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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Medicare program's enrollment up, premiums down
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

That continues a trend for the Medicare Advantage program that counters the negative predictions of opponents of the 2010 health care law, who said enrollment would drop and premiums would rise. "Premiums are down on average, enrollment is up, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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watana react 29
The NationFebruary 29, 2012

He rebutted Watana's remark that the work of the Administrative Court could not be verified, saying that besides each ruling coming from a panel of judges, it is examined by the commissaire du gouvernement, that is, the judge who prepares the statement ...more »

Health Care Law
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Contraceptives and the Freedom of Conscience: Framing the Catholic Debate in ...
Huffington PostFebruary 10, 2012

Like many of you, I've been following the fall-out over the Obama Administration's decision not to exempt large Catholic employers (hospitals, colleges, social service agencies) from provisions in the new health care laws requiring that enterprises of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rome man charged with battery, cruelty to children
Rome News TribuneFebruary 26, 2012

by Lauren Jones, Staff Writer A Rome man was arrested and charged Saturday with simple battery under the Family Violence Act and three counts of cruelty to children along with a verbal probation warning, according to a Floyd County Jail report.more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 29, 2012

A federal judge blocked police in Arizona from enforcing a section of the state's 2010 immigration enforcement law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services on streets. By JACQUES BILLEAUD; Associated Press ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Council: Time to reconsider new LB840 program
Grand Island IndependentFebruary 26, 2012

by Tracy Overstreet ALDA — Grand Island City Administrator Mary Lou Brown said Saturday during a council retreat that she's heard comments that Grand Island should not renew its LB840 Local Option Economic Development Program.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stockton Bankruptcy Unlikely To Stop Public Service Cuts
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

"They don't have the same power to write down or walk away from debt," afforded to individuals in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Fabian said. Bondholders will likely fight any attempt by the city to force a write-down of the loan principal -- in part to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Oregon's 'Second Lawsuit' Legislation Tabled
Insurance JournalFebruary 14, 2012

The Oregon House Judiciary Committee on Monday tabled HB 4136, a bill its detractors said would have imported “the legacy of bad faith litigation” from neighboring states into Oregon. A handful of insurance trade associations urged the committee to ...more »

Animal Law
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Senate passes Idaho animal cruelty bill
KIVI-TVFebruary 24, 2012

By Jennifer Auh The Senate overwhelmingly backed a bill that would charge repeat animal-cruelty offenders with a felony. The bill passed on a 31-1 vote Thursday, and it now heads to the house. The bill would make a 3rd animal-cruelty conviction within ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Entropic Communications Selected to Acquire Trident Set-Top Box System-on-a ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Feb 27, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- Entropic Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ENTR) , a leading provider of silicon and software solutions to enable connected home entertainment, today announced it has been selected as the successful ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Senate Passes Workers' Comp Legislation
Insurance JournalFebruary 22, 2012

Such diseases were removed from the program under a 2005 law. Opponents say the workers' compensation system would not be able to fairly compensate people who suffer from occupational diseases, such as those cause by asbestos exposure or toxic ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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DeWayne Wickham: Affirmative-action defense is secondary to bigger issue
The TennesseanFebruary 29, 2012

... claim that she was denied admission into the university because of her race — a brash assertion of white privilege that might give the court's right-wingers the opening they need to strike a death blow to affirmative action in higher education.more »

Aviation sector offers many job opportunities
Economic TimesFebruary 5, 2012

MUMBAI: Aviation is a sunrise sector in India and has potential to generate a large number of design, production and management jobs, an industry veteran said today. Speaking at the Aerospace Engineering Department of IIT, Powai here, Mahindra and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent control an injustice to landlords
Boston HeraldFebruary 16, 2012

Tenants can bequeath their rent-controlled apartments — they have, essentially, a property right to their landlord's property — to their children, or to a friend who lives with them for two years. This is not satire; it is the virtue of caring, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Loans for Emergency Pet Vet Bills and Medical Expenses
eYugoslavia.comFebruary 28, 2012

In the current economic downturn, consumers know they can turn to trusted ReallyBadCreditOffers. com for bad credit loans and no hassle financial help, but now the beloved family pet has a financial ally as well. The site has announced a new suite of ...more »

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Of Reps and electoral litigation bill
Nigerian TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

Currently, efforts are ongoing in the House of Representatives to make amendments to the 1999 Nigerian Constitution, as amended, with a view of submitting same to the Constitution Review Committee for necessary action and, as such, individual members ...more »

Business Law
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US justices review suits for overseas abuses
WRAL.comFebruary 28, 2012

The dispute over the reach of the Alien Tort Statute has drawn intense interest from businesses, human rights groups and even US allies that oppose a broad interpretation of the law. The Obama administration is siding with the Nigerian plaintiffs.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Army's New Hybrid Tank Targets Our Enemies and Soaring Oil Prices
GizmodoFebruary 27, 2012

It also takes advantage of the high-torque benefits of an electric drivetrain, but also puts the military on track to eventually adapting all electric vehicles one day when, you know, batteries don't suck. [BAE Systems via Autoblog Green]more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Reno man, 65, sentenced to five years for child porn
Truckee TimesFebruary 15, 2012

He cited his services in the US Air Force and reserve military units and lack of a criminal history, as well as medical problems related to his detached retina, neuromuscular disease, diabetes, muscle degeneration and spinal disability as why he should ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Nashville Personal Injury Attorneys of the Rocky McElhaney Law Firm Launch ...
PR Web (press release)February 15, 2012

The Rocky McElhaney Law Firm recently launched a new blog website, Plaintiffs Table Blog, in order to provide legal tips, insights, and personal injury-related news to the public. The firm is based in Nashville, but serves clients throughout Tennessee.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Egypt's parliament sends amendments to presidential elections' law to ...
Ahram OnlineFebruary 28, 2012

Egypt's parliament has approved presidential elections law amendments on Monday, and has referred them to the Supreme Constitutional Court. The Presidential Election Commission is to announce details of Egypt's upcoming presidential elections within ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bankers Escape Big Penalties in FDIC Failed Bank Cases
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 24, 2012

Catlin provided an equivalent of malpractice insurance to First National's executives, but the insurer denied liability for the executives' alleged mistakes. The case illustrates complex legal maneuvering as the FDIC steps up efforts to pick through ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Daylight Robbery By Banks, Cell Companies and Insurance Companies
AllAfrica.comFebruary 29, 2012

"How much does our government in general and Minister Rob Davies in particular really protect our consumers? For two years I have been requesting the Chairman of the Portfolio Committee on Trade & Industry, the Hon Joan Fubbs, to place on the agenda of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Democrats seeking seat in Congress reveal few differences in final debate
Columbus DispatchFebruary 29, 2012

The Ohio Supreme Court ruled 7-0 today that real-estate title documents maintained by Cuyahoga County are records under the state's public-records law. The Dispatch public affairs team talks politics and tackles state and federal government issues in ...more »

NLRB's top lawyer still feels fallout from Boeing, union case
The Seattle TimesFebruary 20, 2012

That stint pushed Solomon into law school at Tulane University; he wanted to prosecute, not just investigate, unfair labor practices. He arrived at NLRB's Washington, DC, headquarters in fall 1976. The independent federal agency is responsible for ...more »

Sports Law
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WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports |Gingrich slams Santorum ...
WKRNFebruary 28, 2012

Earlier, Gingrich attended a health care forum at the law firm of former Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker Jr., R-Tenn., urging Republicans to think of this time as "the beginning of the replacement debate rather than just the anti-Obamacare debate.more »

Criminal Defense
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Co-defendant testifies for the defense in Tony Lewis trail
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

Defense attorney Jennifer Bukowsky shows a gun considered to be evidence to witness Lee W. Carter during the murder trial of Tony Lewis on Thursday. ¦ Sam Gause BY Ben Nadler COLUMBIA — Members of the Hobson family and members of the Lewis family ...more »

5 tax tips for small biz
El Paso Inc.February 6, 2012

The IRS knows that small businesses often overstate automobile expenses, so during an audit the IRS often looks for mileage logs to substantiate the business use of personal autos. If you don't keep a log of your use of your car for business reasons, ...more »

Salina considers changes to discrimination law
Alva Review-CourierFebruary 27, 2012

The proposed change would add sexual orientation and gender identity to a list of classes protected from discrimination. The list includes race, sex, familial status, disability, religion, age, color, national origin and ancestry.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Will Putinism see the end of Putin?
The GuardianFebruary 27, 2012

How did the man with the penchant for Soviet slang and the swagger of the new Russia, lose his greatest asset: his political nose for what Russians thought? Putin's family lived through one of the bleakest periods of Soviet history, the Nazi siege of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Measuring how much energy we really use - Low Carbon Fuel Standards
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

One way to reduce use of oil as a fuel is by driving less. Another option is to make the transportation sector more efficient, using vehicles that burn gas more efficiently or use alternative fuels. Another that has recently received more scrutiny is ...more »

Wills & Probate
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James Gordon running for Baldwin County probate judge (blog)February 4, 2012

James Gordon is running for Baldwin County probate judge. (submitted photo) Gordon will face incumbent Tim Russell and challenger Harry D'Olive Jr. No Democrat qualified for the race and no independent candidate has filed to run.more »

Family Law
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Report: Tough laws don't make illegal immigrants 'self-deport'
Ahwatukee Foothills NewsFebruary 29, 2012

“It doesn't benefit anyone for Hispanics to not call the police . . . the fact is those crimes are going to spread.” Kobach agreed with at least part of the report, that illegal immigrants do sometimes relocate to states with lesser immigration laws, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Physician-Dispensing Workers' Comp Bill Gets a Kiss of Life
Sunshine State NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A bill that originally sought to limit how much doctors can charge for dispensing repackaged drugs to workers' compensation patients died after one Senate subcommittee vote, but it got a kiss of life when, moments later, one senator changed his vote ...more »


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