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Aide: Arpaio accepts blame for botched sex cases
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By AP Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top aide said Tuesday that the sheriff accepts responsibility for hundreds of sex-crimes investigations that were inadequately investigated and Arpaio started working to clear up the backlog once the problem ...more »

Bengal babus to lose right to strike?
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

KOLKATA: It will be illegal for government employees in the state to go on strike or hold rallies if chief minister Mamata Banerjee has her way. In a decision that has sent ripples down both camps, the government wants to take away the employees ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Govt following the law: Pak Defence Minister
IBNLive.comFebruary 13, 2012

Mukhtaar added, "The case (next hearing) is going to start on February 28. We cannot expect early judgement. Our government is following the law and we will explore all options available in the legal framework." He added that he did not think that the ...more »

Health Care Law
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NRLC urges repeal of Obama health law's independent payment advisory board
Canada Free PressFebruary 28, 2012

Doctors who violate a 'quality' standard by prescribing more life-saving medical treatment than it permits will be disqualified from contracting with any of the health insurance plans that individual Americans, under the Obama Health Care Law, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Zavalla man arrested for stalking continues act from jail
KYTXFebruary 16, 2012

In the letter, he called the woman a prostitute several times, accused her father of performing sexual acts on her, and asked the man how he liked the prostitutes that were sent to him, an arrest affidavit stated. Jones said the woman told him a few ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law protesters receive suspended sentences
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 28, 2012

Illegal immigrants (black shirts) and others gather in the middle of Union Street to protest Alabama's Immigration Law in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2011. (Montgomery Advertiser, Julie Bennett) A group of undocumented aliens received ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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WV shale gas conference registration open
State JournalFebruary 28, 2012

By Taylor Kuykendall, Reporter - email The Greenbrier is hosting a national conference and expo on West Virginia's expanding shale gas industry. Registration for attendees and exhibitors is open for the April 1-3 conference.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Council to take up dispute regarding The Columbia Inn at Peralynna
Baltimore SunFebruary 9, 2012

6, the County Council introduced legislation at the request of the Lynns to amend the county's zoning regulations to create a conditional use (special zoning exception) for boutique hotels. Department of Planning and Zoning director Marsha McLaughlin ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida Faces Crises in Auto, Property Insurance Markets
Health Care NewsFebruary 9, 2012

Florida law mandates that all registered motor vehicle owners carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Insurance to facilitate quick medical care for vehicle crash-related injuries without regard to fault/liability and reduce litigation.more »

Animal Law
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Utah Consides Law Criminalizing Photography of Farms, Aimed at Animal Rights...
UprisingFebruary 23, 2012

The Utah state House may soon consider a law that would make it a crime to take a picture of a farm, while on the property, without consent from the farmer. The legislation is aimed at animal right activists who covertly film and photograph animals...more »

Intellectual Property
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National Academy of Inventors holds inaugural annual conference
EurekAlert (press release)February 27, 2012

"Mr. Kappos is the ideal person to lead the USPTO when it is charged with implementing the America Invents Act, milestone legislation passed last year that brings the most sweeping changes to patent law in generations." Before joining the USPTO, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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VVWD to receive 2.876M settlement
St. George Daily SpectrumFebruary 29, 2012

Later, after Bingham was retained by the District to serve as legal counsel, Bingham recommended that the District have attorneys represent the District on a contingency fee basis. The district had already incurred significant fees and litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Reviews Affirmative Action
ABC NewsFebruary 22, 2012

Mich. man who lost son serving in Iraq was protesting order to lower NJ flags. Video appears to show dinner guest glancing at Princess Mary's cleavage. Bill Weir goes to China to see how iPads and iPhones get made. Homeowners' association in Florida ...more »

Lawyer Snapshot: Randy Reep
Jacksonville Daily RecordFebruary 27, 2012

Field of practice: Criminal defense, DUI, personal injury and aviation law. Professional organizations: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Justice Association, Airline Pilots Association (pilot union).more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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More rent-stabilized tenants join suit against Jamaica landlord
New York Daily NewsFebruary 22, 2012

A group of rent-stabilized tenants from all over Jamaica are joining an existing lawsuit claiming that their landlord is harassing them to force them out. The disgruntled tenants said Zara Realty routinely charges them for basic repairs and calls them ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Your Questions on Bankruptcy Answered
JD Supra (press release)February 14, 2012

However, this does not mean that you would not be able to obtain credit. If you keep up your payments promptly, you will repair your credit rating and will be able to obtain credit in due course, often even before the expiry of 7 years.more »

Litigation
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Final $15.5 million settlement in Freedom BK
OCRegisterFebruary 29, 2012

As part of the bankruptcy deal, Freedom agreed to allow the carriers and the other unsecured creditors to pursue separate litigation to recover additional funds from the insurers for the company's officers and directors. The carriers and creditors ...more »

Business Law
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FTC Attorney to Join Microsoft
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

In recent years, Microsoft has emerged as Google's chief legal antagonist, working publicly and privately to get antitrust cops in Washington and Brussels interested in Google's activities. As part of his new job, Mr. Long will likely continue those ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Fears of 'hollow force' unfounded, lawmakers told
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 12, 2012

"It also is unlikely ... even in the case of drastically reduced military funding and a smaller military, (that) recruit quality would decline, pay and benefits would be drastically cut or US public support for the military would significantly decline ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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City Council hears update on ICAC
Holyoke EnterpriseFebruary 29, 2012

Holyoke City Council members heard a brief update about the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) initiative from Phillips County Sheriff's deputy Barry Winckler at their Tuesday, Feb. 21 regular meeting. Last year, the City voted to provide three ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Alert Public to Tulsa ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

The Oklahoma personal injury attorneys at the law firm of Atkins & Markoff, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.oklalawyer.com, hereby alert the public of a recent report published by the Tulsa World newspaper that details the investigation ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Extraordinary Constitutional Interpretation in Corona's Impeachment
JURISTFebruary 26, 2012

House of Representatives, a leading case on impeachment law in the Philippines. Here Corona stated in footnote 2, "Impeachment under the Philippine Constitution, as a remedy for serious political offenses against the people, runs parallel to that of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SAMRA moves in line with Companies Act
Bizcommunity.comFebruary 17, 2012

"Implementation is now vital to navigate the uncertainty and overreaction related to the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and the planned Protection of Private Information Act (POPI). It will give form to the association's strategic ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bankruptcy: Actions you should take before your filing
JD Supra (press release)February 28, 2012

If you need to speak with an attorney about bankruptcy, estate planning and probate, real estate tax deferred exchanges, small business services or another important legal matter, contact the law office of Robert L. Firth at 760-699-2892.more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Sports Shorts: PEA picked for NE tourney
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 29, 2012

The 5K begins at 9 am at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park.more »

Criminal Defense
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Wei believed she committed no crime at time of arrest
Dailyrecord.comFebruary 28, 2012

Lead defense attorney Steven Altman questions prosection witness Molly Wei during Dharun Ravi trial on Tuesday in Superior Court, New Brunswick. / Staff photo by Mark R. Sullivan NEW BRUNSWICK — Under lengthy cross-examination on Tuesday in Superior ...more »

IRS Threatens to Shut Down Medical Cannabis
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 23, 2012

Twelve medical cannabis states form a national alliance, 280E Reform, to challenge US IRS Tax Code 280E. The IRS threatens to turn back the clock on Harborside Health Center">medical cannabis. A national alliance of industry leaders, patients and ...more »

Rowan Atkinson: Miriam O'Reilly BBC ageism row an attack on 'free expression'
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 22, 2012

The BBC should have been allowed to sack Miriam O'Reilly from Countryfile without fear of sparking an age discrimination row, according to Rowan Atkinson, the actor. By Andrew Hough The Blackadder and Mr Bean star, 57, said O'Reilly's successful age ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Document Security Systems to Expand IP Portfolio in Cloud Computing, Mobile ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 27, 2012

DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented ...more »

Environmental Law
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BTU International Reports Fourth Quarter Sales and Fiscal Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 29, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--BTU International, Inc. (Nasdaq: BTUI), a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 26
The StateFebruary 26, 2012

Proceeds benefit local community service organizations and service projects provided by the St. Andrews Woman's Club. www.sawc-sc.org ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the SC ...more »

Family Law
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Bay Area couple wins case against federal same-sex marriage law
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 23, 2012

The law affects legally married same-sex couples in California and other states when it comes to the 1000-plus federal issues pertaining to marriage, such as federal tax filings, Medicaid and Social Security. Paul Clement, the attorney for the House ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Former Energy Employees May Be Eligible for Worker's Comp
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Part B covers current and former workers diagnosed with cancer, beryllium disease. Exposure to beryllium mist, dust or fumes can cause lung damage. Individuals or their survivors found eligible under Part B may receive a lump sum compensation payment ...more »

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