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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 »

Kaneland OKs advertising banners at stadium
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Linda girardi For The Beacon-News January 31, 2012 6:16PM The Kaneland School Board has approved a minimum $1500 annual fee for advertising space on the high school athletic field fences as a new revenue source to fund stadium capital projects.more »

Family Law News and Stories

Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Guardianship
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Courtney Love Killed Frances Bean's Pets :(
StereogumFebruary 2, 2012

Back in 2009, Courtney Love lost legal guardianship of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. And now the court documents behind that split have come to light. In them, Frances alleges that Courtney was responsible for the deaths of two of her pets, ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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Macfarlane: Why are we so threatened by Shariah?
Richmond Times DispatchFebruary 10, 2012

Respondents in my study were emphatic that as Muslims they are required to obey the law of the land. For this reason, almost every respondent married and divorced "twice": once in Islam, and once in the legal system. The study also shows that American ...more »

Individual Educational Plans
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Newark Special Ed Settlement, A Decade in the Details
NJ SpotlightFebruary 1, 2012

said Ruth Lowenkron, an attorney with the Newark-based Education Law Center who helped first bring the case in 2001. "I don't know." The complaint was led by a group of parents who contended that their children were being denied the right to prompt ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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Path to baby joy costs dearly
Irish IndependentFebruary 5, 2012

Last week, a conference on assisted human reproduction was told that the cost of egg and sperm and egg donor services could jump by 60 per cent if new Irish law includes an expected ban on anonymous donations. We took a timely look at the financial ...more »

Domestic Partnerships
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Michigan Domestic Partner Benefits Campaign Tells Gov. Rick Snyder To Be 'One ...
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

But while the new law is sparking protests, a poll released this week showed a majority of Michigan's likely voters oppose health care benefits for domestic partners, the Free Press reported. Conducted by Denno Research and the public relations firm ...more »

Mortuary Law
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Etta James Farewell: Wonder, Aguilera, Sharpton Honor Music Legend
Black Voice NewsFebruary 2, 2012

By BVN Staff – Hundreds of fans swapped memories on Friday night as music icon Etta James' songs boomed from chapel speakers during a public viewing at an Inglewood mortuary. James' rose-draped coffin was on display, surrounded by wreaths and floral ...more »

Domestic Violence
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Teen Dating Violence
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), enacted by Congress in 1994, focuses on four areas: domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and dating violence. The first three of these issues were each given a designated "awareness month" years ago, ...more »

Name Changes
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Cyan Optics changes legal name to Cyan
Telecompaper (subscription)February 2, 2012

Packet optical transport platforms provider Cyan has finalised the process of changing its legal name to 'Cyan' from 'Cyan Optics'. This name change reflects Cyan's ongoing focus on delivering a family of packet-optical transport services with a range ...more »

Foster Care
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Are Psychotropics Overprescribed for Children in Foster Care?
Psychiatric NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Concerned by new data, a government agency calls for more oversight of the use of psychotropic medications in children in foster care. Foster children were prescribed psychotropic drugs at rates that were 2.7 to 4.5 times higher than was the case for ...more »

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
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Don't Just Plan The Wedding, Plan Your Future
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 9, 2012

In the past it was less common for there to be mention of pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements or the need to make wills when planning a wedding. And not many unmarried couples buying a house before they married considered a co-owners' agreement or ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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Canada's gay rights defence is all hot air
Xtra.caFebruary 3, 2012

What appears to be embedded in a new foreign policy is the concept that 'gay rights are human rights.' Without delving deeper into how that very phrase in and of itself can be problematic—where do bisexual, lesbian, or transgendered people fit within ...more »

State Child Protection
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600 child abuse cases in a year
Bahamas TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

Mrs Butler-Turner was asked by Mrs Griffin about regulations concerning the Child Protection Act. The Act, among other things, increased penalties for child abuse, made it mandatory to report all forms of abuse, and raised the age limit for the ...more »

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