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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

How your accountant can provide benefits to your business beyond tax season
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Most business owners know to call their accountant when they're filing their taxes or doing succession planning, but there are other times a CPA can benefit your business. Whether it's making a large purchase or crafting a benefits plan, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Wynn asks judge to oppose top investor's suit as legal battle heats up
ReutersJanuary 31, 2012

Okada filed his suit through Aruze USA Inc -- a unit of his company Universal Entertainment Corp, an arcade-game manufacturer and developer of a multi-billion-dollar casino in the Philippines. Responding in Monday's filing in Nevada, Wynn stated that ...more »

Health Care Law
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House GOP readying healthcare 'replacement' bill to follow Supreme Court ruling
The Hill (blog)January 25, 2012

By Sam Baker - 01/25/12 02:11 PM ET House Republicans will be ready with a plan to replace President Obama's healthcare law once the Supreme Court determines the law's fate this summer, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.) told reporters Wednesday.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Cop Killer's Behavior in Court
WJBF-TVJanuary 31, 2012

After a bizarre court room appearance Monday, many people are wondering if Jones' behavior was the result of a mental condition or an act? Many of our viewers were asking that question on our WJBF News Channel 6 Facebook page.more »

Immigration Law
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Chat live about immigration and unemployment with Joey Kennedy today at 1
al.com (blog)January 31, 2012

By The Birmingham News The state's ugly immigration law stays in the news, mainly because the intolerant people who support it keep giving it credit for accomplishments it has little to do with. The latest is that the harsh law is driving down the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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SA's manufacturing solution
Moneyweb.co.zaJanuary 31, 2012

This new policy – Gazetted for public comment last week – will allow the country to take a step backwards and move away from the current export orientated Industrial Development Zones (IDZ). The Department of Trade and Industry's chief director for ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Expedite Resolution : a new dispute and resolution service launched
News-Insurances (press release) (blog)January 30, 2012

A new mediation and dispute resolution service has been launched to offer a flexible, creative, fresh and cost effective approach to claims settlement. Expedite Resolution's central focus is to offer mediation and dispute resolution as a genuinely ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Christopher R. Johnston joins board of directors
Oak Park LeavesJanuary 28, 2012

Johnston, a litigation attorney, has been with Querrey & Harrow for nearly 30 years and has tried more than 75 cases to jury verdict in the areas of premises liability, insurance fraud investigations, automobile, construction and commercial litigation.more »

Animal Law
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Animal advocates support tougher cruelty laws
Minot Daily NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Mock said legislators were concerned for the livestock industry, although the amended bill was supported by a diverse coalition of farm groups, veterinarians and county officials. "There's a common interest across the state to address those laws.more »

Intellectual Property
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What Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak really thinks about the US government
Vancouver Sun (blog)January 24, 2012

Wozniak was in Whistler on Monday for a keynote address to a business conference, and he weighed in heavily in favour of the need for protection of intellectual property rights. But he also took some roundhouse swings at SOPA and the US government, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Maryland Lawyers on the Move: January 2, 2012 [Daily Record, The (Baltimore, MD)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 9, 2012

By Daily Record Staff Jeremy CB Wyatt has joined Kramon & Graham as an associate in the Baltimore firm's litigation group. Wyatt will represent clients in business and professional liability litigation, as well as provide transactional advice to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action for poor Malaysians
Free Malaysia TodayJanuary 31, 2012

The many affirmative action programmes of the past have benefitted only certain sections especially the elites and have been abused due to lack accountability and good governance. Proham calls on the Federal government to adopt the UN Human Rights ...more »

TBSS International, Inc. Announces Signing of Soft Corporate Offer for ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The terms of the agreement include the delivery of 10 million to 20 million barrels of JP-54 aviation fuel per month with an immediate lift able (immediate delivery) amount of 100000-500000 barrels. In addition, the SCO covers the delivery of 250000 to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord can't decline to put both tenants on lease
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleJanuary 28, 2012

They both want to be on the lease, and the landlord doesn't like that, either. I think he just doesn't approve of unmarried couples living together — a very old fashioned idea in my book. Answer: The New York state fair housing law requires a landlord ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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'Little Child' CFTC Ignores Futures Oversight Role, O'Malia Says
BloombergJanuary 31, 2012

The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission is fixating childishly over Dodd-Frank Act rules while ignoring its traditional responsibility for overseeing futures markets, Commissioner Scott O'Malia said today. “The commission has acted like a little ...more »

Litigation
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CONTRERAS-BOCANEGRA v. HOLDER
Leagle.comJanuary 31, 2012

... NATIONAL IMMIGRATION PROJECT OF THE NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD; POST-DEPORTATION HUMAN RIGHTS PROJECT; ROCKY MOUNTAIN IMMIGRANT ADVOCACY NETWORK, Amici Curiae. Greg D. Mack, Senior Litigation Counsel, (Alison R. Drucker, Senior Litigation Counsel, ...more »

Business Law
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Weaker version of veterans business bill becomes law
Asbury Park PressJanuary 13, 2012

A bill directing the state Department of the Treasury to “encourage” military veterans who own businesses to compete for state contracts is now law. Gov. Chris Christie recently signed the measure sponsored by state Sen. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Photos, story: 1157th soldiers lose benefits through Army glitch
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 27, 2012

When they returned they were due extra pay or leave days for serving multiple deployments, but due to a glitch in the way the Army computed and dispersed those benefits, some of the soldiers never received them. Soldiers accrue 30 leave days per year ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Tips for Dealing with Cyber Attacks
Patch.comJanuary 22, 2012

US-CERT hosts a wide range of tips, best practices and threat information for business and home users. If you have been a victim of cyber crime, please file a report with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at www.IC3.gov.more »

Personal Injury
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Spam texts risk fuelling anti-DM fire
Marketing WeekJanuary 30, 2012

The joy of being communicated with by such means, however, is being put at risk by the ever increasing number of texts received by companies trumpeting personal injury services, debt busting loans and all-frills mobile packages. I am not alone, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court: Okla. ban on Islamic law unconstitutional
USA TODAYJanuary 10, 2012

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment that would ban Oklahoma courts from considering international or Islamic law discriminates against religions, and a Muslim community leader has the right to challenge its constitutionality, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NC House's Faison coy about political activity
abc11.comJanuary 15, 2012

During his first six years in the House, however, the Orange County medical malpractice attorney failed to translate his professional success into a successful bid for statewide office. His talk about a bid for governor in 2008 fizzled early. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Christmas all year round at this store
Independent OnlineJanuary 25, 2012

By Wendy Knowler Thanks to the Consumer Protection Act, there's little chance that you'll present a gift voucher at a store or beauty salon and be told “sorry, it's expired”. That's because the act states that all pre-paid vouchers must be redeemable ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dinsmore & Shohl Opens in Philadelphia Suburb
The American LawyerJanuary 31, 2012

O'Halloran's practice centers on commercial real estate, banking and finance, and transactional work, with a specific focus on commercial mortgage-backed securities, or CMBS, both on the dealmaking side and on the financial workout side.more »

Roche to nominate slate of independent directors for election at Illumina, Inc ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 31, 2012

Prior to joining Laureate, Mr. Griffith was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Aptuit, Inc., a leading global pharmaceutical contract research, development and manufacturing company. Mr. Griffith was also a commercial and investment banker for ...more »

Sports Law
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Lawmakers advance bill to fine sports teams for not housing the homeless
MiamiHerald.com (blog)January 23, 2012

Back in 1988, Florida legislators passed a law that would allow sports stadiums to collect about $2 million per year from the government to build new shiny stadiums that would increase economic investment and improve the quality of life.more »

Criminal Defense
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Audio from 911 calls reveals chaotic scene at deadly Florida highway crash
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Criminal defense attorneys said that if the fire was caused by arson, authorities likely will file charges of manslaughter and possibly felony murder, which is defined as a death that happens as result of participating in a felony.more »

5 Apps to Organize Expenses at Tax Time
SecondAct (satire) (blog)January 31, 2012

"A technologically savvy person should have no fear about using scanned documents in the event of an IRS audit," he says. "The only caveat would be that when scanned, but before they shred the originals, they want to be sure that all the relevant ...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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What does 2012 hold for structured products?
Risk.netJanuary 11, 2012

Also forex and cross-asset index products, because rates are low and options are cheap, so they can provide capital protection and good upside potential. Garnier: Forex semi-flow products have proven extremely resilient in Asia, and we believe the ...more »

Environmental Law
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GOP Ready to Replace ObamaCare After SCOTUS Decision
Big GovernmentJanuary 29, 2012

The High Court is planning to hold oral arguments on the healthcare law in March. Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pennsylvania), who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and chairs its Subcommittee on Health, said that Republicans will be ready for the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Learn About Wills & Estate Planning At State Bar Foundation's Free Seminar
NJ TODAYJanuary 5, 2012

... LLP in Morristown, will discuss wills and trusts, gift and tax planning, New Jersey probate procedures, power of attorney, living wills, federal and New Jersey estate tax, New Jersey inheritance tax and the use of a revocable or living trust. ...more »

Family Law
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Thai panel calls for overhaul of law forbidding royal insults
CNNJanuary 12, 2012

By the CNN Wire Staff Insulting the royal family in Thailand is a serious crime that can mean prison sentences for offenders. (CNN) -- A Thai advisory panel has recommended an overhaul of the country's law that stipulates heavy sentences for insulting ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp reform offers wellness lessons
CommonWealth magazineJanuary 31, 2012

Workers compensation rates have dropped by more than a third over the past 20 years in Massachusetts. The institution of Qualified Corporate Wellness Programs (QCWPs) to address a similar lack of expertise and discontinuity in benefits caused by worker ...more »

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