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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...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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Hawaii and Delaware same sex marriage law empowers gay marriage for ... News Agency (blog)January 2, 2012

Looking back to March of 2003, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), wrote a detailed authoritive memo instructing DHS officials about how they should treat a marriage under US immigration laws. ...more »

Health Care Law
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The health care law, the Supreme Court and the right not to recuse
Washington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

His words are especially relevant with a legal challenge to Affordable Care Act on the docket for this spring. The law's supporters and opponents have pressured two Supreme Court justices to sit out the case, due to potential conflicts of interest. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Echoes of 'Brown v. Board' in Maryland Trial Starting Tuesday
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 3, 2012

The thrust of the suit: The group claims the state's higher education commission devoted millions of dollars over decades to “traditionally white institutions” that offer educational programs duplicating those from the black colleges. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney defends DREAM Act stance
CNN (blog)January 4, 2012

On Wednesday, Romney said the priority should be enforcing immigration laws currently on the books. "I think people, whether they're Hispanic or non-Hispanic, I think people agree that we'll enforce immigration laws in part to secure legal immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mumbai realtors to pay premium for free-of-floor space index area
Business StandardJanuary 3, 2012

To compensate for the loss of free-of-FSI areas, fungible FSI to the extent of 35 per cent for residential development and 20 per cent for industrial and commercial developments has been allowed with premium. Fungible FSI would be available at 60 per ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Union, Management To Meet Next Week In American Licorice Strike
Patch.comJanuary 6, 2012

9, at the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service office in Oakland. American Licorice, which runs also has factories in Indiana and Oregon, has yet to comment on the pending meeting. Though the nature of the meeting was not discussed, Chung said he ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

Animal Law
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Poisoning of CEO in Cat Stew Stirs Outrage Among Rights Activists
Daily BeastJanuary 6, 2012

Many of those in China trying to protect their four-legged friends hope their battle has a wider impact. “A lot of Chinese think people matter more than animals,” said the activist. “But I feel human and animal rights are linked.” Animal rights China.more »

Intellectual Property
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'Lack of IPR protection may hit Asia's rise'
Times of IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

Q: While Asia has become a manufacturing hub for most technology companies in the world, intellectual property and patents used to make goods or provide services are largely controlled by companies in developed countries. Why? ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 3, 2012

A practicing attorney gave a lecture on the subject of litigation that the good people of Las Vegas should take to heart. I quote: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Initial investigation report released on alleged UM rapes
KPAX-TVJanuary 4, 2012

Barz is directing the investigation along with Director of UM's Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office, Lucy France, and UM dean of students, Charles Couture. The investigative team is looking into three allegations of sexual assault that may ...more »

Broward asks TSA for health information about airport scanners
Sun-SentinelJanuary 10, 2012

By Brittany Wallman, Sun Sentinel Broward County pushed forward its crusade to find out whether body scanners at the airport are safe, sending a letter to federal aviation officials and local members of Congress asking if there's evidence. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Retford law firm's landlord warning
Retford TodayJanuary 2, 2012

“Landlords and their letting agents need to be aware of these new rules and realise that financial penalties are now more likely than ever if they don't comply.” For more advice on landlord and tenant law please contact James Murray at Atteys ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How Cambridge senators voted on now-languishing bills in 2011
Wicked LocalJanuary 1, 2012

PUT STATE RETIREMENT FUNDS IN LOCAL BANKS (H2036) - Provides that not less than $250 million of the state-administered Pension Reserves Investment Trust (PRIT) funds be invested in local banks that are incorporated in or have their headquarters located ...more »

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Taking aim at the BCS: Utah attorney general plans lawsuit
ScrippsNewsJanuary 2, 2012

"But I think, on balance, at this point going into the litigation, I think the BCS would be favored." For nearly three years -- since an undefeated University of Utah was denied a shot at the national title, trouncing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl instead ...more »

Business Law
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CAIR Troubled By New Detention Law, Despite President's 'Reservations'
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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Michael O'Hanlon: Benefits of a one-war posture
Capital Times (blog)January 8, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's new strategic guidance, unveiled Thursday, moves in this direction, stating that the future US military “will be capable of defeating a major act of aggression in one theater while denying the objectives of — or ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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SJPD unit arrests 4 men for child porn
KGO-TVJanuary 5, 2012

The Internet Crimes Against Children task force used a van with a mobile forensics lab to go to the suspects' homes and quickly search their computers and portable hard drives in minutes. It's a search that used to take months. ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., Discuss ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)January 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/05/12 -- The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC, urge drivers to exercise caution behind the wheel this winter season. During the cold winter months, drivers face considerable risks ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Congressional Republicans whining now that Obama is fighting back
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)January 4, 2012

In effect, Obama has implemented a “work-around” to address extra-constitutional efforts to hamstring the executive from the performance of duties outlined in the law. He is attempting to make government work on behalf of the American people; ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Assessing privacy, bandwidth concerns key for providers entering social media
FierceHealthITJanuary 4, 2012

Privacy rules under HIPAA, malpractice liability and professional responsibility codes are among the many reasons providers choose not to enter the social media realm, according to blogger David Harlow, a healthcare attorney and consultant. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Rep. Hayworth Reflects on 2011, Looks to 2012
The Daily ChappaquaJanuary 2, 2012

What would you replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with? Better tools for enforcement of the laws that we have had for decades, and have been modified over decades right into the 2000s. But if you look at these big ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Realtors class being offered
The Westerly SunJanuary 4, 2012

At 9 am, the association will offer “Connecticut Real Estate Agent Fiduciary Duties Review & Law Update,” the required course for 2012 license renewal. At 1 pm, there will be a course on landlord/tenant relations, and at 6 pm there will be a ...more »

Embraer Hits Defense Barrier
Wall Street JournalJanuary 11, 2012

Wesley Miller said the bidding "was fair, open and transparent," but declined further comment on specifics of the contract while the legal process continued. Taco Gilbert, vice president of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance business...more »

Sports Law
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Broncos' Tim Tebow worth big bucks, especially off the field
Denver PostJanuary 1, 2012

The impact on the Broncos is also relatively modest given the franchise's estimated value of just more than $1 billion. "It's in the millions of dollars per year — not an earth-shattering windfall," Ganis said. "Where the big economic impact comes in ...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 »

The IRS-Swiss Banker Arrests Everyone's Been Waiting For
The Atlantic WireJanuary 3, 2012

Government authorities are going after three Swiss bankers suspected of stashing over a billion dollars out of reach of the US Internal Revenue Service. The Huffington Post published details of the case on Tuesday afternoon, "Three Swiss bankers were ...more »

Recommended: Actress suing IMDb reveals her real name
msnbc.comJanuary 6, 2012

By Matthew Belloni, The Hollywood Reporter Huong Hoang is the actress who sued claiming the internet search database had violated her right of privacy and opened her up to rampant age discrimination in Hollywood by telling everyone she's 40 years old. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Richard B. Comiter is one of the 'Top 100 Attorneys' in Florida
TCPalmJanuary 5, 2012

Comiter is the senior partner of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, a Florida regional tax law firm located in Palm Beach Gardens. Comiter's practice is focused on federal income and estate tax planning, partnership and limited company state law, ...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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Ask the experts: Can trustee of living trust take a fee?
Sacramento BeeJanuary 25, 2012

Are fees treated differently than probate fees? Thank you. The language of your family's trust should be reviewed to determine what are allowable trustee fees. Like most trusts, if the wording is vague, it will define trustee fees as "reasonable" ...more »

Family Law
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Family: Utah officer slain during drug probe died pursuing his dream
Washington PostJanuary 6, 2012

OGDEN, Utah — A Utah police officer who died in a shootout that wounded five colleagues and the suspect had long-dreamed of a life in law enforcement, despite the risks of the job, family members said. Ogden officer Jared Francom died early Thursday ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Recession Brought Slow Growth in Michigan Workers' Comp Costs Per Claim
Insurance JournalJanuary 5, 2012

Workers' compensation claim costs have grown slowly in Michigan as a result of the recession, a new study says. The study, “CompScope Benchmarks for Michigan, 12th Edition,” by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), found that amid ...more »


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