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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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DA fires back on judge's comments over motion hearings
The Salem NewsFebruary 28, 2012

"If the district attorney has specific concerns about district court judges, he should address those issues with the regional administrative judge or the District Court Administrative Office," said Trial Court spokeswoman Joan Kenney.more »

Health Care Law
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Obama administration credits health reform law for record-setting $375 million ...
The Hill (blog)February 28, 2012

Officials also said they were able to suspend another 78 home health agencies associated with the physician "based on credible allegations of fraud against them" thanks to provisions of President Obama's healthcare reform law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Occupy protesters engage in other ways
Washington PostFebruary 28, 2012

Occupiers chose Jones to rally behind after discussions with staffers at Maryland's Legal Aid Bureau, where Vicki King Taitano, who directs the bureau's foreclosure legal assistance project, has championed Jones's case for months.more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
KTAR.comFebruary 29, 2012

By JACQUES BILLEAUD AP PHOENIX (AP) - A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ballot Positions Set in Penn State Board Race; 86 Alumni Pursue Three Seats
State College NewsFebruary 29, 2012

(Other board members are appointed -- some by the Pennsylvania governor, some by agricultural societies and others by business and industry representatives. Several, including the university president, serve as ex-officio members.) ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The CRTC's chairman says goodbye
Globe and MailFebruary 23, 2012

Alternative dispute resolution is something I might look at—I've certainly resolved enough disputes in the past. Why did you become a bureaucrat, rather than, say, a private lawyer or businessman? I come from a long line of people who, on my mother's ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida joins suit over contraception requirement
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 24, 2012

By TIA MITCHELL — Times/HeraldTallahassee Bureau TALLAHASSEE Seven states, including Florida, have decided to take on President Barack Obama's mandate that health insurance policies include coverage for contraceptives. The lawsuit, filed in a federal ...more »

Animal Law
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BARC slammed by animal intake, slashing prices to re-home animals
Your Houston NewsFebruary 27, 2012

BARC is required by law to accept every animal brought to its doors by Houston residents, and also has the mandate to provide animal control services within Houston city limits. Animal activity such as roaming to breed tends to decrease during colder ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bloomberg BNA Conference Brings International Intellectual Property Tax ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

On March 19-20 in San Francisco, Bloomberg BNA | Cite will host a US Taxation of Intellectual Property conference dedicated to helping multinational companies understand the increasing importance of Intellectual Property (IP) related tax issues and the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Alonso Krangle LLP Conducting Yaz Lawsuit Investigation Due to Alleged Yaz ...
PR Web (press release)February 28, 2012

Alonso Krangle LLP - Fighting for victims of personal injury cases, defective drug and medical device litigation, construction accidents, nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, whistleblower and consumer fraud cases. The founding partners of Alonso ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Letters: GOP and contraception, faith values, globalization, affirmative action
U-T San DiegoFebruary 24, 2012

By UT San Diego At Wednesday's Republican debate (“Romney and Santorum square off,” Feb. 23), Rick Santorum bemoaned the growing incidents of out-of-wedlock births (over 40 percent) and the decline of the traditional American family.more »

Aviation bodies see turbulent 2012 for airlines
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

By Robert Evans | GENEVA (Reuters) - Rising fuel prices and financial turmoil in Europe signal big problems for the international airline industry in 2012 and are likely to force a cutback in flights, according to two key aviation bodies.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Africa Legal Network: Proposed Overhaul Of Land Regimes In Kenya - Will It Work?
Ratio MagazineFebruary 24, 2012

The current position under the ubiquitously used Law Society Conditions of Sale is that any purchaser who is granted early possession holds such land as licensee of the vendor and not as tenant or owner of the property. The impact of this provision is ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Foreclosure in credit history means waiting years for a new loan
Asbury Park PressFebruary 28, 2012

That is because mortgage-lending guidelines that most banks follow prohibit them from making loans to people with foreclosure or a short sale in their credit history, often for years. Never mind the hit that one's credit score takes.more »

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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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Arbitron Lays Down the Law
Radio InkFebruary 29, 2012

Arbitron also wants advertising agencies to know they cannot generate reports and send them to non-subscribers to see how they stack up. I hope you are doing well. This letter is a friendly reminder sent as part of our ongoing effort to keep licensed ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor ...
Greenville NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Megan Mosteller, 26, of Pickens was convicted by a federal jury trial in Florence of stealing more than $37000 from the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Manchester Ranked No.1 Among Most Dangerous European Online Cities
SPAMfighter NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Additionally, the city has a large number of people who use computers, with access to the Internet, and also visits social-networking websites. Moreover, during the survey, Norton measured the risk parameters as Internet-crime data obtained from ...more »

Personal Injury
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Portland Personal Injury Lawyers Worry That Corporate Settlement Tactics Show ...
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

Corporations have learned, like auto insurance companies, that offering low settlement and delaying cases can save money - but they do these things at the expense of injury victims, according to the Portland personal injury lawyers at Shulman DuBois ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Georgia, Alabama illegal immigration laws headed to appeals court Thursday
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

By Jeremy Redmon The legal battle over how far states can go in combating illegal immigration will resume Thursday when a federal appeals court in Atlanta hears arguments over Georgia's and Alabama's enforcement laws. John Spink, John Spink, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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James V. Painter Successfully Defends Plastic Surgeon in Medical Malpractice Claim (press release)February 6, 2012

Hull Barrett, PC is a full service law firm with 27 attorneys with offices in Augusta and Evans, Georgia, and Aiken, South Carolina. The firm is engaged in a general civil practice providing a broad range of legal services with an emphasis on general ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man awarded damages over Time sweepstake letter
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 28, 2012

By Natalie Stechyson, Postmedia News February 28, 2012 The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled a Time Magazine sweepstake letter that appeared to tell a Montreal man he'd hit the jackpot breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. OTTAWA — The Supreme ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...more »

AP sources: Jets restructure LT Ferguson's deal
Wall Street JournalFebruary 23, 2012

AP NEW YORK — Two people familiar with the move say the New York Jets have restructured D'Brickashaw Ferguson's contract, converting $9 million of the Pro Bowl left tackle's 2012 base salary to a signing bonus and helping the team create salary cap ...more »

Sports Law
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Letter: Honor Paterno with law that makes what he did a crime
TCPalmFebruary 27, 2012

Mr. Peghi also believes people of sports should honor Paterno in every way. Here is a start: How about a "Paterno" law. This law would make it a crime for anyone who has knowledge of a "alleged" sex abuse incident and fails to notify the police.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: Law enforcement response inadequate before Kalispell double ...
The MissoulianFebruary 26, 2012

Senior Public Defender Noel Larrivee says his investigation of the circumstances surrounding the brutal murders reveals missed opportunities, lapses in judgment and poor communication between law enforcement agencies. He has called for an examination ...more »

Danbury Firm President Guilty of Filing False Tax Return
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

Bohn has paid the IRS more than $180000 in back taxes, penalties and interest. He also agreed to allow an auditor look over the company's credit card expenditures and his personal income tax filings. Bohn pleaded guilty to one count of filing a false ...more »

Salina considers changes to discrimination law
El Dorado TimesFebruary 27, 2012

The proposed change would add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of classes protected from discrimination. The list includes race, sex, familial status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin and ancestry.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pennsylvania is among the safest states to fall behind on credit card bills
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 20, 2012

West Asset Management Inc. agreed to pay a $2.8 million civil penalty for, among other violations, misrepresenting itself as a law firm, threatening to arrest or imprison debtors, debiting consumers' bank accounts, imposing credit card charges without ...more »

Environmental Law
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FACT CHECK: Gingrich energy ad errs on facts
Boston.comFebruary 24, 2012

But in the case of Newt Gingrich's unusual extended commercial on American energy policy, it just means more time for mistakes. In the ad, Gingrich offers a pain-free prescription for cheap energy that betrays a misunderstanding of how oil markets work ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 20, 2012

[¶ 1] Philip Sprague appeals from an order denying his petition for formal probate of a will allegedly executed by Harriet O. Clemetson. Because we conclude the district court correctly applied the law on the presumption that a missing will is revoked, ...more »

Family Law
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Proposition 8 Ruling Appealed: GOP House Leaders To Appeal California Gay ...
Huffington PostFebruary 25, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Three GOP congressional leaders are appealing a federal judge's ruling that declared a law prohibiting the government from recognizing same-sex marriages to be unconstitutional, according to court papers filed Friday.more »

Workers Compensation
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Matrix wins city workers comp contract
Cincinnati.comFebruary 28, 2012

The Matrix Cos. has been awarded a three-year, $1.1 million contract to administer the workers' compensation program for the city of Cincinnati. City officials said the contract amounts to less than 10 percent of the program's cost and has potential to ...more »


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