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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)February 29, 2012

Indeed, if banks or other financial institutions broke the law or treated the families they served unfairly, they should pay the price - and with this settlement they will. I would note that these funds are paid entirely by the banks.more »

Health Care Law
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Gingrich Turns to Health Care
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 27, 2012

By Danny Yadron NASHVILLE – Newt Gingrich sat in a law firm's event room here Monday with a small panel of health-care professionals to discuss overhauling President Barack Obama's 2010 health-care law, among other things. For the first 20 minutes, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Star Jones Does Not Agree with Law School Lawsuits
JDJournal.comFebruary 29, 2012

There are some people in the national spotlight who actually do agree with Robinson and his points of view regarding the legal world. One such person in agreement with Robinson is Star Jones, the former lawyer who turned herself into a television host.more »

Immigration Law
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Car makers asked to opposed Ala immigration law
CBS NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Opponents of Alabama's crackdown on illegal immigration said Monday they have asked the state's three international automakers to help fight for repeal of the law, which Gov. Robert Bentley and Republican legislative leaders only want to tweak in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Rutherford IDB approves $6.25M trust with Nissan check
The Daily News JournalFebruary 29, 2012

MURFREESBORO — The Rutherford County Industrial Development Board approved a trust agreement today with Nissan after accepting a check for about $6.25 million. The check covers IDB fees since Nissan reached a property tax break agreement on a lease ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Congressman facing pressure from Jewish groups on adviser's religious divorce ...
Fox NewsFebruary 29, 2012

The dispute, among others, has prompted some discussion within the rabbinical community of how to avoid these situations. Herzfeld said that, for any wedding he officiates, he always requires the bride and groom to sign a prenuptial agreement of sorts ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer seeks to move Sandusky lawsuit
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 27, 2012

By Ben Present, The Legal Intelligencer An insurance company is trying to bring a lawsuit filed by Penn State University in Centre County about 200 miles east to the First Judicial District, according to a motion filed last week in Philadelphia Common ...more »

Animal Law
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OR-7, Lone Wolf In California, Inspires Conservationist Push
Huffington PostFebruary 28, 2012

The gray wolf is already protected in California under the federal government's Endangered Species Act, which prohibits hunting of the animal. But the federal government has not developed a plan specifically for gray wolves in California, which is what ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Yahoo, Microsoft, Motorola Mobility: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

Inc. asked Facebook Inc. to license technologies covered by its intellectual property and threatened to take legal action if the companies don't reach an agreement. “We must insist that Facebook either enter into a licensing agreement or we will be ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Loose Asbestos Tiles Closes School for Repairs (blog)February 1, 2012

For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or former employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High court to take new look at affirmative action
USA TODAYFebruary 21, 2012

The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in admissions. This time around, a more conservative court is being asked to ...more »

Aviation bodies see turbulent 2012 for airlines
ReutersFebruary 29, 2012

By Robert Evans | GENEVA (Reuters) - Rising fuel prices and financial turmoil in Europe signal big problems for the international airline industry in 2012 and are likely to force a cutback in flights, according to two key aviation bodies.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent Control Records 9042 Cases
Daily GuideFebruary 24, 2012

Between January and December 2011, the total number of rent related cases reported by landlords to the department stood at 4000 while tenants reported 5042 cases. 5042 cases were amicably settled while 3000 were struck out. 690 cases were referred to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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18 Attorneys at McDonald Hopkins Law Firm Named Ohio Super Lawyers and Rising ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

...Litigation Practice Michael J. Kaczka, Member, Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department David T. Movius, Co-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Matthew A. Salerno, Member, Business Restructuring and Bankruptcy Department Super Lawyers, ...more »

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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on U.S. and Australian Gene Patenting ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Genetic Technologies Limited (asx:GTG) (UTD:GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Business Law
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Writing it more real than reality could be
Mail & Guardian OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

During the day he worked as an advertising copywriter. When the magazine market for western stories dried up, he turned to crime fiction with The Big Bounce. His stature has grown steadily. With the imminent publication of his new novel Raylan ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Two injured in military police crackdown on sit-in at Suez's judicial complex
Ahram OnlineFebruary 28, 2012

A host of employees, hundreds according some media reports, at the judicial complex staged a sit-in to demand financial benefits and perks. They consequently closed the doors of the complex, and hence the military police stepped in to forcibly open ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Asheville area man sentenced in child porn case
Asheville Citizen-TimesFebruary 18, 2012

The investigation was handled by the department's computer crimes unit. “Child predators have a large presence in most communities, and their activities have been greatly facilitated by the ease of finding child pornography material on the Internet,” ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ambulance Chasers Offer Lessons in Digital Marketing
AdAge.comFebruary 29, 2012

More than 800 trial-attorney firms, according to NMS, actively spend on Google keyword advertising, with at least 25 such firms spending more than $100000 annually with Google. And terms that are hot-button issues in the personal-injury legal realm ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Black Hawks In Boston: The American Military Empire Comes Home
NJ TODAYFebruary 6, 2012

Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, no court can save it…” – Judge Learned Hand, 1944 The bedrock of the American republic is fracturing. The Constitution is being eviscerated by government leaders ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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INSIGHT-Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
ReutersFebruary 23, 2012

In pursuing these claims, the FDIC acts more like a bankruptcy receiver whose main goal is to collect money, not punish executives. But with the dearth of criminal prosecutions in the aftermath of the financial crisis, the FDIC's liability claims carry ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Sudbury woman files negligence lawsuit
Wicked LocalFebruary 26, 2012

The counts are: negligence, breach of contract, violation of state regulations and Consumer Protection Act violations. No one believes Sudbury Pines or Henderson acted maliciously, but “it was certainly negligence and it may have been a heightened ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Where's the homebuyer boom?
The Real Deal New York (blog)February 28, 2012

By Leigh Kamping-Carder Why aren't more people buying residential real estate? That was a question posed today by Jonathan Miller, CEO of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, at the third annual breakfast forum organized by the New York Law School's ...more »

US Pushes Target for Hiring the Disabled
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

By MELANIE TROTTMAN Employers and business groups are trying to stop an Obama administration effort that calls for federal contractors to hire a minimum number of disabled workers and could penalize those who don't by revoking their contracts.more »

Sports Law
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WECT, weather & sports Wilmington, NC 2 injured, 3 arrested ...
WECT-TV6February 29, 2012

"This action by local non-Indian law enforcement is in excess of their authority under Federal law and is a flagrant violation of Tribal sovereignty and an affront to Tribal governments and Indian people across this country," he said.more »

Criminal Defense
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Chief of Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division Rejoins Chadbourne ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

... Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware, has rejoined the Firm's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Investigations and Litigation Group as Counsel in the Washington, DC office.more »

Bakersfield Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud And To A Mortgage Fraud...
Mortgage DailyFebruary 15, 2012

According to her plea agreement in the tax fraud case, King willfully aided, assisted, and counseled a taxpayer in the preparation and presentation to the Internal Revenue Service of a false and fraudulent individual income tax return (Form 1040) for ...more »

Ex-professor sues Trocaire
Buffalo NewsFebruary 20, 2012

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court Western District of New York, also alleges age discrimination. A lawyer representing the college denied Marosan's allegations, calling them baseless. "Frankly, I think he's making scandalous allegations to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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ECB Basel 'Voice,' Credit Bureau Oversight, Swaps: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 17, 2012

The measures are part of a draft law that the EU intends will bolster protection of savers and prevent bank runs. The draft law would shield a depositor from losses on savings of as much as 100000 euros ($130000) and set, from 2017, a reimbursement ...more »

Environmental Law
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EU Oil Sands Policy Likely To Get Ministers' Attention
Wall Street JournalFebruary 22, 2012

Thursday, experts from the 27 EU governments will vote on an update, proposed by the European Commission, to the so-called Fuel Quality Directive, a piece of EU law that encourages, as part of a broader EU effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions the use ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 22
The StateFebruary 22, 2012

(803) 781-3013; ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: Open Gallery weekend, 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the SC Political Collections galleries will be ...more »

Family Law
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Father-in-law considered a 'person of interest' in Susan Powell disappearance
KSL-TVFebruary 8, 2012

However, he also said several other people have peaked their interest about Susan's disappearance. "They'll be some friends, family friends, family members," he said. "We'll go back and talk to some of the family members that would be related.more »

Workers Compensation
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Express Scripts Unveils New Program to Deter Fraud in Workers' Comp Prescriptions
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 28, 2012

Express Scripts, Inc. has established a comprehensive fraud, waste and abuse (FWA) detection program for workers' compensation payers, which can help stem the rising costs associated with the widespread abuse of prescription narcotics.more »


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