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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Police hearing 'low level' complaints
Caymanian CompassFebruary 1, 2012

“More serious matters, which require discipline hearings to be convened, remain subject of the legal challenge,” the police statement read. “The status of the legal challenge is expected to be remedied within the near future.more »

Health Care Law
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Alaska Senate committee advances health exchange
Boston.comFebruary 3, 2012

JUNEAU, Alaska—The Senate Finance Committee has advanced legislation that would establish a health care exchange in Alaska. An exchange is a marketplace for coverage options. Under the federal health care law, the government could step in and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones defines the student-athlete term
CSNChicago.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Chico's older brother and Taylor's sister were Jones graduates. They recommended the school, which ranks No. 9 academically among all public schools in the state. It features a selective enrollment for its 820 students. The average ACT score is 25.5.more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. Legislature faces immigration law changes, budget problems in 2nd session ...
The RepublicFebruary 4, 2012

BOB JOHNSON AP MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature is preparing to enter its second regular session since Republicans took control in 2010 for the first time in more than a century. Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn and Lt. Gov.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 1 - Industrial policy
FM.co.zaFebruary 2, 2012

SA's industrial development zone (IDZ) programme has been a disappointment. Government is now overhauling and expanding it but scepticism remains, writes Claire Bisseker Since 2000, the IDZ programme has been marred by underdelivery , gross ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Selective Insurance Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2011 Earnings
PR Newswire (press release)February 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. For the quarter, net income per diluted share was $0.29 and operating income(1) was ...more »

Animal Law
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Pit bulls may lose 'vicious' label due to bill
Dayton Daily NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Ron Alvey Mark Kumpf, director of the Montgomery County Animal Resource Center, places a pit bull in a cage. Ohio Senate voted 27-5 on Tuesday to rewrite the state's vicious dog law. By Lawrence Budd, Staff Writer 8:56 PM Wednesday, February 1, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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City commission could take up rights ordinance within next few months
Salina.comFebruary 7, 2012

By CHRIS HUNTER A proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes under the city's equal opportunity and affirmative action ordinance could come before the Salina City Commission as soon as 90 days. The proposal was brought ...more »

Aviation Partners seeks dismissal of Airbus winglet lawsuit
FlightglobalFebruary 2, 2012

Seattle-based Aviation Partners (API), patent-holder of the blended winglet, is seeking the dismissal of an Airbus lawsuit aiming to clarify the intellectual property rights of the European airframer's alleged use of API's winglet on the Airbus A320's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord must send a CRP to tenant
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Q I rent a house in Minneapolis, and I want to get my renter's property tax refund, but my landlord hasn't given me my Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP). What should I do? A Under state law, the owner of any homestead rental property must furnish a CRP to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

Litigation
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Infocast's Commercial Litigation Funding & Investment 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 07, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Infocast will hold its Commercial Litigation Funding & Investment 2012 in New York, NY March 14 - 16, 2012. Third party commercial litigation funding is emerging as a multi-billion dollar ...more »

Business Law
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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military preparedness does not come cheap
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 7, 2012

Yes, that $102 billion delta is still a lot of money, but military salaries and benefits have increased almost 90 percent during this interval — roughly 30 percent more than inflation — and now consume a third of the budget.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Fremont man faces child pornography charges
Fremont TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

... after investigators discovered several pictures of boys engaged in a sexually explicit nature on his home computer. The warrant said the Attorney General's office received several reports in March 2011 from the Nebraska State Patrol Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on the Likely ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

"Apparently the fatal elevator accident accident could have been prevented if proper safety protocols were followed," said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of the Perecman Firm, one of New York's personal injury law firms.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Santorum and the Chiropractor Lawsuit
ABC News (blog)February 14, 2012

Rick Santorum has often called for limits medical malpractice lawsuits, but back in 1999, his wife Karen sued her chiropractor $500000 for allegedly injuring her back. Santorum testified in the case, telling the jury that the injury caused his wife ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Lawmakers Working to Protect Millions of American Jobs
WDTVFebruary 2, 2012

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are on board to protect 4 million American jobs. Introduced last month, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act wants a ban on taxpayer subsidies to companies that choose to take American jobs overseas ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker faces obstruction charges
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 3, 2012

By Maria Cook, Ottawa Citizen February 3, 2012 12:00 AM An Ottawa real estate broker is facing 18 charges under the Real Estate and Business Brokers Act, which she says stem from false allegations made by "disgruntled exagents.more »

Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings (1) of $354.3 million, or $.97 per share, a per share increase of 54 percent over 2010. Full-year 2011 operating earnings (1) were $1.97 billion, ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Criminal Defense
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Jimmy Dimora's defense lawyer raises questions about J. Kevin Kelley's mental ...
Plain Dealer (blog)February 4, 2012

According to Kelley's earlier testimony, a Cleveland halfway house helped finance the trip in exchange for the commissioner's help in getting a county contract renewed. Follow Jimmy Dimora's trial live with The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.more »

Miller & Chevalier Adds James I. Warren and Alexander Zakupowsky, Jr. to the ...
Citybizlist (press release)February 7, 2012

These matters include operational and transactional tax advice and representation in tax controversies with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the audit and appeals level, as well as in connection with applications to the IRS national office for ...more »

Va. House approves bill allowing private adoption agencies to discriminate...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

The Virginia Board of Social Services in December adopted regulations allowing discrimination by private agencies based on personal factors, including gender, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and family status.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Judicial Committee seeks to reduce protection of automotive repair parts
Examiner.comFebruary 10, 2012

The bill, titled the “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales” (PARTS) Act, allows for the blanket manufacture, testing, importation and pre-sale distribution of repair parts that would otherwise infringe a design patent for automotive “component ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veale Wasbrough Vizards | Sisters lose contentious probate claim
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 1, 2012

In December last year, the High Court upheld the Will of a testator executed on his death-bed, leaving everything to his long-term partner, whom he married days before his death. The testator in Wharton - v - Bancroft & Others [2011] EWHC (Ch) 3250 ...more »

Family Law
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Paralyzed local attorney runs own family law practice
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

For seven years, Lewis has maintained his family law practice. He provides his services pro bono because he must remain below 85 percent of the federal poverty level to keep his eligibility for Medicaid. But Lewis is unable to get in or out of bed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hickenlooper, workers comp insurer want to slow down privatization process
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

John Hickenlooper and Colorado's only state-chartered workers compensation insurer have agreed to delay a proposal to privatize the company. Hickenlooper said Thursday more work needs to be done on the plan for Pinnacol Assurance.more »

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