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Virginia AG Cuccinelli may intervene in ballot flap
CBS NewsJanuary 1, 2012

I guess you forgot to tell the Supreme Court that states set their own election laws. by obwan222 December 31, 2011 7:34 PM EST Mortar1SG29: "It is a state law. No Federal courts need to be involved... Unless you are a Virginian...it is none of your ...more »

Observers expect slow growth for county economy in 2012
Santa Rosa Press DemocratJanuary 1, 2012

A worker installs siding on a home under construction in the Lennar development at Linwood Villas in Santa Rosa. By ROBERT DIGITALE Real estate sputtered and the wine crop disappointed, but the tech sector rallied and tourism bounced back in Sonoma ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Supreme Court to Hear Environmental Case From Idaho
Fox NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Six months later, the EPA sent the order that triggered the court case. Mike Sackett says someone must have tipped off the EPA to the work. But the NRDC has produced documents that suggest the Sacketts have left out important parts of the story. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Silicon Valley Politicians Introduce 50 New Laws for 2012
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

SB 506: Spurring Investment in California Bonds It updates laws allowing the use of registered warrants to pay an existing tax liability. SB 225: Expanding Small Business Loan Program Through the bill, small trucking companies are able to access the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Japan Eyes New Law To Pave Way For Budding Industries -Nikkei
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

TOKYO (Dow Jones)--The government plans to enact new legislation to help nurture businesses in child care, health care and energy conservation, Economy, Trade and Industry Minister Yukio Edano told the Nikkei in a recent interview. ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawsuit, immigration enforcement lead SC new laws
The StateJanuary 1, 2012

... of the law on hold including rules against harboring illegal immigrants and the immigration status checks that police are required to perform. One part of the law that will be enforced is a requirement that businesses check the status of new hires.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Mumbai realtors to pay premium for free-of-floor space index area
Business StandardJanuary 3, 2012

To compensate for the loss of free-of-FSI areas, fungible FSI to the extent of 35 per cent for residential development and 20 per cent for industrial and commercial developments has been allowed with premium. Fungible FSI would be available at 60 per ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Newsmaker Q&A: Ryan Conrad
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 1, 2012

A: LVAR is a trade association providing professional development and training resources, competitive market information, legislative advocacy, a peer review and mediation process for members, and a dispute resolution service for consumers. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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KCIC Experts to Speak at Solvent Schemes of Arrangement Conference
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KCIC, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in litigation support and insurance-related asset and liability management, announced today that Jonathan Terrell, president, and Dan Maloney, ...more »

Animal Law
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Owner of Grosse Tete truck stop files lawsuit in effort to keep 550-pound ...
The RepublicJanuary 4, 2012

In its suit, the Animal Legal Defense Fund cited a 2006 Louisiana law that prohibits the private ownership of large and exotic cats. The law includes a grandfather exception that allows people to keep exotic cats as pets as long as the animals were ...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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Leadership put to the test in new year: Flood, economic issues remain at the ...
Press & Sun-BulletinJanuary 1, 2012

The original plan called for the building to open to students last August, but asbestos removal led to a year's delay. Full construction is now well underway in the building, with 100 workers on duty, Kathleen LaBarre, property manager, said. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Mid-Ohio Foodbank Selects ApplicantPRO to Manage Recruiting & Hiring Process
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

As a non-profit organization that relies on federal funding, MOF must meet Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Affirmative Action laws in regards to hiring practices. To ensure compliance with these regulations, MOF needed an Applicant Tracking System ...more »

Mississippi Guard plans send-off for Jackson aviation battalion
The RepublicJanuary 2, 2012

The Mississippi National Guard will hold a send-off ceremony Wednesday for 45 members of the Foxtrot Company, 1st Battalion, 171st General Support Aviation Battalion. The ceremony will be at 10 am at Christ United Methodist Church in Jackson. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Metro homeowners, renters seek crackdown on shoddy rental properties
Detroit Free PressJanuary 5, 2012

Tough rules give tenants leverage. Galloway said he has successfully argued in court that failure to have a required landlord license negates the lease. The difficulty comes when a tenant wants to remain in the house and fight the landlord, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Contracts went to criminals
Toledo BladeJanuary 1, 2012

“I work side by side with My Bro Greg Jr., running my fathers construction company!” her Facebook profile says. “Its a great job if you can deal with your parents yelling at you like your still a kid! I don't mind it!” Grecheri Harris, daughter of ...more »

Litigation
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Orrick to Split Transactions and Litigation Groups In Attempt to Boost Profit
ABA JournalJanuary 4, 2012

By Rachel M. Zahorsky Leaders at Orrick Herrington & Suttcliffe approved a five-way split of the firm's transactions and litigation groups last month in an effort to boost profitability and re-brand its marketing efforts. The action, effective Jan. ...more »

Business Law
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Sinkholes become Florida's latest insurance disaster
Tampabay.comJanuary 1, 2012

Citizens has contributed to its losses by opting in some cases to handle the sinkhole repairs itself. Homeowners complain that contractors hired by Citizens do shoddy work, leading to lawsuits and settlements that can run into six figures. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gulf War vets with 'undiagnosed' illness get more time to qualify for benefits
The Fort Gordon SignalJanuary 6, 2012

"When there is uncertainty about the connection between a medical problem and military service, veterans are entitled to the benefit of the doubt." A recent change in VA regulations affects veterans of the conflict in Southwest Asia. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Marco Island police join task force to curtail online child exploitation
Naples Daily NewsJanuary 9, 2012

Between 1996 and 2007 national investigations into Internet sex crimes increased more than 2000 percent, the FBI reported. “An island doesn't separate us from the bad things that happen. The Internet is everywhere,” Baer said. “Although it (sex crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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FDA Sights Concerns From 1-800-GET-THIN
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 2, 2012

A series of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against 1-800-GET-THIN, its affiliated surgery centers and doctors who performed the procedures. A class-action suit has also been filed - on behalf of patients - that accuses the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SJC orders state to cover legal immigrants
Boston.comJanuary 6, 2012

The court, in a unanimous decision written by Justice Robert Cordy, recognized the financial burden but said money could not factor in the ruling. “If the plaintiffs' right to equal protection of the laws has been violated … then it is our duty to say ...more »

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

Best Lawyers named the following regional attorneys Lawyers of the Year for the specified categories: William A. Atlee Jr ., medical malpractice law for plaintiffs; Charles J. Ferry , banking and finance law; Bradley J. Gunnison , tax law; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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IN RE LIVELY
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

This Memorandum Opinion concerns whether the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 ("BAPCPA") abrogated the absolute priority rule for individual Chapter 11 cases. The Court holds that it did not. There are no material factual disputes. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Executive Moves: Jan. 2, 2012
Crain's New York BusinessJanuary 1, 2012

Gregory M. Starner, 36, was promoted to partner in the global commercial litigation practice. He was previously an associate. Chris Walker, 48, joined the provider of assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services as associate director in the ...more »

Huawei's Work in Iran May Violate US Sanctions, Lawmakers Say
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

The law, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability and Divestment Act, prohibits the US government from “entering into or renewing a contract with a company that exports sensitive telecommunications technology to Iran,” the lawmakers wrote. ...more »

Sports Law
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Last updated at 9:36 AM on 1st January 2012
Daily MailJanuary 1, 2012

According to Pendleton's Law, only triumph on her bike at the London Olympics in August can validate her career. 'What happens in London will define the rest of my life,' she said unequivocally. 'It's stupid, really. It makes no sense. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Marine accused of losing control in war crime
WGMEJanuary 9, 2012

5, 2012 file photo, United States Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich arrives at a court room at Camp Pendleton with lead defense attorney Neal Puckett in Camp Pendeton, Calif. Opening arguments in Wuterich's will be Monday, Jan. ...more »

Nation Digest: IRS audits 1 in 8 millionaires; Indiana may start fining absent ...
Austin American-StatesmanJanuary 6, 2012

Of people earning at least $1 million annually, 1 in 8 were audited by the Internal Revenue Service last year, making them far likelier to be examined than those making below $200000, according to IRS data. Just 1 in 100 individuals earning less than ...more »

Boomers Who Start Businesses: The Next Great Generation Of Entrepreneurs
Huffington PostJanuary 9, 2012

Due to their experience and age, they simply cost employers more to hire, both from a salary and cost-of-benefits perspective." Outright age discrimination in a competitive job market may also be pushing those over 50 toward entrepreneurship. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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U.S. Department of the Treasury Seized & Forfeited General Property Program
Sacramento BeeJanuary 3, 2012

Proceeds from the auction are returned to the US Treasury's Asset Forfeiture Fund for the continuation of law enforcement efforts by the participating agencies: US Customs & Border Protection, Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Internal Revenue Service ...more »

Environmental Law
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Renewable Energy Initiatives Delayed in California, Parks Lose Thousands
The InquisitrJanuary 10, 2012

Though it would be easy to point the finger at Edison and the general resistance in the private market to alternative energy initiatives, the blame here lies with the fed. Generally speaking, according to federal law, federal agencies are not supposed ...more »

Wills & Probate
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PIOJ Aims at Probate Reform to Mobilise Public and Private Assets
Government of Jamaica, Jamaica Information ServiceJanuary 27, 2012

Citing land as an example where probate reform would be effective, the PIOJ Head pointed to some 6000 cases of wills for properties, which cannot be probated, because of difficulties being experienced in processing these documents.more »

Family Law
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Families celebrate New Year's in Homewood
SouthtownStarJanuary 1, 2012

“This is really a great way for families to celebrate,” Allisa Opyd, events coordinator, said. “Each year it has grown to be a bigger family event.” Homewood resident Christina Petrovic said her mother-in-law, Lynn Petrovic, made sure it was a bigger ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CAPUTO v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comJanuary 6, 2012

Judith Caputo (Claimant) petitions for review of an adjudication of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board, which affirmed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) to deny her offset review petition. On appeal, Claimant argues that the ...more »

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