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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

YEAR IN REVIEW: Bustling again - Pro's Ranch Market reinvigorates El Paseo ...
Las Cruces Sun-NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Anchorage-based Alaska Structures, which makes shelters for the military as well as commercial customers, originally moved into the location at 301 Rea Blvd., when it also started to lease 100000 square feet at the previously empty building at 8500 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Jeannette glass site's owner willing to negotiate
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 2, 2012

Zion has refused to sell or clean up the former Jeannette Glass property, which the DEP said is contaminated by hazardous and toxic wastes. That prompted the agency to cite Zion with violations of the Clean Streams and Air Pollution Control acts, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Japan Eyes New Law To Pave Way For Budding Industries -Nikkei
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--The government plans to enact new legislation to help nurture businesses in child care, health care and energy conservation, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano told the Nikkei in a recent interview. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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1st civil unions take place in Delaware
Houston ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

KASEY JONES, AP Rev. Patricia Downing looks on as Patricia Goodman, left, and her partner Drew Fennell, right, prepare to kiss after becoming the first couple to unite under Delaware's new civil-union law _which they helped to write_ at Trinity ...more »

Immigration Law
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Government of Canada Enlists Help of Canadians to Enforce Canada's Immigration...
MarketWatch (press release)January 11, 2012

We remain committed to capturing and deporting dangerous foreign criminals who break our laws and abuse our generous immigration system," said Minister Kenney. "On behalf of the Government, I would like to thank all of the honest, hard-working ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Developer targeted as unpaid bills, taxes mount
Times Herald-RecordJanuary 3, 2012

Aaron is in court with three municipalities over unpaid taxes, and recently the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency voted to strip his tax break in four months unless he pays Kingston some $330000. Over the last five years, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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TMB dispute in a limbo after demise of key investor
mydigitalfc.comJanuary 1, 2012

... which has been trying to regain majority shareholding in Tamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB), is worried about the recent developments that may hamper the community's efforts to arrive at an amicable resolution in the dispute over bank's shareholding. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Iowa workers' compensation commissioner files $1 million lawsuit against the state
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog)January 11, 2012

Iowa's workers' compensation commissioner today filed a lawsuit against the state, alleging defamation, harassment, sexual discrimination and extortion after Gov. Terry Branstad cut his pay by almost $36000 last year. A claim from commissioner Chris ...more »

Animal Law
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SPCA continues push for pet ownership law
Channel News AsiaJanuary 2, 2012

By Olivia Siong | Posted: 02 January 2012 1839 hrs SINGAPORE: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it will continue to push for a law to ensure responsible pet ownership. This includes getting those under 16 to obtain ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Wavefront in Texas patent acquisition
Upstream OnlineJanuary 3, 2012

Toronto-listed service specialist Wavefront Technology Solutions has picked up the intellectual property of a privately held Texas service company in a $4 million deal, the company said today. Wavefront will acquire the patents of the Midland-based ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hubbard Is Going To Kanas City With Shook Lawyers
JDJournal.comJanuary 1, 2012

Hughes Hubbard & Reed is making the move to America's heartland on January 1 of next year with the addition of a products liability litigation team from the Kansas City-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon, the two firms confirmed last week. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Long Do We Need to Keep All This Stuff?
Our Colorado NewsJanuary 7, 2012

Employee Compensation: Your payroll department should keep payroll records (including records of wages, hours, collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts, date of payment, amount of payment, record of straight and overtime earnings etc.) ...more »

Aviation method linked to safer surgeries
American Medical NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Forty-two Veterans Health Administration hospitals implemented a program inspired by aviation practices to train OR teams on using checklist-guided preoperative and postoperative debriefing to prevent mistakes and achieve safer surgical outcomes. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Labour unions clamour for land reforms in Sindh
The News InternationalJanuary 8, 2012

They believe that the landless peasantry of Sindh is living a life of slavery at the hands of powerful landlords. “The Sindh Tenancy Act, in its current shape, is unable to protect their basic rights, therefore, it should be reviewed and amended in the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Litigation
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On the Boards | Philadelphia Inquirer | 2012-01-02
Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 2, 2012

The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, an independent nonprofit group, has appointed Stacey Willits McConnell to its board. McConnell is a partner at Lamb McErlane PC, West Chester and chairwoman of the firm's estate-planning and trusts ...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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Feds Charge Lauderdale Officer With Wire Fraud
The South Florida TimesJanuary 4, 2012

The City of Fort Lauderdale supplements the pay of employees who are volunteer military reservists for up to five years, after that time those benefits are only continued if their duty becomes mandatory. Federal agents accuse McElligott of fabricating ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child porn task force searches home of ET employee
Eagle TribuneJanuary 6, 2012

SALEM, NH — A police task force that investigates child pornography seized computer equipment from a Mascoma Road home last night. The New Hampshire Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with the help of Salem police, executed a search warrant ...more »

Personal Injury
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Academy Sporting store sued after customer slips in water
The Louisiana RecordJanuary 3, 2012

A Lafourche Parish resident has filed a personal injury lawsuit against Academy Sporting and Outdoor Store after he slipped in water and suffered injuries. Darrell James Buggage filed suit against Academy Ltd. and Zurich Services Corp. on Nov. ...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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The Role of In-House Patent Counsel in Prosecuting Patents
Patently-OJanuary 17, 2012

Query: When a law firm is hired to prosecute patents, should the in-house patent counsel be included in the list of patent attorneys with power of attorney over pending patent applications? My informal conversations suggest to me that most major patent ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ACA Active at Supreme Court [Collector]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

This is often the case in many consumer actions asserting violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. In Edwards, Ohio resident Denise Edwards purchased a First American title insurance policy through a referral from the title company that ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate roundup
The ColumbianJanuary 2, 2012

Brian Sullivan of Coldwell Banker Bain Commercial represented the Seller and Greg Nesting of Norris & Stevens represented the buyer. The building is fully leased and houses A&J Custom Cabinets, Speeds Towing and Premiere Pump. ...more »

Commercial Metals Company Announces an Amended Five-Year Credit Agreement and ...
PR Newswire (press release)January 3, 2012

Except as required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update, amend or clarify any forward-looking statements to reflect events, new information or otherwise. Developments that could impact the Company's expectations include the following: ...more »

Sports Law
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Committe Decides on Recommend Sport Addition
HereComeTheDawgs.comJanuary 5, 2012

By Don Hoekwater After considerable discussion focused on rectifying non-compliance with Title IX and State law regarding gender equity in sports, a San Jose State Athletic Department committee has sent a formal recommendation to San Jose State ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Grand juries: A vital tool or in need of reform?
Detroit Free PressJanuary 3, 2012

The sign warns: "It is a violation of state law to photograph or attempt to photograph any grand jury proceeding, judge, witness, attorney, juror, officer or any other person connected with any grand jury proceedings." The grand jury, made up of 17 ...more »

IRS Taps EMMA for Bond Prices
Bond BuyerJanuary 4, 2012

By Lynn Hume and Jennifer DePaul WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service's tax-exempt bond office has formed a seven-person team that is using EMMA and other data from the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board to determine if muni bonds were ...more »

Liberals' Women's Commission wants hate speech laws to include 'gender'
National PostJanuary 10, 2012

In such cases, the law offers stiffer penalties for numerous hateful motivations, including “race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, or any other similar factor. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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U.S. Department of the Treasury Seized & Forfeited General Property Program
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

Proceeds from the auction are returned to the US Treasury's Asset Forfeiture Fund for the continuation of law enforcement efforts by the participating agencies: US Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service ...more »

Environmental Law
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Put these 10 stories on your radar this year
News & ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Enthusiasts are eager to tap into an estimated four-decade supply of the clean-burning domestic fuel as an alternative to using dirty coal or imported oil. This state sits atop a 1400-square-mile deposit of natural gas trapped in prehistoric shale rock ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Inheritance laws in UAE remain unclear
gulfnews.comJanuary 26, 2012

By Manoj Nair, Associate Editor For want of legal precedents, real estate investors are sceptical whether property ownership rights will pass smoothly on to their rightful heirs as named in the will. Dubai: While the UAE waits for stability in its real ...more »

Family Law
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Critics assail crime laws aimed at people with HIV
Boston.comJanuary 2, 2012

The laws have not been revised even though AIDS -- thanks to the development of medication regimens -- is no longer viewed as a death sentence. Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorney's Association, suggested that most ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Labor Department issues workers' comp rule
Trade Only TodayJanuary 6, 2012

The US Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs issued a final rule implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act's exclusion for recreational vessel workers. The rule defines what constitutes a “recreational ...more »

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