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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

'National' parks are national in name only
ABC OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

At a national level, it highlighted the fundamental flaws in our national legislation to protect these critical areas. It started in 2010 when, despite an electoral promise to do so, the Coalition failed to release its environmental policy as part of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Arpaio foes criticize hearing on MCSO
AZ Central.comFebruary 1, 2012

31, 2012 06:30 PM After two months of requesting a public hearing on many of the serious accusations affecting the Sheriff's Office, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday held a three-hour public meeting with county law-enforcement ...more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal long-term care program in health care law
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — 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 administration ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Edward Jones Dome improvements will be made only with voter approval, Slay says
KSDKFebruary 1, 2012

St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Residents of the City of St. Louis will ultimately have the final say on spending public funds to make the Edward Jones Dome one of the premiere football stadiums in the NFL, Mayor Francis Slay said Wednesday. In a blog post, ...more »

Immigration Law
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New Report from FAIR Finds Illegal Aliens are Leaving Arizona in Response to ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

... a drop in the number of families living in poverty, and a decline in the violent crime rate. The data analyzed in Recent Demographic Change in Arizona provides strong evidence that illegal immigration is a highly controllable phenomenon.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Talison Lithium Selects Location for Lithium Carbonate Plant
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Talison Lithium Limited ("Talison" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/121867 CA:TLH -4.59% has selected the Kwinana Industrial Area in Western Australia as the location for its proposed plant to convert lithium minerals into lithium carbonate ("Minerals...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Falklands dispute: Colonial criticisms from the main offender
ABC OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Product of the anticolonial struggle in Asia and Africa against the French and British, the United Nations adopted Resolution 1514 in December of 1960 which called for "an end to colonialism and all practices of segregation and discrimination ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit continues over $1.8 million home that can't keep the rain out
Sarasota Herald-TribuneFebruary 13, 2012

Alan Zirkelbach, a Palmetto city commissioner and Zirkelbach Construction's chief executive, did not return a call for comment. But in court papers he denied any responsibility for the damage or the leaks. Rather, he said the damage was caused by Govin ...more »

Animal Law
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Group Seeks To Make Animal Abuse A Felony
LocalNews8.comFebruary 6, 2012

By Caleb James IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Idaho is one of only three states in the nation with no felony punishment for repeat animal cruelty offenders. Now, one statewide effort is building to change the law. "There really aren't any serious penalties for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hands Off Our Internet: SOPA and PIPA Protest
Motions OnlineFebruary 8, 2012

While both are aimed at combating piracy, SOPA has been considered a higher threat to the Internet and free speech because of its expansive nature. PIPA, which was introduced last May by Senator Patrick Leahy, is the tamer of the two.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...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 »

Bessie Coleman: Woman Who 'Dared to Dream' Made Aviation History
DoD LiveFebruary 1, 2012

Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman would go on to be the first female pilot of African-American descent, but more importantly would later influence the accomplishments of others who would continue the evolution of African-American involvement in aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Two more in penny stock case plead guilty to securities crimes
Plain DealerFebruary 2, 2012

Randall Rosenthal, 48, who worked as a computer technician in Margulies' law firm on Chagrin Blvd., faces up to eight years in prison when he is sentenced next week on felony charges of a scheme to defraud and falsifying business records.more »

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Cybex International Inc. (CYBI) Is Up Sharply On Settlement News
NASDAQFebruary 6, 2012

( - Cybex International Inc. (CYBI) announced Monday morning that it has reached a settlement in the product liability litigation with Barnhard. Cybex International has been climbing for the majority of early trade this morning and is now ...more »

Business Law
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Cohen & Grigsby's Florida Office Relocates to Mercato in Naples
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's practice areas include Business & Tax, Labor & Employment, Immigration/International Business, Real Estate & Public Finance, Litigation, Estates & Trust, Intellectual Property, Bankruptcy & Creditors Rights, and Public Affairs.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Charlie Morgan, Lesbian Service Member With Cancer, Asks John Boehner To Stop ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Charlie Morgan, left, and Karen at an October event of gays openly serving in the military. WASHINGTON -- A lesbian National Guardsman -- who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer and who fears time is running out for overturning the Defense of Marriage ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FCC chief warns of cyber crimes
Washington TimesFebruary 22, 2012

By Shaun Waterman The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission called Wednesday for the private sector to help secure US Internet infrastructure from criminals, hackers and terrorists. Julius Genachowski urged Internet service providers and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Concordia Passengers Lawsuit Against Costa Cruise Lines, Inc Can be Turned ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 6, 2012

Generally, cruise tickets include a contract with a "choice of forum" clause stating the proper venue for potential lawsuits. Defendants can challenge the jurisdiction of US court over this case if the tickets purchased and signed by the plaintiffs ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Virginia Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Nullify NDAA
The New AmericanFebruary 1, 2012

Next, as for the NDAA, on December 31, 2011, with the President's signing of that law, the writ of habeas corpus — a civil right so fundamental to Anglo-American common law history that it predates the Magna Carta — is voidable upon the command of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Names Three New Partners (press release)February 3, 2012

Since graduating from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, Ginger Hunsucker has been practicing defense litigation at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog with significant experience in medical malpractice and professional...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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Real Estate Roundup: Firms Trading Spaces in Atlanta, Chicago, and New York
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

On its Web site, Wilson Elser describes the 12-year-old Westchester office—which houses 150 attorneys across such practice areas as professional liability, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, and corporate law—as "more than just ...more »

Loudness Gear To Make Big Noise At NAB
TV News CheckFebruary 16, 2012

The CALM Act (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) requires the FCC to regulate the audio of television commercials so they are not louder than the TV programming they accompany. Larger stations have to perform spot checks of commercials, ...more »

Sports Law
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Hershman: HBO to remain 'bullish' on boxing going forward
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

By Mike Coppinger, Soecial for USA TODAY NEW YORK – Following years of questionable decisions and accusations of favoritism, HBO President of Sports Ross Greenburg was ousted from "The Network of Champions". HBO boxing broadcaster Jim Lampley, left, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland prosecutor stunned by Bashara attorney's comments
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By Mitch Hotts, Daily Tribune Staff Writer Well-known criminal defense attorney David Griem summoned the Detroit-area media to the Guardian Building on Friday to talk about the Bob Bashara murder case, but at times it seemed like he was gearing up for ...more »

City debates liquor cases
Moulton AdvertiserFebruary 9, 2012

Theodorou asked the council to consider doing an audit following the procedures of the Internal Revenue Service. He said if the council used the IRS method, his sales would conform to the 40/60 ratio set out in the ordinance. "If there isn't a change, ...more »

Judge says Sours case should go to jury
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 8, 2012

By Frank Morris Former Bluffton Police Lt. Katherine Sours' age discrimination suit against the town of Bluffton is on track for a US District Court jury trial. See why in this verbatim copy of a US magistrate judge's report and recommendation, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Key Private Bank Launches Delaware Trust Company
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

She was also a trust and estate planning attorney at Blank Rome LLP, a national law firm. Ms. Levin earned her LLM in taxation from Villanova University School of Law, and her JD from Temple University School of Law. Ms. Pryor joins Key Private Bank...more »

Environmental Law
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Town turns off wind, opts for solar energy
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

“It's an opportunity to save money,'' Jim Goldenberg, chairman of the town's Alternative Energy Committee, said after town selectmen signed a 20-year agreement with a solar energy company that plans to build its facility in Acushnet.more »

Wills & Probate
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The Cypress TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, worker's compensation, tax issues, bankruptcy, and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Family Law
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Family law Judge Diane Altamirano seeks re-election
Imperial Valley PressFebruary 1, 2012

A native of Brawley, Altamirano was a general law practitioner exclusively in the Imperial Valley for 30 years before her appointment. She hears family law cases. Prior to her appointment, Altamirano served 12 years as the Superior Court's self-help ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Virginia's Cost Per Worker's Compensation Medical Claim Higher Than Most
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 2, 2012

Workers' compensation data costs show that Virginia is a lower cost state, largely due to a lower frequency of claims, according to the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The study, Benchmarks for Virginia, found the average cost of ...more »


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