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Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

Feinstein begins to replenish campaign account
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Durkee is facing a federal mail-fraud charge. Feinstein, who is a heavy favorite to win her fourth full term in the Senate, quickly replenished her campaign, loaning it $5 million. In all, her campaign has about $6.6 million in the bank, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Gilani contempt case: Pak SC to resume hearing
Zee NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Gilani's counsel Aitzaz Ahsan maintained that the prime minister never intended to act in contempt of court. “He was bound to act on the Law Ministry's advice,” he added. The next hearing in the case was adjourned till March 7.more »

Health Care Law
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Santorum pushes discredited claim that Obama health care regulation blocks ...
Washington PostFebruary 4, 2012

Palin, the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2008, coined the term “death panel” in response to the administration's health care law, although her argument was roundly criticized as inaccurate. Santorum seemed to go along with Dobson, arguing that ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Monkees' Davy Jones dead at 66
CNN (blog)February 29, 2012

Jones was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. A Martin County law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said Jones apparently suffered a heart attack.more »

Immigration Law
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Enforcing immigration laws
Ventura County StarFebruary 27, 2012

I agree the homeowner must stop hiring the day laborers, but when did we start having to check immigration status on gardeners and handymen? He chides the Arizona law as racial profiling even though it was modeled after the federal immigration laws.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Report details state's effort in Oil Patch
Jamestown SunFebruary 22, 2012

The governor's update follows a 14-city tour last month when state officials met with nearly 600 western North Dakota residents to hear concerns about the challenges of rapid oil and gas development. Truck traffic, the need for more law enforcement and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Med-arb – an alternative dispute resolution practice
Lexology (registration)February 29, 2012

Mediation is sometimes confused with arbitration as a dispute resolution process, since both involve the resolution of a dispute outside the national court system by a third party chosen by the parties. To a certain extent, the confusion can be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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TGA Insurance Managers, Inc. Announces the Hiring of Michael Gallien
MarketWatch (press release)February 22, 2012

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb 22, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- TGA Insurance Managers, Inc. ("TGA"), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hallmark Financial Services, Inc., announced today the hiring of Michael Gallien to serve as Product Manager for its Oil ...more »

Animal Law
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Activists say animal abuse law 'needs more bite'
WKYTFebruary 23, 2012

In some ways, Romeo has become the poster pup for animal abuse cases. The law, nicknamed "Romeo's Law," changed animal abuse from a misdemeanor to a felony, but these activists want more. In comes House Bill 273, where "the owner if they're charged ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Conference on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) begins
E-Pao.netFebruary 24, 2012

Imphal, February 24 2012: A three-day conference on the importance of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in scientific research and development was inaugurated today at Imphal College, Airport Road. The conference was jointly organised by the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Gallop Attorney Johnny S. Wang Elected Vice Chairman of the Asian American ...
STLtoday.comFebruary 19, 2012

Mr. Wang is an associate in Gallop's Labor & Employment Law Department who focuses his practice in areas that include Defense of Discrimination Claims; Non-Competition, Non-Solicitation and Confidentiality Agreements; ERISA Claims; Civil Litigation and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court should keep affirmative action at universities
MU The ParthenonFebruary 27, 2012

You may not understand what it is or how it works, but you at least know the basic details of it: Affirmative action. Last week, the Supreme Court made a decision to rehear a case that could overturn the ability for universities to consider race when ...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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District attorney wants tougher law on illegal housing after Quincy fire case
The Patriot LedgerFebruary 3, 2012

By Lane Lambert The Norfolk County district attorney and the state fire marshal say they will use the manslaughter convictions of two Quincy brothers to push for a stronger state law to prosecute landlords of illegal apartments.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Air pension battle may spread
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

He claims that the law saved American Airlines $1 billion -- that has gone straight into its "bankruptcy war chest" -- and that it constitutes 25 percent of the $4 billion in cash on hand at the company. "The pension relief was very important to ...more »

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Webinar: Nasuni to Explain How Information Technology Can Help Law Firms ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

Nasuni(R), a next-generation enterprise storage company, today announced that it will present a Webinar on March 7, 2012 titled, "How Do You Budget for Litigation Support? Storage, Storage, Storage." In the Webinar, Nasuni's Chris Glew will show how ...more »

Business Law
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3 On Your Side: Fake Check Scams
CBS LocalFebruary 23, 2012

She received a check for more than $2800 after she responded to an online advertisement offering to pay people to put advertising on their cars. “The economy today is struggling, and everybody is looking for a way to make legit extra money,” said ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ron Paul to President Obama: 'Keep us free'
The State ColumnFebruary 29, 2012

2012 Republican Presidential candidate and Texas Congressman Ron Paul issued the following statement regarding the Obama administration's latest proposal to seek cuts in Tricare benefits for veterans and active military. See comments below: “As a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PD: Man Seeks Teen For Sex After Online Chat, But Finds Naugatuck Cops Instead
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Blanchard is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, collaborated program between state and local law enforcement that seeks to investigate offenders who use the internet or the computer to sexually exploit children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Rants & Raves: PIP fraud
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 28, 2012

There have been several stories printed recently in the [Times-Union] and also coverage on local TV news about PIP [personal injury protection] fraud and the legislature making changes to the law. One proposal mentioned in one of the TU stories was to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Neb. high court to hear campaign finance law case
NECNFebruary 26, 2012

(AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court will determine whether the state's embattled campaign finance law is constitutional. The state attorney general's office filed the challenge last year, asking the state's high court to determine the validity of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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SAVANNAH - 'Corporate Super Lawyers' Name from Bouhan, Williams & Levy Law... (press release)February 27, 2012

Frank "Sonny" Seiler has an extensive litigation practice which includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases, and divorce/domestic ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC to complete majority of Dodd-Frank rules by summer
Agri-PulseFebruary 29, 2012

The House Agriculture Committee held a public hearing today to review the 2012 agenda of the CFTC as the agency continues to investigate the collapse of MF Global and finalize rules of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ALM's Law Journal Press Publishes New Book Offering Legal Guidance on Family...
GlobeNewsWire (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ALM's Law Journal Press, a leading publisher of print and digital publications for legal professionals, today announced the release of a new book, Family & Medical Leave and the Law, co-authored by Megan P. Norris and James ...more »

GlobalWise Provides Corporate Overview and History of Intellinetics
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

During this formation timeframe, the Intellinetics customer base evolved beyond law enforcement to government contracts and commercial clients. From 2001 through 2007, Intellinetics continued to focus on software development, refinement, ...more »

Sports Law
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High school association seeks to move Picayune sports hazing case to federal ...
The RepublicFebruary 29, 2012

The Mississippi High School Activities Association is trying to get the case of a teen who was hospitalized by hazing moved to federal court, claiming that his request to have him transferred to another school is rooted in the No Child Left Behind law.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 »

Citibank's New Frequent Flier Benefits Come With A Major Tax Hassle
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

A tax attorney Lazarus spoke to said the value of the miles are "whatever Citi says it is," but if that's the case, we have to wonder whether all consumer incentives are taxable, too. Don't freak out just yet: The IRS might not be too keen on all that ...more »

Canadian Youth Perceive Age Discrimination While Volunteering (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian youth feel discriminated against because of their age while seeking, and being assigned, volunteer responsibilities, according to a landmark voluntary sector research study. This key insight prompted leaders from the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Panel to offer free financial advice
AZ Central.comFebruary 29, 2012

He earned bachelor's degrees both in accounting and law in India and a postgraduate certificate in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bill Brunson is the spokesman for the IRS in Phoenix.more »

Environmental Law
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Deerfield sets new standards for alternative energy
TribLocalFebruary 29, 2012

About three Deerfield properties use solar energy and about the same number use geothermal energy. These property owners will not be affected because the city laws wouldn't apply to existing alternative energy collection devices.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 worries for teen who can't be listed as missing
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 29, 2012

"We notified Allegheny County Police, we had the airport look in its parking lots to see if his car was there," he said. "We've contacted law enforcement in Florida where he has family, in Texas, in Missouri.more »

Workers Compensation
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Lawmakers put changes to workers' comp on ice, mostly
Inside Tucson BusinessFebruary 24, 2012

Posted: Friday, February 24, 2012 6:00 am | Updated: 1:39 pm, Thu Feb 23, 2012. by Hank Dean PHOENIX — State lawmakers are tinkering with the way workers' compensation operates, but some of the more drastic proposed changes to the system have been put ...more »


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