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Md. health secy. announces corrective steps after agency had to return unspent ...
Washington PostDecember 1, 2011

Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein told members of the Senate Finance and Budget and Taxation committees he was shocked to hear of such a large expected surplus at the agency that supports services such as residential care, employment, day programs and ...more »

Legal pair reject corporate approach and establish Sinclair Sharpe Law
Manchester Evening NewsDecember 1, 2011

“It's often quite a daunting experience for someone to approach a solicitor in the first place but the corporate approach does not suit everyone. “I wanted to get away from that and create a legal service that was delivered differently. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Girl's mother-in-law and sister-in-law both detained but police hunt is on for ...
Daily MailDecember 31, 2011

Sahar Gul, 15, was in critical condition when she was rescued from a house in northern Baghlan province last week, after her neighbours reported hearing Miss Gul crying and moaning in pain. According to police in Baghlan, her in-laws pulled out her ...more »

Health Care Law
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Cantor: “I really expect great things from Marilyn Tavenner.”
Washington Post (blog)December 1, 2011

Having worked in the private sector, she understands the need for a robust private sector health care system that can't be managed by a bureaucrat in Washington.” He actually thinks she could even make the Affordable Care Act a little bit better in the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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States Seek Internet Lottery Jackpots After US Legal Ruling
BusinessWeekDecember 30, 2011

Lottery officials will now feel freer to set up online games and perhaps join other states on Internet sales, said Joseph Kelly, a professor of business law at Buffalo State College in New York and consultant for the gambling industry. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Illegal-Alien Activists Challenge to Petition Signatures Dropped in Maryland
NumbersUSADecember 8, 2011

Immigration law falls under federal code, so immigration enforcement falls under the federal government's domain. But several states and local municipalities have taken immigration enforcement into their own hands by passing legislation that prevents ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kittiratt: BOT should assume more public debt
The NationDecember 27, 2011

The State Council will consult with the government on whether to issue an emergency decree or go through normal parliamentary channels for the borrowing and the amending of the law, he said. The top priority for industrial estates, meanwhile, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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CC gives two days more to settle disputes
RepublicaDecember 31, 2011

KATHMANDU, Jan 1: Political leaders on the Constituent Assembly´s Constitutional Committee (CC) have agreed to hold further negotiations for two more days at the dispute resolution subcommittee under the CC, in a bid to seek common ground on the key ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Judge tosses Oak Harbor Street lawsuit out of court
Whidbey News-TimesDecember 28, 2011

The lawsuit began earlier this year when a sub-contractor that had not been paid for its services filed a claim against GG, First National Insurance Company of America and the city. The firm filed for a lien against the city's retainage bond. ...more »

Animal Law
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System failed to enforce laws, protect dog that later died
Your Houston NewsDecember 29, 2011

Animal cruelty laws have been put in place partly to protect pets from neglectful owners. When owners fail to responsibly take care of their pets, the system must work to enforce those laws and protect the animals. In the case of one dog, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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2011: The Year Intellectual Property Trumped Civil Liberties
Wired News (blog)December 29, 2011

... the nation's biggest tech companies and prominent civil liberties groups to again lobby for an update to what was once the nation's leading privacy legislation protecting Americans' electronic communications from warrantless searches and seizures. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fred Geldon, government contracts lawyer, joins Steptoe & Johnson
Government Security NewsDecember 12, 2011

Prior to joining EDS, he was a partner in private practice, where he specialized in government contracts, energy and commercial litigation. From 1983-1985, Geldon served as assistant director of the environmental and occupational disease litigation ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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We have to confront the tribal divide head on before it is too late, again
Daily NationDecember 16, 2011

The idea of affirmative action or positive discrimination has come under assault as some feel that this perpetuates tribalism and results in feelings of isolation, marginalisation and bitterness. We must welcome this debate, and encourage it so that ...more »

The Debate Over Aviation Emissions
Huffington PostDecember 30, 2011

Whether the EU's plan constitutes a tax that violates international trade and aviation law is hotly contested, as is the financial impact on the airline industry. "This is a trade barrier in the name of environmental protection," says an editorial by ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Homeowners fight landlords as city rental market soars
Herald ScotlandDecember 3, 2011

As well as introducing a new maximum fine of £50000 for landlords operating while unregistered, we are progressing a scheme for protecting tenants' deposits. “The Private Rented Housing Act 2011 supports responsible landlords and addresses more ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ex-Lawyer Rothstein Testifies Fund Managers Aided Ponzi Scheme
San Francisco ChronicleDecember 31, 2011

Casas cited an exchange in which the funds' lawyer Eliot Lauer questioned Rothstein about a conversation with Nordlicht. "Your best recollection is that if prospective investors or new investors would contact him, he would not give it a bad rating? ...more »

Litigation
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Honors and Officers (December 31, 2011)
In-ForumDecember 31, 2011

Five attorneys from the Serkland Law Firm in Fargo, have been selected by their peers as Great Plains Super Lawyers 2011. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is an annual rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who ...more »

Business Law
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3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: Dec. 19
TheStreet.comDecember 19, 2011

Franchising supports more than one out of eight jobs in the US economy, including restaurants, hotels, business and personal services, retail, health care, automotive, commercial and residential services and real estate, according to the IFA. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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re: Military
Port Times Record (blog)December 30, 2011

Yes, I want to throw Military in with teachers, fireman, police, all workers as a fair comparison. The base pay of Military might be as low as 50% as many civilian workers, especially those represented by unions, but the benefits of a military career ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Vernon man charged in connection with child porn downloading
Journal InquirerDecember 30, 2011

On July 27, state police computer crimes investigators found a user of the peer-to-peer file-sharing network “Gnutella” sharing files of child pornography that included images of a female child between the age of 7 and 10, according to the warrant for ...more »

Personal Injury
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Appeals court in Ohio rules in fan-Bryant lawsuit
Sacramento BeeDecember 22, 2011

Geeslin's complaint said that while getting up to resume play, Bryant pushed his forearm into his chest "in an unnecessary and forceful manner, causing him injury." Geeslin said he later needed treatment for a bruised lung cavity. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Foes of Hungary's Government Fear 'Demolition of Democracy'
New York Times (blog)December 22, 2011

The constitutional court this week struck down portions of the controversial media law, as well as changes to the criminal code and a law governing churches, but the high court's own purview will be limited by the new Constitution, one of several steps ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Addictions plague health workers
Windsor StarDecember 30, 2011

The Ontario Regulated Health Professions Act in 2009 started requiring more stringent reporting of professional negligence and malpractice, as well as drug-related issues. About a year and a half ago, the Ontario Medical Association started the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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UAE- New unified auto contract to promote transparency
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 29, 2011

The unified contracts law aims to enforce minimum standard requirements within car sales, service and spare parts contracts among UAE based car dealers to ensure fair treatment for all contract parties under the umbrella of the Consumer Protection law. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Direction IRA Reports More Real Estate IRA Investors Using Banks To ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)December 30, 2011

Bill Humphrey, CEO of New Direction IRA, Inc., reports an increase in self-directed IRAs using bank loans to buy real estate in an IRA. Humphrey is a CPA with 30 years experience. He teaches classes at the University of Denver on tax law and IRS rules. ...more »

Crude Oil Higher in Thin Trading
Wall Street JournalDecember 27, 2011

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Sports Law
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The College Sports Cartel
New York TimesDecember 31, 2011

A lawyer in Fort Worth, Christian Dennie, who specializes in sports law, got ahold of an internal NCAA document outlining some of the objections. One is especially worth repeating: “The new coach may have a completely different style of offense/defense ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Waldrep for the defense: Former politician appears at hearing
Anderson Independent MailDecember 29, 2011

ANDERSON — Bob Waldrep, one of Anderson County's most recognizable political figures, made a rare appearance this month as a criminal defense lawyer at a preliminary hearing. Though he has been a practicing attorney for more than four decades, ...more »

Lindenstrauss weighing measures against Treasury
Jerusalem PostDecember 29, 2011

The state comptroller referred to the Basic Law: The state comptroller, which stipulates that all government bodies subject to audit will immediately upon request provide the state comptroller with any information deemed necessary for that audit. ...more »

WISE v. OHIO STATE UNIV.
Leagle.comDecember 21, 2011

{¶4} On October 11, 2007, appellant filed a complaint in the Court of Claims of Ohio alleging age discrimination, disability discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge in violation of public policy. The trial court granted summary judgment in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Thompson Hine Elects Seven New Partners
MarketWatch (press release)December 12, 2011

...mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. In addition, he provides ongoing advice to boards of directors on various matters, including acquisition and divestiture opportunities, capital raising strategies and corporate governance obligations. ...more »

Environmental Law
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New Michigan Laws for 2012 Govern Foreclosures, Schools and Jobless Benefits
Patch.comDecember 30, 2011

Public Act 260 took effect Dec. 14, a day after being signed. "Charter schools play a critical role in providing Michigan students and parents with alternative educational options," Snyder said in a Dec. 20 signing statement. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Probate.com Officially Launches, Providing All-Inclusive Online Probate Resource
Insurance News Net (press release)December 16, 2011

“One click to our site is all it will take. Our site will offer everything that is needed for the probate specialist, estate planner and non-lawyer involved in a proceeding who has questions.” Probate.com is owned by Probate Partners, ...more »

Family Law
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Jennifer Hudson May Testify Against Brother-In-Law In Family Murder Trial
Idolator: All About The MusicDecember 16, 2011

Now the trial of J-Hud's brother-in-law William Balfour, accused of the crimes, is set to begin in February 2012, and Hudson will likely be called as a witness to testify against him. The Disney Parks Christmas performer also revealed in the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Comp benefits due to restaurant manager despite being smoker: Pa. court
Business InsuranceDecember 29, 2011

PITTSBURGH—A restaurant manager and chef who had smoked for about 30 years is entitled to workers compensation benefits because heavy work-related lifting likely contributed to his heart attack, a Pennsylvania appellate court has ruled. ...more »

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