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How your accountant can provide benefits to your business beyond tax season
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Most business owners know to call their accountant when they're filing their taxes or doing succession planning, but there are other times a CPA can benefit your business. Whether it's making a large purchase or crafting a benefits plan, ...more »

2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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High court to hear environmental case from Idaho
The Associated PressJanuary 2, 2012

The documents, obtained from the US Army Corps of Engineers under the federal Freedom of Information Act, show that the couple disregarded the opinion of a wetlands expert they hired to evaluate their property. The Sacketts also passed up an offer from ...more »

Health Care Law
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Reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Though cost-cutting is inevitable in some form, the law and even its popular measures may not be, said Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association. “The move away from (insurance discrimination of) pre-existing conditions was premised ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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New year brings new chapter for Judge Jones
Cincinnati.comJanuary 7, 2012

He was 49. She was 41. They'd both been married previously but, as a couple, were described by friends and associates as “inseparable soul mates.” The new year begins for Jones in a new place. Grief is not linear. No law provides relief. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney defends DREAM Act stance
CNN (blog)January 4, 2012

On Wednesday, Romney said the priority should be enforcing immigration laws currently on the books. "I think people, whether they're Hispanic or non-Hispanic, I think people agree that we'll enforce immigration laws in part to secure legal immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Senate body approves SEZs Bill with amendments
Pakistan Daily TimesJanuary 4, 2012

By Ijaz Kakakhel ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Law, Justice, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday approved the draft Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Bill 2010 with amendments, which was moved by the Board of Investment (BoI). ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Avoid court, divorce couples told
Cambridge FirstJanuary 5, 2012

During a visit to Cambridge Mediation Service in Regent Street today, Justice Minister and MP for Huntingdon Jonathan Djanogly said couples should try to stay out of family court. “We fully support marriage but in this day of high divorce rates we ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Founding Partner Jim Rubin Named to Top 100 and Seven Butler Rubin Partners ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

Seven additional Butler Rubin partners have been singled out for excellence in the list of 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers: Ira J. Belcove (Business Litigation), Michael R. Hassan (Business Litigation), James A. Morsch (Antitrust Litigation), ...more »

Animal Law
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Law spurred by teen's murder one of 200 starting today
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Schools are responsible for educating students, parents and personnel about what qualifies as bullying. Convicted sex offenders who are employed at or attend a college or university must register with campus public safety. School boards can suspend or ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google picks up 200 more patents from IBM
ZDNet UKJanuary 4, 2012

By Jack Clark, ZDNet UK, 4 January, 2012 12:45 @mappingbabel Google has acquired another 188 patents and 29 patents pending from IBM, adding to the store of intellectual property it can use to defend itself in lawsuits. The patent acquisitions come at ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ... (press release)January 2, 2012

With unparalleled personal service and expertise in the field of asbestos litigation, CPSM's mission is to make the process of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit extremely easy and simple for individuals and their family members who are coping with this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Study of race, students lacks academic rigor
Durham Herald Sun (blog)January 16, 2012

We feel that it is imperative that we set the record straight on the history of affirmative action, the academic abilities of students of color, and the utility of humanities and social sciences degrees, because the study referenced above provides ...more »

Aviation: BA gets bmi as little sister
ChiefOfficers.NetJanuary 3, 2012

International Airliens Group (IAG), the group holding company for British Airways and Iberia is to buy bmi (sic) from Lufthansa. But it's not all plane sailing. The acquisition has raised competition issues because the newly enlarged group will have ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants hurt in service fees rows could net payout
ArabianBusiness.comJanuary 4, 2012

One Shoreline tenant told Arabian Business his family was being unfairly targeted in an argument between his landlord and the developer. “I am on the right side of the law; I have paid my rent up front and now I'm being told by security guards that my ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

Marshall, the debtors' claims are based on a state law that is "independent of the federal bankruptcy law" and "not necessarily resolvable by a ruling on the creditor's proof of claim in bankruptcy." Id. at 2611. The responsibility for deciding the ...more »

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Dodgers and Fox Reach Deal on TV Litigation
New York Times (blog)January 11, 2012

By RICHARD SANDOMIR The Los Angeles Dodgers and Fox Sports reached a deal on Tuesday that would end their litigation over the sale of the team's television rights after the 2013 season. The agreement, which must be approved by the federal bankruptcy ...more »

Business Law
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Derbyshire Police Awarded £64000 To Help Tackle Motorway Closures
Chesterfield PostJanuary 2, 2012

A man who dumped rubbish in NE Derbyshire after advertising an illegal waste disposal service on the internet has been hit with a £400 fine. More... Police in Calow are asking bikers to ensure their vehicles are secure at all times following a number ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Rainier shooting suspect's Army discharge does not bar VA benefits (blog)January 3, 2012

The former soldier who allegedly killed a ranger at Mount Rainier National Park Sunday likely was eligible for veterans benefits, according to documents that explain how soldiers with misconduct discharges like him can obtain services at Veterans ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Betting on a victory
The Economist (blog)January 4, 2012

VIETNAM is crazy about computer games. So much so that authorities regard game addiction, and the crimes reportedly committed by junkies desperate for their next fix, as a growing problem. Yet this huge popularity, especially of multi-player online ...more »

Personal Injury
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Plan would let voters change Arizona Constitution to allow private school vouchers
YourWestValley.comJanuary 2, 2012

Most recently, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a 2006 law which provided $2.5 million in vouchers to parents of former foster children to pay tuition and fees at private or parochial schools. An identical fund was set up for students with ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Electronic Health Records: Good News for Patients? (press release)January 19, 2012

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of a health care professional, speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area to understand the options that might be available to you. These are complicated cases ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Privacy Hot Topics for 2012
Information Law GroupJanuary 3, 2012

The DAA recently began enforcing the Self-Regulatory Program for OBA through the Better Business Bureaus (BBB), which has contacted ad networks, web site publishers and other members asking for a report on their compliance status. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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About Real Estate: Foreclosures, short sales can sometimes trigger huge income...
Chicago Daily HeraldJanuary 6, 2012

How do we deal with this when we begin filling out our 2011 tax return? One friend says the Internal Revenue Service will consider the $75000 in forgiven debt as “income” to us and that we'll have to pay taxes on the amount (even though we didn't earn ...more »

Oil Jumps on Mideast Tension
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at 1-800-843-0008 or visit.more »

Sports Law
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Committe Decides on Recommend Sport Addition
HereComeTheDawgs.comJanuary 5, 2012

By Don Hoekwater After considerable discussion focused on rectifying non-compliance with Title IX and State law regarding gender equity in sports, a San Jose State Athletic Department committee has sent a formal recommendation to San Jose State ...more »

Criminal Defense
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The Law Offices of Daniel E. Kann Launches New California Criminal Defense Website
PR Web (press release)January 5, 2012

The Los Angeles criminal defense website now also features a menu compatible with non-flash ready devices so that it can be viewed in ways that it previously could not. Criminal defense attorney Daniel E. Kann has represented individuals throughout ...more »

Profanity-laced video about constable's office irks commissioners
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 4, 2012

By Kristi Jourdan A profanity-laced test pilot posted online for a reality television show pitch about the Las Vegas Township constable's office prompted the County Commission Tuesday to ask for an audit of the group's finances and question state laws...more »

Man sues Sioux Falls School District afer wife's suicide
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 5, 2012

It accuses Luecke and the school district of age discrimination and failing to make accommodations for Hicks' back pain. School district spokeswoman DeeAnn Konrad said the district would discuss the allegations only after the suit is resolved. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BizProf: How to protect your business in a divorce | The Republic
The RepublicJanuary 4, 2012

Certain assets such as a business owned prior to the marriage may be excluded (in whole or in part) from divorce distribution. According to Robert Kornitzer, partner in the law firm of Pashman Stein, PC, in Hackensack, NJ, "the most crucial aspect of ...more »

Environmental Law
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DoD bases potential hotbeds for solar development
FederalNewsRadio.comJanuary 17, 2012

There is also the convoluted landscape of federal law and regulations. Solar development on military bases is governed by a "complex web of laws, regulations and market rules, administered by public and quasi-public entities" at nearly every level of ...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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My family did not know the intruder – Anġlu Xuereb
Malta Independent OnlineJanuary 3, 2012

“My son-in-law was the type to do anything to defend his family and his family was everything to him. It is hard to imagine what he was like, but both my daughter and he had taken three months off to be with the twins after their birth three months ago ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Sued By Workers' Compensation Board
RTT NewsJanuary 2, 2012

(RTTNews) - Jay-Z ran into a bit of legal trouble recently, as he was sued for $18000 by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York. According to, the Brooklyn emcee allegedly neglected to pay worker's compensation for three months in 2009 to ...more »


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