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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Job of the Day: Court Hearing Assistant I
MyFox Tampa BayJanuary 3, 2012

• Perform routine clerical and administrative duties in support of high volume foreclosure/collection practice law firm. • Responsibilities include scheduling hearings regarding motions and mediations. • Preparing and producing routine legal documents, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Romney's health law cost jumps $150 million per year
Bizjournals.comJanuary 5, 2012

The Massachusetts health care law championed by Mitt Romney when he was governor will suddenly cost the state $150 million a year more, following a decision Thursday by the state Supreme Judicial Court . Legal immigrants residing in the state must be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ten years later, Grisham's 'The Firm' is back on the case
USA TODAYJanuary 2, 2012

It's really cool to get to write a family drama at the center of a legal franchise." For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fragomen Named “Law Firm of the Year – Immigration Law” By U.S. News – Best ...
Metropolitan Corporate CounselJanuary 4, 2012

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, is pleased to announce that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the practice of Immigration Law by US News – Best Lawyers®. This marks the first time the publication has conferred this award in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mayors will discuss wells, earthquakes
Mansfield News JournalJanuary 4, 2012

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources and governor's office have been asked to have representatives available to respond to questions, city Law Director John Spon said. "The purpose of the meeting is to educate everybody to understand injection ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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A small-claims flash mob
Omaha World-HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Other benefits include an extra year of battery warranty and the option to seek greater damages through a mediation service. A judge in San Diego County Superior Court is expected to decide whether to accept the settlement March 16. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website (
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," ...more »

Animal Law
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Pit bull owner spends thousands trying to save dog
USA TODAYJanuary 4, 2012

Under Metro's law, "vicious dog means any dog which attacks and bites a person or animal on any public or private property without provocation." Prada is considered high-energy, and can put other dogs on edge, in this case leading to an altercation ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google's acquisition of IBM patents may aid its Oracle case
CNET (blog)January 3, 2012

by Jay Greene January 3, 2012 2:57 PM PST Follow @iamjaygreene A latecomer to the patent acquisition game, Google continues to accumulate intellectual property rights, picking up more than 200 patents and patents pending from IBM. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Regeneron Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation with Genentech for U.S. ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

The Davis-Smyth patents are the subject of patent litigation between Regeneron and Genentech now pending in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Patent litigation is continuing with respect to matters not covered by the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Commentary: Eugene Robinson and the Dismemberment of Rick Santorum
WGMD RadioJanuary 6, 2012

Eugene Robinson is a Pulitzer Prize winning columnist at the Washington Post and it makes me wonder if prizes are granted on an affirmative action scale. After, all the Nobel Committee has just such a policy. At the top of the page are three links of ...more »

Taiwan, Israel seal aviation pact, boost exchanges
Taiwan TodayJanuary 3, 2012

Chang Liang-jen (right), ROC representative to Israel, and his counterpart Simona Halperin, representative of the Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei, display the aviation pact signed Jan. 2 in Tel Aviv. (CNA) By Rachel Chan Taiwan and Israel ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lawyers offer free consultations at public libraries in Benicia, Vallejo
Vallejo Times-HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

People who may need help from a private attorney are generally referred through the Solano County Bar Association. "It's only one facet of what a library does," Atkins said. "There are few other public agencies where you can go in and get free legal ...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 »

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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 »

Business Law
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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 »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Mitt Romney Promises to Veto DREAM Act if Elected President
ColorLines magazineJanuary 2, 2012

“For those who come here illegally, the idea of giving them in-state tuition credits or other special benefits, I find to be contrary to the idea of a nation of laws,” Romney told supporters at a campaign stop in Le Mars, Iowa. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Keeping kids out of online mischief
Chicago TribuneJanuary 4, 2012

Also, the US Department of Justice's Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section works with schools, government agencies and private institutions to prevent and investigate cybercrimes. The department's website,, offers news, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Vegas Injury Law Firm Donates Money to MADD Again in its Continued Fight to ...
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Bernstein & Poisson, a Las Vegas personal injury law firm, is committed to fighting against drunk driving. With New Year's Eve approaching, law partners Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson have made a financial donation to the Nevada chapter of MADD to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals court to rehear South Dakota law promoting abortion-suicide link
American Medical NewsJanuary 2, 2012

9 whether a 2005 South Dakota law mandating what doctors say to women seeking abortions is constitutional. The court will address again a specific provision in the law requiring physicians to inform patients of possible suicide risks in relation to the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Krug: What happens in schools ...
Northwest HeraldJanuary 8, 2012

A school district has an obligation to know who it's hiring – with or without a law.” Paybacks are a stitch: Credit McHenry County Board Chairman Ken Koehler for taking a proactive approach in his dealing with the legal bills associated with the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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New Rules of the game: Mining company saferty information; ACHD improvements ...
The Idaho StatesmanJanuary 4, 2012

By Bill Roberts - WHAT'S REQUIRED The US Securities and Exchange Commission is required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to see that mining companies filing quarterly reports include ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Buchalter Adds Wance to OC Practice
GlobeSt.comJanuary 2, 2012

IRVINE,CA-Lawyer Douglas E. Wance has joined the Buchalter Nemer Real Estate Practice Group as a partner. The veteran environmental law practitioner is considered an expert in both land use and water resources, and works with both public agencies and ...more »

Bajaj Auto unveils ultra low cost vehicle
IANSJanuary 3, 2012

This is not a car but a four-wheeler segment, which is a new segment in its own right," RC Maheshwary, president, commercial vehicle business, Bajaj Auto told IANS. The vehicle travelled 40 km per litre under test conditions and the company said under ...more »

Sports Law
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Online gambling fight now about when — not if
CBS NewsJanuary 3, 2012

The law, however, didn't clearly specify what kinds of gambling were illegal. Some forms of gambling, like fantasy sports and horse racing, got explicit carve-outs, while many poker games kept going online as some operators got differing legal opinions ...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 »

Peer review for chartered accountants
Hindu Business LineJanuary 1, 2012

... the audit risk, basis for the extent of check to be carried out, whether to carry out the audit on a continuous basis or year-end basis, ascertaining any changes in accounting policies, changes in law, changes in the organisational structure, etc. ...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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California Adds Death-Benefit Law
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

California, the most populous US state, enacted a law this week to protect life-insurance beneficiaries as the federal government seeks to boost disclosures for survivors of its employees. Insurers must obtain written declarations from beneficiaries in ...more »

Environmental Law
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STR Holdings Receives the Supplier Achievement Award from First Solar
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

The company is delivering an economically viable alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Keane's Legal Claimant Services Division Adds Estate Litigation Experts
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

NEW YORK, Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Keane, the country's only comprehensive provider of unclaimed property consulting, unclaimed property reporting, and communication solutions, today announced that it is expanding its Legal Claimant Services ...more »

Family Law
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TSA to Implement Faster Airport Screening of Military Personnel
HSTodayJanuary 5, 2012

Sponsors of a law that now expedites US military servicemembers through US airport screening praised its enactment by President Barack Obama. Military servicemembers and their families traveling on official orders are among the most trusted travelers ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation: Ontario employers will face more mental stress claims
Financial PostJanuary 2, 2012

Writing in the December 22, 2011 issue of Heenan Blaikie's OHS & Workers' Compensation Benefits, Charlotte Wilson says that employers should expect to receive more claims for traumatic mental stress. Claimants, however, will have a “significant ...more »


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