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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

Presidents of Fed regional banks for first time disclose financial data statements
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The regional banks released the documents after Bloomberg News filed a Freedom of Information Act request. The banks maintained that the information isn't covered by FOIA rules. On their websites, they said it was being released voluntarily, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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GBTA's Michael W. McCormick Testifies at House Judiciary Hearing
PR Newswire (press release)February 1, 2012

In August 2011, it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. Congress has enacted similar protections from discriminatory state and local excise taxes for other interstate travelers such as airline, ...more »

Health Care Law
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HHS Offers Progress Report On Shrinking Medicare's Doughnut Hole
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 3, 2012

In the first full year of the new healthcare law, 3.6 million people in the government Medicare program saved $2.1 billion on prescription drugs in 2011, the Obama administration announced Thursday (Levey, 2/2). Part of the law was intended to fill the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Hal Watson Joins Chaffe McCall
The Maritime ExecutiveFebruary 1, 2012

He is also regularly included in The Best Lawyers in America in maritime law. Hal is a frequent lecturer, and sits on the planning committees, for the Houston Marine Insurance Seminar and the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute.more »

Immigration Law
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Will Hispanic voters swing the 2012 race?
CNN InternationalFebruary 10, 2012

By Charles Garcia, Special to CNN Activists in California protest Arizona's immigration law. Charles Garcia says immigration is kryptonite for both parties. Editor's note: Charles Garcia is the CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a business focused on the Hispanic ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A look at the cornerstones of Arizona's future
Arizona RepublicFebruary 12, 2012

Southwest Solar Technologies, in Phoenix, is developing solar thermal devices for industrial use. And the Solana Generating Station, planned by Abengoa Solar Inc. of Spain, will provide 280 megawatts of electricity to Arizona Public Service.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mobile's dispute with MAWSS ticks up a notch as utility refuses to pay permit fees (blog)February 1, 2012

Until the courts resolve that dispute, the utility argues in its court filing, MAWSS shouldn't have to pay the city fees. Instead, MAWSS asked Circuit Judge Michael Youngpeter to create a court-administered holding account for permit fees.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Battling with memory loss, Dorsett joins concussion lawsuit against NFL
CBSSports.comFebruary 2, 2012

"And then when you hear that these guys don't have insurance, that the league won't give them insurance, that the league is saying that it didn't happen on their clock. That's bull." Citing the pending litigation, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the ...more »

Animal Law
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Bob Barker: The Price Is Wrong For Animal Testing (TAKE ACTION)
Global AnimalFebruary 1, 2012

(ANIMAL TESTING) VIRGINIA — Long time animal rights activist Bob Barker has teamed up with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to ask the University of Virginia to stop doing it's pediatric testing on live cats. Barker points out that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Xebec Adsorption Inc. Announces Anticipated Strategic Intellectual Property... (press release)February 3, 2012

... of intent (LOI) with a multinational company exploring strategic alternatives pertaining to the monetization of its intellectual property (IP) portfolio, including the patents and patent applications relating to its gas separation technology.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rockville doubles contract with law firm to $1M
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

16, for legal services involving the city's bonds, employment and benefits, code enforcement, Rockville Town Square operations and the Town Square garage lease and litigation. Rockville City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel said the contract with Venable is ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
CBS NewsFebruary 14, 2012

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the ...more »

AgustaWestland overhauls avionics, maintenance and training for new helicopter ...
Aviation International NewsFebruary 11, 2012

As part of the certification process, AgustaWestland is working to convince the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) of the high degree of commonality between the new types. Many aspects of the technical publications will be the same and this should ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord sued after tenant losses footing between bottom stair and floor surface
The Louisiana RecordFebruary 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS - A New Orleans woman is suing her landlord for injuries she claims to have sustained when she fell. Christina A. Arrington filed suit on Jan. 26 in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court against Katherine Stone Babineaux.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wash. AG touts consumer protection efforts
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2012

BY BRYAN COHEN SEATTLE (Legal Newsline) - Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna said Thursday that his office's Consumer Protection Division saved the public more than $4 million in 2011 while fielding approximately 40000 calls, 23000 letters and 450 ...more »

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TD Bank to add $255M reserve for Rothstein litigation fallout
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

Local attorneys suing TD Bank over its connections to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein have one thing to say about the bank's litigation reserve. “I can tell you it's not enough,” said William Scherer, the Fort Lauderdale attorney handling a $200 million ...more »

Business Law
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Editorial: Finally, Ed Martin chooses a race befitting his unique skills
STLtoday.comFebruary 1, 2012

Republican Ed Martin hasn't yet asked for our endorsement as he seeks the Republican nomination for Missouri attorney general, but, as he begins his reconnoitered campaign, we suggest an aggressive advertising strategy. Who among potential candidates ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. WASHINGTON—A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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City College of S.F. tells FBI of computer viruses
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 7, 2012

28 when USDN, a cyber security company hired by the college, traced 723 Internet protocol addresses to criminal hacking networks in Russia, China and elsewhere. The company said the viruses had been lurking in the college's poorly guarded systems since ...more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney Melinda Helbock Offers Free Case Reviews for People Injured in San ... (press release)February 7, 2012

San Diego personal injury lawyer Melinda Helbock is announcing that she is now offering free legal consultations for individuals and families that are affected by San Diego car accidents. San Diego personal injury lawyer Melinda Helbock represents ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Voter ID law requires valid ID, proof of residency to vote
Exponent OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

UW-P will provide faculty with voter ID card if they There have been discussions throughout Wisconsin as to whether or not the voter ID law is constitutional. The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in Dane Country back in October ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Emotional Distress Enough for Medical Malpractice Suit, Says PA Supreme Court
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

She filed a suit against the radiologist, the hospital, and the University of Pennsylvania, which was immediately thrown out of trial court in its early stages because of lack of legal precedent. Toney appealed and the appellate court said she had a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Is your data giving you headaches?
ITWebFebruary 15, 2012

... with a long and continuously growing list of compliance legislation and guidelines, including: Sarbanes Oxley; King III; The Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI); Basel II and Basel III; Solvency II; the Consumer Protection Act (CPA); ...more »

Real Estate Law
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PHH Restructuring; MBA Classes; Servicing Comp Change Bearing...
Mortgage News DailyFebruary 3, 2012

"I am writing to let you know we recently decided to reallocate resources from our Correspondent Lending channel to our Private Label Solutions and Real Estate Field Sales distribution channels. Although this action will reduce our Correspondent ...more »

CRDA approves Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

They voted at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday, a deadline set by state law. Effective one year ago, those regulations also established the Tourism District and CRDA development powers within it, in addition to setting in motion other ...more »

Sports Law
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A Local Law Enforcement Official Received UniqueTraining From Experts
KEYC TVFebruary 2, 2012

More>> A local law enforcement official was able to attend a prestigious US Department of Justice program. According the National Center for Missing and Exploited children there are over 200000 missing kids in the US Nicollet County Sheriff Dave Lange ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...more »

Family of late UI law professor sues Iowa, alleging UIHC docs missed colon cancer
Eastern Iowa News NowFebruary 15, 2012

Family members of longtime University of Iowa Law Professor David Baldus, who died in June of colon cancer, are suing the State of Iowa for negligence on allegations that its employees at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics failed to diagnose ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cougar Oil and Gas Canada Enters Into Creditor Protection Following Failure of ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

While under CCAA protection, the Company will continue with its day to day operations. On November 15, 2011, the potential purchaser under a Binding Letter of Intent to acquire some of the Company's non-core assets defaulted on its agreements.more »

Environmental Law
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Transportation Bill Would Streamline Environmental Review, Sponsors Say
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 2, 2012

2 will mark up a transportation reauthorization bill that Republican sponsors say will streamline the environmental review process for new construction projects. The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) would impose new timetables on the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Clinic open to veterans needing free legal advice
Beaumont Enterprise (blog)February 8, 2012

Appointments are encouraged by calling the bar office at 409-835-8647 but walk-ins will be welcomed. Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues such as family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, tax issues, ...more »

Family Law
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Md. delegate proposing 'Phylicia's Law,' a plan to maximize search resources ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The case spurred broader interest in missing persons cases and experts and community members discovered gaps as they helped law enforcement search for Barnes. Some were concerned that the fact that Barnes was black kept the case from getting the media...more »

Workers Compensation
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Auditor General says poor management of state workersÂ' insurance fund ...
FOX43.comFebruary 1, 2012

Auditor General Jack Wagner said today that the State Workers' Insurance Fund, the largest workers' compensation insurance carrier in Pennsylvania, paid nearly $4.9 million over a two-year period to a Pennsylvania-based claims services and medical ...more »


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