News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in January, 2012

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2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

Labor disputes soar in Guangdong
Chinadaily USAJanuary 1, 2012

By Li Wenfang (China Daily) GUANGZHOU - Labor dispute cases reported in Guangdong province, an economic powerhouse in South China, surged almost three-fold in the past four years, with the implementation of the new Labor Contract Law. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Chief Justice Defends Peers on Health Law
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, ...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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Gay marriage row set to flare
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Mr Jones, the member for the blue-collar seat of Throsby in the Illawarra region in NSW, says he has the support of ministers and of the Left but admits he does not expect the bill - which will propose to amend the Marriage Act to include gay and ...more »

Immigration Law
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New immigration law proposal draws praise and criticism
KNDO/KNDUJanuary 7, 2012

Yakima office of Immigration Services serves about 3500 people a year. Roughly 14 percent of them are trying to get green cards for their child or spouse. Right now the process takes an average of six months... In some cases years. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Newsmaker of the Year: Scott Myers, Dover's longest serving mayor, left ...
Foster's Daily DemocratJanuary 1, 2012

Still eager to serve his community at the municipal level, Myers was appointed as a member of a committee that is known today as the Dover Business and Industrial Development Authority. He also spent the late 1990s and early 2000s as a member of the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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Sutherland's Houston Office Continues Growth With Promotion of Four Attorneys
PR Newswire (press release)January 17, 2012

"We will continue our strong client focus and nimble, innovative approaches to litigation to bring success to our clients." David A. Baay focuses his practice on commercial litigation representing energy, transportation and healthcare companies. ...more »

Animal Law
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Stop Saving These Animals!
The Plank on (blog)January 9, 2012

Animal rights activists had a conniption. One Daily KOS blogger said the decision made him “sick.” The Animal Law Coalition vented it's displeasure at length. A whole slew of animal groups jumped on the bandwagon. But it seems likely that these ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Microsoft, Tilaknagar, Macy's, Apple: Intellectual Property
BloombergJanuary 4, 2012

A former assistant US Attorney, he has represented clients in IP disputes involving theft of trade secrets, antitrust, restrictive covenants and unfair competition, as well as maintaining a general litigation practice. He has an undergraduate degree ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action suit gets Brown's support
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 17, 2012

More than 15 years after California voters approved a ban on affirmative action based on race or gender preferences, a new challenge to Proposition 209 has reached a federal appeals court - and the challengers this time include Gov. Jerry Brown. Prop. ...more »

Combat Aviation Brigade welcomes a new unit, new aircraft
DVIDSJanuary 7, 2012

Soldiers from F Company, Combat Aviation Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, undergo training on the Gray Eagle UAS systems at Fort Riley, Kan. F Company will officially become a CAB unit in March. (Photo by Sgt. Keven Parry) by Sgt. Keven Parry FORT RILEY ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants win if laws adopted
Tasmania MercuryJanuary 1, 2012

Tenants and landlords are being asked to comment on a raft of changes under consideration for Tasmania's residential tenancy laws. Changes to the rules governing landlords and their tenants are expected to be put before Parliament this year. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

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Judge Newman Rejects Reexamination following Validity Verdict (in Dissent)
Patently-OJanuary 3, 2012

by Dennis Crouch There is a significant and growing overlap between patents in reexamination and patents in litigation. These parallel processes raise practical issues priority and precedence between decisions by a court compared with actions by an ...more »

Business Law
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Small cases are big business in California courtrooms
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Lawyers often do better financially than their clients. Many other states apply stricter judicial standards. Last month, in a ruling that seemed to draw a line on frivolous actions, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Los ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Is the US 'sleepwalking into military confrontation with Iran'? - US - IRAN ...
FRANCE 24January 2, 2012

What will drive oil prices through the roof is the escalation of military rhetoric. Iran knows this, and of course benefits from a price hike, and this probably explains why it has talked up a retaliatory blockade. Most analysts believe this is a bluff ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police: Amberlee Evonne Meeker Arrested In FL For Sex Crimes Committed In NC
WFMY News 2January 6, 2012

Archdale, NC -- An elementary school teacher in Florida was arrested Monday for sex crimes involving children while she was in Archdale. The Archdale City Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Flagler County Sheriff's ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injury referral fees send fleet costs spiralling
Fleet News OnlineJanuary 11, 2012

“At the same time, they are taking personal injury referral fees from solicitors in exchange for 'non-fault' drivers' names. “We have even been sent a couple of emails from solicitors since we launched [our scheme] offering us £800 for each customer's ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hungary's New Constitution Sparks Protest by Opposition
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

5 and Dec. 12 and has a 2.5 percentage point margin of error. The next parliamentary election is scheduled for 2014. Thousands demonstrated last year at various rallies against the new constitution, media law and the scrapping of early retirement benefits.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer Jerome Lewis was involved in landmark case
Sacramento BeeJanuary 24, 2012

By Robert D. Dávila Jerome R. Lewis, a prominent divorce lawyer who was sued by a former client in a landmark legal malpractice case, died Jan. 13 of cancer, his family said. He was 91. A skilled litigator and expert on family law, Mr. Lewis was one of ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

This Memorandum Opinion concerns whether the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 ("BAPCPA") abrogated the absolute priority rule for individual Chapter 11 cases. The Court holds that it did not. There are no material factual disputes. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New year ushers in NH's new laws
Nashua TelegraphJanuary 2, 2012

Barry Rhodes, D-Nashua, achieved two new changes in state law as a Nashua Fire Department captain on behalf of the Department of Safety. One allows trucks with idle reduction technology to be heavier than others because they use less fuel and the ...more »

Paper tigers? 3, 2012

It has helped create a working group involving all stakeholders – local and national government, the community, conservationists and commercial entities – to manage the Senepis sanctuary. It is implementing a study to address the issue of human-tiger ...more »

Sports Law
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Taylor helps Dolphins eliminate Jets, 19-17
Boston.comJanuary 2, 2012

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) By Steven Wine AP Sports Writer / January 1, 2012 MIAMI—Jason Taylor stood at his 10-yard line, motioning with both arms to coax more noise from the crowd as the Miami Dolphins tried to hang on to a late lead. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bronx defense lawyer Elliott Shapiro sings the blues...on YouTube
New York Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

BY Kevin Deutsch Veteran Bronx defense attorney Elliott Shapiro has turned 42 years of courthouse heartbreak and triumph into a series of blues ballads that chronicle day-to-day life in the Hall of Justice. In songs like "Bronx County Criminal Defense...more »

FIRST ON 3: IRS hits Navassa with $35k penalty
WWAY NewsChannel 3January 13, 2012

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) -- The IRS has issued a nearly $35000 fine to the Town of Navassa. When reached by phone this morning, Mayor Eulis Willis said the council has not yet talked about the penalty, but it does have the town's lawyer working on it. ...more »

J.T. and Dale talk jobs: Being set up to be fired? Know laws, your rights ...
Arizona Daily StarJanuary 10, 2012

SCOTT: Exactly. For example, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is a federal law that prohibits an employer from terminating an employee based on age. Anyone age 40 and over is protected. Also, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protecting assets focus of workshop
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 8, 2012

Families concerned about the cost of long-term care, Medicaid eligibility, asset protection, estate planning, providing for a child with disability and veteran's benefits to pay for long-term care are invited to attend. The Wilson Elder Law Center, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Where is Obama's Climate Change Agenda?
Real News NetworkJanuary 6, 2012

He was the acting assistant secretary of energy for energy efficiency and renewable energy in 1997. James Boyce is the director of the Program on Development, Peacebuilding, and the Environment at the Political Economy Research Institute and a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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I kept my word and finally made a will 10, 2012

I'll be honest with you: drawing up our will wasn't the cheeriest of hours Jane, my wife, and I have spent together. Sitting in the grand reading room of the Law Society, Jane Cassell of JC Independent Wills & Probate ( asked ...more »

Family Law
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DUI suspect on the run — victim's family blames politicians
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 4, 2012

William “Denny” McCann's family believes the suspect, Saul Chavez, would still be in the custody of law enforcement — and not a fugitive — if the Cook County Board hadn't passed an ordinance that the family argues paved the way for the suspect to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation: FAQs
Business Management DailyJanuary 4, 2012

by Alexander Hamilton Institute on January 4, 2012 3:00pm Workers' compensation premiums are based on the frequency of a company's injury claims. So it's critical to avoid paying claims for accidents that are not covered, as well as investigate ...more »


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