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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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William J. Ruberry, administrative law judge
Washington PostFebruary 4, 2012

William J. Ruberry, 84, a retired administrative law judge with the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals, died Jan. 30 at Greenspring Village, a retirement community in Springfield. He had cancer and Parkinson's disease, his son William M. Ruberry ...more »

Health Care Law
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Governors Split Regarding Obama's Healthcare Law
Daily PoliticalFebruary 27, 2012

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker voiced his support for the Republican presidential contenders, who promised that they would takedown President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law if they managed to win in this year's election.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Stockton Police Department Grants addressing Violence Against Women and Gang ...
Bilingual WeeklyFebruary 8, 2012

... Against Women Act Program and Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. Funding for both grants has been provided through the California Emergency Management Agency. “These are grants that we have received in the past,” said Assistant Chief Eric Jones.more »

Immigration Law
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Jan Brewer, Arizona Governor, Invited To Testify About State's Harsh ...
Huffington PostFebruary 23, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The day before the Supreme Court hears arguments on Arizona's harsh immigration law this spring, Sen. Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) wants Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to come to Washington to explain why the law is necessary and constitutional.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New initiative could reduce CO2 emissions, spur oil production
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Max Baucus, D-Mont., is the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, which writes tax law. He reacted positively to the report, saying developing more oil while removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere would be good for Montana's environment and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Large tax disputes: Commissioner independence questioned
Director of Finance onlineFebruary 28, 2012

The announcement follows the report of the Public Accounts Committee, published in December 2011, which was highly critical of HMRC's existing dispute resolution mechanism. The new arrangements include the appointment of an "assurance Commissioner", ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues County Bank's ex-executives
Modesto BeeFebruary 1, 2012

By Phil Milford The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corporation of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the lawsuit, filed Friday ...more »

Animal Law
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Bill targets animal rights activists' videos, photos on farms
Deseret NewsFebruary 15, 2012

John Mathis, R-Vernal, wants to put a stop to what he called “animal-rights terrorists” who take videos or photos on farmers' property without permission to create propaganda aimed at destroying the agriculture industry. “There are groups with the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Costs, property rights top issues for US firms in China - survey
ReutersFebruary 15, 2012

* Comes as China's leader-in-waiting visits US * US companies profitable in China but outlook less bullish * Regulatory environment another key concern for firms By Kazunori Takada SHANGHAI, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Rising costs, an uncertain regulatory...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers Outspend Obama On The Web, Study Finds
ForbesFebruary 29, 2012

The law firms also have set up myriad “informational” websites such as “mesolthelium.com” and “socialsecurity-disability.org” that serve as lead generators but rarely identify the law firm that is paying for them. And lawyers haven't missed the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Mercury News editorial: Fight achievement gap, not affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Proposition 209's ban on affirmative action at California public agencies, including universities, has done the state no favors -- particularly with regard to higher education. Students' intelligence, work ethic and overall potential may not be ...more »

Tulsa leaders, workers fight to stem American Airlines layoffs
NewsOK.comFebruary 28, 2012

Tulsa leaders hope the 2100 workers targeted for layoffs can land in some other portion of the region's burgeoning aviation industry. By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Leave a comment TULSA — Tulsans say their sweat and sacrifice went into every rivet, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The right to a civil lawyer
San Francisco Bay GuardianFebruary 29, 2012

That's one reason landlords tend to win eviction cases against low-income people: If the tenant can't find free legal help, it's high-priced landlord lawyer who knows all the tricks against poor tenant who has no idea how to respond to a summons and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wash. AG touts consumer protection efforts
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2012

BY BRYAN COHEN SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday that his office's Consumer Protection Division saved the public more than $4 million in 2011 while fielding approximately 40000 calls, 23000 letters and 450 ...more »

Litigation
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CNJ Enterprises: DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall Large Contributor to Johnson ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Investors of Johnson & Johnson thought the $912mm charge in the 4th quarter of 2010 was a large number for the DePuy ASR Hip litigation; however the recent 4th quarter charge of $2.9bil partly attributed, ...more »

Business Law
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Political Ad Content---When Do You Need to Worry?
JD Supra (press release)February 29, 2012

Tags: Political Broadcasting, defamation, defamation in political advertising, equal opportunities, false advertising, politcal ad liability, political , political ads, political advertising, political broadcasting law, political broadcasting ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigates War Hero Bud Day
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Kanawha County man charged with child pornography
Charleston GazetteFebruary 29, 2012

The arrest came after an investigation by the Kanawha Bureau of Investigation, West Virginia FBI Cyber Crimes Task Force and West Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Uline was in the South Central Regional Jail on Wednesday in lieu of ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Alert Public to Tulsa ...
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.oklalawyer.com, hereby alert the public of a recent report published by the Tulsa World newspaper that details the investigation ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Even pathetic lies are protected by the First Amendment
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

The First Amendment to the Constitution reads, in part, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech." Nevertheless, in the fall of 2006, Congress passed - by unanimous consent in the Senate and by overwhelming voice in the House ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wiseman named Lawyer of the Year
The TennesseanFebruary 24, 2012

Cottontown resident Thomas Wiseman was named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense while his home Nashville-based Wiseman Ashworth Law Group receiving first tier for both medical malpractice law defense and personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Fiery champ of your right to a fair deal
Mail & Guardian OnlineFebruary 10, 2012

But Mohlala is ready to illustrate how the Consumer Protection Act is meant to protect consumers and how members of corporate South Africa are falling foul of it. The fiery reputation that has marked her career and caused numerous headlines over the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Where's the homebuyer boom?
The Real Deal New York (blog)February 28, 2012

By Leigh Kamping-Carder Why aren't more people buying residential real estate? That was a question posed today by Jonathan Miller, CEO of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, at the third annual breakfast forum organized by the New York Law School's ...more »

Osmosis & Uniform Commercial Code
St. Augustine Record (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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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ohio group drafts proposal for state, not counties, to fund defense lawyers...
The RepublicFebruary 26, 2012

AP COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio working group considering changes in how defense lawyers are provided for the poor has drafted a proposal that would shift the financial responsibility from counties to the state over a five-year period.more »

Leaders of Clark County teachers union see big jump in pay
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Each earned between $139785 and $208683 for a total of $1.5 million, according to the Clark County Education Association's report to the IRS. John Jasonek, then executive director, got $208683 for running the union but also received $423863 from two ...more »

Routine testing for dementia could find three times as many cases
Transforming The Nation's HealthcareFebruary 14, 2012

But one Australian expert has described it as “a blatant example of age discrimination”. A US team assessed the impact of screening – coupled with further evaluation – on diagnoses in people aged 70 and older who had no indication of memory loss.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Trust Administration Takes a Financially Savvy Dallas Trust Lawyer to Help ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 28, 2012

Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2012 – Once a trust is in place, the important task of administering it according to the trust agreement and relevant laws begins. “Anyone who agrees to serve as a trustee has a fiduciary duty to act in the ...more »

Environmental Law
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BGSU Candidate Bio: Rick Santorum
13abc Action NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Opposes Obama Administration timeline for withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan. Opposed to federal bailout of US auto industry. Favors a 5-year freeze in defense spending, but opposes automatic cuts. Opposes Obama Administration's timetable for ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Protect loved ones with living wills
Shreveport TimesFebruary 27, 2012

Bossier City attorney David White often drafts living wills when clients request standard wills and power of attorney. "Everybody that I've done wills for wanted a living will. I've never had anybody say they wanted to be kept alive by machines.more »

Family Law
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Love and Relationships: March is the New Divorce Month
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

1 website for free consumer-focused legal information with more than 5.1 million visits per month, searches for "divorce" and related phrases such as "family law" and "child custody" jumped 50 percent - from just over 10000 in December 2010 to nearly ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pennsylvania workers' compensation insurance costs drop by an average of 5.7%
Live Insurance NewsFebruary 6, 2012

State regulators have announced the approval of a 5.7% decrease in workers' compensation costs. The rate reduction is estimated to save the state's employers approximately $160 million. The 5.7% decrease is a reflection of average reductions throughout ...more »

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