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Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

Women's Rights at Stake: Why Iowa Feminists Should Caucus for President Obama
Huffington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

While the mainstream media has neglected to pursue which candidates stand with Rick Perry in his newfound opposition to abortion in after the horrific crimes of rape or incest, the New York Times ...more »

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Administrative Law
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New Law Limits Impound of Vehicles From Unlicensed Drivers
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

... in the city's tow yard after police seized the vehicle for Rios driving without a license, smiles emphatically after hearing what might so far be the best news of the year. According to legislative measure AB 353, which was signed into law by Gov. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Donald B. Mark, Esq.: Health care power of attorney
Gloucester County Times - NJ.comJanuary 1, 2012

If an elderly or disabled individual wants to appoint another individual to act as his or her health care representative, then it is extremely important to consider a Health Care Power of Attorney that complies with HIPAA. The Health Care Power of...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Harrington: Here are 10 top shows for January
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Jack Jones: This 75-year-old vocalist has excellent references. There's one from Judy Garland, proclaiming him as "the best jazz singer in the world," and one from Mel Torme, endorsing Jones as "the greatest pure singer in the world. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Controversial Immigration Laws Go into Effect Around the Country
Fox NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Bentley said Alabama's law, known as HB 56, has to eliminate unnecessary burdens on legal residents and businesses and protect faith-based services while ensuring that everyone working in Alabama is legal. "We recognize that changes are needed to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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'90% of motorists carry fake insurance papers'
The NationJanuary 1, 2012

Now, the local content allows much money to flow into the industry locally instead of the capital flight experience we used to have. With the inflow of foreign exchange (forex) and new accounts in oil and gas as a result of the Cabotage Act, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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First two .xxx UDRP disputes filed
Domain Name WireJanuary 2, 2012

The first two uniform domain name dispute resolution (UDRP) cases for .xxx domain names have been filed. As with any new TLD launch, you can expect many more in the months to come. The honors for the first case go to VIPINDIRIM for the domain name ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Life Partners Responds to SEC Lawsuit
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Life Partners is the world's oldest and one of the most active companies in the United States engaged in the secondary market for life insurance, commonly called "life settlements." Since its incorporation in 1991, Life Partners has completed over ...more »

Animal Law
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E. Coli, Animal Exhibits and the North Carolina State Fair
Food Safety NewsJanuary 6, 2012

After that outbreak, the North Carolina Legislature adopted Aedin's Law - named after a boy who developed a serious case of HUS. The law stipulates, among other things, that animal exhibitors must carry a public permit if visitors come into contact ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Document Security Systems Hires ipCapital Group to Support Intellectual...
PR Newswire (press release)January 11, 2012

... a world-wide developer and manufacturer of security and authentication solutions which prevent counterfeiting and brand fraud, announced today that it has hired ipCapital Group, Inc., a leading intellectual property ("IP") strategy consulting firm, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ... (press release)January 2, 2012

With unparalleled personal service and expertise in the field of asbestos litigation, CPSM's mission is to make the process of filing a mesothelioma lawsuit extremely easy and simple for individuals and their family members who are coping with this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Liberals have corrupted King's color-blind vision
Washington ExaminerJanuary 16, 2012

Let's take the affirmative action programs that liberals have turned into blatant racial quotas as an example. President Kennedy issued his executive order 10925 in 1963. President Johnson issued his executive order 11246 in 1965. ...more »

Gardner Aviation Services (GAS) Named Rockwell Collins Dealer
Sacramento BeeJanuary 4, 2012

Rockwell Collins is pleased with the recent addition of Gardner Aviation Services (GAS), to our network of Authorized Dealers. GAS brings an expanded area of market coverage, both in aircraft platform and geographical coverage which adds to our network ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Moving evicted tenants is big business
FederalNewsRadio.comJanuary 8, 2012

In certain communities, like Suffolk County on New York's Long Island, the law allows a property owner to leave a tenant's belongings on the sidewalk. Attorney Steven Snair specializes in landlord-tenant cases. They often involve middle-class, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Slow Improvement Predicted for Polk Economy in 2012
The LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

They've got to repair their finances. Until that happens, I don't see the economy moving forward on a firm foundation." The housing bust not only wiped out billions of dollars in personal wealth but led to the collapse of the housing construction ...more »

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Litigation Boutique MoloLamken Adds Former Deputy Chief of Justice's Public ...
The Am Law DailyJanuary 18, 2012

Litigation boutique MoloLamken announced Wednesday that it has hired Justin Shur, deputy chief of the Justice Department's public integrity section, as a partner. The firm said it has also added former Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan intellectual ...more »

Business Law
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License plates, fireworks on tap for Mich. in 2012
WFTV OrlandoJanuary 1, 2012

The Boy Scouts could use the money for programs, but the vehicle license plates also will act as a statewide advertising tool, supporters say. "If you have thousands of those mini-billboards around, that will raise the awareness of scouting," said ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gov. McDonnell's 2012 Military and Veterans Legislative Agenda
WSLSJanuary 12, 2012

The 2012 military and veterans initiatives will make it easier for service members to attend school, exercise their right to vote and improve the delivery of benefits for veterans.” “I look forward to working with Governor McDonnell to pass this ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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2011's Cybercrime Explosion and Your 3 Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2012
The Criminal Report Daily (blog)January 2, 2012

By Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, former federal computer-crime prosecutor. Cybercrime touched the lives of so many Americans in 2011 that it felt as pervasive as the common cold and as painful as the flu. According to a report by security giant Symantec, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Claim Today Solicitors to Run Attack Ads Over No Win No Fee Changes
EIN News (press release)January 2, 2012

Top personal injury firm Claim Today Solicitors will launch a radical marketing campaign this January that will attack planned government changes to the legal system that they say will drastically reduce ordinary people's access to justice during 2012. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Tunisia's Constitutional Challenge
Huffington Post (blog)January 4, 2012

Whether Tunisia will oscillate towards Libya's draft constitutional model where Sharia law will tend to override secularist norms (as in Iran), or tilt towards Turkey where any religion's law cannot be the law of the land, remains to be seen. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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At the Watercooler ... Kalamazoo people are talking
Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.comJanuary 3, 2012

The Kalamazoo office received First Tier rankings in: Commercial Litigation; Legal Malpractice Law — Defendants; Legal Malpractice Law — Plaintiffs; Litigation — Banking & Finance; Litigation — Land Use & Zoning; and Product Liability Litigation ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

This Memorandum Opinion concerns whether the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 ("BAPCPA") abrogated the absolute priority rule for individual Chapter 11 cases. The Court holds that it did not. There are no material factual disputes. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate roundup
The ColumbianJanuary 2, 2012

Brian Sullivan of Coldwell Banker Bain Commercial represented the Seller and Greg Nesting of Norris & Stevens represented the buyer. The building is fully leased and houses A&J Custom Cabinets, Speeds Towing and Premiere Pump. ...more »

Year of the Oops: 2011 Was Spent in Reverse
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

The 31000-member Machinists union at Boeing Co. last month approved a contract extension, settling one of the biggest labor disputes in recent years. The deal ended opposition to a new nonunion plant in South Carolina. The National Labor Relations ...more »

Sports Law
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New Law Seeks To Prevent Head Injuries In Youth Sports
KKTV 11 NewsJanuary 2, 2012

One of these laws going into effect is designed to better protect our children from serious injuries when playing sports. It asks coaches to take greater responsibility for the health of the kids on their teams. Along with knowing the ins and outs of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Allen Stanford's Criminal Defense Lawyers Want Out 12 Days Before Trial
BloombergJanuary 12, 2012

Lawyers for R. Allen Stanford, the Texas financial scheduled to go on trial this month on charges of leading a $7 billion fraud, asked a judge to let them quit the case. Attorneys Ali Fazel and Robert Scardino, who are being paid from public funds ...more »

Grounded by tips
Chicago ReporterJanuary 2, 2012

Burke said her employer, Prospect Airport Services, reported to the IRS that she earned an average of $100 to $140 in tips every two weeks, according to her check stubs. But that wasn't often true, Burke said. Thomas Murphy, outside general counsel for ...more »

Arnstein & Lehr Opens Milwaukee Office with Labor & Employment Group
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

... actions under Title VII, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and collective class actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BizProf: How to protect your business in a divorce | The Republic
The RepublicJanuary 4, 2012

Certain assets such as a business owned prior to the marriage may be excluded (in whole or in part) from divorce distribution. According to Robert Kornitzer, partner in the law firm of Pashman Stein, PC, in Hackensack, NJ, "the most crucial aspect of ...more »

Environmental Law
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India Said to Be Told Turkey May Stop Iran Oil Payments Help
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 10, 2012

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed alternative financial conduits with Russian officials during his visit to Moscow in December. The European Union will discuss imposing harsher sanctions on Iran, including a ban on crude imports, in response to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Executor's job 'big and thankless'
Calgary HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Accounts are a detailed statement of all of the money collected and paid out during estate administration. Each beneficiary was asked to approve the accounts before the money would be sent out. Some of them dragged their heels. ...more »

Family Law
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Slain federal agent was getting dad's cancer meds
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 1, 2012

By MEGHAN BARR AP NEW YORK — A New York congressman says an off-duty federal law enforcement agent killed during a pharmacy holdup was picking up his elderly father's cancer medication when he was shot. A sheet stretched across a sidewalk obscures the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Aging Workforce May Not Be So Bad for Workers' Compensation, Says NCCI
Insurance JournalJanuary 5, 2012

The aging workforce may not have the negative impact on loss costs that workers' compensation insurers have feared. New research from the industry's National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) also concludes that while loss costs are higher for ...more »


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