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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

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Advertising
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Public asked to watch Sacramento schools during break
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Police say there are increases in crime when campuses are vacant, particularly during the summer, winter and spring breaks. "Most of our schools are surrounded by houses, and we need the residents of those houses to join us in protecting these valuable ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Campus Crest Communities Closes Construction Financing and Upsizes Line of Credit
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

The Company previously announced $31.5 million of construction financings for its wholly-owned projects in Auburn, AL and Orono, ME, and has closed a construction loan in the amount of $19.8 million for its third wholly-owned development in Flagstaff, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Planning key to tackle threat of dawn raids
OilVoice (press release)January 4, 2012

Fines can be up to 10 per cent of group turnover for infringing competition law. In addition, companies could face fines of up to 1 per cent of group turnover for obstructing an EU inspection. Under UK law, there are various criminal offences, ...more »

Franchising
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Celtics-Wizards Preview
CBSSports.comJanuary 1, 2012

After opening the season with three straight road losses, Boston (1-3) defeated Detroit 96-85 in Friday's home opener to avoid the franchise's first 0-4 start since 1969-70. The Celtics struggled defensively in the defeats, allowing an average of 106.0 ...more »

Gaming Law
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Native American Tribes Oppose Cuomo's Push for More Gambling
WNYCJanuary 5, 2012

Cuomo's plan would mean passing a constitutional amendment allowing non-Indian gambling in New York. Joseph Kelly, a professor at SUNY Buffalo and co-editor of Gaming Law Review, argues that the state could draw business that currently goes to Atlantic ...more »

Banking Law
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What to Expect in New York in 2012
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

1, 2011, could have foreseen the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, or Tropical Storm née Hurricane Irene, or the relatively stress-free passage of a same-sex marriage law, or Representative Anthony D. Weiner's political death by tweet, ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Cooperation possible without consolidation
Tulsa WorldJanuary 6, 2012

The county collects and administers the sales tax and then contracts with local governments to fund and oversee the projects approved by the voters. One such agreement between Tulsa County and the city of Tulsa funded the construction of the BOK Center ...more »

Business Formation
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2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

Institutional Investing
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Goldman Advisor Defends Sukuk Bond Program, Saying It Complies With Islamic Law
Huffington PostJanuary 2, 2012

Some analysts however have suggested Goldman might use the proceeds of the issue to lend money to clients for interest, which would be against Islamic law, and that the issue might not trade at par value on the Irish exchange, which would also ...more »

Commercial
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Florida's lien laws could hamper expansion
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

... feel confident buying property and building here?” he said. Hutchison said he feels he wasn't properly notified of the initial lien process and hasn't been provided expense documents as required by the law and hopes to head off the foreclosure process.more »

Oil industry led marine reserves go into effect
Bay Area IndymediaJanuary 2, 2012

Coastside's appeal arises from the denial by Judge Ronald Prager on October 17, 2011 of its request for a Writ of Mandate voiding MLPA regulations adopted by the commission for California's North Central Coast in 2009 based on legal defects in ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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William Polk Carey, NY investment firm founder who donated millions to ...
Washington PostJanuary 3, 2012

Carey gave $30 million in April to the University of Maryland law school, reports noted. He also made a $50 million bequest in 2006 to Johns Hopkins University to found the Carey School of Business at that Maryland university. And in 2003, the business...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Jenner & Block Names New Partners
PR Newswire (press release)January 10, 2012

John (Jay) R. Schleppenbach is a Partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the Securities Litigation and International Arbitration Practices. In 2003, he graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from the University of Illinois College ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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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 »

International Transactions
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Sanctions against Iran a balancing act for US
Financial Post (blog)January 2, 2012

The new US measures target both private and government-controlled banks, including central banks, and would take hold after a two- to six-month warning period depending on the transactions. US officials acknowledge that allies such as Japan have ...more »

Communications & Media
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Shurat HaDin warns Twitter over terrorist accounts
Jerusalem PostJanuary 1, 2012

By JOANNA PARASZCZUK Allowing Hezbollah, al-Shabaab to have accounts violates US anti-terror laws, say Israel Law Center. Social media giant Twitter could face legal action in US courts if it continues to allow terrorist organizations al-Shabaab and ...more »

W.Va. drivers react to new licensing law
Charleston GazetteJanuary 4, 2012

Residents who have had a legal name change, such as in a marriage or divorce, must bring in a name-change document, as well. Once the documents are scanned into the DMV system and become a matter of record, residents will not have to take them to the ...more »

Construction & Development
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Hotel, restaurant development plans coming together for Bemidji's Village at ...
Bemidji PioneerJanuary 1, 2012

But other development, while expected, has not yet occurred. Construction of a new DoubleTree Hotel to be attached to the east end of the Green Mill, is expected this spring. In order to sell and market the land, the city has contracted with the HRDC ...more »

Locating Funds
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Egypt defends probing into NGOs over suspected illicit funding
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

1 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Justice Minister Adel Abdel- Hamid Abdullah said on Sunday that no violations of laws occurred in Thursday's searching of the premises of 17 Egyptian and foreign civil organizations over suspected illicit funding activities. ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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What to Expect in New York in 2012
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

1, 2011, could have foreseen the Dominique Strauss-Kahn sexual assault case, or Tropical Storm née Hurricane Irene, or the relatively stress-free passage of a same-sex marriage law, or Representative Anthony D. Weiner's political death by tweet, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Joel N. Ephross of Duane Morris Houston Office Named Partner
Citybizlist (press release)January 3, 2012

He has worked in all aspects of commercial real estate, including leases, acquisitions and divestitures, mortgages and easements. Ephross is a 1993 magna cum laude graduate of South Texas College of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review and was ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Credit Suisse, Madoff, Alcoa, GE, Exelon in Court News
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

The fraud settlement announced Jan. 29 involving the drug Myoview sold by Amersham Health Inc. resolves claims filed under the False Claims Act. The law allows whistle-blowers to pursue fraud claims on behalf of the federal government and then share in ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Pension payments sold to middlemen
Greenville Daily ReflectorJanuary 1, 2012

In some cases people face foreclosure on their homes and need a large cash payment in order to stop the bank. Retirees and veterans who have a defined benefit pension now have another opportunity to get a lump sum payment but it does have a significant ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
CBS NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Sandee Burbank, executive director of the pro-medical marijuana group Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse and one of the original supporters of the medical marijuana law, says Stanford's business defies the medicinal intent of the law and is concerned ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Wikipedia Plans 24-Hour Blackout to Protest U.S. Piracy Law
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 17, 2012

The move is a protest against pending legislation including the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, bill, according to a statement by Wikimedia Foundation Inc., the non-profit organization that operates the encyclopedia. The law being discussed in the US ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Change of rules meant equal treatment for VIPs
The Canberra TimesJanuary 1, 2012

BY JUDITH IRELAND AND PETER JEAN The Hawke government was forced to deal with the fallout from the Fraser government's colour television scandal that brought down health minister Michael MacKellar and customs minister John Moore. ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Montana Reaffirms Ban on Corporate Election Spending; Sets up Clash with ...
AllGovJanuary 3, 2012

Since 1912, Montana had prohibited corporations from contributing to political candidates and committees under the Corrupt Practices Act. But following the Citizens United decision, which threw out federal limits on corporate and union campaign ...more »

Debt Collection
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Putting a delay on FEMA overpayment recovery right move
Your Houston NewsJanuary 4, 2012

FEMA says that it is reviewing the law and developing a plan to implement it. Until then, the agency has agreed for now not to refer debts to the Treasury Department for collection. Normally such debts are turned over after 60 days. ...more »

Public Offerings
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Supreme Court disciplines 17 attorneys
Jacksonville Daily RecordJanuary 2, 2012

As an official arm of the Florida Supreme Court, The Florida Bar and its Department of Lawyer Regulation are charged with administering a statewide disciplinary system to enforce Supreme Court rules of professional conduct for the 90000-plus lawyers ...more »

Debt Settlement
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PERSPECTIVES: Judge's ruling may unsettle corporate policyholders
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

In refusing to accept a so-called consent decree, which essentially is a court-approved settlement between a company and government regulators, the judge called into question a legal maneuver that has facilitated numerous settlement agreements. ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Mayor Gives State of the City Address
Cape May County Herald (press release)January 3, 2012

In this vein, two major, landmark legislative initiatives have been enacted by City Council on December 6, 2011:1) The establishment of the City's new Tourism Utility; and 2) The restructuring of the City's Civic Affairs and Recreation Department into ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Massena liability report cites Fire Department bar
WatertownDailyTimes.comJanuary 2, 2012

St. Lawrence County Emergency Services Director Martin J. Hassett said many fire departments are moving away from having bars, but it is still up to each department to figure out a socializing policy. “Some have a banquet hall attached to them. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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The Law Firms of Brown & Crouppen and Richard Schwartz & Associates Respond to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 1, 2012

LOUIS, Jan 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control have announced the preliminary laboratory test results of baby formula involved in a recent case where a Cronobacter bacterial infection ...more »

False Advertising
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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 »

Trade Associations
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New Laws Now Evaluated by Job Creation
New York TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Republican lawmakers, for example, criticize new environmental regulations as job destroyers, but supporters of tougher clean air rules say they will create tens of thousands of jobs in pollution control industries. Estimates of job creation or ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Value of Gableman's legal services disputed
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

One of those 4-3 cases all but eliminated collective bargaining for public employees, and on Friday Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne asked the state Supreme Court to reopen the case because McLeod and others at Michael Best worked on the ...more »

Unfair Competition
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'The Bachelor' star Ben Flajnik eliminates his first seven bachelorettes
Reality TV WorldJanuary 3, 2012

Once all the ladies met Ben for the first time, they discussed their competition in the mansion. Many of the bachelorettes were frustrated because they thought Brittney bringing her grandmother gained her unfair sympathy points, and they believed ...more »

Federal Grants
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The Danger of an Attack on Piracy Online
New York TimesJanuary 2, 2012

After all, SOPA, which stands for Stop Online Piracy Act, sounds like a piece of arcane Internet government regulation — legislation that entertainment companies desperately care about and that leaves Web nation and free-speech crusaders frothing at ...more »

Venture Capital
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Maxymiser Secures Series B $12 Million Investment From Investor Growth Capital...
MarketWatch (press release)January 6, 2012

About Investor Growth Capital Investor Growth Capital is a global venture capital firm backed by Investor AB, with offices in New York, Menlo Park, Beijing, and Stockholm. Since its formation in the mid-1990's, IGC has focused on partnering with ...more »

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