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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Caroline tax differential hearing is Feb. 28
The Star DemocratFebruary 6, 2012

DENTON Denton's town council has called on its citizens to attend the public hearing on municipal property tax differentials Feb. 28 at the county courthouse. Under the proposed amendments to the county's taxation code, Denton's tax differential will ...more »

Health Care Law
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State reviews health insurance hikes, lacks authority to halt them
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 6, 2012

By Tim Eaton Under the 2010 federal health care reform law, Texas is reviewing medical insurance companies' rate increases of at least 10 percent to determine whether they are justified, but even if reviewers find a problem, they have no way of heading ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rios Montt Prosecution is Important to Victims and Judiciary
JURISTFebruary 1, 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kelsey Alford-Jones, Director of Guatemala Human Rights Commission, argues that it is important for the Public Prosecutor's Office and president to follow through with the genocide charges against Rios Montt to strengthen ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Immigration law will cost Alabama billions
SunHerald.comFebruary 1, 2012

A study by a long-standing economic research center at the University of Alabama says Alabama's new immigration law will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave the state, lost tax income ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Obama proposes rollback of shale plans for Rocky Mountain West
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 3, 2012

In addition, it would only allow research on the leases until industry demonstrates that commercial development is technically viable and environmentally safe. "The preferred alternative continues our commitment to encouraging research, development and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. /quotes/zigman/91287/quotes/nls/opwv OPWV +4.48% is a global software innovator delivering all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Class action against Motorola settles for $200 mln
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

* Shareholders had alleged firm artificially boosted stock * Settlement money comes from reserves and insurance By Rebecca Hamilton NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A 2007 securities-fraud class action lawsuit brought by shareholders against Motorola ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina.more »

Intellectual Property
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AMD's move could pave the way for ARM in future chips
ComputerworldFebruary 4, 2012

AMD said this week it will allow the integration of third-party intellectual property in future processors, as part of a new plan to design purpose-built chips for customers. If a customer needs another architecture besides x86, AMD will combine its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Makes Finding the Most Successful ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

You do not find the best mesothelioma attorneys, or a listing of the best mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, all in one place in the Yellow Pages, or on the Internet. We are the only group in the nation, that offers a service like this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The dream is alive in Muncie
Muncie Free PressFebruary 12, 2012

By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Despite debates and lawsuits, affirmative action is still needed to ensure fairness and equality in hiring, wrote Fabian House, a Muncie Central High School senior. "Barack Obama taking the oath of office made history," said ...more »

EvCC Aviation Maintenance Technician School information session
HeraldNetFebruary 1, 2012

EVERETT – Learn about Everett Community College's Aviation Maintenance Technician School and careers in aviation maintenance at an information session at 2:30 pm Feb. 9. The information session will be held at the school, 9711 32nd Place W., ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tribune's Bankruptcy Legal Bill Almost $231 Million So Far
All Access Music GroupFebruary 1, 2012

s three year bankruptcy and related litigation has reached almost $231 million and counting, according to the company's DECEMBER monthly operating report filed with Bankruptcy Court, reports CRAIN'S CHICAGO BUSINESS. The large figure was attributed by ...more »

Litigation
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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Business Law
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Moneyville Vancouver Home Show Giveaway Rules
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

Agreement: These rules govern the Moneyville Vancouver Home Show Giveaway (“Contest”). No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judges, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hiring Help
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is seeking input from current military service members on their pay and benefits preferences following last week's preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 spending request, which would change military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man accused of sexually enticing child
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 2, 2012

26 after a search warrant at his home on Ocean Boulevard was executed by police and members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Preston is charged with one count of certain uses of computers, a Class B felony.more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury protection insurance fraud law reworked
Tbo.comFebruary 8, 2012

Then the clinics bill insurance companies up to $10000 a patient, the maximum allowed under Florida's personal injury protection insurance. Hillsborough County has become a hotbed for this type of fraud, law enforcement agencies say.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( www.sambierstock.com ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Park National Corporation Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

... timing and effect of changes in banking regulations or other regulatory or legislative requirements affecting the respective businesses of Park and its subsidiaries, including changes in laws and regulations concerning taxes, accounting, banking, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Sports Law
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Examining Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports
Newswise (press release)February 1, 2012

Newswise — Villanova University School of Law (VSL) convenes an all-star roster of leading experts from sports and television for its 2012 Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal Symposium, “Moneyball's Impact on Business and Sports,” Friday, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Drama in the wings as flipping fraud trial begins
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

He is being represented by Tampa attorney Anne Borghetti. It pits brother against brother, a father against his sons and federal prosecutors against an aggressive criminal defense attorney who already has rattled them with her combative demeanor and ...more »

Anti-tax crusader Doug Guetzloe to stand tax crime trial
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 3, 2012

Team officials said they were persuaded by their attorney to spend the money so Guetzloe would muzzle criticism of their bid for a new arena, mostly funded by the public. The arena was eventually built. Public records reveal Guetzloe's company received ...more »

Mayor rebuts age bias claim
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 2, 2012

NANTICOKE -- Former city tax collector Al Wytoshek at Wednesday night's City Council meeting accused the mayor of age discrimination in his removal from office. Wytoshek, who served as tax collector for 12 years, alleged Mayor Joseph Dougherty ousted ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Gifting does not give full protection
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

In the past, however, they usually went for the debtor's personal assets. Now that assets can be given to a trust in one go, other existing laws are likely to be used more often. "Because there won't be personal property for creditors to claim against ...more »

Environmental Law
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Gingrich visits Columbus, seeks to jump-start campaign in Ohio
Columbus DispatchFebruary 8, 2012

It's unusual for a public body to be found in violation of Ohio's open-meetings laws. It's not that violations are unheard of, but more the fact that few are willing to foot the legal bill to go to court to challenge secretive meetings.more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
The AgeFebruary 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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Family hopes to establish law in honor of murder victim
abc13.comFebruary 4, 2012

To honor that, her family created the Jayna Murray Foundation, which gives scholarships to students also passionate about healthy lifestyles. It held its first 5K benefit run in September. Family hopes to establish law in honor of murder victim.more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Workers' Comp fight could cost hundreds of millions
Cincinnati.comFebruary 4, 2012

How NFL contracts apply to injured players • NFL contracts, NFL attorney Robert Corker said, pay a player 100 percent of his salary in the first year of the contract if an injury prevents him from playing. • If that player is injured in the second yea ...more »

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