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2 health systems take joint approach
Milwaukee Journal SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

The organizations - which are expected to strike similar agreements with commercial health plans - will be the key vehicle for testing new methods of paying hospitals and doctors. The Bellin Health-ThedaCare Healthcare Partners effort is one of the ...more »

NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Police told to submit charge sheet in man's slaughter case
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

The Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit charge-sheet against a woman and her nephew, who are facing the charges of killing a man and chopping his body into pieces in Shah Faisal ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare Business News 2012 Outlook: It might sound a little familiar
ModernHealthcare.comJanuary 2, 2012

Health insurers will seek to comply with new oversight under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act while hospitals that could see potentially hefty fines for breaking the law may find relief under one provision. For a more detailed look at the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bob Jones University to review sex abuse policy
Greenville NewsJanuary 1, 2012

By Ron Barnett Bob Jones University will review its policies and procedures for dealing with allegations of sex abuse in order to make sure they “fully comply with the law and ensure a loving, scripturally based response,” according to a statement ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney pledges to veto federal DREAM Act for immigrants
Washington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

Mitt Romney signs autographs during a campaign stop at Kinzler Construction in Ames, Iowa on Thursday. (Charlie Riedel - AP) LE MARS, Iowa – Mitt Romney returned to Iowa Saturday night sounding even more sure of his chances at claiming the Republican ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Article: First Year Administration Accomplishments Compared
NorthcentralPa.comJanuary 2, 2012

(Act 72) (Campaign promise)-- The Phosphate Ban Act is amended to extend the ban on phosphates in detergent from 1995 to 1998. (Act 78)-- A new law authorizes the transfer of $3 million to provide new funding for local Household Hazardous Waste...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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MSG Blackout on Time Warner Continues
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

s MSG sports network remains blacked out for roughly two million Time Warner Cable Inc. subscribers in the New York area, with no sign of a resolution in the contract-renewal dispute over the channel. The sports network, which airs New York Knicks ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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How to make the litigation process easier and less costly
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

Horses for courses — Really consider the choice of lawyers and conflicts of interest. There is a tendency for a defendant business owner to pick up the phone and call a trusted business lawyer and send the case to the 'go-to firm. ...more »

Animal Law
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E. Coli, Animal Exhibits and the North Carolina State Fair
Food Safety NewsJanuary 6, 2012

After that outbreak, the North Carolina Legislature adopted Aedin's Law - named after a boy who developed a serious case of HUS. The law stipulates, among other things, that animal exhibitors must carry a public permit if visitors come into contact ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Malaysia Among Countries Worldwide Posting Double-digit Growth In IP Filings
BernamaJanuary 6, 2012

NEW YORK, Jan 6 (Bernama) -- Malaysia is one of the four Asean member states to register double-digit growth in intellectual property (IP) filings. The others are Singapore, the Philippines and Vietnam. Colombia, Russia and Ukraine also posted ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Porsche wreck killed Southlake attorney, two passengers
Fort Worth Star TelegramJanuary 6, 2012

Eddins, a Fort Worth native, represented clients in asbestos and mesothelioma lawsuits and was well-known for winning multimillion-dollar settlements in high-profile cases. In October, he opened a law office in Southlake Town Square. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Perpetuates a Colorized America
Daily NexusJanuary 11, 2012

By Opinion Editor and Alex Gushner Few government policies are more counterproductive than affirmative action. Its origins trace back to the presidential terms of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, both of whom sought to curb discrimination and ...more »

Airplane deaths at record low in 2011: report
New York Daily NewsJanuary 1, 2012

A London-based aviation consultancy found that airplane deaths worldwide were down to historic lows in 2011. Of course. It's the safest way to travel. No. I know the stats say it's safe, but I'm still terrified of flying. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Anne Peterson: Tenant ignored court summons and now has to pay the penalty
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleJanuary 7, 2012

Actually, double railings are a safety feature that an astute landlord installs anyway. And it's a good thing you "rent to families with children," as failure to do so is a violation of both federal and state fair housing laws.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ex-Lawyer Rothstein Says Funds Didn't Warn Investors
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 2, 2012

Transcripts are being released on the website of the plaintiffs' law firm Conrad & Scherer. Rothstein said that, in hopes of a reduced sentence, he was telling prosecutors about everyone involved in his scheme and about police officers and others whom ...more »

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Status Conference Upcoming in Topamax Side Effects Lawsuit Being Handled in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 6, 2012

The current Topamax side effect lawsuit is cited officially by the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas as In re Topamax Litigation (CCP Philadelphia County, No. 02131). According to court documents, the plaintiffs have filed Topamax side effects ...more »

Business Law
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Bob Dyer: 16th annual Bobby Awards announced
Akron Beacon JournalJanuary 1, 2012

THE PERFECT CRIME: A 39-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man was arrested after police said he broke into the Tallmadge home of his estranged wife's boyfriend and attacked him with a sledge- hammer. According to the police report, the assailant wore a ski mask ...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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Marshall program rides a surging wave of digital evidence
Charleston GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

But digital crime and online misbehavior? Now, there's a growth field. With an increasingly popular series of classes in "digital forensics," Marshall University is training a new generation of students to keep up with this new generation of crime. ...more »

Personal Injury
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ISO Launches PICAS Plus to Automate the Evaluation of Motor Personal Injury Claims
Targetwire (press release)January 9, 2012

London, UK – 09 January 2012 – Insurance Services Office (ISO) Limited, the UK's leading provider of personal injury claims solutions, has launched PICAS Plus, a major new version of its award-winning Personal Injury Claims Automated Settlement ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Individual mandate is a hidden tax
Florida Times-UnionJanuary 3, 2012

Florida and 25 states assert that the individual mandate is the linchpin to the health care law. The states argue that if the mandate is unconstitutional it would be removed and the entire law should come crashing down. In other words, the mandate ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Attorney Michael J. Cook Added to Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff P.C. ...
Exec Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

The Troy resident has represented clients on a variety of civil litigation matters, including professional malpractice, contractual indemnity, business torts, uniform commercial code and general liability. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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2011 saw consumer fora fixing high service benchmark
MSN IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

The apex court had said that a special law supersedes a general law and, therefore, the provision for appointment of an arbitrator in the Telegraph Act bars a consumer from seeking remedy under the Consumer Protection Act. (MORE) PTI SKV UPT RKS RAX ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Decrees, Laws and Decisions Issued in 2011
Syrian Arab News AgencyJanuary 1, 2012

4/12/2011: Legislative Decree No. 125 on allowing electors to practice their right to vote in the elections using their identity cards. 7/12/2011: Law No. 23 on amending consumer spending taxes on some products and services. 7/12/2011: Law No. ...more »

California 745 new laws cover everything from soup to tanning beds
Ventura County StarJanuary 1, 2012

By Timm Herdt SACRAMENTO — California will usher in 2012 with 745 new laws on its books — and if you like shark fin soup, are in the habit of carrying around an unloaded handgun, or are the parent of a teenager who frequents tanning salons — there ...more »

Sports Law
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Flush with memories on quail hunt
Online AthensJanuary 4, 2012

... I proposed a yearly calendar for your outdoor sporting endeavors and this past week I got started on mine. I suggested that you go quail hunting in February, but our trip actually came a little early. My brother-in-law treated a couple of us guys ...more »

Criminal Defense
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NJ Attorney General Paula Dow leaves office after nearly 2 stressful ...
NJ.comJanuary 3, 2012

The turnover atop the Department of Law and Public Safety — a sprawling enterprise that oversees the State Police, criminal prosecutions, civil litigation, gaming enforcement, civil rights and consumer protection — comes amid tough times. ...more »

IRS Concludes Audit of Vernon Bond
Bell Gardens SunJanuary 5, 2012

The audit, begun in August, was to determine if Vernon improperly avoided paying taxes to the IRS. The IRS found that the $419 million bond issued by the city's Light and Power Department to purchase a 15-year supply of natural gas is in compliance ...more »

Click here for Legals for January 8
Ennis Daily NewsJanuary 7, 2012

... an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, and is subject to the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protecting Your Future: Getting home medical care via a pooled income trust
Times Herald-RecordJanuary 1, 2012

Bonnie Kraham is an attorney practicing elder law estate planning with Ettinger Law Firm, 75 Crystal Run Road, Town of Wallkill. She can be reached at 692-8700, ext. 119, or at This column is intended to provide general ...more »

Environmental Law
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TexCom Appoints Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth as New Independent ...
Energy Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

He currently leads the Natural Resources and Alternative Energy Practice Group at the Oklahoma City-based law firm of Phillips Murrah, and also serves as President of A New Energy, LLC, an energy consultancy specializing in energy policy and energy ...more »

Wills & Probate
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DLA Piper's Jonathan Eisner Elected to American College of Trust and Estate...
Citybizlist (press release)January 24, 2012

At DLA Piper, Mr. Eisner concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of estate planning, including the drafting and construction of wills and trusts; estate and trust administration; and estate, gift, and income tax matters.more »

Family Law
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Baby Moses law rarely utilized
San Angelo Standard TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By AP SAN ANGELO, Texas — DALLAS — The Baby Moses law gives parents of unwanted newborns an option, but only 50 infants have been surrendered in Texas since 2004. Texas Department of Family and Protective Service statistics during that time show more ...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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