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Construction starts on Irvine's Great Park development
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The development sits on the site of the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station. Irvine approved the first phase of the construction last year. "With today's groundbreaking, we are moving forward with the first phase of Great Park Neighborhoods.more »

Kurtz protests US requirement for free contraceptive coverage in health plans
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has joined a growing national chorus of Catholic leaders in denouncing “alarming” federal requirements that church-affiliated schools and hospitals offer their employees free health insurance coverage for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Health Care Law
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Juan Vargas could cast the deciding vote for California's health care bill
OB RagFebruary 1, 2012

Senate Bill 810 passed committee, but fell two votes short in the Senate. A new vote is sought before tomorrow's deadline for passing all Senate bills and sending them on to the Assembly. The bill would not set up a government-run healthcare system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...more »

Immigration Law
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Local group seeks to roll back state's immigration law
Randolph LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Many of those present came to learn more about what is termed the strictest immigration law in the country. The legislative session in Montgomery starts Tuesday, Feb. 7, but the bill protest date has been changed to Tuesday, Feb.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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New mediation and dispute resolution service launched
Post OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Amy Ellis Expedite Resolution's said that its central focus is to offer mediation and dispute resolution as a viable route to reduce life cycles of claims, and early closure, with a corresponding reduction in costs both direct and indirect.more »

Insurance Litigation
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DESSELLE v. ACADIAN AMBULANCE SERVICE, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... of a preliminary injunction prohibiting it from collecting, or attempting to collect, an amount in excess of the reimbursement rate contracted with certain health insurance providers pending litigation of a related class action certification.more »

Animal Law
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Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania
WTAE PittsburghFebruary 2, 2012

It's a horrible way to put an animal down. Horrible," said Ion. Kathy Bartlett, executive director of the Venango County Humane Society, said "It's not as cruel as some people say that it is." Senate Bill 1329, also known as Daniel's Law, would require ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property field is challenging
Montreal GazetteFebruary 3, 2012

The settlement this week of a $250-million lawsuit over a decade-long fight for the use of the trademark name Target for retail stores in Canada is just the tip of the iceberg in the fast moving and lucrative world of intellectual property (IP) law.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Asbestos Lawsuit Settles for Record Amount
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The asbestos lawsuit settlement was awarded to her family late last month. If you or a loved one has suffered from asbestos exposure and later developed mesothelioma, call an asbestos attorney at Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Davenport's Affirmative Action Committee Needs Members
WQADFebruary 6, 2012

Davenport is looking for volunteers to join the city's newly-established group, the Affirmative Action Commission. During a press conference Monday morning, Mayor Bill Gluba said the city hadn't received any official applications yet, ...more »

Cunningham: A Fort Worth aviation museum will have to be left to future ...
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 7, 2012

By D'Aun Cunningham As the widow of a man who contributed to Fort Worth's heralded aviation history for more than 30 years, I am deeply saddened by the situation in which we find ourselves. Our great city -- which owes much of its prosperity to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Seek New Tenant for Hewlett Bar
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The landlords, who have owned the whole building for over 30 years, are asking $3100 per month for rent, although there may be a little flexibility for the right tenant. They hope to find someone more dependable this time around, according to Odel ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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20 Worst Quarterback Performances in Super Bowl History
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Too often do quarterbacks get too much credit for their team's victories and for the team's failures. It may not be fair, but it's the nature of the beast of playing quarterback. It is one of the few positions in football, if not the only one, ...more »

Litigation
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Court to stay infringement litigation while Neptune's krill patent is re-examined
NutraIngredients-usa.comFebruary 3, 2012

Under the terms of the deal struck by the Delaware court, the litigation is now on hold pending the conclusion of the re-examination, said Neptune. “Pursuant to an agreement by the parties… the court has ordered a stay of the litigation until the ...more »

Business Law
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TripAdvisor authenticity claims misleading and unsubstantiated, ad watchdog rules
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

Under advertising rules set out in the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotions and Direct Marketing (CAP Code) marketing communications that "materially mislead" consumers or are "likely to do so" are prohibited.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Active Military Personnel
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Crime-fund surplus sought for Virginia's child exploitation fight
Washington TimesFebruary 8, 2012

A 2010 law imposed an additional $10 fee for every criminal conviction in the state to fund the state's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task forces and law enforcement efforts. But the revenue generated by the law has exceeded a $1.8 million ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fighting fraud or helping insurance?
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 14, 2012

8 guest column, "Fix auto insurance by getting back to basics," reveals only half of the story when it comes to personal injury reform in Florida. All parties involved in the PIP arena (insurance companies, physicians, attorneys, and patients) want to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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France's Genocide Law Put On Hold
The Armenian Mirror-SpectatorFebruary 2, 2012

By Suzette Bloch PARIS (AFP) — France's new law punishing denial of the Armenian Genocide was put on hold Tuesday after politicians opposed to the legislation demanded that its constitutionality be examined. Turkey reacted furiously last week when the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 - This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Real Estate Law
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Danielle E. Howarth Joins Ballard Spahr's Baltimore Office
Citybizlist (press release)February 3, 2012

BALTIMORE - Danielle E. Howarth has joined the Baltimore office of the law firm Ballard Spahr as an associate in the Real Estate Department. Ms. Howarth represents developers and investors in property acquisition, financing, restructuring, leasing, ...more »

City officials go public with South Pier District casino plan
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 3, 2012

... a vote by the city's Redevelopment Authority to enter into a contract allowing the three parties to negotiate a development agreement, with an option to purchase South Pier land for a gambling operation, parking, and other commercial development.more »

Sports Law
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Sports Artists Battling Big Money, Trademark Lawsuits (and Winning!)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Artists are open to all sorts of renown (commercial success, succès de scandale, their art and faces in books and magazines, their names known far and wide), but Rick Rush and Daniel Moore may be as famous in the annals of law as in the field of sports...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 »

TurboTax Review: PC Software for Easing Your Tax Burden
Notebook ReviewFebruary 1, 2012

With your signed power of attorney, a CPA, attorney, or enrolled agent can actually conduct all audit-related or other contact activities for you. You don't even need to be present at a hearing. Other kinds of tax preparers can accompany you to an IRS ...more »

FULLER v. PANETTA
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Betty Fuller was employed by the Department of Defense as a supply clerk and, at about age 63, was passed over for a promotion to supply technician. She sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claiming that she was denied promotion because ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Key Private Bank Launches Delaware Trust Company
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

Anne Marie Levin, senior vice president and national Delaware trust specialist, will be responsible for working with attorneys and accountants nationally to assist in managing sophisticated estate and tax planning considerations for high net worth ...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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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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Local Lawyers: Facebook May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law
Patch.comFebruary 2, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some right here in Montgomery County. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Flagler Beach resident reappointed as judge of workers' compensation claims
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By NICK KLASNE, Staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Judge Thomas G. Portuallo of Flagler Beach was reappointed Tuesday as a judge of compensation claims by Gov. Rick Scott. Portuallo, 50, has been a judge of workers' compensation claims for the Daytona Beach ...more »

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