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Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Administrative Law
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Senior Status Keeps Recht in 1st Circuit
Wheeling News RegisterFebruary 1, 2012

9 approval as a senior status judge allows him to preside over any docket throughout the state, as appointed. Essentially, his appointment has called him to fill the vacancy his retirement created. An administrative order signed by state Supreme Court ...more »

Health Care Law
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The 'Death Panel' Buried Deep Inside the Health Care Law
Crosswalk.com (blog)February 1, 2012

They applauded in Berkeley but advocates of health care reform were livid two years later when Sarah Palin offered an equally honest assessment of pending health care legislation, charging that it would introduce rationing and “Obama's 'death panel'” ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Costa Concordia: limitation of liability
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

In general, the litigation will be handled under admiralty/maritime law with some specific differences between passenger claims and crew claims; and that is where the liability may be limited. The Convention of Limitation of Liability for Maritime ...more »

Immigration Law
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Studies, surveys examine immigration law's impact
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 1, 2012

bama's tougher immigration law could cost the state many billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product and tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The sponsor of the law called the study "baloney." Meanwhile, the Alabama Agribusiness Council is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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EPA 'chemicals of concern' list stuck nearly two years in executive review
Huffington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

"The reason is political pandering," said Rena Steinzor, a law professor at the University of Maryland and president of the Center for Progressive Reform. "OIRA is a politicized place where rules go to die." OMB spokeswoman Meg Reilly said in an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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A's to extend Billy Beane through 2019
ESPNFebruary 8, 2012

The A's are hoping for a resolution to the long-standing dispute soon. Beane and Crowley hold small ownership stakes in the team. Crowley took over as team president at the end of the 1998 season. Beane has been Oakland's general manager since 1997.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida Senate Panel Clears PIP Fraud-Fighting Bill
Insurance JournalFebruary 6, 2012

By James L. Rosica | February 5, 2012 A Senate panel has cleared a bill aimed at cutting down the massive fraud plaguing Florida's personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage program. The Senate Committee on Banking and Insurance passed the PIP ...more »

Animal Law
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Blow the whistle on this proposal
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesFebruary 3, 2012

Backers want to take aim at animal rights activists who get jobs at facilities and collect secret video of animal mistreatment or other wrongdoing. Those videos have been a public relations problem for an important Iowa industry.more »

Intellectual Property
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AMD's move could pave the way for ARM in future chips
ComputerworldFebruary 4, 2012

AMD said this week it will allow the integration of third-party intellectual property in future processors, as part of a new plan to design purpose-built chips for customers. If a customer needs another architecture besides x86, AMD will combine its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$19.5M asbestos settlement proposed by WR Grace
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Grace began the Libby Medical Program in 2000 after news reports exposed the widespread disease and deaths linked to asbestos exposure. Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the Libby claimants, says the proposed settlement ensures that the company ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ask the County Law Librarian -- Affirmative Defenses to Fraud
The Sacramento PressFebruary 9, 2012

A common affirmative defense for many types of cases is a violation of the Statute of Limitations, or failure to file an action within a certain period of time after the “wrong” involved was committed. The Statute of Limitations for Fraud is three ...more »

Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums Key ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Singapore, Feb 03, 2012 (ACN Newswire via COMTEX) -- The highly anticipated Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) and Business Forums return this year as part of Singapore Airshow 2012. Organised in conjunction with the biennial ...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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US Plans Charges on Bond Fraud
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Manhattan US Attorney's office is planning to allege in a criminal complaint that several former traders at Credit Suisse Group AG, a major global investment bank, misled the bank's investors by booking inflated prices of mortgage bonds to boost ...more »

Litigation
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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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Child victims need more protection
Daily CameraFebruary 1, 2012

The children -- in addition to being trafficked for illegal sex with strangers -- are often abused, threatened, and plied with drugs and alcohol. They are told, and technically not inaccurately at least according to the law, that they will be arrested ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tim Barnes and Joe Pitts tout Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses in ...
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget. “The Governor's support of this bill shows ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Even with holiday shopping over LPPD encourages Internet awareness
Your Houston NewsFebruary 1, 2012

While children are certainly susceptible to predators, adults are equally as likely to fall victim to a different kind of Internet crime known as “spoofing.” Therefore La Porte Police Department encourages computer users, or anyone interacting with ...more »

Personal Injury
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Coral Springs Personal Injury Attorney Urges: Check Your Insurance Coverage ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 15, 2012

BOCA RATON, FL, February 15, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The law in Florida requires people to simply carry Personal Injury Protection coverage, commonly referred to as PIP coverage, which protects the insured and gives only medical coverage and 60% of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Voter ID law requires valid ID, proof of residency to vote
Exponent OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

UW-P will provide faculty with voter ID card if they There have been discussions throughout Wisconsin as to whether or not the voter ID law is constitutional. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in Dane Country back in October ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Doctors who err escape penalties
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Devastated by what she saw in the mirror, the 44-year-old attorney, who had often defended physicians in malpractice cases, sued Carney over the 2007 incident and urged the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice to take action against him.more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Real Estate Law
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Gov. Jerry Brown names panel to dismantle LA redevelopment agency
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

... the chairman of a real estate investment firm and the head of a consulting group with the job of dismantling the sprawling, half-century-old agency. The three-person panel is required under state law because LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the ...more »

BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Sports Law
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Is this the golden age of tennis?
Fox NewsFebruary 6, 2012

... as an ongoing legal battle with ex-owner Dan Borislow diverted too many resources from regular league operations. The league last year terminated Borislow, who owned the Boca Ration-based MagicJack franchise, for being too difficult to deal with.more »

Criminal Defense
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When is deadly force justified for self-defense?
HeraldNetFebruary 10, 2012

"Self-defense is not intended to be an excuse to mete out justice as you see fit. Using force is a way to defend yourself or your property," said criminal defense attorney Wade Samuelson, who is on the executive board of the Washington Association of ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown Sweeps Across the Nation
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Motiva seeks summary judgment in age discrimination suit
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 8, 2012

"No process engineers under 40 were laid off." Floersheim is suing for his emotional pain and lost wages. Motiva is represented by attorney Robert Hambright of the Orgain, Bell & Tucker law firm in Beaumont. roberthambright . jpg.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pursuit of wealth
Philippine StarFebruary 14, 2012

With the national spotlight currently shining on inaccurate SALNs, or statements of assets, liabilities and net worth, his suspension was inevitable. Bravo is the assistant secretary for administration, legal and financial affairs of the Department of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Finance and marriage – should go together like a horse and carriage
CITY A.M.February 13, 2012

On death, joint bank accounts usually pass automatically to the surviving joint owner, and can therefore provide ready access to funds in advance of other assets passing under a will and through the probate process. During the marriage, joint bank ...more »

Family Law
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Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

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

Workers Compensation
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Texas High Court Reaffirms Bar Against Policyholder Negligence Claims
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

In a decision that workers' compensation experts say is good for Texas employees and employers alike, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a unanimous opinion on January 27, 2012, that bars negligence claims against policyholders.more »

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