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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama's proposal for Senate votes on judicial nominees deserves bipartisan ...
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, wrote about "Our Broken Judicial Confirmation Process" and said this: "Wasteful and unnecessary delay in the process of selecting judges hurts our justice system and harms all Americans. It is intolerable no matter who ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

BEFORE: Jones, J., Sweeney, PJ, and Kilbane, J. {¶ 1} Plaintiffs-appellants, Anthony Gati and Suzie Galemmo, appeal the trial court's judgments (1) denying their motion for a temporary restraining order and (2) dismissing their claim under the Ohio ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's Immigration Law to Cost State Millions in Lost Taxes, Study Says
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Alabama employers say Latinos -- including legal immigrants -- are not showing up at their jobs because of the hostile environment they feel since an immigration law took effect.AP Print Email Share Comments Recommend Tweet Related Stories New Immig.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This appeal arises from the district court's order dismissing Plaintiffs-Appellants' ("Retirees") claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to the Railway Labor Act's ("RLA") exclusive and mandatory dispute resolution process that applies to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Animal Law
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Vets want Animal Welfare Act tightened
Radio New ZealandFebruary 13, 2012

Veterinarians want the Animal Welfare Act tightened so there is more control over who can carry out surgical procedures on animals. The Ministry of Agriculture has begun a review of the 12-year-old Act and is also developing the country's first ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favored the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Complete Discovery Source Expands Into San Francisco and Chicago
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The company partners with law firms and corporate legal departments to provide electronic discovery services for litigation and investigations. The addition of these offices is a direct response to client demand and will allow CDS to better support ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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One good turn deserves another
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 14, 2012

It neither was, nor is, my intent to imply that Mr. Affonce is in favor of abolishing Affirmative Action. Personally, I don't know Mr. Affonce, and have no reason to believe that he opposes Affirmative Action, the only tool that will achieve any ...more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Higher rents for some - despite shared landlord
This is South WalesFebruary 1, 2012

A LEGAL deal means some tenants in Neath, Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley pay higher rents than their neighbours even though they share the same landlord. The quirk is down to an agreement made when NPT Homes took control of more than 9000 council ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The European Reality Avoidance Scheme (and How the United States Colludes)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Drug crime in Mexico. Oil security. Don't get me wrong. Those things are all important. If the frigid stand-off between Iran and its enemies flickers into outright conflict, the economic consequences -- forget the strategic ones, for a moment -- could ...more »

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Itronics Named a Medium Entrepreneurial Technology Company of the Year by NCET ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

("safe harbor" statement under the private securities litigation reform act of 1995:This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements such as statements regarding the Company's growth and profitability)("safe harbor" statement under ...more »

Business Law
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Group mulls hedge fund advertising, crowdsourcing capital
Ct PostFebruary 1, 2012

A government advisory panel is considering moves that would allow startups to raise money online and permit hedge funds to advertise. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Disabled vet to VA: 'I'm still alive'
Florida TodayFebruary 4, 2012

Government thinks Army veteran Jerry Miller is deceased and wants $94000 in benefits back. Not so fast, he says Living vet declared dead four times: Army veteran Jerry Miller is puzzled as to how the military could have deemed him dead and asked for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Va officials want fund set up to catch child sexual predators to benefit other ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2010 adding a $10 assessment to every criminal conviction, with the funds going to Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. Lawmakers expected the new statute to generate $1.8 million a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Marriage Equality' and The Power of Words in Law
TowleroadFebruary 1, 2012

Some ground rules: First, the scope of this column is limited to the courtroom, where legal advocates are making the argument that laws and constitutional amendments that limit marriage to man-woman unions are unconstitutional.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Hearing on bill to protect dental patients
Reading EagleFebruary 10, 2012

It took four years of hard work (getting the law changed). It has not been an easy road. "But this is a no-brainer. This is not a Democrat or Republican issue." Others who testified during the hearing, including Dr. Bernard P. Dishler, president-elect ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How to Break Up the Banks
Barron'sFebruary 4, 2012

Roberta Karmel, a onetime Securities and Exchange Commissioner who's now one of just two Centennial Professors at Brooklyn Law School, sees problems with reforms in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 -- the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Foreign Investment in Florida Due in Part to 2011 Florida Legal Reforms and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Market reports are confirming the great amount of international interest in Florida real estate investment and development. In the last quarter of 2011, one report reveals that Florida took the lion's share in foreign investor interest from the rest of ...more »

Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Sports Law
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City Celebrates National Girls and Women in Sports Day with Mural, Declaration
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

YWCA hosts event celebrating 40th anniversary of law providing women equal opportunity in athletics on National Girls and Women in Sports Day. By Sandy Phaneuf Gymnasts from the YWCA's competitive girls team Jaymee Volante, Gina Fidrych, and Anne-Marie ...more »

Criminal Defense
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George Huguely's trial in Yeardley Love's death begins Monday with jury selection
Washington PostFebruary 5, 2012

“This is a very well and strategically charged prosecution,” said Steven Benjamin, a Richmond defense lawyer who is president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Absent a dispute about whether Huguely went to the apartment, ...more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

The slings and arrows of at-will employment
Las Vegas WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

Second, because age seems less at issue here than appearance, and discrimination law barely touches the subject. Michigan is the only state with an outright ban on appearance discrimination, though Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode notes in her book ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bank Credit Ratings, 'Zombie Banks,' PepisCo: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

US Senator Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he wouldn't rule out proposing legislation to protect money market mutual funds from new rules being planned at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The mutual funds industry is fighting new ...more »

Environmental Law
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Report: Fewer businesses in Consumers Energy's territory buying power from ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

When the law was enacted in October 2008, 3 percent of Consumers' customers were buying from alternative providers. Ten months later, that figure hit the 10 percent cap. The number of choice customers in Consumers Energy's service territory was 1069 in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Council member Doran did things his way on Clearwater City Council
Tampabay.comFebruary 11, 2012

The 65-year-old is a tax accountant and an attorney in probate, wills and trusts; for a time, he also worked as a real estate agent. Self-employed, he typically works until 9 every night. Born in Indianapolis, Doran served a year in South Korea with ...more »

Family Law
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Proposal extends medical leave to veterans' families
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Amanda Palleschi Family members of veterans would be entitled to the same leave afforded to family members of current military service members under an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act announced Monday. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Worker's failure to file comp claim foils suit
Workers Comp ForumFebruary 2, 2012

In Alaska, a municipality can be considered a "project owner" that is required to pay benefits to an injured worker if the worker's employer is a contractor that failed to secure the payments. Case name: Nelson v. Municipality of Anchorage, No.more »


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