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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

PBA of NYS approves contract
Albany Times Union (blog)February 1, 2012

the Police Benevolent Association of New York State, the union that inherited the mantle of the law enforcement unit of Council 82, has ratified a proposed contract, 965 to 36. The union was created in part due to deep dissatisfaction with the initial ...more »

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Building Codes
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Buyer beware of the unknown
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Other differences when buying property in another state are contained in state-enacted legislation covering everything from building and urban planning through to owners corporations and other areas of real estate-related law.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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Jo Ann Koontz Forms Koontz & Associates Law Firm in Sarasota, Florida
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

(openPR) - Sarasota, FL – Attorney and Certified Public Accountant Jo Ann Koontz has formed Koontz & Associates, PL, a law firm focusing on residential and commercial real estate transactions, federal and state tax law, and business law, ...more »

Reports: 4 traders to be charged over subprimes
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are expected to file charges on Wednesday against four former traders for Credit Suisse, accusing them of inflating the value of subprime mortgages in order to receive bonuses, according to several reports.more »

Reits And Limited Partnerships
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Timminco extends stalking horse bid talks with QSI Partners
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

QSI's bid is for all of Timminco's business and assets — including partial ownership in the Quebec Silicon Limited Partnership. Quebec Silicon LP, which isn't included in Timminco's court-supervised restructuring, is 51 per cent owned by Dow Corning ...more »

Construction Contracts & Disputes, Boundaries
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Dettmer introduces veterans legislation in House
Star NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A more controversial bill Dettmer is pursuing deals with changing state law — and offering the chance for counties to change their contracting practices — to allow more veteran-owned small businesses to win road construction contracts.more »

Residential Real Estate
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Landlords, Realtors dispute Sheboygan vacant properties law
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 4, 2012

Local real estate agents and apartment owners say they want a new city program that catalogs vacant properties to be altered or scrapped altogether. "This is an illegal ordinance," said Sandy Bahr, president of the Lakeshore Apartment Association, ...more »

Construction Litigation
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Grayson & Grayson Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Free Case Review for ...
PR.com (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 »

Restrictive Covenant Injunctions
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Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Eminent Domain
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Landowners fight eminent domain in PA gas field
Pike County CourierFebruary 3, 2012

By MICHAEL RUBINKAM The regulators were also supposed to consider whether there would be an "unneeded exercise" of eminent domain _ the often-contentious legal process by which the government, or a party such as a public utility, takes private property ...more »

Title Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Foreclosure
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Governor Quinn announces Illinois Foreclosure Prevention Network
Aledo Times RecordFebruary 1, 2012

Abandoned properties hurt communities by creating blight, attracting crime and reducing the local tax rolls. On average, homes located the same block as a foreclosed property can drop $8000 to $10000 in value, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of ...more »

Zoning Regulations, Land Use
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Westport Jewish Organization Faces Scrutiny
The Daily WestonFebruary 8, 2012

Kenneth Gruder, counsel for the nonprofit, said the organization did not intentionally violate Westport's zoning laws when it moved its office into the former Three Bears Restaurant, located at Wilton Road and Newtown Turnpike, between Christmas and ...more »

Hotel Reit Practice
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Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II Acquires Medical Office Buildings in ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

2, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II (formerly known as Grubb & Ellis Healthcare REIT II) announced today that it has acquired three medical office buildings in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for an aggregate purchase ...more »

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