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Cleared Broward cigarette smuggling defendant: 'My life has been turned upside ...
Sun-SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

One day after his uncommon victory, Marrero said he believes the US attorney's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement tried to railroad him. "How the government assumed that I was a co-conspirator is beyond me," Marrero, 48, of Davie, ...more »

Victory For Landmark WWII Veterans Memorial: Jesus Statue To Remain On Big ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

31, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- US Forest Service's Renewal of Jesus Statue Permit Seen as Triumph Over Attempted Government Religious Viewpoint Discrimination Today, Liberty Institute announces a great victory for veterans, the Knights of Columbus ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Read Transcript of Federal Medical Pot Hearing That Smoked Brewer's Suit
Phoenix New Times (blog)February 1, 2012

The January 4 dismissal of Brewer's lawsuit, which was clearly intended to thwart a new medical marijuana law, came after a December 12 hearing that didn't go well for one of Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne's lawyers. Horne, who hasn't been averse ...more »

Health Care Law
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Did Health Care Reform Hurt The Private Insurance Part Of Medicare? Apparently Not
TPMDCFebruary 1, 2012

The Obama administration announced Wednesday that the Medicare Advantage program, which allows seniors to receive health coverage through a private insurer, is enjoying lower costs and more customers as a result of the health care reform law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Blue Shield agrees to cover autism therapy
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Jones' settlement resolves any lingering legal disputes for current and past claims. Meanwhile, recently approved legislation, which takes effect in July, makes it clear that applied behavioral analysis therapy must be made available for any member of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. Legislature faces immigration law changes, budget problems in 2nd session ...
The RepublicFebruary 4, 2012

BOB JOHNSON AP MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature is preparing to enter its second regular session since Republicans took control in 2010 for the first time in more than a century. Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn and Lt. Gov.more »

Industrial Development 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 »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Vodafone moves dispute resolution panel over IT department order
TelecomTigerFebruary 1, 2012

Buoyed by its victory over income tax department on December 20 after the Supreme Court on Friday set aside Bombay High Courts order directing the company to pay income tax of Rs 11000 crore, Vodafone on Tuesday moved the dispute resolution panel, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Las Vegas Mob Experience developer hit with two lawsuit judgments
VEGAS INCFebruary 2, 2012

By Steve Green (contact) Jay Bloom, founder of the bankrupt Las Vegas Mob Experience tourist attraction, faces new legal problems in the form of two lawsuit judgments requiring that he and one of his companies pay a total of $153818.more »

Animal Law
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Sen. Balderson hopes his exotic animal plan helps local, Ohio preserves
Zanesville Times RecorderFebruary 5, 2012

He said his legislation is one that uses common sense, which will keep the public and animals safe. That includes White's facility, which is regulated by the US Department of Agriculture. White is afraid that if such a complete ban becomes law, ...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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Three Tennessee Men Face Prison for Serious Asbestos Violations
Mesothelioma.comFebruary 1, 2012

Chattanooga, Tennessee - On June 7, three men who committed several violations of the federal Clean Air Act during the demolition of an old textile mill will find out if they're going to prison and how much time they'll spend there when they're ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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South Africa's BEE and AA-thoughtless imprudence or responsible necessity?
News24February 11, 2012

Most people will tell you that application of the South African government's policies such as Black Economic Empowerment and Affirmative Action sounds good on paper and was seen as the best step forward, given our history of deep-seated sense of ...more »

Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger portal to help consumers work out ...
Talk FinanceFebruary 1, 2012

UK holidaymakers can compare the optional extra fees charged by airlines when booking flights following the launch of a passenger resource by the airline regulator. At the end of 2011 the government announced plans to ban excessive surcharges on all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Preserving rental income streams: the end of grandfathering provisions
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

In the current economic climate, the preservation and maximisation of rental income continues to be crucial as capital values of investment properties achieve slow growth. Under the Goods and Services Tax (Jersey) Law 2007, a landlord of commercial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Patriots fan view from media day
ESPN (blog)February 1, 2012

But on Tuesday, along with 4999 other lucky fans, I got to make NFL history. For the first time since the Super Bowl began 46 years ago, the NFL opened its doors so fans could experience media day. Upon arrival to Lucas Oil Stadium, ...more »

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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 »

Business Law
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Attorney Steigerwalt faces disciplinary charges
U-T San DiegoFebruary 2, 2012

The State Bar of California filed a 56-count complaint against Steigerwalt, charging he violated a series of bar rules in 19 separate cases, all but two of which were bankruptcy filings. In the 36-page complaint, the bar said that in numerous instances ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Xi stresses benefits of Sino-US relations
China DailyFebruary 14, 2012

In a written interview with the Washington Post, published online on Sunday night, Xi emphasized the importance and benefits of cooperation and respect. "Mutual benefit is the defining feature of China-US business ties," Xi said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Va officials want fund set up to catch child sexual predators to benefit other ...
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The General Assembly passed legislation in 2010 adding a $10 assessment to every criminal conviction, with the funds going to Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children task forces. Lawmakers expected the new statute to generate $1.8 million a ...more »

Personal Injury
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Blitz on bogus injury claims that bump up insurance bills
Evening StandardFebruary 1, 2012

A campaign was launched today to crack down on bogus personal injury claims which have added millions to the cost of insurance for the honest. It is aimed at re-educating the public to claim legitimately. Lawyers say dubious practices blight the entire ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Mississippi high court takes ex-gov pardons case
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Matt Steffey, a constitutional law professor at Mississippi College, said the high court's decision is not a surprise because it ultimately would be up to the justices to decide the constitutional issue. "This is a positive development.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business people
Concord MonitorFebruary 6, 2012

DOUGLAS MILLER of Concord has joined the litigation group of Hage Hodes in Manchester. Miller's civil litigation practice includes business and commercial disputes, personal injury, professional malpractice and employment litigation.more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
SunHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

He has worked for his family's business doing legal work and real estate development. He is the only Jewish Republican serving in Congress, and is the highest-ranking Jewish member of Congress in its history. He co-wrote the book “Young Guns: A New ...more »

Fine Point Group Files Motion to Enforce Tribal Court Judgment Against ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Fine Point Group yesterday filed a motion in Pojoaque Tribal Court to enforce the decision of that same court in the face of continued interference by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Gaming Commission, whose conduct was previously ...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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Key witness in custody in phony certificates case against attorney
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Jeff German A former legal aide who is a key witness in the criminal case against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield is now in Las Vegas police custody. Brandon Snowden, 28, a felon who has convictions for theft and forgery in 2005, has been booked ...more »

Don't dawdle on filing taxes. Identity thieves are lurking.
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

“We are taking this issue very seriously,” said IRS spokeswoman Julianne Fisher Breitbeil. The agency recently announced a crackdown on tax-refund fraud and identity theft. Working with the Justice Department's tax division and US attorney's offices ...more »

Fairfax taken to task over court case delay
The AustralianFebruary 8, 2012

Michael Gill, who was fired as Financial Review Group chief executive and editor-in-chief last March, is suing Fairfax for age discrimination, seeking $1.02 million in compensation and the payout of his incentive scheme shares, as well as the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cougar Oil and Gas Canada enters into creditor protection following failure of ...
OilVoice (press release)February 6, 2012

Cougar Oil and Gas Canada, Inc. has requested and obtained an Order from the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench providing creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. While under CCAA protection, the Company will continue with its ...more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will soon meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian nations with few alternative sources for energy, government officials said ...more »

Wills & Probate
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CHARD: Chance to learn more about your family history
View OnlineFebruary 10, 2012

The course will get people started, giving them the skills to trace their family back to the mid 1800s. The next course is pre 1837 records on Fridays April 27th and May 4th, and will be looking at parish records, poor law, wills and probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Gordon Ramsay Shelled Out How Much to Settle Family Feud?!
E! OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

Ramsay sparked a major family feud when he canned his father-in-law in 2010, alleging Hutcheson had broken into his personal and company files and swindled millions in order to fund a lavish double life with a mistress whom he was paying nearly $8000 a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida Lawmakers Tackle Cash Checking Ties to Workers' Comp Fraud
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Daniel Davis (R-Jacksonville), which is designed to rein-in the use of checking cashing companies by individuals seeking to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums. Among other things, the bill eliminates a current law that requires state ...more »


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