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10 top tips on becoming a franchisee
Mirror.co.ukFebruary 1, 2012

1 Find out what franchises are available: There are franchise exhibitions, directories, magazines, all devoted to franchising and starting a business. Start by visiting the British Franchise Association website, www.thebfa.org.more »

Law Firm Moving to The Colonnade at Station Square in Silver Spring, MD
Citybizlist Real EstateFebruary 1, 2012

The Law Offices of Gary M. Gilbert & Associates, PC has signed a 15440-square-foot lease at 1100 Wayne Ave., a 162834-square-foot building in Silver Spring, MD owned by Bethesda-based Moore & Associates. The Ezra Company Principal/Executive Vice ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Floyd supervisors set hearing on zoning law change
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

CHARLES CITY - The Floyd County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing and first reading for a proposed change to its newly-revised zoning ordinance at 9 am Feb. 13. The change will be in the small wind energy portion of the ordinance.more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as US Health Care Eclipses Manufacturing
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ECBH to host info sessions on changes
Outer Banks SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

Peterson added that several Medicaid waiver programs will be addressed in the sessions. Medicaid was created in 1965 as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. The joint federal-state program provides health care insurance to low-income people ...more »

Immigration Law
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Expanding solar power company exemplifies Brentwood's economic goals
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Rodda's success is an example of the growing industries that the city of Brentwood would like to attract to create more jobs and generate revenue here. More than a decade ago, Brentwood incorporated economic development goals into its General Plan and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Herdt: The seed of a pension compromise?
Ventura County StarFebruary 1, 2012

By Timm Herdt As any mediator might tell you, the best way to resolve a dispute is to ask adversaries to spell out their bottom-line concerns and then try to fashion a solution that serves the core interests of both sides. In the ongoing battle over ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Las Vegas Mob Experience developer hit with two lawsuit judgments
VEGAS INCFebruary 2, 2012

By Steve Green (contact) Jay Bloom, founder of the bankrupt Las Vegas Mob Experience tourist attraction, faces new legal problems in the form of two lawsuit judgments requiring that he and one of his companies pay a total of $153818.more »

Animal Law
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Horse slaughtering resumes in US as legislation languishes in Congress
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under pressure from animal rights groups and many horse owners, the domestic slaughter industry was effectively ended in the US in 2007, when Congress stopped funding for Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter houses since uninspected ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Picks Up 2 Paul Hastings IP Litigators
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (February 02, 2012, 3:03 PM ET) -- Goodwin Procter LLP has bulked up its Los Angeles office with two intellectual property partners specializing in high-stakes patent litigation from Paul Hastings LLP, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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County lawyer choice called 'insult'
Albany Times UnionFebruary 1, 2012

( Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Ross D. Levi, executive director of the Pride Agenda, center, speaks about their objection to the nomination of Tom Marcelle to the position of Albany County Attorney at their offices in Albany, NY Jan. 31, 2012.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Labor Department extends comment period on proposed rule to improve ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

The rule proposed by OFCCP would strengthen the affirmative action and reporting obligations of federal contractors by requiring them to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their employees be qualified workers with disabilities.more »

New USAF X-Plane, the X-56A UAV, Revealed by Aviation Week
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In exclusive coverage, Aviation Week has revealed a new US Air Force X-plane, the X-56A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will test active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation-- vital technologies that ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Prosecution calls for six-year sentence in Nova case
Helsingin SanomatFebruary 2, 2012

All three defendants have denied criminal activity. Merisalo was astounded by the demand. “It is probably the heaviest demand in years in this kind of an economic crime case”, he said. The trial involving the bankruptcy of the Nova Group began in ...more »

Litigation
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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Madigan Army doc Suspended Over PTSD Comments
Military.comFebruary 6, 2012

A Madigan Army Medical Center psychiatrist who screens soldiers for PTSD has been removed from clinical duties while investigators look into controversial remarks he made about patients and the financial costs of disability benefits, according to US ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child porn charges filed against Friendswood man
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 5, 2012

By TJ Aulds FRIENDSWOOD — A five-month investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force landed a 38-year-old Friendswood man in jail on charges of possession of child pornography, Friendswood police said. Julian Moya III, was taken ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury claims pushing up car insurance costs
QCKFebruary 23, 2012

By Liz Parks Legal fees caused by personal injury and whiplash claims are costing UK motorists up to £2.4 million a day in inflated car insurance costs, according to a new report. According to the study from the Association of British Insurers (ABI), ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

It's expected to last from 1 to 4 pm Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal opinions but did not get responses within the time constraints of this report.more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SAFF wants farm commissioner to have bite
ABC OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

SAFF president Peter White says the position stemmed from farmer concerns that their machinery is not covered by the Consumer Protection Act, and the move is a welcome one. He says it is hoped farmers will now have an alternative to the courts when it ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
SunHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

He has worked for his family's business doing legal work and real estate development. He is the only Jewish Republican serving in Congress, and is the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history. He co-wrote the book “Young Guns: A New ...more »

Courting arbitration: specialised chamber decides first arbitration cases
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

Arbitration would have never become a viable mechanism for resolution of commercial disputes were it not for the decisive role played by the Brazilian courts. Starting with the Supreme Court's 2001 landmark ruling on the Arbitration Law's ...more »

Sports Law
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Club Development Seminar To Take Place In Limerick
The Clare HeraldFebruary 6, 2012

This seminar will feature leading speakers on issues such as Sport and the Law, Club Governance and Best Practice in Coaching, to help clubs across Limerick City and County to tackle the principal problems they face and to ensure they are well ...more »

Criminal Defense
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HIV law is too severe given risks, critics say
Waterloo Cedar Falls CourierFebruary 5, 2012

He claims the law violates Bogardus' rights against cruel and unusual punishment and his First Amendment Right of freedom of speech. The First Amendment not only protects speech, it protects the absence of speech, in essence the right to remain silent.more »

Beware of IRS tax refund check thefts
NorthFulton.comFebruary 3, 2012

28, a victim in the 3200 block of Sweetwater Drive called authorities to report a check fraud in the amount of $1542. "She received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service stating the check had been cashed," a deputy said. The check's signature was ...more »

Fairfax taken to task over court case delay
The AustralianFebruary 8, 2012

Michael Gill, who was fired as Financial Review Group chief executive and editor-in-chief last March, is suing Fairfax for age discrimination, seeking $1.02 million in compensation and the payout of his incentive scheme shares, as well as the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futures On Credit-Default Swaps Seen As Natural Evolution
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

If a borrower defaults, sellers of the protection compensate buyers. The swaps--traded over the phone or on-screen, with prices known only to trading partners--are the domain of asset managers and hedge funds with the sophistication and financial ...more »

Environmental Law
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EDITORIAL: Lawmakers off track with legislation
New Haven RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

For example, the federal government fined motor fuel refiners $6.8 million last year for failing to use an alternative fuel that doesn't exist. Under the 2007 energy independence law, the refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons of fuel from ...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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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

"This law is our effort to help other children who may be in the same situation," Julie Anderson said. "Custody should be awarded not on the antiquated notion that the mother is the best caretaker." HB888, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Facebook Photos Doomed Workers' Comp Claim
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

By JEFF D. GORMAN (CN) - A retailer and its insurance company properly used pictures of a worker drinking and partying to fight claims that he deserved workers' compensation for a hernia, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled. Zackery Clement was injured ...more »

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