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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

Kelly Borth: How a trademark can build product differentiation
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

An attorney who specializes in trademark law can best guide you on securing a trademark or you can go to the aforementioned website and manage the registration process yourself. The good news is it as long as there are not any complications, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama eligibility challenges to move forward in Georgia
Examiner.comJanuary 4, 2012

Shortly after his visit to Phoenix where he addressed the Arizona 2012 Project, Attorney Van Irion of the Liberty Legal Foundation filed a challenge in the Georgia Office of State Administrative Hearings on behalf of Plaintiff David Welden, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Committee says no thanks to national health care
The Union LeaderJanuary 4, 2012

In December, the Executive Council voted to reject a $333000 planning contract, comprising half of the designated health care funds. The new bill would return the remaining money, which, because it's an appropriation, is subject to control by the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Capital's Top 10 stories of 2011
Annapolis CapitalJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of taking individuals to court, the police department has taken the uncommon tack of seeking administrative penalties against the establishment itself. Many believe this strategy is a means to revoke Acme's license. About six weeks after the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Happy Hour Essentially Banned in Utah
MyFox DetroitJanuary 2, 2012

In Georgia, if you live in a city that allows you to drive your golf cart off the green and onto roads, new safety requirements go into effect which include brakes, reverse warning devices and a horn. There are several new federal rules too, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Bouresli: Independent body "imperative" to finance small enterprises
Kuwait News AgencyJanuary 2, 2012

She pointed to the absence of the overall framework for the development of small enterprises, referring to the issuance of Law No. 10/1998 to set up a portfolio with the Industrial Bank of Kuwait to support and finance craft activity on February 24, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Newsmaker Q&A: Ryan Conrad
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 1, 2012

A: LVAR is a trade association providing professional development and training resources, competitive market information, legislative advocacy, a peer review and mediation process for members, and a dispute resolution service for consumers. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida Investigating Massive PIP Fraud in Dade County
Insurance JournalJanuary 9, 2012

Many clinics also displayed advertisements for law firms and attorneys who specialized in traffic accident litigation while in numerous instances medical professionals at the clinics were employed without the required background screening. ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposed Palm Beach County circus ban faces state hurdles
Sun-SentinelJanuary 3, 2012

By Andy Reid, Sun Sentinel Palm Beach County can't keep the circus from coming to town, according to a legal review ordered by the County Commission. Animal rights activists in December called for the commission to ban wild animal acts they said ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Wavefront Completes Intellectual Property Acquisition of Midland, Texas Based ...
StockhouseJanuary 3, 2012

The Acquisition provides complementary pulsating technology and associated intellectual property patents. Vortech's tools produce significantly higher frequency fluid pressure waves than Powerwave devices. Powerwave devices are designed to improve ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Jeff Ashton explains why he's running for state attorney
Sun-SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Ashton said local defense attorneys, other prosecutors and even civil-litigation lawyers encouraged him to challenge Lamar. By entering the race, 54-year-old Ashton becomes the third Democrat to seek the office of the region's top elected ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Line Up or Line Out Filipinos for Supervisor
AsianWeekJanuary 5, 2012

THE DECIDERS: The district will depend on how nine redistricting commissioners weigh in, including APAs – Vice Chair Jenny Lam of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Myong Leigh of the SF Unified School District and Mondejar of the Filipina Women's Network ...more »

DOT aviation art contest deadline Jan. 12
Wausau Daily HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

The top three entries in three different age divisions will advance to the national competition with the potential to be entered in the international aviation art contest. Statewide winners will receive the following prizes: First place is a $100 art ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Harder than it needs to be
Delmarva NowJanuary 5, 2012

Councilwoman Laura Mitchell objected to this alternative, saying there's no need to find a way to get around the tenant's right to say no. There's also no need to hire additional counsel or revisit research and legal work that's already been done. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Jefferson County bankruptcy hearings resuming
al.com (blog)January 5, 2012

They also seek clarification on what effect past county bond sales or commissioners' stated plans to sell bonds in the future would have on the county's right to seek protection from creditors. The state high court is considering a similar issue ...more »

Litigation
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NewsRight Launches With 29 Publishers; 'Not A Litigation Shop'
paidContent.orgJanuary 5, 2012

We're not a litigation shop.” Full list of NewsRight founding members: Advance Publications, Associated Press, Axel Springer Group, AHBelo Management Services, Belo Management Services, Business Wire, Community Newspaper Holdings, El Dia, ...more »

Business Law
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'Lying Dutchman' Could Cast Doubt on Ad Research
AdAge.comJanuary 2, 2012

The editor did not think incomplete or misleading research was a serious problem among the 50 or so legitimate advertising journals. "The peer-review process pretty well sorts out the bad eggs," he said. That Mr. Stapel was published repeatedly ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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CVS seeks customers shut out of Walgreens
AirForceTimes.comJanuary 4, 2012

1 split between Walgreens and Tricare's pharmacy benefits company Express Scripts, offering an online service to help customers transfer prescriptions to CVS. Standing to benefit are CVS, the nation's second-largest retail pharmacy chain, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Israel warns against computer-hacker vigilantism
ReutersJanuary 12, 2012

"We urge Arab youth to ignore these cowardly Israeli threats and to use all means available in the virtual space to confront Israeli crimes," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in Gaza on Sunday. (Additional reporting by Dan Williams and Nidal ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawsuits filed: Dec.19 to 23
Longview News-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Homero Barrios, auto personal injury/damages 2011-2763-B Curtis Medlin v. Melody Houston, auto personal injujry/damages 2011-2734-A Discover Bank v. Kevin Graves, breach of contract 2011-2756-A Capital One Bank v. David A. Amos, breach of contract ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Details on Hungary's new Constitution
Politics.huJanuary 2, 2012

Parliament passed a cardinal law on enforcing the 50-percent-debt rule in 2016 - the government and parliament must make sure the budget is balanced, transparent and sustainable. - the new supreme law codifies the curbs on the Constitutional Court's ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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2012 brings a spate of new laws
Jacksonville Journal-CourierJanuary 1, 2012

PA 97-0449 • New language specifies that a school board is allowed to suspend or expel a student who has made a explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, fellow student or any other school personnel. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CADNA Calls for Changes Before the New gTLD Program Moves Forward
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

The US Congress should take much-needed action to improve the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) in order to provide stronger deterrents against cybersquatting, both in existing gTLDs and any new ones that are created. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Buchalter Adds Wance to OC Practice
GlobeSt.comJanuary 2, 2012

IRVINE,CA-Lawyer Douglas E. Wance has joined the Buchalter Nemer Real Estate Practice Group as a partner. The veteran environmental law practitioner is considered an expert in both land use and water resources, and works with both public agencies and ...more »

James R. Sobieraj Assumes Presidency of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 4, 2012

He has been lead counsel in numerous lawsuits involving patent infringement, ownership of patent rights, license disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, fraud, antitrust, ...more »

Sports Law
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Rose Walker Law Firm Expanding with New California Office
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

Heading up the California office is attorney Michael J. Terhar, whose practice focuses on aviation, product liability, and commercial and general litigation cases. The new office is located at 2 N. Lake Avenue, Suite 550, Pasadena, 91101. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jeffrey Feiler, and the Feiler Law Firm, Extend ...
Business Review USA (press release)January 5, 2012

MIAMI, FL--(Marketwire - Dec 30, 2011) - For over two decades, Jeffrey Feiler and his accomplished team have been the prime choice when looking for a Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer by proving to be the most successful at achieving the best results in ...more »

Ex-NISD official's actions probed
San Antonio ExpressJanuary 8, 2012

Bernie Morin Jr., 57, was placed on administrative leave in May after an internal audit found he had become too cozy with vendors and failed to follow purchasing procedures. Morin, who was hired as director by the district in 2001, resigned a week and ...more »

Laying down the laws
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cordray Appointment Activates Full Powers of New Consumer Bureau
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

4 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama's decision to install Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau activates the full authority granted to the agency by the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Yearender: DoE managed the unmanageable in 2011
Inquirer.netJanuary 2, 2012

But critics of this administration pointed out that the DoE was not able to deliver the goods last year, failing to implement the law to the letter, much to the detriment of certain sectors. Dissenting quarters noted that, for one, the renewable energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Southwest Florida real estate briefs January 8, 2012
Naples Daily NewsJanuary 9, 2012

... free competitive market analysis (CMA) of the property you are selling or looking at; different ways to title your real estate property; and information on revocable trusts, corporations, limited liability companies, real estate wills and probate. ...more »

Family Law
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Streamlined TSA screening for service members now law
Government Security NewsJanuary 5, 2012

3 by signing the Risk-based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act. The new law streamlines airport screening procedures for service members and their families traveling on official orders. The Risk-Based Security Screening for Members ...more »

Workers Compensation
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ISPA Introduces Workers Compensation Health Care Provider Certification
Physical Therapy ProductsJanuary 9, 2012

The International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA) has established a new certification, called the Certified Workers' Compensation Healthcare Provider (CWcHP), for Canadian physiotherapists and assistants, occupational therapists and assistants, ...more »

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