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Looking forward 2012: A better place...
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

In 2011, a special court for NIA cases and 2G spectrum was established. Sources say more special courts may be formed if the number of cases with the National Investigating Agency increases. The year 2012 will mark the end of the 54-year-old MCD ...more »

Police told to submit charge sheet in man's slaughter case
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

The Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit charge-sheet against a woman and her nephew, who are facing the charges of killing a man and chopping his body into pieces in Shah Faisal ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Policy, possession and proportionality – Nearly Legal
UK Human Rights Blog (blog)January 1, 2012

... for a permission hearing (and further confuse matters by also treating it as a substantive appeal hearing, rolled up) may have the merits of administrative efficiency, but has arguably deprived Mr O of the opportunity to take the matter further. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama to Iowa Democrats: 'Because of you' Iraq war ended, health care law passed
Washington PostJanuary 4, 2012

WASHINGTON — Obama to Iowa Democrats: 'Because of you' Iraq war ended, health care law passed Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.more »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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Photo ID, anti-immigration measures among new laws
Clarksville Leaf ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

(WTW) — Tennesseans will be required to have photo identification in order to vote and state employers will have to make sure their employees are legally authorized to work in the US under new laws that take effect Jan. 1. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ondo to Raise N27bn Bond from Capital Market
THISDAY LiveJanuary 2, 2012

By Goddy Egene Ondo State government will in the New Year access the Nigerian capital market for N27 billion bond to finance the aggressive infrastructural rejuvenation, which will serve as a spring board for its industrial development. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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C. Visayas produces the 1st grads of DAR mediators nationwide
Philippine Information AgencyJanuary 2, 2012

2 (PIA) – Central Visayas produced the first graduates of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) trainings nationwide conducted by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR). The 37 graduates composed of lawyers, legal officers and municipal agrarian ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Parents of Henderson County football player settle wrongful death lawsuit
Evansville Courier & PressJanuary 5, 2012

They also filed a federal lawsuit in Owensboro against the Lexington Insurance Co. and The Netherlands Insurance Co. in an attempt to resolve which one was primarily responsible for any settlement on behalf of school personnel. ...more »

Animal Law
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Chicago animal rescue community fights potential BSL
Examiner.comJanuary 4, 2012

A Chicago Alderman is talking about changing the city's laws hinting at breed specific legislation in the city banning pit bulls after a vicious attack on a jogger on Monday. Second Ward Alderman Robert Fioretti has gone on record with more than one ...more »

Intellectual Property
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'Lack of IPR protection may hit Asia's rise'
Times of IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

Q: While Asia has become a manufacturing hub for most technology companies in the world, intellectual property and patents used to make goods or provide services are largely controlled by companies in developed countries. Why? ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Facebook complicated for public officials
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

And what can be a typical exchange on a social media site, such as two commissioners posting about a topic that could come up for a vote at a public meeting later, could qualify as a violation of Forida's Government in the Sunshine law. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Black students say Duke study claiming they switch to easier majors shows ...
Washington PostJanuary 19, 2012

The study, which opponents of affirmative action are using in a case they want the US Supreme Court to consider, concludes black students match the GPA of whites over time partially because they switch to majors that require less study time and have ...more »

Israeli aviation pact boosts ties: MOFA
China PostJanuary 3, 2012

The signing of a Taiwan-Israel aviation agreement will give another boost to bilateral ties and ultimately pave the way for direct air links between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Cook's rents act enables banks to collect
Alamogordo Daily NewsJanuary 6, 2012

Disagreements regarding security interests in rents tend to be resolved in the federal bankruptcy courts, and the NCCUSL contended bankruptcy courts have proven to be "exceptionally" adept at creatively interpreting or misinterpreting state law. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wardlaw is The Journal Gazette's Citizen of the Year
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

I didn't have any concerns for a very important reason: Larry is the type of person you can always trust 100 percent. He thought it through very carefully." Volunteering for the American Cancer Society was one of the first causes that drew Ward- law...more »

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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner (blog)January 3, 2012

Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel said Tuesday that it has enhanced its litigation capabilities with the addition of partner Frederick A. Tecce. Tecce was a partner of McShea & Tecce and is a former assistant US Attorney ...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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On Defense
GovExec.comJanuary 5, 2012

That strategy most likely will include significant changes to the military's compensation system, including retirement and health benefits. According to a recent report in The New York Times, Defense spends nearly one-third of its base budget on ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Laurel man arrested for dealing child pornography
Newark PostJanuary 9, 2012

The warrants were obtained based on a referral from the Maryland Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force which, through an undercover online investigation, tracked the transmission of images of child pornography from a residence and place of ...more »

Personal Injury
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National Injury Attorney Network Sets Goal to Reduce Traffic-Related Injury...
Exec Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

San Diego, CA, December 21, 2011 --( The nationwide consortium of personal injury attorneys known as “NIAN” or the National Injury Attorney Network ( has launched a recent campaign that to most would seem ...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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Gawthrop Greenwood Attorneys Among Philadelphia's Top Rated Lawyers
Citybizlist (press release)January 12, 2012

... real estate and leasing, tax, estate and trust planning, environmental issues, professional malpractice, personal injury, education and special education, family law, employment law, municipal law, land use and government relations. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bowie & Jensen Elects Kimberly S. Grimsley as a Member of the Firm
PR Web (press release)January 5, 2012

Kimberly S. Grimsley elected to Bowie & Jensen's membership Kim has a tremendous skill set that extends beyond trademarks and brand protection to many other facets of IP law. Bowie & Jensen, one of Maryland's leading business law firm's, is pleased to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Decrees, Laws and Decisions Issued in 2011
Syrian Arab News AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

4/12/2011: Legislative Decree No. 125 on allowing electors to practice their right to vote in the elections using their identity cards. 7/12/2011: Law No. 23 on amending consumer spending taxes on some products and services. 7/12/2011: Law No. ...more »

Water board to review suspensions
Crain's Detroit BusinessJanuary 2, 2012

The LLC is not in good standing and has not renewed its registration with the state Bureau of Commercial Services since 2007. • Inland Waters Pollution Control Inc., Inland Management Inc. and Inland Pipe Rehabilitation Co. LLC, all of Detroit. ...more »

Sports Law
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Connecticut lacrosse league accused of gender bias
Boston HeraldJanuary 12, 2012

Dr. Claudia Harris recently filed the lawsuit in Stamford Superior Court alleging the New Canaan Lacrosse Association violated Title IX, the 1972 federal law that mandates equal opportunities for men and women in athletics. She says she was dismissed ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Henderson: Tarrant County DA's push to publish DWI suspects' names goes too far
Fort Worth Star TelegramJanuary 5, 2012

Some of us attorneys who are members of the Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association question using the power and weight of the DA's office to publish such a list on the DA's official website. The TCCDLA is considering asking the State Bar ...more »

2011: The year in review
Stuttgart Daily LeaderJanuary 3, 2012

The audit, which covered Jan. 1, 2009, to May 31, 2011, found that Orman improperly overstated her and her husband's federal and state payroll tax withholdings by $13364 as reported to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form W-2 by altering the payroll ...more »

Legal service reclaims $1m for workers
Adelaide NowJanuary 2, 2012

Law students Hannah Hannaford Gunn, 20, and Jin Song, 22, volunteer at the Young Workers Legal Service. They help workers under the age of 30 with employment-related issues from discrimination to unfair dismissal. The YWLS 2010-11 annual report states ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Fall Forum Takes Chicago [Collector]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Pahl noted the FTC realizes the value the debt collection industry, working in compliance with the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, brings to the American economy. So as the commission looks to protect consumers' rights, it makes distinctions ...more »

Environmental Law
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Put these 10 stories on your radar this year
News & ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Enthusiasts are eager to tap into an estimated four-decade supply of the clean-burning domestic fuel as an alternative to using dirty coal or imported oil. This state sits atop a 1400-square-mile deposit of natural gas trapped in prehistoric shale rock ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hispanic National Bar Association Proudly Announces the Veterans Legal...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 23, 2012

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in ...more »

Family Law
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James Island family turns over 2-year-old girl following court order
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 1, 2012

At attorney for the Cherokee Nation argued that the adoption failed to comply with notice requirements under the Indian Child Welfare Act, a 1978 law designed to preserve Native American families. Court records note that Brown is an enrolled member of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Cleared of NY Workers' Comp Board Charge
Insurance JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but missing workers' comp insurance payments isn't one of them. The judgement against the rapper and the court-ordered $18000 fine will be vacated in a few days, according to a report from New York Post. ...more »


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