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CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER 2011: CELEBS FACE A HOUSE OF PAIN
Daily StarJanuary 1, 2012

Show bosses are planning extra surprise evictions – meaning the celebs will constantly be on their guard. A Big Brother source last night revealed: “Producers have ordered more live evictions. They will be dropping like flies after just days in the ...more »

Police told to submit charge sheet in man's slaughter case
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

The Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit charge-sheet against a woman and her nephew, who are facing the charges of killing a man and chopping his body into pieces in Shah Faisal ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Property might be considered 'nuisance'
Delmarva Daily TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelly Shannahan said he expects owners Michael and Linda Ward to request additional time to ameliorate the conditions at their nuisance abatement hearing, which is scheduled to be held during the commissioners' ...more »

Health Care Law
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Five health reform dates to watch in 2012
Washington Post (blog)January 3, 2012

March 26: The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. The crucial debate will be over whether the mandated purchase of health insurance is constitutional and, if it isn't, whether or not the rest of the law can still stand. ...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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Immigration case led to LA arson arrest
CBS NewsJanuary 3, 2012

However it turns out, hopefully this was the guy doing it and he won't be doing it anymore. by rowdy-ninja January 3, 2012 3:08 PM EST Time for German Americans both legal and illegal to whine and cry about the immigration laws of this country like the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Wyatt R. Haskell Has Recently Been Recognized by The Global Directory of Who's ...
PR.com (press release)January 3, 2012

... Economic Development and Governmental Law. Wyatt Haskell, a founding member of the firm, has represented local governments, bond underwriters, industrial development boards, city and county school boards, cooperative districts, utility boards and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Gaza's Hamas premier visits Turkey
Seattle Post IntelligencerJanuary 1, 2012

Repeated attempts at reconciliation failed, and both sides have cracked down on the other in their respective territories. Reconciliation talks currently under way with Egyptian mediation appear to be making progress, with both Fatah and Hamas saying ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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America's Ongoing Tort Litigation Nightmare
ForbesJanuary 19, 2012

When companies break the law or produce a defective product, they should, and are, held accountable. But the problem with our nation's tort system is that so often companies are punished when they haven't done anything wrong – sometimes to the tune of ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal welfare: Response good so far, says Shanmugam
TODAYonlineJanuary 2, 2012

by Vimita Mohandas and Olivia Siong SINGAPORE - One of the reasons for having several pilot animal welfare programmes in his constituency was to showcase the possibilities and, after six months, the response "has been good so far", Law and Foreign ...more »

Intellectual Property
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.aeDA Continues Its Efforts in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Related ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

aeDA) has set the Dispute Resolution Policy, published for the public on 2008, which outlines the basis in which conflicts between aspiring claimants arising from the UAE (ccTLD) regarding Domain Name Registrations and Renewals will be handled. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Breast implants litigation begins in France
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Kevin Timms, a trainee solicitor at Garden House Solicitors, a plaintiff law firm in Hertford, England, said his firm has filed a group action representing 27 claimants against 13 clinics. The firm is not pursuing PIP because implant manufacturer does ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Movers and Shakers January 5, 2011
Coeur d'Alene PressJanuary 5, 2012

COEUR d'ALENE - A free workshop on equal employment and affirmative action requirements will be held at the Idaho Transportation Department, 600 W. Prairie Ave., on Jan. 18 from 8 am to noon. Julie Caldwell, ITD's EEO/contract compliance officer, ...more »

Fuel subsidy removal: Panic in aviation sector
Nigerian TribuneJanuary 3, 2012

an air of uncertainty, on Monday, enveloped the country's aviation industry following the sudden removal of fuel subsidy by the Federal Government with many passengers worried that air fares may be jacked up to between N40, 000 and N55, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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California landlords can ban smoking as new law goes took effect Sunday.
allvoicesJanuary 2, 2012

By AnneHart Landlords of apartment houses can ban smoking as new law goes took effect Sunday. The measure is aimed at multi-family housing in Sacramento and throughout California. Check out the January 2, 2012 Sacramento Bee article by Mark Glover, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Slow Improvement Predicted for Polk Economy in 2012
The LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

They've got to repair their finances. Until that happens, I don't see the economy moving forward on a firm foundation." The housing bust not only wiped out billions of dollars in personal wealth but led to the collapse of the housing construction ...more »

Litigation
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Distinguished Litigation and Intellectual Property Attorney Frederick A. Tecce ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, a Philadelphia intellectual property law firm, is delighted to announce the addition of veteran litigation attorney Frederick A. Tecce to the firm. ...more »

Business Law
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ACLU warns St, Joe schools about religious speakers
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Briggs, the school district's attorney, said in a statement that the district has followed the law and its policies regarding motivational speakers and reviewed them with the person responsible for booking assemblies. "In addition, the District ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Immigrant advocates hammer Romney on his promise to veto DREAM Act
The Hill (blog)January 3, 2012

... have earned a high school diploma, or its equivalent; and enter an institution of higher education or the military. Supporters say the bill would empower motivated young people to develop skills that could benefit the entire country. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI warns of new Zeus-based malware in phishing scam
Computerworld New ZealandJanuary 6, 2012

The FBI today issued a warning on one such new Internet blight called "Gameover," which, once ensconced on your PC, can steal usernames and passwords and defeat common methods of user authentication employed by financial institutions. ...more »

Personal Injury
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National Injury Attorney Network Sets Goal to Reduce Traffic-Related Injury...
Exec Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

San Diego, CA, December 21, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The nationwide consortium of personal injury attorneys known as “NIAN” or the National Injury Attorney Network (www.nationalinjuryattorneynetwork.com) has launched a recent campaign that to most would seem ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Voter ID law a good idea
Topeka Capital JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Well the solution to that is for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. This is being done state-by-state only in absence of Congress acting and the fear that 2000 could repeat itself. It could be President Barack Obama winning re-election in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Akin Gump Faced with Libel Lawsuit
JDJournal.comJanuary 28, 2012

... that Akin Gump partner Douglas A. Rappaport sent a letter to an uninvolved third part that claimed he lied, violated the California Rules of Professional Conduct and fiduciary duties, committed an unmentioned crime and committed legal malpractice.more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama Misses Key Window For Firming-Up Consumer Watchdog Chief
TPMDCJanuary 3, 2012

The rationale is quite technical, but here's the bottom line: one reading of the Constitution and of executive branch administrative law suggest that today is Obama's last day to recess appoint any of his languishing nominees, at least until the next ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Woman says she was fired for serving on a jury, sues former employer
Naples Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

On Friday, she sued Island Title 5 Star Agency, a real estate company with offices in Naples and Marco Island, alleging it violated the law by firing her. Company officials deny the allegations, citing performance issues during Trejo-Beverly's ...more »

James R. Sobieraj Assumes Presidency of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 4, 2012

He has been lead counsel in numerous lawsuits involving patent infringement, ownership of patent rights, license disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, fraud, antitrust, ...more »

Sports Law
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New Law Seeks To Prevent Head Injuries In Youth Sports
KKTV 11 NewsJanuary 2, 2012

One of these laws going into effect is designed to better protect our children from serious injuries when playing sports. It asks coaches to take greater responsibility for the health of the kids on their teams. Along with knowing the ins and outs of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New York's Vance well-positioned, despite setbacks
Chicago TribuneJanuary 4, 2012

Adam Freedman, a criminal-defense lawyer with a solo practice, said he views Vance's discovery practices as a reflection of a broader record that is far less "progressive" than his campaign rhetoric promised. On matters ranging from bail requests to ...more »

2011: The year in review
Stuttgart Daily LeaderJanuary 3, 2012

The audit, which covered Jan. 1, 2009, to May 31, 2011, found that Orman improperly overstated her and her husband's federal and state payroll tax withholdings by $13364 as reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2 by altering the payroll ...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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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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Minister lauds KPT role
Pakistan ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Karachi—The Provincial Minster for Environment of Sindh and Alternative Energy Shaikh Muhammad Afzal paid a visit to Karachi Harbour today to witness the efforts of KPT levied towards protection of mangroves. While speaking on the occasion the ...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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Law Offices of Norbert U. Frost, an Experienced Family Lawyer in Solano County ...
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Norbert U. Frost, Attorney at Law...Helping California Families Since 1983 Solano County family lawyer, Norbert U. Frost has handled the estates of his clients after their death and he knows that everyone must be prepared for the end, but many people ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp cost drivers addressed by lawmakers
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

An attempt by Oklahoma employers to gain the right to opt out of their state's workers compensation system—a popular practice in neighboring Texas—also is expected to be among major legislative efforts during 2012. But unlike 2011, which produced ...more »

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