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NA passed 25 bills, enacted 22 laws in 2011
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

... the National Defence University Act, 2011 (May 14), the Industrial Development Bank of Pakistan (Reorganization and Conversion) Act, 2011 (May 10), the Election Laws (Amendment) Act, 2011 (May 3), the Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design Act, ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Two sent to jail for publishing sacrilegious material
The News InternationalJanuary 7, 2012

The Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi sent two people to jail on Saturday for publishing a book that contained insulting material against religious beliefs, and directed the investigation officer to submit a charge sheet against ...more »

Health Care Law
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Dayton Slams GOP For Opposing Health Care Law
CBS LocalJanuary 30, 2012

Mark Dayton slammed Minnesota Republicans Monday for refusing to participate in a Health Care Task Force because they oppose the new federal health care law. Under the new law, states are required to set up Health Insurance Exchanges.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Conservatives Need Not Apply
National Review Online (blog)January 16, 2012

The law suit is a 42 USC § 1983 suit against the law school's then dean, Carolyn Jones, under a law that allows individuals to sue state actors for alleged constitutional violations. As dean of a state law school, Dean Jones is a state actor, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Is Mitt Romney Anti-Immigrant?
Tucson CitizenJanuary 31, 2012

As governor, Romney vetoed a state-level DREAM Act that would have granted in-state tuition to undocumented immigrant students and pushed for a larger role for local authorities in enforcing federal immigration laws. But he also stuck up for Bush's ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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UN pitches Rio+20 talks as a departure from political strife over climate change
Environment & Energy PublishingJanuary 31, 2012

"Climate change ... has very strong resistance from sectors that are going to be substantially altered, like the oil industry," Ambassador Andre Correa do Lago said. "Sustainable development is something that is as simple as looking at how we would ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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statute drafting awaits chords of compromise on issues
Himalayan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Although the taskforce forced under the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee has already presented its report on the debatable issues with possible solutions, the big guns are yet to strike chords of compromise.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Opinion: NJ small-business entrepreneurs face challenging costs of liability ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 3, 2012

These loopholes target honest businesses and push liability insurance premiums even higher. The US Chamber of Commerce recently found that New Jersey has the nation's highest litigation costs per 10000 people in the country. ...more »

Animal Law
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Where does Your State Rank in Animal Protectiion?
Opposing ViewsJanuary 17, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, has released its third annual “Humane State Ranking,” a comprehensive report rating all 50 states and Washington DC on a wide range of animal protection laws, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple, Danisco, Cypress, Google, Hitler: Intellectual Property
BloombergJanuary 18, 2012

He has represented pharmaceutical and life-sciences companies in disputes, including patent cases triggered under provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act. He has an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Houston and a law degree ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fate of Hampton town lawyers' jobs at stake
Seacoastonline.comJanuary 31, 2012

"So there are areas where we have to make damn sure we stay out of trouble, and that is why you need an attorney on staff." Nichols said duties of the in-house legal department cover far more than simple litigation, including assisting the town manager ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What would King say? Write a speech, vote on others!
USA TODAYJanuary 12, 2012

Affirmative action? Gay rights? Would he address income inequality, inner-city violence, equal pay for women? What words would he use to inspire the nation? By noon Wednesday, submit your version of a modern-day King speech through our USA TODAY ...more »

Senate extends aviation programs for the 23rd time
TheNewsTribune.comJanuary 27, 2012

The Senate has approved a temporary extension of Federal Aviation Administration programs, avoiding a shutdown of the agency as lawmakers work out their last remaining differences on a long-term plan. By JOAN LOWY; Associated Press WASHINGTON — The ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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'Sex-positive' shop rejects lease offer, stays in space
Iowa City Press CitizenJanuary 10, 2012

Dan Black with MidWestOne Bank, said he doesn't speak about tenant leases and legal matters. “We just make a practice, from a privacy standpoint and just a consideration, not to discuss those matters,” he said. Mark Danielson, an attorney with Leff Law...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Texas Payday Lenders Face New Rules, Scrutiny
Texas TribuneJanuary 5, 2012

Opponents say this industry has flourished because of a 1997 law intended to give organizations flexibility to help people repair bad credit. A loophole allowed payday lenders to qualify, giving them the freedom to operate without limits on interest ...more »

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Health Management Associates Alert: The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

30, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Former United States Securities and Exchange Commission attorney Willie Briscoe, founder of The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC, and the securities litigation firm of Powers Taylor, LLP announce that the firms are ...more »

Business Law
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Colorado Banks Won't do Business with Marijuana Dispensaries
Opposing ViewsJanuary 31, 2012

Colorado MMCs, as well as dispensaries and medical marijuana business in other medical marijuana states, have been left with few banking options. In Colorado, in particular, state law requires medical marijuana businesses to keep diligent track of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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NAI Provides SSAI Winning Hardware and Software Solution -- Improving Accuracy ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

"The final flight test results of the new ECU/LWCP system exceeded the requirements and improved the overall accuracy of the Gunship, as well as the reliability and maintainability of the gun systems -- resulting in real benefits to USAF war fighters. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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247999 images seized in Exeter child porn case
Seacoastonline.comJanuary 27, 2012

Police said a large amount of computer equipment was seized from Roger's apartment. A computer forensic examination was completed by Detective Kenneth Tapscott of the Rochester Police Department, who is a member of the New Hampshire Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Law Firm Launches New Website
PR Web (press release)January 28, 2012

Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller, a personal injury law firm with offices in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has a new website to provide information about the firm and its legal services. The law firm of Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Obama saved Brewer time in Law School
East Valley TribuneJanuary 31, 2012

... from friends who run privately managed state prisons] Liberal Media [who report on those kickbacks] and Cynical Politicos [who call you out for your brain freezes]" you got a lecture on Constitutional Law from a Constitutional Law professor.more »

Professional Malpractice
[read all news] Offers Professional Help To Locum Tenens And Locum Staffing ... (press release)January 30, 2012

Physicians or nurses who are interested in earning extra income and are excited about traveling can easily start working a locum tenen job and have their malpractice, housing, and travel costs all provided for. The time-period of the typical locum ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hatch and Lee disappointed Utah consumers
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 7, 2012

In response, Congress established the CFPB as part of the 2010 Dodd/Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Many consumer advocates and experts consider it the most significant consumer financial protection since deposit insurance was ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New Jersey Pensions Earn 1.7% in 2011 as Real Estate Gains
BusinessWeekJanuary 26, 2012

26 (Bloomberg) -- New Jersey's pension funds, with $67.2 billion of assets, returned 1.7 percent last year as gains from debt, private-equity and real-estate investments tempered losses from global stocks. International equities lost 18.3 percent, ...more »

Future cloudy for Falls favorite Maid of the Mist
Wall Street JournalJanuary 29, 2012

The previous 21-year lease required a rent of 15 percent of gross revenue. The contract with New York's Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, based on factors including gross revenues, gift shop sales and passenger counts, ...more »

Sports Law
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Bayliss lays down the law to Bluebirds
NW Evening MailJanuary 18, 2012

l The Bluebirds have again been overlooked by pay-for-view TV channel Premier Sports, who have released a list of the Blue Square Bet Premier games they will screen live for the remainder of the season. Barrow are not on the list, though there are two ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer sentenced to 66 months in federal prison for money laundering
The Boston GlobeJanuary 13, 2012

By Milton J. Valencia A federal court judge lashed out at a criminal defense attorney yesterday before sentencing him to 5 1/2 years in prison for laundering drug profits on behalf of criminal defendants in state court. “This is a sad day, ...more »

Confusion reigns over how Milton missed making $3 million in school tax ...
BurlingtonFreePress.comJanuary 31, 2012

There is some disagreement on what put the town in the position of owing the state more than $3 million in education tax revenue. / GLEN RUSSELL, Free Press MILTON — Confusing, changing laws; misinterpreted statements; and a lack of well-organized ...more »

Age Discrimination Takes Its Toll
Huffington PostJanuary 13, 2012

... that they act as if you're not smart, that you get poorer service in stores and restaurants than others - in short, if you've felt discriminated against because of age, gender, ethnicity, income, disability, appearance, even marital status. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Right to access information
The News InternationalJanuary 17, 2012

After much debate and legal battles, the government introduced a bill in parliament providing for disclosure of judges' asset, but with a protection clause that the assets would not be accessible to people and that the judges would not be made liable ...more »

Environmental Law
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Barletta: A frustrating first year
Scranton Times-TribuneJanuary 22, 2012

The alternative fuels bill earned the scorn of the Northeast Pennsylvania Tea Party, which launched a telephone campaign criticizing him for government interference in free markets. Mr. Barletta argues the energy market isn't free because Arab ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Biz Brain: Why it's a good idea to update wills
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 24, 2012

The will reflects your intent, and the process of settling your estate should facilitate that intent, he said. “While formalities in will drafting are important, the probate and administration process is not so formalistic that your daughter's name ...more »

Family Law
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Family, football meant everything to Joe Paterno
The Associated PressJanuary 22, 2012

Outrage built quickly after the state's top law enforcement official said the coach hadn't fulfilled a moral obligation to go to authorities when a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, reported seeing Sandusky with a young boy in the showers of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State Compensation Insurance Fund plans Sonoma County layoffs
Santa Rosa Press DemocratJanuary 7, 2012

Created by the Legislature in 1914, State Fund saw its premiums soar a decade ago after severe underpricing created a shakeout in the workers compensation insurance business. By 2003, 28 private carriers either had gone insolvent or had stopped writing ...more »


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