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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Celebrating a Labour icon
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

Chief Wogu proceeded to the then Imo State University for his legal study, and finished in 1986 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1987. In preparation for the onerous task he is now saddled with, Chief Emeka Wogu was appointed a two-term ...more »

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Administrative Law
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FLYNN v. J. B. HUNT TRANSPORTATION
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

A hearing was held before an administrative law judge (ALJ) on April 5, 2010, to determine, among other things, whether Flynn sustained a compensable injury to his low back as the result of cumulative trauma over time or a specific incident on or about ...more »

Health Care Law
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AP Interview: Top Ill. official says lawmakers must act to avert Medicaid 'crisis'
Chicago TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

Aren't we prohibited by federal law from tightening current eligibility requirements? A. Last year, in the Medicaid reform law, the Legislature turned the All Kids program into a "most kids" program. They capped children's eligibility at 300 percent of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Resident claims appointment violates state law
Patriot-NewsFebruary 2, 2012

I don't think that met the requirements of the Sunshine Act.” Township solicitor David A. Jones, of Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law, said he was unaware that a closed session during a vacancy board meeting is not permitted by the Sunshine Act. The ...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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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Charlie Nye / The Star »Companies and unions can no longer negotiate a contract that requires nonmembers to pay fees for representation. »The law took effect immediately but applies to all new contracts written or renewed after March 14.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution sees lay-by go-ahead
Yorkshire PostFebruary 1, 2012

But a report to Calderdale Council's Cabinet said the dispute has been resolved and the process is under way to transfer the land required for the lay-by into council ownership. It means that Calderdale Council will now be able to get on with the work ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Construction Law Conferences Feature Judges and In-House Counsel, HB Announces
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

David S. Jaffe, Vice President, Legal Advocacy, Office of the General Counsel, NAHB Scott R. Vokey, General Counsel, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company Brenda K. Radmacher of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP HB is a leading provider of certified legal...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Brown Looks to Repeal the Hayden Law – Animals Would Die After Three Days
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 3, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown is looking to repeal the Hayden Law, which is a law to protect shelter animals in Claycord, and throughout California. Governor Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law, citing budget concerns.more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property: take stock, protect what's valuable
Homer NewsFebruary 2, 2012

One hundred years on, patent and trademark filings with the United States Patent Office number in the hundreds of thousands per year. But inventions and trademarks are just two, albeit major, groups of assets that fall under a grouping called ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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LawyersandSettlements.com Recognizes American Heart Month With Its Top 10 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

LawyersandSettlements.com provides comprehensive legal news and critical information for those affected by once-in-a-lifetime situations involving medical device lawsuits, personal injury, defective products, California overtime and labor issues or a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action for women in math contests boosts participation without ...
Ars TechnicaFebruary 2, 2012

The common feature in all three methods is an affirmative action approach: the active promotion of the underrepresented group. Passive methods (such as increasing potential rewards for everyone) do improve participation by women, but they also improve ...more »

FDI in aviation: Why foreign airlines are still wary of India
FirstpostFebruary 4, 2012

Just because foreign airlines may soon be allowed to invest in India's battered carriers doesn't mean they will. New Delhi's expected move to allow global airlines to own up to 49 percent in Indian carriers has been welcomed by investors as a potential ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How to avoid disputes over your deposit
This is NottinghamFebruary 4, 2012

She says: "The law is clear but there are grey areas that create disputes between landlords and tenants. Expert advice: Stephanie Caine, who heads the lettings department at Royston & Lund in West Bridgford. "The purpose of deposits is to protect both ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American's layoffs loom large in bankruptcy case
Bizjournals.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The layoffs are designed to be deep enough to allow American Airlines to emerge from bankruptcy long-term in a highly competitive market, said Wielebinski, who heads the firm's Insolvency, Restructuring and Creditors' Rights group.more »

Litigation
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S&P Lifts MasterCard Outlook To Positive On 4Q Charge For Merchant Suits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The merchant litigation has been an overhang for MasterCard and chief rival Visa Inc. (V) of late as the card processors battle allegations they violated antitrust laws by fixing the fees retailers pay to accept their cards. A trial date for the cases...more »

Business Law
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Anti-gay-marriage group loses Maine list appeal
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

... and represents a second defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, which previously lost a challenge to the state's political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers.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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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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PIP reform bills are still far apart
Sun-SentinelFebruary 25, 2012

The House Economic Affairs Committee Friday signed off on legislation that would attempt to reform personal injury protection insurance (PIP), which pays the first $10000 of medical bills or lost wages resulting from a car accident, regardless of fault ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutional Court has lifted the interim suspension on the shared ...
Rundtownnews.co.ukFebruary 2, 2012

The Spanish Constitutional Court has now lifted the interim suspension that had been applied to 'The shared Custody Law' within the Valencian Community. Some time ago we informed our readers about the Law issued by the Valencian Generalitat Number 5/11 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Santorum doles out tough medicine on drug costs
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

What a dope. by mryoubrian February 2, 2012 4:54 AM EST "Back in 1994, when Santorum was in Congress and running for the Senate, he introduced HR 3918, which would have capped non-economic damages awarded by juries in medical malpractice cases at ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Equifax Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... changes in, and the effects of, laws and regulations and government policies governing our business, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in particular the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection...more »

Real Estate Law
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Drama in the wings as flipping fraud trial begins
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

He is being represented by Tampa attorney Anne Borghetti. It pits brother against brother, a father against his sons and federal prosecutors against an aggressive criminal defense attorney who already has rattled them with her combative demeanor and ...more »

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 »

Sports Law
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California's concussion law puts teams on the spot
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"The law is basically asking the coaches to provide the primary level of sports medicine care and to be knowledgeable on how to diagnose a concussion," Freitag said. "The problem is the law doesn't go to the next step of saying, 'How are we going to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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State argues against new Heidt trial
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 9, 2012

8, 2010, when the defense attorney was told of the gun being turned over to the sheriff's department and chose not to act on the existence of an irrelevant object,” Michael Muldrew, assistant district attorney, wrote in a response filed in Effingham ...more »

DPS teacher and former accountant indicted on money laundering and program ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The case was investigated by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Education. The DPS Office of Inspector General “developed and investigated dozens of leads, which led to collaboration with the FBI and US Attorney's...more »

Age Discrimination
openPR (press release)February 10, 2012

(openPR) - Age Discrimination looks at how both young and old can be penalised by prejudice against their age group. This comprehensive new book is essential to practitioners responsible for HR issues, finance, operations, service delivery, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended December ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. /quotes/zigman/90692/quotes/nls/jfbi JFBI 0.00% , the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, announced a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $3.7 million ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.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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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »

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