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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 »

The Top 10 of and eventful year
Slidell Sentry NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Beginning last Mardi Gras season, the Covington Police Department began getting reports of police brutality and other charges that caused for internal investigations. An incident involving a civilian resident resulted in the resignation of Officer ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New Law Limits Impound of Vehicles From Unlicensed Drivers
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

... in the city's tow yard after police seized the vehicle for Rios driving without a license, smiles emphatically after hearing what might so far be the best news of the year. According to legislative measure AB 353, which was signed into law by Gov. ...more »

Health Care Law
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UVa professor's study says community college students lack mental health services
The Daily ProgressJanuary 7, 2012

Instead of trained mental health care professionals, community colleges employ counselors who can refer students in need to appropriate community service boards or law enforcement agencies. These resources are often “strapped for resources” themselves, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Happy New Year: Don't Bother Asking for an Attorney When You're Detained
Indian Country Today Media Network.comJanuary 2, 2012

... and would not affect how the law is interpreted by subsequent administrations. Obama's signing of the bill unleashed a backlash of criticism from civil and human rights organizations, social justice and civil libertarian commentators. “Trust me” is ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fragomen Named “Law Firm of the Year – Immigration Law” By U.S. News – Best ...
Metropolitan Corporate CounselJanuary 4, 2012

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, is pleased to announce that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the practice of Immigration Law by US News – Best Lawyers®. This marks the first time the publication has conferred this award in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Leading Project, Islamic Finance Lawyer Christopher Aylward Joins Middle East ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

About Baker Botts LLP Baker Botts is an international law firm with over 725 lawyers and a network of 13 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Call to make small businesses part of national economic plan
The Nation, PakistanJanuary 1, 2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms will also be introduced and promoted for small businesses to minimize transaction costs. To strengthen supply side, governing institutions in particular local government institutions shall be strengthened for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Best Review Webinar Examines the Continually Evolving Issues of Cyber Liability
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

This year our panel will highlight the latest litigation and regulatory developments, best practices, buying patterns, the latest compliance mandates and what insurance professionals should know to educate their clients and stakeholders. ...more »

Animal Law
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Chicago animal rescue community fights potential BSL
Examiner.comJanuary 4, 2012

A Chicago Alderman is talking about changing the city's laws hinting at breed specific legislation in the city banning pit bulls after a vicious attack on a jogger on Monday. Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti has gone on record with more than one ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ZTE, Apple, Mega Brands, Aramark: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 23, 2012

“Ericsson has the strongest patent portfolio in the industry with over 27000 patents and any company which sells mobile devices or systems needs a license from Ericsson,” Kasim Alfalahi, chief intellectual property officer at Ericsson, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Much Commentary on Virginia Ballot Access Shows Utter Ignorance of History of ...
Ballot AccessJanuary 3, 2012

Some commentators about politics and election law have recently expressed the opinion that it would be illegitimate to change the Virginia presidential primary ballot access law between now and the March 6, 2012 presidential primary in that state. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New Hampshire Considers Collective Bargaining Ban
Huffington PostJanuary 19, 2012

The Ohio law was overturned in a voter referendum in November and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) faces a recall election later this year based in part on the collective bargaining law. "When you put it all together, it is Wisconsin and Ohio on ...more »

US Federal Aviation Administration Selects Saab Sensis for Airport Surface ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 12, 2012

Saab Sensis has deployed Airport Surface Detection Equipment, Model X (ASDE-X), the FAA's primary runway situational awareness system, to 35 major US airports and is the prime contractor for the RWSL program with 23 airports under contract. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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State Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz still pushing tenant bill 10 years after ...
New York Daily NewsJanuary 24, 2012

Under Article 7A of state property law, a housing court judge may transfer control of a rental building from a landlord to a private administrator if the building is deemed dangerous. The judge orders the administrator to collect rent and make repairs.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ponzi schemer: Law firm supplied prostitutes for investors, police
Bellingham HeraldJanuary 4, 2012

The disbarred attorney spent two weeks behind closed doors in a Miami federal courtroom last month answering the questions of more than 30 attorneys involved in litigation related to his bankrupt law firm. He is hoping for a reduction in his 50-year ...more »

Litigation
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MDL Status Denied in Beverage Litigation
JD Supra (press release)January 6, 2012

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation declined to consolidate the suits brought by plaintiffs attacking the marketing of beverages as “all natural” even though they allegedly contained a preservative. In re Skinnygirl Margarita Beverage ...more »

Business Law
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Effectiveness of costly government ads questioned
Vancouver SunJanuary 2, 2012

Photograph by: Peter J. Thompson / National Post, Peter J. Thompson / National Post OTTAWA — The federal government spent $2.8 million on radio and print advertising last June to inform Canadians about the next phase of its Economic Action Plan. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US military plan casts wary eye at China
CBS NewsJanuary 5, 2012

They didn't want the political fallout or long term costs of paying hundreds of thousands of additional military people benefits so they farmed out a lot of it to throw away contractors. While that may have saved some costs on paper, I would say that ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Rockport man pleads guilty Monday to federal child pornography charges
Corpus Christi Caller TimesJanuary 10, 2012

A search of computers at the house by the Corpus Christi Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force yielded more than 100 videos of child pornography, according to a news release. Federal agents concluded Brown was responsible for ...more »

Personal Injury
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Training, policies promote safe driving of emergency vehicles
NewsOK.comJanuary 8, 2012

“People may not realize that officers have to abide by certain laws. We have our own policies and procedures that tell us how we are supposed to operate our vehicles.” Chief among those rules is that police vehicles “will be operated in a safe and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Giving The President's Process Its Due
Wall Street PitJanuary 12, 2012

By Larry M. Elkin Jan 12, 2012, 9:11 AM Author's Website Considering his background as a self-described constitutional law professor (he was technically a “senior lecturer,” not a tenured professor), President Obama is surprisingly free from hang-ups ...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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Hawaii's Consumers Get a Watch Dog
Insurance News Net (press release)January 5, 2012

She chaired the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce for six years in the Hawaii State Legislature . In the 111th Congress , she voted to enact the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Top Insolvency & Restructuring Trio Joins Pillsbury
MarketWatch (press release)January 17, 2012

Pillsbury is a full-service law firm with a keen industry focus on energy & natural resources, financial services, real estate & construction, and technology. Based in the world's major financial, technology and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels ...more »

Pistol-Packing By the Millions
Wall Street JournalJanuary 16, 2012

He asked them for a chance to bid on the contract. The colonels merely laughed, regarding him as little more than a garage tinkerer. Undaunted, he sought an audience with Austria's defense minister and asked him for a chance to compete for the business...more »

Sports Law
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Sports complex takeover bill pushed anew
Saipan TribuneJanuary 17, 2012

HB-17-268 also defines NMASA's specific powers and responsibilities that were missing in Public Law 4-66, which led to the establishment of NMASA in 1984. This includes the operation, maintenance, and regulation of the sports facilities and fields ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neighbourhood watch important in reducing crime: RCMP
Lac du Bonnet LeaderJanuary 21, 2012

Watching your neighbourhood for signs of suspicious activity is a great weapon in the fight against crime, RCMP say. By Marc Zienkiewicz In the fight against property crime, the best defence is a simple one — be a good neighbour. ...more »

“Extraordinary measure”
California Catholic DailyJanuary 16, 2012

Of course he is free as an individual to be involved in the public square- there is no violation of the IRS code. What could be happening is a terrible misunderstanding by two well meaning people in how they both understand their individual missions ...more »

EEOC investigates age discrimination at Ruby Tuesday restaurants
Pittsburgh Post GazetteJanuary 10, 2012

The EEOC's Pittsburgh office gave Ruby Tuesday notice in 2009 that it was launching a probe that "would encompass potential age discrimination in hiring and discharge for all positions at all restaurant facilities and that the temporal scope of the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BREAKING NEWS Chargesheet okayed against Khaleda in trust case
Bangladesh News 24 hoursJanuary 16, 2012

The approval in the Zia Charitable Trust case filed against the BNP chairperson and three others means the corruption watchdog would now push the politically sensitive case further for a legal outcome. There are allegations that the fund, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Put these 10 stories on your radar this year
News & ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Enthusiasts are eager to tap into an estimated four-decade supply of the clean-burning domestic fuel as an alternative to using dirty coal or imported oil. This state sits atop a 1400-square-mile deposit of natural gas trapped in prehistoric shale rock ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Crafted Media continues recruitment drive
East Anglian Daily TimesJanuary 10, 2012

She holds an undergraduate degree in English and Italian law from the University of Kent and joins FJG in a role dealing with wills, probate, lasting powers of attorney and court of protection work. Outside of her work at FJG, Vanessa is also a Trustee ...more »

Family Law
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From meddling in-laws to vegan local
Cincinnati.comJanuary 1, 2012

Delhi Township native Diana Maria Riva (top left)plays an overprotective, judgmental mother-in-law in "Rob," about a Mexican-American family not accepting their daughter's marriage to an older man. / Provided You might not be a Rob Schneider fan, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Homeowner and Contractor Protection, Responsibility Increase in 2012
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

Assembly Bill 397 (Monning-Santa Cruz) requires contractors to recertify they have no employees every two years when they renew their licenses or to show proof of workers' compensation if they have them. This information is available to consumers on ...more »

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