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Judge says Occupy DC demonstrators must get notice before any eviction; feds ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Mayor Vincent Gray and DC health officials have expressed concern about a rat infestation at McPherson Square and other sanitation problems, with the mayor suggesting that the demonstrators relocate to Freedom Plaza, another federal space that's been ...more »

Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

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Administrative Law
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Residents Must File Protest Letters Before Public Hearing to Stop City's Plans ...
San Fernando Valley SunFebruary 2, 2012

While many residents along with San Fernaando police are expected at the council's next meeting on Monday to protest the latest controversy that removed interim police chief Jeff Eley from his duties, placing him on administrative leave, ...more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal part of 2010 health care law
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to repeal a financially troubled part of the 2010 health care law that was designed to provide affordable long-term care insurance. The House vote comes months after the Obama ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Top Cop Bristles at Special Law for Lawyers
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 2, 2012

(CN) - The county police chief bristled at two lawmaking lawyers' proposed law that would exempt attorneys from going through metal detectors at the St. Louis County Courthouse, which has a history of violence. State Representatives Timothy Jones, ...more »

Immigration Law
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State seeks farmers', agribusinesses' input on immigration law effect (blog)February 1, 2012

Some of the difficulty in finding help may be the result of the state's immigration law. To get a feel of current and potential labor shortages, the Alabama Agribusiness Council has created an online survey for farmers, producers and agribusinesses.more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Development To Bring Townhomes, Nursing Facility To Former Industrial Site
NJ TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

SOUTH AMBOY – Woodmont Properties has begun site work on a 15-acre parcel in South Amboy's Lower Broadway Redevelopment Area that will be transformed into Woodmont at South Amboy, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development comprised of townhomes and an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This appeal arises from the district court's order dismissing Plaintiffs-Appellants' ("Retirees") claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to the Railway Labor Act's ("RLA") exclusive and mandatory dispute resolution process that applies to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Animal Law
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Laying hen housing legislation divisive for agriculture
Agri-ViewFebruary 2, 2012

"This bill would result in mandated animal care standards based largely on the political goals of an animal rights group that seeks to eventually shut down animal agriculture by government mandate," blasts AFBF president Bob Stallman.more »

Intellectual Property
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MarketsandMarkets: Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market worth $9.58 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

DALLAS, February 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The report "Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market by Intellectual Property (IP), Design Architecture & Applications (2011 - 2016)" defines and segments the global Digital Signal Processors ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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UK Moves 'No Win, No Fee' Litigation Reforms to 2013
The National Law JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Ministry of Justice announced the delay Monday, with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, contained within the second part of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Ludicrous Lawsuit
Harvard CrimsonFebruary 8, 2012

But while the student's individual case may be impossible to prove, it is likely that overall, Asians are rarely the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action. Yet this particular case bears no evidence of undue discrimination and can at the most ...more »

Saker Aviation Services Announces Expanded Line of Credit
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Saker Aviation Services, Inc. /quotes/zigman/571652 SKAS 0.00% , an aviation services company specializing in ground-based services to the general aviation marketplace, announced today that the company has expanded ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Job of the Day: Leasing Agent
MyFox Tampa BayFebruary 2, 2012

• Must have knowledge of Public and subsidized housing program regulations, requirements, and standards as determined by HUD; Fair Housing Laws; and rental housing market and landlord/tenant laws. • Customer service and oral and written communication ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Loan officer survey: demand up but lending picture still bleak
Columbus Business FirstFebruary 1, 2012

The report, which polls lenders on credit standards, demand and other topics, illustrated a domestic credit market that has remained tight even as the economy started growing again. That's bad news for many businesses that plan to take out a loan to ...more »

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Goodwin Procter Expands Intellectual Property Litigation Practice with ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Garnett and Yip have substantial experience defending major Asian and US computer, semiconductor, and computer software companies in cases involving patent infringement, patent enforcement and other intellectual property disputes.more »

Business Law
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Proposal from Kan. business groups goes against immigration guru's national ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Active Military Personnel
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Big Brother versus electronic libel
Business MirrorFebruary 7, 2012

LAST week the Senate approved on third and final reading the bill that would allow government authorities to investigate and prosecute individuals for Internet-related crimes. The new law is seemingly timely in the sense that present technology and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Let's not add insult to personal injury
The GuardianFebruary 20, 2012

... no representatives of consumers or accident victims. The government's bid to crack down on the so-called compensation culture is "like a high-speed train with only one class of passenger", one leading personal injury (PI) lawyer subsequently me.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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Minimum standards mean less discipline
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Over 35 years, the Red River Valley physician has defended a dozen malpractice claims in two states, lost private malpractice insurance because he was considered too much of a risk and forfeited his surgical privileges at a Minnesota hospital, ...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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Pro-Obama Super PAC gets donations from real estate firm, Hollywood
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

Priorities USA Action, an independent group founded by former Obama aides, raised $4.4 million in 2011 from donors that included: — John C. Law, the managing director of Warland Investments, a commercial real estate and investment firm in Santa Monica ...more »

CSC Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

-- Revenue was $3.76 billion net of a $204 million reduction relating to the UK National Health Service (NHS) contract. Excluding the NHS reduction, revenue was $3.97 billion, a decrease of 0.7% when compared to a year ago.more »

Sports Law
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Super Bowl 2012 already breaking records before the football is even tossed in ...
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Rick Horrow is the "Sports Professor," and is the Sports Business Analyst for Fox Sports. He has been the Visiting Expert on Sports Law at the Harvard Law School, and has authored "When the Game Is on the Line" and "Beyond the Scoreboard: An Insider's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cave trial: Her attorney questions what her responsibility is in death of man
Jamestown SunFebruary 8, 2012

Cave is accused of murder and criminal conspiracy in the death of Abdi Ali Ahmed, 18, last April. The defense attorney for a Jamestown woman charged with murder is questioning what responsibility she has in the case. David Ogren, court-appointed ...more »

A Global Nonprofit Ponzi Scheme? Lessons Learned from a Fiscal Sponsor's Collapse
The Nonprofit Quarterly (blog)February 9, 2012

Others choose never to stray from a fiscal sponsor because they do not wish to divert any focus from the primary mission of the organization. As Greg Wragg of STREATS told NPQ, he “didn't want to get involved” with nonprofit management, ...more »

Bluffton Age Discrimination Trial Moves Forward
WCBDFebruary 7, 2012

By: | AP BLUFFTON, SC (AP) A federal judge has ruled that an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Bluffton police lieutenant can move forward. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports ( that Magistrate Judge Bruce ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Locke Lord's New London Team in Place and Poised to Grow; Partners Elected to ...
Virtual Press Office (press release)February 20, 2012

Joyce Moore, a Real Estate Specialist, who works on all aspects of real estate law, including commercial and residential developments, landlord and tenant and secured lending. Locke Lord LLP consistently ranks among American Lawyer's top 100 US law...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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Wicked LocalFebruary 1, 2012

A free senior legal planning workshop will be held from 2 to 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 2, and again at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Atty. Jonathan Graham's office, 8 Samoset St., Plymouth. Senior planning today is complex and changing.more »

Family Law
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Bar Task Force to Study Issues Related to Indigent Pro Se Litigants
Texas LawyerFebruary 3, 2012

The move comes after the Bar's Family Law Section and the Texas Family Law Foundation objected to an effort by the high court's Uniform Forms Task Force to create standardized forms for divorces. The Family Law Section also has raised questions about ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured worker entitled to comp benefits despite positive drug test: Court
Business InsuranceFebruary 3, 2012

A restaurant server who tripped over a box of potatoes is entitled to workers compensation benefits despite a post-injury drug test showing marijuana and Xanax consumption, a Louisiana appeals court ruled. Wednesday's finding by the 3rd Circuit Court ...more »


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