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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Legislature meddling in state judicial conflict
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

This rebellion against the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts comes against the backdrop of state budget cuts - $350 million this year alone - that have left courts struggling to maintain their hours and avert backlogs.more »

Health Care Law
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New administration figures aim to show health law strengthened private ...
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The news contradicts Republican warnings that the healthcare reform law's $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage would gut the popular program. But the insurance industry immediately countered that painful cuts are yet to come.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...more »

Immigration Law
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Brewer files brief in appeal over immigration law
KTAR.comFebruary 7, 2012

Jan Brewer filed their opening brief with the US Supreme Court in her appeal of a ruling that blocked enforcement of the most controversial sections of the state's immigration enforcement law. The governor is asking the nation's highest court to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A 'Creative' start
Barbados AdvocateFebruary 25, 2012

The Cultural Industries Bill is an important start but it is only one part of the process needed to develop Barbados' creative industries and creative economy. That is according to Director of the Shridath Ramphal Centre for International Trade Law, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Assamba heads to UK high commission
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 1, 2012

She also served the voluntary sector through her work with United Way of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica, Association of Development Agencies, Women's Leadership Initiative ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit filed by mother of victim in 2010 Discovery Middle School shooting
al.com (blog)February 2, 2012

Sanderson said he has "discussed (the lawsuit) with the superintendent. It has not been served yet, but we have 30 days to respond to the suit. We plan to turn it over to the Alabama Risk Management for Schools (insurance company).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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Law firm adds intellectual property attorneys
NewsOK.comFebruary 10, 2012

Five attorneys who specialize in intellectual property have moved to the Hall Estill law firm from Fellers Snider. Four attorneys who specialize in intellectual property are joining the Hall Estill law firm. They are (back row) Dr. Michael S. Young, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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George F. Will: Niggling campaign laws are squeezing the life from free speech
National PostFebruary 2, 2012

A Washington state law is notably protective of the political class: There must be litigation before a campaign to recall a public official can start, and lawyers are essentially forbidden from volunteering their help with that litigation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court to Rule on Affirmative Action Ban
The UCSD Guardian OnlineFebruary 21, 2012

A lawsuit filed in Federal Court this month aims to end a statewide ban on affirmative action and increase the number of minority students in public colleges. On Feb. 13, three members of the 9th Circuit Appellate Court heard arguments from affirmative ...more »

As military cuts, Global Aviation files bankruptcy
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

Global Aviation said it plans to operate normally during the bankruptcy, and continue to pay vendors and suppliers. It said it has hired Rothschild Inc for restructuring advice and Kirkland & Ellis as its law firm, and is in talks to obtain financing ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Property clinic: Ask the expert
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 14, 2012

In the latest Property Clinic, Irwin Mitchell's property disputes expert Clare Rant considers the different rules affecting tenants. She also looks at the rights of those who live in properties connected to their job and the risks of being a guarantor.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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FBI: INVESTIGATING INSURANCE FRAUD - A $30-BILLION-A-YEAR RACKET
The Cypress TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Our corporate and securities fraud cases, for example, resulted in more than 600 convictions last year—including a number of high-level executives—and more than $23 billion in recoveries, fines, and restitutions over the past three years.more »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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The Stolen Valor Act
phillyBurbs.com (blog)February 1, 2012

In our country, it is a crime to falsely impersonate a police officer, a federal officer or employee, doctors, nurses or any other public official. Military personnel were also a part of this list but that may soon change if the Stolen Valor Act is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Nigeria army condemns attack on Agip oil pipeline
NinemsnFebruary 5, 2012

"Unfortunately, people who were never part of the agitation have emerged and want to claim amnesty and its benefits by force," the Nigerian military said. It also warned of collateral damage if "individuals and communities decide to provide sanctuary ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Friendswood police make arrest in child porn case
Ultimate Clear LakeFebruary 6, 2012

Investigators allege forensic analysts found several hundred illegal images on Moya's computer. The Friendswood Police Department, as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and detectives from Pearland, Santa Fe and the Department ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Offers Advice on Slip ...
PR Web (press release)February 17, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman offers advice on what to do following a slip and fall accident in New York. His advice augments the report of a Queens cemetery worker who broke his ankle after falling into an open grave.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Vice President Rubio? Not so fast
WND.comFebruary 5, 2012

“The Law of Nations,” a 1758 work by Swiss legal philosopher Emmerich de Vattel, was read by many of the American founders and informed their understanding of law later established in the Constitution. Vattel specified that a natural-born citizen is ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Grayson & Grayson LA Personal Injury Lawyers to Offer Legal Assistance to ...
Exec Digital (press release)February 16, 2012

Los Angeles Personal injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson is now providing legal representation for hit and run accident victims. Los Angeles personal injury lawyers from Grayson & Grayson will be offering victims of hit and run incidences free initial ...more »

Consumer Protection
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That's Not the Spirit
FutureOfCapitalism.comFebruary 8, 2012

... Affairs Committee, he was instrumental in drafting and passing major pieces of legislation including the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) and the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010.more »

Real Estate Law
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Construction Law Conferences Feature Judges and In-House Counsel, HB Announces
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

David S. Jaffe, Vice President, Legal Advocacy, Office of the General Counsel, NAHB Scott R. Vokey, General Counsel, Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company Brenda K. Radmacher of Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP HB is a leading provider of certified legal...more »

Courting arbitration: specialised chamber decides first arbitration cases
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

Arbitration would have never become a viable mechanism for resolution of commercial disputes were it not for the decisive role played by the Brazilian courts. Starting with the Supreme Court's 2001 landmark ruling on the Arbitration Law's ...more »

Sports Law
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"Tim Tebow Law" Would Let Homeschooled Virginia Kids Play Public School Sports...
Reason Online (blog)February 7, 2012

Sometime this week, Virginia lawmakers are expected to vote on a law which would allow the state's "tens of thousands of" homeschooled kids to play sports on public school teams; in fact it would prevent public schools from being part of any ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Teacher disputes criminal sexual conduct charge
Wahpeton Daily NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Thirty-six-year-old Matthew Ellsworth is on trial in Ramsey County District Court for criminal sexual conduct. Defense attorney Allan Kaplan argues Ellsworth had no intention of returning to the high school when the relationship took place.more »

State auditor's office looking into Sound Transit's practices
HeraldNetFebruary 12, 2012

Per state law, they're chosen from among officials elected by cities and counties in the Puget Sound region. That's why the agency has experienced delays in getting its projects done, and why the law should be changed to have the board members ...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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Meeting Held Regarding Cemetery Bankruptcy
Bay NetFebruary 7, 2012

By Marty Madden Over 100 people showed up for an open discussion of the Southern Memorial Gardens bankruptcy case. The meeting was held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the office of Davis, Upton, Palumbo and Dougherty, Attorneys at Law, in Prince Frederick.more »

Environmental Law
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Official: 10 states given waiver on No Child Left Behind learning laws
msnbc.comFebruary 9, 2012

By BEN FELLER, KIMBERLY HEFLING WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Thursday will free 10 states from the strict and sweeping requirements of the No Child Left Behind law, giving leeway to states that promise to improve how they prepare and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Iraq's Federalism Quandary
AINA (press release)February 28, 2012

This stalemate is most consequential in the realm of oil and gas development, which will generate an estimated $1 trillion in revenue over the coming decade. The KRG has proposed a revenue-sharing regimen that not only would protect Kurdistan's share ...more »

Family Law
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Ramapo father-in-law in labor trafficking case denies abuse, servitude
The Journal News | LoHud.comFebruary 24, 2012

A Ramapo man charged in a labor trafficking and sex abuse case painted a family portrait in stark contrast to that of his daughter-in-law, who says she was overworked, beaten and sexually abused in the household she shared with her husband and his ...more »

Workers Compensation
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No Virginia Workers Compenstion Benefits for Virginia Laborer's Out of State ...
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 8, 2012

Just as yesterday's post discussed where to bring a personal injury action for a Virginia resident, this post will look at the same question from the point of view of an on the job accident claim. At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., ...more »

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