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Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Researcher testifies statistics point to bias in Racial Justice Act hearing
Fayetteville ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

That testimony came the second day of Robinson's Racial Justice Act hearing. The law gives death row inmates a chance to argue that racism played a role in their prosecution. Robinson is the first to have an evidentiary hearing since the legislature ...more »

Health Care Law
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Utah panelists support health care overhaul
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

By pamela manson President Barack Obama's sweeping health care legislation led to numerous lawsuits filed by organizations and states — including one by Utah and 25 other states — claiming a requirement that individuals buy health insurance is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law costs $11 billion, study shows
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Alabama's controversial immigration law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, is costing the state's economy up to a whopping $10.8 billion annually, according to a new study. Under the law, which passed in the state last year, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industries come up with economic revival plan
The Express TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

... industrialisation and plan to improve law and order were the features of PIAF's economic revival agenda. LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has come up with a seven-point action plan to revive the country's economy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The additional reserves relate to excess workers' compensation policies Repwest either wrote or assumed from other insurance carriers between 1983 and 2003. These policies cover risks totally unrelated to U-Haul's core moving and storage business and ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Gas Chambers Close Down in Alabama
CBS42February 2, 2012

(WIAT) - The last remaining animal shelter gas chambers in the state have shut down for good ... with animal rights groups condemning them as inhumane. The Cullman County Animal Shelter was only one of four in the state still using the carbon monoxide ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Noble Biomaterials Riases $8 Million in Series B Funding
TechFinanceFebruary 10, 2012

Noble Biomaterials, Inc., a provider of bacterial management solutions, said it has completed an $8 million round of Series B financing led by Northwater Capital's Intellectual Property Fund with participation by existing investors TL Ventures and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

EnhancedView Could Take $50 Million Hit - Aviation Week (blog)February 2, 2012

Aviation Week is reporting that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) may be forced to renegotiate the EnhanceView contract with GeoEye and DigitalGlobe due to an expected $50 Million cut to the agency's 2012 fiscal year budget with the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Not 'Desperate' for cash: Obama lists his big fundraisers
msnbc.comFebruary 1, 2012

One of the president's top bundlers, former New Jersey governor Jon Corzine, recently caused embarrassment for the campaign when his investment firm, MF Global, filed for bankruptcy, triggering an FBI investigation into whether its clients' money had ...more »

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Greenberg Traurig Grows National Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Greenberg Traurig's Atlanta-based national Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice Group continues to grow with the addition of Ginger Heyman Pigott. Pigott, who joins as a shareholder, ...more »

Business Law
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Palin: Romney's $17 million in ads bought 'some false narrative' in Florida
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

"I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter that bombardment of advertisements," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lake View: Start with a career in the armed forces
Lakenewsonline.comFebruary 5, 2012

These are only as few of the many specialists required in today's hi-tech military. In addition, you are earning benefits in the GI bill, which goes a long way toward paying for college expenses if you would decide to leave the service and pursue a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Richmond man charged with child porn possession
Richmond RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

Police took a computer and several other electronic storage devices from Burkhead's home, according to the report. The items were sent to the Kentucky State Police Crimes Section for examination. The KSP reportedly found four images depicting nude ...more »

Personal Injury
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Guest column: Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor
This is NottinghamFebruary 1, 2012

Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor at Rothera Dowson reacts to changes in payouts for crime victims... IN the cold light of day, this is a cost-cutting exercise. As part of the plans, victims of violent crime who suffer injuries such as a broken ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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France's top court accepts Le Pen challenge to crucial election law
Monsters and Critics.comFebruary 2, 2012

Paris - A constitutional challenge by France's far-right National Front party to an election law that could disqualify its leader, Marine le Pen, from running for president was given the go ahead Thursday by the country's highest court.more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder Announce the Addition of Harford County ... (press release)February 17, 2012

The Law Offices of Marc G. Snyder announce multiple developments representing the firm's continued commitment to the aggressive representation of criminal defendants throughout the State of Maryland. In response to the firm's growing client base in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bring Call Centers Back To U.S., Bill Proposes
InformationWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Bishop's US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) would prohibit companies that place call centers offshore from receiving federal grants or guaranteed loans. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a publicly ...more »

Real Estate Law
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George joins Lambert Leser as 'of counsel' member of firm
Midland Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

George has been practicing law in Midland for 40 years concentrating on real estate law, estate planning and business law. "We are excited and happy to have Barry join our team and look forward to his advice and counsel in the years to come.more »

What Do You Think? Will This Move Save Indianapolis?
RealtyBizNewsFebruary 4, 2012

Optimists will tell you that the new law recently enacted by Governor Daniels will spur life in the real estate market as more jobs become available, drawing more individuals to the area who obviously will need housing – improving both the residential...more »

Sports Law
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Girls' sports schedules ruled to violate federal law
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

If sports schedules make it harder for girls than boys to be refreshed the next day for school, they violate federal law, the United States Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday. Half of girls games in Franklin County, Indiana "have been relegated to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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7th Circuit disbars well known Milwaukee lawyer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)February 3, 2012

Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Bridget Boyle-Saxton learned that the hard way Thursday, when the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals banned her from further practice in the federal courts in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Boyle handles a significant ...more »

Council Member: Arriola Refused Offer To Clear Up Tax Questions
NewsChannel5.comFebruary 3, 2012

"When the government couldn't get Al Capone on any of the other actions, the IRS got him," said councilman Charlie Tygard. Tygard was talking about all the cash that Davidson County Clerk John Arriola pocketed for weddings he performed on taxpayer time ...more »

End in sight for workplace age discrimination
Australian Ageing AgendaFebruary 2, 2012

Ms Ryan, who was a pioneer of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986, said the older worker debates reminded her of the debates around employment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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AP Enterprise: Brown bank regulator an insider
Fox NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Jerry Brown's appointee to head the department that oversees banking, financial and consumer regulations in California led a trade association that fought against tighter lending restrictions before the subprime mortgage crisis exploded and was an ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies, Inc. to Present at Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"We look forward to showcasing our company to some of the country's top clean tech and growth investors at this year's Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki. "This is an ideal venue in which we can provide an important update ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Free wills being offered by Leamington firm
Leamington ObserverFebruary 24, 2012

Donna Bothamley, head of wills and probate at Blythe Liggins. Picture by Jon Mullis 09.012.003.leam.jm1 ( BLYTHE Liggins Solicitors have teamed up with Marie Curie Cancer Care to offer free wills during the next three months.more »

Family Law
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Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer Receives 'Super Lawyer' Designation
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- On January 23rd, Pasadena Family Law Attorney Mark Baer received the designation of "2012 Southern California Super Lawyer" in the 'Family Law' category. Super Lawyers, a top recognition, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules
Workforce ManagementFebruary 2, 2012

Those include workers' compensation, disability benefits and the NFL's 88 Plan, which pays for medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia. While some players have been able to receive benefits for concussion-related injuries, ...more »


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