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5 Resolutions for a Healthier & Greener 2012
Care2.comJanuary 1, 2012

We know that the big players in agribusiness will dispute this claim, but it makes sense to us. Organic farms tend to have richer, healthier soil than farms that use fossil-fuel derived fertilizer that's constantly being depleted. ...more »

Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cuccinelli calls for emergency law to open up Virginia ballot
Washington ExaminerJanuary 1, 2012

He earlier insisted that he would vigorously defend the current ballot laws against Perry's lawsuit, as his job requires. A judge hearing arguments on Perry's lawsuit raised questions Thursday about Cuccinelli's possible conflict of interest. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health Management Associates, Inc. to Present at the 30th Annual J.P. Morgan ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

... statements regarding the effects and/or interpretations of recently enacted or future health care laws and regulations, statements of the assumptions underlying or relating to any of the foregoing statements, and other statements which are other ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gay marriage row set to flare
WA todayJanuary 1, 2012

Mr Jones, the member for the blue-collar seat of Throsby in the Illawarra region in NSW, says he has the support of ministers and of the Left but admits he does not expect the bill - which will propose to amend the Marriage Act to include gay and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney Outlines Tougher Immigration Stand in Direct Mail Piece
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

Time and time again, Williams said that voters have brought attention to the very serious problem of illegal immigration in the United State. "The Obama administration is opposed to common sense immigration laws," Williams said. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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DSIIDC for service sector in industrial estates
CIOLJanuary 2, 2012

The Delhi State Industrial Infrastructure Development Corp (DSIIDC) has made the appeal to the central government and the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), he said here. As of now, service industry is barred by law from coming up in Delhi's industrial...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Airline Employee's ERISA Claims Precluded by RLA
JD Supra (press release)January 3, 2012

A federal trial court in Michigan has held that an ERISA lawsuit brought by a former employee of Northwest Airlines is a minor dispute and is preempted by the Railway Labor Act (RLA). See James v. American General Assurance Co. (Sep. 8, 2011). ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Silanis Extends Leadership Position in Enterprise E-Signatures for the ...
PR Web (press release)January 10, 2012

... term, whole, universal life products, disability insurance, Medicare supplement and annuities. Strongest electronic evidence: The electronic evidence captured by Silanis' patented Process Replayer™ has saved carriers millions in litigation costs, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal-Rights Activists Like Me Aren't Terrorists
Bell Gardens SunJanuary 12, 2012

The Fur Commission USA, the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, United Egg Producers, Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, and other pharmaceutical companies — all of which are protested by animal rights activists — lobbied heavily for the AETA. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Turkish intellectual property law
Today's ZamanJanuary 3, 2012

Some amendments were made to Decree-Law 556/1995 through a new decree-law, which came into force on April 8, 2006: • In the earlier registration system, it used to be possible to file a trademark application, up to three classes included, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The American Lawyer
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

But the department's deep bench, brains, and tenacity put it in a unique position among The Am Law 200's litigation groups. Congratulations to Gibson, Dunn for winning The American Lawyer's sixth Litigation Department of the Year award. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Zimbabwe: AAG Attacks FMI Energy
AllAfrica.comJanuary 23, 2012

EMPOWERMENT lobbyist Affirmative Action Group has accused FMI Energy of reneging on its earlier proposal to give its workers 10 percent of the company's shareholding. FMI, a subsidiary of Masawara Plc, is apparently seeking to retrench the workers, ...more »

Aviation, Vehicle Fatalities Decrease in 2011
Military.comJanuary 4, 2012

On-duty privately-owned vehicle fatalities dropped by half, and aviation-related fatalities were down 31 percent for the year. Soldier fatalities in both Army motor vehicles and Army combat vehicles fell by 10 percent or more -- 14 percent and 10 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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2011 Year in Review: Bronx Housing Stories
Norwood NewsJanuary 3, 2012

After months of negotiations, the city brokered a deal to sell the debt-riddled buildings in May to Steve Finkelstein, a Scarsdale-based landlord, for $28 million. This summer, several months after Finkelstein took over, Milbank tenants gave him a good ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Larry Wardlaw
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

She credits Wardlaw, who continues to serve on Metro, with helping her and Marine discover common objectives that ultimately resulted in their becoming strong allies in the effort to improve the organization's effectiveness and repair its reputation. ...more »

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Distinguished Litigation and Intellectual Property Attorney Frederick A. Tecce ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, a Philadelphia intellectual property law firm, is delighted to announce the addition of veteran litigation attorney Frederick A. Tecce to the firm. ...more »

Business Law
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Forward with the business of the country
Jamaica ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

According to the national crime statistics, 2010 and 2011 were the first years since 1999 that all crimes were down. This was the result of citizens standing up and refusing to allow their government to be captured by criminals and criminal...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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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 »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police warn of online danger after string of violent crimes related to social ...
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

“Backpage has now provided law enforcement authorities with computer, forensic or other evidence that shows that at least 70 different third-party ads or other postings on at least 22 different websites appear to be or are potentially related to this ...more »

Personal Injury
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Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff Builds Legal Team with New Hire
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 3, 2012

Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff represents individuals and businesses in personal injury lawsuits, insurance bad faith cases, product liability cases and class action lawsuits. They have demonstrated their ability to devote substantial resources in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hungary Opposition Parties Plan Joint Anti-Government Protest
BloombergJanuary 2, 2012

Thousands demonstrated last year at various rallies against the new constitution, media law and the scrapping of early retirement benefits. To contact the reporter on this story: Zoltan Simon in Budapest at To contact the editor ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Marianna Mancusi-Ungaro, Nicholas Chapleau
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Mr. Chapleau is an associate at Lynn Tillotson Pinker & Cox, a Dallas law firm. He graduated cum laude from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. The bridegroom's mother and stepfather, Jeff Meckstroth, are professional bridge players in Clearwater Beach; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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President Obama names Richard Cordray federal consumer watchdog head over ...
89.3 KPCCJanuary 4, 2012

The new federal consumer watchdog agency was created under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and began operation last July to oversee payday lenders and mortgage companies, among other entities. “For almost half a year, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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All Together Now: For Big Firms, a Year of Poaching Groups
The American LawyerJanuary 3, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia shook up its legal team, removing longtime outside counsel Stradley Ronon from its litigation work and replacing it with two firms, Conrad O'Brien and Welsh & Recker. A number of firms created new practice areas in 2011. ...more »

Meritor Announces Sale of St. Priest, France, Manufacturing Operation to ...
PR Newswire (press release)January 2, 2012

This release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Sports Law
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Taylor helps Dolphins eliminate Jets, 19-17
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer J Pat Carter / AP Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Taylor (99) is carried off the field at the end of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Defense Expert Witnesses Quit Over Pay
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four months, Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal-defense lawyer, said in court papers filed Dec. 30 in federal court in Houston. They quit last week after the US Court of Appeals, which controls budgets for ...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 »

New seat belt law targets older kids
Napa Valley RegisterJanuary 6, 2012

Jerry Brown signed into law the first part of the legislation — Assembly Bill 130 — in July, allowing those same students to apply for financial aid from the private sector. California residents would still be given priority for Cal Grants. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Document Security Systems Hires ipCapital Group to Support Intellectual...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 2012

"I had the opportunity recently to read through DSS's patent portfolio and to understand the unique business model of digital printing security," said John Cronin, Managing Director and Chairman, ipCapital Group, Inc. "A strategy for protection and ...more »

Environmental Law
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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says that the development of solar power and ...
PolitiFactJanuary 8, 2012

We also checked with Seth Kaplan, vice president of policy and climate advocacy at the Conservation Law Foundation, a regional environmental advocacy group. He said that renewable energy can make a real difference when demand for power spikes. ...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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Texas Divorce Attorney Eric Beal Receives Board Certification in Family Law
PR Web (press release)January 5, 2012

With 21 years experience in Family Law and a background including over two years as a US Marine Corps Legal Officer, designation of "Board Certified" added to the resume. The process to become certified is certainly not easy, but the destination is ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation and FMLA Conflicts: What Are Your Options?
HR.BLR.comJanuary 17, 2012

Workers' compensation and FMLA laws have differing goals, but often employee needs create an overlap or conflict between the two. For example, you may have a situation where an employee claims workers' compensation, but is unable to return to work, ...more »


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