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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Murder charges against doctors test Maryland abortion law
ReutersJanuary 2, 2012

A hearing for Riley is scheduled for Tuesday morning in Salt Lake City, her attorney, Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum said. "I can tell you we strongly believe the charges are without legal basis," Krevor-Weisbaum said, adding that she had not yet seen the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare reform will continue evolving in 2012
Nurse.comJanuary 2, 2012

The most substantial terms and conditions of the Affordable Care Act do not take effect until 2014 with the scheduled implementation of the individual mandate and insurance co-ops. Some noteworthy developments will occur in 2012, however, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rally To Stop Emergency Managers In Detroit: 'I Shall Not Be Moved' (LIVE UPDATES)
Huffington PostJanuary 2, 2012

Emergency managers have power to break contracts, dismiss public officials and sell public utilities under Michigan's Public Act 4. This is a developing story. Follow our liveblog below for updates. Michigan Forward started the petition campaign to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Irrationality in Deportation Law
New York TimesJanuary 3, 2012

In determining whether Mr. Judulang could apply for a waiver from deportation, the board looked to a repealed law, which dealt with excluding aliens from admission to this country. If the basis for deporting an alien is “essentially equivalent” to a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mark Lytle to lead Georgia Centers of Innovation
Duluth WeeklyJanuary 4, 2012

Before joining GDEcD, Mr. Lytle was President and COO of Williams Power Corp., a nationwide industrial construction company, and Senior Vice President of Business Development at Law Engineering (now MACTEC), a global engineering company. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Put conditions in writing when letting tenant alter property
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

... before any work is done so that these conditions are clear to both sides. Eichner is director of Housing Counseling Programs for Project Sentinel, a mediation service based in Sunnyvale, Calif. To submit a question, go to http://www.housing.org.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Personnel Moves
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 1, 2012

As co-chair of the banking and financial services litigation practice group, Washowich handles civil, commercial and complex litigation matters. • Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP hired Brittany E. Fleming as an associate, practicing in civil litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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E. Coli, Animal Exhibits and the North Carolina State Fair
Food Safety NewsJanuary 6, 2012

After that outbreak, the North Carolina Legislature adopted Aedin's Law - named after a boy who developed a serious case of HUS. The law stipulates, among other things, that animal exhibitors must carry a public permit if visitors come into contact ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Crystal Dynamics Hard At Work On New Intellectual Property In 2012
RipTenJanuary 3, 2012

Not only will our team be eating, sleeping, and breathing Tomb Raider, but we'll also be hard at work preparing to reveal exciting new intellectual property to the world.” She didn't elaborate any further than that, though a few outlets are rumoring it ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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How to win a “bet-the-company” lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

A number of years ago, I represented an insurance company which sued a law firm for breach of fiduciary duty. The case was tried by a jury. The defendant was represented by a well-known, highly regarded law firm. I thought that the defendant's lawyers...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens Whistleblower Complaint Hotline
JD Supra (press release)January 2, 2012

The stronger the compliance policies and practices are, the less likely there will be legal and regulatory violations in the first place. It also will be critical to stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory and enforcement developments related to ...more »

Airplane deaths at record low in 2011: report
New York Daily NewsJanuary 1, 2012

A London-based aviation consultancy found that airplane deaths worldwide were down to historic lows in 2011. Of course. It's the safest way to travel. No. I know the stats say it's safe, but I'm still terrified of flying. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant 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 »

Bankruptcy Law
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Mr. Tightwad: Top 10 financial resolutions you should make in 2012
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 2, 2012

While it won't give you your credit score, it will give you a detailed credit history. Use this information to either dispute any inaccuracies or come up with a game plan to pay off bad debts (which will help you raise your credit score). ...more »

Litigation
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Penn State scandal sharpens focus on reputational risk
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Awareness of educational institution reputational risks has been rekindled as Penn State faces unlimited legal liability in civil litigation. The first civil lawsuit was filed Nov. 30 alleging that the university knew of and failed to prevent former ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Low VA Loan Rates in Texas Are Now Being Sponsored By Security America ...
PR Web (press release)January 11, 2012

Being a VA Industry Expert, Noble shared his advice in a clever way by providing military homebuyers the best information they would need to know, listing the VA Loan Benefits. These are "The Top 10 VA Loan Advantages", straight from the VA Loan ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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CRIME REPORT: Internet address leads to sexual exploitation charge for Memphis man
Memphis Commercial AppealJanuary 5, 2012

By Kevin McKenzie An undercover investigation led to the arrest on Wednesday of a 42-year-old Memphis man whose home had computers storing videos of minors engaged in sex, according to a court affidavit. Memphis police charged Tony U. Montgomery with ...more »

Personal Injury
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Vegas Injury Law Firm Donates Money to MADD Again in its Continued Fight to ...
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Bernstein & Poisson, a Las Vegas personal injury law firm, is committed to fighting against drunk driving. With New Year's Eve approaching, law partners Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have made a financial donation to the Nevada chapter of MADD to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A bad and arbitrary law
HaaretzJanuary 2, 2012

This law, in the words of Sigal Kogut, the Knesset's deputy legal advisor and the committee's legal counsel, bears the signs of being retroactive, arbitrary and personal, and is constitutionally flawed and indefensibly unproportional. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The TUSD Vote to Suspend MAS: 'You Continue to Treat us Like Enemies'
Tucson WeeklyJanuary 12, 2012

As such, there is more than ample educational and legal justification for the Program and its targeted focus on Latino students especially in light of the fact that TUSD has been and continues to be under a Desegregation Order. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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David Kolb: Why President Obama had to make a recess appointment of Richard ...
Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.comJanuary 11, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, also known as the Financial Stability Act of 2010, was one of the most sweeping reforms of the financial sector enacted since the days of legislation passed in the 1930s that sought to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Israel Parliament Approves Law On Top Court Judges
SalonJanuary 3, 2012

Co-produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (who also happens to be Edwards' boyfriend and one of Salon's sexiest men) — and featuring cameos by Norah Jones, Francis and the Lights and Peter Wolf Crier's Brian Moen, among others — “Voyageur” falls ...more »

Asia Manufacturing Picture Clouds
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

By MICHAEL S. ARNOLD SINGAPORE—Manufacturing activity continued to contract in South Korea and Taiwan in December but grew in India, as the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis and the sluggish US recovery hit Asia's export economies harder. ...more »

Sports Law
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Column: 2012 - Business in sports will see also-rans, surprises
Prescott Daily CourierJanuary 4, 2012

He is an Associate Professor of Sport Management and Sport Law at Eastern New Mexico University, teaches the Business of Sports at the University of Wyoming, and is a contributing author to the Business of Sports Network. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mubarak Lawyers Blast the Prosecution
Wall Street JournalJanuary 17, 2012

By MATT BRADLEY CAIRO—Defense attorneys for ousted President Hosni Mubarak said prosecutors have presented almost no evidence to connect Egypt's former leader and his fellow defendants with the capital crime of murdering protesters. ...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 »

Jewish US woman's quest could mean Medal of Honor for dad
HaaretzJanuary 10, 2012

Photo by: AP Yet Shemin never earned the nation's highest military citation, the Medal of Honor - a result, many suspected, of the fact that he was Jewish at a time when discrimination ran rampant throughout the US ¬military. Now, nearly four decades ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Inside the world of business
Irish TimesJanuary 7, 2012

It has taken six years since the passing of the Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005 allowed the transfer of information between the tax authorities and the now renamed Department of Social Protection for the two state entities to share data on State ...more »

Environmental Law
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New ways for tackling energy crisis
DAWN.comJanuary 6, 2012

THE Indus magnet as an alternative energy source, invented by Aziz Rehman Shaikh of Suparco, if it works may be the answer to severe energy shortages (electricity, gas and petroleum) faced by Pakistan today. Reviewing the history of similar inventions ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bills passed in the Ohio House, Senate this session: [Daily Record, The ...
Insurance News Net (press release)January 8, 2012

Senate Bill 124: Makes various changes to laws affecting the judiciary, replacing outdated language, exempting probate and juvenile judges from personal liability for misconduct of employees, increases fees for wills, etc. -- Senate Bill 132: Renames a ...more »

Family Law
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London 7/7 bombings: Family's lasting shock over attacks
BBC NewsJanuary 3, 2012

That was the day officers from Scotland Yard entered her family home and told her that her son-in-law, Mohammad Siddique Khan, was one of the suspected London suicide bombers. In her first media interview since the 7 July bombings, Mrs Patel described ...more »

Workers Compensation
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COMMENTARY: Comp drug-test proposal misguided
Business InsuranceJanuary 8, 2012

Some days I would rank welfare cheats as a better class of people than pandering politicians. Of course, not all assistance recipients are welfare cheats. But as I said, I'll leave that argument for someone else. A few Tennessee newspaper opinion ...more »

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