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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 »

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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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Health Care Law
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Dems forum cheers overhaul of health care
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By pamela manson President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation led to lawsuits filed by organizations and states — including one by Utah and 25 other states — claiming that requiring people to buy health insurance is unconstitutional.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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ECBH to host info sessions on changes
Outer Banks SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

Peterson added that several Medicaid waiver programs will be addressed in the sessions. Medicaid was created in 1965 as an amendment to the Social Security Act of 1935. The joint federal-state program provides health care insurance to low-income people ...more »

Immigration Law
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In Florida, Romney Finds the "Lucky Corner"
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Barreto writes that "Likewise, when we examine comprehensive immigration reform, a majority of all Latinos in Florida support an earned path to citizenship, though US born Cuban Americans, and Latinos in Central Florida are somewhat more likely to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ask the Expert: Dispute resolution
Insider MediaFebruary 2, 2012

By David Turner, Foot Anstey David Turner, partner and head of dispute resolution at Foot Anstey LLP, explores a question lawyers are regularly asked. Q. I have a good claim against x; will I win the case at court? As a dispute resolution lawyer this ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Professional Program Insurance in Southern California Taps Striniste
Insurance JournalFebruary 8, 2012

Striniste will be a senior underwriter focusing on the growth and development of program business with a specialty in allied health, directors and officers and employment practices liability insurance. He has 16 years of experience within the ...more »

Animal Law
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Ohio moves to restrict dangerous animals after scare
Chicago TribuneFebruary 7, 2012

But animal rights activists said the proposed limits on ownership were too little too late. On October 18, a man caused a panic by releasing 56 exotic animals, including predators such as lions, tigers, grizzly bears and wolves, and then shot himself.more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

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

Allegations against White were investigated by the Affirmative Action Office. Since then, White has issued his own complaints regarding the manner in which the accusations were investigated. Despite four formal grievances filed against the Physical ...more »

Aviation poised to bring Alaska big business in 2012
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It won't be news to most that aviation is big in Alaska. It's a common talking point for Alaska's members of Congress that more than 80 percent of Alaska's communities lie off the road or ferry system, accessible only by air.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Future of Landlord and Tenant is no PIE in the sky 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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Local bankers, business leaders, urge looser rules for home lending
Pulaski County Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

30, 2012) — When Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler came to town for a Monday afternoon business roundtable meeting on how to improve the local economy, many of her questions came from bankers and those involved in commercial and residential development who ...more »

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Neptune, Aker and Schiff Agree to Stay of Litigation During Patent Re ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

During a January 17, 2012 webcast, Neptune advised that the defendants in the litigation -- Aker Biomarine ASA, Aker Biomarine Antarctic USA, Inc., and Schiff Nutrition International, Inc. -- would likely file a motion to stay the litigation in view of ...more »

Business Law
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DOT passenger protections threatened by partisan bickering
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Rob Lovitt, contributor Thanks to new rules regarding airfare advertising, what you see is now what you pay. But it may not be for long. At least that's the hope of Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga.), who plans to introduce legislation on Wednesday ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Mess: Widow Feels Short-Changed after Benefits Slashed
First Coast NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Since then, Stevenson, of St. Augustine, has received a monthly check from the military as part of the Survivor Benefit Plan. "I am 99 percent to 100 percent sure he was active duty because they activated him after 9/11," Stevenson said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man accused of sexually enticing child
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 2, 2012

26 after a search warrant at his home on Ocean Boulevard was executed by police and members of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Preston is charged with one count of certain uses of computers, a Class B felony.more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury solicitors say claims for workplace accidents are on the rise
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

(openPR) - Fentons Solicitors LLP, one of the leading personal injury solicitors firms, believes people who suffer accidents at work are gaining the confidence to make a compensation claim. According to the firm, there has traditionally been a lot of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Is Money Speech?
Huffington PostFebruary 5, 2012

But critics of Citizens United, including those calling for a constitutional amendment to overrule it, have too often made the mistake of grounding their argument on the claim that "money is not speech." Organizations like Move to Amend, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Risks of Taking Your Electronic Devices Abroad
Law.comFebruary 11, 2012

The Boston Globe just reported this precise scenario happening to a former MIT researcher coming back from Mexico and noted how many attorneys feared that something similar could happen to them, upon their return home from a vacation or a business trip ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dodd-Frank Act defended by Geithner
Debtmerica ReliefFebruary 3, 2012

While many aspects of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act have come under fire in recent months, particularly from Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner recently defended the law ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of local shops weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The closing of dispensaries has affected local commercial vacancy rates. / Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal An October 2010 Lansing-area market report from NAI Mid-Michigan Vlahakis Commercial showed vacancy rates for several different types of ...more »

Iran sets one-month deadline for ONGC Videsh to sign contract
NDTVFebruary 6, 2012

Iran has given ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL) a one-month deadline to sign the contract for the development of Farzad-B gas field in the Persian Gulf at an estimated investment of over $5 billion. OVL, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp ...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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Walker schedules meeting with Milwaukee DA
The Oshkosh NorthwesternFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Feb 2012: Age discrimination
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Many of the Act's requirements are already in force, but one new provision of potential importance to financial services – a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services (under section 29) – is yet to be implemented.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies, Inc. to Present at Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"We look forward to showcasing our company to some of the country's top clean tech and growth investors at this year's Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki. "This is an ideal venue in which we can provide an important update ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 17
The StateFebruary 17, 2012

27 at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; SOUTHERN WRITERS SERIES: ...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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Report: California Workers' Comp Insurers Returns Improved in 2010
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

After declining for four consecutive years, California workers' compensation insurers' return on net worth showed signs of improvement in 2010. That's according to the data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which was compiled, ...more »


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