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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

Looking forward 2012: A better place...
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

In 2011, a special court for NIA cases and 2G spectrum was established. Sources say more special courts may be formed if the number of cases with the National Investigating Agency increases. The year 2012 will mark the end of the 54-year-old MCD ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Top 10 midstate stories
Macon Telegraph (blog)January 1, 2012

A hearing was held Dec. 14 for terminated firefighter Christopher Hughes and Joshua Brewer, a fire sergeant who was demoted and suspended for 10 days. Both men appealed their discipline to an administrative law judge. A decision is anticipated this ...more »

Health Care Law
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Healthcare reform will continue evolving in 2012
Nurse.comJanuary 2, 2012

The most substantial terms and conditions of the Affordable Care Act do not take effect until 2014 with the scheduled implementation of the individual mandate and insurance co-ops. Some noteworthy developments will occur in 2012, however, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gay marriage row set to flare
Sydney Morning HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Mr Jones, the member for the blue-collar seat of Throsby in the Illawarra region in NSW, says he has the support of ministers and of the Left but admits he does not expect the bill - which will propose to amend the Marriage Act to include gay and ...more »

Immigration Law
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USCIS and Obama will Soon Correct a Major Immigration Law Failure
Jornal.us News AgencyJanuary 8, 2012

But critics attacked the change as one more example of the administration backing off from enforcing immigration laws. Of course, the news of the proposed rule modification, has increased the level of resentment of GOP lawmakers, who are also angry at ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Year in review - The Top 10 stories in 2011
Midland Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The Humane Society of Midland County took over the operation of the Animal Shelter from the sheriff's office, eliminating nearly all euthanasia except court-ordered cases. Creative 360 faced a financial crisis and awaits a January meeting to determine ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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DR sub-committee meet: no decision on governance forms
Himalayan TimesJanuary 3, 2012

KATHMANDU: The meeting of the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee under the Constitutional Committee (CC) in the Constituent Assembly (CA) ended inconclusively on Tuesday. Today's meeting, which was convened to resolve the dispute surfaced over the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SAR members meet with Whistler Mayor over lawsuit
Pique newsmagazineJanuary 5, 2012

Out of this case, however, the province has agreed to cover third-party liability insurance for all SAR groups in BC. The litigation is now over for GASDAR — an out of court settlement this month, the details of which will likely never be known. ...more »

Animal Law
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Petition fails to change orphaned ungulates law
The MissoulianJanuary 1, 2012

A petition was started on change.org by the director of the George Washington Animal Law Program, Joan Schaffner, to encourage Montana to re-examine laws pertaining to the killing of orphaned ungulates. Montana law kills orphaned ungulates to protect ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google picks up 200 more patents from IBM
ZDNet UKJanuary 4, 2012

By Jack Clark, ZDNet UK, 4 January, 2012 12:45 @mappingbabel Google has acquired another 188 patents and 29 patents pending from IBM, adding to the store of intellectual property it can use to defend itself in lawsuits. The patent acquisitions come at ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fourth District tosses $5.5 million McLean County asbestos conspiracy verdict
Madison County RecordJanuary 4, 2012

... as it could just as easily raise the inference of ordinary commerce between companies in the same industry," he wrote. A $90 million verdict, the biggest in 30 years of McLean County asbestos litigation, remains pending at the Fourth District.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Penn State's first in-house counsel, former justice Cynthia Baldwin, steps down
Patriot-NewsJanuary 17, 2012

... prepare and review legal documents, including contracts and licensing agreements; and collaborate with the University's Risk Management Office and the Affirmative Action Office," she said in a statement, released through the university. ...more »

Israeli aviation pact boosts ties: MOFA
China PostJanuary 3, 2012

The signing of a Taiwan-Israel aviation agreement will give another boost to bilateral ties and ultimately pave the way for direct air links between the two countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said yesterday. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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McAlester family feels unsafe after bogus arrest
KOKI FOX 23January 2, 2012

“They had no credentials, no law enforcement officer credentials,” said Undersheriff Bedford. Clint Nelson and his family members were relieved when they saw the deputies tell the bogus cops to put their hands up. “I knew at that time something was ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lawyers cautiously optimistic about hiring in Q1; Arent Fox adds health policy ...
Washington PostJanuary 1, 2012

Law firms continue to focus on hiring senior and partner-level lawyers with books of business and expertise in high-demand practice areas, said Robert Half Legal executive director Charles Volkert. He added that corporations also are hiring more legal ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation Department of the Year
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

... excellent work done by the firms of The Am Law 200. For the first time since we started this project, we changed the format for all four competition categories: general litigation, product liability, labor and employment, and intellectual property. ...more »

Business Law
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
The Register-GuardJanuary 2, 2012

Sandee Burbank, executive director of the pro-medical marijuana group Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse and one of the original supporters of the medical marijuana law, says Stanford's business defies the medicinal intent of the law and is concerned ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Mitt Romney says he would veto DREAM Act
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By James Oliphant Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has pledged to veto the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ordinary Israelis don't reap the benefits of being a hi-tech superpower
HaaretzJanuary 3, 2012

... responsible for protecting citizens from cybercrime is Israel Police's computer crimes unit, which numbers a handful of investigators concerned mainly with fighting online pedophilia. It cannot handle the growing industry of internet lawlessness. ...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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Appeals court to rehear South Dakota law promoting abortion-suicide link
American Medical NewsJanuary 2, 2012

9 whether a 2005 South Dakota law mandating what doctors say to women seeking abortions is constitutional. The court will address again a specific provision in the law requiring physicians to inform patients of possible suicide risks in relation to the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Rep. Faison coy about political activity
WRAL.comJanuary 15, 2012

During his first six years in the House, however, the Orange County medical malpractice attorney failed to translate his professional success into a successful bid for statewide office. His talk about a bid for governor in 2008 fizzled early. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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BNA Books Announces the Publication of the 2011 Cumulative Supplement to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

... provides analysis of developments related to The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009, which created whistleblower protections for employees in the health care sector, and The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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School, law and business leaders have big year
North Platte BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

Not long after he graduated from Maxwell High School in 1990, he married and went to work on his father-in-law's ranch north of Tyron. At the ranch, he took on part-time construction jobs and within a year or two the construction work overtook the ...more »

Make RWAs penally accountable for unplanned construction
Economic TimesJanuary 8, 2012

The registration of residents' welfare associations ( RWAs) with the registrar of societies must be interpreted for social benefit and also read with the Indian Contracts Act. The registration of the said society constitutes a contract between the said ...more »

Sports Law
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Last updated at 9:36 AM on 1st January 2012
Daily MailJanuary 1, 2012

According to Pendleton's Law, only triumph on her bike at the London Olympics in August can validate her career. 'What happens in London will define the rest of my life,' she said unequivocally. 'It's stupid, really. It makes no sense. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford seeks trial delay, again
Caribbean360.comJanuary 4, 2012

Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal defense lawyer, said in court papers filed at the end of last month that their experts quit last week because they have not been paid for four months. “Counsel was informed by all experts that they cannot continue to ...more »

Nation Digest: IRS audits 1 in 8 millionaires; Indiana may start fining absent ...
Austin American-StatesmanJanuary 6, 2012

Of people earning at least $1 million annually, 1 in 8 were audited by the Internal Revenue Service last year, making them far likelier to be examined than those making below $200000, according to IRS data. Just 1 in 100 individuals earning less than ...more »

Hundreds of New Laws Go into Effect in 2012
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

A new law in California allows active duty military personnel who are serving outside the state to file candidacy papers through a power of attorney. SB 126 will protect farm workers when an employer, acting in bad faith, prevents them from holding a ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

California, the most populous US state, enacted a law this week to protect life-insurance beneficiaries as the federal government seeks to boost disclosures for survivors of its employees. Insurers must obtain written declarations from beneficiaries in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Oregon residents face dozens of new laws
KBOI-TVJanuary 2, 2012

Legislators intended it as an exemption for law enforcement and emergency workers, and some judges interpreted it that way. Others were more lenient and dismissed citations issued to people in other professions. The new law says only emergency ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Virginia Social Security Disability Attorney Sheri R. Abrams Named Partner at ...
Emailwire (press release)January 18, 2012

Ms. Abrams joined Needham Mitnick & Pollack in January 2010 as “of Counsel” after practicing law as a solo practitioner for 16 years. Ms. Abrams' practice focuses on Social Security Disability Law and she has spoken on this topic to many organizations ...more »

Family Law
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Critics assail crime laws aimed at people with HIV
Boston.comJanuary 2, 2012

The laws have not been revised even though AIDS -- thanks to the development of medication regimens -- is no longer viewed as a death sentence. Scott Burns, executive director of the National District Attorney's Association, suggested that most ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp cost drivers addressed by lawmakers
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

An attempt by Oklahoma employers to gain the right to opt out of their state's workers compensation system—a popular practice in neighboring Texas—also is expected to be among major legislative efforts during 2012. But unlike 2011, which produced ...more »

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