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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 »

Italy, Greece Among Worst Euro Countries in Corruption Ranking
BloombergDecember 1, 2011

Italy and Greece scored the lowest among euro-area countries in a global corruption ranking as their inability to tackle graft and tax evasion exacerbated the debt crisis, watchdog group Transparency ...more »

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Administrative Law
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ROJAS v. ASTRUE
Leagle.comDecember 2, 2011

Admin., 223 F.3d 968, 973 (9th Cir. 2000). Rojas suffered from three severe medical impairments at the time of his administrative hearing, and the ALJ explicitly noted as much at Step Two. One of those impairments, a bone infection called osteomyelitis ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare coalition, lawmakers drive effort to make rural health clinics ...
ModernHealthcare.comDecember 5, 2011

“RHCs should not be discriminated against simply because they bill Medicare differently than hospitals or other healthcare practitioners who practice in rural areas,” Schock said in a news release when he introduced HR 3458. “I represent 20 counties in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Extradition – a lawyer's view
Telegraph.co.ukDecember 5, 2011

Today's debate in the House of Commons provides an opportunity for critical scrutiny of our extradition law. The most glaring injustice is the failure of the Extradition Act 2003 to prevent extradition where trial in this country, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Valley lawmaker mentions 'Dream Act Suicide' on House floor
KGBT-TVDecember 1, 2011

The Dream Act was a bill that died in Congress but would have allowed illegal immigrants to legally attend college if they were brought to the United States at a young age. Law enforcement officials have cast doubt over a Dream Act motive for Luna's ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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K'taka to extend sops to Toyota Kirloskar export unit
Economic TimesDecember 1, 2011

The Rs 230 crore export oriented unit will get stamp duty exemption for 17 acres of land given to it by the Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) on lease-cum-sale and entry tax on the plant machinery till May 2014. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Macomb commissioners get more time to discuss dispute over who reviews contracts
Detroit Free PressDecember 1, 2011

A statement with the meeting agenda said the resolution would allow the sides to “work toward a mutually acceptable” arrangement regarding the contracts. The issue has become a power struggle between the two branches of government, with commissioners ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Markel Announces Agreement to Acquire THOMCO
Sacramento BeeDecember 7, 2011

These statements are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from predicted results in forward-looking ...more »

Animal Law
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Clatsop County circus opponents get their wish – a vote in May
Daily AstorianDecember 1, 2011

Abusing exotic animals for entertainment purposes has long been a staple of circuses, Newman said, and communities should not condone or support it. At the center of the controversy for animal rights activists is the use of certain animal taming ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Nanya and Intellectual Ventures Sign Intellectual Property License Agreement
Sacramento BeeDecember 1, 2011

1, 2011 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Nanya Technology Corporation and Intellectual Ventures (IV®) announced today that they have entered into an intellectual property license agreement. The agreement provides Nanya with a license to segments of IV's extensive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Prominent Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen's condo in foreclosure
Tampabay.comDecember 1, 2011

His law firm's website lists hundreds of millions of dollars in awards it has won on behalf of clients. So a lawsuit filed against Cohen in August stands in unusual contrast to his public image as a lawyer whose career has seen great success. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Occupy Education
Family Security MattersDecember 5, 2011

The new Obama initiative urges colleges and universities to increase diversity on campus by pretending that affirmative action is not about race, which courts have found to be unconstitutional, but about something else that mysteriously will provide a ...more »

CAA Hires Firm to Advise on Thomas Cook, Sunday Telegraph Says
BusinessWeekDecember 4, 2011

4 (Bloomberg) -- The UK's Civil Aviation Authority has hired Alvarez & Marshal, a US restructuring firm, to advise it over Thomas Cook Group Plc, the Sunday Telegraph said. The aviation regulator has enlisted the firm over concerns surrounding the tour ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Bottom Line: Inside the 'Jungle,' tenants are lining up to fight online demand
Los Angeles Wave NewspapersDecember 1, 2011

1 neared, I contacted Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival, the biggest, baddest tenants rights advocacy organization in the Southland, and he lost his mind when I apprised him of this egregious act by a landlord and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Unlimited Funds To Boost Influence of Super PACs in 2012
ABC News (blog)December 2, 2011

Can the president overcome the bad economy? Precisely how much money will each party spend? These questions are still up in the air, but what is clear is that the 2012 election is set to be the most expensive in history. The price tag on presidential ...more »

Litigation
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Valley Hospital will sue to stop the opening of 128-bed Westwood hospital
NorthJersey.comDecember 1, 2011

The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood is pursuing litigation to stop the likely opening of a 128-bed hospital in Westwood, Valley's board chairman said Thursday. The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood is pursuing litigation to stop the likely ...more »

Business Law
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The American Law Institute Completes the Restatement (Third) of Property ...
Sacramento BeeDecember 2, 2011

The publication completes a 20-year project to update the law of wills and succession. The latest volume provides a comprehensive and detailed account of the rules governing class gifts, powers of appointment, future interests, and perpetuities. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy Looking for NASA's Next Astronauts
Military.comDecember 5, 2011

From a technological perspective, she said, space exploration benefits us here on Earth, helping us maintain a "technological high." Whitson also stressed the importance of keeping our current presence in space, specifically aboard the ISS. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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STATE v. MAXWELL
Leagle.comDecember 21, 2011

¶1 This case arises from an investigation by the Utah Attorney General's Task Force on Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC). When ICAC agents discovered that child pornography had been downloaded through an IP address belonging to David Maxwell, ...more »

Personal Injury
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MEDEAN v. MOELLER
Leagle.comDecember 8, 2011

Before the court entered the judgment, defendant's liability insurer reimbursed plaintiffs insurer for the amount of personal injury protection (PIP) benefits provided by plaintiffs insurer to plaintiff. More than a year after the court entered the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Simelane's decisions invalid: law expert
Times LIVEDecember 1, 2011

All decisions Menzi Simelane took as head of public prosecutions have been rendered invalid by the appeal court ruling setting aside his appointment, according to constitutional law expert Pierre de Vos. "All decisions he has taken have now become ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Gallatin County judge rules Bozeman doctor negligent
The Bozeman Daily ChronicleDecember 7, 2011

Russell asked Brown to dismiss the case and award Borgenicht her legal costs. “It's our opinion that Dr. Borgenicht met the standard of care and did not commit medical malpractice,” Russell said during a recent interview. “And we're taking all legal...more »

Consumer Protection
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Who is on your side?
SowetanDecember 7, 2011

CONSUMERS had mixed blessings this year, highlighted by the establishment of the Consumer Commissioner, and some service providers defying the new Consumer Protection Act. SUCCESS STORY: Consumer Line helped Jabulile Mathebula get what she was owed. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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West Virginia Real Estate Lawyer Eric London Selected to 2012 Edition of the ...
PR Web (press release)December 1, 2011

Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publications in the legal world. Best Lawyers is now published in almost 70 countries around the world. The 2012 edition includes 43629 attorneys in 135 practice areas, covering 50 states, ...more »

Dymocks responds to criticism of D Publishing contract
Bookseller Publisher OnlineDecember 14, 2011

Addsett said the aspects of the contract she was most concerned about were not replicated in commercial publishing contracts or in 'common vanity press contracts'. 'The question of returns is similar to other vanity press contracts,' she says, ...more »

Sports Law
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Thursday's Sports In Brief
Washington PostDecember 2, 2011

SYRACUSE, NY — Federal authorities searched a locker in the Syracuse University basketball center as part of their investigation of former assistant coach Bernie Fine, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the case. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Monitor Board of Contributors Time, love, money
Concord MonitorDecember 4, 2011

Like journalists, dentists, candlestick makers and cops, we criminal defense attorneys use unique phrases, share a sense of humor, bore each other with parochial concerns and hold ourselves apart, even from other lawyers. As our work often attracts ...more »

Accounting News Roundup: IRS Might Still Have Your Refund; Deloitte Expecting ...
Going ConcernDecember 1, 2011

Deputy District Attorney Mike Blazina concluded his monthlong case Wednesday by calling a former state Department of Justice financial crimes auditor, who detailed alleged overpayments in 1400 library maintenance projects from April 2004 through July ...more »

Seniors driving test violates human rights
Canada.comDecember 9, 2011

Putting a financial burden on them, and excessive stress like that is enough to give anyone at any age a heart attack. This is taken directly off the Public Service BC Human Rights Protection page. "In BC, it is illegal to discriminate against or ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Reduce lawsuit risks, maximize tax liabilities of owning real estate
ModernMedicineDecember 1, 2011

The types of real estate we are referring to include rental residential or commercial properties, the practice building, or even raw land. The merits of real estate as an asset class are beyond the scope of this article, but the structure to most ...more »

Environmental Law
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Report: Renewable Energy Potential in Armenia
Armenian WeeklyDecember 3, 2011

General energy-related issues in Armenia are regulated by the Energy Law, and specific issues related to renewable energy are regulated by the Law on Energy Saving and Renewable Energy. The main purpose of the latter is to define the state policy on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Can I prepare my own Aill?
Lexology (registration)December 1, 2011

However, as we will illustrate in future alerts, writing a Will is not a simple statement of what you want to happen to your possessions on your death. Drafting a Will is a specialised function, given that it is a legal document and the contents must ...more »

Family Law
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Law Offices of Norbert U. Frost, an Experienced Family Lawyer in Solano County ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)December 1, 2011

The Law Offices of Norbert U. Frost, an experienced family lawyer in Solano County, is proud of his affiliation with the Rotary Club of Vallejo which provides dictionaries to third graders in Vallejo. As a Past President and an ongoing member of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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OFF BEAT: Desperate housewife sentenced in huge California workers comp scam
Business InsuranceDecember 5, 2011

A woman seeking to appear on the Bravo TV series “The Real Housewives of Orange County” instead will spend 10 years on probation for one of the largest workers compensation scams in California history. Devon Lynn Kile, 46, has already spent two years ...more »

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