in place that will assist in safeguarding their health, protecting their autonomy and properly administering their property should they become unable to express their wishes. Although everyone can benefit ...more »

Family Law
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Law firm offers free divorce seminar in Clark
Suburban NewsFebruary 22, 2012

By Suburban News The law firm of Dughi, Hewit & Domalewski, PC has announced that Senior Partner, Mario C. Gurrieri, Chair of its Family Law Department, Attorneys Richard A. Outhwaite, Kristin M. Capalbo and Andrew J. Economos, will once again present ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Claims Workers' Compensation Should Cover Players' Head Injuries
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

... league and the players should apply to the players' head injuries, thus requiring the players to seek compensation via more traditional outlets such as workers' compensation and disability benefits and the NFL's medical and long term care plans.more »

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