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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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ITC Judge Throws Out Barnes & Noble Antitrust Claims Against Microsoft
PC MagazineJanuary 31, 2012

... which came from an ITC administrative law judge, but a one-liner on the docket says the commission approved Microsoft's motion to dismiss Barnes & Noble's patent misuse claim. In November, Microsoft asked the ITC to investigate whether Microsoft is ...more »

Health Care Law
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House advances bill terminating the CLASS Act
The Hill (blog)January 31, 2012

By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/31/12 06:53 PM ET The House on Tuesday evening approved a rule that will govern debate on a bill that would repeal an element in the 2010 healthcare establishing a voluntary long-term healthcare program that the Obama ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Mo. Democrats vow to oppose discrimination bill
CBS NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Black lawmakers in Missouri, fearful of reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, said Monday they will try to prevent votes in the House and Senate on a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws.more »

Immigration Law
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Proposal would ease green card process
Dayton Daily NewsJanuary 16, 2012

By Mary McCarty, Staff Writer Updated 9:48 PM Sunday, January 15, 2012 Many local families are applauding a proposed change in immigration law that could save hundreds of thousands of American citizens from lengthy separations from their spouses or ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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City comes to terms over retiring industrial training program debt
Mount Pleasant Daily TribuneJanuary 19, 2012

By TIM ROVELL - Tribune Staff Writer The Mount Pleasant City Council Tuesday night took up the subject of a three-year funding request from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for the Northeast Texas Community college Industrial Training ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ADR not suitable for first degree felony cases - Gamey
BusinessGhanaJanuary 30, 2012

Speaking at the end of the Academy's 13th Master of ADR programme in Accra at the weekend, he said, not all cases were suitable for ADR though Ghana's Alternative Dispute Resolution Act, 2010 (Act 798) gives enough flexibility for Ghanaians to resolve ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Align Technology Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

... for an insurance settlement related to the OrthoClear litigation, litigation settlement costs of $4.5 million related to the settlement of the Leiszler class action lawsuit, and royalties of $0.8 million, with a total tax effect of $5.6 million.more »

Animal Law
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Calif. shelter animals may soon have less time to find homes
News10.netJanuary 31, 2012

SACRAMENTO - Governor Jerry Brown is planning to strip $23 million dollars given annually to California animal shelters to compensate them for holding stray or lost pets for a minimum of six days prior to euthanization. The original law, SB1785, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comJanuary 31, 2012


Labor & Employment Law
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SUNY Fredonia to celebrate Black History Month
Evening ObserverJanuary 30, 2012

The Black Student Union (BSU) at SUNY Fredonia will launch the month-long observance of Black History Month with an opening ceremony Wednesday from 5 to 7 pm, featuring a dinner followed by an address by Dr. Saundra Liggins, interim Affirmative Action...more »

Dassault Aviation : Rafale selected to equip the Indian Air Force
ReutersJanuary 31, 2012

Saint-Cloud (France), January 31, 2012- Following the announcement of the final selection of the Rafale in the frame of the MMRCA program, Dassault Aviation and its partners are honored and grateful to the Indian Government and the people of India to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Maine rights panel finds landlord did not do enough to correct harassment of ...
Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 23, 2012

Bonnadio and Paquet complained about the hostile housing environment at various times over several months, but the landlord Realty Resources Management only responded with a short note, according to the Maine Human Rights Commission's investigator.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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LBC Credit Partners and Crystal Financial Support Purchase by Halifax Media ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.more »

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Govt: 2G PIL turning into political interest litigation
Times of IndiaJanuary 17, 2012

... said in response to an application filed by CPIL accusing the Salman Khurshid-headed law ministry of stalling investigation. "A proceeding which started as public interest litigation is now turning to be a political interest litigation," it said. ...more »

Business Law
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Colorado Banks Won't do Business with Marijuana Dispensaries
Opposing ViewsJanuary 31, 2012

Colorado MMCs, as well as dispensaries and medical marijuana business in other medical marijuana states, have been left with few banking options. In Colorado, in particular, state law requires medical marijuana businesses to keep diligent track of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military adapts to cameras in war zones
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 29, 2012

Over the past decade, the ease with which soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can collect and disseminate images from even the most forward bases in combat zones has become a benefit and a bane to the US military. Improvements in technology made it ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chico man sentenced in federal child porn case
Enterprise-RecordJanuary 24, 2012

According to court documents, agents with the Sacramento Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identified computers at Chadwick's Chico residence that were offering files of child pornography for downloading through a file-sharing network.more »

Personal Injury
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Hergott: Personal injury case DMEs all about damage control
Kelowna Capital NewsJanuary 26, 2012

DMEs occur regularly in personal injury cases. I don't like them, but I will readily admit that they add fairness to our justice system. I don't like them because it feels like sending a lamb to the slaughter to send an injured crash victim to an ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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What's your view on school prayer in Rhode Island school?
msnbc.comJanuary 27, 2012

Do you know what the Constitution says? It says "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comJanuary 20, 2012

Roger Alswager appeals an order granting summary judgment to Lawton & Cates, SC, in Lawton's action against Alswager for payment of attorney's fees and in Alswager's counterclaims for legal malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.more »

Consumer Protection
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Ninth Circuit Decertifies Consumer Fraud Class
JD Supra (press release)January 18, 2012

Some states require named class plaintiffs to demonstrate reliance, while some other states' consumer protection statutes do not. These differences are "not trivial or wholly immaterial." The court of appeals reminds us that consumer protection laws...more »

Real Estate Law
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Angola: Draft Law On Mortgage for Real Estate Submitted to Public Discussion
AllAfrica.comJanuary 17, 2012

Luanda — The Ministry of Justice recently submitted to public consultation the Draft Law on Mortgage for Real Estate in Guarantee on its website The information comes in a press release of the Justice Ministry that reached Angop on ...more »

Illinois municipalities see savings by buying their power in bulk
STLtoday.comJanuary 31, 2012

Illinois passed a law deregulating the state's retail electricity markets in 1997, a measure expected to bring consumers lower electric rates and better service. And for most commercial and industrial electricity consumers, it already has.more »

Sports Law
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Vick's Probation Almost Over
Yahoo! SportsJanuary 12, 2012

Philadelphia Eagles' starting quarterback, Michael Vick, is only months away from being 100 percent free from the reigns of the law. Yes, three years after his release from prison, Vick is due to be finished with probation in May of this year. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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UK prepares for digitization of legal field
Deutsche WelleJanuary 30, 2012

All criminal justice documents are set to go digital by April 2012 in the UK. Defense attorneys, however, are publicly protesting the move, saying the transition could prove too costly. While the arrival of the digital age has transformed almost every ...more »

Morning Examiner: Newt's lucky fumble
Washington Examiner (blog)January 24, 2012

And USA Today reports that Gingrich may have opened himself up to an IRS audit by avoiding Medicare taxes. The Washington Examiner, Obama to strike partisan tone in State of Union: President Obama will pitch himself as a champion of the middle class ...more »

Older workforce faces age discrimination
ABC OnlineJanuary 30, 2012

By Timothy McDonald The survey shows men in their 50s in middle management are most likely to be discriminated against because of age. Men in their 50s are the most likely to report discrimination in the workplace, as a new survey finds older employees ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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In Naming Trusts And Entities, Quit Using The Client's Name!
ForbesJanuary 30, 2012

Let's say that a creditor has hired a private investigator who is attempting to determine the existing or location of assets for our debtor, John Doe. Which do you think will be easier for the investigator to find: (1) The Generic Name LLC; ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mike vs Mike - Light Bulb Law
Mesquite Citizen JournalJanuary 26, 2012

This week's column finds Mike and Mike debating the following question from the MCJ Staff: "Should the federal government approve a law banning certain kinds of light bulbs?" We are interested in your thoughts and opinions on this topic.more »

Wills & Probate
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Legal advice day or night
Stoke & StaffordshireJanuary 16, 2012

... rest assured that your legal documents will be reviewed by Beswicks and sent securely to you to download at your convenience." Services available include wills, power of attorney and probate, divorce packs, employment contracts and business agreements.more »

Family Law
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Family value: Vizards' messy break-up sparks pay row
The LawyerJanuary 30, 2012

A law firm takeover is hard to get right, but a partial one can be hell, as Vizards Wyeth is finding out. Vizards is being pursued by its former family law team, which was left out of its partial takeover by Weightmans, for allegedly failing to pay ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Woolworths workers vow to fight on after being denied share of £68m ...
Scottish Daily RecordJanuary 30, 2012

AXED Woolworths workers robbed of government compensation by a legal loophole have vowed to keep fighting for justice. Seven women – with 137 years' service between them – hit out at a ruling barring those who worked at stores with fewer than 20 staff ...more »


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