News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in January, 2012

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Baby boomers – how the wealthy flout China's family planning
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

... a violation of Chinese law, and how wealthy Chinese do as they please, with scant regard for the rules that constrain others. The most common reaction, though, has been simple disbelief. “Heavens. To have one family with eight kids ... in an era of ...more »

Media and Marketing Communications Industry in 2011
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

When President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law 48 hours before he was sworn in, journalists and members of civil society groups saw it as the beginning of better days in the country. Seven months after, there are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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DOAN v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

... Mittner and Nguyen had not produced sufficient evidence to establish grounds for equitable tolling or waiver of the administrative exhaustion requirement under 42 USC § 405(g), and that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) at issue was not biased. ...more »

Health Care Law
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NY bill would require bachelor's degrees for RNs
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

Demand for more skilled nurses is increasing as the population gets older and has more chronic diseases, and as the new federal health care law promises to help 32 million more Americans gain insurance within a few years. Federal health officials have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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INSIGHTS: Christian Lefèvre, CEO, BOURBON
MarineLinkJanuary 3, 2012

The US Gulf of Mexico is too restrictive due to US Jones Act rules. Taking into consideration the fact that our vessels cannot carry cargo in offshore areas, it is impossible for a foreign owner to enter this market. What will be your primary targets ...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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Elimination of redevelopment imperils ongoing projects, stops future ...
San Gabriel Valley TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

But now at risk are the sale of the closed Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier, the completion of an eight-unit affordable housing complex in Alhambra, the sale of a 14-acre parcel of land to the Gold Line Construction Authority in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DR sub-committee meet: no decision on governance forms
Himalayan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee under the Constitutional Committee (CC) in the Constituent Assembly (CA) ended inconclusively on Tuesday. Today's meeting, which was convened to resolve the dispute surfaced over the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Tinkering with bad faith puts citizens' rights at risk
Tbo.comJanuary 2, 2012

Kathleen Passidomo, a Naples Republican, would require someone claiming bad faith to notify the insurance company within 60 days of the alleged violation. The company could then address the violation and have a chance to negate the need for litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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Petition fails to change orphaned ungulates law
The MissoulianJanuary 1, 2012

A petition was started on change.org by the director of the George Washington Animal Law Program, Joan Schaffner, to encourage Montana to re-examine laws pertaining to the killing of orphaned ungulates. Montana law kills orphaned ungulates to protect ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Why Does Big Labor Support the Stop Online Piracy Act?
The New AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

Perhaps they understand that by granting the government the power to pull the plug on any one of these websites at any time without warning, SOPA is a persuasive disincentive to investment and thus to corporate growth and survival. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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GCCF claimants ordered to pay federal lawsuit attorneys 6 percent
SunHerald.comJanuary 3, 2012

US District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the multi-jurisdictional litigation, ordered the account for litigation established Dec. 28. BP has asked that Barbier reconsider his decision. Barbier said the 6 percent litigation fee would need ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action, new van on Oly School Board agenda
The OlympianJanuary 8, 2012

Agenda items include a presentation on the district's peer coaching program for teachers and librarians, an update on the 2009-2014 Affirmative Action Plan and a vote on a $54000 lease-purchase of a van that would be used to deliver food to schools.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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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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Letter: Don't legalize Internet lottery
The State Journal-RegisterJanuary 2, 2012

Internet gambling will be done in isolation and be easy to hide. Gamblers could rack up thousands of dollars in debt and cause great harm to individuals, families and society from bankruptcy, crime, family problems and suicide. ...more »

Litigation
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Despite Litigation, FilmOn Users Get Free Upgrade
Communications TechnologyJanuary 3, 2012

Next month, US-based subscribers to FilmOn Labs will receive a belated free holiday gift: the FilmOn AIR that will allow them to watch local network TV on their computers and mobile devices. FilmOn Labs is a Beverly Hills-based division of FilmOn.com ...more »

Business Law
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Small cases are big business in California courtrooms
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Lawyers often do better financially than their clients. Many other states apply stricter judicial standards. Last month, in a ruling that seemed to draw a line on frivolous actions, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Los ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pension Benefits for Military Retirees
New York TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Their argument neglects about 83 percent of current military veterans, according to a report from the Defense Business Board. The military pension system is a very generous retirement benefit for those members who serve a full 20 years. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PEOPLE v. YAFFE
Leagle.comJanuary 5, 2012

The search warrant allowed the seizure of computer equipment and/or media. As the basis for the search warrant, the SDPD submitted the affidavit of Sharlene Ramirez, a 24-year veteran of the SDPD assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children Task ...more »

Personal Injury
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Vegas Injury Law Firm Donates Money to MADD Again in its Continued Fight to ...
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Bernstein & Poisson, a Las Vegas personal injury law firm, is committed to fighting against drunk driving. With New Year's Eve approaching, law partners Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have made a financial donation to the Nevada chapter of MADD to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gingrich threats a dark omen for courts?
UPI.comJanuary 1, 2012

The judiciary has acted on the premise of 'judicial supremacy,' where courts not only review and apply laws, but also actively seek to modify and create new constitutional law from the bench that the Supreme Court has asserted should be binding on the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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HPK Member Gregory S. Weiner Recognzed as 'Legal Elite' by Baltimore SmartCEO
Citybizlist (press release)January 4, 2012

Practice areas include: Corporate and Business Services, Education/School Law; Labor and Employment, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Collaborative Law, Elder Law, Estate and Wealth Preservation, Insurance Law, Patent and Trademark Law, Land Use and Zoning, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Petraeus: 'Under water' home loans force families apart
Stars and StripesJanuary 5, 2012

The CFPB and its service members' affairs office were created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which attempts to address abuses behind the financial crisis. Petraeus is tasked with educating and empowering military ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Jackson Health System tries to get out of a messy real estate deal
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 1, 2012

Board Chairman Marcos Lapciuc, an attorney, said, “We have case law on our side.” But Migoya said Jackson might have a hard time in court, he recommended settlement. Board member Stephen Nuell, also an attorney, objected to settling. ...more »

Huawei's Work in Iran Should Be Investigated, US Lawmakers Say
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

... broke the law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran, six US lawmakers said. Huawei, China's largest maker of phone equipment, said Dec. 9 it would voluntarily restrict business in Iran because of that country's “increasingly complex situation. ...more »

Sports Law
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GRAND-AM: Action Express Tops Day 2 At The Roar
SPEEDtv.comJanuary 8, 2012

Action Express Racing led the way in the second of three days of testing at Daytona, as GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series teams prepare for the 50th Rolex 24. The No. 5 Corvette DP of Darren Law topped the time charts with a 1:41.338 lap time in his ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge hears arguments on lawyer's testimony
Dunwoody CrierJanuary 10, 2012

Hodes, a civil and criminal trial attorney with an office at The Panitch Law Group in Dunwoody, argued that the defense team could have Panitch sequestered during Neuman's murder trial if Panitch is designated as a potential witness, which definitely ...more »

When IRS Approval Isn't Enough
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 12, 2012

IRS rules, however, seemed to limit him to participating in only one retirement plan, rather than one for each business. To reap the significant tax-savings that can come from putting money into more than one retirement plan, “you have to show that the ...more »

Health-care reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Whatever the outcome of a US Supreme Court review of the health reform law next year, 2011 ends with the legislation transforming the local health care industry. Financial incentives and penalties written into the law, and now coming into effect, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Sarah Haley Selected For "2011's Awesome Attorneys"
MarketWatch (press release)January 6, 2012

Sarah Haley is the Founder and President of The Haley Law Group, LLC Ms. Haley provides wealth transfer, estate, tax and asset protection planning services to meet the complex planning needs of the Firm's clients. Ms. Haley's tax and estate planning ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy, Medicaid, on agenda Maine lawmakers return Wednesday for 2012 session
The RepublicJanuary 3, 2012

LePage's spokeswoman said the governor's intention all along was to encourage lawmakers to find an alternative funding source for PNMIs, given his concerns the federal government might not approve funding for that purpose. "His intention was never to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Manzullo says US should manufacture way out of debt
Pontiac Daily LeaderJanuary 11, 2012

I represented farmers involved in probate, estate planning, wills, farmer's fighting EPA and livestock run-off and represented co-ops at the time,” he said. Manzullo said he ran for Congress for the first time in 1990 and won 47 percent in the primary, ...more »

Family Law
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Huntsman touts his family at Dover stop
Foster's Daily DemocratJanuary 3, 2012

By RONI REINO DOVER — Jon Huntsman showed off his family Monday as he spent the day with wife, daughters and son-in-law in tow to events in the Granite State. While other candidates are campaigning in Iowa for the caucus, Huntsman has stayed in New ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Sued By Workers' Compensation Board
RTT NewsJanuary 2, 2012

(RTTNews) - Jay-Z ran into a bit of legal trouble recently, as he was sued for $18000 by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York. According to TMZ.com, the Brooklyn emcee allegedly neglected to pay worker's compensation for three months in 2009 to ...more »

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