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Six former Bell council members lose appeal
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Previous judges have chastised the former council members. In rejecting their motion to drop the charges earlier this month, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy issued a scathing 10-page ruling brushing aside the politicians' ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Sussex County Board of Adjustment to hold public hearing
Sussex CountianJanuary 31, 2012

By Marshall Jones The Sussex County Board of Adjustment has announced its next public hearing will be at 7 pm Monday, Feb. 6, in the County Council Chambers in the County Administrative Office Building. For minutes from the previous meeting, ...more »

Health Care Law
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More NHS reform in five years 'guaranteed' if Bill goes through, say editors
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 31, 2012

The NHS will need another major re-organisation within five years if the Government presses ahead with its controversial reforms, the editors of three reputed health journals warn today. The Health and Social Care Bill has "destablised the damaged one ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Who's afraid of industrial policy?
SalonJanuary 31, 2012

Until World War I, America's merchant marine fleet was protected under the 1817 Act Concerning the Navigation of the United States. This policy was reaffirmed by the 1920 Jones Act, which remains in place today. The Jones Act and its predecessors, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
ILW.comJanuary 2, 2012

The report on Reyes upset her Congressman, Bob Filnes (D-CA) and he has filed a private bill to award her citizenship. Those bills rarely pass, but they can have the effect of delaying the process. I'm also pleased that San Diego immigration lawyer ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Development of riverfront site coming within 18 months
Eagle TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

By Paul Tennant ptennant@eagletribune.com HAVERHILL — For decades, a group of industrial buildings and their smokestacks have stood as a landmark near the banks of the Merrimack River. In the next year to 18 months, that image will change dramatically ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Yerevan wants Turkey out of Karabakh solution process
Today's ZamanJanuary 30, 2012

Back in June 2011, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, labeled the Minsk Group “useless,” while he reiterated Ankara's well-known position that normalization of relations with Yerevan is tied to resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Inter-Insurance Claims Arbitration Sets New Record
Insurance Networking NewsJanuary 30, 2012

Arbitration Forums, Inc. (AF), a membership-driven, not-for-profit organization that provides inter-insurance dispute resolution services. AF processed nearly 520000 claims disputes valued at more than $2.4 billion in 2011.more »

Animal Law
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Activists: Supreme Court ruling strips states' ability to protect food supply ...
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)January 26, 2012

A big setback this week in the effort to the end abuse of sick and disabled animals at slaughter plants. Animal welfare activists say the US Supreme Court ruling striking down California's landmark law banning the slaughter of so-called "downed" cows, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DuPont Trade-Secret Award Helps Drive 2011 Record Verdict Growth
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

“In my 25 years, I've always seen business-type torts go up when the economy is suffering,” the lawyer said. “Trade secrets have a rising importance in this economy,” she said. “Because there is so much more at stake, they almost turn these into ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Law Firm of Criden & Love, PA Announces Investigation of Harbinger Capital ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

The investigation concerns allegations that Harbinger has allowed certain investors to cash-out of investments while blocking other investors from withdrawing any of their holdings funds, improper loans made to Mr. Falcone, and market-manipulation ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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News briefs: Local
Boise State University The Arbiter OnlineJanuary 26, 2012

BOISE, IDAHO — Idaho's new education laws severely curtailed the collective bargaining power of unions, resulting in a drop of union membership. The Students Come First Laws, passed last year under Superintendent Tom Luna, limit teacher contract ...more »

GOP To Introduce Legislation To Kill Aviation Consumer Protection Rules
AvStop Aviation NewsJanuary 31, 2012

I'm proud of the work DOT's Aviation Consumer Protection and Enforcement team has done, and I know they will continue working to make flying more convenient and agreeable for our nation's air travelers.” In addition if you make your reservation one ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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DEA Agents Raid San Diego Pot Shop
NBC San DiegoJanuary 12, 2012

By Tony Shin Federal agents raided three pot dispensaries in San Diego acting on a "landlord law" that was put into action by the US Attorney's office last year. Landlords who rent to pot shops were warned to evict their tenants or face prosecution and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Fitch Downgrades Anmed Health, SC's Revs to 'A+'; Outlook Stable
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The negative impact of the Medicaid cuts on operating performance reflects on AnMed's elevated levels of Medicaid, self-pay, and bad debt, which have been an ongoing credit concern. In fiscal 2011, Medicaid and self-pay combined for a total of 17.6% of ...more »

Litigation
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Pitney Bowes to Showcase eDiscovery and Litigation Support Services at LegalTech
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 27, 2012

“Our national “Best Site” platform, which includes onsite, near-site and off-site services, helps our many law firms and corporate clients optimize their processes, reduce risks and costs, and drive success outcomes,” said Vice President and Pitney ...more »

Business Law
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Refusing REFUSED
CircleIDJanuary 12, 2012

PIPA's (and SOPA's) provisions regarding advertising and payment networks appear to be well grounded in the law enforcement tradition called following the money, but other provisions having to do with regulating American Internet Service Providers ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Britain may up navy presence near Strait of Hormuz amid tensions
Fox NewsJanuary 24, 2012

Other Iranian officials argued the sanctions would not work, or could even benefit Iran. "The oil embargo will lead to higher prices. Europe will be the loser and Iran will earn more because of high prices," Iran's oil ministry spokesman Alireza Nikzad ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Pornography In Ansonia Apartment Leads To Prison Sentence
Valley Independent SentinelJanuary 27, 2012

A Milford police detective, assigned to the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, found the child pornography in September 2009 when he tapped into an Internet file-sharing network, according to a press release from the US Department of Justice.more »

Personal Injury
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The Role of the Guardian Ad Litem in Personal Injury Cases Involving Minors
JD Supra (press release)January 30, 2012

When a personal injury case involves injuries to a minor due to the negligence of another, the resulting legal proceedings are somewhat different than a case involving an adult. Depending on the circumstances, the court may have to follow specific ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Right praises, Left slams upholding of Citizenship Law
Jerusalem PostJanuary 13, 2012

The latest petition argued that the law was unconstitutional because it violated the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty by denying citizens the right to family life, solely on the basis of their spouse's ethnicity. In addition, Hamoked claimed that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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2012 Elections
SalonJanuary 25, 2012

If enacted, such a sweeping change in the court system would effectively screw every person who has ever been a victim of bad professional services, be it medical malpractice or crooked stock market brokers, because a “panel of experts” — and not an ...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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New land registry law to facilitate foreign property ownership
Today's ZamanJanuary 28, 2012

The new bill will also facilitate foreign investment in Turkey. The article that reduces the quantity of land a foreigner can own from 30 hectares to two-and-a-half hectares will be changed to restore the 30-hectare limit.more »

Applying for a training contract? Read this first
The GuardianJanuary 27, 2012

Certainly, narcissists rarely thrive in corporate law firms (the bar is a different matter) - the senior partners I've met are often disarmingly down-to-earth. But there is a class and culture element to fitting into this world, and a disproportionate ...more »

Sports Law
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Keep Our Child Athletes Safe
Huffington Post (blog)January 27, 2012

They have coaches who bully and domineer, who abuse them sexually and emotionally. And these kids have no recourse within their sport. Yes, there are laws that criminalize sexual and physical abuse, but often, these coaches hold such power and sway, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Wild Vegas memoir's in ex-mayor's cards
New York Daily NewsJanuary 29, 2012

The former criminal defense attorney for the mob and mayor of Las Vegas tells us he's writing a memoir that will document his battles in court and the 12 years he spent running Sin City. “Whatever I did caused a headline in one place or the other,” he ...more »

Lafourche shrimper pleads guilty to bribing an IRS agent
Houma Courier (blog)January 5, 2012

A legitimate audit of his business showed Tran owed about $2 million in taxes. When federal agents questioned Tran in April 2010, he admit to offering the bribes and said he knew it was wrong, authorities said. He will be sentenced April 26. ...more »

Jefferson teacher wins $509000 in age-discrimination case
Dailyrecord.comJanuary 9, 2012

A former Jefferson Township High School honors chemistry teacher has been awarded $509000 by a jury that found she was subjected to age discrimination and quit in 2008 after finding herself in a hostile work environment. Sparta resident Jeanne O'Neill, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Part 2: Answers on the Fafsa, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
New York Times (blog)January 10, 2012

Less than 4 percent of dependent students have any contribution from parent assets. Money in retirement plans, the net worth of the family home, and small businesses owned and controlled by the family are ignored. An asset protection allowance shelters ...more »

Environmental Law
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Key lawmaker thinks Iowa nuclear bill will pass
CBS NewsJanuary 26, 2012

"On the other hand, there's a risk if we don't have cheap, alternative energy." Some lawmakers and industry leaders say nuclear power may be the best option for future electricity generation in the state, due to regulations on coal-powered plants.more »

Wills & Probate
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Business Calendar for week of 01/30
Bradenton HeraldJanuary 30, 2012

The event will include information on how to avoid probate, revising out-of-state wills, and how to provide for beneficiaries receiving government assistance. To RSVP, contact Rochelle Brady at 941-756-6600 or rbrady@gerlinglawgroup.com.more »

Family Law
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Local family law clinic gets $10000 grant
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 5, 2012

By Mark Wilson EVANSVILLE — Vanderburgh County's Family Law Clinic is continuing to expand the help it offers low-income residents struggling to negotiate the legal landscape. The program has received a $10000 grant through the Division of State Court ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation Court of Appeals candidates recommended to Gov. Dayton
Coon Rapids ECM PublishersJanuary 26, 2012

Previously, he worked as a Workers' Compensation Judge with the Office of Administrative Hearings. Hall is a member of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Law Section National Conference of Specialized Court Judges and is a Rosetown ...more »

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