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Police investigate city's 39th homicide on New Year's Eve
Global WinnipegJanuary 1, 2012

It's not the way Winnipeg Police hoped to end 2011, investigating the city's 39th homicide of the year. A man was shot and killed inside a house in the 6-hundred block of Selkirk Avenue around 5 am Saturday. "It's supposed to be a new year tomorrow and ...more »

New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Police told to submit charge sheet in man's slaughter case
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

The Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi directed the investigation officer (IO) to submit charge-sheet against a woman and her nephew, who are facing the charges of killing a man and chopping his body into pieces in Shah Faisal ...more »

Health Care Law
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Colorado Republicans want asset test for Medicaid
Denver PostJanuary 1, 2012

Their argument comes despite the fact that the new federal health care law bars states from adding asset tests and despite prior experience in Colorado and elsewhere that such tests aren't worth the time or money. And because of federal incentives for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Fireworks legal, but sales are stalled
WGMEJanuary 2, 2012

In 1900, Secretary of State John Hay announced the "Open Door Policy" to facilitate trade with China. In 1921, religious services were broadcast on radio for the first time as KDKA in Pittsburgh aired the regular Sunday service of the city's Calvary ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Immigration Bureaucracy Is in Tip-Top Shape, So Let's Move On to the Amnesty
National Review Online (blog)January 4, 2012

The researchers are putting ICE in the hot seat, saying the agency either is lying about the level of enforcement or withholding massive amounts of data requested under the Freedom of Information Act, intentionally or negligently. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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St. Cloud looks to TIF cash for loans to inspire growth, create jobs
St. Cloud TimesJanuary 5, 2012

Part of the law allows cities with cash balances in their TIF districts to use those funds to promote improvements, loans, interest-rate subsidies or other assistance for the construction or substantial rehabilitation of private buildings. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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PayPal dispute ends in destruction of violin
CNETJanuary 5, 2012

Apparently PayPal's user agreement includes a dispute resolution process for items "significantly not as described" that gives it the last say on items it suspects are fakes: Further, if you lose a SNAD Claim because we, in our sole discretion, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repeal ObamaCare? Grrrrrrr…
Boston.comJanuary 5, 2012

Directs the establishment of at least two new multistate insurance plans to be made available in each state health insurance exchange? (10104) 45. Reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act for the first time since 1992 to expand the Indian ...more »

Animal Law
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Troubled animal shelter gets new leader
The News JournalJanuary 2, 2012

... of the Kent County SPCA today, he'll take over an organization that's been accused of needlessly euthanizing animals, warehousing dogs and cats in poor conditions and generally failing to comply with the state's animal shelter standards law. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ServInt's Christian Dawson is Featured Speaker at Consumer Electronics Show ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

His presentation will emphasize the importance of protecting the rights of intellectual-property holders while preserving America's leadership position in the Internet economy. "This is a turning point in the history of our industry," Dawson said. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BCS Anti-Trust Litigation to Be Filed 2012: Which Conferences/Team Will Survive
Bleacher ReportJanuary 2, 2012

In August, the state issued a “Request For Information,” soliciting input and statements of interest from law firms that might be interested in representing the state in the litigation. Twenty-four responded to the request, including some of the most ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New Hampshire Ends Affirmative-Action Preferences at Colleges
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription)January 4, 2012

By Peter Schmidt Public colleges in New Hampshire are precluded from using affirmative-action preferences in hiring or admissions decisions under a new law that took effect on January 1 after being passed by the state's legislature last year with ...more »

Aviation programs an increasingly popular career training option
Dothan EagleJanuary 4, 2012

Enterprise State Community College's aviation programs have seen huge enrollment growth in the past six years, as students looking for good-paying jobs have flocked to the programs, which offer entry into a growing career field. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Labour unions clamour for land reforms in Sindh
The News InternationalJanuary 8, 2012

They believe that the landless peasantry of Sindh is living a life of slavery at the hands of powerful landlords. “The Sindh Tenancy Act, in its current shape, is unable to protect their basic rights, therefore, it should be reviewed and amended in the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Pewter Report Roundtable: Bucs At Falcons
Pewter ReportJanuary 2, 2012

After surrendering 45 points to the Falcons on Sunday the Buccaneers defense now has the dubious distinction of giving up the most points in team history. That's correct, worse than any of the bad 1980s defenses, worse than the defense that presided ...more »

Litigation
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AmLaw's IP Litigation Department of the Year
Corporate CounselJanuary 6, 2012

The IP–only firm locked up the contest with a spate of victories in every major IP litigation venue, pleasing their clients and shaping the future of patent law. That was true in Bilski v. Kappos, which produced one of 2010's most-anticipated patent ...more »

Business Law
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Obama Signs Defense Spending Law, With Interpretations
BusinessWeekJanuary 2, 2012

The defense authorization law calls for spending $27 billion less than Obama sought, and $43 billion less than fiscal 2011. It also tightens sanctions on Iran by denying access to the US financial system to any foreign bank that conducts business with ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Manchester Native Holds Benefit Concerts to Aid Wounded Veterans and Families
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

That's why she and her band, who now live and record in Nashville, TN, will perform locally in two special benefit concerts on January 13 and 14. They'll also hold silent auctions on each night. The concerts and auctions will benefit wounded military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Rutgers Instructor Charged With Using University Computer To Share Child ...
NJ TODAYJanuary 11, 2012

TRENTON – A Rutgers University instructor has been arrested on charges that he used a computer in his university office to share hundreds of videos of child pornography over the Internet, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa and Criminal Justice Director ...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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Opinion: A constitutional right to health care
NorthJersey.comJanuary 4, 2012

BY FRANK PASQUALE FRANK PASQUALE IS ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF THE SETON HALL LAW CENTER FOR HEALTH AND PHARMACEUTICAL LAW AND POLICY AND PROFESSOR IN HEALTH CARE REGULATION AND ENFORCEMENT. SHOULD the Supreme Court weigh in on America's great health care ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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More patients sue plastic surgeons over faulty cosmetic operations
The GuardianJanuary 8, 2012

... Britain's doctors and surgeons when they are accused or malpractice or negligence. Its data shows that breast surgery, facelifts, eyelid operations, nose reductions and weight-loss procedures account for 80% of the rising number of legal actions, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Amendments Proposed in Consumer Protection ACT to Facilitate Faster Disposal ...
Press Information Bureau (press release)January 4, 2012

The Government has introduced Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011, in Lok Sabha on December 16, 2011, to facilitate quicker disposal of cases and to widen and amplify the scope of some of the provisions of the Act. The enactment of the Consumer...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real-Estate Stocks Recover
Wall Street JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Mr. Nadji said, noting the same holds true for commercial real estate in general. "Within the commercial real-estate sector…we're seeing quarter after quarter improvement in occupancy and rents." REITs, established in 1960 to give individuals a ...more »

Paper tigers?
Stuff.co.nzJanuary 3, 2012

It has helped create a working group involving all stakeholders – local and national government, the community, conservationists and commercial entities – to manage the Senepis sanctuary. It is implementing a study to address the issue of human-tiger ...more »

Sports Law
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New Jersey Pushing for Online Poker Law
Poker News ReportJanuary 3, 2012

The proposal must first clear the state Senate and General Assembly Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation committees later this week. If still alive at that stage, the measure would proceed before both New Jersey houses on Monday, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Three attorneys leave firms, going into solo practice
Kennebec JournalJanuary 17, 2012

Walter McKee is renovating a house on Green Street in Augusta for his solo litigation practice. Then: Attorneys Ronald W. Bourget, left, and Stephen Bourget, center, in 1988 at the former offices of Bourget & Bourget in Augusta. ...more »

Small Business Tax Cheats: A $122 Billion Problem
The Fiscal TimesJanuary 18, 2012

Tax experts say the two key ways to prompt better small business tax compliance are to ramp up enforcement at the IRS and to subject businesses to additional third-party reporting requirements. Those solutions are all but impossible, since the IRS...more »

Hungary's New Constitution Lacks Rights For Gays, Bans Gay Marriage
Lez Get RealJanuary 4, 2012

The new constitution bans same-sex marriage, does not protect LGBT people or the aged from discrimination, basically bans abortions by granting rights to foetuses from conception onward, and has removed many of the legal protections designed to prevent ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Protecting our treasures
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 2, 2012

The constitutionality of the federal healthcare law will be decided by the Supreme Court this year, but Florida already is behind because the Scott administration has refused to use federal money to start planning for the law. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Minister lauds KPT role
Pakistan ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Karachi—The Provincial Minster for Environment of Sindh and Alternative Energy Shaikh Muhammad Afzal paid a visit to Karachi Harbour today to witness the efforts of KPT levied towards protection of mangroves. While speaking on the occasion the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Manzullo says US should manufacture way out of debt
Pontiac Daily LeaderJanuary 11, 2012

I represented farmers involved in probate, estate planning, wills, farmer's fighting EPA and livestock run-off and represented co-ops at the time,” he said. Manzullo said he ran for Congress for the first time in 1990 and won 47 percent in the primary, ...more »

Family Law
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Judging the Judges: Lawyers go to extremes on Family Court judges' ratings
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Bruce Shapiro, who has practiced family law in Clark County for two decades, said Moss was an inexperienced lawyer when she was first elected. "She tries hard and she tries to do the right thing but sometimes just doesn't get it," Shapiro said. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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STEPNOWSKI v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

Felix Stepnowski (Claimant) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) who granted Claimant's petition and awarded him benefits from September 6, 2007, ...more »

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