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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 »

What is HRW up to in Pakistan?
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Asked that even in developed and advanced political cultures the principle of judicial review exists and superior judiciary exercises its powers to set aside any law made by the Parliament if it is found against the basic structure of the constitution...more »

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Administrative Law
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Fishing restrictions start in California
Trade Only TodayJanuary 3, 2012

In December, the state Office of Administrative Law approved the regulatory package put forward by the California Fish and Game Commission that sets rules and boundaries for the south coast marine protected areas. Nearly a year ago the commission ...more »

Health Care Law
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New year to bring new rules on e-prescriptions, pill mills
USA TODAYJanuary 1, 2012

1, physician Carl E. Mitchell knows he will face a 1 percent cut in payments he gets for seeing Medicare patients, but the lost money isn't steep enough to convince him to start writing some prescriptions electronically to avoid the hit. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Waiver allows Russian tanker to take on fuel for Nome
Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The waiver of the federal Jones Act granted Friday was crucial to the tanker completing its mission of delivering petroleum products to Nome, a city of about 3500 residents on Alaska's western coastline. A huge storm this fall delayed delivery by barge ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia immigration law expands in 2012
WFXL FOX 31January 3, 2012

I wouldn't mind if anyone had to do a background check on me for verification for employment,” said Albany resident LaKeshia Elder. A portion of the law went into effect last year as companies with 100 to 500 employees were required to start using the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Groups seeks end to rock-mining plans
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 3, 2012

According to the suit, that means the county has violated state law, which requires localities to abide by their comprehensive plans. A county spokeswoman said she had no information on the suit late last week. Kerri Barsh, an attorney representing ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Legal aid lawyers begin service withdrawal
Mission City RecordJanuary 4, 2012

A public commission into legal aid last year concluded BC is failing its most disadvantaged citizens and seriously lags other jurisdictions. The provincial government says its new Family Law Act – which encourages mediation and other measures to cut ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The cure for the common coupon: Missouri lawyers weigh in on class action ...
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

In class action cases, there isn't anyone who would hire a firm like The Devil's Advocate, Toothman said, so he tries to get the word out on bad settlements through CLEs and on a blog, The Civilian's Guide to Lawyers. "We recognize the problem, ...more »

Animal Law
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Judge orders UF to give animal rights activist records on primates
Gainesville SunJanuary 9, 2012

By Nathan Crabbe An Alachua County Circuit Court judge has ordered the University of Florida to provide an animal rights activist with records on primates involved in research. Camille Marino of Wildwood, who founded the group Negotiation is Over, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Dr. Guttman Provides CLE Presentation on the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

3, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Dr. Harry J. Guttman, Patent Attorney with Stipkala LLC, spoke about recent changes to US patent law to the Dayton Intellectual Property Law Association (DIPLA) at its meeting on December 9, 2011. Invited by DIPLA to provide ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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2011's wild ride includes controversy, successes
Bonner County Daily BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Bonner County Commission Chairman Cornel Rasor spearheaded the formation of the council to advise elected officials and departments on matters involving private property rights. The council withstood review from the Idaho Attorney General's office, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Commission will ponder next steps for Willmar, Minn.'s City Charter
West Central TribuneJanuary 9, 2012

... convene in the next couple of weeks to discuss the next steps they might take after proposed charter amendments failed to receive the required affirmative votes of all eight City Council members to adopt the changes by council action Tuesday night. ...more »

China airlines refuse to pay EU carbon tax
The GuardianJanuary 4, 2012

China's airlines will refuse to pay any carbon costs under the European Union's emissions trading scheme, the country's main aviation trade body said on Wednesday. The ETS was launched in 2005 as one of the major pillars of the bloc's efforts to combat ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Nakheel can restrict Palm beach access
gulfnews.comJanuary 3, 2012

By Zaher Bitar, Staff Reporter Dubai: Nakheel has the right to prevent residents at the Shoreline Apartments on the Palm Jumeirah from using the beach if landlords don't pay the service charges — but they cannot prevent tenants from using the pools ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ask Stacy Followup: My Credit History Reappeared!
Money Talks News (blog)January 3, 2012

About a month ago, a reader wrote to report that her credit history had been accidentally wiped out by TransUnion. It's back now, and there's a lesson in it for all of us. By Stacy Johnson | Jan 03, 2012 About a month ago I did a post called Ask Stacy: ...more »

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Top Trademark Litigator Jill Pietrini Joins Sheppard Mullin
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

"Jill is a powerhouse litigator, portfolio manager and trademark attorney, who has regularly been recognized among the top IP lawyers in the state. With a diverse client roster that includes film, music and fashion industries, her practice dovetails ...more »

Business Law
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Abortion, immigration changes among new 2012 laws
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

Alabama, with the country's toughest immigration law, is enacting a key provision requiring all employers who do business with any government entity to use a federal system known as E-Verify to check that all new employees are in the country legally. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veterans' wait for benefits is lengthy
Dayton Daily NewsJanuary 9, 2012

... retirement claims and benefits.” Regional VA officials could not be reached for comment. The US House Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (part of the appropriations committee) is addressing the issue. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Corona Man Charged In Massive Child-Porn Bust
Western Queens GazetteJanuary 18, 2012

Brown said Queens NYPD detectives were alerted on August 19, 2010, by the New York Internet Crimes Against Children that someone uploaded 12 child pornography images to Ning, a social networking Web site. Operators at Ning intercepted the images and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injuries board welcomes move to reduce lawyers' role in claims
Irish TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Set up in 2004, the board has the express purpose of reducing the cost of personal injuries claims. Given that the main cost – outside of the awards themselves – are legal fees, it has always had a difficult relationship with the legal profession. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A New Year's Forecast For The Health Care Bill
NPRJanuary 1, 2012

And then two smaller issues which the court has taken up as well which have not gotten as much attention; one of which is a requirement in the law that states expand their Medicaid program for low-income Americans to help guarantee universal coverage ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff Recognized Among “Best Law Firms” by U.S. ... (press release)January 5, 2012

Founded in 1970, Southfield, Michigan-based Collins, Einhorn, Farrell & Ulanoff, PC is a multi-specialty law firm providing clients with legal representation in all aspects of litigation, including professional liability, asbestos/toxic tort, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Emilia Elchinova: The Commission for Consumer Protection will make inspections ...
Focus NewsJanuary 4, 2012

After that, according to the Consumer Protection Act, the traders have one month in which to reply accordingly. If the claim is reasonable, the traders will repair or replace the goods. Focus: Do you expect similar claims or inquiries, concerning the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Changes to alienation of state and public real estate
International Law OfficeJanuary 6, 2012

The law gives the State Property Fund responsibility for organising the sale of real estate belonging to state commercial enterprises, and stipulates that the procedure for organising sales falls to be determined by the Cabinet of Ministers. ...more »

VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

Sports Law
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Human trafficking a concern for local law enforcement, victims - KSWT: Local ...
KSWT-TVJanuary 12, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Yuma, Arizona January 11, 2012 - US Homeland Security says the problem of human trafficking in the United States continues to grow. "The State Department estimates that 12 million people are subjected to trafficking, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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January 21, 2012 - The Federal Crimes Watch Daily
JD Supra (press release)January 22, 2012

The Federal Crimes Watch Daily is a daily newspaper that discusses current federal criminal issues written by a federal criminal defense attorney. Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers Saturday, January 21, 2012 New Federal ...more »

Planners Prepare for More Audits for HNW Clients
Financial-Planning.comJanuary 13, 2012

In 2009 the IRS audited 6.42% of the 441715 returns filed by this demographic. That percentage jumped to 12.48% of a total 291831 returns last year, according to the agency's report on its 2011 enforcement. With historically high $5 million exemptions ...more »

A look back at the top news of 2011 in the Record-Courier
Ravenna Record CourierJanuary 1, 2012

After discovering there is no measure of age discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, a group of the relocated seniors is now considering to take it up with their national representatives and have the law changed. Stories the Record-Courier broke ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cordray Appointment Activates Full Powers of New Consumer Bureau
BloombergJanuary 4, 2012

Today's recess appointment by Obama, aimed at bypassing Republican objections, seats the former Ohio attorney general without Senate confirmation. “With a director finally in place and no question about its powers, the Consumer Financial Protection ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
CBS NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Some landowners in the Sandhills celebrated the decision to reroute the project, but the pipeline's strongest opponents say they still have concerns about the prospect of the government using its power of eminent domain to seize land, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney Suzanne R. Sayward: 5 ways in which distributions from estates will...
Daily News TranscriptJanuary 5, 2012

By Attorney Suzanne Sayward In September, this column discussed a new law going into effect this month that will affect the way estates are administered in Massachusetts. This law, the Massachusetts Uniform Probate Code (MUPC), also changes how assets ...more »

Family Law
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Streamlined TSA screening for service members now law
Government Security NewsJanuary 5, 2012

3 by signing the Risk-based Security Screening for Members of the Armed Forces Act. The new law streamlines airport screening procedures for service members and their families traveling on official orders. The Risk-Based Security Screening for Members ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Labor battles brewing
Kennebec JournalJanuary 5, 2012

By Susan M. Cover AUGUSTA -- Jamie Bassett of Jefferson got hurt on the job 16 years ago, and has collected workers compensation benefits ever since. Matt Caston, center, and Charlie Urquhart, of Working America, are followed by ...more »


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