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A Debate Over Who Regulates Gas 'Fracking' in Pa.
NPRDecember 1, 2011

A new Pennsylvania law could curb municipalities' ability to zone and regulate hydraulic fracturing — or "fracking." And that raises questions about how much say a local government should have over what goes on within its borders. ...more »

ICC: Gbagbo Accused of Crimes Against Humanity
iNEWP- Freedom of SpeechDecember 1, 2011

Tens of thousands of people were caught between the crossfire and were displaced particularly in the commercial capital of Abidjan. Conditions for civilians are worsening as the violence continues displacing tens of thousands of people, particularly in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge sets Beach hearing for Wednesday
Great Falls TribuneDecember 1, 2011

District Judge E. Wayne Phillips has set the hearing for Wednesday at 10 am at the Fergus County Courthouse in Lewistown. Beach a new trial. That ruling effectively vacated Beach's original 1985 conviction, so in the eyes of the law Beach is now ...more »

Health Care Law
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News analysis: Tester, Rehberg show shades of truth, hyperbole on Medicare
Billings GazetteDecember 4, 2011

Tester, in response to the same question, points to his vote for the Affordable Care Act and its adjustments to Medicare. “It's a challenge that requires improving the quality of health care in Montana and across the country, which will reduce Medicare ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Hinckley not dangerous and should be released, lawyers say
CNN InternationalDecember 1, 2011

Dr. Tyler Jones, director of psychiatry at St. Elizabeths, testified Hinckley also started taking Zoloft in 2005 after complaining about anxiety. Jones said Hinckley had been diagnosed years ago as suffering from depression and from an unspecified ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama red-faced as second foreign car boss held under immigration law
The GuardianDecember 2, 2011

To arrest one foreign car-making executive under Alabama's new tough immigration laws may be regarded as a misfortune; to arrest a second looks like carelessness. A judge has acted to put a Japanese employee of Honda Motor Company out of his misery by ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Govt names designated products for local procurement
Creamer Media's Engineering NewsDecember 7, 2011

Further, Davies believed that the amendments enabled South Africa to be in a position to “ride the next wave of an industrial revolution”, which would be developed, driven and transformed by the development of a green economy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mining Sector: Churchill shares soar after if asks Indonesia to resolve East ...
Stock Market WireDecember 2, 2011

The company has filed a formal letter to the republic of Indonesia seeking cooperation to achieve "an amicable and commercial resolution" to the dispute. The letter highlights that following a significant investment in coal exploration in Indonesia, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 7, 2011

Also in 2011, SB 1294 brought defective drywall under the aegis of the Virginia Consumer Protection Act. The law prohibits suppliers, after March 25, 2011 , from selling, offering for sale, or using defective drywall in the construction, remodeling, ...more »

Animal Law
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Court won't stop NJ's bear hunt, upholds state's bear management policy
The RepublicDecember 1, 2011

TRENTON, NJ — New Jersey's black bear hunt can go on as scheduled, a state appeals court ruled Thursday in rejecting a challenge by animal rights activists that the state's bear management policy is flawed. Two animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property lawyer pays $1.35M in Redwood City [more]
BlockshopperDecember 3, 2011

3, 2011 Nick and Sandra Pugliano bought a five-bedroom, 3.5-bath home at 210 Upland Court in Redwood City from Juvenal and Maria Campos for $1.31 million on Oct. 13. Mr. Pugliano is a senior director at TE Connectivity, a provider of engineered ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Kantor & Kantor Provides Guidelines on New Consumer Protection Law for ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 1, 2011

"Insurers want people to believe the change in the law will cause more lawsuits," said Kantor. "Comparable laws have been passed in more than 20 other states, with no noticeable increase in litigation. In reality, the change will result in less costly ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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More than patronage behind choice of judge
Journal InquirerDecember 3, 2011

But her appointment is not just political patronage but also, probably more so, "affirmative action," as she is not only a woman but black as well. As the country generally and the legal profession particularly long have been run largely by white men, ...more »

Service to country a family affair
Pensacola News JournalDecember 1, 2011

A few weeks ago I was going through a collection of memorabilia with the son and grandson of a Naval aviator, who commented that for many people, the celebration of the Centennial of Naval Aviation is not about the record flights and combat actions. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord accused of destroying mobile home with tenant inside
Reading EagleDecember 4, 2011

One of the tenants told the Orlando Sentinel that she paid $150 a week for the trailer and had lived there for four months with her three children, brother and sister-in-law. She said she wasn't behind in rent but had gotten into a disagreement with ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bankruptcy judges stake out turf in wake of Anna Nicole ruling
Thomson Reuters News & InsightDecember 1, 2011

"Since Congress expressly provided for the issuance of proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law with respect to 'related to' proceedings over which the bankruptcy court has no authority to issue a final judgment there is no reason to believe ...more »

Litigation
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Carey Olsen advises on the first Channel Islands listing of a litigation fund
HedgeWeekDecember 1, 2011

Carey Olsen also acts as a listing sponsor for Argentum Capital, which will be the first litigation fund to list on the CISX. Carey Olsen was instructed by City law firm Bristows. Argentum manages a portfolio of investment platforms invested in ...more »

Business Law
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LPD offers tips for safe holiday shopping
Lynchburg News and AdvanceDecember 1, 2011

With holiday shopping season in full swing, the Lynchburg Police Department warned residents to beware of shopping scams, providing tips for safe holiday shopping compiled by the Internet Crime Com-plaint Center. The center warned of aggressive cyber...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pakistani Taliban splintering into factions
NavyTimes.comDecember 4, 2011

ISLAMABAD — Battered by Pakistani military operations and US drone strikes, the once-formidable Pakistani Taliban has splintered into more than 100 smaller factions, weakened and is running short of cash, according to security ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI opens new forensics lab at UNM for NM law enforcement agencies | The Republic
The RepublicDecember 6, 2011

The lab will also help authorities with internet crimes, child pornography and intellectual property crimes. The new FBI lab in New Mexico is the second Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory located on a university campus, and the 16th such facility ...more »

Personal Injury
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Spartanburg Chiropractor Treats Auto Accident Pain
MarketWatch (press release)December 6, 2011

According to Spartanburg chiropractor, Dr. Gabe O'Sullivan, automobile accidents can cause personal injury in a variety of ways. "Cars carry a great deal of momentum even at relatively slow speeds," O'Sullivan explains. "An impact from behind that ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Pybas: Individual mandate may not require reinterpretation
Springfield News-LeaderDecember 4, 2011

That is, there is no prior case on point. Congress has not previously mandated that citizens enter into commercial exchanges. That the Supreme Court has sanctioned very broad Commerce Clause power does not mean Congress' reach is unlimited. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Capili: Taking a second look at RESA (II)
Sun.StarDecember 4, 2011

Allowing an unqualified person to advertise or to practice the profession by using one's COR or professional ID Card. 4. Malpractice or violation of any of the provisions of this Act, the IRR and the Code of Ethics and Responsibilities for real estate ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)December 2, 2011

Thank you for inviting me to testify today regarding the implementation of Title VII of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank Act" or "Act") by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). n1 As you know, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate firm asserts claim over 9.7-hectare lot in Cebu
Sun.StarDecember 1, 2011

Several other court rules cover the garnishment or the public auction of government properties and assets. Administrative Circular 10-2000 issued by the Supreme Court provides that “judges are hereby enjoined to observe utmost caution, prudence and ...more »

NY sheriff hawks naming rights for helicopter
Boston.comDecember 25, 2011

In cash-crimped cities across the nation, naming rights for municipal stadiums, parks, mass-transit stations and other public entities is nothing new. In Littleton, town officials approved a $12000-a-year contract with the grocery chain more than nine ...more »

Sports Law
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Las Vegas man indicted in sports betting investigation
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 1, 2011

A Las Vegas area man tied to the sports betting operation ACME Group Trading has been indicted on charges of violating federal currency transaction laws. Robert Walker, 43, was charged with four counts of causing a financial institution ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense says the prosecution is using liars and criminals to bolster its case ...
MLive.comDecember 6, 2011

By Barton Deiters | The Grand Rapids Press GRAND RAPIDS – The attorney for accused murderer Robert Gaines said for the sake of a murder conviction in an 18-year-old crime, the prosecution has relied on the word of desperate liars and of the man who ...more »

Ask the taxgirl: Getting Paid Under the Table
ForbesDecember 12, 2011

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. ...more »

Springfield law protects gays The city adds sexual orientation to the listof ...
The Register-GuardDecember 6, 2011

Under the charter, individuals also may not be discriminated against based on their “race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability or national origin.” The amendment was essentially a “housekeeping matter,” said Joe Leahy, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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House Natural Resources Committee Hearing
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkDecember 5, 2011

Current law requires that the fines collected from fishermen who have violated marine resource laws be invested in NOAA's Asset Forfeiture Fund. As we have already heard in previous testimony, NOAA and the Asset Forfeiture Fund have been the subjects ...more »

Environmental Law
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Prices may kill biogas project
Auburn CitizenDecember 4, 2011

For investors, the calculus was simple: as traditional energy prices continued to rise, it became more and more appealing to explore alternative energy sources, biomethane gas first among them. In the last three years, however, those historic high gas ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Briefings begin for Augusta County's supervisors-elect
Staunton News LeaderDecember 1, 2011

First-time supervisors Marshall Pattie, Michael Shull, David Karaffa and Jeffrey Moore, along with returning Supervisor Larry Wills, got the first day of rundowns inside the Government Center. Candy Hensley is the point-person making sure the ...more »

Family Law
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Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer Says Family Involvement Crucial to Safe Long Term ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)December 1, 2011

... Hamill Law Offices, Boston Massachusetts notes that under the Nursing Home Reform Law of 1987, when a person is admitted to a nursing home, family members have the right to be involved with the care of their loved one to avoid nursing home neglect. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp bill shows value of compromise
Kansas.comDecember 1, 2011

Key among them: passing the most comprehensive workers compensation reform bill in nearly 20 years. Both chambers of the Kansas Legislature unanimously passed this critical bill on the final day of the 2011 session. How did this miracle happen? ...more »

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