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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 »

How your accountant can provide benefits to your business beyond tax season
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Most business owners know to call their accountant when they're filing their taxes or doing succession planning, but there are other times a CPA can benefit your business. Whether it's making a large purchase or crafting a benefits plan, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Recent decisions made by local boards of education:
Battle Creek EnquirerJanuary 1, 2012

Reviewed a board policy on immunization and several administrative guidelines. Meets the second and fourth Monday monthly; 781-1250 or marshall.k12.mi.us. » Discussed board policies and bylaws that may need to be changed under a new state law that ...more »

Health Care Law
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2012 U.S. Healthcare: UCR or '$99750 Ear Wax Fraud'? Aetna Wants Court to Stop ...
PR Web (press release)January 2, 2012

According to the court documents, “Plaintiffs Aetna Health Inc. and Aetna Life Insurance Company (collectively, "Aetna") bring this action under the laws of this state against Defendants Ifeolumipo O. Sofola, MD ("Dr. Sofola"), Navin Subramanian, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Major H. Jones — Fairmont
Post-BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

Major was preceded in death by his parents and son, Arthur B. Jones, his mother and father- in- law, Homer and Marie Morton and other relatives. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Mary Alice; son, Dr. Richard and his wife, Jeanne Jones, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Effort to repeal California Dream Act comes up short
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 6, 2012

Critics of illegal immigration announced Friday that they were unable to obtain the needed 500000 petition signatures to ask voters to repeal the California Dream Act signed into law last year by Gov. Jerry Brown. In an email to supporters, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Tech Beat: The gift that keeps giving
Times-StandardJanuary 7, 2012

The chip in one of those recordable gift cards has more computing power than the Allied Forces in World War II. Moore's Law, named after Intel founder Gordon Moore, essentially says that the computing power will double every two years. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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What's Your New Year's Resolution?
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

But I am still not fluent in any language other than English (and some people would dispute that). And I am not cooking more nor have I started piano lessons. I still hold those things as goals, and we'll see what this year brings. How about you? ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Strong Showings
Law.comJanuary 3, 2012

... which has guided the bankruptcy court overseeing the doomed investment bank's affairs. It also won a landmark US Supreme Court ruling for the video game industry, convincing the court to invalidate a California law that would have made certain ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Shelter board growling about dog roundup
Post-TribuneJanuary 14, 2012

By Amy Lavalley Post-Tribune correspondent January 13, 2012 11:50PM The Porter County Animal Shelter Advisory Board is unhappy with how law enforcement officials handled this week's removal of 82 dogs from a Chesterton-area home. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner
Bizjournals.com (blog)January 3, 2012

Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel said Tuesday that it has enhanced its litigation capabilities with the addition of partner Frederick A. Tecce. Tecce was a partner of McShea & Tecce and is a former assistant US Attorney ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Dr. Boyce Watkins: MSNBC Suspends Pat Buchanan, but Needs to Fire Him Too
Eurweb.comJanuary 9, 2012

Buchanan has stated that President Obama arrived to the White House as a result of Affirmative Action and that the country “has been built, basically, by white folks.” Griffin seems concerned about two of the chapters in Buchanan's book, ...more »

Taiwan, Israel sign aviation pact to boost ties: MOFA
Focus Taiwan News ChannelJanuary 2, 2012

2 (CNA) Taiwan and Israel have signed an aviation agreement that will pave the way for direct air links between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Monday. The accord, inked in the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv Monday, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lawyer Brings Live Bedbugs into Court
MyFox DetroitJanuary 7, 2012

The landlord provided tenants with bug bombs that didn't get rid of the pests. "Tenants have a lot of rights with bedbug problems. Listen, if you're in an apartment complex and your bed's got all kinds of bugs in [it], that is an issue for the landlord...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wardlaw is The Journal Gazette's Citizen of the Year
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

I didn't have any concerns for a very important reason: Larry is the type of person you can always trust 100 percent. He thought it through very carefully." Volunteering for the American Cancer Society was one of the first causes that drew Ward- law...more »

Litigation
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New seminarian has been asked to leave as he battles fraud accusations
NOLA.comJanuary 9, 2012

The litigation includes lawsuits in Orleans and Tangipahoa parishes, as well as Ham's 2009 personal bankruptcy, in which four companies or individuals claimed Ham defrauded them. So far the three-year tangle of allegations has yielded no trials, ...more »

Business Law
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Competing visions for economy, business
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesJanuary 1, 2012

This goal of this law is to make life a little easier for the IRS in performing audits of small businesses, but that comes at far too high a cost. Many employees and business owners are concerned about this approach, not because they have something to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Interview with United States Army Wounded Warrior Daniel Prigge
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

If you are still active duty – what are the benefits the Army provided and continues to provide? I am active duty and the Army provides alot of benefits. There are such things like the AW2 (Army Wounded Warrior Program) who help with anything you need ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police warn of online danger after string of violent crimes related to social ...
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

“Backpage has now provided law enforcement authorities with computer, forensic or other evidence that shows that at least 70 different third-party ads or other postings on at least 22 different websites appear to be or are potentially related to this ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Chiropractor Experienced in Legal Testimony for Personal Injuries...
MarketWatch (press release)January 8, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan 08, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Dr. Benjamin Lurie of The Neck and Back Clinics advises victims of personal injuries to seek legal counsel as soon as possible to protect themselves and ensure that they will be able to obtain the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Voter ID law a good idea
Topeka Capital JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Well the solution to that is for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. This is being done state-by-state only in absence of Congress acting and the fear that 2000 could repeat itself. It could be President Barack Obama winning re-election in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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E&O rates flatten as competition starts to ease
Business InsuranceJanuary 8, 2012

There are fewer carriers interested in writing the business, in particular for more difficult lines including legal malpractice, insurance agent's E&O and accountants malpractice, he said. E&O insurers are still willing to write the “more vanilla” ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ESA Not Backing Off On SOPA
Ve3d.comJanuary 4, 2012

What we need to start doing, as consumers, is lobbying our government(s) to pass stronger consumer protection legislation that gives equal power to the customer and provide protection against such things as poorly written, bug-ridden, software. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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All Together Now: For Big Firms, a Year of Poaching Groups
The American LawyerJanuary 3, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia shook up its legal team, removing longtime outside counsel Stradley Ronon from its litigation work and replacing it with two firms, Conrad O'Brien and Welsh & Recker. A number of firms created new practice areas in 2011. ...more »

Bills, Motions That Shaped
Leadership NewspapersJanuary 3, 2012

The Senate also considered the Report of its Joint committee on Police Affairs; Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, on the need to avert the growing danger of night movement of commercial buses on Nigerian highways. ...more »

Sports Law
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Taboo owner would swap sports bar for sex shop
The StateJanuary 3, 2012

... in issues like this for advice should the city seek to close his shop under the new law before TCM gets the necessary zoning permit and liquor license required to open. It would be the second sports bar along that block of Devine Street. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford seeks trial delay, again
Caribbean360.comJanuary 4, 2012

Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal defense lawyer, said in court papers filed at the end of last month that their experts quit last week because they have not been paid for four months. “Counsel was informed by all experts that they cannot continue to ...more »

When tax time is a walk in the woods
TheDay.com (blog)January 29, 2012

Over the past few years, land trusts across the country have had to learn to comply with new, stricter requirements from the IRS regarding conservation easement properties. The push began with the enactment of a 2006 law that sought to curtail abuses ...more »

Fast-food manager files gender, age discrimination lawsuit
Southeast Texas RecordJanuary 2, 2012

LUFKIN - An assistant manager for a Wendy's restaurant has filed a gender and age discrimination lawsuit, claiming she was forced to quit when upper management wouldn't stop the harassment. Cathy Gilder filed suit against LaTrelle's Management on Dec. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Delaware Trust Law - Why Delaware?
JD Supra (press release)January 23, 2012

In this issue: Delaware Dynasty Trusts; Directed Trusts; Incomplete Non-Grantor Trusts; Moving Trusts to Delaware; Decanting; and Asset Protection Trusts. Under Delaware law, a trust holding personal property may last forever.more »

Environmental Law
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'Move to Amend' forum planned
Morning StarJanuary 2, 2012

By KRISTINE MORRIS David Cobb, national spokesperson for Move to Amend, a national grassroots movement dedicated to abolishing “corporate personhood” and “money as speech,” will be the speaker at Traverse City's Milliken Auditorium on Jan. 11. The free...more »

Wills & Probate
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Police & local briefs
Poughkeepsie JournalJanuary 7, 2012

This free workshop will focus on important legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and medical directives. Helpful, practical tips will be provided regarding each document and its importance to you and your loved ones. The probate...more »

Family Law
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Baby Moses law rarely utilized
San Angelo Standard TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By AP SAN ANGELO, Texas — DALLAS — The Baby Moses law gives parents of unwanted newborns an option, but only 50 infants have been surrendered in Texas since 2004. Texas Department of Family and Protective Service statistics during that time show more ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Rep. Tim Jones wants to address workers' compensation, second injury fund ...
Missourinet.comJanuary 3, 2012

He says he expects to tackle legislation that would address workers' compensation, occupational disease and the state's second injury fund. “Those are three issues that affect small businesses more than most people realize,” he says. ...more »

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