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Toy firm owners get 3 years in money laundering case
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The case involving Angel Toys was the result of an investigation by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations division and the California attorney general's Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement.more »

Futuristic three-wheeled vehicle shown to Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition
ABC Action NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A prototype three-wheeled vehicle that is being offered as a safer alternative to law enforcement motorcycles. "Instead of dealing with trying to fix the problem, you have to fix the solution. And the solution is to develop a frame which is going to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Assange extradition case hearing begins in top UK court
NDTVFebruary 1, 2012

He has said after earlier hearings that he fears he will eventually be handed over to the United States. While the legal battle has dragged on, Assange's celebrity status has grown -- he is to host his own TV show and will make an appearance as himself ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Clubhouse Lawyer: Jones Day Partner to Lead US Golf Assocation
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

In law and in golf, Glen Nager has had an exceptional mentor. The Jones Day litigation partner clerked for US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in 1983. And when Nager started hitting the links some years later, the pair played several rounds ...more »

Immigration Law
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UK tribunal rules radical preacher Abu Qatada will be released on bail within days
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

After six years in custody, Abu Qatada could be freed within days for three months under stringent conditions, a judge at the Special Immigration Appeals Commission in London said. Abu Qatada has been fighting to be released after the European Court of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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2012 State of the Industry
Specialty Fabrics Review magazineFebruary 3, 2012

The military segment covers safety and protective products for troops, firefighters and law enforcement. A driving force behind product development for the firefighter, law enforcement and industrial markets, the military's influence on the safety and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal on FAA bill tweaks union rules, adds flights in DC
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

The bill sets a new requirement for half the workers in a bargaining unit to petition the National Mediation Board for a vote to certify a union, up from the current 35%. -- Development of "NextGen" air-traffic control equipment.more »

Insurance Litigation
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LITIGATION PARALEGAL
Orlando SentinelFebruary 8, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Oracle rejects $272M award from SAP, wants new trial on intellectual property...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

SAP AG has admitted that a now-closed subsidiary, TomorrowNow, pilfered Oracle's intellectual property. Oracle argued that this helped SAP undercut Oracle for similar services. SAP said it didn't make much use of the documents and should have to pay ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ARÉVALO-GIRÓN v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, and Ada E. Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disrupting the Moral Forcefield in Social Psychology: Affirmative Action for ...
Reason Online (blog)February 2, 2012

He called for affirmative action to make the field 10 percent conservative by 2020. In support of his ideas, Haidt pointed to "taboos and danger zones," subjects that turn on the moral "force field" and prevent researchers from exploring "the full ...more »

House Approves 4 Years of Funds for Aviation Programs
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

WASHINGTON — The House on Friday approved $63 billion to pay for federal aviation programs through 2015, acting after five years of dispute and 23 short-term extensions of financing that the Federal Aviation Administration said made it harder to carry ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants priced out of their homes by Olympics as landlords cash in
MetroFebruary 2, 2012

Tenants are being driven out of their homes during the Olympics so their landlords can cash in on soaring rents. Even long-term residents have been told they will be evicted because of the shortage of accommodation expected in London in July and August ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

Litigation
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PENNSYLVANIA NATIONAL MUTUAL CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY v. ROBERTS
Leagle.comFebruary 6, 2012

COMPLEX INSURANCE CLAIMS LITIGATION ASSOCIATION, Amicus Supporting Appellee. ATTSGOOD REALTY COMPANY; STEWART D. SACHS, as trustee of the assets of Dreck, Incorporated, Defendants. COMPLEX INSURANCE CLAIMS LITIGATION ASSOCIATION, Amicus Supporting ...more »

Business Law
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Today's media stories from the papers
The GuardianFebruary 1, 2012

P3 Website TripAdvisor told to curb its claims by Advertising Standards Authority. P3 L'Oreal's anti-wrinkle ad banned as 'misleading'. P12 Downton's signing of Shirley MacLaine heralds biggest catfight since Dynasty. P21 Apple lures Dixons' John ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Why the Military Hates Fossil Fuels
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Army had several examples of energy-saving technologies on display, including a solar-powered water purifier and a tent with solar cells, during the Association of the United States Army's Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ruth sets deadlines for witness depositions in personal injury lawsuit
Madison County RecordFebruary 2, 2012

14, 2010 when he sustained injuries to his neck, head, back and shoulders after a leveler collapsed while he was standing on it. Ruth set the trial date for Sept. 4. He ordered Luksza to identify retained expert witnesses by March 1, and ordered the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Turkey welcomes French constitutional appeal of 'genocide' law
FRANCE 24February 1, 2012

By Tony Todd (text) Turkey on Wednesday welcomed an appeal by some 130 French lawmakers for the Constitutional Court to overturn a law that would criminalise genocide denial in France. The draft law, which was passed by the Senate in January, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.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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A New Alternative For Real Estate Investors
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

Over 50 years ago, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation that enabled small investors to make investments in large-scale, significant income-producing real estate. This law, named the REIT Act, combined the attributes of mutual funds and ...more »

Stanford, Deutsche Bank, Gupta, BP, News Corp. in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

The case is US v. Stanford, 09cr342, US District Court, Southern District of Texas (Houston). Deutsche Bank AG won dismissal of two lawsuits in which investors in residential mortgage-backed securities accused the bank of selling them securitized loans ...more »

Sports Law
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Prentice Power Sports sells
Minden TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Prentice Power Sports will soon have a new name and new owner. Paul Prentice, centre, recently sold his business to Steve Harper, left, who has been cottaging in the Highlands for 10 years. Harper's brother-in-law Dan Bursey will be managing the shop, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Arizona's Law Office of Corso & Rhude Expands with Addition of New Attorney
openPR (press release)February 3, 2012

(openPR) - The Law Office of Corso & Rhude has announced the hiring of its newest attorney, Ryan Cummings, who joins the firm's growing staff of defense attorneys at its Peoria office. Peoria, AZ, February 03, 2012 -- The Law Office of Corso & Rhude ...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...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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Wonkbook: Economy poised to beat expectations in 2012. But will Congress get ...
Washington Post (blog)February 9, 2012

At the same time, the Treasury and the IRS also released proposed regulations to implement a 2010 US law known as the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which requires foreign financial institutions to report detailed information about US account ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bain of Obama: Solyndra audit expected next week
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 2, 2012

The White House is expected to release late next week its audit of Energy Dept. loans to alternative energy firms. The audit was ordered up last October by former White House chief of staff Bill Daley an effort to stanch the political bleeding from the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Slamming the Door on the Government Thieves
Huffington Post (blog)February 6, 2012

The poorly maintained records and the lack of a system to probate the wills of the Indian landowners was the main reason the land is so fractionated and it is the very government now willing to take $2 billion from the cash poor Indians to straighten ...more »

Family Law
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Family look at legal action
Jarrow & Hebburn GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

JAMES Bennett's family are considering legal action as they demand health chiefs act on South Tyneside coroner Terrence Carney's findings. They claimed NHS cost-cutting had contributed to the grandfather-of-three's poor care due to a lack of nurses at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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