News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in January, 2012

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Tax-to-GDP ratio unlikely to touch double-digit
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Pakistan is ranked to have one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratio in the world. The tax-to-GDP ratio was at 9.4 percent in FY11, marginally increased from 9.1 percent a year ago, according to the Ministry of Finance data. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) ...more »

FDI in retail is the first reform, which will benefit rural societies
Economic TimesJanuary 1, 2012

FDI in retail would allow highly efficient corporations from all over the world to come in and invest in reviewing , restructuring and renewing the supply chain at various points throughout India. This investment in capital and expertise is sorely ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Week in review: Lawsuit challenges immigration status check
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

The friends group recognizes Colonial's development rights but is concerned that adding more than 200 new apartment units could hurt park visitors' views and cause environmental problems. The two sides continue to talk in advance of a Metro Planning ...more »

Health Care Law
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McCarty to HHS: Florida Already Damaged by Agent Commissions in MLR
PropertyCasualty360January 3, 2012

15 letter rejecting the state's demand for an exemption from the MLR provision of the healthcare law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Kevin McCarty, Florida's insurance commissioner who is now the president of the National Association ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Legal bill in miners' payouts scandal tops £1bn
Yorkshire PostJanuary 2, 2012

The SRA said: “All solicitors are compelled by the Code of Conduct to act with integrity and in the best interests of the client. If there is any suggestion that this has not happened, the SRA will investigate the matter and take the appropriate action ...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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'90% of motorists carry fake insurance papers'
The NationJanuary 1, 2012

Now, the local content allows much money to flow into the industry locally instead of the capital flight experience we used to have. With the inflow of foreign exchange (forex) and new accounts in oil and gas as a result of the Cabotage Act, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Police say 'messy' neighbor disputes are common
Seacoastonline.comJanuary 3, 2012

If no law was broken, police encourage the neighbors to reach a resolution. "Our advice to them is to try and be neighborly," Sullivan said. While it doesn't happen often, Sullivan said the Police Department has offered to mediate disputes between ...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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PETA accuses Rowan County animal farm owner of neglect
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 4, 2012

Delcianna Winders, PETA's director of captive animal law enforcement, said the condition causes the giraffe to walk on its heels, which can be painful. But Hampton said the ranch has taken steps to naturally trim the giraffe's hooves by having the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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'Pili' soon to be Bicol's intellectual property
Inquirer.netJanuary 19, 2012

Soon, pili would be listed as an intellectual property of Bicol, which means any pili pack that claims to be produced by the region will have to be genuinely from Bicol. False claims would be a criminal act. A regional official of the Department of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Supreme Court reactivates Del Fuoco's Pennsylvania law license
GoErie.comJanuary 2, 2012

"I'm looking forward to setting up a comprehensive litigation practice in Erie in conjunction with my Washington, DC, office," he said. Del Fuoco, a former US Attorney, moved from Florida to Erie in 2010 to accept an offer of a job under then-Erie ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Bonds firmer after auction
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 »

People in Aviation: January 2012
Aviation International NewsJanuary 3, 2012

by Curt Epstein Michael Sweeney, CEO of United States Aviation Underwriters, retired at the end of December, but will continue as chairman until April 30. David McKay, company president COO, succeeds him as CEO. Mark Paolucci, Cessna's senior vp of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant Troubles: Can I Replace My Sink Without My Landlord's Permission?
The San Francisco AppealJanuary 4, 2012

The landlord verbally promised to compensate him for his efforts. The tenant trusted the landlord and did not insist upon a written agreement. After the renovation was complete the landlord evicted the tenant using the Ellis Act. First, take a look at ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

Litigation
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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner
Bizjournals.com (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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Proposed Changes to Child Sex Crimes Laws After Penn State Scandal
EIN News (press release)January 1, 2012

Business strategies for the digital age. Free website from the Economist Intelligence Unit. Accounting, Tax & Payroll Services. Enjoy your business, leave the paperwork to us. We are certified accountants. Founded in 1995, EIN News is an international ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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North Korea: Time for Washington to Step Back and Let South Korea Lead
Huffington Post (blog)January 2, 2012

That requires sustaining Pyongyang as a vampire state for the benefit of the party and military. In this way, noted Time's Bill Powell, "it may well be that the young, inexperienced Kim Jong-un works for them now, not the other way around. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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School aide pleads guilty to child porn charges
KVOA Tucson NewsJanuary 9, 2012

Michael Corum, who has worked at Mary Meredith School since 2005, was arrested by Tucson Police in August after investigation was conducted by the Internet Crimes Against Children Unit. They say Corum had on his computer an image of a 15-year-old ...more »

Personal Injury
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Hugh Howerton Has Been Voted One of the TOP 100 Texas Trial Lawyers
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Hugh Howerton is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has been awarded an "AV" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. An "AV" rating is the highest rating awarded for both legal skill ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Australia welcomes end to martial law in Fiji
Stuff.co.nzJanuary 2, 2012

Marles called on the regime to ensure the constitutional consultations include voices from across the political spectrum. When martial law was imposed over two years ago, Fiji's Court of Appeal ruled that dictator Bainimarama's coup was illegal. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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2012 brings a spate of new laws
Jacksonville Journal-CourierJanuary 1, 2012

PA 97-0449 • New language specifies that a school board is allowed to suspend or expel a student who has made a explicit threat on an Internet website against a school employee, fellow student or any other school personnel. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hawaii's Consumers Get a Watch Dog
Insurance News Net (press release)January 5, 2012

She chaired the Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce for six years in the Hawaii State Legislature . In the 111th Congress , she voted to enact the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Jackson Health System tries to get out of a messy real estate deal
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 1, 2012

Board Chairman Marcos Lapciuc, an attorney, said, “We have case law on our side.” But Migoya said Jackson might have a hard time in court, he recommended settlement. Board member Stephen Nuell, also an attorney, objected to settling. ...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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New Law Seeks To Prevent Head Injuries In Youth Sports
KKTV 11 NewsJanuary 2, 2012

One of these laws going into effect is designed to better protect our children from serious injuries when playing sports. It asks coaches to take greater responsibility for the health of the kids on their teams. Along with knowing the ins and outs of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Family Responsibilities? Wrongful-Death Suit Filed Against Criminal...
Texas LawyerJanuary 20, 2012

After lawyers failed to seat a jury for Marshall's criminal trial in December 2011, Marshall offered to plead guilty -- a deal accepted by the prosecution, says Dallas solo Gary Unell, Marshall's criminal-defense attorney. Marshall pleaded guilty on ...more »

Nation Digest: IRS audits 1 in 8 millionaires; Indiana may start fining absent ...
Austin American-StatesmanJanuary 6, 2012

Of people earning at least $1 million annually, 1 in 8 were audited by the Internal Revenue Service last year, making them far likelier to be examined than those making below $200000, according to IRS data. Just 1 in 100 individuals earning less than ...more »

Jefferson teacher wins $509000 in age-discrimination case
Dailyrecord.comJanuary 10, 2012

A former Jefferson Township High School honors chemistry teacher has been awarded $509000 by a jury that found she was subjected to age discrimination and quit in 2008 after finding herself in a hostile work environment. Sparta resident Jeanne O'Neill, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Economy: Mitt Romney, the more moderate Republican candidates
San Francisco Luxury NewsJanuary 5, 2012

The latter has set up a body of consumer protection of financial products and prevents the rescue of large financial institutions at taxpayers' expense. Opposition to that Act reveals the ambiguous position of the Republicans, according to Christophe ...more »

Environmental Law
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New laws increase DUII penalties
Statesman JournalJanuary 1, 2012

(SB 989 for legislative; SB 990 for congressional) Energy tax credits: State credits end for purchases of energy-efficient washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and alternative-fuel vehicles after Saturday, Dec. 31. (HB 2472) Another new law...more »

Wills & Probate
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More Than Just Dictation Software - Garrett Hemann Robertson, P.C. Chooses ...
PR Web (press release)January 19, 2012

For example, I can pull dictation jobs from our general dictation queue and designate them to specific legal secretaries for confidentiality purposes. This is something that we could not do with our previous software.” Moreover, Winscribe's team of ...more »

Family Law
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Hanson family mourns in-law's shooting death at Mount Rainier
Enterprise NewsJanuary 4, 2012

By WCVB-TV Hanson residents John and Cynthia Anderson will head west later this week to say a final goodbye to their daughter-in-law Margaret Anderson, the Mount Rainier National Park ranger slain by a gunman on Sunday. Anderson, 34, was living her ...more »

Workers Compensation
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LEGION INSURANCE COMPANY C/O INSERVCO v. BUREAU OF WORKERS' COMPENSATION FEE ...
Leagle.comJanuary 11, 2012

Legion Insurance Company 2 (Insurer) petitions for review of an adjudication of the Bureau of Workers' Compensation, Fee Review Hearing Office (Hearing Office), holding that it must reimburse Vincent L. Ferrara, MD, for vertebral axial decompression ...more »

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