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Vancouver teen stabbed in city's 15th homicide of 2011
Vancouver SunJanuary 1, 2012

Vancouver police investigate the city's 15th homicide of the year at an apartment block at 5037 Main St at 35th Ave in Vancouver, BC., on December 31, 2011. A nineteen year-old man is dead of stab wounds and a 48 year-old man is in custody following ...more »

FBR revises zero-rate scheme, introduces uniform sales tax
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

“The balance amount shall be paid with the monthly sales tax return or in case of excess payment shall be carried forward to the next tax period,” the notification said. The import of finished goods ready for use by the general public, would be charged ...more »

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Administrative Law
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TUSD board to begin ethnic studies discussion
KVOA Tucson NewsJanuary 4, 2012

In late December, an administrative law judge found the program to be in violation of state law claiming the classes promote racial resentment and ethnic solidarity. The district can appeal the decision and continue with the classes but risks losing ...more »

Health Care Law
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Oklahoma loses bid for insurance company relief under health care law
NewsOK.comJanuary 5, 2012

But the Health and Human Services Department said the decision “will ensure consumers receive a better value for their premium dollar.” The requirement, known as the Medical Loss Ratio standard, was part of the health care bill signed by President ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Looming C-USA schedule should test Knights
Central Florida FutureJanuary 3, 2012

With that said, Tulane could act as a defensive force on the Knights. Possibly helping UCF handle such an intense defensive effort is the return of senior point guard AJ. Rompza, who had been sitting out for NCAA rules violations. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Hawaii and Delaware same sex marriage law empowers gay marriage for ...
Jornal.us News Agency (blog)January 2, 2012

Looking back to March of 2003, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), wrote a detailed authoritive memo instructing DHS officials about how they should treat a marriage under US immigration laws. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Year in review - The Top 10 stories in 2011
Midland Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The Humane Society of Midland County took over the operation of the Animal Shelter from the sheriff's office, eliminating nearly all euthanasia except court-ordered cases. Creative 360 faced a financial crisis and awaits a January meeting to determine ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Relationship advice on hand to counter festive stress
Cambridge NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Talk about it The National Family Mediation Service is on standby to receive inquiries from couples deciding to split after the stress of the festive period. January 7 is the date more couples throw in the towel on their marriage than on any other day. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Health-Law Opponents Try to Add Plaintiffs
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

By JESS BRAVIN and EMILY MALTBY A small-business group fighting President Barack Obama's health-care law asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to add two plaintiffs to its lawsuit after possible problems arose with an initial plaintiff. ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal friendly fashion in Lebanon
Bikya MasrJanuary 12, 2012

Animals Lebanon, in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and other international organizations, is now working for the implementation of a law that safeguards animal rights. The Lebanese organization has presented a very comprehensive draft law ...more »

Intellectual Property
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.aeDA Continues Its Efforts in Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Related ...
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 5, 2012

aeDA) of the UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) continues to implement the best international practices in protecting Intellectual Property Rights for its registrants. This comes in line with its mandate to enforce all policies related ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Little desire to work in SA
Times LIVEJanuary 11, 2012

Government hand-outs, trade unions and affirmative action have combined to generate a marked negative effect on the desire to work in South Africa. This is according to information obtained from JSE-listed human capital management group, Adcorp, ...more »

Operators suspend hot air flights
The Dominion PostJanuary 8, 2012

Balloon Aviation Authority of New Zealand president Martyn Stacey said there had been no collective decision to suspend flights, but many operators chose to. Mr Stacey said the domestic industry, made up of about five or six companies running about 60 ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lawyers offer free consultations at public libraries in Benicia, Vallejo
Vallejo Times-HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

People who may need help from a private attorney are generally referred through the Solano County Bar Association. "It's only one facet of what a library does," Atkins said. "There are few other public agencies where you can go in and get free legal ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Final Report Card Grades for the NFL's Top 100 Players
Bleacher ReportJanuary 4, 2012

Eric Weddle led all safeties in interceptions, notched 70 tackles and allowed a passer rating of 25. He's much better than I gave him credit for in Week 8. Mr. Weddle, my apologies. When a new list is published, Weddle should be in the top 50. ...more »

Litigation
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Orrick to Split Transactions and Litigation Groups In Attempt to Boost Profit
ABA JournalJanuary 4, 2012

By Rachel M. Zahorsky Leaders at Orrick Herrington & Suttcliffe approved a five-way split of the firm's transactions and litigation groups last month in an effort to boost profitability and re-brand its marketing efforts. The action, effective Jan. ...more »

Business Law
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"Like, Watch & WIn" Sweepstakes Rules
NBC Bay AreaJanuary 1, 2012

Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant's name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama Disguises Military Budget Increase as a Cut
NewsMax.comJanuary 12, 2012

The pork can include such items as unnecessary weapons programs and military bases that are not needed for national security but remain open to provide economic benefits to the surrounding communities. Corporate welfare, in the form of subsidies to ...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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Fair Settlement of Personal Injury Claims is More Math than Wrath!
JD Supra (press release)January 7, 2012

Of course, there are those cases with disputed liability and in New Mexico comparative fault where the valuation process becomes more complex. However, in cases where there was clearly no liability, the insurance company is not going to pay. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judge pans windshield leaflet law
The Journal News | LoHud.comJanuary 4, 2012

WHITE PLAINS — A federal judge has ruled that the Town of Kent had not shown that its law banning windshield leafleting passes constitutional muster. US District Judge Cathy Seibel made the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by Ernest Robinson, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CORONA DEFENSE: POWERHOUSE DREAM TEAM DEFINITELY 'UNDERDOG'
Philippine Headline NewsJanuary 15, 2012

The lawyers assembled to defend Chief Justice Renato Corona at his impeachment trial that starts Monday are a powerhouse of seasoned litigators, law professors and bar reviewers, with more than three centuries of legal experience added together. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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University gets endowment chair to boost consumer law studies
Times of IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

"It will help create awareness among the public on the benefits of the Consumer Protection Act. We plan to float a one-year post-graduate diploma programme on consumer law that will not be job-oriented but will focus on protection of consumers' rights. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Wayne County: Contracts often begin before before commission approves them
Detroit Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

By John Wisely The debate last month over whether Wayne County should spend $350000 on a top criminal defense lawyer to help answer grand jury subpoenas lasted more than half an hour. With TV cameras rolling, Deputy County Executive Alan Helmkamp ...more »

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 22/1
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 22, 2012

A subsidiary of Foster Wheeler's Global Power Group has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Engineering and Construction to design and supply 4x250 MWe circulating fluidised-bed steam generators for the Mong Duong 1 Thermal Power Plant in Quang Ninh ...more »

Sports Law
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Attorney Jock Smith dies at 63: Tuskegee trial lawyer praised for 'incredible ...
Montgomery AdvertiserJanuary 9, 2012

"He really was a role model for our students," he said. "And we will miss his presence in the community, and at Tuskegee University and nationally." Outside of the courtroom, Smith put his energy into living and giving, his friends said. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Kirby Lofts Borrower Pleads Guilty
7thSpace Interactive (press release)January 11, 2012

President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of ...more »

Audit criticizes HISD's buying practices
Houston ChronicleJanuary 5, 2012

Construction projects give the greatest weight to price, between 55 and 100 percent, the audit found. However, in other cases that were not identified, the district weights price as low as 12.5 percent. Texas law does not require school districts to ...more »

Court case could set forced retirement precedent
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 15, 2012

A long-awaited court case this week could make it possible for employers to justify retiring staff at a certain age – threatening the Government's new rules which make the practice unlawful. The case could send UK age discrimination law into disarray. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Target-Date Funds End Another Year Far Away From Bull's-Eye
Wall Street JournalJanuary 9, 2012

They have become a popular, industry-generated option for company 401(k) plans, with $368 billion in assets in 2011, more than double the amount they held in 2008. Indeed, as part of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, target-date funds were made one ...more »

Environmental Law
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Putnam pushes for Florida regulatory, tax changes he says will advance ...
Palm Beach PostJanuary 13, 2012

Florida's trek toward an aggressive renewable energy policy has been hampered by infighting and the conflicting priorities of existing utilities, environmental groups, consumer advocates and myriad alternative energy providers offering options from ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hispanic National Bar Association Proudly Announces the Veterans Legal...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 23, 2012

The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) is an incorporated, not-for-profit, national membership organization that represents the interests of the more than 100000 Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, and law students in ...more »

Family Law
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Legal Action Workshop, California Law Firm Offers Limited Scope Representation
PR.com (press release)January 22, 2012

The law firm offers statewide low flat fee services in California for Divorce, Legal Separation, Annulment and Paternity Actions as well as Wills & Trusts. Legal Action Workshop has been hailed as a 'revolutionary law firm' as they offer high quality ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Longshore Act to exclude workers who maintain recreational boats
Business InsuranceJanuary 3, 2012

WASHINGTON—The US Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act soon will exclude coverage for most workers who maintain or repair recreational boats and watercraft, the US Department of Labor said in a notice Friday. Under new federal regulations ...more »

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