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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...more »

Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New records rule to be reviewed for transparency
The OlympianFebruary 13, 2012

The state Supreme Court, prodded into action by a 2009 case involving a reprimanded Federal Way judge, is weighing a rule to underscore that court administrative records are public. The high court took comments on the draft rule last week.more »

Health Care Law
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Local View: Health care causes moral dilemma
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 27, 2012

The first concern was raised when the Affordable Care Act, requiring everyone to have government-approved health insurance, was passed in 2010. Now, a recent mandate requiring businesses and religious institutions to cover abortion-inducing drugs in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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RE-1 Valley officials: Pressure not gone despite federal 'No Child Left Behind ...
Journal-AdvocateFebruary 16, 2012

By Callie Jones Journal-Advocate staff writer STERLING -- Colorado being one of 10 states to earn waivers from the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law changes the pressure, but it doesn't take the pressure off, says RE-1 Valley Assistant ...more »

Immigration Law
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Jan Brewer Declines To Defend Immigration Policy To US Senate
Huffington PostFebruary 24, 2012

Jan Brewer (R) is ducking a US Senate invitation to come defend her state's harsh immigration law. Sen. Chuck Schumer (DN.Y.) had challenged her Thursday to appear before his Senate Judiciary subcommittee to explain why the federal government's recent ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Much loved by family and friends
The KerrymanFebruary 29, 2012

1947-2012 BRENDAN O'SULLIVAN of Stillorgan, Dublin, late of Tralee and formerly of the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), passed away on Monday, February 13. Brendan had a wonderful, outgoing and gregarious personality and loved the company of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Nvidia, Rambus settle patent dispute
CNETFebruary 8, 2012

by Brooke Crothers February 8, 2012 1:16 PM PST Follow @mbrookec The agreement covers a "broad range" of chip products offered by Nvidia and settles all outstanding claims, including resolution of past use of Rambus' patented innovations, the companies ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Goldberg Segalla LLP Welcomes James J. Wrynn, Former New York State ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

He will run the firm's New York office and will be a senior partner in its Global Insurance Services Practice Group. Mr. Wrynn served as the 40th and last Superintendent of Insurance in the State of New York until it merged with the New York State ...more »

Animal Law
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NY law enforcers push for expanded DNA database
Wall Street JournalFebruary 22, 2012

AP BUFFALO, NY — Representatives from nearly every law enforcement agency in western New York are presenting a united front in support of expanding the state's DNA databank to include samples from everyone convicted of any crime.more »

Intellectual Property
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Obama Budget Bolsters Intellectual Property Enforcement
Insurance JournalFebruary 17, 2012

Still, the Justice Department asked Congress for $5 million to hire 14 new employees, including nine attorneys, to focus on intellectual property crimes. Last year, the administration sought $3 million for six new hires but Congress refused.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Lawsuit Leads to $9 Million Award for Family of Retired Shipyard Worker
Seedol.com (blog)February 29, 2012

The award will compensate the family for Bristow's pain and suffering, losses suffered by his wife and each of his sons. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an asbestos exposure, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to learn ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Agenda for Feb. 8 ASUC Senate meeting
Daily CalifornianFebruary 9, 2012

By Chloe Hunt At the ASUC Senate's third spring semester meeting Wednesday, a new bill aiming to reduce food waste on campus will be introduced, and the senate will also consider passing a bill in support of affirmative action. The Day of Action bill ...more »

Kingfisher cannot be closed down: Aviation Minister
Hindu Business LineFebruary 29, 2012

PTI Beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines cannot be closed down just because it is making losses and banks are not helping it out with funds, the Civil Aviation Minister, Mr Ajit Singh, has said. “You can't close down a company because they are making losses ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Many Renter's Unsure Of Rights
WDSU New OrleansFebruary 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- Local renters said they are frustrated after experiencing several problems with their landlords. Renters said many of them are unsure of their rights when it comes to housing. Sheila Duncan, a renter, said for one year, she had to endure ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Populism and Pain in Obama's Budget
Huffington Post (blog)February 15, 2012

If it needs a repair, I'll fix it. I'm not concerned about the very rich, they are fine... I'm concerned about the very heart of America..." President Barack Obama said it this way: "We can restore an economy where everybody gets a fair shot, ...more »

Litigation
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Callahan & Blaine Announces $30 Million Settlement of Orange County Register ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 29, 2012

California business litigation firm Callahan & Blaine announced today that a final settlement in the Orange County Register class action lawsuit has been reached, resulting in a total payment of $30 million to resolve the newspaper carriers' class ...more »

Business Law
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Canadian doc accused in $375M medical fraud in US
CTV.caFebruary 29, 2012

An advertising sign stands outside the offices of Medistat Group Associates in DeSoto, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth) A Canadian doctor has been arrested in what US officials say is a massive ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Fears of 'hollow force' unfounded, lawmakers told
Jacksonville Daily NewsFebruary 10, 2012

“It also is unlikely…even in the case of drastically reduced military funding and a smaller military, (that) recruit quality would decline, pay and benefits would be drastically cut or US public support for the military would significantly decline,” ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Government computer used for child porn, police say
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 28, 2012

By Kyle Martin An Army chaplain arrested on a charge of obscene Internet contact with a child in January was using a government computer at Fort Gordon to communicate with a Lee County sheriff's investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl.more »

Personal Injury
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Legal fees 'must be lower' when settling personal injury claims
TRL - Independent Transport ResearchFebruary 25, 2012

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) is calling for lower legal fees for those settling personal injury claims after a motoring accident. According to the organisation, consumers are collectively paying £2.4 million a day in legal fees through ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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State high court to hear campaign finance law case
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 26, 2012

In general, the 1992 law provides money to candidates for state constitutional office who agree to abide by a spending limit, and whose opponent does not. The money comes from a fund fed mainly with late campaign filing fees and campaign violation ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CPA denies Cushnie's extension request
Saipan TribuneFebruary 12, 2012

The agency also sued him for alleged professional malpractice/professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. Cushnie was reportedly paid a total of $1.3 million for his services with CPA from June 2003 to September 2006.more »

Consumer Protection
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Report: Overseas call centers put consumer info and US jobs at risk
Murfreesboro PostFebruary 27, 2012

The report says the US government should strongly encourage other countries to pass data privacy laws. Larson supports proposed bipartisan legislation known as the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act. The bill would take steps to make ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ohio, 25 other states seek relief from education law
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 »

Courting arbitration: specialised chamber decides first arbitration cases
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

Arbitration would have never become a viable mechanism for resolution of commercial disputes were it not for the decisive role played by the Brazilian courts. Starting with the Supreme Court's 2001 landmark ruling on the Arbitration Law's ...more »

Sports Law
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Justices hear case over suits for overseas abuses
KEYC TVFebruary 28, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By MARK SHERMAN AP WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court's conservative justices sounded skeptical Tuesday about allowing multinational corporations to be sued in American courts over claims that they ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney asks Okla. court to vacate death sentence
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 29, 2012

Lawyers for the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System and the state attorney general's office presented oral arguments in Ronson Bush's appeal. The case is in the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals. Bush pleaded guilty without agreement with prosecutors ...more »

US IRS may tap local banks to help in campaign after Fil-Am tax evaders
Inquirer.netFebruary 26, 2012

Mississippi-based tax lawyer Kurt Rademacher said in an interview on Friday that the environment was becoming much tougher for American nationals or permanent residents using offshore markets as tax havens because banks around the world were now under ...more »

Six months on
Australian Ageing AgendaFebruary 28, 2012

In addition to my role as Age Discrimination Commissioner, I am commencing an appointment as part time Commissioner to the Australian Law Reform Commission, undertaking an audit of Commonwealth laws and policies which contain age bars that prevent ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Top 10 Ideas to Discuss With Your Financial Advisors Now
Marketwire (press release)February 28, 2012

Using whole life insurance and annuity contracts as an alternative asset protection strategy For those who prioritize asset protection (ie doctors, business owners, etc.), these financial instruments cannot be accessed by creditors.more »

Environmental Law
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Biomass: Just because it's green doesn't mean it's clean
OilPrice.comFebruary 17, 2012

The Southern Environmental Law Center, who helped with the NWF study, said that while wood is a good renewable resource, it's not exactly carbon neutral either. An energy sector that could be viewed simply as an alternative to fossil fuels has itself ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 22
The StateFebruary 22, 2012

(803) 781-3013; www.unionunitedmethodist.org ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: Open Gallery weekend, 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the SC Political Collections galleries will be ...more »

Family Law
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Hawaii Law Office of Mei Nakamoto Proudly Welcomes Erin M. Kobayashi
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 28, 2012

Erin M. Kobayashi joined the firm as an associate attorney, with a solid knowledge base and experience that will add value to the Honolulu divorce firm devoted to family law. A graduate of the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Bachelor of Business ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio Woman Collecting Workers' Comp Caught Working at Veterinary Hospital
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 8, 2012

An Ohio woman was sentenced last week for fraud after Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) investigators found she was working for a veterinary hospital and a local charity while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.more »

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