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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Administrative Law
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T.W. v. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

A hearing was held before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) on June 15, 2009, 3 at which time Lisa Pierro (Pierro), a forensic interviewer for CYS, testified that she interviewed the child on September 26, 2008, recorded the interview by audio and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Republicans make birth control hot topic in war against health care overhaul
Northwest Cable NewsFebruary 18, 2012

"In its present state, the health care bill is an affront to my religious freedoms," said Idaho Republican Rep. Carlos Bilbao, who is sponsoring the bill. The ACLU counters, saying such bills discriminate against women. "Each time more entities are ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones & Haley, PC Selected For "City's Top Law Firms"
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Jones & Haley, PC of Atlanta, GA has been honored with a recognition by Atlanta Business Chronicle in its selection of "City's Top Law Firms." A spokesperson from Jones & Haley, PC commented on the recognition: "This ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lunch forum on immigration laws is today at Wichita's Central Library
Kansas.comFebruary 28, 2012

By Dion Lefler Immigration will be the subject of a lunchtime forum today sponsored by the League of Women Voters and the Wichita Public Library. The forum, titled “Immigration Laws for Kansas: Good, Bad or Neutral?” will feature Emira Palacios of the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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WV shale gas conference registration open
State JournalFebruary 28, 2012

By Taylor Kuykendall, Reporter - email The Greenbrier is hosting a national conference and expo on West Virginia's expanding shale gas industry. Registration for attendees and exhibitors is open for the April 1-3 conference.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton, Calif., takes 'first step towards bankruptcy'
msnbc.comFebruary 29, 2012

And now, officials say this river port city of 290000 is on the brink of insolvency and could become the nation's largest city to fall into Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection. The City Council voted late Tuesday to use a new California law to enter ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HCC Insurance Holdings to Present at Raymond James Investors Conference
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

HOUSTON, Feb 27, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:HCC) today announced that Chief Executive Officer John N. Molbeck, Jr. and President Christopher JB Williams will be presenting at Raymond James' 33rd Annual ...more »

Animal Law
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Biting Back at Hollywood's Animal Lies
Wall Street JournalFebruary 4, 2012

Animal-rights groups have savaged Liam Neeson's hit film "The Grey" for its portrayal of wolves as remorseless man-eaters. In "The Grey," Mr. Neeson's clinically depressed wolf-hunter survives a plane crash in the frozen tundra.more »

Intellectual Property
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Owens Corning sells Twintex intellectual property to FGI
High Performance CompositesFebruary 28, 2012

Fiber Glass Industries, which currently licenses the Twintex intellectual property rights from Owens Corning, will acquire it, application knowledge and the rights to the Twintex trademark. Owens Corning also reports that its ShieldStrand S fabric is ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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MEI JUAN ZHENG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 28, 2012

TIFFANY L. WALTERS, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, (David V. Bernal, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, Tony West, Assistant Attorney General on the brief), Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: “A bitter, but necessary pill.” Diverse campuses are more ...
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)February 29, 2012

Affirmative action has been a bitter, but necessary, pill. Designed to right a wrong, it began to provide opportunities for a portion of the population that has been unjustly denied access to education and opportunity. What began as a remedy for one ...more »

Our view: Aviation program working
Traverse City Record EagleFebruary 12, 2012

Back in 2004 Northwestern Michigan College was facing tight budgets while also trying to justify why taxpayers were subsidizing two high-profile but high-priced programs — aviation and the maritime academy. Now, the aviation program is luring students ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Fremont to enforce citizenship verification; ACLU appeals rental rule
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 29, 2012

The lawsuit was filed by local landlords, tenants and other critics of an ordinance that also contains punitive provisions aimed at landlords who rent to undocumented residents. The council publicly discussed the matter briefly and took comments from ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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MF Global: Crime, Comedy, and the Cover-Up
Business InsiderFebruary 28, 2012

Fox Business News had people in stitches when it reported that Federal investigators are saying that this wasn't criminal, it's just a matter of sloppy bookkeeping. The habitual filching of customers' funds--even if the funds are later replaced--goes ...more »

Litigation
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AccessData Selected as a KMWorld Company That Matters in Knowledge Management
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 29, 2012

LINDON, Utah--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--AccessData, a pioneer of digital investigations and litigation support, today announced that the company has been named by KMWorld magazine as a Company that Matters in Knowledge Management for 2012.more »

Business Law
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Negotiated Settlement or Trial -- What's in Your Best Interest?
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 29, 2012

Some TV advertising injury lawyers like to portray themselves as attorneys who will take your injury claim all the way to trial, and they claim that because the insurance company defending your claim knows they will go to trial, this will somehow make ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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BURNELL v. BURNELL
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Franklin argues that the divorce judgment was unambiguous in awarding him his full military pension and that the court erred in determining otherwise and awarding a portion of his benefits to Lynette. We agree and vacate the judgment.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Woman must turn over computer hard drive to US
Police NewsFebruary 22, 2012

The San Francisco-based Electronic Freedom Foundation has opposed the government's actions in the case because it believes easy-to-use encryption software should be used by everybody to prevent computer crimes and fraud, said Hanni Meena Fakhoury, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Insurance Executives Discuss Rising Costs and Personal Injury During Recent UK ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 25, 2012

The summit therefore discussed ways in which the number of personal injury claims made every year could be reduced. The idea being that this would halt the inflation of insurance premiums in tandem. It is thought that so many whiplash claims are made, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Federal judge to consider a temporary block on new state law to remove Occupy ...
The RepublicFebruary 24, 2012

US District Judge Lynn Winmill has scheduled a hearing Friday to determine if the law infringes on constitutional rights and deserves a temporary restraining order. Gov. CL "Butch" Otter signed the law on Tuesday banning camping on state-managed land.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Insight: Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
Easy BourseFebruary 23, 2012

Catlin provided an equivalent of malpractice insurance to First National's executives, but the insurer denied liability for the executives' alleged mistakes. The case illustrates complex legal maneuvering as the FDIC steps up efforts to pick through ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Tax break for mortgage relief may go away
Boston HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

The law, first enacted in 2007, allows homeowners who have received principal reductions on their mortgages as the result of loan modifications, short sales or foreclosures to avoid income taxation on the amounts forgiven. Loss of that tax help would ...more »

Wireless Giants Converge on Barcelona
Wall Street JournalFebruary 26, 2012

By KIM HJELMGAARD While all roads don't lead to Barcelona, Spain, ones that do are clogged with wireless-telecommunications executives. Revenue-building strategies for mobile-phone operators, financial services in a mobile world and how to capture more ...more »

Sports Law
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WXOW News 19 La Crosse, WI – News, Weather and Sports |Charges in burning of ...
WXOW.comFebruary 28, 2012

The Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement searched Barnes' Winter Park home Tuesday and confiscated her cellphone and laptop. Authorities also reported finding methamphetamine, scales and drug paraphernalia. Barnes told investigators she set the fire ...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 »

When taxes attack: Can your business handle tax prep, or is it time to outsource?
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Potential problems are lurking at every turn, ranging from an IRS or state tax audit caused by errors on the filer's part to the discovery that a longtime employee has gotten away with stealing money from the company because of a lack of adequate ...more »

Age discrimination lawsuit filed against Saginaw police by former recruit
The Saginaw News - MLive.comFebruary 14, 2012

By Gus Burns | fburns@mlive.com SAGINAW -- Joseph J. Dervisi, 38, of Midland is suing the city of Saginaw, claiming the Saginaw Police Department discriminated against him because of his age. Saginaw Police Chief Gerald H. Cliff and Sgt. Anjanette"AJ" ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A&P Grocery Chain Wins Approval for Plan to Exit Bankruptcy Protection
BloombergFebruary 27, 2012

A&P announced the financing commitment in November from Yucaipa, Mount Kellett Capital Management and investment funds managed by Goldman Sachs Asset Management. A&P, based in Montvale, New Jersey, operates 336 stores and has about 36000 employees, ...more »

Environmental Law
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In Texas, Ambivalence Over Wind Tax Credit Extension
KUT NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Jimmy Glotfelty, vice president for external affairs at Clean Line Energy, a Houston company working to build transmission lines for renewable energy, said that Texas congressional Democrats mostly seem supportive from a green-power perspective, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Las Vegas-based estate planning, probate firm expanding to Peoria
Phoenix Business JournalFebruary 10, 2012

It also offers legal services related to prenuptial agreements, financial agreements, limited-liability companies, domestic partnerships and wills. Cassady offers free 30-minute financial service, probate and estate-planning consultations to ...more »

Family Law
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Families of 11 killed in blast that set off oil spill hope for apology ...
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 26, 2012

But she and other family members plan to travel to New Orleans for the start of the trial, to make their presence felt. "I feel like Dewey would want me to be there until the end, to see it through. That's who he was," she said, recalling that her ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WSI worker claims deletions broke the law
Jamestown SunFebruary 27, 2012

FARGO — An employee of North Dakota's workers' compensation program contends laws were violated when a claims supervisor ordered the deletion of a worker's electronic medical record. FARGO — An employee of North Dakota's workers' compensation program ...more »

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