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VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Week in review: Lawsuit challenges immigration status check
The TennesseanJanuary 1, 2012

The friends group recognizes Colonial's development rights but is concerned that adding more than 200 new apartment units could hurt park visitors' views and cause environmental problems. The two sides continue to talk in advance of a Metro Planning ...more »

Health Care Law
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Tongue-Depressor Tax Will Harm Jobs, Innovation: Ramesh Ponnuru
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

The justification for this selectivity was that the legislation would be a boon for this sector. By expanding health coverage, the new law would increase demand for medical devices and thus, in effect, subsidize the industry. The tax was, therefore, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Andruw Jones stays with New York Yankees
Wall Street JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law. For non-personal use or to order multiple copies, please contact Dow Jones Reprints at 1-800-843-0008 or visit.more »

Immigration Law
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Ga. ag chief: Congress must fix immigration system
CBS NewsJanuary 4, 2012

A federal judge in June temporarily blocked sections of Georgia's new law pending a legal challenge by immigrant rights and civil liberties groups. Those contested provisions would authorize police to check the immigration status of suspects who don't ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Eversheds reprises role for China client on key land purchase
Legal WeekJanuary 5, 2012

Chow Tai Fook took 100% ownership of the 430000 sq m development after acquiring the stake held by joint venture partner Shanghai Industrial Holdings. Eversheds partner Stephen Mok advised the Hong Kong-based company, assisted by corporate team members ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution panel waits for top leaders' say
Himalayan TimesJanuary 1, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of Dispute Resultion Sub-committee on Sunday evening ended without making any concrete decision on the remaining contentious issues of new constitution. The panel members parted their ways with an understanding to sit on Monday ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Life Partners Responds to SEC Lawsuit
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Life Partners is the world's oldest and one of the most active companies in the United States engaged in the secondary market for life insurance, commonly called "life settlements." Since its incorporation in 1991, Life Partners has completed over ...more »

Animal Law
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PETA, owner at odds on fate of retiring MGM lions
Las Vegas SunJanuary 2, 2012

"In their natural habitats, lions roam many miles of territory, hunt, raise their young, and avoid contact with people," wrote Delcianna Winders, PETA's director of captive animal law enforcement. "It is detrimental to the mental and physical health of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google picks up 200 more patents from IBM
ZDNet UKJanuary 4, 2012

By Jack Clark, ZDNet UK, 4 January, 2012 12:45 @mappingbabel Google has acquired another 188 patents and 29 patents pending from IBM, adding to the store of intellectual property it can use to defend itself in lawsuits. The patent acquisitions come at ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 3, 2012

A practicing attorney gave a lecture on the subject of litigation that the good people of Las Vegas should take to heart. I quote: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Don Cheadle Explains Obama 'Gangsta' Comment, Hopes The President Will 'Smack ...
MediaiteJanuary 2, 2012

Cheadle owes his fortune and fame to the same thing Obama does, Affirmative Action. Not necessarily the legal regime that pushes blacks and other so-called “minorities” into academic and professional positions for which they are unqualified but the ...more »

Dubai Duty Free sales soar to Dh5.31b
gulfnews.comJanuary 2, 2012

Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said: "It has been a fantastic year for Dubai Duty Free. The entire team has worked hard to maintain its position as the single largest ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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NY Gov. Cuomo sets aggressive agenda for 2nd year
Wall Street JournalJanuary 5, 2012

The Department of Financial Services will soon include a Foreclosure Relief Unit to provide counseling and mediation, while New York State Homes and Community Renewal will create a Tenant Protection Unit to proactively enforce landlord obligations, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Week 17 Quick Hits: What Raiders Could Have Done
New York Times (blog)January 2, 2012

Cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson were both voted to the Pro Bowl, and even though he doesn't directly coach defense, Jim Harbaugh still gets plenty of credit. But heading into the postseason, San Francisco's most valuable defensive ...more »

Litigation
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Dr Disco wins the Aqueduct feature
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Starforaday returned $3.20 with Litigation Risk third in the four-horse field. There was no show wagering. —Copyright 2012 Associated Press This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by ...more »

Business Law
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ALM Media Taps LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings Data to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... today announced a multi-year licensing agreement with ALM Media, enabling ALM to leverage data from the LexisNexis(R) Martindale-Hubbell(R) Peer Review Ratings(TM) service to publish special reports of top rated lawyers, law firms and women ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Post 9/11 GI Bill doubles Maine veterans who benefit
Press HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Hebert is among the group that qualifies for 100 percent of the federal assistance, with the percentage dropping based on years of active military duty and other factors. The education benefits gave Hebert an alternative to remaining in the Navy or ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Streetsboro man faces 40 felony charges for child porn
Ravenna Record CourierJanuary 17, 2012

Streetsboro police Lt. Darin Powers said Peters was arrested by detectives following an investigation by the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The task force approached Streetsboro police in October 2011 after tracking Peters and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury claimants in Mayo encouraged to make claims directly
Mayo AdvertiserJanuary 6, 2012

Personal injury claimants will be better placed to avoid unnecessary legal fees following a recent move by the Central Bank to compel insurance companies to forward information about the Injuries Board to potential claimants as soon as they become ...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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TMLT to Acquire Florida-based Physicians Insurance Company
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Texas Medical Liability Trust (TMLT) proudly announces that, effective December 27, 2011, it has entered into definitive agreements to acquire Physicians Insurance Company (PIC), a Florida-based medical malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama Misses Key Window For Firming-Up Consumer Watchdog Chief
TPMDCJanuary 3, 2012

The rationale is quite technical, but here's the bottom line: one reading of the Constitution and of executive branch administrative law suggest that today is Obama's last day to recess appoint any of his languishing nominees, at least until the next ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State housing law could be less stringent than Centre's
Indian ExpressJanuary 1, 2012

The state Cabinet recently approved the draft of the Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Promotion of Construction, Sale, Management and Transfer) Bill, 2011, a law meant to safeguard the interest of home buyers. The move comes two months after the ...more »

Safe sex in the porn industry
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

But Cal/OSHA's lawyer has said the Los Angeles law would not impinge on his agency's jurisdiction, which is limited to employer-employee relationships. Film performers are generally contract workers, not employees. Performers in adult films should be ...more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNJanuary 1, 2012

And a new federal law raises insurance fees on new mortgages and refinancings backed by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal housing Administration by 0.1 percent. DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new poll in Iowa just days before Tuesday's caucuses ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Carousing or corruption? Battle lines drawn in Jimmy Dimora county corruption ...
NewsNet5.comJanuary 16, 2012

“It is a steep hill to climb for the defense,” he said. Miller acknowledged, however, that it is still a criminal case with skilled attorneys. “Who would I personally rather be in this case? I would rather be the government,” Miller said. ...more »

IRS Wage Garnishment Could Definitely Be Avoided
Litchfield Independent ReviewJanuary 13, 2012

Procrastination cаn be paralyzing, аnd it can bе detrimental tо your оverаll financial well beіng - еѕpeciаlly if you have unfiled returns or owe thе IRS back taxes, which exposes you to IRS audits, liens, wage garnishments, penalties, fines and even ...more »

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 »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law as U.S. Seeks More Disclosures
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- California, the most populous US state, enacted a law this week to protect life-insurance beneficiaries as the federal government seeks to boost disclosures for survivors of its employees. Insurers must obtain written declarations from ...more »

Environmental Law
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Federal Judge Blocks California Clean Fuel Rules
EnergyBoomJanuary 3, 2012

CARB's spokesman Dave Clegern, points out that the rule does not mandate specific alternative fuels, or fuels by geographic location, but rather encourages the use of cleaner low-carbon fuels by regulating fuel providers within the state and by ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Hove legal executive jailed for frauds
The ArgusJanuary 27, 2012

She was taken on by Arscotts in April 2007 to look after wills and probate work for the firm. Anthony Cox, prosecuting, said that initially her work was impressive but it became clear that she appeared to have a number of personality clashes with ...more »

Family Law
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Law Office of Donald P. Schweitzer draws upon experience
Pasadena Star-NewsJanuary 6, 2012

...divorce litigation, prenuptial and separation agreements to custody and support matters and domestic relations issues. The Law Offices of Donald P. Schweitzer consists of six attorneys, including Casey J. Marticorena, 31, who lives in Los Angeles. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. business groups to push for workers' comp, employment law, civil lawsuit ...
The RepublicJanuary 3, 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 »

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