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Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Sacramento Drops Out of High-Priced Study on Controversial IT System for ...
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 29, 2012

Sacramento's presiding judge specifically said her court is refusing to participate lest it would be seen as an endorsement of an IT system that has forced the court to struggle with its quality, design deficits and problematic performance A study on ...more »

Health Care Law
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Tulsa helping build case against health care law
Tulsa WorldFebruary 24, 2012

The small business group has made the 2010 health care reform law its biggest talking point with members nationwide, challenging the constitutionality of a government requirement for health insurance coverage and other requirements for small business ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones introduces bill to overturn both ORV final rule and consent decree
Outer Banks SentinelFebruary 29, 2012

Walter B. Jones, RN.C., today introduced a bill in House of Representatives that seeks to overturn both the National Park Service's final rule for off-road vehicles on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and a court-approved consent decree that settled ...more »

Immigration Law
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Shelby County gives vendors til March 15 to comply with Alabama immigration law
al.com (blog)February 28, 2012

Companies are required to submit a sworn affidavit stating they have not knowingly hired illegal workers, and that they are enrolled in the federal E-Verify program. Vendors doing business with the county also must submit affidavits from any ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Market for scrap metal entices criminals
Press HeraldFebruary 26, 2012

The measure has advanced in the Legislature, receiving an “ought to pass” recommendation from the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee on Feb. 16. Current law prohibits the sale of scrap metal obtained illegally and prevents ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NicOx 2011 Financial Results
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

In July 2011, NicOx submitted a formal appeal under the US FDA's Formal Dispute Resolution process, regarding the decision issued in July 2010 by the FDA not to approve the naproxcinod New Drug Application (NDA) that NicOx had submitted in September ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Quill: Election 2012
my.hsj.orgFebruary 28, 2012

Tax credits would also be given to anyone who purchases “negative outcomes” insurance to reduce costly malpractice litigation while ensuring fair compensation be given to those harmed during a medical treatment. National Defense: Paul wants to avoid ...more »

Animal Law
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Bills Led By Animal Welfare Group Best Friends And Miami Marlins' Mark Buehrle ...
ForbesFebruary 4, 2012

That's hopeful news for Miami Marlins' pitcher Mark Buehrle and his wife Jamie who, alongside Best Friends Animal Society, have worked to lift the ban. The Buehrles' dog Slater is a recent victim of the Sunshine State's discriminatory law.more »

Intellectual Property
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ParkerVision Expands IP Portfolio With 23 New Patents in 2011
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

8, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Wireless technology innovator ParkerVision, Inc. /quotes/zigman/55489/quotes/nls/prkr PRKR +0.61% is announcing a significant expansion of its wireless intellectual property portfolio following the issuance of 23 new ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Steven M. Harris and Richard N. Kessler of McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Named ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

Peter T. Berk, Member, Litigation Department Berk represents individuals, business and corporate plaintiffs, and defendants in intellectual property, internet and technology issues, and other civil matters. Lisa S. Lauer, Associate, Business Law...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Salina to consider protecting sexual orientation and gender identity in ...
KWCHFebruary 8, 2012

By Karl Man KWCH 12 Eyewitness News A big addition could be coming to the City of Salina's affirmative action and equal opportunity clause. The policy protects people's race, sex and religion among other things when it comes to renting a house of ...more »

Fort Campbell's 159th Combat Aviation Brigade Welcomes Home 283 More Soldiers ...
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 15, 2012

By Bill Larson | February 14, 2012 | Fort Campbell, KY – On Monday, Fort Campbell welcomed 283 soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a year long deployment to Southern Afghanistan. The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Many Renter's Unsure Of Rights
WDSU New OrleansFebruary 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- Local renters said they are frustrated after experiencing several problems with their landlords. Renters said many of them are unsure of their rights when it comes to housing. Sheila Duncan, a renter, said for one year, she had to endure ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How to get a low interest car loan in Arkansas
The City WireFebruary 29, 2012

When you need a loan and specifically when your credit is bad, you just need to go on line and search. Your loan application will be easily and quickly approved without any credit check. In fact there are many sites that offer loans with bad credit for ...more »

Litigation
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Flashback: JunkScience predicts outcome of EPA 'endangerment finding' litigation
Canada Free PressFebruary 29, 2012

We aren't K St. lawyers bilking deep-pocketed clients at $500+ per hour — but we knew the endangerment finding litigation against the EPA was doomed from the start. … Moreover, while the portion of the EPA's climate rules that is flagrantly illegal ...more »

Business Law
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California won't oppose Honda hybrid settlement
Plain DealerFebruary 29, 2012

By AP business staff View full sizeAssociated Press fileHeather Peters, who says her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid never achieved the gas mileage Honda claimed in its advertising arrives at Small Claims Court in Torrrance, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor ...
Greenville NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Megan Mosteller, 26, of Pickens was convicted by a federal jury trial in Florence of stealing more than $37000 from the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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From Milwaukee to Chattanooga, a sea of digital divide
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 27, 2012

... service on a large scale - Google is building a much smaller network in Kansas City - and the superfast broadband is being touted as an economic development tool, much like electricity spurred the second industrial revolution in the 19th century.more »

Personal Injury
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Number of Injuries from Automobile Accidents Increased in 2011
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Alex Keown In 2011 there were 95 automobile accidents resulting in personal injuries and two fatalities throughout Lisle, according to data provided by the Lisle Police Department. Over the 12 month period there were 630 automobile accidents in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Parliament sends changes to Egypt president elections' law to Constitutional Court
Ahram OnlineFebruary 28, 2012

Egypt's parliament has approved presidential elections law amendments on Monday, and has referred them to the Supreme Constitutional Court. The Presidential Election Commission is to announce details of Egypt's upcoming presidential elections within ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dietary Supplements Extensively Regulated, Say Authors of New Article
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Today, under DSHEA and subsequent amendments to the FDCA, FDA has broad statutory authority to regulate dietary supplements appropriately and those who manufacture, distribute, and sell them, and to take enforcement action against unsafe or mislabeled ...more »

Real Estate Law
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FTA REALTY, L.P. v. STATE
Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

FTA Realty, LP (FTA) and the General's Group, LLC (General) are affiliated real estate development companies that own contiguous lots located on Route 46 and the Bergen Turnpike near the Little Ferry Circle. On January 31, 2008, the DOT notified ...more »

Osmosis & Uniform Commercial Code
Florida Times-Union (blog)February 28, 2012

Our bodies depend on osmosis, and some business transactions follow that organic model with the Uniform Commercial Code. The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) is a comprehensive code addressing most aspects of commercial law. First published in 1952, ...more »

Sports Law
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Voting on key 2014 World Cup bill delayed further
CBC.caFebruary 29, 2012

The commission partially approved the proposed law on Tuesday, but some key points — including the sale of alcohol inside stadiums — were going to be voted on separately on Wednesday in Sao Paulo. Congressmen said they had to postpone the vote until ...more »

Criminal Defense
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FBI Changes Rape Definition:Florida Rape Attorneys Explain Ramifications
JD Supra (press release)February 21, 2012

The Florida Sex Crimes Defense lawyers are dedicated to defending those charged or accused with a sex crime from Key West to Pensacola and everywhere in between. Our office is available to be retained or consulted as co-counsel in sex crimes cases ...more »

Miccosukee tribe says members owe $26M to IRS
Wink NewsFebruary 13, 2012

But the IRS says individual members do have to pay. Lehtinen's attorney told The Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/y2vd1h ) that the Miccosukees are trying to shift blame to him to cover up mistakes by their own leaders. Lehtinen represented the tribe on a ...more »

EEOC Launches Small Business Task Force to Focus on Improving Outreach to ...
Einnews PortugalFebruary 27, 2012

The task force will strive to find ways in which the EEOC can better collaborate with small business owners to ensure compliance with federal anti-discrimination laws. • Enhance small business information and training on the EEOC's website.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Do Kingfisher's Woes Call For New Bankruptcy Rules?
New York Times (blog)February 24, 2012

Another larger argument in favor of the US Bankruptcy Code is that it encourages risk-taking and has made the American economy vibrant and inventive. Entrepreneurs, including many from India, thrive in the States because they know that if they fail ...more »

Environmental Law
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Progress Energy deal for $288 million refund will temper customers' rate increases
Tampabay.comFebruary 21, 2012

By Ivan Penn, Times Staff Writer TALLAHASSEE — Here's what Progress Energy customers should expect from a $288 million refund they'll get over the next few years: higher electric bills. But if a settlement between the utility and the Public Counsel's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Monthly Archives: March 2005
SBIndependentFebruary 24, 2012

Terry Schiavo has been at the heart of a controversy that has gripped the nation in recent weeks, bringing to light such issues as living wills and sanctity of marriage (at least in a court of law). The battle between Michael Schiavo and the parents of ...more »

Family Law
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Haslam picks Robinson for Nashville Circuit Court
The TennesseanFebruary 23, 2012

Bill Haslam's selection of Nashville family law attorney Phillip Robinson to fill an opening on the Davidson County Circuit Court bench is now official. “Phillip has practiced law in Davidson County his entire career, and he will bring that extensive ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Senate kills, then resurrects workers-comp bill
The News-PressFebruary 28, 2012

With one business lobbyist likening the bill to "Lazarus," a Senate panel Tuesday kept alive a controversial proposal about doctors dispensing drugs to workers-compensation insurance patients. The Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations ...more »

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