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Volcker: 'Confidence in Government is Shaky'
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

... Dodd-Frank Act. Photo: Rich Clement/Bloomberg Enlarge image Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Bogle Rates Financial System 'D' Peter Foley/Bloomberg John Bogle, the founder of mutual fund company Vanguard Group Inc. who popularized index investing, ...more »

Former Minister Paroled after Child Sex Abuse Conviction
KATVFebruary 1, 2012

A state representative wants to make sure the law that allowed his release is changed. David Pierce worked at First Baptist Church for about 3-decades. He was beloved and looked up to by many members, but in 2009 men started coming forward with details ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Racial study scrutinized in death row inmate's hearing
abc11.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patricia Tornblom, stepmother to the deceased, said she is angered by the hearing. "What do the people of Michigan have to do with us? I mean this is North Carolina," questioned Tornblom. "Why are they down here trying to decide how we make our laws?more »

Health Care Law
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Support builds for special session on health care
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 3, 2012

Republican lawmakers are building support for a plan to wait until the end of the year to take action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law. House Speaker Beth Harwell said Thursday that it would make sense to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Suspects indicted in Goodwill fire; donations sought
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Mason teen signed up to take the ACT as a practice exercise to prepare him for a... Colerain senior safety Andre Jones woke up at 6 am Wednesday in preparation for the moment he would officially sign with the University of Cincinnati.more »

Immigration Law
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Bill on hold barring illegal immigrants from colleges
Gainesville TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Under Georgia's new immigration law, any person receiving a public benefit in the state must provide a document showing his or her presence in the country is legal and sign an affidavit swearing the same. Students enrolling in private colleges would ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 3 - Saldanha Bay 2, 2012

Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes into effect, plans are at an advanced stage to proclaim the country's fifth zone at Saldanha Bay. Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Vodafone moves dispute resolution panel over IT department order
TelecomTigerFebruary 1, 2012

Buoyed by its victory over income tax department on December 20 after the Supreme Court on Friday set aside Bombay High Courts order directing the company to pay income tax of Rs 11000 crore, Vodafone on Tuesday moved the dispute resolution panel, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... of a preliminary injunction prohibiting it from collecting, or attempting to collect, an amount in excess of the reimbursement rate contracted with certain health insurance providers pending litigation of a related class action certification.more »

Animal Law
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Five Orcas, Five Slaves or Five Persons?
Miller-McCune.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Sue Russell One legal scholar, and proponent of achieving legal rights for nonhumans, sees a lawsuit by PETA to classify five SeaWorld orcas as slaves under the 13th Amendment could damage future animal rights law cases.more »

Intellectual Property
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Thomson Innovation Streamlines Workflow and Enables Faster IP Decision Making ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 15, 2012

15, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Intellectual Property & Science business of Thomson Reuters today announced dramatic enhancements to Thomson Innovation, the leading IP intelligence and collaboration platform. Based on customer feedback, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), 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, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court hears challenge to CA affirmative action ban
CBS NewsFebruary 14, 2012

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO — Backers of affirmative action asked a federal appeals court Monday to overturn California's 15-year-old ban on considering race in public college admissions, citing a steep drop in black, Latino and Native American students at the ...more »

Super Bowl to create general aviation traffic boom in Indy
Wichita Business Journal (blog)February 3, 2012

Indianapolis International Airport is expecting about 600 general aviation aircraft to be in town for the Super Bowl on Sunday. On a typical day at the Indianapolis International Airport there are about 10-15 general aviation operations, says airport ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Why I've quit buy-to-let
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

It restricts supply, and tenants have very few rights, or aren't aware of rights they do have. "You hear all kinds of horror stories, such as three months' rent in advance, or houses let out that aren't safe but if tenants say anything they're evicted.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US Plans Charges on Bond Fraud
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Manhattan US Attorney's office is planning to allege in a criminal complaint that several former traders at Credit Suisse Group AG, a major global investment bank, misled the bank's investors by booking inflated prices of mortgage bonds to boost ...more »

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Gulf Oil Spill-Litigation
KTBSFebruary 4, 2012

But in May 2011, he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refused to be questioned under oath for the litigation. He has been identified as a possible subject of a Justice Department criminal investigation of the disaster.more »

Business Law
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Council mulls offer to upgrade sign at 85 and 90
Crestview News BulletinFebruary 1, 2012

In fact, Rutledge said, the city stands to make upwards of $40000 in revenue under an advertising program he included in his proposal. And that, said city attorney Ben Holley, could be a sticking point. “I'm concerned about the city going into business ...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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New App helps IPhone track crime
WCSH-TVFebruary 8, 2012

Auburn, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - Whether it's the internet, computers or smart phones police say there's no doubt new technology is helping them do a better job of fighting crime. "When we have computers in the cars for our officers to be able to access ...more »

Personal Injury
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Social Networking Impacts Personal Injury Cases 6:12 pm
Providence Business NewsFebruary 8, 2012

Posts on popular websites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Twitter, have real potential to damage a personal injury claim. “Insurance companies and claim agents use Google, Yahoo! and other search engines to access social networking sites such as ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French council to review genocide denial law
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

By Saskya Vandoorne and Ivan Watson, CNN Paris (CNN) -- French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time. The French Senate said Wednesday that 65 ...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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Forum: Lengthy legislation undermines government transparency
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 6, 2012

By Anonymous Some of the most important pieces of legislation - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Segway real estate team are breaking the law
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 12, 2012

Agents at inner-city real estate agency James Law Realty are being asked by the company to use Segways instead of driving to get around the CBD traffic. Auckland Transport spokeswoman Sharon Hunter said it was also illegal for drivers to operate them ...more »

Selling the dead 2, 2012

The Monroe deal is the latest in a series of legal actions and commercial transactions involving her, and they have highlighted continuing battles over the marketing of dead stars. In America, licensing the images, names and voices of 'delebs' (dead ...more »

Sports Law
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Charleston, SC | Breaking News, Sports, Weather911 caller tells story of ...
ABC NEWS 4February 4, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Law enforcement officials blocked the bridge in both directions on Thursday as they worked to resolve the incident. (WCIV) By Stefanie Bainum CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) – Police have charged 38-year-old Phillip DeClemente with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

The 'A-Team,' once the most powerful clique in Cuyahoga County government
Plain DealerFebruary 5, 2012

In return, some earned the county commissioner's support on multimillion-dollar contracts and cushy government jobs, according to indictments. They also enjoyed access to the most powerful Democratic leader in the county. J. Kevin Kelley, a member of ...more »

Man sues Nitro company, alleges age discrimination
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

A former employee has filed a lawsuit in Putnam County against the world's largest crane company for age discrimination, among other allegations. Hurricane resident Cecil Hypes filed the suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Monday alleging Maxim Crane Works ...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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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

For a monthly premium, the long-term care program would have provided workers a cash stipend of at least $50 a day if they became seriously ill or disabled and needed care at home. The 2010 health-care law specified that the government wouldn't start ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 24, 2012

Sheldon Heck appeals a circuit court order denying the admission of his father's will to probate based on a failure to comply with the execution of wills statute, Wis. Stat. § 853.03 (2009-10). 1 Sheldon argues, contrary to the circuit court's ...more »

Family Law
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Delay in legal aid overhaul urged
Radio New ZealandFebruary 15, 2012

The Law Society is calling on Parliament to defer legislation overhauling the legal aid system. President Jonathan Temm says it should wait until the outcome of a review of the Family Court. He told Parliament's Justice and Electoral Select Committee ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Largest workers' comp. insurer in Pa. lax on contract management
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Bob Graham Pennsylvania's auditor general said the state's largest workers' compensation carrier failed to hold a contractor who received nearly $4.9 million over two years accountable for the terms of the contract. Auditor General Jack Wagner said ...more »


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