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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 »

Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 31, 2012

In this petition for writ of certiorari, petitioner claims the trial court departed from the essential requirements of law by limiting his attorney's fee award to double the flat fee because the court failed to consider the number of hours expended by ...more »

Health Care Law
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House advances bill terminating the CLASS Act
The Hill (blog)January 31, 2012

By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/31/12 06:53 PM ET The House on Tuesday evening approved a rule that will govern debate on a bill that would repeal an element in the 2010 healthcare establishing a voluntary long-term healthcare program that the Obama ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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VIDEO: Phoenix Jones and crew stop a fight in Belltown — the third act of ...
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)January 30, 2012

By DAVID NELSON, INSIDE BELLTOWN After a few weeks of nothing to report between 1st and 2nd Avenues on Bell Street in Belltown, violence erupts again — the third act of violence at this troubled location this month. Around 2am on Saturday morning, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawsuit, immigration enforcement lead SC new laws
Myrtle Beach Sun NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Meanwhile, the law sets up a new illegal immigration law enforcement unit in the state Department of Public Safety. The law requires employers to check a federal database to see if the people they hire are in the country legally. It makes it a crime to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Venture into halal food production, says Tengah
Malaysia StarJanuary 30, 2012

Industrial Development Minister Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hassan said halal food sales had reached RM2.3tril worldwide and RM190bil nationwide. He believed venturing into halal food production was the right step to take as the world market for halal ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NEW: Brown Names Ruth Rosenberg New Faculty Ombudsperson
GoLocalProvJanuary 31, 2012

She is immediate past president of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution and an adjunct professor at Roger Williams University School of Law. She is a facilitator and mediator with the Massachusetts Office of Dispute ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NWA Sued by Texas Affiliate
Examiner.comJanuary 27, 2012

In a move that is being described as nothing more than a hostile takeover attempt R. Bruce Tharpe has filed a lawsuit against the National Wrestling Alliance alleging insurance fraud saying that the NWA misrepresented themselves to insurance companies ...more »

Animal Law
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Bill Introduced to Improve Welfare Standard for Egg-Laying Hens
Food Safety NewsJanuary 24, 2012

United Egg Producers, which represents 87 percent of domestic egg production, and HSUS struck a historic deal to create national animal welfare standards for egg production, notably transitioning from battery cages to enriched housing systems, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Police close file hosting service for violations of intellectual ...
InterfaxJanuary 31, 2012

Ukrainian police officers have stopped the activity of well-known file hosting service for violations of intellectual property rights, the media liaisons office of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry reported on Tuesday. Some 200 servers with a total ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Reining in the Costs and Risks of Patent Litigation
Texas LawyerJanuary 5, 2012

In addition to the attorney fees and expenses, patent litigation takes an enormous amount of time of valuable employees for the companies involved. One of the best ways to lower the costs and risks of patent litigation is to employ mediation. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Promotes Inequality
Dartmouth ReviewJanuary 28, 2012

But, despite the inconsequence of Remnick's discussion, the anecdote reveals something of immense weight; in alluding to the unintentional effects of racial favoritism, it unequivocally verifies what critics of affirmative action have said from the ...more »

School of Aviation marks Silver Jubilee (press release)January 31, 2012

Massey University School of Aviation is marking a milestone this year when it celebrates 25 years of producing “aviators with a difference”. The school will hold its silver jubilee in April with a two-day celebration culminating in a gala dinner.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Apartments Associations have to be careful in leasing units
Chicago TribuneJanuary 20, 2012

They can rent it out and keep the money until the debt is paid or, in the case of a foreclosure, the lender takes over. The law has been around for decades, but associations didn't use it much. Boards didn't like to evict neighbors. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Distinguished Former Federal Prosecutor Bruce E. Reinhart Joins the White ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

... a nationally recognized trial attorney and distinguished former federal prosecutor, has joined the West Palm Beach and Miami offices of McDonald Hopkins LLC as a Member in the business advisory and advocacy law firm's White Collar Crime, Antitrust, ...more »

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Job watch: Shipping litigation
The LawyerJanuary 30, 2012

“Shipping litigation's a very discrete and specialised area of the law. Should you have a good background in this area from a recognisable City firm, it's likely you'll be in high demand,” he says. “Doing proper due diligence with the help of a ...more »

Business Law
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Top Legal Finance Group Spins Off From Investment Bank
Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 2012

10, 2012 -- /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- An industry-leading legal finance group from investment bank Credit Suisse has been spun off into a standalone firm focused on investing in the business of law. The new entity, Parabellum Capital LLC, will provide a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Healing Dives Announces New Military Portable Hyperbaric Chamber
PR Web (press release)January 31, 2012

With the introduction of this affordable new 28” Military Chamber from Healing Dives, greater numbers of military veterans will be able to experience the healing benefits of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For additional information, visit ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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McHenry County sheriff's sex crimes computer specialist is charged with sexual ...
Chicago TribuneJanuary 9, 2012

A McHenry County sheriff's sergeant has been charged with forcing a juvenile to perform a sex act on him on several occasions from 2006 to 2010, Michael Combs, chief of the McHenry County state's attorney's criminal division, said Sunday. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury News/Information
Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog (blog)January 30, 2012

The jury agreed that Johnson & Johnson failed to properly place a warning on its product but did not think the plaintiffs' injuries were caused by Levaquin. Johnson & Johnson can't win them all. A federal judge ruled J&J will have to defend allegations ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Defense act raises residents' eyebrows
Tahlequah Daily PressJanuary 12, 2012

“I have signed the act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for family members and their families, and vital national security programs that must be renewed,” wrote Obama. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nurses fume over 23% hike in professional dues
Montreal GazetteJanuary 28, 2012

The Order of Nurses is raising the annual professional fee of its members to $328.98 from $268.26 - an increase of $60.72. After taxes, malpractice insurance premiums and a $25 "contribution" to the Office des professions du Québec are factored in, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ADVICE: Human trafficking law applies to Inland businesses
Press-EnterpriseJanuary 31, 2012

A new state law, which became effective Jan. 1, requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California that generate $100 million or more in annual sales to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Fort Lauderdale Law Firm Launches Concierge Legal Service
PR Web (press release)January 30, 2012

Attorneys Howard Kahn, David Chenkin, and Marcy Resnik provide confidential legal guidance for commercial litigation, divorce, real estate litigation, securities arbitration and litigation, disability law for professionals, and corporate transactions.more »

Euro-Zone Confidence Rises
Wall Street JournalJanuary 30, 2012

The European Commission Monday said the overall measure of business and consumer confidence in the 17 countries that share the euro—-known as the Economic Sentiment Indicator—rose to 93.4 in January from 92.8 in December. However, that outcome was ...more »

Sports Law
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Comcast's Lynn Charytan to Head New Legal Regulatory Group
MarketWatch (press release)January 26, 2012

Ms. Charytan joined Comcast in November 2010 from WilmerHale where she was a partner and chair of the Communications, Privacy and Internet Law Practice Group. During more than 17 years with that firm, she advised clients on telecommunications, privacy, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bond reduction denied for former McLoud teacher in child porn case
Shawnee News StarJanuary 31, 2012

15 and has been jailed on a $1 million bond in connection with a child pornography case involving 23 felony counts, with the allegations involving crimes against her former students. Defense Attorney Cregg Webb filed a motion to reduce her bond, ...more »

Some locals, experts call for overhaul of Hatch Act
York Daily RecordJanuary 28, 2012

Otherwise, he was in violation of the Hatch Act because his department receives federal funds. The Hatch Act is a 73-year-old law that limits the partisan activity of government employees. It prohibits any federal employee or person with a connection ...more »

Junie Hoang named as actor suing IMDb for giving out her age
The GuardianJanuary 9, 2012

Sag and Aftra said IMDb had a "moral and legal obligation not to facilitate age discrimination in employment" in a joint statement last year. "An actor's actual age is irrelevant to casting," the statement said. "What matters is the age range that an ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Trusts can offer asset protection
Florida TodayJanuary 9, 2012

This can include trust ownership of homestead property, the cash value in trust owned life insurance, and trust interests in limited liability companies and limited partnerships. Harry Jones practices estate planning and asset protection law with the ...more »

Environmental Law
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APIC Petroleum Corporation Announces Corporate Initatives
Marketwire (press release)January 31, 2012

Green Power has several projects in progress in member countries of the Union and Albania offers excellent scope to further its lead role in developing renewable energy in Europe and the Middle East. In respect of the Company's intention to acquire oil ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Come to Senior Program on Protecting Your Assets
The Daily ArmonkJanuary 28, 2012

Those include power of attorney, health care proxies and living wills. “I'll also explain revocable trusts and life insurance trusts and provide two ways to avoid the expense and delay of probate and cover the ways to pass on assets tax-free to your ...more »

Family Law
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Family: Palm Bay teen shot by deputy has suffered enough
Florida TodayJanuary 6, 2012

Weeks after the shooting, a Melbourne law firm for Washington's family — which also represents three of the other vehicle occupants who were bitten by police dogs — informed the sheriff's office that it intended to file a lawsuit on the grounds of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma State Chamber releases legislative agenda
Shawnee News StarJanuary 31, 2012

By Anonymous AP Taxation, workers' compensation insurance and health care coverage top the State Chamber of Oklahoma's agenda for the 2012 legislative session that kicks off on Feb. 6. The State Chamber's business agenda for the Oklahoma Legislature ...more »


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