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Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama's proposal for Senate votes on judicial nominees deserves bipartisan ...
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, wrote about "Our Broken Judicial Confirmation Process" and said this: "Wasteful and unnecessary delay in the process of selecting judges hurts our justice system and harms all Americans. It is intolerable no matter who ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law
WatertownDailyTimes.comFebruary 4, 2012

Now that the Obama administration has chosen not to implement the unworkable long-term care provision of the national health care law, the House move to repeal the provision makes sense. The legislation included a plan to provide long-term care ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Long Island PressFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's AG is Criticized for Recommendations to Weaken Immigration Law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Attorney General Luther Strange and GOP followers who say the Legislature should rewrite the popular and wildly successful immigration law to 'make it pass court muster' are betraying their 'handshake with voters,'" ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Don't get mad, get mediation
Kingston PeopleFebruary 2, 2012

To help prevent serious disputes from spiralling out of control Kingston University, in conjunction with Kingston Police, has expanded its free mediation service to any Kingston Borough residents. The service was initially designed to assist in student ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm
Bizjournals.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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Blow the whistle on this proposal
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesFebruary 3, 2012

Backers want to take aim at animal rights activists who get jobs at facilities and collect secret video of animal mistreatment or other wrongdoing. Those videos have been a public relations problem for an important Iowa industry.more »

Intellectual Property
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Column: Intellectual Property Is Theft
Oklahoma DailyFebruary 1, 2012

The blackout in question was in protest of two pieces of legislation related to the Internet, the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act. The bills had several draconian punishments that outraged many Americans (Wikipedia ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Libby residents unsure of outcome on $19.6M WR Grace settlement
The MissoulianFebruary 2, 2012

From people sickened by asbestos-related diseases to the center that researches and treats them, the news of a proposed settlement in bankruptcy court litigation involving WR Grace & Co. was largely met with a wait-and-see attitude.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

Indian opposition urges inquiry over bribery case
Globe and MailFebruary 4, 2012

Indian opposition leaders are calling for a government inquiry into allegedly corrupt dealings at the country's Ministry of Civil Aviation, following a Globe and Mail report on bribery and bid-rigging allegations that implicate, among others, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Should You Do if You're Renting from a Slumlord?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

With Courtney Love's recent court win in the news, you may think it's a good idea to withhold your own rent money next time you have a conflict with your landlord. But attorneys familiar with landlord-tenant law say that such a move could get you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Are Spouses Required To File for Bankruptcy Together?
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

“Unless you are separated from your spouse, however, both your income and your spouse's income must be listed in your bankruptcy,” DeMott writes. “The Bankruptcy Code considers all income from all household members.” “So if the non-filing spouse has a ...more »

Litigation
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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Business Law
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Quincy Public Schools: Beware of Quincy Blue Devil banner scam
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQAFebruary 1, 2012

Here's a KHQA Safe Family Crime tip -- there has been a scam reported to law enforcement in the Quincy area. Several businesses have reported receiving calls to advertise on banners to be placed in Quincy Blue Devil Gym or Flinn Stadium.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Minister of Veterans Affairs Steven Blaney Attends Military Exercise in the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans Affairs, yesterday took part in a cold weather military training exercise called "Rafale blanche," held in the Chaudiere-Appalaches region. The exercise involves some 400 soldiers from 5 Combat ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New Technology Takes Down Child Porn Users
CBS LocalFebruary 3, 2012

One morning in mid-January — after a pre-dawn planning session — investigators from the Internet Crimes Against Children, or ICAC, task force drove the van into a quiet, working class Margate neighborhood. Their target was a man suspected of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury protection insurance fraud law reworked
Tbo.comFebruary 8, 2012

Then the clinics bill insurance companies up to $10000 a patient, the maximum allowed under Florida's personal injury protection insurance. Hillsborough County has become a hotbed for this type of fraud, law enforcement agencies say.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French council to review genocide denial law
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

By Saskya Vandoorne and Ivan Watson, CNN Paris (CNN) -- French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time. The French Senate said Wednesday that 65 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Online CE Course Now Available
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

CNA HealthPro and the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists are pleased to announce a new online dental continuing education course offering, the CNA HealthPro Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Program. One of the most comprehensive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Analysis: Government's Moneyball Moment
GovExec.comFebruary 8, 2012

Following enactment of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010, financial regulators increased data collection and analysis to improve their understanding of the financial system. Despite the reach of multiple agencies ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Danielle E. Howarth Joins Ballard Spahr's Baltimore Office
Citybizlist (press release)February 3, 2012

BALTIMORE - Danielle E. Howarth has joined the Baltimore office of the law firm Ballard Spahr as an associate in the Real Estate Department. Ms. Howarth represents developers and investors in property acquisition, financing, restructuring, leasing, ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling SteubenvilleLaw Allows W.Va. Residents ...
WTRFFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Will Valentino, agreements with all states are not possible. Some states do not allow concealed weapons to be carried, while other states' laws vary too much from the ones in West Virginia.more »

Criminal Defense
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The Credit Report with Bill Lewis: Week of February 6th
Examiner.comFebruary 6, 2012

Former prosecutor and Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Jim Lewis will appear and discuss his candidacy for Broward State Attorney as the only Republican for this countywide office in 2012. Chairman Richard DeNapoli of the Broward Republican ...more »

IRS Tackles Giants Safety Antrel Rolle--Hard
ForbesFebruary 3, 2012

But according to the court, last year he agreed to pay $1.9 million plus interest–pretty much everything the IRS was seeking. The tab included $368000 in late-filing and accuracy-related penalties. R0lle's lawyer, Hiram M. Martin, did not respond to a ...more »

Age discrimination trial brought by former Bluffton officer moves forward ...
The RepublicFebruary 7, 2012

AP BLUFFTON, SC — A federal judge has ruled that an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Bluffton police lieutenant can move forward. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/yC810m) that Magistrate Judge Bruce Hendricks ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Protects Fund Companies From Investors
Barron'sFebruary 11, 2012

"I'm not surprised the SEC filed an amicus brief," says Barry Barbash, partner and head of the asset-management group for law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. Barbash also served as the SEC's director of investment management from 1993 to 1998.more »

Environmental 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 »

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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Ten-hut! Updated "Financial Field Manual" for Military Families' Personal ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

The Pennsylvania Securities Commission is the state agency regulating the investment industry. All stock brokers, retirement planners, investment adviser representatives and other investment professionals in Pennsylvania are required by law to be ...more »

Workers Compensation
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California workers compensation insurers' profitability improved in 2010
Business InsuranceFebruary 1, 2012

The profitability of insurers writing workers compensation coverage in the Golden State improved during 2010, according to the Oakland-based California Workers' Compensation Institute. The insurers' return on net worth improved to an average of 5.2% in ...more »

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