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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...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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A Coup in the Judiciary
AllAfrica.comJanuary 31, 2012

Therefore, in exercise of the administrative powers conferred upon me under Article 127(b) of the Transitional Constitution, 2011 and section 29 of the Judiciary Act, 2008, I hereby issue this Judicial Circular to determine the seniority of the Supreme ...more »

Health Care Law
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House advances bill terminating the CLASS Act
The Hill (blog)January 31, 2012

By Pete Kasperowicz - 01/31/12 06:53 PM ET The House on Tuesday evening approved a rule that will govern debate on a bill that would repeal an element in the 2010 healthcare establishing a voluntary long-term healthcare program that the Obama ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Iowa youths press for stiffer alcohol laws
DesMoinesRegister.comJanuary 31, 2012

“It is important to not only have laws that hold kids accountable, but also laws that hold adults accountable as well,” said Jeffrey, a member of Jones County Safe and Healthy Youth. “Just like the keg registration law, the social host law will hold ...more »

Immigration Law
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Democrats Target Immigration Law
GPBJanuary 27, 2012

By Tiffany Larkin Farmers have said that the new immigration law has scared away field hands, including many illegal immigrants, who harvest labor-intensive crops. House Democrats want to repeal that controversial law. (Photo Courtesy of cheeses via ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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ZAUN REPORT: Tax Increment Financing Debate
Patch.comJanuary 20, 2012

These areas are primarily established for economic development projects including but not limited to, streets, sewers, sidewalks, and other infrastructure related to residential, commercial, or industrial development, improving of blighted areas, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Maritime Union hopeful dispute is near resolution
TVNZJanuary 31, 2012

The two parties have been locked in a bitter dispute over conditions for workers for the past four months, with the conflict leading to the loss of two major shipping contracts. The point of contention appears to be around rosters, with the port ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of public opinion probably will yield to federal court decision about ...
Casper Star-Tribune Online (blog)January 31, 2012

CJM Hospitality LLC, the owners of the Hitching Post Inn, wants US District Court in Wyoming to dismiss the civil lawsuit filed against it by its insurance company that claims CJM torched the legendary hotel for the money in September 2010.more »

Animal Law
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Colorado Animal Abuse Registry Rejected By Lawmakers
Huffington PostJanuary 31, 2012

We also feel this bill would be even more restrictive toward the animal offenders than our child abuse laws or drunk drivers. Those people do not have their faces or their home addresses listed on a website online." Lawmakers opposed to the bill were ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bloomberg BNA Announces the Publication of the Second Edition of "Intellectual ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 20, 2012

As cybercases add new dimensions to the laws of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents, attorneys need to understand how the complex issues of network-based technologies relate to the traditional areas of intellectual property practice. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Don Weber wants to change the courthouse climate in Madison County
Madison County RecordJanuary 29, 2012

A candidate for state representative in the Republican primary in the 108th House District, Weber, if elected, will propose legislation to improve the climate in the Madison County courthouse - and make it less inclement for defendants in asbestos...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Duke professor says paper misinterpreted
Durham Herald SunJanuary 25, 2012

Changing majors, he continued, “is not occurring because of race, but because of differences in academic background that result from the combination of the legacy of discrimination coupled with affirmative action policies.” News of the unpublished ...more »

Great Lakes Aviation to serve ND city of Jamestown
KEYC TVJanuary 24, 2012

JAMESTOWN, ND (AP) - North Dakota's congressional delegation says the federal Transportation Department has chosen Great Lakes Aviation to provide long-term service to Jamestown under the Essential Air Service subsidy program. Sens.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Chris Vigil: New state laws affect landlords, buyers and sellers
San Gabriel Valley TribuneJanuary 26, 2012

We're well into 2012 already, and it seems like everyone who was waiting for the holiday season to end before they handled their real estate needs are now busily getting things done. We have lots of people calling and lots of homes to sell.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Exclusive: Chris “The Glove” Taylor Talks Death Row, Aftermath and Dr. Dre ...
AllHipHopJanuary 30, 2012

Chris “The Glove” Taylor: I played the keys on 2Pac and Dre's “California Love” and I never received credit or recognition for that. I had to ask what was going on? Am I just an invisible studio guy? “California Love” was the last song that I worked on ...more »

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Mexico: Commercial Litigation
Who's Who LegalJanuary 12, 2012

A major part of his practice involves advising on contract breaches, shareholder disputes, restructurings and collection work. Claus von Wobeser of Von Wobeser y Sierra SC, received international plaudits for his representation of major companies such ...more »

Business Law
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Chesterfield Man In Court Over Illegal Transportation Of Tyres
Chesterfield PostJanuary 30, 2012

Neighbourhood police in Chesterfield are hoping for a full house when they visit a bingo hall to give out crime prevention and safety advice. More... The 12 year old victim was using his mobile phone when they were approached by two teenagers on bikes ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Kosovo Veterans Angry With New Benefits Law
Eurasia ReviewJanuary 31, 2012

By Muhamet Brajshori The Law on War Veterans in Kosovo — which entered into force this month — cannot be implemented financially and does not cover benefits for all deserving parties, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) organisations say.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Anonymous And The War Over The Internet
Huffington PostJanuary 30, 2012

19, the US Department of Justice website vanished from the Internet. Anyone attempting to visit it to report a crime or submit a complaint received a message saying the site was unable to load. More websites disappeared in rapid succession.more »

Personal Injury
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Access to Justice Opposition for Personal Injury Claims
Business Review India (press release)January 27, 2012

26, 2012) - In 2010 Lord Justice Jackson published a report for the Government with recommendations on how to change the law in order to reform the costs of making a personal injury claim. One of the main suggestions was to abolish the ability for the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Bolling plans to use tiebreaking power in Senate
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 4, 2012

Bolling, a member of the executive branch who serves as presiding officer in the Senate, reviewed legal and scholarly analyses of the state constitution to reach his determination. While Bolling concedes his tie-breaking authority has limits, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Orlando SentinelJanuary 20, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Recess appointment of CFPB director — what you need to know now
Lexology (registration)January 17, 2012

... first Director of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB), you should expect the CFPB to commence exercise of the full list of authorities granted to it under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank).more »

Real Estate Law
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Fennemore Craig appoints five new shareholders
AZ Central.comJanuary 12, 2012

She focuses her practice in commercial litigation and has practiced in real-estate and construction litigation, class-action litigation, alternative dispute resolution, franchise and distribution law, and Hart-Scott-Rodino pre-merger filings. ...more »

Private Suits Under FCPA — An Ill-Advised Idea
JD Supra (press release)January 31, 2012

introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would amend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to permit private suits against certain foreign companies and individuals. The bill, entitled the “Foreign Business Bribery Prohibition Act of ...more »

Sports Law
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Even If Ortiz Is The Victor…
8countnews.comJanuary 9, 2012

Paul Stuart Haberman, Esq. is a New York-based health and sports law attorney. He is also a New York State licensed boxing manager and the Chairman of the Sports Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense in guard's death: Time to end killing
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 31, 2012

The second prison inmate who admitted to killing a corrections officer last spring during an attempted prison escape does not deserve to die for his crime because he never had a chance at life, his defense lawyers say. Rodney Berget, 49, pleaded guilty ...more »

Some locals, experts call for overhaul of Hatch Act
York Daily RecordJanuary 28, 2012

Otherwise, he was in violation of the Hatch Act because his department receives federal funds. The Hatch Act is a 73-year-old law that limits the partisan activity of government employees. It prohibits any federal employee or person with a connection ...more »

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 »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Celesq® AttorneysEd Center Announces February 2012 CLE Addressing Important ... (press release)January 26, 2012

Barry Engel analyzes choice of law decisions and how they may lead to conflict of law issues in this program for asset protection and integrated estate planning lawyers. Rob Shilliday explores the potential effects of Twombly and Iqbal on the ethical ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama focuses on new energy industries during Aurora visit
The Aurora SentinelJanuary 27, 2012

President Barack Obama addresses a crowd of law makers, energy officials, and Buckley Air Force Base military personel at an event Jan. 26 at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora. (Heather L. Smith/Aurora Sentinel) President Barack Obama addresses a crowd ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm To Teach Multiple Estate Planning Classes At Libraries
PR Urgent (press release)January 12, 2012

The class will go in to the basics of estate planning and explain the issues of what estate planning is, what happens if you have no estate plan, what kinds of estate plans there are, what happens with probate, what a will and a living trust do, ...more »

Family Law
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Plan would help military families take leave
KATC Lafayette NewsJanuary 31, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama joined Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to announce the plan, which would allow caregivers to take leave to care for family members up to five years after they leave the military. Current law only covers family members of those ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Government Workers Earn More Than Their Private-Sector Counterparts
Fox BusinessJanuary 31, 2012

A new study from the Congressional Budget Office undercuts the argument from progressive policy shops and union leaders that government workers make less money than their counterparts in the private sector. The CBO study shows that federal employees ...more »


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