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Overview (February 2011)
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

As a result, during 2011 a number of amendments were introduced to the employment framework. Significant legislation affecting employers introduced in 2011 included the following. Enacted on September 19 2011 by the National Council of Employment, ...more »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge suspends Cline; hearing set
Durham NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009.more »

Health Care Law
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Young Adult Insurance Coverage Laws Boost Access to Medical Care, Reduce Costs ...
Huffington PostFebruary 13, 2012

Health reforms at the state level that permit young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance resulted in better access to medical care, an outcome that likely will broaden under President Barack Obama's health law, which allows children to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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New Sea Star Chief Says 'Structural Changes Will Be Essential'
The Journal of Commerce OnlineFebruary 8, 2012

The newly tapped president of Sea Star Line said “structural changes will be essential” so that the Jones Act carrier can reinvest in the coming years. Peter Keller, who succeeds Steve Hastings, served as a consultant and key advisor during the recent ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Chinese Policies—and US Companies—Threaten American Auto Parts Jobs
In These TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Obama himself could benefit from calling for such investigation: It could demonstrate seriousness about his State of the Union pledge to enforce trade laws—a winning pledge especially with many voters from working-class households, whose support is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NLRB crucial to protecting workers, employers
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The reason, he explained, was that the parties reached their own resolution of the dispute. He pointed out that the purpose of the board, and of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), “is to foster collective bargaining and productive ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 equaled $(12399000) and includes a pre-tax charge of $19980000 for additional net asbestos litigation costs through 2020 associated with products manufactured decades ago by the Air and ...more »

Animal Law
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A dog's life in Hong Kong
AsiaOneFebruary 1, 2012

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, authorities are virtually powerless to prevent animals from living in poor conditions even when they are in danger or distress. They can act only when those conditions have actually taken a toll on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Indie Insights on Intellectual Property
The OuthouseFebruary 8, 2012

My second mindset has more to do with the whole notion of an intellectual property some how being an unapproachable altar. I personally hate the very notion of ownership of an idea. How is that possible, much less policeable? The answer in my mind, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rockville doubles contract with law firm to $1M
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

16, for legal services involving the city's bonds, employment and benefits, code enforcement, Rockville Town Square operations and the Town Square garage lease and litigation. Rockville City Attorney Debra Yerg Daniel said the contract with Venable is ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

WEBBIES: Flightglobal announces the winners of this year's aviation web awards
FlightglobalFebruary 3, 2012

The Webbies, now in its fourth year, celebrates the best and brightest in aviation websites and social media activities – and this time includes new and improved categories. We asked flightglobal.com users to enter or nominate their favourite websites ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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District attorney wants tougher law on illegal housing after Quincy fire case
The Patriot LedgerFebruary 3, 2012

By Lane Lambert The Norfolk County district attorney and the state fire marshal say they will use the manslaughter convictions of two Quincy brothers to push for a stronger state law to prosecute landlords of illegal apartments.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Top Payday Loans with No Credit Check Updated
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

The suggested offers do not check the consumers credit score which makes them ideal for people with a bad credit history. Borrowers with a bad credit rating who meet the minimum requirements for approval can virtually guarantee that they will get the ...more »

Litigation
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King & Spalding Continues Expansion of Its Litigation Practice With the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Balser represents Fortune 500 companies, privately held businesses, corporate officers and directors, and law firms in trials, arbitrations and appeals in complex business litigation matters throughout the United States. He represents both plaintiffs ...more »

Business Law
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If It Seems Too Good To Be True...
Pocono RecordFebruary 1, 2012

Have you seen the television commercial for LegalZoom.com featuring the OJ Simpson- lawyer, Robert Shapiro? I looked at the Web site and found that you can make a last will and testament for $69 answering questions online and without meeting with an ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Palm Bay Army veteran to VA: I'm not dead
Florida TodayFebruary 3, 2012

Frustration began to build after Miller, a former drill sergeant who served in the military for 10 years, received the fourth letter saying he was deceased, including one that said his estate had to pay back $94509 in benefits.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ephrata man charged in child-pornography case
Lancaster NewspapersFebruary 1, 2012

Ortenzi is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a national group that targets online exploitation of children. He initiated the investigation, police said. Police obtained a search warrant that was served by members of the Lancaster ...more »

Personal Injury
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One Injured In Poland Accident Saturday
Jamestown Post JournalFebruary 8, 2012

POLAND - The New York State Police and the Kennedy Fire Department responded to a personal-injury auto accident on Interstate 86 in Poland on Saturday. According to police, Joseph Lindquist, 23, of Cherry Creek was driving east in the right lane behind ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Setting The Scene For The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Two state attorneys general will face off at the National Press Club on the constitutionality of the health overhaul. In other news, a Mississippi district court judge has agreed to hear a different legal challenge to the measure.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Kansas Abortion Bill Would Impose Sweeping Restrictions
Huffington PostFebruary 6, 2012

A Kansas House committee is scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday that would exempt doctors from malpractice suits if they withheld medical information to prevent an abortion. The measure would also take away tax credits for abortion providers, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Steps to check counterfeit products
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

... for Consumer Protection, has affirmed the authority's keenness and commitment to protect the intellectual rights of authors in implementation of the Consumer Protection Act issued by Royal Decree No 49/2007, and other laws related to consumers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Investing: Real estate investment trusts risky, but show great returns
The News-PressFebruary 5, 2012

Peculiarly, the commercial real estate market isn't quite as depressed. In fact, funds that invest in real estate investment trusts, or REITs, rose an average 7.5 percent last year, beating the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index's 2.1 percent gain.more »

Confusion tables $500000 contract for law firm
Tampa Bay Business JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Two law firms will have to wait until next month to see which one wins a contract worth up to $500000 for providing bond counsel services at Tampa International Airport . Nabors Giblin & Nickerson PA edged Holland & Knight LLP by two points in staff ...more »

Sports Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

trial for 'Ax the Tax' founder begins
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 6, 2012

The government hopes to call a key witness, a woman who prepared Guetzloe's taxes in the early 2000s, who said she warned him the IRS could audit him. Also watching is the lawyer for the client who was slandered by Guetzloe on his radio show who won a ...more »

FULLER v. PANETTA
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Betty Fuller was employed by the Department of Defense as a supply clerk and, at about age 63, was passed over for a promotion to supply technician. She sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claiming that she was denied promotion because ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New York Debt-Resolution Attorney Leslie H. Tayne Discusses Consumer Rights ...
Daily Markets (press release)February 16, 2012

The FTC's recent $2.5 million settlement with Asset Acceptance Capital Corporation, one of the nation's largest debt collection companies, required Asset Acceptance to pay a civil penalty for deceiving consumers by trying to collect old debts.more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. “It's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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WCRI: Virginia's Medical Cost Per Workers' Comp Claim Higher Than Most
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Broad metrics of worker' compensation costs show that Virginia is a lower cost state, largely due to a lower frequency of claims, according to a new report. But the report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also found that the ...more »

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