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Celebrating a Labour icon
VanguardFebruary 1, 2012

Chief Wogu proceeded to the then Imo State University for his legal study, and finished in 1986 and proceeded to the Nigeria Law School in 1987. In preparation for the onerous task he is now saddled with, Chief Emeka Wogu was appointed a two-term ...more »

TripAdvisor reviews that can't be trusted: Website fails to vet comments, says ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Sean Poulter TripAdvisor can no longer claim to offer 'trusted and honest' reviews, the advertising watchdog has ruled. It said that because the world's biggest travel website does not vet its 50million users' comments, it cannot guarantee they are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Read Transcript of Federal Medical Pot Hearing That Smoked Brewer's Suit
Phoenix New Times (blog)February 1, 2012

The January 4 dismissal of Brewer's lawsuit, which was clearly intended to thwart a new medical marijuana law, came after a December 12 hearing that didn't go well for one of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's lawyers. Horne, who hasn't been averse ...more »

Health Care Law
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Coakley, Cuccinelli to debate health care law
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two state attorneys general will square off in a discussion next week about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's federal health care law. Massachusetts' Martha Coakley and Virginia's Ken ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oldest legal firm on the go
Rockhampton Morning BulletinFebruary 2, 2012

WHEN the last Rees R & Sydney Jones sign is taken down from 186 Quay St, many memories will go with it. The oldest legal firm in Queensland is moving to a new location at 55 Denham St in April. Three of the six partners of the Rockhampton firm, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Holder should require Cook County to follow immigration law
Washington ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

For this reason, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials place detainers on illegal immigrants convicted of crimes. When state and local governments release them from custody, they are placed in the hands of federal officials, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
ReutersFebruary 3, 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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Assamba heads to UK high commission
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 1, 2012

She also served the voluntary sector through her work with United Way of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica, Association of Development Agencies, Women's Leadership Initiative ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NewPage retiree lawsuit continues
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

Retired union workers of Wisconsin Rapids' largest employer do not need to take action before the end of this week to stay involved in a class-action lawsuit against the company. In a recent legal notice to retirees involved in the lawsuit, ...more »

Animal Law
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CHP deputies propose animal rights draft law
Hurriyet Daily News (press release)February 2, 2012

Republican People's Party (CHP) Istanbul deputies Umut Oran and Melda Onur have prepared a draft law that includes important amendments to the Animal Protection Law. Oran proposed prison sentences ranging from one to six years for those found guilty of ...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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Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker as Managing Partner
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

In response to the Tax Court's decision in that case and because of concerns about the potential loss of revenue resulting from the ruling, the US Congress amended the underlying law. "I'm honored to serve the clients and attorneys of Thompson & Knight ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action for women in math contests boosts participation without ...
Ars TechnicaFebruary 2, 2012

The common feature in all three methods is an affirmative action approach: the active promotion of the underrepresented group. Passive methods (such as increasing potential rewards for everyone) do improve participation by women, but they also improve ...more »

Agreement on U.S. Aviation Bill to End Years of Stop-Gap Efforts
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

House and Senate lawmakers ended more than four years of standoffs by reaching agreement yesterday on a four-year, $63.6 billion US aviation bill that keeps current funding levels and speeds development of new air-traffic technology.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

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TD Bank to add $255M reserve for Rothstein litigation fallout
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

Local attorneys suing TD Bank over its connections to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein have one thing to say about the bank's litigation reserve. “I can tell you it's not enough,” said William Scherer, the Fort Lauderdale attorney handling a $200 million ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. (“K12” or the “Company”) (NYSE:LRN) between September 9, 2009 and December 16, 2011, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Kern bases vulnerable to defense cuts
Bakersfield CalifornianFebruary 4, 2012

While California could lose lucrative contracts, it could benefit if troops are repositioned on the West Coast. Military spending is key to California, where the 11 percent unemployment rate is the second highest in the nation.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Grayson & Grayson Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Free Case Review for ... (press release)February 1, 2012

Los Angeles Personal Injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson has announced free case review by top personal injury lawyers for victims of auto accidents including car wrecks, truck accidents, medical malpractice, dog bite injuries, bicycle accidents, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Rubio on Obama: "I don't know where he got his law degree from" (blog)February 2, 2012

"I don't know where he got his law degree from because one of the most cherished constitutional principles, in fact one of the cornerstone ones when this country was founded and framed through the Constitution, was the issue of religious freedom," ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comFebruary 22, 2012

Sometime in 1993, defendant-appellee Bruce G. Fagel committed legal malpractice while representing Ruby Morales 1 in a medical malpractice action. The parties are still arguing over the proper amount of damages Ruby should be awarded.more »

Consumer Protection
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KB Home Announces Upsizing and Pricing of Senior Notes Due 2020
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... but not limited to, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, tax credits, tax incentives and/or subsidies for home purchases, tax deductions for residential consumer mortgage interest payments and property taxes, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Sam Zell on Miami: Future depends on growing skilled workforce
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 10, 2012

By Ina Paiva Cordle Miami's economic future depends on whether it can create a well-educated, highly skilled, talented workforce, said real estate titan Sam Zell, speaking to a roomful of real estate, architecture and legal professionals and college ...more »

Swaps Contracts Seen Shrinking as New Rules Come
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The idea of trading in ticket sizes of hundreds of thousands of dollars, instead of the more routine tens-of-millions and hundred-million-dollar contracts, comes as electronic trading becomes more prevalent and a postcrisis regulatory overhaul is set ...more »

Sports Law
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Sport has to think outside the box
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 6, 2012

Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy could be asked to lay down the law over a broadcaster rights brawl. Photo: AFR I n revolutions, things get broken. People get hurt. The internet revolution is smashing businesses whose trade was ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Eric Holder Announces $2.4M in Grants to Help Improve Indigent Criminal...
ABA JournalFebruary 4, 2012

These grants come at a time of crisis for indigent criminal defense services, Holder said. In the face of current economic pressures on government budgets, "the obstacles we face have been brought into stark focus," he said.more »

Teacher's union told IRS funds missing
Delmarva NowFebruary 2, 2012

This is a portion of the typed letter submitted by the Worcester County Teachers Association to the IRS. OCEAN CITY -- In a routine tax filing to the IRS last spring, the Worcester County Teacher's Association made a startling disclosure: Its leaders ...more »

Taking a Stand Against a Bad Employment Discrimination Proposal
Patch.comFebruary 5, 2012

Senate Bill 592 would modify the state's law relating to the Missouri Human Rights Act and employment discrimination. The bill would roll back decades of achievements in discrimination law, and is aimed at muzzling whistleblowers who risk their jobs to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tension mounts at Waitangi
TVNZFebruary 4, 2012

Tension is growing among Maori leaders over the new state asset sales law, as politicians prepare to arrive at Waitangi. The issue of asset sales is likely to dominate the celebrations in Northland, with the Maori Party worried the Government wants to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Report: More companies in Consumers Energy's service territory want to buy ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comFebruary 6, 2012

At the same time, the number of choice customers in Consumers Energy's service territory was 1069 in 2011, down from 1083 in 2010. Michigan's 2008 energy-reform law limits competition to 10 percent of the sales of the state's two largest utilities: ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Cypress TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, worker's compensation, tax issues, bankruptcy, and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Family Law
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Children's legal right to see both parents after divorce criticised by family... 3, 2012

Today, Mr Norgrove criticised the plans, insisting that his review had “concluded that the law should not be changed”. He said: “The independent Family Justice Review panel thoroughly considered the issue of shared parenting and concluded that the law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio's Workers Compensation bureau implements a new wellness program
WKSU NewsFebruary 6, 2012

The bureau is now offering discounts on workers comp. premiums that companies pay. The businesses qualify if they enact workplace safety programs, offer recovering workers transitional jobs or file paperwork with the bureau electronically. Bill Cohen.more »


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