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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

Offering Respite for Parents With Nowhere Else to Turn
WNYC (blog)February 1, 2012

Dalisha Adams,26, turned herself in Sunday, and the children, along with a sibling, have now been placed in foster care. Adams, who maintains her innocence, reportedly told police that the girls' grandmother had custody. While it's unclear in this case ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law
ESPNFebruary 1, 2012

Only then did 86-year-old Ralph Branca let on that there was nothing wrong with his hearing, and that his brain cells were still firing just fine, the way you'd expect they would for a guy who says he has an IQ of 160. George Napolitano/FilmMagic LR: ...more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal part of healthcare law
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

Republicans called it a step toward achieving their goal of dismantling the healthcare overhaul Obama signed into law nearly two years ago. The legislation is not expected to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate even though Republicans are expected to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Day to Open Dusseldorf Office to Bolster German Practice
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

The office will also focus on corporate matters, M&A, private equity and antitrust. The firm was ranked as the seventh-highest-grossing law firm in 2010 by the American Lawyer, a trade magazine, with more than $1.62 billion in revenue.more »

Immigration Law
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Local group seeks to roll back state's immigration law
Randolph LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Many of those present came to learn more about what is termed the strictest immigration law in the country. The legislative session in Montgomery starts Tuesday, Feb. 7, but the bill protest date has been changed to Tuesday, Feb.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Negotiations with CSEA moving to mediation
Evening ObserverFebruary 2, 2012

As a result, a neutral mediator will be appointed to meet with both parties to try to hammer out a compromise agreement. In announcing the impasse Wednesday, Rose Conti, CSEA Chautauqua County unit president, said the deal proposed by the union would ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida Faces Crises in Auto, Property Insurance Markets
Health Care NewsFebruary 9, 2012

Florida law mandates that all registered motor vehicle owners carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance to facilitate quick medical care for vehicle crash-related injuries without regard to fault/liability and reduce litigation.more »

Animal Law
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Five Orcas, Five Slaves or Five Persons?
Miller-McCune.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Sue Russell One legal scholar, and proponent of achieving legal rights for nonhumans, sees a lawsuit by PETA to classify five SeaWorld orcas as slaves under the 13th Amendment could damage future animal rights law cases.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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Lawyers assert NFL needs to do more to address needs of players who suffer ...
New York Daily News (blog)February 1, 2012

They do not redress the league's deliberate misconduct denying players' contract disability benefits, but rather aim to penalize the league for morally reprehensible conduct - failing to design safe concussion management protocol.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals Court Could Strike Down Affirmative Action Ban; Boy Genius Publishes Book
Campus ProgressFebruary 15, 2012

[NY Daily News] Affirmative Action Ban. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is once again deciding the fate of a controversial California ballot initiative. Proposition 209, which bans race and gender based affirmative action in public education, ...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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The Collegetown Compromise
Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

Collegetown landlords have to deal with unruly tenants, legal liability and destruction of their property. If a student causes damage in excess of his or her security deposit, proprietors can rarely get compensation. Even when a landlord makes a profit ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Infrastructure act includes toll credits for Route 219
Daily American OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act filed Tuesday would allow the use of toll credits for Appalachian highway projects such as Route 219. The toll credits would provide funding necessary to finish the highway — a project local, ...more »

Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Business Law
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Caldeira: Franchises Offer a Valuable Avenue to Job Creation
Roll Call (subscription)February 1, 2012

For every $1 million lent to franchise businesses, 34 new jobs are created. Regarding regulations, the House has already passed bills addressing the overreach of the National Labor Relations Board and the health care law. A recent Hudson Institute ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military calendar for the week of Feb. 3
North County TimesFebruary 3, 2012

ESCONDIDO ---- VA-accredited attorney Merwyn J. Miller of Encinitas is offering a workshop on previously unknown financial benefits through the Aid and Attendance Program for veterans and their spouses at 10 am Feb. 7 at the Joslyn Senior Center, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dockum pleads not guilty to possessing child pornography
Bennington BannerFebruary 7, 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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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Rubio on Obama: "I don't know where he got his law degree from"
MiamiHerald.com (blog)February 2, 2012

"I don't know where he got his law degree from because one of the most cherished constitutional principles, in fact one of the cornerstone ones when this country was founded and framed through the Constitution, was the issue of religious freedom," ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Firm Insurance Costs Rise as Malpractice Suits Increase
ABA JournalFebruary 6, 2012

By Martha Neil One of the biggest expenses for law firms is professional liability insurance, after paying employees and office rent. And it's getting bigger, as malpractice suits, driven by the difficult economy, increase both in number and the scope, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Netflix Pays $9 Million To Settle Video Privacy Lawsuit
paidContent.orgFebruary 11, 2012

The settlement, disclosed in a securities filing, grows out of a 2011 lawsuit that accused the company of violating the Video Privacy Protection Act and California consumer laws. The VPPA forbids video rental agencies from disclosing customer ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Memoirs of a real estate tycoon
Business StandardFebruary 5, 2012

Chaudhary Raghvendra Singh probably had little to lose and handed the company over to his son-in-law. Singh's is a good example of the patience that is required to do business in India, especially real estate development. He waits years together for ...more »

Bringing back Steel Pier diving horse tops Atlantic City's newly approved ...
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

Chris Christie to revive the resort beset by competition from nearby gaming markets and the recession. State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, was one of the main proponents of the legislation. “This is beyond my wildest dreams, what we saw today.more »

Sports Law
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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling SteubenvilleLaw Allows W.Va. Residents ...
WTRFFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Will Valentino, agreements with all states are not possible. Some states do not allow concealed weapons to be carried, while other states' laws vary too much from the ones in West Virginia.more »

Criminal Defense
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Indiana election chief's defense rests without presenting case against voter ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are set for Friday, when the case ...more »

Federal Tax Dodgers Owe $3.4 Billion
The Fiscal TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Under federal labor law, it is illegal for an employer to terminate an employee on the basis that their earnings are garnished for any one debt, including owing taxes, except in case of IRS employees who can be terminated for unpaid taxes.more »

Virginia Legislature Makes Discrimination Legal In Adoptions
Lez Get RealFebruary 7, 2012

By a 71-28 vote, the Virginia House has passed a law which codifies the state's Board of Social Services policy of allowing private adoption agencies to discriminate against potential adoptive parents on the basis of gender, age, religion, disability, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Feds, States, Banks Agree To $25 Billion Mortgage Fraud Settlement
Brevard TimesFebruary 9, 2012

“ Banks must follow the laws. Any bank that hasn't done so should be held accountable and should take prompt action to correct its mistakes. And it will not end with this settlement. One of the most important ways this settlement helps homeowners is ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bipartisan agreement on energy conservation has disappeared at the state capitol
Minnesota Public RadioFebruary 2, 2012

When Minnesota Senate Republicans ousted Ellen Anderson as chairman of the Public Utilities Commission this week, it was the latest sign that bipartisan support for renewable energy sources has largely disappeared at the state capitol.more »

Wills & Probate
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Granddaughter loses inheritance for living in sin
The Co-operativeFebruary 15, 2012

Ms Barrett was made the probate beneficiary of her grandmother's will but Catherine, David and John Murray requested that a judge rectify the will on the grounds that Ms Murray was a "very religious person" who didn't believe in people cohabiting ...more »

Family Law
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A Florida Millionaire Adopted His 42-Year-Old Girlfriend. Isn't that Incest?
Slate MagazineFebruary 7, 2012

Watson Jr. was unaware that Patricia was his adoptive granddaughter when he died and, in the eyes of the law, now a beneficiary to the trust. (The case led to a protracted court fight between Patricia and the Watson family that ended in a settlement ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Liberty Mutual Insurance Webinar Highlights Predictive Modeling's Key Role in ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

BOSTON, Feb 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Now even more commercial insurance brokers, agents and buyers can better understand the pivotal role predictive modeling plays in effectively managing the total cost of workers compensation claims through the ...more »

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