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What the LGBT Community Will Gain in 2012
10 Thousand CouplesJanuary 1, 2012

It may turn out to be a year that presents clear challenges but potential victories around the country, as gay and lesbian Americans continue to demand the rights that should already be afforded to them by the United States Constitution. ...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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Citigroup Ruling Has Serious Implications for SEC Settlements
JURISTJanuary 17, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act expanded the SEC's authority — at the SEC's request — to bring administrative proceedings against any violator of the federal securities laws, where previously the SEC's administrative ...more »

Health Care Law
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Americans don't know much about Romneycare — except that it's very similar to ...
Washington Post (blog)January 30, 2012

(SOURCE: HARRIS INTERACTIVE) Mitt Romney's opponents in the Republican primary campaign haven't gotten tired of reminding voters how similar the former governor's health reforms in Massachusetts are to President Obama's federal law (the White House is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Update from Sacramento: 4 new California laws will affect HR
Business Management DailyJanuary 22, 2012

The law also states that if the parties continue working under a contract that has expired, that contract's terms are presumed to remain in full force and effect until the contract is expressly superseded by a new contract or the employment...more »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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Simplify land-use code for Kootenai
Coeur d'Alene PressJanuary 27, 2012

As a real estate lawyer, I wrestle with how to justify the complex laws governing private property ownership and use in Kootenai County. In a republic like Idaho, public policy should require the law be written so ordinary citizens understand it.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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County officials continue dispute over contracts
Romeo ObserverJanuary 11, 2012

Discussions came to a peak when the board voted in October to have all contracts come before them. County Executive Mark Hackel vetoed the resolution, but the board overrode it in November. Lorenzo said if an agreement isn't reached by the Jan. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MBIA Reaches Another Settlement
Zacks.comJanuary 11, 2012

The pending litigation challenges have constrained MBI's ability to gain better ratings and generate new US public finance financial guarantee insurance business. Management does not expect to write significant new financial guarantee insurance...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Euthanizing Law Threatened
NBC San Diego (blog)January 28, 2012

By Conan Nolan Animal rights advocates are urging Gov. Jerry Brown not to eliminate a law that sets restrictions on euthanizing animals, and they're getting help from the law's author. Hayden's Law, passed in 1999, requires local shelters to wait at ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Marina Biotech Receives Notice of Acceptance for Patent Broadly Covering Its ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 23, 2012

This patent allowance reinforces our belief that we will continue to obtain patent protection for our UNA technology in other countries thereby strengthening the company's intellectual property position for our broad oligonucleotide drug discovery ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Don Weber wants to change the courthouse climate in Madison County
Madison County RecordJanuary 29, 2012

A candidate for state representative in the Republican primary in the 108th House District, Weber, if elected, will propose legislation to improve the climate in the Madison County courthouse - and make it less inclement for defendants in asbestos...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Why equalizing opportunity isn't about race
Washington PostJanuary 21, 2012

16 op-ed column, “College diversity at risk”: Affirmative action is based on the noble goal of making sure that all people have an equal shot at success in college and beyond. However, its basis on race is wrong because there is nothing inherently ...more »

Chicago aviation buff pens O'Hare history
Chicago TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

"All of my life, I lived and breathed aviation — literally," Branigan said in the opening sentence of a new book he wrote, "A History of Chicago'sO'Hare Airport," published by The History Press. Jon Hilkevitch: Getting Around Bio | E-mail | Recent ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lease ended on discordant note
Independent OnlineJanuary 31, 2012

(6) The security deposit, being an amount equal to one month's rental, would be refunded to the tenant with accrued interest or utilised by the landlord, as the case may be, in terms of the relevant provisions of the Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Government approves amendments to Law on financial recovery and insurance ...
ACTmediaJanuary 16, 2012

The draft law for the amendment of the Law on financial recovery and insurance companies' bankruptcy was approved by the Government on Wednesday, informs a Government press release. According to the cited source, the draft law stipulates the extension ...more »

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Motorola Solutions settles trade secret dispute with Lemko
Chicago TribuneJanuary 31, 2012

On Tuesday, Motorola Solutions and Lemko issued a statement saying "they have entered into an agreement to settle all pending litigation between them." All claims in the lawsuits have been dismissed with prejudice, the statement added.more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Investigation of Thomas & Betts ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 30, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that it is investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of Thomas & Betts Corporation ("Thomas & Betts" or the "Company") ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Congress's Six-Figure Benefits Add to $674 Billion Pension Gap
BusinessWeekJanuary 19, 2012

They include physicians, postal workers and presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, according to data obtained by Bloomberg News under the federal Freedom of Information Act. “We don't want to bash federal employees,” said Jim Kessler, vice president for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Better Business Bureau warns of dangerous emails
Fort Morgan TimesJanuary 25, 2012

The FBI's Internet Crimes Complaint Center has been notified and included this scam in the following alert: The "from" email address is subject line will always ...more »

Personal Injury
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BISNAR CHASE Orange County Personal Injury Attorneys File Lawsuit in Child ... (press release)January 20, 2012

The Orange County, California personal injury attorneys of BISNAR CHASE ( have filed a lawsuit against Healthcare Services Group, Inc. (HSG) stemming from a child poisoning incident that left a 2-year-old Riverside County ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Democratic Senator in New York Files Redistricting Suit
Thomson Reuters News & InsightJanuary 31, 2012

The state constitution of 1894 provides for 50 Senate seats, but allows additional seats to be added as New York's population grows. When the law was written, Nassau County was part of Queens, while Suffolk County and Staten Island comprised a single ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Orlando SentinelJanuary 26, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FF+ lodges complaint over e-tags
Independent OnlineJanuary 23, 2012

FFPlus transport spokesman Anton Alberts said this contravened section 23(3) of the Consumer Protection Act, which stipulated that goods and services could not be offered for sale without a price being available. “Sanral has not published all the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Nationally Recognized Forensic Loan Auditor Certification Training Class ... (press release)January 29, 2012

Los Angeles, CA, January 29, 2012 --( This course will cover forensic loan auditing for possible violations of the Truth in Lending Act, Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, Home Ownership Equity Protection Act, Fair Debt Collection...more »

GM says Bills need to fix pass rush, sign Johnson
Wall Street JournalJanuary 9, 2012

AP ORCHARD PARK, NY — Re-opening contract talks with receiver Stevie Johnson and finding a pass rusher — or two — are among the Buffalo Bills' top priorities this offseason. General manager Buddy Nix outlined his plans during a wide-ranging, ...more »

Sports Law
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Local Sports Briefs
Stamford AdvocateJanuary 29, 2012

Former Brooklyn Dodgers Great Ralph Branca, Valentine's Father-in-law, will also be at the event to sing the National Anthem and greet fans. Tickets are $50 at the door but $40 in advance at Bobby V's Sports Gallery Cafe or online at ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Chuck Hobbs Excites Pre-Law Student Group
FamuanJanuary 29, 2012

Criminal defense attorney Chuck Hobbs describes it as, "keeping it real." Thursday evening's session was truly a dose of reality. "I wanted a recognizable and prominent face of Tallahassee," said Hatchet Pre-Law Society President Jason Reed.more »

Lawmakers Act to Stem Suppliers' Abuse of Workers MagazineJanuary 27, 2012

For the first time, it also asked the Fair Labor Assn., a nonprofit labor-rights organization, to monitor several of these suppliers and publish the findings without identifying the factories. Apple may hope the transparency will end negative publicity ...more »

Financial services lobby group claim middle-aged men facing age discrimination 30, 2012

But a human resources expert suggests while age discrimination may be occurring, men aged over 50 are the most likely candidates for redundancy as they make up a large demographic within the industry. The new report conducted by Westfield Wright for ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Xpress Reviews: Nonfiction | First Look at New Books, January 27, 2012
Library JournalJanuary 27, 2012

Many laws protect citizens' privacy, and most—legislation that ensures medical confidentiality or Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches—are welcome and well liked. Allen (law & philosophy, Univ. of Pennsylvania; Everyday Ethics: ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mike vs Mike - Light Bulb Law
Mesquite Citizen JournalJanuary 26, 2012

This week's column finds Mike and Mike debating the following question from the MCJ Staff: "Should the federal government approve a law banning certain kinds of light bulbs?" We are interested in your thoughts and opinions on this topic.more »

Wills & Probate
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Is This Simple But Costly Mistake Lurking in Your Clients' IRAs?
LifeHealthProJanuary 25, 2012

This often happens when people forget to update their IRAs and wills. Money that could be passed down to subsequent generations becomes snared in the probate process. Parents or grandparents whose bank and IRA accounts still carry the beneficiary ...more »

Family Law
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Divorce or Legal Separation: Which Meets My Family's Needs?
JD Supra (press release)January 30, 2012

A main consideration in all divorces is the financial impact to the parents and the children. Take the time to know the difference between a legal separation and divorce in Kentucky. Legal Separation or Divorce: What's The Difference?more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp reforms reviewed by state economic affairs committee
Montana WatchdogJanuary 18, 2012

The agenda includes an update on workers' compensation reforms (1:05 pm Thursday), reviews of workplace safety, funding to help rural volunteer firefighters obtain workers' compensation insurance, reviews of licensing boards under the HB 525 study of ...more »


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