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Kelly Borth: How a trademark can build product differentiation
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

An attorney who specializes in trademark law can best guide you on securing a trademark or you can go to the aforementioned website and manage the registration process yourself. The good news is it as long as there are not any complications, ...more »

Exxon Wins $749M for Nationalized Venezuela Assets
BloombergJanuary 1, 2012

Chavez, who has nationalized assets in the energy, metals, cement and telecommunications industries, faces about 20 arbitration cases at the ICSID, according to the Washington- based center's website. Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said in ...more »

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Affirmative Action
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President Obama passes National Defense Authorization Law...
The Spokesman Review (blog)January 1, 2012

Any hope we, as citizens, may have once had that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was vacated today. What a way to start the new year! If you are an independent thinker, ...more »

Freedom Of Speech & Religion
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Federal judge says state ballot-access law likely unconstitutional
Augusta Free PressJanuary 14, 2012

A Richmond federal judge wrote today that the Virginia law requiring that persons who circulate petitions for primary candidates be state residents is likely to be held unconstitutional. The law was challenged by Republican presidential hopeful Rick ...more »

Age, Gender, Race & National Origin Discrimination
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Liberals' Women's Commission wants hate speech laws to include 'gender'
National PostJanuary 10, 2012

In such cases, the law offers stiffer penalties for numerous hateful motivations, including “race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor. ...more »

Native Americans
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Gingrich, Santorum accused of racially insensitive remarks
Kansas City StarJanuary 7, 2012

Some African-American leaders and civil rights group considered Gingrich's words racially insensitive. They've noted that Gingrich often refers to President Barack Obama as the "food stamp president." "It is a shame that the former speaker feels that ...more »

Religious Discrimination
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Religious liberty groups question impact of Anchorage equality initiative
Alaska DispatchJanuary 14, 2012

14, Anchorage City Clerk Barbara Gruenstein affirmed that enough signatures have been gathered to place the following question to voters: “Shall the current municipal code sections providing legal protections against discrimination on the basis of race ...more »

Eminent Domain
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The real stake
Manila Standard TodayJanuary 2, 2012

This was instituted because of the immense power already lodged in the hands of Congress, which has control over the nation fs purse, and the Executive which wields police power and eminent domain. The powerless citizenry can, thus, ...more »

Sexual Harassment
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Oak Park's traffic court chief accused of sexual harasment
Oak Park LeavesJanuary 4, 2012

By BILL DWYER wdwyer@pioneerlocal.com January 3, 2012 5:58PM Oak Park and its traffic court manager are being sued for sexual harassment by two former village employees. The civil lawsuit filed Dec. 5 alleges that Robert Anderson, ...more »

Freedom Of Information
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Preacher sworn in, Williams calls the law
The Tand D.comJanuary 4, 2012

Council also approved, on first reading, the repeal of two Freedom of Information Act ordinances on the town's books. Preacher said town officials need to decide which one they want to use. "We don't need two codes that say the same thing," he said. ...more »

Unlawful Search & Seizure
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PNP Batangas reports accomplishment on campaign against illegal drugs
Philippine Information AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

... Jan 1 (PIA) -- As a result of their unrelenting campaign against illegal drugs in the province, the provincial police office (PPO) of the Philippine National Police in Batangas was able to conduct 287 search and seizure operations last year. ...more »

Freedom Of Press
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Obama Mob Nukes Iranian Economy
Pacific Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

Two days after becoming law, Iran's currency hit a record low against the US dollar. According to the Associated Press the riyal "hovered around 16800 riyals to the dollar, marking a roughly 10 percent slide compared to Thursday's rate of 15200 riyals ...more »

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