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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

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Administrative Law
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North State in Brief: Jan. 31, 2012
Record-SearchlightJanuary 31, 2012

City officials said eight boards and commissions may have openings this year, including the Administrative Hearings Board, Board of Appeals, Community Development Advisory Committee, Community Services Advisory Commission, Economic Development Corp. of ...more »

Health Care Law
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How Many Lives Does the Health Care Reform Cat Have Left?
Huffington Post (blog)January 30, 2012

How many lives does health care reform have? The law has survived a slew of near-death moments, but 2012 brings new lethal traps for the first-ever law that makes health coverage a right for almost all Americans. First up is the US Supreme Court, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Due process, detention and defense
The Hill (blog)January 30, 2012

That is why we have taken the lead in the House of Representatives, working with Senator Dianne Feinstein in the Senate, in introducing the Due Process Guarantee Act of 2011 (HR 3702 and S. 2003). This bill explicitly affirms that any American or legal...more »

Immigration Law
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New Mexico may limit driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 27, 2012

(It's unclear whether the applicants were in the country illegally; the state does not ask about immigration status.) The law's supporters told the AP that the state could prevent abuse without stripping people of licenses they need to register their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Groups spar over Missouri's green energy future
STLtoday.comJanuary 8, 2012

The utility industry lobby, meanwhile, plans to propose its own legislation to clarify the existing law, and says it may offer up a competing ballot initiative. "We would like to see a clear and precise implementation of Proposition C before any ballot ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Seeking common ground on funding
Catskill Daily MailJanuary 26, 2012

Making peace between neighbors and strangers in conflict became tougher in 2011 when the state cut funding to the Unified Court System. Common Ground Dispute Resolution, an organization that serves Greene and Columbia counties by quietly seeking to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Thompson & Knight: JSW Steel, Liberty Mutual Reach Mid-Trial Settlement Over ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 26, 2012

The lawsuit against Boston-based Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. alleged the company failed to properly honor insurance claims filed by JSW Steel for economic damages caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008. The settlement in JSW Steel v.more »

Animal Law
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Animal Euthanizing Law Threatened
NBC San Diego (blog)January 28, 2012

By Conan Nolan Animal rights advocates are urging Gov. Jerry Brown not to eliminate a law that sets restrictions on euthanizing animals, and they're getting help from the law's author. Hayden's Law, passed in 1999, requires local shelters to wait at ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, Servier, NFL, Haig, Zynga: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

27 case addressed 3 telecommunications standards. Apple had no specific comment on the ruling, said Alan Hely, a spokesman for the company, referring to an April statement that it has to defend against Samsung's “blatant copying.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Distinguished Former Federal Prosecutor Bruce E. Reinhart Joins the White ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

As both a prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer, Reinhart has practiced throughout the United States, handling all aspects of federal criminal litigation and investigations. Reinhart has handled more than 100 federal grand jury investigations, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Shooting the Messenger: Arizona and the Ban On Ethnic Studies
Huffington PostJanuary 31, 2012

In this regard their hostility towards ethnic studies is rooted in a hatred for affirmative action. For people like Hupenthal, affirmative action is a crime because it gives students of color special treatment. The problem with this line of thinking, ...more »

Chicago O'Hare announces 2% increase in Dec-2011 pax, cargo down 6%. 66.8 ...
CAPA - Centre for AviationJanuary 30, 2012

CAPA > Aviation News > Chicago O'Hare announces 2% increase in Dec-2011 pax, cargo down 6%. 66.8 million pax in FY2011 You may also be interested in the following articles... US airlines are continuing to benefit from relatively tight demand-supply ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords reminded of need for gas checks
StrideJanuary 30, 2012

The magistrate said that Mr Douglas-Law had been very lucky that no harm had come to his tenants. HSE inspector Stephen Jones added: “Where the evidence indicates that landlords such as Mr Douglas-Law have failed to meet their important safety ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Valenti's Goes to Court
Artvoice (blog)January 31, 2012

Budwey's attorney, James Rizzo, elicited testimony from Mr. Budwey about the non-payment of rent, now alleged to be $5200. At one time, Brocuglio wrote Budwey a bad check for $3000, a crime that is being contemporaneously prosecuted in North Tonawanda ...more »

Litigation
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Dallas Trial Lawyers McDole, Kennedy & Williams, PC, Adds Robert Turner as Partner
Sacramento BeeJanuary 10, 2012

"I respect McDole, Kennedy & Williams' outlook on the practice of law by recruiting highly respected legal authorities in core areas of commercial litigation, IP and employment law, while maintaining low overhead and charging reasonable fees," said ...more »

Business Law
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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Powerful Whistleblower Law Commemorated Today
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee; and attorney John R. Phillips, a founding partner of Phillips & Cohen LLP, the nation's most successful law firm representing whistleblowers. "The False Claims Act is a unique statute ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Submit this story
Huffington PostJanuary 30, 2012

As a taxpayer it is critical for us to leverage this investment not only benefit of our military, but for our larger society as well. We should be clamoring to integrate these heroes into our communities and industries. During these difficult economic ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police: Computer Contained 247000 Child Porn Images
WMUR ManchesterJanuary 25, 2012

Exeter police said they worked with the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children task force to help examine Rogers' computer. "They took the case and they got it done very quickly for me because we needed the information," said Exeter Chief ...more »

Personal Injury
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Car Drivers Just Do Not See Bikers Says Atlanta Personal Injury Lawyer
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 20, 2012

“When you practice personal injury law, including handling motorcycle crash cases, you sometimes think you just may have seen it all,” commented Stephen Ozcomert, an Atlanta injury lawyer in Georgia who practices personal injury, accidents and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Lok Ayukta: Political agenda with legal overtones
Daily News & AnalysisJanuary 29, 2012

In 1885, AV Dicey, author of a legal classic 'An Introduction to the Law of the Constitution' prophetically wrote, "In a written federal constitution, every political question tends to be converted into a legal question". This is best illustrated by ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CORONA DEFENSE: POWERHOUSE DREAM TEAM DEFINITELY 'UNDERDOG'
Philippine Headline NewsJanuary 15, 2012

The lawyers assembled to defend Chief Justice Renato Corona at his impeachment trial that starts Monday are a powerhouse of seasoned litigators, law professors and bar reviewers, with more than three centuries of legal experience added together. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Alert - SEC Reaffirms Position with Respect ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 26, 2012

The No-Action Letter was released in advance of the March 31, 2012, deadline to register as an investment adviser under the new requirements pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act").more »

Real Estate Law
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WP Carey School upgrades real estate programs
Arizona State UniversityJanuary 6, 2012

The program for real estate professionals involves faculty from ASU's schools of design, law, construction and business, providing an integrated experience across fields. Now in its sixth year, the relatively small, personalized program enrolls ...more »

Time to fix the arbitration system?
Fox BusinessJanuary 24, 2012

... Forbes quoted Lauren Saunders, managing attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, who was equally persuasive when discussing possible bias among arbitrators: "Who are you going to favor, the company that might send you more business, ...more »

Sports Law
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Daniel B. Fitzgerald Honored for Making a Difference in 2011
PR Web (press release)January 30, 2012

The law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to announce that Daniel B. Fitzgerald was recognized in 2011 by the Connecticut Law Tribune in its annual “Dozen Who Made A Difference” news feature for his work in the area of Sports Law.more »

Criminal Defense
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The right to a defense
UWM PostJanuary 30, 2012

Defense attorneys seem to have the worst reputation. People call them scum who let criminals free into the public sector. However, lawyers are a necessary evil in society. The fact of the matter is that citizens of this nation are granted certain ...more »

Getting started on your small business tax return
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 26, 2012

Tax professionals agree, filing for an extension is highly unlikely to make the IRS want to audit you. (The government doesn't have enough employees to look into why millions of taxpayers file extensions). A tax preparer can easily file an extension ...more »

PGW, Former Employees, to Discuss Settlement in Age Discrimination Suit
glassBYTEsJanuary 30, 2012

by Penny Stacey, pstacey@glass.com Officials at Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) and several employees who filed suit against the company in October 2010 alleging age discrimination will participate in a mediation session in early February, according to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Is it better to remarry or just live together?
Times Herald-RecordJanuary 29, 2012

If you are receiving alimony from a divorced spouse, it will likely end once you remarry. Depending on the laws in your state and your divorce settlement, alimony may end even if you simply live with someone else. Widows and widowers of public ...more »

Environmental Law
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Region's electric answers are blowing in the wind
Review TimesJanuary 21, 2012

About 86 percent of electricity produced in the state is from coal and just 1 percent from renewable sources, she said. But state law requires the four largest electric utility companies to provide 25 percent from alternative energy sources by 2025, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New four-town probate court works well in first year
Ridgefield PressJanuary 26, 2012

One reason the relocation hasn't posed problems, Judge Egan said, is that with the estates and wills that make up most of the probate work, few visits to the court are required. “Almost 100% of what people do on estates — assuming it's not contested ...more »

Family Law
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Quietly, US Moves to Block Lawsuits by Military Families
The AtlanticJanuary 30, 2012

It starts with a 1946 law, the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), and a 1950 Supreme Court case, Feres v. United States. The "Feres Doctrine" stands for the general proposition that the US cannot be sued for money damages under the FTCA for any injuries ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Woolworths workers vow to fight on after being denied share of £68m ...
Scottish Daily RecordJanuary 30, 2012

AXED Woolworths workers robbed of government compensation by a legal loophole have vowed to keep fighting for justice. Seven women – with 137 years' service between them – hit out at a ruling barring those who worked at stores with fewer than 20 staff ...more »

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