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Kurtz protests US requirement for free contraceptive coverage in health plans
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Louisville Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz has joined a growing national chorus of Catholic leaders in denouncing “alarming” federal requirements that church-affiliated schools and hospitals offer their employees free health insurance coverage for ...more »

Bengal babus to lose right to strike?
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

KOLKATA: It will be illegal for government employees in the state to go on strike or hold rallies if chief minister Mamata Banerjee has her way. In a decision that has sent ripples down both camps, the government wants to take away the employees ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Nuclear waste hearing turns testy over Yucca Mountain
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 2, 2012

"You are correct. Yucca Mountain is the repository. The only problem is we can't enforce the law. That has not been the solution." In a statement after the hearing, Reid said Yucca Mountain proponents should accept that program is over.more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would require state to fund any health care mandate passed
Daily HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

This bill would require the state to fund any health care mandates it passes instead of requiring state agencies to foot the costs themselves as is currently the law. SALT LAKE CITY -- The Utah Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Long Island PressFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Immigration Law
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Holder should require Cook County to follow immigration law
Washington ExaminerFebruary 1, 2012

For this reason, federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials place detainers on illegal immigrants convicted of crimes. When state and local governments release them from custody, they are placed in the hands of federal officials, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Crawford fire station on Lowndes wish list
The Commercial DispatchFebruary 1, 2012

Smith is turned toward George Crawford, from the Golden Triangle Planning and Development District, who has his back to the camera. / Kelly Tippett The Lowndes County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to abandon library construction in Crawford ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Systems (OPWV) Releases Quarterly Earnings, Misses Estimates By $0.01 EPS
LocalizedUSAFebruary 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. (Openwave) is a software provider delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers, which include mobile and broadband operators, to create and deliver smarter services.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Motorola Solutions Reaches $200 Million Class Lawsuit Settlement
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

Motorola Mobility wasn'ta party to the lawsuit and isn't contributing to the settlement, according to Sweers and Jennifer Erickson, a Motorola Mobility spokeswoman. Sweers said the settlement would be paid for using a combination of insurance and ...more »

Animal Law
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Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania
WTAE PittsburghFebruary 2, 2012

It's a horrible way to put an animal down. Horrible," said Ion. Kathy Bartlett, executive director of the Venango County Humane Society, said "It's not as cruel as some people say that it is." Senate Bill 1329, also known as Daniel's Law, would require ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Businesses invited to copyright conference
Derbyshire TimesFebruary 5, 2012

The free breakfast event, on February 8, is being organised by the Institute of Directors East Midlands and the Intellectual Property Office, which is the official Government body responsible for granting IP rights in the United Kingdom.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court to Rule on Affirmative Action Ban
The UCSD Guardian OnlineFebruary 21, 2012

A lawsuit filed in Federal Court this month aims to end a statewide ban on affirmative action and increase the number of minority students in public colleges. On Feb. 13, three members of the 9th Circuit Appellate Court heard arguments from affirmative ...more »

On This Day in Aviation History: February 4th
NYCAviationFebruary 4, 2012

Belly landings with all surviving are wonderful news, but not that exciting when the pilot forgot the plane needed wheels to land. 1986 – Pakistan International Airlines Flight 300, a 747-200 (AP-AYW) lands on its belly at Islamabad Airport because the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent regulation ruling cannot be used to scuttle deal: court
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Feb 3 (Reuters) - A real-estate firm cannot back out of a $6.2 million deal for an Upper East Side apartment building after a court ruled that several of the building's rental units had been wrongly converted from stabilized rent to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RI gov seeks $400K more for Central Falls receiver
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

By ERIKA NIEDOWSKI AP PROVIDENCE, RI — The cost of the state-appointed receiver and legal fees related to bankruptcy proceedings in the Rhode Island city of Central Falls is nearly $400000 more this fiscal year than budgeted, and the total spent on ...more »

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Second Circuit panel strikes arbitration agreement with class action waiver
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2012

In In Re: American Express Merchants' Litigation (No. 06-1871-cv), a two judge panel of the Second Circuit breathes new life into arguments to strike arbitration clauses. The court held that, because of the allegedly prohibitive costs for pursuing ...more »

Business Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Colombia Drug Lords' Cattle Theft Rob Rally Benefit: Commodities
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

The cash-strapped Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is selling livestock at below-market prices after a military crackdown on cocaine production made the fighters “desperate for financing,” Juan Manuel Santos, the nation's president, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Montevideo City Council approves buyout of Chippewa Street properties
Monte NewsFebruary 9, 2012

...related to educating a department member in analyzing computers, namely hard drives. The training would help the department be able to analyze evidence in internet crimes such as child pornography, and other crimes where a suspect owns a computer.more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ... (press release)February 1, 2012

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court asks for change in law to prosecute
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the right to file a complaint against a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right, and that Parliament should make an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wrongful Death vs. Murder
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

When most people think of murder, they think of a willful act that resulted in death. By contrast, wrongful death is often a result of a negligent act such as an automobile accident, medical malpractice, or a defective product.more »

Consumer Protection
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Litigious Indian customers
LivemintFebruary 2, 2012

The national consumer redressal department in the consumer affairs ministry has set up a three-tier mechanism of consumer courts at the national, state and district levels. Under the Consumer Protection Act of 1986, a person can take recourse at any of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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$16 house? Dallas area man evicted after squatting
Fox NewsFebruary 6, 2012

And while real estate experts and authorities say he's misusing the law, Robinson appears to have inspired dozens of imitators who moved into Dallas-Fort Worth area homes — some of which were still occupied by their owners. But Robinson's time in the ...more »

Southaven mayor discusses business dealings
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

"What I think people need to realize is I don't sign contracts without board authority," said Davis, 45. "I don't approve payments, so I don't see how there could be any correlation between me returning favors for anyone because I am not the ...more »

Sports Law
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Appeals court set to hear Alabama trademark suit
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The university filed suit in 2005 alleging that Moore violated trademark law in painting scenes from football games by showing Crimson Tide players in their crimson and white uniforms without permission. The suit also contends that Moore reissued ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense: 'G-word' is a slur against Fort Lauderdale psychics
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

Defense attorney Fred Schwartz says the word constitutes a slur, and is comparable to the N-word being leveled at African-Americans. “The connotation of the word 'gypsy' is a group of wandering people who go from city to city committing crimes,” said ...more »

Bankruptcy for Tax Debt: Can Back Taxes Be Discharged in Los Angeles? (press release)February 1, 2012

February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Most people associate bankruptcy with credit card, loan and mortgage debt. What they may not realize is that bankruptcy can also be used to eliminate liability for unpaid taxes. The US Bankruptcy Code permits ...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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Estate Planning Attorney at Plantation, Florida's Wild Felice and Partners ...
PR Web (press release)February 4, 2012

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a Fort Lauderdale area law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate Administration is the newest attorney to be honored with the AV Preeminent designation.more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Technology Innovator DyneGroup Names Tom Ridge to Board of Advisors
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

“In our last collaboration we were able to create over 1500 US manufacturing jobs and, in this new endeavor, these numbers could easily double with the addition of other technologies that we are actively pursuing in the alternative energy space.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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Amy Winehouse Coroner Resigns, Family Seeks Advice
ABC NewsFebruary 1, 2012

She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia. Her resignation was not made public until Wednesday. "I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post," Reid said in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »


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