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Facebook flirting triggers divorces
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, according to law firm Divorce-Online . The firm said it had seen a 50% jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained ...more »

MORNING NEWS TOP STORY OF 2011: Not Rusty, not this time around
SCNowJanuary 1, 2012

Not widely reported: The Morning News issued a Freedom of Information Act request for the resumes of all 79 candidates for the Florence County administrator position. That request was denied by the county, which is only required by law to release ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New Law Limits Impound of Vehicles From Unlicensed Drivers
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

... in the city's tow yard after police seized the vehicle for Rios driving without a license, smiles emphatically after hearing what might so far be the best news of the year. According to legislative measure AB 353, which was signed into law by Gov. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Japan Eyes New Law To Pave Way For Budding Industries -Nikkei
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--The government plans to enact new legislation to help nurture businesses in child care, health care and energy conservation, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano told the Nikkei in a recent interview. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bob Jones University to review sex abuse policy
Greenville NewsJanuary 1, 2012

By Ron Barnett Bob Jones University will review its policies and procedures for dealing with allegations of sex abuse in order to make sure they “fully comply with the law and ensure a loving, scripturally based response,” according to a statement ...more »

Immigration Law
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Federal lawsuit accuses Williamson sheriff's office of wrongly detaining ...
The TennesseanJanuary 3, 2012

According to the complaint, Williamson County is erroneously drawing its authority to enforce federal immigration laws from a set of rules created by the Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission. That body, a state regulatory agency, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Leading Project, Islamic Finance Lawyer Christopher Aylward Joins Middle East ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

About Baker Botts LLP Baker Botts is an international law firm with over 725 lawyers and a network of 13 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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"Young Adult" Most Moral Movie of 2011
ForbesJanuary 1, 2012

Negotiation, particularly for women, is so deeply enmeshed in our attitudes toward conflict that the subject of dispute resolution lays just below the surface of all conversations about the negotiation. And just beneath the activity of dispute ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Dallas Law Firm Skiermont Puckett Boosts Litigation, Technical Expertise
Sacramento BeeJanuary 5, 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 »

Animal Law
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61 animals seized from Boone property
Pueblo ChieftainJanuary 10, 2012

The animals were living in extremely poor conditions, many of them were emaciated and extremely thin. Posted: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 10:47 pm, Mon Jan 9, 2012. A Boone woman was arrested Monday after animal law enforcement ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Steve Jobs Doll Legal In Most States, Not Indiana
paidContent.orgJanuary 6, 2012

Efforts to change the law have so far failed. What this means is that Apple's warning about the doll is an empty threat in most places. It may not even be able to stop others from using the name Steve Jobs as, surprisingly, the term does not appear on ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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2011's wild ride includes controversy, successes
Bonner County Daily BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Bonner County Commission Chairman Cornel Rasor spearheaded the formation of the council to advise elected officials and departments on matters involving private property rights. The council withstood review from the Idaho Attorney General's office, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by granting that part of plaintiff's motion to strike the affirmative defense of primary assumption of risk and as modified the order is affirmed without costs. ...more »

Happy Y2K12: Business Aviation Leads the Way in Biofuels Reserch
Aviation International NewsJanuary 4, 2012

by Kirby J. Harrison With advocacy groups demanding cleaner air and governments passing more and more stringent engine emissions requirements, aviation has been taking a beating as a prime offender in creating carbon emissions. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jamaica tenants sue over poor conditions
TimesLedgerJanuary 1, 2012

“By filing this lawsuit and standing up to their abusive landlord, these tenants have taken a courageous step not only to protect their rights, but to draw attention to a much larger problem,” Robert McCreanor of the Catholic Migration Office, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Midterm report card: Vermont Gov. Shumlin weathered more than one storm
BurlingtonFreePress.comJanuary 2, 2012

He takes credit for starting to tackle health care when many before have failed. He claims credit for expanding broadband to under-served sections of the state and the launch of an unprecedented number of renewable energy projects. ...more »

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On the Move
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 4, 2012

... Law-Employers; Gregg Greenfield in the areas of Corporate Law, Environmental Law and Real Estate Law; Roger Sudbeck in the areas of Medical Malpractice-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants; ...more »

Business Law
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Congress' New Years Resolution: End Piracy
The Spoof (satire)January 1, 2012

No, the Disney franchise isn't being threatened either. Today the biggest and most dangerous center of piracy is none other than the internet. This week not just one but two competing bills are making their way through congress to sharply increase the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Manchester Native Holds Benefit Concerts to Aid Wounded Veterans and Families
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

That's why she and her band, who now live and record in Nashville, TN, will perform locally in two special benefit concerts on January 13 and 14. They'll also hold silent auctions on each night. The concerts and auctions will benefit wounded military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI warns of new Zeus-based malware in phishing scam
Computerworld New ZealandJanuary 6, 2012

The FBI today issued a warning on one such new Internet blight called "Gameover," which, once ensconced on your PC, can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Asta Funding, Inc. Announces New Joint Venture in Personal Injury Financing
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

On December 28, 2011, the Company, through a newly-formed subsidiary, ASFI Pegasus Holdings, LLC ("APH"), executed the Pegasus Operating Agreement with PLF, in which a subsidiary of the Company, Fund Pegasus, LLC, ("Fund Pegasus"), will loan up to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Voter ID law a good idea
Topeka Capital JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Well the solution to that is for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. This is being done state-by-state only in absence of Congress acting and the fear that 2000 could repeat itself. It could be President Barack Obama winning re-election in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Marianna Mancusi-Ungaro, Nicholas Chapleau
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Mr. Chapleau is an associate at Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, a Dallas law firm. He graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The bridegroom's mother and stepfather, Jeff Meckstroth, are professional bridge players in Clearwater Beach; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Undercover Operation Results In Charges Against 12 Allegedly Unlicensed ...
NJ TODAYJanuary 4, 2012

The Act and regulations require contractors to demonstrate they have a legitimate business address that is a street address, and at least $500000 in liability insurance, before they can become registered. The Act also requires that all home improvement ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 9, 2012

Mark A. Rothberg argued the cause for respondent (WILF Law Firm, LLP, attorneys; Mr. Rothberg on the brief). This appeal is from an order and final judgment entered following a bench trial on a complaint filed by plaintiff, Malden Real Estate (Malden), ...more »

Outagamie County judge files counterclaim to civil lawsuit
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 2, 2012

Barnett's lawsuit in Outagamie County Court claims McGinnis, while negotiating a refinancing deal that required she give up her ownership share in the commercial building they owned together at 5600 Grand Market Drive, concealed negotiations he was ...more »

Sports Law
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Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro Sexual Assault Accusations: 3 Legal Steps to ...
ChicagoNow (blog)January 7, 2012

Exavier B. Pope, Esq. is an entertainment and sports attorney and featured sports business and law columnist for Bleacher Report. All opinions expressed are those solely of Mr. Pope. Chicago Cubs Starlin Castro Sexual Assault Accusations : 3 Legal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Lawyers, Democrats Get Bench Nods
Law.comJanuary 3, 2012

Brown has also opened the door more widely to the criminal defense bar, a practice eschewed by the last Democrat in the governor's office, moderate Gray Davis. At least six of Brown's new appointments have experience as public defenders or as private ...more »

Cities' lobbyist stays below legal scrutiny
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 8, 2012

And while a registered non-profit organization would be required to release its annual tax forms to the public, giving insight as to where its money comes from and how it is spent, and who the officers are, IACT is not a registered non-profit, either. ...more »

Ex-teacher in Morris County nets more than $500K over age discrimination
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 10, 2012

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger Google Maps A former Jefferson Township High School, shown above, chemistry teacher was awarded more than $500000 after successfully suing the district for age discrimination. JEFFERSON — A former township chemistry ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protecting Your Future: Getting home medical care via a pooled income trust
Times Herald-RecordJanuary 1, 2012

Bonnie Kraham is an attorney practicing elder law estate planning with Ettinger Law Firm, 75 Crystal Run Road, Town of Wallkill. She can be reached at 692-8700, ext. 119, or at This column is intended to provide general ...more »

Environmental Law
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Another ex-Otter staffer to lobby for Idaho Power; minority Democrats seek ...
The RepublicJanuary 6, 2012

Kreizenbeck headed Otter's staff since 2007, a period in which the Republican governor was deeply involved in energy policy, including a fierce 2011 debate over whether Idaho should extend a tax break for alternative energy developers. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New starters at Raworths Solicitors as they celebrate 125 years
Harrogate NewsJanuary 4, 2012

Raworths has appointed William Kinread, the well-known Ripon solicitor as partner in the Probate, Wills and Trusts Unit which is led by Selena Hinds. This brings the team to nine fee-earners. William comes from Ripon and trained at a national law firm ...more »

Family Law
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15-year-old Afghan girl tortured by in-laws will go to India for treatment
Washington PostJanuary 2, 2012

He said that her mother-in-law and other members of the family were reportedly involved in what he described as “criminal activities,” which he said included selling alcohol and prostitution. According to preliminary reports, Basharat said, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Older workers affect workers comp loss costs less than expected: NCCI
Business InsuranceJanuary 4, 2012

Despite an increasing number of aging US workers, older employees have had a smaller-than-expected effect on workers compensation loss costs, according to NCCI Holdings Inc. In a report released Wednesday, Boca Raton, Fla.-based NCCI found similar ...more »


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