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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 »

Details of £250m pounds tax swindle involving two Welshmen released
WalesOnlineJanuary 1, 2012

Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue described fish and chip shop owner Majid as one of the key players in the scam, which saw pay-as-you-go mobile phones shipped across Europe through a complex network of companies designed to confuse tax officials. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing tonight on city electric, gas buying plans
Cincinnati.comJanuary 30, 2012

The proposals were authorized under Ohio's 10-year-old utility deregulation law, allowing municipalities and other organizations to combine, or aggregate, their purchasing power to seek better rates. More than 300 municipalities across Ohio has since ...more »

Health Care Law
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Minn. Lawmakers Set To Resume Health Insurance Exchange Fight
Kaiser Health NewsJanuary 31, 2012

But the Republican-controlled legislature is split over whether to support implementation of that provision of the healthcare law. The debate over a key part of the federal health care overhaul heats up again at the state capitol. GOP Sen.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Mo. Democrats vow to oppose discrimination bill
CBS NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Black lawmakers in Missouri, fearful of reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, said Monday they will try to prevent votes in the House and Senate on a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws.more »

Immigration Law
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Ali Noorani: Republicans Want Sensible Immigration Policy. Are Candidates ...
Fox NewsJanuary 27, 2012

Compare the answers of four Republican presidential candidates: • “The answer is self-deportation, which is, people decide they can do better by going home because they can't find work here because they don't have legal documentation to allow them to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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PM's wife visits her daughter's in-laws
The Asian AgeJanuary 4, 2012

The farmers, led by Sanjeev Kumar, while questioning the manner in which their land was acquired in the name of industrial development. The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to examine whether international standards laid down by the Montreal Convention ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Navy to play Big East football in 2015
ESPNJanuary 24, 2012

A judge in Rhode Island has ordered the Big East and West Virginia into non-binding mediation in an attempt to resolve their lawsuits. The Big East has seven members that don't play FBS football: St. John's, Seton Hall, Villanova, Georgetown, DePaul, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Franklin Township wins dispute with insurance carrier over coverage for Kiddie ...
Gloucester County Times - NJ.comJanuary 27, 2012

Petsch said the arbitration victory — which awarded Franklin a “blank check” for legal fees in continuing litigation and $1 million to cover any court-ordered awards to plaintiffs — is a win for township taxpayers. “By going after our insurance...more »

Animal Law
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Be wary, but not afraid, of Shrewsbury coyote sightings
The Shrewsbury LanternJanuary 30, 2012

SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts – Recent reports of coyote sightings around Shrewsbury have been cropping up, the latest in the Lamplighter/Stonybrook areas, and given the number of animals in the area, I thought it would warrant getting the word out to all ...more »

Intellectual Property
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“Gambia Is Gearing Up For Intellectual Property Policy Formulation” Says ...
Foroyaa onlineJanuary 23, 2012

By Publisher on 23-01-12 (0 reads) News by the same author By Abdou Aziz Saho The Attorney General and Minster of Justice, Mr. Edward Anthony Gomez, said due to the Gambia government's recognition of the importance of having Intellectual Property...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Don Weber wants to change the courthouse climate in Madison County
Madison County RecordJanuary 29, 2012

A candidate for state representative in the Republican primary in the 108th House District, Weber, if elected, will propose legislation to improve the climate in the Madison County courthouse - and make it less inclement for defendants in asbestos...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SUNY Fredonia to celebrate Black History Month
Evening ObserverJanuary 30, 2012

The Black Student Union (BSU) at SUNY Fredonia will launch the month-long observance of Black History Month with an opening ceremony Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm, featuring a dinner followed by an address by Dr. Saundra Liggins, interim Affirmative Action...more »

Rally held at Dolphin Aviation for Rick Santorum
WWSB ABC 7January 30, 2012

The Republican rally at Dolphin Aviation on Sunday did include Santorum's oldest daughter standing in for him. About 200 people attended the event at the same venue where Newt Gingrich drew more than $4000 last week. Rick Santorum's youngest daughter, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Local attorneys to offer free legal help to veterans
The SaratogianJanuary 30, 2012

Veterans may get help with things such as wills and healthcare proxies, debtor-creditor and bankruptcy concerns, VA benefits and service-connected pensions for disabled veterans, employment discrimination claims, military documentation questions and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hock heaven: Pawn shops offer quick solutions in tight times
Lansing State JournalJanuary 30, 2012

At a time when banks have shut their doors on those with bad credit, a growing number of borrowers are pawning their jewelry, electronics and other valuables to make ends meet. The National Pawnbrokers Association says its members are reporting record ...more »

Litigation
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Class Certification Denied in BPA Litigation
JD Supra (press release)January 3, 2012

In re: Bisphenol-A Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, No. 08-1967 (WD Mo. July 7, 2011). That decision offered an interesting discussion of choice of law, and of commonality after Dukes v. Walmart, and an important reminder that while ...more »

Business Law
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DA, Sheriff Enforce New Law Banning Dangerous 'Bath Salts,' Designer Drugs
ScoopSanDiego.comJanuary 31, 2012

"We're taking this action to let businesses know about the new law and penalties they could face," Dumanis said. "More importantly, we want to be proactive to let San Diegans know how dangerous these drugs can be. "Bath salts" in particular have been ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Cop now Campbell wounded battalion's top NCO
ArmyTimes.comJanuary 29, 2012

Leadership in the WTB is especially high-visibility following well-publicized problems at the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center and elsewhere in 2007. What was seen as substandard treatment of America's wounded warriors caused major embarrassment ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Keithville Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
KTBSJanuary 31, 2012

The Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes such as identity theft, Internet fraud, and cyber-stalking. Yet, most of the unit's investigations have involved crimes against children – boys and girls ...more »

Personal Injury
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Richmond Traumatic Brain Injury Attorneys Applaud White House Research ...
PR Web (press release)January 28, 2012

The Virginia personal injury firm of Marks & Harrison says 'Joining Forces' initiative will benefit veterans as well as civilians suffering from TBI, PTSD and other disabilities. We look forward to disabled veterans across Virginia and the rest of our ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Sen. Diane Allen crusading to preserve anti-bullying law
phillyBurbs.comJanuary 31, 2012

She welcomed the opportunity to work with lawmakers and the New Jersey Department of Education to craft revisions that achieve the law's goals without diverting resources from other programs. Allen said she was unsure of what expense the law created ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Petters receiver responds to lawsuit with one of his own
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 9, 2012

Richard Painter, an ethics professor at the University of Minnesota Law School said suing a professional firm for services rendered involves "complex issues" but added that outside firms "can be liable" when a client does something illegal. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Makamba to seek laws to protect consumers
IPPmediaJanuary 30, 2012

Lack of a law that guides the rental sector leads to many problems, at times making the landlords feel they have more rights than responsibilities to their tenants. He said: “Contracts entered between the landlords and the tenants are not registered; ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith LLP Adds Entertainment and Intellectual ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 23, 2012

"With the national Lewis Brisbois platform, my existing clients can be serviced in their litigation needs across the country as well as gain access to a broader base of legal services including corporate and securities, tax, trusts and real estate law.more »

ICE Canada Wheat-Market Bid Slowed by Grower Fight With Harper on Monopoly
BloombergJanuary 23, 2012

Until the court case is resolved, trading in the new ICE (ICE) contracts may not amount to much, said Jamie Wilton, a senior commodity futures specialist for brokerage ScotiaMcLeod in Winnipeg. Commercial buyers “will start trading the contracts very ...more »

Sports Law
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DoJ's Internet Gaming Green Light to States is 'No Big Deal for Tribes'
Indian Country Today Media Network.comJanuary 2, 2012

Congress already passed the law saying that states can have intra-state gaming – the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.” The law, known by its unwieldy acronym UIGEA, was passed in 2006 as part of the SAFE Port Act and essentially prohibits ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Gigi Gordon, lawyer was 54
LA ObservedJanuary 25, 2012

Gigi Gordon, a well-known criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles who recently was directing attorney of the Post Conviction Assistance Center, died last week. The Daily Journal's Henry Meier reports today that she committed suicide in her car at a ...more »

Apparently Newt Gingrich Tried A Bush-League Version Of Mitt Romney's Carried ...
DealBreakerJanuary 24, 2012

... the tax experts said he may have left himself open to an IRS challenge. “That could be the type of return that would be flagged for an audit,” said one of the experts, Robert McKenzie, a tax attorney at the Arnstein & Lehr law firm in Chicago.more »

Age is no reason to give up on politicians
Victoria Times ColonistJanuary 24, 2012

By Susan Riley, Times Colonist January 24, 2012 2:17 AM Politics may be the only profession in which experience is considered "baggage" and age discrimination is not only tolerated, but blandly accepted. For evidence, consider the contests to lead the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Celesq® AttorneysEd Center Announces February 2012 CLE Addressing Important ...
PR.com (press release)January 26, 2012

Barry Engel analyzes choice of law decisions and how they may lead to conflict of law issues in this program for asset protection and integrated estate planning lawyers. Rob Shilliday explores the potential effects of Twombly and Iqbal on the ethical ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Receives $750000 in New Orders for Natural Gas Vehicle Fuel Storage ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies Worldwide, Inc., a fully integrated alternative energy company, is a leader in the development and production of advanced propulsion systems, energy storage technologies, and alternative fuel vehicles.more »

Wills & Probate
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Huntington attorney dies at 55
West Virginia RecordJanuary 31, 2012

Marc Williams, a partner at Nelson Mullins who was a friend and former co-worker of Stout, said Stout was by far the premier lawyer in the state in the field of wills and estates. "He was also ahead of his time in building a practice through networking ...more »

Family Law
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Greg Kelly's Rape Accuser Has Family Ties To NYPD, Too
GothamistJanuary 28, 2012

It's now been revealed that the rape accuser, a 30-year-old law firm employee who the Post describes as "an aspiring model and actress," also has family ties to the NYPD—the Post reports that her brother is a crime-scene investigator for the NYPD who ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals candidates recommended to Gov. Dayton
Coon Rapids ECM PublishersJanuary 26, 2012

Previously, he worked as a Workers' Compensation Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings. Hall is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section National Conference of Specialized Court Judges and is a Rosetown ...more »

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