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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cline's hearing is on for Monday
News & ObserverFebruary 18, 2012

She has sought unsuccessfully, twice, to have him removed from hearing criminal cases in Durham County. In one filing, Cline said Hudson "abused" his power "without legal consciousness of right and wrong, having a total and reckless disregard of the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Graphic Storytelling Makes Health Care Reform A Bestseller
Publishers WeeklyFebruary 27, 2012

By Brigid Alverson The Affordable Care Act may seem like an unlikely topic for a comic book, but Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It Works, written by MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber and illustrated by Xeric Award winner ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'America Idol' twist keeps local singer alive
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 24, 2012

28, 2011, show (clockwise from lower left): South Jersey's Jermaine Jones, Florida's Johnny Keyser, North Carolina's David Leathers Jr., and Colorado's Richie Law. During Thursday night's American Idol, the last local seemed to be a goner.more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law foes seek automakers' support
CNNFebruary 29, 2012

HB 56, which became law in September 2011, is widely considered to be one of the toughest illegal immigration laws in the country. It allows police to ask for legal status in certain situations and voids contracts if one party is not in the country ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Penn State trustee election ballot positions announced
Penn State LiveFebruary 29, 2012

10 David E. Robbins, '78, Lib, Bus, Attorney, Law Offices of David E. Robbins, Broomall, Pa. 11 Martin R. Davis, '86, Bus, President, Donald E. Davis, Inc., Pottsville, Pa. 12 Stephen M. Hladik, '89, Lib, Lawyer/Partner, Kerns Pearlstine Onorato Hladik ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Comverse ONE Solution Wins Global Billing Product Line Strategy Award for ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 15, 2012

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Feb 15, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Comverse /quotes/zigman/6734587/quotes/nls/cmvt CMVT +0.16% , a global leader in BSS, mobile Internet, and value-added services, announced today that it has been recognized with the 2011 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cybex Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter Results
Insurance News Net (press release)February 15, 2012

The 2011 and 2010 results include a 2010 litigation charge pertaining to the jury verdict in the product liability suit, Barnhard v. Cybex International, Inc. , and the 2011 adjustments to the charge relating to the settlement of the suit.more »

Animal Law
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Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act Introduced
Examiner.comFebruary 29, 2012

This bi-partisan bill will ensure that lions, tigers and other dangerous big cats, do not threaten public safety, diminish global big cat conservation efforts, or end up living in horrible conditions where they can be subject to mistreatment and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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National Academy of Inventors holds inaugural annual conference
Science CodexFebruary 27, 2012

"Mr. Kappos is the ideal person to lead the USPTO when it is charged with implementing the America Invents Act, milestone legislation passed last year that brings the most sweeping changes to patent law in generations." Before joining the USPTO, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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VVWD to receive 2.876M settlement
St. George Daily SpectrumFebruary 29, 2012

Later, after Bingham was retained by the District to serve as legal counsel, Bingham recommended that the District have attorneys represent the District on a contingency fee basis. The district had already incurred significant fees and litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court's decision to hear an affirmative action admissions case stokes ...
Boston GlobeFebruary 23, 2012

By Mary Carmichael Massachusetts colleges are gearing up for a fight over the use of racial preferences in admissions, as the US Supreme Court prepares to consider the constitutionality of affirmative action in higher education for the second time in a ...more »

Exclusive Aviation New Authorized Sales Representative for South Dakota
Prairie BusinessFebruary 29, 2012

Matt Dyer, aircraft sales associate for Exclusive Aviation, has been assigned as the Cessna Sales Representative for South Dakota. Matt has been with the Exclusive team since 2010 and brings with him over 7 years of experience in the aviation industry.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Belvidere landlords object to rental registration proposal
Rockford Register StarFebruary 28, 2012

So it's either coming out of the landlord's pocket or the tenant's pocket.” No action was taken at Monday's meeting. Mayor Fred Brereton asked council members to take the feedback from people who spoke to the council into consideration as they decide ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Past foreclosure means waiting for a new loan
Monroe News StarFebruary 23, 2012

That's because mortgage-lending guidelines that most banks follow prohibit them from making loans to people with foreclosure or a short sale in their credit history, often for years. Never mind the hit that one's credit score takes.more »

Litigation
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Litigation costs 'a deterrent to any but the rich', says judge
Irish TimesFebruary 27, 2012

THE COST of litigation is a big problem and “a deterrent to any but the rich, the courageous and the foolhardy”, according to a High Court judge. Speaking at a seminar on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, Mr Justice Michael Peart said there ...more »

Business Law
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What Malloy's Liquor Law Reform Bill Means to Businesses [POLL]
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Jaimie Cura At Middlebury Fine Wine & Spirits, proprietor Bob Heusted had a lot to say after attending a portion of the the General Law Committee Public Hearing and testimony on Gov. Dannel Malloy's Liquor Law Reform Bill 5021.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans Face Benefits Battle At Home
WREGFebruary 18, 2012

He has a 13-year-old daughter to support and brings in just $130 a month for disability. Tshonba Bernard applied for military benefits in 2008 but was denied. He says the government couldn't link his condition to his time in the military.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salisbury Man in Court on Child Porn Charges
Litchfield County TimesFebruary 25, 2012

The State Police Computer Crimes Unit began an investigation in January into the sharing of child pornography over the Internet, according to the release, which said the Internet activity led investigators to the residence at 138 White Hollow Road.more »

Personal Injury
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Denver CO Personal Injury Attorney - Vaden Law Firm - Launches New Website
Einnews PortugalFebruary 29, 2012

The Vaden Law Firm specializes in personal injury accident cases, real estate law, car and truck accidents, business law, and trusts and estate planning. Vaden Law provides personal attention to clients offering years of experience, expert knowledge of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 24, 2012

The Sharia law that the Muslim attacker followed trumped the First Amendment. The Washington Post recently reported on an appeals court decision to maintain an injunction to stop the implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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CoJ verdict will have far-reaching implications
Moneyweb.co.zaFebruary 26, 2012

While the two parties laid down their final arguments, the hearings are viewed as being ground breaking in terms of SA's consumer legislation. This is because the NCT's final verdict is likely to have far-reaching implications concerning the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ohio, 25 other states seek relief from education law
Columbus DispatchFebruary 29, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7-0 today that real-estate title documents maintained by Cuyahoga County are records under the state's public-records law. The Dispatch public affairs team talks politics and tackles state and federal government issues in ...more »

Coventry Health Care Reports Fourth Quarter Earnings
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 9, 2012

The Company believes that disclosing adjusted earnings figures which exclude the impact of this litigation provides a more meaningful measure of its operating results for comparison to future periods and previously announced guidance. "Commercial Risk" ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Navajo sues Urban Outfitters over ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By FELICIA FONSECA AP FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The Navajo Nation has sued Urban Outfitters Inc. months after the tribe sent a cease and desist letter to the clothing retailer demanding it pull the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder Announce the Addition of Harford County ...
PR Web (press release)February 17, 2012

Mr. Bishop, a Criminal Defense Attorney with the Baltimore County Public Defender's Office joins the firm's Criminal Defense Practice, bringing with him invaluable experience gained while working with the citizens of Baltimore.more »

Nine Tax Tasks to Do Before February 29
Fox BusinessFebruary 20, 2012

"Then, stick with it, from paying payroll taxes, if applicable, through to the tax credits you claim. There can be long-term tax consequences of worker classification from the outset, and so an attorney's advice can be extremely helpful for getting the ...more »

question of the day: Should creative industries be allowed to discriminate on ...
Flick Filosopher (blog)February 23, 2012

From Mail Online: Rowan Atkinson has claimed the BBC should have been allowed to axe Miriam O'Reilly from Countryfile without facing claims of age discrimination. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star criticised the presenter's landmark ageism tribunal ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Panel to offer free financial advice
AZ Central.comFebruary 29, 2012

He earned bachelor's degrees both in accounting and law in India and a postgraduate certificate in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bill Brunson is the spokesman for the IRS in Phoenix.more »

Environmental Law
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Louisiana delegation finds fault with President Barack Obama's comments on oil ...
NOLA.comFebruary 24, 2012

"But I strongly disagree with his efforts to single out one sector of the energy industry and will continue to support tax provisions in the law that help our independent producers power our economy and create jobs for hardworking Americans," Landrieu ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Citations help others assess credibility
Tbo.comFebruary 19, 2012

But experience should teach us that wills written into will books are clerks' copies of the original wills. Had the citation said the will came from the loose papers in a probate or estate file at the probate court, the researcher would surmise the ...more »

Family Law
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Alabama, Georgia immigration law challenges due before federal appeals court
al.com (blog)February 29, 2012

Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., center, as he leaves after speaking at the "Alabama United: One Family, One Alabama," mass rally in Birmingham, Ala. The rally called for a stand for the basic rights of all people. (The Birmingham News/Tamika Moore) ATLANTA ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ex-worker's comp director appeals 2008 conviction
In-ForumFebruary 26, 2012

BISMARCK – A former North Dakota workers' compensation director has asked a federal judge to review his felony conviction for misspending state funds, claiming county prosecutors used false testimony to get it. BISMARCK – A former North Dakota workers' ...more »

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