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Office Rules Death a Homicide, Investigation Continues
OzarksFirst.comJanuary 1, 2012

(Greene County, MO) -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Weston T. North, 17, of Republic, as a homicide. A passerby found his body Saturday morning near Republic, in a ditch on the side of a Farm Road 178 off of Highway ...more »

2011 International LGBT Roundup: Asylum and Refugees (blog)January 1, 2012

They also agreed to share best practices on treatment of LGBT asylum cases. In Australia a law was passed clarifying protection rights for homosexual refugees. It emerged in October that key global south LGBT activists are increasingly encountering ...more »

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Administrative Law
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California Adopts Strict New Car Standards, Updates Zero-Emissions Vehicle Mandate
Bloomberg BNAJanuary 30, 2012

The regulatory package, collectively called the Advanced Clean Cars Program, still must be approved by the California Office of Administrative Law and the Environmental Protection Agency. Automakers testifying at the public hearing that preceded the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Education, health care among issues this week
Anchorage Daily NewsJanuary 29, 2012

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hear a bill that would establish a health care exchange in Alaska. An exchange is a marketplace for coverage options. Under the federal health care law, the government could step in and establish exchanges in ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Anger as metal theft law fails
Hucknall TodayJanuary 31, 2012

A Private Members' Bill was proposed in Parliament by Labour MP Graham Jones, which called for bans on scrapyard dealers making cash payments for metal. The proposal would have covered dealers in the Dispatch district and would have also forced them to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Another Legal Challenge to Arizona Immigration Law
Latin American Herald TribuneJanuary 10, 2012

PHOENIX – Attorneys representing civil rights organizations on Monday presented their arguments against portions of Arizona's SB 1070 immigration law that prohibit day laborers from soliciting for work on the streets. The law, which entered into force ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cong manifesto mum on 9 per cent Muslim quota
Daily PioneerJanuary 27, 2012

It provides an agenda in key areas such as employment, agriculture, industrial development, infrastructure, backward area development, education and health, and pays special attention to the needs of the Poor, Women, Minorities, Dalits, Other Backward ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Native land tribunal proposed
The Borneo PostJanuary 31, 2012

Posted on January 31, 2012, Tuesday KOTA KINABALU: Commission will provide more effective alternative to resolve disputes involving native land – chief judge. A native land tribunal should be be set up in Sabah to provide a more effective alternative...more »

Insurance Litigation
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TD Bank Group announces litigation provision
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- TD Bank Group /quotes/zigman/18280 CA:TD +0.40% /quotes/zigman/18264/quotes/nls/td TD +0.06% announced today that it has taken a litigation provision of CDN$255 million, resulting in an after-tax charge of CDN $153 ...more »

Animal Law
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Family fights to restore name in Colorado State Fair goat dispute
Denver PostJanuary 30, 2012

By Sara Burnett The family of two children whose prize-winning goats were disqualified from last year's Colorado State Fair after a feed additive used to promote growth was detected in the animals' systems is pursuing legal action to restore their good ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Norristown Attorney Named President of MBA
Patch.comJanuary 11, 2012

Martin served the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas as its law clerk for asbestos litigation beginning in 1981, has been law clerk to all Montgomery County Senior Judges since 1998, and was appointed law clerk for complex litigation in 2002. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Five Quotes You Will Never Hear About Affirmative Action Planning
PR Web (press release)January 19, 2012

January 26, 2012, 2 pm EST, When it comes to affirmative action planning, there are certain things you know you'll NEVER hear…until now! Berkshire Associates' latest FREE webcast brings human resource professionals together to explore "Five Quotes You ...more »

The Open Group Releases Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 30, 2012

The standard is designed to enhance the US military aviation community's ability to address issues of limited software reuse and accelerate and enhance warfighter capabilities, as well as enabling the community to take advantage of new technologies ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Chris Vigil: New state laws affect landlords, buyers and sellers
San Gabriel Valley TribuneJanuary 26, 2012

We're well into 2012 already, and it seems like everyone who was waiting for the holiday season to end before they handled their real estate needs are now busily getting things done. We have lots of people calling and lots of homes to sell.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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No-Call Violations Top AG's List of 2011 Complaints and Scams
OzarksFirst.comJanuary 31, 2012

Debt collector scams came in at second. 1. NO-CALL COMPLAINTS (22225 complaints) - On average, consumers file approximately 89 complaints against telemarketers each working day. Koster warns consumers to be wary of giving any financial information over ...more »

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Saddled with litigation, Women's Professional Soccer cancels season
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

Women's Professional Soccer, the one-time home of US players Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Christie Rampone, called off its season as it fights a legal battle with a former team owner. The league plans to return next year, according to a statement on its ...more »

Business Law
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John Foy and Associates Introduces Innovative Mentoring Program Contest for ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 16, 2012

By The Law Offices of Foy and Associates ATLANTA, Jan. 16, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- John Foy, leading Atlanta personal injury lawyer and founding partner of The Law Offices of Foy and Associates, has taken steps to ensure Georgia's future attorneys are ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military adapts to cameras in war zones
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 29, 2012

Over the past decade, the ease with which soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can collect and disseminate images from even the most forward bases in combat zones has become a benefit and a bane to the US military. Improvements in technology made it ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ware Man Arraigned On Child Pornography Possession Charge
abc40January 31, 2012

Hill reported that child pornography was being traded on the internet via the “eMule” file sharing network on a computer at that address. The NWDA's Office along with the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services and mobile computer forensic lab, ...more »

Personal Injury
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 29, 2012

•The firm had several attorneys named Mid-South Super Lawyers. They are: Phil B. Abernethy, construction litigation; Robert G. Anderson, criminal defense: white collar; Kenneth W. Barton, business litigation; Don B. Cannada, real estate; ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Pakistan Supreme Court starts down the road toward a constitutional coup 16, 2012

Maula Bakhsh Chandio, federal law minister, said the government would review the court's ruling and "obey the law and the constitution". One possibility is for Mr Gilani to agree to write to Swiss authorities, where prosecutors last year said they were ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Ragsdale Liggett Has Named Ashley Campbell Partner in the Law Firm (press release)January 12, 2012

In addition to practicing in such areas of insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes, shareholder derivative actions, ERISA disputes, professional negligence defense, accountants' liability actions, catastrophic personal injury defense and complex ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Christmas all year round at this store
Independent OnlineJanuary 25, 2012

By Wendy Knowler Thanks to the Consumer Protection Act, there's little chance that you'll present a gift voucher at a store or beauty salon and be told “sorry, it's expired”. That's because the act states that all pre-paid vouchers must be redeemable ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Christopher Legal Group Files Class Action Lawsuit in Nevada Against ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

"The plaintiffs are Nevadans who not only lost their houses in one of the hardest hit real estate markets, but were also adversely affected by foreclosure companies that did not follow the law during the foreclosure process.more »

Sundering the Social Contract
Consortium NewsJanuary 28, 2012

“This motivation is directed at the formation of community thereby creating a social contract between individuals that come together to act as a group. Now a combination of rights is formed whereby each individual is protected by the whole group that ...more »

Sports Law
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Fox Sports to Launch Channel in Brazil
Wall Street JournalJanuary 23, 2012

Fox Sports is a unit of News Corp., which also owns The Wall Street Journal. This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. Distribution and use of this material are governed by our Subscriber Agreement and by copyright law.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attacks ballot probe roots
Albany Times UnionJanuary 27, 2012

By KENNETH C. CROWE II, Staff writer TROY — A State Police investigator's probe of ballot fraud allegations concerning certain Democratic operatives was attacked Thursday in Rensselaer County Court by a defense attorney.more »

IRS Audit: Big Charity Filed Misleading Tax Return
ForbesJanuary 30, 2012

“We believe we were in compliance with the tax law and generally accepted accounting principles,” he said. “We think the IRS position on this is extreme.” When an IRS auditor showed up last year, “We cooperated fully and provided everything we were ...more »

Hosanna in the highest
The News HeraldJanuary 13, 2012

Such laws ban discrimination in employment based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation and marital status. But many religious groups hold beliefs that are contrary to those standards (for example, the Catholic Church ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A legal checklist for employee-owned public service start-ups
The Guardian (blog)January 12, 2012

Consider the term of any service delivery contracts to give the entity sufficient stability to encourage investment. Abbie Rumbold is a partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite, a commercial law firm servicing a wide range of commercial, statutory, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama's State of the Union: What Does It Mean for the Energy Agenda?
National JournalJanuary 30, 2012

This may bring them to act sooner than they otherwise would.” President Obama must now courageously and steadily chart a path to a healthy and vibrant America, free of the fossil-fuel pollution that is driving global warming across the planet as it ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney Marcy Klaus Announces Candidacy for Clare and Gladwin Probate Court
Clare County ReviewJanuary 19, 2012

The court's jurisdiction includes probate and family law cases and covers all of Clare and Gladwin counties. The work of this court includes adoptions, guardianships, divorce, child custody, juvenile, disability, wills, trusts and estate matters. ...more »

Family Law
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Horatio's Law: a domestic violence law for pets
WTSP 10 NewsJanuary 13, 2012

The law, if passed, would also provide, in essence, restraining orders, for pets. It is a way to not only protect people, Fasano tells us, but their animals, like Horatio who's living proof that the loyalty of man's best friend can never be destroyed. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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North Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyer Points Out Leading Causes of ... (press release)January 27, 2012

The new Workplace Safety Index by insurance company Liberty Mutual Group, Inc., shows the heavy financial burden that can result from workplace injuries, North Carolina workers' compensation lawyer Ben Cochran said today. According to the Index, ...more »


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