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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Afghan child bride 'locked in toilet, tortured' by in-laws for refusing to ...
Daily News & AnalysisJanuary 1, 2012

Sahar Gul was rescued from a house in northern Baghlan province last week after her neighbours reported hearing Gul crying and moaning in pain. According to police in Baghlan, her in-laws pulled out her nails and hair, and locked her in a dark basement ...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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Couple forced to give up daughter
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 1, 2012

The two families arranged to meet at the Charleston Place Hotel, but Brown requested that they move the setting around the corner to Jones' law office, after reporters and photographers arrived at the hotel. With a police escort, the Capobiancos walked ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law in effect while parts of it on hold
WCBDJanuary 3, 2012

With the new law, that requirement extends to all businesses. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has previously expressed concern that even that may cause some problems. “A lot of businesses won't be able to do it in their business, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Tierra Luna opponents trying to muster big crowd for City Council meeting
Downey BeatJanuary 9, 2012

Developer Bob Manarino and landowner Industrial Realty Group have proposed a 77-acre development featuring two big-box stores, a hotel, a movie theater, dozens of other retailers and up to 500000 square feet of office space. In all, the development...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DR sub-committee meet: no decision on governance forms
Himalayan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee under the Constitutional Committee (CC) in the Constituent Assembly (CA) ended inconclusively on Tuesday. Today's meeting, which was convened to resolve the dispute surfaced over the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

Animal Law
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SPCA continues push for pet ownership law
Channel News AsiaJanuary 2, 2012

By Olivia Siong | Posted: 02 January 2012 1839 hrs SINGAPORE: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it will continue to push for a law to ensure responsible pet ownership. This includes getting those under 16 to obtain ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google's acquisition of IBM patents may aid its Oracle case
CNET (blog)January 3, 2012

by Jay Greene January 3, 2012 2:57 PM PST Follow @iamjaygreene A latecomer to the patent acquisition game, Google continues to accumulate intellectual property rights, picking up more than 200 patents and patents pending from IBM. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Janna Lindig announces for Bandera County attorney
The Bandera BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

I graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with Honors in 1978, received my law degree in 1981 from Texas Tech University and was licensed to practice law in May of 1982. I have been actively involved in the practice of law since that time. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Society Isn't Colorblind Yet, So Our Laws Shouldn't Be
Daily NexusJanuary 24, 2012

By Geoffrey Bell Affirmative action is the misunderstood child of liberal politics in America. The reasons for and details of its implementation are hardly understood by most Americans today. It's not “reverse racism,” it's not a form of reparations ...more »

New Rounds Likely In Emissions Trading Battle
Aviation WeekJanuary 3, 2012

“We urge the EU and its member states . . . to return to working with, rather than against, the international community in the appropriate multilateral forum—the ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization]—to address the important challenge of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Shop owners 'should expect bad news'
Channel TelevisionJanuary 3, 2012

Mr Morris, who works at law firm Collas Crill, says landlords need to be prepared to act quickly and to negotiate with tenants in difficulty. The prediction is that the last quarterly rent day of the year - 25 December - will have been a gloomy day for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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As chances for bank loans shrink, Britain's small firms struggle
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

In Britain, the credit squeeze has sent businesses scrambling for alternative financing and fostered lending that bypasses the big banks. Graffiti by British artist Banksy on the side of a building in East London, with the HSBC and Citibank buildings ...more »

Litigation
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SiteLogic Adds IPRO Eclipse to Suite of eDiscovery Solutions
MarketWatch (press release)January 9, 2012

IPRO software is used by thousands in law firms, corporate and government legal departments, and litigation service organizations. Currently, 80 of the Am Law 100 rely on IPRO Software in their firms. IPRO clients are found on six continents of the ...more »

Business Law
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Public asked to watch Sacramento schools during break
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Police say there are increases in crime when campuses are vacant, particularly during the summer, winter and spring breaks. "Most of our schools are surrounded by houses, and we need the residents of those houses to join us in protecting these valuable ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Feds Charge Lauderdale Officer With Wire Fraud
The South Florida TimesJanuary 4, 2012

The City of Fort Lauderdale supplements the pay of employees who are volunteer military reservists for up to five years, after that time those benefits are only continued if their duty becomes mandatory. Federal agents accuse McElligott of fabricating ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Nation's No. 1 computer scam hits Windsor-Essex
Windsor StarJanuary 3, 2012

It has been reported that instead, they have installed malicious software to capture sensitive data such as banking user names and passwords, bank account information and personal identity information. The virus scam has become a national investigation ...more »

Personal Injury
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To Be One of the Daytona Beach Personal Injury Lawyers is a Dream
Set Piece AnalystsJanuary 16, 2012

It is a dream to be one of the Daytona Beach Personal Injury Lawyers. Everyone knows that these injury lawyers are the finest in the whole United States of America. The statics of their success report speaks for them. Most of the important personas ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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On Detainee Law: A Word, but Not the Last, From Obama
The AtlanticJanuary 3, 2012

This is the center of gravity of the signing statement; it is here where the president, the constitutional law scholar, wants to make sure everyone knows that he doesn't agree with the premise of Section 1022 -- or with the power of Congress to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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TMLT to Acquire Florida-based Physicians Insurance Company
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) proudly announces that, effective December 27, 2011, it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Physicians Insurance Company (PIC), a Florida-based medical malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2011 Proposes E-Filing
Cjnews India (blog)January 8, 2012

It seems the Parliament of India has agreed with the suggestions of Praveen Dalal regarding use of ICT for consumer dispute resolution mechanism in India. The proposed draft Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011 has now suggested using electronic ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Maj. Gen. Dubie is Vermonter of the Year
BurlingtonFreePress.comJanuary 1, 2012

Jon Anderson, 58, is a partner at Burak Anderson & Melloni PLC where he focuses on land use, environmental and real estate law. With his spouse, he owns and operates Betsy' B&B in Montpelier. Jon is a member of the Montpelier Planning Commission, ...more »

2011 Top Local Stories
Longview Daily NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Castle Rock City Council struggled with the collective gardens and in late December approved zoning regulations that restrict the gardens to two commercial areas east of Interstate 5. The conflict between state and federal law remains a problem, ...more »

Sports Law
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Liverpool under mounting pressure to abandon plans to appeal against Luis ...
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 1, 2012

Once the panel established the on-pitch spat was confrontational, they concluded Suarez had breached the law and felt a severe penalty was necessary to protect the image of the English game. In another twist, it has emerged Suarez's legal ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer a mentor to many
The Seattle TimesJanuary 6, 2012

Well-known and much-respected criminal defense attorney Tony Savage died Tuesday at 81. Among his clients were Gary L. Ridgway, the Green River killer, and David Lewis Rice, murderer of four members of the Goldmark family in 1985. ...more »

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If people paid the taxes they owe, the deficit crisis would ...
Columbia MissourianJanuary 19, 2012

It takes a while for the IRS to comb through the statistics, so the job is done only every five years. Assuming this figure is roughly the same every year and allowing for inflation, that would be $4.5 trillion over 10 years — an amount that exceeds ...more »

AP Interview: Malaysian in sodomy trial slams law
The Associated PressJanuary 5, 2012

Anwar said that although he believes government must prohibit same-sex marriage and prevent public obscenity, he also believes that current sodomy laws could "be abused to show violent discrimination or intolerance." "Our present laws are deemed to be ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lawsky Touts Regulatory Accomplishments
LifeHealthProJanuary 2, 2012

... marshaling of insurance information, and under the scrutiny of the Treasury Department's Federal Insurance Office (FIO), is wasting no time in highlighting the efficiency of its own regulatory efforts to make insurers stay accountable to consumers. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Federal Judge Blocks California Clean Fuel Rules
EnergyBoomJanuary 3, 2012

CARB's spokesman Dave Clegern, points out that the rule does not mandate specific alternative fuels, or fuels by geographic location, but rather encourages the use of cleaner low-carbon fuels by regulating fuel providers within the state and by ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Darien Attorney Helps Clients Prepare for the Future
Patch.comJanuary 13, 2012

In 1999, Overmann incorporated and opened his own practice in Darien as one of the few attorneys in the area who specializes in wills, trusts, probate and guardianship. “Attorneys who limit their practice to an area end up becoming more efficient, ...more »

Family Law
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Santorum Pro-Labor Votes Lurk as Rivals Attack Early on Earmarks
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

Santorum's Senate service shows a clear track record of supporting the Davis-Bacon Act, the federal law that requires government contractors to pay workers the local prevailing wage and a perennial target for elimination by the business community and ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Michigan Workers Compensation Costs Per Claim Grew Slowly, Reflecting ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 3, 2012

The deep recession in Michigan is impacting the workers compensation system there as some costs per claim rose slowly, according to a new study, CompScope™ Benchmarks for Michigan, 12th Edition, by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). ...more »

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