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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Administrative Law
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Public hearing on propsed gas pipeline held in Mahwah
NorthJersey.comFebruary 2, 2012

BY SAMANTHA FELLER Mahwah — Traffic, water quality, employment — concerns about all were on the table at a public hearing last week at the Law and Public Safety Institute on a plan by a gas company to install pipeline on environmentally sensitive land.more »

Health Care Law
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Florida's Rubio pushes back at contraception rules under health care law
Kansas City StarFebruary 5, 2012

Well-positioned to act, the Florida Republican senator last week filed legislation that would repeal the part of the federal health-care law that requires some religious institutions to offer contraceptives and family planning services without ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...more »

Immigration Law
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Brewer files brief with Supreme Court in appeal over immigration law
Fox NewsFebruary 7, 2012

The governor is asking the nation's highest court to overturn a ruling that, among other things, barred a requirement that police -- while enforcing other laws -- question the immigration status of those they suspect of being in the country illegally.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industries come up with economic revival plan
The Express TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

... industrialisation and plan to improve law and order were the features of PIAF's economic revival agenda. LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has come up with a seven-point action plan to revive the country's economy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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MT Expert - Legal: Stand up to HMRC
Management TodayFebruary 3, 2012

Another promising development is a current move by HMRC to embrace something called 'Alternative Dispute Resolution' when dealing with small businesses. Under the ADR process an HMRC 'facilitator' has the task of working with the taxpayer and the HMRC ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

Certain of the statements made in this press release regarding our business constitute forward-looking statements as contemplated under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as ...more »

Animal Law
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Truth Test: Would The Proposed Cockfighting Bill Impact Other Animal Exhibitions?
WHNTFebruary 21, 2012

... Alabama legislation would increase penalties for those involved in cockfighting, but several Facebook posts and emails suggested the law may actually go further, possibly even outlawing 4H poultry shows and other currently legal animal exhibitions.more »

Intellectual Property
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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in the Cloud
CIOFebruary 6, 2012

Cloud services customers—more often line of business leaders that IT executives—were panicked as they began to realize that their intellectual property (IP) was now at risk. Some, like one client who discovered that he'd potentially exposed his ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Increased Cancer Risk for 9/11 First Responders, Says Study
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and suspect you wereexposed to asbestos at ground zero, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options regarding a possible mesothelioma settlement, please contact an ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
CBS NewsFebruary 14, 2012

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the ...more »

Bessie Coleman: Woman who 'dared to dream' made aviation history
Air Force LinkFebruary 1, 2012

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman would go on to be the first female pilot of African-American descent, but more importantly would later influence the accomplishments of others who would continue the evolution of African-American involvement in aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Seek New Tenant for Hewlett Bar
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The landlords, who have owned the whole building for over 30 years, are asking $3100 per month for rent, although there may be a little flexibility for the right tenant. They hope to find someone more dependable this time around, according to Odel ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines could shed 13000 jobs to cut costs
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

If American and its three unions can't agree on labor cuts, the company could ask a bankruptcy judge in New York to impose changes on workers. But federal law requires the company to make a good-faith effort to negotiate agreements with labor first.more »

Litigation
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Rajaratnam trial "personally challenging", judge says
Chicago TribuneFebruary 8, 2012

"I personally found it a difficult court case because it had to be dealt with both on an individual level and, obviously, the case had implications for the financial markets and the social fabric in general," Holwell, who is starting a litigation...more »

Business Law
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Don't Trust, Verify
CFO.com MagazineFebruary 1, 2012

For the most part, executives understand the point of the 34-year-old law and have designed compliance programs to minimize the risk of their company or business partners violating the FCPA. Yet, straightforward as such compliance may sound, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hoyle: Crisis ahead for the volunteer military
Daily News TranscriptFebruary 12, 2012

By Anonymous As US forces come home from Iraq after nine years at war, the nation is facing professional troops sufficiently bruised and isolated from American society that some defense experts whisper we may need major changes in military education ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Coventry man arrested for child porn
Providence Eyewitness NewsFebruary 16, 2012

By Shaun Towne Jonathan Shank, 24, of 241 Richardson Dr., was nabbed by members of the Computer Crimes Unit/ ICAC Task Force for one count of possession of child pornography and one count of transmission of child pornography. He was processed by State ...more »

Personal Injury
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Crossroads residents claim ATV design caused crash, injury
Victoria AdvocateFebruary 13, 2012

A personal injury case that has ping-ponged between federal courts in Texas and Kentucky has finally made its way back to Victoria. Victoria County residents Laurie and Drew Perry sued Yamaha Motor Corp. USA over a 2009 all-terrain vehicle accident.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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In the run-up to the election, experts assess the impact of Citizens United
Harvard Law School NewsFebruary 3, 2012

To proponents of campaign finance reform, Citizens United had the detrimental effect of inundating an already-broken campaign finance system with corporate influence. At an event sponsored by the Harvard Law School American Constitution Society on Jan.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Costs, Changes to Med-Mal Insurers, and More
MedscapeFebruary 10, 2012

Says Murray, "We expect a...shift in market share [over time] toward [medical professional liability] insurers with multispecialty and multistate underwriting and claim-servicing capabilities for both individual medical practitioners," within these ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Roundup: Firms Trading Spaces in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

On its Web site, Wilson Elser describes the 12-year-old Westchester office—which houses 150 attorneys across such practice areas as professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, and corporate law—as "more than just ...more »

The DIFC Courts: Opportunities for the Middle East insurance market
Business Intelligence Middle East (press release)February 7, 2012

The jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts was recently extended to allow parties having no specific connection with the Dubai International Financial Centre to choose to have their commercial disputes resolved by the DIFC Courts. The DIFC Court has also, ...more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bernard L. Siegel, 73, criminal lawyer, educator
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 7, 2012

In 1988, Mr. Siegel was a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and in 2005 he received its Josel Advocacy Award. He received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award from the criminal-justice section of the Philadelphia Bar ...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...more »

First steps in case against Fairfax
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

His statement of claim says he is seeking a total of $1.02 million in compensation for economic loss arising from acts of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age and loss and damage to his reputation and pain and suffering.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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Mitt's Solyndra? He handed out renewable energy subsidies, too
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

Also that day, Romney announced plans to take $15 million from Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Trust Fund — a pot of more than $150 million collected from electricity customers following passage of a 1998 energy deregulation law — and start up a new ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Business Calendar for week of 2/27/2012
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 27, 2012

Telecommunications event: Contingency Telecom Auditing LLC will host two free informational sessions Thursday at the Keiser University Auditorium. Session one will run from 8 am to 9:30 am followed by a continental breakfast.more »

Family Law
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Contest helps molder hold down workers' comp costs
Plastics News (blog)February 14, 2012

He said it has improved morale and saved the company more than 60 percent on workers' compensation insurance costs over the last five years. That's dropped from a high of nearly $100000 in 2006 to about $40000 in 2011.more »

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