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Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

Former Minister Paroled after Child Sex Abuse Conviction
KATVFebruary 1, 2012

A state representative wants to make sure the law that allowed his release is changed. David Pierce worked at First Baptist Church for about 3-decades. He was beloved and looked up to by many members, but in 2009 men started coming forward with details ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Barnes & Noble's patent-misuse claim v. Microsoft: Not dead yet!
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

As a matter of law, that ruling spelled doom for Barnes & Noble's antitrust case at the ITC. The bookseller's argument, remember, is that Microsoft is using whatever ammunition it can pull from its entire patent portfolio -- and not just the four ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bills to create health-care exchanges halted
Lynchburg News and AdvanceFebruary 1, 2012

RICHMOND — Legislators and insurance lobbyists urged a House of Delegates committee to approve a bill Tuesday that would create a health-care exchange to comply with federal law, but the panel decided to wait. If the US Supreme Court were to uphold ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Immigration law 'here to stay'
Andalusia Star-NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Mike Jones said, “The law is not being repealed.” He was Alabamians should expect some “word changes” that will make the law easier to apply. Jones said as written, the new law requires anyone who buys a tag to show proof of citizenship.more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

... but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Indiana Gov. Daniels signs 'right to work' bill; protest winds through Super ...
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels signed "right to work" legislation this afternoon without a ceremony, making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with the law. Supporters said businesses already were lining up to expand or come to Indiana. Opponents had their eye on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Employers agree mediation is an effective way of reducing tribunal claims but ... 1, 2012

A Government funded-pilot scheme was announced last week which will help raise awareness of mediation among SMEs. Andrew Wareing, director of the Acas service responsible for resolving disputes between individuals and their employers, said: "Workplace ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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US Supreme Court Declines La. Citizens' Request for Stay in Class Action Suit
PropertyCasualty360February 2, 2012

Citizens' request stems from a 2009 decision in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the state-run insurer of failing to start the claims-adjusting process within the time frame set by law following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.more »

Animal Law
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Bob Barker: The Price Is Wrong For Animal Testing (TAKE ACTION)
Global AnimalFebruary 1, 2012

(ANIMAL TESTING) VIRGINIA — Long time animal rights activist Bob Barker has teamed up with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to ask the University of Virginia to stop doing it's pediatric testing on live cats. Barker points out that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Eolas, AstraZeneca, Nortel, IOC, FAA: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 10, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. and Inc. were among the companies that won a jury trial that ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In a first, HC employs transgender
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

Setting an example in affirmative action, the Karnataka high court on Saturday appointed a 27-year-old transgender as a Class IV employee. The landmark move could perhaps be the first of its kind in the country. C Anu, a resident of Haleguddadahalli, ...more »

Lawmakers close in on FAA funding deal amid pushback from unions
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/31/12 07:25 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate came close to finalizing an agreement Tuesday to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unions voiced opposition to a labor deal that paved the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Free legal aid in Maynooth
Leinster LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

A free legal aid centre is to being set up in NUI Maynooth this month. FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre) is a new society with 60 members at the university, and will run free clinics giving people legal guidance. Most of those giving help are third year ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Feds collect fine from GM for Superfund cleanup
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

BY MICHAEL P. TREMOGLIE NEW YORK -- The federal government has entered into a an agreement with a successor trust to the Chapter 11 debtor Motors Liquidation Company, formerly known as General Motors Corporation. The settlement involved the bankrupt ...more »

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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 »

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

Agreement: These rules govern the Moneyville Calgary 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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Disabled vet to VA: 'I'm still alive'
Florida TodayFebruary 4, 2012

Government thinks Army veteran Jerry Miller is deceased and wants $94000 in benefits back. Not so fast, he says Living vet declared dead four times: Army veteran Jerry Miller is puzzled as to how the military could have deemed him dead and asked for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senator Creigh Deeds wants more money for the Internet Crimes Against Children ...
WSLSFebruary 7, 2012

As the leader of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce, he talks about just how bad Virginia's problem of child sexual predators is. "Once you see it, you never forget it. It's etched on your brain. These sexual predators, they try to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Why is the injured plaintiff put on trial ?
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 7, 2012

The defendant's insurance company—whether for a slip and fall, a car crash, or some other personal injury—is usually very adept at shifting attention away from the defendant and onto the plaintiff. This certainly does not seem very fair.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SOPA defeated: Massive grassroots movement delays US lawmakers from passing ...
North Wind OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

In particular, professor Laurence H. Tribe, who teaches Constitutional law at Harvard Law School, wrote a lengthy open letter on SOPA that brought to light issues that most hadn't even considered in their opposition. First, Tribe said, SOPA denies due ...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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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 - This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Real Estate Law
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
SunHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

He has worked for his family's business doing legal work and real estate development. He is the only Jewish Republican serving in Congress, and is the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history. He co-wrote the book “Young Guns: A New ...more »

City officials go public with South Pier District casino plan
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 3, 2012

... a vote by the city's Redevelopment Authority to enter into a contract allowing the three parties to negotiate a development agreement, with an option to purchase South Pier land for a gambling operation, parking, and other commercial development.more »

Sports Law
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Instant analysis: Nick Diaz's positive test, what should happen next?
Yahoo! Sports (blog)February 10, 2012

Sports' Kevin Iole broke the story that Diaz tested positive after his fight at UFC 143. If his penalty mirrors the one boxer Matt Vanda got last week from the NSAC, then Diaz will be fined $80000 and be given a one-year suspension. Is that fair?more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Leagle.comFebruary 13, 2012

In this employment discrimination suit, the plaintiff, Janice Dickerson, appeals a summary judgment granted March 18, 2011, in favor of the defendant, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality ("LDEQ"), dismissing the plaintiffs claims with ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Institute trustee files complaint against Bhujbal
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

About his daughter in law signing vouchers, he said she may have signed to flag off departmental expenses "but final approval is by us (the trustees)." He there is nothing wrong about naming the institute in his name. He was afterall a Trustee, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Off-Shore Energy Programs Move Forward
NBC4 Washington (blog)February 3, 2012

By Perry Stein President Barack Obama's administration announced Thursday that it would go forward with plans to issue renewable energy leases for off-shore wind programs in the Mid-Atlantic after a study concluded that offshore wind farms would not ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Wicked LocalFebruary 1, 2012

A free senior legal planning workshop will be held from 2 to 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 2, and again at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Atty. Jonathan Graham's office, 8 Samoset St., Plymouth. Senior planning today is complex and changing.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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County OKs Workers Comp-Related Contracts
The Ann Arbor ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 meeting: (1) for the third-party administration of claims services for the workers' disability compensation program from 2012-2015; and (2) for excess workers' disability compensation insurance coverage from Feb. 1, 2012 through May 1, 2013.more »


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