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San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

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THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

When President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law 48 hours before he was sworn in, journalists and members of civil society groups saw it as the beginning of better days in the country. Seven months after, there are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Gov. Nixon gives State of the State
KRCGJanuary 18, 2012

by Stephanie Backus Legislative leaders, Judges of the Missouri Supreme Court, Lieutenant Governor Kinder, state officials, members of the General Assembly, members of my cabinet, and my fellow Missourians. It's an honor to be here this evening, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama lawyers argue rest of health law can survive
ReutersJanuary 27, 2012

They said the 26 states and the independent business group challenging the law have failed to show that Congress would have wanted the entire law to fall in the event the individual mandate was struck down. "Many provisions of the act, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Police Use of GPS Devices Limited by US Supreme Court
BusinessWeekJanuary 23, 2012

Five justices faulted police for the act of attaching the GPS to Jones' car without a valid warrant. Writing for the group, Justice Antonin Scalia said officers “encroached on a protected area,” when they “physically occupied private property for the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Baseball offers Dream Act preview
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 29, 2012

Democrats, meanwhile, are delighted to use their latest stab at immigration reform, the Dream Act, to curry favor with coveted Hispanic voters and vilify the Republicans who oppose it as family-destroying racists. President Obama championed the bill in ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A review of real economic developments across SA, Africa and the world
Creamer Media's Engineering NewsJanuary 26, 2012

Under the proposed law, municipal and provincial authorities, or even public–private partnerships, are empowered to approach government with plans to develop SEZs, where such concentration of industrial infrastructure could improve prospects for ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation judge to meet with Clayton tax commissioner, board
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 12, 2012

By Tammy Joyner A mediation judge will meet Tuesday with the Clayton County Board of Commissioners and tax commissioner in an effort to resolve their ongoing disputes over tax-collection payments and county-issued vehicles. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Claremont Police Officers Association files lawsuit against city, chamber of ...
Contra Costa TimesJanuary 9, 2012

Aldridge later told association members that they could not have a booth at all, according to the lawsuit. "Our insurance company assigned us an attorney and we'll be meeting with him later this week to discuss things further," Aldridge said. ...more »

Animal Law
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The diversity of influence: Different strategies in animal rights activism
This Dish Is VegJanuary 24, 2012

Writing a list of the most influential animal advocacy groups is problematic and not particularly useful. Animal rights groups with hundreds of thousands of members, massive budgets and established lobbyists obviously possess the most influence in the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Copyrights Wake: SOPA, James Joyce, and the Future of Intellectual Property
The MillionsJanuary 25, 2012

Intellectual property is a dynamic concept, legally and culturally, one that is always being reshaped on one hand by changing methods of creation and distribution, and on the other by markets scurrying to catch up. The abstract line between public and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Learn the Facts About Asbestos Exposure, Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
MesotheliomaHelp.net (blog)January 31, 2012

... to provide this important content to people who want to learn more about asbestos and the legal and health issues that are caused by being exposed to this toxic mineral,” said Joseph W. Belluck, whose law firm focuses on mesothelioma litigation.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action foe Ward Connerly faces accusations by former ally Jennifer ...
AnnArbor.comJanuary 20, 2012

... which banned the use of race and gender preferences in public education, public hiring and public contracting in Michigan, has come under fire from a former employee and a one-time ally in his fight against affirmative action. ...more »

CAF AZ Wing Event to Recognize Inductees into the Arizona Military Aviation...
Fighter Country PartnershipJanuary 30, 2012

PHOENIX – The Commemorative Air Force (“CAF”) Arizona Wing Aviation Museum, located at Falcon Field in Mesa, Arizona, announced today the inauguration of its Walk of Honor as a tribute recognizing the contributions by Arizonans to the field of military ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Learn The Law On Renting, Landlords
Patch.comJanuary 24, 2012

"It deals with problem tenants and absentee landlords." The ordinance requires rental properties to be licensed, and landlords must complete the class in order to get a license. "They have to understand the law to deal with tenants," Tornabene said.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Guatemalan Military Ordered To Join Fight Against Drug Cartels
RTT NewsJanuary 17, 2012

... a country close to moral bankruptcy, where respect for authority and the rule of law has been replaced by a culture of corruption and impunity." In his election campaign, Molina had pledged to fight violent crime and the presence of Mexican drug ...more »

Litigation
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Am Law 200 Polsinelli Shughart Chooses IPRO Eclipse as Firm-Wide Review Platform
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

With 570 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( www.polsinelli.com ) is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual ...more »

Business Law
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Capitol Alert: Senate OKs nearly $13 million in settlements, attorneys fees ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

By Torey Van Oot The state Senate today approved $13 million in settlements and fees in legal disputes lost by the state, including nearly $1 million in court-ordered attorneys fees in the Entertainment Merchants Association's successful challenge of a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Help coming for veterans with Lou Gehrig's disease
KING5.comJanuary 17, 2012

Benefits are approved based on how disabled VA doctors consider the patient to be. A rating of 100% disabled is needed for expensive items like a wheelchair accessible van and grant money for home adaptations, such as the installation of a shower to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Pornography In Ansonia Apartment Leads To Prison Sentence
Valley Independent SentinelJanuary 27, 2012

A Milford police detective, assigned to the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, found the child pornography in September 2009 when he tapped into an Internet file-sharing network, according to a press release from the US Department of Justice.more »

Personal Injury
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£1.2m paid out by Herts Police in personal injury claims
Royston CrowJanuary 30, 2012

By Ewan Foskett Monday, January 30, 2012 PERSONAL injury claims and legal fees totalling £1.2m over five years have been paid by Hertfordshire Constabulary to staff, the second largest amount in the country. To send a link to this page to a friend, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Poll ruling sparks street clashes in Senegal
Chicago TribuneJanuary 28, 2012

"The decision of the Constitutional Council has nothing to do with the law," said N'Dour campaign manager Alioune N'Diaye. "It is purely political. Youssou N'Dour was a problem and they wanted to be shot of him," he told Reuters, adding that N'Dour ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Speaking of the law
Baltimore Sun (blog)January 24, 2012

... highway construction crashes, workers' compensation, and criminal defense. He frequently facilitates jury focus groups for other trial attorneys, as well as for his own cases, on medical malpractice, negligence and auto liability case issues.more »

Consumer Protection
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's first six months: A predictor of ...
Thomson Reuters News & InsightJanuary 20, 2012

Because the Dodd-Frank Act is silent on the issue of when and how to determine whether a depository institution has $10 billion in assets and, thus, is considered a large institution under the Act, the Prudential Regulators and the Bureau got together ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Legal Services in Pennsylvania Introduced on a Website
Empowered News (press release)January 31, 2012

A new website has now been launched to inform people about the availability of real estate legal services in Pennsylvania. The website owner now provides a venue for citizens of Pennsylvania who are seeking real estate help.more »

NY Crossover Mirror Law Effective Friday, Jan. 13
TruckinginfoJanuary 6, 2012

About 75 people attended from various branches of the enforcement and regulatory community, carriers, equipment makers and suppliers.... More > A new piece of information emerged from yesterday's hearing on the pending hours of service rule. Federal...more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNJanuary 29, 2012

Cabrera said the judge was unjust when he ruled she didn't satisfy a state law requiring English proficiency for elected officials. Her attorneys say the law doesn't define proficiency. The issue came under scrutiny after the mayor asked the court to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Fla. highway patrol defends reopening I-75
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Criminal defense attorneys said that if the fire was caused by arson, authorities likely will file charges of manslaughter and possibly felony murder, which is defined as a death that happens as result of participating in a felony.more »

No need to panic if the IRS wants to audit your business
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)January 17, 2012

If you plan to retain another party, you will need to notify the IRS examiner assigned to your case and file a Power of Attorney with IRS. • Set the time for the audit. Most letters from IRS indicate a predetermined time for the initial meeting. ...more »

TRAVISANO v. BOARD OF CHOSEN FREEHOLDERS FOR UNION COUNTY
Leagle.comJanuary 30, 2012

Plaintiff Robert J. Travisano, a former Union County employee, alleged in this action that he was discriminated and retaliated against based on his age, disability, and political affiliation, asserting violations of the New Jersey Law Against ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Market Target, San Diego's #1 SEO Firm Welcomes Grant, Hinkle and Jacobs as ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 17, 2012

Grant, Hinkle and Jacobs is second generation firm focused on delivering Life Insurance Services, Asset Protection, Wealth Transfer Planning and Business Succession Planning. With their long successful history of delivering services the Partners and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama's SOTU Proposals: Winners and Losers
The Fiscal TimesJanuary 26, 2012

Create a Financial Crimes Unit within the Justice Department to go after large-scale financial fraud so that Americans' investments are protected. (Obama has ordered this.) • An executive order to clear away the red tape on many construction projects.more »

Wills & Probate
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Premack: New grandparent: How can I legally help my son now?
San Antonio ExpressJanuary 20, 2012

If he dies, the insurance money goes to his beneficiaries free of income taxes, and is only subject to estate tax if his estate exceeds the exemption amount (which in 2012 is $5 million). The proceeds from life insurance can help pay his mortgage, ...more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement agencies unite following deputy's death
WKYTJanuary 25, 2012

... Pikeville Police Department, and Kentucky State Police were all on scene late Monday night to help with the accident. Police say something like this makes them take a moment to think about their jobs. “Anytime you lose someone in law enforcement it ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma legislator wants workers' comp benefits over traffic accident
NewsOK.comJanuary 21, 2012

A state representative is asking for workers' compensation benefits for his injuries in a traffic accident nearly three years ago while driving to the state Capitol. State Rep. Mike Christian was one of three lawmakers who were the focus of a political ...more »

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