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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

2011 Year in Review, Police & Courts: Diaz, Cazares sentenced; manhunt ends ...
Quincy Herald WhigJanuary 1, 2012

At the same hearing, Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington presented Blue Ryno checks signed by Oswalt and made payable to criminal defense attorneys representing Oswalt's daughter in Missouri and Illinois drug cases, as well to her daughter's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Court okays further hearing on terrorist's lawsuit
Jerusalem PostJanuary 2, 2012

The state argued that the Supreme Court should dismiss Dirani's lawsuit in accordance with Anglo-American law, which prohibits enemies of the state residing in hostile countries from suing the state. The state will now have a second chance to present ...more »

Health Care Law
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STATE: 2012 health-care tax will affect many, insurance analyst says
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

By Jerry Wolffe Medical insurers will be charged a 1 percent tax on paid health-care claims, effective today. The tax, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law Sept. 20 by Gov. Rick Snyder, replaces the 6 percent use tax applied to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Faulty powers
The LawyerJanuary 3, 2012

Jones: We're concerned at the apparent lack of any consultation on the recommendations of Hargreaves that do not require changes to UK law. The recommendations on commercial research and technological development were not subject to any detailed ...more »

Immigration Law
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US Legislative Immigration Update January 9, 2012
Right Side NewsJanuary 9, 2012

(Notice at 8) Last week, the Georgia Department of Agriculture released a report documenting that the impact of the state's new immigration enforcement law, HB87, on the agriculture industry was far less than anticipated. Highlighted in the Report on ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Allison Sharpe
Mediate.comJanuary 1, 2012

It becomes difficult to make even simple decisions, much less find resolution. Litigation – adversarial, pits one side against the other, “winner” versus “loser”. Mediation – collaborative, parties meet to resolve their conflict. Mediation can be an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Congressional gridlock threatens Maine health insurance consumer assistance ...
Press Herald (blog)January 4, 2012

Those cases haven't gone to court; the program has succeeded in appealing directly to insurance companies without having to go the litigation route, and three other cases appealed to insurance companies are pending. “We are facing a gap (in funding) as ...more »

Animal Law
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Farm Teaches Large Animal Rescue
GPBJanuary 4, 2012

By Josephine Bennett Under federal law, states must have evacuation plans not only for people, but also for animals. Hurricane Katrina prompted then-President George Bush to sign the, “Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act” in 2006. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google picks up 200 more patents from IBM
ZDNet UKJanuary 4, 2012

By Jack Clark, ZDNet UK, 4 January, 2012 12:45 @mappingbabel Google has acquired another 188 patents and 29 patents pending from IBM, adding to the store of intellectual property it can use to defend itself in lawsuits. The patent acquisitions come at ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political Parties—Tools For Enhancing Women's Participation In Politics
GhanaJanuary 5, 2012

The conference also underscored the need to promote and enhance women's participation and representation in politics through Affirmative Action measures such as quota systems by means of constitutional guarantees and reforms in electoral laws. ...more »

Aviation Commissoners ready to put hangar out for bids
KPCnews.comJanuary 5, 2012

You need JavaScript enabled to view it ANGOLA — The Steuben County Board of Aviation Commissioners approved redesign plans for a proposed hangar/terminal and will now put the project out to bid. The commissioners approved redesign plans for the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New year ushers in NH's new laws
Nashua TelegraphJanuary 2, 2012

Barry Rhodes, D-Nashua, achieved two new changes in state law as a Nashua Fire Department captain on behalf of the Department of Safety. One allows trucks with idle reduction technology to be heavier than others because they use less fuel and the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Small cases are big business in California courtrooms
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Lawyers often do better financially than their clients. Many other states apply stricter judicial standards. Last month, in a ruling that seemed to draw a line on frivolous actions, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Los ...more »

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GCCF claimants ordered to pay federal lawsuit attorneys 6 percent
SunHerald.comJanuary 3, 2012

US District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the multi-jurisdictional litigation, ordered the account for litigation established Dec. 28. BP has asked that Barbier reconsider his decision. Barbier said the 6 percent litigation fee would need ...more »

Business Law
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ACLU warns St, Joe schools about religious speakers
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Briggs, the school district's attorney, said in a statement that the district has followed the law and its policies regarding motivational speakers and reviewed them with the person responsible for booking assemblies. "In addition, the District ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US military plan casts wary eye at China
CBS NewsJanuary 5, 2012

They didn't want the political fallout or long term costs of paying hundreds of thousands of additional military people benefits so they farmed out a lot of it to throw away contractors. While that may have saved some costs on paper, I would say that ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man pleads to child porn charge
Coeur d'Alene PressJanuary 6, 2012

According to a plea agreement, on July 12, 2010, an investigator with what is called the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force developed information that a computer with an IP address belonging to Ussery was using "peer-to-peer" ...more »

Personal Injury
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Coalition plans to kill off 'health and safety monster' with limits on lawyers ... 6, 2012

The Coalition has pledged to “kill off the health and safety monster” by limiting the fees lawyers can earn from personal injury claims. By James Kirkup, Deputy Political Editor David Cameron said the move would provide protection for employers facing ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A bad and arbitrary law
HaaretzJanuary 2, 2012

This law, in the words of Sigal Kogut, the Knesset's deputy legal advisor and the committee's legal counsel, bears the signs of being retroactive, arbitrary and personal, and is constitutionally flawed and indefensibly unproportional. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nursing Home Medication Errors
EIN News (press release)January 6, 2012

Afterwards, consult an experienced medical malpractice and personal injury attorney in your area to learn more about your legal rights and options. Reach our readers and post your press release. Accounting, Tax & Payroll Services. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Petraeus: 'Under water' home loans force families apart
Jacksonville Daily NewsJanuary 6, 2012

The CFPB and its service members' affairs office were created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which attempts to address abuses behind the financial crisis. Petraeus is tasked with educating and empowering military ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New year ushers in NH's new laws
Nashua TelegraphJanuary 2, 2012

Barry Rhodes, D-Nashua, achieved two new changes in state law as a Nashua Fire Department captain on behalf of the Department of Safety. One allows trucks with idle reduction technology to be heavier than others because they use less fuel and the ...more »

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP Elects Seven New Partners, Promotes Senior ...
Citybizlist (press release)January 5, 2012

Jennifer J. Lee is a member of the firm's litigation practice. She represents a range of clients in asbestos product liability cases in California, including premise owners and manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of a wide variety of products. ...more »

Sports Law
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The Chron looks at the debate surrounding the 2004 Hunting Act
Northampton Chronicle & EchoJanuary 8, 2012

IT is almost eight years since a law was passed banning the traditional blood sport of fox hunting. Since the controversial 2004 Hunting Act came into force, debate on the subject has never quietened, and the biggest date in the hunting calendar saw ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Boston Criminal Defense Attorney offers a robust defense in all circumstance
openPR (press release)January 12, 2012

(openPR) - In matters of criminal law and accused always has the right to defense counsel. This is a fundamental principal of US law. It is enshrined in the so called "Miranda" rights of any person being apprehended and detained by the police in every ...more »

Leslie Jean McIntosh Pleads Guilty in US Federal Court
7thSpace Interactive (press release)January 5, 2012

Based on the audit, an interview with the victims, and an IRS review, it was determined that McINTOSH wilfully under reported her taxable income in calendar years 2006, 2007, and 2008. The government has concluded that McINTOSH under reported her ...more »

When Ordinary People Say 'No' to Injustice
Huffington PostJanuary 7, 2012

26 at the age of 78. We make change when ordinary people show extraordinary courage. We honor John Geddes Lawrence, Anthony Colin, and the Rev. Dr. Robert Franke. What happened to each of them made our work at Lambda Legal necessary; what they did in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protect HFT cheetahs from regulatory poachers
Financial TimesJanuary 3, 2012

I agree, but the “cheetahs” also need protection. Mr Chilton recognises that American futures are a precious national asset. He knows futures began as an efficient system for hedging agricultural products, helping provide our nation with high-quality ...more »

Environmental Law
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What in store for 2012? One lawyer's view of industry trends (blog)January 4, 2012

Employment in the state's information services sector grew by 5 percent; professional services (which includes law firms) expanded by 4 percent; hospitality and health care grew by 3.6 and 3 percent, respectively; and manufacturing (led by technical ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Surface owners can acquire rights to minerals under their property
Harrisburg Daily RegisterJanuary 25, 2012

Also if people do not leave wills it makes determining an owner more problematic. Watson described the process of the Severed Mineral Interest Act as fairly complicated to someone unskilled in navigating the court system and recommends landowners ...more »

Family Law
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Afghan family accused of torturing daughter-in-law
Boston.comJanuary 1, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan—President Hamid Karzai says police will arrest members of a family accused of torturing and illegally detaining their son's teenage wife for the past six months while trying to force her into a life of crime. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comJanuary 5, 2012

Appellant John Holleman filed a claim for workers' compensation benefits alleging that he sustained a compensable injury to his back and leg when he fell from his concrete mixer truck. After a hearing, the Commission found that Holleman did not sustain ...more »


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