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2011 Year in Review, Police & Courts: Diaz, Cazares sentenced; manhunt ends ...
Quincy Herald WhigJanuary 1, 2012

At the same hearing, Marion County Prosecutor Tom Redington presented Blue Ryno checks signed by Oswalt and made payable to criminal defense attorneys representing Oswalt's daughter in Missouri and Illinois drug cases, as well to her daughter's ...more »

Jackson Health System tries to get out of a messy real estate deal
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 1, 2012

Board Chairman Marcos Lapciuc, an attorney, said, “We have case law on our side.” But Migoya said Jackson might have a hard time in court, he recommended settlement. Board member Stephen Nuell, also an attorney, objected to settling. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Caruso named president judge in Westmoreland
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewJanuary 4, 2012

"It will be on a case-by-case basis, and each judge will make their own decisions," Caruso said. The president judge oversees all 11 Common Pleas Court judges and 17 district judges in Westmoreland County. Caruso also will handle administrative duties ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health law explained: States gain leeway in setting benefits
Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 4, 2012

In California, which was the first state to adopt a law initiating an exchange, Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said that the decision “will assist us in bringing more of the long-term benefits of the federal Affordable Care Act to individuals and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
MovieWebJanuary 2, 2012

Nathan Jones. Really. Nolan picks real actors. Nathan Jones is a professional wrestler. I bet you he cant act. But go ahead and cast him. Please do something about Lolo0001's account on movieweb. Get rid of him or her. He or she is trolling around all ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Rule Change May Keep Families Together
KTVZJanuary 9, 2012

Portland attorney Stephen Manning of the Immigrant Law Group says it affects at least 200 families his firm is working with right now. He describes one of them: "Nice family, good family, good people. He needs to get his immigrant visa to get right ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kashmir govt lodges "serious protest" with Home Ministry over youth's killing
Kashmir DispatchJanuary 2, 2012

He said the protest was against the NHPC and it was appropriate for the NHPC to have sought the assistance of the local law and order machinery rather than dealing with them on their own. The official spokesman said that the Central Industrial Security ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How Lawyers Can Sabotage Mediation
Huffington Post (blog)January 4, 2012

I recently had some experiences in mediation that I would like to share with you. I believe that mediation is the best way to resolve a divorce or any other dispute because it has the parties going through a process where they are actively involved. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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State Farm Might Be There, But Does It Play Fair
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 5, 2012

Why was a lawsuit necessary? Because State Farm puts profits over its obligations to its policyholders. Corporate greed causes the plaintiff to fight for his rights through a long litigation process. Insurance companies continuously take from the poor ...more »

Animal Law
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Why You Can Be Branded a Terrorist for Fighting Animal Abuse
AlterNetJanuary 5, 2012

Five longtime activists are challenging a federal law that defines a wide spectrum of peaceful – and in some cases, otherwise lawful – animal rights activism as acts of terrorism. They say that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) violates their ...more »

Intellectual Property
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GraphOn Corporation Expands Its Patent Portfolio
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

We expect that continuation of the work with ipCG will result in a significant number of additional patent applications that will contribute to value creation for the company." Founded in 1996, GraphOn Corporation is a publicly traded company...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Ojai picks new city attorney
Ventura County StarJanuary 2, 2012

... per hour for general legal counsel, which includes legal services such as criminal prosecutions but excludes civil litigation. That would be billed at $195 per hour. The council also chose Scott Howard, of Ventura, to be assistant city attorney. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

It is hereby ORDERED that the order so appealed from is unanimously modified on the law by granting that part of plaintiff's motion to strike the affirmative defense of primary assumption of risk and as modified the order is affirmed without costs. ...more »

Aviation method linked to safer surgeries
American Medical NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Forty-two Veterans Health Administration hospitals implemented a program inspired by aviation practices to train OR teams on using checklist-guided preoperative and postoperative debriefing to prevent mistakes and achieve safer surgical outcomes. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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We must take measures to address plight of tenants
IPPmediaJanuary 6, 2012

The Rent Restriction Act was enacted in 1950s to safeguard the welfare of tenants. Among other things, the law barred landlords from demanding advance rent payments. However, in 2005 this law was repealed for reasons best known to those who engineered ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Fla. Ponzi schemer implicates many others in crime
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

Rothstein, whose scam involved supposedly lucrative investments in phony legal settlements, was testifying in several lawsuits arising from the implosion of his Ponzi scheme and bankruptcy of the once high-flying law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler. ...more »

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How to make the litigation process easier and less costly
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

Horses for courses — Really consider the choice of lawyers and conflicts of interest. There is a tendency for a defendant business owner to pick up the phone and call a trusted business lawyer and send the case to the 'go-to firm. ...more »

Business Law
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William Carey, Investor Who Backed Business Schools, Dies at 81
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

... Johns Hopkins University to create the Carey School of Business; and, last April, $30 million to the University of Maryland School of Law in Baltimore, which he hoped would lead to a joint law-business degree offered by Maryland and Johns Hopkins. ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Feds Charge Lauderdale Officer With Wire Fraud
The South Florida TimesJanuary 4, 2012

The City of Fort Lauderdale supplements the pay of employees who are volunteer military reservists for up to five years, after that time those benefits are only continued if their duty becomes mandatory. Federal agents accuse McElligott of fabricating ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Top scams of 2011 in Tehama County
Red Bluff Daily NewsJanuary 14, 2012

Scams, especially online, cross borders and can be hard to track. Often, victims are referred to the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet crime reporting line. For a list of scams and rip-offs, go to »

Personal Injury
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The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC, Discuss ...
Stock Markets ReviewJanuary 5, 2012

The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys of Lowenthal & Abrams, PC, urge drivers to exercise caution behind the wheel this winter season. During the cold winter months, drivers face considerable risks on the road due to the potential for extreme ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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ACLU trashes Obama over indefinite detention and torture act
RTJanuary 6, 2012

One week after the president did ink the legislation, some of Obama's old pals are saying they are in disbelief over how a former constitutional law professor could agree to such provisions that crush the law of the land. "President Obama's action ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CORRECTION : An Organization Dedicated to Protecting Physicians' Reputations ...
The Open Press (press release)January 21, 2012

To protect themselves from the negative impacts of meritless legal claims, physicians need to be proactive. At Medical Justice, these proactive services are offered to protect members from the medical malpractice cases that are filed without any merit. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Bureau Seeking Comments on Regulation E
Credit Union TimesJanuary 2, 2012

27 to submit comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's revisions of Regulation E, which governs implementation of the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. The changes are similar to revisions that the Federal Reserve has previously proposed but ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Woman says she was fired for serving on a jury, sues former employer
Naples Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

On Friday, she sued Island Title 5 Star Agency, a real estate company with offices in Naples and Marco Island, alleging it violated the law by firing her. Company officials deny the allegations, citing performance issues during Trejo-Beverly's ...more »

Commercial Metals Company Reports Improved First Quarter Earnings And ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 6, 2012

6, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Metals Company (NYSE: CMC) today reported net earnings of $107.7 million or $0.93 per diluted share on net sales of $2.0 billion for the first quarter ended November 30, 2011. The earnings represent a substantial ...more »

Sports Law
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N .J. bill to allow sports wagering, permit betting on horse racing at 12 bars ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 9, 2012

But even if the sports betting measure passes and is signed by Gov. Chris Christie, who supports it, New Jersey would still have to go to court to try to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. Only after that law is overturned ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Leagle.comJanuary 4, 2012

Washington Appellate Project, Attorney at Law, 1511 Third Avenue, Suite 701, Seattle, WA, 98101; Mindy Michelle Carr, Mindy Carr, Criminal Defense Attorney, 1752 Nw Market St Ste 319, Seattle, WA, 98107-5264, Counsel for Appellant/Cross-Respondent. ...more »

Loophole allowed state to pay $235 million to organizations run by lawmakers ...
Bangor Daily NewsJanuary 4, 2012

“I'm perfectly comfortable with including this aspect under the existing law.” The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is a nonprofit and nonpartisan journalism organization that provides in-depth reporting as a public service to its Maine media ...more »

Malaysian politician in sodomy trial slams law
The NationalJanuary 5, 2012

Mr Anwar has said that while he believes the government must prohibit same-sex marriage and prevent public obscenity, the current sodomy laws could "be abused to show violent discrimination or intolerance". "Our present laws are deemed to be rather ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cordray Appointment Activates Full Powers of New Consumer Bureau
BloombergJanuary 4, 2012

Today's recess appointment by Obama, aimed at bypassing Republican objections, seats the former Ohio attorney general without Senate confirmation. “With a director finally in place and no question about its powers, the Consumer Financial Protection ...more »

Environmental Law
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U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says that the development of solar power and ...
PolitiFactJanuary 8, 2012

We also checked with Seth Kaplan, vice president of policy and climate advocacy at the Conservation Law Foundation, a regional environmental advocacy group. He said that renewable energy can make a real difference when demand for power spikes. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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E-mails and Embryos: 21st Century Estate Planning
Greater Lansing Business MonthlyJanuary 3, 2012

... but there will probably be more as these issues start to arise. 1 Lawrence W. Waggoner, “Class-Gift and Intestacy Rights of Children of Assisted Reproduction,” 51st Annual Probate & Estate Planning Institute, Acme, Michigan, May 19, 2011. ...more »

Family Law
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Women ignorant of their rights under family law
The News InternationalJanuary 15, 2012

She offered her free legal help, as she said that legally, the divorce is not given. When the girl was asked whether she wants a divorce or let the marriage continue, the girl said that she wanted to continue with this marriage. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers Compensation Help Available
STLtoday.comJanuary 4, 2012

Insured or ill from work? The insurance companies have their attorneys and you should have yours. Affordable Legal Services of Thomas Sandifer provides legal representation to those in St. Charles, Jefferson, and St. Louis counties, the cities of ...more »


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