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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 »

China revises laws on occupational illness prevention, Macao
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

The NPC also heard reports on the transformation of the economic development mode and the development of the tourism industry. Wu urged lawmakers to summarize effective work experience and practices and strive to boost work quality in handling all ...more »

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Administrative Law
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California Settles With Insurers on Iran Issue
LifeHealthProJanuary 30, 2012

Under the settlement, the insurance department dropped a lawsuit filed by Poizner in November 2010 challenging a state administrative law judge's decision which held that his efforts to bar Iranian investments by insurers constituted an "underground ...more »

Health Care Law
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Report: Electronic health records still need work
Albany Times UnionJanuary 28, 2012

The review was led by two former senators with ties to the health care industry, Democrat Tom Daschle of South Dakota and Republican Bill Frist of Tennessee. Electronic medical records are seen as a crucial component in creating a system that's more ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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New application needed after US president denies pipeline permit
Journal of CommerceJanuary 28, 2012

23, 2011, the US Congress passed the Temporary Payroll Tax Cut Continuation Act of 2011, which gave Obama 60 days to determine whether the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest. Jones said the denial of the Presidential Permit was based on ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's immigration law dividing religious community
Deseret NewsJanuary 21, 2012

By Samantha Strong Murphey and Elizabeth Stuart, Deseret News In the months since Alabama passed the nation's toughest immigration law, Yenny Laney's life has changed drastically. Once childless, she's now playing foster mom to five boys whose parents ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Insider trading jeopardizes public trust in industrial policy
The Daily YomiuriJanuary 13, 2012

One of the stock transactions in question in the current case was in connection with the Law on Special Measures for Industrial Revitalization, which was revised in 2009 to enable the government to use public funds to prevent the bankruptcy of a large ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Maritime Union hopeful dispute is near resolution
TVNZJanuary 31, 2012

The two parties have been locked in a bitter dispute over conditions for workers for the past four months, with the conflict leading to the loss of two major shipping contracts. The point of contention appears to be around rosters, with the port ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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State-run UTI shareholders - LIC, SBI, PNB, BoB warn against appointing Jitesh ...
Economic TimesJanuary 22, 2012

... of the process and future litigation. The state-owned shareholders - Life Insurance Corporation, State Bank of India, Punjab National Bank and Bank of Baroda - and US investment firm T.Rowe Price, which owns 26% of India's sixth-largest fund house, ...more »

Animal Law
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Spay or Pay Law not enforced; Animal Control short staffed
KXXV News Channel 25January 31, 2012

It's a law that forces pet owners to either spay or neuter their animals or pay an annual fee of $35 for a permit. "If you get a litter of unwanted and puppies you vaccinate them and you have to go to the vet, you're definitely spending more than $35," ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Kappa Books Publishers, LLC Announces Acquisition of Business and Intellectual...
MarketWatch (press release)January 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Kappa Books Publishers, LLC ("Kappa Books") announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire the business, intellectual property and other assets of Modern Publishing, a division of Unisystems, Inc. ("Modern"), ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mesothelioma Lawyers Advocate for Navy Veterans (press release)January 31, 2012

Eddins Law Firm is grateful to these brave men and women, and has made a point to provide specialized legal services for those who were unfortunately exposed to asbestos during their time of service. Asbestos exposure was common for Navy Veterans who ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Glover-Jones: Some in black community don't vote, look to positive role models
Chillicothe GazetteJanuary 16, 2012

Glover-Jones, a minister and financial executive for the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, described a fictional phone conversation she had with King that touched on affirmative action, Ohio House Bill 194, teen pregnancy, the economy and ...more »

Wichita Aero Club Trophy for 2011 Presented to Jeff Turner at Annual Gala
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andJanuary 31, 2012

The award presentation ceremony included a video highlighting Spirit's growth from a former Boeing Division into the design/build provider of choice for commercial aviation in just over 6 years. It also featured examples of Spirit's ongoing and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Mold: 'I think it's the landlord's responsibility'
KVALJanuary 28, 2012

“In any situation, you can't sit on your rights.” Friedman said he has a bit of advice for other tenants in Oregon dealing with mold in their homes. First, he said to document and take pictures of anything you see. Next, contact your landlord, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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New Law Firm, Gross, Polowy & Orlans, LLC, Opens in Amherst, New York
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

Gross, Polowy & Orlans is a law firm specializing in residential mortgage services, including home retention, legal compliance, foreclosure, settlement services, title curative, bankruptcy, appellate and related real estate matters.more »

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Minera Andes rejects TNR Gold's $125 mln Los Azules settlement offer
Proactive Investors USA & CanadaJanuary 13, 2012

"If the McEwen Merger is completed, US Gold on a consolidated basis will inherit the legal liabilities and costs associated with the Los Azules Litigation, including the risk of loss of all or a significant portion of the northern portion of the ...more »

Business Law
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With 2012 Comes New Laws That Affect CA Drivers
KPSP Local 2January 2, 2012

(AB 1105) Electric vehicles (EV) must also be plugged in for charging when parked in a designated "EV" spot, otherwise they will be towed. (AB 475) And, local governments can now regulate advertising signs on cars in parking lots used for the primary ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DoD Mulls TRICARE Changes for Future Retirees
Military.comJanuary 30, 2012

Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said DoD won't try to change the system for current retirees or serving troops, but she said recasting the benefits for future generations of retirees must be on the table if the department is to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Corona Man Charged In Massive Child-Porn Bust
Western Queens GazetteJanuary 18, 2012

Brown said Queens NYPD detectives were alerted on August 19, 2010, by the New York Internet Crimes Against Children that someone uploaded 12 child pornography images to Ning, a social networking Web site. Operators at Ning intercepted the images and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Person-injury lawyer Craig Swapp enters plea in abeyance to gun charge
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

By Aaron Falk The charge against a Utah personal-injury attorney who brought a gun to Salt Lake International Airport will be dismissed in six months if he has no other offenses in that time. Craig Swapp, 49, entered a plea in abeyance last week in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Ex-dissidents attack Hungary's constitution
Financial TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Another law enshrines a single rate of income tax into the constitution. Critics say this severely restricts any future government's ability to raise taxes on higher income earners. The EU had asked the government to scrap both laws as a condition for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Announcing the Launch of Organization to Protect Physicians' Reputation and ...
The Open Press (press release)January 20, 2012

Greensboro, NC (OPENPRESS) January 20, 2012 -- To prevent and respond to the frivolous medical malpractice suits filed upon physicians is created the membership-based organization, Being run by physicians themselves, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Facebook, Washington file likejacking lawsuits to fight scams
ZDNet (blog)January 26, 2012

It alleges of three violations: The CAN-SPAM Act, which makes it unlawful to procure or initiate the transmission of misleading commercial electronic communications. Washington State's Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits unfair and deceptive ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Community Haven Receives Donations from Sarasota County Real Estate Agency ... (press release)January 18, 2012

For your real estate legal and title needs contact Riddell Law Group at If you are in the market to buy or sell Sarasota real estate and would like to “Make Your Property a Generous Property,” visit »

Griffon Corporation Announces First Quarter Results
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 31, 2012

We have successfully restructured and augmented our Home and Building Products business. Finally, while our capacity expansion project in Plastics has temporarily impacted margins, we have achieved significant top-line growth and continue to expect a ...more »

Sports Law
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Steinberg recounts 'the wreckage I've created'
OCRegisterJanuary 13, 2012

Leigh Steinberg teaches a Sports Law class: The Art of Negotiation in the Entertainment Industry, at UCI Law School. The man once considered the most powerful agent in sports, filed for Chapter 7 protection in US Bankruptcy Court on Wednesday. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Aronberg announces run for Palm Beach County State Attorney
Palm Beach PostJanuary 19, 2012

By Jane Musgrave WEST PALM BEACH — Three days after State Attorney Michael McAuliffe rocked the political and legal world by announcing he wouldn't seek a second term, former state senator Dave Aronberg on Thursday became the lone candidate for the ...more »

Jimmy Dimora trial: Prosecutors never filed sex charges in gambling junket to ...
Plain Dealer (blog)January 25, 2012

By John Caniglia, The Plain Dealer View full sizePlain Dealer file photoDaniel Gallagher, left, accompanied with his attorney Jim Jenkins, leaves the federal courthouse in Akron. Taking women across any state border for sex is forbidden under the Mann ...more »

Men over 50 hit by 'codger' label at work
The AgeJanuary 29, 2012

More than one-third of men over 50 who earned around $70000 reported age-related discrimination in a recent study. Photo: Gabriele Charotte MALE workers on average salaries are the biggest victims of age discrimination, a study shows.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Nitirat defends royal stance | Bangkok Post: news
Bangkok PostJanuary 30, 2012

Last year, Nitirat called for the interim constitution established by the coup-makers, and all subsequent legal actions such as the asset seizure of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, be declared void. Its latest proposal is to amend the lese ...more »

Environmental Law
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Government should support ethanol production
New (blog)January 28, 2012

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005, PL 110-58), established the first-ever Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) in federal law, requiring increasing volumes of ethanol and biodiesel to be blended with the US fuel supply between 2006 and 2012.more »

Wills & Probate
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Hispanic National Bar Association Proudly Announces the Veterans Legal...
MarketWatch (press release)January 23, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will serve as advisors and counselors to any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran in various areas of the law including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits.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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Increases in Florida Workers' Comp Claims Don't Have to Injure Businesses ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 18, 2012

By Work Comp Specialists Agency PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla., Jan. 18, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Now Florida businesses have to worry about something other than just workers' comp rate increases affecting their bottom line: an increase in the cost of workers' ...more »


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