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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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ROW OVER CONSUMER SAFETY LAW
Gulf Daily NewsJanuary 3, 2012

The ministry had requested the council to remove the article that speaks of the administrative inspection that was added by councillors, saying it was a right that is practised but doesn't need to be stated in the law. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Chief Justice Defends Peers on Health Law
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Police deaths skyrocket in US; Glenn County sheriff alarmed that most are by ...
Enterprise-RecordJanuary 1, 2012

"And no matter how many times you die in a video game, you always get to get back up and play again," Jones said. "These mediums seem to foster a propensity for violence, and people are often willing to act on it by the most extreme means available. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law, section nine now in effect
WLTZ 38 NBCJanuary 2, 2012

"What we are going to require is that each business sign a document saying they've e-verified their employees. They must sign it with the city saying they are complying with the federal law," said Finance Director with the city of Auburn, Penny Smith. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Australian Construction Safety Journal Summer 2011 Industry Q&A
APRS Industry NewsJanuary 10, 2012

Aaron Anderson is a specialist in occupational health and safety law and injury claims management based in Brisbane. Aaron has extensive experience in advising clients on occupational health and safety matters in various industries including mining, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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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 »

Insurance Litigation
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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

... white-collar governmental investigations and litigation criminal defense; Cunningham & Chernicoff PC , bankruptcy and creditor/ debtor rights, and insolvency and reorganization law; Daley Zucker Meilton Miner & Gingrich LL C, family law mediation; ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights activists get vocal with Madera City Council
ABC30.comJanuary 5, 2012

(KFSN) -- Animal rights activists in Madera claim city and county officials aren't doing enough to protect abused animals. Last week, a poodle mix named "Clover" died after being rescued from a home by animal control officers. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Crystal Dynamics Hard At Work On New Intellectual Property In 2012
RipTenJanuary 3, 2012

Not only will our team be eating, sleeping, and breathing Tomb Raider, but we'll also be hard at work preparing to reveal exciting new intellectual property to the world.” She didn't elaborate any further than that, though a few outlets are rumoring it ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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How Effective is Affirmative Action?
Boston.comJanuary 18, 2012

A new working paper by three professors at Duke -- Peter Arcidiacono and Esteban M. Aucejo, economists, and Ken Spenner, a sociologist -- is arguing that we ought to be pessimistic about the ability of affirmative action programs to close the academic ...more »

Govt panel moves for 49% FDI in aviation
Business TodayJanuary 3, 2012

Before the government allows foreign carriers to take 26 per cent stake in Indian airline companies , the Working Group on Civil Aviation (WGCA) comprising secretaries of various ministries has already proposed raising the foreign direct investment ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Paperless pagri system still exists in old city areas
The Express TribuneJanuary 6, 2012

But in all likelihood, the shopkeeper simply cannot sell it – neither does he own the place, nor is his status that of an ordinary tenant. There is a fair chance he is occupying the premises on a “pagri” basis. Simply defined, it means a landlord...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Asia Income Tax Rates Compared
2point6billionJanuary 2, 2012

All enterprises and individuals engaged in the sale of goods; provision of processing, repair and replacement services; and import of goods within China are required to pay VAT. The VAT rate for general taxpayers is generally 17 percent, or 13 percent ...more »

Litigation
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Distinguished Litigation and Intellectual Property Attorney Frederick A. Tecce ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, Jan 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP, a Philadelphia intellectual property law firm, is delighted to announce the addition of veteran litigation attorney Frederick A. Tecce to the firm. ...more »

Business Law
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License plates, fireworks on tap for Mich. in 2012
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

The law that technically took effect Sunday is designed to keep business in the state that now goes to retailers in Indiana, Ohio or Wisconsin. Businesses will have to pay for the right to sell the fireworks, but that process should be worked out in ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Update: Lawmakers waste billions fumbling on 'doc-rate fix'
Montgomery AdvertiserJanuary 2, 2012

His physicians were delighted to see the Obama health reform law require Medicare to cover co-payments for preventive services like prostate exams, colonoscopies, bone density screens and mammograms. "Giving our physicians the ability to turn a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police: Amberlee Evonne Meeker Arrested In FL For Sex Crimes Committed In NC
WFMY News 2January 6, 2012

Archdale, NC -- An elementary school teacher in Florida was arrested Monday for sex crimes involving children while she was in Archdale. The Archdale City Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Flagler County Sheriff's ...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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GOP field has broad views on executive power
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Q: Under what circumstances, if any, would you sign a bill into law but also issue a signing statement reserving a constitutional right to bypass the law? ROMNEY: I share the view of many past presidents that signing statements are an important ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Costs Versus Quality In Electronic Discovery Document Reviews
JD Supra (press release)January 5, 2012

Similarly, big law as a whole is not taking the lead on providing true solutions and quality services to clients in the area of e-discovery. McDermott, Will and Emery is facing a widely publicized legal malpractice case for e-discovery failures. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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ESA Not Backing Off On SOPA
Ve3d.comJanuary 4, 2012

What we need to start doing, as consumers, is lobbying our government(s) to pass stronger consumer protection legislation that gives equal power to the customer and provide protection against such things as poorly written, bug-ridden, software. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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WP Carey & Co. Founder, Real Estate Legend: RIP
New York ObserverJanuary 3, 2012

In 2009, WP Carey & Co. paid $225 million for 21 floors at the New York Times Building at 620 Eighth Avenue under a sale-leaseback arrangement, with the newspaper agreeing to lease out space in the building for up to 15 years. ...more »

Outagamie County judge files counterclaim to civil lawsuit
Appleton Post CrescentJanuary 2, 2012

Barnett's lawsuit in Outagamie County Court claims McGinnis, while negotiating a refinancing deal that required she give up her ownership share in the commercial building they owned together at 5600 Grand Market Drive, concealed negotiations he was ...more »

Sports Law
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Sandy Sulzycki: The Week That Was (January 15, 2012)
Greenwich TimeJanuary 15, 2012

Law beat Milford 69-58 as Ted Lambert had 26 and Clayt Brown 15. Dave Clegg (22) and Bob Runk (14) led the losers. Coach John Waldyer's Notre Dame-Bridgeport team outscored Law 91-78 thanks to the offense of Barry McLeod (29), Frank Oleynick (20), ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prominent Rockville Centre attorney mourned
liherald.comJanuary 5, 2012

Morvillo, a principal of the New York City law firm Morvillo, Abramowitz, Grand, Iason, Anello & Bohrer, pioneered the practice of white-collar criminal defense, and his list of high-profile clients — celebrities, politicians and businessmen ...more »

Ex-NISD official's actions probed
San Antonio ExpressJanuary 8, 2012

Bernie Morin Jr., 57, was placed on administrative leave in May after an internal audit found he had become too cozy with vendors and failed to follow purchasing procedures. Morin, who was hired as director by the district in 2001, resigned a week and ...more »

Firms warned about change in law
Epworth BellsJanuary 3, 2012

“Discrimination law includes sex, race, age, disability, religious beliefs or sexual orientation and applies to job applicants, employees and even past employees. There is no qualifying employment period for bringing a claim of discrimination so, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/10
Brownwood News (blog)January 11, 2012

According to the report, the asset protection person advised he observed a female, identified as 33-year-old Tina Jean Goble, conceal items in her purse and walked past the point of sale. Goble was stopped in the grocery exit and escorted to the asset ...more »

Environmental Law
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Tax Relief and Health Care Acts Shape 2011 Returns
Journal of AccountancyJanuary 1, 2012

The Tax Relief Act increased the alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts for 2010 and 2011 (also known as the AMT patch). For 2011, the amounts are $48450 for unmarried individuals; $74450 for married individuals filing jointly; and $37225 for ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Bills passed in the Ohio House, Senate this session:
Wooster Daily RecordJanuary 5, 2012

... which are currently housed in the Department of Development. Additional legislation will be required in coming months to complete the transition. -- House Bill 5: Various law changes related to judicial fees and the Ohio Judicial Conference, ...more »

Family Law
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Slain federal agent was getting dad's cancer meds
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 1, 2012

By MEGHAN BARR AP NEW YORK — A New York congressman says an off-duty federal law enforcement agent killed during a pharmacy holdup was picking up his elderly father's cancer medication when he was shot. A sheet stretched across a sidewalk obscures the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Labor Department issues workers' comp rule
Trade Only TodayJanuary 6, 2012

The US Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs issued a final rule implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act's exclusion for recreational vessel workers. The rule defines what constitutes a “recreational ...more »

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