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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Republicans paint health law's CLASS Act as obstacle to long-term care reform
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Julian Pecquet - 02/01/12 04:28 PM ET House Republicans on Wednesday urged Democrats to repeal a major provision of the healthcare reform law by painting it as an obstacle to long-term care reform. In floor speeches before the repeal vote Wednesday ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Editorial: Race on STOCK Act gets curiouser and curiouser
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

Members of Congress (and their staff, and all federal employees, for that matter) are prohibited by law from using inside information to make stock trades. Yet no member, at least in recent memory, has been investigated for insider trading even though ...more »

Immigration Law
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Reclusive Tunisian billionaire has date with immigration
CTV.caFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, when the rules are not met, a permanent resident may be deemed inadmissible and issued a departure order. The Canadian government has said previously that Trabelsi has sought refugee status in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Era clears the air on Caymanas development
Jamaica ObserverFebruary 6, 2012

BY PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR Environment editor williamsp@jamaicaobserver.com NEW Era Homes has insisted that at no time did it act to circumvent the environmental permitting and licensing process in its now controversial $9.2-billion Caymanas housing ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ALP, telcos resolve spectrum dispute
Business SpectatorFebruary 9, 2012

The agreement allows the government to move ahead with a planned auction, which industry did not want to occur prior to a resolution of the renewal dispute. The auction, which could raise $4 billion, will allow companies to launch 4G services for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm
Bizjournals.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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Poll says ND voters want stiffer animal cruelty laws
Grand Forks HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

He said the issue was complicated when Legislative Council staff, seeking to modernize “archaic” language in the law, took his proposed bill from four pages to 16. That unnerved some agricultural interests, who “feared that loopholes in our laws could ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IntraOp Medical wins Patent Defense Suit Protecting Their Intellectual Property
PR Newswire (press release)February 1, 2012

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IntraOp Medical Corporation (OTC: IOPD) is pleased to announce that the German Supreme Court dismissed the patent nullification case that IntraOp Medical had appealed, and have upheld IntraOp's Mobetron ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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7 Deadly Sins of Document Review
Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

Doing so requires taking responsibility for what's often the biggest cost-center in modern-day litigation. Legal budgets are tighter than they have been in years, so it's important to make every day and every dollar count. The attorney's first priority ...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 »

People in Aviation: February 2012
Aviation International NewsFebruary 4, 2012

He succeeds Frederic Lherm, who was named senior vp of industrial operations for Dassault Aviation in St Cloud, France. Missouri-based component repair and coating specialist PAS Technologies has named Tom Hutton CEO. Most recently he was vp of Pratt ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Higher rents for some - despite shared landlord
This is South WalesFebruary 1, 2012

A LEGAL deal means some tenants in Neath, Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley pay higher rents than their neighbours even though they share the same landlord. The quirk is down to an agreement made when NPT Homes took control of more than 9000 council ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy for Tax Debt: Can Back Taxes Be Discharged in Los Angeles?
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most people associate bankruptcy with credit card, loan and mortgage debt. What they may not realize is that bankruptcy can also be used to eliminate liability for unpaid taxes. The US Bankruptcy Code permits ...more »

Litigation
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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Business Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ...
al.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lake View: Start with a career in the armed forces
Lakenewsonline.comFebruary 5, 2012

These are only as few of the many specialists required in today's hi-tech military. In addition, you are earning benefits in the GI bill, which goes a long way toward paying for college expenses if you would decide to leave the service and pursue a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Teacher pleads not guilty to possession of child pornography
Bennington BannerFebruary 6, 2012

He is also barred from using a computer with access to the Internet. Dockum was put on administrative leave from the school with pay on Oct. 5. Bennington police have said there is no evidence to suggest the alleged images involved local children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Road traffic accident compensation
Access Legal from ShoosmithsFebruary 10, 2012

Anyone injured in a road traffic accident that wasn't their fault can claim compensation for the injury and losses they've sustained. The route these personal injury claims follow from the outset to final settlement can vary depending on the specific ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Health Law Challenge Gets A Dry Run At Georgetown Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 3, 2012

A group of experienced lawyers argued the constitutionality of the law's individual mandate in an afternoon of legal theater. The “moot court” aired debate points and gave a stuffy auditorium full of law students – many on the edge of their seat – a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
GlobeNewsWire (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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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Banks See Paying Bonus to Troubled Homeowners Beats Foreclosure: Mortgages
BloombergFebruary 7, 2012

The deals accounted for 33 percent of financially distressed transactions in November, up from 24 percent a year earlier, said CoreLogic Inc., a Santa Ana, California-based real estate information company. Karen Farley hadn't made a mortgage payment in ...more »

SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... February 1, 2012 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. /quotes/zigman/129714/quotes/nls/swm SWM -3.84% today responded to the anticipated initial decision rendered on February 1, 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade...more »

Sports Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pill Mills Increasing in Georgia; Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney Examines ...
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

Atlanta criminal defense lawyer Benjamin Von Schuch discusses the greater number of pill mill operations in Georgia, in addition to the criminal implications from these businesses. The number of pill mills in Atlanta is greatly increasing because so ...more »

Nine Tax Tasks to Do Before February 29
Fox BusinessFebruary 20, 2012

"Then, stick with it, from paying payroll taxes, if applicable, through to the tax credits you claim. There can be long-term tax consequences of worker classification from the outset, and so an attorney's advice can be extremely helpful for getting the ...more »

Age discrimination suit against Bluffton to go to trial
Hilton Head Island PacketFebruary 6, 2012

A federal age discrimination suit brought by Katherine Sours, a former Bluffton police officer who was laid off in 2009, will be going to trial after a judge denied the town of Bluffton's motion to throw out the case. Sours, 55, alleges she was ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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You've Started A Business: Is Your Brand Protected?
Small Business TrendsFebruary 2, 2012

It's the cornerstone of your business and shapes everything that follows – from marketing tone to a customer's first impressions. Have you protected this valuable asset? How well do you understand trademark law? Maybe you're just starting your business ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wind turbines opponents make their case at Windwise forum
SouthCoastToday.com / AdvocateFebruary 9, 2012

"I felt like I fell into a black hole," said Kathy Elder of Falmouth. "Our lives have been turned upside down... It ranges from mildly annoying to an assault. It wakes us up repeatedly at night. It's this noise that is actually coming through the house ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Better Business: You don't need to be rich to benefit from an estate plan
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 4, 2012

An estate plan can be as simple as drafting a will or as complex as setting up a trust and a living will. At the very least, anyone who has assets they would like to pass on to specific individuals should create a will. A will can also establish ...more »

Family Law
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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Woes: Injured Workers and Opiate Addiction
EHS TodayFebruary 9, 2012

A workers' compensation insurance holding company has established a narcotics program to address the problem of injured workers developing opiate addictions that make them unable to return to work in a timely fashion – or at all.more »

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