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2010 Mercedes-Benz C-Class $30900
Arkansas Online (subscription)January 1, 2012

This honor is reserved for only a select few Lexus franchise dealers nationwide. In order to qualify a dealer must maintain the highest levels of customer satisfaction in both sales and service. Parker Lexus is Arkansas' largest luxury franchise. ...more »

Why we get wasted on New Year's
SalonJanuary 1, 2012

Echoing Saturnalia's public ridicule of society's laws and customs, rowdy bands of peasants invaded the manor, demanding food and drink. In exchange, the lord received his subjects' blessings and goodwill for the coming year. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Watch and Learn: Deaf and Hard of Hearing Have New Options with MedCerts Video ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... a Michigan-based proprietary school, introduces the first "watch and learn" career training program specifically designed for the deaf and hard of hearing leading them to quick entry into the fast growing field of administrative healthcare. ...more »

Health Care 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 »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 3, 2012

The US Supreme Court in 1937 upheld the constitutionality of the act in NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. Though the act has been amended more than once since then, the foregoing language in Section 7 has remained intact. Presuming Mr. Morris is a ...more »

Immigration Law
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Illegal immigrants break the law
Greenville NewsJanuary 3, 2012

With regard to the recent debate over South Carolina's new immigration law, recent protesters claim they have “concerns” about the law and indicate it would be a huge injustice to a segment of people if upheld. Really? It's that hard to understand? ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Govt departments interpret RTI law differently
Hindustan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Some ministries such as home affairs, urban development, law, information and broadcasting and commerce provided the copies of the minutes of the ministerial groups. The urban development ministry provided minutes of the GoM held to decide Phase-III of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Douglas E Noll Selected as President of the California Dispute Resolution Council
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 1, 2012

CDRC has a reputation for integrity, honesty, and knowledge whose opinion is sought by legislators introducing bills involving or affecting alternative dispute resolution. Doug Noll brings skills and expertise in professional mediating and peacemaking, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

Animal Law
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Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act Threatens Activism
JURISTJanuary 25, 2012

To most reasonable people, the offenses by factory farms are much more egregious than the act of videotaping them. The purpose of the AETA is not to fulfill a legal void, as supporters claim. Animal rights activists have never committed physical ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC Announces Its Acquisition of the PRENATE® Family ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Acella Pharmaceuticals, LLC announced its acquisition of the PRENATE® family of trademarks and other associated intellectual property. The worldwide trademarks included in the sale were the core PRENATE® mark, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Distinguished Litigation and Intellectual Property Attorney Frederick A. Tecce ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, a Philadelphia intellectual property law firm, is delighted to announce the addition of veteran litigation attorney Frederick A. Tecce to the firm. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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MWEB chief quits
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 »

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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Berwick manager: Defending landlord law is worth the cost
Danville NewsJanuary 5, 2012

“But what you can do is make sure the landlord knows that if a tenant is convicted twice he will be thrown out of the unit. If he doesn't leave, we will shut down that unit until he does.” If the same person is arrested again, the landlord must evict ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

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Obama's Justice Dept. Finally Cuffs Sheriff Joe, But Not the Policy That Made Him
ColorLines magazineJanuary 5, 2012

“A precedent has been set when the Constitution is being violated and when people are being racially profiled the federal government should not be contracting with those local law enforcement agencies.” Immediately after the DOJ released its ...more »

Business Law
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Mont. SC upholds ban on direct corporate contributions
Legal News LineJanuary 3, 2012

The ruling overturned a ban on spending in support of or in opposition to a candidate (ie advertising), but kept in tact a law that forbids companies from donating funds directly from their treasuries to candidates. "Some members of the public might ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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View of Military Clouds From a High Perch
Signal MagazineJanuary 1, 2012

Overall, the military is examining the cloud for the benefits it can offer while allowing for the necessary security considerations. Carey explains that leaders support the cloud as long as implementers understand the business cases for the technology ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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computer scam hits Windsor-Essex
Windsor StarJanuary 3, 2012

It has been reported that instead, they have installed malicious software to capture sensitive data such as banking user names and passwords, bank account information and personal identity information. The virus scam has become a national investigation ...more »

Personal Injury
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Wisell & McGee Represent Former Patients of Dr. Syros Panos in Medial ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Wisell & McGee, LLP a New York City law firm specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury matters, represent 109 former patients of Spyros Panos, MD, an orthopedic surgeon formerly employed by Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Chemerinsky: The Eyes of Texas Are Upon Supreme Court
ABA JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean and Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, is one of the nation's top experts in constitutional law, federal practice, civil rights and civil liberties, and appellate litigation. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What Do You Mean I Cannot Sue the Pharmacist for My Drug Interaction? (press release)January 7, 2012

On their face those advertisements sure make you feel safe and secure knowing that you are in good hands of a professional pharmacist but beware of what you see and hear. Hidden from the general public, drug store chains take the legal position that ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Study: Reform increased cost to file bankruptcy
OCRegisterJanuary 2, 2012

By JAN NORMAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER The 2005 bankruptcy reform law has made the bankruptcy system costlier and more cumbersom for debtors and bankruptcy professionals, according to a study released by the American Bankruptcy Institute. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Executive Moves: Jan. 2, 2012
Crain's New York BusinessJanuary 1, 2012

Gregory M. Starner, 36, was promoted to partner in the global commercial litigation practice. He was previously an associate. Chris Walker, 48, joined the provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services as associate director in the ...more »

Iran Central Bank Moves to Rescue Rial as Allies Tighten Net
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

31 signed into law measures that deny access to the US financial system to any foreign bank that conducts business with the Central Bank of Iran. The European Union says it will decide this month on new sanctions, possibly including an oil embargo. ...more »

Sports Law
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Aoife shows she's a good sport - by packing in her law degree
Herald.ieJanuary 3, 2012

MISS Universe Ireland Aoife Hannon has dropped out of her law degree to pursue a career in sports science. The pageant queen has decided to quit her course in the University of Limerick in order to change her career. Starting in September, Kerry native ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Top news stories of 2011
Montrose Daily PressJanuary 1, 2012

Local criminal defense attorney and former prosecutor Dan Hotsenpiller was appointed DA in Serra's stead. Serra went to trial on his bond violation case in August. A jury convicted him of the violation, of violating a restraining order, ...more »

2 charter schools struck by thefts [The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 1, 2012

That dollar amount doesn't count the $30000 the school paid its accountant and two lawyers during the investigation or what it may have to pay the IRS in penalties. Gall is not the only charter school employee to end up before a judge in recent months. ...more »

Shawano firm accused of age discrimination
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 2, 2012

The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says it has sued Computer Systems LLC for alleged age discrimination. A message left with Computer Systems was not immediately returned. The EEOC's Milwaukee office says Computer Systems eliminated the job ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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San Fernando Valley Bankruptcy Firm near Los Angeles Saves Debtor's House from ...
PR Web (press release)January 6, 2012

On January 10, 2011, the Law Offices of Michael H. Raichelson filed an emergency Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition in the Central District of California Bankruptcy Court. The case number is 1:11-bk-10355. This Chapter 13 bankruptcy filing stopped the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Vinson & Elkins Elevates Fourteen to Partnership
Citybizlist (press release)January 11, 2012

Shay Kuperman's practice focuses on business and international law. His experience includes many types of transactions, including project development, mergers and acquisitions, strategic joint ventures, and investments. He has worked on matters in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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2 Partners, 9 Associates Joined Burns & Levinson in 2011
Citybizlist (press release)January 11, 2012

... wrongful discharge, separation and severance agreements, non-competition and trade secret litigation, employee investigations and discipline, wage and hour issues, unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining negotiations matters. ...more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement chips in for dozens of children
Roanoke Rapids Daily HeraldJanuary 3, 2012

Posted: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 12:39 pm | Updated: 12:43 pm, Tue Jan 3, 2012. by Roger Bell Thirteen families throughout Halifax County were able to celebrate Christmas thanks to area law enforcement. Lt. Scott Hall, of the Halifax County Sheriff's ...more »

Workers Compensation
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2012 Brings Minimum Wage Increase, Unemployment And Worker's Comp Changes
NorthEscambia.comJanuary 1, 2012

The new year brought changes in Florida for both unemployment compensation and the worker's comp rate paid by employers. Florida's 26-week maximum unemployment benefit period changed Sunday to a sliding scale that ranges from 12 weeks to 23-weeks, ...more »


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