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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

Illinois implements new security laws for 2012
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

Earlier this month, a Florida man posing as a Department of Homeland Security officer was arrested in a Chicago suburb after he tried to open an account at the US Bank on Ogden Ave in Lisle, Illinois using fake identification and a phony check for $3.5 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ex-Rep. Peterman faces fine, censure (blog)January 3, 2012

But after hearing two days of testimony in November, state Administrative Law Judge Susan Belyeu Kirkland concluded that Peterman broke the law. She issued her decision on Dec. 30. "Mr. Peterman used his position as secretary of DJJ to travel to his ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama to Iowa: I am president because of you
USA TODAYJanuary 4, 2012

Obama, whose victory in Iowa four years ago launched his successful presidential campaign, told his backers that "because of those caucuses four years ago" the Iraq War ended, a major health care bill passed, and the military's ban on gays ended. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Law enforcement students support Toys for Tots program
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

Students in the Law Enforcement/Police Science program at West Side Career and Technology Center recently participated in the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. The students helped to receive, separate, bag and distribute the toys. ...more »

Immigration Law
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The proposed 'hardship waiver' change: How it would apply in real life
89.3 KPCCJanuary 10, 2012

Leopold: Under US immigration law, a foreign national who remains in the US unlawfully for more than 6 months, after entering illegally or overstaying a visa, is barred from readmission to the US once he or she leaves. The law also does not generally ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Right-to-work legislation likely to dominate session
Post-TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

Proposed fees backed by an independent study ran from $45 for residential parcels up to $360 for industrial parcels a year. Property owners within the Lake County portion of the watershed would pay. Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels set a statewide smoking ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Yet another change to CA calendar looms
RepublicaJanuary 2, 2012

KATHMANDU, Jan 3: As inter-party talks at the top political level and meetings of the Constitutional Committee (CC) and its dispute resolution subcommittee have failed to yield any result on key contentious issues, the latest calendar of events of the ...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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White House Responds to Puppy Mill Petition
Opposing ViewsJanuary 2, 2012

The White House response also highlighted the USDA's commitment to increase enforcement under the Animal Welfare Act and referenced the agency's recent proposed rule to prevent young, and often sick, puppies from being imported into the United States. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Motorola Mobility Provides Business Update
IEWY NewsJanuary 7, 2012

Motorola Mobility's fourth-quarter results were impacted by the increased competitive environment in the Mobile Device business and higher legal costs associated with ongoing Intellectual Property (IP) litigations. The Company estimates sales of $900 ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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People on the move in Kalamazoo
MLive.comJanuary 2, 2012

He previously worked as a law clerk for the Federal Trade Commission and later at the Milton Kramer Law Clinic, where he practiced civil litigation. Bir is licensed in Michigan and practices with an emphasis in commercial litigation and business law. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens Whistleblower Complaint Hotline
JD Supra (press release)January 2, 2012

The stronger the compliance policies and practices are, the less likely there will be legal and regulatory violations in the first place. It also will be critical to stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory and enforcement developments related to ...more »

Aviation monument to make Illawarra home
Illawarra MercuryJanuary 2, 2012

The Illawarra-based Historical Aircraft Restoration Society has made a New Year's resolution to restore one of Australia's most important pieces of aviation history and fly it around the nation for children to see and touch. Work started at Illawarra ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Commentary: Beverly Hills Needs a Relocation Ordinance to Protect Tenants
Patch.comJanuary 4, 2012

He said Beverly Hills does not have an ordinance in place requiring landlords to pay tenants' relocation fees and that they were abiding the law in Beverly Hills by giving us 60 days to vacate. Soon after I was hunting Craigslist and buying a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Top stories of 2011
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

2011 brought with it a wave of criminal activity that got many residents worried about Hattiesburg's safety. Hattiesburg Police Department statistics show an increase in both felony and misdemeanor crimes on average for each month in 2011 from January ...more »

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MDL Status Denied in Beverage Litigation
JD Supra (press release)January 6, 2012

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation declined to consolidate the suits brought by plaintiffs attacking the marketing of beverages as “all natural” even though they allegedly contained a preservative. In re Skinnygirl Margarita Beverage ...more »

Business Law
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How the Economy and Technology Are Changing Our News
Caribbean Media VisionJanuary 1, 2012

Online delivery gives newsrooms a global audience and the ability to increase advertising revenue from the constant demand of online content. The faster the news, the more virally it can spread. New media platforms are speeding up the delivery of news ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Verizon Wireless and Kopin Corporation Team Up at 2012 CES to Demonstrate the ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

We believe the CES presentation is the first time industry will see the vast benefits that collaborations between Verizon's 4G LTE and Kopin's Golden-i can offer to future productivity improvements." Kopin Corporation's Golden-i has received the 2011 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Longtime teacher in Olympia pleads not guilty to four child-porn charges
The OlympianJanuary 6, 2012

The Washington State Patrol's investigation into Altheide began in 2010, when the Seattle Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit referred information that a computer with an IP address belonging to Altheide was possibly being used to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lawsuits filed: Dec.19 to 23
Longview News-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Homero Barrios, auto personal injury/damages 2011-2763-B Curtis Medlin v. Melody Houston, auto personal injujry/damages 2011-2734-A Discover Bank v. Kevin Graves, breach of contract 2011-2756-A Capital One Bank v. David A. Amos, breach of contract ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Landmark California Biofuel Law Struck Down in Federal Court
Greentech Media (blog)January 3, 2012

While US District Court Judge Lawrence O'Neill didn't necessarily disagree with the intent of the law, he issued a preliminary injunction against it on the basis that it violated the Constitution's Commerce Clause, which prohibits discrimination in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wisell & McGee Represent Former Patients of Dr. Syros Panos in Medial ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Wisell & McGee, LLP a New York City law firm specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury matters, represent 109 former patients of Spyros Panos, MD, an orthopedic surgeon formerly employed by Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Purveyors of financial destruction
Washington TimesJanuary 2, 2012

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The act was named after Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, who was forced to retire because of his financial conflicts of interest, and the notorious ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State housing law could be less stringent than Centre's
Indian ExpressJanuary 1, 2012

The state Cabinet recently approved the draft of the Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Promotion of Construction, Sale, Management and Transfer) Bill, 2011, a law meant to safeguard the interest of home buyers. The move comes two months after the ...more »

Asia Manufacturing Picture Clouds
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

By MICHAEL S. ARNOLD SINGAPORE—Manufacturing activity continued to contract in South Korea and Taiwan in December but grew in India, as the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis and the sluggish US recovery hit Asia's export economies harder. ...more »

Sports Law
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Antioch sports legend Worth Shaw succumbs
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 4, 2012

An active member of the VFW 6435, Shaw also participated in the Arnama Club, Antioch Senior Citizens, Antioch Sports Legends and Antioch Historical Society. The much-admired and well-respected Shaw is survived by his wife, two sons and daughter-in-laws...more »

Criminal Defense
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NJ Attorney General Paula Dow leaves office after nearly 2 stressful ...
NJ.comJanuary 3, 2012

The turnover atop the Department of Law and Public Safety — a sprawling enterprise that oversees the State Police, criminal prosecutions, civil litigation, gaming enforcement, civil rights and consumer protection — comes amid tough times. ...more »

Tax evaders, smugglers getting more sophisticated
ABS CBN NewsJanuary 1, 2012

There are also more sophisticated forms of tax evasion, Sales said. One such scheme is the use of non-existent suppliers. Some businesses use smuggled raw materials for their supplies to save on costs. Sales said that when the BIR asks for receipts or ...more »

Department of Labor Issues New Fact Sheets on Retaliation
JD Supra (press release)January 9, 2012

The most prevalent type of employment discrimination claim is not one based on race, sex, religion, disability or age. Rather, it is one alleging unlawful retaliation. In fact, in 2010, for the first time ever, retaliation claims surpassed race ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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What does 2012 hold for structured products?
Risk.netJanuary 11, 2012

Also forex and cross-asset index products, because rates are low and options are cheap, so they can provide capital protection and good upside potential. Garnier: Forex semi-flow products have proven extremely resilient in Asia, and we believe the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Taxes, same-sex marriage on tap for 2012 session
So Md NewsJanuary 6, 2012

In Calvert County, Miller plans to accrue funding for the College of Southern Maryland's Prince Frederick campus, a skateboard park in Chesapeake Beach and a recreational park in Dunkirk. Fisher would like to see a bulk of tax revenue from pull tab ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Keane's Legal Claimant Services Division Adds Estate Litigation Experts
Business Wire (press release)January 5, 2012

Sharon spent thirteen years as a court attorney for the New York State Surrogate's Court of Kings County, where she regularly researched, analyzed and reviewed all trust and estate legal issues, (administration, accounting, estate litigation) and ...more »

Family Law
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Wiger: New Laws Seek to Prevent Carbon Monoxide Deaths, Raise Organ Donor Funding
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

With this new law, people applying for a driver's license will be asked if they would like to contribute $2 to a donor awareness campaign. The money will be used as grants to federally certified organ procurement organizations and nonprofit ...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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