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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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US Legislative Immigration Update January 3, 2012
Right Side NewsJanuary 4, 2012

Federal statute, he argued, already makes it a crime to make counterfeit immigration documents for illegal aliens and that through this law the state would now be prosecuting crimes traditionally prosecuted by the federal government. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Court: Legal immigrants qualify for health care
Boston HeraldJanuary 6, 2012

Commonwealth Care is a byproduct of the 2006 health reform law. At first, legal immigrants were allowed access to the low-cost coverage, but in 2009, budget-minded lawmakers barred most of them from using it.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Concern over state takeover of schools
Independent OnlineJanuary 4, 2012

By Michelle Jones A file picture of the Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga who plans to take back control of certain aspects of the running of public schools. Picture: Oupa Mokoena IT IS feared that two changes to the South African Schools Act...more »

Immigration Law
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Mitt Romney says he would veto DREAM Act
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By James Oliphant Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has pledged to veto the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New German renewables law creates biogas funding hurdles: industry group
PlattsJanuary 5, 2012

The association represents around 4600 members including biogas producers, plant makers, as well as agricultural and industrial biogas plant operators. "In general, feed-in tariffs are lower than in the past, and some provisions make it more difficult ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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When Property Rights, Environmental Laws Collide
WBURJanuary 7, 2012

Indeed, the government says it views a compliance order as a warning, noting that this one invited the Sacketts to come in to discuss the dispute and seek resolution. That characterization is hotly disputed by Damien Schiff of the conservative Pacific ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Job Alert: Insurance Agent, Paralegal
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

Applicants must be able to coach junior team members, have at least 7 years litigation experience, and expert knowledge of litigation experience. Read more about this job opportunity online. Matrix Resources is looking for a Transition Manager. ...more »

Animal Law
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REGION: New law bans sale of animals on public property
North County TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Sanctioned animal sales at county fairs, stockyards and markets are not subject to the new law. And the law does not apply to the sale of animals on any private property, said Ray Sotero, Lieu's spokesman. In the past, animal authorities had to witness ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ServInt's Christian Dawson is Featured Speaker at Consumer Electronics Show ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

His presentation will emphasize the importance of protecting the rights of intellectual-property holders while preserving America's leadership position in the Internet economy. "This is a turning point in the history of our industry," Dawson said. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Foreclosure lawyer Stern sued by his old company
ReutersJanuary 4, 2012

McGladrey spokesman Scott Franzen said that company does not discuss such litigation. At its 2009 peak, Stern's firm handled 20 percent of Florida foreclosures, and had a foreclosure caseload of 70400, DJSP said. Stern resigned as chief executive of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens Whistleblower Complaint Hotline
JD Supra (press release)January 2, 2012

The stronger the compliance policies and practices are, the less likely there will be legal and regulatory violations in the first place. It also will be critical to stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory and enforcement developments related to ...more »

AvGas: Aviation Gasoline/Aircraft Fuel Properties and Use
Decoded ScienceJanuary 1, 2012

A piston-powered airplane uses Avgas, short for aviation gasoline, as aircraft fuel to power its internal combustion engines. Flight efficiency, operating cost, and the very safety of the passengers, depend on the quality of the fuel with which the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Council tracks down 'rogue' landlords
Dumfries and Galloway StandardJanuary 5, 2012

... contravened any housing laws. It costs £55 for a landlord or agent to register and £11 for each property rented out. The Scottish Government set up the legislation to try and ensure tenants are treated fairly and homes are of a sufficient standard. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Fed's Five Economic Failures and Fixes in 2011
NuWire InvestorJanuary 3, 2012

The sticky part is figuring out how to eliminate unnecessary regulations while strengthening those that would protect the markets from dangerous financial instruments such as derivatives and credit default swaps. Live Within Their Means: Doing ...more »

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01 Communique and Partner WiLAN Commence Patent Litigation
Canada NewsWire (press release)January 4, 2012

"Working together with 01 Communique to launch this patent litigation is an important step in enforcing their rights," said Jim Skippen, Chairman & CEO, WiLAN. "We are confident this joint program will deliver the revenue potential that these important ...more »

Business Law
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School, law and business leaders have big year
North Platte BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

Not long after he graduated from Maxwell High School in 1990, he married and went to work on his father-in-law's ranch north of Tyron. At the ranch, he took on part-time construction jobs and within a year or two the construction work overtook the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Will revised DoD strategy put military pay, benefits on table?
FederalNewsRadio.comJanuary 5, 2012

The defense secretary didn't specify funding levels for military pay and benefits in the new strategy. Hard numbers won't be released until later this month or next. However, in his prepared remarks, Panetta said the department would put everything on ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ordinary Israelis don't reap the benefits of being a hi-tech superpower
HaaretzJanuary 3, 2012

... responsible for protecting citizens from cybercrime is Israel Police's computer crimes unit, which numbers a handful of investigators concerned mainly with fighting online pedophilia. It cannot handle the growing industry of internet lawlessness. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injuries board welcomes move to reduce lawyers' role in claims
Irish TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Set up in 2004, the board has the express purpose of reducing the cost of personal injuries claims. Given that the main cost – outside of the awards themselves – are legal fees, it has always had a difficult relationship with the legal profession. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Critics decry Hungary's new constitution
NinemsnJanuary 1, 2012

Under the new constitution, the country will no longer be known as "Republic of Hungary" but simply "Hungary." Critics say the law curbs constitutional court powers, threatens media pluralism and ends judicial independence, while accompanying cardinal ...more »

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

Best Lawyers named the following regional attorneys Lawyers of the Year for the specified categories: William A. Atlee Jr ., medical malpractice law for plaintiffs; Charles J. Ferry , banking and finance law; Bradley J. Gunnison , tax law; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Understanding consumer protection laws
The Nation, PakistanJanuary 4, 2012

A fine distinction has been made with respect to liability arising out of defective products and faulty services. The former forms Part II of the Act and the later Part III. Articles 4-17 constitute these parts. These areas include liability for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Multimedia Games Names Dennis Neilander, Former Chairman of the Nevada Gaming ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 17, 2012

This press release contains forward-looking statements based on Multimedia Games' current expectations and projections, which are intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 ...more »

Five Events That Will Shape University Technology Transfer
Innovation Excellence (blog)January 2, 2012

Second, given resource constraints, most US universities file for patents slowly, buying time while they assess the invention's commercial potential. Today most universities have built their patent processes on the old system. ...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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Judge Addresses Defense Lawyers In NYPD Ticket-Fixing Case
NY1January 5, 2012

NY1's Criminal Justice reporter Dean Meminger filed the following report. At State Supreme Court in the Bronx, the district attorney's office and lawyers for the police union are gearing up for what may be a long and drawn-out court battle. ...more »

9 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Ask the Taxgirl
ForbesJanuary 12, 2012

Notwithstanding that I can't do those things anyway without a Power of Attorney which authorizes me to, I'm not your tax attorney unless you have a representation letter from me. So please don't ask. And don't send me your personal information like ...more »

NGO coalition urges EU not to shelve directive
Europolitics.infoJanuary 12, 2012

The countries most opposed, led by Germany, fear the proposal's (costly) implications on their national laws. Under the Polish Council Presidency, discussions advanced slightly on provisions concerning age discrimination. Several questions are still ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rush expected before estate exemption ends
North Bay Business JournalJanuary 9, 2012

Barring any subsequent legislation, the rate will drop to a $1 million exemption for individuals in 2013, and estate assets exceeding that amount will be taxed at 55 percent. Several local experts said that there was little chance that a revenue-hungry ...more »

Environmental Law
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Yearender: DoE managed the unmanageable in 2011
Inquirer.netJanuary 2, 2012

But critics of this administration pointed out that the DoE was not able to deliver the goods last year, failing to implement the law to the letter, much to the detriment of certain sectors. Dissenting quarters noted that, for one, the renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local judges Kiely, Trockman file for election
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 12, 2012

In addition to felony criminal and civil cases, Superior Court has jurisdiction over all juvenile matters, as well as probate and settlement of estates, trusts, guardianships and wills. It also has small claims and misdemeanor divisions. ...more »

Family Law
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TSA to Implement Faster Airport Screening of Military Personnel
HSTodayJanuary 5, 2012

Sponsors of a law that now expedites US military servicemembers through US airport screening praised its enactment by President Barack Obama. Military servicemembers and their families traveling on official orders are among the most trusted travelers ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

Chambersburg Hospital (Employer) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed the Workers' Compensation Judge's (WCJ) decision to grant the reinstatement petition of Irene Kaminsky (Claimant) and to dismiss her ...more »


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