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Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

Lawmaker pitches school tax swap
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 1, 2012

A House panel on Tuesday approved a measure that would allow Florida school boards to levy a half-penny sales tax in exchange for a reduction in school property taxes. The revenue could only be used for capital projects. If the law were to pass, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legal Advisor describes Julian Assange extradition fight
ABC OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

Legal advisor to Julian Assange and Wikileaks Jennifer Robinson is attending the hearing to extradite Mr Assange to Sweden and gives an insight in to proceedings. CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is in the midst of a final ...more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 1, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...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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State seeks farmers', agribusinesses' input on immigration law effect (blog)February 1, 2012

Some of the difficulty in finding help may be the result of the state's immigration law. To get a feel of current and potential labor shortages, the Alabama Agribusiness Council has created an online survey for farmers, producers and agribusinesses.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Charlie Nye / The Star »Companies and unions can no longer negotiate a contract that requires nonmembers to pay fees for representation. »The law took effect immediately but applies to all new contracts written or renewed after March 14.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Vodafone moves dispute resolution panel over IT department order
TelecomTigerFebruary 1, 2012

Buoyed by its victory over income tax department on December 20 after the Supreme Court on Friday set aside Bombay High Courts order directing the company to pay income tax of Rs 11000 crore, Vodafone on Tuesday moved the dispute resolution panel, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Judge James Kleinberg also rejected bids by both companies to seal documents in the case that they argued contain sensitive business information that that might harm them or their customers. HP said yesterday in an e-mailed statement that the fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Hidden cameras reveal mistreatment in Sydney abattoir
ABC OnlineFebruary 9, 2012

Animal rights groups say the current system is failing to protect animals and it wants mandatory cameras to monitor abattoir operations. BRONWYN HERBERT: The footage provided to the ABC claims to show the inside workings of the Hawkesbury Valley ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favoured the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Asbestos Lawsuit Settles for Record Amount (blog)February 1, 2012

The asbestos lawsuit settlement was awarded to her family late last month. If you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos exposure and later developed mesothelioma, call an asbestos attorney at Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Ludicrous Lawsuit
Harvard CrimsonFebruary 8, 2012

But while the student's individual case may be impossible to prove, it is likely that overall, Asians are rarely the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action. Yet this particular case bears no evidence of undue discrimination and can at the most ...more »

WEBBIES: Flightglobal announces the winners of this year's aviation web awards
FlightglobalFebruary 3, 2012

The Webbies, now in its fourth year, celebrates the best and brightest in aviation websites and social media activities – and this time includes new and improved categories. We asked users to enter or nominate their favourite websites ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent: It's Crazy Paying For A
Leadership NewspapersFebruary 4, 2012

So what we do is that they ensure that everything is well with the house and they ensure that if you have a tenant, he pays his rent at the right time because we have landlord and tenant laws and they have the right to tell the tenant to leave and so ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

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Finra: Schwab Violates Rules On Customers' Litigation Rights
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has filed a complaint against Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), saying the discount brokerage violated Finra rules by requiring customers to waive their rights to bring class-action lawsuits against the firm.more »

Business Law
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Dallas-based Branham Law Group represents corporate clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as helping individuals in catastrophic personal injury claims. Led by noted courtroom lawyer Trey Branham, the firm provides extensive ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Semper Fit Offers Nutrition Tips to Marines
Military.comFebruary 6, 2012

More than 30 Marines learned the benefits of a healthy diet in Nutrition 101, a class held monthly at Camp Pendleton's Paige Fieldhouse, Jan. 31. “Our goal is for Marines to understand and apply the fundamentals of a healthy diet by bringing awareness ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Richmond man charged with child porn possession
Richmond RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

Police took a computer and several other electronic storage devices from Burkhead's home, according to the report. The items were sent to the Kentucky State Police Crimes Section for examination. The KSP reportedly found four images depicting nude ...more »

Personal Injury
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Court system faces shake-up
Financial TimesFebruary 9, 2012

By Jane Croft The government has announced a shake-up to the court system that will free the High Court to deal with the most complex and difficult business disputes. About 1.5m disputes a year, from compensation claims to multimillion pound contract...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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Volusia County public records for Feb. 7, 2012
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Mitchell Green, real property; Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Ilidio J. Santana, real property; John Stanton v. Howard Cauvel, other professional malpractice; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance v. Lori A. Hill, auto negligence; Fia Card Services NA v.more »

Consumer Protection
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What If We're Beyond Mere Policy Tweaks?
Business InsiderFebruary 6, 2012

Consider the Glass-Steagall Act, at 37 pages in length, and the 2319-page monstrosity of corrupted Federal power, the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act:" (Source) Back in December, Nick Schulz helped put the size of the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Legislature considering bills to speed up foreclosures
OcalaFebruary 16, 2012

By Zac Anderson TALLAHASSEE — Homeowners would be forced to quickly mount a defense to prevent foreclosure on their property under proposals that Florida lawmakers are considering to speed up the legal process in Florida's still-recovering real estate ...more »

Negative Connotations Surrounding Sharia Must Be Dispelled
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Based on US conflicts of law, the law where the tort occurred would govern the dispute. The court would require expert testimony regarding the tort law of the country using Sharia, which would include issues relating to Sharia. A, a Saudi company, ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal defense attorney: Unlikely TCU bust to leads to suppliers
WFAAFebruary 17, 2012

Please take a moment to review the available e-mail newsletters has to offer. Place a checkbox next to the newsletters you wish to subscribe to. Thank you for becoming a member of You now have full access to the best local coverage and late ...more »

International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

In addition, Mr. Yatrakis has extensive experience advising investors on issues related to inbound and real estate investments, including the application of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") and of the US withholding rules.more »

Man sues Nitro company, alleges age discrimination
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

A former employee has filed a lawsuit in Putnam County against the world's largest crane company for age discrimination, among other allegations. Hurricane resident Cecil Hypes filed the suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Monday alleging Maxim Crane Works ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Meridian Shopping Center files for bankruptcy protection
San Jose Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The owner of a South Bay shopping center has put the property in legal limbo, obtaining bankruptcy protection just hours before a scheduled foreclosure sale. Meridian Shopping Center LLC, the owner of Meridian Park Plaza in San Jose, on Jan.more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hawksford has been shortlisted for two national branding awards. (press release)February 7, 2012

These include Hawksford Fiduciary, Hawksford Family Office, Hawksford Wills and Probate, Hawksford Funds, Hawksford Employee Solutions, Hawksford Media and Sports, Hawksford Advisory, Hawksford Succession Planning and the company's Swiss offering, ...more »

Family Law
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Baton Rouge Attorney Joseph K. Scott III Named Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star
PR Web (press release)February 7, 2012

Mr. Scott also maintains a private practice which focuses on criminal defense (federal and state), family law and juvenile law. Mr. Scott has been protecting the rights of individuals and families with the same skill and expertise that led him to being ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Claims Workers' Compensation Should Cover Players' Head Injuries
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

... league and the players should apply to the players' head injuries, thus requiring the players to seek compensation via more traditional outlets such as workers' compensation and disability benefits and the NFL's medical and long term care plans.more »


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