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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 »

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Casino workers would work under tribal law
Janesville GazetteFebruary 15, 2012

He noted that tribes are covered under most federal laws. Tribes must abide by the federal Equal Pay Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, said Justine Lisser, a spokeswoman for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.more »

Health Care Law
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Texas lawmakers prepare for health care law
Brenham Banner PressFebruary 28, 2012

AUSTIN — The percentage of Texans with health insurance would rise from 74 percent to 91 percent under the new federal health care law, a state official told lawmakers Monday. State Medicaid Director Billy Millwee also said the state is prepared to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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State Says Councilmen Jones, Schlesinger Violated Meeting Law
13WMAZFebruary 20, 2012

Kane says the agreement "says we think they violated the (open meeting) act. Monday afternoon at Macon City Hall, Jones and Schlesinger declined to comment, saying they didn't know about the letter. Other council members accused the two of meeting ...more »

Immigration Law
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ACLU Asks Court to Strike Down Nebraska Town's Immigration Law
Fox NewsFebruary 29, 2012

"We were gratified by the judge's decision that key portions of the ordinance violated federal law and the Constitution," Jennifer Chang Newell, a staff attorney at the ACLU Immigrants' Rights Project, said Tuesday. "We are appealing the decision only ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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National budget refinement discussed at session of Nur Otan's parliamentary ...
Gazeta.KZFebruary 29, 2012

The session's agenda included the issues regarding amendments to the Law 'On the national budget for 2012-2014' in the view of implementation of the tasts set by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his annual Address to the Nation ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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'President Rajapaksa deserves India's highest honour'
Ceylon Daily NewsFebruary 12, 2012

Dr. Swamy whether Sri Lanka should look for third party mediation in the devolution process as by the TNA? Dr. Swamy, a pragmatist was very brief and to point with his response, "TNA is a pro-LTTE outfit. By pass them. Given below the excerpts of the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Excess Insurer May Bring Malpractice Action Against Lawyers Retained by ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 14, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers An excess insurance carrier has a direct cause of action for malpractice against the law firm the primary carrier retained to defend their insured, the Mississippi Court of Appeals declared Jan. 31 in a second look at this case (Great ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society of the U.S. commends Rep. Tommy Benton
Online AthensFebruary 24, 2012

The law will go into effect in January 2012, and should help deter animals and children from consuming the sweet, but lethal chemical. “I was very surprised, I wasn't expecting it at all,” Benton said about the award. Benton will be honored at the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Yahoo, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

Inc. asked Facebook Inc. to license technologies covered by its intellectual property and threatened to take legal action if the companies don't reach an agreement. “We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BNY Mellon, Citigroup, Berkshire Hathaway in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 24, 2012

(Adds Kinnucan in Lawsuits section, Whitney Bank in Verdicts and birth-control lawsuit and Comcast-Sprint in New Suits.) Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Bank of New York Mellon Corp., the world's largest custody bank, may head to trial to defend against a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court to Rule on Affirmative Action Ban
The UCSD Guardian OnlineFebruary 21, 2012

A lawsuit filed in Federal Court this month aims to end a statewide ban on affirmative action and increase the number of minority students in public colleges. On Feb. 13, three members of the 9th Circuit Appellate Court heard arguments from affirmative ...more »

Port of Seattle illegally gave Aviation High School $13.6 million
SeaTac Blog (blog)February 28, 2012

by Jack Mayne The Port of Seattle illegally gave the Highline School District $13.6 million for the construction and operation of Aviation High School. “The Port is not authorized to contribute funding to construct and operate public schools,” the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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With Banks As Landlords, Some Tenants Neglected
NPRFebruary 23, 2012

They're not always model landlords, according to tenants and regulators. Some banks are failing to follow local and state housing codes, leaving tenants to live in squalor — without even a number to call in the most dire situations.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Shipowners 'claiming protection of US Bankruptcy Court'
Financial TimesFebruary 19, 2012

The move comes after US courts last year accepted into the US Chapter 11 bankruptcy process Greece's Omega Navigation and the Netherlands' Marco Polo Seatrade. Among Marco Polo's successful arguments for seeking US court protection was its having ...more »

Litigation
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Problems at new JFK could lead to litigation
Pacific Daily NewsFebruary 28, 2012

"I don't have any reservation about bringing the word litigation up because I think that is only the next step if they don't take corrective action," said Public Works Director Joanne Brown. "In the future, I think these contracts should be better ...more »

Business Law
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Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims on Behalf of Investors of Taleo Corporation
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Taleo Corporation ("Taleo" or the "Company") (NASDAQ:TLEO) (isin:US87424N1046) concerning the proposed acquisition of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Kline seeks benefits for storied Guard unit
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 16, 2012

After 2700 members of the 1st Brigade deployed to Kuwait last year, the Pentagon issued its new guidelines, which reduced the benefits they were initially promised. The military uses a complex calculation to determine administrative time off, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Deputies: Graham man used computer to solicit minor
My Fox 8February 23, 2012

ALAMANCE CO., NC — A man accused of using a computer to solicit sex from a minor was arrested Wednesday in Graham. Mark Lee Goodson, 21, of Graham, was charged after deputies said an investigator posed as a 14-year-old girl and arranged to meet him at ...more »

Personal Injury
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Denver Personal Injury Attorney Presents at International Brain Injury Conference
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

Denver personal injury attorney Steven Shapiro – a partner at the firm Fleishman and Shapiro PC – recently presented a workshop to an international team of medical professionals at the 2012 Brain Injury Summit, held January 9-11 in Beaver Creek, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Primaries, constitutional nationalism and history
The National Law JournalFebruary 17, 2012

What these movements share is an ideology of constitutional nationalism. They are dedicated to a particularly narrow and fixed conception of what America is — defined by a commitment to "individualism" and an opposition to government programs to solve ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Kramon & Graham P.A. Appoints David Shuster as Managing Principal
Citybizlist (press release)February 29, 2012

He is very well-respected in the legal community and has the vision, energy, and leadership to assure the firm's continued success." Shuster, 43, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law. After law school, he served as a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Local law for the social Web
ITWebFebruary 29, 2012

Local lawyer Paul Jacobson is launching a specialised Web and digital media legal compliance and services firm. The new venture keeps the same name as Jacobson's popular blog “web.tech.law”, and has its origins in the unique “new media” focus Jacobson ...more »

Real Estate Law
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4 in 10 Law Firms Report Landing New Clients by Using Social Media, According ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

"After a slow start to gain acceptance in the legal services industry, US law firms are rapidly gaining confidence in the use of social media as a serious business development strategy," said Kevin Iredell, vice president of research and continuing ...more »

Federal Judge Joins Former Partners to Launch New Litigation Boutique
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 8, 2012

Judge Holwell has participated in a number of the largest securities fraud matters to reach trial in recent decades. In addition to his widely praised handling of the Rajaratnam trial, he also presided over the 2011 securities class action trial ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Arizona executes man for killing ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By AMANDA LEE MYERS AP FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona executed an inmate Wednesday for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bill targets copper thieves
The AdvocateFebruary 29, 2012

An official with a state defense attorneys association questioned the need for the legislation, noting that a car theft is a car theft regardless of the make of vehicle involved. George Steimel, lobbyist for the Louisiana Association of Criminal...more »

TurboTax Offers Live Tax Advice to Lure Clients From H&R Block
BusinessWeekFebruary 14, 2012

At participating sites IRS- certified volunteers are available to assist with tax questions and computer problems, the IRS said. The government has teamed up with various software providers to help qualifying taxpayers access its Free File program and ...more »

Frightening power of discrimination laws
The GuardianFebruary 29, 2012

My letter to Radio 4's The Media Show last week about the Miriam O'Reilly/Countryfile age discrimination case has been interpreted in some odd ways (Report, 23 February; Letters, 28 February). For the avoidance of doubt, as a lawyer would say, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Will Putinism see the end of Putin?
The GuardianFebruary 27, 2012

How did the man with the penchant for Soviet slang and the swagger of the new Russia, lose his greatest asset: his political nose for what Russians thought? Putin's family lived through one of the bleakest periods of Soviet history, the Nazi siege of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Why Republicans Are Fighting To Repeal Obama's Medicare Cost-Cutting Board
TPMFebruary 29, 2012

House Republicans are poised to advance legislation this week to repeal President Obama's Medicare cost-cutting board, a provision enacted in the health care reform law. The Energy & Commerce Committee is set to mark it up this Wednesday, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Honoring the law
Seminole VoiceFebruary 23, 2012

Moran, whose law practice focuses on foreclosures, wills, guardianship and probate, said he does the pro bono work because he feels it's his duty as a lawyer to help people in their time of need. In his mind, in guardianship, he's helping someone with ...more »

Family Law
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Supreme Court Debates Rights Case Aimed at Corporations
New York TimesFebruary 29, 2012

“For me, the case turns in large part on this,” Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said and then quoted a sentence from a brief filed by the Royal Dutch Petroleum Company, which is accused of complicity in human rights violations in Nigeria: “International law...more »

Workers Compensation
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State Worker Receiving Collect Calls From Prison, Charges Billed To You
10TVFebruary 20, 2012

An employee at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation admitted she was accepting collect calls at her desk at work from a family member serving prison time. Her admission came after Watchdog10 found she racked up a bill totaling $194.95, ...more »

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