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Baby boomers – how the wealthy flout China's family planning
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

... a violation of Chinese law, and how wealthy Chinese do as they please, with scant regard for the rules that constrain others. The most common reaction, though, has been simple disbelief. “Heavens. To have one family with eight kids ... in an era of ...more »

2011 International LGBT Roundup: Asylum and Refugees
Care2.com (blog)January 1, 2012

They also agreed to share best practices on treatment of LGBT asylum cases. In Australia a law was passed clarifying protection rights for homosexual refugees. It emerged in October that key global south LGBT activists are increasingly encountering ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China Set to Punish Another Human Rights Activist
New York TimesJanuary 3, 2012

“I'm afraid the sentence this time will be especially heavy,” their lawyer, Cheng Hai, said after their hearing on Thursday. The trial of Ms. Ni and her husband, Dong Jiqin, capped a particularly grim year for Chinese dissidents and human rights ...more »

Health Care Law
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Santorum: Obama's healthcare law a scheme to get Democrats re-elected
The Hill (blog)January 5, 2012

By Jonathan Easley - 01/05/12 12:55 PM ET Rick Santorm called President Obama's healthcare law a scheme to "hook" voters, who would re-elect Democrats because they will have become dependent on the government for handouts. “Obamacare is a game-changer ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 3, 2012

The US Supreme Court in 1937 upheld the constitutionality of the act in NLRB v. Jones & Laughlin Steel Corp. Though the act has been amended more than once since then, the foregoing language in Section 7 has remained intact. Presuming Mr. Morris is a ...more »

Immigration Law
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Controversial Immigration Laws Go into Effect Around the Country
Fox NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Bentley said Alabama's law, known as HB 56, has to eliminate unnecessary burdens on legal residents and businesses and protect faith-based services while ensuring that everyone working in Alabama is legal. "We recognize that changes are needed to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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'90% of motorists carry fake insurance papers'
The NationJanuary 1, 2012

Now, the local content allows much money to flow into the industry locally instead of the capital flight experience we used to have. With the inflow of foreign exchange (forex) and new accounts in oil and gas as a result of the Cabotage Act, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master of 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, to Deliver ...
News from RutgersJanuary 4, 2012

NEWARK, NJ – Kenneth R. Feinberg, one of the country's leading experts on mediation and alternative dispute resolution, will deliver the 2012 Paul S. Miller Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday, January 24, 2012, at Rutgers School of Law–Newark. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Status Conference Upcoming in Topamax Side Effects Lawsuit Being Handled in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)January 6, 2012

A status conference is generally held in order to determine the progress of both sides in a lawsuit in terms of their preparation for trial. This description matches the definition of Status Conference as contained in legal dictionaries. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Abuse Registry Updates
Examiner.comJanuary 18, 2012

In the late '90s, Megan's Laws were enacted in states across the country, establishing registries for sex offenders. Stephan Otto, Director of Legislative Affairs with the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) took notice, and understood that the same ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner
Bizjournals.com (blog)January 3, 2012

Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel said Tuesday that it has enhanced its litigation capabilities with the addition of partner Frederick A. Tecce. Tecce was a partner of McShea & Tecce and is a former assistant US Attorney ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Victims advocacy group to fight court order to disclose records to accused ...
Washington PostJanuary 3, 2012

In her ruling last week, Mesle ordered Clohessy to turn over communications because he “almost certainly has knowledge concerning issues relevant to this litigation.” The suit is one of five abuse cases against Tierney, who has denied wrongdoing. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Lead Medical Technologist
WEAU-TV 13January 5, 2012

... an atmosphere where each individual is valued and given opportunities for personal and professional growth should apply. We welcome those with prior military experience to apply. An Equal Opportunity Employer Operating Under an Affirmative Action Plan.more »

Established Players Outlive Newcomers as Middle East Market Consolidates
Aviation International NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Jet Aviation, too, has deep roots in the desert, with well-established operations in Dubai, Jeddah and Riyadh. These businesses are now in what Christof Spaeth, senior vice president for MRO and FBO services for Europe the Middle East, Africa and Asia, ...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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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ...
San Francisco Chronicle (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 »

Litigation
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Taking aim at the BCS: Utah attorney general plans lawsuit
San Francisco Luxury NewsJanuary 3, 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 »

Business Law
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Gingrich Asks Iowans To Punish Negative Politicians at Waterloo Stop
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

"It is a blatant falsehood, and Romney's people know it's false," he said. The ad was paid for by the Political Action Committee (PAC) Restore Our Future, which supports Romney but is not technically affiliated with him. Unlike candidates, PACs are not ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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AlliedBarton Security Services Teams Up With the Employer Partnership of the ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Stein was selected out of 15 COIs representing the EPAF to participate in an employer panel discussing the benefits of hiring army reservists and veterans and partnering with military organizations. He will also participate in other activities ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salvation Army official's link to child porn detailed in court document
Tucson CitizenJanuary 6, 2012

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said detectives working with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force “are on the Internet and looking for people downloading and transferring child pornography, and that is what led them to ...more »

Personal Injury
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6 pm update: Wintry blast challenges Central Illinois drivers
Herald & ReviewJanuary 13, 2012

They reported 16 personal injury crashes and 41 property damage vehicle crashes. Macon County Sheriff Thomas Schneider said his office handled seven accidents by 3 pm No one was seriously injured, although one woman was transported by ambulance after ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A Betrayal of the Founders
CounterPunchJanuary 5, 2012

He added that he would interpret the law “in a manner that ensures that any detention it authorizes complies with the Constitution, the laws of war, and all other applicable law.” But those who hoped that Barack Obama, the onetime constitutional law...more »

Professional Malpractice
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HPK Member Gregory S. Weiner Recognzed as 'Legal Elite' by Baltimore SmartCEO
Citybizlist (press release)January 4, 2012

Practice areas include: Corporate and Business Services, Education/School Law; Labor and Employment, Litigation, Bankruptcy, Collaborative Law, Elder Law, Estate and Wealth Preservation, Insurance Law, Patent and Trademark Law, Land Use and Zoning, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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President Obama names Richard Cordray federal consumer watchdog head over ...
89.3 KPCCJanuary 4, 2012

The new federal consumer watchdog agency was created under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and began operation last July to oversee payday lenders and mortgage companies, among other entities. “For almost half a year, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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How Italy's Taxes Could Boost NYC Real Estate
Wall Street Journal (blog)January 4, 2012

But some New York City brokers say that for them, the new tax could be a shiny holiday gift. According to the new law, Italian nationals must pay an additional 0.76% tax to the Italian government on the value of second homes they own in other countries ...more »

2012 HR Advice For Irish Businesses By Alan Price, Managing Director of ...
Your-Story.org (press release)January 4, 2012

Keelings had 147 employees dedicated to the Tesco contract, the majority of whom were drivers. However, Tesco took the commercial decision to cancel the relationship with Keelings and award the contract to Stobart. While Stobart did offer the Keelings ...more »

Sports Law
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Gosper warns of illegal betting being potentially a worse assault to standards ...
The AustralianJanuary 2, 2012

"Law-enforcement authorities are far more concerned about illegal gambling issues than the drug issue." Gosper, chairman of the IOC press commission, was speaking after British Sports Minister Hugh Robertson warned that match-fixing could be the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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State Bar disciplines Rancho defense attorney
San Bernardino SunJanuary 18, 2012

In the next month, the court is expected to issue a ruling and decide whether or not to submit their findings to the respective district attorneys' offices for consideration of criminal charges, said William Chiang, spokesman for the state Bar. ...more »

NetJets Lawsuit Tackles IRS Excise Tax Problem
Aviation International NewsJanuary 5, 2012

“What they need to do is talk to a legal advisor, a tax lawyer who understands aviation law, review their management agreements to make sure that if they don't intend to be providing a transporting service that would be taxable, that they're actually ...more »

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 »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protecting our treasures
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 2, 2012

The constitutionality of the federal healthcare law will be decided by the Supreme Court this year, but Florida already is behind because the Scott administration has refused to use federal money to start planning for the law. ...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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Probate judge dies
The Keene SentinelJanuary 2, 2012

King said that Weeks took pains to make sure that all parties involved in what could be painful decisions involving child guardianship understood his decisions. He also spelled out in lengthy written opinions what a parent could do to get a child back. ...more »

Family Law
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Washington's campaign-finance disclosures rightly upheld
The Seattle TimesJanuary 3, 2012

Family PAC, the group originally formed to oppose passage of the same-sex unions law in 2009, argued that the disclosure rule interfered with its freedom of speech under the First Amendment. In the opinion by Judge Raymond Fisher, the three-judge court ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Chiropractor Announces San Diego Workers Comp Treatment and Advanced Care
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA, Jan 04, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The practice of San Diego chiropractors Dr. Charles Salanger and Dr. Carol Spiegelman announced that personal injury chiropractor Dr. Carol Spiegelman also treats workers compensation patients ...more »

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