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Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal judge hears would-be casino developer's legal challenge
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Steve Decosta KG Urban Enterpise's legal challenge of the state's casino-enabling legislation got its first airing in US District Court Tuesday, with Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton peppering both parties with specific questions on points of law.more »

Health Care Law
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Cuccinelli, Coakley to debate federal health care law
Washington Post (blog)February 3, 2012

By Laura Vozzella Two state attorneys general with opposing views on the federal health care law will square off next week at the National Press Club. Cuccinelli, who is running for governor, and Coakley will appear at 10 am Thursday at the National ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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In California, Autism Coverage Precedes Specific Legislation
LifeHealthProFebruary 1, 2012

By Elizabeth Festa Image Courtesy AP Insurers' denial of autism and pervasive development disorder (PDD) and other behavioral health treatment coverage will be stopped in its tracks, according to California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Politics and the Supreme Court
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

The Supreme Court underscored its power to shape American life when it took major cases about the health care reform law, Arizona's anti-immigrant law and the Voting Rights Act in an election year. But this is not simply a case of the court thrusting ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lest we forget in Myanmar
Asia Times OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

He has formed a new Human Rights Commission, opened previously closed doors to international diplomats and their corporate sponsors, and relaxed laws to promote more international investment and development. The timing has been impeccable.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How You Can Sue An Automaker In Small Claims Court And Win
JalopnikFebruary 2, 2012

If the company shows — they don't always, which often means you get a default judgment and get to move automatically to the fun money-collection part — they can only send a company representative, and they can't be a lawyer.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Alliant didn't violate order in Aon dispute
Business InsuranceFebruary 26, 2012

NEW YORK—A New York state judge has handed Alliant Insurance Services Inc. a victory in ongoing litigation with Aon Corp. over allegations that Alliant poached Aon employees. In an order filed earlier this month, New York State Supreme Court Judge ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Advocate
Morning StarFebruary 7, 2012

“A lot of time animals are discounted especially where the law is concerned. They're not seen as being worthy of attention.” While Wolfe does not take up many animal cases herself, she often assists pet owners, animal control officers or animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple, Schweitzer-Mauduit, Target: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

“Samsung has shown that it is more likely than not that the patent will be revoked because of a technology that was already on the market before the intellectual property had been filed for protection,” Presiding Judge Andreas Mueller said when ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirming Affirmative Action
Cornell University The Cornell Daily SunFebruary 8, 2012

The continuous debate surrounding affirmative action is testament to this. Quite honestly, in this time of college admissions, no one is guaranteed admissions based on GPAs and test scores alone. College acceptance can also be about those who have ...more »

Lawmakers close in on FAA funding deal amid pushback from unions
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/31/12 07:25 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate came close to finalizing an agreement Tuesday to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unions voiced opposition to a labor deal that paved the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Clovis Legal Aid office finding footing
Clovis News JournalFebruary 8, 2012

Now things are looking up at the local office of the nonprofit organization that represents low-income New Mexicans in civil cases. Rowland did not lose his job. He said his job scare was caused by a cut to the civil legal services budget in the state ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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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 »

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Cybex Reaches Settlement in Barnhard Product Liability Suit
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

... 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Cybex International, Inc. /quotes/zigman/60953/quotes/nls/cybi CYBI +54.38% , a leading manufacturer of premium exercise equipment, announced today that it has reached a settlement in the product liability litigation, ...more »

Business Law
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Eldridge: Democracy isn't for sale
MetroWest Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The decision struck down bipartisan legislation that had limited corporations from spending their general treasury funds on political advertisements. Now, for-profit corporations may spend unlimited amounts of their general treasury funds to influence ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Nigeria army condemns attack on Agip oil pipeline
NinemsnFebruary 5, 2012

"Unfortunately, people who were never part of the agitation have emerged and want to claim amnesty and its benefits by force," the Nigerian military said. It also warned of collateral damage if "individuals and communities decide to provide sanctuary ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
USA TODAYFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.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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Judge upholds Illinois law against carrying firearms in public
The State Journal-RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

By CHRIS DETTRO A federal judge in Springfield has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the Illinois law prohibiting the carrying of loaded guns in public. US Judge Sue Myerscough wrote in an opinion issued Friday that the Second Amendment is narrow and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Illinois urged to investigate doctors with tainted records
Chicago TribuneFebruary 11, 2012

Six years ago, Oklahoma took away the medical license of a physician over sexual misconduct. A managed care organization in that state took emergency action to suspend the doctor's clinical privileges, and New York also revoked the doctor's license to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US anti-outsourcing rhetoric seen to escalate
ABS CBN NewsFebruary 19, 2012

Tim Bishop's proposed US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act, which would require the US Department of Labor to track firms that shift contact center jobs overseas. The firms would then be ineligible for any direct or indirect US federal loans or ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyer To Appeal Panhandling Decision
WINA AM 1070February 1, 2012

The county says it's the result of a continued softening of the local real estate market as well as nationwide. The lawyer fighting the city panhandling ordinance has decided to appeal. Members of the Albemarle School Board are hoping Superintendent ...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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Bill aims to make cash for sports more than fantasy
So Md NewsFebruary 1, 2012

by AARON CARTER, Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS In Maryland, playing fantasy sports for cash and prizes could make you a criminal. Technically, because of ambiguities in state law, Marylanders are prohibited from collecting cash and prizes in fantasy ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Arizona's Law Office of Corso & Rhude Expands with Addition of New Attorney
openPR (press release)February 3, 2012

(openPR) - The Law Office of Corso & Rhude has announced the hiring of its newest attorney, Ryan Cummings, who joins the firm's growing staff of defense attorneys at its Peoria office. Peoria, AZ, February 03, 2012 -- The Law Office of Corso & Rhude ...more »

Ark. city asking residents to OK tax payment plan
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 19, 2012

"They never told us they would not file liens," City Attorney Mike Bearden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) of the IRS. "But we were under the impression liens would not be filed until the election was over.more »

Utah panelists support health care overhaul
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By pamela manson President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation led to numerous lawsuits filed by organizations and states — including one by Utah and 25 other states — claiming a requirement that individuals buy health insurance is ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Intellectual property: take stock, protect what's valuable
Homer NewsFebruary 2, 2012

One hundred years on, patent and trademark filings with the United States Patent Office number in the hundreds of thousands per year. But inventions and trademarks are just two, albeit major, groups of assets that fall under a grouping called ...more »

Environmental Law
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Optimistic UN nuclear team plans new Iran trip
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, is interviewed as he arrives after his flight from Iran at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Austria, Feb. 1, 2012.more »

Wills & Probate
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Metro Atlanta Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Attorney J. Mark Brittain Launches ...
PR Web (press release)February 9, 2012

The firm has developed a reputation for maintaining high ethical standards while effectively representing clients throughout Metro Atlanta in wills, trusts, estates, probate, real estate, business and family legal matters. Attorney J. Mark Brittain ...more »

Family Law
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Florida's Rubio pushes back at contraception rules under health care law
Kansas City StarFebruary 5, 2012

Uniquely positioned to act, the Florida Republican senator last week filed legislation that would repeal the part of the federal health care law that requires some religious institutions to offer contraceptives and family planning services without a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hearing set in settlement by Wal-Mart, others in workers comp class action
Business InsuranceFebruary 17, 2012

DENVER—A final court hearing has been set for next month on the proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit alleging Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its workers compensation providers improperly withheld medical treatment from injured Colorado employees.more »


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