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VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

Vancouver teen stabbed in city's 15th homicide of 2011
Vancouver SunJanuary 1, 2012

Vancouver police investigate the city's 15th homicide of the year at an apartment block at 5037 Main St at 35th Ave in Vancouver, BC., on December 31, 2011. A nineteen year-old man is dead of stab wounds and a 48 year-old man is in custody following ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Chief Justice's Annual Report Ducks Judicial Ethics Scandals
OpEdNewsJanuary 2, 2012

Roberts said he had "complete confidence" in the integrity of judges, including his colleagues on the Supreme Court. As chief justice, Roberts presides over both the nine-member Supreme Court and the administrative office of the federal judiciary. ...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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President Obama Signed the National Defense Authorization Act - Now What?
ForbesJanuary 2, 2012

The National Defense Authorization Act greatly expands the power and scope of the federal government to fight the War on Terror, including codifying into law the indefinite detention of terrorism suspects without trial. Under the new law the US ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fragomen Named “Law Firm of the Year – Immigration Law” By U.S. News – Best ...
Metropolitan Corporate CounselJanuary 4, 2012

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy, LLP, is pleased to announce that it has been named “Law Firm of the Year” in the practice of Immigration Law by US News – Best Lawyers®. This marks the first time the publication has conferred this award in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Master plan in Vineland upheld
Vineland Daily JournalJanuary 7, 2012

It sets standards for what types of development, such as houses or industrial plants, can be built in all of the city's neighborhoods. Rudy's Airport and its attorney, Jeffrey Baron, have been arguing for years that the process Vineland used to create ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Community Peace Recovery and Reconciliation in Filipino Indigenous Communities ...
Peace and Conflict MonitorJanuary 9, 2012

But in the national legislation process, the elite policies related to peace and conflict resolution are only discussed at the national and international level, not at the community level, which is known as a top-down approach.[1] Therefore, the voices ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PERSPECTIVES: Judge's ruling may unsettle corporate policyholders
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

In refusing to accept a so-called consent decree, which essentially is a court-approved settlement between a company and government regulators, the judge called into question a legal maneuver that has facilitated numerous settlement agreements. ...more »

Animal Law
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French farmers ignore battery hen ban
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 1, 2012

Brigitte Gothiere, spokeswoman for the French animal rights group said: “Many of the birds were featherless and had damaged beaks. We do not think the new laws will force these farmers to abandon these cages.” British mainstream supermarkets now only ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Comet lawsuit emphasises importance of robust intellectual property regime
Fresh Business ThinkingJanuary 4, 2012

By Maximilian Clarke The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has supported the right of software intellectual property rights holders to protect their IP in the face of counterfeiting and piracy, following the news that Microsoft has issued legal ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ...
PR Web (press release)January 2, 2012

Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason, one of the most successful mesothelioma law firms in the nation in getting significant awards for those injured by asbestos, now offers a free booklet that contains all the essential information regarding choosing an ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Dr. Boyce: MSNBC Suspends Pat Buchanan – Now They Need to Fire Him
Your Black WorldJanuary 8, 2012

Buchanan has stated that President Obama arrived to the White House as a result of Affirmative Action and that the country “has been built, basically, by white folks.” Griffin appeared to become concerned by two of the chapters in Buchanan's book, ...more »

DOT aviation art contest deadline Jan. 12
Wausau Daily HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

The top three entries in three different age divisions will advance to the national competition with the potential to be entered in the international aviation art contest. Statewide winners will receive the following prizes: First place is a $100 art ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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NY Gov. Cuomo sets aggressive agenda for 2nd year
Wall Street JournalJanuary 5, 2012

The Department of Financial Services will soon include a Foreclosure Relief Unit to provide counseling and mediation, while New York State Homes and Community Renewal will create a Tenant Protection Unit to proactively enforce landlord obligations, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Political realities
The Economist (blog)January 2, 2012

Or in more trouble, I should say." In other words, corn-ethanol subsidies were a bad policy and eventually no one could deny it. So Congress let the tax credit in question expire. Perfectly reasonable of them. It is, arguably, surprising that Congress ...more »

Litigation
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Penn State scandal sharpens focus on reputational risk
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Awareness of educational institution reputational risks has been rekindled as Penn State faces unlimited legal liability in civil litigation. The first civil lawsuit was filed Nov. 30 alleging that the university knew of and failed to prevent former ...more »

Business Law
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Noting "Nastier" Attacks, Gingrich Will Make Adjustments
RealClearPoliticsJanuary 1, 2012

And asked if he'll respond by doing the same, he said, “We may go to a much more clear contrast, but we're not going to respond in kind. Those ads are dishonest, and [Mitt Romney] knows it. They are factually false, and he knows it. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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More than 120 swim Bay to aid SEALs
Tbo.comJanuary 9, 2012

Kayakers escort swimmers across the Bay during the Tampa Bay Frogman Swim, which raised money to benefit the Navy SEAL Foundation. Sea Cadets march during opening ceremonies at the swim, which likely met the $75000 fundraising goal. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI warns of new Zeus-based malware in phishing scam
PC AdvisorJanuary 7, 2012

The FBI went on to say some of the funds stolen from bank accounts go towards the purchase of precious stones and expensive watches from high-end jewelry stores. "The criminals contact these jewelry stores, tell them what they'd like to buy, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Under new N.J. bill, personal injury lawyers would have to wait 30 days before ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 5, 2012

Nicholas Scutari (D-Union), Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union) and Assemblyman Peter Barnes (D-Middlesex) – practice personal injury law. “Over my 30 years of practice, I have seen some things that shock the conscience,” said Bramnick. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Plan would let voters change Arizona Constitution to allow private school vouchers
YourWestValley.comJanuary 2, 2012

Most recently, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a 2006 law which provided $2.5 million in vouchers to parents of former foster children to pay tuition and fees at private or parochial schools. An identical fund was set up for students with ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NC House's Faison coy about political activity
abc11.comJanuary 15, 2012

During his first six years in the House, however, the Orange County medical malpractice attorney failed to translate his professional success into a successful bid for statewide office. His talk about a bid for governor in 2008 fizzled early. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Insurance regulation takes center stage
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Other regulatory issues include ongoing implementation of provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. And although almost certain to be focused on election-year politics, Congress nonetheless will have a role to play in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Albany area real estate recap of 2011
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

The county has hired a law firm to help facilitate the search for an appropriate buyer. Although the real estate market is still relatively stagnant the Albany area is hopeful that the new commercial construction and proposed construction in the fall ...more »

Latest News: Contract shines light on Dallas company's methods i...
Connellsville Daily CourierJanuary 9, 2012

Property assessment: The taxable dollar value of a residential or commercial property at one point in time. It does not necessarily match the sale price. A higher assessment does not necessarily mean a higher tax bill. State law restricts how much ...more »

Sports Law
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Even If Ortiz Is The Victor…
8countnews.comJanuary 9, 2012

Paul Stuart Haberman, Esq. is a New York-based health and sports law attorney. He is also a New York State licensed boxing manager and the Chairman of the Sports Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Opening statements set in Iraq war crime trial
Boston.comJanuary 9, 2012

5, 2012 file photo, United States Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich arrives at a court room at Camp Pendleton with lead defense attorney Neal Puckett in Camp Pendeton, Calif. Opening arguments in Wuterich's will be Monday, Jan. ...more »

Small Business Tax Cheats: A $122 Billion Problem
The Fiscal TimesJanuary 18, 2012

Tax experts say the two key ways to prompt better small business tax compliance are to ramp up enforcement at the IRS and to subject businesses to additional third-party reporting requirements. Those solutions are all but impossible, since the IRS...more »

Portland schools' defense in lawsuit: Incompetence, not discrimination, got ...
OregonLive.comJanuary 2, 2012

She says she the victim of discrimination against her age, gender and medical condition. Diana Fernandez, who ran the state's second-largest largest ESL program for more than five years, claims in her suit that she was wrongly fired at age 60 for ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cordray Appointment Activates Full Powers of New Consumer Bureau
BloombergJanuary 4, 2012

Today's recess appointment by Obama, aimed at bypassing Republican objections, seats the former Ohio attorney general without Senate confirmation. “With a director finally in place and no question about its powers, the Consumer Financial Protection ...more »

Environmental Law
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What's Ahead for Attorneys in 2012 - One Lawyer's View
LawfuelJanuary 8, 2012

Massachusetts, like the rest of the world, is seeing an uptick in demand for attorneys in the following areas: intellectual property, patent litigation, venture capital, private equity, health care, labor and employment, and corporate governance. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Executor's job 'big and thankless'
Calgary HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Accounts are a detailed statement of all of the money collected and paid out during estate administration. Each beneficiary was asked to approve the accounts before the money would be sent out. Some of them dragged their heels. ...more »

Family Law
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Law 'no benefit' to orphaned adults
The NationalJanuary 1, 2012

Many of her "sisters" and "brothers" at the shelter after secondary school opt to look for work rather than enrolling in higher education to help earn money for a while. And after finding a job, she said, joining a government university was the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Kansas High Court Reviews Packing Plant Work Injury Case
EIN News (press release)January 1, 2012

January 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Kansas Supreme Court recently reviewed a case involving a personal injury suffered at a Dodge City beef packing plant. In Herrell v. National Beef, the court held that the landowner could be held liable for a ...more »

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