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Greene County, MO Couple Pays $1000 Tax Bill in $1 Bills
KSPRDecember 1, 2011

A Greene County, MO couple says all they wanted to do was pay their property tax bill, but instead they were told to leave the Greene County Collector's Office. The couple says they brought in their payment in cash, an acceptable form according to ...more »

Jesse Eisenberg Sues Lionsgate Over Its 'Camp Hell' Advertising
ReutersDecember 1, 2011

Last week, the Oscar nominee hit Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment with a $3 million lawsuit, charging the companies with falsely advertising his cameo in "Camp Hell" as a lead role in the low-budget horror film. The "Zombieland" star claims that ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tom Horne's Office Farmed Ethnic Studies Legal W...
Phoenix New Times (blog)December 31, 2011

"We obtained outside counsel on the administrative case for reasons we cannot disclose due to lawyer-client confidentiality. The federal case went with it." Once the administrative case concluded, pending Kowal's decision, Rezzonico said, "There was no ...more »

Health Care Law
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Hanover considers new healthcare law
Wicked LocalDecember 22, 2011

By Ruth Thompson The Hanover Board of Selectmen will give an in-depth review of Massachusetts Municipal Health Reform legislation before voting on whether to adopt a process that would allow the town to make changes to its healthcare plan. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Collector-car fight not over
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineDecember 27, 2011

Car collectors have until Friday to apply for conditional use permits under an amendment to county zoning regulations passed earlier this year. What happened in 2011: Property code problems led the Natrona County Commission to adopt zoning regulations...more »

Immigration Law
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Counties Enforce Immigration Law
GPBDecember 28, 2011

By Jeanne Bonner Georgia cities and counties are preparing to comply with the state's new immigration law, known as HB 87. That will mean proving, among other things, they aren't issuing contracts to companies that employ illegal immigrants. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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D. McKay: Time to exercise 'home rule'
Lewiston Sun JournalDecember 28, 2011

Only by having the citizens of each community raise hell in support of their constitutional rights opposing wind will this travesty called LD-2283(The Wind Law, past while the legislature slept) be expunged or controlled to prevent damage to the health ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Nembang exudes optimism
Himalayan TimesDecember 31, 2011

KATHMANDU: Constituent Assembly Chairman Subas Nembang today expressed happiness over the performance of the dispute resolution sub-committee formed for resolving the disputes surfaced in course of the constitution drafting process. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP, Ally Financial, Madoff, Stanford, Actavis in Court News
BusinessWeekDecember 29, 2011

... and Financial Guaranty Insurance Co. v. Ally Financial, 653623-2011, New York State Supreme Court (Manhattan). A unit of Synthes Inc., the world's largest maker of bone- related medical devices, accused Stryker Corp. in a lawsuit of raiding its San ...more »

Animal Law
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Activists praise closure of MGM Grand's lion habitat
Las Vegas Review-JournalDecember 30, 2011

In their natural habitats, lions roam many miles of territory hunt, raise their young, and avoid contact with people," according to the letter Thursday from Delcianna Winders, PETA's director of captive animal law enforcement. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IABC Cleveland Sponsors January 19 Lunch Program on Protecting Intellectual ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 28, 2011

28, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Understanding the legal issues related to protection of intellectual property is critical for every communications practitioner. That's why Sharon Toerek, intellectual property attorney, Partner of the Cleveland Firm Licata ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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IntraLinks Holdings, Inc. Investor Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm And Powers ...
Daily Markets (press release)December 9, 2011

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation, commercial transaction, and public advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Address key issues on the quota for the minorities
India TodayDecember 24, 2011

Given the dismal social and economic indicators relating to Muslims that were brought to light in the Sachar committee report, there are few who would dispute the need for affirmative action for the community. This should ideally have been done through ...more »

Aviation – This Thing We Love
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)December 31, 2011

Despite scarey decompressions, a you-can-not-make-this-up event on a commuter flight to New York, the inexplicable but global trend of attacking pilots with lasers, an elevation of rhetoric in politics and in aviation and some truely appalling ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Fire damages vacant northern Ohio home where 4 died from monoxide fumes in March
Washington PostDecember 30, 2011

Neighbors told a fire official that the landlord who pleaded no contest to reckless homicide charges in the March deaths of the four tenants had been working on the house in recent weeks. The landlord gave the family a generator so it could power a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Your Financial Snapshot
Learnvest Living (blog)December 31, 2011

Chapter 7, the most common type, allows you to cancel certain debts, including credit card, medical, auto, utilities and rent. Under a Chapter 13 filing, you and your creditors agree upon a three- to five-year schedule for repaying your debts. ...more »

Litigation
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IN RE TRANS UNION CORPORATION PRIVACY LITIGATION.
Leagle.comDecember 28, 2011

The actions were consolidated for pretrial proceedings in the Northern District of Illinois and eventually settled for $75 million plus nonpecuniary relief, but not without producing satellite litigation over attorneys' fees. See, eg, In re Trans Union ...more »

Business Law
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The America Invents Act: Experts Discuss Practical Applications and Litigation...
Sacramento BeeDecember 14, 2011

There is, however, substantial uncertainty about the law's legal and practical implications on clients involved in patent litigation – and questions regarding how attorneys can best assist clients to prevail in intellectual property disputes at trial. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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TOP 10: Gays began serving openly in US military
Dallas VoiceDecember 29, 2011

As certification approached, the Pentagon made it clear that same-sex spouses of military personnel would not be recognized and would receive none of the benefits opposite-sex spouses receive. On July 22, Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Bradley Manning's Strange World
American Free PressDecember 31, 2011

To prove the government's case, digital forensics contractor Mark Johnson of the Army's Computer Crime Investigative Unit provided 15 pages of correspondence between the two parties that was extracted from Manning's personal MacBook Pro. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Going it Alone: Playing Into The Insurance Companies Hands
InjuryBoard.comDecember 29, 2011

Injuryboard member David Mittleman has addressed the advantages that hiring a personal injury attorney on a contingent fee involves with : Comfort In Contingency. Basically, we only get paid if we are successful. But further research has indicated that ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Universities: Veto bill banning partner benefits
Crain's Detroit BusinessDecember 19, 2011

If they think they are above the law, they aren't." Boulus said the outcry by the Legislature is also over a relatively minor fringe benefit, from a budgeting perspective. As of July, only 93 people, including dependents, are enrolled in the domestic...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney fee agreements
Monterey County HeraldDecember 12, 2011

Estate planning and administration attorneys normally charge by the hour and rarely do they have clients sign a fee agreement. The problem with this is that such a practice may run afoul of California law and a lack of communication regarding billing ...more »

Consumer Protection
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New year brings Hawaii civil unions, updated insurance consumer protection laws
The Hawaii IndependentDecember 29, 2011

Senate Bill 1278 aims to protect consumers, particularly seniors, from abusive financial services practices by adopting model regulations of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. The law also enables the Insurance Division of the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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On the move: Lundberg Family Firms hires VP for sales
Sacramento BeeDecember 26, 2011

... a Sacramento commercial real estate firm. Dr. Benjamin Valdez has joined Sutter Independent Physicians as a pediatrician in Roseville. The Sacramento law firm of Trainor Fairbrook has hired Mark Ellinghouse as an attorney for the litigation and ...more »

Ill wind for ratepayers
Boston HeraldDecember 29, 2011

The state's high court ruled that the Department of Public Utilities was within its legal rights to approve the 15-year contract for National Grid to buy half of Cape Wind's energy output, rejecting claims by opponents of the wind farm and several ...more »

Sports Law
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Fitting the bill
Hindustan TimesDecember 25, 2011

The Bill incorporates aspects of sports law from countries like the US, France, Malaysia and China. Maken rejects allegations that it is an attempt to interfere with the functioning of federations. It also seeks to address burning issues like doping, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, and the Feiler Law Firm, Extend ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 30, 2011

In this regard, the Feiler Law Firm dives deeper into the Social Media trend by announcing the newest addition to its website: a brand new Blog where it provides specialized tips and discusses fresh information pertinent to Criminal Defense and the ...more »

IRS Concludes Audit of Vernon, City Administrator Sums Up Momentous Year
Bell Gardens SunDecember 23, 2011

The audit, begun in August, was to determine if Vernon improperly avoided paying taxes to the IRS. The IRS found that the $419 million bond issued by the city's Light and Power Department to purchase a 15-year supply of natural gas is in compliance ...more »

Retired High Court Justice Potter Stewart Dies at 70
Washington PostDecember 4, 2011

On the other hand, he said, the Constitution is “neither a Freedom of Information Act nor an Official Secrets Act.” Consistent with those views, Justice Stewart joined the court's 1971 ruling upholding the right of the press to publish the Pentagon ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Bangladesh - The Vested Properties Return Act, 2011
Asian TribuneDecember 4, 2011

Civil aviation minister GM Quader said that enacting a law was not enough. He called for effective implementation of the law on vested property to protect the interests of the minority communities. Communist Party of Bangladesh general secretary ...more »

Environmental Law
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Dangerous mix: Iranian oil and US sanctions
CNNDecember 29, 2011

By Vali Nasr, Special to CNN Iran's Navy Commander Adm. Habibollah Sayari speaks to the press last week about Iran's 10-day military exercise. Editor's note: Vali Nasr is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask Mint Money | A copy of a will can be accepted by court in a few circumstances
LivemintDecember 26, 2011

Will a photocopy of the document suffice? While answering this query we are assuming that your mother has not obtained a probate of your grandfather's will. Section 237 of the Indian Succession Act, 1925, inter alia states that when a will has been ...more »

Family Law
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The Help, Modern Family lead SAG contenders
CBC.caDecember 14, 2011

The individual TV performances nominated for SAG awards are: Lead actress, drama: Kathy Bates, Harry's Law; Glenn Close, Damages; Jessica Lange, American Horror Story; Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife; Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AIG Wins Approval for $450 Million Workers' Comp Settlement
Wall Street JournalDecember 27, 2011

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at ...more »

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