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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

Kelly Borth: How a trademark can build product differentiation
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

An attorney who specializes in trademark law can best guide you on securing a trademark or you can go to the aforementioned website and manage the registration process yourself. The good news is it as long as there are not any complications, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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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 »

Health Care Law
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Tax Relief and Health Care Acts Shape 2011 Returns
Journal of AccountancyJanuary 1, 2012

The Tax Relief Act increased the alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts for 2010 and 2011 (also known as the AMT patch). For 2011, the amounts are $48450 for unmarried individuals; $74450 for married individuals filing jointly; and $37225 for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
MovieWebJanuary 1, 2012

Nathan Jones. Really. Nolan picks real actors. Nathan Jones is a professional wrestler. I bet you he cant act. But go ahead and cast him. Please do something about Lolo0001's account on movieweb. Get rid of him or her. He or she is trolling around all ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
ILW.comJanuary 2, 2012

The report on Reyes upset her Congressman, Bob Filnes (D-CA) and he has filed a private bill to award her citizenship. Those bills rarely pass, but they can have the effect of delaying the process. I'm also pleased that San Diego immigration lawyer ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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No AFSPA protection for arrested CISF men: Omar
Hindustan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

One person was killed and two others were injured on Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village. The state government has promised action ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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So far so good
RepublicaJanuary 2, 2012

The fact that the dispute resolution subcommittee has been able to significantly cut down on the areas of difference between the political parties is no small matter. But it will also be a little premature to be overly optimistic of these developments. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Founding Partner Jim Rubin Named to Top 100 and Seven Butler Rubin Partners ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

Seven additional Butler Rubin partners have been singled out for excellence in the list of 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers: Ira J. Belcove (Business Litigation), Michael R. Hassan (Business Litigation), James A. Morsch (Antitrust Litigation), ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists take credit for burning of Harris Ranch cattle trucks
Fresno BeeJanuary 10, 2012

By Jim Guy - The Fresno Bee Animal rights activists are behind the burning of cattle trucks at the Harris Ranch truck lot early Sunday, according to a statement from the purported arsonists. The statement, released Monday, describes how the fire, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Arent Fox Promotes Four Attorneys in its DC Office
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)January 2, 2012

Fowkes and Wright are both members of the litigation practice group. Fowkes focuses on complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation and arbitration and dispute resolution. Wright focuses on complex commercial litigation, technology and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Long Do We Need to Keep All This Stuff?
Our Colorado NewsJanuary 7, 2012

Employee Compensation: Your payroll department should keep payroll records (including records of wages, hours, collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts, date of payment, amount of payment, record of straight and overtime earnings etc.) ...more »

Established Players Outlive Newcomers as Middle East Market Consolidates
Aviation International NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Jet Aviation, too, has deep roots in the desert, with well-established operations in Dubai, Jeddah and Riyadh. These businesses are now in what Christof Spaeth, senior vice president for MRO and FBO services for Europe the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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City to Hold Free Legal Advice Clinic for New Americans
Patch.comJanuary 4, 2012

By Caitlin Burgess According to the VLN website, the Landlord/Tenant Legal Workshop and Advice Clinic aims to foster interactions between newcomers and the receiving community, strengthen the capacity of immigrant-led organizations and their attention ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Legal Aid's SPLASH helpline ready to help senior citizens
Bixby BulletinJanuary 3, 2012

Are you a senior citizen who needs legal help with a will, estate or power of attorney; bankruptcy and collections; or a home ownership or landlord-tenant problem? Oklahomans 60 and over who need legal assistance with one of these civil legal issues ...more »

Litigation
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Keane's Legal Claimant Services Division Adds Estate Litigation Experts
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

NEW YORK, Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Keane, the country's only comprehensive provider of unclaimed property consulting, unclaimed property reporting, and communication solutions, today announced that it is expanding its Legal Claimant Services ...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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Pay Raise Signed in the Nick of Time
Military.comJanuary 3, 2012

The following is a list of those changes: The law will extend authority for the DoD to continue to offer voluntary separation pay and benefits to those facing involuntary separations through 2018. The $100 a day high-deployment allowance for those ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Student in row on Google Map tag
Deccan ChronicleJanuary 4, 2012

“It is a lesson for all parents who give absolute freedom to children to use the Internet,” said the official. “No Internet crimes will go undetected and the culprits can be nabbed within days, provided there is a complaint,” he added.more »

Personal Injury
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Under new N.J. bill, personal injury lawyers would have to wait 30 days before ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 5, 2012

Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union) and Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-Middlesex) – practice personal injury law. “Over my 30 years of practice, I have seen some things that shock the conscience,” said Bramnick. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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White House mum over possible appointment legal advice
Chicago TribuneJanuary 6, 2012

Obama on Wednesday used his constitutional power to install a new chief at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, along with three members of the National Labor Relations Board. Experts said an opinion was probably provided on the moves, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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On the Move
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 4, 2012

... Law-Employers; Gregg Greenfield in the areas of Corporate Law, Environmental Law and Real Estate Law; Roger Sudbeck in the areas of Medical Malpractice-Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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President's Recess Appointment of Cordray Gives Watchdog Teeth It Needs
Huffington PostJanuary 9, 2012

Since July 21, the CFPB -- a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- had been up and running, but without clear full powers. It's the nation's first federal financial regulator with only one job -- protecting consumers ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law Offices of Norbert U. Frost, an Experienced Family Lawyer in Solano County ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 4, 2012

List or organize documents concerning real estate, cemetery plots, vehicles, stock certificates, savings bonds, brokerage accounts and business interests. 7. List all insurance policies, numbers and the name, address and phone number of the agent. 8. ...more »

Year of the Oops: 2011 Was Spent in Reverse
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

The 31000-member Machinists union at Boeing Co. last month approved a contract extension, settling one of the biggest labor disputes in recent years. The deal ended opposition to a new nonunion plant in South Carolina. The National Labor Relations ...more »

Sports Law
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Adult store could become a bar
The StateJanuary 4, 2012

Under the new law, Taboo likely would fail to meet the 700-foot buffer from the nearest protected property, a house on Montague Road. White said the shift from sex shop to sports bar should satisfy City Council, neighbors and businesses that oppose the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Dumanis deposition: Marine widow's attorney has 'vendetta'
KFMB News 8January 5, 2012

During an Oct. 24, 2011 deposition, District Attorney Dumanis claimed Sommer's criminal defense attorney, Allen Bloom, has a grudge against her stemming from a 25-year-old prostitution case involving the so-called Rolodex madam, Karen Wilkening. ...more »

IRS Angel: Local Angel Helping the Community Solve Their Tax Problems
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Yael is an attorney who specializes in tax resolution, tax preparation and audit representation. The necklace was a thank you present given to her by one of her very elated clients. After a few of her clients dubbed her their IRSAngel, ...more »

Retirement? No way! Seniors continue working out of need and pleasure
The News JournalJanuary 1, 2012

In others, the unacknowledged reality of age discrimination keeps the door closed. And in an economy where jobs are difficult to come by even for younger workers, seniors who are laid off face an even tougher time. In Delaware, the statistics point to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Target-Date Funds End Another Year Far Away From Bull's-Eye
Wall Street JournalJanuary 9, 2012

They have become a popular, industry-generated option for company 401(k) plans, with $368 billion in assets in 2011, more than double the amount they held in 2008. Indeed, as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, target-date funds were made one ...more »

Environmental Law
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DCS Energy Opts Out of Litchfield Solar Panel Deal
Litchfield County TimesJanuary 6, 2012

After pursuing a contract with South Glastonbury-based DCS Energy that would add solar panels to town buildings, Litchfield officials were stunned to find out the alternative energy additions wouldn't be coming to town. “The deal fell through,” First ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local seniors to be recognized
Poughkeepsie JournalJanuary 8, 2012

Attorney Shari Hubner will be providing helpful, practical tips regarding each document and its importance to you and your loved ones. The probate process will also be explained and the pros and cons presented. This free workshop is presented by Saint ...more »

Family Law
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James Island family turns over 2-year-old girl following court order
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 1, 2012

At attorney for the Cherokee Nation argued that the adoption failed to comply with notice requirements under the Indian Child Welfare Act, a 1978 law designed to preserve Native American families. Court records note that Brown is an enrolled member of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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HOLLEMAN v. CONCRETE
Leagle.comJanuary 5, 2012

Appellant John Holleman filed a claim for workers' compensation benefits alleging that he sustained a compensable injury to his back and leg when he fell from his concrete mixer truck. After a hearing, the Commission found that Holleman did not sustain ...more »

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