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BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/1
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

What is HRW up to in Pakistan?
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Asked that even in developed and advanced political cultures the principle of judicial review exists and superior judiciary exercises its powers to set aside any law made by the Parliament if it is found against the basic structure of the constitution...more »

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Administrative Law
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ALJ Regional Holdings Q4 Profit Rises'
RTT NewsJanuary 1, 2012

(RTTNews) - ALJ Regional Holdings Inc. (ALJJ.PK: News ) Sunday reported fourth-quarter net income of $5.92 million or $0.11 per share, compared to $0.47 million or $0.01 per share last year. Net sales for the quarter rose to $45.89 million from $32.38 ...more »

Health Care Law
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Chief Justice Roberts Defends Court's Impartiality as Health Law Case Looms
Fox NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The comment, included in Roberts' year-end report, comes after lawmakers demanded that two Justices recuse themselves from the high court's review of President Obama's health care law aimed at extending coverage to more than 30 million people. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Drivers still flout the law
TheMercury.com.auJanuary 2, 2012

Tasmania Police State traffic co-ordinator Mark Beech-Jones says it is hard to believe people are willing to risk losing their licences on top of potentially killing someone when they know police are out on the roads in force. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Photo ID, anti-immigration measures among new laws
Clarksville Leaf ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

(WTW) — Tennesseans will be required to have photo identification in order to vote and state employers will have to make sure their employees are legally authorized to work in the US under new laws that take effect Jan. 1. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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No AFSPA protection for arrested CISF men: Omar
Hindustan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

One person was killed and two others were injured on Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village. The state government has promised action ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Stephen King: The Seventies were just dire – let's resolve to put them firmly ...
The IndependentJanuary 3, 2012

All the while, we are in danger of forgetting that more output will help resolve many of these disputes. Yet there are opportunities out there. The New Year Honours list included a knighthood for Jonathan Ive, without whom you would not be listening to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website (www.baoxian.com)
TradersHuddle.com (press release)January 4, 2012

These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," ...more »

Animal Law
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Saudi firm buys dairy farm land in Argentina as anger grows from activists ...
Bikya MasrJanuary 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES: Animal rights activists and local farmers are fomenting over a recent purchase of approximately 30000 acres of farmland by a Saudi Arabian dairy company. The sale of Argentina's farm operator Fondomonte for some $83 million by Saudi's ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Special Report: Intellectual Property
Texas LawyerJanuary 13, 2012

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act implements the most significant overhaul of the American patent system in almost 60 years, writes Rob McRae. The most widely debated change in the act is the move from a first-to-invent patent system to a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney handling state's health care lawsuit files for state Senate seat
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 3, 2012

... after Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused to join the case. That appeal will be heard by the US Supreme Court this year. Hutchison said his decision to run was an outgrowth of his experience in the ObamaCare litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Urban Hope Act / What's the rush?
Press of Atlantic CityJanuary 5, 2012

Donald Norcross, D-Camden, has rewritten the original law so thoroughly that it now has the endorsement of the New Jersey Education Association. Teachers in the newly constructed schools - called "renaissance schools" - would have the same ...more »

Analysis: US weighs retaliation over Europe aviation law
Reuters UKJanuary 6, 2012

Much of the world is looking at how the United States, with its mature airline industry and its deep commercial and travel ties to Europe, will react. Current and former US government officials insist the administration has made no decisions. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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HOME TRUTHS: In a spin over a washing machine
Daily MailJanuary 2, 2012

Under the Landlord And Tenant Act 1987, freeholders who intend to sell the freehold of a building are obliged to grant the right of first refusal to leaseholders. Those who fail to do so are liable to fines of up to £5000. The developer is employing a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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No Holiday Respite for Lawyers Working on Howrey Bankruptcy
The Am Law DailyJanuary 2, 2012

Among the latest court filings: a motion (PDF) by the Howrey estate's unsecured creditors' committee seeking bankruptcy court approval to cut ties to a pair of federal putative class actions in which firm lawyers had been representing Hispanic farmers ...more »

Litigation
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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 »

Business Law
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
The Associated PressJanuary 1, 2012

He has filed for bankruptcy at least twice. For at least three years, he paid off his personal bills with money from the foundation, and when the feds found out, he simply gave up the foundation's nonprofit status. When cornered, time and again, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Applied DNA sees benefits in military's new no-fakes law
Newsday (blog)January 5, 2012

Click here Applied DNA sees benefits in military's new no-fakes law Wednesday January 4, 2012 11:27 AM By Joseph Mallia Stony Brook-based Applied DNA Sciences Inc., a maker of genetic anti-counterfeiting technology, said Wednesday that it is ready to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Memphis man busted with child porn on his computer
WMC-TVJanuary 5, 2012

Memphis police said there are three full-time investigators working on its internet crimes against children task force. They are using special technology that made a direct connection with Montgomery's IP address. According to an affidavit of complaint ...more »

Personal Injury
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Wal-Mart sued after woman slips and suffers injuries
Southeast Texas RecordJanuary 17, 2012

A Tyler County resident has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Wal-Mart after she allegedly slipped and fell in a liquid substance. Christina Theis filed suit against Wal-Mart Stores Texas on Dec. 15 in Jasper County District Court. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A bad and arbitrary law
HaaretzJanuary 2, 2012

This law, in the words of Sigal Kogut, the Knesset's deputy legal advisor and the committee's legal counsel, bears the signs of being retroactive, arbitrary and personal, and is constitutionally flawed and indefensibly unproportional. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Volusia County public records for Jan. 3, 2012
Daytona Beach News-JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., products liability; Richard W. Taylor PA v. Christopher N. Bavaro, in excess of $15000; Space Coast Credit Union v. Alfredo B. Urgel, real property; HSBC Bank USA NA v. David W. Dean, real property; PNC Bank NA v. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, a step in the right direction
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 5, 2012

It also has a provision facilitating online filing of complaints In order to facilitate quick disposal of consumer cases, the government has proposed amendments to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. Under the proposed amendments, non compliance with ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Investors see commercial real estate as a good bet
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

One of Riverside's oldest law firms, Best Best & Krieger, has agreed to rent 35000 square feet in the Citrus Tower office building being built there. The domed, six-story tower at 3390 University Ave. is the only office building under construction in ...more »

Henderson Franklin Names Four New Stockholders
Exec Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

Schultz speaks frequently locally and nationally to design professionals and insurance companies on lien law, contract management, premises liability and defense issues. He is a member of the Young Lawyer's Division of The Florida Bar, an allied member ...more »

Sports Law
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Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws
Glens Falls Post-StarJanuary 2, 2012

A federal judge last week blocked parts of the law that would have required police to check the immigration status of criminal suspects or people stopped for traffic violations they think might be in the country illegally, and that would have made it a ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay as Defense Expert Witnesses Quit
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four months, Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal-defense lawyer, said in court papers filed Dec. 30 in federal court in Houston. They quit last week after the US Court of Appeals, which controls budgets for ...more »

Convicted for Compassion: The Ongoing Trials of the Good Doctor Rafil Dhafir
Pacific Free PressJanuary 26, 2012

The government wanted Williams to inform on HTN and she described how FBI Agent Jim Kolbe, IRS Agent Mark Sweeney, and US Attorney Brenda Sannes had spent three days, first individually and then together, asking her to wear a recorder in her meetings ...more »

Hungary's leaders accused of power grab
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 3, 2012

''Our basic law defines the family, order, the home, work and health as the most important, shared scale of values.'' The European Union, the US and international watchdogs have criticised many of the government's recent moves. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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U.S. Department of the Treasury Seized & Forfeited General Property Program
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

Proceeds from the auction are returned to the US Treasury's Asset Forfeiture Fund for the continuation of law enforcement efforts by the participating agencies: US Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service ...more »

Environmental Law
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Afghan Family Accused Of Torturing Daughter-in-law
SalonJanuary 1, 2012

A group of artists held an alternative event to support her freedom of expression. The furor arose when she made comparisons between an Israeli military operation in the West Bank and the Holocaust. “We are a nation that went through the Holocaust. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bills passed in the Ohio House, Senate this session:
Wooster Daily RecordJanuary 5, 2012

... which are currently housed in the Department of Development. Additional legislation will be required in coming months to complete the transition. -- House Bill 5: Various law changes related to judicial fees and the Ohio Judicial Conference, ...more »

Family Law
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Family priority 2012: Turn back liberalised booze laws
VoxyJanuary 1, 2012

Family First NZ has released its annual list of the top family issues to be tackled, and heading the list for 2012 is turning back NZ's liberalised alcohol laws. "So many of New Zealand's social problems have been fuelled by our binge drinking culture ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation: Ontario employers will face more mental stress claims
Financial PostJanuary 2, 2012

Writing in the December 22, 2011 issue of Heenan Blaikie's OHS & Workers' Compensation Benefits, Charlotte Wilson says that employers should expect to receive more claims for traumatic mental stress. Claimants, however, will have a “significant ...more »

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