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VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

5 Resolutions for a Healthier & Greener 2012
Care2.comJanuary 1, 2012

We know that the big players in agribusiness will dispute this claim, but it makes sense to us. Organic farms tend to have richer, healthier soil than farms that use fossil-fuel derived fertilizer that's constantly being depleted. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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NRC disputes contentions in VY water quality suit
Brattleboro ReformerJanuary 31, 2012

But the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board struck the contention because it was "untimely and outside the scope of NEC's original National Environmental Protection Act contention." NEC then filed a motion to amend Contention 1, but Entergy successfully ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medicaid opt-out possible
UPI.comJanuary 15, 2012

By MARCELLA S. KREITER, United Press International An issue that has received scant attention with all the uproar related to the individual mandate in the healthcare reform law is what will happen if a state decides against expanding Medicaid to comply ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Seriously, Iowa? Ron Paul?
Washington PostJanuary 2, 2012

International law? Back in 2002, Paul wrote in a column that “America must either remain a constitutional republic or submit to international law, because it cannot do both.” I guess it is goodbye constitutional republic since Paul now claims that ...more »

Immigration Law
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From 'attrition through enforcement' to 'self-deportation'
Florida IndependentJanuary 27, 2012

By Marcos Restrepo | 01.27.12 | 10:29 am When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke about “self-deportation” in Florida this week, his closest rival Newt Gingrich called it an “Obama-level fantasy,” but self-deportation is really just another ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev's State of the Nation Address ...
CaspionetJanuary 28, 2012

The development of regions and small towns is the third direction. The country should build new factories and create industrial jobs and social infrastructure in economically promising areas. The President highlighted the development of small ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New Arbitration Rules to Resolve Satellite Disputes
Satellite Today (subscription)January 31, 2012

New arbitration rules have recently been launched for resolution of disputes relating to outer space activities. The Optional Rules for Arbitration of Disputes Relating to Outer Space Activities was developed by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Litigation continues after 2009 sewage flood
Evening News and TribuneJanuary 27, 2012

“Because it is pending litigation, it is the policy of the city council not to comment on or to discuss any city matters that are currently in court proceedings.” Les Merkley, attorney for the city administration, authored a similar response.more »

Animal Law
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Mark Buehrle's Dog Violates Miami Law
The Post Game (blog)January 6, 2012

The left-handed pitcher and his wife, Jamie, are outspoken animal rights advocates. Buehrle made headlines on sports blogs in 2010 when he went on record hoping Eagles quarterback Michael Vick would be injured during a game because of his dogfighting ...more »

Intellectual Property
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.aeDA Continues Its Efforts in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Related ...
Financial PostJanuary 4, 2012

aeDA) of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) continues to implement the best international practices in protecting Intellectual Property Rights for its registrants. This comes in line with its mandate to enforce all policies related ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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State Attorney Generals Set to Sign Proposed Mortgage Abuse Settlement with Banks
KCSGJanuary 31, 2012

ReconTrust have prompted the Utah Attorney General's Office to participate in the settlement talks. The proposed settlement would require banks to devote about $17-billion of the total settlement to various types of loan modifications for homeowners ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Race in Brazil
The EconomistJanuary 26, 2012

In a passionate and sometimes angry debate, black Brazilian activists insist that slavery's legacy of injustice and inequality can only be reversed by affirmative-action policies, of the kind found in the United States. Their opponents argue that the ...more »

Saudi Aviation Authority Said to Sell 15 Billion Riyal Debt
BusinessWeekJanuary 16, 2012

15 (Bloomberg) -- Saudi Arabia's General Authority of Civil Aviation raised 15 billion riyals ($4 billion) from the sale of Islamic bonds, said a banker familiar with the transaction. The 10-year notes will pay a profit rate of 2.5 percent, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Maine rights panel finds landlord did not do enough to correct harassment of ...
Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 23, 2012

Bonnadio and Paquet complained about the hostile housing environment at various times over several months, but the landlord Realty Resources Management only responded with a short note, according to the Maine Human Rights Commission's investigator.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wife's bad credit doesn't have to ruin her husband's
CreditCards.comJanuary 30, 2012

My credit score is currently 625 and my husband's is in the mid-700s. Most of the bills are in his name, and the ones I have are not on my report. I want my score to go up, but most of all I do not want to ruin it any further. How do I build credit...more »

Litigation
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Leading International Trade Group Joins MMM
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

ATLANTA, GA, Jan 30, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP law firm has announced the addition of a premier international trade group, including four partners, to its Washington, DC office, effective January 27.more »

Business Law
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Better Business Bureau Calls Out LG For False Advertising
TechCrunchJanuary 31, 2012

Apparently the Better Business Bureau (more specifically the National Advertising Division) “has recommended that LG Electronics USA discontinue advertising claims made for the company's Cinema 3D Television and 3D glasses.” Back in June of 2011, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Caregivers to Gain More Support
Department of DefenseJanuary 31, 2012

The Labor Department's proposal expands military family leave protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act, and benefits not only military caregivers, but also military families as a whole. -- Increase the amount of time an employee may take to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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IRS Cautions US Citizens about Tax-related Fraudulent E-mails
SPAMfighter NewsJanuary 10, 2012

Also, in a joint report by the IRS and IC3 (Internet Crime Complain Center) it's stated that the most widely circulating tax-related e-mail scam thus far has been the "Turbo Tax scam." This scam has so derived the name as its perpetrators dispatch fake ...more »

Personal Injury
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Pennsylvania Car Accident Attorney Supports Ban on Cell Phone Use While Driving
PR Web (press release)January 12, 2012

Munley, Munley & Cartwright, PC, is a Pennsylvania accident and injury law firm that represents car accident victims and their families throughout the state of Pennsylvania and the Northeast, including those injured in accidents that involve speeding, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Providing Free Legal Advice Not Federal Court's Job, Attorneys For Occupy ...
The ChattanooganJanuary 31, 2012

It's fine for Hamilton County to try to determine whether its new law governing use of county property is constitutional and enforceable, according to legal documents failed today in US District Court, but officials should not expect federal courts to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Nurses fume over 23% hike in professional dues
Montreal GazetteJanuary 28, 2012

The Order of Nurses is raising the annual professional fee of its members to $328.98 from $268.26 – an increase of $60.72. After taxes, malpractice insurance premiums and a $25 “contribution” to the Office des professions du Québec are factored in, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Dodd-Frank Amendments Okayed by House Ag Panel
Wisconsin Ag ConnectionJanuary 26, 2012

The House Committee on Agriculture approved six bills designed to amend Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. According to Agri-Pulse, the panel held seven hearings in the past year regarding the implementation of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Trade Tower Is Set to Add Prime Tenant, a Law Firm
New York TimesJanuary 27, 2012

Chadbourne & Parke, a 110-year-old law firm, is close to a deal to move to the 1776-foot skyscraper under construction at ground zero, from its headquarters at Rockefeller Center. If the deal is completed, it would represent a return to Chadbourne's ...more »

ADVICE: Human trafficking law applies to Inland businesses
Press-EnterpriseJanuary 31, 2012

A new state law, which became effective Jan. 1, requires retailers and manufacturers doing business in California that generate $100 million or more in annual sales to disclose their efforts to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from their supply ...more »

Sports Law
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Darren Law Daytona 24H race report
Motorsport.comJanuary 30, 2012

Law was happy to lead the Corvette contingent in the season-opener for the 2012 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. "I think we're a little behind the eight-ball here because everything is new – body, engine, chassis – so we're on a steep learning curve.more »

Criminal Defense
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Washington County court system sets up program to help combat veterans who've ...
Pioneer PressJanuary 31, 2012

We take care of ourselves, and that's what this program does," said John Baker, a criminal defense attorney and veterans advocate from White Bear Lake. Baker, a Marine Corps veteran, was one of the speakers at a news conference Monday morning at the ...more »

Convicted for Compassion: The Ongoing Trials of the Good Doctor Rafil Dhafir
Pacific Free PressJanuary 26, 2012

The government wanted Williams to inform on HTN and she described how FBI Agent Jim Kolbe, IRS Agent Mark Sweeney, and US Attorney Brenda Sannes had spent three days, first individually and then together, asking her to wear a recorder in her meetings ...more »

Age Discrimination Commissioner to address WIS
Financial StandardJanuary 27, 2012

By Rachel Davis | In Superannuation Women in Super are hosting a networking lunch on Monday February 6 in Sydney which will be presented by Susan Ryan AO, Australia's new Age Discrimination Commissioner. Susan will speak about her role and her priority ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Changes to corporate legislation amend protection of creditors' rights
International Law OfficeJanuary 16, 2012

The law amends: the Law on the State Registration of Legal Entities and Individual Entrepreneurs (129-FZ). The Law on Limited Liability Companies requires a limited liability company to reduce its charter capital if the value of the company's net ...more »

Environmental Law
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ACT Alliance Alert: Towards transition and recovery: Assistance to returning ...
Reuters AlertNetJanuary 13, 2012

LWF has signed 3 agreements with UNHCR for 2012 activities for: (1) construction of shelters for IDPs in their villages of return, (2) shelter construction and environmental/alternative energy sources for the Sudanese refugees and (3) agricultural ...more »

Wills & Probate
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I kept my word and finally made a will
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 10, 2012

I'll be honest with you: drawing up our will wasn't the cheeriest of hours Jane, my wife, and I have spent together. Sitting in the grand reading room of the Law Society, Jane Cassell of JC Independent Wills & Probate (jcwillsandprobate.co.uk) asked ...more »

Family Law
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Discriminatory laws and policies harm children of LGBT parents, new study finds
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Strengthening Economic Security for Children Living in LGBT Families describes how antiquated and discriminatory laws increase poverty for children with LGBT parents, and can be especially harmful for children living in low-income households.more »

Workers Compensation
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DA visits local construction sites for workers' comp check
Victorville Daily PressJanuary 28, 2012

VICTORVILLE • Carrying a badge and a gun on his belt, Steve Rivera walked into a trailer at the new Walmart Supercenter construction site. The senior investigator for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office politely asked site supervisors ...more »

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