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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 »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Administrative Law
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Wisconsin bill would limit victim testimony to trials
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 13, 2012

Supporters contend the change would keep crime victims off the witness stand, sparing them from facing their attackers and protecting them from confrontational defense attorneys. Prosecutors and police also wouldn't have to prepare multiple witnesses, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Many States Take a Wait-and-See Approach on New Insurance Exchanges
New York TimesFebruary 27, 2012

After a great deal of bickering and bargaining, the insurance exchanges emerged as a centerpiece of the 2010 health care law, crucial to achieving Mr. Obama's promise of affordable coverage for all Americans. The issue was a major topic of discussion ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Boston's Liberty Wharf hangs 'no vacancy' sign
Boston HeraldFebruary 16, 2012

By Greg Turner Liberty Wharf, home to Legal Harborside and other busy waterfront eateries, is now packed to the gills. Jones Lang LaSalle, the broker for developer Cresset, said today that the South Boston mixed-use complex is now 100 percent leased, ...more »

Immigration Law
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FORUM: From the left, treason in New Haven
New Haven RegisterFebruary 27, 2012

Now that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security, plans to attempt some uniform enforcement of immigration law in Connecticut, DeStefano, the immigration law clinic at Yale University and other supporters ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Degenkolb Engineers Honored with American Council of Engineering Award for ...
PR Web (press release)February 27, 2012

On February 7, 2012, Degenkolb Engineers' structural team was presented the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Engineering Excellence Honor Award for Stanford University's new William H. Neukom Law Building. Completed in May, 2011, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Program for homeless youth thrives in Worcester
Worcester TelegramFebruary 8, 2012

Ms. Johnston, 19, explained to the Compass Project at North High School yesterday what the stakes are if it doesn't come up with a way of filling gaps in the social services system —a system that does not lack resources so much as it lacks ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Obama birth control mandate faces legal challenges
PoliticoFebruary 7, 2012

And in upholding the California and New York laws, the courts solidly rejected arguments that they violate the constitution or other religious liberty protections in federal law. "The court [has been] incredibly clear" in these cases, ...more »

Animal Law
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Towards a better world for farm animals
CNN (blog)February 25, 2012

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) works to promote animal rights and mitigate cruelty toward animals. By Jeff Mackey - Special to CNN The announcement by fast-food giant McDonald's that it will require its US pork suppliers to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Businesses invited to copyright conference
Derbyshire TimesFebruary 5, 2012

The free breakfast event, on February 8, is being organised by the Institute of Directors East Midlands and the Intellectual Property Office, which is the official Government body responsible for granting IP rights in the United Kingdom.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on U.S. and Australian Gene Patenting ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Genetic Technologies Limited (asx:GTG) (UTD:GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court To Hear Affirmative Action Case That Could Be Campaign Issue
NPR (blog)February 21, 2012

by Mark Memmott And because the case will be argued this fall, it could be among the hotly debated issues in the presidential and congressional campaigns. "The Texas case began in 2008," Liz reported, "when two white female applicants, Abigail Fisher ...more »

As unions growl, Katz balks at EU aviation pact
HaaretzFebruary 28, 2012

Earlier in the day, before Katz intervened over the open skies deal, the Histadrut labor federation declared an official labor dispute in Israel's aviation industry over the matter. The unions of all three Israeli commercial airlines - El Al, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Wausau Passes Rent Abatement Ordinance
WSAWFebruary 16, 2012

Wausau tenants could get their rent reduced under a law passed by the Wausau City Council Tuesday. The rent abatement ordinance forces landlords who refuse to fix hazards to do so or they'll have to pay the price. Beginning in April renters who live in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Why Do People Oppose Development?
The AtlanticFebruary 15, 2012

I know multiple people who have been hospitalized due to crime. I don't know anyone who has been hospitalized as a result of the Lehman bankruptcy. That's probably a pretty standard breakdown for most residents of urban centers. In New York, at least, ...more »

Litigation
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Final $15.5 million settlement in Freedom BK
OCRegisterFebruary 29, 2012

As part of the bankruptcy deal, Freedom agreed to allow the carriers and the other unsecured creditors to pursue separate litigation to recover additional funds from the insurers for the company's officers and directors. The carriers and creditors ...more »

Business Law
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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Announces Investigation of Access Plans, Inc.
SunHerald.comFebruary 29, 2012

Attorney Advertising. (C) 2012 Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP. The law firm responsible for this advertisement is Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP (www.faruqilaw.com). Prior results do not guarantee or predict a similar outcome with respect to any future matter.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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First Army soldier hopes to make a difference on Capitol Hill
DVIDSFebruary 10, 2012

Towne counts Foster's participation in the program as win-win situation for both Foster and the Army. “Captain Foster will benefit from this opportunity because the experience will further develop his skills in civil-military relations as he gets ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Government computer at Fort Gordon used for inappropriate contact with teen ...
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 28, 2012

By Kyle Martin An Army chaplain arrested on a charge of obscene Internet contact with a child in January was using a government computer at Fort Gordon to communicate with a Lee County, Ga., sheriff's investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Mudge sets jury trial in man's personal injury suit against Granite City tavern
Madison County RecordFebruary 29, 2012

Because of the attack, Fox claims he was injured, incurred pain, medical costs and lost money because of his inability to work, the suit states. The certificate of service showed that discovery depositions of Fred Fox Jr., Brenda Fox and Sara Fox were ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Parliament sends changes to Egypt president elections' law to Constitutional Court
Ahram OnlineFebruary 28, 2012

Egypt's parliament has approved presidential elections law amendments on Monday, and has referred them to the Supreme Constitutional Court. The Presidential Election Commission is to announce details of Egypt's upcoming presidential elections within ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ark. SC: Cause of action for negligent credentialing doesn't exist
Legal News LineFebruary 14, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) - The Arkansas Supreme Court last week affirmed a ruling in favor of hospital in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The Court filed its 16-page opinion Thursday in favor of appellees QHG of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SAMRA moves in line with Companies Act
Bizcommunity.comFebruary 17, 2012

"Implementation is now vital to navigate the uncertainty and overreaction related to the implementation of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and the planned Protection of Private Information Act (POPI). It will give form to the association's strategic ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Toxic houses often fall through cracks
Tarentum Valley News DispatchFebruary 26, 2012

Otherwise, the buyer buys at his own peril," said Jerry Little, a New Kensington attorney who specializes in real estate law. Peril is something that a home buyer actually might face if the house in question contained a clandestine methamphetamine ...more »

CAUGHT IN THE ACT?
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

Black has been accused of violating federal laws that protect marine mammals. There it is, in sunbathed living color. Exhibit A. Monterey Bay marine biologist Nancy Black hangs over the side of her inflatable research dinghy with one hand gripping a ...more »

Sports Law
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Suspect arrested in Blue Earth homicide case
KEYC TVFebruary 22, 2012

More>> Authorities identify Brian Freeman, 29, of Ceylon, as the murder suspect in Monday's home invasion and homicide. Authorities have released the name of the man who is suspected of invading a Blue Earth home, killing one person and injuring three ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Firing in defense at party puts man in trouble
Tasley Eastern Shore NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Defense attorney Sharri Mapp admitted her client had a lengthy criminal history but said the bulk of it was because of drugs. "You have been in a lot of trouble over the years," said Judge W. Revell Lewis III, "You come out and you do he same thing ...more »

Audit looms for KTSC: Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett looking for firm figures
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 25, 2012

By Gerald Witt Knox County is close to an agreement with Pugh and Company to audit the Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corp. and the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL) - Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says an agreement is near for ...more »

Three Inductees for Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame
Wink NewsFebruary 29, 2012

He led the passage of the 1986 law barring age discrimination and mandatory retirement based on age. Among his many awards, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Florida Council on Aging Hall of Fame Award, the University of Alabama Hugo ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Debt company Asset Acceptance settles FTC charges it harassed consumers ...
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 27, 2012

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette One of the nation's biggest debt collectors has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company tried to trick people into paying old debts -- part of a crackdown ...more »

Environmental Law
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With Recent Hire, Bingham Aims to Turn 'Talent' Into More Than a Buzzword
The National Law JournalFebruary 28, 2012

For Susan Manch, the project began like so many others in her 17 years as a legal industry consultant: A law firm -- Bingham McCutchen, in this instance -- approached her last spring seeking an outsider's take on its attorney development programs.more »

Wills & Probate
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Franklin County commissioner to seek judge's post
Anderson Independent MailFebruary 29, 2012

Until two years ago, the probate judge in Franklin County also served as the county elections supervisor. In Georgia, county probate courts exercise exclusive, original jurisdiction in the probate of wills, administration of estates, appointment of ...more »

Family Law
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Adrian Head: Norfolk Circuit judge launched family conciliation service
Norwich Evening NewsFebruary 28, 2012

Mrs Head said: “He was passionate about family law and the care of children.” In 1983 he co-founded the Norfolk Family Conciliation Service and remained a trustee until 1996, and was also president of West Norfolk and Fenland Marriage Guidance Council ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Can Workers Comp. Board leave Albany?
Albany Times Union (blog)February 16, 2012

A sharp reader pointed out a potential problem in the state's plan to relocate the Workers Compensation Board from its offices on Park Street in Albany to 328 State Street in Schenectady: the law dictates that its “principal office” must be in Albany.more »

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