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Law Office Of Brodsky & Smith To Probe Potential Claims Against Parlux Directors
RTT NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The investigation concerns possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Parlux for not acting in Parlux shareholders' best interests in connection with the sale. by RTT Staff Writer.more »

YEAR IN REVIEW: Bustling again - Pro's Ranch Market reinvigorates El Paseo ...
Las Cruces Sun-NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Anchorage-based Alaska Structures, which makes shelters for the military as well as commercial customers, originally moved into the location at 301 Rea Blvd., when it also started to lease 100000 square feet at the previously empty building at 8500 ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bridgeport Council to weigh charter, salary issues
Ct PostJanuary 1, 2012

The council meeting will take place Tuesday at 7 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, to be preceded at 6 pm by a public hearing on this and other agenda items. The mayor's proposal could affect the salaries of about 80 non-union mayoral appointees. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care faces a year of uncertainty
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

The new health-care law's mandates are staggered year-by-year. The emphasis in 2012 will be on improving the delivery of health care by ushering in Accountable Care Organizations and reducing payments to hospitals with high rates of preventable ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Fox's Fraudulent Defense Of South Carolina's Voter ID Law
Media Matters for AmericaJanuary 3, 2012

If they had a name change since birth, they must also have legal documents such as a marriage license, divorce decree or adoption records to support the name change. To get the photo voter registration card, however -- once they become available ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Rules Tightened; Carts Unleashed
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

Georgia starts 2012 with new laws affecting hiring, public benefits, cellphone fees and the rules of the road. By Michael Jacobs Will all of Georgia become just like Peachtree City? The new year brings the next phase in Georgia's anti-immigration law, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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California DIR launches Labor Enforcement Task Force
FenderBenderJanuary 4, 2012

Law violations often include failure to pay income taxes, unemployment insurance or disability insurance; failure to carry workers' compensation coverage; failure to pay proper wages; and failure to register for required licenses or permits. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution panel waits for top leaders' say
Himalayan TimesJanuary 1, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of Dispute Resultion Sub-committee on Sunday evening ended without making any concrete decision on the remaining contentious issues of new constitution. The panel members parted their ways with an understanding to sit on Monday ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website ( (press release)January 4, 2012

These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposal to ban exotic animals in traveling circuses referred to ag committee ...
Real AspenJanuary 1, 2012

The Boulder-based congressman and 12 other representatives are pushing legislation that would effectively end the use — and documented abuse — of exotic and wild animals in traveling circuses. “Congressman Polis is a strong supporter of animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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Panitch Schwarze adds former prosecutor as partner (blog)January 3, 2012

Intellectual property law firm Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel said Tuesday that it has enhanced its litigation capabilities with the addition of partner Frederick A. Tecce. Tecce was a partner of McShea & Tecce and is a former assistant US Attorney ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law, service directors to serve again in 2012
Stow SentryJanuary 1, 2012

... how much more the city could end up paying with Morrison now billing for time spent on litigation. Morrison's responsibilities as law director include weekly office hours and attending Council meetings and other meetings whenever he is requested. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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'I do not have anything to do with the AAG': Supa Mandiwanzira
Bulawayo24January 4, 2012

by Staff reporter Former Affirmative Action Group (AAG) president Supa Mandiwanzira says he no longer has anything to do with AAG. On Monday, self imposed AAG "life president," Phillip Chiyangwa was quoted in the media saying the AAG had set up an ...more »

Joe Blackstock: Maloney has spent his life keeping America's aviation heritage ...
Inland Valley Daily BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

The museum obviously is an attraction for aviation buffs and those who remember past wars, but many school groups also tour the place. For those future aviators, the Hands-On Aviation Center has a variety of computers and other flight activities to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rosemont Businesses Respond to ADA Lawsuit
Patch.comJanuary 6, 2012

“Landlords and tenants are responsible to the disabled public, in general, and they can decide through a lease how the responsibility is divided, but that lease shouldn't affect my rights or any other person's who is disabled. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Top stories of 2011
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

2011 brought with it a wave of criminal activity that got many residents worried about Hattiesburg's safety. Hattiesburg Police Department statistics show an increase in both felony and misdemeanor crimes on average for each month in 2011 from January ...more »

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MBS Actions Drive Mortgage Litigation Index to Record High
MarketWatch (press release)January 9, 2012

...Litigation news: Patton Boggs LLPBased in Washington DC, Patton Boggs LLP is a national leader in public policy and regulatory, litigation and business law, and is well known for its deep ...more »

Business Law
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Woman takes Honda to small-claims court over gas mileage
USA TODAYJanuary 1, 2012

By Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY A woman unhappy about a proposed settlement of five class-action cases against Honda that allege false advertising when it comes to the gas mileage of the Honda Civic Hybrids is taking her case to small-claims court Tuesday ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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What America's Same-Sex Couples and Our Families Gained in 2011
10 Thousand CouplesJanuary 1, 2012

Throughout the nation, we saw a variety of anti-discrimination laws passed in 2011, significantly protecting against discrimination based on gender identity. In Massachusetts, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law HB 3810, which prohibits employers ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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McHenry sheriff's officer charged with sex assault
Chicago TribuneJanuary 9, 2012

A McHenry County sheriff's sergeant has been charged with forcing a juvenile to perform a sexual act on him on several occasions from 2006 to 2010, Michael Combs, chief of the McHenry County State's Attorney's criminal division, said today. ...more »

Personal Injury
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Asta Funding, Inc. Announces New Joint Venture in Personal Injury Financing
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

On December 28, 2011, the Company, through a newly-formed subsidiary, ASFI Pegasus Holdings, LLC ("APH"), executed the Pegasus Operating Agreement with PLF, in which a subsidiary of the Company, Fund Pegasus, LLC, ("Fund Pegasus"), will loan up to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama Crowned Himself on New Year's Eve
The International News MagazineJanuary 1, 2012

To prevent the US government from behaving like a king, the drafters of the US Constitution empowered an elected legislature to write every law, to declare every war, and to remove its executive from office. To further prevent the abuse of individuals' ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Medical malpractice insurance market to evolve with health care changes: Moody's
Business InsuranceJanuary 3, 2012

The evolving US health care delivery system presents both opportunities and challenges for medical professional liability insurers, according to an analysis released Monday by Moody's Investors Service. The analysis—“US Medical Professional Liability ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Issues Final Rule on Net Worth Standard For Accredited Investors
JD Supra (press release)January 4, 2012

Title IV of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Act”) set forth, among other regulatory changes, a revised net worth test for a natural person to qualify as an “accredited investor” for purposes of Regulation D under the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate roundup
The ColumbianJanuary 2, 2012

Brian Sullivan of Coldwell Banker Bain Commercial represented the Seller and Greg Nesting of Norris & Stevens represented the buyer. The building is fully leased and houses A&J Custom Cabinets, Speeds Towing and Premiere Pump. ...more »

Safe sex in the porn industry
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

But Cal/OSHA's lawyer has said the Los Angeles law would not impinge on his agency's jurisdiction, which is limited to employer-employee relationships. Film performers are generally contract workers, not employees. Performers in adult films should be ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Marketing and PR Veteran Katrina Leonce Joins Dow Lohnes Sports... (press release)January 4, 2012

Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment is a division of Dow Lohnes, a nationally renowned law firm established in 1918 with expertise across a wide range of disciplines. Over the past several years Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment has quickly become the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Catholic priest's defense to target gambling
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

In October, those fears were realized when McAuliffe and federal prosecutors agreed to a deal. McAuliffe pleaded guilty to the mail fraud charges for sending falsified financial documents across state lines to the San Francisco Archdiocese. ...more »

More IRS Audits Coming Your Way
ForbesJanuary 12, 2012

See EITC Income Limits, Maximum Credit Amounts and Tax Law Updates. High income means you could stick out from the pile. Nevertheless, even with the recently released figures, it's not the whole story. Big numbers alone don't produce audits. ...more »

Donna Ballman: Why Repealing Child Labor Laws Is a Truly Stupid Idea
Huffington PostJanuary 3, 2012

She's been practicing employment law, including negotiating severance agreements and litigating discrimination, sexual harassment, noncompete agreements, and employment law issues in Florida since 1986. Her blog on employee-side employment law issues ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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EU Pension Funds, Bank Capital, KPN Departures: Compliance
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

Thailand will curb the sale of bills of exchange by commercial banks to protect individual investors from investing in the short-term debt securities, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new rules, which will take effect July 1, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wonkbook: Moderation is winning in the Republican primary
Washington Post (blog)January 11, 2012

But if the Supreme Court takes the states' side, the ruling could limit whether the federal government can use money as an incentive for the states to act on any issue. The states argue that the law's Medicaid expansion is an illegal 'commandeering' of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Jason S. Sheinberg Selected as a San Diego County “Young Attorney for 2011” by ... (press release)January 4, 2012

Jason S. Sheinberg has been practicing law since 2004 and has been an attorney at San Diego Law Firm since February 2009. Jason's practice is centered on estate planning, trust administrations, probate administrations, Medi-Cal planning, ...more »

Family Law
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New laws expand family planning benefits
Annapolis CapitalJanuary 1, 2012

By BRIAN WITTE, AP By BRIAN WITTE, AP More low-income women will be eligible for Medicaid family planning services in Maryland this week when a new law takes effect. AP VIDEO more>> The expansion will allow Maryland women who are at or below 200 ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Regulators: Florida workers' comp healthy
Business JournalJanuary 4, 2012

State regulators reported Wednesday that Florida's workers' compensation system, once the target of business groups angered over skyrocketing rates, is financially healthy and, unlike property insurance, remains almost entirely in the private market, ...more »


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