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THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

When President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law 48 hours before he was sworn in, journalists and members of civil society groups saw it as the beginning of better days in the country. Seven months after, there are ...more »

Money-laundering ring called 'one of most brazen'
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 1, 2012

Recently unsealed court records, a lengthy indictment, and interviews with key players provide a rare window into an audacious four-year swindle prosecutors have called "one of the most brazen" in federal contracting history. The crime went undetected ...more »

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Administrative Law
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J. Robert Brown, Social Security judge
Baltimore SunJanuary 31, 2012

He returned to Baltimore as an administrative law judge. He also served as deputy chief judge in Arlington, Va., from 1980 to 1986 and chief judge of his agency's Baltimore office from 1986 to 1990. He then became senior judge in 1990 and retired at 83 ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare delivery to be analyzed as US agency expands view
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 23, 2012

The agency, called the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, was created by the 2010 health-care legislation. Republican opponents of the law say the institute will lead to government-directed rationing as it judges treatments.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Man Kills Girlfriend, South Carolina Police Officer:Joshua Tremaine Jones Arrested
Huffington PostJanuary 29, 2012

Police in South Carolina said Joshua Tremaine Jones faces charges of murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the death of Aiken police Master Cpl. Sandra Rogers. The South Carolina law Enforcement Division said officers ...more »

Immigration Law
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From 'attrition through enforcement' to 'self-deportation'
Florida IndependentJanuary 27, 2012

By Marcos Restrepo | 01.27.12 | 10:29 am When GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney spoke about “self-deportation” in Florida this week, his closest rival Newt Gingrich called it an “Obama-level fantasy,” but self-deportation is really just another ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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American Nano Silicon Technologies Inc. Reports FY 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)January 17, 2012

While we look to provide additional industries with more effective, cleaner additives, we will also strive to build upon our understanding of nano technology and develop other practical, cost effective and eco friendly products. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Magnificent mediation
Eastbourne TodayJanuary 31, 2012

“This supports us in being able to deal with the complex and often entrenched issues that are referred to us and allows us to offer a broader range of mediation services across our area.” The Open College Network is a not-for-profit registered charity, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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TD Bank Group announces litigation provision
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- TD Bank Group /quotes/zigman/18280 CA:TD +0.40% /quotes/zigman/18264/quotes/nls/td TD +0.06% announced today that it has taken a litigation provision of CDN$255 million, resulting in an after-tax charge of CDN $153 ...more »

Animal Law
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Shelter Animals May be Put Down Sooner
KPSP Local 2January 28, 2012

To save $50 million dollars a year, Governor Jerry Brown now wants to repeal the so called "Hayden-Law" approved in 1998. The law requires state animal shelters to wait up to six days before euthanizing an animal, to increase the chances the animal...more »

Intellectual Property
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Barner Joins Cummins as Vice President – General Counsel
Business Wire (press release)January 31, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) announced today that Sharon R. Barner, formerly a top official in the US Department of Commerce and a leading expert on intellectual property, has joined the Company as its Vice President ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Madoff, Stanford, Carnival in Court News
BloombergJanuary 30, 2012

“Employees are allowed to discuss amongst themselves plans for the future under the law,” Ashley Burns, a lawyer representing McGonegal and Ainslie told the court Jan. 27. Cantor accuses the four defendants of breaching their employment contracts and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Reconsidered
American SpectatorJanuary 25, 2012

When President John F. Kennedy included a call for "affirmative action" as part of an executive order he issued in 1961, the phrase was widely viewed as a proactive extension of the civil rights movement. The idea was to adopt corrective measures that ...more »

Jet Aviation and the WEF
Corporate Jet InvestorJanuary 30, 2012

Jet Aviation's Zurich FBO handled the majority of aircraft and passengers attending the annual World Economic Forum meeting, held from 25 - 29 January 2012 in Davos. The company handled 726 movements and 1600 passengers, Jet Aviation handled the exact ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Local attorneys to offer free legal help to veterans
The SaratogianJanuary 30, 2012

Veterans may get help with things such as wills and healthcare proxies, debtor-creditor and bankruptcy concerns, VA benefits and service-connected pensions for disabled veterans, employment discrimination claims, military documentation questions and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
[read all news] Can Be of Great Help Even for the People With Bad Credit
SBWire (press release)January 31, 2012

It has proved to be very beneficial for the people having poor credit history. The site very well matches the client with the best of payday lenders. Hence quick cash loans can be great savior during the good or bad time. “If you're strapped for cash ...more »

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Higgins to chair NHS Litigation Authority again
Public ServiceJanuary 12, 2012

Professor Dame Joan Higgins has been re-appointed chair of the NHS Litigation Authority. She will start her second term of five years in April 2012. The NHSLA handles negligence claims and works with other national bodies and with NHS bodies to improve ...more »

Business Law
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Marketing Attorneys Will Help Your Business
Set Piece AnalystsJanuary 2, 2012

Everything you do with your marketing should meet with the truth is advertising laws. The best way to keep up with these laws is to let the marketing attorneys handle them for you. These attorneys will be able to tell you what to say and how to word it ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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U.S. Spy Agencies Look to Cloud-Computing Benefits, Clapper Says
BloombergJanuary 26, 2012

Bradley Manning, a US Army private stationed in Iraq at the time, is charged in military proceedings with illegally passing the classified information published on the WikiLeaks website in 2010. President Barack Obama in October established a task ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chicago gangs rely on social media to communicate
Police NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Weis said in a news release the 320-page book serves as a training tool for law enforcement, educators, parents and businesses, the Chicago Tribune reported. Web communication sometimes enables law enforcement to gain information about activities of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Property Owner in Crosshairs of Party that Turned Violent and Killed Teenager ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 31, 2012

“This reported case has two facets: one relating to a criminal charge and one relating to a wrongful death lawsuit,” explained Brooks Schuelke, an Austin personal injury lawyer with Perlmutter & Schuelke, LLP “Additionally, this case also shows that ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Defending the rule of law in Southern Africa - Johann Kriegler
PoliticswebJanuary 3, 2012

The problems we all face have the same refrains: governments regret the social contract concluded in constitution-making and rumble ominously about courts "interfering in matters of policy". Other concerns are disproportionate political involvement in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Electronic Health Records: Good News for Patients? (press release)January 19, 2012

If you or someone you love has been injured due to the negligence of a health care professional, speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney in your area to understand the options that might be available to you. These are complicated cases ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Start Fresh Today® and LegalPRO Systems, Inc. Form Strategic Partnership to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

This platform provides access to a host of other products and services to help attorneys comply with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA). "Our integration with Start Fresh Today further expands the features and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ministry plans to enable real estate securitization
The Daily YomiuriJanuary 17, 2012

The ministry will submit plans to revise the Real Estate Specified Joint Enterprise Law to the ordinary Diet session, with hopes to enact the law from April 2013. The ministry estimates the new system will attract about 5 trillion yen in investment ...more »

President Obama's Support of Natural Gas Vehicles and LNG Fueling Corridors ...
Business Wire (press release)January 28, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--President Barack Obama spoke yesterday at the UPS Depot in Las Vegas, Nevada promoting natural gas-fueled trucking as part of his “Blueprint for an economy that's built to last,” unveiled at his January 24 “State of the Union” address ...more »

Sports Law
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Bossert's Aqueduct analysis: Jan. 15
New York Daily NewsJanuary 15, 2012

Down by Law is a $190k Awesome Again filly debuting for Pletcher with Dominguez up. Lawless Miss has been second best sprinting in last two at Parx. 6. Cutter failed as the chalk when third after wide trip in last against better at Parx; ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge refuses new trial for longtime powerbroker William Cellini
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 24, 2012

Defense attorneys had demanded a retrial, citing post-trial revelations that one juror lied about her criminal history and thereby denied Cellini a fair trial. It wasn't discovered that she apparently had lied until after the trial ended in November.more »

UCONN MEN: NCAA handling of Boatright case leads to more questions
New Haven RegisterJanuary 30, 2012

The source said such an exhaustive look into Boatright's financial statements (“worse than an IRS audit”) reeked of racism, noting, “If this was (a white player), they wouldn't be combing through his bank records.” The NCAA believes that AAU coach ...more »

Health-care reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Whatever the outcome of a US Supreme Court review of the health reform law next year, 2011 ends with the legislation transforming the local health care industry. Financial incentives and penalties written into the law, and now coming into effect, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Mortgage Accord, Foreign Bribes, Municipal Bonds: Compliance
BusinessWeekJanuary 31, 2012

It's the biggest prosecution of individuals accused of violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. A trial of four others arrested in the sting ended in a mistrial in July after a jury failed to agree on a verdict. Laura Sweeney, a Justice Department ...more »

Environmental Law
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How could something spring from nothing?
Press HeraldJanuary 14, 2012

Others reminded me of the principle of conservation of energy: "What happened to the First Law of Thermodynamics? I believe there is a Creator. It takes much more faith to believe something came from truly nothing." Another suggested that believing in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Legal Action Workshop, California Law Firm Offers Limited Scope Representation (press release)January 22, 2012

The law firm offers statewide low flat fee services in California for Divorce, Legal Separation, Annulment and Paternity Actions as well as Wills & Trusts. Legal Action Workshop has been hailed as a 'revolutionary law firm' as they offer high quality ...more »

Family Law
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Afghan woman 'tied up and choked to death for burdening family by having third ...
Daily MailJanuary 30, 2012

By Daily Mail Reporter An Afghan woman has been arrested for 'helping strangle her daughter-in-law to death because she gave birth to an 'undesired' third daughter'. Mother-in-law Wali Hazrata is said to have tied the feet of 22-year-old Stori, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Contractor charged with wage theft, other charges
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 28, 2012

Frances Ann Doherty was charged Friday with 57 counts including wage theft, workers' compensation insurance premium fraud and other charges, said San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon. Doherty, who operated Doherty Painting & Construction, ...more »


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