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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Researcher testifies statistics point to bias in Racial Justice Act hearing
Fayetteville ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

That testimony came the second day of Robinson's Racial Justice Act hearing. The law gives death row inmates a chance to argue that racism played a role in their prosecution. Robinson is the first to have an evidentiary hearing since the legislature ...more »

Health Care Law
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With sharp Romney jabs, Santorum blasts health care law
PoliticMoFebruary 4, 2012

The event was billed as a “Conversation on Faith, Freedom, and the American Family,” but focused most heavily on the Santorum's opposition to President Barack Obama's health insurance reform law. Speaking in a state where more than 70 percent voted in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 1, 2012

Bobby Scott, far right, speaks during a rally to protest proposed legislation to tighten Virginia's election laws at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (Steve Helber | The Associated Press) By Bill Sizemore Measures aimed at tightening ...more »

Immigration Law
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Reeves: Immigration relief for abused immigrants
Sun.StarFebruary 6, 2012

By Robert L. Reeves DESPITE law enforcement agencies and community organizations making advances in their response to domestic violence, the issue continues to plague the immigrant community. Often, financial dependence, fear of deportation, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kansas Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

Stephen Hughes, of Overland Park, is President and CEO of Hughes and Company Real Estate Appraisal. The company focuses on residential subdivisions and golf courses. Hughes earned his MBA from the University of Kansas in 1977.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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25 complete mediation training in Berbice
Stabroek NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Local | Friday, February 3, 2012 Twenty-five legal and non-legal professionals completed an Advanced Mediation Training Programme which concluded with a Certificate Award Ceremony at the Little Rock Hotel, New Amsterdam ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mercury General Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter Results and Declares ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 6, 2012

The Company supported the Continuous Coverage Auto Insurance Discount Act. The dilutive impact of incremental shares is excluded from loss positions in accordance with GAAP. Net income in the fourth quarter 2011 was $79.5 million ($1.45 per diluted ...more »

Animal Law
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Doggedly stubborn law firm sued over access for service animal
Business Management DailyFebruary 4, 2012

You would think that a personal-injury law firm would be sensitive to a client's need for a service dog, but apparently attorneys at the firm of Larkin, Axelrod, Ingrassia & Tetenbaum are unfamiliar with Title III of the ADA.more »

Intellectual Property
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T2 Biosystems Announces Issuance of Key Patent Providing Broad Intellectual...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, today announced the issuance of patent number 8102176 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office entitled ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disrupting the Moral Forcefield in Social Psychology: Affirmative Action for ...
Reason Online (blog)February 2, 2012

He called for affirmative action to make the field 10 percent conservative by 2020. In support of his ideas, Haidt pointed to "taboos and danger zones," subjects that turn on the moral "force field" and prevent researchers from exploring "the full ...more »

Sensex witnesses choppy session; Aviation stocks surge
Bloomberg UTVFebruary 1, 2012

Aviation stocks rallied after state-run oil marketing companies cut jet fuel prices by over 3%, with effect from midnight, 31 January 2012, as an appreciating rupee made imports cheaper. Index heavyweight RIL, extended Tuesday's gains as the company's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How to avoid disputes over your deposit
This is NottinghamFebruary 4, 2012

She says: "The law is clear but there are grey areas that create disputes between landlords and tenants. Expert advice: Stephanie Caine, who heads the lettings department at Royston & Lund in West Bridgford. "The purpose of deposits is to protect both ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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550 seeking restitution from Milwaukee Archdiocese
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE – About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — more than in any of the other US dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy protection, according a lawyer involved in the ...more »

Litigation
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ROJAS v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Anthony W. Norwood, Senior Litigation Counsel; Manuel A. Palau, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. Present: AMALYA L. KEARSE, ...more »

Business Law
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Proposal from Kan. business groups goes against immigration guru's national ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tim Barnes and Joe Pitts tout Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses in ...
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget. “The Governor's support of this bill shows ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
USA TODAYFebruary 4, 2012

"He essentially brought the Internet to a grinding halt," says D'Ovidio, the criminal justice professor. Morris was the first person charged under the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act that had been enacted two years earlier.more »

Personal Injury
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South Carolina Personal Injury Law Firm Urges Public Action to Prevent the ...
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

Nationally, traffic fatalities have dropped every year for the past decade," the Columbia, SC car accident lawyer explained. "We are lagging behind other states in passing distracted driving laws against cell phone usage and helmet laws that protect ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Setting The Scene For The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Two state attorneys general will face off at the National Press Club on the constitutionality of the health overhaul. In other news, a Mississippi district court judge has agreed to hear a different legal challenge to the measure.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Consumer Protection
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New York Debt-Resolution Attorney Leslie H. Tayne Discusses Consumer Rights ...
PR Web (press release)February 16, 2012

The FTC's recent $2.5 million settlement with Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, one of the nation's largest debt collection companies, required Asset Acceptance to pay a civil penalty for deceiving consumers by trying to collect old debts.more »

Real Estate Law
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Robert Futterman pleads guilty to felony DUI
The Real Deal New York (blog)February 6, 2012

We would need to investigate and file a complaint seeking revocation and hold a hearing in front of an administrative law judge,” Valens said. The state plans to open an investigation, Valens said. Last year, The Real Deal ranked Futterman's firm as ...more »

Negative Connotations Surrounding Sharia Must Be Dispelled
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Based on US conflicts of law, the law where the tort occurred would govern the dispute. The court would require expert testimony regarding the tort law of the country using Sharia, which would include issues relating to Sharia. A, a Saudi company, ...more »

Sports Law
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'I Believe' license plates for sale
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 7, 2012

IBELIEVEsc.net as allowed under state law. The new tag is a nonpolitical way for Christians of all denominations to share their faith, said Adrian Grimes, spokeswoman for the group's upcoming rollout of the plate. A federal judge ruled in 2009 that "I ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Walker schedules meeting with Milwaukee DA
The Oshkosh NorthwesternFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Bullying Statists Are Destroying Private Philanthropy
American ThinkerFebruary 13, 2012

Alabama, blocking an investigation on First Amendment grounds. At my website CharityRegulatorWatch.com, I describe just a few of the other ways charity regulators violate the law. Now that the big threat to the political establishment is the Tea Party ...more »

Late Iowa law professor's family suing University of Iowa, claims hospital ...
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesFebruary 15, 2012

Baldus, who died at age 75 on June 13, had been at the University of Iowa since 1969 teaching criminal law, anti-discrimination law, capital punishment and federal criminal law. He was nationally recognized for his research on the death penalty and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oil and gas director bows out
Colorado Springs Independent (blog)February 1, 2012

David Neslin, the man at the center of oil and gas regulation in Colorado, has decided to bag it and practice law instead. Neslin appeared at the hearing on El Paso County's oil and gas regulations yesterday. Commission to return to the practice of law...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies, Inc. to Present at Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"We look forward to showcasing our company to some of the country's top clean tech and growth investors at this year's Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki. "This is an ideal venue in which we can provide an important update ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Where's there's a will, there's a way to help
nebusiness.co.ukFebruary 7, 2012

Nationally, Will Aid has reported its most successful year ever, raising more than £1.5 million to date. Carolyn Tilly, partner with Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors and specialist in Wills and Probate, said: “It is wonderful to report this success for ...more »

Family Law
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Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some in Norristown. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing in family law at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State Worker Receiving Collect Calls From Prison, Charges Billed To You
10TVFebruary 20, 2012

An employee at the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation admitted she was accepting collect calls at her desk at work from a family member serving prison time. Her admission came after Watchdog10 found she racked up a bill totaling $194.95, ...more »

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