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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leap day a day like any other for Iowa state government
Quad City TimesFebruary 29, 2012

That comes as no surprise to John Reitz, a University of Iowa law professor and expert in administrative law, the field of law that includes the administration of government. While leap years are an interesting topic for discussion, he's not aware of ...more »

Health Care Law
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US Rep. Leonard Lance votes against Obama health care plan's cost-cutting panel
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

Leonard Lance, R-Hunterdon, voted against a key part of President Barack Obama's health care law today in a House subcommittee. The House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee passed legislation which called for the repeal of the Independent Payment ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Zeller leads North Carolina past Virginia | The Republic
The RepublicFebruary 26, 2012

Leading by one with less than a minute to play, and with the crowd at the John Paul Jones Arena at its loudest, UNC coach Roy Williams called a play in which senior forward Tyler Zeller was supposed to act as a screener. Instead, Zeller caught a pass ...more »

Immigration Law
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Senators: ban illegal immigrants from state colleges, universities
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 17, 2012

By Jeremy Redmon Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and two other Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would ban illegal immigrants from attending Georgia colleges and universities. Senate Bill 458 would also relax requirements and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Decision on Dryden's fracking ban could set a national precedent
Syracuse.comFebruary 23, 2012

The Dryden case is merely the latest in a string of similar conflicts arising from Colorado to Pennsylvania that pit local communities against state oil and gas laws. It is common for local governments to zone industrial or commercial land, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judge praises AMH
NewsDayFebruary 28, 2012

Justice Hungwe noted there is need to adopt alternative dispute resolution as part of the judicial mechanisms available to a broad category of disputes. He said this could reduce the huge backlog the judicial system is currently battling with and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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United Fire Group, Inc. Appoints Michael W. Phillips to Its Board of Directors ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Phillips has significant insurance industry experience, including serving from 2005 to 2010 as vice president and sell-side equity analyst covering small- and mid-cap insurers in the Baltimore office of Stifel, Nicolaus & Co.more »

Animal Law
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Proposed Iowa Law Would Keep Hidden Cameras Off Farms
KAALtv.comFebruary 27, 2012

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A proposed law in Iowa could soon keep hidden cameras looking to catch animal abuse out of farms. There's a big debate brewing between animal rights groups and legislation being introduced in many states across the nation that would ...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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CBD link in cancer case
Brisbane TimesFebruary 6, 2012

"I only found out [about the asbestos] because I asked the right bloke at the right time," he said. Mr Hughes said there was asbestos in many CBD buildings, but it was the form sprayed onto steel framework to act as a fire retardant that made the old ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Holder talks financial crime, affirmative action at Low
CU Columbia SpectatorFebruary 24, 2012

United States Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. discussed financial regulation and affirmative action at a World Leaders Forum event on Thursday, although he did not take live questions from audience members, as WLF speakers normally do.more »

Cypress student wins at state and national levels in aviation art contest
Orange County BreezeFebruary 29, 2012

Eight Orange County students have been recognized in the state level of the 2012 International Aviation Student Art Contest, themed “Silent Flight.” Of these students, three have also had their artwork honored at the National Level of the competition.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton could become biggest city to go bankrupt
Gettysburg TimesFebruary 29, 2012

The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine _ twice.more »

Litigation
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AccessData Selected as a KMWorld Company That Matters in Knowledge Management
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

LINDON, Utah, Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- AccessData, a pioneer of digital investigations and litigation support, today announced that the company has been named by KMWorld magazine as a Company that Matters in Knowledge Management for 2012.more »

Business Law
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Health care law deadlines loom
Fremont News MessengerFebruary 11, 2012

Deadlines for state participation in setting up the federal health care law are on the horizon. Ignoring the deadlines won't stop the law from taking effect -- though the US Supreme Court might -- but it would relinquish customization control to the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama to Cut Health Benefits for Active, Retired Military
NewsMax.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Newsmax Wires An Obama administration plan to have military families and retirees pay much more for healthcare, while unionized civilian workers' benefits are untouched, is causing a major rift in the Pentagon, reports The Washington Free Beacon.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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From Milwaukee to Chattanooga, a sea of digital divide
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 27, 2012

... service on a large scale - Google is building a much smaller network in Kansas City - and the superfast broadband is being touted as an economic development tool, much like electricity spurred the second industrial revolution in the 19th century.more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Alert Public to Tulsa ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.oklalawyer.com, hereby alert the public of a recent report published by the Tulsa World newspaper that details the investigation ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law school dean: SC can review impeach court ruling
Journal OnlineFebruary 12, 2012

AN expert in constitutional law yesterday said the Supreme Court has the power to review actions of an impeachment court, in this case, the ruling of the Senate requiring a commercial bank to produce the records on Chief Justice Renato Corona's dollar ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ethics 20/20 Is Lauded on Tech Proposals, Rejects Plea to Lower Barriers to ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 14, 2012

The idea was proffered by the ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services. Speaking on the committee's behalf, University of Tennessee law professor Carl A. Pierce acknowledged that the proposal might “raise a few eyebrows,” but contended that ...more »

Consumer Protection
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New Rules on Swaps Create Burdens for Energy Cos., Attorney Says
PR Newswire (press release)February 24, 2012

24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, the goal was to re-regulate the financial system. But the act's broadly written rules on swaps inadvertently captured a gamut of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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King & Spalding Expands German Real Estate Tax Practice
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

Schilder will help build up the German arm of the firm's tax practice with a focus on real estate and investment tax law, support the continued growth of the firm's capital transactions and real estate practice in Frankfurt and strengthen the taxation ...more »

SCH approves human tissue protection law draft
Gulf TimesFebruary 28, 2012

By Bonnie James Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has approved the draft of the proposed human tissue protection law, the Qatar International Conference on Stem Cell Science and Policy 2012, was told yesterday. “The committee meeting in this ...more »

Sports Law
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Letter: Honor Paterno with law that makes what he did a crime
TCPalmFebruary 27, 2012

Mr. Peghi also believes people of sports should honor Paterno in every way. Here is a start: How about a "Paterno" law. This law would make it a crime for anyone who has knowledge of a "alleged" sex abuse incident and fails to notify the police.more »

Criminal Defense
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Poor defendants in Orleans Parish get some well-heeled help
NOLA.comFebruary 24, 2012

By John Simerman, The Times-Picayune Dozens of politicians, media leaders and on-air legal pundits filed into a criminal courtroom on Friday to take on the cases of poor defendants left without lawyers, under orders from a judge seeking to raise ...more »

IRS settles whistleblower suit, special counsel reports
GovExec.comFebruary 9, 2012

By Charles S. Clark The Internal Revenue Service has reached a settlement with a California-based employee who blew the whistle on mismanagement by a contractor, the Office of Special Counsel announced Wednesday. The case could have an impact on future ...more »

Ryanair has brought a High Court challenge to a decision of the Equality ...
Irish TimesFebruary 13, 2012

In his complaint, Mr Gallagher alleged the termination of his contract could not have happened to a pilot aged under 60 and amounted to a discriminatory dismissal contrary to the Employment Equality Acts. At least five other pilots have continued in ...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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Gingrich assails Obama on oil
UPI.comFebruary 22, 2012

"But the fact is, you have to have an approach that's comprehensive, that takes a long term look at reducing our dependence on foreign sources of energy, increasing domestic production, and developing alternative sources of fuel.more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Lead Summervile SC Habit For Humanity Wills Clinic
openPR (press release)February 29, 2012

If a will is in place the probate court process is much easier and the homeowners can pass on the home to loved ones in a simpler way. There were many attorney and legal volunteers that participated in drafting and witnessing the documents that came ...more »

Family Law
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Domestic Violence And The Law
The StarFebruary 15, 2012

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can take very many forms. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological.more »

Workers Compensation
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Illinois one of worker's comp claims leaders
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 27, 2012

based Worker's Compensation Research Institute as a source. "Workers comp rules tend to reflect a state's culture," said Hogle, noting he has worked in the field for 31 years. In 2008, Caterpillar Inc. conducted a study comparing costs between an ...more »

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