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'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

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Building Codes
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Johnson C. Smith, Charlotte School of Law to offer dual degree
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Johnson C. Smith President Ronald Carter touts the university's collaboration with Charlotte School of Law. Beginning this fall, Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte School of Law will offer a dual degree program that will allow students to earn ...more »

Industrial Development Issues
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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 »

Commercial Real Estate
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SFC's Frederick to Congress: Sports Becoming “Glorified Real Estate Scam”
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Sports Fans Coalition Executive Director Brian Frederick told a House Judiciary subcommittee today that professional sports has become a “glorified real estate scam” because owners are able to manipulate the public into financing stadiums that provide ...more »

Ex-Credit Suisse Traders To Be Charged Over Subprime Fraud
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The banking giant itself reportedly won't be charged. After years of criticism and public outrage over the lack of criminal prosecutions of Wall Street traders and executives whose risky trading helped cause the financial crisis, the Justice Department ...more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Marathon Petroleum to Consider Share Sale for Pipeline Assets
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- Marathon Petroleum Corp., the crude refiner that has fallen 7.7 percent since it was spun off from Marathon Oil Corp. in June, will consider forming a master- limited partnership for its pipeline assets. Marathon Petroleum, which owns ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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No construction to be done for months on Milpitas home where death occurred
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Lisa Fernandez Construction at the Milpitas site where a carpenter died after being buried in an avalanche of dirt will remain unfinished for months while state agents investigate the accident. City and state authorities have forbidden any building ...more »

Residential Real Estate
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Dubai Real Estate Market Overview, Q4 2011
Dubai ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

The Dubai Government announced the introduction of 'Law no 13 of 2011′ in an effort to boost business confidence and attract new investment to the real estate market. The amended commercial law aims to create a more transparent, efficient and ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Case transferred to district courts: Threat of Musharraf losing his farmhouse ...
DAWN.comFebruary 2, 2012

ISLAMABAD, Feb 1: As luck would have it for former president Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf, the ownership case regarding his Chak Shahzad farmhouse has been transferred from Islamabad High Court to the district courts where already over 20000 civil ...more »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Neighbours could force closure of top Forest Hill nursery
South London Press TodayFebruary 3, 2012

“We would love to remain open, but unless the restrictive covenant is withdrawn it's unlikely.” Michael Abrahams, whose two-year-old daughter goes to the nursery, said: “It's so sad. It's an excellent nursery and is part of the community.more »

Eminent Domain
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Answer Man: Government used eminent domain to take Turkey Hill near Belleville
Belleville News DemocratFebruary 14, 2012

So in 1949, the government used its power of eminent domain to take an 85-acre tract of land off the Jefferson Road southeast of Belleville from Freeburg lawyer Russell Classen and his sister Alice, according to a 1974 News-Democrat story.more »

Title Litigation
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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: California-centric Firms Weather the Storm
The Am Law DailyFebruary 6, 2012

Among those whose fortunes improved in 2011, most of the gains didn't come from a surge in demand for legal services—apart from an uptick in litigation. Law firm leaders told the Recorder that an uneven year that started on an optimistic note had ...more »

Foreclosure
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Sam Haley heads to jail in foreclosure scam
ABC30.comFebruary 9, 2012

Haley found empty homes in the foreclosure process and rented them out to desperate families. Police caught him in 2008, but only after dozens of people gave Haley money. Four years later, the 69-year-old is headed to jail for his crimes, ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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GUEST COLUMN: Local GOP off base on zoning
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

I find the local Republican Party and the Rutherford County Concerned Citizen's for Property Rights conclusion that the Comprehensive Plan and proposed Zoning Map and Ordinance to be “… unwarranted and not needed, as it infringes upon a property ...more »

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