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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Cost of removing Jackson District Judge James Justin, who fixed tickets ...
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

... orders something different, a removal is the extent of the sanction,” said James Hughes, who works with judges and administrators throughout south-central and southwest Michigan as Region II administrator for the State Court Administrative Office.more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as U.S. Ages
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 3, 2012

by Greg Siskind US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced January 31 st that it is proposing a series of changes to employment immigration rules which are designed to benefit the US economy and continue to make the US attractive to highly ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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We genuinely aspire stable and sustainable peace: Samarasinghe
Daily MirrorFebruary 28, 2012

The rollback and eventual abolition of emergency regulations in August 2011, in tandem with the gradual improvement in the country's law and order situation in the post-conflict phase, has led to further consolidation of peace. It has also demonstrated ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stakeholders Perception Survey: FBR follows most of ADRCs' recommendations
Business Recorder (blog)February 7, 2012

The "Stakeholders Perception Survey-2011" of the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) has shown surprising results on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Mechanism with the findings that the FBR follows most of the recommendations of the Alternative Dispute ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited: Financial Results for the Year Ended ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 16, 2012

The combined ratio of the insurance and reinsurance operations was 114.2% on a consolidated basis, producing an underwriting loss of $754.4 million, compared to a combined ratio and underwriting loss of 103.5% and $160.5 million respectively in 2010.more »

Animal Law
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Animal-cruelty trial to start for Fairview-area rancher | The Republic
The RepublicFebruary 5, 2012

A rancher who had 98 horses seized by Wyoming Livestock Board officials and law enforcement last May will go on trial this week on animal cruelty charges. The horses seized at James Ridge's ranch near Fairview had allegedly been neglected and starved ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Deputy Assistant Attorney General From Department of Justice Criminal Division ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 16, 2012

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news, research and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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King & Spalding Snags 2 Class Action Pros From McKenna
Law360 (subscription)February 1, 2012

... intellectual property and technology law, the firm said Wednesday. David L. Balser and Lawrence A. Slovensky are both litigators whose arrival last week at King & Spalding brought the number of lateral litigation partners who have joined firm in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To California Affirmative Action Ban
NPR (blog)February 13, 2012

by Eyder Peralta US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard a challenge to California's 15-year ban on using affirmative action in public college admissions. As the AP put it, Proposition 209, as it's known, "barred racial, ethnic or gender preferences in ...more »

Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference: Schedulers and Dispatchers Do It All
Aviation International NewsFebruary 5, 2012

There's a flight department job that requires knowledge of airports and fixed-base operations, general aviation rules and regulations, aviation weather, Customs and TSA regulations, fuel prices and analysis, aircraft maintenance scheduling, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord ordinance
St. George Daily SpectrumFebruary 1, 2012

It also would impose higher business license fees if the landlords don't participate in classes, conduct tenant background checks or report crimes. On the surface, the potential ordinance seems to make sense. Landlords should be accountable for their ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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GOP: Senate Democrats have a plan for HOPE. It's called bankruptcy
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 5, 2012

The Enduring HOPE law covers full tuition for Zell Miller Scholars, students who attain a 3.7 GPA and a 1200 SAT. All other funds are divided among students who keep a B average. Like any good entitlement reform, this directly tied expenditures to ...more »

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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Business Law
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The UK's ASA Slams a Rachel Weisz for L'Oreal Ad for 'Unrealistic Retouching'
FashionistaFebruary 1, 2012

By Cheryl Wischhover Wednesday, Feb 1, 2012 / 10:02 AM The UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has taken yet another cosmetics company to task for its false advertising, WWD is reporting. Instead of taking an overprotective role over too-young ...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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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," said D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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Lependorf & Silverstein Personal Injury Law Firm Offers Online Bicycle ...
PR Web (press release)February 24, 2012

Bike crash victims often suffer serious injuries that take a devastating toll on their lives, financially, emotionally, and physically. The experienced bike accident attorneys in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein have seen, first-hand, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Bill of Rights Defense Committee Director Warns Public of NDAA
The New AmericanFebruary 25, 2012

On December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of the NDAA, 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 the President of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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State of Pennsylvania continues to see less civil suits
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 6, 2012

Nine of Allegheny County's 41 Common Pleas judges are assigned to the civil division, along with two senior judges, compared with 14 judges and one senior judge five years ago. Judge Terrence O'Brien, the division's administrative judge, said judges ...more »

Consumer Protection
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'Lemon law' to protect Singapore consumers
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Proposed changes to the Consumer Protection (Fair Trading) Act and Hire Purchase Act were introduced in Parliament yesterday, paving the way for the so-called “lemon law.” They set clearer guidelines for consumers seeking redress for purchases that ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Great Falls man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting real estate agent
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

... sexually assaulting a Great Falls real estate agent in May. Bradley Joseph Crisman was arrested May 12 after the agent told law enforcement that he tied her up and attempted to sexually assault her after she showed him a home on Upper River Road.more »

Universities and Researchers Wrestle Over Who Owns What
WNYCFebruary 7, 2012

By Fred Mogul If you work for a university science lab, what part of research you can call your own -- and take with you when you leave – obviously depends on your contract. But the prevailing norm, according to Professor Arti Rai, is pretty simple.more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...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 »

Watchdog: Audit Andrews' Spending
NBC 10 PhiladelphiaFebruary 7, 2012

A Washington political watchdog is calling for an audit of campaign spending by US Rep. Rob Andrews after a report that the South Jersey Democrat used $11000 for a trip to California. The head of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics says she wants to ...more »

Expert Employment Attorneys Recover $75000 for Racial and Age Discrimination...
openPR (press release)February 22, 2012

(openPR) - LOS ANGELES - The Mesriani Law Group has secured a settlement amounting to $75000 for a female victim of racial and age discrimination in the workplace. According to the victim, she was hired as Operations Area Manager for a biotechnology ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wall Street Split as Money Managers Fault Bank Foreclosure Deal
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

The rift within Sifma follows investor advocates' complaints that bondholder interests are often trumped by those of the biggest banks when government officials act to address the fallout from the US housing slump. Language similar to the planned ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Whitehall Township adopts ordinance governing alternative energy projects
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Precious Petty | The Express-Times View full sizeExpress-Times Photo | PRECIOUS PETTYSouth Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday approved rules for alternative energy systems. South Whitehall Township commissioners on Wednesday adopted rules ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Agents go undercover to expose Workers' Compensation fraud
WTOL.comFebruary 7, 2012

By Craig Thomas - email By Nick Bade - email TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Fraud of Ohio's Workers' Compensation program costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year. State investigators are going to extreme lengths, even going undercover to catch and ...more »

Family Law
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Divorced fathers to get more access to their children in custody law shakeup
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

Fathers will get improved access to their children following divorce, amid plans to rewrite the law governing custody disputes. A ministerial working group will decide how to amend the Children's Act 1989 and might include in it a "presumption of ...more »


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