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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

Obama signs bill on banking sanctions against Iran
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

Obama singed the bill into law although he has "serious reservations" about provisions regarding counter-terrorism efforts, including clauses that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2012 could be busy year for Internet technology law and policy in Canada
Toronto StarJanuary 1, 2012

After the earlier trial balloon of opening up the market to companies with less than 10 per cent market share generated a tepid response, the government jumps in with both feet by announcing plans to remove foreign investment limits for telecom ...more »

Health Care Law
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Why Medicaid Is No Longer a Voluntary Program
Hawaii ReporterJanuary 3, 2012

Today, states confront the dilemma of having to choose between joining Medicaid or being forced to sacrifice any health care “safety net” for their indigent populations. This is all because of a law enacted by Congress in 1986 called the Emergency ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oxnard Chamber and local law firm to bring free seminar
Ventura County StarJanuary 5, 2012

The Oxnard Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Myers, Widders, Gibson, Jones & Schneider, LLP and Chick-fil-A to bring the latest 2012 employment law updates to business owners and managers. This important seminar will be held Thursday, January 12, ...more »

Immigration Law
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NEW STATE LAWS: Photo ID, immigration measures take effect
Jackson SunJanuary 2, 2012

"And for those who have fought and died and sacrificed for their right to vote, then we should make sure that everyone is who they say they are," said Ketron, who also has sponsored legislation to fight terrorism and illegal immigration. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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PM's wife visits her daughter's in-laws
The Asian AgeJanuary 4, 2012

The farmers, led by Sanjeev Kumar, while questioning the manner in which their land was acquired in the name of industrial development. The Supreme Court on Tuesday decided to examine whether international standards laid down by the Montreal Convention ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DR sub-committee meet: no decision on governance forms
Himalayan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee under the Constitutional Committee (CC) in the Constituent Assembly (CA) ended inconclusively on Tuesday. Today's meeting, which was convened to resolve the dispute surfaced over the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Personnel Moves
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 1, 2012

As co-chair of the banking and financial services litigation practice group, Washowich handles civil, commercial and complex litigation matters. • Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP hired Brittany E. Fleming as an associate, practicing in civil litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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French farmers ignore battery hen ban 1, 2012

Brigitte Gothiere, spokeswoman for the French animal rights group said: “Many of the birds were featherless and had damaged beaks. We do not think the new laws will force these farmers to abandon these cages.” British mainstream supermarkets now only ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Rolex, TCW Group: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

A spokesman for Coca-Cola Enterprises told the Telegraph the company “acted in good faith with the promotion” and that it was “fully compliant with the law.” Rolex Group's Rolex Watch USA unit sued the owner of a delicatessen in Brooklyn, New York, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by granting that part of plaintiff's motion to strike the affirmative defense of primary assumption of risk and as modified the order is affirmed without costs. ...more »

India aviation minister Ajit Singh stands by airlines
BBC NewsJanuary 6, 2012

India's Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh has said the government will not cancel licences of cash-strapped airlines due to safety concerns. Mr Singh said the government could recommend measures to ensure safety, the Economic Times newspaper reported. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants win if laws adopted
Tasmania MercuryJanuary 1, 2012

Tenants and landlords are being asked to comment on a raft of changes under consideration for Tasmania's residential tenancy laws. Changes to the rules governing landlords and their tenants are expected to be put before Parliament this year. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Larry Wardlaw
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

She credits Wardlaw, who continues to serve on Metro, with helping her and Marine discover common objectives that ultimately resulted in their becoming strong allies in the effort to improve the organization's effectiveness and repair its reputation. ...more »

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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Launches Environmental Department; Welcomes ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Mr. Farer and his team of environmental attorneys at GRS&D, including partners Jay A. Jaffe, David A. Roth and Marcie R. Horowitz, will draw upon their collective experience to advise the firm's business clients on the impact of environmental laws on ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Make new year a time to check your benefits
The Durango HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

Here is a brief description of some of the veterans benefits available. Disability benefits – Compensation benefits if you are at least 10 percent disabled because of your military service. Pension benefits – If you are a wartime veteran with limited ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI warns of new Zeus-based malware in phishing scam
Computerworld New ZealandJanuary 6, 2012

The FBI today issued a warning on one such new Internet blight called "Gameover," which, once ensconced on your PC, can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Academy Sporting store sued after customer slips in water
The Louisiana RecordJanuary 3, 2012

A Lafourche Parish resident has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Academy Sporting and Outdoor Store after he slipped in water and suffered injuries. Darrell James Buggage filed suit against Academy Ltd. and Zurich Services Corp. on Nov. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Wyoming Officials Say Mandatory Drunk Driving Law Gaining Acceptance
Insurance JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Before the law took effect, Natrona County Circuit Judge Michael Huber voiced concerns about whether the Wyoming Constitution allows police to obtain a warrant over the phone. But Huber said in a late August interview that he now believes such actions ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Pennsylvania Medical Malpractice Attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC ...
PR Web (press release)January 10, 2012

Lowenthal & Abrams, PC is a personal injury law firm based in Pennsylvania, with offices in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York. If you have been injured because the reckless or negligent actions of a medical professional, our team of dedicated ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Purveyors of financial destruction
Washington TimesJanuary 2, 2012

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The act was named after Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, who was forced to retire because of his financial conflicts of interest, and the notorious ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Radon Law Catches Property Owners By Surprise
WSIL TVJanuary 4, 2012

Wright plans to obey the law, he says if a tenant wants to pay for a radon test that's their prerogative. However, he's still frustrated he found out from our crew, instead of the state. "You would think that if the state goes passing a law they would ...more »

Firms Must Not Use Law Student Clerks To Score Free Electronic Legal Research
BNAJanuary 5, 2012

The contracts forbid students to use their passwords for employment outside law school or for commercial purposes. Numerous students have reported, the committee related, that practitioners are conditioning employment upon students' willingness to do ...more »

Sports Law
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Mount Rainier park remains closed after shooting
WRICJanuary 3, 2012

Anderson would have been armed, as she was one of the rangers tasked with law enforcement, Bacher said. But she was shot before she got out of her vehicle, Troyer said. Police immediately began a manhunt. Park officials fearing that tourists could be ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Two years of Cyrus Vance: How's he doing?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightJanuary 3, 2012

Adam Freedman, a criminal-defense lawyer with a solo practice, said he views Vance's discovery practices as a reflection of a record that is far less "progressive" than Vance's campaign rhetoric promised. Indeed, on matters ranging from bail requests ...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 »

Laying down the laws
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Taiwan Inc. Backs Ma Re-Election as China Lure Mutes Declarations for Tsai
BloombergJanuary 10, 2012

Asset Protection “Executives will do whatever possible to protect their assets, and they've concluded that regime change isn't good for business,” said Alexander Huang, a professor of strategy and war-gaming at Tamkang University's Graduate Institute ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Efficiency in 2012: Forecast Is Mostly Sunny
Energy CollectiveJanuary 7, 2012

We are also assisting utilities and regulators to evaluate alternative utility business models and to consider energy efficiency first as aging dirty power plants are retired. Second, we will be documenting what works (and what doesn't) so that ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Naples Daily NewsJanuary 27, 2012

She focuses her practice in the fields of estate planning, tax planning, and probate and trust administration. Crawford is a Florida Board Certified Wills, Trusts, and Estates Lawyer and will assist David Lawrence with planned giving programs.more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement chips in for dozens of children
Roanoke Rapids Daily HeraldJanuary 3, 2012

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:39 pm | Updated: 12:43 pm, Tue Jan 3, 2012. by Roger Bell Thirteen families throughout Halifax County were able to celebrate Christmas thanks to area law enforcement. Lt. Scott Hall, of the Halifax County Sheriff's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

Yelonda Andrews (Claimant) petitions for review of an Order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the Workers' Compensation Judge's (WCJ) decision and order granting Claimant's Claim Petition and awarding her temporary total ...more »


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