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The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

November Surface Trade with Canada and Mexico up 12.7% Year-over-year
TruckinginfoFebruary 1, 2012

Trade using surface transportation between the US and Canada and Mexico was 12.7% higher in November 2011 than in November 2010, totaling $76.7 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the US Department of Transportation.more »

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Administrative Law
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After Penn State, Oregon legislators consider expanding the child abuse ...
OregonLive.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Michelle Cole, The Oregonian Harry Esteve/The OregonianHouse Education Committee Co-chairs Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis, and Matt Wingard, R-Wilsonville, confer during a 2011 committee hearing. SALEM -- Oregon State University officials knew the law was ...more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as US Health Care Eclipses Manufacturing
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Maine Treasure Hunter Confident of $3 Billion Haul from Ship Sunk in WWII
MPBN NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Greg Brooks of Sub Sea Research, who hit the headlines two years ago when he led an aid shipment to Haiti, says he followed maritime law "to the letter" after finding the wreck of the SS Port Nicholson. The SS Port Nicholson was steaming under escort ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney, Gingrich focus on Hispanic voters in Fla.
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

(AP) — Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney pitched their ideas for reforming immigration law and pushing democracy into Cuba and across Latin America as the Republican presidential candidates vied for Hispanic votes Friday, entering the final, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Herkimer village board reaffirms zoning change
Little Falls Evening TimesFebruary 8, 2012

By Rob Juteau The Herkimer village board on Monday night unanimously reaffirmed its resolution to amend a zoning law to prohibit the construction of a correctional facility within the village limits. Mayor Mark Ainsworth said the amendment would not ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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John Keith Miller
Oak RidgerFebruary 1, 2012

In November 2011, he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past 20 years. John Keith Miller, 84, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mitek Systems Announces Suite of Mobile Imaging Solutions for Insurance Industry
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Progressive(R) Insurance is first to market with Mitek's Mobile Photo Quoting(TM) which utilizes cameras on smartphones to automate the shopping and buying process for auto insurance. Using the Progressive mobile application available for download in ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Threatens to Reduce 'Hold Time' for Shelter Animals
Malibu Surfside NewsFebruary 2, 2012

BY ANNE SOBLE Governor Jerry Brown has earmarked provisions of California's animal control and shelter legislation known as the Hayden Law, which increased holding time for impounded animals and other protections, for repeal in the 2012-2013 California ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Summary Box: EU pact danger to India as drug supplier to the poor globally
Washington PostFebruary 10, 2012

GLOBAL PHARMACY TO THE POOR: Health industry workers and activists fear that India may bow to EU demands for strict intellectual property protections and investor guarantees that would siphon off much of the world's generic drug supply.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Makes Finding the Most Successful ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

You do not find the best mesothelioma attorneys, or a listing of the best mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, all in one place in the Yellow Pages, or on the Internet. We are the only group in the nation, that offers a service like this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court to take new look at affirmative action
Washington TimesFebruary 21, 2012

The court said Tuesday it will return to the issue of affirmative action in higher education for the first time since its 2003 decision endorsing the use of race as a factor in admissions. This time around, a more conservative court is being asked to ...more »

Aviation unit comes home to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan, 281 soldiers strong
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

A Tuesday night flight brought 281 members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan to the US Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. As fellow soldiers looked on, Staff Sgt. Joey Honeycutt handed Spc.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord urges tenancy cheats to come clean during fraud amnesty
24dash (press release)February 1, 2012

Terry Bonner, KHT's Operational Director of Landlord Services, said: “Tenancy fraud takes away homes from those on waiting lists who desperately need them. “We want to appeal to those who are committing fraud to do the right thing now, rather than risk ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines to trim labor costs, 13000 jobs
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

If American and its three unions can't agree on labor cuts, the company could ask a bankruptcy judge in New York to impose changes on workers. But federal law requires the company to make a good-faith effort to first negotiate agreements with its ...more »

Litigation
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JPMorgan settles overdraft fee case for $110 mln
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

The largest US bank by assets joined Bank of America Corp and several smaller lenders in settling their portion of the nationwide litigation over the fees, which are typically assessed when customers overdraw their checking accounts.more »

Business Law
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Wolf Haldenstein Announces Investigation of the Pep Boys -- Manny, Moe & Jack
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Attorney Advertising. The law firm of Wolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz LLP is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of The Pep Boys -- Manny, Moe & Jack ("Pep Boys" or ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Jerry Miller, Army Veteran, Mistakenly Declared Dead 4 Times
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Every time the VA declares him dead, Miller's military pension benefits are cut off, which, in addition to his social security, account for the bulk of the retiree's income. The interruptions may put Miller's ability to keep his home in jeopardy, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 1, 2012

The Sloan Firm has an impressive track record with regard to negotiations and litigation in their key practice areas, which include general practice law and personal injury law. The firm's attorneys also have expertise in commercial law, employment law ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Fact check: Does Romney "believe in the Constitution"?
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

The bill was passed overwhelmingly in the House and the Senate, and President Obama signed it quietly into law on New Year's Eve. Thomas Jefferson saw the right to a trial as an essential part of the Constitution. He said, "I consider trial by jury as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Feldman Shepherd Names Patricia Giordano a Partner in Philadelphia Personal...
Citybizlist (press release)February 8, 2012

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia personal injury law firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner Weinstock & Dodig LLP is pleased to announce that Patricia M. Giordano has been named a partner of the firm. Giordano is a personal injury lawyer who handles ...more »

Consumer Protection
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KB Home Announces Upsizing and Pricing of Senior Notes Due 2020
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... but not limited to, the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, tax credits, tax incentives and/or subsidies for home purchases, tax deductions for residential consumer mortgage interest payments and property taxes, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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AROUND TECH VALLEY
Albany Times UnionFebruary 9, 2012

Carter Conboy, an Albany law firm, was named Best Law Firm in the areas of Appellate Law, Insurance Law, Real Estate Law, and Medical Malpractice, Products Liability, and Professional Liability defense by US News Media Group and Best Lawyers for ...more »

Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings (1) of $354.3 million, or $.97 per share, a per share increase of 54 percent over 2010. Full-year 2011 operating earnings (1) were $1.97 billion, ...more »

Sports Law
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Outdoor Channel Holdings Announces Senior Legal Appointments
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

During his tenure with Outdoor Channel, Mr. Bolls has been responsible for overseeing and negotiating network contracts, licensing agreements, intellectual property matters, and litigation, as well as the development of a wide range of entertainment...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Mo. optometrist filed $40 million refund claim
STLtoday.comFebruary 9, 2012

The US Attorney's office says in a news release that 61-year-old Dr. Leslie Robert MacLaren of Nixa was sentenced Thursday for evading income taxes, bankruptcy fraud, impeding the work of the IRS and filing a false tax return.more »

As Congress moves on insider trading bill, lawmakers remain exempt from ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Firm hired for Citizens' appeal
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop plaintiffs' attorneys from seizing Citizens' assets while Gibson, Dunn prepares its request for a Supreme Court review of the state court judgment. Citizens is fighting a March 2009 ...more »

Environmental Law
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Five reasons to be pessimistic for solar PV
Renewable Energy FocusFebruary 6, 2012

Denmark is proud of its heritage when it comes to pushing forward the use of alternative energy solutions, and is all set to host the make or break un climate change conference (COP 15) in 2009. renewable energy focus assistant editor Kari Larsen saw ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Lead Summervile SC Habit For Humanity Wills Clinic
openPR (press release)February 29, 2012

If a will is in place the probate court process is much easier and the homeowners can pass on the home to loved ones in a simpler way. There were many attorney and legal volunteers that participated in drafting and witnessing the documents that came ...more »

Family Law
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Gordon Ramsay bitter feud with father-in-law finally ends after pair reach £2m ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

Ramsay and Hutcheson, his former business partner, friend and close confidant, have reached a £2 million settlement but the Kitchen Nightmares star has also run up a huge legal bill during the high-profile feud. Ramsay's publicist Freud Communications, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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