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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

Vancouver teen stabbed in city's 15th homicide of 2011
Vancouver SunJanuary 1, 2012

Vancouver police investigate the city's 15th homicide of the year at an apartment block at 5037 Main St at 35th Ave in Vancouver, BC., on December 31, 2011. A nineteen year-old man is dead of stab wounds and a 48 year-old man is in custody following ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Jeff Klein's Law Offices Continues Despite Department of Buildings Order
PolitickerNYJanuary 20, 2012

However, the law firm still remains active at its current location. “More than six years ago, The New York City Department of Buildings issued a violation that was contested by the law firm. After a hearing on the matter, an administrative law judge...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare journals issue joint criticism of NHS reforms and Health and Social ...
British Journal of Healthcare ComputingJanuary 31, 2012

It also resulted in a bloated and opaque piece of legislation, whose goals could have largely been achieved by other, more effective, means”. Once the bill becomes law, they believe that “we will still be in the dark about how much of the new system ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Climate Change in the Arctic Brings Potential Conflict Between the US and Russia
PolicyMicJanuary 25, 2012

... the tanker needed a waiver from the Secretary of Homeland Security to allow merchandise to be transported between points in the US in a vessel other than one built and owned by the US This was a requirement of the Jones Act. Climate change in the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney stance on DREAM Act is magnified in Florida
Universe.byu.eduJanuary 23, 2012

31 primary in Florida, even though most of the state's Hispanics are Puerto Rican or Cuban-American and, thus, aren't affected by US immigration law, nor view it as a priority. Still, it's a state where 13 percent of registered voters are Hispanic, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Herron Stepping Down in November
Missouri News HorizonJanuary 27, 2012

Dresden—Senator Roy Herron (D-Dresden) today announced plans not to run for office in 2012, but instead to lead the Ned McWherter Center for Rural Development in expanded efforts to help young people go to college and create jobs for Tennesseans.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Supreme Court Opens Under New CJ
Channel 7 Daily NewsJanuary 17, 2012

The Chief Justice also informed the gathering of the implementation of mediation services as a means to avoid the long and drawn-out process of a trial. "The overriding objective of the Supreme Court civil procedure rules mandates that the court must ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Underwriter's Role Against Contra Proferentem
JD Supra (press release)January 12, 2012

Current Contours Of The Sophisticated Insured Exception The sophisticated insured exception precludes the application of contra proferentem where the insured “contributes to the drafting of the agreement rather than 2adopting a contract of adhesion, ...more »

Animal Law
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Lazy 5, PETA both claim win
Salisbury PostJanuary 31, 2012

By Shavonne Potts The owner of Lazy 5 Ranch says it will continue caring for its giraffes as it always has despite an animal rights group's cruelty accusations that came to a head in a Rowan County courtroom last week. But now, thanks to the attention ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Crowell & Moring's IP Litigation Practice Expands on Both Coasts with Four ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 30, 2012

She received both her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and her law degree from Duquesne University. Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with nearly 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Demolition Company Guilty of Violating Clean Air Act
WDEF News 12January 30, 2012

... of environmental crimes and obstruction of justice charges related to the illegal demolition of a Chattanooga factory containing large amounts of the toxic air pollutant asbestos, announced William C. Killian, US Attorney for the Eastern District ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Black students say Duke study claiming they switch to easier majors shows ...
Washington PostJanuary 19, 2012

The study, which opponents of affirmative action are using in a case they want the US Supreme Court to consider, concludes black students match the GPA of whites over time partially because they switch to majors that require less study time and have ...more »

An airplane in your garage?
CNNJanuary 29, 2012

Personal aviation, where pilots operate small private aircraft, offers an alternative with the potential to get you where you need to be quickly, safely and on your own schedule, but it, too, comes with limitations. We founded Terrafugia in 2006 to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Stopping Apartments Form Making Tenants Sick
Gotham GazetteJanuary 30, 2012

Without harsher enforcement, those already on the wrong side of the law seem likely to stay there. In addition, the levels of government most affected are not the ones with the most regulatory power. While it is cities and local governments that pay ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Coming up on CNN
CNN (blog)January 19, 2012

Looks like this movie got it right. Too bad the movie itself is getting very mixed reviews. The history behind it deserves better. "Mixed reviews" from who?? I haven't heard a single NEGATIVE review and believe me.....I'VE BEEN WATCHING for them! ...more »

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Litigation continues after 2009 sewage flood
Evening News and TribuneJanuary 27, 2012

“Because it is pending litigation, it is the policy of the city council not to comment on or to discuss any city matters that are currently in court proceedings.” Les Merkley, attorney for the city administration, authored a similar response.more »

Business Law
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Today's media stories from the papers
The GuardianJanuary 31, 2012

P17 Theresa May warns about cyber-risk to children. P18 Crime website extended to include public places. P18 How Upstairs Downstairs plans to take on Downton Abbey. P21 Men jailed over plot to attack Danish newspaper. P25 Daily Telegraph Downton Abbey ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Red Bulls: 1/34 BSTB soldiers earn degrees while deployed
Brainerd Daily DispatchJanuary 23, 2012

Many soldiers have been using their free time, and military college benefits while deployed to take online classes in order to earn a college degree. They know that having a degree will help to get a good job upon returning home. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Gangs use social media to spread violence
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 29, 2012

They're provoking their rivals with Internet graffiti and using social media to keep in touch with their associates, according to the commission. “They're tagging websites with information that is provocative and incites violence,” said Jody Weis, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fla. House panel moves insurance overhaul forward
CBS NewsJanuary 25, 2012

With a 10-5 party line vote, the Civil Justice Subcommittee on Wednesday approved the bill (CS/HB 119) that addresses the state's mandatory personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage. Scott appeared before a Capitol rotunda rally organized by ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Don't hide behind bad law, academic tells Kedah MB
The Malaysian InsiderJanuary 29, 2012

By Debra Chong KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — Constitutional law expert Abdul Aziz Bari has advised Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak not to hide behind legal technicalities in the face-off with student activists over academic freedom in Kedah.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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We need a better measure of 'congressional futility'
Daily CallerJanuary 25, 2012

So that means that the second session of the 111th Congress, which passed 258 laws signed by the president, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, was less futile, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Hobnobbing at the Banquet
Wall Street JournalJanuary 23, 2012

Rubbing elbows with politicians has long been a staple of the Real Estate Board of New York's annual banquet and last week's was no different. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and New York ...more »

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 »

Sports Law
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Optus ruling heralds D-Day for sports TV
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 29, 2012

TELSTRA and Australia's two biggest sporting codes will learn this week whether Optus has legal protection to keep selling a controversial internet television service. A decision in Optus's favour is likely to throw sports broadcasting rights into ...more »

Criminal Defense
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At this office, the thanks are overflowing
Chicago TribuneJanuary 29, 2012

Depending on where she lives, her actions could be construed as a crime. I am a criminal defense lawyer, and have represented the "jilted ex" who accessed emails to prove infidelity. He was charged with computer trespass and identity theft.more »

IRS says federal sweep against identity theft targets 105 people in 23 states ...
Washington PostJanuary 31, 2012

Besides the IRS, the Justice Department's Tax Division, the Postal Service and local US attorney's offices were involved after investigations that lasted months and, in some cases, years. IRS officials say the use of stolen identities to fraudulently ...more »

Congress exempt from some laws, but others apply
The Associated PressJanuary 30, 2012

___ —The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.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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The Role of Subsidies on the Path to Energy Self-Sufficiency
Independent Voter NetworkJanuary 26, 2012

A study conducted by the Environmental Law Institute found that from the years 2002 to 2008 fossil fuel subsidies totaled $72.5 billion. During the same years, renewable energy sources received $29 billion. Of this $29 billion, more than half was ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Darien Attorney Helps Clients Prepare for the Future
Patch.comJanuary 13, 2012

In 1999, Overmann incorporated and opened his own practice in Darien as one of the few attorneys in the area who specializes in wills, trusts, probate and guardianship. “Attorneys who limit their practice to an area end up becoming more efficient, ...more »

Family Law
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Ramapo tidies housing site, approving 2-family homes in management pact
The Journal News | LoHud.comJanuary 30, 2012

Ramapo is amending its zoning law to permit two-family homes there. / Peter Carr/The Journal News Multi-family homes are under construction on Horton Drive in Monsey Jan. 27, 2012. The town of Ramapo is amending its zoning law to permit one-family...more »

Workers Compensation
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Two Tulsans charged with workers' comp fraud
NewsOK.comJanuary 14, 2012

BY MICHAEL MCNUTT TULSA — A maintenance worker and a manager of a Tulsa apartment complex have been charged with workers' compensation fraud. According to charges filed in Tulsa County District Court, Christopher Miller, 38, ...more »


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