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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 »

Police investigate city's 39th homicide on New Year's Eve
Global WinnipegJanuary 1, 2012

It's not the way Winnipeg Police hoped to end 2011, investigating the city's 39th homicide of the year. A man was shot and killed inside a house in the 6-hundred block of Selkirk Avenue around 5 am Saturday. "It's supposed to be a new year tomorrow and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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State plan to pare district judges
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 5, 2012

Art Heinz, a spokesman for the administrative office, said the 10 vacancies already eliminated are projected to save $1.3 million a year. Conservatively, a 10-percent reduction in district judges would cut roughly $6.5 million a year, he said. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Mayor: Explaining the Impact of Public Employee Pension and Health Care ...
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

The firefighters will be receiving wage adjustments of 1.25% on January 1 st and July 1 st of each of the three contract years. The City's contracts with the public works union and the library workers union were not due to expire until the end of 2012. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gay marriage row set to flare
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Mr Jones, the member for the blue-collar seat of Throsby in the Illawarra region in NSW, says he has the support of ministers and of the Left but admits he does not expect the bill - which will propose to amend the Marriage Act to include gay and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Why is Arizona threatened by Mexican-American studies?
CNNJanuary 5, 2012

Those wrongheaded efforts got a boost last week when, at an administrative hearing, state Administrative Law Judge Lewis Kowal -- relying on auditors that had surveyed only a few classes -- found that the program was being taught in an inappropriate ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mo. firms missing job targets cited for state aid
Southeast MissourianJanuary 8, 2012

The Department of Economic Development said the anticipated jobs reported by businesses are used as a budgeting tool to help calculate the state's potential financial exposure under a law that caps Quality Jobs tax credits at $80 million annually. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Couples can get advice
Cambridge NewsJanuary 3, 2012

The National Family Mediation Service is on standby to receive inquiries from couples deciding to split after the stress of the festive period. January 7 is the date more couples throw in the towel on their marriage than on any other day. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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How to make the litigation process easier and less costly
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

Horses for courses — Really consider the choice of lawyers and conflicts of interest. There is a tendency for a defendant business owner to pick up the phone and call a trusted business lawyer and send the case to the 'go-to firm. ...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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Olshan Names New Partners to its Activist, Corporate, Intellectual Property ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 9, 2012

Holloman, (38), Litigation Group, is experienced in securities litigation, white collar criminal defense and general commercial litigation. She represents financial institutions, other corporations and individuals in regulatory enforcement proceedings, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Breast implants litigation begins in France
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Kevin Timms, a trainee solicitor at Garden House Solicitors, a plaintiff law firm in Hertford, England, said his firm has filed a group action representing 27 claimants against 13 clinics. The firm is not pursuing PIP because implant manufacturer does ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ruling over city arbitration award upheld
Scranton Times-TribuneJanuary 5, 2012

Scranton has been a distressed city under Act 47 since 1992. The state Supreme Court considered whether Act 47 applies to state Act 111, a law that governs police and fire collective bargaining units. "Given the Supreme Court's holding in Scranton Fire ...more »

General Aviation Accident, Fatality Rates Drop in 2010
Helicopter Association InternationalJanuary 4, 2012

Frederick, Md. – General aviation accidents and fatalities declined in 2010 for the fourth consecutive year, according to new National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) data. In total number, the 1435 GA accidents marked a 20-year low, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Appellate Division
Law.comJanuary 11, 2012

by Scott E. Mollen | 01/11/2012 Scott E. Mollen, a partner at Herrick, Feinstein, abalyzes recent decisions, including a rejection of an assertion by a tenant that a landlord was compelled to convert a building to condominiums by a by John Caher ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Deaths in 2011
Green Bay Press GazetteJanuary 2, 2012

13. Machinist at Paper Converting Machine Co. for 24 years until retiring in 1978. Helped start the company's credit union and served on its board. Donald Broekman, 81, Sept. 13. Ran a shoe repair shop on East Mason Street for 49 years. ...more »

Litigation
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Meade County Commission still in litigation over rubble site expansion
Rapid City JournalJanuary 8, 2012

The commissioners are currently in litigation with DENR over the expansion, so they would not say anything on the matter, instead breaking into executive session. "The county is in the status of litigation of this matter so we have to keep our comments ...more »

Business Law
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CAIR Troubled By New Detention Law, Despite President's 'Reservations'
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Mitt Romney says he would veto DREAM Act
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By James Oliphant Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has pledged to veto the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Upstate Man Faces 20 Child Sex Charges
WYFF GreenvilleJanuary 5, 2012

The ACSO is a member of the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Investigators said that Dew had digital photographs and/or videos depicting children engaged in sex acts. A number of computers and associated equipment belonging to Dew ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Offers Advice on What ...
PR Web (press release)January 10, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman offers advice on what to do after an elevator accident. According to the New York Daily News, a fitness trainer injured in a New York elevator accident did not report his injuries until the day after the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hungarians cry foul as new Constitution comes into effect (VIDEO)
Christian Science MonitorJanuary 3, 2012

But that will be nearly impossible under this Constitution,” argues Kim Lane Scheppele, who heads a law and public affairs section at Princeton University and is a specialist in comparative constitutional law. The Constitution “has transformed the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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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 »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB Releases Guidance on Confidentiality, Information Sharing
American Banker (subscription)January 4, 2012

"Failure to provide information required by the bureau is a violation of law for which the bureau will pursue all available remedies." The industry, however, has said the CFPB's jurisdiction only extends to consumer financial laws. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate roundup
The ColumbianJanuary 2, 2012

Brian Sullivan of Coldwell Banker Bain Commercial represented the Seller and Greg Nesting of Norris & Stevens represented the buyer. The building is fully leased and houses A&J Custom Cabinets, Speeds Towing and Premiere Pump. ...more »

Bajaj Auto unveils ultra low cost vehicle
IANSJanuary 3, 2012

This is not a car but a four-wheeler segment, which is a new segment in its own right," RC Maheshwary, president, commercial vehicle business, Bajaj Auto told IANS. The vehicle travelled 40 km per litre under test conditions and the company said under ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Talk – KY Legislature Needs to keep their Head out of College Sports
SurfKY NewsJanuary 6, 2012

The legal system is involves more than just a few simple steps to veto a law and it's too complicated. What would happen if the game had to happen? If the same players from the incident before are still there then things could escalate. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney seeks judge nomination
Lewisville LeaderJanuary 9, 2012

"My proven leadership, derived by serving in the military, presiding as a judge over mental health hearings, balancing a $100 million budget, and prosecuting and defending over 1200 criminal cases, has equipped me to develop programs that will increase ...more »

More IRS Audits Coming Your Way
ForbesJanuary 12, 2012

See EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates. High income means you could stick out from the pile. Nevertheless, even with the recently released figures, it's not the whole story. Big numbers alone don't produce audits. ...more »

Malaysian politician in sodomy trial slams law
The NationalJanuary 5, 2012

Mr Anwar has said that while he believes the government must prohibit same-sex marriage and prevent public obscenity, the current sodomy laws could "be abused to show violent discrimination or intolerance". "Our present laws are deemed to be rather ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Fall Forum Takes Chicago [Collector]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Pahl noted the FTC realizes the value the debt collection industry, working in compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, brings to the American economy. So as the commission looks to protect consumers' rights, it makes distinctions ...more »

Environmental Law
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Foley Hoag Expands Energy Technology and Renewables Practice
Citybizlist (press release)January 5, 2012

Barnett's client and industry experience spans technologies and projects in renewable electricity generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, renewable fuels and alternative transportation and other advanced energy technologies and projects. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Keith B. Braun is one of the top attorneys in Florida
TCPalmJanuary 6, 2012

The law firm of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, is committed to providing superior and distinctive client service. The attorneys at the firm specialize in tax law and transactional issues including estate planning, tax planning, ...more »

Family Law
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Felon William Cellini's family still profits off state contracts
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Somers disputes state records that show New Frontier continues to manage the buildings leased by the state, saying that “is incorrect” and that those records “must be considerably outdated.” Asked to explain whether the buildings are managed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ontario to extend workers' compensation in construction
Daily Commercial NewsJanuary 7, 2012

The remainder of the Act which extends mandatory workers' compensation coverage to independent operators, sole proprietors, some partners in a partnership and some executive officers who work in the construction industry will come into effect on Jan. ...more »

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