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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...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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Sales of oxycodone by doctors fall in Florida
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 31, 2012

The number of pain pills sold by doctors dropped 97 percent from 2010 to 2011, as a new law took effect that bans doctors from dispensing oxycodone from their offices. By Scott Hiaasen The number of oxycodone pills sold by Florida doctors dropped ...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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Mo. Democrats vow to oppose discrimination bill
CBS NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Black lawmakers in Missouri, fearful of reversing decades of hard-fought civil rights gains, said Monday they will try to prevent votes in the House and Senate on a measure that would change the state's workplace discrimination laws.more »

Immigration Law
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Why Do We Need a Line?
Huffington Post (blog)January 31, 2012

If you did not intend to abide by US law, you should have migrated to a different country. "The bottom line is that these illegal immigrants are here first and foremost because the American economy needs them: they are important workers at some ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in the Am Law 200
The American LawyerJanuary 20, 2012

Hayes will focus on estate and trust administration for individuals, banks, trust companies, and professional fiduciaries. Haynes and Boone welcomes back JOHN HARPER III, who worked at the firm in the early 2000s as an associate. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Weight-loss challenge official rules
msnbc.comJanuary 31, 2012

Entry constitutes permission (except where prohibited by law) to use entrant's name, city, state, likeness, image, and/or voice for purposes of advertising, promotion, and publicity in any and all media now or hereafter known, throughout the world in ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Litigation continues after 2009 sewage flood
Evening News and TribuneJanuary 27, 2012

“Because it is pending litigation, it is the policy of the city council not to comment on or to discuss any city matters that are currently in court proceedings.” Les Merkley, attorney for the city administration, authored a similar response.more »

Animal Law
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AASV comments on Supreme Court 'downer' ruling
Pork MagazineJanuary 30, 2012

“We had several problems with this law.” The California state law, which demanded non-ambulatory animals at packing plants be immediately euthanized, went too far into federal jurisdiction over protecting public health and animal welfare, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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On the block
Salina.comJanuary 31, 2012

Among the "parcels" for sale is the intellectual property -- the names of the wines and production methods. Winery general manager Norm Jennings, whose father, Steve, established the winery, said about a dozen people are interested in the name brand ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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SFL Data Offers kCura's Method to Manage Litigation Hold Process for ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 31, 2012

SFL Data, the first provider of a fixed-price, e -discovery managed service for corporations and law firms, has licensed kCura's Method, a web-based litigation hold application. SFL Data selected Method after a comprehensive review of all available ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Increases the Weight of Race
National Review Online (blog)January 26, 2012

In the words of the author of the review, “They talk about how African-Americans of their class and generation feel the weight of race most acutely in relation to affirmative action, sensing that whites often think they have not truly earned their ...more »

Agency role in aviation pensions proposed
Irish TimesJanuary 28, 2012

The Irish Aviation Superannuation Scheme has a pension deficit of about €722 million. Its trustees and employer groups have been looking at ways of plugging the deficit in the scheme for some time. A proposal put before the Labour Relations Commission ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord seeks help with dog-overrun house
Bakersfield NowJanuary 14, 2012

(KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield man says he's the one in trouble, even though it's his tenant who's breaking the law. The dispute is over having too many dogs. The rule in the city, and county areas within the city, is no more than three dogs. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Fitch Downgrades Anmed Health, SC's Revs to 'A+'; Outlook Stable
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

The negative impact of the Medicaid cuts on operating performance reflects on AnMed's elevated levels of Medicaid, self-pay, and bad debt, which have been an ongoing credit concern. In fiscal 2011, Medicaid and self-pay combined for a total of 17.6% of ...more »

Litigation
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CEOs urge court to throw out SEC-Citigroup ruling
Baltimore SunJanuary 12, 2012

(Reuters) - A group of chief executives at more than 200 large US companies urged a federal appeals court to undo a judge's controversial decision making it harder for companies to settle Securities and Exchange Commission fraud cases. The Business...more »

Business Law
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Immigration law in effect while parts of it on hold
WCBDJanuary 3, 2012

With the new law, that requirement extends to all businesses. The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has previously expressed concern that even that may cause some problems. “A lot of businesses won't be able to do it in their business, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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SLDN Calls for Extending Available Benefits to Gay and Lesbian Service Members
Vital VOICEJanuary 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Army Veteran and Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis today (Jan. 30) called upon Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta to take immediate action on equal recognition, benefits and family support for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chicago gangs rely on social media to communicate
Police NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Weis said in a news release the 320-page book serves as a training tool for law enforcement, educators, parents and businesses, the Chicago Tribune reported. Web communication sometimes enables law enforcement to gain information about activities of ...more »

Personal Injury
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Plaintiff who failed to show up for hearing in injury suit ordered to bring ...
Madison County RecordJanuary 31, 2012

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge ordered a plaintiff in a personal injury suit to show proof of a "medical inability" that prevented her from attending a hearing last Friday. Plaintiff Michelle Wieneke, who is suing Daddie-O's Nite Out, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A right-to-work law in Indiana could be a learning experience for Ohio: Kevin ...
Plain DealerJanuary 5, 2012

The announcement wasn't trumpeted amid euphoric expectation that Ohioans would pass Issue 2, thereby affirming a perfectly sensible law to curb the power of public employee unions. Rather, it came amid a growing certainty that Issue 2 would be defeated ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Cricketer pleads guilty to corruption
AFPJanuary 12, 2012

"We did offer him advice in the early days and one thing that was important, given that that case involved a number of people in the Essex dressing room, was to make sure he had independent legal advice and we helped him to source that," he said. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Gensler addresses American Bar Association on Dodd-Frank
Futures MagazineJanuary 27, 2012

I'd like to thank the American Bar Association's Committee on Derivatives and Futures Law for inviting me to speak today. Thank you, Susan, for that introduction. As we gather here in South Florida, one doesn't have to travel far to see what happened ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The need to understand and work with the law continues to grow in hospitality ...
Hospitality NetJanuary 18, 2012

She has taught both online and in person courses in Penal Law, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Business Law, Legal Environment of Business and Hotel and Restaurant Law. She has a number of professional recognitions including SUNY Chancellor's ...more »

IN RE BUCALA
Leagle.comJanuary 31, 2012

The plaintiff brings this summary judgment motion seeking a declaratory judgment that it is a secured creditor by virtue of a security agreement having been formed pursuant to New York law. Because the Court finds that the Contract and Purchase ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Briefs
Daily HeraldJanuary 15, 2012

Ali walked on his own but was at times assisted by his wife, Lonnie, and his sister-in-law. After the brief appearance, Ali went to his party. Former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis said his boyhood idol is "still the greatest. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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UK prepares for digitization of legal field
Deutsche WelleJanuary 30, 2012

All criminal justice documents are set to go digital by April 2012 in the UK. Defense attorneys, however, are publicly protesting the move, saying the transition could prove too costly. While the arrival of the digital age has transformed almost every ...more »

Apparently Newt Gingrich Tried A Bush-League Version Of Mitt Romney's Carried ...
DealBreakerJanuary 24, 2012

... the tax experts said he may have left himself open to an IRS challenge. “That could be the type of return that would be flagged for an audit,” said one of the experts, Robert McKenzie, a tax attorney at the Arnstein & Lehr law firm in Chicago.more »

Teen drivers caught speeding face arrest
abc11.comJanuary 2, 2012

One mom, Kelly Johnson, who has a daughter enrolled in driver's education, said the new laws discriminate against teens. "Their rights are being violated based on their age. That's age discrimination," she said. "I agree that they've broken the law, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pension Shortfalls a Stark Corporate Challenge
Advanced TradingJanuary 26, 2012

The US Pension Protection Act requires a company to notify its employees when their pension fund's asset value dips below 80 percent of obligations. When that happens, companies can only make lump sum distributions equal to half the benefit owed to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama pushes energy plan in campaign-style tour
ReutersJanuary 26, 2012

At a stop in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Democratic president sought to counter Republican criticisms of his energy policies as he proposed tax incentives for companies to buy natural gas trucks, which would help build demand for abundant domestic supplies ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Anoka County history: County courthouses over the years
Coon Rapids HeraldJanuary 4, 2012

The Anoka County Historical Society inherited probate records from the county from 1853 to 1921 and probate court records and will receipts from 1904 to 1934. These records show records and wills down to the minutest details. ...more »

Family Law
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Family Law Likely to Go to Referendum
STA - Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija (subscription)January 31, 2012

Ljubljana, 31 January (STA) - The changes designed to make the new family law acceptable to pro-family groups and prevent a referendum, which were presented to the public yesterday by the Family Initiative civil group, enjoy limited support among ...more »

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

Ben Cochran of Hardison & Cochran, Attorneys at Law, says compensation may be available for those who suffer injuries such as those listed in the recent Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index. Fortunately, our state's workers' compensation system ...more »

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