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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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Rutland fire chief put on leave; board plans hearing
Worcester TelegramFebruary 14, 2012

RUTLAND — Fire Chief Thomas P. Ruchala is on paid administrative leave after allegedly altering an inspection permit in 2009. Selectmen said last night that they plan to discuss the allegations against the chief in a closed-door hearing with Mr.more »

Health Care Law
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Weighed Down By Healthcare Law, Obama Trails Challengers in Swing States
Town HallFebruary 27, 2012

Just last week we discovered yet another unhappy surprise buried within the law: Medical costs for enrollees in the health-care law's high-risk insurance pools are expected to more than double initial predictions, the Obama administration said Thursday ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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US House approves bill to expand Corolla horse herd
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 7, 2012

The Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, introduced by Jones, now heads to the US Senate. "North Carolina has designated the Colonial Spanish Mustang as our state horse and we must make sure they survive for future generations to enjoy," Jones said in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Challenges to AL and GA immigration laws in court
CBS NewsFebruary 29, 2012

ATLANTA — When a federal appeals court hears arguments Thursday in the legal challenges against tough new laws targeting illegal immigration in Alabama and Georgia, people outside of those two states will be paying attention. The 11th US Circuit Court ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Apple versus Proview: Who Will Have the Last Laugh?
International Business TimesFebruary 16, 2012

By Wendy Li: Subscribe to Wendy's RSS feed The legal dispute between Apple and Proview is becoming increasingly fierce and the whole world, including Apple fans, Apple's rivals, industry analysts, tech and law experts, are wondering who will have the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judge skeptical of Delaware court's private arbitration
The News JournalFebruary 9, 2012

PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge expressed skepticism today about state-empowered judges meeting behind closed doors to resolve private business disputes as part of Delaware Chancery Court's new private arbitration program. “You have a judge, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Animal Law
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Law School Clinic and the Verizon Foundation Team Up to Assist Pet-Owning ...
UB News CenterFebruary 27, 2012

The University at Buffalo Law School Women, Children, and Social Justice Clinic's new project, Animal Shelter Options for Domestic Violence Victims, is designed to remove this barrier to safety for individuals and their pets. With funding from Verizon ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Philippines - Market factors to watch - Feb 21
ReutersFebruary 21, 2012

MANILA, Feb 21 (Reuters) - Here are news stories and press reports which may influence local financial markets on Tuesday: WHAT IS HAPPENING TODAY IN THE PHILIPPINES: - Bureau of Treasury opens sale of retail treasury bonds - Intellectual Property...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US High Court Blocks Asbestos Injury Lawsuit In Locomotive Case
NASDAQFebruary 29, 2012

The court, in an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, said such lawsuits are preempted by a federal rail-safety law, the Locomotive Inspection Act. The ruling barred a Pennsylvania lawsuit by the family of a railroad worker allegedly exposed to asbestos...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The UN and Cholera in Haiti
Huffington Post (blog)February 15, 2012

The UN must take affirmative action to fight the outbreak that they caused. After the 2010 earthquake, a contingent of UN peacekeepers arrived in Haiti carrying a virulent strain of cholera. The New Media Advocacy Project (N-Map) just returned from ...more »

W. Mich Aviation Academy expanding
WOOD-TVFebruary 29, 2012

(WOOD) - The West Michigan Aviation Academy broke ground on another building Wednesday, which will add a two-story structure next to the school's existing building. The building is the third phase for the aviation-focused charter school at 5363 44th ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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CIBA calls for business and residential-friendly rent regime
Vibe GhanaFebruary 23, 2012

“The Rent Act 1963, (Act 220), which provides the law regulating affairs between landlords and tenants, is currently ineffective. Although this Act was promulgated to protect tenants, one cannot depend on this Act any longer.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Glasgow Rangers File for Bankruptcy Protection; What Does That Mean?
IBTimes.co.ukFebruary 15, 2012

Administration is a bankruptcy protection process which comes under the The Insolvency Act of 1986 (a law that deals with bankruptcy) and is designed to protect limited organizations from their collectors, while a scheme to clear the organization's ...more »

Litigation
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Core Wireless Launches Patent Litigation Against Apple
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Core Wireless Licensing Sarl ("Core Wireless") today announced that it has initiated patent infringement litigation against Apple, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern ...more »

Business Law
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GOP Senate leader proposes funding fix: School-bus advertising
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 29, 2012

The Diamond Bar Republican has introduced a bill that would allow school districts to sell ad space on the exterior of school buses. The legislation also gives districts the flexibility to use the funds however they see fit.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DESPITE REDUCTIONS, SAN DIEGO WON'T TAKE MAJOR CUTS IN MILITARY
U-T San DiegoFebruary 14, 2012

All branches of the armed forces will be affected as the military cuts its active-duty and reserve force by 5.5 percent over the next five years, but pay and benefits for those now in uniform are protected under the fiscal 2013 budget request the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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City Council hears update on ICAC
Holyoke EnterpriseFebruary 29, 2012

Holyoke City Council members heard a brief update about the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) initiative from Phillips County Sheriff's deputy Barry Winckler at their Tuesday, Feb. 21 regular meeting. Last year, the City voted to provide three ...more »

Personal Injury
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Scottish News: Employee sues personal injury firm after breaking wrist in fall ...
Scottish Daily RecordFebruary 29, 2012

A SECRETARY is suing a personal injury company she worked for after falling down office stairs and breaking her wrist. Rose Clark has launched the legal battle against Quantum, who offer a no-win-no-fee service for those injured at work.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Georgia, Alabama illegal immigration laws headed to appeals court Thursday
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

By Jeremy Redmon The legal battle over how far states can go in combating illegal immigration will resume Thursday when a federal appeals court in Atlanta hears arguments over Georgia's and Alabama's enforcement laws. John Spink, John Spink, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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FDIC coming up empty in pursuit of bankers
msnbc.comFebruary 23, 2012

The primary targets of the lawsuits aren't so much the former executives' wallets, but rather the insurance policies most banks take out to shield their officers and directors from claims of negligent management, according to court documents and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Fierce competition amongst South African retailers leads to new risks in ...
ITInewsFebruary 22, 2012

This Act strives to protect consumers of financial services, ensuring that customers are provided with adequate information to make informed decisions about their financial product purchases. Retailers who offer credit on products sold have to comply ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Elder real estate transactions can be a mine field
newjerseynewsroom.comFebruary 26, 2012

I am not a lawyer, but.... I am a retired real estate broker and familiar with both real estate law as well as elder law. By turning over their house -- probably their biggest asset -- to the eldest son, your friends have put themselves and their other ...more »

Hurdles can arise in hunt for public information
Delmarva Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

In Onancock, Charles Landis prevailed in court last month when he filed a petition claiming the town violated the state Freedom of Information Act by providing a copy of the town manager's employment contract with signatures and dates removed.more »

Sports Law
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Syracuse accusers push for new NY sex abuse laws
NTVFebruary 28, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> Pa. judge rejects AG's request for out-of-county jury, says Sandusky can see grandkids More>> ALBANY, NY (AP) - The two former ball boys who accuse a fired Syracuse University assistant basketball coach with molesting them ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jerry Sandusky's attorney seeks trial delay
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 28, 2012

AP Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Monday asked the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his criminal trial until mid-July, saying he needed more time to prepare. Defense lawyer Joe Amendola said the additional two months would help him ...more »

BBB Cautions Those Preparing to File Tax Returns
Patch.comFebruary 20, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

Health workers 'should be sacked' for patronising elderly
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 29, 2012

“Age discrimination is the most common form of discrimination in the UK.” Instead of celebrating increased life expectancy as a major achievement, ageing is too often viewed as a “crisis” or a “population time bomb”, the commission says.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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House Budget Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)February 29, 2012

The past trend has been generally increasing, with the exception of the first 3 years following the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The subsequent Balanced Budget Refinement Act of 1999 and the Benefits Improvement and Protection Act of 2000 eased certain ...more »

Environmental Law
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Dem: Rogers a 'liar' on drilling
Livingston DailyFebruary 23, 2012

Rogers' office said the House-approved bill, intended to ensure ongoing US investment in oil-shale energy production, promotes alternative energy production and jobs. The bill, which now goes to the US Senate, is known as the PIONEERS Act. The federal ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Senior citizens vulnerable to fraud, financial abuse from within family
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 16, 2012

... her son in order to avoid probate when she died. When her son filed for bankruptcy and creditors came knocking, she suffered the consequences, said Kotzer. "Be very cautious of giving up control to your children," he said. The same goes for wills.more »

Family Law
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Sharia law is not form of religious terrorism
Hilton Head Island PacketFebruary 27, 2012

Elected officials use the language of not allowing our courts to refer to or use foreign law, but this is a cover for attacking Muslim Sharia law. They claim that courts are referring to the law in, for example, family and domestic civil law cases.more »

Workers Compensation
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Letter: Senate bill erodes workers' rights
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 19, 2012

Interestingly, the elimination of this right would fundamentally undermine the workers' compensation system and may ultimately require families to rely significantly more on government coffers and safety-net programs for survival.more »

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