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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

State's top court to hear developer's suit over records
New Jersey HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

As part of the trial case decision, the judge said it appears that Chelsea Property Group was "lending aid to assistance to the Law Clinic" but that Sussex Commons "is not entitled to the substance of those communications." Kelly filed an appeal to the ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Trial by fire
Stockton RecordJanuary 1, 2012

Prior to that, he spent a number of years in private law practice and served on the Lodi City Council. He was mayor in the mid-1990s. Warner, who previously served as assistant presiding judge, succeeds outgoing presiding Judge Robin Appel. ...more »

Health Care Law
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2012 US Healthcare: UCR or '$99750 Ear Wax Fraud'? Aetna Wants Court to Stop ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 2, 2012

According to the court documents, "Plaintiffs Aetna Health Inc. and Aetna Life Insurance Company (collectively, "Aetna") bring this action under the laws of this state against Defendants Ifeolumipo O. Sofola, MD ("Dr. Sofola"), Navin Subramanian, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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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 »

Immigration Law
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Alabama's Samaritans mitigate strict law
Houston ChronicleJanuary 6, 2012

By Antonio M. Ginatta and Grace Meng Well over a third of Alabamians think the state's controversial new immigrant law is unfair, according to a recent poll by Alabama State University. And they are turning their feelings into action. ...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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Allison Sharpe
Mediate.comJanuary 1, 2012

It becomes difficult to make even simple decisions, much less find resolution. Litigation – adversarial, pits one side against the other, “winner” versus “loser”. Mediation – collaborative, parties meet to resolve their conflict. Mediation can be an ...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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PETA, owner at odds on fate of retiring MGM lions
Las Vegas SunJanuary 2, 2012

"In their natural habitats, lions roam many miles of territory, hunt, raise their young, and avoid contact with people," wrote Delcianna Winders, PETA's director of captive animal law enforcement. "It is detrimental to the mental and physical health of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Ziggo, MMPI, Velvet Underground Banana, MediaNews: Intellectual Property
BloombergJanuary 12, 2012

Buynow has measures to curb intellectual property infringement by vendors at its malls, and “regrets” the legal action by Microsoft, Buynow said in an e-mailed statement. For copyright news, click here. Patents EU's Barnier Says Deal Needed on Location ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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All in a Day's Work
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

In the first individual health liability smoking case in the state to go to trial, a jury in Bethel, Alaska, found that Philip Morris wasn't liable for claims connected to the lung cancer–related death of the plaintiff's common-law husband. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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'I do not have anything to do with the AAG': Supa Mandiwanzira
Bulawayo24January 4, 2012

by Staff reporter Former Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Supa Mandiwanzira says he no longer has anything to do with AAG. On Monday, self imposed AAG "life president," Phillip Chiyangwa was quoted in the media saying the AAG had set up an ...more »

AvWorks Aviation Corp announces the purchase of Lear Jet 24
CharterXJanuary 3, 2012

By Press Release AvWorks Aviation (spli:OTCQB) (AvWorks), formerly Datamill Media Corp., announces the purchase and salvage of a Lear Jet 24 from a private owner at Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport. Joel Young, President and CEO of AvWorks Aviation, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New law gives landlords more authority with smokers
abc7news.comJanuary 3, 2012

The new law requires landlords to specifically list in rental agreements and leases the areas where smoking is prohibited. Besides inside the units, the ban can include balconies, parking lots and other common areas. Many tenants say they like the new ...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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What a result for personal injury litigation! Insurers 1, consumers 0 (Jack ...
Daily MailJanuary 13, 2012

Before any haters out there get carried away, my own firm, Griffin Law, does not undertake any personal injury work. I do not have a dog in this fight. Indeed you might have thought that I would welcome anything that makes life harder for other lawyers ...more »

Business Law
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New SC Law Requires ID At DMV
WYFF GreenvilleJanuary 2, 2012

The law affects both individuals and businesses. Officials said the new law shouldn't be a problem for most people, and that a driver's license will usually be enough to satisfy the law. Other forms of identification include a state ID card, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military personnel welcomed back home
North Brunswick SentinelJanuary 3, 2012

The program aids returning veterans in securing employment, meal tickets, gift cards, education advancement, homelessness assistance and connection to essential benefits. More than 4000 National Guard and Reserve personnel from New Jersey alone have ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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They are tracked with his hack
Times of IndiaJanuary 2, 2012

COIMBATORE: Although he is not part of the police establishment, SN Ravichandran's expertise on the computer and internet helps investigating officials arrest those indulging in cyber crimes. Whenever a major cyber crime happens in the city, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Newsweek Features Estey Bomberger in Nationwide Top Attorneys Showcase
PR Web (press release)January 5, 2012

106CV070642 - Santa Clara County), and an $11 million verdict for a fall injury at a construction site, handed down by a Riverside County, CA jury in September, 2011 (Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Riverside, Case No. ...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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Berkshire unit buys another malpractice insurer
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

It writes professional liability policies for more than 16000 health care providers that generate about $140 million in premiums annually. Medical Protective CEO Tim Kenesey says Berkshire's financial strength will help Princeton expand its business in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Helpline for consumers launched
Khaleej TimesJanuary 17, 2012

The free toll number facility launched by the Consumer Guidance Society of India (CGSI) to mark the completion of 25 years of the Consumer Protection Act can also be used to register complaint of dead telephone calls and resultant excessive bills. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ALM Media Taps LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Data to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with ALM Media, enabling ALM to leverage data from the LexisNexis(R) Martindale-Hubbell(R) Peer Review Ratings(TM) service to publish special reports of top rated lawyers, law firms and women ...more »

Agent: WR Clowney agrees to deal with Bills
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Brian Mackler confirmed Clowney had signed with the Bills on Wednesday shortly after the receiver posted on his Twitter account a photo of the contract he received from the team. The Bills were not immediately available for comment. ...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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San Jose DUI Lawyer James Reilly of Summit Defense Attorneys Holds Seminar for ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 2, 2012

Summit Defense Attorneys is a Northern California Criminal Defense Law Firm with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Burlingame, San Rafael and Sacramento. Their accomplished team of trial attorneys includes two former prosecutors, ...more »

Tips to Help You Claim a Home-Office Deduction
Wall Street JournalJanuary 24, 2012

A common belief is that claiming a home office deduction is a red flag to the IRS, practically inviting an audit. There is no IRS data to support this belief and, unfortunately, the belief may be responsible for some taxpayers forgoing the deduction ...more »

EEOC Alleges Discrimination at Bank of Albuquerque
Albuquerque Journal (subscription)January 4, 2012

... male managers and employees, allegedly violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The agency is seeking monetary relief for the three women as well as ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law as U.S. Seeks Disclosures
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- California, the most populous US state, enacted a law this week to protect life-insurance beneficiaries as the federal government seeks to boost disclosures for survivors of its employees. Insurers must obtain written declarations from ...more »

Environmental Law
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Cuomo SOS React-omatic
Albany Times Union (blog)January 4, 2012

Instead of rebating $14 billion annually to Wall Street speculators from the stock transfer tax, invest in creating a green economy in New York that relies on renewable energy, green manufacturing, sustainable agriculture, and expanded mass transit,” ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local seniors to be recognized
Poughkeepsie JournalJanuary 8, 2012

Attorney Shari Hubner will be providing helpful, practical tips regarding each document and its importance to you and your loved ones. The probate process will also be explained and the pros and cons presented. This free workshop is presented by Saint ...more »

Family Law
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Family Research Council: Individual Mandate Unconstitutional, Thus Whole Law
The New AmericanJanuary 11, 2012

On Monday the Family Research Council (FRC) filed a “friend of the court” (amicus curiae) brief with the Supreme Court that makes its case that if the mandate forcing citizens to purchase health insurance or pay a penalty is ruled unconstitutional, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Aging Workforce May Not Be So Bad for Workers' Compensation, Says NCCI
Insurance JournalJanuary 5, 2012

The aging workforce may not have the negative impact on loss costs that workers' compensation insurers have feared. New research from the industry's National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) also concludes that while loss costs are higher for ...more »

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