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2011 Year in Review, Police & Courts: Diaz, Cazares sentenced; manhunt ends ...
Quincy Herald WhigJanuary 1, 2012

At the same hearing, Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington presented Blue Ryno checks signed by Oswalt and made payable to criminal defense attorneys representing Oswalt's daughter in Missouri and Illinois drug cases, as well to her daughter's ...more »

Why we get wasted on New Year's
SalonJanuary 1, 2012

Echoing Saturnalia's public ridicule of society's laws and customs, rowdy bands of peasants invaded the manor, demanding food and drink. In exchange, the lord received his subjects' blessings and goodwill for the coming year. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Policy, possession and proportionality – Nearly Legal
UK Human Rights Blog (blog)January 1, 2012

... for a permission hearing (and further confuse matters by also treating it as a substantive appeal hearing, rolled up) may have the merits of administrative efficiency, but has arguably deprived Mr O of the opportunity to take the matter further. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Reform effects serious change
The News-PressJanuary 1, 2012

Though cost-cutting is inevitable in some form, the law and even its popular measures may not be, said Bruce Rueben, president of the Florida Hospital Association. “The move away from (insurance discrimination of) pre-existing conditions was premised ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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J&G Attorney Disputes Assertions That Protest Over GHURA Award is Subject to ...
Pacific News CenterJanuary 1, 2012

HUD further explains, "Each year, the IRS allocates housing tax credits to designated state agencies - typically state housing finance agencies - which in turn award the credits to developers of qualified projects. ... The state allocating agency must ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigrants, gays to make mark on California education
TheReporter.comJanuary 1, 2012

They are among hundreds of new laws that take effect today. California becomes the first state today to require public schools to teach the contributions of gays and lesbians. The law adds people with disabilities to the list of social and ethnic ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Legal System
GrandeStrategyJanuary 5, 2012

Further, examples of the importance for the writ of the law abound in the example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Examples of impartiality and fairness in the courts of Medina are also well documented. The Judiciary should thus stand as a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Carolyn Davis takes lessons from federal career into new one
FederalNewsRadio.comJanuary 3, 2012

Post-retirement plans: I've established my own employment consulting business consisting of alternative dispute resolution and equal employment opportunity services. The focus will primarily be on ADR (alternative dispute resolution) because it makes ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Best Review Webinar Examines the Continually Evolving Issues of Cyber Liability
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

This year our panel will highlight the latest litigation and regulatory developments, best practices, buying patterns, the latest compliance mandates and what insurance professionals should know to educate their clients and stakeholders. ...more »

Animal Law
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Audrey one of many starved dogs
Cincinnati.comJanuary 5, 2012

Pit bulls, like Audrey, the dog that was found nearly starved to deathin Butler County, are abandoned at a higher rate than any other breed of dog -- and animal advocates say laws that declare the animals “vicious” based on breed alone are partly to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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'Lack of IPR protection may hit Asia's rise'
Times of IndiaJanuary 3, 2012

Q: While Asia has become a manufacturing hub for most technology companies in the world, intellectual property and patents used to make goods or provide services are largely controlled by companies in developed countries. Why? ...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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Idaho State University Martin Luther King celebration set Jan. 16
Idaho State UniversityJanuary 4, 2012

The Idaho State University Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Diversity will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Jan. 16 on the ISU campus. A march will begin at 1:30 pm from the northeast corner of the Holt Arena parking lot. ...more »

Aviation: Qantas B747 in severe turbulence near Singapore
ChiefOfficers.NetJanuary 9, 2012

The stories reported in some media of the results of a Qantas Boeing 747 hitting severe and unexpected turbulence are shocking, over-excited and full of "I heard" and "I believe" statements. But the crew of QF32 from London to Sydney via Singapore are ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rental licenses meet resistance in DeKalb
Dekalb Daily ChronicleJanuary 5, 2012

By ANDREW MITCHELL - amitchell@shawmedia.com DeKALB – A proposal to license rental properties in DeKalb met resistance Wednesday during a meeting of the Landlord/Tenant subcommittee of the city's Safe/Quality Housing Task Force. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Community Commentary: Costa Mesa made many changes for the good
Daily PilotJanuary 1, 2012

Soon we will have a payment plan to those huge liabilities (think of this as a maxed out credit card). These liabilities shouldn't be passed down to our children. Begun restoration of our emergency fund. The city has a policy that at least $14 million ...more »

Litigation
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Friends of Moraga Canyon to Decide on Blair Park Litigation This Week
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

By Dixie Jordan Friends of Moraga Canyon, a nonprofit group opposed to the Blair Park sports field plan, will decide this week whether to file a lawsuit against the City of Piedmont, according to an announcement on the organization's website. ...more »

Business Law
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Mo. business groups to push 3 priorities in 2012
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

Missouri business groups are listing changes in workers' compensation, employment law and civil lawsuits as their top priorities in the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Representatives of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy's worst-case cost overrun tops $1 billion for aircraft carrier Gerald Ford
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

The Pentagon is evaluating strategy, retirement health benefits, weapons programs and military service budgets to find as much as $488 billion in reductions through 2021. The service has already offered to delay construction of the second Ford-class ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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North Idaho Man Pleads Guilty to Transmitting Child Pornography
KIVI-TVJanuary 5, 2012

According to the plea agreement, on July 12, 2010, an investigator with the Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) developed information that a computer with an IP address belonging to Ussery was using peer-to-peer file-sharing ...more »

Personal Injury
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New Jersey Personal Injury Firm Gives Back By Participating in Adopt-A-Family ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 4, 2012

Employees at the New Jersey personal injury law firm, Console & Hollawell are diligent supporters of the Women's Opportunity Center at the YMCA of Burlington County. Giving back to the community is something the firm prides themselves on, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cheers and Jeers for New Hungarian Constitution, Macedonia Mourns Gligorov
Transitions OnlineJanuary 3, 2012

The controversy-prone Orban government has been criticized by the EU and other international organizations over the constitution and other legal steps, including a strict media law. Most recently, the European Central Bank said new regulations for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Vaginal Ultrasound Required for Abortion in Texas
Religion DispatchesJanuary 11, 2012

Therefore, she has to have treatment imposed by threat: either submit to a transvaginal ultrasound you may or may not want, or else lose your legal right to an abortion. One of the most infuriating aspects of this law (and believe me, it's a crowded ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Purveyors of financial destruction
Washington TimesJanuary 2, 2012

In 2010, Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The act was named after Sen. Christopher J. Dodd, Connecticut Democrat, who was forced to retire because of his financial conflicts of interest, and the notorious ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Florida real estate tips, traps for foreign buyers
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 9, 2012

Real estate agents must guide foreign buyers through a complex maze of visas, real estate regulations and currency rules. Prospective buyers need to be educated to avoid mistakes that will cause them to be turned away at US Customs or the bank. ...more »

Amarin Corporation plc Announces Offering of $150 Million of Exchangeable ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise, unless required by law. Amarin's product candidates are in various ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest South Carolina News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WCBDJanuary 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) National online mortgage broker LendingTree has agreed to pay $3 million in penalties to South Carolina counties for not disclosing information that state law requires. Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone announced Wednesday the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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San Jose DUI Lawyer James Reilly of Summit Defense Attorneys Holds Seminar for ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 2, 2012

Summit Defense Attorneys is a Northern California Criminal Defense Law Firm with offices in San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Burlingame, San Rafael and Sacramento. Their accomplished team of trial attorneys includes two former prosecutors, ...more »

If taxpayers paid what they owed, deficits would vanish
Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 22, 2012

In tax year 2006 (it takes a while for the IRS to comb through the statistics, so the job is done only every five years), Americans owed $450 billion more in income taxes than they actually paid. Assuming this figure is roughly the same every year and ...more »

Gov. Gregoire proposes legislation to legalize same-sex marriage
Longview Daily NewsJanuary 5, 2012

"Then I came to realize, the religions can decide what they want to do, but it's not OK for the state to discriminate." Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, a gay lawmaker who has spearheaded past gay rights and domestic partnership laws in the state, and Rep. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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UBS, Insider Trading, Deutsche Boerse-NYSE, EU Ship Safety: Compliance
BloombergJanuary 23, 2012

He provided information supporting the charges, Assistant US Attorney David Massey said in a sentencing memorandum filed with the court. Castel rejected Heller's plea for a non-jail sentence, saying it was necessary to deter others from evading taxes. ...more »

Environmental Law
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British Virgin Islands Must “Keep Pace” on Renewable Energy: Minister
Caribbean JournalJanuary 5, 2012

There is a growing green energy movement in the British Virgin Islands, highlighted by the campaign of GreenVI, which is advocating to make the territory's energy law more friendly to alternative sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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E-mails and Embryos: 21st Century Estate Planning
Greater Lansing Business MonthlyJanuary 3, 2012

... but there will probably be more as these issues start to arise. 1 Lawrence W. Waggoner, “Class-Gift and Intestacy Rights of Children of Assisted Reproduction,” 51st Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute, Acme, Michigan, May 19, 2011. ...more »

Family Law
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Neighbors: Mother-in-law is friend, peacekeeper and trusted sage
Elmira Star-GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

She is my beloved mother-in-law. / Provided As we welcome the New Year, many of us celebrate with family and friends. In my family, we celebrate the holiday and the birthday of a very special lady, my mother-in-law, Doris Kingsley. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Court Rules That Illinois Workers' Comp Benefits Should Be Promptly Paid
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 6, 2012

An Illinois court recently gave a stern warning to employers regarding when they must pay undisputed workers' compensation benefits. January 06, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In November of 2011, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Workers' Compensation...more »

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