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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...more »

Attorney general opinion clarifies Harbor Police authority
Houma CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The Louisiana Attorney General's office has clarified a 2011 decision which suggested the authority of Port Fourchon's Harbor Police Department is not recognized by the state. The confusion began last year, when the port's private Harbor Police...more »

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Administrative Law
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POTUS Write-In Candidate Sibley Amends Lawsuit to Force United States Attorney ...
SBWire (press release)February 1, 2012

Washington, DC -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/01/2012 -- Coming on the heels of the sworn testimony taken in the Georgia Administrative Law hearing at which expert witnesses testified under oath as to the indications of forgery in Barack Obama's putative ...more »

Health Care Law
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Mitch McConnell: Obama health care law is not financially viable
The State ColumnFebruary 1, 2012

Mr. McConnell's latest attack on the health care law comes as the US government spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will reportedly more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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Report: Immigration law will cost Alabama billions
SunHerald.comFebruary 1, 2012

A study by a long-standing economic research center at the University of Alabama says Alabama's new immigration law will cost the state billions of dollars because of income lost by illegal immigrants who will have to leave the state, lost tax income ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Small business committee to hold first Red Tape Watch meeting
WGCL AtlantaFebruary 2, 2012

By Jennifer Banks - email By Christopher King - email The Special Committee on Small Business Development and Job Creation held a hearing on how to streamline governmental red tape - regulations many believe are smothering small business owners and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Negotiating with the LGBT Community at Pepperdine University
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

This student (I'll call him Joe) took Dan Van Ness' Restorative Justice class together and then Jack McCrory's Arbitration class during the summers in which my young friend was earning the Alternative Dispute Resolution part of his JD/MDR.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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Consumers want tougher probe of engineered salmon
ReutersFebruary 8, 2012

The fish at issue, AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon, is currently classified as a new animal drug for the purposes of FDA review. The FDA considers any genetically altered animal a new animal drug for approval purposes.more »

Intellectual Property
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T2 Biosystems Announces Issuance of Key Patent Providing Broad Intellectual...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Mass., Feb 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, today announced the issuance of patent number 8102176 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Midland School District does not need to pay Varna teen's attorney
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 1, 2012

The federal suit appealed some of those findings and also sought attorneys' fees for the parents. McDade denied the requests, with the legal fees issue hinging on what it means to be a "prevailing party" in litigation. Because Midland did not meet FAPE ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals Court Hears Affirmative Action Challenge
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 13, 2012

Lawyers for 46 minority students and a civil rights group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco today to allow them to go forward with their challenge to a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in University of California admissions.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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Higher rents for some - despite shared landlord
This is South WalesFebruary 1, 2012

A LEGAL deal means some tenants in Neath, Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley pay higher rents than their neighbours even though they share the same landlord. The quirk is down to an agreement made when NPT Homes took control of more than 9000 council ...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 »

Litigation
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JPMorgan, Smith & Nephew, Dresdner, GE Capital, Fidelity in Court News
BloombergFebruary 7, 2012

In her lawsuit, filed in 2009, Luquetta claimed JPMorgan engaged in “unfair, deceptive and unconscionable” assessment and collection of overdraft fees. Her complaint also refers to the practices of Washington Mutual Inc., which JPMorgan bought in 2008.more »

Business Law
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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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Defense Secretary Outlines 'State of DOD'...
defproFebruary 6, 2012

Panetta reaffirmed he will not cut military pay or raise health costs, and will not change retirement benefits for people now in uniform. A retirement commission will study possible alternatives to the current system, he said, “but changes will not ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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KSP Charges Three Men With Internet Related Crimes
SurfKY NewsFebruary 8, 2012

FRANKFORT, KY (2/8/12) – Kentucky State Police (KSP) has arrested three men on charges related to child pornography. The action was the result of search warrants pertaining to illegal Internet activity executed by the agency's Electronic Crime Branch.more »

Personal Injury
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Biomechanics and Bodily Injury Claims
PropertyCasualty360February 14, 2012

Claims adjusters frequently look to biomechanical engineers to answer injury causation and prevention questions such as these in order to assess personal injury claims. To answer head injury mechanism or causation questions, claims professionals may ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutional Court has lifted the interim suspension on the shared ...
Rundtownnews.co.ukFebruary 2, 2012

The Spanish Constitutional Court has now lifted the interim suspension that had been applied to 'The shared Custody Law' within the Valencian Community. Some time ago we informed our readers about the Law issued by the Valencian Generalitat Number 5/11 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fans not financiers should run football
Socialist PartyFebruary 22, 2012

Professional football in Britain is stumbling from one crisis to another. After repeatedly failing to deal with racism, attention returns to financial malpractice. In one week, two of Britain's most famous clubs, Portsmouth and Glasgow Rangers have ...more »

Consumer Protection
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4 Steps to Help Securitizers Comply With Dodd-Frank's New Reporting Requirements
Wall Street & TechnologyFebruary 3, 2012

By By Eli Stern, Ernst & Young LLP Financial services organizations have invested considerable time and money assessing the impact of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, commonly known as Dodd-Frank.more »

Real Estate Law
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Venable Adds Stroock's Koffler to Head N.Y. Real Estate Practice
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Venable LLP (1214L), the Washington-based law firm, hired Peter G. Koffler, a partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP, as the firm expands its New York real estate practice. Koffler joined Venable's New York office and will lead its real estate group, ...more »

Charitable Solicitation and Commercial Co-Venturer Red Flags: Insights for ...
JD Supra (press release)February 28, 2012

Predictably, many of the questions in the NY AG questionnaire track New York law on commercial coventures. For example, the questionnaire asks whether a written contract is in place with the charity, a requirement under New York law and in many other ...more »

Sports Law
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SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.more »

Frank Russo speaks 'from heart' on cross exam in Jimmy Dimora's corruption trial
NewsNet5.comFebruary 15, 2012

AKRON, Ohio - Cross examination by defense attorneys wrapped up mid-Wednesday afternoon at Jimmy Dimora's corruption trial, as federal prosecutors get ready for redirect. Michael Gabor's defense attorney highlighted testimony by Frank Russo that shows ...more »

Mayor rebuts age bias claim
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 2, 2012

NANTICOKE -- Former city tax collector Al Wytoshek at Wednesday night's City Council meeting accused the mayor of age discrimination in his removal from office. Wytoshek, who served as tax collector for 12 years, alleged Mayor Joseph Dougherty ousted ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Long Beach police, merchants tackle jump in crimes in stores and cars
Long Beach Press-TelegramFebruary 12, 2012

In the past three years, there's been a coordinated effort to prevent crime among law enforcement agencies and retailers in Southern California called the Los Angeles Area Organized Retail Crime Association. The group meets bimonthly and organizes a ...more »

Environmental Law
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APNewsBreak: Wis. GOP candidate got stimulus money
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

The leading tea party-backed Republican candidate running for Wisconsin's open US Senate seat who has also been a longtime critic of a federal stimulus program received more than $80000 in stimulus grants for his own solar energy company.more »

Wills & Probate
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Adoptive son loses inheritance through will error
The Co-operativeFebruary 4, 2012

An adopted son will not be able to benefit from the probate process of his adoptive parent's estate because of a will error. The appeals court ruled that Terry Marley could not inherit over Maureen and Alfred Rawlings' natural sons because they ...more »

Family Law
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Going Through A Divorce Without Going Crazy
Huffington Post (blog)February 2, 2012

Living with your spouse during the divorce is a bit like quitting a job you despise and then continuing to work there for six months. If marital discord has resulted in a divorce filing, it is unlikely that the angel of peace will descend on your ...more »

Workers Compensation
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City pays workers comp settlement
Morgan Hill TimesFebruary 3, 2012

by Michael Moore Staff Writer The city paid a workers' compensation settlement to one of its public works employees this week, bringing the total amount paid in such claims this fiscal year to about $199000. Following a discussion in closed session at ...more »

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