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Baby boomers – how the wealthy flout China's family planning
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

... a violation of Chinese law, and how wealthy Chinese do as they please, with scant regard for the rules that constrain others. The most common reaction, though, has been simple disbelief. “Heavens. To have one family with eight kids ... in an era of ...more »

San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Residents Question Need for Town Manager
Patch.comJanuary 27, 2012

While the Commission proposed several changes to the Town Charter, the focus of the hearing was a recommendation to hire a professional town manager to take over the administrative duties of the first selectman. Under the current CRC proposal, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's breach of faith over contraceptive ruling
Washington PostJanuary 30, 2012

That is why it is so remarkable that he utterly botched the admittedly difficult question of how contraceptive services should be treated under the new health care law. His administration mishandled this decision not once but twice.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Augusta-area law enforcement agencies not changing traffic stop procedures
The Augusta ChronicleJanuary 31, 2012

Two months earlier, Richmond County sheriff's Deputy James D. Paugh was shot and killed after he stopped to check on a suspicious vehicle on Bobby Jones Expressway at Gordon Highway. Area departments say every traffic call is unique and, therefore, ...more »

Immigration Law
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A Step Further in Support of Immigration Reform
Huffington Post (blog)January 26, 2012

Now, I strongly believe that we should take on, once and for all, the issue of illegal immigration. And I am prepared to work with Republicans and Democrats to protect our borders, enforce our laws, and address the millions of undocumented workers who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mayor Rowland Says Cleveland Had Banner Year
The ChattanooganJanuary 27, 2012

The Industrial Development Board includes both Cleveland and Bradley County working as a team. The team is held together and supported by the diligent work of our Cleveland/ Bradley Chamber of Commerce. I cannot say enough about the role the Chamber ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Thriving in adversity
The LawyerJanuary 23, 2012

However, consumer groups throughout the EU have generally been unenthusiastic about the new law and many English lawyers will be put off by its lack of transparency and alien legal concepts. So it is too early to say what effect the CESL will have in ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance hike over negligence claims
Banbury CakeJanuary 13, 2012

Instead it makes annual contributions to the NHS Litigation Authority (NHSLA), which then handles claims. The news comes as Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced yesterday that he had been forced to bail out the NHSLA to the tune of £185m as it was ...more »

Animal Law
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Louisiana monkey owners become 'refugees'
USA TODAYJanuary 30, 2012

In 2003, the Legislature passed a law banning exotic animals as pets, but allowed people who already owned monkeys to keep them. Starting in 2006, owners were required to obtain permits, keep their animals away from the public and have yearly ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Smoky Hill winery, intellectual property up for auction
Wichita Business JournalJanuary 31, 2012

The Salina Journal reports items up for bid include the facility itself and the winery's intellectual property — the wine labels, recipes and formulas, plus the company website, domain name and customer marketing lists.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes Launches Investigation ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

Customers of Blazar have alleged that he solicited them to invest their retirement assets into fractional interests in life settlement contracts which were acquired from a subsidiary of Life Partners Holdings, Inc. Our law firm is investigating the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Why equalizing opportunity isn't about race
Washington PostJanuary 21, 2012

16 op-ed column, “College diversity at risk”: Affirmative action is based on the noble goal of making sure that all people have an equal shot at success in college and beyond. However, its basis on race is wrong because there is nothing inherently ...more »

Emirates Aviation College graduates largest class ever
Dubai ChronicleJanuary 31, 2012

Emirates Aviation College, the institution of choice for higher education in Aviation Studies, honoured 197 graduates at Monday's graduation ceremony. Presided over by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Money briefs, Jan. 30
Knoxville News SentinelJanuary 29, 2012

The law, called the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA), applies to residential leases in 19 counties. The new brochure is available online, at, or by calling local legal aid offices. "Everyone should know about changes to URLTA ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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6 tips on "Buy Here-Pay Here" car lots
Michigan RadioJanuary 27, 2012

By Kate Davidson "Buy Here Pay Here" dealers cater to people with bad credit. Buyers should be aware when shopping at one. Here are six tips. Yesterday, we brought you the story of Buy Here-Pay Here dealerships in the Midwest.more »

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Am Law 200 Polsinelli Shughart Chooses IPRO Eclipse as Firm-Wide Review Platform
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

With 570 attorneys, Polsinelli Shughart ( ) is a national law firm that is a recognized leader in the areas of business law, financial services, real estate and business litigation. Serving corporate, institutional and individual ...more »

Business Law
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Capitol Alert: Senate OKs nearly $13 million in settlements, attorneys fees ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

By Torey Van Oot The state Senate today approved $13 million in settlements and fees in legal disputes lost by the state, including nearly $1 million in court-ordered attorneys fees in the Entertainment Merchants Association's successful challenge of a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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County veterans earn full military benefits
The TennesseanJanuary 25, 2012

Cheatham County veteran Richard Anderson (left) recently received his full military benefits. Also pictured is local veterans advocate James Cripps. / RANDY MOOMAW/THE TIMES James Cripps is excited about the progress being made with helping Cheatham ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dothan man faces child solicitation charges
Dothan EagleJanuary 30, 2012

... obscene material to a child by computer. Cosby was taken to the Tallapoosa County Jail and held on $30000 bail. The charges were the result of a month-long investigation by the Tallapoosa County Sheriff's department regarding an internet crime.more »

Personal Injury
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Plaintiff who failed to show up for hearing in injury suit ordered to bring ...
Madison County RecordJanuary 31, 2012

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge ordered a plaintiff in a personal injury suit to show proof of a "medical inability" that prevented her from attending a hearing last Friday. Plaintiff Michelle Wieneke, who is suing Daddie-O's Nite Out, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Rule of Law or The Rule of Obama
Canada Free PressJanuary 29, 2012

Americans face many stark choices in the 2012 election for President but the starkest of all is whether or not they want their President to be bound by the Constitution and act within the law or to act as a dictator outside the bounds of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Med Mal Insurance May Evolve to More Institutional Health Care System
PropertyCasualty360January 6, 2012

Alan Murray, vice president at Moody's and author of the report, says there will be a “shift in market share toward MPL (also known as Medical Malpractice) insurers with multispecialty and multistate underwriting and claim-servicing capabilities for ...more »

Consumer Protection
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We need a better measure of 'congressional futility'
Daily CallerJanuary 25, 2012

So that means that the second session of the 111th Congress, which passed 258 laws signed by the president, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, was less futile, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Marr: DC Law Firms Take Portfolio Approach to Real Estate
GlobeSt.comJanuary 3, 2012

Let be your source for everything real estate. WASHINGTON, DC-Top tier law firms in the DC area—that is, firms that can be found on the Am Law 100—have largely recovered from 2009, CBRE's newly appointed vice chairman Pat Marr, ...more »

NEENAH – Kimberly-Clark Corp. is expanding its green initiatives at its ...
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 20, 2012

NEENAH – Kimberly-Clark Corp. is expanding its green initiatives at its Experimental Mill, 126 N. Commercial St. The consumer products maker this week signed a Green Tier Contract with the State Department of Natural Resources. ...more »

Sports Law
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Daniel B. Fitzgerald Honored for Making a Difference in 2011
PR Web (press release)January 30, 2012

The law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to announce that Daniel B. Fitzgerald was recognized in 2011 by the Connecticut Law Tribune in its annual “Dozen Who Made A Difference” news feature for his work in the area of Sports Law.more »

Criminal Defense
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 29, 2012

•The firm had several attorneys named Mid-South Super Lawyers. They are: Phil B. Abernethy, construction litigation; Robert G. Anderson, criminal defense: white collar; Kenneth W. Barton, business litigation; Don B. Cannada, real estate; ...more »

YouthPride faces eviction; community volunteers organize to save services for ...
The GA VoiceJanuary 27, 2012

Volunteering to serve on the Internal Audit Task Force are Stadtlander; Alison Hall, an internal auditor and board member of For the Kid in All of Us; Tracy Elliott, executive director of AID Atlanta; attorney and former YouthPride board member Seth ...more »

Leagle.comJanuary 31, 2012

Joseph Greenawalt appeals the District Court's grant of summary judgment to his former employer, Clarion County, in his suit alleging unlawful employment discrimination on the basis of age and gender. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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2012 & The End Of The World
Personal Liberty DigestJanuary 25, 2012

Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom. Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion ...more »

Environmental Law
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Legal opinion on killing Transit City buoys foes of Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto StarJanuary 29, 2012

Augimeri and the legal report say that Transit City was approved by council in 2007 as part of the Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan. Since then, some councillors have stood by their belief that Transit City, or a version of ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hernando events calendar
Tampabay.comJanuary 28, 2012

The forum will cover power of attorney, living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders, health care surrogates and other topics. A continental breakfast will be served. There is no cost, but registration is required. Registration begins at 9 am; ...more »

Family Law
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Gov. Scott: Latinos like Romney family values
Palm Beach PostJanuary 29, 2012

These are not IMMIGRANTS; these are illegal immigrants or aliens who are disrespectful to America's laws. On entry they are not initially placed in any category, that is until their visa period runs out; they are not here unlawfully.more »

Workers Compensation
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CBO Study: Federal Workers Compensated Much Better than Private Sector
Big GovernmentJanuary 31, 2012

by Jeff Dunetz The Congressional Budget Office (CBO)released a study telling Americans if they want a raise, they should go work for the federal government, because federal workers are compensated much better than those in the private sector.more »


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