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Kelly Borth: How a trademark can build product differentiation
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

An attorney who specializes in trademark law can best guide you on securing a trademark or you can go to the aforementioned website and manage the registration process yourself. The good news is it as long as there are not any complications, ...more »

Money-laundering ring called 'one of most brazen'
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 1, 2012

Recently unsealed court records, a lengthy indictment, and interviews with key players provide a rare window into an audacious four-year swindle prosecutors have called "one of the most brazen" in federal contracting history. The crime went undetected ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Water rate hike stoppage sought
Manila BulletinJanuary 3, 2012

“Supreme Court decisions consistently hold that prior notice and hearing are necessary before any rate hike or fee imposition, pursuant to the public participation provisions of the Administrative Code, otherwise the rate hike, charges or fees will be ...more »

Health Care Law
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Stradley Ronon Adds Leading Health Care Attorney
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 10, 2012

Prior to entering law practice, Grimm served as chief operating officer of multiple acute care hospitals throughout the United States and remains active as a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE), the premier credential in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
MovieWebJanuary 1, 2012

Nathan Jones. Really. Nolan picks real actors. Nathan Jones is a professional wrestler. I bet you he cant act. But go ahead and cast him. Please do something about Lolo0001's account on movieweb. Get rid of him or her. He or she is trolling around all ...more »

Immigration Law
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Secure Communities Program Under Fire Again Says Miami Immigration Lawyer
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 4, 2012

“States that opted out of the Secure Communities program are getting whiplash watching the political shenanigans over this program,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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A look ahead: 2012 could be watershed year in economic development
Patterson IrrigatorJanuary 5, 2012

“I think that Patterson's future is very bright in terms of industrial development,” she said. “That growth is knocking at our door.” • Contact Jonathan Partridge at 892-6187 or jonathan@pattersonirrigator.com.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How Lawyers Can Sabotage Mediation
Huffington Post (blog)January 4, 2012

I recently had some experiences in mediation that I would like to share with you. I believe that mediation is the best way to resolve a divorce or any other dispute because it has the parties going through a process where they are actively involved. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance hike over negligence claims
Oxford MailJanuary 13, 2012

Instead it makes annual contributions to the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which then handles claims. The news comes as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced yesterday that he had been forced to bail out the NHSLA to the tune of £185m as it was ...more »

Animal Law
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Woman sues to prove dogs are 'living souls,' not property
msnbc.comJanuary 5, 2012

Whether the suit is successful or not, it brings to light the practices of puppy mills and their damaging effects on animals and their human owners, animal rights advocates say. “I don't know where this case is going to go, but it's good that it brings ...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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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 3, 2012

A practicing attorney gave a lecture on the subject of litigation that the good people of Las Vegas should take to heart. I quote: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Diversity reviewed by trustees
The News RecordJanuary 26, 2012

UC is combating the under-representation of women and people of color through the Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) and the Affirmative Action Plan (AAP). The University of Cincinnati is combating the under-representation of women and people of color ...more »

NetJets Lawsuit Tackles IRS Excise Tax Problem
Aviation International NewsJanuary 5, 2012

“What they need to do is talk to a legal advisor, a tax lawyer who understands aviation law, review their management agreements to make sure that if they don't intend to be providing a transporting service that would be taxable, that they're actually ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rosemont Businesses Respond to ADA Lawsuit
Patch.comJanuary 6, 2012

“Landlords and tenants are responsible to the disabled public, in general, and they can decide through a lease how the responsibility is divided, but that lease shouldn't affect my rights or any other person's who is disabled. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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EXCLUSIVE: How the FA withheld vital EVRA evidence from Liverpool...
Liverpool-KopJanuary 2, 2012

Remember, this is the same lawyer who admitted during the hearing that Suarez's statement had suffered from 'bad drafting' during the preparation phase. According to McCormick though, he DID have enough time: "Mr McCormick, whilst understandably ...more »

Litigation
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Herndon calls off Yaz, Yasmin bellwether trials; Calls in Saltzburg as mediator
Madison County RecordJanuary 6, 2012

LOUIS - Nine days before starting a series of trials that would have shaped settlement of 10678 suits against drug maker Bayer, US District Judge David Herndon called off the series and kicked the ball of litigation to a mediator. On Dec. ...more »

Business Law
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APNewsBreak: NJ senator pushes online bet bill
The Associated PressJanuary 2, 2012

Lesniak introduced a new bill in August that he says contains safeguards to address Christie's concerns, including fines of $1000 per player per day for anyone running an illegal Internet betting parlor, and $10000 for advertising such illicit ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military pay raise takes effect
GovExec.comJanuary 3, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta plans to unveil this week a strategy to downsize the Pentagon's budget over the next decade, and reductions in military salaries, retirement and health benefits could be included in the proposal. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Marshall program rides a surging wave of digital evidence
Charleston GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

But digital crime and online misbehavior? Now, there's a growth field. With an increasingly popular series of classes in "digital forensics," Marshall University is training a new generation of students to keep up with this new generation of crime. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Medfield Police Logs, Dec. 19-27: Vandalism on Park Street, Hit Deer and ...
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

Officers notified and another call came in about this motor vehicle accident on Noon Hill Road with personal injury. At 12:04 am, Walpole emergency unit was notified and enroute. At 12:15 am, Walpole emergency unit was cancelled. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Weaknesses Seen in Obama's Healthcare Law Defense
Newsroom AmericaJanuary 6, 2012

By Jon E. Dougherty at 10:12 am Eastern (Newsroom America)-- The Obama administration is set to file its first brief with the US Supreme Court in defense of the president's controversial healthcare reform law, but legal experts see weaknesses in its ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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1538 CAHUENGA PARTNERS, LLC v. FABE
Leagle.comJanuary 6, 2012

First, the trial court sustained Fabe's demurrer to the professional negligence claim without leave to amend, taking the view that, as a matter of law, an employer cannot sue its own employee for negligence. Second, Fabe obtained summary judgment on ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Government proposes penalty to add teeth to Consumer Protection Act
Economic TimesJanuary 4, 2012

In accordance with the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, consumer disputes redressal agencies have been set up at the 629 districts, 35 state and national levels to render simple, inexpensive and speedy justice to consumers. The proposed changes in the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Decrees, Laws and Decisions Issued in 2011
Syrian Arab News AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

4/12/2011: Legislative Decree No. 125 on allowing electors to practice their right to vote in the elections using their identity cards. 7/12/2011: Law No. 23 on amending consumer spending taxes on some products and services. 7/12/2011: Law No. ...more »

Arizona Bankruptcy Essentials: Personal Bankruptcy Through Chapter 11
JD Supra (press release)January 16, 2012

4. Who Is a Debtor in Possession? The Chapter 11 debtor-in-possession is really unique in bankruptcy law. 11 USC § 1101. The petitioner retains possession and control over the assets in the bankruptcy estate throughout the reorganization. ...more »

Sports Law
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The Chron looks at the debate surrounding the 2004 Hunting Act
Northampton Chronicle & EchoJanuary 8, 2012

IT is almost eight years since a law was passed banning the traditional blood sport of fox hunting. Since the controversial 2004 Hunting Act came into force, debate on the subject has never quietened, and the biggest date in the hunting calendar saw ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Wayne County: Contracts often begin before before commission approves them
Detroit Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

By John Wisely The debate last month over whether Wayne County should spend $350000 on a top criminal defense lawyer to help answer grand jury subpoenas lasted more than half an hour. With TV cameras rolling, Deputy County Executive Alan Helmkamp ...more »

IRS Concludes Audit of Vernon Bond
Bell Gardens SunJanuary 5, 2012

The audit, begun in August, was to determine if Vernon improperly avoided paying taxes to the IRS. The IRS found that the $419 million bond issued by the city's Light and Power Department to purchase a 15-year supply of natural gas is in compliance ...more »

Recommended: Actress suing IMDb reveals her real name
msnbc.comJanuary 6, 2012

By Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter Huong Hoang is the actress who sued claiming the internet search database had violated her right of privacy and opened her up to rampant age discrimination in Hollywood by telling everyone she's 40 years old. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The 2012 Regulatory and Market Landscape
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Steve Nadel, a hedge-fund lawyer with Seward & Kissel LLP in New York, said "registration issues will continue to dominate" the discussion in hedge funds in early 2012, but he also predicted changes that could lead to more taxation of the industry and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy, Medicaid, on agenda Maine lawmakers return Wednesday for 2012 session
The RepublicJanuary 3, 2012

LePage's spokeswoman said the governor's intention all along was to encourage lawmakers to find an alternative funding source for PNMIs, given his concerns the federal government might not approve funding for that purpose. "His intention was never to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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2 Partners, 9 Associates Joined Burns & Levinson in 2011
Citybizlist (press release)January 11, 2012

... wrongful discharge, separation and severance agreements, non-competition and trade secret litigation, employee investigations and discipline, wage and hour issues, unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining negotiations matters. ...more »

Family Law
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Neighbors: Mother-in-law is friend, peacekeeper and trusted sage
Elmira Star-GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

She is my beloved mother-in-law. / Provided As we welcome the New Year, many of us celebrate with family and friends. In my family, we celebrate the holiday and the birthday of a very special lady, my mother-in-law, Doris Kingsley. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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MATTER OF PMA MGT. CORP. v. WHITE
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

The NYLB paid workers' compensation benefits to respondent Robert White after his original workers' compensation insurer, Legion Insurance Company (Legion), was placed into liquidation by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in 2003. ...more »

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