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Police investigate city's 39th homicide on New Year's Eve
Global WinnipegJanuary 1, 2012

It's not the way Winnipeg Police hoped to end 2011, investigating the city's 39th homicide of the year. A man was shot and killed inside a house in the 6-hundred block of Selkirk Avenue around 5 am Saturday. "It's supposed to be a new year tomorrow and ...more »

NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Parental notification law on abortion takes effect today
The Union LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

... and (the new law) may result in delaying care or in some cases not obtaining care in the most timely way.” When the girl does not want her parents involved, she petitions a superior court for a confidential hearing before a judge, who must decide ...more »

Health Care Law
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Reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Though cost-cutting is inevitable in some form, the law and even its popular measures may not be, said Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association. “The move away from (insurance discrimination of) pre-existing conditions was premised ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Waiver allows Russian tanker to take on fuel for Nome
Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The waiver of the federal Jones Act granted Friday was crucial to the tanker completing its mission of delivering petroleum products to Nome, a city of about 3500 residents on Alaska's western coastline. A huge storm this fall delayed delivery by barge ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law in effect while parts of it on hold
WCBDJanuary 3, 2012

With the new law, that requirement extends to all businesses. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has previously expressed concern that even that may cause some problems. “A lot of businesses won't be able to do it in their business, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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People in Business
Houston ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

Photo: Courtesy Photo / HC Stream Realty Partners, a national real estate services, development and investment firm, announces the promotion of David Buescher to senior associate in the firm s industrial tenant representation group in Houston. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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South Sudan: Communal Wars - Their Causes and Resolution Mechanisms
AllAfrica.comJanuary 3, 2012

Third, these courts were prohibited from trying serious offences, such as murder, and certain civil disputes, such as a claim relating to ownership of land. The role of the Church in conflict resolutions focuses on forgiveness and reconciliation in ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Officer's lawsuit over alleged retaliation settled for $350000
Yakima Herald-RepublicJanuary 6, 2012

"It was up to them (the insurance company) to decide whether to pursue the litigation or settle it," city spokesman Randy Beehler explained. "This was the decision." The decision to settle is not final until and unless the City Council signs off. ...more »

Animal Law
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Troubled animal shelter gets new leader
The News JournalJanuary 2, 2012

... of the Kent County SPCA today, he'll take over an organization that's been accused of needlessly euthanizing animals, warehousing dogs and cats in poor conditions and generally failing to comply with the state's animal shelter standards law. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Steve Jobs Doll Legal In Most States, Not Indiana
paidContent.orgJanuary 6, 2012

Efforts to change the law have so far failed. What this means is that Apple's warning about the doll is an empty threat in most places. It may not even be able to stop others from using the name Steve Jobs as, surprisingly, the term does not appear on ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ZAB case to open floodgates of litigation: Kasuri
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

He said that instant case falls within the purview of settled principle of Law ie “Closed and Past transaction.” Since the administration of justice heavily lean in favour of “Finality” hence a litigation, which is closed and past, cannot be reopened, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Race in Brazil
The EconomistJanuary 26, 2012

In a passionate and sometimes angry debate, black Brazilian activists insist that slavery's legacy of injustice and inequality can only be reversed by affirmative-action policies, of the kind found in the United States. Their opponents argue that the ...more »

The aviation industry in 2011
VanguardJanuary 1, 2012

By Lawani Mikairu & Daniel Eteghe Nigeria aviation industry in 2011 witnessed a relatively safe year with no accident involving programmed, regular flights. There were very few cases of private flights involved in air mishap, like the Beech-craft C90 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Put conditions in writing when letting tenant alter property
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

... before any work is done so that these conditions are clear to both sides. Eichner is director of Housing Counseling Programs for Project Sentinel, a mediation service based in Sunnyvale, Calif. To submit a question, go to http://www.housing.org.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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Despite Litigation, FilmOn Users Get Free Upgrade
Communications TechnologyJanuary 3, 2012

Next month, US-based subscribers to FilmOn Labs will receive a belated free holiday gift: the FilmOn AIR that will allow them to watch local network TV on their computers and mobile devices. FilmOn Labs is a Beverly Hills-based division of FilmOn.com ...more »

Business Law
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ACLU warns St, Joe schools about religious speakers
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Briggs, the school district's attorney, said in a statement that the district has followed the law and its policies regarding motivational speakers and reviewed them with the person responsible for booking assemblies. "In addition, the District ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military in 2012: Leaner times, a home front focus
Daily PressJanuary 1, 2012

American troops, some who suffer from wounds seen and unseen, are returning to a country with a sluggish economy and intense pressure to curb military spending, even if it means leaner health benefits. What happens with defense spending is probably the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mega-man: The fast, fabulous, and fraudulent life of Kim Dotcom
Ars TechnicaJanuary 25, 2012

He got his first shot at media stardom in 1992, when he was interviewed by the German press and then featured in a December Forbes article on the "computer hacker crime wave." Schmitz took advantage of the complete lack of technical credibility of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Interlock Ignition Devices Play a Significant Role in Reducing Drunk Driving ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 5, 2012

Three states don't use ignition interlock devices for DUI offenders – Vermont, South Dakota and Alabama,” outlined Robert W. Lee, an Austin personal injury attorney at The Lee Law Firm. In Texas, an interlock ignition must be installed for the second ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SJC: Watered down health program for legal immigrants violates equal protection
Boston HeraldJanuary 5, 2012

“The discrimination against legal immigrants ... violates their rights to equal protection under the Massachusetts Constitution,” Justice Robert Cordy wrote for the court in a unanimous ruling. “We recognize that our decision will impose a significant ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Marianna Mancusi-Ungaro, Nicholas Chapleau
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Mr. Chapleau is an associate at Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, a Dallas law firm. He graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The bridegroom's mother and stepfather, Jeff Meckstroth, are professional bridge players in Clearwater Beach; ...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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Free North Myrtle Beach real estate class covers options in a struggling economy
TheDigitelJanuary 3, 2012

She received her JD and MLS degrees from Indiana University School of Law. She is a former legal research instructor and Law Librarian at the Indiana University School of Law. Her practice consists of residential and commercial real estate, ...more »

EU Pension Funds, Bank Capital, KPN Departures: Compliance
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

Thailand will curb the sale of bills of exchange by commercial banks to protect individual investors from investing in the short-term debt securities, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new rules, which will take effect July 1, ...more »

Sports Law
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VPF expects TV right dispute to be settled by court
TuoitrenewsJanuary 2, 2012

Assigned to manage marketing, sales and the organization of competition of the top two football leagues in Vietnam, VPF has announced that it refuses to accept the exclusive TV rights of AVG, since the deal violates Vietnam's sports law, according to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bell Folsom, P.A. Committing a Lifetime of Service
SBWire (press release)January 16, 2012

Helping violent crime, sex charges, fraud, DUI, appeals and personal injury cases. Most people don't want to talk to a lawyer. Being charged with a criminal offense – and facing the tremendous power of the state's resources arrayed against you – can be ...more »

ACSD to install elder valves in house
TriValley CentralJanuary 4, 2012

Mr. Michaelson stated that per IRS, Board Members need to be treated as employees. He also pointed out that it would be very helpful if the accounting program and the billing program “talked to each other.”more »

City Council removes age from discrimination protections as unintended ...
Columbia MissourianJanuary 4, 2012

... discriminate based on age," City Manager Mike Matthessaid. Other items in the protected category against discrimination include: race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, handicap, sexual orientation or gender identity.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate tax lull may trap wealthy
InvestmentNewsJanuary 15, 2012

By Liz Skinner Tax changes that President Barack Obama and Congress hammered out in the final days of 2010 discouraged clients from seeking estate-planning advice last year, even though estate lawyers argue there are many planning opportunities that ...more »

Environmental Law
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New State Laws For 2012
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

By Eileen McNamara If you work for a company that has 50 or more employees and you currently don't get paid sick time, starting Jan. 1 chances are very good that you'll start getting it. A new state law that takes effect New Year's Day in Connecticut ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hyland ending 40-year career in county courts
Adrian Daily TelegramJanuary 10, 2012

She later transferred from the judge's office to become the chief deputy probate register, dealing with wills and inheritances. In 1996 she began managing the court's guardianship program. Her office is now responsible for 550 active cases. ...more »

Family Law
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Felon William Cellini's family still profits off state contracts
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Somers disputes state records that show New Frontier continues to manage the buildings leased by the state, saying that “is incorrect” and that those records “must be considerably outdated.” Asked to explain whether the buildings are managed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Proves Worker's Comp Lawsuit was Errornous
This Beat GoesJanuary 2, 2012

It appears that a lawsuit directed against Jay-Z by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York will not find its way to court. The lawsuit was first reported last week but it seems that the dispute was simply the result of clerical error. ...more »

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