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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 »

Police investigate city's 39th homicide on New Year's Eve
Global WinnipegJanuary 1, 2012

It's not the way Winnipeg Police hoped to end 2011, investigating the city's 39th homicide of the year. A man was shot and killed inside a house in the 6-hundred block of Selkirk Avenue around 5 am Saturday. "It's supposed to be a new year tomorrow and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Chief Justice Defends Peers on Health Law
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, ...more »

Health Care Law
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'Free' health care with a bill
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 3, 2012

Bill Dunphy, a 61-year-old small business owner, thought his colonoscopy would be free under the nation's year-old health care law. / Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press The Associated Press CHICAGO — Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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1st civil unions take place in Delaware
Houston ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

KASEY JONES, AP Rev. Patricia Downing looks on as Patricia Goodman, left, and her partner Drew Fennell, right, prepare to kiss after becoming the first couple to unite under Delaware's new civil-union law _which they helped to write_ at Trinity ...more »

Immigration Law
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Secure Communities Program Under Fire Again Says Miami Immigration Lawyer
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 4, 2012

“States that opted out of the Secure Communities program are getting whiplash watching the political shenanigans over this program,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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On the development front, 2011 was eventful
Kansas City StarJanuary 3, 2012

25: Cerner reveals the design for its office development at Village West that is expected to ultimately house 4000 new employees. Construction on the first nine-story building is expected to begin early this year, and the entire 660000-square-foot ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Rochester Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Staff Members Honored
University of Rochester NewsroomJanuary 4, 2012

DiSarro's article, titled Using Restorative Circles to Resolve a Fraternal Crisis, was included in the June 2011 issue and explored the lessons learned from incorporating alternative dispute resolution processes in FSA's judicial procedures. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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KCIC Experts to Speak at Solvent Schemes of Arrangement Conference
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 4, 2012

WASHINGTON--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--KCIC, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in litigation support and insurance-related asset and liability management, announced today that Jonathan Terrell, president, and Dan Maloney, ...more »

Animal Law
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PETA Seeks Memorials for Cows Killed on Illinois Roads
NBC ChicagoJanuary 2, 2012

An animal rights group wants Illinois to install highway signs in memory of cattle that died when trucks hauling them flipped in two separate wrecks. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals wants to buy the markers, one in suburban Chicago and one ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft, Tilaknagar Industries, Macy's: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Microsoft Corp. and Datel Design and Development Inc. settled patent-infringement and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Litigation Department of the Year
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

... excellent work done by the firms of The Am Law 200. For the first time since we started this project, we changed the format for all four competition categories: general litigation, product liability, labor and employment, and intellectual property. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What would King say? Write a speech, vote on others!
USA TODAYJanuary 12, 2012

Affirmative action? Gay rights? Would he address income inequality, inner-city violence, equal pay for women? What words would he use to inspire the nation? By noon Wednesday, submit your version of a modern-day King speech through our USA TODAY ...more »

Airplane deaths at record low in 2011: report
New York Daily NewsJanuary 1, 2012

A London-based aviation consultancy found that airplane deaths worldwide were down to historic lows in 2011. Of course. It's the safest way to travel. No. I know the stats say it's safe, but I'm still terrified of flying. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Survey pushes housing butt ban
The Barrie ExaminerJanuary 3, 2012

"If we had an obstinate tenant who insisted on smoking in the building or near the building, I'd be prepared to give the notice of termination, take the matter to the landlord tenant board and have the law tested." There are a few smokers residing in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Gеt Yоur 3 Free Credit Reports Now, Did I Mentiоn Thеy werе Frеe?
Hutchinson LeaderJanuary 4, 2012

Obtaining your credit report іs thе fіrst step to improving уоur credit score аnd fix yоur credit rating. Even thе Federal Trade Commission hаs stated that "anything a credit repair company can dо fоr you legally, you сan dо fоr yourself". ...more »

Litigation
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Dallas Law Firm Skiermont Puckett Boosts Litigation, Technical Expertise
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

5, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Dallas-based high-stakes commercial trial law firm Skiermont Puckett is announcing the addition of accomplished litigation attorney Rajkumar "Kumar" Vinnakota. A veteran of state and federal courts, Mr. Vinnakota ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Mitt Romney Vows to Veto Dream Act if President
ABC News (blog)January 1, 2012

Why is it that people who break the law get benefits? In Texas, where I am from, prisoners were getting college education on tax payer money!! So I was paying for my own education (loans and things that I MYSELF have to pay back,) yet a prisoner who ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man to Plead Guilty to Child Porn Charges
Twin Falls Times-NewsJanuary 4, 2012

The police report reveals the investigation into Freeman began nearly 18 months before his arrest when the state attorney general's office received a tip through its Internet Crime Against Children Task Force. Police interviewed Freeman in March and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Plan to cap personal injury legal fees
Financial TimesJanuary 5, 2012

By George Parker and Alistair Gray Insurers have welcomed a fresh initiative by David Cameron to tame what he called the “health and safety monster”: a curb on the amount of money lawyers can earn from personal injury cases. The prime minister claimed ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hungary's New Constitution Sparks Protest by Opposition
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

5 and Dec. 12 and has a 2.5 percentage point margin of error. The next parliamentary election is scheduled for 2014. Thousands demonstrated last year at various rallies against the new constitution, media law and the scrapping of early retirement benefits.more »

Professional Malpractice
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The TUSD Vote to Suspend MAS: 'You Continue to Treat us Like Enemies'
Tucson WeeklyJanuary 12, 2012

As such, there is more than ample educational and legal justification for the Program and its targeted focus on Latino students especially in light of the fact that TUSD has been and continues to be under a Desegregation Order. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Banking Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2012
Law360 (subscription)January 2, 2012

By Ian Thoms Law360, New York (January 01, 2012, 12:00 AM ET) -- Though nearing its second birthday, the landmark Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will continue to dominate discussions among both bankers and regulators in 2012, ...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 »

ecoTECH Energy Group, Inc. Receives Multi Million Dollar Contract From One of ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

The Company projects that after achieving full commercial operations in 3 years, the facility will yield an EBIDTA of 40-43% of revenue. The McBride, BC facility will include a 24/7 Biomass fueled combined heat & power generating facility. ...more »

Sports Law
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New California law addresses brain damage from contact sports
Examiner.comJanuary 2, 2012

Recent lawsuits may have been in part responsible for the new California law. In December 2011, Jamal Lewis, Dorsey Levens, and two other former NFL players have sued the league over brain injuries that they say left them struggling with medical ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney asks for suspect in Christmas drive-by to turn himself in
WMC-TVJanuary 6, 2012

By Nick Kenney - bio | email (WMC-TV) - One of the suspects wanted for killing 16-year-old Derica Patterson early Christmas morning has a long criminal history. Rico Fleming is on the TBI's most wanted list. The defense attorney who represented him in ...more »

Orman arraigned Wednesday in DeWitt
Stuttgart Daily LeaderJanuary 5, 2012

Orman “acknowledged responsibility and agreed to make full reimbursement for these improper transactions totaling $31647,” the audit read. “As of report date, the Prosecuting Attorney's Office has received reimbursement of $19918, leaving a balance ...more »

Laying down the laws
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 »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Worth Reviewing Your Estate Plan
Pork MagazineJanuary 6, 2012

Beyond collecting dust and leaving questions unanswered, tax law changes can render a plan obsolete or even harmful to heirs. To help, Iowa State University's College of Agricultural Law and Taxation has updated its technical article on the estate, ...more »

Environmental Law
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EU's Iran Oil Embargo Said Likely to Be Delayed Six Months
BusinessWeekJanuary 13, 2012

The UK, France and Germany pressed for a three-month delay, Nigel Kushner, a London-based international-trade lawyer specializing in Iran sanctions, said in an interview. “It's my understanding that the Greeks were looking for a 12-month delay” and a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Manzullo says US should manufacture way out of debt
Pontiac Daily LeaderJanuary 11, 2012

I represented farmers involved in probate, estate planning, wills, farmer's fighting EPA and livestock run-off and represented co-ops at the time,” he said. Manzullo said he ran for Congress for the first time in 1990 and won 47 percent in the primary, ...more »

Family Law
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California landlords can ban smoking as new law goes took effect Sunday.
allvoicesJanuary 2, 2012

By AnneHart Landlords of apartment houses can ban smoking as new law goes took effect Sunday. The measure is aimed at multi-family housing in Sacramento and throughout California. Check out the January 2, 2012 Sacramento Bee article by Mark Glover, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Maine-based Workers' Comp Insurer MEMIC Group Announces Promotion
Insurance JournalJanuary 4, 2012

The MEMIC Group, a workers' compensation insurer headquartered in Portland, Maine, promoted Jeff Funk to the position of assistant vice president. MEMIC said Funk played an integral role in MEMIC's expansion in southern New England and New York. ...more »

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