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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

Nevada AG questions national foreclosure deal
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By Chris Sieroty States have until Friday to decide whether to accept a proposed nationwide settlement of a foreclosure investigation involving Bank of America Corp. and JP Morgan Chase & Co, among others, that may be worth as much as $25 billion.more »

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Administrative Law
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How SC members of Congress voted, week ending Feb. 3
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Over a third of Medicaid spending goes for long-term care, a share expected to rise markedly as baby boomers grow old. contract disabling diseases, run out of money to pay health bills and turn to Medicaid. A yes vote was to repeal the CLASS Act.more »

Health Care Law
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Cabinet secretary defends health care law
Tbo.comFebruary 3, 2012

By MARY SHEDDEN | The Tampa Tribune Local mothers, female business owners and students are the latest groups being targeted by the White House's campaign to promote the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius visited ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Part of Nebraska city's illegal immigrant law rejected
Boston HeraldFebruary 21, 2012

A judge has rejected part of a Nebraska city's ordinance that would have denied housing permits to illegal immigrants but upheld a requirement that employers verify the citizenship status of people they hire. US District Judge Laurie Smith Camp ruled ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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In Texas, Ambivalence Over Wind Tax Credit Extension
Texas TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

The credit has helped spur substantial development in rural Texas, especially around Sweetwater and, more recently, along the Gulf coast. But even as the industry's efforts to extend the credit intensify in Washington, analysts say that Texas' ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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YOUTH N' ACTION CHOICE CAFÉ FEB 10
KMASFebruary 6, 2012

Next Friday, February 10, from 3:00 - 5:00 PM at The Armory (601 W Franklin St, Shelton) Youth N' Action will be hosting a very special Choice Cafe, with a tasty meal cooked by our youth, the usual fun activities, and a Dispute Resolution workshop by ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Citigroup Mortgage Unit to Pay $158.3 Million in Settlement
BusinessWeekFebruary 15, 2012

In the settlement, Citimortgage admitted to falsely stating that some loans were eligible for mortgage insurance through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to the statement. “For far too long, lenders treated HUD's insurance ...more »

Animal Law
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Two animal-rights activists arrested at protest
Gainesville SunFebruary 7, 2012

By Nathan Crabbe Two animal-rights activists were arrested on Saturday at a protest of the University of Florida's use of primates in research. Camille Marino and Lisa Grossman, part of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, were protesting ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Video: How Intellectual Property Impacts Digestion
ForbesFebruary 7, 2012

Perhaps more disturbing, however, is that fact that “since artificial colorings and flavorings are considered the intellectual property of a company, manufacturers are not required to divulge this information since it could potentially do economic harm ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: Is hiring the less qualified justifiable?
BrunswickanFebruary 7, 2012

If Barack Obama had made his way to the top of the political world in the United States because of affirmative action his achievements would not have been looked up as highly as they have been. Representation of women and minorities in the workplace is ...more »

West Star Aviation Named Grand Junction Business of the Year
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andFebruary 2, 2012

Grand Junction, CO, February 1, 2012- West Star Aviation has been named Business of the Year by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made on Friday, January 24 th , at the annual awards banquet held at Two Rivers Convention ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Experts expect rising prices of commodities this year
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 1, 2012

In remarks to The Jordan Times on Tuesday, experts also cited other developments, such as the new Landlords and Tenants Law, that may cause inflationary pressures, expecting the consumer price index (CPI) to increase by 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent on ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Banks seek fig leaf for bad loans
Economic Times (blog)February 6, 2012

Reluctant to have their errors of judgment made public, in December, a dozen banks asked the RBI to relax the rules on declaring bad loans and let these twice restructured loans remain standard. Because such relaxation flouts international prudential ...more »

Litigation
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Madison County asbestos litigation has billion-dollar impact; But business ...
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Lester Brickman, professor of law at Cardozo Law School and an expert on asbestos and class action litigation, has been highly critical of Madison County courts over the past decade. "Every cell phone operator, virtually every large company in various ...more »

Business Law
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Carmakers guilty of false, deceptive advertising, according to report by ...
New York Daily NewsFebruary 3, 2012

In its analysis of commonly used ploys in car commercials, Edmunds.com claimed that the top fib used in car adverts is showing the top trim, but advertising the base price, leaving buyers disappointed once they actually see the base model.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Semper Fit Offers Nutrition Tips to Marines
Military.comFebruary 6, 2012

More than 30 Marines learned the benefits of a healthy diet in Nutrition 101, a class held monthly at Camp Pendleton's Paige Fieldhouse, Jan. 31. “Our goal is for Marines to understand and apply the fundamentals of a healthy diet by bringing awareness ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Families warned to monitor children's use of computers
gulfnews.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter Dubai: Families have been advised to monitor their children's access to the internet to avoid falling victims to cyber crime, child abuse and harassment. The risk of child abuse over the internet came under the ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Limitation period for Personal Injury
Lawdit Commercial SolicitorsFebruary 8, 2012

Under the Limitation Act 1980 section 11 the limitiation period for personal injury is 3 years. The limitation period will start to run from the date the injury was sustained or from the injured person's date of knowledge.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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State senator pushes for tougher abortion measures
Arizona Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

And a pregnant woman also would have to be informed she "has an existing relationship with that unborn human being" which is protected by the US Constitution and state laws. Smith said the legality of a similar law is being considered by the 8th US ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business Milestones
Winston-Salem JournalFebruary 19, 2012

Rayford K. "Trip" Adams III recently joined the law firm of Spilman Thomas & Battle PLLC at its Winston-Salem office. Adams will lead the firm's bankruptcy/creditors' rights practice in North Carolina. His primary areas of practice are bankruptcy, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine Recognizes Edelson McGuire Partners
Sacramento BeeFebruary 6, 2012

6, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Jay Edelson, founder and managing partner of Edelson McGuire, LLC was recognized by the Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine as a 2012 Illinois Super Lawyer, and his partner, Myles McGuire, was recognized as a 2012 Rising Star for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker charged with regulatory offences denies allegations
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Absolutely nothing has been proven in the court of law.” The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), which regulates the real estate industry, laid the charges. They are related to alleged obstruction of a RECO investigator trying to get information ...more »

CRDA approves Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

They voted at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday, a deadline set by state law. Effective one year ago, those regulations also established the Tourism District and CRDA development powers within it, in addition to setting in motion other ...more »

Sports Law
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Hall & Wilcox adds sporting partner
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Ross acts on behalf of a wide variety of clients, including sports organisations, content owners, large corporations and government bodies. He is currently a director of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association (ANZSLA), ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney appointed for Joseph Gentz in Jane Bashara case
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

By Joe Swickard Detroit defense attorney Susan Reed has been appointed to represent Joseph Gentz, who has told investigators he killed Jane Bashara. Reed, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was named by Presiding Judge ...more »

Tea Party Warrior: Report Medical Marijuana Clubs to the IRS and Get Rich
SF Weekly (blog)February 7, 2012

"If this is true, I should be on the phone every day, calling the IRS and reporting every small business up and down the street in the hopes that they audit them," Wykowski said. "[Chabot] misstates the basics of the [whistleblower] program ... you ...more »

Provincial Board mulls passage of law vs job discrimination
Sun.StarFebruary 9, 2012

By Michael Andrew W. Yu THE Provincial Board of Misamis Oriental approved a resolution requesting Congress to enact a law that prohibits discrimination in employment opportunities on account of old age. Board Member Emmanuel Mugot, who authored the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Old stories and anti-Shell propaganda
Royal Dutch Shell plc .comFebruary 1, 2012

Richard knows Shell well and all of the tricks of their legal department. Richard is head of Royds Employment Department and specialises in all aspects of employment law. He was recommended to me and turned out to be a great asset and kind friend in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mischief potentials of alternative credit default redressal regimes
Business StandardFebruary 5, 2012

The Securitization Act, overriding anything to the contrary contained in any law, allows the secured creditors to recover their dues without the intervention of the court but with the assistance of state apparatus, if necessary, to overcome resistance ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
WA todayFebruary 29, 2012

Outside court, Mr Robins' eldest daughter, Melanie McDonald, said: ''Our justice system is a joke if a person doesn't even have a right to write their own will.'' Mr Estrella's lawyer, Terry Johansson, from Contested Wills & Probate Lawyers, ...more »

Family Law
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Peace, Love, and Handcuffs: The Rainbow Family's Adversarial Relationship With ...
Seattle Weekly (blog)February 3, 2012

Part of the story touches on the Rainbow Family's history of unfriendly relations with law enforcement agencies, particularly the US Forest Service. At this year's event, held in the Skookum Meadow area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMORIELLO v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lisa Amoriello (Claimant) appeals from an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granting the modification/suspension petition of Giant Foods (Employer) because Claimant ...more »

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