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Food poisoning cases haven't cut appetite for 'yakiniku' raw meat cuts
The Japan TimesDecember 1, 2011

Even the risk of fatal food poisoning isn't enough to stop some diehard customers of "yakiniku" grills from ordering raw meat dishes. Handle with care: An employee at a "yakiniku" grillroom shows a plate of "yukke" shredded uncooked beef ...more »

Fleeced Facebook gamblers are on their own
The AgeDecember 1, 2011

Senator Xenophon wrote to the Australian Communications and Media Authority complaining that the US-based website was misleading and was in breach of online gaming laws. ACMA told Senator Xenophon the website's content is not prohibited because it was ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Lennar underwriter accused in real estate scheme
South Florida Business JournalDecember 9, 2011

A public hearing before an administrative law judge is scheduled for Feb. 14 in a case in which North American Title Co. and escrow officer Lesley Karen Williams face possible license revocation, Texas Department of Insurance spokesman Jerry Hagins ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gingrich Supported Romney Health Care Plan in 2006 Newsletter
Fox News (blog)December 27, 2011

WASHINGTON – Newt Gingrich voiced enthusiasm for Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law when it was passed five years ago, the same plan he has been denouncing over the past few months as he campaigned for the Republican presidential nomination. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Leagle.comDecember 16, 2011

... court's judgment dismissing for want of subject matter jurisdiction MLC's complaint seeking exoneration from or limitation of liability pursuant to the Exoneration and Limitation of Liability Act (the "Limitation Act"), 46 USC § 30501 et seq. ...more »

Immigration Law
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An object at rest
Lebanon Daily NewsDecember 29, 2011

Under that scenario, it's hard to blame the states for trying to act on the wishes of their (legal) residents, but again, this is clearly a federal issue, governed by federal laws, and it is the federal government with all its warts and bruises that is ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Farmers and others see threat from drilling in a thirsty land
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserDecember 31, 2011

Companies will also have to find a way to dispose of all the toxic wastewater or sludge that each well produces, since the closest landfill or industrial-waste facility that can handle the waste is hundreds of miles away. "Around here, the rain comes ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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3. $1 billion NH budget trim devastates health, service, education programs
Nashua TelegraphDecember 30, 2011

Kathy Cleveland photo Cheryl Beaulieu works in a neighboring office to Host Homes and Milford Mediation, two Milford-area programs that closed for good last week. Beaulieu is in charge of Milford fuel assistance for Southern New Hamshire Services. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Group names 'most ridiculous' lawsuits of 2011
OCRegisterDecember 31, 2011

"While these lawsuits vary from the outrageous to the humorous, abusive litigation is hardly a laughing matter," said Institute President Lisa Rickard. "ILR's annual poll of ridiculous lawsuits helps to remind us that abusive lawsuits affect real ...more »

Animal Law
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Naming Whistle-Blower Could Cost PETA
Courthouse News ServiceDecember 5, 2011

PETA, on the other hand, contested the existence of a confidentiality agreement protecting Yerk's identity, and questioned whether a PETA caseworker would have the authority to enter such an agreement. Since law enforcement had compelled PETA to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Pfizer, Research Affiliates, 'Occupy': Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekDecember 5, 2011

“Our main focus is product quality and performance, but we will protect our intellectual property and the interests of our business partners when our patents are infringed,” Research Affiliates' Chairman Rob Arnott said in a statement. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Chief Justice defends Supreme Court's recusal policy
USA TODAYDecember 31, 2011

By Joan Biskupic, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – As controversy churns over pending health-care litigation, Chief Justice John Roberts took the unusual step Saturday of defending the Supreme Court's recusal policy and voicing confidence in justices' choices on ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Public Comment Sought on New Disabled Hiring Quota
Maui NowDecember 9, 2011

The department's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) invites public comment on this proposal, which will be published in the Dec. 9 edition of the Federal Register. OFCCP's proposed rule would strengthen the affirmative action ...more »

Ajit Singh takes charge as Civil Aviation Minister
India TodayDecember 19, 2011

A day after being inducted into the Union Cabinet, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh on Monday took charge of the civil aviation ministry, which he described as a "sensitive" sector. Singh said his assignment is in a sensitive and challenging ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord charged with burglary after his tenant's refrigerator is taken during ...
Virgin Islands Daily NewsDecember 20, 2011

On Dec. 13, Cooper waived his rights and issued a statement similar to the tenant's, according to the affidavit. The tenant gave police a written statement that she never gave the landlord permission to go into her home and take her refrigerator. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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WikiLeaks' Chief In Vital Extradition Court Fight
SalonDecember 4, 2011

Last month Assange replaced his Swedish lawyer with two high-profile attorneys, Per E. Samuelson and Thomas Olsson. Samuelson has a long track-record as a defense lawyer in sex crime cases and has also represented one of the men behind file-sharing ...more »

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Imran Khan waits to hear his petition
Hindustan TimesDecember 26, 2011

Actor Imran Khan, who had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Bombay High Court against Maharashtra government's decision of raising the age limit of drinking to 25, believes that the slow legal system is delaying the case. ...more »

Business Law
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Law Office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC Announces Investigation of Baldwin ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 31, 2011

BALA CYNWYD, Pa., Dec 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law office of Brodsky & Smith, LLC announces that it is investigating potential claims against the Board of Directors of Baldwin Technology Company, Inc. ("Baldwin" or the "Company") ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy partners with Duval schools to mentor students
Florida Times-UnionDecember 7, 2011

I'm really excited about this collaboration and the benefits it will provide.” The program was initiated by Forrest High School Psychologist Freedom Reid who approached the Navy school liaison officers about having Sailors come into the schools to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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When Computer Misuse Becomes a Crime
Law.comDecember 10, 2011

"Quite frankly, the facts of the case aren't terribly important," said Dennis Riordan, one of Nosal's appellate attorneys. "It's really a huge, pure question of law about what the statute means and a question of law that really goes into an enormous ...more »

Personal Injury
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Columbus Chiropractor Announces New Website and Wins 'Best Chiropractor' Award
MarketWatch (press release)December 11, 2011

Treatments offered by the clinic include spinal adjustments, auto accident injury treatment, personal injury treatment, and sports medicine. Dr. Peter Manz and Dr. Mary Bruney announced that their practice, Midwest Chiropractic Center, has launched a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Kasuri asks SC to dismiss ZAB reference case
Pakistan Daily TimesDecember 31, 2011

“Involving question of law and facts do not fall within the ambit of Article 186 of the constitution,” he said. “That instant case falls within the purview of settled principle of law ie 'closed and past transaction.' Since the administration of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Why Law Firms Should Use Separation Agreements for Departing Lawyers: Vance v ...
JD Supra (press release)December 23, 2011

Having worked at three firms, ranging from 10 to approximately 500 lawyers, I have never been asked to sign an employment, separation or similar agreement. Perhaps law firms fail to use employment or separation agreements because they believe that the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US Federal bill set to hit Indian BPO
Times of IndiaDecember 20, 2011

Introduced by Rep Tim Bishop and Rep David McKinley, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act would also put some aggressive mandates on call-centre operations. "Outsourcing is one of the scourges of our economy and why we are struggling ...more »

Real Estate Law
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LAW: Banks feud over failed construction loan
Press-EnterpriseDecember 27, 2011

Lucas I. Quass from Hinkley clerked with the Metropolitan Water District while attending USC Law School. He graduated among the top 10 percent of his class this year. The two associates have joined the firm's environmental law and natural resources...more »

Leagle.comDecember 28, 2011

ATA filed this diversity suit for breach of contract against Federal Express (which the parties call "FedEx," as shall we, even though it's actually a subsidiary of FedEx Corporation), and obtained a jury verdict in the exact amount it had asked for: ...more »

Sports Law
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New year brings new laws in California
Los Angeles TimesDecember 31, 2011

Some gun-rights advocates say the new law will not keep them from appearing in public with weapons that are not covered by the ban. "Law-abiding citizens will start openly carrying unloaded long guns in public because their basic and fundamental civil ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Blago Sentenced: He Joins the Justice Department's Smoke-and-Mirrors Show
ForbesDecember 9, 2011

As Timothy O'Toole, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, pointed out to one reporter regarding that hypothetical situation, “it might have been a violation of some sort of provision not to talk ...more »

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Rockland County TimesDecember 22, 2011

West Nyack resident, Chinh Tran, 43, will serve no prison time after repeatedly trying to bribe IRS agents to eliminate her tax return audits. According to official records, Tran, owner of a Nanuet nail salon, first met with an IRS agent in March 2010 ...more »

Israel cabinet delays vote on bills to combat discrimination against women
HaaretzDecember 25, 2011

Married partners with children under the age of thirteen would be eligible in cases where reserve duty runs for at least four days straight. The law would also apply to husbands whose wives are on reserve duty. Explaining the thinking behind the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lehman, Dodgers, Vitro, Quiznos, Aquilex, AMR: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekDecember 27, 2011

16 at 40 cents on the dollar, according to Trace, the bond-price reporting system of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Revenue for Aquilex was $327.7 million during the nine months ended Sept. 30. The $297.7 million net loss for the period ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Coming Crash In The Green Energy Sector In Greece
Seeking AlphaDecember 12, 2011

Any increase of 15% or below will be insufficient to reimburse alternative energy producers for the cost of selling their electricity to PPC. b. The cost of electricity generation from natural gas has increased by 15% in 2011 due to the government's ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the Expert: Are wills public?
NewsdayDecember 30, 2011

A trust costs more than a will; and it won't reduce your taxes. But trust assets go directly to named beneficiaries without passing through probate -- so only your nearest and dearest will know how you left your money. The bottom line Wills are public ...more »

Family Law
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In a family's grief, determination to force university to tell parents of ...
Washington PostDecember 27, 2011

But the family's attorney, Gary Mims, insists the settlement goes further than the state law, which applies only to students treated by university mental health services. Now, he says, Virginia Tech must at least consider notifying parents if it ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp fund helps out state volunteer fire departments
Daily Mail - CharlestonDecember 28, 2011

A $5 million fund set up to help volunteer fire departments pay higher workers' compensation insurance premiums has paid out $892530, according to state Auditor Glen Gainer's office. The average payout has been $4020, Gainer's office said. ...more »


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