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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Chief Justice Defends Peers on Health Law
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, ...more »

Health Care Law
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New year to bring new rules on e-prescriptions, pill mills
USA TODAYJanuary 1, 2012

1, physician Carl E. Mitchell knows he will face a 1 percent cut in payments he gets for seeing Medicare patients, but the lost money isn't steep enough to convince him to start writing some prescriptions electronically to avoid the hit. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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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 »

Immigration Law
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Mitt Romney says he would veto DREAM Act
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By James Oliphant Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has pledged to veto the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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MFC Industrial Acquires Distressed Iron Ore Mine
PR Newswire (press release)January 4, 2012

The Pea Ridge Mine operated as an underground mine between 1963 and 2001, and was originally developed as a partnership between Bethlehem Steel and St. Joe Minerals, operating as the Meramec Mining Company. From 1981 to 1987 the mine was operated by ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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statute drafting awaits chords of compromise on issues
Himalayan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Although the taskforce forced under the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee has already presented its report on the debatable issues with possible solutions, the big guns are yet to strike chords of compromise.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Opinion: NJ small-business entrepreneurs face challenging costs of liability ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 3, 2012

These loopholes target honest businesses and push liability insurance premiums even higher. The US Chamber of Commerce recently found that New Jersey has the nation's highest litigation costs per 10000 people in the country. ...more »

Animal Law
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Concord: Drug researcher accused of animal abuse
WKYC-TVJanuary 9, 2012

The experimental drug was supposed to be put into the monkey's stomach, according to both the animal rights group, and Ricerca's 2010 filings with the USDA. In a second incident a dog was found dead in its cage the morning following the administration ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Australia slips on intellectual property rights
iT NewsJanuary 9, 2012

Issued by the conservative Washington DC-based Americans for Tax Reform Foundation/Property Rights Alliance, the index measures the significance of physical and intellectual property rights for 129 countries. It is broken into three components, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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HSH Nordbank, Credit Suisse, Madoff, GE in Court News
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

By Elizabeth Amon (Adds HSH Nordbank, Porsche in New Suits; CDR Financial in Verdicts; Ex-lawyer Rothstein in Litigation Departments. Updates NFL's Kyle Orton in Litigation Departments.) Jan. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Six former HSH Nordbank AG executives were ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Long Do We Need to Keep All This Stuff?
Our Colorado NewsJanuary 7, 2012

Employee Compensation: Your payroll department should keep payroll records (including records of wages, hours, collective bargaining agreements, employment contracts, date of payment, amount of payment, record of straight and overtime earnings etc.) ...more »

Eurozone crisis could cause aviation to lose $8 billion in 2012
Air and Business Travel NewsJanuary 3, 2012

The International Air Transport Association said that it was currently predicting that the worldwide aviation sector would make a total profit of $3.5 billion in 2012 – down from an estimated collective profit of $6.9 million last year. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Shop owners 'should expect bad news'
Channel TelevisionJanuary 3, 2012

Mr Morris, who works at law firm Collas Crill, says landlords need to be prepared to act quickly and to negotiate with tenants in difficulty. The prediction is that the last quarterly rent day of the year - 25 December - will have been a gloomy day for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Gеt Yоur 3 Free Credit Reports Now, Did I Mentiоn Thеy werе Frеe?
Hutchinson LeaderJanuary 4, 2012

Obtaining your credit report іs thе fіrst step to improving уоur credit score аnd fix yоur credit rating. Even thе Federal Trade Commission hаs stated that "anything a credit repair company can dо fоr you legally, you сan dо fоr yourself". ...more »

Litigation
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Orrick to Split Transactions and Litigation Groups In Attempt to Boost Profit
ABA JournalJanuary 4, 2012

By Rachel M. Zahorsky Leaders at Orrick Herrington & Suttcliffe approved a five-way split of the firm's transactions and litigation groups last month in an effort to boost profitability and re-brand its marketing efforts. The action, effective Jan. ...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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North Korea: Time for Washington to Step Back and Let South Korea Lead
Huffington Post (blog)January 2, 2012

That requires sustaining Pyongyang as a vampire state for the benefit of the party and military. In this way, noted Time's Bill Powell, "it may well be that the young, inexperienced Kim Jong-un works for them now, not the other way around. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Former cop now busts bad guys digitally
Globe and MailJanuary 4, 2012

The program was created in 2009 by Jad Saliba, then a police officer and amateur computer programmer assigned to a desk job in the tech crimes unit of the Waterloo Regional Police Service after undergoing cancer treatment at the age of 26. ...more »

Personal Injury
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FDA Sights Concerns From 1-800-GET-THIN
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 2, 2012

A series of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against 1-800-GET-THIN, its affiliated surgery centers and doctors who performed the procedures. A class-action suit has also been filed - on behalf of patients - that accuses the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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more states allow same-sex civil unions
CNNJanuary 1, 2012

Jack Markell, a Democrat, signed his state's bill into law in May. The Delaware Family Policy Council, which says its goal is to "educate, equip, unify and engage the citizens of Delaware in advocating for family values and preserving the integrity of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Wilson Elser Promotes 18 from 11 US Offices to Partner
Citybizlist (press release)January 16, 2012

Craig M. Derrig: Mr. Derrig works in the Wilson Elser's Chicago office and is a member of the General Liability and Casualty, Product Liability and Commercial Litigation practices. He graduated with a JD from the John Marshall Law School (2002) and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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BNA Books Announces the Publication of the 2011 Cumulative Supplement to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

... provides analysis of developments related to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, which created whistleblower protections for employees in the health care sector, and The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Executive Moves: Jan. 2, 2012
Crain's New York BusinessJanuary 1, 2012

Gregory M. Starner, 36, was promoted to partner in the global commercial litigation practice. He was previously an associate. Chris Walker, 48, joined the provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services as associate director in the ...more »

Hungary Ready to Discuss Standby Loan With IMF
Wall Street JournalJanuary 5, 2012

The government is also open to discussing a controversial central bank law enacted last week, that has triggered a standoff with the IMF and the European Union, Tamas Fellegi, a minister without portfolio and the country's chief negotiator with the ...more »

Sports Law
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VPF expects TV right dispute to be settled by court
TuoitrenewsJanuary 2, 2012

Assigned to manage marketing, sales and the organization of competition of the top two football leagues in Vietnam, VPF has announced that it refuses to accept the exclusive TV rights of AVG, since the deal violates Vietnam's sports law, according to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer a mentor to many
The Seattle TimesJanuary 6, 2012

Well-known and much-respected criminal defense attorney Tony Savage died Tuesday at 81. Among his clients were Gary L. Ridgway, the Green River killer, and David Lewis Rice, murderer of four members of the Goldmark family in 1985. ...more »

United, Delta add $3 fee on Europe flights
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 6, 2012

The announcement marks the third consecutive year that the IRS increased its audit rate on returns showing income of more than $1 million. According to IRS data, the previous record was the 8.36 percent of returns in that category audited during fiscal ...more »

John Harper Returns to Haynes and Boone's Houston Office
PR Web (press release)January 13, 2012

Harper has defended employers against discrimination claims, including class actions, under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and also concerning claims under the Fair Labor ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The 2012 Regulatory and Market Landscape
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Steve Nadel, a hedge-fund lawyer with Seward & Kissel LLP in New York, said "registration issues will continue to dominate" the discussion in hedge funds in early 2012, but he also predicted changes that could lead to more taxation of the industry and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Whistle Blower Threatened with 35 Years in Prison, Warns of Developing Tyranny
Real News NetworkJanuary 4, 2012

As government employees we became embroiled in two of this era's most controversial programs in their infancy—torture and warrantless wiretapping—as prime evidence of the government's abject abuse of power and the bypassing of the law. ...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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DUI suspect on the run — victim's family blames politicians
Chicago Sun-TimesJanuary 4, 2012

William “Denny” McCann's family believes the suspect, Saul Chavez, would still be in the custody of law enforcement — and not a fugitive — if the Cook County Board hadn't passed an ordinance that the family argues paved the way for the suspect to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Whitehorse tire shop worker was crushed by truck
CBC.caJanuary 6, 2012

The Yukon Workers Compensation, Health and Safety Board says the death of a Whitehorse tire shop employee in November was preventable. The board released its preliminary findings into the workplace fatality on Thursday. ...more »

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