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How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

People to Watch 2012: Former foster care child, youth advocate sets out to ...
Bakersfield CalifornianJanuary 1, 2012

BY RACHEL COOK Californian staff writer | Saturday, Dec 31 2011 06:00 PM Olivia Villarreal grew up in foster care and helped revitalize California Youth Connection, a group that advocates for legislation to benefit foster care children. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Pleasant Hill Planning Commission Hearing on Emergency Shelters Zoning ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)January 2, 2012

The Pleasant Hill Planning Commission will hold a study session and a public hearing in January to consider Zoning Ordinance amendments pertaining to emergency shelter uses. Emergency shelters are defined by State law as “housing with minimal ...more »

Health Care Law
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Lack of Federal Funding Jeopardizes Health Insurance Assistance
MPBN NewsJanuary 4, 2012

When it took effect in 2010, the federal health care law offered new, hands-on assistance for Americans struggling to find insurance they could afford. Under the Affordable Care Act, 35 states got nearly $30 million in grant money to set up consumer ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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St Augustine Commissioner Jones back in court
Historic City NewsJanuary 4, 2012

Investigators with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded that there was no wrongdoing; in the way local police made the arrest. Unless ordered by the Governor, Jones, who is an elected official, does not automatically have to resign his ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fragomen Named “Law Firm of the Year – Immigration Law” By U.S. News – Best ...
Metropolitan Corporate CounselJanuary 4, 2012

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, is pleased to announce that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the practice of Immigration Law by US News – Best Lawyers®. This marks the first time the publication has conferred this award in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Development ranks high in city for 2012
Danville Commercial NewsJanuary 1, 2012

For 2012, city officials will work on: ongoing retail development; replacement of the Fairchild Subway; and pushing for the gambling bill and a casino for Danville. Eisenhauer said he wants to continue to work on the city's industrial base, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution panel waits for top leaders' say
Himalayan TimesJanuary 1, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of Dispute Resultion Sub-committee on Sunday evening ended without making any concrete decision on the remaining contentious issues of new constitution. The panel members parted their ways with an understanding to sit on Monday ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Penn State scandal sharpens focus on reputational risk
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Awareness of educational institution reputational risks has been rekindled as Penn State faces unlimited legal liability in civil litigation. The first civil lawsuit was filed Nov. 30 alleging that the university knew of and failed to prevent former ...more »

Animal Law
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Reconsiders Shooting Stray Dogs
Huffington PostJanuary 5, 2012

The original memo said officers could kill a stray dog if it was "vicious and a danger to the public and/or officers or if the animal is obviously sick, injured or suffering." A member of the governor's Dog Law Advisory Board warned such a policy would ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Document Security Systems Hires ipCapital Group to Support Intellectual...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 2012

"I had the opportunity recently to read through DSS's patent portfolio and to understand the unique business model of digital printing security," said John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, ipCapital Group, Inc. "A strategy for protection and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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A watchful eye on class-action suits against law schools
NJBIZJanuary 2, 2012

New Jersey's law schools, though they are not party to any of the ongoing class-action suits, and colleges and universities may face potential litigation if the trend to hold educational institutions responsible for low salaries or underemployment ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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DOC rule changes worry corrections officers
Fond du Lac ReporterJanuary 6, 2012

The action was part of a federal class-action lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union filed in 2006 on behalf of TCI inmates. According to court records, the ACLU argued the state violated the rights of TCI prisoners by having guards without medical ...more »

Sector to focus on manpower development
The NationJanuary 2, 2012

By Our Reporter 10 minutes ago If the aviation industry must make significant progress this year, players, including airlines and regulatory agencies, must invest in the development of their personnel. Director-General of the Nigeria Civil Aviation...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New Real Estate Laws Protect California Homeowners, Buyers, Tenants in 2012
Examiner.comJanuary 2, 2012

And a host of new laws aimed at protecting consumers. New laws taking effect this week target tenant rights, homeowner association fees and real estate agents. They include: Starting Jan. 1, owners of units in a common-interest development – usually a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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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 »

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Public Interest Litigation: No third attempt?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 6, 2012

The curious public interest litigation (PIL), by three very eminent Indians, seems to have run its course after having been thrown out by the Supreme Court of India twice. We learn from very reliable sources that Mumbai's respected super-cop Julio ...more »

Business Law
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License plates, fireworks on tap for Mich. in 2012
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

The law that technically took effect Sunday is designed to keep business in the state that now goes to retailers in Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin. Businesses will have to pay for the right to sell the fireworks, but that process should be worked out in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Court settlement makes more vets with PTSD eligible for health benefits
Sacramento BeeJanuary 17, 2012

The affected veterans had been discharged with disability ratings that were too low to entitle them to such benefits. Anthony Koller, for one, is an Army veteran who lives in Little Elm, Texas, about 50 miles north of Fort Worth. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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German Neo Nazi Sites Hacked
The Epoch TimesJanuary 3, 2012

By Christian Watjen Computer hackers from the Anonymous Operations “hacktivist” collective, attacked several German neo-Nazi websites around New Year's Day. While the group's attacks forced several right-wing Internet portals to shut down, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Asda pays compensation to worker injured in slip
Hodge Jones & Allen LLPJanuary 3, 2012

Asda has agreed to pay personal injury compensation to a former employee who was badly hurt in an accident in which she slipped on a spillage. Irene Heslop had worked at the store in Hulme for seven years when the accident occurred in March 2007. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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EU Says Hungary's Central Bank Law Holds Key to Aid Talks
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

“We need to have full assurance that the Hungarian central bank is fully independent,” Bailly said. --With assistance from Zoltan Simon and Edith Balazs in Budapest. Editors: Jones Hayden, Patrick Henry To contact the reporter on this story: James G. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Marianna Mancusi-Ungaro, Nicholas Chapleau
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Mr. Chapleau is an associate at Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, a Dallas law firm. He graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The bridegroom's mother and stepfather, Jeff Meckstroth, are professional bridge players in Clearwater Beach; ...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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Former lawyer guilty in $10-million scam
MississaugaJanuary 9, 2012

His arrest followed a lengthy investigation by Peel fraud officers. Court heard 33 people, the majority of whom live in Mississauga, and 10 financial institutions were cheated out of $9.7 million. Court heard Mazzucco arranged mortgage loans and bank...more »

Bajaj Auto unveils ultra low cost vehicle
IANSJanuary 3, 2012

This is not a car but a four-wheeler segment, which is a new segment in its own right," RC Maheshwary, president, commercial vehicle business, Bajaj Auto told IANS. The vehicle travelled 40 km per litre under test conditions and the company said under ...more »

Sports Law
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Legal opinion may revive ND Internet poker | The Republic
The RepublicJanuary 4, 2012

But a new agency opinion, made public late last month, says one of the key federal laws wielded against Internet gambling — called the Wire Act — applies only to sports betting. Kasper and attorneys sympathetic to his cause made similar arguments six ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Dielschneider files for county commissioner
McMinnville News-RegisterJanuary 4, 2012

By Ossie Bladine Criminal defense attorney Janmarie Dielschneider, a one-time county prosecutor, announced Tuesday her entry into the race for county commissioner. She is the fifth candidate attempting to fill the seat of Commissioner Leslie Lewis, ...more »

County approves 2012 appointments
Waseca County NewsJanuary 5, 2012

The approved salaries are: County Attorney, $96306.61; County Auditor-Treasurer, $77125.87; County Recorder, $65019.08; and County Sheriff, $86009.05. The salaries are a year behind [the union employee salary increases] and the elected officials ...more »

Reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Though cost-cutting is inevitable in some form, the law and even its popular measures may not be, said Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association. “The move away from (insurance discrimination of) pre-existing conditions was premised ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Huntsman Heads South With Wall Street Plan Tougher Than Obama
BusinessWeekJanuary 12, 2012

Huntsman, 51, differs from his opponents in his pledge to establish new regulations -- which include capping bank size and imposing a fee on firms deemed too large -- before pushing for Congress to repeal the law. His proposal goes further to limit ...more »

Environmental Law
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Asian Refiners Seek Iran Oil Alternatives on Disruption Threat
BusinessWeekJanuary 6, 2012

“Iranian oil is a very big deal to Asia,” said Victor Shum, a senior principal at energy consultants Purvin & Gertz Inc. in Singapore. “They have to show efforts that they are really making attempts to seek alternative supplies” to show the US and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 4, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes. ...more »

Family Law
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Appeals court: Parents of girl whose cancer went undiagnosed may sue doctor
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 3, 2012

The Dickhoffs countered that the claim is not barred as a reduced-chance claim because medical malpractice claims are permissible when a physician's negligence causes a patient's chances of survival to fall below 50 percent. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New, stronger pain medications raise concerns
Business InsuranceJanuary 8, 2012

AP An opioid medication being developed by several companies could nearly double the daily dosage of hydrocodone available by prescription, and workers compensation experts are tracking the drug's progress. San Diego-based pharmaceutical firm Zogenix ...more »


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