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Baby boomers – how the wealthy flout China's family planning
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

... a violation of Chinese law, and how wealthy Chinese do as they please, with scant regard for the rules that constrain others. The most common reaction, though, has been simple disbelief. “Heavens. To have one family with eight kids ... in an era of ...more »

Ind. guv praises delay of federal pollution rule
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday approved a request by electric power companies, states and other parties seeking to delay the rules until litigation over the regulation plays out. Daniels praised the court's ruling Saturday in a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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FCR's collective responsibility
DAWN.comJanuary 2, 2012

In drafting the FCR, it is said that reliance was placed on tribal customs and traditions such as the jirga and the idea of collective responsibility. Any such resemblance, though, is in name only as the FCR twists and distorts these institutions and ...more »

Health Care Law
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NY bill would require bachelor's degrees for RNs
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

Demand for more skilled nurses is increasing as the population gets older and has more chronic diseases, and as the new federal health care law promises to help 32 million more Americans gain insurance within a few years. Federal health officials have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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J&G Attorney Disputes Assertions That Protest Over GHURA Award is Subject to ...
Pacific News CenterJanuary 1, 2012

HUD further explains, "Each year, the IRS allocates housing tax credits to designated state agencies - typically state housing finance agencies - which in turn award the credits to developers of qualified projects. ... The state allocating agency must ...more »

Immigration Law
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Iowa: Anti-Amnesty Romney and Santorum Finish 1 and 2
Right Side NewsJanuary 4, 2012

30 if he was willing to break up families by enforcing laws against illegal immigration, Santorum was unwavering: If you're in this country legally and you overstay your visa, you get sent home even though you may have family here. . . Why? ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Leading Project, Islamic Finance Lawyer Christopher Aylward Joins Middle East ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

About Baker Botts LLP Baker Botts is an international law firm with over 725 lawyers and a network of 13 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients' industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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TSS Allies with Pivotal Systems
Zacks.comJanuary 11, 2012

Expanding its merchant service solutions, yesterday, Total System Services Inc. (TSS) announced a strategic collaboration with privately-held Pivotal Systems to offer authorization, settlement and dispute resolution services. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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State Farm Might Be There, But Does It Play Fair
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 5, 2012

Why was a lawsuit necessary? Because State Farm puts profits over its obligations to its policyholders. Corporate greed causes the plaintiff to fight for his rights through a long litigation process. Insurance companies continuously take from the poor ...more »

Animal Law
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Is animal cruelty illegal but ethical? (blog)January 10, 2012

And as I argued above, the moral foundation for animal cruelty laws is far from clear. So, question for discussion: in order to justify passing a law, is it enough to have broad social consensus that a business practice is wrong, or do we need to have ...more »

Intellectual Property
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How evaluating intellectual property and ensuring proper protection pays off
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

For many companies, intellectual property (IP) – ranging from names and logos to products, websites and beyond – can be their most valuable asset. IP is protectable under federal and state laws to ensure that it will not be copied or used by other ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Lawyers in the News: December 26, 2011 [Missouri Lawyers Media]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Springfield law firm Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool announced its newest associate, Teresa Baird . Baird joins from the Fairfield and Woods law firm in Denver . Her practice focuses on estate planning and trust administration, probate litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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China's 2011 trade surplus shrinks
Fin24January 10, 2012

University graduates do not address SA's employment needs and grants and affirmative action dampen desire to work in the country, says a labour analyst. Over 100 000 new jobs were created in December 2011, with temporary work growing the fastest, ...more »

Singapore Leasing Company Places Order for 15 E190s
Aviation International NewsJanuary 2, 2012

by Gregory Polek Singapore-based aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation has placed a firm order for 15 Embraer E190s, the Brazilian manufacturer announced in late November. Embraer's newest aircraft leasing customer expects deliveries to start in the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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McAlester family feels unsafe after bogus arrest
KOKI FOX 23January 2, 2012

“They had no credentials, no law enforcement officer credentials,” said Undersheriff Bedford. Clint Nelson and his family members were relieved when they saw the deputies tell the bogus cops to put their hands up. “I knew at that time something was ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ...
PR Web (press release)January 2, 2012

Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason, one of the most successful mesothelioma law firms in the nation in getting significant awards for those injured by asbestos, now offers a free booklet that contains all the essential information regarding choosing an ...more »

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ZAB case to open floodgates of litigation: Kasuri
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

He said that instant case falls within the purview of settled principle of Law ie “Closed and Past transaction.” Since the administration of justice heavily lean in favour of “Finality” hence a litigation, which is closed and past, cannot be reopened, ...more »

Business Law
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CAIR Troubled By New Detention Law, Despite President's 'Reservations'
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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21 issues taking shape for the Army in 2012
ArmyTimes.comJanuary 2, 2012

Contract negotiations between Walgreens and pharmacy benefit company Express Scripts ground to a halt in June, setting off a public dispute that affected countless Tricare beneficiaries. Those customers will have to switch to another Tricare network ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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2011's top scam imitated the BBB
Columbus DispatchJanuary 6, 2012

In fact, 552 complaints of some type of scam involving the Internet were made by Ohioans last month, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. Of those complaints, 236 victims reported some amount of monetary loss, with 108 of those ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Accident Lawyers Offer Free Case Review for Injury Victims
Emailwire (press release)January 7, 2012

Atlanta personal injury lawsuits are often filed after an individual has been injured in a motor vehicle crash, construction accident or due to medical malpractice. These cases will allege that another individual or entity, such as a truck driver or ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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President Obama passes National Defense Authorization Law...
The Spokesman Review (blog)January 1, 2012

Any hope we, as citizens, may have once had that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was vacated today. What a way to start the new year! If you are an independent thinker, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Krug: What happens in schools ...
Northwest HeraldJanuary 8, 2012

A school district has an obligation to know who it's hiring – with or without a law.” Paybacks are a stitch: Credit McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler for taking a proactive approach in his dealing with the legal bills associated with the ...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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The American Lawyer Names Gibson, Dunn as Litigation Department of the Year
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel, ...more »

Huawei's Work in Iran Should Be Investigated, U.S. Lawmakers Say
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- The US State Department should investigate whether Huawei Technologies Co. and other telecommunications companies broke the law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran, six US lawmakers said. Huawei, China's largest maker of phone ...more »

Sports Law
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State Legislature Approves Sports Betting, Off-Track Wagers at Restaurants and ...
Patch.comJanuary 10, 2012

However, the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), the federal law prohibiting sports wagering in all but four states, would have to be overturned before any bets could be placed on professional or collegiate games. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney, DA argue over perceived conflict
Auburn CitizenJanuary 13, 2012

As an attorney prosecuting child abuse and neglect, Budelmann said Giacona cannot also handle criminal defense cases, especially domestic violence cases that could involve those same children. One of Budelmann's biggest concerns is that Giacona could ...more »

Domestic violence deaths prompt audit in SE Idaho
Idaho Press-TribuneJanuary 11, 2012

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A county in southeastern Idaho is performing an audit to determine how well authorities are responding to reports of domestic violence after several deaths were reported in the region last year. Of the 17 Idaho deaths that were ...more »

Retirement? No way! Seniors continue working out of need and pleasure
The News JournalJanuary 1, 2012

In others, the unacknowledged reality of age discrimination keeps the door closed. And in an economy where jobs are difficult to come by even for younger workers, seniors who are laid off face an even tougher time. In Delaware, the statistics point to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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New Hire Roundup–Securities America Promotes Hulett; Hendrickson Joins HSBC
AdvisorOneJanuary 4, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act mandated that federal financial regulators each establish an office devoted to workforce diversity, the use of minority and women-owned service providers, and the assessment of the diversity ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Announces Closing of Public Offering and Repayment of Debt
Energy Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

The Company has received approximately $80 million in new contract awards during 2011 which includes Fisker Automotive orders, fleet orders for Ford F-150 plug-in electric hybrid vehicles, contracts from 3 major automakers for the Company's ultra-light ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Mark W. Bidwell, Attorney at Law, Opens New Office in Irvine, California
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012, provides legal representation in Orange County and Long Beach probate courts; attorney prepared living trusts, wills and estate plans; corporate legal counsel for the small business owner and marital settlement agreements for divorce ...more »

Family Law
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Legal aid underfunding is hurting poor, lawyer says
CBC.caJanuary 3, 2012

The system remains chronically underfunded, especially when it comes to family law, Cameron said. "There are families that need to get out of bad situations that are not getting out as quickly as they could and should because they can't access the ...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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