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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 »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... February 1, 2012 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. /quotes/zigman/129714/quotes/nls/swm SWM -3.84% today responded to the anticipated initial decision rendered on February 1, 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade...more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law
StarNewsOnline.comFebruary 1, 2012

Regarding the "Other Views" editorial on Jan 30, on the topic of Health-care law paying dividends, this has not been good for the health care industry or individuals. This new health care law that was passed last year does not address the real problem, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Obama wants Congress to act on expanded home refinance plan
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to letters@usatoday.com. Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Car Makers Asked To Oppose Ala. Immigration Law
Manufacturing.netFebruary 7, 2012

"The truth is, there is no fix for (the law)," said Wade Henderson. "The only option that makes any sense — and the only option that will help Alabama restore its reputation in the US and with the international business community — is for the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Newcomb buys former timberland for development
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

AP NEWCOMB, NY — The town of Newcomb in the central Adirondacks has purchased 348 acres from The Nature Conservancy for development projects along Route 28N. The parcels were part of the conservancy's 2007 purchase of 161000 acres of Finch, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues former County Bank officials for mismanagement leading to $42M loss
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 1, 2012

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corp. of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the suit, filed Jan.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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Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For trademark licensors, quality-control provisions can prove risky
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

On the other hand, quality-control provisions that are too onerous or detailed present the risk that the trademark licensor will suffer a tort/products liability exposure for defective goods or services offered by their licensee.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 »

Dassault tops EADS for Indian jet deal
Outcome MagazineFebruary 5, 2012

A Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter jet performs during the 48th international Paris Air Show at Le Bourget airport on June 16, 2009. The air show, which celebrates its centenary, will be open to the public on June 19. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement) In a brief ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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TDS says it did not notify OFT about new landlord service
Rentman SoftwareFebruary 9, 2012

The Tenancy Deposit Scheme has not notified the launch of its new service for private landlords to the authorities – because it says it did not have to. LAT has received a number of queries from readers wondering how the TDS, which until now has only ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Panel Decides to Hire Expert to Review Mulberry's Finances
The LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

Satchel was paid per diem for meals when he traveled for the city, and at the same time charged his meals on the city's credit card. He said he didn't know per diem was for meals. State Attorney Jerry Hill said his office is exploring the allegations ...more »

Litigation
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Krill Companies Agree to Cease-Fire During Patent Re-Examination
Natural Products INSIDERFebruary 2, 2012

LAVAL, Quebec—Neptune, Aker Biomarine and Schiff Nutrition have agreed to a stay of litigation in their patent infringement case until the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) completes its re-examination of the original Neptune-held patent in ...more »

Business Law
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Child victims need more protection
Daily CameraFebruary 1, 2012

The children -- in addition to being trafficked for illegal sex with strangers -- are often abused, threatened, and plied with drugs and alcohol. They are told, and technically not inaccurately at least according to the law, that they will be arrested ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Jerry Miller, Army Veteran, Mistakenly Declared Dead 4 Times
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Every time the VA declares him dead, Miller's military pension benefits are cut off, which, in addition to his social security, account for the bulk of the retiree's income. The interruptions may put Miller's ability to keep his home in jeopardy, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 5, 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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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution Check: When the Internet Went Dark, What Was the Constitutional...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Politics, indeed, may be changing as Ms. MacKinnon suggests, but law could be another matter. In an awesome display of Digital Age political power, the shuttering of major parts of the Internet in protest on January 18 had an almost instant impact in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Excess Insurer May Bring Malpractice Action Against Lawyers Retained by ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 14, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers An excess insurance carrier has a direct cause of action for malpractice against the law firm the primary carrier retained to defend their insured, the Mississippi Court of Appeals declared Jan. 31 in a second look at this case (Great ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation and Other Swap Regulations; Proposes ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2011 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).more »

Real Estate Law
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Florida Attorney General's Attempt to Subpoena Foreclosure Mills Stalls
LoanSafeFebruary 3, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on February 3, 2012 in Real Estate (Source: Kimberly Miller The Palm Beach Post, Fla.) – Florida's once-heralded foreclosure mill investigations have fizzled as the attorney general's office has failed to find the right strategy to ...more »

SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade Commission (ITC) action filed by SWM under Section 337 (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC's initial decision found that SWM's Claims 36, 43, and 45 of United States Patent No.more »

Sports Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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George Huguely's trial in Yeardley Love's death starts Monday with jury selection
Washington Post (blog)February 5, 2012

“This is a very well- and strategically charged prosecution,” said Steven Benjamin, a Richmond defense lawyer who is president-elect of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Absent a dispute about whether Huguely went to the apartment, ...more »

TurboTax Review: PC Software for Easing Your Tax Burden
Notebook ReviewFebruary 1, 2012

With your signed power of attorney, a CPA, attorney, or enrolled agent can actually conduct all audit-related or other contact activities for you. You don't even need to be present at a hearing. Other kinds of tax preparers can accompany you to an IRS ...more »

Older employees can protect themselves by making age an issue; lawyer
Toronto StarFebruary 10, 2012

John Goddard Business Reporter A good tactic for the older employee who feels nudged toward the door is to ask for help because of age, says Toronto employment lawyer David Whitten. Most employees do the opposite. “Most people go, 'No, no, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Environmental Law
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APNewsBreak: Wis. GOP candidate got stimulus money
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

And another renewable energy company run by former US Rep. Mark Neumann signed a letter in November urging congressional leaders to keep the incentives flowing. The letter contradicts Neumann's campaign stance calling for the immediate end to the 2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Family Law
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Proposal extends medical leave to veterans' families
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Amanda Palleschi Family members of veterans would be entitled to the same leave afforded to family members of current military service members under an amendment to the Family and Medical Leave Act announced Monday. Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Pennsylvania Employers' Workers' Comp Premiums Down
Essential Public RadioFebruary 13, 2012

Workers compensation premiums paid by companies across the state will be down an average of 5.66 percent from last year, the first time the rates have decreased in two years. Workers compensation premiums paid by companies across the state will be down ...more »

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