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VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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BUTLER v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

The credibility findings of an administrative law judge ("ALJ") must not be discarded lightly and should be accorded great deference. Hardaway v. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 823 F.2d 922, 928 (6th Cir. 1987). A district court's review of an ...more »

Health Care Law
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Chief Justice Roberts Defends Court's Impartiality as Health Law Case Looms
Fox NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The comment, included in Roberts' year-end report, comes after lawmakers demanded that two Justices recuse themselves from the high court's review of President Obama's health care law aimed at extending coverage to more than 30 million people. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Anaheim employees urged not to purge emails
OCRegisterJanuary 5, 2012

... to avoid exposing potentially unflattering communications. An attorney for city employees on Wednesday requested a legal opinion from the city attorney and the police chief, fearing the city employees could be breaking state laws pertaining to open ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney pledges to veto federal DREAM Act for immigrants
Washington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

Mitt Romney signs autographs during a campaign stop at Kinzler Construction in Ames, Iowa on Thursday. (Charlie Riedel - AP) LE MARS, Iowa – Mitt Romney returned to Iowa Saturday night sounding even more sure of his chances at claiming the Republican ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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City endures water woes, ODC explores desalination
Odessa AmericanJanuary 2, 2012

BY LYXAN TOLEDANES Water, or the lack of it, defined the year for the City of Odessa and the Odessa Development Corporation. The Odessa City Council approved water restrictions, while the ODC sought ways of acquiring more water for industrial purposes. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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statute drafting awaits chords of compromise on issues
Himalayan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Although the taskforce forced under the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee has already presented its report on the debatable issues with possible solutions, the big guns are yet to strike chords of compromise.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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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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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner
Bizjournals.com (blog)January 3, 2012

Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel said Tuesday that it has enhanced its litigation capabilities with the addition of partner Frederick A. Tecce. Tecce was a partner of McShea & Tecce and is a former assistant US Attorney ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Daily scoreboard
Daily Mail - Charleston (blog)January 4, 2012

The case began to unravel last year after defense lawyers asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove the presiding judge because he allegedly neglected to disclose that his parents had been involved in similar asbestos litigation against one of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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'4.5% reservation for minorities is legally sound'
Hindustan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The move to set aside 4.5% share for minorities, including Muslims, within an existing affirmative-action system for other backward classes (OBCs) is legally sound, Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson K Rahman Khan has said. served as a model reference ...more »

Dubai Duty Free sales soar to Dh5.31b
gulfnews.comJanuary 2, 2012

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said: "It has been a fantastic year for Dubai Duty Free. The entire team has worked hard to maintain its position as the single largest ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Survey pushes housing butt ban
The Barrie ExaminerJanuary 3, 2012

"If we had an obstinate tenant who insisted on smoking in the building or near the building, I'd be prepared to give the notice of termination, take the matter to the landlord tenant board and have the law tested." There are a few smokers residing in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Award nominations open for gala
Scranton Times-TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

They co-own Scranton Dodge Chrysler Jeep and Tunkhannock Auto Mart and plan to convert the new location to a facility for credit processing, parts distribution, reconditioning and repair of vehicles. Rehabilitation of the building will include exterior ...more »

Litigation
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Herndon calls off Yaz, Yasmin bellwether trials; Calls in Saltzburg as mediator
Madison County RecordJanuary 6, 2012

LOUIS - Nine days before starting a series of trials that would have shaped settlement of 10678 suits against drug maker Bayer, US District Judge David Herndon called off the series and kicked the ball of litigation to a mediator. On Dec. ...more »

Business Law
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US Supreme Court may put off ruling on health-care law
Palm Beach PostJanuary 2, 2012

The court had a variety of points on which to evaluate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Led by Florida, 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business challenged the law. The US solicitor general, essentially President ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Is the US 'sleepwalking into military confrontation with Iran'? - US - IRAN ...
FRANCE 24January 2, 2012

What will drive oil prices through the roof is the escalation of military rhetoric. Iran knows this, and of course benefits from a price hike, and this probably explains why it has talked up a retaliatory blockade. Most analysts believe this is a bluff ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Comment: The nuanced politics of Wikipedia's 'blackout'
Politics.co.ukJanuary 18, 2012

Police should be given the power to apply for internet videos glamorising knife crime and gang culture to be removed, a Labour MP has said. We have to take a stand against plans to record all our emails and web activity. Mary was a teenage mother, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Logistics Of an Atlanta Personal Injury Action
Brunei News, Brunei Headlines from Brunei fmJanuary 8, 2012

This must be done with a view towards the relevant tort law and procedure as it is applied in Georgia. The attorney will consider important legal principles and frame the lawsuit to present the facts and circumstances in a manner designed to achieve ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Filthy Words You Still Can't Say on TV
The AtlanticJanuary 11, 2012

He teaches courses in constitutional law and creative writing for law students at the University of Baltimore. He lives in Washington, DC Garrett Epps, a former reporter for The Washington Post, is a novelist and legal scholar. He lives in Washington, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Assessing privacy, bandwidth concerns key for providers entering social media
FierceHealthITJanuary 4, 2012

Privacy rules under HIPAA, malpractice liability and professional responsibility codes are among the many reasons providers choose not to enter the social media realm, according to blogger David Harlow, a healthcare attorney and consultant. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog lessons of 2011
Fort Worth Star TelegramJanuary 1, 2012

Don't forget about the new US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The bureau, created as part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, began handling credit card complaints in July. Now it's moving on to complaints about home ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Tycoon Sells Gold, Buys Property
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

The filing notes Mr. Cheng is the father-in-law of an independent non-executive director of SIHL. It is a surprising time to invest in Chinese real estate, as the risk of a sharp correction in the housing market is well known. ...more »

Referendum seeks to reduce Morton Grove's electricity costs
Morton Grove ChampionJanuary 8, 2012

Residents and small-business owners are not required to participate, and can opt out and stay with their current electricity supplier, Horne said. “If residents and small businesses already have a contract with an electric supplier other than ComEd, ...more »

Sports Law
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Legal opinion may revive ND Internet poker | The Republic
The RepublicJanuary 4, 2012

But a new agency opinion, made public late last month, says one of the key federal laws wielded against Internet gambling — called the Wire Act — applies only to sports betting. Kasper and attorneys sympathetic to his cause made similar arguments six ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Olympia 2012: child porn bill introduced to Legislature
TheNewsTribune.comJanuary 12, 2012

Current court rules require prosecutors to give the defense any evidence before a trial. "I trust that criminal defense attorneys would not intentionally distribute these materials," said Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist, "but they may not have ...more »

Orman arraigned Wednesday in DeWitt
Stuttgart Daily LeaderJanuary 5, 2012

Orman “acknowledged responsibility and agreed to make full reimbursement for these improper transactions totaling $31647,” the audit read. “As of report date, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office has received reimbursement of $19918, leaving a balance ...more »

CA Employment Lawyer: Nursing Home Nurses Fired for Reporting Patient's Maggots
WiredPRNews.com (press release)January 4, 2012

This news was brought to you by the Los Angeles employment lawyers at Keller Grover LLP. Keller Grover is an experienced employment law firm that has played leading roles in a wide variety of employment related claims, including breach of contract ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Madoff, Coach, Ambac, Nebraska Book, Real Mex: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekJanuary 6, 2012

Before ruling on whether the county is eligible for Chapter 9, the bankruptcy judge will wait for the Alabama Supreme Court to say whether the county's sewer warrants are the equivalent of “funding or refunding bonds” required under state law before a ...more »

Environmental Law
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Continuing roadblocks in energy sector: Policy delays, unresolved rate increases
Manila BulletinJanuary 3, 2012

Certainly, the energy secretary and his team can latch on to a number of milestone accomplishments – such as the launching of the Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR-4) for coal; and soon, for upstream oil and gas investments. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Business Calendar for week of 01/16
Bradenton HeraldJanuary 16, 2012

The event will include information on how to avoid probate, revising out-of-state wills, and how to provide for beneficiaries receiving government assistance. To RSVP, contact Rochelle Brady at 941-756-6600 or rbrady@gerlinglawgroup.com. ...more »

Family Law
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Hanan M. Isaacs Receives Interdisciplinary Collaborative Family Law Training ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 9, 2012

KINGSTON, NJ, January 09, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In October 2011, Hanan M. Isaacs completed Collaborative Law Family Law Training and received certification in compliance with the International Association of Collaborative Professional ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PRIUM's Michael Gavin and Mark Pew Launch "Evidence Based" Blog
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

Content will focus on medical management issues within workers' compensation, particularly the over utilization of prescription drugs, including opioids. "We named it 'Evidence Based' because the blog is intended to provide fact-based, ...more »

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