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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Following a fair hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) affirmed the denial of petitioner's request. We agree with petitioner that the request for the Bantam should have been approved because the Bantam is medically necessary.more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 2, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Common law partners
StockopediaFebruary 3, 2012

In summary, the report says: Slater & Gordon (SGH) is poised to enter the UK consumer legal marketplace with an agreement to acquire the prominent and complementary law firm Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) for £53.8m (c A$80m), subject to regulatory ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law
ILW.comFebruary 16, 2012

However, what if the incompetent advice comes from within an immigration law firm itself? By raising this question, I am not in any way impugning the competence or professionalism of my fellow immigration lawyers. I am instead referring to the tendency ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
Reuters IndiaFebruary 5, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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PHL pushes rule of law on territorial disputes before UN council
GMA NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Philippines lobbied anew with the United Nations for the rule of law in heading off international conflict, citing a 30-year-old declaration on the peaceful resolution of such disputes. Philippine Mission Deputy Permanent Representative Carlos ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Before me is a motion to dismiss or stay ("Motion") the litigation of certain counterclaims\setoffs asserted by Black, Davis and Shue Agency, Inc. ("Debtor") against Frontier Insurance Company in Rehabilitation ("Frontier") in response to claims filed ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights: Orangutans Saved By Four Paws
The Daily ActivistFebruary 2, 2012

Animal Rights – Indonesia – As hunters closed in and prepared to slaughter a defenseless pregnant orangutan and her baby, Four Paws, a British-based animal rescue group arrived in the nick of time, saving them from certain death.more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favored the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Relative of Asbestos Mine Founder Opposes Jeffrey Mine Funding (blog)February 1, 2012

The great-great niece of the founder of the first asbestos mine to ever open in Canada is speaking out against the continued production of asbestos at the Jeffry Mine in Quebec. Susan Henry is the descendant of Andrew Stuart Johnson, who founded the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

Civil Aviation Authority launches passenger portal to help consumers work out ...
Talk FinanceFebruary 1, 2012

UK holidaymakers can compare the optional extra fees charged by airlines when booking flights following the launch of a passenger resource by the airline regulator. At the end of 2011 the government announced plans to ban excessive surcharges on all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Locals exasperated by derelict Gerrard St. E. storefronts and buildings
Toronto StarFebruary 9, 2012

In fact, the city offers landlords a one-third property-tax cut if they can't find a tenant. But what if a landlord simply doesn't want to rent out the space? I talked to one Gerrard St. E. landlord who says he hasn't found the right tenant for 10 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tory senator: My let-killers-hang idea has lots of support
CTV.caFebruary 2, 2012

Think! this debate is long overdue. cases of 1st degree murder always should be punished with capital punishment. its pre-mediated and pre planned and not a heat of the moment bad decision. The shafias and so many others should have already been ...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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Anti-gay-marriage group loses Maine list appeal
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

... and represents a second defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, which previously lost a challenge to the state's political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military calendar for the week of Feb. 3
North County TimesFebruary 3, 2012

ESCONDIDO ---- VA-accredited attorney Merwyn J. Miller of Encinitas is offering a workshop on previously unknown financial benefits through the Aid and Attendance Program for veterans and their spouses at 10 am Feb. 7 at the Joslyn Senior Center, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Program Donates Computers to Help Nab Predators
Christian Broadcasting NetworkFebruary 15, 2012

However, there's a new program aimed at taking the bad guys off the Internet. The traditional tools of policing, a car and a weapon, are no longer adequate for the new crimes that have come with new technology. Today's sexual predators merely have to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Austin Car Accident Lawyer Says Texas Needs To Crack Down On Drunk Driving And ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Texas personal injury attorney Bob Richardson of The Bob Richardson Law Firm points to recently released statistics showing that the state's drunk-driving fatalities have increased while the country's overall figures have gone down.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Here's a state law that needs no fixing
Concord MonitorFebruary 2, 2012

By Joan Flood Ashwell and Sally Davis / For the Monitor House Bill 1354, currently before the New Hampshire House Election Law Committee, seeks to change the definition of who lives or doesn't live in New Hampshire for citizens who want to register to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Change in leadership at malpractice insurer
Parkersburg NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"We had a change in leadership," said Dr. R. Austin Wallace, who has taken over as president and chief executive officer of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company. "It's been a very great transition." Wallace took over the top positions at the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Business Groups Urge Repeal of CEO-to-Worker Pay Gap Disclosure Rule
International Business TimesFebruary 7, 2012

Supporters of the rule, included in section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a move intended to encourage companies to narrow the considerable gap between executive and worker compensation.more »

Real Estate Law
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Housing correction isn't deterring agents-in-training
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 5, 2012

It takes a certain amount of optimism to want to become a real estate agent in the midst of the biggest housing correction in decades. Home prices have fallen, sales slowed and foreclosures soared in the past five years.more »

BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...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 »

Tax time proves taxing on wallet
Enid News & EagleFebruary 1, 2012

Of course, when the IRS is the agency conducting the poll, what other answer could you give? What is a bit surprising is the number of people who say you should cheat on your taxes “as much as possible” doubled in 2011, to 8 percent.more »

Axe plan for sex bias laws, says business
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

BUSINESS is demanding Labor dump a proposal to model new anti-discrimination laws on a key pillar of the Fair Work Act that has already burdened employers with a surge in speculative claims designed to force costly payouts. The government is developing...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Farr Law Firm Debuts New Website (press release)February 2, 2012

Punta Gorda, FL, February 02, 2012 --( Farr Law Firm, Charlotte County, Florida's largest and longest established law firm is proud to announce the launch of its newly redesigned website Inherent to the website's redesign strategy ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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Feds: Teen injured in Florida pileup won't be deported
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

"Reports of her facing deportation are completely false." "ICE's stated priorities include convicted criminals, immigration fugitives, repeat immigration law violators and recent border crossers," Gonzalez said in a written statement.more »

Workers Compensation
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Facebook Photos Doomed Workers' Comp Claim
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

By JEFF D. GORMAN (CN) - A retailer and its insurance company properly used pictures of a worker drinking and partying to fight claims that he deserved workers' compensation for a hernia, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled. Zackery Clement was injured ...more »


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