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Looking forward 2012: A better place...
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

In 2011, a special court for NIA cases and 2G spectrum was established. Sources say more special courts may be formed if the number of cases with the National Investigating Agency increases. The year 2012 will mark the end of the 54-year-old MCD ...more »

How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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FCR's collective responsibility
DAWN.comJanuary 2, 2012

In drafting the FCR, it is said that reliance was placed on tribal customs and traditions such as the jirga and the idea of collective responsibility. Any such resemblance, though, is in name only as the FCR twists and distorts these institutions and ...more »

Health Care Law
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STATE: 2012 health-care tax will affect many, insurance analyst says
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

By Jerry Wolffe Medical insurers will be charged a 1 percent tax on paid health-care claims, effective today. The tax, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law Sept. 20 by Gov. Rick Snyder, replaces the 6 percent use tax applied to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Japan Eyes New Law To Pave Way For Budding Industries -Nikkei
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--The government plans to enact new legislation to help nurture businesses in child care, health care and energy conservation, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano told the Nikkei in a recent interview. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Week in review: Lawsuit challenges immigration status check
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

The friends group recognizes Colonial's development rights but is concerned that adding more than 200 new apartment units could hurt park visitors' views and cause environmental problems. The two sides continue to talk in advance of a Metro Planning ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Development ranks high in city for 2012
Danville Commercial NewsJanuary 1, 2012

For 2012, city officials will work on: ongoing retail development; replacement of the Fairchild Subway; and pushing for the gambling bill and a casino for Danville. Eisenhauer said he wants to continue to work on the city's industrial base, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The Hottest Real Estate Issue for 2012
Patch.comJanuary 6, 2012

There is a major issue in Malibu that is real estate-related. It pertains to property values and disclosures that agents will be required to make to city of Malibu property buyers. This issue is the city's View Restoration Ordinance. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Berkeley jail settles lawsuit
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 11, 2012

The state's Insurance Reserve Fund will foot the bill, which includes $100000 for Prison Legal News and $499900 in legal fees for a total that falls just below a $600000 cap that would stick local taxpayers with the tab. Before the lawsuit, inmates ...more »

Animal Law
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Unleashing the law: Do those convicted of Animal abuse in Texas, skirt punishment?
33 KDAF-TVJanuary 18, 2012

“I think the punishment for those who abuse animals needs to be harsh, so people will realize you don't do this to your pets or children.” Anthony Brown denies the ugly allegations against him. Fort Worth police say the father of three dragged his pit ...more »

Intellectual Property
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VU office helps turn ideas into products
The TennesseanJanuary 8, 2012

There is an understanding of what it takes to develop drugs at the industrial level, meaning with an eye toward the marketplace. That makes it so much easier for someone like me to come along and help that (technology) transfer, to help with licensing. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Patently Driven
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

As other IP specialty firms disappear, Finnegan continues to flourish, racking up wins--for clients large and small at every major litigation venue--that are also helping to shape the future of intellectual property law. From left: Charles Lipsey, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Dr. Boyce Watkins: MSNBC Suspends Pat Buchanan, but Needs to Fire Him Too
Eurweb.comJanuary 9, 2012

Buchanan has stated that President Obama arrived to the White House as a result of Affirmative Action and that the country “has been built, basically, by white folks.” Griffin seems concerned about two of the chapters in Buchanan's book, ...more »

Dubai Duty Free sales soar to Dh5.31b
gulfnews.comJanuary 2, 2012

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said: "It has been a fantastic year for Dubai Duty Free. The entire team has worked hard to maintain its position as the single largest ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jamaica tenants sue over poor conditions
TimesLedgerJanuary 1, 2012

“By filing this lawsuit and standing up to their abusive landlord, these tenants have taken a courageous step not only to protect their rights, but to draw attention to a much larger problem,” Robert McCreanor of the Catholic Migration Office, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia
Justia VerdictJanuary 3, 2012

Using readily-available data, the experts noted, an insurer could learn that Beth commutes some 45 miles to work, frequently buys fast food, walks for exercise, watches a lot of TV, buys weight-loss equipment, and has “foreclosure/bankruptcy indicators ...more »

Litigation
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The Complete Game
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

That means taking a detective's approach to examining the facts of a case, and sometimes using a team of outside private investigators to dig up more. It means waging battles inside and outside of the courtrooms. It's a strategy of action, not reaction ...more »

Business Law
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'Lying Dutchman' Could Cast Doubt on Ad Research
AdAge.comJanuary 2, 2012

The editor did not think incomplete or misleading research was a serious problem among the 50 or so legitimate advertising journals. "The peer-review process pretty well sorts out the bad eggs," he said. That Mr. Stapel was published repeatedly ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Reaction to Obama News of New Military by Senator from Alaska
The Alaska NewsJanuary 8, 2012

Obama announced that the new changes may affect not just the army force structure but also in military pay, benefits and retirement, and major changes in weapons system procurement. “Some aspects of this shift could be positive. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Betting on a victory
The Economist (blog)January 4, 2012

VIETNAM is crazy about computer games. So much so that authorities regard game addiction, and the crimes reportedly committed by junkies desperate for their next fix, as a growing problem. Yet this huge popularity, especially of multi-player online ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injuries board welcomes move to reduce lawyers' role in claims
Irish TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Set up in 2004, the board has the express purpose of reducing the cost of personal injuries claims. Given that the main cost – outside of the awards themselves – are legal fees, it has always had a difficult relationship with the legal profession. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Voter ID law a good idea
Topeka Capital JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Well the solution to that is for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. This is being done state-by-state only in absence of Congress acting and the fear that 2000 could repeat itself. It could be President Barack Obama winning re-election in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Henderson Franklin Names Four New Stockholders
Exec Digital (press release)January 4, 2012

Schultz speaks frequently locally and nationally to design professionals and insurance companies on lien law, contract management, premises liability and defense issues. He is a member of the Young Lawyer's Division of The Florida Bar, an allied member ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Rep. Hayworth Reflects on 2011, Looks to 2012
The Daily ChappaquaJanuary 2, 2012

What would you replace the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with? Better tools for enforcement of the laws that we have had for decades, and have been modified over decades right into the 2000s. But if you look at these big ...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 »

Morrison Cohen LLP Announces Four Partner and Senior Counsel Promotions
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Its commercial litigation attorneys regularly represent these institutions and other financing sources in a variety of matters, ranging from securities related litigation to sophisticated commercial and contract litigation. High Net Worth Individuals: ...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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Grand juries: A vital tool or in need of reform?
Detroit Free PressJanuary 3, 2012

The sign warns: "It is a violation of state law to photograph or attempt to photograph any grand jury proceeding, judge, witness, attorney, juror, officer or any other person connected with any grand jury proceedings." The grand jury, made up of 17 ...more »

Cities' lobbyist stays below legal scrutiny
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 8, 2012

And while a registered non-profit organization would be required to release its annual tax forms to the public, giving insight as to where its money comes from and how it is spent, and who the officers are, IACT is not a registered non-profit, either. ...more »

Hungarians rally over constitution
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 3, 2012

Human rights groups have expressed concerns about lifetime prison sentences without the possibility for parole for violent crimes and a ban on discrimination that does not specifically mention age or sexual orientation. The law's protection of the life ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Worth Reviewing Your Estate Plan
Pork MagazineJanuary 6, 2012

Beyond collecting dust and leaving questions unanswered, tax law changes can render a plan obsolete or even harmful to heirs. To help, Iowa State University's College of Agricultural Law and Taxation has updated its technical article on the estate, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
The Associated PressJanuary 2, 2012

Some landowners in the Sandhills celebrated the decision to reroute the project, but the pipeline's strongest opponents say they still have concerns about the prospect of the government using its power of eminent domain to seize land, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 4, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes. ...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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Faster Growth in California Workers' Compensation Indemnity Costs Per Claim ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 23, 2012

Impact of the recession on California's workers' compensation system was observed as indemnity costs per claim grew faster from 2007 to 2009 than in prior years, according to a new study, CompScope™ Benchmarks for California, 12th Edition, ...more »

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