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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge Upholds Discipline for Two Firefighters
13WMAZFebruary 1, 2012

An administrative law judge has upheld the discipline for two Macon-Bibb firefighters who took part in a prank shooting at Station 108 in September. Hughes was fired and Brewer was demoted from sergeant to private and suspended for 10 days by Chief ...more »

Health Care Law
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University of Utah debate previews Supreme Court health care arguments
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

The University of Utah next week will stage a preview of the US Supreme Court proceedings concerning the Affordable Care Act, the controversial legislation overhauling health care. The SJ Quinney College of Law has invited two scholars to debate the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Clubhouse Lawyer: Jones Day Partner to Lead US Golf Assocation
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

In law and in golf, Glen Nager has had an exceptional mentor. The Jones Day litigation partner clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1983. And when Nager started hitting the links some years later, the pair played several rounds ...more »

Immigration Law
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Retroactive Application of Immigration Law is Impermissible
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Counsel also dispelled attempts to fault Vartelas for taking an action, namely traveling to Greece, after the new legal disability was imposed by IIRIRA. He made clear that the past conduct relevant for retroactivity analysis is Vartelas's conviction, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kansas Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

Stephen Hughes, of Overland Park, is President and CEO of Hughes and Company Real Estate Appraisal. The company focuses on residential subdivisions and golf courses. Hughes earned his MBA from the University of Kansas in 1977.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Telefonica Argentina adopts Comptel Convergent Mediation
Telecompaper (subscription)February 1, 2012

Telefonica de Ar gentina has selected the Comptel Convergent Mediation service to replace its existing vendor's mediation platform. Telefonica de Argentina plans to use Comptel's technology to collect and transform more than 90 million network ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Battling with memory loss, Dorsett joins concussion lawsuit against NFL
CBSSports.comFebruary 2, 2012

"And then when you hear that these guys don't have insurance, that the league won't give them insurance, that the league is saying that it didn't happen on their clock. That's bull." Citing the pending litigation, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the ...more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

According to Dr. Patricia McEachern (Mc-Karen), the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, several students have already begun pursuing the minor. "This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of colleges and universities ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Intellectual property lawyer David E. Warden has joined the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) as of counsel.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Court sanctions lawyers behind 9/11 case
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 2, 2012

The lawyers accused then-Vice President Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld of causing the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in order to create a political atmosphere that would allow the US government to pursue domestic and international ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals Court To Hear Affirmative Action Challenge
KCRA SacramentoFebruary 13, 2012

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

Aviation Bill Gives Flight to Research, Too
Science AAASFebruary 2, 2012

After years of controversy and more than 20 extensions of the current law, Congress is poised to pass a 4-year reauthorization of programs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The bill, which could come up for a vote as early as this week, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Clovis Legal Aid office finding footing
Clovis News JournalFebruary 8, 2012

Now things are looking up at the local office of the nonprofit organization that represents low-income New Mexicans in civil cases. Rowland did not lose his job. He said his job scare was caused by a cut to the civil legal services budget in the state ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hope Withers for February Market Breakout
TheStreet.comFebruary 1, 2012

According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, correlation amongst Russell 2000 stocks has dropped to 20% from 74% last September. In other words, if there's room to distinguish bad and good apples, there's room for certain stocks or sectors to move ...more »

Litigation
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Hill Schwartz Spilker Keller (“HSSK”) Announces the Closing of the Sale of ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 3, 2012

Its bankruptcy and financial forensics practices are led by two individuals with over fifty years of combined courtroom experience. HSSK assists clients in quantifying and articulating value for financial reporting, taxation, transaction, and corporate ...more »

Business Law
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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm (The Sloan Firm, www.SloanFirm.com) has expanded its Houston presence with the relocation of associate J. Ryan Fowler from Longview, Texas, and the lease of larger offices at 3000 Smith ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lesbian Army Vet Sues For Spousal Benefits
Instinct Magazine (blog)February 3, 2012

Even though the marriage remains legal even after Proposition 8, when Cooper-Harris requested the extra benefits, they got a big fat “no” from the military. The Pentagon validated their response by saying that a federal law enacted in 1996 supporting ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Families warned to monitor children's use of computers
gulfnews.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter Dubai: Families have been advised to monitor their children's access to the internet to avoid falling victims to cyber crime, child abuse and harassment. The risk of child abuse over the internet came under the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Social Networking Impacts Personal Injury Cases 6:12 pm
Providence Business NewsFebruary 8, 2012

Posts on popular websites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, have real potential to damage a personal injury claim. “Insurance companies and claim agents use Google, Yahoo! and other search engines to access social networking sites such as ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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H. Jefferson Powell to return to Duke Law faculty
Duke UniversityFebruary 2, 2012

A distinguished constitutional law scholar, Powell also has served in a variety of positions in federal and state government during his career. He has briefed and argued cases in both federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of the United ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Names Three New Partners
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

Since graduating from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, Ginger Hunsucker has been practicing defense litigation at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog with significant experience in medical malpractice and professional...more »

Consumer Protection
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Litigious Indian customers
LivemintFebruary 2, 2012

The national consumer redressal department in the consumer affairs ministry has set up a three-tier mechanism of consumer courts at the national, state and district levels. Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986, a person can take recourse at any of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Roundup for 2.3.12
RichmondBizSenseFebruary 3, 2012

Quest Law, PLLC leased 2200 square feet in the Lee Medical Building at 1805 Monument Ave. in the City of Richmond. Team United Martial Arts leased 2048 square feet at 7542 W. Broad St. in Henrico County. Zinga! Frozen Yogurt leased 2000 square feet in ...more »

Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Sports Law
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Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Thank goodness sports are included in this law. Because of Title IX, I have been blessed not to know a time when I did not have the right to play. When I started to play basketball around the 5th grade, I played on an all-boys team, the Logan Bobcats.more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

Getting tax advice straight from horse's mouth
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 13, 2012

... an audit by the Internal Revenue Service. In his 35 years as a tax attorney, Strecker has represented horse business owners who, out of ignorance, filled out forms wrong or registered their businesses incorrectly. One client owes the IRS $400000, ...more »

Motiva seeks summary judgment in age discrimination suit
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 8, 2012

"No process engineers under 40 were laid off." Floersheim is suing for his emotional pain and lost wages. Motiva is represented by attorney Robert Hambright of the Orgain, Bell & Tucker law firm in Beaumont. roberthambright . jpg.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Forfeiture laws threaten property rights
Troy Media (blog)February 1, 2012

Civil asset forfeiture or non-conviction based forfeiture is a legal technique through which governments using the courts benefit from property supposedly used in unlawful activity. It is a civil proceeding executed through civil court, and is distinct ...more »

Environmental Law
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Measuring how much energy we really use - Low Carbon Fuel Standards
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

One way to reduce use of oil as a fuel is by driving less. Another option is to make the transportation sector more efficient, using vehicles that burn gas more efficiently or use alternative fuels. Another that has recently received more scrutiny is ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SENIOR SCENE: Feb. 1
Wicked LocalFebruary 1, 2012

A free senior legal planning workshop will be held from 2 to 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 2, and again at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Atty. Jonathan Graham's office, 8 Samoset St., Plymouth. Senior planning today is complex and changing.more »

Family Law
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California family fears for loved ones in Syria
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 7, 2012

But beyond his everyday life, Feras has much more to worry about -- his father, sisters and in-laws who remain in Syria. Most of his family is in Homs, which has been a flash point for the violence that has wracked Syria for nearly a year.more »

Workers Compensation
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Private vs. public sector workers
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

In response to Andrew Taylor's article in The Seattle Times regarding private sector versus federal-worker compensation [“Earnings of many federal workers top private sector,” News, Jan. 31]. The question should not be why federal workers are earning ...more »

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