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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

Presidential Campaign Finances
WCTVFebruary 1, 2012

Friends of candidates set up these groups and by law, can raise unlimited dollars to typically run ads blasting an opponent. It includes this ad run by a group supporting former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney called, "restore our future".more »

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Administrative Law
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State's minimum liquor price law focus of battle
Greenwich TimeFebruary 29, 2012

Supporters of Governor Malloy's liquor law reform bill march from a rally at the Capitol to a public hearing on the bill at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Tuesday, February 28, 2012. Photo: Brian A. Pounds / Connecticut Post | Buy This ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senate Republican reintroduces measure to repeal health law's Independent ...
News-Medical.netFebruary 29, 2012

John Cornyn has reintroduced his legislation to repeal the health care reform law's Independent Payment Advisory Board with a way to pay for it, a sign that Senate Republicans are preparing to go after the provision. Cornyn (R-Texas) would pay for the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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EXCLUSIVE: Mick Dolenz
CNN (blog)February 29, 2012

Out law guns and outlaws will have them. This is a fact. This will leave the law abiding citizens vulnerable to crimes commited by criminals and psychos. IITS NOT THE LAW ABIDING CITIZENS WHO OWNS OR LEGALLY CARRIES THAT IS COMMITING CRIMINAL ACTS...more »

Immigration Law
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Jan Brewer Declines To Defend Immigration Policy To US Senate
Huffington PostFebruary 24, 2012

Jan Brewer (R) is ducking a US Senate invitation to come defend her state's harsh immigration law. Sen. Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) had challenged her Thursday to appear before his Senate Judiciary subcommittee to explain why the federal government's recent ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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BIO Testifies on Importance of Prompt Enactment of PDUFA V Recommendations
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Richard Pops, Chairman and CEO of Alkermes plc, testified today on behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health during a hearing entitled ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Guest Post By Paul Keating ON “ABUSIVE SUPPLEMENTAL FILINGS” The UDRP Case Of ...
TheDomains.comFebruary 22, 2012

Although NAF has its notorious Supplemental Rule 7, NAF panels have held that SR 7 is controlled by Policy Paragraph 12 (“[T]he controlling provision is Paragraph 12 of ICANN's Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the “Rules”), ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PW Bangalore availed of $60 million insurance without paying single penny in ...
Economic TimesFebruary 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: Price Waterhouse (PW) Bangalore, the tainted auditor of scam-hit Satyam, utilized over 95% of a $60-million (Rs 280 crore approximately) insurance cover available to all Price Waterhouse entities in India to meet post-fraud litigation...more »

Animal Law
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Again, fur flies over animal testing of cosmetics
The RepublicFebruary 22, 2012

By LEE BOWMAN - Scripps Howard News Service Animal-rights groups are returning to a fight with cosmetic firms they believed was settled decades ago -- product testing on live animals. The companies insist that they remain opposed to animal testing and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AppNexus Announces Initiative to Stop Piracy of Intellectual Property on the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AppNexus, the world leader in real-time advertising technology, announced today at the IAB Annual Leadership Meeting a new advertising industry initiative to combat piracy on the Internet. As part of the initiative, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Quebec needs an asbestos registry: environmentalist
CTV.caFebruary 29, 2012

Green's list was compiled over six months by tracking the public tender process; each time a building is renovated, by law the contractor must be made aware if asbestos is present. "(It's in) our schools and hospitals, in our CEGEPs and universities," ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Campus Life, After Affirmative Action: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 28, 2012

28 (Bloomberg) -- The Supreme Court's decision to hear a major case challenging affirmative-action policies at the University of Texas is widely seen as a sign that the five conservative justices in the majority are ready to do away with racial ...more »

PSS Aviation to Seek GSA Schedule, Expand to Federal Accounts
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- PSS Aviation (Professional Security Support) announced plans today to apply for a GSA Schedule and actively pursue federal contracts. Federal officials appreciate GSA Schedules as a means of procuring goods and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mark E. Adamczyk: Can association use reserve funds to purchase unit in community?
Naples Daily NewsFebruary 26, 2012

Under Florida law, an association may use one category of reserve funds towards another purpose, provided the community membership properly votes to do so. To designate an alternative use of reserve funds, the board must call a membership meeting, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AMR Won't Give U.S. Bank More Protection on Aircraft Collateral for Loans
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

US Bankruptcy Judge Sean Lane in Manhattan today denied requests from US Bank Trust NA and Wilmington Trust Co., saying the company currently had more than enough value to protect both banks' collateral, and that they could come back later if that ...more »

Litigation
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New Report Reveals Apple Inc. Patent Landscape
Daily DisruptionFebruary 28, 2012

... on consumer electronics giant, Apple Inc. The newly released report provides greater insight into Apple's patent portfolio and IP investments and outlines some of the most significant innovations, acquisitions and recent litigation activities.more »

Business Law
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ICE investigation leads to online gambling site domain seizure, indictments
Government Security NewsFebruary 29, 2012

"Today's indictment of Bodog Entertainment Group SA and its founder and operators sends a strong deterrent message to those that facilitate illegal online sports betting operations and commit crimes against our nation's financial system," said Special ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama Slashes Soldiers' Benefits to Pay Back Healthcare Industry Donors
Big GovernmentFebruary 29, 2012

Make no mistake; the President is downsizing our military, and this new military medical initiative is one sure way he will see volunteers leave the military knowing their benefits are jeopardized. At a time when Iran threatens the free world, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Sex predator arrested for sending pics to teenagers
Romeo ObserverFebruary 29, 2012

by CHRIS GRAY A Canton man has been accused of using a computer to send lewd pictures of himself to two local teenagers. The Macomb County Sheriff's Office arrested Taylor Best, 32, of Canton on Feb. 22 on six counts of felony crimes related to sending ...more »

Personal Injury
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Grand Rapids has paid three trip-and-fall personal injury claims made in 2011
MLive.comFebruary 27, 2012

comA snow plow-child collision allegedly caused by an inoperable crosswalk signal is among the road-related personal injury claims filed against Grand Rapids in 2011. GRAND RAPIDS – Of 12 roadway trip-and-fall claims filed with the city in 2011, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Tea and Sympathy
Inside Higher EdFebruary 29, 2012

The influence on the movement of constitutional-law scholars such as Foley is minute compared to that of the fantasies that Jill Lepore discusses in her recent book The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party's Revolution and the Battle Over American ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ask the taxgirl: Reporting Income Under $600
ForbesFebruary 9, 2012

If you have real questions – ie you're hiding in a closet while the feds bang on your door – you need to consult with a tax professional. If you live in my corner of the world, that might be me. But see #1. I do work at a law firm.more »

Consumer Protection
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Quebec man wins $16000 in damages for misleading sweepstake letter
National PostFebruary 29, 2012

The Supreme Court of Canada found that a Time sweepstake letter that appeared to tell Jean-Marc Richard he'd won more than $800000 breached Quebec's Consumer Protection Act. The court clarified that the act applies to as many consumers as possible and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Tips for Old Real Estate Professionals
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012

The site offers free marketing tips to real estate professionals. It also offers free e-books from some of the industry's top authors. Agents can read Donald Trump's How to Get Rich, Napoleon Hill's Law of Success, and Robert Kiyosaki's Rich Dad, ...more »

CB McGee restructures deal with Buffalo Bills
Wall Street JournalFebruary 23, 2012

AP Buffalo Bills cornerback Terrence McGee has agreed to restructure the final two years of his contract, providing the team salary relief if he continues to miss playing time. In exchange, McGee agreed to an incentive-laden deal based on him staying ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Working group considers changes to defending the poor
Lancaster Eagle GazetteFebruary 27, 2012

AP COLUMBUS -- An Ohio working group considering changes in how defense lawyers are provided for the poor has drafted a proposal that would shift the financial responsibility from counties to the state during a five-year period.more »

BBB Cautions Those Preparing to File Tax Returns
Patch.comFebruary 26, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

Important Ruling in Livermore Lab Case Preserves Age Discrimination Claims of ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 23, 2012

According to Gary Gwilliam of the law firm of Gwilliam, Ivary, Chiosso, Cavalli & Brewer, which represents the plaintiffs in this case, "The court's ruling that age discrimination is formally back in the case is good news, and we are convinced that we ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate and Gift Tax Considerations for 2012: IDGTs - And you Must Act Now!
ForbesFebruary 22, 2012

The IRC, among its many other complexities, provides for one set of rules for income taxation (which most people are all too familiar with) and a different set of rules for gift and estate taxation (which most are not). The Federal income tax and the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Alternative power line plans proposed for Upper Peninsula
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 22, 2012

By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel Energy writer Thomas Content keeps you current as you adapt to changes in the world of energy, climate change and efforts to build a greener economy. A variety of power line alternatives have emerged to supply ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
WA todayFebruary 29, 2012

Outside court, Mr Robins' eldest daughter, Melanie McDonald, said: ''Our justice system is a joke if a person doesn't even have a right to write their own will.'' Mr Estrella's lawyer, Terry Johansson, from Contested Wills & Probate Lawyers, ...more »

Family Law
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In This Age Of Technology And Social Media, Anything You Place On The Internet ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 29, 2012

This is especially dangerous for those involved in Stroudsburg divorce, custody, and family law matters. Either party can follow the trail left behind by e-mail, posts, pictures and other sources from their adversary to help build their cases.more »

Workers Compensation
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Ex-ND workers' comp director files federal appeal
Dickinson PressFebruary 26, 2012

By DALE WETZEL AP , The Associated Press - BISMARCK, ND A former North Dakota workers' compensation director has asked a federal judge to review his felony conviction for misspending state funds, claiming county prosecutors used false testimony to get ...more »

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