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Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing set in challenge to Indiana's "right-to-work" law
Chicago TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

(Reuters) - The federal judge who has been asked to block implementation of Indiana's new "right-to-work" law said on Tuesday he will hold a formal hearing on the request early next week. US District Judge Philip Simon gave backers of the anti-union ...more »

Health Care Law
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President Obama's health care law is unraveling
Daily CallerFebruary 29, 2012

We've also come to learn just how grossly underestimated the cost of the new law really was. The Department of Health and Human Services has already received and spent the entirety of its $1 billion budget to implement state-based health care exchanges ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The state of anti-sharia bills
Washington Post (blog)February 29, 2012

By Robert P. Jones Earlier this month, before the furor over several proposed abortion bills threw Virginia into the national spotlight, another controversial bill began moving in the House of Delegates. House Bill 825 proposes to ban the use of any ...more »

Immigration Law
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11th Circuit Court of Appeal to hear arguments on Alabama's
WBRCFebruary 27, 2012

BIRMINGHAM,AL (WBRC) - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta is scheduled on Thursday to hear arguments from the state and federal government over Alabama's new immigration law. The state of Alabama should get a sense of what parts of the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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In quest for jobs, some cities will raid neighbors
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 21, 2012

As the economy slowly strengthens, neighboring cities and states can be pitted against one another in the competition for jobs and development. But it's not always clear how many positions are actually created, rather than just poached and shuffled ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Teachers' dispute not about pay
Burnaby NowFebruary 29, 2012

By Jennifer Heighton, Burnaby Now February 28, 2012 The BC government is legislating teachers with an imposed contract after fruitless attempts at bargaining came up with no resolution. Why was the bargaining process so unsuccessful?more »

Insurance Litigation
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Attorneys iron out Rothstein bank settlements
South Florida Business Journal (blog)February 29, 2012

Each side will pursue litigation against Gibraltar's insurance companies for potential recovery of $25 million each, said a spokesman for Razorback's attorney William Scherer. Gibraltar had announced a settlement last week in the Rothstein bankruptcy ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane Society of the U.S. commends Rep. Tommy Benton
Online AthensFebruary 24, 2012

The law will go into effect in January 2012, and should help deter animals and children from consuming the sweet, but lethal chemical. “I was very surprised, I wasn't expecting it at all,” Benton said about the award. Benton will be honored at the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AppNexus Announces Initiative to Stop Piracy of Intellectual Property on the ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

As part of the initiative, AppNexus is making a firm public commitment to actively monitor traffic and refuse to allow clients to run ads on those sites that are found to feature pirated intellectual property. Microsoft Advertising and the Interactive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hundreds Sprint for Mesothelioma Research during South Florida Miles for Meso ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 15, 2012

Every year, 3000 new Americans are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure, which has no cure. Miles for Meso, nationally sponsored by the Simmons Law Firm, is a nationwide effort by runners, survivors, patients, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New UVM President Worries About Affirmative Action Case
Vermont Public RadioFebruary 24, 2012

Sullivan says weakening affirmative action would have profound consequences for UVM. (Host) The University of Vermont's new president says he's deeply concerned that the US Supreme Court could soon erode the national policy on affirmative action.more »

Charlotte Douglas International Airport joins Federal Aviation...
Charlotte Business JournalFebruary 29, 2012

Charlotte Douglas International Airport will join the Federal Aviation Administration 's Metroplex initiative that seeks to make air-traffic control more efficient, help airlines improve on-time performance and cut emissions.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants of Chinatown building wait for answers
Boston GlobeFebruary 9, 2012

Officials from the city's Inspectional Services Department and the Fire Department met with about 30 tenants and a lawyer representing the building's landlord at a closed-door meeting today at the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ask Stacy: Can a Short Sale Be Removed From My Credit History?
Money Talks News (blog)February 29, 2012

This former service member had to short-sale their house and wants the negative mark removed from their credit history. Reasonable? Possible? By Stacy Johnson | Feb 28, 2012 I have a question about removing a bad mark I got on my credit as a result of ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation in connection with the Hicks stabbing
KXO RadioFebruary 29, 2012

... drunk and only wanted to care for her wounded husband. The lawsuit names an Imperial County Sheriff's Deputy, Imperial County, an El Centro Police officer and the City of El Centro. Those named and their attorneys will not comment on active litigation.more »

Business Law
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Budget looming, Wash. lawmakers push reforms
The Seattle TimesFebruary 18, 2012

(HB 2330) UNDERAGE ONLINE SEX ADS: The Senate has passed a measure to clamp down on sellers of online classified sex ads who don't verify the ages of those depicted. Lawmakers are targeting Backpage.com, which operates the largest sex ad clearinghouse ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military accused of manipulating psychatric diagnoses
Kansas City StarFebruary 25, 2012

For years, veterans' advocates have said that the Pentagon uses the diagnosis to discharge troops because it considers them troublesome or wants to avoid giving them benefits for service-connected injuries. The military considers personality disorder a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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More than 6,0000 Child Porn Images Discovered, 9-Million Dollar Bond Set
KATVFebruary 4, 2012

... his home computer faces a felony charge per image. Friday afternoon Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at 49-year old Norman Jewett's home. In 2010, the sheriff's office formed the Internet Crimes against Children Task force.more »

Personal Injury
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Grand Rapids has paid three trip-and-fall personal injury claims made in 2011
MLive.comFebruary 27, 2012

comA snow plow-child collision allegedly caused by an inoperable crosswalk signal is among the road-related personal injury claims filed against Grand Rapids in 2011. GRAND RAPIDS – Of 12 roadway trip-and-fall claims filed with the city in 2011, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is the law against lying about military heroism constitutional?
Norwich Bulletin (blog)February 20, 2012

By Pat Cunningham Most Americans would agree, I suspect, that anyone who would lie about having served heroically — or even just honorably — in the US military is deserving of a special kind of scorn. Such phony self-aggrandizement is worse than ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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In each case, Sumner attorney wants to learn something new
The TennesseanFebruary 24, 2012

Cottontown resident Thomas Wiseman was named the 2011-12 Lawyer of the Year in the area of medical malpractice defense while his home Nashville-based Wiseman Ashworth Law Group receiving first tier for both medical malpractice law defense and personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Daylight robbery from cellular companies: IFP
MyBroadbandFebruary 28, 2012

The IFP has said that that the cellular companies are ripping people off, and that the Consumer Commission is incapable of addressing this issue. “How much do our government in general and Minister Rob Davies in particular really protect our consumers?more »

Real Estate Law
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Black money: Panel suggests tougher law
MSN IndiaFebruary 29, 2012

To rein in black money transactions in the real estate sector, the panel has recommended that pre- emptive purchase of immovable property be reintroduced in the IT law. Similarly, the bullion and jewellery sectors are seen as a big consumer and ...more »

Happy Valentine's Day: Do You Need An Office Love Contract?
CNBC.comFebruary 13, 2012

Valentine's Day is historically the busiest day of the year for marital law firms. The days leading up to Valentine's Day are often chosen to confront an adulterous partner. In the workplace, Valentine's Day can be fraught with conflict, ...more »

Sports Law
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Big South Conference Tournament Recaps
Chicago TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

Final Score: High Point 68, Gardner-Webb 58 High Point, NC (Sports Network) - Nick Barbour's 22 points paced the High Point attack as the eighth-seeded Panthers outlasted ninth-ranked Gardner- Webb, 68-58 in the first round of the Big South Tournament.more »

Criminal Defense
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Working group considers changes to defending the poor
Lancaster Eagle GazetteFebruary 27, 2012

AP COLUMBUS -- An Ohio working group considering changes in how defense lawyers are provided for the poor has drafted a proposal that would shift the financial responsibility from counties to the state during a five-year period.more »

Anti-tax crusader Doug Guetzloe to stand tax crime trial
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 3, 2012

Team officials said they were persuaded by their attorney to spend the money so Guetzloe would muzzle criticism of their bid for a new arena, mostly funded by the public. The arena was eventually built. Public records reveal Guetzloe's company received ...more »

HALIKMAN v. CREATIVE HAIRDRESSERS, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 27, 2012

... instant action against her former employer, Creative Hairdressers, Inc., d/b/a Hair Cuttery ("Defendant"), alleging that she was terminated because of her age in violation of the Age Discrimination in Employment Act ("ADEA"), 29 USC § 621 et seq.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Locke Lord's New London Team in Place and Poised to Grow; Partners Elected to ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 20, 2012

She is also a leading specialist in consumer credit and asset finance law with considerable experience in data protection and privacy law. Howard's clients include several well-known finance houses, banks and leading international financial ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Policy Is Fundamental to U.S. Competitiveness
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Renewables do not have the scale, development timeframe or economics to materially change this outcome as much as we would hope. The energy industry has to stand up to provide strategic vision. Here are some thoughts for a United States energy policy.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers Compensation Issues Prominent in National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Several national workers' compensation experts will lead 1.5 hour sessions during the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla.more »

Family Law
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Legal Same-Sex Divorce
Huffington Post (blog)February 17, 2012

The thing is, in some ways last week's ruling was as much for relationships like ours as for happily-wanting-to-be-married same-sex couples, because by virtue of laws that recognized my relationship and my family, this process of coming apart has been ...more »

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