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During Super Bowl week "Tackle Domestic Violence"
KXII-TVFebruary 1, 2012

DURANT, OK-- The Crisis Center is holding its 2nd Annual "Tackle Domestic Violence," fundraiser. During Super Bowl week last year, they raised about $5000 for Texoma Counties.This year, they hope to score even more. In 2011, the Crisis Control Center, ...more »

Gay rights in Washington: A timeline
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

COM STAFF -- 1976: The Dorian Group, a lunch gathering for Seattle's gay and lesbian business folk, publicizes its existence at a lunch featuring Republican US Rep. Joel Pritchard. First talk of gay civil rights bill for Washington State.more »

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Administrative Law
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Centegra, Mercy appeal hospital rejections from state board
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Centegra and Mercy each have requested an administrative hearing on the denials Illinois Health Facilities Planning Review Board issued on their plans in December. Centegra's preliminary hearing will be Feb. 23, while Mercy's is scheduled for March 14.more »

Health Care Law
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Thompson talks air passengers, health care
Lake County Record-BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Thompson also announced he introduced a new bill Wednesday with Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Washington) to help rural communities striving to access better health care. "The quality of health care you receive should not depend on whether you're from a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kim Dotcom Has A Case: Truth Behind Megavideo, Megaupload Indictment
International Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

All of these things, thrown together in one massive indictment, paint the picture of a man running an organized crime ring like a mafia don, not of a man who created file-sharing sites that can be used for online piracy. Take any of those individual ...more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona style immigration law moving through Iowa legislature
WQADFebruary 9, 2012

Modeled after Arizona's controversial immigration law a similar controversial bill keeps moving forward in Iowa. House File 2156 is aimed at shutting down businesses that hire illegal workers. Right now this just a proposal, but earlier this week it ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Energy Ministry seeks to boost ethanol exports, remove obstructions
The NationFebruary 6, 2012

Energy Minister Arak Chonlatanon is seeking discussions with the ministries of Finance and Industry to boost ethanol exports and promote alternative energy development. He said on Monday that the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation collapses in disputed judge election
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The latest attempt to resolve Hamilton County's disputed election for Juvenile Court judge fell apart Wednesday, renewing a court battle that has dragged on for more than a year. Attorneys for Tracie Hunter, the Democratic candidate, said they pulled ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MPS wins special-needs education lawsuit
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 4, 2012

The corrective action plan is required under federal education law because MPS is a district in need of improvement. DPI officials did not return multiple messages Friday seeking clarification on the issue. The ruling deals a blow to Disability Rights ...more »

Animal Law
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Two animal-rights activists arrested at protest
Gainesville SunFebruary 7, 2012

By Nathan Crabbe Two animal-rights activists were arrested on Saturday at a protest of the University of Florida's use of primates in research. Camille Marino and Lisa Grossman, part of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, were protesting ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Assets of Confectioner Sherwood Brands Hit Auction Block
MarketWatch (press release)February 21, 2012

In Bankruptcy Court-ordered auction, bidding on intellectual property due on Feb. 24; inventory, M&E, rolling stock and two VA properties set for Feb. 29 CHASE CITY, Va., Feb. 21, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- By order of the US Bankruptcy Court, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$19.5M asbestos settlement for Montana victims proposed in WR Grace bankruptcy...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

He says the claimants' appeals will be withdrawn once the bankruptcy court approves the documents. Heberling says claimants also will be eligible to receive distributions from the separate Asbestos Personal Injury Trust to be established as part of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Should race be a factor in college admissions?
Local 10February 16, 2012

Affirmative action in California's public agencies has been banned for 16 years. In Proposition 209, voters decided that race shouldn't be a deciding factor. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Prop 209 in 1997, and the California Supreme Court ...more »

Patel denies graft charges, Ajit rules out probe
India TodayFebruary 3, 2012

Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Friday ruled out a probe into the allegations of graft against Praful Patel, who once held the portfolio, even as the man in the eye of the storm has strongly denied any wrong-doing. Canadian daily Globe and Mail ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Future of Landlord and Tenant is no PIE in the sky
eProp.co.zaFebruary 1, 2012

PIE governed landlords rights could be permanently altered. TrudieBroekmann, commercial director for Gunstons Attorneys', has been quoted as saying: “But community and human rights organisations representing indigent tenants are hoping that the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Attorney General Releases Top Ten Scam List
KTTSFebruary 1, 2012

Here is the rest of the list : 2. Abusive bill collectors who make threatening phone calls. 4. Debit and credit card companies that add unauthorized charges. 5. Home Repair and remodeling contractors that take payment but never deliver. 6.more »

Litigation
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Class Action Lawsuits Now Target More Than a Dozen Law Schools
Sacramento BeeFebruary 6, 2012

As a trusted advisor, LeClairRyan provides business counsel and client representation in corporate law and litigation. In this role, the firm applies its knowledge, insight and skill to help clients achieve their business objectives while managing and ...more »

Business Law
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An unlikely sleuth tried to tell Fannie Mae to shape up
Bend BulletinFebruary 6, 2012

But after learning about its findings from a reporter for The Times, Lavalle said, “Fannie Mae, its directors, servicers and lawyers appeared to have an institutional policy of turning a willful blind eye to evidence of mortgage origination and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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First Army soldier hopes to make a difference on Capitol Hill
DVIDSFebruary 10, 2012

Towne counts Foster's participation in the program as win-win situation for both Foster and the Army. “Captain Foster will benefit from this opportunity because the experience will further develop his skills in civil-military relations as he gets ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Pleads Guilty to Child Porn Charges
KIII TV3February 21, 2012

The computer was turned over the Corpus Christi Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Experts checked out the computer and found more then 3500 pictures and about 200 videos of suspected child pornography.more »

Personal Injury
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Farhad Hamdam, Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Offers Complimentary ...
GlobeNewsWire (press release)February 20, 2012

Leading Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, Farhad Hamdam, is now offering complimentary consultation for all personal injury cases to help the victims of these accidents learn about their rights and the options available to them.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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House Committee Examines Obama's Unconstitutional Appointments
Heritage.org (blog)February 2, 2012

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited a handful of constitutional law experts to discuss the four controversial appointments Obama made in January. Citing delays in the Senate, Obama installed Richard Cordray (pictured) as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Grayson & Grayson LA Personal Injury Lawyers to Offer Legal Assistance to ...
Exec Digital (press release)February 16, 2012

Los Angeles Personal injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson is now providing legal representation for hit and run accident victims. Los Angeles personal injury lawyers from Grayson & Grayson will be offering victims of hit and run incidences free initial ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Regulatory watch list for 2012: the shifting landscape for hedge funds and ...
Lexology (registration)February 9, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act), which was adopted in July 2010 with the goals of reducing risk, increasing transparency and promoting market integrity within the financial system, significantly alters ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Deputy Assistant Attorney General From Department of Justice Criminal Division ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 16, 2012

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news, research and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, ...more »

Susan Fuertes, Nathan Milliron and Sarah Robbins Join Hughes Watters Askanase ...
Business Wire (press release)February 13, 2012

Milliron's practice focus is civil litigation, including commercial litigation, banking law, and creditors' rights. He worked on and successfully litigated a broad range of matters including banking and collection matters, breach of contract claims, ...more »

Sports Law
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Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Thank goodness sports are included in this law. Because of Title IX, I have been blessed not to know a time when I did not have the right to play. When I started to play basketball around the 5th grade, I played on an all-boys team, the Logan Bobcats.more »

Criminal Defense
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When is deadly force justified for self-defense?
HeraldNetFebruary 10, 2012

"Self-defense is not intended to be an excuse to mete out justice as you see fit. Using force is a way to defend yourself or your property," said criminal defense attorney Wade Samuelson, who is on the executive board of the Washington Association of ...more »

IRS Threatens to Shut Down Medical Cannabis
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 23, 2012

Twelve medical cannabis states form a national alliance, 280E Reform, to challenge US IRS Tax Code 280E. The IRS threatens to turn back the clock on Harborside Health Center">medical cannabis. A national alliance of industry leaders, patients and ...more »

Expert Employment Attorneys Recover $75000 for Racial and Age Discrimination...
openPR (press release)February 22, 2012

(openPR) - LOS ANGELES - The Mesriani Law Group has secured a settlement amounting to $75000 for a female victim of racial and age discrimination in the workplace. According to the victim, she was hired as Operations Area Manager for a biotechnology ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Are you a man getting a divorce? Law firm hopes new service will protect ...
Belleville News DemocratFebruary 6, 2012

By WILL BUSS - News-Democrat A law firm that has locations in Belleville and Edwardsville and is known for representing men in divorce cases wants to help its clients protect their personal assets, too. Beginning this week, Cordell & Cordell is test ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

... ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel, said Republicans who have majority control of the House haven't offered an alternative long-care plan even though they say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law.more »

Wills & Probate
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Better Business: You don't need to be rich to benefit from an estate plan
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 4, 2012

An estate plan can be as simple as drafting a will or as complex as setting up a trust and a living will. At the very least, anyone who has assets they would like to pass on to specific individuals should create a will. A will can also establish ...more »

Family Law
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Adam Vincent's family call for support to change compensation law
This is GrimsbyFebruary 2, 2012

THE family of murder victim Adam Vincent are calling for you to get behind "Adam's Law" – a drive to change the law governing the way the families of victims of violent crime are compensated. As reported, Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell has already revealed ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Contest helps molder hold down workers' comp costs
Plastics News (blog)February 14, 2012

He said it has improved morale and saved the company more than 60 percent on workers' compensation insurance costs over the last five years. That's dropped from a high of nearly $100000 in 2006 to about $40000 in 2011.more »

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