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Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

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Administrative Law
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Court to decide successor to Indiana elections chief; hearing today
Journal and CourierFebruary 29, 2012

AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Democrat who lost the 2010 race to become Indiana's top elections officer by 300000 votes hopes to win the office courtesy of the Indiana Supreme Court, but legal experts say the will of voters may factor heavily in the court ...more »

Health Care Law
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Seekonk Selectmen Adopt New Health Care Law
Patch.comFebruary 16, 2012

The selectmen voted last night to adopt a new Massachusetts law that would reduce the town's health care costs. By Justin Pacheco The Seekonk Board of Selectmen voted 2-0 Wednesday to adopt new legislation that would give the town the ability to change ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Book Review: A Hidden Madness by James T.R. Jones
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)February 28, 2012

Likely not a neatly groomed man with mostly gray hair and a beard, nicely attired in a dark suit, white shirt and tie, and teaching a classroom of perhaps 100 or so law students. Meet James TR Jones, since 1986 a professor at the Louis D. Brandeis ...more »

Immigration Law
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Luis Gutierrez Addresses Mitt Romney's Characterization Of Arizona's Anti ...
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

... onerous anti-immigration policies as a 'model' the US should follow. "That's a lot of people to keep track of," says Guiterrez in the video, "especially if you want to offend each and every one of them." "One, if you're a politician, Arizona's law...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Deja Vu All Over Again: Congressional Republicans Intent on Nixing Wind ...
CleanTechnicaFebruary 18, 2012

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) summarizes the two principal federal subsidies supporting the US wind energy industry. “Under present law, the PTC provides an income tax credit of 2.2 cents/kilowatt-hour for the production of electricity ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Teachers get strike okay
Canada.comFebruary 29, 2012

Their employer, the BC Public School Employers Association, argued teachers should be allowed to pull their services for one day over a 10-day period, with two days' notice. As an essential service, teachers must receive the go-ahead from the LRB to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allianz Life Names Gretchen Cepek as General Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America (Allianz Life) has promoted Gretchen Cepek to the post of general counsel, effective February 20, 2012. In her new role, Cepek will serve as chief legal...more »

Animal Law
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Senate passes Idaho animal cruelty bill
KIVI-TVFebruary 24, 2012

By Jennifer Auh The Senate overwhelmingly backed a bill that would charge repeat animal-cruelty offenders with a felony. The bill passed on a 31-1 vote Thursday, and it now heads to the house. The bill would make a 3rd animal-cruelty conviction within ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CBS, Proview, Sony Vita, Premier League, Fairey: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 27, 2012

Proview applied to China's Customs Bureau to block exports as well as imports of the iPad tablet computer, Roger Xie, a lawyer for Proview, said last week. On Feb. 23, a court in Shanghai's Pudong district rejected Proview's application for an ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract By LUKOIL For Waste Heat Boiler
Hydrocarbon Online (press release)February 29, 2012

... as expressed by its backlog), its liquidity, the outcome of litigation and legal proceedings and recoveries from customers for claims and the costs of current and future asbestos claims and the amount and timing of related insurance recoveries.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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University Affirmative Action Draws US High Court Scrutiny
BusinessWeekFebruary 22, 2012

21 (Bloomberg) -- The US Supreme Court agreed to consider rolling back university affirmative action programs, re-entering a racially charged debate by accepting an appeal from a rejected white applicant to the University of Texas.more »

Aviation chiefs vow to be more open on woes
Hong Kong StandardFebruary 12, 2012

The Civil Aviation Department is to make announcements of incident figures every six months and expand the scope of data to be released. Its latest figures show there were about 500 aviation incidents last year, 20 percent fewer than in 2010.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Irish landlord gets squatter's rights
UPI.comFebruary 17, 2012

The city Supreme Court in Dublin ruled Desmond Grogan, who broke into the Enniskerry Road house in Dublin 30 years ago and has been collecting rent from tenants, has squatter's rights to the home and prosecutors can't obtain court orders to force him ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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No Credit Loans With Instant Approvals and No Hidden Fees
Albany Times UnionFebruary 29, 2012

Consumers with bad credit ratings are often turned down by traditional lenders because of the 'perceived risk' associated with lending to lower scores. A person's credit score is determined as a result of financial statistics including the number of ...more »

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Court Rules In Favor Of Monsanto In Organic Seed Growers Litigation
NASDAQFebruary 27, 2012

( - Monsanto Co. (MON) announced that the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association or OSGATA and dozens of other plaintiff growers and ...more »

Business Law
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Nutter says no new taxes
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 29, 2012

But the proposal will face opposition from urban-blight and outdoor-advertising opponents, particularly the group SCRUB, which is about to change its name to Scenic Philadelphia. Stephanie Kindt, a staff lawyer for the group, said it was unclear how ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ron Paul Issues Statement on Obama's Proposed Tricare Cuts
SunHerald.comFebruary 28, 2012

LAKE JACKSON, Texas -- 2012 Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's latest proposal to seek cuts in Tricare benefits for veterans and active military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FCC urges Internet companies to safeguard Web
msnbc.comFebruary 22, 2012

REUTERS/Susana Vera WASHINGTON — Internet service providers need to work harder to prevent hacks, data theft and other fraud, including contacting customers whose infected computers have been hijacked by organized crime and helping them clean out ...more »

Personal Injury
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When the Insurance Company Knocks You Down, One Personal Injury Law Firm is ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 20, 2012

20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Stories abound of personal injury cases in which the insurance companies stooped to unthinkable levels to deny someone's rightful claim. Fortunately, there are also stories of average men and women who, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Syria to hold constitutional referendum amid raging violence
CNNFebruary 26, 2012

Among the changes in the draft constitution to be voted on is an article that states "the law shall regulate the provisions and procedures related to the formation of political parties." "Carrying out any political activity or forming any political ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When You Can't Stop It, Nibble Away At It
Lez Get RealFebruary 28, 2012

The more a health care professional does, the more they get paid. Additionally, there is so much fear of malpractice claims that health care providers overdo themselves to make sure they don't make a mistake. So, there is a culture of over-ordering ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Clarification Regarding the FCC's Final Rule for the TCPA
ACA InternationalFebruary 22, 2012

The recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruling on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has caused some confusion for ACA members regarding a debt collector's ability to call a consumer's wireless number through the use of an ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Money Management: What you should know about estate tax laws
Ridgefield PressFebruary 29, 2012

When most people hear about estate tax planning, they assume it's only for the wealthiest taxpayers. However, recent changes in the estate tax laws have been so advantageous to those passing wealth to another generation that it is worth knowing about ...more »

Stroock's Entertainment Practice Expands Into Miami
Sacramento BeeFebruary 27, 2012

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP is a law firm providing transactional and litigation guidance to leading multinational corporations, investment banks and private equity firms in the US and abroad. Stroock's emphasis on client service and innovation has ...more »

Sports Law
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WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports |Gingrich slams Santorum ...
WKRNFebruary 28, 2012

Earlier, Gingrich attended a health care forum at the law firm of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., urging Republicans to think of this time as "the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obamacare debate.more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorneys narrow jury pool
Times-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

In 1989, he entered private practice, continues to specialize in criminal defense and maintains a caseload of federal criminal cases in US district courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1998, he gained aquittal for Heather McGill, ...more »

How to find trustworthy tax preparation help
Wilson County NewsFebruary 3, 2012

According to the IRS, 80 percent of Americans will enlist the help of a tax preparer or tax software when filing their taxes. Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help to avoid penalties or fees.more »

Fight against gay marriage is battle to keep discrimination
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 23, 2012

Civil marriage is simply allowing two people who are of legal age to make a lifelong commitment to each other based on love. The statement that any homosexual man can apply for a license to marry a woman, and any lesbian can apply for a license to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Alert - SEC Revises "Qualified Client ...
PR Newswire (press release)February 18, 2012

... "Rule") pursuant to Section 418 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act").[1] The Rule increases the assets-under-management ("AUM") and the net worth thresholds for the "qualified client" definition.more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

... ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel, said Republicans who have majority control of the House haven't offered an alternative long-care plan even though they say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law.more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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Zephyrhills Family Law Attorney Sees Problems in Alimony Reform
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 29, 2012

Zephyrhills, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 29, 2012 – Family law attorneys across Florida are keeping a close eye on Tallahassee this season as two alimony reform bills work their way through the state legislature. If passed, either new state law ...more »

Workers Compensation
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EMPLOYERS HOLDINGS, INC. : Reschedules Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 ...
4-tradersFebruary 28, 2012

Employers Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: EIG), a Nevada-based company whose subsidiaries are specialty providers of workers' compensation insurance focused on small businesses, has announced that it has rescheduled its review of the company's fourth quarter and ...more »


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