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San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

YEAR IN REVIEW: Bustling again - Pro's Ranch Market reinvigorates El Paseo ...
Las Cruces Sun-NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Anchorage-based Alaska Structures, which makes shelters for the military as well as commercial customers, originally moved into the location at 301 Rea Blvd., when it also started to lease 100000 square feet at the previously empty building at 8500 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Israel Parliament Approves Law On Top Court Judges
SalonJanuary 3, 2012

Co-produced by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver (who also happens to be Edwards' boyfriend and one of Salon's sexiest men) — and featuring cameos by Norah Jones, Francis and the Lights and Peter Wolf Crier's Brian Moen, among others — “Voyageur” falls ...more »

Health Care Law
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Breast-feeding at work protected by health care law
msnbc.comJanuary 4, 2012

A new law, which was tucked into Obama's health care reform legislation, is already helping to make breast-feeding at work easier. The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in March 2010, amended the Fair Labor Standards Act, and for the first ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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WKU fans fired up
Bowling Green Daily NewsJanuary 8, 2012

Sitting a few rows up from courtside at Saturday's game between WKU and Troy at EA Diddle Arena, Jones cheered on the Hilltoppers by waving a giant cardboard cutout of Harper's head made by his brother-in-law. Jones, of Alvaton, was part of a sizable ...more »

Immigration Law
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One author of AL immigration law feels it will hold up in court
WAFFJanuary 2, 2012

By Jack Madison - email The appeal against Alabama's immigration law has been set in the docket. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has scheduled oral arguments for March 1st, a month before the US Supreme Court will listen to the appeal of Arizona's ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Throughout year, big votes to take place
Kitsap SunJanuary 1, 2012

They could likely buy the services of a commercial real estate marketer to help them promote SKIA nationally and even globally. All that is new for the port, which also will tend to the home fires at its small airport, industrial park and marinas in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New York City Opera Cancels Rehearsals as Steel Battles Unions
BusinessWeekJanuary 9, 2012

NYCO said in a statement that management “stretched every dollar available to them to create a proposal that would suit their economic constraints and encourage the unions to come back to work, but the unions refused.” Kruvand said cutting-edge ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Claims adjuster overtime ruling a win for employers, insurers
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Liberty's claims handlers alleged the insurers erroneously classified them as exempt “administrative” employees and sought damages for unpaid overtime. The ongoing legal debate over whether laws require paying adjusters overtime has significant ...more »

Animal Law
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New Illinois Laws In 2012: 214 New Laws Go Into Effect On Jan. 1
Huffington PostJanuary 1, 2012

While many of these lack the headline-grabbing appeal of provisions like the civil unions law, casino expansion, the death penalty or the CME Group-Sears tax break package, there are some important nuggets of knowledge to be gleaned from giving them a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Crystal Dynamics Hard At Work On New Intellectual Property In 2012
RipTenJanuary 3, 2012

Not only will our team be eating, sleeping, and breathing Tomb Raider, but we'll also be hard at work preparing to reveal exciting new intellectual property to the world.” She didn't elaborate any further than that, though a few outlets are rumoring it ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Regeneron Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation with Genentech for U.S. ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

The Davis-Smyth patents are the subject of patent litigation between Regeneron and Genentech now pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Patent litigation is continuing with respect to matters not covered by the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Falling Behind in India
Inside Higher EdJanuary 10, 2012

Students admitted to an elite Indian university under affirmative action were less prepared than their classmates and fell even further behind after arriving on campus, two Pennsylvania State University researchers found in what they say is a ...more »

India aviation regulator to meet Kingfisher execs on safety concerns
ReutersJanuary 5, 2012

MUMBAI Jan 5 (Reuters) - India's aviation regulator will meet executives from cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines and Air India Express, the budget arm of state carrier Air India, on Thursday, seeking an explanation on safety concerns highlighted by the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Fight to Get Tenants Out
WCTVJanuary 9, 2012

Florida law requires a landlord to serve the tenant a written notice allowing three days for rent payment or vacating of the premises. Williamson says DiUlus would file court documents or not show up to hearings in an attempt to prolong the eviction ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Low voter approval might alter elections
Tulsa WorldJanuary 1, 2012

Reflecting on the debt ceiling debacle and subsequent downgrading of the US credit rating, Bennet said: "There is not a mayor in Colorado who would threaten (his) town's credit rating for politics, not a one, not a Democrat, not a Republican, ...more »

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Dr Disco wins the Aqueduct feature
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Starforaday returned $3.20 with Litigation Risk third in the four-horse field. There was no show wagering. —Copyright 2012 Associated Press This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by ...more »

Business Law
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New laws on HOA rules, crime take effect today
Arizona Daily StarJanuary 1, 2012

One law makes numerous changes in the regulations governing homeowner associations. For example, lawmakers have approved various measures in prior years restricting the ability of HOA boards to limit the ability of owners to post signs advertising...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy's worst-case cost overrun tops $1 billion for aircraft carrier Gerald Ford
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

The Pentagon is evaluating strategy, retirement health benefits, weapons programs and military service budgets to find as much as $488 billion in reductions through 2021. The service has already offered to delay construction of the second Ford-class ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Department of Justice Makes Alleged Child Porn Busts
NBC Bay AreaJanuary 5, 2012

The Silicon Valley division of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force arrested two San Jose men as part of an ongoing investigation. The men were not a part of a child porn ring, according to police - which means they committed their alleged ...more »

Personal Injury
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Hergott: Pursuing injury claim lawsuits has an element of risk
Kelowna Capital NewsJanuary 13, 2012

15, 2011, column, “Only Winners are the Lawyers in Insurance Claim Lawsuits,” I promised to answer the question of why contingency fees charged by personal injury lawyers are so high. Percentages range, but one-third is typical. On the face of it, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Fugitive sceptical on Fiji law change
ABC OnlineJanuary 3, 2012

Commodore Frank Bainimarama seized control in Fiji after a coup in 2009 and imposed emergency regulations to heavily censor the media and ban public gatherings. Yesterday Commodore Bainimarama said the laws would be lifted from Saturday so Fijians can ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Petters receiver responds to lawsuit with one of his own
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 9, 2012

Richard Painter, an ethics professor at the University of Minnesota Law School said suing a professional firm for services rendered involves "complex issues" but added that outside firms "can be liable" when a client does something illegal. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Banking Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2012
Law360 (subscription)January 2, 2012

By Ian Thoms Law360, New York (January 01, 2012, 12:00 AM ET) -- Though nearing its second birthday, the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will continue to dominate discussions among both bankers and regulators in 2012, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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How Italy's Taxes Could Boost NYC Real Estate
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 4, 2012

But some New York City brokers say that for them, the new tax could be a shiny holiday gift. According to the new law, Italian nationals must pay an additional 0.76% tax to the Italian government on the value of second homes they own in other countries ...more »

Amarin Corporation plc Announces Offering of $150 Million of Exchangeable ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise, unless required by law. Amarin's product candidates are in various ...more »

Sports Law
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Law, Unwrapped: Rick Santorum's Cramped Family Values, Meet The Gallaghers
The New Civil Rights MovementJanuary 3, 2012

He is a law professor who writes about various and sundry topics, including: disaster compensation; tort law; public health law; literature; science; sports; his own personal life (when he can bear the humanity); and, especially, LGBT rights and issues ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Court Puts Expert Pay on Hold
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- R. Allen Stanford, accused of running a $7 billion investment fraud, seeks a three-month delay in his Jan. 23 trial date after his expert witnesses quit because they weren't being paid. Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four ...more »

County approves 2012 appointments
Waseca County NewsJanuary 5, 2012

The approved salaries are: County Attorney, $96306.61; County Auditor-Treasurer, $77125.87; County Recorder, $65019.08; and County Sheriff, $86009.05. The salaries are a year behind [the union employee salary increases] and the elected officials ...more »

Profile: Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
BBC NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Human rights groups, for example, objected to lifetime prison sentences without the possibility of parole for violent crimes, and a ban on discrimination that did not specifically mention age or sexual orientation. The second Orban government was also ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Fall Forum Takes Chicago [Collector]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Pahl noted the FTC realizes the value the debt collection industry, working in compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, brings to the American economy. So as the commission looks to protect consumers' rights, it makes distinctions ...more »

Environmental Law
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DCS Energy Opts Out of Litchfield Solar Panel Deal
Litchfield County TimesJanuary 6, 2012

After pursuing a contract with South Glastonbury-based DCS Energy that would add solar panels to town buildings, Litchfield officials were stunned to find out the alternative energy additions wouldn't be coming to town. “The deal fell through,” First ...more »

Wills & Probate
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I kept my word and finally made a will 10, 2012

I'll be honest with you: drawing up our will wasn't the cheeriest of hours Jane, my wife, and I have spent together. Sitting in the grand reading room of the Law Society, Jane Cassell of JC Independent Wills & Probate ( asked ...more »

Family Law
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With 2012 Comes New Laws That Affect CA Drivers
KPSP Local 2January 2, 2012

(AB 1105) Electric vehicles (EV) must also be plugged in for charging when parked in a designated "EV" spot, otherwise they will be towed. (AB 475) And, local governments can now regulate advertising signs on cars in parking lots used for the primary ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Tom Humphrey: Haslam wants chance to study workers' comp
Knoxville News SentinelJanuary 2, 2012

Overall, it was seen as business friendly. The measure tightened the legal definition of what constitutes an injury under the law and simplified the procedure for communication between an injured employee's doctor and the employer, among other things. ...more »


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