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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

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Administrative Law
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Whitman Capital, BNY Mellon, Apple, Bayer, EPA in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 13, 2012

10 in Manhattan federal court. The US Securities and Exchange Commission also sued Whitman, 54, and his Menlo Park, California-based hedge-fund firm for insider trading. “Whitman recognized the value of the information he got, and paid cash for it in ...more »

Health Care Law
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House panel repeals health law's cost-cutting board with bipartisan support
The Hill (blog)February 29, 2012

The Energy and Commerce health subcommittee vote was 17-5, with ranking member Frank Pallone (DN.J.) and Rep. Edolphus Towns (DN.Y.) crossing the aisle to vote for repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board. There were no amendments.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Researchers to examine revamp of public health
California WatchFebruary 15, 2012

New programs are taking shape under California's Medi-Cal “waiver,” a $10 billion program that is part of the state's effort to prepare for a major influx of beneficiaries who will be covered when the Affordable Care Act expands eligibility in 2014.more »

Immigration Law
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Local lawmakers weigh bill limiting immigrants
Wicked LocalFebruary 29, 2012

By Brian Benson/Daily News staff Fighting back tears, Matthew Denice's mother told state lawmakers yesterday that if tougher immigration laws were in place, her son may be alive today. “My son paid the ultimate price with his life because Massachusetts ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Planning commission can remove areas up for rezoning
Topeka Capital JournalFebruary 28, 2012

A 23-acre parcel also would keep its heavy industrial classification, and 81 acres would remain as planned unit development districts. The latest proposal removes the commercial and office and institutional districts that were meant to serve as a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Prop 8 Ruling Legal Analysis: Decision Made With Eye Toward Warding Off ...
KQED (blog)February 8, 2012

If they'd written an opinion that struck down bans on gay marriage not just in California but in all the states covered by the 9th Circuit, the Supreme Court would almost have to step in to resolve the matter one way or the other, because you would ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lumber suit defendants declare bankruptcy
Northern Virginia DailyFebruary 4, 2012

Herbert H. and Melanie Ann Hoskins and their son, James Robert "JR" Wesley Hoskins are being sued in US District Court by St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Co. for $4.1 million. The lawsuit says that when Herbert Hoskins worked as a lumber manager at ...more »

Animal Law
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Towards a better world for farm animals
CNN (blog)February 25, 2012

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) works to promote animal rights and mitigate cruelty toward animals. By Jeff Mackey - Special to CNN The announcement by fast-food giant McDonald's that it will require its US pork suppliers to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Software alliance connects intellectual property to cloud computing growth
ITBusiness.caFebruary 22, 2012

Although Canadian cloud providers point to data privacy and security as the top reason that many businesses haven't adopted cloud services yet, a new Business Software Alliance study makes the case that stronger intellectual property laws are needed.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Foster Wheeler Awarded Contract by Lukoil for Waste Heat Boiler in Russia
Power Engineering MagazineFebruary 29, 2012

... as expressed by its backlog), its liquidity, the outcome of litigation and legal proceedings and recoveries from customers for claims and the costs of current and future asbestos claims and the amount and timing of related insurance recoveries.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz A federal appeals court on Monday appeared unlikely to overturn Proposition 209, indicating that it is bound by a previous ruling upholding California's voter-approved ban on public affirmative action programs.more »

Aviation's roots firmly planted in state
Tulsa WorldFebruary 29, 2012

By DR STEWART World Staff Writer Oklahoma's long and colorful aviation history is part of the fabric of the state, and its economic contributions have sustained it through wars and recessions, Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord must give notice of rent hike
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

Dear Anne: I wondered if it was legal to increase the rent of someone whose rent is subsidized when they change the lease from a yearlong lease to a month-to-month lease? It seems like a penalty to me. Answer: As long as your landlord does not raise ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Laying out the Law
Galway IndependentFebruary 15, 2012

In theory, the ability to file for bankruptcy can benefit the overall economy by giving persons and business another chance and providing lenders with a measure of debt repayment. The current Irish bankruptcy laws are outdated by international ...more »

Litigation
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Court Rules In Favor Of Monsanto in Organic Seed Growers Litigation
RTT NewsFebruary 27, 2012

(RTTNews) - Monsanto Co. (MON: News ) announced that the US District Court for the Southern District of New York has dismissed a lawsuit brought by The Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association or OSGATA and dozens of other plaintiff growers and ...more »

Business Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
NewsdayFebruary 29, 2012

Business Newsday > Business Content Preview Newsday 7 day/Optimum Online ® subscribers click here for full access Not a Newsday or Optimum Online ® subscriber? Click here Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law Originally published: February ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay troops continue the fight for benefits
Stars and StripesFebruary 11, 2012

By Leo Shane III WASHINGTON — Before breast cancer takes her life, Chief Warrant Officer Charlie Morgan wants to know whether the military will take care of her widow. The 17-year Army guardsman learned in September that her cancer, thought to be in ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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US, UK lawful access implementation full of flaws
PC AdvisorFebruary 23, 2012

In one notable case, no less than 208 officers and staff received legal caution for viewing computer records related to a high profile crime. In another, a staff member was dismissed for discussing policing information on Facebook.more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Questions Safety of NYC ...
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

“New York City must ensure that people are safe while on the bridges and under them,” New York personal injury accident lawyer David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York's personal injury law firms, said. “People have an expectation ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Draft constitution enhances powers of Parliament
NewsDayFebruary 24, 2012

A perusal through the first draft of the Zimbabwe Constitution has shown that when compared with what is prevailing at the moment, a significant effort has been made to include provisions that enhance the role of Parliament in the law-making process ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law and Order
STLtoday.comFebruary 29, 2012

Doctor's license suspended • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has suspended the medical license of Dr. Abid Nisar, 60, who pleaded guilty Feb. 16 to a federal misdemeanor charge of introducing misbranded prescription ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB Proposes Rule to Supervise Larger Participants in Consumer Debt...
Auto RemarketingFebruary 21, 2012

—Firms that collect debt owned by another company in return for a fee. —Firms that buy debt and collect the proceeds for themselves. —Debt collection attorneys and law firms that collect through litigation. The bureau also pointed out a single ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawmakers to open new, real-time window with frequent reports of their ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

Article by: LARRY MARGASAK , AP WASHINGTON - Congress is about to open a new, real-time window into its members' stock trades, real estate deals and other financial transactions, allowing anyone to view the information online within weeks of the ...more »

Ram Power, Corp. Announces Updates for the San Jacinto-Tizate Project
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Under the steam turbine supply contract with Fuji Electric Corp. of America ("Fuji") for the Project's Phase I, 36 MW steam turbine generator, Fuji was required to conduct a performance test shortly after commercial operation of the geothermal power ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTS: Area anglers dominate top of leaderboard of salmon derby
Peninsula DailyFebruary 21, 2012

Chris Tucker/Peninsula Daily News Isaac Conrad, left, holds a fake check for $10000 that his brother-in-law, John Otness, won for catching a 17.6-pound blackmouth salmon at the Olympic Peninsula Salmon Derby award ceremony near the Gardiner boat ramp ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Plan calls for shifting funds for defense of poor Ohioans
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 27, 2012

Proponents say it could save money for local governments and make the justice system fairer, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday. “When you have the state of Ohio law being enforced and defended in 88 different ways ... you end up with huge ...more »

Marietta author accused of bilking women to enter guilty plea
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 16, 2012

By Bill Rankin A Marietta author of a fantasy trilogy and accused of swindling women out of millions of dollars is scheduled to enter a guilty plea Tuesday in federal court in Atlanta, his lawyer said. Cobb County Sheriff's Office.more »

question of the day: Should creative industries be allowed to discriminate on ...
Flick Filosopher (blog)February 23, 2012

From Mail Online: Rowan Atkinson has claimed the BBC should have been allowed to axe Miriam O'Reilly from Countryfile without facing claims of age discrimination. The Blackadder and Mr Bean star criticised the presenter's landmark ageism tribunal ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Despite Detente at Capitol on Sunday Liquor Sales, Serious Concerns on Other ...
Litchfield County TimesFebruary 29, 2012

The absence of that would have made it impossible to protect our business asset.” Continued... While that part of the negotiation was a relief, there is still consternation that pricing restraints will be removed. “The 1-to-2500 doesn't help us compete ...more »

Environmental Law
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BTU International Reports Fourth Quarter Sales and Fiscal Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

NORTH BILLERICA, Mass., Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- BTU International, Inc. (NASDAQ:BTUI) , a leading supplier of advanced thermal processing equipment to the alternative energy and electronics manufacturing markets, today announced its financial ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 24
The StateFebruary 24, 2012

(803) 545-3100 ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: Open Gallery weekend, 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the SC Political Collections galleries will be open for public viewing.more »

Family Law
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Agency's 'rule' defies abuse law
Albany Times UnionFebruary 29, 2012

Among other reforms, the law required a public accounting of the events leading up to the death of any child in New York state who had been reported as abused or neglected. But for the past five years, the state's Office of Children and Family Services ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation fraud growing, according to attorneys
San Diego Source (subscription)February 16, 2012

By CARLOS RICO, The Daily Transcript Fraudulent workers' compensation claims are increasingly becoming a more common issue in the construction industry. Comments are moderated by SDDT, in accordance with the SDDT Comment Policy, and may not appear on ...more »

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