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Why it's best to spend 2012 between the covers
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

The latter should be a real treat for Jacobson's fans: it is set in doomed literary London and stars a downtrodden protagonist with a highly strung, red-haired wife and a deeply troubling mother-in-law.... Attica Locke's The Cutting Season (Serpent's ...more »

5 Resolutions for a Healthier & Greener 2012
Care2.comJanuary 1, 2012

We know that the big players in agribusiness will dispute this claim, but it makes sense to us. Organic farms tend to have richer, healthier soil than farms that use fossil-fuel derived fertilizer that's constantly being depleted. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Song Min Li Swears As Macao's First Top Female Judge
BernamaJanuary 4, 2012

MACAO, Jan 4 (Bernama) -- Macao's new judge of the Court of Final Appeal (TUI) Song Min Li was sworn in here at the headquarters of TUI Wednesday, becoming first female judge in top court of Macao Special Administrative Region, Xinhua news agency ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama Health Care Law Being Challenged By House GOP Bill
Huffington PostJanuary 25, 2012

The House voted to repeal the health care law last year, but the Democratic-led Senate refused and replacement legislation languished. Pitts told reporters Wednesday his personal opinion is that some parts of Obama's law will survive.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Too many people jailed, says bishop
The Press AssociationJanuary 10, 2012

The Bishop of Liverpool, the Rt Rev James Jones, said it was simply not enough to lock up criminals, adding that community payback schemes could act as a deterrent for others and help to reduce reoffending. He told the Radio Times that it was time to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Why Do We Need a Line?
Huffington Post (blog)January 31, 2012

If you did not intend to abide by US law, you should have migrated to a different country. "The bottom line is that these illegal immigrants are here first and foremost because the American economy needs them: they are important workers at some ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Coming up, new phone scam involves law enforcement
14 News WFIE EvansvilleJanuary 31, 2012

The Owensboro Convention Center is set to begin working on blueprints after the Industrial Development Authority gave its final approval today. Trahan Architects along with Denark Construction can officially begin construction development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The John Hay row
Philippine StarJanuary 31, 2012

Last we heard, the private developer has asked the court again to order both parties to sit down and look for a peaceful resolution to the conflict. Baguio cannot afford a repeat of Casanova's debacle at Poro Point. At the end of the day, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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TD Bank Group announces litigation provision
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- TD Bank Group /quotes/zigman/18280 CA:TD +0.40% /quotes/zigman/18264/quotes/nls/td TD +0.06% announced today that it has taken a litigation provision of CDN$255 million, resulting in an after-tax charge of CDN $153 ...more »

Animal Law
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Improve: Officials must better enforce the island's animal control laws
Pacific Daily NewsJanuary 12, 2012

•To report those who violate Guam's animal control laws, call the Guam Police Department at 472-8911, your village mayor, or the Department of Agriculture at 734-3942 or 734-3943. •What's the biggest shortfall Guam must address before the military ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Wavefront Completes Intellectual Property Acquisition of Midland, Texas Based ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

The Acquisition provides complementary pulsating technology and associated intellectual property patents. Vortech's tools produce significantly higher frequency fluid pressure waves than Powerwave devices. Powerwave devices are designed to improve ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Victims in Libby Finally Seeing Settlement with Montana
Asbestos.comJanuary 31, 2012

More than a decade after first filing a lawsuit against the state for a failure to warn them of the danger, the first batch of asbestos plaintiffs in Libby, Montana have begun receiving their portion of a $43 million settlement.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Loftin fields Senate inquiries
Texas A&M The BattalionJanuary 26, 2012

University administration and student government intersected Wednesday evening when A&M President R. Bowen Loftin spoke with the Student Senate about a range of topics including affirmative action and the future of A&M's rivalry with Texas.more »

2011 - A Good Year for Aviation Safety
ASIATravelTips.comJanuary 22, 2012

“Credit must go to all aviation industry stakeholders for their ongoing commitment and hard work in achieving this outstanding safety performance in 2011. Passengers can rest assured that air travel remains both extremely safe and highly secure,” said ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Judge orders apartment owners to restore heat, hot water by Monday
Chicago TribuneJanuary 27, 2012

City law requires that from Sept. 15 to June 1, landlords must maintain temperatures of 68 degrees during daytime and 66 degrees overnight. Hot water must be at least 120 degrees, according to the code. Chicago's tenant ordinance also states that if a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bueker seeks district judge's seat
Stuttgart Daily LeaderJanuary 31, 2012

The Stuttgart native practices law at Niblock and Bueker Attorneys, which specializes in bankruptcy, Social Security and disability, and personal injury. He's practiced for 10 years and has represented thousands of people.more »

Litigation
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Crowell & Moring's IP Litigation Practice Expands on Both Coasts with Four ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 30, 2012

She received both her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Biochemistry and her law degree from Duquesne University. Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with nearly 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and arbitration, ...more »

Business Law
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Nuance Introduces eCopy Legal Solution Pack, Streamlining Paper-to-Digital ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 31, 2012

“Where we see paper as part of a business workflow within the legal industry, not only do we see inefficiencies with the process, we also see costly manual or outsourced paper processes that could save legal organizations thousands of dollars.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Bills advance to benefit Virginia's active-duty military students
The Virginian-PilotJanuary 23, 2012

The end result could benefit thousands of military service members in Hampton Roads seeking degrees from Tidewater Community College, Old Dominion University and other public schools. House Bill 548 will require public colleges and universities to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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LifeShield Partners with SpotCrime to Provide Free Local Crime Reports and ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 25, 2012

25, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- LifeShield Security is pleased to partner with SpotCrime, the leader in internet crime search and information services, to offer its customers the ability to access city and county crime maps that show local crime...more »

Personal Injury
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Herrera Law Firm: Three Decades of Fighting for the Underdog
PR Web (press release)January 26, 2012

Over the decades, the legal team at the firm has been committed to providing aggressive representation in personal injury and wrongful death cases. The personal injury attorneys in San Antonio also are skilled at civil trial, labor and employment law.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Lok Ayukta: Political agenda with legal overtones
Daily News & AnalysisJanuary 29, 2012

In 1885, AV Dicey, author of a legal classic 'An Introduction to the Law of the Constitution' prophetically wrote, "In a written federal constitution, every political question tends to be converted into a legal question". This is best illustrated by ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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PUGET SOUND ELECTRICAL WORKERS HEALTH TRUST AND VACATION PLAN v. McKENZIE ...
Leagle.comJanuary 31, 2012

McKenzie Rothwell Barlow & Korpi, PS, and its predecessor, Smith McKenzie Rothwell & Barlow, PS, (collectively, "the firm") appeal the judgment that imposes monetary liability on them for legal malpractice. The malpractice claims arise from the firm's ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB Releases Guidance on Confidentiality, Information Sharing
American Banker (subscription)January 4, 2012

"Failure to provide information required by the bureau is a violation of law for which the bureau will pursue all available remedies." The industry, however, has said the CFPB's jurisdiction only extends to consumer financial laws. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Suits Challenge Missouri Foreclosure Law
LoanSafeJanuary 30, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on January 30, 2012 in Real Estate (Source: Jim Gallagher St. Louis Post-Dispatch) – John Kevin Kennedy was an engineer at Anheuser Busch for 30 years. Then came the sale to InBev, and the big downsizing at the brewery left Kennedy out ...more »

Integreon Opens Onshore LPO Delivery Centre in Bristol
Business Wire (press release)January 28, 2012

The legal support professionals at Integreon's Bristol delivery centre include lawyers and paralegals with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, including banking, M&A, litigation and commercial property. Employees at the new Bristol centre will ...more »

Sports Law
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Darren Law Daytona 24H race report
Motorsport.comJanuary 30, 2012

Law was happy to lead the Corvette contingent in the season-opener for the 2012 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. "I think we're a little behind the eight-ball here because everything is new – body, engine, chassis – so we're on a steep learning curve.more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney general argues for limits on death penalty appeals
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderJanuary 22, 2012

While defense lawyers seem amenable to improvements, they're not lining up yet behind this proposal, said Lindsey Riter-Rapp, a Pierre lawyer and lobbyist for the state Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Riter-Rapp said her group could accept a ...more »

Barry Minkow: All-American con man
Fortune (blog)January 5, 2012

Minkow said, among other things, that he believed Lennar "to be a financial crime in progress" and that Lennar treated "their joint ventures exactly like a Ponzi scheme." He also propounded his unsubstantiated hypothesis that the personal loan Lennar ...more »

MOCK v. BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON, INC.
Leagle.comJanuary 30, 2012

After nearly three more years of litigation, the district court awarded Mock $332229.37 in attorneys' fees and costs—roughly 43% of what his counsel had requested. Mock now appeals various aspects of the district court's fee award decision, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Asset Recovery Service Claims Insurers Owe State $524 Million
Courthouse News ServiceJanuary 25, 2012

It says the insurers should be fined more than $1.5 billion under the Illinois False Claims Whistleblower Reward and Protection Act. Total Asset sued the insurers in January 2011, on behalf of Illinois. The complaint was not unsealed until this month.more »

Environmental Law
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The Race for Alternative Vehicles
The Cutting EdgeJanuary 10, 2012

The company had sought financing under the Advanced Technology Vehicles Manufacturing program, which was established under a 2007 energy law that passed with bipartisan support and was signed by then-President George W. Bush.more »

Wills & Probate
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Why boomer widows are financially at risk
ReutersJanuary 20, 2012

Make sure all accounts are jointly held, for instance, so assets aren't walled off and subject to a lengthy probate process. "I know of one couple where the husband had a heart attack while packing for an anniversary cruise," says Korb. ...more »

Family Law
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Senate OKs law to let terminally ill kids hunt
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 31, 2012

Comedian Jeff Foxworthy, a board member of the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, let Taylor hunt on his land. Foxworthy has a farm that holds a special out-of-season deer hunting permit. Taylor did kill a deer, and she died six weeks later.more »

Workers Compensation
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Discounted Medicaid payment can't be recovered through workers comp benefits ...
Business InsuranceJanuary 26, 2012

NEW ORLEANS—Medicaid's discounted medical expense payment for a deceased refinery worker exposed to benzene, “extinguished” the claimant's ability to recover workers compensation benefits from his employer, Louisiana's Supreme Court ruled.more »

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