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Law Office Of Brodsky & Smith To Probe Potential Claims Against Parlux Directors
RTT NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Parlux for not acting in Parlux shareholders' best interests in connection with the sale. by RTT Staff Writer.more »

Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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North State in Brief: Jan. 31, 2012
Record-SearchlightJanuary 31, 2012

City officials said eight boards and commissions may have openings this year, including the Administrative Hearings Board, Board of Appeals, Community Development Advisory Committee, Community Services Advisory Commission, Economic Development Corp. of ...more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starting to pay dividends
Mail TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

Grants to help individual states prevent excessive, unjustified premium increases by insurance companies. Expanded coverage of preventive services, including the elimination of co-pays and deductibles. The gradual elimination of the so-called ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Costa Mesa's Outsourcing Legal Bills Top $400000
VoiceofOCJanuary 31, 2012

Costa Mesa has spent $409000 so far in attorneys' fees defending against a lawsuit challenging its plan to outsource numerous city services, according to the Orange County Register. The vast majority of the work is being done by the Jones Day law firm, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Is Mitt Romney Anti-Immigrant?
Tucson CitizenJanuary 31, 2012

As governor, Romney vetoed a state-level DREAM Act that would have granted in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant students and pushed for a larger role for local authorities in enforcing federal immigration laws. But he also stuck up for Bush's ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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California DIR launches Labor Enforcement Task Force
FenderBenderJanuary 4, 2012

Law violations often include failure to pay income taxes, unemployment insurance or disability insurance; failure to carry workers' compensation coverage; failure to pay proper wages; and failure to register for required licenses or permits. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Healthcare system woes clearly seen in cataract patient's case
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 27, 2012

But with a contract dispute between Blue Shield and UCLA showing no sign of resolution, Fairbank, 59, of Pacific Palisades found herself looking at more than $12000 in costs because the insurer said it wouldn't cover the operation.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Illinois Lawsuit Alleges MetLife, Prudential Failed to Turn Over $524.3 ...
Insurance News Net (press release)January 24, 2012

A spokesman for Prudential declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying it is the company's policy not to comment on ongoing litigation. The TARS complaint is based upon "unreliable assumptions and wildly overstated insurance amounts," MetLife said in a ...more »

Animal Law
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Colorado Animal Abuse Registry Would Require Convicted Abusers To Register In ...
Huffington PostJanuary 31, 2012

Animal abusers over the age of 18 in Colorado may soon find themselves treated like sex offenders if a bill seeking to create an animal registry passes. House Bill 1087, scheduled for a hearing in the Colorado House Committee today, calls for adults ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IAPI wants sectoral policies for intellectual property
AngolaPressJanuary 27, 2012

According to Barros Licença, the creativity and innovation should be associated with intellectual property right, forming a whole, whose development will require the institutionalisation of specific and appropriate funds for this purpose.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Barboursville man names 62 companies in asbestos case
West Virginia RecordJanuary 31, 2012

Bartee claims he was exposed to asbestos and/or asbestos-containing fibers during his career from 1957 until 1994. The defendants failed to warn Bartee of the dangers of asbestos and failed to protect him from asbestos, according to the suit.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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JMU takes race into account to increase low minority percentage
The BreezeJanuary 26, 2012

Students widely disagree about the role of affirmative action. For some JMU's skewed gender ratio is a draw, however another issue is much more likely to alienate than attract. Universities have debated whether the use of affirmative action in ...more »

Indian bid to cut aviation emissions set for take off
Business GreenJanuary 31, 2012

By Will Nichols Indian airlines and airports have been asked to record their annual carbon emissions in what would be a first step towards creating a national inventory that could be used to reduce the aviation sector's CO2 output.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Legal Aid Society releases brochure on changes in Landlord Tenant laws
Knoxville News SentinelJanuary 26, 2012

NASHVILLE -- The Legal Aid Society has issued a free brochure describing important new changes in the residential landlord tenant law that governs Tennessee's largest counties. The law, called the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA), ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Distinguished Former Federal Prosecutor Bruce E. Reinhart Joins the White ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

As both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, Reinhart has practiced throughout the United States, handling all aspects of federal criminal litigation and investigations. Reinhart has handled more than 100 federal grand jury investigations, ...more »

Litigation
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Commissioner proposes fund for securities litigation
Pratt TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

The Kansas Securities Commission has proposed a bill that would create a state litigation fund. Another aspect of the bill should make Kansas more competitive in attracting new business to the state, according to Securities Commissioner Aaron Jack, ...more »

Business Law
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Study says state's immigration law has potential economic costs
Gadsden TimesJanuary 31, 2012

The Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Alabama released the cost-benefit analysis by center Director Samuel Addy. It's the first study since major portions of the law went into effect Sept. 1. ‚ÄúSome of the law's costs and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Think tank asks troops to weigh in on pay, benefits
Stars and Stripes (blog)January 31, 2012

... Researchers at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments are surveying troops and their families to see which pay and benefits packages are too important to lose, and which ones could be trimmed to help save the military money.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Report: Megaupload data safe for two more weeks
msnbc.comJanuary 31, 2012

By Rosa Golijan CNET reports that Carpathia Hosting and Cogent Communications, the two firms hosting data for Megaupload, have "agreed to preserve the material [for] a minimum of two weeks, according to Ira Rothken, Megaupload's US attorney.more »

Personal Injury
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£2.2m ON SCHOOL INJURIES
This is StaffordshireJanuary 28, 2012

Pupils and staff made the personal injury claims against the area's three main councils for everything from slips on spilt food to "accidentally" letting off a fire extinguisher. Thirty-four successful claims made against Stoke-on-Trent City Council ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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EXCLUSIVE: Wikileaks to move servers offshore, sources say
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat to move Wikileaks' servers offshore in an attempt to evade prosecution from US law enforcement, FoxNews.com has learned. Multiple sources within the hacker community with knowledge of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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MoverS & Shakers
Hartford BusinessJanuary 8, 2012

O'Neill also is in the Hartford Litigation Department where she is involved in employment, legal malpractice, health care, energy, product liability and construction matters. Klein is in the Business and Finance Department in Stamford, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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More power for consumer courts
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 31, 2012

The government has proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Non-compliance with the orders of the consumer forums could attract a fine of Rs500 or 1.5% of the penalty amount. The orders of consumer courts will have the force of a ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyer plans new office building
The ColumbianJanuary 4, 2012

By Cami Joner A Vancouver attorney's plans to build an Arnada neighborhood office building were spurred by the downturn in the real estate market, he said. Sliding property values made his building site more affordable, said Loren Etengoff of The Law...more »

Libya in business, just not business as usual
The NationalJanuary 23, 2012

In a commercial context, if this proves to be a material issue for a particular deal, the governing law of the contract that the parties opt for may be something other than the laws of Libya. Therefore, again, this is not an insurmountable barrier for ...more »

Sports Law
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Libous: New laws taking affect in 2012
Towanda Daily ReviewJanuary 2, 2012

A school-based team would oversee staff training, parent and student education about concussions, and transition for students who have sustained a concussion back into school and sports. Limited protests at military funerals (S.3901-A) - New law...more »

Criminal Defense
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Distinguished Former Federal Prosecutor Bruce E. Reinhart Joins the White ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

... a nationally recognized trial attorney and distinguished former federal prosecutor, has joined the West Palm Beach and Miami offices of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a Member in the business advisory and advocacy law firm's White Collar Crime, Antitrust, ...more »

Dimora jury seated, but won't hear testimony until Wednesday while awaiting ...
Plain DealerJanuary 6, 2012

Two FBI agents sat at the prosecution table on Friday with an IRS agent in the back of the room taking notes. The Whitakers employed a jury-selection expert, Joe Gustafarro of Atlanta. Gustafarro declined to talk with a reporter after the jury was ...more »

Former media boss seeks $1m in compensation
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 30, 2012

A FORMER head of the Financial Review Group, Michael Gill, is seeking more than $1 million in compensation and damages from Fairfax Media, alleging he was the victim of age discrimination. Mr Gill, 58, who was the Financial Review Group chief executive ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Data protection reform: Frequently asked questions
IEWY NewsJanuary 25, 2012

This 'one-stop-shop' for data protection will greatly simplify the way businesses and citizens interact with data protection laws and give incentives to trade and invest cross-border in the internal market, as opposed to the current situation where ...more »

Environmental Law
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LeClairRyan Publishes Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012 Issue
Cogeneration & On-Site Power Production MagazineJanuary 27, 2012

Thanks to new technologies and incentives, LeClairRyan announced that more US companies now see generating their own electricity and other alternative energy projects as viable options. But as c-suite executives mull these exciting possibilities, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Make a will your 2012 resolution
Businesslife.coJanuary 11, 2012

Wills and probate specialists Collas Crill are encouraging Jersey residents to make getting a will a priority in 2012. The Channel Islands law firm is offering a free talk in January to anyone who doesn't have a will, with the message that a will is ...more »

Family Law
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Discriminatory laws and policies harm children of LGBT parents, new study finds
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Strengthening Economic Security for Children Living in LGBT Families describes how antiquated and discriminatory laws increase poverty for children with LGBT parents, and can be especially harmful for children living in low-income households.more »

Workers Compensation
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Governor Quinn Appoints Additional Workers' Compensation Arbitrators
Insurance News Net (press release)January 28, 2012

Governor Pat Quinn today announced the appointment of three additional arbitrators to the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission (IWCC) to review workplace injury claims. The arbitrators will join the 27 arbitrators the Governor appointed in 2011, ...more »

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