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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

How your accountant can provide benefits to your business beyond tax season
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Most business owners know to call their accountant when they're filing their taxes or doing succession planning, but there are other times a CPA can benefit your business. Whether it's making a large purchase or crafting a benefits plan, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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First hearing under NC racial justice act begins
Gaston GazetteJanuary 31, 2012

The law says that the prisoner's sentence is reduced to life in prison without parole if the claim is successful. This hearing, expected to last about two weeks, addresses Robinson's claim that race was a factor in prosecutors' decisions to reject ...more »

Health Care Law
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Sebelius: 'We keep going' if court strikes mandate
The Hill (blog)January 24, 2012

By Sam Baker - 01/24/12 09:40 AM ET There are other ways to bring healthy people into the healthcare system if the Supreme Court strikes down the individual mandate in President Obama's healthcare law, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Funeral Monday for fallen APD Officer Gail Thomas
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 30, 2012

By Christopher Seward, Johnny Edwards and Alexis Stevens Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state and Southeast are expected at the funeral Monday for Atlanta Police Senior Officer Gail Thomas, the second female Atlanta officer killed ...more »

Immigration Law
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Study says immigration law has economic costs
Tuscaloosa NewsJanuary 31, 2012

The state's illegal immigration law has potential economic costs and probably has not caused the unemployment rate to drop as the law's co-sponsor claims, according to a study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Student killed in power protest
GreaterKashmir.comJanuary 2, 2012

Boniyar/Srinagar, Jan 2: A class 12 student was killed and two persons injured on Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel guarding National Hydroelectric Power Corporation projects in Kashmir opened fire on people protesting ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Understanding dispute resolution mechanism in the investment market (1)
The NationJanuary 22, 2012

Beyond the formal litigation court, dispute can also be resolved using what is known as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism, which typically uses processes and techniques that fall outside of the formal litigation court. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Zappos, Amazon sued over data breach
HeraldNetJanuary 23, 2012

... monitoring and identity theft insurance and periodic audits to ensure customer data is secure. Zappos representative Diane Coffey in Boston and Amazon spokeswoman Mary Osako in Seattle said both companies have policies against commenting on litigation.more »

Animal Law
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Leopard from Zanesville exotic-animal case crushed, euthanized at Columbus Zoo
Columbus DispatchJanuary 30, 2012

"Airline passengers have rights, and they should be able to expect fair and reasonable treatment when booking a trip and when they fly," said US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. With the holiday season in full gear, consumer advocates advise ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Kappa Books Publishers, LLC Announces Acquisition of Business and Intellectual...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 27, 2012

27, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Kappa Books Publishers, LLC ("Kappa Books") announced today it has reached an agreement to acquire the business, intellectual property and other assets of Modern Publishing, a division of Unisystems, Inc. ("Modern"), ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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TD takes $255-million legal provision after Florida ponzi scheme court verdict
Financial PostJanuary 30, 2012

Toronto-Dominion Bank said it will take a litigation provision of $255-million in the first quarter as a result of “recent adverse judgments” including one by a US court, ruling that TD helped a disgraced Florida lawyer run a major ponzi scheme.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ward Connerly, Affirmative Action Foe, Accused of Mismanagement
BETJanuary 19, 2012

By Jonathan P. Hicks Ward Connerly, the California political activist who gained a national reputation as a champion of the movement to end affirmative action programs, has been accused of financial mismanagement by a former colleague. ...more »

Dassault Aviation : Rafale selected to equip the Indian Air Force
ReutersJanuary 31, 2012

Saint-Cloud (France), January 31, 2012- Following the announcement of the final selection of the Rafale in the frame of the MMRCA program, Dassault Aviation and its partners are honored and grateful to the Indian Government and the people of India to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Getting Due Credit
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 24, 2012

The fact that landlords can report late pays without input from a renter disturbs both Portman and Chi Chi Wu, an attorney with the National Consumer Law Center. “In a lot of jurisdictions, it is a tenant's legal right to withhold rent if something is ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Backers say private online lending really deserves some credit
China DailyJanuary 31, 2012

She explained that with a lot of active loans, she manages a good return even when some loans go bad. The website makes money by charging a 2 percent or 4 percent closing fee from the borrowers, based on the length of the loan, six months or a year.more »

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GCCF claimants ordered to pay federal lawsuit attorneys 6 percent
SunHerald.comJanuary 3, 2012

US District Judge Carl Barbier, who is presiding over the multi-jurisdictional litigation, ordered the account for litigation established Dec. 28. BP has asked that Barbier reconsider his decision. Barbier said the 6 percent litigation fee would need ...more »

Business Law
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Business Wire (press release)January 30, 2012

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE) SM , a leading legal website from LexisNexis ® for consumers and small business owners, is suggesting tips to football fans on ways to help avoid potential legal troubles surrounding Sunday's big game.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Healing Dives Announces New Military Portable Hyperbaric Chamber
PR Web (press release)January 31, 2012

With the introduction of this affordable new 28” Military Chamber from Healing Dives, greater numbers of military veterans will be able to experience the healing benefits of mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. For additional information, visit ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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East Stroudsburg man accused of trading child porn
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 25, 2012

Detectives said they obtained a second search warrant to seize a laptop computer there. Hoppe admitted to police that he has downloaded child porn, according to the criminal complaint against him. The complaint was prepared by county Detective Brian ...more »

Personal Injury
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Michigan Personal Injury Law Firm Adds Top Rated Motorcycle Accident Lawyer
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 23, 2012

Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2012 – The Michigan personal injury law firm of Buckfire & Buckfire, PC is proud to introduce the addition of motorcycle accident attorney, Dondi Vesprini, to their team of already award winning, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Amway chief is Constitution Center's new chair
Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 29, 2012

The rule of law - a written law accessible to all - creates "an environment where people can be rewarded for the work they do," DeVos says. "It maybe isn't perfect," though he declined to suggest what might be added or cut to improve it.more »

Professional Malpractice
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More patients sue plastic surgeons over faulty cosmetic operations
The GuardianJanuary 8, 2012

... Britain's doctors and surgeons when they are accused or malpractice or negligence. Its data shows that breast surgery, facelifts, eyelid operations, nose reductions and weight-loss procedures account for 80% of the rising number of legal actions, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Courier firms cannot shirk responsibility
India TodayJanuary 30, 2012

Do I have a legal recourse? Action under the Consumer Protection Act may not be a right course as no service appears to be involved. Further, a plea may be taken in defence that booking of so many flats is for commercial purpose. Courier.more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer Anthony Chambers, known for handling difficult clients, could ...
Detroit Free PressJanuary 6, 2012

2005: Represented former Detroit Lions safety Julius Curry, who was accused of bilking a woman out of $50000 in a real estate transaction. A Macomb County judge tossed the complaint at a pretrial hearing. He was recharged with different counts, ...more »

Boeing Job Grab Shows Peril of Offering Tax Dollars for Growth
BusinessWeekJanuary 19, 2012

19 (Bloomberg) -- Using $43 million in taxpayer money to build a training center for aerospace workers was a good idea for Wichita, Kansas, the self-styled “Aviation Capital of the World,” said Dave Unruh, a Sedgwick County commissioner. ...more »

Sports Law
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DoJ's Internet Gaming Green Light to States is 'No Big Deal for Tribes'
Indian Country Today Media Network.comJanuary 2, 2012

Congress already passed the law saying that states can have intra-state gaming – the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.” The law, known by its unwieldy acronym UIGEA, was passed in 2006 as part of the SAFE Port Act and essentially prohibits ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney again may practice law
Alton TelegraphJanuary 26, 2012

By SANFORD J. SCHMIDT EDWARDSVILLE - The state agency responsible for keeping an eye on lawyers has cleared the way for controversial criminal defense attorney Thomas E. Hildebrand to practice law again after the attorney took responsible for his ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #2: Prostitution and Tax Evasion
ForbesJanuary 30, 2012

I landed in the City of Brotherly Love by way of Temple University School of Law. While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns.more »

General Assembly to consider bills that address child-placement discrimination...
Washington PostJanuary 20, 2012

Adam Ebbin has introduced legislation that would bar Virginia from contracting with or funding agencies that discriminate against children or otherwise eligible prospective foster or adoptive parents solely on the basis of race, color, religion, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ridge Global Names James Seif to Lead New Energy Consulting Services Practice
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

After that, he served as chief of the Legal Branch at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Philadelphia, and then rejoined the US Justice Department in the Criminal Division. Mr. Seif later served as administrative assistant to Governor Dick ...more »

Environmental Law
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APIC Petroleum Corporation Announces Corporate Initatives
Marketwire (press release)January 31, 2012

Green Power has several projects in progress in member countries of the Union and Albania offers excellent scope to further its lead role in developing renewable energy in Europe and the Middle East. In respect of the Company's intention to acquire oil ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Anoka County history: County courthouses over the years
Coon Rapids HeraldJanuary 4, 2012

The Anoka County Historical Society inherited probate records from the county from 1853 to 1921 and probate court records and will receipts from 1904 to 1934. These records show records and wills down to the minutest details. ...more »

Family Law
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New Divorce Book For Men Written by Brodheadsville Custody Lawyer Connie J ...
PR Web (press release)January 30, 2012

Noticing an absence of viable information available for men facing divorce or custody issues, Stroudsburg divorce lawyer, Connie J. Merwine of MHK Attorneys, writes new family law book exclusively for men explaining the ins and outs of any Tannersville ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. Business Owner Fakes Wages
PropertyCasualty360January 30, 2012

The owner, Frances Ann Doherty, 51, of Millbrae Calif. has been arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court for 57 felony counts related to payroll theft and workers' compensation insurance premium fraud. “The crimes we have charged against this employer ...more »


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