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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge: Fulton Schools owes special-needs student in abuse case a free education
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

By D. Aileen Dodd A state administrative law judge has ruled that a student with cerebral palsy who investigators say was abused by his Hopewell Middle School teacher was denied a "free and appropriate public education" by Fulton County Schools.more »

Health Care Law
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States will get socked with new Medicaid tax under health law
The Herald | HeraldOnline.comFebruary 5, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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IU Blog: Jones III bruises shoulder, Hoosiers bruise ego on road
WDRBFebruary 2, 2012

The Hoosiers Jekyll and Hyde act continued Wednesday night at Michigan, and at this point in the conference schedule, it's pretty simple. Indiana is just a completely different team on the road. Indiana did make a run to pull within 2 early in the 2nd ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law has hurt children and teaching, educators tell conference (blog)February 10, 2012

10, 2012, that some fearful children arrived at his school in tears on the day the Alabama immigration law went into effect. (Press-Register, Bill Starling) HOMEWOOD, Alabama -- Educators from schools around the Birmingham area and elsewhere in Alabama ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Laws must be reasonable and above all fair
Niagarathisweek.comFebruary 3, 2012

In Ontario it is illegal, that's right, against provincial law, to indulge in a glass of raw milk. And although I'm sure there could be health considerations at play here, I am just as sure it should not make one a criminal. Life in Ontario has become ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute between Teamsters, Red Cross may lead to Valentine's Day strike in ...
News-Herald.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Rachel Jackson A blood collections union and the agency that distributes the blood are preparing to square off over a contractual dispute. Teamsters Local 507 in Cleveland this week notified the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Blood Services Region ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Obama birth control mandate faces legal challenges
PoliticoFebruary 7, 2012

And in upholding the California and New York laws, the courts solidly rejected arguments that they violate the constitution or other religious liberty protections in federal law. "The court [has been] incredibly clear" in these cases, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal welfare activists facing international state persecution
This Dish Is VegFebruary 6, 2012

Documents issued by the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in 2003 and obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by activist Ryan Shapiro show the FBI advising that activists who video tape at farms and/or rescue animals are in violation of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights : Winners of "Hands off my Design" competition ...
IEWY NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26704 to over 80,0001. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Meritor Reports First-Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

This press release contains statements relating to our future results (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Ludicrous Lawsuit
Harvard CrimsonFebruary 8, 2012

But while the student's individual case may be impossible to prove, it is likely that overall, Asians are rarely the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action. Yet this particular case bears no evidence of undue discrimination and can at the most ...more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Greenwashing domino effect
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

USGBC is given notice of Jade's failure to maintain green cleaning (probably from the across-the-street landlord), and lowers her building's certification level from Gold to Silver. The major tenant has the same termination right if the building loses ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lax Oversight Blamed in Demise of MF Global
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2012

For example, S.&P. did not downgrade MF Global to junk status until the day of its bankruptcy. Richard Cantor, chief credit officer for Moody's, said his company did not act sooner because MF Global was not forthcoming about its exposure to European ...more »

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Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Ada Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel; Jonathan F. Potter, Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: ROGER J. MINER, ...more »

Business Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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CBO Study on Federal Pay
Town HallFebruary 5, 2012

CBO has released a study comparing the wages and benefits of private sector and federal non-military workers. The study uses statistical techniques to make comparisons with adjustments for education level, experience, and other factors.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Pedestrian struck, injured
Broken Arrow LedgerFebruary 6, 2012

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports a personal injury collision occurred in Wagoner County, Feb. 4 on East 31st Street and County Road 273 at approximately 9:45 pm According to the report, a 2001 Toyota sport utility vehicle driven by Charles Van ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Peoria sergeant's post of Obama photo leads to debate
AZ Central.comFebruary 5, 2012

5, 2012 12:00 AM Constitutional-law attorneys and free-speech advocates are divided over whether a northwest Valley police sergeant was within his First Amendment right to post a Facebook photo showing a T-shirt with President Barack Obama's image ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer Breached Duty, Must Forfeit Fees For Ignoring Conflicts Among Joint Clients
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

The rulings came in a malpractice action filed by Kevin So, a Chinese businessman, against Leonard Suchanek, a former administrative law judge who represented So and others in litigation arising from an international Ponzi scheme.more »

Consumer Protection
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NA panel demands immediate withdrawal of new prices 1, 2012

The committee also took the management of state owned Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) to task on corrupt practices and ordered its top mandarins to leave the meeting as they attempted to conceal facts by invoking confidentiality on ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Jones Day boosts real estate practice with 2 former Simmons & Simmons hires
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Shaheen Pasha | Thursday, 2 February 2012 International law firm Jones Day has nabbed former Simmons & Simmons real estate head Duane Keighran and senior associate David Weir, as it looks to expand its Dubai office and bolster its real estate and ...more »

Foreclosure Accord, Stanford, J&J, Gupta, BP in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

The case is US v. Stanford, 09cr342, US District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston). BP Plc is negotiating with US officials to settle pollution claims over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill that may leave the company liable for as much as ...more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court to hear arguments on trademark suit involving Univ. of Alabama ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the trademark infringement case between sports artist Daniel Moore and the University of Alabama, whose football program is portrayed in a number of his works. They present their cases to the US 11th ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

Council Member: Arriola Refused Offer To Clear Up Tax Questions
NewsChannel5.comFebruary 3, 2012

"When the government couldn't get Al Capone on any of the other actions, the IRS got him," said councilman Charlie Tygard. Tygard was talking about all the cash that Davidson County Clerk John Arriola pocketed for weddings he performed on taxpayer time ...more »

Five Things You Need to Know Today: Feb. 23
Patch.comFebruary 23, 2012

Free Assistance: Elder law attorney Denise Yurkofsky will be available to discuss legal issues with individuals during free, private 20-minute sessions. Set up an appointment by calling the Council on Aging. 2. Town Meeting: The Town Meeting Procedures ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Resolute Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

The public is invited to join the call at (866) 696-5910 (pass code 1038311) at least fifteen minutes before its scheduled start time.A simultaneous webcast will also be available using the link provided under "Presentations and Webcasts" in the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Fuel tax twist to nuclear row
Utility WeekFebruary 22, 2012

The nuclear fuel tax - €145 per gramme of uranium or plutonium fuel - took effect on 1 January 2011 as a means to fund Germany's transition away from nuclear power and fossil fuels to renewable energy. The tax is triggered when new fuel rods are put ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hawksford has been shortlisted for two national branding awards. (press release)February 7, 2012

These include Hawksford Fiduciary, Hawksford Family Office, Hawksford Wills and Probate, Hawksford Funds, Hawksford Employee Solutions, Hawksford Media and Sports, Hawksford Advisory, Hawksford Succession Planning and the company's Swiss offering, ...more »

Family Law
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New rules set to give fathers more access to children in separations
WalesOnlineFebruary 6, 2012

Teresa Harris, head of family law at FWDLaw in Newport, welcomed a “huge step forward” for parents and children. She said: “Many of our clients feel they have been pushed aside by the legal system and struggle to maintain access to their children ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation on Legislative Agenda for Oklahoma State Chamber
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Taxation, workers' compensation insurance and health care coverage top the State Chamber of Oklahoma's agenda for the 2012 legislative session that kicks off on Feb. 6. The State Chamber's business agenda for the Oklahoma Legislature was released on ...more »


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