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Six former Bell council members lose appeal
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Previous judges have chastised the former council members. In rejecting their motion to drop the charges earlier this month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy issued a scathing 10-page ruling brushing aside the politicians' ...more »

What to Expect in New York in 2012
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

1, 2011, could have foreseen the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, or Tropical Storm née Hurricane Irene, or the relatively stress-free passage of a same-sex marriage law, or Representative Anthony D. Weiner's political death by tweet, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Yanukovych signs law on improvement of administrative proceedings
Kyiv PostJanuary 12, 2012

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has signed a law amending certain legislative acts to improve administrative legal proceedings. This document was adopted by the Verkhovna Rada on Nov. 17, 2011, and signed by the president on Jan. 11, 2012. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama lawyers argue rest of health law can survive
Reuters AlertNetJanuary 27, 2012

By James Vicini WASHINGTON, Jan 27 (Reuters) - The Obama administration told the US Supreme Court on Friday that nearly all of President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaul can survive if the court declares unconstitutional the law's centerpiece ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Police respond to gunshots over weekend
Columbia Basin HeraldJanuary 19, 2012

The resident told Grant County sheriff's deputies he was in the kitchen when he heard a loud bang and noticed a break in the glass of a north facing window, according to Grant County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Ken Jones. Responding deputies found a medium ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bill creates new immigration statuses
Caymanian CompassJanuary 31, 2012

Separate immigration categories for wealthy non-Caymanian residents, foreigners who have a 'substantial business presence' in Cayman and visiting business people are created under proposed amendments to Cayman Islands Immigration Law.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Govt mulls bringing corporates under proposed anti-graft law
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 23, 2012

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice, headed by Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi, is examining the Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Christmas is over – now for Divorce Day
Cambridge NewsJanuary 6, 2012

The stresses of the festive season, with families forced to spend time together, are partly behind the new year spike in marriage breakdowns, according to the Cambridge Family Mediation Service. Its offices were visited by Justice Minister and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Settlement: Insurance commissioner can still keep tabs on business with Iran
Bizjournals.comJanuary 30, 2012

In November 2010, then-Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner challenged a California Office of Administrative Law decision that the commissioner had created an “underground regulation” with his Iran efforts, a news release said.more »

Animal Law
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Baltimore state lawmaker: Keep 'Occupy' rats in DC
Washington Post (blog)January 20, 2012

(Cliff Owen - Associated Press) You may have also heard that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II has been rather vocal about the vermin issue, using the infestation to draw attention to a new animal control law passed by the District. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New Online Tools for the Innovation and Intellectual Property Community
PR Web (press release)January 17, 2012

Patexia.com, the online destination specializing in news, tools and discussion devoted to innovation and intellectual property (IP), announces the release of brand new features. Patexia's new research tools, company and community profiles, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Cowen Group Survey Predicts Big Revenue Spike for Litigation Support
Corporate CounselJanuary 31, 2012

There's a startling statistic in the new "Salary Survey & Market Landscape" about law firm litigation support staffing, from New York-based The Cowen Group, a headhunter and research consultancy that focuses on electronic data discovery staffing.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Effective is Affirmative Action?
Boston.comJanuary 18, 2012

A new working paper by three professors at Duke -- Peter Arcidiacono and Esteban M. Aucejo, economists, and Ken Spenner, a sociologist -- is arguing that we ought to be pessimistic about the ability of affirmative action programs to close the academic ...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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Landlords Could Be In A Tricky Spot
Cape Business NewsJanuary 31, 2012

A question which now arises, says Watson, is where do landlords stand should one of their tenants be placed under business rescue? The relevant clause in the Companies Act is 134(1)(c), says Watson, states that “despite any agreement to the contrary no ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tax lien issues plague Fulton
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 8, 2012

Fulton Tax Commissioner Arthur Ferdinand, whose office collects property taxes and sells liens that result from unpaid taxes, would not comment for this story. John Ayoub, a former attorney with Fulton County and now a real estate lawyer who represents ...more »

Litigation
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SmartMetric Announces March 5, 2012 Date Calendared for Federal Circuit ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The Company President further said that on points of law the appeals court should agree with SmartMetric in that its Patent also covers Contactless Credit Cards, however, even if the appeals court does not rule in the Company favor on this point, ...more »

Business Law
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Whalley roofer on false advertising charge
Lancashire TelegraphJanuary 31, 2012

By Sam Chadderton » Reporter A ROOFER has been charged with multiple counts of misleading, unfair, untruthful and aggressive trading and false advertising. Simon Anthony Fielding, 51, of Whalley Banks, Whalley, faces a total of 10 counts relating to a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The benefits of a presidential pardon commission
Washington PostJanuary 12, 2012

9 editorial “Begging his pardon”: I came to Washington in 1974 after law school and worked with President Gerald R. Ford's Presidential Clemency Board, which reviewed less-than-honorable discharges of Vietnam-era military service members. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ware Man Arraigned On Child Pornography Possession Charge
abc40January 31, 2012

Hill reported that child pornography was being traded on the internet via the “eMule” file sharing network on a computer at that address. The NWDA's Office along with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services and mobile computer forensic lab, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Investigation into personal injury crash results in DWI, other citations
Wayne PostJanuary 31, 2012

By Nicole Vaughn The Wayne County Sheriff's Office concluded its investigation into a personal injury crash, leading to a charge of driving while intoxicated and multiple other citations for a Rochester man. Steven Coon, 33, of the 100 block of Vista ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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EXCLUSIVE: Wikileaks to move servers offshore, sources say
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Julian Assange's investors are in the process of purchasing a boat to move Wikileaks' servers offshore in an attempt to evade prosecution from US law enforcement, FoxNews.com has learned. Multiple sources within the hacker community with knowledge of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cleveland Social Security Disability Attorneys Establish New Website
PR Web (press release)January 28, 2012

The Disparti Law Group, PA, of Cleveland has launched a website that informs Ohio residents of their legal rights and options regarding Social Security Disability, Supplemental Security Income and other important government benefits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama Sidesteps Congress on Consumer Bureau Pick
Accounting TodayJanuary 5, 2012

Senate Republicans had blocked the appointment of Cordray, a former Ohio Attorney General, insisting that the structure of the bureau, as set out in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, left the CFPB with too little ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Maturing commercial real estate loans causing a scramble
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

By JULIE SATOW, The New York Times Borrowers and lenders are starting to grapple with billions of dollars in commercial real estate loans made during the boom year of 2007 that are coming due this year amid a greatly contracted economy.more »

Refiners, Union Prepare for Possible Strike
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

By BEN LEFEBVRE HOUSTON—Contract negotiations continued for US refiners and the United Steelworkers union Tuesday, with the possibility of a strike giving gasoline and diesel prices a slight bump. The union has been pushing for stronger safety ...more »

Sports Law
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WSU sport law expert: Women's athletics still lags
WSU NewsJanuary 26, 2012

Forty years after gender equity in education became federal law, opportunities for female athletes still don't match those for males, says a Washington State University expert in sport law. "If male and female participants were to trade places, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Megaupload loses famous US defense lawyer
RTJanuary 22, 2012

Bennett had to refuse the job due to a conflict of interest with at least one other client of his law firm, Hogan Lovells, Reuters reports. Under American ethics rules, a firm generally does not represent two clients whose interests are at odds. ...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 »

Judge or jury to hear claim?
The HourJanuary 26, 2012

By STEPHEN P. HORNER Employment Law Inquiry: I sued my former employer for age discrimination after I was fired at age 68. Should I choose a jury or a judge to hear my claim? 1. Corporations generally do not like juries to hear their cases against them ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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First Financial Holdings, Inc. Announces Quarterly Financial Results and ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

First Federal's regulatory capital ratios continue to be above "well-capitalized" minimums, as evidenced by the key capital ratios and additional capital information presented in the following table. The following tables illustrate the trend in quality ...more »

Environmental Law
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$2.8 million of YME Health and Safety project ruled unlawful
Granite Falls Advocate TribuneJanuary 26, 2012

Under the state's Alternative Facilities Bonding and Levy Program (AFP), if school projects meet certain health and safety improvement criteria, the district is permitted to levy the cost of the improvements without having to hold a public referendum.more »

Wills & Probate
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Moneylife Foundation conducts maiden seminar in the City of Pearls
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 25, 2012

Getting a will right is crucial if disputes between heirs over legacy are to be avoided. With this in mind, she spoke about the requirements of a will and types of wills, the need for a probate, the cost of a probate, how to make changes in the will...more »

Family Law
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Palestinian families denied rights by Israel's racist marriage laws
The Electronic IntifadaJanuary 27, 2012

Because the law is temporary it can be amended by the Knesset. In 2006, the Israeli high court found the law unconstitutional because it denied citizens — namely Arab citizens — the right to family life. However, the court stopped short of striking ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Comp Fraud Scheme Costs Texas Business $149K
ClaimsJournal.comJanuary 13, 2012

Texas Mutual Insurance Company reported that Granbury Contracting & Utilities, Inc., of Granbury, Texas, pled guilty to workers' compensation fraud-related charges. A Travis County district court ordered the company to pay $149000 in restitution to ...more »

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