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'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

High Court challenge to gun licence refusal is settled
Irish TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Terms include a fresh consideration of their applications “in accordance with law”. The claimants had alleged that their applications to obtain licences for the firearms in question were being refused on a blanket basis without any adequate reasons.more »

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Administrative Law
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COURT WATCH 1/2012 [January 2012]
The ZimbabweanFebruary 1, 2012

Code not applicable to magistracy The code will apply only to the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court and the presidents of the Labour Court and Administrative Court. What will the Code cover? According to Justice Malaba, the code contains ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law defended
Tbo.comFebruary 3, 2012

"Repealing at this point has some real-life consequences now for a lot of people," Kathleen Sebelius, right, said of the Affordable Care Act. Vanessa Mishkit talks about the difficulties her family faces in the health care system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...more »

Immigration Law
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Black immigration bill targets Obama lawsuits
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Diane Black, R-Gallatin on Tuesday, introduced HR 3842, a bill that would stop the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration from pursuing lawsuits against Arizona, South Carolina and Alabama over their state immigration enforcement laws.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Scopelitis Transportation Law Firm Adds Dallas/Fort Worth Office, Two New Lawyers
TruckinginfoFebruary 6, 2012

More > Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems announced Mark McCollough is the new vice president and general manager for the charging business.... More > Massood Logistics is adding two new members to its management team. Tara Massood will be the company's ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Hastings Star GazetteFebruary 2, 2012

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The parties may agree to or be ordered to participate in an alternative dispute resolution process under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice. You must still send your written response to the Complaint ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues former County Bank officials for mismanagement leading to $42M loss
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corp. of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the suit, filed Jan.more »

Animal Law
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Effort Under Way to Ban Double-Deck Horse Trailers
Boise WeeklyFebruary 6, 2012

And the law also allows horses to be hauled in double-deck trailers to destinations other than slaughter houses, such as rodeos. According to the Animal Law Coalition, violators routinely haul horses long distances in double-deck trailers until they ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Teazers intellectual property under scrutiny
Primedia Broadcasting - Eyewitness NewsFebruary 9, 2012

Shaun Russouw claimed on Wednesday that Demi Jackson was trying to hijack the company and the intellectual property including the logo. The lawyers acting for Jackson's estate responded by denying that the trademark and logo are owned by Russouw.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Defended in California
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 13, 2012

By MARIA DINZEO SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - California's affirmative action ban created "a new Jim Crow in the state of California," an attorney told the 9th Circuit today. By prohibiting schools in the University of California system from considering race as ...more »

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 »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

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Itronics Named a Medium Entrepreneurial Technology Company of the Year by NCET ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

("safe harbor" statement under the private securities litigation reform act of 1995:This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements such as statements regarding the Company's growth and profitability)("safe harbor" statement under ...more »

Business Law
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TripAdvisor ad banned for “misleading” reviews
Marketing WeekFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for making false claims about the reviews on its website, after it admitted it couldn't prove they were genuine or from real travellers. The claims such as “Reviews you can trust”, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Meridian man sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for producing child ...
The Idaho StatesmanFebruary 6, 2012

The Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and Meridian police assisted. Ada County prosecutors said Casper had been abusing a 14-year-old boy who had been living with him on weekdays during the school year. Police said the boy's parents had ...more »

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

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Will Gingrich return America to the days of King George?
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

As a conservative constitutional scholar, I share Gingrich's concerns that liberal members of the judiciary often misread the Constitution. But I am deeply troubled by his willingness to subvert the rule of law to strike back at those judges, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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EC Interim Report on Bulgaria Progress under CVM - Full Text
Novinite.comFebruary 8, 2012

A law on asset forfeiture now being debated in Parliament needs to be comprehensive, and backed up with strong institutions, if it is to be effective in dissuading organised crime and high-level corruption. An analysis of shortcomings in judicial and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

Quarles & Brady LLP: Nicole Druckrey appointed to Oak Creek's Community ...
Wisbusiness.comFebruary 6, 2012

Druckrey practices in the Firm's Commercial Litigation Group and focuses her practice on the area of unfair trade practices. She regularly handles disputes over noncompete agreements, trade secrets, allegations of fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, ...more »

Sports Law
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FA cast votes over john Terry captaincy
The IndependentFebruary 3, 2012

Simon Boyes, a specialist in sports law from Nottingham Law School , said: "If the FA conducted a hearing, made a finding – whatever the finding, it could compromise the fairness of the criminal trial because it would anticipate the outcome.more »

Criminal Defense
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Case Dismissed! Criminal Defense Attorneys Greenberg and Greenberg Win Motion ...
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 7, 2012

The experience of Riverside criminal attorneys Daniel and Philip Greenberg have served their many clients very well. Their prior work as district attorneys taught them about the tactics of prosecutors. This background has helped them plan a strategic ...more »

Teacher's union told IRS funds missing
Delmarva NowFebruary 2, 2012

This is a portion of the typed letter submitted by the Worcester County Teachers Association to the IRS. OCEAN CITY -- In a routine tax filing to the IRS last spring, the Worcester County Teacher's Association made a startling disclosure: Its leaders ...more »

Issue Highlights: Feb. 6, 2012
Worcester Business JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Despite laws that guard against age discrimination, health insurance costs weigh on some employers when they consider older job candidates. VESTAS CUTBACKS RAISE CONCERNS IN MARLBOROUGH - Officials are crossing their fingers after Danish-based wind ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ownership of work-related social media: Could my employer really own my ...
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 24, 2012

The cases also draw attention to the importance of prudence, equity, and fair play, which, though elusive to define or to quantify, often take a front seat in the courtroom. PHONEDOG V. KRAVITZ: IT'S MY TWITTER AND I CAN TWEET WHO I WANT TO (OR MAYBE ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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How To Write A Will
News Channel 7February 2, 2012

19, 2012) - The SC Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor eight free legal clinics in the Spartanburg area in February. The schedule is as follows: Feb. 2 - Wills, estates and probate, featuring attorney Paul C. MacPhail. The clinic will be held from 6:30 ...more »

Family Law
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Family-law attorney Heckman throws hat in for Sutter judgeship
Appeal-DemocratFebruary 5, 2012

By Ben van der Meer/ADbvandermeer Cases in family law — child custody, protective services, endangerment — can be the most wrenching in legal circles. But Sarah Heckman, current managing attorney for the Sutter County Superior Court Family Law Center ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Insurance News Net (press release)February 5, 2012

2 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for ...more »


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