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Law Office Of Brodsky & Smith To Probe Potential Claims Against Parlux Directors
RTT NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Parlux for not acting in Parlux shareholders' best interests in connection with the sale. by RTT Staff Writer.more »

VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Kwame Kilpatrick scandal inspires state lawmaker's campaign finance reform measure
Detroit Free PressJanuary 1, 2012

Kilpatrick attorney Thomas (the men are not related) argued the matter before a state administrative law judge on July 19. A decision is pending. In the meantime, Knollenberg introduced the bill to prevent other elected officials from following ...more »

Health Care Law
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New year to bring new rules on e-prescriptions, pill mills
USA TODAYJanuary 1, 2012

1, physician Carl E. Mitchell knows he will face a 1 percent cut in payments he gets for seeing Medicare patients, but the lost money isn't steep enough to convince him to start writing some prescriptions electronically to avoid the hit. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Best of MMA 2011: Jon Jones is Fighter of the Year
Heavy.comJanuary 5, 2012

Wednesday, we started with the best photography of the year from acclaimed HeavyMMA shooter James Law. Today, we honor the 2011 Fighter of the Year – Jon Jones. Agree with us? Disagree? It's all good – those circular discussions and varied opinions are ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney pledges to veto federal DREAM Act for immigrants
Washington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

Mitt Romney signs autographs during a campaign stop at Kinzler Construction in Ames, Iowa on Thursday. (Charlie Riedel - AP) LE MARS, Iowa – Mitt Romney returned to Iowa Saturday night sounding even more sure of his chances at claiming the Republican ...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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MSG Blackout on Time Warner Continues
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

s MSG sports network remains blacked out for roughly two million Time Warner Cable Inc. subscribers in the New York area, with no sign of a resolution in the contract-renewal dispute over the channel. The sports network, which airs New York Knicks ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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KCIC Experts to Speak at Solvent Schemes of Arrangement Conference
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 4, 2012

WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--KCIC, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in litigation support and insurance-related asset and liability management, announced today that Jonathan Terrell, president, and Dan Maloney, ...more »

Animal Law
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More than 60 animals abused, neglected
KXRMJanuary 9, 2012

Animal Law Enforcement officers with Pueblo Animal Services (PAS) seized more than 60 animals Friday who were living in conditions that one PAS employee said were among the worst he had ever seen. PAS officials said three horses were dead when they ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BASE METALS - European Opening View - Metals lifted by better Chinese ...
FXstreet.comJanuary 3, 2012

(g) your website does not contain content that is distasteful, offensive or controversial, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or otherwise does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Miss. Judge Tosses $322M Asbestos Ruling
TIMEJanuary 4, 2012

... Press that the company was pleased with the verdict because it "was outrageous and completely unsupported by the facts and applicable law." "Union Carbide will continue to vigorously defend all asbestos cases brought against the company," he said. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Can city workers win city contracts?
Ct PostJanuary 15, 2012

On Friday, Mayor Bill Finch announced he was hiring an outside law firm to review the city's Minority Business Enterprise ordinance and compliance oversight. The Crumbie Law Group has 50 years of experience conducting state and federal criminal ...more »

BBA Aviation acquires Azalea Aviation, Arrindell Aviation
RTT NewsJanuary 4, 2012

(RTTNews) - BBA Aviation plc (BBA.L: News ) Wednesday said its Signature Flight Support Corporation has recently acquired assets of Azalea Aviation in Mobile, Alabama and 95 percent of Arrindell Aviation Services in St Maarten, Caribbean. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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City is sending the message to not pay final water bills
Chillicothe GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

Currently, a small group of landlords and the city are embroiled in an very expensive federal lawsuit, which is the result of the city law director suing landlords over their former tenants unpaid utility bills. While both sides would agree that the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Specter of More Student Loans Softened as Pell Grants Shored Up for New Year
NextStudent (blog)January 3, 2012

However, changes to federal financial aid programs ended up being “fairly reasonable” and not as bad as they could have been, said Faith Sandler, executive director of the Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. While the maximum Pell Grant award was left ...more »

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc schedules conference call for 3 January 2012
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

Jan 03, 2012 (M2 EQUITYBITES via COMTEX) -- Biopharmaceutical company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc REGN said on Monday that it will host a conference call to provide an update on the status of the ongoing patent litigation with Genentech Inc, ...more »

Business Law
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NinjaVideo Co-Founder Sentenced to 22 Months for Piracy
ReutersJanuary 6, 2012

... sentenced to 22 months in prison for conspiracy and criminal copyright infringement, US Attorney Neil H. MacBride, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton announced Friday morning. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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O'Reilly: Wars no longer help secure economy
Springfield News-LeaderJanuary 3, 2012

The application of Keynesian theory to the benefits of a military economy intended as a short-term solution, but if it works, why change it? Unfortunately, we may be presented with the bill for this strategy sooner rather than later. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salvation Army official's link to child porn detailed in court document
AZ Central.comJanuary 6, 2012

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said detectives working with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force "are on the Internet and looking for people downloading and transferring child pornography, and that is what led them to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawsuits filed
Longview News-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Capital One National Association, writ of garnishment 2011-2762-A Shay Wheat Bird v. Nationstar Mortgage, injunction 2011-2765-A State of Texas v. Rosie L. Williams Webb, expunction of records 2011-2732-CCL2 Equable Ascent Financial v. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Tunisian president says liberties to be protected
Reuters AfricaJanuary 1, 2012

Coalition parties are now drafting a new constitution which he said would enshrine those demands in law. "In all likelihood we are going to have a constitution that is very specific on human rights, on women's rights, on public and private liberties," ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney Michael J. Cook Added to Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff P.C. ...
Exec Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

The Troy resident has represented clients on a variety of civil litigation matters, including professional malpractice, contractual indemnity, business torts, uniform commercial code and general liability. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Petraeus: 'Under water' home loans force families apart
Stars and StripesJanuary 5, 2012

The CFPB and its service members' affairs office were created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which attempts to address abuses behind the financial crisis. Petraeus is tasked with educating and empowering military ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Deciding Who's Rich (or Smart) Enough for High-Risk Investments
New York TimesJanuary 13, 2012

OVER the holiday, the Securities and Exchange Commission revised one of the wealth requirements for people seeking to invest in private offerings that hold the allure of big returns. It was a small change, mandated by the Dodd-Frank regulatory overhaul ...more »

Law firm to open Alton office
Alton TelegraphJanuary 9, 2012

Long's prior law practice was focused on commercial and business law, including business formation or reorganization, purchase or sale of businesses, contract work, leases and real estate and general business planning. Sandberg, Phoenix and von Gontard ...more »

Sports Law
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Are Religious Private Schools Exempt From Equal Employment Opportunity Laws?
Patch.comJanuary 17, 2012

Please contact an attorney to verify the validity and/or applicability of any legal issue or comment contained herein. Any questions or comments submitted in response to any column, or any communication made to JT Simons, PA concerning this column, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bronx defense lawyer Elliott Shapiro sings the blues...on YouTube
New York Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

BY Kevin Deutsch Veteran Bronx defense attorney Elliott Shapiro has turned 42 years of courthouse heartbreak and triumph into a series of blues ballads that chronicle day-to-day life in the Hall of Justice. In songs like "Bronx County Criminal Defense...more »

Small Business Tax Cheats: A $122 Billion Problem
The Fiscal TimesJanuary 18, 2012

Tax experts say the two key ways to prompt better small business tax compliance are to ramp up enforcement at the IRS and to subject businesses to additional third-party reporting requirements. Those solutions are all but impossible, since the IRS...more »

Hungary shows flexibility on laws as EU pressure mounts
portfolio.huJanuary 12, 2012

The mandatory retirement age for judges is therefore lowered by eight years, from currently 70 years to (de facto) 62 years, with very short transitional periods (6 months to 1 year). According to Directive 2000/78/EC, discrimination on grounds of age...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protect HFT cheetahs from regulatory poachers
Financial TimesJanuary 3, 2012

I agree, but the “cheetahs” also need protection. Mr Chilton recognises that American futures are a precious national asset. He knows futures began as an efficient system for hedging agricultural products, helping provide our nation with high-quality ...more »

Environmental Law
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Tax Relief and Health Care Acts Shape 2011 Returns
Journal of AccountancyJanuary 1, 2012

The Tax Relief Act increased the alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts for 2010 and 2011 (also known as the AMT patch). For 2011, the amounts are $48450 for unmarried individuals; $74450 for married individuals filing jointly; and $37225 for ...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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Legal aid cuts will save less than half government's forecast, study finds
The GuardianJanuary 9, 2012

It aims to preserve legal aid for those who need it most. Areas that will no longer be eligible for legal aid include clinical negligence, debt, employment, education, housing, immigration, welfare and family disputes such as divorce. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Longshore Act to exclude workers who maintain recreational boats
Business InsuranceJanuary 3, 2012

WASHINGTON—The US Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act soon will exclude coverage for most workers who maintain or repair recreational boats and watercraft, the US Department of Labor said in a notice Friday. Under new federal regulations ...more »


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