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Toothache lawsuit may stifle medical gag orders
msnbc.comDecember 1, 2011

Lawyers for Robert Lee, 42, this week asked a New York federal court to declare that dentist Stacy Makhnevich's contract, which effectively attempts to gag patient reviews, is unethical, invalid and illegal. Within hours, the complaint filed by the ...more »

US Troop out of Suffolk Law
The PhoenixDecember 1, 2011

On Veterans Day, Suffolk Law School gave us a lesson in the glories — and pitfalls — that come with living with a legal and moral tradition of free speech. Unfortunately, US Army Reserves ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Interpretation on Macao Basic Law adopted
China DailyDecember 31, 2011

The Basic Law of the Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR) was adopted in 1993 and went into effect on Dec 20, 1999. The interpretation covers Annex I to the Basic Law, which provides a method for selecting the Macao SAR's chief executives, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Medicare Gives Employers, Consumers Information to Make Better Health Care Choices
ADVANCE (blog)December 5, 2011

"This provision of the health care law will ensure consumers have the access they deserve to information that will help them receive the highest quality care at the best value for their dollar." For years, employers, consumers, and health care quality ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Young spanked sailor's distress displayed in court
Herald SunDecember 1, 2011

"Consent was obtained by his abuse of authority," Flt Lt Whybrow said. Flt Lt Whybrow said a laptop containing sadomasochistic pornography was thrown away by Jones in an act of guilt as the relationship ended.more »

Immigration Law
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AFL-CIO group releases report on Alabama's immigration law (blog)December 15, 2011

Among the recommendations in the 14-page report is one that calls for the labor movement to develop a strong, rights-based response to state immigration laws while continuing a push for immigration reform on the national level. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Homeowner protection -- and responsibility to increase in the New Year
Central Valley Business TimesDecember 30, 2011

Assembly Bill 1424 requires CSLB to state on its applications that the law allows the Board of Equalization and Franchise Tax Board to share information with CSLB and that a license may be suspended for failure to pay state taxes. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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MP Calls on Tehran to Mediate in Syrian Dispute
Fars News AgencyDecember 31, 2011

"We expect Tehran to play the role of a mediator between the (ruling) system and Damascus opposition and help the trend of negotiations to resolve the current problems," Mohammad Habash told FNA on Saturday. Habash stressed the necessity for an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Brownback Administration Vigorously Defends Pro-Life Laws Against Pro-Abortion ...
National Right to Life NewsDecember 29, 2011

Half wound up in litigation initiated by the three remaining abortion clinics left in the state, along with the American Civil Liberties Union. The pro-life administration of Gov. Sam Brownback has responded vigorously. The first lawsuit, filed by ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights laws impose wrong values
Portland TribuneDecember 29, 2011

To that end, in 1996 we helped to develop and adopt what we call the American Conservation Ethic to address the rights and responsibilities in the conservation of all our natural resources. The preface says: “The American Conservation Ethic is grounded ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Law Workshop
NewsdayDecember 21, 2011

Explore LI > Events Wed18 Intellectual Property Law Workshop Huntington Station, NY 631-549-4411 Event overview More events at this venue Be the first to rate: 0 Click to rate When: Wed. 1/18/2012 7 pm. Where: South Huntington Library 145 Pidgeon Hill ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Financing Becoming a Useful Tool for In-House Counsel
Corporate CounselDecember 16, 2011

The provision of outside capital to fund litigation, says Bogart, is a fitting solution to a fundamental economic quandary he has observed throughout his career, both as chief attorney and chief executive. In-house counsel want to use their law firm of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Questions linger from collective bargaining suit
Blue Springs ExaminerDecember 31, 2011

The Supreme Court's 2007 decision placed the responsibility of creating laws to establish a collective bargaining framework in the hands of the legislature. Because that never happened, the American Federation of Teachers and two police groups in the ...more »

AAR CORP. Completes the Acquisition of Telair® International and Nordisk Aviation
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

"This acquisition significantly adds to AAR's commercial manufacturing business and elevates our position as a tier-1 provider to the global aerospace market," said David P. Storch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AAR CORP. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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NDG tenants feeling the chill
CTV.caDecember 31, 2011

MONTREAL — The landlord of an NDG apartment building has refused to turn on the heat in the common areas unless it's extremely cold. As a result, the tenants say they're paying more to heat their units. "There are cracks in the apartment itself, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jefferson bankruptcy suit attracts brigade of lawyers (blog)December 31, 2011

"This court has seen many large ... (bankruptcy) cases, and this represents one of the larger cases in terms of attorney involvement," said Scott Ford, clerk of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama, based in Birmingham. ...more »

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BNA Books Announces the Publication of the Fourth Edition of "ERISA Litigation"
MarketWatch (press release)December 29, 2011

29, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- BNA Books, a division of specialized news and information publisher BNA, today announces the publication of the Fourth Edition of ERISA Litigation. The treatise has been overhauled since the publication of the ...more »

Business Law
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Delaware County seeks No. 1 ranking for wellness
Muncie Star PressDecember 25, 2011

That was the question asked by the Community Center for Vital Aging in a newsletter advertising one of its many fall/winter programs, this particular one addressing problems with the male and female urinary tract. The center is staffed by Ball State ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Ride-Away Donates New Handicap Van to Benefit Disabled Marine Just in Time for ...
PR Web (press release)December 21, 2011

Help Our Military Heroes (HOMH) provided logistical support for the endeavor. The award ceremony was a touching event attended by SSgt. Nicholas, his wife Yolanda, Ride-Away Handicap Equipment President Mark Lore and General Manager of Ride-Away Tampa, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Will trust be a casualty of Davis saga?
BlueRidgeNow.comDecember 25, 2011

By April 2010, the task force had seized in excess of $5 million in narcotics and money related to the sale and delivery of drugs. As the role of technology in daily life grows, Davis had the idea to create a task force to combat Internet crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Anthony Castelli Cincinnati Personal Injury Lawyer Launches new Youtube ... (press release)December 31, 2011

Anthony Castelli Cincinnati personal injury lawyer has followed this change and has released his new edition of his youtube channel. The public, especially for Ohio can find educational videos on personal injury subjects. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Justice Department Rejects Voter ID Law in South Carolina
New York TimesDecember 24, 2011

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday blocked a new South Carolina law that would require voters to present photo identification, saying the law would disproportionately suppress turnout among eligible minority voters. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Maryland Court of Appeals Case Summaries: December 11, 2011 [Daily Record, The ...
Insurance News Net (press release)December 18, 2011

Such an intent "may be inferred from the defendant's voluntary and knowing commission of an act which is forbidden by law." Comm'n v. Sheinbein, 372 Md. 224, 245 (2002). In this case, there was sufficient evidence to support the conclusion that at the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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25 yrs on, consumer still unaware of rights, rues forum
Pune NewslineDecember 26, 2011

Pune Even as the Consumer Protection Act, 1986, completed 25 years on December 24, the Pune District Consumer Court is forced to reject a number of complaints as complainants fail to support them with documentary evidence such as receipts, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Decrees, Laws and Decisions Issued in 2011
Syrian Arab News AgencyDecember 31, 2011

362 on amending customs duties regarding some goods. 19/9/2011: Legislative Decree No. 116 on amending Article 8 of the Basic Law of State Employees No. 50 for 2004. 22/9/2011: Legislative Decree No. 118 on exempting the cinema halls from the customs...more »

Co-op hires new attorneys
El Defensor ChieftainDecember 31, 2011

by TS Last | December 31, 2011 | Filed under: News Socorro Electric Cooperative's board of trustees voted on Wednesday to hire the Albuquerque law firm of Wiggins, Williams & Wiggins to handle the co-op's legal matters, as the contract for the current ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports briefs: Orton sues law firm
Topeka Capital JournalDecember 31, 2011

By The Capital-Journal Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Kyle Orton and some 20 other NFL players are suing a Chicago law firm for more than $10 million, claiming they received bad financial advice on investing in energy concerns. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer, accountant for $400M estate suspended as executors
Thomson Reuters News & InsightDecember 28, 2011

The public administrator's court filing also documented what it called Bock's "check writing spree" after he secured power of attorney from Clark in July 2009, including a $60000 check to himself, more than $100000 in gifts to Kamsler, and payments to ...more »

Hotline gives state whistle blowers a place to call
Baltimore SunDecember 31, 2011

And when it does, it can set off a chain of events that can topple long-entrenched bureaucrats and even — in extreme cases — put people in jail. The number of the hotline is 1-877-FRAUD-11 — or 1-877-372-8311 if you prefer. ...more »

Californians should brace for wave of new laws
Central Valley Business TimesDecember 28, 2011

... expression to the enumerated characteristics that require equal rights and opportunities under the law and prohibit discrimination. SB 746: A new law in California prohibits the use of ultraviolet tanning devices by children under the age of 18. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Northern Trust Reduces Burden of Statutory Filings for Insurance Accounting ...
MarketWatch (press release)December 16, 2011

The Northern Trust Company operates in Canada as The Northern Trust Company, Canada Branch, which is an authorised foreign bank branch under the Bank Act (Canada). Trustee related services in Canada are provided by the wholly owned subsidiary The ...more »

Environmental Law
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US clears another hurdle toward nuclear renaissance
ReutersDecember 22, 2011

"The 'renaissance' was always a bubble because new nuclear has always been too expensive," said Peter Bradford, a former NRC commissioner and current professor of energy policy and law at the Vermont Law School. Supporters of nuclear power point out ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Estate Planning Mistakes Of The Rich And Famous: Part One
Santa Monica MirrorDecember 20, 2011

Wills and trusts should have language which includes the rights or lack thereof for future children. William K. Hayes is a member of the prestigious American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. The Hayes Law Firm specializes in Trusts, Probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement rises to the occasion, helps area families during the holidays
Hanford SentinelDecember 24, 2011

(Gary Feinstein/The Sentinel) Some people question whether peace officers have the community's best interests at heart. But police Cmdr. Steve Rossi doesn't. Sure, he's biased. A 15-year veteran of the Lemoore Police Department, Rossi's spent enough ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comDecember 28, 2011

Edmondo Bemis (Claimant) petitions for review of the November 23, 2010, order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which affirmed the decision of a Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) denying Claimant's claim petition. ...more »


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