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Ind. guv praises delay of federal pollution rule
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday approved a request by electric power companies, states and other parties seeking to delay the rules until litigation over the regulation plays out. Daniels praised the court's ruling Saturday in a ...more »

Police told to submit charge sheet in man's slaughter case
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

The Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit charge-sheet against a woman and her nephew, who are facing the charges of killing a man and chopping his body into pieces in Shah Faisal ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2012 challenges: downtown Alexandria hotel, Cleco-related lawsuits and fees
Alexandria Town TalkJanuary 2, 2012

Said Silver: "The bottom line is I insist that we work and communicate with the administration so we are pulling the wagon the same way." Outside of administrative policies and unresolved legal issues, the major council event occurring in 2012 will be ...more »

Health Care Law
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2012 US Healthcare: UCR or '$99750 Ear Wax Fraud'? Aetna Wants Court to Stop ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 2, 2012

According to the court documents, "Plaintiffs Aetna Health Inc. and Aetna Life Insurance Company (collectively, "Aetna") bring this action under the laws of this state against Defendants Ifeolumipo O. Sofola, MD ("Dr. Sofola"), Navin Subramanian, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Public helped law enforcement nab 92 fugitives in 2011
TheNewsTribune.comJanuary 1, 2012

Just two weeks ago, Jeffrey Curtis Talbott-Jones was sought by Benton County sheriff's deputies for second-degree escape and two warrants for failing to appear in court. The 31-year-old Kennewick man was featured in a Crime Stoppers bulletin Dec. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Texas valedictorian takes swipe at Mitt Romney on DREAM Act
Houston Chronicle (blog)January 4, 2012

Democrats and San Antonio valedictorian Benita Veliz accused Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Monday of pandering to party extremists for his pledge to veto proposed legislation to provide citizenship for children of illegal immigrants. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Our IR system lacks balance
The AustralianJanuary 4, 2012

So did Clark Labour in New Zealand. Both countries have less stifling workplace regulation than Australia. Last month's Labor Party conference is a case in point. At a time when industrial disputes were rising, trade unions on the conference floor ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Newsmaker Q&A: Ryan Conrad
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 1, 2012

A: LVAR is a trade association providing professional development and training resources, competitive market information, legislative advocacy, a peer review and mediation process for members, and a dispute resolution service for consumers. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Goldman, RBS, Cnooc, WellCare, Refco, MBIA in Court News
BusinessWeekJanuary 11, 2012

“Plaintiffs have failed to raise a triable issue of material fact supportive of a finding that any act by any defendant foundational to liability, causation or damages occurred in California,” Munter said in the ruling. Patrick Byrne, chief executive ...more »

Animal Law
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Chicago animal rescue community fights potential BSL
Examiner.comJanuary 4, 2012

A Chicago Alderman is talking about changing the city's laws hinting at breed specific legislation in the city banning pit bulls after a vicious attack on a jogger on Monday. Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti has gone on record with more than one ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Distinguished Litigation and Intellectual Property Attorney Frederick A. Tecce ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, a Philadelphia intellectual property law firm, is delighted to announce the addition of veteran litigation attorney Frederick A. Tecce to the firm. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mesothelioma Victims Center Creates A Mesothelioma Victims Bill Of Rights...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

The Mesothelioma Victim Center is passionate about making certain victims of mesothelioma have access to who they consider to be the best mesothelioma attorneys, or mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, along with their specific contacts. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Reconsidered
American SpectatorJanuary 25, 2012

When President John F. Kennedy included a call for "affirmative action" as part of an executive order he issued in 1961, the phrase was widely viewed as a proactive extension of the civil rights movement. The idea was to adopt corrective measures that ...more »

74 Year old Aviation Magazine Relaunched as Online Journal
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

This important aviation magazine was among the first publications to address the growing number of pilots as aircraft became more accessible to the general population. When the first issue of Air Facts appeared in 1938, there was no FAA. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Harder than it needs to be
Delmarva NowJanuary 5, 2012

Councilwoman Laura Mitchell objected to this alternative, saying there's no need to find a way to get around the tenant's right to say no. There's also no need to hire additional counsel or revisit research and legal work that's already been done. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wardlaw is The Journal Gazette's Citizen of the Year
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

I didn't have any concerns for a very important reason: Larry is the type of person you can always trust 100 percent. He thought it through very carefully." Volunteering for the American Cancer Society was one of the first causes that drew Ward- law...more »

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Taking aim at the BCS: Utah attorney general plans lawsuit
San Francisco Luxury NewsJanuary 3, 2012

“But I think, on balance, at this point going into the litigation, I think the BCS would be favored.” For nearly three years — since an undefeated University of Utah was denied a shot at the national title, trouncing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl instead ...more »

Business Law
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Obama signs pipeline safety law
UPI.comJanuary 4, 2012

"And, by signing it into law on the first business day of the new year, President Obama has sent a clear message that this administration believes we can achieve greater safety and stronger economic growth at the same time."more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Make new year a time to check your benefits
The Durango HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

Here is a brief description of some of the veterans benefits available. Disability benefits – Compensation benefits if you are at least 10 percent disabled because of your military service. Pension benefits – If you are a wartime veteran with limited ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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ISP District 20 issues December activity report
Quincy JournalJanuary 10, 2012

Audiences consisted of approximately 3000 participants with topics covering; Alcohol Awareness, Seatbelt/Child Restraint Safety, Distracted Driving, Computer Crimes/Internet Safety, School Bullying, Rules of the Road and various other public safety ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawsuits filed: Dec.19 to 23
Longview News-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Homero Barrios, auto personal injury/damages 2011-2763-B Curtis Medlin v. Melody Houston, auto personal injujry/damages 2011-2734-A Discover Bank v. Kevin Graves, breach of contract 2011-2756-A Capital One Bank v. David A. Amos, breach of contract ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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President Obama passes National Defense Authorization Law...
The Spokesman Review (blog)January 1, 2012

Any hope we, as citizens, may have once had that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was vacated today. What a way to start the new year! If you are an independent thinker, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Work of Paul M. Mann Is Recognized by Stanford Who's Who
International Business Times (press release)January 2, 2012

In addition, he attended more than 75 continuing legal education programs in medical malpractice, civil procedure and advocacy. He is now an active member of the Law Society of Canada, Advocate Society, Ontario Bar Association, American Association for ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Resident Will Air Complaints Against Middlefield's Building Official
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

Earlier this year the building official paid a $250 fine to the state's Department of Consumer Protection in connection with allegations Cohen raised with the state that Meyers failed to follow certain consumer protection laws when he negotiated and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Marr: DC Law Firms Take Portfolio Approach to Real Estate
GlobeSt.comJanuary 3, 2012

Let be your source for everything real estate. WASHINGTON, DC-Top tier law firms in the DC area—that is, firms that can be found on the Am Law 100—have largely recovered from 2009, CBRE's newly appointed vice chairman Pat Marr, ...more »

California 745 new laws cover everything from soup to tanning beds
Ventura County StarJanuary 1, 2012

By Timm Herdt SACRAMENTO — California will usher in 2012 with 745 new laws on its books — and if you like shark fin soup, are in the habit of carrying around an unloaded handgun, or are the parent of a teenager who frequents tanning salons — there ...more »

Sports Law
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Taboo owner would swap sports bar for sex shop
The StateJanuary 3, 2012

... in issues like this for advice should the city seek to close his shop under the new law before TCM gets the necessary zoning permit and liquor license required to open. It would be the second sports bar along that block of Devine Street. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Grand juries: A vital tool or in need of reform?
Detroit Free PressJanuary 3, 2012

The sign warns: "It is a violation of state law to photograph or attempt to photograph any grand jury proceeding, judge, witness, attorney, juror, officer or any other person connected with any grand jury proceedings." The grand jury, made up of 17 ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #2: Prostitution and Tax Evasion
ForbesJanuary 30, 2012

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns.more »

Legal service reclaims $1m for workers
Adelaide NowJanuary 2, 2012

Law students Hannah Hannaford Gunn, 20, and Jin Song, 22, volunteer at the Young Workers Legal Service. They help workers under the age of 30 with employment-related issues from discrimination to unfair dismissal. The YWLS 2010-11 annual report states ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's first six months: A predictor of ...
Thomson Reuters News & InsightJanuary 23, 2012

At the time, the Bureau tipped its hat as to its view, noting six possible markets for consideration: debt collection, consumer reporting, prepaid cards, debt relief services, consumer credit, and money transmitting. At the moment, we are awaiting the ...more »

Environmental Law
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What's in Store for 2012?
National JournalJanuary 3, 2012

First and foremost, it is time for the US Senate to ratify the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). US reluctance to sign onto UNCLOS is standing in the way of the US government protecting US interests in the Arctic. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bills passed in the Ohio House, Senate this session:
Wooster Daily RecordJanuary 5, 2012

... which are currently housed in the Department of Development. Additional legislation will be required in coming months to complete the transition. -- House Bill 5: Various law changes related to judicial fees and the Ohio Judicial Conference, ...more »

Family Law
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Starting now, state workers, families to pay more for medical care
Madison.comJanuary 2, 2012

The law stripped most public sector workers of collective bargaining rights, and since August reduced their take-home pay to cover more of the costs of premiums for pension and health insurance. The pension change reduced paychecks by 5.8 percent, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Little Evidence of Impact of Recession on Workers' Compensation Costs Per ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Modest growth of workers' compensation indemnity costs per claim in Maryland indicated little evidence of the potential impact of the recession, according to a new study, CompScope™ Benchmarks for Maryland, 12th Edition, by the Workers Compensation...more »


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