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Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

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Administrative Law
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G.J. v. MUSCOGEE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

In this case, we should be called upon to determine whether the Administrative Law Judge and the district court properly evaluated Appellants' claims that the Muscogee County School District ("the school district" or "MCSD") did not comply with certain ...more »

Health Care Law
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New administration figures aim to show health law strengthened private ...
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The news contradicts Republican warnings that the healthcare reform law's $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage would gut the popular program. But the insurance industry immediately countered that painful cuts are yet to come.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Long Island PressFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Immigration Law
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Liberals Highlight Romney Ties To Ariz. Law Author Kobach
Investor's Business DailyFebruary 3, 2012

By SEAN HIGGINS, INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 08:05 AM ET Mitt Romney campaigns at the Hispanic Leadership Network's conference in Miami on Jan. 27, 2012. Romney handily carried Florida's Hispanics in... View Enlarged Image Liberal groups have a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mitsubishi Electric Reports Tax Costs Following Revised Corporate Tax Law
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Deferred tax assets and liabilities for the first 9 months of fiscal 2012 have been re-evaluated for the reduction of corporate tax rates to be effective as of April 2012, which follows the promulgation in December 2011 of the "Act for Partial Revision ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Quest should be for easier resolution of unfair dismissal cases, not repeal of law
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

We need to make sure that disputes between workers and employers are resolved in the workplace and never reach Fair Work Australia. Every dismissal costs the employer and employee time, money and resources. It costs the economy and it costs families.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Full-year 2011 operating earnings for Group Insurance were $153.0 million, compared with $128.0 million in 2010. The increase was primarily due to higher underwriting margins on our life and disability products partially offset by lower underwriting ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Cubist Receives CUBICIN Paragraph IV Notice Letter
Business Wire (press release)February 9, 2012

Cubist intends to vigorously enforce its extensive intellectual property rights for CUBICIN and plans to file a complaint alleging infringement within the required 45-day response period of the Hatch-Waxman Act. Once a suit is filed, a 30-month stay of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney remembered for work and contributions
Huntington Herald DispatchFebruary 1, 2012

Educated at Ohio State University for both his bachelor's and law degrees, Stout authored a number of articles for Estate Planning magazine on various aspects of planning, probate and non-charitable gifts. A few years ago, he published his first book, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Innsbruck scientists show positive effects of affirmative action policies ...
EurekAlert (press release)February 2, 2012

"We set up a simple coordination game, which was about the efficient coordination of actions, for example, mutual information exchange," they explain. In this game it was completely clear to all subjects who participated in which intervention ...more »

ADAC and Etihad CEO's to open important aviation event
Travel Daily News InternationalFebruary 1, 2012

Nigel Mayes, VP & Commercial for UBM Aviation Routes, organiser of World Routes, said: “Air service development is fundamental to the prosperity of cities and regions around the world, as well as the growth of the airports that serve these regions.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Troubles: Is My Rent Being Raised In Retaliation For My Repair ...
The San Francisco AppealFebruary 1, 2012

The Landlord/Owner of your condominium does not, however, have the approval it would need from the state of California for the sale of the condominium units, as Landlord/Owner does not presently intend to sell these units as condominiums.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Infrastructure act includes toll credits for Route 219
Daily American OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act filed Tuesday would allow the use of toll credits for Appalachian highway projects such as Route 219. The toll credits would provide funding necessary to finish the highway — a project local, ...more »

Litigation
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Molycorp Shareholder Investigation -- The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation, commercial transaction, and public advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law...more »

Business Law
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Daniels signs right-to-work into law
nwitimes.comFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels signed House Enrolled Act 1001 into law, prohibiting a business and a union from agreeing to charge fees to nonunion employees for union-provided representation and grievance services. The Republican governor, who once opposed a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Female veteran sues US over denial of full benefits
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 2, 2012

The Pasadena woman, a 12-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, says she was denied full benefits because she is married to a woman. The suit targets the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times A Pasadena woman who served ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senate passes cybercrime bill on final reading
Mindanao Gold Star DailyFebruary 1, 2012

2796, sponsored by Senator Edgardo Angara, seeks to empower law enforcement agencies to investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals committing internet-related crimes. Angara said SBN 2796 aims to ensure internet security to the public with the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Guest column: Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor
This is NottinghamFebruary 1, 2012

Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor at Rothera Dowson reacts to changes in payouts for crime victims... IN the cold light of day, this is a cost-cutting exercise. As part of the plans, victims of violent crime who suffer injuries such as a broken ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Nullify NDAA
The New AmericanFebruary 1, 2012

Next, as for the NDAA, on December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of that law, the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are Attorney's Fees an Endangered Species?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The fundamental principle of charging for legal services, enshrined in Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, is that the fee must be reasonable. Ancillary to this is the provision that lawyer and client should document the basics of the fee in their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DTI leaves consumers hanging
ITWebFebruary 3, 2012

As a result of the lack of funding, about half of the provisions in the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) that deal with direct marketing cannot be enforced. The CPA became law last April and provides for a national opt-out registry, which allows consumers ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Venable Adds Stroock's Koffler to Head N.Y. Real Estate Practice
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Venable LLP (1214L), the Washington-based law firm, hired Peter G. Koffler, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, as the firm expands its New York real estate practice. Koffler joined Venable's New York office and will lead its real estate group, ...more »

CSC Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

-- Revenue was $3.76 billion net of a $204 million reduction relating to the UK National Health Service (NHS) contract. Excluding the NHS reduction, revenue was $3.97 billion, a decrease of 0.7% when compared to a year ago.more »

Sports Law
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In-state online sports bets may be OK
The News JournalFebruary 5, 2012

But the federal Wire Act of 1961 explicitly makes it illegal to transmit bets or information about sports wagering across state lines. (A 1978 law called the Interstate Horse Racing Act carved out an exemption for "simulcast" betting on horse races.) ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Indiana election chief's defense rests without presenting case against voter ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are set for Friday, when the case ...more »

Council Delay Arriola Vote As Fireworks Fly
NewsChannel5.comFebruary 8, 2012

Arriola's lawyer insisted that he had reported the weddings fees on IRS tax returns, but he would not say when. "I'm answering your question, Councilman Tygard -- I'm answering your question," Lewis said, as Tygard pressed. "Taxes have been paid, ...more »

Ryanair disputes retired pilot inquiry
Irish TimesFebruary 14, 2012

RYANAIR HAS brought a High Court challenge to a decision of the Equality Tribunal to proceed with an investigation into a complaint by a pilot that his alleged forced retirement at the age of 60 amounted to age discrimination.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wall Street Split as Money Managers Fault Bank Foreclosure Deal
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

The rift within Sifma follows investor advocates' complaints that bondholder interests are often trumped by those of the biggest banks when government officials act to address the fallout from the US housing slump. Language similar to the planned ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bipartisan agreement on energy conservation has disappeared at the state capitol
Minnesota Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

When Minnesota Senate Republicans ousted Ellen Anderson as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission this week, it was the latest sign that bipartisan support for renewable energy sources has largely disappeared at the state capitol.more »

Wills & Probate
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Las Vegas-based estate planning, probate firm expanding to Peoria
Phoenix Business JournalFebruary 10, 2012

It also offers legal services related to prenuptial agreements, financial agreements, limited-liability companies, domestic partnerships and wills. Cassady offers free 30-minute financial service, probate and estate-planning consultations to ...more »

Family Law
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hickenlooper, workers comp insurer want to slow down privatization process
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

John Hickenlooper and Colorado's only state-chartered workers compensation insurer have agreed to delay a proposal to privatize the company. Hickenlooper said Thursday more work needs to be done on the plan for Pinnacol Assurance.more »

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