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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Cleared Broward cigarette smuggling defendant: 'My life has been turned upside ...
Sun-SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

One day after his uncommon victory, Marrero said he believes the US attorney's office and Immigration and Customs Enforcement tried to railroad him. "How the government assumed that I was a co-conspirator is beyond me," Marrero, 48, of Davie, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama shows contempt for judicial process
Sonoran NewsFebruary 1, 2012

ATLANTA – Last Thursday marked an interesting day in history; one in which three attorneys Van Irion, Mark Hatfield, who is also a Republican Georgia State Representative, and Dr. Orly Taitz presented their cases before Georgia Administrative Law Judge ...more »

Health Care Law
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New administration figures aim to show health law strengthened private ...
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The news contradicts Republican warnings that the healthcare reform law's $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage would gut the popular program. But the insurance industry immediately countered that painful cuts are yet to come.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Only in Austin: a legal argument about whether it's the state capital
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 3, 2012

In the request letter, Jones lays out a lengthy legal argument contending that the residency requirement does not apply to railroad commissioners. Further, she says in the letter, statewide elected officials can have more than one residence — an ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law compromises human rights, safety
Daily Trojan OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Daniel Grzywacz · Daily Trojan Turmoil is growing between the California state legislature and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigration laws. ICE's Secure Communities program requires local law enforcement to send detainees' ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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State office cites local agencies for lack of compliance
WatertownDailyTimes.comFebruary 3, 2012

By BRIAN HAYDEN MASSENA — Multiple north country agencies are out of compliance with state law because they are months behind in filing documentation. And representatives from two of those agencies say the state's rules make it difficult for smaller ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BALLEW v. CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INCORPORATED
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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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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Legal bid to free killer whales is 'strategic error', says conservationist
The GuardianFebruary 5, 2012

And with the issue of slavery such an emotive one for the US, Peta has faced criticism over its bid to pursue the freedom of an animal under the 13th amendment. While the case would bring publicity to the issue of the rights or interests of "non-human ...more »

Intellectual Property
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T2 Biosystems Announces Issuance of Key Patent Providing Broad Intellectual...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Mass.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--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 entitled ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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City commission could take up rights ordinance within next few months
Salina.comFebruary 7, 2012

By CHRIS HUNTER A proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes under the city's equal opportunity and affirmative action ordinance could come before the Salina City Commission as soon as 90 days. The proposal was brought ...more »

Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 281 Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bill Larson | February 1, 2012 | Fort Campbell, KY – Yesterday Fort Campbell welcomed 281 soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a year long deployment to Southern Afghanistan. The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of the last ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord must send a CRP to tenant
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Q I rent a house in Minneapolis, and I want to get my renter's property tax refund, but my landlord hasn't given me my Certificate of Rent Paid (CRP). What should I do? A Under state law, the owner of any homestead rental property must furnish a CRP to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bob Barker at Canada AM in April, 2011
Castanet.netFebruary 2, 2012

"In this respect, the more than doubtful treatment of Mrs. Francois sends a very bad signal." The union, part of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, says Beaudet was simply doing his job as a labour rep and standing up for a worker.more »

Litigation
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IN RE AMERICAN EXPRESS MERCHANTS' LITIGATION
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Concepcion, 131 S.Ct. 1740 (2011), just weeks after we issued our decision in In re American Express Merchants' Litigation, 634 F.3d 187 (2d Cir. 2011) ("Amex II"). Amex II returned to us from the Supreme Court, after defendants American Express ...more »

Business Law
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Gen X: Stuck in the Middle
Destination CRMFebruary 1, 2012

Data from the study has prompted Miller to label Gen X "the first generation to grow up in the Internet Era, and perhaps the most extensively wired generation in American history." So what exactly are Gen Xers doing on the Web?more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hiring Help
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is seeking input from current military service members on their pay and benefits preferences following last week's preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 spending request, which would change military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...more »

Personal Injury
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Police Crash Cars to demonstrate Florida's Accident Fraud Problem
First Coast NewsFebruary 17, 2012

A Florida Highway Patrol squad car smacks into another vehicle as part of a demonstration showing how fraud rings are manipulating Florida's personal injury protection insurance system. Tallahassee, Fla. -- Accident fraud is estimated to cost Florida ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Federal judge says he can't block Texas sonogram law, says higher court forced ...
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas — A federal judge in Austin said Monday that he couldn't block a Texas law requiring women to have a sonogram before having an abortion any longer because an appeals court had ordered it to take effect. District Judge Sam Sparks earlier ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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BLANK ROME, LLP v. PARRISH
Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012

Insofar as the third-party and proposed amended third-party complaints allege that BMF represented defendant, agreed to represent him with respect to the issues giving rise to the legal malpractice alleged in defendant's counterclaims, and that BMF was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Regulatory Watch List for 2012: The Shifting Landscape for Hedge Funds and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 8, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act), which was adopted in July 2010 with the goals of reducing risk, increasing transparency and promoting market integrity within the financial system, significantly alters ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Housing correction isn't deterring agents-in-training
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 5, 2012

It takes a certain amount of optimism to want to become a real estate agent in the midst of the biggest housing correction in decades. Home prices have fallen, sales slowed and foreclosures soared in the past five years.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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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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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown Sweeps Across the Nation
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Age Discrimination Suits Jump, But Wins Are Elusive
Vermont Public RadioFebruary 16, 2012

And with more people of all ages looking for work in the slow economy, age discrimination complaints are on the rise — but becoming harder to win. Employment law experts say that has a lot to do with one particular case: Gross v.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bank Credit Ratings, 'Zombie Banks,' PepisCo: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 9, 2012

US Senator Pat Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, said he wouldn't rule out proposing legislation to protect money market mutual funds from new rules being planned at the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The mutual funds industry is fighting new ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wrong track in Richmond
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 6, 2012

... of lunacy — with outlawing abortions to the exclusion of vital issues such as funding for transportation, education, law enforcement, medical research, alternative energy exploration and dealing with the elderly, poor and homeless in Virginia.more »

Wills & Probate
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ROCCA v. BOYANSKY
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Rocca argues that because he filed a caveat and challenge to the validity of the will prior to the appointment of Irene Boyansky and Victor Rones as personal representatives, the trial court erred in admitting the will to probate before ruling on his ...more »

Family Law
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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers.more »

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