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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 »

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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Centegra, Mercy appeal hospital rejections from state board
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Centegra and Mercy each have requested an administrative hearing on the denials Illinois Health Facilities Planning Review Board issued on their plans in December. Centegra's preliminary hearing will be Feb. 23, while Mercy's is scheduled for March 14.more »

Health Care Law
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Massachusetts' Health Care Success Story and Why the Affordable Care Act is ...
Center For American ProgressFebruary 1, 2012

Please join Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley for a conversation about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the success of the Massachusetts health care law it is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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5 Things, Including Job Skills at the Library
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

... jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which constitutionality was at issue. The court was also charged with ruling on matters concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice and maritime jurisdiction.more »

Immigration Law
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Law enforcement cracking down on counterfeits at Super Bowl
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 2, 2012

The NFL, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police held a news conference Thursday highlighting the problems not only with counterfeit tickets, but other merchandise surrounding ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kicking and screaming toward climate regulation
WyoFileFebruary 14, 2012

Late last year it became apparent that Wyoming's anti-Kyoto law would force industries emitting more than 75000 tons of CO2 per year to obtain permits from both Wyoming DEQ and the EPA Region 8 office in Denver. “What we didn't know at the time is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Battling with memory loss, Dorsett joins concussion lawsuit against NFL
CBSSports.comFebruary 2, 2012

"And then when you hear that these guys don't have insurance, that the league won't give them insurance, that the league is saying that it didn't happen on their clock. That's bull." Citing the pending litigation, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the ...more »

Animal Law
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ASPCA Research Confirms Americans Strongly Oppose Slaughter of Horses for ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ASPCA urges public support for the American Horse Slaughter Prevention Act The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced in a newly released poll conducted by Lake ...more »

Intellectual Property
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MWV Expands Melodie® Pump Capacity and Global Patent Protection for Fragrance ...
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 2012

Along with this increased capacity, the company is pleased to confirm that the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China has approved the company's patent application for a fragrance dispensing system using fluoropolymer dip ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WR Grace proposes $19.5M asbestos settlement
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed settlement in the WR Grace and Co. bankruptcy case would pay $19.5 million into a trust for people sickened by asbestos exposure from the company's now-shuttered vermiculite plant in Libby, Mont. Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Hays High grad's affirmative action suit headed to US Supreme Court
San Marcos MercuryFebruary 22, 2012

by MORGAN SMITH Update, 1:45 pm: Bill Powers, president of the University of Texas at Austin, responded to the US Supreme Court's decision to hear the affirmative action case in a statement, saying that the university “will vigorously seek a decision ...more »

WEBBIES: Flightglobal announces the winners of this year's aviation web awards
FlightglobalFebruary 3, 2012

The Webbies, now in its fourth year, celebrates the best and brightest in aviation websites and social media activities – and this time includes new and improved categories. We asked flightglobal.com users to enter or nominate their favourite websites ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Preserving rental income streams: the end of grandfathering provisions
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

In the current economic climate, the preservation and maximisation of rental income continues to be crucial as capital values of investment properties achieve slow growth. Under the Goods and Services Tax (Jersey) Law 2007, a landlord of commercial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Gov't to establish credit history system to prevent bad checks
Today's ZamanFebruary 2, 2012

The government plans to establish a credit history system, which will provide the credit rating of a check writer, in order to prevent the passing of bad checks and calm the reactions of businessmen to the recent “bad check” law, which does away with ...more »

Litigation
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Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Gerry Flynn, deputy president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said school boards of management faced potential litigation if an unqualified person gave inappropriate advice to students. Mr Flynn was speaking at the Oireachtas Committee ...more »

Business Law
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Kim Dotcom Has A Case: Truth Behind Megavideo, Megaupload Indictment
International Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

All of these things, thrown together in one massive indictment, paint the picture of a man running an organized crime ring like a mafia don, not of a man who created file-sharing sites that can be used for online piracy. Take any of those individual ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposals to Change Military Retiree Benefits Should Kickstart Retirement Planning
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Current military members and retired Veterans should be mindful that big changes could be coming to their pension plans. As the federal government looks to rein in costs due to the budget crisis, proposals are circulating to change the military's...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Reverve Bank toughens protection against DDoS
The AustralianFebruary 6, 2012

Both state-sponsored and criminal cyber agents have been known to use DDoS attacks to knock corporations and large government organisations off the internet for political, military and financial gain. Traditionally, DDoS attackers have used fleets of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury of Nevada Launches Mobile Website
PR.com (press release)February 5, 2012

Personal Injury of Nevada, a Nevada law firm, launched a mobile version of its website to allow clients clear, concise access to its website from smart phones and other mobile devices. “When it comes to relationships between clients and attorneys, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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H. Jefferson Powell to return to Duke Law faculty
Duke UniversityFebruary 2, 2012

A distinguished constitutional law scholar, Powell also has served in a variety of positions in federal and state government during his career. He has briefed and argued cases in both federal and state courts, including the Supreme Court of the United ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

Consumer Protection
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Actress Suing IMDb for Revealing Her Age Gets Trial Date
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 7, 2012

Hoang is alleging breach of contract, fraud and violation of Washington's Privacy and Consumer Protection Act. Besides the identity of the plaintiff, much of the discussion since the lawsuit was filed in October has pertained to whether IMDb owner ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rent regulation ruling cannot be used to scuttle deal: court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A real-estate firm cannot back out of a $6.2 million deal for an Upper East Side apartment building after a court ruled that several of the building's rental units had been wrongly converted from stabilized rent to ...more »

Sheboygan officials go public with South Pier District casino plan
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 3, 2012

... a vote by the city's Redevelopment Authority to enter into a contract allowing the three parties to negotiate a development agreement, with an option to purchase South Pier land for a gambling operation, parking, and other commercial development.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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Defense lawyers complain judges rarely punished
Houston ChronicleFebruary 4, 2012

The wrist slap, months after Densen pleaded guilty to the crime, illustrates the inertia and toothless sanctions that the agency policing the state's judges is known for, according to Houston's association of defense lawyers.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 »

The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Debuts New Website
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Punta Gorda, FL, February 02, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Farr Law Firm, Charlotte County, Florida's largest and longest established law firm is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website Farr.com. Inherent to the website's redesign strategy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bain of Obama: Solyndra audit expected next week
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 2, 2012

The White House is expected to release late next week its audit of Energy Dept. loans to alternative energy firms. The audit was ordered up last October by former White House chief of staff Bill Daley an effort to stanch the political bleeding from the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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HODGE v. CICHON
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

This is a negligence action founded in legal malpractice. The plaintiffs, Appellants herein, alleged that the defendant lawyers were negligent in failing to properly implement an estate plan for an estate of which Appellants were beneficiaries.more »

Family Law
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Money from family's lawsuit against tobacco giant helps Oregon balance budget
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

The company lost a lawsuit brought by the family of a Portland smoker who died of lung cancer. Philip Morris had agreed to pay the man's family but challenged an Oregon law requiring that 60 percent of punitive damage awards go to a state fund that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CALIFORNIA INSURANCE GUARANTEE ASSOCIATION v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

No appearance for Respondents Workers' Compensation Appeals Board and Next Enterprises. Petitioner California Insurance Guarantee Association (CIGA) seeks review of a ruling by the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) that recognized claims ...more »

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