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New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

President Obama Signs National Defense Authorization Act; Guam Military ...
Guam Buildup NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The new law caps defense authorizations at $662 billion for the year and officially puts 2012 Guam military buildup projects on hold. The new law does not, however, affect previous authorizations for the military construction program meant to prepare ...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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Healthcare journals issue joint criticism of NHS reforms and Health and Social ...
British Journal of Healthcare ComputingJanuary 31, 2012

It also resulted in a bloated and opaque piece of legislation, whose goals could have largely been achieved by other, more effective, means”. Once the bill becomes law, they believe that “we will still be in the dark about how much of the new system ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Abigail Breslin Shines as Janie Jones (2010)
TechnoratiJanuary 31, 2012

That was the inspiration for Janie Jones, a new Tribeca Film DVD release starring Abigail Breslin, Alessandro Nivola, and Elisabeth Shue, arriving on standard digital platforms and DVD January 31, 2012. Janie Jones (Breslin), a 13-year-old girl, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Reform Becomes Central to Election Stumping Notes Miami ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 31, 2012

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – What the President says versus what he does or does not do is really the 2012 campaign issue. Immigration reform is a part of his marketing and election campaign. “With an election looming, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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South Burlington interim zoning bylaw faces opposition
BurlingtonFreePress.comJanuary 13, 2012

He said the development process businesses and developers would face is not well defined in the bylaw. "Businesses don't know what they could do," he said. The proposed bylaw's narrative, however, seems less concerned with industrial or business ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Police contract, pension to be mediated
Danbury News TimesJanuary 31, 2012

Working toward agreement State law specifies guidelines for union negotiations that include both mediation and arbitration, if reasonable efforts to negotiate do not result in a contract. The current police contract, which was finalized through ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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CUNA Mutual Group Steps Up Litigation Against Individuals Responsible For ...
CUinsight.com (press release)January 30, 2012

Recovering paid claims through civil lawsuits can help lower the cost of insurance, which can benefit policyholders collectively and individually through recouped deductibles, improved loss ratios and lower premiums, she added.more »

Animal Law
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Family fights to restore name in Colorado State Fair goat dispute
Denver PostJanuary 30, 2012

By Sara Burnett The family of two children whose prize-winning goats were disqualified from last year's Colorado State Fair after a feed additive used to promote growth was detected in the animals' systems is pursuing legal action to restore their good ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Battle for intellectual property not limited to SOPA
The Voice of RussiaJanuary 24, 2012

With the massive lobby of the media giants backing, the fight over intellectual property rights enforcement and fair use as well as the debate on what this fair use should constitute is far from over but, as the bills face yet another delay, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes Launches Investigation ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

Customers of Blazar have alleged that he solicited them to invest their retirement assets into fractional interests in life settlement contracts which were acquired from a subsidiary of Life Partners Holdings, Inc. Our law firm is investigating the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Society Isn't Colorblind Yet, So Our Laws Shouldn't Be
Daily NexusJanuary 24, 2012

By Geoffrey Bell Affirmative action is the misunderstood child of liberal politics in America. The reasons for and details of its implementation are hardly understood by most Americans today. It's not “reverse racism,” it's not a form of reparations ...more »

Aviation regulator deregisters two Kingfisher Airlines aircraft
LivemintJanuary 30, 2012

India's aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has deregistered two aircraft in the fleet of Kingfisher Airlines Ltd following a letter from the German lessor of the planes in which it stated that payments were not being ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz still pushing tenant bill 10 years after ...
New York Daily NewsJanuary 24, 2012

Under Article 7A of state property law, a housing court judge may transfer control of a rental building from a landlord to a private administrator if the building is deemed dangerous. The judge orders the administrator to collect rent and make repairs.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Banks checking Cibil rating of promoters for corporate loans
Economic TimesJanuary 30, 2012

NEW DELHI: Strong credit rating is no longer sufficient for banks to advance loans to corporates. Worried over the rise in bad loans, lenders are combing individual financial reports of promoters and board officials to look for clues or patterns that ...more »

Litigation
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NRDC's Walke talks stay on cross-state rule, litigation on mercury standards
Environment & Energy PublishingJanuary 9, 2012

John Walke: Well, one good lesson about litigation in this court, the DC circuit Court of Appeals, is if any given administration flouts the plain language of the law, that rule is in serious jeopardy and probably will be overturned. ...more »

Business Law
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Truth Test: Romney guilty of Medicare fraud?
NBC2 NewsJanuary 30, 2012

Here's a portion from that commercial: "The crime - Medicare fraud. The victims - American taxpayers. The boss - Mitt Romney. Romney supervised a company guilty of massive Medicare fraud." Paid for by Winning our Future, this ad is part of a $6 million ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Service Center welcomes 1000th customer
DVIDSJanuary 31, 2012

Besides military ID cards, the MSC also provides assistance to military families and youths, Military Outreach Services to connect veterans with resources and benefits, and information on TriCare health insurance, life insurance, Employer Support of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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School aide pleads guilty to child porn charges
KVOA Tucson NewsJanuary 9, 2012

Michael Corum, who has worked at Mary Meredith School since 2005, was arrested by Tucson Police in August after investigation was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. They say Corum had on his computer an image of a 15-year-old ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Attorney Ali A. Akhtar joins the Austin, TX Robson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)January 29, 2012

The Robson Law Firm is dedicated to providing exceptional legal representation in personal injury, wrongful death and medical malpractice claims for clients in the Austin area and throughout Texas. If you have been seriously injured in an accident, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Rick Santorum Would 'Invalidate' Gay Marriages
Huffington PostJanuary 1, 2012

... on Saturday that any now-legal same-sex marriages would be invalid under a constitutional amendment. In an interview with NBC's Chuck Todd at his campaign headquarters in Iowa, Santorum said there needs to be one marriage law for all 50 states. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Corona defense lawyers consider themselves as underdogs
Inquirer.netJanuary 14, 2012

He also “handles a wide array of cases that include heinous crimes, medical malpractice, construction and commercial arbitration, personal injuries and business tort or contractual controversies.” Corona's counsel also includes Jose Roy III, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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United States Supreme Court rules that private TCPA suits can originate in ...
Lexology (registration)January 26, 2012

10-1195, resolving a major split among the various US Circuit Courts of Appeal, has definitively ruled that private actions brought by consumers seeking redress for violations of The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 ("TCPA" or "Act"), ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Commission member explains his work
MyCentralJersey.comJanuary 11, 2012

The company focused on marketing and leasing commercial property, property management and appraisals of residential, multifamily and commercial real estate. In the firm, he was a salesman and associate broker, and he also earned his general real estate...more »

Integreon Opens Onshore LPO Delivery Centre in Bristol
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 28, 2012

LONDON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Integreon, the largest global provider of integrated legal, research and business solutions, today announced the official opening of its legal process outsourcing (LPO) onshore UK delivery centre.more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNJanuary 1, 2012

And a new federal law raises insurance fees on new mortgages and refinancings backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal housing Administration by 0.1 percent. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new poll in Iowa just days before Tuesday's caucuses ...more »

Criminal Defense
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defense attorney focuses on case, not guilt
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 20, 2012

1 question criminal defense attorney Pete Theodocion is asked is how he can defend people who many in the community might have concluded are guilty. Pete Theodocion has a history of high-profile cases in the area, including defending former Columbia ...more »

Good and Better IRS News For Abuse Victims
ForbesJanuary 28, 2012

It is a real tragedy that someone can escape an abusive marriage, only to find themselves being pursued by the IRS for the abuser's tax debts. How does it happen ? Filing a joint return will usually result in a married couple having a lower federal tax ...more »

MOCK v. BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON, INC.
Leagle.comJanuary 30, 2012

After nearly three more years of litigation, the district court awarded Mock $332229.37 in attorneys' fees and costs—roughly 43% of what his counsel had requested. Mock now appeals various aspects of the district court's fee award decision, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Mortgage Accord, Foreign Bribes, Municipal Bonds: Compliance
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

It's the biggest prosecution of individuals accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A trial of four others arrested in the sting ended in a mistrial in July after a jury failed to agree on a verdict. Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department ...more »

Environmental Law
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Ahead of State of the Union, rating Obama's past promises
msnbc.com (blog)January 24, 2012

The Obama administration has made grants and loans to alternative energy companies, but it was embarrassed when $535 million in taxpayer money was lost in a loan to Solyndra, the California solar company that went bankrupt last September.more »

Wills & Probate
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Chapel Hill Estate Planning Lawyer Will Present Teleconference on IRA Trusts
PR Web (press release)January 12, 2012

Chapel Hill estate planning lawyer Gregory Herman-Giddens will provide a comprehensive overview of popular IRA trusts in a National Business Institute (NBI) teleconference seminar later this month. Attorneys who are looking to increase their knowledge ...more »

Family Law
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Plan would help military families take leave
KATC Lafayette NewsJanuary 31, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama joined Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to announce the plan, which would allow caregivers to take leave to care for family members up to five years after they leave the military. Current law only covers family members of those ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation Turn a Profit? Fahgettaboudit!
Insurance JournalJanuary 23, 2012

“All signs are pointing to more unprofitable years ahead for the workers' compensation insurance industry,” the firm said in its report titled “For The US Property/Casualty Industry, Making Workers' Compensation Profitable May Be Mission Impossible.more »

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