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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 »

Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's Affordable Care Act is bad medicine for America
AnnArbor.comFebruary 6, 2012

According to the "Affordable Care Act" (ACA) or "Obamacare," any Michigan exchange must be approved by the Health and Human Services secretary and it cannot materially differ nor conflict with regulations created by the secretary.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 3, 2012

by Greg Siskind US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced January 31 st that it is proposing a series of changes to employment immigration rules which are designed to benefit the US economy and continue to make the US attractive to highly ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Obama proposes rollback of shale plans for Rocky Mountain West
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 3, 2012

In addition, it would only allow research on the leases until industry demonstrates that commercial development is technically viable and environmentally safe. "The preferred alternative continues our commitment to encouraging research, development and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...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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Ohio bill to offer less-strict exotic animal ban
USA TODAYFebruary 5, 2012

Troy Balderson hopes his legislation will help save places such as the American Primate Education Sanctuary, or APES, a not-for-profit preserve in Blacklick, Ohio. By Trevor Jones, Times Recorder A primate moves through an enclosure at Pam White's ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DuPont trade-secret award helps drive record verdict growth
The News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Lawsuits by DuPont Co. and St. Jude Medical Inc. to protect trade secrets helped account for the largest increase in US history last year in the size of intellectual-property jury awards. The 10 biggest intellectual-property verdicts, including six ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Honda loses Small Claims Court suit over Civic hybrid fuel economy
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 2, 2012

In taking the case to Los Angeles County Superior Court, the company will be allowed to bring in its army of lawyers to try to overturn the small-claims judgment. Even so, Peters' win was "amazing" and could affect litigation strategy in California and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In the news this morning: DHS budget proposes 287(g) cutback, California's ...
89.3 KPCCFebruary 14, 2012

Federal Appeals Court Hears Challenge To California Affirmative Action Ban – NPR The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing a challenge to Proposition 209, which 15 years ago effectively banned affirmative action in the state, brought by minority ...more »

People in Aviation: February 2012
Aviation International NewsFebruary 4, 2012

He succeeds Frederic Lherm, who was named senior vp of industrial operations for Dassault Aviation in St Cloud, France. Missouri-based component repair and coating specialist PAS Technologies has named Tom Hutton CEO. Most recently he was vp of Pratt ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Gold Dust Lounge Landlords Reportedly Call Cops, Worried About Supporters' Pub ...
The San Francisco AppealFebruary 2, 2012

But that didn't stop supporters of the bar from appearing before San Francisco's Historic Preservation Commission Wednesday, in an effort to gain support for classifying the Union Square lounge as a historic landmark. The Weekly reports that while the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Consumer Spending Down, Bad Credit Borrowing Up
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

The online consumer information website, BadCreditx.com, has released the results of its annual visitor survey revealing that consumer spending for necessities has declined sharply while borrowing, categorized as bad credit cards, loans or debt ...more »

Litigation
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The Litigation Process - Luvera Law Firm
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Here is a very basic overview of some of the parts of the litigation process. Luvera Law Firm 701 5th Ave Suite 6700 The Litigation Process In the most simple form, damage claims follow a specific pattern, from when an attorney agrees to represent a ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Match.com charge helps lead to arrest
Danbury News TimesFebruary 2, 2012

... on charges he used his old company credit card to pay for his Match.com account, among other Internet bills. Remy Charmoz, 62, of Glengarry Road, Fairfield, was charged Jan. 26 with second-degree computer crime and illegal use of a credit card.more »

Personal Injury
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Remit of injuries board may extend to medical negligence
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

A PROPOSAL to extend the remit of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board to include medical negligence claims is being discussed by the Department of Health. The aim of the non-judicial process would be to speed up compensation cases and cut costs.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011: More power to consumers?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 1, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers of services.more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyer To Appeal Panhandling Decision
WINA AM 1070February 1, 2012

The county says it's the result of a continued softening of the local real estate market as well as nationwide. The lawyer fighting the city panhandling ordinance has decided to appeal. Members of the Albemarle School Board are hoping Superintendent ...more »

Booz Allen Hamilton Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 3, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced preliminary results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 with revenue and ...more »

Sports Law
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Sport has to think outside the box
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 6, 2012

Federal communications minister Stephen Conroy could be asked to lay down the law over a broadcaster rights brawl. Photo: AFR I n revolutions, things get broken. People get hurt. The internet revolution is smashing businesses whose trade was ...more »

Criminal Defense
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STATE v. LAZO
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lawrence S. Lustberg argued the cause on behalf of amicus curiae Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers of New Jersey (Gibbons PC, attorneys; Mr. Lustberg and Eileen M. Connor, on the brief). Deborah C. Bartolomey, Deputy Attorney General, ...more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

MOTEN v. WARREN UNILUBE, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Fannie Moten appeals the district court's 1 adverse grant of summary judgment in her action asserting that her former employer discriminated against her based on her age and gender, and unlawfully retaliated against her for complaining about a single ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rajat Gupta, JC Flowers, Muni Bonds, Full Tilt Poker: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The government also said yesterday that the insider-trading conspiracy continued beyond when Gutpa's lawyer has said his client's friendship with Rajaratnam deteriorated. Gupta still faces the same charges, five counts of securities fraud and one count ...more »

Environmental Law
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WATTS UP?
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

"It's an exciting new year," said Choi, referring to the lighting industry and adding that the law is a step in the right direction. "If we can provide products that help consumers save energy and save money, it's a win-win." What the industry has ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hawksford has been shortlisted for two national branding awards.
Businesslife.co (press release)February 7, 2012

These include Hawksford Fiduciary, Hawksford Family Office, Hawksford Wills and Probate, Hawksford Funds, Hawksford Employee Solutions, Hawksford Media and Sports, Hawksford Advisory, Hawksford Succession Planning and the company's Swiss offering, ...more »

Family Law
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40-year-old unsolved triple murder still haunts law enforcement
Winston-Salem JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Forty years ago, in a howling snowstorm that covered tracks and swallowed screams, three members of a family were killed in a brutal case that's still unsolved. Not long after the owner of Boone's Buick dealership left a Rotary meeting, picked up his ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CBO reports federal employees' earnings higher than in private sector
American Society of Military ComptrollersFebruary 6, 2012

Jeff Sessions (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, to determine how federal employee compensation compares with that of private sector workers. CBO studied data from 2005 to 2010 for a sample of households and employers to compare ...more »

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