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Cleared Broward cigarette smuggling defendant: 'My life has been turned upside ...
Sun-SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

One day after his uncommon victory, Marrero said he believes the US attorney's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement tried to railroad him. "How the government assumed that I was a co-conspirator is beyond me," Marrero, 48, of Davie, ...more »

Federal law would mandate ignition interlocks for DUI offenders
9NEWS.comFebruary 1, 2012

"What this does is from the federal government it foists the cost onto the local level so that they now bear the burden of figuring out how to ensure that this new mandate is enforced, so that is going to take more parole officers, more probation ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Attorney general Bill Schuette asks that hearing on grad student unions be halted
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By David Jesse Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a request with the state Supreme Court, asking it to stop a hearing scheduled for today to decide whether University of Michigan graduate student research assistants can unionize.more »

Health Care Law
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Senate committee kills GOP bill aimed at undoing Obamacare-related measure
Denver Post (blog)February 3, 2012

The Democrat-controlled committee killed on a party-line vote, a bill that would have repealed the 2011 law setting up the Colorado Health Care Benefits Exchange, legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Missouri Dems rally to block workplace discrimination bill
KC Community NewsFebruary 1, 2012

... that would modify the Missouri's Human Rights Act to narrow the definition of workplace discrimination. “Do we really want to be known as the state that turned back civil rights,” said Assistant Minority House Leader Tishaura Jones, D-St. Louis.more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's AG is Criticized for Recommendations to Weaken Immigration Law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Attorney General Luther Strange and GOP followers who say the Legislature should rewrite the popular and wildly successful immigration law to 'make it pass court muster' are betraying their 'handshake with voters,'" ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
Reuters IndiaFebruary 5, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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John Keith Miller
Oak RidgerFebruary 1, 2012

In November 2011, he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past 20 years. John Keith Miller, 84, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm
Bizjournals.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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Doggedly stubborn law firm sued over access for service animal
Business Management DailyFebruary 4, 2012

You would think that a personal-injury law firm would be sensitive to a client's need for a service dog, but apparently attorneys at the firm of Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia & Tetenbaum are unfamiliar with Title III of the ADA.more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Dallas-based Branham Law Group represents corporate clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as helping individuals in catastrophic personal injury claims. Led by noted courtroom lawyer Trey Branham, the firm provides extensive ...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 »

LUXUS AVIATION, LLC v. KERWIN MEDIA LLC
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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London Landlords Facing Rents of Zero Turn Offices Into Condos
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

Finance Jobs Lost Employment in the Square Mile dropped 8.5 percent last year and it will remain below 1998 levels until 2014, according to the Centre for Economics & Business Research Ltd. The cutbacks and the amount of aging space give City tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit Suisse exec charged in NY mortgage probe
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Kareem Serageldin, the financial company's former managing director and global head of structured credit, was slated to receive nearly $7 million in compensation in 2007 before the company learned about the fraud...more »

Litigation
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TD Bank to add $255M reserve for Rothstein litigation fallout
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

Local attorneys suing TD Bank over its connections to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein have one thing to say about the bank's litigation reserve. “I can tell you it's not enough,” said William Scherer, the Fort Lauderdale attorney handling a $200 million ...more »

Business Law
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Quincy Public Schools: Beware of Quincy Blue Devil banner scam
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQAFebruary 1, 2012

Here's a KHQA Safe Family Crime tip -- there has been a scam reported to law enforcement in the Quincy area. Several businesses have reported receiving calls to advertise on banners to be placed in Quincy Blue Devil Gym or Flinn Stadium.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Semper Fit Offers Nutrition Tips to Marines
Military.comFebruary 6, 2012

More than 30 Marines learned the benefits of a healthy diet in Nutrition 101, a class held monthly at Camp Pendleton's Paige Fieldhouse, Jan. 31. “Our goal is for Marines to understand and apply the fundamentals of a healthy diet by bringing awareness ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Detective helps catch Internet sex predator
Milford MirrorFebruary 2, 2012

A Milford police officer helped nab a Plainville man who was allegedly using the Internet to lure minors into sexual acts. Last June, a Milford detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Against Children Taskforce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Palms teen injured in Monday car accident
Huron Daily TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Josh Horst was dispatched at about 7:45 pm Monday to the area of Goetze and Forester roads in Forester Township for a one-vehicle personal injury accident. According to Sgt. Steve McKenney, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Nullify NDAA
The New AmericanFebruary 1, 2012

Next, as for the NDAA, on December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of that law, the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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On the Move
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

Jones joined the firm in 2004, and his practice areas include business law, energy, environmental law, governmental law and mergers and acquisitions. Power joined the firm in 2006, and his practice areas include commercial law, employment law, ...more »

City 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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Exclusive sports deals worthless: analysts
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

A Federal Court ruling allowing Optus to broadcast sports matches online means multi-million dollar exclusive rights deals are worthless, media analysts say. In a ruling on Wednesday, the Federal Court found Optus did not breach copyright law by ...more »

Criminal Defense
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REGION: Pot-plant values fixed, regardless of green thumb
North County TimesFebruary 6, 2012

"Some people are good at growing things, and some are not as good as growing things," said Melissa Bobrow, a criminal defense attorney in San Diego who handles medical marijuana cases. "It matters in court because they say, 'Look at all these plants, ...more »

IRS Announces Pilot Program for Large Companies and Their Retirement Plans
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

The IRS hopes that after reviewing these procedures, etc., it can then use datadriven factors to surgically target a company's compliance weaknesses. Based on recent exam and survey activities, it seems large companies confront these types of ...more »

Harassment added to ex-officer's claim against Knightdale
Eastern Wake NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Nearly one-third of Knightdale town employees in a May 2011 survey said they had seen or experienced harassment in the workplace. Twenty of the town's 61 staff members responded “Yes” to the question: “Have you ever experienced or observed harassment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New Jersey Elder Lawyers Offer New Life Care Planning Service
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 13, 2012

Moorestown, NJ (Law Firm Newswire) February 13, 2012 – Accomplished New Jersey elder law firm Begley Law Group is now offering a unique, new Life Care Plan service to help individuals and families. The service will tailor a personalized plan to help ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy companies fight rule requiring disclosure of foreign payments
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 2, 2012

Oil, gas and mining industries are battling a late addition to the 2010 financial reform law that requires energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. Much of the fight has been played behind the scenes at the Securities and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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YOUR CREDIT RESOURCE: Am I responsible for my dad's debts after his death?
Rapid City JournalFebruary 12, 2012

The State Bar of South Dakota also has various brochures available to help you understand the laws in South Dakota regarding wills and probate. The State Bar of South Dakota is located in Pierre; you can find its brochures at www.sdbar.org.more »

Family Law
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Governor Quinn Encourages Working Families to Apply for Tax Relief
eNews Park ForestFebruary 5, 2012

The new law also benefits all Illinois taxpayers by raising the value of the personal exemption and indexing it to inflation. “Illinois took a huge step forward in helping working families keep more of what they earn,” Governor Quinn said.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Insurer Launches Narcotics Program for Injured Workers
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 8, 2012

Escalating problems such as overdose, addiction, and even death have reached epidemic proportions, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and are now commonly reported in association with workers compensation claims with 55-85% of injured ...more »

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