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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 »

Kelly Borth: How a trademark can build product differentiation
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

An attorney who specializes in trademark law can best guide you on securing a trademark or you can go to the aforementioned website and manage the registration process yourself. The good news is it as long as there are not any complications, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Curliss joining Hastings administration in Hillsboro
Wilmington News Journal, OHJanuary 3, 2012

Curliss will be taking over as assistant law director from Kathryn Hapner, and Hastings said residents can expect to see a “more aggressive” approach from his administration regarding ordinances and regulations. Hastings said, “We need to get our house ...more »

Health Care Law
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Joe Veenstra: Health care, privacy at center of legal world
La Crosse TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

Supporters claim the act does not violate the Constitution because almost everyone will need health care at some point in their lives and all citizens are part of a large system in which the federal government already plays a role. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Strong Showings
Law.comJanuary 3, 2012

... which has guided the bankruptcy court overseeing the doomed investment bank's affairs. It also won a landmark US Supreme Court ruling for the video game industry, convincing the court to invalidate a California law that would have made certain ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama Plans Change On Illegal Immigration Family Laws
KSBW The Central CoastJanuary 6, 2012

To that end, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced plans last year to review some 300000 pending deportation cases in an effort to target criminal illegal immigrants, repeat immigration law violators and those who pose a national ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Year in review - The Top 10 stories in 2011
Midland Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The Humane Society of Midland County took over the operation of the Animal Shelter from the sheriff's office, eliminating nearly all euthanasia except court-ordered cases. Creative 360 faced a financial crisis and awaits a January meeting to determine ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Creating dispute resolution mechanisms
Europolitics.infoJanuary 3, 2012

By Sophie Petitjean | Tuesday 03 January 2012 In the field of consumer policy, the Danish EU Presidency's main task will be to initiate discussions on the new proposals for creation of an out-of-court dispute resolution mechanism and a second mechanism ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Best Lawyers named the following regional attorneys Lawyers of the Year for the specified categories: William A. Atlee Jr ., medical malpractice law for plaintiffs; Charles J. Ferry , banking and finance law; Bradley J. Gunnison , tax law; ...more »

Animal Law
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Mustang Plan Riles the West
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Animal-rights activists oppose the plan, which they contend would strip the wild stallions of their fighting spirit and change herd dynamics. A coalition of horse advocates last month filed suit to block the US Bureau of Land Management from castrating ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Crystal Dynamics Hard At Work On New Intellectual Property In 2012
RipTenJanuary 3, 2012

Not only will our team be eating, sleeping, and breathing Tomb Raider, but we'll also be hard at work preparing to reveal exciting new intellectual property to the world.” She didn't elaborate any further than that, though a few outlets are rumoring it ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Department of the Year
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

... excellent work done by the firms of The Am Law 200. For the first time since we started this project, we changed the format for all four competition categories: general litigation, product liability, labor and employment, and intellectual property. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Line Up or Line Out Filipinos for Supervisor
AsianWeekJanuary 5, 2012

THE DECIDERS: The district will depend on how nine redistricting commissioners weigh in, including APAs – Vice Chair Jenny Lam of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Myong Leigh of the SF Unified School District and Mondejar of the Filipina Women's Network ...more »

Aviation: BA gets bmi as little sister
ChiefOfficers.NetJanuary 3, 2012

International Airliens Group (IAG), the group holding company for British Airways and Iberia is to buy bmi (sic) from Lufthansa. But it's not all plane sailing. The acquisition has raised competition issues because the newly enlarged group will have ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Retford law firm's landlord warning
Retford TodayJanuary 2, 2012

“Landlords and their letting agents need to be aware of these new rules and realise that financial penalties are now more likely than ever if they don't comply.” For more advice on landlord and tenant law please contact James Murray at Atteys ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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ENNIS: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down for UFC 141 - Alistair Overeem's smarts, Brock ...
MMATorchJanuary 1, 2012

With UFC 141 in the books, let's take a look at the good and the bad from an eventful night of fights. Thumbs Up: to Alistair Overeem's smarts. Everyone knew what the strategy was going to be coming into the fight: keep it on the feet. ...more »

Litigation
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Breast implants litigation begins in France
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Kevin Timms, a trainee solicitor at Garden House Solicitors, a plaintiff law firm in Hertford, England, said his firm has filed a group action representing 27 claimants against 13 clinics. The firm is not pursuing PIP because implant manufacturer does ...more »

Business Law
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CAIR Troubled By New Detention Law, Despite President's 'Reservations'
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Interview with United States Army Wounded Warrior Daniel Prigge
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

If you are still active duty – what are the benefits the Army provided and continues to provide? I am active duty and the Army provides alot of benefits. There are such things like the AW2 (Army Wounded Warrior Program) who help with anything you need ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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CSI: Xbox—how cops perform Xbox Live stakeouts and console searches
Ars TechnicaJanuary 10, 2012

The only thing that came to mind was perhaps an on-the-fly repair operation. Similar stories abound for other consoles, like the PS3, which can be the source of even more mischief than the Xbox due to its one-time ability to run Linux and function even ...more »

Personal Injury
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Claim Today Solicitors to Run Attack Ads Over No Win No Fee Changes
Stock Markets ReviewJanuary 2, 2012

Top personal injury firm Claim Today Solicitors will launch a radical marketing campaign this January that will attack planned government changes to the legal system that they say will drastically reduce ordinary people's access to justice during 2012. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Election panel sues and challenges state recall law
Chattanooga Times Free PressJanuary 6, 2012

Clem said he knows if his constitutional challenge succeeds, state law could change. He said many state legislators aren't thinking about dealing with the recall statute in an election year, so the challenge might force action. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Berkshire unit buys another malpractice insurer
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

It writes professional liability policies for more than 16000 health care providers that generate about $140 million in premiums annually. Medical Protective CEO Tim Kenesey says Berkshire's financial strength will help Princeton expand its business in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, a step in the right direction
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 5, 2012

It also has a provision facilitating online filing of complaints In order to facilitate quick disposal of consumer cases, the government has proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Under the proposed amendments, non compliance with ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Wayne County: Contracts often begin before before commission approves them
Detroit Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

By John Wisely The debate last month over whether Wayne County should spend $350000 on a top criminal defense lawyer to help answer grand jury subpoenas lasted more than half an hour. With TV cameras rolling, Deputy County Executive Alan Helmkamp ...more »

Rangers Mount Classic Comeback
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

There was Brad Richards, signed to a nine-year, $60 million contract by the Rangers in the offseason to provide scoring and play-making, netting the game-winning goal 5 minutes, 21 seconds into the third period, capping a startling comeback from a ...more »

Sports Law
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Hunter's Journal: 2011 brought us much to consider -- and a great deal to ...
The News JournalJanuary 5, 2012

Another noteworthy event of 2011 was the passing of a law that allows Delaware sportsmen to hunt on Sundays on private commercial hunting preserves. The law gives commercial game preserves the opportunity to compete with hunting preserves in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Colonies' defense attorneys seek SEBA records
San Bernardino SunJanuary 6, 2012

SAN BERNARDINO -- Defense attorneys in a San Bernardino County corruption case are requesting documents from a public safety labor union they believe will help refute allegations of blackmail against a Rancho Cucamonga developer and the union's former ...more »

California City With Three Convictions Seeks $74 Million From Bond Market
BloombergJanuary 6, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service completed an examination of $419 million of Vernon's electric revenue bonds issued in 2009 with no change to the position that the interest received on those bonds is tax-exempt, according to a statement and copy of the IRS...more »

How to Legally Lay Off an Employee
ReutersJanuary 11, 2012

Don't discriminate. Federal and state laws place some employees in a "protected" class. For example, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) prohibits an employer from treating older workers differently than others. So make sure your planned ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cerabino: Privatizing wastewater a whole new spin on cash flow
Palm Beach PostJanuary 20, 2012

"When you see a scarce commodity that's an asset, the big money people will see it. That's going to be the future of this." In the short run, yanking state control from reclaimed water would be a boon to city governments, who would be able to sell all ...more »

Environmental Law
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Movers & Shakers for Jan. 1, 2012
Daily News TranscriptJanuary 1, 2012

At Babson, Goldstein holds the Donald P. Babson Chair in Applied Investments and is faculty director of the Stephen Cutler Center of Investment and Finance. He is also an honorary professor at The Queen's University in Belfast (UK) and was a visiting ...more »

Wills & Probate
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How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

Family Law
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Baby Moses law rarely utilized
San Angelo Standard TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By AP SAN ANGELO, Texas — DALLAS — The Baby Moses law gives parents of unwanted newborns an option, but only 50 infants have been surrendered in Texas since 2004. Texas Department of Family and Protective Service statistics during that time show more ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. business groups to push for workers' comp, employment law, civil lawsuit ...
The RepublicJanuary 3, 2012

Missouri business groups are listing changes in workers' compensation, employment law and civil lawsuits as their top priorities in the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Representatives of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ...more »

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