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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

BT criticised for internet claim
The Press AssociationFebruary 1, 2012

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said the statement, in the context of the television advert it features in, gives the impression that BT provides the most reliable wireless online experience. However the internet service provider has not ...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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Carney to religious health care providers: 'The decision has been made'
Daily CallerFebruary 2, 2012

President Barack Obama's decision was based on portions of the 2010 health care reform law, which puts most of the nation's medical sector under stringent government supervision. He now requires religious groups, principally the Catholic church, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 1, 2012

Bobby Scott, far right, speaks during a rally to protest proposed legislation to tighten Virginia's election laws at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (Steve Helber | The Associated Press) By Bill Sizemore Measures aimed at tightening ...more »

Immigration Law
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Changes loom for Alabama's 'strong' immigration law
Opelika Auburn NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Hubbard expects a variety of bills to be introduced, from incentive-based ones to hire veterans, to incentives to lure industries, to making it easier for companies to conduct business in the state. “We have an economic development incentives plan that ...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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Employers agree mediation is an effective way of reducing tribunal claims but ... 1, 2012

A Government funded-pilot scheme was announced last week which will help raise awareness of mediation among SMEs. Andrew Wareing, director of the Acas service responsible for resolving disputes between individuals and their employers, said: "Workplace ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Judge James Kleinberg also rejected bids by both companies to seal documents in the case that they argued contain sensitive business information that that might harm them or their customers. HP said yesterday in an e-mailed statement that the fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Services introduces online reporting website
Jacksonville Daily NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Onslow County residents can now make non-emergency animal complaints online at Complaints could include leash law violations, dogs at large, non-emergency animal abandonment concerns and barking dogs, according to a press ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer Receives 'Super Lawyer' Designation
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- On January 23rd, Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer received the designation of "2012 Southern California Super Lawyer" in the 'Family Law' category. Super Lawyers, a top recognition, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian ...
ColorLines magazineFebruary 10, 2012

Anxieties about the discrimination of Asian Americans in higher education admissions are often used to mask an anti-affirmative action argument. Experts say the two issues need to be put in separate boxes. “Negative action is what was the basis of the ...more »

Aviation Partners seeks dismissal of Airbus winglet lawsuit
FlightglobalFebruary 2, 2012

Seattle-based Aviation Partners (API), patent-holder of the blended winglet, is seeking the dismissal of an Airbus lawsuit aiming to clarify the intellectual property rights of the European airframer's alleged use of API's winglet on the Airbus A320's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

The parties entered into a lease for the rental of commercial space which provided that plaintiff tenant had inspected the premises, was taking it "as is," and would be undertaking construction work to prepare for its initial occupancy.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 equaled $(12399000) and includes a pre-tax charge of $19980000 for additional net asbestos litigation costs through 2020 associated with products manufactured decades ago by the Air and ...more »

Business Law
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How to Hire Independent Contractors (Without Getting in Trouble)
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

What I'm doing is trying to keep a smaller in-house contingent and supplement it with contractors based on the ebbs and flows of how much business we have.” For both legal and practical reasons, Scale Computing does not use contractors in areas like ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Panel decides against discharge in cover-up case
CanadianBusiness.comFebruary 2, 2012

(AP) — A military panel on Wednesday decided not to discharge a soldier convicted of covering up the slayings of Iraqi citizens after he testified he needed military medical benefits because he is HIV positive and struggled with substance abuse.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Richmond man charged with child porn possession
Richmond RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

Police took a computer and several other electronic storage devices from Burkhead's home, according to the report. The items were sent to the Kentucky State Police Crimes Section for examination. The KSP reportedly found four images depicting nude ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury firm donates $200000 to Community Legal Services of Phila.
The Pennsylvania RecordFebruary 9, 2012

A Philadelphia-based personal injury law firm has made a sizeable donation to an organization that provides poor city residents with legal counsel in civil cases. The plaintiffs firm of Raynes McCarty announced it has donated $200000 to Community Legal ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama's recess appointments will create uncertainty, GOP critics say
Washington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Issa acknowledged that the US Constitution doesn't define the scope of a partial Senate recess or pro-forma sessions. "The courts may soon decide – the sooner the better – whether these appointments are valid and whether a law limiting taxes to the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NY court suspends lawyer over allegedly fake lawsuit
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 2, 2012

... giving him more than $70000 in legal fees for a lawsuit he never filed. The Appellate Division, Second Department, granted a motion by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to suspend Allen Gold from practicing law in New York, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011: More power to consumers?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 1, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers of services.more »

Real Estate Law
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Property experts call for clarity on disputes
ArabianBusiness.comFebruary 5, 2012

A lack of transparency and a slow rate of dispute resolution are among the biggest gripes of buyers, some of whom are reaching out for legal and technical support after experiencing delays or cancellations to the construction of their units.more »

Judge Declares a Mistrial in 'Sting' Case on Bribery
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The defendants, owners and executives of small military-equipment companies, were charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials to gain a business advantage.more »

Sports Law
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Prentice Power Sports sells
Minden TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Prentice Power Sports will soon have a new name and new owner. Paul Prentice, centre, recently sold his business to Steve Harper, left, who has been cottaging in the Highlands for 10 years. Harper's brother-in-law Dan Bursey will be managing the shop, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cuomo proposes more flexible probation laws
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

"Probation is a punishment, and judges should be able to decide if more or less is appropriate for a particular defendant," said Richard Willstatter, the president of the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a partner at Green ...more »

Bankruptcy for Tax Debt: Can Back Taxes Be Discharged in Los Angeles? (press release)February 1, 2012

February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most people associate bankruptcy with credit card, loan and mortgage debt. What they may not realize is that bankruptcy can also be used to eliminate liability for unpaid taxes. The US Bankruptcy Code permits ...more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Fannie Moten appeals the district court's 1 adverse grant of summary judgment in her action asserting that her former employer discriminated against her based on her age and gender, and unlawfully retaliated against her for complaining about a single ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Business Law: Creditors still free to challenge gifts, trusts
Otago Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Under the Property Law Act and the Insolvency Act creditors are able to challenge gifts in certain circumstances. Section 60 of the Property Law Act 1952 (which has now been replaced by section 346 of the Property Law Act 2007) provides that a transfer ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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2010 census causing problems in probate court
WFXL FOX 31February 13, 2012

If we lose that status, folks who would normally have matters finalized in probate court will have to pay for a whole new trial in superior court. Commissioners will write to local delegation urging them to endorse legislation that will allow for a ...more »

Family Law
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Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer Receives 'Super Lawyer' Designation
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- On January 23rd, Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer received the designation of "2012 Southern California Super Lawyer" in the 'Family Law' category. Super Lawyers, a top recognition, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Maine man pleads guilty to lying about injuries in worker's comp fraud case
The RepublicFebruary 9, 2012

AP AUGUSTA, Maine — A Medway man has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to lying to investigators in order to get $6000 in worker's compensation benefits to which he was not entitled. David Powers admitted to a perjury charge ...more »


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