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Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...more »

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Administrative Law
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COURT WATCH 1/2012 [January 2012]
The ZimbabweanFebruary 1, 2012

Code not applicable to magistracy The code will apply only to the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court and the presidents of the Labour Court and Administrative Court. What will the Code cover? According to Justice Malaba, the code contains ...more »

Health Care Law
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Ann Coulter Defends Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Ann Coulter offered a surprising defense of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law -- affectionately dubbed 'Romneycare' -- on Wednesday. In a blog post featured on her website, entitled "Three Cheers For Romneycare!", she explains, "If only the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Goshen sees unusually high number of homicides
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Mason teen signed up to take the ACT as a practice exercise to prepare him for a... Colerain senior safety Andre Jones woke up at 6 am Wednesday in preparation for the moment he would officially sign with the University of Cincinnati.more »

Immigration Law
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Romney, Gingrich focus on Hispanic voters in Fla.
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

(AP) — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney pitched their ideas for reforming immigration law and pushing democracy into Cuba and across Latin America as the Republican presidential candidates vied for Hispanic votes Friday, entering the final, ...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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Condo Owners Speak Up
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

78 percent of the owners support mandatory Alternative Dispute Resolution and a standard set of rules established by the legislature. • The survey says 78 percent of associations do not use an independent auditor once per year.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Selective Insurance Group Reports Fourth Quarter and Year-end 2011 Earnings
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

2, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Selective Insurance Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: SIGI) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. For the quarter, net income per diluted share was $0.29 and operating income(1) was ...more »

Animal Law
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Horse slaughtering resumes in US as legislation languishes in Congress
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under pressure from animal rights groups and many horse owners, the domestic slaughter industry was effectively ended in the US in 2007, when Congress stopped funding for Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter houses since uninspected ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Intellectual property lawyer David E. Warden has joined the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) as of counsel.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Asbestos Settlement Sets State Record (blog)February 1, 2012

The family of a deceased Jackson County Courthouse employee recently settled the woman's Missouri asbestos lawsuit for $10 million, the largest asbestos settlement in the state's history. Nancy Lopez filed the asbestos lawsuit against the US ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz A federal appeals court on Monday appeared unlikely to overturn Proposition 209, indicating that it is bound by a previous ruling upholding California's voter-approved ban on public affirmative action programs.more »

AP Exclusive: US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"Both US intelligence and law enforcement communities and foreign services continue to identify people who want to cause us harm, particularly in the US and particularly as it relates to aviation," Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q-Legal: Understanding landlord/tenant issues
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsFebruary 3, 2012

If you own a residential property and rent it to someone else, you are a landlord. If you rent from someone who owns the property, you are a tenant. And if this takes place in the state of California, you are both subject to some of the most complex ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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'Love Goes to Buildings on Fire' Like Its Title, Is Poetry
PopMattersFebruary 2, 2012

In the early '70s NYC teetered on bankruptcy, crime had reached proportions that can best be described as frightening, and the hellish urban decay hounds gorged themselves on the carcasses of hopes and dreams in the five boroughs.more »

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Cybex International Inc. (CYBI) Is Up Sharply On Settlement News
NASDAQFebruary 6, 2012

( - Cybex International Inc. (CYBI) announced Monday morning that it has reached a settlement in the product liability litigation with Barnhard. Cybex International has been climbing for the majority of early trade this morning and is now ...more »

Business Law
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TripAdvisor ad banned for “misleading” reviews
Marketing WeekFebruary 1, 2012

TripAdvisor has been rapped by the advertising watchdog for making false claims about the reviews on its website, after it admitted it couldn't prove they were genuine or from real travellers. The claims such as “Reviews you can trust”, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Combat troop ailments drive medical backlog
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

The problems of returning troops help explain the growing backlog among those seeking medical retirements from the military and disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs that now take a year or longer, Kilpatrick said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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BPD offers insight to avoid Internet sex predators
Beatrice Daily SunFebruary 23, 2012

As the digital age continues to evolve, a continued emphasis is placed on Internet crime that local authorities are keeping a close eye on. Efforts paid off last week when officers arrested a man Saturday morning on charges of alleged sexual assault by ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk: NYS Police & SLC Sheriff's Office partner to ...
MyABC50.comFebruary 1, 2012

In St. Lawrence County alone, there were 95 alcohol related crashes during 2010, including 2 fatalities and 44 personal injury crashes. “We are also urging hosts to refrain from serving alcohol to those under 21,” said Michele James, the St. Lawrence ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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On North Carolina's Especially Disturbing "Defense of Marriage" Amendment
Huffington PostFebruary 9, 2012

North Carolina law already bans marriage equality but, absent a constitutional amendment, existing law would be subject to state court challenge. In addition to precluding such a challenge, opponents of the North Carolina measure note that the broad ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer Breached Duty, Must Forfeit Fees For Ignoring Conflicts Among Joint Clients
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

The rulings came in a malpractice action filed by Kevin So, a Chinese businessman, against Leonard Suchanek, a former administrative law judge who represented So and others in litigation arising from an international Ponzi scheme.more »

Consumer Protection
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Province announces new limits for debt-settlement agencies
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

They are a result of amendments to regulations under the Consumer Protection Act. "We want to be sure that people already struggling with debt don't find themselves paying large fees upfront with no guarantee the service will actually reduce their debt ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

JUSTIN PASS, Plaintiff, represented by Henry Ian Pass, LAW OFFICES OF HENRY IAN PASS, Pro Hac Vice. CAPITAL CITY REAL ESTATE, LLC, Defendant, represented by Jason Alejandro Pardo, Pardo & Drazin, LLC. CAPITAL CITY REAL ESTATE, LLC, Defendant, ...more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Indiana election chief's defense rests without presenting case against voter ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are set for Friday, when the case ...more »

Taking Tax Software for a Walk
New York TimesFebruary 12, 2012

If trying to deduct a dog seems silly, understand that the attempt had a serious purpose: to determine whether the tax-preparation programs discourage the kind of conduct that can lead to an IRS audit. TurboTax and Block saved me from doing something ...more »

Age discrimination lawsuit filed against Saginaw police by former recruit
The Saginaw News - MLive.comFebruary 14, 2012

By Gus Burns | SAGINAW -- Joseph J. Dervisi, 38, of Midland is suing the city of Saginaw, claiming the Saginaw Police Department discriminated against him because of his age. Saginaw Police Chief Gerald H. Cliff and Sgt. Anjanette"AJ" ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Forfeiture laws threaten property rights
Troy Media (blog)February 1, 2012

Civil asset forfeiture or non-conviction based forfeiture is a legal technique through which governments using the courts benefit from property supposedly used in unlawful activity. It is a civil proceeding executed through civil court, and is distinct ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Rocca argues that because he filed a caveat and challenge to the validity of the will prior to the appointment of Irene Boyansky and Victor Rones as personal representatives, the trial court erred in admitting the will to probate before ruling on his ...more »

Family Law
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Giants coach and son-in-law Snee, working together
Wall Street JournalFebruary 3, 2012

We've been able to keep business, business, and family, family. He does a great job of making sure of that." In 2004, then-general manager Ernie Accorsi and Coughlin called offensive line coach Pat Flaherty in to discuss drafting the Boston College ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Contractor's License Suspended After Carpenter Dies in Milpitas
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 4, 2012

Board says the contractor violated state workers' compensation insurance laws by filling paperwork stating it did not have any employees. Milpitas had demanded a construction company close down a site for safety reasons. The board claims the contractor ...more »


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