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Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NCUA's Marquis Throws Cold Water on Bill to Overhaul Exams
Credit Union TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Claude R. Marx A bill to revamp the examination process and allow appeals to an administrative law judge would raise NCUSIF premiums, give examiners less flexibility and raise administrative costs, NCUA Executive Director David Marquis told ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as US Health Care Eclipses Manufacturing
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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5 Things, Including Job Skills at the Library
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

... jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which constitutionality was at issue. The court was also charged with ruling on matters concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice and maritime jurisdiction.more »

Immigration Law
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Discriminatory Hiring Practices Based on Immigration Status
Texas LawyerFebruary 2, 2012

In-house counsel also should make sure that the business has a policy in place to ensure compliance with immigration law. Immigration and Nationality Act §274A makes it unlawful for an employer to knowingly hire or recruit any individual who is not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mosquito breeders to feel full sting of the law
Sunday Times.lkFebruary 5, 2012

Some of Greater Colombo's public areas have become veritable mosquito breeding “factories” and havens of pollution. Less than a half-hour's drive from the Ministry of Health, the nerve centre from which anti-dengue operations are being directed, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Don't Let an “Authorization Hold” Hold You Hostage
Better Business BureauFebruary 3, 2012

Upon investigation, Dispute Resolution Specialist Micaela Clubb discovered that it's a common practice. Here's how it works: Let's say your restaurant bill comes to $100 and you give the server your credit card. When they run it through, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BlueLinx Announces Fourth-Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 15, 2012

For the quarter and full-year periods ended January 1, 2011, the above table reflects the following events: (i) the Company recorded certain facility consolidation and severance related costs; (ii) the Company received payment for a litigation...more »

Animal Law
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DC rat summit: Another day in the sun for city's rodents
Washington PostFebruary 8, 2012

While restrictions on the handling of animals are now in effect, the city has not yet identified funding to enforce a pest-control licensing regime included in the law. The environment department is in the process of drafting regulations setting prices ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Memoir Systems Wins DesignVision Award at DesignCon 2012
Business Wire (press release)February 6, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Memoir Systems Inc., the Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) provider that delivers breakthrough memory performance today announced that it won the DesignCon 2012 DesignVision Award for the Semiconductor & IP Category with its ...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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Supreme Court to take new look at affirmative action
NorthJersey.comFebruary 21, 2012

More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday heard a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit ...more »

GE Aviation receives annual Outstanding Supplier Award
Rockford Register StarFebruary 4, 2012

By Franz Osorio GE Aviation was named a recent recipient of the Outstanding Supplier Award from Federal Defense Industries (FDI). The award is given in recognition of excellence in performance and the accomplishment of the suppliers that support a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Smoke-Free Rental Properties Now Possible Under New State Law
Imperial Valley WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

By holtvilletribune On February 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment A new law expands the availability of smoke-free housing in California by allowing landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units. The Smoke-Free Housing Law went into effect on January 1, 2012.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Patriots fan view from media day
ESPN (blog)February 1, 2012

But on Tuesday, along with 4999 other lucky fans, I got to make NFL history. For the first time since the Super Bowl began 46 years ago, the NFL opened its doors so fans could experience media day. Upon arrival to Lucas Oil Stadium, ...more »

Litigation
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MasterCard shrugs off litigation charge, posts strong Q4
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

Q4 adj EPS $4.03 vs est $3.91 * Q4 rev up 20 pct * Incurred $495 mln after-tax charge related to litigations * Shares rise 7 pct By Tanya Agrawal Feb 2 (Reuters) - A litigation-related charge took a large bite out of MasterCard Inc's quarterly earnings ...more »

Business Law
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City places ad for police chief position
Brownsville HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald Nearly two months after Police Chief Carlos Garcia announced his retirement from the police department, the city of Brownsville will start advertising the chief of police position.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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White House Deal with Japan Risks Military Capability in Asia
Heritage.orgFebruary 8, 2012

As a result, the US has needlessly compromised military capabilities and significant negotiating leverage in favor of budgetary and political considerations. By de-linking the interconnected clauses of the accord, Japan achieved benefits earlier and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Three face Internet child pornography charges
StandardNetFebruary 4, 2012

According to the probable cause statements, an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used a secure database to investigate Utah computers that were downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography files on the ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Offers Advice on Slip ...
PR Web (press release)February 17, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman offers advice on what to do following a slip and fall accident in New York. His advice augments the report of a Queens cemetery worker who broke his ankle after falling into an open grave.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals court to issue long-awaited ruling on constitutionality of Calif. gay ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The three-judge panel, consisting of judges appointed by presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, heard arguments on the ban's constitutional implications more than a year ago. But it put off a decision so it could seek guidance from ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Zero-Way Communications
The League of Ordinary GentlemenFebruary 7, 2012

Note that I never used words like “lawyer,” “attorney,” “lawsuit,” or “malpractice.” I was quite careful not to. But about halfway through my statement, the patient advocate's face registered clearly that he had heard the words I had labored not to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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AG Zoeller's Office Sues Four Foreclosure Rescue Companies
LoanSafeFebruary 9, 2012

These four lawsuits raise the total number of actions taken against foreclosure rescue companies to 95 since 2006. Strategic Alliance of California, National Financial Services of Texas, United Capital of Maryland and LA Strattan Law Firm also of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker faces obstruction charges
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 3, 2012

By Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen February 3, 2012 12:00 AM An Ottawa real estate broker is facing 18 charges under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, which she says stem from false allegations made by "disgruntled exagents.more »

Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings (1) of $354.3 million, or $.97 per share, a per share increase of 54 percent over 2010. Full-year 2011 operating earnings (1) were $1.97 billion, ...more »

Sports Law
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Lawmaker Wants Twenty-One Sports Federations Scrapped
AllAfrica.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Joshua Odeyemi, 1 February 2012 The Deputy Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on Sports, Hon Ayo Omidiran has called for the scrapping of twenty-one Sports Federations in Nigeria. The law maker made this submission while speaking to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cuomo proposes more flexible probation laws
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

"Probation is a punishment, and judges should be able to decide if more or less is appropriate for a particular defendant," said Richard Willstatter, the president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a partner at Green ...more »

Introducing Form 8949, and Other Changes
New York TimesFebruary 12, 2012

Going on extension does not invite an audit, she said, but a return with information that does not match the 1099-B that the IRS has received from the broker will be questioned. Schwab has more information and a video on the topic at its Web site.more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wonkbook: Economy poised to beat expectations in 2012. But will Congress get ...
Washington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

At the same time, the Treasury and the IRS also released proposed regulations to implement a 2010 US law known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires foreign financial institutions to report detailed information about US account ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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HODGE v. CICHON
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

This is a negligence action founded in legal malpractice. The plaintiffs, Appellants herein, alleged that the defendant lawyers were negligent in failing to properly implement an estate plan for an estate of which Appellants were beneficiaries.more »

Family Law
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Enforcement of child maintenance orders
The StarFebruary 1, 2012

He is a senior partner in the firm of Chigiti and Chigiti Advocates in Nairobi whose key area of practice is Human rights and public interest litigation and family law. He was admitted to the list of Counsel at the International Criminal Court-ICC in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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