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In Boon to Palm Coast, Appeals Court Rules Red-Light Cameras Legal Even ...
FlaglerLive.comDecember 1, 2011

The city countered that penalties were code infractions rather than criminal infractions, and that they were non-moving violations, even though a vehicle had to be moving to trigger such a violation. A trial court ruled in favor of Masone, saying state ...more »

Bachmann says inflation of college costs spurred by federal grants, loans
Radio IowaDecember 1, 2011

During an appearance on the University of Northern Iowa campus, Republican Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann advocated for major changes in Pell Grants and student loans. “What the studies show is the more money that the federal government is ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New hunger strike: Petition for improved conditions in Administrative ...
San Francisco Bay ViewDecember 30, 2011

28 at Corcoran State Prison. It has become the icon of this prisoners' rights movement. We, inmates currently housed in Administrative Segregation Unit (ASU) of CSP (California State Prison) Corcoran, hereby petition California Department of ...more »

Health Care Law
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New federal fee on health insurers will help pay for head-to-head tests of ...
Washington PostDecember 28, 2011

The goal of the research, part of a little-known provision of President Barack Obama's health care law, is to answer such basic questions as whether that new prescription drug advertised on TV really works better than an old generic costing much less. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Santee Representatives Author New California Laws in 2011
Patch.comDecember 30, 2011

In an extensive interview earlier in the year, Jones pointed out that this law "reduces the number of man-hours per month that they need to spend on that process." “Jerry Brown signed 886 bills into law this year. Californians should ask themselves, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama's imperial power grab on immigration
Washington PostDecember 28, 2011

No one disagrees that Congress could preempt state efforts to enforce immigration law, under its constitutional power to “establish a uniform rule of naturalization.” But Congress actually rejected that approach. Instead in the 1996 statute, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Congress clears $662 billion defense bill
The Associated PressDecember 16, 2011

In a lengthy speech on the "military-industrial-congressional complex," McCain railed against the program and the decision to develop and integrate its critical technologies "Experts call what the Pentagon has been trying to do here 'concurrent ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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2011: The local year in review
Ukiah Daily JournalDecember 31, 2011

Mediation is ordered for both parties. A Santa Rosa firm, Siri Grading and Paving, is awarded the city contract for work to begin on the Riverside Park project. Ukiah band and choral instructor Larry Puterbaugh retires after teaching music to students ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Debt collector's alleged tactics lead to lawsuit
NBC2 NewsDecember 28, 2011

By Elizabeth Billingsley, Reporter - bio | email There is an unprecedented lawsuit against Bank of America and a debt collector it hired. A Cape Coral woman wants them to pay up after she says they harassed her about her late husband's debts. ...more »

Animal Law
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Authorities investigate possible embezzlement at Charleston Animal Society
WCBDDecember 21, 2011

In addition, CAS will be providing its financial records to the Charleston County Auditor and will cooperate fully with the County's audit process. The CAS board is working diligently to resolve this problem and refocus on its core mission of caring ...more »

Intellectual Property
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More focus on intellectual property needed: Officials
China DailyDecember 29, 2011

Two of the city's leading companies, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and ZTE Corp, jointly contributed 28 percent of China's overseas patents applications last year. More focus on intellectual property needed : Officials.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Taxpayers dropping lawsuit to save Ohio courthouse
FOX19December 28, 2011

The group's lawsuit filed Dec. 19 asked for a temporary order that would have immediately stopped demolition, but the court last week denied the request in a 6-1 decision. Asbestos removal began last week, and documents filed by B&B with the Ohio ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Leagle.comDecember 26, 2011

The court properly granted those parts of plaintiff's motion seeking summary judgment on that cause of action and seeking dismissal of the second affirmative defense and counterclaim, alleging plaintiff's breach of that subcontract. ...more »

Safest Decade in US Aviation History
TIMEDecember 31, 2011

31, 2011 The past 10 years have been the best in the country's aviation history with 153 fatalities. That's two deaths for every 100 million passengers on commercial flights, according to an Associated Press analysis of government accident data. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Stricter rental inspections in works from City Council
Delmarva Daily TimesDecember 26, 2011

"The landlord can call us when the property is empty," said Councilwoman Laura Mitchell. "That way, there's nobody there to feel invaded upon and when the unit is occupied for more than three years and vacancy has not occurred, either the tenant or the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AP Technology NewsBrief at 2:20 p.m. EST
Insurance News Net (press release)December 31, 2011

An informal job ad posted to the famed physicist's website said the assistant should be computer literate, ready to travel, and able to repair electronic devices "with no instruction manual or technical support." NEW YORK (AP) _ Here's one way to sum ...more »

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Doctors charged on medical litigation
Nigerian TribuneDecember 14, 2011

Nigerian doctors have being told that they could only prevent being dragged to court for medical negligence if they practiced within the ambits of the law of the country and the Hippocratic Oath they took as professionals. Giving the charge was Chief ...more »

Business Law
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Alabama's view: We're enforcing federal immigration law
USA TodayDecember 4, 2011

Rather than resist federal laws, as was unfortunately the case in the 1950s and 1960s, Alabama today is insisting that federal law be enforced, by state officers if necessary. That's because, in Alabama, we believe obedience to law ensures fairness and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military briefs for Friday, Dec. 30, 2011
North County TimesDecember 31, 2011

FALLBROOK ---- VA-accredited attorney Merwyn J. Miller of Encinitas is offering an informative workshop on previously unknown financial benefits through the Aid and Attendance Program for veterans and their spouses at 2 pm Jan. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Computer Crimes Unit Snares Ballston Lake Man
North Country GazetteDecember 7, 2011

The arrest stemmed from an investigation conducted by the Internet Crimes against Children Task Force and the Attorney General's Office, the State Police Computer Crimes Unit and Clifton Park BCI. Headwell was arrested after arriving at a predetermined ...more »

Personal Injury
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Civil Rights and Personal Injury Attorneys of Spears Huffman, PLLC Improve ... (press release)December 22, 2011

The site offers helpful information to remove some of the fear and uncertainty from the legal process, including basic information on civil rights and personal injury laws. "Our improved site is designed entirely with our clients and potential clients ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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On Pearl Harbor Day, a Look at War Declarations
Wall Street Journal (blog)December 7, 2011

The Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel concluded that Obama ”had the constitutional authority to direct the use of force in Libya because he could reasonably determine that such use of force was in the national interest” and that “prior ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comDecember 15, 2011

... Allan Dinnerstein and his professional association, were entitled to sovereign immunity— under a volunteer health care contract and in accordance with the Access to Health Care Act—for causes of action alleged in a related medical malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Adopts Net Worth Standard for Accredited Investors Under Dodd-Frank Act
NewDesignWorld (press release)December 27, 2011

The changes were made to conform the SEC's definition of an “accredited investor” to the requirements of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under the amended rule, the value of an individual's primary residence will not ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rountree, Losee & Baldwin Law Firm Launches New Website
PR Newswire (press release)December 14, 2011

Website slated to become resource on many legal areas, including litigation, intellectual property, business and corporate law, criminal defense, international trade and maritime matters, estate planning, and municipal law. WILMINGTON, NC, Dec. ...more »

Crain's Detroit BusinessDecember 26, 2011

Michigan's long-debated requirement that retailers individually price store items? Gone. Sweeping business and individual tax reforms including scrapping the Michigan Business Tax and instituting a new 6 percent corporate income tax? Law. ...more »

Sports Law
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Penn State culture explained away Sandusky despite troubling signs
CBSSports.comDecember 12, 2011

Yet the university's top administrators kept allowing, even encouraging, Sandusky to invite some of those boys into campus sports buildings -- locker rooms, showers, a sauna and a swimming pool -- where prosecutors now say he fondled, molested and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Obama Defense Bill Signing Statement
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)December 31, 2011

Today I have signed into law HR 1540, the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012." I have signed the Act chiefly because it authorizes funding for the defense of the United States and its interests abroad, crucial services for service ...more »

The 'Scarlet M': State uses shame, fines to fight misclassification
Business Management DailyDecember 18, 2011

Signed into law in October, Senate Bill 459 allows the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) to levy fines of at least $5000 against employers that misclassify workers and requires the employers to publicize their violations on their ...more »

Groups urge City Council to form diversity commission
The Daily ProgressDecember 6, 2011

The Charlottesville City Council offered its initial thoughts Monday on a proposal that would create a taxpayer-funded diversity commission tasked with investigating claims of discrimination in private employment and housing and imposing penalties on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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FINRA's 2011 Activities Highlight Commitment to Investor Protection
MarketWatch (press release)December 16, 2011

FINRA further enhanced market transparency by expanding the Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) to include securitized products, which added more than 1.2 million asset- and mortgaged-backed securities to the current 70000 TRACE-eligible ...more »

Environmental Law
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School Board Opts Out of Marin Clean Energy
Patch.comDecember 22, 2011

By Jim Welte The Mill Valley School District board voted earlier this month to opt out of the Marin Energy Authority's Marin Clean Energy program, citing the higher costs associated with the venture's alternative power provider as compared to those of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Press HeraldDecember 3, 2011

Probate judges are elected. They handle adoptions, wills, guardianships, estates and name changes. Holmes has been the probate judge in Washington County for 22 years. The Bangor Daily News said the sanction order says some people had to wait years for ...more »

Family Law
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St. Lawrence County Family Court Judge Barbara R. Potter retiring
WatertownDailyTimes.comDecember 4, 2011

She then moved her family to Syracuse, where she attended Syracuse University Law School, receiving her juris doctor degree in 1978 at age 31. “My third daughter was literally born in the middle of final exams at law school,” Ms. Potter recalled. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comDecember 30, 2011

Rose White (Claimant) petitions for review from the March 24, 2011 order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the determination of a Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) denying and dismissing Claimant's petition to review her ...more »


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