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Facebook flirting triggers divorces
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

Facebook was cited as a reason for a third of divorces last year in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor, according to law firm Divorce-Online . The firm said it had seen a 50% jump in the number of behaviour-based divorce petitions that contained ...more »

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Riverhead LOCALJanuary 1, 2012

Former Riverhead Town supervisor Robert Kozakiewicz is hired as Town Attorney, replacing Dawn Thomas, who resigned to become a law clerk for a State Supreme Court justice. The Town Board also hires William Duffy as a deputy town attorney. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Va attorney general says he has no conflict in defending ballot law against ...
Washington PostJanuary 3, 2012

US District Judge John Gibney last week ordered Cuccinelli to submit a statement on any conflict that may exist because of the attorney general's public statements criticizing the law as too restrictive. In his filing Tuesday, Cuccinelli says his ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama to shift strategy on healthcare in 2012
The Hill (blog)January 23, 2012

“I have heard rumors that a few of you still have concerns about our new healthcare law,” the president told Congress last year, a line that attracted bipartisan laughs. “So let me be the first to say that anything can be improved. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Goldman, RBS, Cnooc, WellCare, Refco, MBIA in Court News
BusinessWeekJanuary 11, 2012

“Plaintiffs have failed to raise a triable issue of material fact supportive of a finding that any act by any defendant foundational to liability, causation or damages occurred in California,” Munter said in the ruling. Patrick Byrne, chief executive ...more »

Immigration Law
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Russell Pearce, Ousted Arizona Immigration Law Architect, Elected To ...
Huffington PostJanuary 30, 2012

Russell Pearce, the Arizona state Senate president recalled by voters after writing the state's controversial immigration law, has made a political comeback in the upper levels of the state's Republican Party. Over the weekend, Pearce was elected as ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Details on Griffiss Development Corp. deals kept secret
Little Falls Evening TimesJanuary 31, 2012

Then things become even trickier because DiMeo contends GLDC, EDGE and 394 Hangar Road are not subject to state Freedom of Information laws. DiMeo also is the authorized representative for 394 Hangar Road Corp. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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AISI Commends WTO Panel for Finding that China's Raw Materials Export ...
American Iron and Steel InstituteJanuary 31, 2012

Washington DC — The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today commended a World Trade Organization (WTO) Appellate Body ruling for affirming an earlier dispute resolution panel's conclusion that China's restrictions on the exports of nine raw ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanJanuary 29, 2012

MGLAW said William N. Helou is now an equity partner with the firm, working as a trial attorney on business disputes and employment litigation. He was an assistant attorney general in the special litigation division of the Tennessee attorney general's ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists take credit for burning of Harris Ranch cattle trucks
Fresno BeeJanuary 10, 2012

By Jim Guy - The Fresno Bee Animal rights activists are behind the burning of cattle trucks at the Harris Ranch truck lot early Sunday, according to a statement from the purported arsonists. The statement, released Monday, describes how the fire, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DuPont, Makhteshim, Kodak, News Corp: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekJanuary 11, 2012

When Google Inc. announced in 2010 that China-based hackers had raided its networks, it was a rare example of a US company publicly revealing a cyberburglary aimed at its intellectual property -- in this case, its source code. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Acuity Managed Document Review from FTI Consulting Produces Significant E ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

"Acuity is the go-to managed document review offering for leading corporations and law firms because it is a smarter approach to document review," said Sophie Ross, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting Technology practice. "With advanced technology ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Racial admissions at UCT: A reply to Max Price
PoliticswebJanuary 29, 2012

When, in 2007, I initiated a debate about race-based affirmative action in South African universities, those responding to my critique of this practice unashamedly defended the use of race in admissions and appointments. I am pleased to see that the ...more »

Azerbaijan State Civil Aviation Administration: “Reports on foreign companies ...
Milaz.infoJanuary 23, 2012

Azerbaijan State Civil Aviation Administration announced that the construction of airport in the occupied Azerbaijani territories and the flights which will be organized to Khankendi from the other countries without Azerbaijan's permission were illegal ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Could Be In A Tricky Spot
Cape Business NewsJanuary 31, 2012

A question which now arises, says Watson, is where do landlords stand should one of their tenants be placed under business rescue? The relevant clause in the Companies Act is 134(1)(c), says Watson, states that “despite any agreement to the contrary no ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lawyer gives up claim to $14 mln lottery ticket, but why?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightJanuary 30, 2012

... him as a "purported consultant" and used restricted shares to pay him $40000 a week over 50 weeks in "consulting fees," according to a 2011 lawsuit filed in US Bankruptcy Court in Delaware by the company against its law firm, Baker & MacKenzie.more »

Litigation
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McKool Smith Launches Whistleblower Litigation Practice with Joining of ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

"Brent Rushforth and Stuart Rennert are remarkable attorneys with an impressive track record in qui tam matters, and decades of experience handling commercial litigation and government investigations," said Co-founder and Chairman Mike McKool.more »

Business Law
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Nuance Introduces eCopy Legal Solution Pack, Streamlining Paper-to-Digital ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 31, 2012

“Where we see paper as part of a business workflow within the legal industry, not only do we see inefficiencies with the process, we also see costly manual or outsourced paper processes that could save legal organizations thousands of dollars.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Indian Army denies chief's 'Pakistan army chief' remarks
Hindustan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The former Punjab chief minister also reportedly attacked former army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor, saying politics played a large part in have this controversy brewing so that it benefits some individuals. The discrepancy in Gen. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Anonymous tricked people into joining Web site attacks
CNETJanuary 20, 2012

In computer crime cases, damage is usually defined broadly and includes resources needed to respond to an attack and return the system to normal, so damages can add up, she said. Updated at 4:25 pm PT to clarify that the tool is based on JavaScript, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Wintry Road Conditions Can Create Serious Hazards Reports Ellis County ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)January 24, 2012

“You need to give yourself enough time to get to your destination safely,” said Waxahachie personal injury attorney John Hale, of The Hale Law Firm. “You should drive slower because everything takes longer on roads affected by winter storms – it takes ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Eugene verdict clarifies legal protections for protesters who videotape police
OregonLive.comJanuary 29, 2012

The rules of engagement became clearer in Eugene's US District Court last week, when a civil jury determined that a city police sergeant violated an environmental activist's constitutional protections against illegal search and seizure during a 2009 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Inexplicable priorities
The News InternationalJanuary 28, 2012

Why is it that despite recurring incidents of callousness one never hears of professionals being charged and convicted of professional malpractice? Why does parliament not legislate to hold professionals – doctors, lawyers, engineers etc – accountable ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Risk management concerns on state agendas for 2012
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

New York-based RIMS also plans to closely monitor state developments in implementing the surplus lines provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. And the Des Plaines, Ill.-based Property Casualty Insurers Assn. of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Christopher Legal Group Files Class Action Lawsuit in Nevada Against ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

"The plaintiffs are Nevadans who not only lost their houses in one of the hardest hit real estate markets, but were also adversely affected by foreclosure companies that did not follow the law during the foreclosure process.more »

MissionLink adds smaller companies for second class
Washington PostJanuary 29, 2012

Organizers describe the sessions more as an attempt to share information than offer some an inside track to new business. MissionLink “is not a forum where people are getting an unfair or kind of direct line into a contract,” said Kevin DeSanto, ...more »

Sports Law
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Ryan Boatright And The NCAA: A Great Gray Area
Hartford CourantJanuary 30, 2012

But Rose and the other unknown person tied to the sport certainly did. And what kind of friends would give away plane tickets, car payments, etc., unless they didn't plan on getting caught? Well, they got caught. Some of you might think marijuana ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jury in Iraq war crime trial scheduled to return after lawyers asked to ...
NewserJanuary 20, 2012

But defense attorney Neal Puckett told The Associated Press late Thursday that he expected a full day of testimony Friday, with a squad mate and a forensic scientist with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service expected to take the stand. ...more »

Getting started on your small business tax return
The Associated PressJanuary 26, 2012

Tax professionals agree, filing for an extension is highly unlikely to make the IRS want to audit you. (The government doesn't have enough employees to look into why millions of taxpayers file extensions). A tax preparer can easily file an extension ...more »

Employment Discrimination - Alive and Well
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 23, 2012

The State of Missouri prohibits employers from discriminating someone based upon age. In fact, your age cannot even contribute to your employer's decision to lay you off, terminate you, or demote you. To do so is age discrimination. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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"Massive" Insurance Fraud Cost Illinois $524 Million
Opposing ViewsJanuary 26, 2012

It says the insurers should be fined more than $1.5 billion under the Illinois False Claims Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act. Total Asset sued the insurers in January 2011, on behalf of Illinois. The complaint was not unsealed until this month.more »

Environmental Law
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Electric choice: Know your rights
Baltimore Sun (blog)January 8, 2012

So she filed a complaint last month with state energy regulators. "If had the correct information, then I would have never gone through with it," she said. As the number of Maryland residents who switch to alternative energy suppliers has grown in the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Keith B. Braun is one of the top attorneys in Florida
TCPalmJanuary 6, 2012

The law firm of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, is committed to providing superior and distinctive client service. The attorneys at the firm specialize in tax law and transactional issues including estate planning, tax planning, ...more »

Family Law
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Greg Kelly's Rape Accuser Has Family Ties To NYPD, Too
GothamistJanuary 28, 2012

It's now been revealed that the rape accuser, a 30-year-old law firm employee who the Post describes as "an aspiring model and actress," also has family ties to the NYPD—the Post reports that her brother is a crime-scene investigator for the NYPD who ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Cleared of NY Workers' Comp Board Charge
Insurance JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Jay-Z may have 99 problems, but missing workers' comp insurance payments isn't one of them. The judgement against the rapper and the court-ordered $18000 fine will be vacated in a few days, according to a report from New York Post. ...more »

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