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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legislature meddling in state judicial conflict
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

This rebellion against the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts comes against the backdrop of state budget cuts - $350 million this year alone - that have left courts struggling to maintain their hours and avert backlogs.more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal part of health-care law
Columbus DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It's unusual for a public body to be found in violation of Ohio's open-meetings laws. It's not that violations are unheard of, but more the fact that few are willing to foot the legal bill to go to court to challenge secretive meetings.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Immigration Law
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Local group seeks to roll back state's immigration law
Randolph LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Many of those present came to learn more about what is termed the strictest immigration law in the country. The legislative session in Montgomery starts Tuesday, Feb. 7, but the bill protest date has been changed to Tuesday, Feb.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Taking a Closer Look at the Jobs Governor's Industrial Policy
Bacon's RebellionFebruary 2, 2012

... 85 Connector Economic Development Zone could add up to $50 million over 2015 and 2016, if HB 1183 is passed into law. Remarkably, no one seems to be questioning the propriety of such aggressive use of the tax code to promote industrial development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal on FAA bill tweaks union rules, adds flights in DC
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

The bill sets a new requirement for half the workers in a bargaining unit to petition the National Mediation Board for a vote to certify a union, up from the current 35%. -- Development of "NextGen" air-traffic control equipment.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Judge James Kleinberg also rejected bids by both companies to seal documents in the case that they argued contain sensitive business information that that might harm them or their customers. HP said yesterday in an e-mailed statement that the fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania
WTAE PittsburghFebruary 2, 2012

It's a horrible way to put an animal down. Horrible," said Ion. Kathy Bartlett, executive director of the Venango County Humane Society, said "It's not as cruel as some people say that it is." Senate Bill 1329, also known as Daniel's Law, would require ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Why an International Trade Agreement Could Be as Bad as SOPA
The AtlanticFebruary 6, 2012

A few weeks ago a sleeping giant woke up, when the Internet -- average users and Silicon Valley companies -- united in protest against two bills before Congress, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Makes Finding the Most Successful ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

You do not find the best mesothelioma attorneys, or a listing of the best mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, all in one place in the Yellow Pages, or on the Internet. We are the only group in the nation, that offers a service like this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The dream is alive in Muncie
Muncie Free PressFebruary 12, 2012

By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Despite debates and lawsuits, affirmative action is still needed to ensure fairness and equality in hiring, wrote Fabian House, a Muncie Central High School senior. "Barack Obama taking the oath of office made history," said ...more »

French aviation unions call strike for Feb 6-9
AFPFebruary 3, 2012

PARIS — Unions representing French aviation workers, including pilots, flight attendants and baggage handlers, voted Friday for strike action on February 6-9 that is expected to disrupt air travel. The unions are protesting a draft law that will ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Real estate transactions
Houston ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

Chris Knighton with New Skyline Realty and Rich Norris with Greenbriar Real Estate Services represented the seller. Shannon Fine Jewelry has purchased a 7560-square-foot building at 6944 FM 1960 West. Denise Ksiazek of Cypressbrook Co. represented the ...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 »

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Lawyers Still Accepting Actos Cases as First Hearing Set to Begin
PR Web (press release)February 21, 2012

For more information on the side effects of Actos and ongoing litigation, visit A federal judge tasked with overseeing the litigation over whether a popular diabetes drug caused bladder cancer in hundreds of patients is moving quickly ...more »

Business Law
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Don't Trust, Verify MagazineFebruary 1, 2012

For the most part, executives understand the point of the 34-year-old law and have designed compliance programs to minimize the risk of their company or business partners violating the FCPA. Yet, straightforward as such compliance may sound, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pentagon Press Secretary Holds First Twitter Town Hall
Department of DefenseFebruary 7, 2012

Topics included the situation in Syria, Defense Department energy-saving efforts, cooperation between the military services and international development organizations, unmanned aerial vehicles, wounded warriors, tensions with Iran, military benefits...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dockum pleads not guilty to possessing child pornography
Bennington BannerFebruary 7, 2012

He is also barred from using a computer with access to the Internet. Dockum was put on administrative leave from the school, with pay, on Oct. 5. Bennington police have said there is no evidence to suggest the alleged images involved local children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

We are passionate about defending the rights of patients needlessly injured by defective medical devices such as transvaginal mesh. To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Chemerinsky: New Hurdles for Civil Rights Cases
ABA JournalFebruary 1, 2012

In Minneci v. Pollard, the US Supreme Court held Jan. 10 that prison guards at private prisons contracting with the federal government cannot be sued for constitutional violations where state tort law provides a remedy. In 1971's Bivens v.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Orlando SentinelFebruary 8, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...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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Memoirs of a real estate tycoon
Business StandardFebruary 5, 2012

Chaudhary Raghvendra Singh probably had little to lose and handed the company over to his son-in-law. Singh's is a good example of the patience that is required to do business in India, especially real estate development. He waits years together for ...more »

Sheboygan officials go public with South Pier District casino plan
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 3, 2012

... a vote by the city's Redevelopment Authority to enter into a contract allowing the three parties to negotiate a development agreement, with an option to purchase South Pier land for a gambling operation, parking, and other commercial development.more »

Sports Law
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Sports Interaction believes in the Law Firm
Casino City TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Sports Interaction Sportsbook & Racebook is giving bettors a chance to profit from BenJarvus Green Ellis' exception ball security. The man they call The Law Firm has carried the rock 577 times for the New England Patriots and has never given up a ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Man with history of voyeurism declared incompetent to 'assist in his defense...
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Larry Hazelaar, 70, is charged with felony stalking, three counts of misdemeanor contempt of court and two misdemeanor counts of making annoying telephone calls, according to the criminal complaint filed by District Attorney Bob Lee's office.more »

A Global Nonprofit Ponzi Scheme? Lessons Learned from a Fiscal Sponsor's Collapse
The Nonprofit Quarterly (blog)February 9, 2012

Others choose never to stray from a fiscal sponsor because they do not wish to divert any focus from the primary mission of the organization. As Greg Wragg of STREATS told NPQ, he “didn't want to get involved” with nonprofit management, ...more »

NJ Senate vote on gay marriage the start of hard fight
The Star-Ledger - (blog)February 14, 2012

Christie is sticking to that idea, saying that perhaps some tweaking of the civil union law can finally end the continuing discrimination by hospitals, insurers and employers. He misses the point. It is offensive to establish a second tier for gays.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Are you a man getting a divorce? Law firm hopes new service will protect ...
Belleville News DemocratFebruary 6, 2012

By WILL BUSS - News-Democrat A law firm that has locations in Belleville and Edwardsville and is known for representing men in divorce cases wants to help its clients protect their personal assets, too. Beginning this week, Cordell & Cordell is test ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mitt's Solyndra? He handed out renewable energy subsidies, too
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

Also that day, Romney announced plans to take $15 million from Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Trust Fund — a pot of more than $150 million collected from electricity customers following passage of a 1998 energy deregulation law — and start up a new ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Better Business: You don't need to be rich to benefit from an estate plan
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 4, 2012

An estate plan can be as simple as drafting a will or as complex as setting up a trust and a living will. At the very least, anyone who has assets they would like to pass on to specific individuals should create a will. A will can also establish ...more »

Family Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Bus Craziness: Chelsea MBTA Driver Faked Crime to Collect Worker's Compensation
Chelsea RecordFebruary 2, 2012

Suffolk County District Attorney Dan Conley's office announced last Friday that charges are being filed against a former MBTA Route 111 bus driver for faking an armed robbery while driving her Chelsea route in order to collect worker's compensation...more »


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