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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 »

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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Ex-Sevierville resident Jimmie Ross due back in court for hearing — against ...
The Mountain PressJanuary 2, 2012

Jimmie Ross is charged with five counts of tax evasion. He allegedly failed to pay taxes on $840000 he received from one employer, or commissions he received from another employer. Federal authorities arrested Ross earlier this year in Louisiana, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Why Medicaid Is No Longer a Voluntary Program
Hawaii ReporterJanuary 3, 2012

Today, states confront the dilemma of having to choose between joining Medicaid or being forced to sacrifice any health care “safety net” for their indigent populations. This is all because of a law enacted by Congress in 1986 called the Emergency ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Fiji Lifts Martial Law, but Installs New Regulations
New York TimesJanuary 7, 2012

SYDNEY, Australia — Fiji's military rulers on Saturday lifted a state of martial law that has been in place since 2009, setting the stage for public deliberations on a new constitution and a promised return to democratic elections within the next two ...more »

Immigration Law
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Cardozo School of Law Clinics Help Create Large-Scale Reform in Immigration...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

... while at the same time promoting meaningful reforms. A groundbreaking study titled "Accessing Justice: The Availability and Adequacy of Counsel in Immigration Proceedings" by Cardozo's Immigration Justice Clinic found that 33 percent of immigrants...more »

Industrial Development Law
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California DOI targets underground economy
Search-Autoparts.comJanuary 4, 2012

The California Department of Insurance (DOI) is joining with the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) and other agencies to fight labor law and insurance related violations that exist in an underground economy. The newly created Labor Enforcement ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Legal issues abound in 27th Street dispute
The Anna Maria IslanderJanuary 2, 2012

Bradenton Beach claims Holmes Beach does not have legal standing to dispute their action. Currently involved in a statutory conflict resolution process, the neighboring cities face additional fees for lawyers, a mediator and possibly court action if a ...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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PETA accuses Rowan County animal farm owner of neglect
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 4, 2012

Delcianna Winders, PETA's director of captive animal law enforcement, said the condition causes the giraffe to walk on its heels, which can be painful. But Hampton said the ranch has taken steps to naturally trim the giraffe's hooves by having the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Lilly, Ironwood, Mattel, Celgene: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

(This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics. Updates with Microsoft item in copyright section.) Jan. 5 (Bloomberg) -- Eli Lilly & Co. sued Biogen Idec Inc. in a London court to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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TORONTO LAWYER REPRIMANDED FOR SEXUALLY HARASSING PROSPECTIVE CLIENT
Law TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The Law Society of Upper Canada has reprimanded Toronto private practitioner Steven Sinukoff for professional misconduct stemming from allegations of sexual harassment. According to the LSUC, Sinukoff sexually harassed HR, a prospective client in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Why Buffalo Pays for Teachers to Get Botox
The AtlanticJanuary 18, 2012

He has written for a number of publications, including The Washington Post and The National Law Journal. Why Does Buffalo Pay for Its Teachers to Have Plastic Surgery? By Jordan Weissmann How a broken collective bargaining system has kept a ridiculous, ...more »

Taiwan, Israel sign aviation pact to boost ties: MOFA
Focus Taiwan News ChannelJanuary 2, 2012

2 (CNA) Taiwan and Israel have signed an aviation agreement that will pave the way for direct air links between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday. The accord, inked in the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv Monday, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Bahrain
ReutersJanuary 19, 2012

At least nine Shi'ites have died since early December in incidents linked by the opposition to the tense security situation - such as dying after inhaling teargas - though the government disputes the cause of death in each case. Shi'ite protesters have ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Slow Improvement Predicted for Polk Economy in 2012
The LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

They've got to repair their finances. Until that happens, I don't see the economy moving forward on a firm foundation." The housing bust not only wiped out billions of dollars in personal wealth but led to the collapse of the housing construction ...more »

Litigation
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Firm Attorneys Selected to National Leadership Roles in DePuy Pinnacle Litigation
PR Web (press release)January 16, 2012

Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC Shareholder Trent Miracle, head of the law firm's pharmaceutical litigation division, was selected Jan. 9 by a federal judge to serve on the Plaintiff Steering Committee for the multidistrict litigation...more »

Business Law
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Florida's lien laws could hamper expansion
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

... feel confident buying property and building here?” he said. Hutchison said he feels he wasn't properly notified of the initial lien process and hasn't been provided expense documents as required by the law and hopes to head off the foreclosure process.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lack of debt deal in D.C. may soon hit home
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 10, 2012

By Franco Ordoñez If federal deficit-reduction cuts take effect, exemptions would include pay for active duty military personnel, veterans' benefits, highway funds, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits, and welfare payments. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Deputies Serve Search Warrants In Child Porn Probe
WMFD.comJanuary 6, 2012

A search of a house in the 35-hundred block of Park Avenue West in Ontario resulted in the seizure of eight computers and three hard-drives. A house in the 200 block of Malone Road in Mansfield was also searched, and a computer, 29 grams of suspected ...more »

Personal Injury
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Memphis Attorney Mark A. Renken Opens Up Caseload For Victims Of Wrongful Injury
Emailwire (press release)January 5, 2012

As a Memphis criminal defense attorney and personal injury lawyer, Attorney Renken has gained the respect of the community. (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 05, 2012 ) Memphis, Tennessee -- One thing that Memphis news makes clear is that the Memphis court ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hungary's New Constitution Sparks Protest by Opposition
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

5 and Dec. 12 and has a 2.5 percentage point margin of error. The next parliamentary election is scheduled for 2014. Thousands demonstrated last year at various rallies against the new constitution, media law and the scrapping of early retirement benefits.more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Attorney Hanan M. Isaacs Featured Speaker at "Settling Early or ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 26, 2012

Sponsored by the Justice Marie L. Garibaldi American Inn of Court for Alternative Dispute Resolution and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. KINGSTON, NJ, January 26, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- There will be a joint meeting between ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama's Assault on Separation of Powers
FrontPage MagazineJanuary 10, 2012

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which established the powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the bureau could not start exercising its considerable powers and issuing regulations until a director was ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Avid Law Center Announces the Avid Pro Bono Relief Program
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

Last year saw thousands of illegal foreclosures on veterans and active duty service members, despite laws put in place to protect them from foreclosure. Additionally, those on fixed incomes due to retirement or disability are among the hardest hit in ...more »

Bills fire defensive coordinator George Edwards
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

In completing the final year of his contract and unsure whether he'll land a new deal with the Bills, Johnson further clouded his future after an excessive celebration penalty led Gailey to benching him for the final three quarters Sunday. ...more »

Sports Law
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Libous: New laws taking affect in 2012
Towanda Daily ReviewJanuary 2, 2012

A school-based team would oversee staff training, parent and student education about concussions, and transition for students who have sustained a concussion back into school and sports. Limited protests at military funerals (S.3901-A) - New law...more »

Criminal Defense
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Man pleads guilty in money-laundering scheme allegedly linked to prominent ...
The Boston GlobeJanuary 6, 2012

By Travis Andersen A Dover man pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston yesterday for his role in a scheme to launder drug money that allegedly involved a prominent criminal defense lawyer. Michael F. Hansen, 48, pleaded guilty to charges that he ...more »

Pa. audit reportedly questions finances at Pocono Mountain Charter School
Pocono RecordJanuary 12, 2012

... and violates every principle of the law I know," Fennick said. "To say you can't get lease aid because your landlord is a church "» I don't understand that." Representatives from the Office of the Auditor General did not know when the final report ...more »

Thousands protest over new Hungarian constitution
Boston.comJanuary 3, 2012

"Our Basic Law defines the family, order, the home, work and health as the most important, shared scale of values." The European Union, the United States and international watchdogs have criticized many of the government's recent moves. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cordray at CFPB, Fed Housing Study, Bank Sarasin: Compliance
BloombergJanuary 5, 2012

Pottage, now a senior executive at the bank's headquarters in Zurich, should have started a review of controls after a client-money breach, a payment fraud, and other failings were discovered, the Financial Services Authority said in court papers. ...more »

Environmental Law
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TexCom Appoints Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth as New Independent ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

TexCom is expanding its interests to disposal of nonhazardous industrial wastewater, serving the refining and petrochemical industries. For more information, please visit www.texcomresources.com . Forward-Looking Statements This press release and the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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LEGION INSURANCE COMPANY C/O INSERVCO v. BUREAU OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEE ...
Leagle.comJanuary 11, 2012

Legion Insurance Company 2 (Insurer) petitions for review of an adjudication of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Fee Review Hearing Office (Hearing Office), holding that it must reimburse Vincent L. Ferrara, MD, for vertebral axial decompression ...more »

Family Law
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Advocates push for protections against dating violence in Kentucky
Lexington Herald LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

"We have never lived together," Barbour said in her petition for the domestic violence order to stop the man from contacting her. "We dated nine years. I basically broke up with him completely two days ago. I never let him move in because I have ...more »

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