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Bengal babus to lose right to strike?
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

KOLKATA: It will be illegal for government employees in the state to go on strike or hold rallies if chief minister Mamata Banerjee has her way. In a decision that has sent ripples down both camps, the government wants to take away the employees ...more »

VFW to Pot Heads: Give us our name back
Peoria Journal Star (blog)February 1, 2012

Prosecutors say Hubbard had registered his group with the Illinois Attorney General's Office of Charitable Trusts and was a licensed fund-raiser. He would tell victims his group picked up where other veterans' groups left off. The perjury charge stems ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Emotions boil over outside MMirkarimi pre-trial hearing
KTVU San FranciscoFebruary 29, 2012

Canny wrote in a motion filed with the court that Madison's biography on her book-selling website,, says she is "trained as an attorney ... interned at the California Supreme Court, and served as Law Fellow at Americans United for the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Boehner: Feds should back off birth control order
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, most employers and insurance plans will have to cover birth control free of charge as a preventive service for women. The administration had already ruled that churches and houses of worship do ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Overtime! Lysistrata Jones Company Will Reunite for Concert at Joe's Pub
Playbill.comFebruary 29, 2012

The pop musical inspired by the 411 BC comedy Lysistrata, by Aristophanes, has a book by Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed, Sister Act, As Bees in Honey Drown). Following a developmental run in Texas, the college-set ...more »

Immigration Law
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House approves bill making immigration law change
Daily CometFebruary 24, 2012

The first possible change to the state's tough immigration law passed the Alabama House Thursday that would allow the use of military identification cards to prove citizenship or legal residency. The law, being called one of the harshest in the nation, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Protecting labour rights
Business RecorderFebruary 26, 2012

A recent briefing session on "Need for Federal Mandate on Industrial Relations Law", hosted by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (Pildat), highlighted the challenges in the wake of the devolution of power under the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton, California, Moves Closer to Bankruptcy on Council Vote
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Stockton (3654MF), California, moved closer to bankruptcy with a City Council vote to default on some bonds and begin a process that's required under state law prior to seeking court protection. The council voted 6-1 yesterday to enter mediation with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allianz Life Names Gretchen Cepek as General Counsel
SunHerald.comFebruary 29, 2012

In her new role, Cepek will serve as chief legal advisor for the executive management team and will oversee litigation, corporate governance, product development, special investigations and government relations. She also joins the company's Executive ...more »

Animal Law
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City law interpretation spares lives of chickens slated for slaughter in ...
Lawrence Journal WorldFebruary 27, 2012

By Chad Lawhorn A public slaughtering of chickens won't happen inside Lawrence city limits after a local artist was warned her planned art project could subject her to a fine under the city's animal cruelty ordinance. Amber Hansen, the artist proposing ...more »

Intellectual Property
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A Test Case for Intellectual Property in China
IEEE SpectrumFebruary 24, 2012

Yet China has a reputation as a place where intellectual property laws are routinely flouted. So the legal outcome is uncertain—and is of great interest to foreign companies. “There are a lot of eyes on this case,” says Jason Fredette, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Tort reform by fiat in Philly
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 16, 2012

The judge, reacting to what he said were "concerns and criticisms of this court's mass tort program," found that filings by out-of-state plaintiffs in asbestos and pharmaceutical cases have become a serious problem. Since the mass tort court rolled out ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Clarence Thomas on His Opposition to Affirmative Action
BusinessWeekFebruary 29, 2012

We get into platitudes about who's for affirmative action or who's against it, and we do nothing to fix the real problems. So many of our conversations have been dishonest. We talk about civil rights. I've got the right to play the piano.more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Private landlord fined for allowing tenants to live in 'hell-hole' home
24dash (press release)February 10, 2012

A private landlord has been fined for allowing his tenants to live in what Newham Council has described as a 'hell-hole' home. Amar Shazad, from Walthamstow, admitted eight offences of failing to keep the flat he rented out, on Sprowston Mews, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Fall into the Gap
Above the LawFebruary 29, 2012

By The People's Therapist A law student client — already an MBA — said she needed convincing to drop out of her third-tier school. I told her to calculate the return on investment for the final three semesters. “Debit-wise, I've burned $80k in ...more »

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The Law Firms of Harwood Feffer LLP and Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Class Counsel Harwood Feffer LLP and Stember Feinstein Doyle Payne & Kravec and KV Pharmaceutical Company announce that a settlement has been preliminarily approved by the United States District Court for the ...more »

Business Law
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BP, Anadarko Liable for Pollution Law Violations, Judge Says
BusinessWeekFebruary 23, 2012

22 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. are liable for Clean Water Act violations, a judge ruled, allowing the US to seek fines of as much as $1100 per barrel spilled in the Gulf of Mexico in the 2010. BP and Anadarko, partners in the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pentagon's Nutrition Effort Advances as UFood Grill Moves Closer to Opening ...
Business Wire (press release)February 27, 2012

“MBUF is comprised of a group of experienced veterans who understand that leading by example in the area of health and nutrition benefits the military and our country as a whole. We look forward to opening Aberdeen together as we map out further ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mass. man allegedly preyed on innocent, young girls online
NECNFebruary 8, 2012

The Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force received a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTipline report which tipped them to the upload of child porn to a website. Authorities on the Cape took it from there.more »

Personal Injury
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The Limitation period for Personal Injury
Lawdit Commercial SolicitorsFebruary 8, 2012

Under the Limitation Act 1980 section 11 the limitiation period for personal injury is 3 years. The limitation period will start to run from the date the injury was sustained or from the injured person's date of knowledge.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Lawyers can play a unique role in world peace'
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 27, 2012

By Chaitraly Deshmukh | Place: Pune | Agency: DNA A gold medallist in BSc (LLM), Mukund Sarda has done his doctorate in constitutional law from Osmania University (Hyderabad). He also gave a presentation on the 'Impact of Mumbai's terror attacks' at ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Senators Want Medical Boards Investigated
MedPage TodayFebruary 21, 2012

In a letter, the trio outlined a number in instances in which physicians were sanctioned by their employer for wrongdoing -- which included sexual misconduct, malpractice, and fraud -- but did not face any consequences from their state medical board.more »

Consumer Protection
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Evolving regulations create business opportunities
Columbus DispatchFebruary 26, 2012

It's shaping up to be a classic case study in the United States' love-hate relationship with federal regulation — one that soon could find its way into the syllabus of Government Regulation and Business Strategy, a popular MBA course at Ohio State ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Where's the homebuyer boom?
The Real Deal New York (blog)February 28, 2012

By Leigh Kamping-Carder Why aren't more people buying residential real estate? That was a question posed today by Jonathan Miller, CEO of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, at the third annual breakfast forum organized by the New York Law School's ...more »

IPhone's Crutch of Subsidies
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

But its performance in parts of southern Europe where most consumers don't sign contracts and have to pay full freight for phones suggests Apple's position could suffer if carriers tire of underwriting most of the cost of the devices, as some are in ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill addressing youth-sports tax advances
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 29, 2012

Nebraska tax law would be amended to exempt sports events or leagues for youths under 19 from sales taxes under a bill (LB727) given first-round approval Wednesday. The ability to collect the tax has been around since 1967, but it has been collected ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford's Lawyers, Prosecutors to Make Final Arguments to Jury in Houston
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

R. Allen Stanford's defense lawyers, and the US prosecutors who say he masterminded a $7 billion international fraud scheme, are set to make their final attempts to sway a federal court jury. Closing arguments in the five-week trial are scheduled to be ...more »

Tax Planner CPA Gears Up For The 2012 Tax Season With A New Team and Website ...
Albany Times UnionFebruary 17, 2012

“Our company is growing and we are very excited about the new additions to our team, their extensive knowledge on the US tax Code will position us to be the number one resource for tax planning and preparation services for US Expats” says Edward ...more »

Galt firings draw age-discrimination lawsuit
Sacramento BeeFebruary 21, 2012

The suit, however, complains that the city's conduct showed "malice, oppression and/or fraud" and violated state laws barring discrimination on the basis of age. Lawrance A. Bohm, the Sacramento attorney who filed the Jeffries lawsuit, said the city ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Panel to offer free financial advice
AZ Central.comFebruary 29, 2012

He earned bachelor's degrees both in accounting and law in India and a postgraduate certificate in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bill Brunson is the spokesman for the IRS in Phoenix.more »

Environmental Law
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Meeting biofuel production targets could change agricultural landscape
EurekAlert (press release)February 29, 2012

An alternative, according to a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels. W. Kolby Smith and colleagues explain that the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe Launches New Farmington and Wethersfield Websites
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe have launched two new websites to serve local communities in Connecticut more effectively. The firm's goal is to be more accessible to Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut residents and accident victims.more »

Family Law
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Mills & Reeve lawyers qualify for new family law service
Cambridge NetworkFebruary 28, 2012

Two of Mills & Reeve's top family lawyers, Roger Bamber and Nigel Shepherd, have qualified as family law arbitrators and will become members of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Family law arbitration is the latest addition to the family dispute ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. Auditor Releasing Review of Workers' Comp Company
CBS LocalFebruary 27, 2012

(AP) The Missouri auditor's office has completed a review of a state-chartered workers' compensation company that had initially resisted the auditor's efforts. Auditor Tom Schweich planned to release the results Monday of his review of Missouri ...more »


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