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Crimes give Akron, Ohio, area national exposure in 2011
Bellingham HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

"Ohio police find third body investigating murder spree," the Telegraph reported to its London readers in December. For a region more used to seeing the spotlight cast on its Goodyear blimp, the All-American Soap Box Derby or LeBron James, ...more »

Gas supply to industrial sector on 'special priority' demanded
Business Recorder (blog)January 1, 2012

Showing concerns, Bilwani said the country could not afford rise in the existing unemployment and warned the closures of industrial units because of gas cuts would badly hit jobs. "The situation could also lead to a serious law and order dilemma," he ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bridgeport Council to weigh charter, salary issues
Ct PostJanuary 2, 2012

The council meeting will take place Tuesday at 7 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, to be preceded at 6 pm by a public hearing on this and other agenda items. The mayor's proposal could affect the salaries of about 80 nonunion mayoral appointees. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Christian health-care sharing grows in popularity
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

A Christian health-care sharing organization founded in 1993 by nonprofit Christian Care Ministry. HOW DOES IT WORK? At the doctor's office, members present their Medi-Share card. Bills are discounted at preferred providers, then sent to Medi-Share, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Law enforcement students support Toys for Tots program
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderJanuary 1, 2012

Students in the Law Enforcement/Police Science program at West Side Career and Technology Center recently participated in the US Marine Corps Toys For Tots program. The students helped to receive, separate, bag and distribute the toys. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Photo ID, anti-immigration measures among new Tenn. laws taking effect Jan. 1
The RepublicJanuary 1, 2012

Tennesseans will be required to have photo identification in order to vote and state employers will have to make sure their employees are legally authorized to work in the US under new laws that take effect Jan. 1. The photo ID measure has stirred ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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India Shares End at One-Month High
Wall Street JournalJanuary 10, 2012

Energy major Reliance Industries jumped 4.0% to 735.15 rupees on value-buying. The stock has lost more than 8% in the past three months. The bank index rose 3.2%, with ICICI Bank advancing 3.9% to 774.45 rupees. Mortgage lender Housing Development...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Revelations & Resolutions
AsiaOneJanuary 3, 2012

You can't dispute taking 30 seconds less on 2.4km run nor a solid three-repetition improvement on the pull-up. That is progress. On the other hand, you may have gained 3kg within your scale. But you look at the mirror and at an early stage, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Best Lawyers named the following regional attorneys Lawyers of the Year for the specified categories: William A. Atlee Jr ., medical malpractice law for plaintiffs; Charles J. Ferry , banking and finance law; Bradley J. Gunnison , tax law; ...more »

Animal Law
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Harvard's New England Primate Research Center cited for animal death
Boston.comJanuary 10, 2012

“This notice is being issued at this time as a serious warning that if you fail to comply with the requirements of the Animal Welfare Act in the future, this citation and all past and future documented violations will be used to justify a more severe ...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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How to win a “bet-the-company” lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

A number of years ago, I represented an insurance company which sued a law firm for breach of fiduciary duty. The case was tried by a jury. The defendant was represented by a well-known, highly regarded law firm. I thought that the defendant's lawyers...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Don Cheadle Explains Obama 'Gangsta' Comment, Hopes The President Will 'Smack ...
MediaiteJanuary 2, 2012

Cheadle owes his fortune and fame to the same thing Obama does, Affirmative Action. Not necessarily the legal regime that pushes blacks and other so-called “minorities” into academic and professional positions for which they are unqualified but the ...more »

Landing Gear MRO Outlook
Aviation WeekJanuary 3, 2012

Data from Aviation Week's MRO Prospector shows that 1378 landing gear overhauls were scheduled for 2011. In 2012, that total number is expected to drop slightly to 1224. That number could dip even lower depending on the retirements of MD-80s and other ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Moving evicted tenants is big business
Foster's Daily DemocratJanuary 13, 2012

In certain communities, like Suffolk County on New York's Long Island, the law allows a property owner to leave a tenant's belongings on the sidewalk. Attorney Steven Snair specializes in landlord-tenant cases. They often involve middle-class, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How you can recover from a bad holiday debt hangover
Calgary HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

That starts you on the road to exploring every available option - before facing the prospect of bankruptcy. Aside from OPD, people with debt may consider selling a personal asset, such as a car, to deal with it. "Maybe you take the bus," says Wilson. ...more »

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 »

Business Law
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In central China, shadowy sex case ensnares local officials
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

By TOM LASSETER CHENGGUAN, ChinaThe sign above the entry to the Water Cube bathhouse lit up at night with blue ocean waves, palm trees and red characters advertising spring waters. It was one of the last things the girls saw before their lives changed ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Fort Bragg likely to feel pinch from expected defense budget cuts
Fayetteville ObserverJanuary 8, 2012

Another area likely to face cuts is military pay and benefits. Personnel costs have been rising at an exorbitant rate for the military. Todd Harrison, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, calculated that the entire ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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2011's Cybercrime Explosion and Your 3 Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2012
The Criminal Report Daily (blog)January 2, 2012

By Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, former federal computer-crime prosecutor. Cybercrime touched the lives of so many Americans in 2011 that it felt as pervasive as the common cold and as painful as the flu. According to a report by security giant Symantec, ...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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Gingrich threats a dark omen for courts?
UPI.comJanuary 1, 2012

The judiciary has acted on the premise of 'judicial supremacy,' where courts not only review and apply laws, but also actively seek to modify and create new constitutional law from the bench that the Supreme Court has asserted should be binding on the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What Do You Mean I Cannot Sue the Pharmacist for My Drug Interaction?
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 7, 2012

On their face those advertisements sure make you feel safe and secure knowing that you are in good hands of a professional pharmacist but beware of what you see and hear. Hidden from the general public, drug store chains take the legal position that ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Cordray's appointment gives bureau its power
Kennebec JournalJanuary 17, 2012

Since July 21, the CFPB -- a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- had been up and running, but with only partial powers. It's the nation's first federal financial regulator with only one job -- protecting consumers ...more »

Real Estate Law
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WP Carey & Co. Founder, Real Estate Legend: RIP
New York ObserverJanuary 3, 2012

In 2009, WP Carey & Co. paid $225 million for 21 floors at the New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue under a sale-leaseback arrangement, with the newspaper agreeing to lease out space in the building for up to 15 years. ...more »

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/1
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 »

Sports Law
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Law, Unwrapped: Rick Santorum's Cramped Family Values, Meet The Gallaghers
The New Civil Rights MovementJanuary 3, 2012

He is a law professor who writes about various and sundry topics, including: disaster compensation; tort law; public health law; literature; science; sports; his own personal life (when he can bear the humanity); and, especially, LGBT rights and issues ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Memphis Attorney Mark A. Renken Opens Up Caseload For Victims Of Wrongful Injury
Emailwire (press release)January 5, 2012

As a Memphis criminal defense attorney and personal injury lawyer, Attorney Renken has gained the respect of the community. (EMAILWIRE.COM, January 05, 2012 ) Memphis, Tennessee -- One thing that Memphis news makes clear is that the Memphis court ...more »

MARTINEZ v. U.S.
Leagle.comJanuary 6, 2012

Defendant the United States, acting through the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), contends that plaintiff fails to meet Section 530's reporting consistency requirement because he did not timely file form 1099 returns for his drivers. ...more »

CEI Files Amicus Brief in Magner v. Gallagher, to Guard Against Financial ...
OpenMarket.orgJanuary 5, 2012

The case tests whether race-conscious “disparate-impact” causes of action can be judicially read into laws, like the Fair Housing Act, that ban racial discrimination, effectively turning the colorblind intentions of such laws upside down. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Shrewsbury resident joins Estate Preservation Law Offices
Community AdvocateJanuary 17, 2012

Ryan's practice will focus on estate and asset protection planning, trust, estate and probate administration, family and business succession planning, estate and trust administration, special needs and elder law planning, and tax planning. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Policy of decommissioning aged nuclear plants too abrupt
The Daily YomiuriJanuary 8, 2012

What alternative source will make up for the loss of power that will result of shutting down nuclear plants? Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power are not yet powerful enough. There are also many problems that will follow the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney Suzanne R. Sayward: 5 ways in which distributions from estates will...
Daily News TranscriptJanuary 5, 2012

By Attorney Suzanne Sayward In September, this column discussed a new law going into effect this month that will affect the way estates are administered in Massachusetts. This law, the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), also changes how assets ...more »

Family Law
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Family: Iran Detainee Needs Better Legal Help
SalonJanuary 4, 2012

DETROIT (AP) — The family of an Iranian-American detained in Iran for four months on espionage charges says he's not getting adequate legal representation. The family of Amir Hekmati (hehk-MAH'-tee) said in a statement Wednesday his “only advocate in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Small Businesses Consider Gambling Legislature's Dessert, Supportive of Scott
Sunshine State NewsJanuary 7, 2012

First, legislators -- when they begin the 60-day regular session next week -- need to focus on workers' compensation, unemployment compensation, tort reform and tangible personal property tax relief, said Bill Herrle, NFIB/Florida executive director. ...more »

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