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Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

Suquamish woman likely to stay in spotlight in 2012
Kitsap SunJanuary 1, 2012

Purser went public with her story last summer, after the tribe granted marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. Seattle and national media, including The New York Times, took note. She saw her story in a French publication. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judging the Judges: Lawyers go to extremes on Family Court judges' ratings
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Bruce Shapiro, who has practiced family law in Clark County for two decades, said Moss was an inexperienced lawyer when she was first elected. "She tries hard and she tries to do the right thing but sometimes just doesn't get it," Shapiro said. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Bill would create health insurance exchange
Lincoln Journal StarJanuary 6, 2012

The health care exchanges were created last year when President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The state-level health care exchanges, which will not be in place until 2014, are meant to help people and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MMA's 25 Ugliest Happenings of 2011
Bleacher ReportJanuary 3, 2012

... to explain his actions, but it still doesn't excuse this kind of act in the biggest stage of the sports. For weeks, fans of Mauricio "Shogun" Rua were taking to the Internet saying how their hero was going to destroy the chicken legs of Jon Jones. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Eisenhower Memorial controversy; Proposed immigration law tensions | #DMVReads
Washington Post (blog)January 11, 2012

Culture Connoisseurs consistently offer thought-provoking, timely comments on the arts, lifestyle and entertainment. Fact Checkers contribute questions, information and facts to The Fact Checker. Washingtologists consistently post thought-provoking, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Few places to build jobs
The ColumbianJanuary 8, 2012

There are stringent requirements, including planning for infrastructure, addressing environmental concerns and setting sufficient buffers between the industrial development and neighboring rural parcels. But buying land to protect it for job creation ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Maoists, NC still disagree on governance
Zee NewsJanuary 3, 2012

The meeting of the Dispute Resolution Sub-committee under the Constitution Drafting Committee held yesterday concluded without any decision as both the Maoists and the Nepali Congress were firm about their respective stances regarding the system of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website (
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," ...more »

Animal Law
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Law Offices of Brian Cunha & Associates Settles Personal Injury Case, Dog Bite ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

If afterwards that same dog bites another person, the dog owner or keeper is liable to the injured person for twice their actual damages. The Law Offices of Brian Cunha & Associates specializes in personal injury and workers' compensation cases and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Alnylam and Arrowhead Form Collaboration and Licensing Agreement
Business Wire (press release)January 5, 2012

Alnylam has granted Arrowhead a license under its intellectual property that enables the discovery, development, and commercialization of an RNAi therapeutic targeting the hepatitis B virus (HBV). Alnylam is eligible to receive from Arrowhead milestone ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Jeff Ashton explains why he's running for state attorney
Sun-SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Ashton said local defense attorneys, other prosecutors and even civil-litigation lawyers encouraged him to challenge Lamar. By entering the race, 54-year-old Ashton becomes the third Democrat to seek the office of the region's top elected ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action, new van on Oly School Board agenda
The OlympianJanuary 8, 2012

Agenda items include a presentation on the district's peer coaching program for teachers and librarians, an update on the 2009-2014 Affirmative Action Plan and a vote on a $54000 lease-purchase of a van that would be used to deliver food to schools.more »

EU emission tax may trigger aviation trade war
China DailyJanuary 6, 2012

"The US has noted that more than 43 countries have indicated their opposition to aviation's inclusion into the EU's ETS," said Goater. "There are still a lot of anxious and upset countries who really want to push this further. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Forsters LLP | Landlord and tenant - Residential property - Service charges ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)January 3, 2012

Under the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985, service charges can only be recovered from residential tenants if they are reasonably incurred and the work is of a reasonable standard. Where a charge is payable on account, no greater amount than is reasonable ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
The Associated PressJanuary 1, 2012

He has filed for bankruptcy at least twice. For at least three years, he paid off his personal bills with money from the foundation, and when the feds found out, he simply gave up the foundation's nonprofit status. When cornered, time and again, ...more »

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German Appeals Court Hands EFI Victory in Patent Litigation Filed by Durst
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

... the uncertainty of continued success in technological advances; the challenges of obtaining timely, efficient and quality product manufacturing and components supplying; litigation involving intellectual property rights or other related matters; ...more »

Business Law
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Sinkholes become Florida's latest insurance disaster
Tampabay.comJanuary 1, 2012

Citizens has contributed to its losses by opting in some cases to handle the sinkhole repairs itself. Homeowners complain that contractors hired by Citizens do shoddy work, leading to lawsuits and settlements that can run into six figures. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama to unveil strategy for slimmed-down military
USA TODAYJanuary 5, 2012

They also include judgments about how to contain the growing cost of military health care, pay and retirement benefits. The administration is expected to form a commission to study the issue of retirement benefits, possibly led by a prominent retired ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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The Top 10 Looming Computer Security Threats of 2012
DailyFinanceJanuary 3, 2012

Attackers will improve their craft with an eye toward launching mobile banking attacks. For example, consumers may eventually see SpyEye and Zeus, two Trojan banking attacks, migrate from the computer to the smartphone. With smartphone use rapidly on ...more »

Personal Injury
[read all news] Announces the Launch of a New Website (press release)January 1, 2012

Clients can find valuable information regarding Orange County personal injury lawyers and other services by visiting this website. Each year thousands of people are involved in automobile accidents that lead to hospitalization, long term injury and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Medical marijuana entrepreneur Christ asks justices for access to UM Law Library
The MissoulianJanuary 3, 2012

Medical marijuana businessman Jason Christ is taking his fight for access to the University of Montana's Law Library to the state Supreme Court. In an emergency petition to the court, Christ said the matter "represents constitutional issues of the most ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Home Birth Conundrum
vt.Buzz (blog)January 15, 2012

Midwives are telling them they can't earn in-network status, which would require them to obtain malpractice insurance at a cost that far exceeds their ability to pay. “What's the point of this whole law if it's unattainable? ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, a step in the right direction
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 5, 2012

It also has a provision facilitating online filing of complaints In order to facilitate quick disposal of consumer cases, the government has proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Under the proposed amendments, non compliance with ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ALM Media Taps LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Data to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with ALM Media, enabling ALM to leverage data from the LexisNexis(R) Martindale-Hubbell(R) Peer Review Ratings(TM) service to publish special reports of top rated lawyers, law firms and women ...more »

Huawei's Work in Iran Should Be Investigated, US Lawmakers Say
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

... broke the law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran, six US lawmakers said. Huawei, China's largest maker of phone equipment, said Dec. 9 it would voluntarily restrict business in Iran because of that country's “increasingly complex situation. ...more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNJanuary 1, 2012

And a new federal law raises insurance fees on new mortgages and refinancings backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal housing Administration by 0.1 percent. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new poll in Iowa just days before Tuesday's caucuses ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Conviction may send mentally disabled Clinton Township man to Iraq
Detroit Free PressJanuary 15, 2012

A spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency does not comment on specific cases. Zaya, who is unable to become a US citizen because of the conviction, came to the US with his brother as a refugee in 2001. ...more »

ACSD to install elder valves in house
TriValley CentralJanuary 4, 2012

Mr. Michaelson stated that per IRS, Board Members need to be treated as employees. He also pointed out that it would be very helpful if the accounting program and the billing program “talked to each other.”more »

Fired Chicago Teachers File Class Action
Courthouse News ServiceJanuary 3, 2012

Named plaintiffs Barbara Ferkel and Adrienne Green-Katien sued the Chicago Board of Education and its eight members, alleging age discrimination, wrongful firing, breach of contract and violation of due process. In June 2010, Ron Huberman, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protect HFT cheetahs from regulatory poachers
Financial TimesJanuary 3, 2012

I agree, but the “cheetahs” also need protection. Mr Chilton recognises that American futures are a precious national asset. He knows futures began as an efficient system for hedging agricultural products, helping provide our nation with high-quality ...more »

Environmental Law
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New Illinois laws aid veterans, motorcyclists
McLeansboro Times LeaderJanuary 5, 2012

The new laws deal with a number of different issues, ranging from protecting college students from sex offenders to encouraging the use of alternative energy. Some of the more notable concerns that I helped address through legislation this past session ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Collas Crill announces new partner and other promotions (press release)January 3, 2012

Clare Nicolle, who heads the Wills and Probate team in Jersey, for which she took responsibility in January this year. Emma Parr, who is currently focused on employment matters and is based in Guernsey. David O'Hanlon, who has experience of complex ...more »

Family Law
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Patriot Guard Riders shield families from protesters at military funerals
Palm Beach PostJanuary 2, 2012

The Patriot Guard Riders are a group of about 200000 military veterans and civilians who mainly attend funerals of fallen military personnel, firefighters and law enforcement officers as invited guests of the family. They also greet returning veterans ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Proves Worker's Comp Lawsuit was Errornous
This Beat GoesJanuary 2, 2012

It appears that a lawsuit directed against Jay-Z by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York will not find its way to court. The lawsuit was first reported last week but it seems that the dispute was simply the result of clerical error. ...more »


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