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'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

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Administrative Law
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Microsoft's Android Licensing Tactics are 'Hard Bargaining' Says Judge
ITProPortalFebruary 18, 2012

An ITC administrative law judge has ruled that Microsoft is playing a hard yet fair game over its Android licensing programme. Microsoft is making huge money via its Android licencing programme and most of the Android powered device makers have ...more »

Health Care Law
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Another view on contraception, health care and the feds
Orlando Sentinel (blog)February 28, 2012

Here's another point of view by the Jewish Daily Forward: The controversy over the Obama administration's proposals to include contraception in insurance coverage required by the new health care law has been portrayed as an issue of religious rights.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Slaves Put Squid on US Dining Tables From South Pacific Catch
BloombergFebruary 23, 2012

After taking a daylong bus ride to Jakarta, he had given the agent a $225 fee he borrowed from his brother-in-law, Bloomberg Businessweek reports in its Feb. 27 edition. The agent rushed him through signing the contracts, at least one of which was in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney calls Arizona immigration law a model for the nation
39online.comFebruary 23, 2012

By Michael A. Memoli Mitt Romney called the controversial Arizona illegal immigration law a model for the country, and blasted the Obama administration for challenging it in court. "I will drop those lawsuits on Day One," Romney said in response to a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Augusta Arranges Extension on Red Kite Loan Facility
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Augusta Resource Corporation (tsx/nyse amex:AZC) ("Augusta" or "the Company") is pleased to announce that the Company and RK Mine Finance Fund I ("Red Kite") has signed a term sheet (the "Term Sheet") for a one year ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ashaiman ADR settle 1022 out of 1050 cases in 2011
Modern GhanaFebruary 11, 2012

11, GNA – The Ashaiman branch of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) settled 1022 cases amicably out of a total of 1050 it received in 2011. This is contained in last year's Annual Report of the centre and copied to the press in Tema.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Private sector role explored for insuring NHS
Financial TimesFebruary 16, 2012

By Adam Jones, Sarah Neville and Alistair Gray Ministers are eyeing a bigger role for the private sector in insuring the National Health Service against legal claims amid soaring clinical negligence bills. The Department of Health has said it will ...more »

Animal Law
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Dozier: People News
Lansing State JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Cruz was named one of America's Top Ten Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund during National Justice for Animals Week 2012, which was Feb.19-25. The week is an annual event dedicated to raising ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Louis Foreman of Everyday Edisons and Inventors Digest to Speak at Summit on ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage firm and organizer of ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions, announced today that Louis J. Foreman, founder and Chief Executive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Belen Man's Family Sues BNSF for Wrongful Death
ABQ Journal (subscription)February 29, 2012

The family of a former Belen railroad worker filed a wrongful death lawsuit against BNSF Railway, alleging the company failed to provide safe working conditions. The lawsuit, filed in Valencia County 13th Judicial District Court, alleges the company ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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U. S. Supreme Court To Hear Texas Affirmative Action Case--Fisher v. Univ. of ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 21, 2012

Shortly after its introduction, the Top Ten Percent Law had the effect of creating a significantly more diverse freshman class than did UT's earlier affirmative action policies. By 2004, 21.4% of the entering class was African American and Hispanic, ...more »

Expectant dad, ex-pastor among 7 dead Marines
Ventura County StarFebruary 28, 2012

AP SAN DIEGO — SAN DIEGO (AP) - Details of the personal lives of the seven Marines killed in one of the Corps' deadliest aviation training accidents in years emerged Friday as families across the nation expressed their grief.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Henon targeting bad neighbors
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 26, 2012

The warnings and tactics, he promised, will get more stark over time, and he may introduce legislation to increase fines and penalties for owners and tenants. The problem is that there already are laws on the books that landlords and tenants are ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Syria's banks come under pressure from declining deposits and rising bad loans
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 23, 2012

(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Unrest in Syria is causing chaos at the country's banks which will struggle this year in the face of rapidly declining deposits and rising bad loans. The banks posted bumper profits last year as a plunge in Syria's currency ...more »

Litigation
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CIT Raises Cost Estimate For Litigation
Wall Street JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Legal proceedings CIT is involved in securities litigation filed in 2008 in federal court against the company and former executives by its pre-bankruptcy shareholders. The suits allege the company failed to disclose the risks of certain mortgage loans ...more »

Business Law
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Google to EU: Delay? No Way!
TechNewsWorldFebruary 29, 2012

The Google lawyer's letter was a response to a missive sent to the company on Monday by the CNIL expressing its concerns that the proposed policy changes would violate the privacy of EU citizens. In its letter to Google, the CNIL, authorized to study ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Legislation Aims at Schools Targeting Vets for GI Bill Benefits
Military.comFebruary 17, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers concerned over schools targeting veterans for their GI Bill education benefits on Thursday introduced legislation to limit how much federal funding those institutions can receive. The measure is the second major legislative ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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How a Palm Beach County Schools Detective Busted A Kiddie Porn Downloader
Broward-Palm Beach New Times (blog)February 28, 2012

Santos is a member of the South Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force; while he was investigating, Charlie Ramos, another task force member, downloaded five files from the 668.153.223.252 IP address. All five were of child pornography, ...more »

Personal Injury
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A Law Firm That Looks Out for the 99%
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The best personal injury attorneys in Los Angeles are those rare kind of dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to expose the fallaciousness of an insurance company's argument. Consider a case handled by the Law Offices ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Poll: Most voters believe health care mandate is unconstitutional
The Seattle TimesFebruary 28, 2012

... three-quarters of registered voters believe the law's requirement that every American carry health insurance is unconstitutional, according to a new survey. By Kim Geiger Looks like the most recent court determination says it IS CONSTITUTIONAL.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Firm adds lawyer, changes name to Boyd, Kimball & Wilson
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 24, 2012

Boyd and Kimball are specialists in legal malpractice law and will continue to represent lawyers in civil, ethics and practice management matters, as well as clients facing legal malpractice claims. Kimball also is certified in appellate law and will ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Report: Consumer Info at Risk in Overseas Call Centers
Public News ServiceFebruary 28, 2012

The report recommends that the US strongly encourage other countries to pass data privacy laws. Larson says new bipartisan legislation, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596), would address some of the concerns, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bill to streamline foreclosures moves one step closer to Florida law
Palm Beach PostFebruary 28, 2012

By Kimberly Miller For the first time since the real estate crash crippled Florida's economy and battered struggling homeowners, a bill to hasten foreclosures through the courts is headed to the full House and Senate. A narrow 6-4 vote Monday in a ...more »

Anglo fine 'mild slap on wrist'
Irish TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The family is entitled to advance arguments the bank breached Irish and European laws against market manipulation in making such loans and was therefore not entitled to recover the loans from them, their counsel Bill Shipsey SC said.more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Arizona executes man for killing ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By AMANDA LEE MYERS AP FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona executed an inmate Wednesday for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neuman defense wants Sneiderman's former friend to testify
WSB AtlantaFebruary 29, 2012

Hemy Neuman's defense attorneys want to question the former friend of Andrea Sneiderman about an incident in the courtroom last week that ended with Sneiderman barred from the courthouse, but prosecutors told the judge the incident shouldn't be ...more »

Bakersfield Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Tax, Mortgage Fraud
KERO-TV 23February 14, 2012

The tax case is the product of an extensive investigation by the IRS-Criminal Investigation. Assistant US Attorney Mark E. Cullers is prosecuting that case. According to the plea agreement in the mortgage fraud case, from approximately October 2005 to ...more »

Birmingham city accountant -- fired, reinstated and fired again -- files EEOC ...
al.com (blog)February 17, 2012

Virginia Spidle late this week sent her complaint the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging Birmingham officials "engaged in a pattern of race and age discrimination." The filing is the latest in a more than year-long fight between the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Top 10 Ideas to Discuss With Your Financial Advisors Now
Marketwire (press release)February 28, 2012

Using whole life insurance and annuity contracts as an alternative asset protection strategy For those who prioritize asset protection (ie doctors, business owners, etc.), these financial instruments cannot be accessed by creditors.more »

Environmental Law
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Southern Union Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 24, 2012

This decrease was primarily due to higher operating, maintenance and general expenses, including higher legal, injuries and damage claims due to ongoing litigation, higher vehicle fuel costs attributable to higher gasoline prices and the impact of a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Public Servants
Memphis Daily NewsFebruary 22, 2012

22, as they were honored by the family of the late Probate Court clerk and the Rotary Club of Memphis East. Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery with wife, Mary, accepts a Bobby Dunavant Public Service Award. Ted Illsley of Code Enforcement received ...more »

Family Law
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Whitney Houston's Funeral: Stevie Wonder Sings, Family Speaks
AceShowbizFebruary 18, 2012

"To all the family, I want you to know... throughout her career we love her so much." He also joked that in some imagination, he had a crush on her. The performance was followed by a speech from Whitney's sister-in-law and former manager, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Scottish workers secure £200000 compensation from McGowan's sweets
Fresh Business ThinkingFebruary 17, 2012

By Ben Simmons A trades union has secured more than £200000 compensation for 103 former employees of Scottish sweet manufacturer McCowan's made redundant when the company folded in October last year. New McCowan's Ltd went into administration on 16 ...more »

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