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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Implementing health reform
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Consumers dread choosing health insurance, as various surveys show, largely because they don't understand it. But the new health care law now calls for uniform health insurance summaries, available to all consumers starting in 2012.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Suspects indicted in Goodwill fire; donations sought
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Mason teen signed up to take the ACT as a practice exercise to prepare him for a... Colerain senior safety Andre Jones woke up at 6 am Wednesday in preparation for the moment he would officially sign with the University of Cincinnati.more »

Immigration Law
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Holder should require Cook County to follow immigration law
Washington ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

For this reason, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials place detainers on illegal immigrants convicted of crimes. When state and local governments release them from custody, they are placed in the hands of federal officials, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Enterprises flourish in Sri Lanka as foreign direct investments surge
Arab NewsFebruary 4, 2012

Its transparent investment laws aim to attract foreign direct investments. Sri Lankan commercial laws are based on British laws and country has a highly independent judicial system. The country has a dynamic and resilient private sector, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation collapses in disputed judge election
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The latest attempt to resolve Hamilton County's disputed election for Juvenile Court judge fell apart Wednesday, renewing a court battle that has dragged on for more than a year. Attorneys for Tracie Hunter, the Democratic candidate, said they pulled ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Coakley says insurance company should pay over bridge collapse
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

XL Specialty Insurance Company and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act by submitting false statements to avoid an obligation to pay $3 million under a June 2007 construction ...more »

Animal Law
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Ending stray-cat problem is no easy fix
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 8, 2012

The city says there's not. It can't stop neighbors from feeding cats, said deputy managing director Brian Abernathy, because doing so isn't against the law. (Strangely enough, it's illegal to feed just one kind of animal in Philadelphia: pigeons.) ...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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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 Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

More Information on Aviation Geek Fest 2012 – February 19, 2012
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)February 1, 2012

The Future of Flight, Boeing and AirlineReporter.com are continuing to move forward with Aviation Geek Fest 2012 (#AGF12) and are ready to share a rough draft schedule of events for the day. Times can change — well really anything can change, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Real estate transactions
Houston ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

Chris Knighton with New Skyline Realty and Rich Norris with Greenbriar Real Estate Services represented the seller. Shannon Fine Jewelry has purchased a 7560-square-foot building at 6944 FM 1960 West. Denise Ksiazek of Cypressbrook Co. represented the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Feds collect fine from GM for Superfund cleanup
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

BY MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE NEW YORK -- The federal government has entered into a an agreement with a successor trust to the Chapter 11 debtor Motors Liquidation Company, formerly known as General Motors Corporation. The settlement involved the bankrupt ...more »

Litigation
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Little Falls planning board resolves years of litigation with developer
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

2 resolved years of litigation between Edward Schumacher, a local developer, and the township. Schumacher had sued the township after the planning board in 2006 denied an application for town homes he proposed to build on Woods Road, Stephen Eisdorfer, ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Active Military Personnel
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Senegal's Wade risks revolt
euronewsFebruary 1, 2012

He is now in position to run for a third term, after a favourable ruling by Senegal's constitutional court just days ago. It accepted that the constitution's two-term limit does not apply to him because it became law during his second term.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are Attorney's Fees an Endangered Species?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The fundamental principle of charging for legal services, enshrined in Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, is that the fee must be reasonable. Ancillary to this is the provision that lawyer and client should document the basics of the fee in their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Food Safety Act will protect consumers
IBNLive.comFebruary 5, 2012

“The act can work only if the people become watchdogs,” said Institute of Hotel Management's former principal BP Tripathy. The FSSA will act as a subset of the Consumer Protection Act, he said. Gaur spoke on the the apprehension of many about the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Danielle E. Howarth Joins Ballard Spahr's Baltimore Office
Citybizlist (press release)February 3, 2012

BALTIMORE - Danielle E. Howarth has joined the Baltimore office of the law firm Ballard Spahr as an associate in the Real Estate Department. Ms. Howarth represents developers and investors in property acquisition, financing, restructuring, leasing, ...more »

Ottawa Company Wins Contract to Provide Surveillance Systems For Florida ...
Ottawa Citizen (blog)February 7, 2012

The web-based software also makes it easier for Escambia to open the surveillance system to law enforcement and other first responders if needed – providing them with a real-time view into a school in an emergency situation. “Security is a top priority ...more »

Sports Law
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City Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day with Mural, Declaration
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

YWCA hosts event celebrating 40th anniversary of law providing women equal opportunity in athletics on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. By Sandy Phaneuf Gymnasts from the YWCA's competitive girls team Jaymee Volante, Gina Fidrych, and Anne-Marie ...more »

Criminal Defense
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County has $1.6 million budgeted for indigent defense
Odessa AmericanFebruary 1, 2012

Indigent defense — which includes court-appointed attorneys, investigators, expert witnesses and any extraneous trial expenses — is provided to those accused of a crime and are found they cannot afford representation on their own. but the total spent ...more »

Pressure mounting for Lion Air audit
Jakarta PostFebruary 6, 2012

“The regulator needs to audit the management of Lion Air in order to find the gaps in the management and fix them immediately,” professor of aviation law from Tarumanegara University Kemis Martono said on Sunday. He applauded the collaboration between ...more »

Mayor rebuts age bias claim
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 2, 2012

NANTICOKE -- Former city tax collector Al Wytoshek at Wednesday night's City Council meeting accused the mayor of age discrimination in his removal from office. Wytoshek, who served as tax collector for 12 years, alleged Mayor Joseph Dougherty ousted ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Government efficiency group appoints ex-Slaughters partner as GC
The LawyerFebruary 6, 2012

Lucy Wylde, the current general counsel at the HM Treasury's Asset Protection Agency (APA) has been appointed as general counsel for commercial law of the Government's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) – a cross-government role based in the Cabinet ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will soon meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian nations with few alternative sources for energy, government officials said ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Woman Leaves £1 Million Legacy To The League Of Friends Charity
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 1, 2012

As a first point of call for expert opinion on wills and probate issues for BBC Radio Berkshire, Boyes Turner's Wealth Protection expert Caroline Wallis has once again appeared on the Andrew Peach show as an expert commentator.more »

Family Law
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Local Lawyers: Facebook May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law
Patch.comFebruary 2, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some right here in Montgomery County. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing ...more »

Workers Compensation
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U-Haul Parent to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Workers' Comp Business
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

based AMERCO (Nasdaq: UHAL) announced on Wednesday that following an internal review of its property and casualty subsidiary's excess workers' compensation business, Repwest will take a third quarter fiscal 2012 charge to strengthen its loss reserves.more »

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