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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

Positive year ahead for workers
Malaysia StarJanuary 1, 2012

The whole car park had been cordoned off for government employees. The public – their customers – are made to park outside the compound and walk in the rain. Do you see hotels reserve their parking lots for their own employees? ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Pattison to run for judge
Sturgis JournalJanuary 28, 2012

“When I was in law school, I clerked for the Administrative Law Judge Division of the Michigan Public Service Commission learning early on what a judge expects from an advocate. When I graduated, I clerked in our Circuit Court getting a second dose of ...more »

Health Care Law
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'Poorly thought-through' NHS reforms are causing damaging upheaval, warn ...
Daily MailJanuary 31, 2012

In an editorial published simultaneously, the British Medical Journal, Health Service Journal and Nursing Times warned that flaws in the 'bloated and opaque' Health and Social Care Bill would leave the NHS needing yet another overhaul within five years ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Education provider Navitas still a class act
The AustralianJanuary 31, 2012

Navitas (NVT) $2.88: THE rule of thumb with market darlings is that they eventually get sent to the dog box and in this case the education provider could be bedding down with Fido for at least a year. Navitas yesterday announced that second-half EBITDA ...more »

Immigration Law
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Exploitive rent demands 'a norm' for newcomers
Toronto StarJanuary 30, 2012

Unaware of tenants' rights under Ontario law, new immigrants like Islam are being asked by landlords to pay as much as a full year of rent upfront to secure their first home because they have no Canadian employment or credit history.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Astorino Proposes Agency to Help Non-Profits Get Economic Development Incentives
Patch.comJanuary 13, 2012

The LDC, created under the state's Not-for-Profit Corporation Law, will fill a void that has existed since 2008, when Industrial Development Agencies (such as the county's) lost the power to authorize bonds on behalf of non-profit agencies. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New claims mediator launches to brokers
Insurance AgeJanuary 30, 2012

Expedite Resolution has launched a new service that it claims could bring a flexible and cost effective approach to claims settlement. With a panel of twelve independent, specialist mediators and arbitrators, the company confirmed it would be targeting ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance claims dispute resolution efforts set record in 2011
IFAwebnews.comJanuary 30, 2012

By Bob Graham The number of claims resolved through an inter-insurance dispute resolution organization's services set a record in 2011, with nearly 520000 claims resolved. The value of those claims resolved by Arbitration Forums, a Florida-based ...more »

Animal Law
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Colorado Animal Abuse Registry Rejected By Lawmakers
Huffington PostJanuary 31, 2012

We also feel this bill would be even more restrictive toward the animal offenders than our child abuse laws or drunk drivers. Those people do not have their faces or their home addresses listed on a website online." Lawmakers opposed to the bill were ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Growth in the IP Sector Leads to Fellows and Associates Expansion Plans
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 25, 2012

Patent and Trade Mark Attorney recruitment firm Fellows and Associates is expanding its workforce due to good performance and increased optimism for the intellectual property sector, reports its Managing Director. Fellows and Associates, a UK based ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Six Dorsey patent attorneys jump to rival
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 31, 2012

Intellectual property and patent law are important aspects in virtually all business transactions. People need to protect their property rights." Dongoske said his 102-attorney firm did not have a dedicated patent practice group until recently.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Five Quotes You Will Never Hear About Affirmative Action Planning
Interbiznet Bugler (press release)January 19, 2012

COLUMBIA, MD—January 26, 2012, 2 pm EST, When it comes to affirmative action planning, there are certain things you know you'll NEVER hear…until now! Berkshire Associates' latest FREE webcast brings human resource professionals together to explore ...more »

Duncan Aviation Announces New Service Sales Representatives
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andJanuary 30, 2012

Duncan Aviation is pleased to announce new Airframe Service Sales responsiblities for its Lincoln, Nebraska, and Provo, Utah, locations. Brad Homeyer is now serving as Airframe Service Sales Representative for Duncan Aviation-Provo and Ryan Huss is a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Administrative Law for All at Yale!
Above the LawJanuary 26, 2012

By David Lat Yesterday we covered a controversy at Yale Law School over an Administrative Law class with an oversubscription problem. The course, taught by visiting Stanford law professor Daniel Ho, wound up with a waitlist of about 100 students.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Murder Trial of Stobert "Toby" Holt Goes To Jury
The LedgerJanuary 31, 2012

Lawyers spent almost five hours Monday arguing the case before the jury began deliberating. Wiles was 26 when last seen on April 1, 2008. His body has never been found. Holt and Wiles worked together at the Wiles' family aircraft repair business, ...more »

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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner (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 »

Business Law
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Mexico pols trade barbs over $1.9M found in bags
The Associated PressJanuary 31, 2012

An advertising trade group official said big cash payments "are not a common practice" in the business. Alfonso Castaneda, assistant director of the Mexico's advertising and public relations industry chamber, said such firms often wait some time to get ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Discharge documents critical to benefits, difficult to change
Clarksville Leaf ChronicleJanuary 31, 2012

General under Honorable Conditions: Not eligible for GI Bill education benefits, but are eligible for most other benefits. Under Other than Honorable Conditions: Not eligible to wear the military uniform; to receive burial rights and honors; ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Former student pleaded guilty to child pornography charge
Lynchburg News and AdvanceJanuary 24, 2012

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Bennett said the then-18-year-old student was targeted in a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force campaign in 2009 to track down child pornographers. After connecting an LU account to the ...more »

Personal Injury
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In cruise ship disaster, an SOS for lawyers
Chicago TribuneJanuary 28, 2012

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Soon after Mitchell Proner, a New York personal-injury lawyer, heard about the capsizing of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy, he sprang into action. Proner, who specializes in motorcycle-accident lawsuits, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Left and Right Join Together in Mobilization Against National Defense Act ...
OB RagJanuary 31, 2012

by Staff on January 31, 2012 · 0 comments In a clear sign that grassroot activists on the left and on the right are joining together to fight the National Defense Act that President Obama signed into law on the last day of 2011, San Diego progressives ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Professional Ethics Tinged By The Holocaust
The Jewish WeekJanuary 11, 2012

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) has similar European missions for law, journalism and seminary students. FASPE ( will hold its annual alumni reunion symposium at the museum on Jan. 15-16. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SANRAL needs to be wholly transparent - Christopher Charter
PoliticswebJanuary 22, 2012

Under the spirit and letter of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA), SANRAL ought to do more to educate consumers as to how the toll road e-billing system will work, their financial obligations (which should be clearly broken down) and other onerous terms ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Fennemore Craig appoints five new shareholders
AZ Central.comJanuary 12, 2012

She focuses her practice in commercial litigation and has practiced in real-estate and construction litigation, class-action litigation, alternative dispute resolution, franchise and distribution law, and Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger filings. ...more »

Red Bulls re-sign midfielder Joel Lindpere
Wall Street JournalJanuary 31, 2012

He started a franchise-record 34 regular season games this past season, a franchise record. Red Bulls general manager Erik Soler said the team wanted to reward Lindpere to recognize his efforts. Lindpere had played in Norway before joining the Red ...more »

Sports Law
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A Team Player as GC of Academy Sports + Outdoors
Corporate CounselJanuary 9, 2012

Turner becomes personally involved in vendor negotiations, contracts or litigation only when they involve high-dollar amounts or significant legal issues. "It's pretty rare we have a dispute with someone that requires my attention, but they do happen ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Fla. highway patrol defends reopening I-75
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Criminal defense attorneys said that if the fire was caused by arson, authorities likely will file charges of manslaughter and possibly felony murder, which is defined as a death that happens as result of participating in a felony.more »

IRS Audit: Big Charity Filed Misleading Tax Return
ForbesJanuary 30, 2012

“We believe we were in compliance with the tax law and generally accepted accounting principles,” he said. “We think the IRS position on this is extreme.” When an IRS auditor showed up last year, “We cooperated fully and provided everything we were ...more »

Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America
NPRJanuary 16, 2012

Things like literacy tests for voters and laws designed to prevent blacks from serving on juries were commonplace in nearly a dozen Southern states. In her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, legal scholar Michelle ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New law could put farmers' assets at risk
Beef CentralJanuary 30, 2012

“There was a case in New Zealand, which has a similar law, where a stallion was leased to a company and that company was later placed into receivership. The Court found that despite the stallion's owner having legal title, a third party had the right ...more »

Environmental Law
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Weird Energy
Greener IdealJanuary 31, 2012

by Jessica Linnay • January 31, 2012 • Alternative Energy • 0 Comments As the world strives to find smarter and more sustainable ways to source power we turn to alternate means of energy that don't rely on precious, harmful or wasteful practices or ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hove legal executive jailed for frauds
The ArgusJanuary 27, 2012

She was taken on by Arscotts in April 2007 to look after wills and probate work for the firm. Anthony Cox, prosecuting, said that initially her work was impressive but it became clear that she appeared to have a number of personality clashes with ...more »

Family Law
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New Divorce Book For Men Written by Brodheadsville Custody Lawyer Connie J ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 30, 2012

AP Interview: JC Penney CEO talks about the chain 01.30.12 Noticing an absence of viable information available for men facing divorce or custody issues, Stroudsburg divorce lawyer, Connie J. Merwine of MHK Attorneys, writes new family law book ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp reform offers wellness lessons
CommonWealth magazineJanuary 31, 2012

Workers compensation rates have dropped by more than a third over the past 20 years in Massachusetts. The institution of Qualified Corporate Wellness Programs (QCWPs) to address a similar lack of expertise and discontinuity in benefits caused by worker ...more »


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