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$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

Palike to reclaim Clarence School playground
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will take legal measures to reclaim the Clarence School playground. Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda, while replying to a discussion on the issue in the Council meeting on Tuesday, said the lease of the ground ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Patent Law Analysis by Professors Dennis Crouch and Jason Rantanen
Patently-OFebruary 1, 2012

This is even more so in the prior use context because the later filed patent by definition will have a priority date of at least one year later than the user's first date of commercial use. Using the language of the Supreme Court in its KSR decision: ...more »

Health Care Law
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History shows that Kagan should hear health care law
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 1, 2012

As Obama's health care law reaches the Supreme Court, the clamor from conservatives and their libertarian sympathizers becomes shriller every day. From Dick Morris and Hans von Spakovsky to WorldNetDaily and The Washington Times, the call rings clear: ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Pennock Law Firm, PLLC, Clifton Park (John H. Pennock Jr. of counsel), for Trustees of Union College, respondent. Before: Mercure, Acting PJ, Lahtinen, Spain, Malone Jr. and Kavanagh, JJ. In March 2007, plaintiff was questioned about a possible arson ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Farmers Asked To Take Immigration Law Impact Survey
WKRG-TVFebruary 3, 2012

The state's controversial immigration law will be discussed at the 2012 Legislative Session which begins next week in Montgomery. (more) Alabama farmers are asked to fill out an online survey gauging the impact the immigration law has had on their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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2012 State of the Industry
Specialty Fabrics Review magazineFebruary 3, 2012

The military segment covers safety and protective products for troops, firefighters and law enforcement. A driving force behind product development for the firefighter, law enforcement and industrial markets, the military's influence on the safety and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dr. Clarisse von Wunschheim On Arbitrating Your China Disputes, Part I. The ...
China Law Blog (blog)February 2, 2012

And the way I judge international contracts is by heading straight to the dispute resolution provision. The well crafted provision is, above all else, unambiguous. If it calls for litigation, it says where it will be and what law will apply.more »

Insurance Litigation
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It's time to protect our rights -- and our economy -- by ending health care ...
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Attorneys General in their assertion that it is unconstitutional to force individuals to purchase health insurance. It didn't matter which President appointed the judges who concurred with the AGs, ...more »

Animal Law
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NSW abattoir closed over slaughter practices
ABC OnlineFebruary 9, 2012

MARK SIMPSON, VETERINARIAN: Well the footage I viewed and my understanding of the law led me to believe there were more than 100 breaches of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. STEVE CANNANE: Dr Simpson says the vision also shows that sheep are ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A New Question of Internet Freedoms
New York TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Now they are putting that knowledge to use in an effort to defeat new global rules for intellectual property. In the American protests , Web sites including Wikipedia went dark Jan. 18, and about four million people signed online petitions opposing the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action
Lake County Record-BeeFebruary 8, 2012

In 1970, I worked for a bank in Cleveland, Ohio, when Affirmative Action came to our attention. As we boys enjoyed several Manhattans over lunch (also called the three-martini lunch) at "America's Citadel of Free Speech," The City Club of Cleveland, ...more »

Lawmakers close in on FAA funding deal amid pushback from unions
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/31/12 07:25 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate came close to finalizing an agreement Tuesday to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unions voiced opposition to a labor deal that paved the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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'No mechanism set to protect tenants from greedy landlords'
Arab Times Kuwait English DailyFebruary 4, 2012

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 3: The issue of house rent in the country is out of control, while availability of accommodation surpasses demand due to landlords' approach to raising rents, once they have the upper hand in contracts they sign with tenants, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Before the court is a Motion to Dismiss Complaint for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 7012 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure filed by defendants George Faris, ...more »

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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Florida Republican primary
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The former speaker of the House of Representatives blamed his falling fortunes in Iowa on negative advertising launched by the Romney campaign — but the blitz in the Hawkeye State was akin to a bow and arrow compared to the $15 million cruise missile ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP Tracey Cooper-Harris, who served in the Army for 12 years, left, and her spouse ...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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Penn Yan man faces multiple charges following accident; injured passenger ...
Penn Yan Chronicle-Express (blog)February 8, 2012

Aaron T. Walker, 25, of 2 Kennedy Ave., Penn Yan has been charged with second degree assault, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident and unreasonable speed. When Yates County Deputies responded ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Setting The Scene For The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Two state attorneys general will face off at the National Press Club on the constitutionality of the health overhaul. In other news, a Mississippi district court judge has agreed to hear a different legal challenge to the measure.more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA to file complaint on Eskom blackouts
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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On Chinese New Year, Beijing Loses Part of Its Memory: Adam Minter
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

It was a perfect day to break the law. The managers at Beijing's Fuheng Real Estate, a subsidiary of a state-owned company, surely knew this. For years, they've wanted to demolish the former courtyard residence of Liang Sicheng, the undisputed father ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Criminal Defense
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E. G. Morris Named Lawyer of the Year in Non White Collar Criminal Category ...
PR Web (press release)February 9, 2012

Austin based criminal defense lawyer EG Morris has been selected by the Best Lawyers in America publication as the Lawyer of the Year in the category of non-white collar criminal law for the Austin, Texas area. Best Lawyers, the oldest and most ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Analysis: Civil rights cases dismissed at alarming rate
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 16, 2012

The commission — a state body charged with investigating unfair or discriminatory practices — on average found there was “probable cause” to proceed in less than 1.5 percent the roughly 2000 non-housing complaints filed each year.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Maori consultation paper for state asset law change released
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Maori Party co-leaders Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples yesterday said they would consider pulling out of the support arrangement with National if a Treaty of Waitangi clause was not extended to new legislation that will cover partial state asset sales.more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Rocca argues that because he filed a caveat and challenge to the validity of the will prior to the appointment of Irene Boyansky and Victor Rones as personal representatives, the trial court erred in admitting the will to probate before ruling on his ...more »

Family Law
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Baton Rouge Attorney Joseph K. Scott III Named Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

Mr. Scott also maintains a private practice which focuses on criminal defense (federal and state), family law and juvenile law. Mr. Scott has been protecting the rights of individuals and families with the same skill and expertise that led him to being ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California workers compensation insurers' profitability improved in 2010
Business InsuranceFebruary 1, 2012

The profitability of insurers writing workers compensation coverage in the Golden State improved during 2010, according to the Oakland-based California Workers' Compensation Institute. The insurers' return on net worth improved to an average of 5.2% in ...more »


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