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'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

... PRISCILLA PENA; HILDA GIRON; DEBBIE ALMANZA, individually and in their official capacities; STATE OF NEW MEXICO-New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, Defendants-Appellees. Before BRISCOE, Chief Judge, MURPHY and BRORBY, Circuit Judges.more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal part of 2010 health care law
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to repeal a financially troubled part of the 2010 health care law that was designed to provide affordable long-term care insurance. The House vote comes months after the Obama ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'A terribly wrongful act'
Langley TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By Natasha Jones - Langley Times The last thing Larri Woodrow expected when he joined other volunteers to plant trees at Derby Hills Park on Jan. 7 was to find that dozens of trees had been illegally chopped down. Woodrow and other volunteers planned ...more »

Immigration Law
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How North Country Reps Voted On Supporting Arizona Immigration Law
New Hampshire Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

By Chris Jensen Here's how North Country representatives voted on a resolution passed by the House Wednesday to express support for Arizona's controversial immigration law. Part of the Arizona law requires the police to determine the immigration status ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Buckeye adds oil, gas industry classes
New Philadelphia Times ReporterFebruary 6, 2012

That's a volunteer organization comprised of major and independent operating companies, industry associations and educators with the purpose of developing a standardized orientation. VanFossen said welding, which has been available for years at Buckeye ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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PHL pushes rule of law on territorial disputes before UN council
GMA NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Philippines lobbied anew with the United Nations for the rule of law in heading off international conflict, citing a 30-year-old declaration on the peaceful resolution of such disputes. Philippine Mission Deputy Permanent Representative Carlos ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Attorneys start seizing La. Citizens Property Insurance assets
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

By Ted Griggs Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday after plaintiff attorneys began seizing the insurer's assets Monday to satisfy a $100 million-plus judgment against Citizens.more »

Animal Law
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PETA wants Governor's Pigeon shoot called off
WACHFebruary 7, 2012

by Drew Stewart Ehrhardt, SC (WACH) The animal rights group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is calling for the Bamberg County Sheriff's office to intervene and stop the shoot. PETA sent a letter to law-enforcement officials urging them to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft, Facebook, Ericsson, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp., the largest software maker, said it would be “fair and reasonable” in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rottenstein Law Group Learns of Zoloft Manufacturer's Motion to Consolidate 59 ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Pfizer filed the motion on Jan. 18 under the following multi-district litigation number: MDR 2342. The motion's stipulations and some background on the cases that the motion seeks to consolidate are outlined in a Jan. 20, 2012, article on »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disabled whites to be excluded from BBBEE - Solidarity
PoliticswebFebruary 7, 2012

White people with disabilities will be completely kicked out of affirmative action processes, trade union Solidarity said today. According to Solidarity, the latest proposed amendments to the Broad-based Black Economic Empowerment Act (BBBEE Act) will ...more »

Cancellations grow in French aviation strike; half of Air France long-distance ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

PARIS — Hundreds of flights in France were cancelled on Tuesday, including 40 percent out of Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, as unions ratcheted up pressure on day two of a strike over labor rights. Air France forecast that it could guarantee just ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Motion to Rein in Landlords Passed
AllAfrica.comFebruary 13, 2012

Voting by acclamation, the MPs supported the motion by Mr January Makamba (CCM - Bumbuli) calling for enactment of a specific law to regulate the real estate business and enable government collect billions of shilling in property tax.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lowest Costs of Ownership for Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 1, 2012

by Steve Cypher on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 People with bad credit must consider the total expenses of a bad credit auto loan if they want to complete the process successfully. We understand this because for more than two decades we've been ...more »

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Ga. AG Sam Olens talks water, other issues
Access North GeorgiaFebruary 6, 2012

By Marc Eggers Staff GAINESVILLE – "I'm very familiar with the water litigation, and very familiar with the last twenty-plus years of water litigation," State Attorney General Sam Olens told the Gainesville Rotary Club at their weekly lunch meeting ...more »

Business Law
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Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Florida Republican primary
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The former speaker of the House of Representatives blamed his falling fortunes in Iowa on negative advertising launched by the Romney campaign — but the blitz in the Hawkeye State was akin to a bow and arrow compared to the $15 million cruise missile ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Militants claim attack on Nigeria Eni oil pipeline
ReutersFebruary 5, 2012

The joint military task force (JTF) operating in the Niger Delta said recent unrest stemmed from criminal gangs who wanted expired amnesty benefits. "It should be noted that it is not possible to run an inelastic amnesty programme," Timothy Antigha, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Portland Personal Injury Attorneys Urge: Don't Drink and Drive This Super Bowl ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

As the Super Bowl approaches, the Portland personal injury attorneys at Shulman DuBois LLC want to remind Oregon drivers that drinking and driving is a crime that can cost more than the price of a ticket. “People go to parties, enjoy the game with a ...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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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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Litigious Indian customers
LivemintFebruary 2, 2012

The national consumer redressal department in the consumer affairs ministry has set up a three-tier mechanism of consumer courts at the national, state and district levels. Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986, a person can take recourse at any of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of marijuana dispensaries weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

"If, however, there are a ton of vacancies, landlords are forced to charge what the market will bear, and frequently it isn't enough." Patrick Lindemann, Ingham County's drain commissioner, owns a building on East Michigan Avenue. The previous tenant...more »

NHS health reforms: Extent of McKinsey & Company's role in Andrew Lansley's ...
Daily MailFebruary 12, 2012

Mr Bennett may not have broken the law. But as a former McKinsey executive, he should have known he was displaying questionable judgment – because Monitor's future role, which is being massively expanded by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley's ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Criminal Defense
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Monmouth Regional Mock Trial Team Wins County Championship
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

According to a letter sent to parents of the 10 students on the team from Eugene Melody, mock trial advisor and local attorney, "Students play the role of prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, expert witnesses and fact witnesses in a criminal case ...more »

2012 Employment Law Update : New Developments in Employment Law 2012
JD Supra (press release)February 9, 2012

Depending on the circumstances, simply disciplining an employee for airing a complaint about working conditions may be insufficient for the NLRB to find an unfair labor practice. However, if a group of employees are terminated for protesting a change ...more »

First steps in case against Fairfax
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

His statement of claim says he is seeking a total of $1.02 million in compensation for economic loss arising from acts of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age and loss and damage to his reputation and pain and suffering.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Forfeiture laws threaten property rights
Troy Media (blog)February 1, 2012

Civil asset forfeiture or non-conviction based forfeiture is a legal technique through which governments using the courts benefit from property supposedly used in unlawful activity. It is a civil proceeding executed through civil court, and is distinct ...more »

Environmental Law
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Oil refiners and biofuels: 2012 to feature fight over RFS, cooperation on RIN ...
Biofuels DigestFebruary 7, 2012

RINs are the renewable fuel credits associated with each gallon of fuel, but under EPA rules and federal law, RINs can be “stripped” from the actual gallons of production and freely traded. There are sound reasons to do so: for example, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Betty Lin-Fisher: Wills and other legal documents still important
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Do I still need a will? Yeah.” As an example in the case of spouses, ownership of two cars under a combined value of $40000 can pass outside of probate, McKenney said. If a car or cars are titled only in one name, at that person's death, Ohio law...more »

Family Law
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Mediation Workshop Seminar Scheduled for February 23, 2012
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

By Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution PHEONIX, Feb. 8, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Arizona Association for Conflict Resolution with the State Bar of Arizona ADR Section, Maricopa County Association of Family Mediators, and the Arizona Labor ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »


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