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Letters: Put air travel hassles into perspective
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

He defends Mitt Romney by asking whether commentator Bob Beckel is suggesting the former Massachusetts governor should pay more taxes than required by law. Then Thomas rails about the percentage of people who pay no federal income tax.more »

VFW to Pot Heads: Give us our name back
Peoria Journal Star (blog)February 1, 2012

Prosecutors say Hubbard had registered his group with the Illinois Attorney General's Office of Charitable Trusts and was a licensed fund-raiser. He would tell victims his group picked up where other veterans' groups left off. The perjury charge stems ...more »

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Administrative Law
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'Green light' to see Obama's Hawaii files
WND.comFebruary 1, 2012

Jablonski told Kemp that “serious problems” had developed in the hearings “pending before the Office of State Administration Hearings.” He said, “At issue in these hearings are challenges that allege that President Obama is not eligible to hold or run ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gingrich Blasts Obama's Birth Control Policy as 'Outrageous Assault' on Religion
ABC NewsFebruary 5, 2012

Newt Gingrich upped his attacks against President Obama today over his administration's requirement that some religious hospitals offer birth control under the new health care law. Gingrich's comments come after a week of outrage from the Catholic ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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DOJ paying legal fees for prosecutors who botched case
USA TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

Records obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show the department paid about $1.6 million since 2009 to private lawyers representing the six prosecutors targeted by that court investigation. It paid an additional $208000 to defend three ...more »

Immigration Law
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Studies, surveys examine immigration law's impact
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 1, 2012

bama's tougher immigration law could cost the state many billions of dollars in lost gross domestic product and tax revenue and tens of thousands of jobs. The sponsor of the law called the study "baloney." Meanwhile, the Alabama Agribusiness Council is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bill would speed potential change of Kennewick's boundaries
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

By John Trumbo, Tri-City Herald Kennewick's play to get more industrial land gained ground this week in the state Legislature. The bill sponsored by Sen. Jerome Delvin, R-Richland would allow Kennewick to apply to Benton County to expand its urban ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Aqua and city enter mediation
Elgin CourierFebruary 1, 2012

Just how productive that session was isn't known yet, but the heat level continued to rise last week as the two parties and their supporters championed their version of the legal dispute. The Elgin ISD board of trustees approved a resolution on Jan.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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Bob Barker: The Price Is Wrong For Animal Testing (TAKE ACTION)
Global AnimalFebruary 1, 2012

(ANIMAL TESTING) VIRGINIA — Long time animal rights activist Bob Barker has teamed up with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to ask the University of Virginia to stop doing it's pediatric testing on live cats. Barker points out that ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Is the Road to the White House Paved with Intellectual Property Lawyers?
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The top contenders for the Republican presidential candidate nomination are finding out that the road to the White House might well be an intellectual property minefield. “The ad, entitled 'History Lesson', is little more than a short clip of NBC's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Salina to consider protecting sexual orientation and gender identity in ...
KWCHFebruary 8, 2012

By Karl Man KWCH 12 Eyewitness News A big addition could be coming to the City of Salina's affirmative action and equal opportunity clause. The policy protects people's race, sex and religion among other things when it comes to renting a house of ...more »

More than 100 firms to take part in Abu Dhabi aviation exhibition
gulfnews.comFebruary 4, 2012

Abu Dhabi: More than 100 companies in the general aviation sector will take part in the Abu Dhabi Air Expo to be held next month. Major players from the international and local general aviation community will bring their aircraft to the expo and share ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Program aims to reduce number of evictions of 'risky' tenants
Owen Sound Sun TimesFebruary 7, 2012

The aim of the new program, funded by the federal Homelessness Partnering Strategy Rural & Remote Communities Initiative, is to reduce the number of evictions of "risky" tenants. Y housing support workers mediate between problem tenants and landlords ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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About 550 sex abuse claims filed by Wednesday deadline in Archdiocese of ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE — About 550 people have filed claims for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — the most of the eight dioceses in the US that have sought bankruptcy protection, a lawyer in the Milwaukee case said ...more »

Litigation
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Managing Information in Litigation: How to Avoid Spending a Fortune
CIO InsightFebruary 2, 2012

By Adam C. Losey The costs of preserving, searching and reviewing information in litigation can be staggering. What costs a dollar to store on a hard drive can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to search and review for a lawsuit.more »

Business Law
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Sidley Austin LLP Wins the Most Innovative Gender Diversity Initiative Award ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

For purposes of the New York State Bar rules, this press release may be considered Attorney Advertising and the headquarters of the firm are Sidley Austin LLP 787 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019, 212.839.5300 and Sidley Austin LLP One South Dearborn ...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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For Facebook 'Hacker Way' is way of life
Wall Street JournalFebruary 4, 2012

"Symbolically, it doesn't bode well to Facebook and to potential investors," said Robert D'Ovidio, an associate professor of criminal justice at Drexel University in Philadelphia who studies computer crime. "I think it shows maybe an immaturity on his ...more »

Personal Injury
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JIMINEZ v. FACCONE
Leagle.comFebruary 9, 2012

Ana Jiminez appeals the judgment entered against her and in favor of George Faccone and the Estate of Rita Faccone 1 in a personal injury action stemming from an automobile accident. She also appeals the award of attorneys' fees in favor of the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

It's expected to last from 1 to 4 pm Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal opinions but did not get responses within the time constraints of this report.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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On the Move
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

Jones joined the firm in 2004, and his practice areas include business law, energy, environmental law, governmental law and mergers and acquisitions. Power joined the firm in 2006, and his practice areas include commercial law, employment law, ...more »

Kodak wants co. name off LA home of Oscars show
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Democrat and Chronicle of Rochester reports (http://on.rocne.ws/AjcPEm ) that the iconic photography company filed a motion this week in US Bankruptcy Court seeking to end its sponsorship agreement with Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Interaction believes in the Law Firm
Casino City TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Sports Interaction Sportsbook & Racebook is giving bettors a chance to profit from BenJarvus Green Ellis' exception ball security. The man they call The Law Firm has carried the rock 577 times for the New England Patriots and has never given up a ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense relentless in questioning ex-Stanford exec
The Associated PressFebruary 8, 2012

But defense attorneys have tried to show that his former top money man, James M. Davis, was the one behind the alleged scheme. Davis pleaded guilty to three fraud and conspiracy charges in exchange for a possible reduced sentence.more »

Teacher's union told IRS funds missing
Delmarva NowFebruary 2, 2012

This is a portion of the typed letter submitted by the Worcester County Teachers Association to the IRS. OCEAN CITY -- In a routine tax filing to the IRS last spring, the Worcester County Teacher's Association made a startling disclosure: Its leaders ...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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Business Law: Creditors still free to challenge gifts, trusts
Otago Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Under the Property Law Act and the Insolvency Act creditors are able to challenge gifts in certain circumstances. Section 60 of the Property Law Act 1952 (which has now been replaced by section 346 of the Property Law Act 2007) provides that a transfer ...more »

Environmental Law
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Brief of Amicus Curiae CATO Institute Supporting Respondents (Anti-Injunction ...
JD Supra (press release)February 11, 2012

One would think that such a law would have no application to the penalty that enforces the individual health insurance mandate, which is not a tax but rather a punishment for not complying with the mandate. Accordingly, most of the courts to consider ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Veale Wasbrough Vizards | Sisters lose contentious probate claim
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)February 1, 2012

In December last year, the High Court upheld the Will of a testator executed on his death-bed, leaving everything to his long-term partner, whom he married days before his death. The testator in Wharton - v - Bancroft & Others [2011] EWHC (Ch) 3250 ...more »

Family Law
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OUR OPINION: Courageous families more powerful than any drug law
The Patriot LedgerFebruary 3, 2012

John Keenan of Quincy deserve credit for pushing laws aimed at fighting drug abuse. But the true power behind this movement is the families of addicts who reject their immobilizing feelings of shame and instead embrace the empowering realization that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ohio Woman Collecting Workers' Comp Caught Working at Veterinary Hospital
ClaimsJournal.comFebruary 8, 2012

An Ohio woman was sentenced last week for fraud after Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC) investigators found she was working for a veterinary hospital and a local charity while receiving benefits for a workplace injury.more »

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