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San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

Tax-to-GDP ratio unlikely to touch double-digit
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Pakistan is ranked to have one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratio in the world. The tax-to-GDP ratio was at 9.4 percent in FY11, marginally increased from 9.1 percent a year ago, according to the Ministry of Finance data. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 6, 2012

In this employment discrimination action arising from the termination of the petitioner attorney by the respondent law firm, we reiterate that a petitioner's disability does not shield him from the consequences of workplace misconduct. ...more »

Health Care Law
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'Oy Vey': Jewish Republicans In South Florida See Little To Like In Health ...
Kaiser Health NewsJanuary 30, 2012

Cestari, of Boynton Beach, Fla., said she was not aware of benefits the law has already given her or other seniors — such as free preventive tests or the gradual closing of the doughnut hole gap for those with Medicare drug coverage.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Missouri Democrats join court battle over health care overhaul
STLtoday.comJanuary 13, 2012

Among the many Missouri signers are House Minority Leader Mike Talboy of Kansas City and Assistant Minority Leader Tishaura Jones of St. Louis. Jones said this morning that the new law is important to her constituents, particularly the provisions that ...more »

Immigration Law
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Debate over immigrant driver's license in N.M. intensifies
Boston GlobeJanuary 28, 2012

The legislation will prohibit the state from granting licenses to illegal immigrants. However, it continues to allow licenses for foreign nationals in the country legally, such as students with visa. New Mexico and Washington are the only states that ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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India to help develop Trinidad as ICT hub
IANSJanuary 27, 2012

"India as an international leader in the fields of technology, science and industrial development as well as in sustainable and meaningful development through South-South cooperation can share experiences and best practices with Trinidad and Tobago as ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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HMRC extends alternative dispute resolution trial for smaller businesses
Out-Law.comJanuary 11, 2012

HMRC will accept applications to be included in the scheme where "a customer... believes that ADR may speed up the resolution of their dispute", it said. An SME is a company with fewer than 250 employees and either an annual turnover of less than £45 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Personnel Moves
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 1, 2012

As co-chair of the banking and financial services litigation practice group, Washowich handles civil, commercial and complex litigation matters. • Robb Leonard Mulvihill LLP hired Brittany E. Fleming as an associate, practicing in civil litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal advocates wary of euthanasia legislation
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 15, 2012

Even Dinniman says his bill isn't the end of the legislative battle to craft more humane animal laws in Pennsylvania. "It took me almost a full year to get this out of committee," Dinniman said last week. "Other steps remain to be taken. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Special Report: Intellectual Property
Texas LawyerJanuary 13, 2012

The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act implements the most significant overhaul of the American patent system in almost 60 years, writes Rob McRae. The most widely debated change in the act is the move from a first-to-invent patent system to a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Price Benowitz LLP Opens Personal Injury Practice Group Office in Rockville
PR Web (press release)January 29, 2012

With the opening of its personal injury practice in Rockville, Maryland, the law firm Price Benowitz LLP is pleased to expand its legal services in Montgomery County. The personal injury law group of Price Benowitz LLP handles civil litigation for ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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SUNY Fredonia to celebrate Black History Month
Evening ObserverJanuary 30, 2012

The Black Student Union (BSU) at SUNY Fredonia will launch the month-long observance of Black History Month with an opening ceremony Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm, featuring a dinner followed by an address by Dr. Saundra Liggins, interim Affirmative Action...more »

Senior Aviation Finance Specialist joins Maples' Dublin office
Business Wire (press release)January 25, 2012

DUBLIN--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Irish office of international law firm Maples and Calder (“Maples”) is delighted to announce that senior aviation finance specialist Laurence Hanley has joined the Finance Group. Laurence's appointment is one of a number of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Exploitive rent demands 'a norm' for newcomers
Toronto StarJanuary 30, 2012

Unaware of tenants' rights under Ontario law, new immigrants like Islam are being asked by landlords to pay as much as a full year of rent upfront to secure their first home because they have no Canadian employment or credit history.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Saints putting up unreal statistics
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 2, 2012

The Saints will host the Lions in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday, and that's bad news for Detroit. With Sunday's win, the red-hot Who Dats have won their last eight games by an average score of 35.9-18.8. When you break down the numbers, ...more »

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Trucker Inattention Kills Construction Worker Says Litigation Funding Corporation
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 30, 2012

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 30, 2012 – A construction worker was killed thanks to an inattentive trucker. Hiring a competent lawyer is necessary in cases like this to protect a worker's rights. “In this reported case an 18-wheeler struck ...more »

Business Law
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Boynton city attorney suggests timetable for mayor's temporary replacement
Palm Beach PostJanuary 30, 2012

20 if it follows the recommendation of its city attorney. Gov. Rick Scott suspended Rodriguez Friday, a day after authorities charged he threatened Chief Matt Immler to stop an investigation into child abuse allegations against the mayor and that he ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans' wait for benefits is lengthy
Dayton Daily NewsJanuary 9, 2012

... retirement claims and benefits.” Regional VA officials could not be reached for comment. The US House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (part of the appropriations committee) is addressing the issue. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Idaho enforcement officers: Child pornography leads to abuse of the innocent
Idaho Press-TribuneJanuary 29, 2012

Law enforcement officials aren't resting on their laurels, however - the Idaho's Internet Crimes Against Children task force (ICAC) aggressively devises new ways to catch predators in the act. Local law enforcement works closely with ICAC to train ...more »

Personal Injury
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In cruise ship disaster, an SOS for lawyers
ReutersJanuary 28, 2012

On Thursday, lawyers from Ribbeck Law Chartered in Chicago filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of a crew member against Carnival in federal court in Illinois for breach of contract, negligence, and other allegations. "We are planning to file more ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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20th Amend draft rushed in to save by-poll MPs
The Nation, PakistanJanuary 31, 2012

ISLAMABAD - National Assembly Standing Committee on Law and Justice gave approval to the draft of 20th Amendment for providing constitutional cover to the parliamentarians elected in by-elections.The said lawmakers were elected at a time when the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerJanuary 31, 2012

A finance attorney, Agbayissah started his careet at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Vincent focuses on M&A, joint ventures, corporate, and commercial law. Naumann, who led SNR Denton's technology, media, and telecommuniations practice, litigates and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens Whistleblower Complaint Hotline
JD Supra (press release)January 2, 2012

The stronger the compliance policies and practices are, the less likely there will be legal and regulatory violations in the first place. It also will be critical to stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory and enforcement developments related to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Hinckley, Allen & Snyder, Boston
Boston.comJanuary 25, 2012

Kevin O'Connor has been hired as a partner in the litigation law group. Jonathan Winnick has been added as a partner in the public finance law group. Carmen Albert has been hired the Firm as an associate in the real estate law groups.more »

Private Suits Under FCPA — An Ill-Advised Idea
JD Supra (press release)January 31, 2012

introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would amend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to permit private suits against certain foreign companies and individuals. The bill, entitled the “Foreign Business Bribery Prohibition Act of ...more »

Sports Law
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2 bills would enable N.J. sports betting | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2012-01-25
Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 25, 2012

New Jersey has enacted a law legalizing sports betting, but the federal ban must be overcome before Atlantic City casinos and the state's four horse tracks can take bets on professional and college sporting events. Voters in a nonbinding referendum in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Plea Offered in Old Fire Trial
Mountain NewsJanuary 26, 2012

The first hint of a settlement in the Old Fire murder and arson trial of Rickie Lee Fowler surfaced Monday afternoon when defense attorneys said their client would like to enter a new plea. Fowler, a 30-year-old convicted burglar, is charged with four ...more »

Good and Better IRS News For Abuse Victims
ForbesJanuary 28, 2012

It is a real tragedy that someone can escape an abusive marriage, only to find themselves being pursued by the IRS for the abuser's tax debts. How does it happen ? Filing a joint return will usually result in a married couple having a lower federal tax ...more »

Even startups need severance agreements
Mass High TechJanuary 31, 2012

151B that covers discrimination, along with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Such agreements also routinely cover the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act; the Old Worker's Benefit Protection Act; ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Zombie debt creeps onward in Idaho courts
The Idaho StatesmanJanuary 22, 2012

The statute's clock can be reset if a consumer makes a payment or acknowledges the debt. However, time-barred debt laws are tricky territory to navigate as a collections defense, lawyers said. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act was written in the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Republican candidates on the issues
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 23, 2012

Energy: Remove restrictions on drilling, coal and nuclear power, eliminate gasoline tax, provide tax credits for alternative fuel technology. Environment: In 2008, said "human activity probably does play a role" in global warming and part of the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Business Calendar for week of 01/23
Bradenton HeraldJanuary 23, 2012

Employee relations course: The Manatee Chamber is hosting a “ResetTheClock” event, or Replace Liability with Credibility. The three-week training course will give supervisors and managers tools to make better decisions and reduce employee relations ...more »

Family Law
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Family accuses cops‚ in-laws of dowry death cover-up
Himalayan TimesJanuary 30, 2012

KATHMANDU: Relatives of Ranjita Neupane have smelt a rat over the intentions of police and in-laws and alleged that conspiracies are being hatched to prove her death to be a suicide, on Monday. Neupane's lifeless body was found hanging on January 16 in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. business groups to push 3 priorities in 2012
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

Missouri business groups are listing changes in workers' compensation, employment law and civil lawsuits as their top priorities in the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Representatives of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ...more »


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