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Ind. guv praises delay of federal pollution rule
Chicago TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

A federal appeals court in Washington on Friday approved a request by electric power companies, states and other parties seeking to delay the rules until litigation over the regulation plays out. Daniels praised the court's ruling Saturday in a ...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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A good day's hearing
The Express TribuneJanuary 19, 2012

The prime minister's submission and presence prompted Justice Asif Khosa to observe that this was a great day for the rule of law in the history of Pakistan “irrespective of the outcome of the case”. That said, the prime minister's lawyer will have to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Gingrich's Day 1 agenda: Repeal health care, eliminate new financial rules and ...
Washington PostJanuary 31, 2012

Obama's health care bill? Repealed. Legislation that toughened regulations on Wall Street after the economic collapse of 2008? History. White House czars? Gone. All this, and more, he pledges to get done before his head hits the presidential pillow for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Missouri Lawmakers Debate New Anti-Discrimination Proposal
KY3January 26, 2012

AP Democrats in the Missouri Senate were delaying a vote Wednesday night on a Republican bill that Democrats argued would reverse decades of progress in civil rights by changing workplace discrimination laws. Among other things, the legislation would ...more »

Immigration Law
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Two-faced Obama talks DREAM Act, sanctions deportations
The News-PressJanuary 30, 2012

The executive branch carries out the enforcement of immigration law. Congress has nothing to do with it. Obama has the power, through executive order, to reprioritize deportations so that students go to the bottom of the stack.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Rutgers-Camden students mobilize to oppose Christie's merger plan ...
Philadelphia InquirerJanuary 31, 2012

Under a 1956 law that made Rutgers, formerly a private college, the State University of New Jersey, the university's board of governors is given the power to "determine policies for the organization, administration, and development of the university.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute over house in Catonsville for those recovering from addiction continues
Baltimore SunJanuary 13, 2012

By Kevin Rector, krector@tribune.com More than two months after an administrative hearing to determine the legality of a home for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts was postponed in favor of private negotiations between Baltimore County lawyers and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Homeowners Choice Shows Confidence: Increases Quarterly Common Dividend 20 Percent
MarketWatch (press release)January 16, 2012

The Homeowners Choice, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=6712 This news release may contain forward-looking statements made pursuant to the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Animal Law
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Can hunting endangered animals save the species?
CBS NewsJanuary 30, 2012

The ranchers say this limited "culling" gives them the money they need to care for the animals and conserve the species. But animal rights activists don't buy that argument, claiming the hunts are "canned" and that hunting is wholly inconsistent with ...more »

Intellectual Property
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SeaWell Networks Secures $5 Million in Series B Funding
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The round is led by Northwater Intellectual Property Fund LP 2 and included participation by BDC Venture Capital. The additional funding will be used to support ongoing trials with lead customers, and to expand SeaWell's sales and distribution ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

... via COMTEX/ -- Noted Dallas attorney Charles W. "Trey" Branham III is pleased to announce the opening of Branham Law Group, LLP, a client-focused law firm handling complex commercial litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases exclusively.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Recommended: Contests in battleground states could hinge on 'invisible ...
msnbc.com (blog)January 31, 2012

Statewide ballot questions, including a politically charged collective-bargaining issue, have amped up off-year election early voting that ended Friday. By Tom Curry, msnbc.com National Affairs Writer Since the 2000 recount in Florida, ...more »

School of Aviation marks Silver Jubilee
Scoop.co.nz (press release)January 31, 2012

Massey University School of Aviation is marking a milestone this year when it celebrates 25 years of producing “aviators with a difference”. The school will hold its silver jubilee in April with a two-day celebration culminating in a gala dinner.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants Suing Landlords For Illegal Evictions
NewsChannel5.comJanuary 24, 2012

Attorneys said that is illegal and that landlords must go through the court eviction process to get a tenant out. Now tenants are seeking revenge in the form of justice with the help of the Tennessee Legal Aid Society. Joe Brickington and Nancy Benton ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Kodak files Chapter 11 bankruptcy
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleJanuary 19, 2012

Eastman Kodak Co., running short of cash and having no real alternatives, has filed for protection from its creditors under Chapter 11 of the US Bankruptcy Code. / ANNETTE LEIN staff photographer Eastman Kodak Co., running short of cash and unable to ...more »

Litigation
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Motorola Solutions settles trade secret dispute with Lemko
Chicago TribuneJanuary 31, 2012

On Tuesday, Motorola Solutions and Lemko issued a statement saying "they have entered into an agreement to settle all pending litigation between them." All claims in the lawsuits have been dismissed with prejudice, the statement added.more »

Business Law
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Judge Pamela Alexander, President of Council on Crime and Justice, Joins ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 30, 2012

Alexander is the president of the Council on Crime and Justice, a non-profit agency that works on issues related to criminal justice reform, and runs programs to address the causes of crime and violence in the community. Alexander has had first-hand ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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2012: Debate night
msnbc.comJanuary 23, 2012

Then, of course, there was the move to reduce the benefits paid to teachers, even though the average teacher in Maine retires on $19000 a year, and is not allowed to draw Social Security, even if they paid in from another job.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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ICAC nabs first 2012 offender
Delaware County Daily TimesJanuary 31, 2012

MEDIA — A Philadelphia man was charged last week with 64 counts of sexual abuse of children following an investigation by the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Ronald Scott Durkin, 47, of the 3400 block of Fitler Street, ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Offers Advice on What ...
Exec Digital (press release)January 27, 2012

New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand a delay in reporting elevator accident injuries may affect the outcome of a lawsuit. "If you are in an elevator accident in New York, contact the police and an experienced New York ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Prepared Remarks: Sen. Grassley on the 'Erosion of Checks and Balances'
Main JusticeJanuary 31, 2012

Of course, senators and administration officials can reach different conclusions on the law. Each can have a reasonable point of view. But that is not the case here. If the Office of Legal Counsel is to be the “constitutional conscience of the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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MERCONE v. MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSN., INC.
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

That doctrine, "although originally derived from the continuous treatment concept in medical malpractice cases, has also been held applicable to professionals other than physicians" (Zaref v Berk & Michaels, 192 AD2d 346, 347). ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Banking Industry In 2012
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 27, 2012

What will the new year bring for banks and their customers? The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law in 2010, was Congress' response to the role of financial institutions in the recession. The Act is an attempt to ...more »

Real Estate Law
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LRMM real estate lawyer moves to BLG
Montreal Gazette (blog)January 31, 2012

BLG said Roditi brings experience in signing commercial leasing agreements for offices, industrial buildings and retail outlets, as well as mergers and acquisitions and general corporate law. BLG has a 50-lawyer national commercial real estate team.more »

Senior Attorney at Centre Law to Speak at ABA Intellectual Property Law Conference
MarketWatch (press release)January 12, 2012

Mr. Crusius has extensive experience in developing strategies for and managing all stages of complex multi-million dollar complex commercial, intellectual property, and government contracts matters in various state and federal courts from commencement ...more »

Sports Law
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New HBO Sports boss Ken Hershman says he won't by consumed by creating a Floyd ...
New York Daily NewsJanuary 31, 2012

By Mitch Abramson / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Ken Hershman didn't reveal much in his first public sit-down interview since he was installed as the new head of HBO Sports. Hershman, who started in his official capacity last month, is in his 15th day on the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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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 »

Handler Thayer Tax Alert
MarketWatch (press release)January 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets On January 9, 2012, the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") reopened an Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Initiative ("OVDI") to give US ...more »

Financial services lobby group claim middle-aged men facing age discrimination
SmartCompany.com.auJanuary 30, 2012

But a human resources expert suggests while age discrimination may be occurring, men aged over 50 are the most likely candidates for redundancy as they make up a large demographic within the industry. The new report conducted by Westfield Wright for ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Madoff, Ener1, Dynegy, Hostess, PMI, Syms, Shaw: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekJanuary 27, 2012

The trustee argued in his brief this week that Rakoff's opinion in the Wilpon suit was the first time any court applied the so-called safe harbor in Section 546(e) of the Bankruptcy Code to a fraud case, thereby preventing a trustee from making ...more »

Environmental Law
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Legal opinion on killing Transit City buoys foes of Mayor Rob Ford
Toronto StarJanuary 30, 2012

The more appropriate name should be City Council Nation. That's the sentiment expressed by some Toronto councillors a day after a respected law firm said Mayor Rob Ford had overstepped his authority when he decreed the Transit City plan dead in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Two Democrats trying to unseat county recorder
Columbus DispatchJanuary 29, 2012

The winner of the March primary will face Hawk, who was appointed to the office in January after Robert G. Montgomery left the position to become judge of the county's probate court. Hawk previously served as a trustee in Jackson Township.more »

Family Law
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Obama administration plan would help military families take leave to care for ...
Washington PostJanuary 30, 2012

First lady Michelle Obama was set to join Labor Secretary Hilda Solis on Monday to announce the plan that updates the Family and Medical Leave Act. The proposal would let family members take up to 12 weeks of leave from work to help a service member ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Ex-Woolworths worker 'delighted' with cash compensation award
Hartlepool TodayJanuary 24, 2012

A FORMER Woolworths worker who led a crusade for town workers to get cash they were owed is “delighted” after being awarded compensation. Mike McKie, his wife Angela and son Gary all worked at Hartlepool's doomed Woolworths, which closed just over ...more »

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