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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

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Ross Mirkarimi's family court hearing expedited
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 4, 2012

But the judge did agree to expedite the hearing to next week. Mirkarimi said outside the courtroom Friday that the decision was disappointing but not unexpected. He has been barred from seeing his son, Theo, since he was arrested Jan.more »

Individual Educational Plans
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Changes in line for Iowa funding of education
Quad City TimesFebruary 5, 2012

Terry Branstad and Democratic lawmakers in concert with education interests likely will come to a head this week. That's when the Iowa General Assembly faces a deadline set by state law requiring lawmakers and the governor to establish the funding ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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The Courts & You: Rulings can affect some fairly unusual events
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Are you liable if you wave another driver into a road and he or she gets hit? Can you sue a person who steals away your spouse? The Kentucky Supreme Court and Court of Appeals in Frankfort may seem far removed from our lives. But it has addressed those ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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China's surrogate mothers see business boom in year of the dragon
The GuardianFebruary 8, 2012

Besides, she has her own biological seven-year-old to care for – and she's busy searching for another infertile couple seeking a womb. Gao is one of China's surrogate mothers working underground for vast sums of money to deliver children to wannabe ...more »

Mortuary Law
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Anti-DUI Campaign Set for Super Bowl Sunday
Valley NewsFebruary 2, 2012

RIVERSIDE - Law enforcement agencies throughout Riverside County will be teaming up to crack down on motorists driving under the influence on Super Bowl Sunday. The "Avoid the 30" task force -- named for the number of participating agencies -- is ...more »

Domestic Partnerships
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Couple who challenged state's definition of marriage eager for new law
Northwest Cable NewsFebruary 15, 2012

Since then, there have been many changes in the laws. In 2007, legislation was adopted so domestic partners could visit and make decisions for their partners in hospitals and upon their death. In 2008, the state adopted the Domestic Partnership Act, ...more »

Name Changes
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Cyan Optics changes legal name to Cyan
Telecompaper (subscription)February 2, 2012

Packet optical transport platforms provider Cyan has finalised the process of changing its legal name to 'Cyan' from 'Cyan Optics'. This name change reflects Cyan's ongoing focus on delivering a family of packet-optical transport services with a range ...more »

Domestic Violence
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Battle to stop domestic violence- police called out to nine incidents a day in ...
Halifax Evening CourierFebruary 1, 2012

POLICE are being called out nine times a day to reports of domestic violence in Calderdale. But, because of the difficulty in persuading victims to co-operate with police, only around 14 per cent of reports result in a charge or caution.more »

Paternity Suits
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Terrell Owens Makes Embarrassing IFL Debut Saturday Night
Bleacher ReportFebruary 24, 2012

The former San Francisco 49er, Philandelphia Eagle, Dallas Cowboy, Buffalo Bill and Cincinnati Bengal receiver is in a bit of pinch financially due to multiple paternity suits. According to the Star-Telegram, the Wranglers offered him somewhere close ...more »

Foster Care
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Neb. bill would expand foster care benefits
Columbus TelegramFebruary 5, 2012

About 70 percent of the youths who enter Nebraska care after age 14 eventually age out of the system, according to the Nebraska Children and Families Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children in the system. Others leave the system, either through ...more »

Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
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Minneapolis Firm Announces New Shareholder
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 5, 2012

The firm's attorneys represent clients in a wide-range of family and juvenile practice areas, such as adoption, prenuptial, postnuptial and cohabitation agreements, juvenile delinquency, child support and custody, and divorce.more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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Canada's gay rights defence is all hot air
Xtra.caFebruary 3, 2012

What appears to be embedded in a new foreign policy is the concept that 'gay rights are human rights.' Without delving deeper into how that very phrase in and of itself can be problematic—where do bisexual, lesbian, or transgendered people fit within ...more »

State Child Protection
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Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?: A Few Modest Thoughts on Mass ...
Citizen Media Law Project (blog)February 2, 2012

785, entitled "An Act relative to the protection of child witnesses." The bill would, among other proscriptions, make it a crime punishable by up to one year's imprisonment plus a fine for certain people to: (i) disclose or release documents, ...more »

Guardianship
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Review: 'The Guardian Duke' by Jamie Carie
USA TODAYFebruary 4, 2012

Her new series takes readers to Regency England, following the adventures of a possibly orphaned young noblewoman and the wealthy but mysteriously disabled Duke who has been assigned her guardianship by the king. Here's the sitch: Well over a year ago, ...more »

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