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San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

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Administrative Law
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PUC to investigate rate increase request by Aqua Pennsylvania
NEagleJanuary 17, 2012

The request is suspended for up to seven months and will be assigned to the Office of Administrative Law Judge for a recommended decision or settlement. Aqua PA presently serves over 404000 customers in portions of 27 counties. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Thompson and Terry seek to expand access to rural health care
Lake County NewsJanuary 28, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Representatives Mike Thompson (CA-1) and Lee Terry (NE-2) on Thursday introduced bipartisan legislation increasing rural communities' access to high quality health care. The bipartisan “Medicare Hospice Access Care Act,” allows ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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New Jersey Police Decide to Turn on the Freaky Red Light
Above the LawJanuary 24, 2012

The red light is intended to help track a would-be criminal once surveillance is already underway. Even though it is probably a matter of time until privacy advocates and attorneys get involved and file a lawsuit, I guess I should resign myself to the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Democrats introducing immigration law repeal
NECNJanuary 23, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — Supporters and opponents of Arizona's controversial immigration law are squaring off again after Democrats say they're working to repeal the measure. Dozens of protesters gathered at the state Capitol on Monday, carrying signs and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Details on Griffiss Development Corp. deals kept secret
Little Falls Evening TimesJanuary 31, 2012

Then things become even trickier because DiMeo contends GLDC, EDGE and 394 Hangar Road are not subject to state Freedom of Information laws. DiMeo also is the authorized representative for 394 Hangar Road Corp. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Expert speakers announced for national workplace mediation summit
SourceWire (press release)January 11, 2012

• Employment relations experts provide overview of Government proposals for improving workplace dispute resolution and mediation. On the 19th of January, The TCM Group in partnership with the London Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a free 'Breakfast ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Jenner & Block Names New Partners
Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 2012

In 2010 and 2011, Mr. Devine was named an Illinois Super Lawyers "Rising Star." Thomas H. Kim is a Partner in the Firm's Litigation Department. He is a member of the Complex Commercial Litigation Practice. In 2004, Mr. Kim received his JD from the ...more »

Animal Law
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Law Regulating Animal Euthanasia Threatened
NBC Los Angeles (blog)January 29, 2012

By Conan Nolan Animal rights advocates are urging Gov. Jerry Brown not to eliminate a law that sets restrictions on euthanizing animals, and they're getting help from the law's author. Hayden's Law, passed in 1999, requires local shelters to wait at ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Law firms hail transfer of practice
Business DayJanuary 25, 2012

CORPORATE law firm Bowman Gilfillan would transfer its intellectual property practice to the specialist firm Adams & Adams in a "win-win" deal, Bowman Gilfillan chairman Jonathan Schlosberg said yesterday. The deal would make Adams & Adams the biggest ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes Launches Investigation ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

Customers of Blazar have alleged that he solicited them to invest their retirement assets into fractional interests in life settlement contracts which were acquired from a subsidiary of Life Partners Holdings, Inc. Our law firm is investigating the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Santorum's New Hampshire Fumble
American ThinkerJanuary 14, 2012

Imagine my surprise when the department chairman called to tell me, sorry, Arnold, we decided to hire the affirmative action candidate. Yes, that's how he put it! An admission like that today might have landed the university in a lawsuit -- maybe then, ...more »

Red Tails Delivers Stunning Special Effects, But No Substance: Movie Review
NYCAviationJanuary 22, 2012

Perhaps most highly anticipated movie in years among aviation buffs, Red Tails is a historical film about the Tuskegee Airmen produced and financed by Star Wars mastermind George Lucas, starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. The pilots of Red ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Maine Civil Rights Commission: Landlord didn't do enough to stop harassment of ...
The RepublicJanuary 24, 2012

Realty Resources Management sent a short note to tenants after Joseph Bonnadio II and William Paquet complained in January 2009 that they were being subjected to slurs and told "their kind did not belong" by other residents.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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It's Not Your Eyes…the Fine Print Is Getting Really, Really Small
Wall Street JournalJanuary 15, 2012

Most notably, a Supreme Court ruling last year strengthened companies' ability to use mandatory arbitration, a dispute-resolution process designed to keep consumer cases out of court.Consumer-protection lobbyist group Public Citizen says that in seven ...more »

Litigation
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Bottle-cap maker, tired of asbestos claims, joins ALEC to limit liability in ...
The RepublicJanuary 29, 2012

"If Crown goes bankrupt because of the litigation, the current employees will lose their jobs, their health care benefits and their pensions," said Mark Behrens, a Washington, DC lawyer who advises the American Legislative Exchange Council and Crown, ...more »

Business Law
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Twenty-fifth Anniversary of Powerful Whistleblower Law Commemorated Today
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

Patrick Leahy (D-VT), chairman of the US Senate Judiciary Committee; and attorney John R. Phillips, a founding partner of Phillips & Cohen LLP, the nation's most successful law firm representing whistleblowers. "The False Claims Act is a unique statute ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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In South Carolina, a discrepancy on federal spending
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 15, 2012

The state has seven military bases, and received $7 billion in Defense Department spending in 2010. One in five residents in South Carolina receives Social Security benefits — compared with just 13% in California. As an aging state, South Carolina ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cyber-crime top worry for feds
New York Daily NewsJanuary 13, 2012

By Bloomberg News US Attorney Preet Bharara, Manhattan's top federal prosecutor, has established a unit within his office to target complex cyber frauds. What really makes Manhattan's top federal prosecutor lose sleep at night is Internet crime. ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on Reports of ...
PR Web (press release)January 19, 2012

“Safety must be the first priority in a city as reliant on elevators as New York,” personal injury lawyer, David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm, one of New York's personal injury law firms, said. “When corners are cut to save time or money, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Some Legal and Policy Ramifications of Newt Gingrich's Plan to Colonize the Moon
Justia VerdictJanuary 30, 2012

First, engineers would need to fashion the necessary equipment for living in an environment with no atmosphere. Experiments with closed living spaces, such as Earthbound biodomes, and the decades-long experience with the international space station, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Corona defense lawyers consider themselves as underdogs
Inquirer.netJanuary 14, 2012

He also “handles a wide array of cases that include heinous crimes, medical malpractice, construction and commercial arbitration, personal injuries and business tort or contractual controversies.” Corona's counsel also includes Jose Roy III, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Seminar seeks changes in consumer act
Times of IndiaJanuary 24, 2012

Delivering the key note address at a ceremony for completing 25 years of Consumer Protection Act organized by the district branch of Akhil Bhartiya Grahak Panchayat here on Sunday, he said that the act was amended twice to meet the needs of consumers ...more »

Real Estate Law
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This Time It's Personal
The American LawyerJanuary 31, 2012

In the 12-month period ending September 30, 2011, 2454 partners left or joined Am Law 200 firms. That was a 22 percent increase from 2010, when only 2014 changed jobs—the lowest number of partner moves since 2000. This year's figure was consistent ...more »

News Digest: Jan. 9
Federal TimesJanuary 7, 2012

15 to detail how they will reduce the number of commercial and government applications running in their data centers, under requirements of the 2012 Defense Authorization Act that President Obama signed last month. DoD must also develop a strategy to ...more »

Sports Law
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WSU sport law expert: Women's athletics still lags
WSU NewsJanuary 26, 2012

Forty years after gender equity in education became federal law, opportunities for female athletes still don't match those for males, says a Washington State University expert in sport law. "If male and female participants were to trade places, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Fla. highway patrol defends reopening I-75
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Criminal defense attorneys said that if the fire was caused by arson, authorities likely will file charges of manslaughter and possibly felony murder, which is defined as a death that happens as result of participating in a felony.more »

Firing At Anti-Poverty Agency Bares Claims Of Funding Misuse
Hartford CourantJanuary 28, 2012

State Auditors Robert Ward and John Geragosian confirmed Friday that their office spent months investigating a complaint filed last April by a "whistleblower" about alleged misuse of grant funds by CRT, and that they had referred it to state Attorney...more »

When Ordinary People Say 'No' to Injustice
Huffington PostJanuary 7, 2012

26 at the age of 78. We make change when ordinary people show extraordinary courage. We honor John Geddes Lawrence, Anthony Colin, and the Rev. Dr. Robert Franke. What happened to each of them made our work at Lambda Legal necessary; what they did in ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wright Medical Hires New SVP
Memphis Daily NewsJanuary 31, 2012

... compliance and governance committee, said in a statement that Garen's “experience in health care compliance matters will be a great asset to the management team and reflects our continued commitment to adhere to government laws and regulations ...more »

Environmental Law
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Towns picking up on electrical purchasing option
Suburban Life PublicationsJanuary 31, 2012

Two years ago, Illinois passed a law letting towns seek out contracts with electric utilities. Since then, at least 19 towns have dropped ComEd for an alternative provider, according to the Illinois Commerce Commission. Now, this spring, 16 DuPage ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Police & local briefs
Poughkeepsie JournalJanuary 7, 2012

This free workshop will focus on important legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and medical directives. Helpful, practical tips will be provided regarding each document and its importance to you and your loved ones. The probate...more »

Family Law
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Support equality in N.J. marriage law
Gloucester County Times - NJ.comJanuary 23, 2012

Research shows that fewer same-sex marriages end in divorce. What's more damaging, a bitter divorce that involves children or having two same-sex parents who are providing a loving environment? If two men or women love each other enough to commit to a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Riding a workers' comp claim – straight to jail!
Hr MorningJanuary 30, 2012

Karina Beard, a former US Postal Service (USPS) employee, is now out $81694 and must spend a year in jail followed by three years supervised release after pleading guilty to two counts of workers' compensation fraud. From October 2006 through January ...more »

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