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Dassault Aviation bags $11-billion order to supply fighter jets to the Indian ...
Economic TimesFebruary 1, 2012

NEW DELHI: French defence supplier Dassault Aviation, whose Mirage 2000 fighters played a vital role for India during the Kargil conflict in 1999, has emerged as the lowest bidder for the $11-billion ( 55000 crore) contract to supply 126 fighter jets ...more »

Proposal would impose new limits on abortion
Yuma SunFebruary 1, 2012

Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, said Tuesday that Arizona already has fairly substantial laws requiring that women give “informed consent'' before terminating a pregnancy. That includes everything from a discussion of the risks and a 24-hour waiting period to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Roger H. Wright: Less government and not more laws
Danbury News TimesFebruary 27, 2012

I, too, am an ex-navy veteran so have a similar background to Thomas Piel, but letting government run every portion of our lives as he accepts the Obama administration efforts to do will only result in the same problems that several laissez faire ...more »

Health Care Law
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Web site to aid California businesses with health care issues
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

By Mark Glover A group of California business organizations today announced the launch of a website to help the state's business operators understand the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Health Law Guide for Business site ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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States consider drug testing welfare recipients
USA TODAYFebruary 29, 2012

He added that the proposed laws inaccurately suggest that people on welfare use drugs more than others. "This exemplifies the extent to which folks are willing to scapegoat poor people when it suits political interests," Williamson said.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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Energy Policy Is Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Renewables do not have the scale, development timeframe or economics to materially change this outcome as much as we would hope. The energy industry has to stand up to provide strategic vision. Here are some thoughts for a United States energy policy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Med-arb – an alternative dispute resolution practice
Lexology (registration)February 29, 2012

Mediation is sometimes confused with arbitration as a dispute resolution process, since both involve the resolution of a dispute outside the national court system by a third party chosen by the parties. To a certain extent, the confusion can be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court Decision Triggers Settlement Payments by Manitex International in Legacy ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 27, 2012

Manitex management is not aware of any other similar potential liabilities at the present time and has secured insurance coverage to explicitly cover such future instances, mitigating future business risk. For more information on this settlement, ...more »

Animal Law
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New Rules Sled Dogs: Whistler, B.C. Cull Sparks Reforms
Huffington Post CanadaFebruary 21, 2012

This is the second major change to animal cruelty laws since the bodies of the dogs were dug up. BC now has the toughest animal cruelty penalties in Canada and other changes ensure that sled dog companies operating on Crown land are inspected annually ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Yahoo Demands Facebook License Its Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 28, 2012

Inc. asked Facebook Inc. to license technologies covered by its intellectual property and threatened to take legal action if the companies don't reach an agreement. “We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leeper bid on city agenda
Chillicothe Constitution TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

A public hearing will be conducted to consider a zoning ordinance amendment regarding manufactured and mobile homes. Changes are being proposed because the existing zoning regulations are more than 10 years old, the ordinance does not differentiate ...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 »

LightSquared Would Ruin Aviation With System, Carriers Say
BusinessWeekFebruary 8, 2012

8 (Bloomberg) -- Philip Falcone's LightSquared Inc. wireless service would have “ruinous effects” on aviation because of signal interference and its plan for a nationwide data network should be withdrawn, an airline trade group said.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Residential Landlords Assoc.February 18, 2012

It is a detailed statement regarding the deposit and must be accompanied by an explanatory leaflet which each scheme issues for the tenant. The scheme itself does not give the prescribed information to your tenant as it is the landlord's responsibility ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton Could Become Biggest City to Go Bankrupt
ABC NewsFebruary 29, 2012

City leaders seeking a way to dig out from under massive debts have taken a step toward making Stockton the nation's largest city to file for bankruptcy. However, thanks to a new California law, the City Council's move also could be the first step ...more »

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Callahan & Blaine Announces $30 Million Settlement of Orange County Register ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 29, 2012

California business litigation firm Callahan & Blaine announced today that a final settlement in the Orange County Register class action lawsuit has been reached, resulting in a total payment of $30 million to resolve the newspaper carriers' class ...more »

Business Law
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Democrat to D.C. Metro: Drop anti-Obama ad
Politico (blog)February 29, 2012

“It has come to my attention that an ad for a film disparaging the health reform law which includes the phrase 'go to h[—-] Barack' was recently placed in the Clarendon Metro stop in Arlington, Va.,” Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) wrote the general manager of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vista College Offers Military Benefits & Program Information Seminar
WebWire (press release)February 27, 2012

Vista College announced free military benefits and program information seminars to be held at the Texas Workforce Commission in Marshall on March 1st, 8th and 15th at 10am. Longview, TX – February 27, 2012 –Vista College announced free military ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Iran chokes Internet at politically sensitive time
AfricasiaFebruary 13, 2012

Attempts to get on Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo and foreign news pages were either met with an Iranian page saying in Farsi that "Access to this page is a violation of computer crime laws" or the connection was slowed to such an extent to make it nearly ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys of the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm Launch ...
PR Web (press release)February 15, 2012

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm recently launched a new blog website, Plaintiffs Table Blog, in order to provide legal tips, insights, and personal injury-related news to the public. The firm is based in Nashville, but serves clients throughout Tennessee.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did the NYPD's Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?
TPMFebruary 29, 2012

by Justin Elliott ProPublica Last August, the Associated Press launched a series detailing how the New York Police Department has extensively investigated Muslims in New York and other states, including preparing reports on mosques and Muslim-owned ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Commentary: Ask questions when choosing a tax preparer
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 21, 2012

Soon you will have to decide how to deal with last year's income tax situation. So, do you try to file you own income tax returns, or are you thinking about hiring a tax professional? Tax laws can be complicated and usually change from year to year, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man wins $16000 in damages for misleading sweepstake letter
National PostFebruary 29, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada found that a Time sweepstake letter that appeared to tell Jean-Marc Richard he'd won more than $800000 breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. The court clarified that the act applies to as many consumers as possible and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Commercial Real Estate Attorney
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

A client of Staff Financial Group is currently seeking to hire a Commercial Real Estate Attorney. The law firm is based in Lawrenceville. The incumbent will have 4 to 7 years of previous experience. Qualified candidates must be familiar with banking ...more »

No Alarm Monopoly for Fire-Protection District
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 29, 2012

In 2009, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District passed an ordinance requiring the installation of wireless reporting alarms in all commercial and multifamily buildings. A nerve-center station in the district would monitor the alarms.more »

Sports Law
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Duane Morris' Philadelphia Office Adds Kenneth L. Shropshire as Special Counsel
Citybizlist (press release)February 27, 2012

Austin, TX -- The latest edition of Sports Litigation Alert reports on how Kenneth L. Shropshire, the David W. Hauck Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and leader in the sports law industry, has joined Duane Morris's Corporate ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Difference Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

No matter what type of theft you are charged with, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Only an attorney can ensure that your side of the story is heard, and justice is truly served. It is possible that there are areas of gray ...more »

How to pick a tax pro
VEGAS INCFebruary 13, 2012

Ask fellow business owners if they were satisfied with their legal services. • Evaluate their qualifications. Review the lawyer's information with the American Bar Association or other websites that provide peer reviews, and the State Bar of Nevada's ...more »

Parkland High School driver's education teacher alleges age bias, sues district
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYParkland Area School District driver's education teacher alleges he has been a victim of age discrimination at work. A driver's education instructor is suing ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Canada Goose Case Shines Spotlight on Real Damages From Trade-Mark Infringement
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

A Canadian trade-mark or patent registration does not provide automatic protection in other jurisdictions, including China. 5. Most importantly, consult a law firm familiar with intellectual property law. A consultation will help you identify what you ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wind turbines opponents make their case at Windwise forum / AdvocateFebruary 9, 2012

"I felt like I fell into a black hole," said Kathy Elder of Falmouth. "Our lives have been turned upside down... It ranges from mildly annoying to an assault. It wakes us up repeatedly at night. It's this noise that is actually coming through the house ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the lawyer
Victorville Daily PressFebruary 19, 2012

Greg Zumbrunn is a Victorville-based attorney specializing in family law, probate, trial litigation and wills and trusts. Q: I have a case where I need to speak with a mediator and I was told all the information that I told her would be confidential.more »

Family Law
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Hawaii Law Office of Mei Nakamoto Proudly Welcomes Erin M. Kobayashi (press release)February 28, 2012

Erin M. Kobayashi joined the firm as an associate attorney, with a solid knowledge base and experience that will add value to the Honolulu divorce firm devoted to family law. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Basic Workers' Compensation Overview for Employers Seminar offered in Dallas ...
North Texas e-NewsFebruary 18, 2012

By Texas Department of Insurance AUSTIN, TX — The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) will sponsor a free educational seminar for employers, business owners, business managers, human resource managers, ...more »


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