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IG: Strengthen mechanism to beat domestic violence
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

INDORE: A workshop on Domestic Violence Act was organized here on Saturday. Inaugurating the event, inspector general (IG) of Indore range Anuradha Shankar emphasised the need to strengthen various mechanisms to overcome domestic violence, ...more »

Sinkhole claims in Hernando neighborhood driven by psychology more than geology
Tampabay.comJanuary 1, 2012

Tracy Ward, 49, a telecommunications worker who lives on the same, claim-prone block as Rasmussen and Holmes, said he started seeing cracks, including a wide one in his home's concrete slab, about five years ago. After talking to neighbors, ...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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NY bill would require bachelor's degrees for RNs
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

Demand for more skilled nurses is increasing as the population gets older and has more chronic diseases, and as the new federal health care law promises to help 32 million more Americans gain insurance within a few years. Federal health officials have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Law enforcement students support Toys for Tots program
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

Students in the Law Enforcement/Police Science program at West Side Career and Technology Center recently participated in the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. The students helped to receive, separate, bag and distribute the toys. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fragomen Named “Law Firm of the Year – Immigration Law” By Best Lawyers®
Metropolitan Corporate CounselJanuary 4, 2012

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, has announced that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the practice of Immigration Law by Best Lawyers. This marks the first time the publication has conferred this award in the field of Immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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In central China, shadowy sex case ensnares local officials
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

By TOM LASSETER CHENGGUAN, ChinaThe sign above the entry to the Water Cube bathhouse lit up at night with blue ocean waves, palm trees and red characters advertising spring waters. It was one of the last things the girls saw before their lives changed ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Douglas E Noll Selected as President of the California Dispute Resolution Council
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 1, 2012

CDRC has a reputation for integrity, honesty, and knowledge whose opinion is sought by legislators introducing bills involving or affecting alternative dispute resolution. Doug Noll brings skills and expertise in professional mediating and peacemaking, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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At fault but not paying up
Tampabay.comJanuary 6, 2012

Fairmont Specialty Insurance Co., the company that took over for a now-defunct insurer, now has offered the Brodys $8.5 million to settle all claims. The Brodys would still have to pass a claims bill, but all litigation would end if the deal was ...more »

Animal Law
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Call for Law to Protect Animal Welfare
CRIENGLISH.comJanuary 4, 2012

The Law on Protection of Wild Animals is the only existing animal law in the country which prohibits trafficking and abuse. It, however, fails to protect animals already in captivity. Meanwhile, a growing number of cases of animal abuse are being ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Cinpres: Huf Acquires Extended Gas Injection Licenses
Business Wire (press release)January 7, 2012

MIDDLEWICH, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Global automotive supplier Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst has extended its intellectual property licenses in gas injection following the partnership agreement between Maximator and Cinpres Gas Injection. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Aggies Defeat Northwestern and Reliant Stadium For A Bowl Game Win
Houston Press (blog)January 2, 2012

Those commercials with some "attorney" droning on about your rights and asking if you've been exposed to asbestos or some other dangerous substance. Commercials giving you a 1-800 number and urging you to become part of their class action against the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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TRICARE Providers Not Considered Federal Contractors Under NDAA
Compensation.BLR.comJanuary 6, 2012

... network agreements are subcontractors for purposes of the Federal Acquisition Regulation or any other law [eg federal contractors subject to OFCCP jurisdiction], a TRICARE managed care support contract that includes the requirement to establish, ...more »

Singapore Leasing Company Places Order for 15 E190s
Aviation International NewsJanuary 2, 2012

by Gregory Polek Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation has placed a firm order for 15 Embraer E190s, the Brazilian manufacturer announced in late November. Embraer's newest aircraft leasing customer expects deliveries to start in the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New smoking law lifts cloud from rentals
Napa Valley RegisterJanuary 1, 2012

For residential leases already in effect, SB 332 requires a landlord to give a tenant advance notice before extending smoking bans to previously permitted areas. Hedgerow Property Management in Napa will have a freer hand to tighten tobacco curbs at ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Loans: Financial Support for Bad Credit Holders (press release)January 2, 2012

It is good to note that the finance market has made provision of bad credit loans to support this section of the Australian people and that the lenders do not verify credit record of the loan seekers in this case. Citizens of Australia and also the ...more »

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

... 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, for trademark infringement. The Swiss maker of luxury watches objects to the name of the Rolex Deli Corp. ...more »

Business Law
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Competing visions for economy, business
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesJanuary 1, 2012

This goal of this law is to make life a little easier for the IRS in performing audits of small businesses, but that comes at far too high a cost. Many employees and business owners are concerned about this approach, not because they have something to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Law Extends 100% Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption to Spouses
KTSM News Channel 9January 2, 2012

They receive a reduced property tax bill. " You know, we do go to war and we fight..we worry about our families back home that are carrying the burden of taking care of our families. The benefits we receive as disabled veterans that once we you know ...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
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Kansas High Court Reviews Packing Plant Work Injury Case
EIN News (press release)January 1, 2012

January 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Kansas Supreme Court recently reviewed a case involving a personal injury suffered at a Dodge City beef packing plant. In Herrell v. National Beef, the court held that the landowner could be held liable for a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cheers and Jeers for New Hungarian Constitution, Macedonia Mourns Gligorov
Transitions OnlineJanuary 3, 2012

The controversy-prone Orban government has been criticized by the EU and other international organizations over the constitution and other legal steps, including a strict media law. Most recently, the European Central Bank said new regulations for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cricketer pleads guilty to corruption
AFPJanuary 12, 2012

"We did offer him advice in the early days and one thing that was important, given that that case involved a number of people in the Essex dressing room, was to make sure he had independent legal advice and we helped him to source that," he said. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Op-Ed: President Needs To Use Recess Power, Otherwise Consumer Financial ...
Progress IllinoisJanuary 3, 2012

Since July 21, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB – a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- has been up and running. It's the nation's first federal financial regulator with only one job ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real-Estate Stocks Recover
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Mr. Nadji said, noting the same holds true for commercial real estate in general. "Within the commercial real-estate sector…we're seeing quarter after quarter improvement in occupancy and rents." REITs, established in 1960 to give individuals a ...more »

2012 HR Advice For Irish Businesses By Alan Price, Managing Director of ... (press release)January 4, 2012

Keelings had 147 employees dedicated to the Tesco contract, the majority of whom were drivers. However, Tesco took the commercial decision to cancel the relationship with Keelings and award the contract to Stobart. While Stobart did offer the Keelings ...more »

Sports Law
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Aoife shows she's a good sport - by packing in her law degree
Herald.ieJanuary 3, 2012

MISS Universe Ireland Aoife Hannon has dropped out of her law degree to pursue a career in sports science. The pageant queen has decided to quit her course in the University of Limerick in order to change her career. Starting in September, Kerry native ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Lawyers, Democrats Get Bench Nods
Law.comJanuary 3, 2012

Brown has also opened the door more widely to the criminal defense bar, a practice eschewed by the last Democrat in the governor's office, moderate Gray Davis. At least six of Brown's new appointments have experience as public defenders or as private ...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 »

CEI Files Amicus Brief in Magner v. Gallagher, to Guard Against Financial ...
OpenMarket.orgJanuary 5, 2012

The case tests whether race-conscious “disparate-impact” causes of action can be judicially read into laws, like the Fair Housing Act, that ban racial discrimination, effectively turning the colorblind intentions of such laws upside down. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cuomo Pledges $1 Billion for Buffalo
WKBW-TVJanuary 4, 2012

We will repair 2000 miles worth of roads – that's like driving from Buffalo to New York City five times! We will build new roads, bridges, and other critical transportation projects across the state. We will finance upgrades to 90 municipal water ...more »

Environmental Law
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Reforms may end teacher tenure in NJ
Asbury Park PressJanuary 2, 2012

Energy: New Jersey's energy future has something for everybody — including controversy — as state officials advance plans to nourish the clean energy market but also rely more on cheap and plentiful natural gas. New Jersey's cities: The challenge for ...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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Joseph P. Kennedy III to launch exploratory committee; Kennedy family scion ...
Boston.comJanuary 5, 2012

Raised in Marshfield, Brighton, and Cambridge, Kennedy is a former Peace Corps volunteer and a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School. In early 2011, Kennedy raised a stir in political circles when he delivered a speech at the State ...more »

Workers Compensation
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COMMENTARY: Comp drug-test proposal misguided
Business InsuranceJanuary 8, 2012

Some days I would rank welfare cheats as a better class of people than pandering politicians. Of course, not all assistance recipients are welfare cheats. But as I said, I'll leave that argument for someone else. A few Tennessee newspaper opinion ...more »


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