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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...more »

BUSINESS IN BRIEF 1/1
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 1, 2012

The Government issued Decree No 120/2011/ND-CP on December 16, amending administrative procedures in a number of decrees issued pursuant to the 2005 Commercial Law. The decree eliminates the requirement that domestic franchises (or domestic franchises ...more »

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Administrative Law
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MATTER OF BELLO v. NEW YORK STATE OFF. OF TEMPORARY & DISABILITY ASSISTANCE
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

"[T]he role of a court reviewing an administrative determination is limited to ensuring that the determination arrived at following an adversarial hearing is supported by substantial evidence" (Matter of Jason B. v Novello, 12 NY3d 107, 114; ...more »

Health Care Law
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Tax Relief and Health Care Acts Shape 2011 Returns
Journal of AccountancyJanuary 1, 2012

The Tax Relief Act increased the alternative minimum tax (AMT) exemption amounts for 2010 and 2011 (also known as the AMT patch). For 2011, the amounts are $48450 for unmarried individuals; $74450 for married individuals filing jointly; and $37225 for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gay marriage row set to flare
WA todayJanuary 1, 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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Enforcement activist: Atlanta breaking state immigration law
WSB AtlantaJanuary 3, 2012

By Tom Regan An outspoken advocate of immigration enforcement has filed a complaint with a state compliance agency against the city of Atlanta. The complaint accuses Atlanta's mayor and city council of violating HB87, Georgia's immigration law that was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Call for changes in Kerala Govt's approach to needs of trade
Hindu Business LineJanuary 1, 2012

There is a huge lack of barren lands in which industries can be accommodated. The available farm lands were governed by the Kerala Land Utility Law and one needs to satisfy a number of specifications before it can be used for non-farm purposes, ...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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SEC sues life settlements firm, alleges deception
The Associated PressJanuary 4, 2012

Waco-based Life Partners said the lawsuit is "without merit," and it promised a vigorous defense. "It is very disappointing that the SEC has chosen to pursue litigation over issues that we believe have no merit and financial presentation issues that we ...more »

Animal Law
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REGION: New law bans sale of animals on public property
North County TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Sanctioned animal sales at county fairs, stockyards and markets are not subject to the new law. And the law does not apply to the sale of animals on any private property, said Ray Sotero, Lieu's spokesman. In the past, animal authorities had to witness ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Duane Morris Names Atlanta's Woody Jameson to Head Firmwide Intellectual...
Citybizlist (press release)January 5, 2012

Jameson practices in the area of intellectual property law and litigation with particular emphasis on patent litigation. Early in his career, Jameson litigated a broad range of intellectual property disputes in all areas of patents, trademarks, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Mississippi Court Reverses $322 Million Asbestos Verdict
ForbesJanuary 3, 2012

A Mississippi court has reversed a $322 million asbestos verdict against Union Carbide — believed to be the largest in US history — after the judge failed to disclose his own father had pending asbestos litigation against the same company. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political Parties—Tools For Enhancing Women's Participation In Politics
GhanaJanuary 5, 2012

The conference also underscored the need to promote and enhance women's participation and representation in politics through Affirmative Action measures such as quota systems by means of constitutional guarantees and reforms in electoral laws. ...more »

Joe Blackstock: Maloney has spent his life keeping America's aviation heritage ...
Inland Valley Daily BulletinJanuary 2, 2012

The museum obviously is an attraction for aviation buffs and those who remember past wars, but many school groups also tour the place. For those future aviators, the Hands-On Aviation Center has a variety of computers and other flight activities to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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'Three-quarter house' operator Yury Baumblit driving us out of Bed-Stuy ...
New York Daily NewsJanuary 3, 2012

BY Lore Croghan Anthony Webster points ceiling damage in his crumbling apartment at the "three-quarter" house at 85 Kingston St. Tenant Anthony Webster, who lives in a “three-quarter" house at 85 Kingston St. in a crumbling apartment. has been keeping ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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ENNIS: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down for UFC 141 - Alistair Overeem's smarts, Brock ...
MMATorchJanuary 1, 2012

With UFC 141 in the books, let's take a look at the good and the bad from an eventful night of fights. Thumbs Up: to Alistair Overeem's smarts. Everyone knew what the strategy was going to be coming into the fight: keep it on the feet. ...more »

Litigation
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Regeneron, Genentech Reach Licensing Pact In Partial Accord Over Eye Drug
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Under the agreement, Regeneron received a nonexclusive license to some patents that were the subject of litigation between the two companies. Under the accord, Regeneron will pay Genentech based on US sales of Eylea through May 7, 2016. ...more »

Business Law
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The push for clearer airfares
The Economist (blog)January 2, 2012

"The Supreme Court has said in the context of commercial advertising, the government has a very broad right to mandate speech that is reasonably aimed at preventing people from being misled," Eugene Volokh, a law professor at the University of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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21 issues taking shape for the Army in 2012
ArmyTimes.comJanuary 2, 2012

Contract negotiations between Walgreens and pharmacy benefit company Express Scripts ground to a halt in June, setting off a public dispute that affected countless Tricare beneficiaries. Those customers will have to switch to another Tricare network ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Top 10 in 2011: An 'explosive' year in security
ZDNet (blog)January 3, 2012

This malware became world famous under the name “Stuxnet,” a computer worm containing a very special payload, directly aimed at Iran's nuclear program. To achieve this, Stuxnet hijacked Siemens PLCs and reprogrammed them in a very subtle way which ...more »

Personal Injury
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New Website Created for Personal Injury Victims in Texas
PR Web (press release)January 6, 2012

The Austin personal injury firm of Barry & Loewy LLP presents their new website built to provide helpful information for accident victims. An accident can be a traumatic experience that can have far-reaching affects beyond physical injuries. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law professor keeps steady hand in analyzing gun control
Columbus DispatchJanuary 1, 2012

Thus, gun owners were barred from selling guns to American Indians and blacks — and to those who refused to swear allegiance to the crown. As American society grew, gun rights and gun control continued to coexist and produce some of our history's more ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Freund, Freeze & Arnold Attorney Recognized by Ohio Super Lawyers
PR Web (press release)January 30, 2012

Neil F. Freund is a nine-year Super Lawyer designee and an eight-year Top 10 Ohio Super Lawyer® recipient. Neil has extensive trial experience in all areas of the law, including commercial and business cases, catastrophic personal injury defense, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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BNA Books Announces the Publication of the 2011 Cumulative Supplement to ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 11, 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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William Carey, Investor Who Backed Business Schools, Dies at 81
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

He was head of real estate and equipment financing at Loeb, Rhodes & Co. and director of corporate finance at DuPont, Glore Forgan Inc. In 1973, he formed WP Carey with his brother, Francis J. Carey, and brother-in-law, Raymond S. Clark. ...more »

2012 HR Advice For Irish Businesses By Alan Price, Managing Director of ...
Your-Story.org (press release)January 4, 2012

Keelings had 147 employees dedicated to the Tesco contract, the majority of whom were drivers. However, Tesco took the commercial decision to cancel the relationship with Keelings and award the contract to Stobart. While Stobart did offer the Keelings ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Marketing and PR Veteran Katrina Leonce Joins Dow Lohnes Sports...
PR.com (press release)January 4, 2012

Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment is a division of Dow Lohnes, a nationally renowned law firm established in 1918 with expertise across a wide range of disciplines. Over the past several years Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment has quickly become the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Scott defends America's freedoms
Monroe News StarJanuary 2, 2012

And Scott's body of work in that arena was recognized recently when he earned the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers' Trustees of Freedom Lifetime Service Award in New Orleans. "It certainly makes me feel good, but the truth is I wish I ...more »

“Extraordinary measure”
California Catholic DailyJanuary 16, 2012

Of course he is free as an individual to be involved in the public square- there is no violation of the IRS code. What could be happening is a terrible misunderstanding by two well meaning people in how they both understand their individual missions ...more »

Opposition hold anti-government rally in Hungary
NECNJanuary 2, 2012

... Activists were gathering in Budapest on Monday to protest the way their center-right government has used the law and the country's new constitution to exert its control over issues as varied as the economy, religious freedom and age discrimination. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law as U.S. Seeks More Disclosures
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- 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 ...more »

Environmental Law
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New ways for tackling energy crisis
DAWN.comJanuary 6, 2012

THE Indus magnet as an alternative energy source, invented by Aziz Rehman Shaikh of Suparco, if it works may be the answer to severe energy shortages (electricity, gas and petroleum) faced by Pakistan today. Reviewing the history of similar inventions ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Collas Crill announces new partner and other promotions
Businesslife.co (press release)January 3, 2012

Clare Nicolle, who heads the Wills and Probate team in Jersey, for which she took responsibility in January this year. Emma Parr, who is currently focused on employment matters and is based in Guernsey. David O'Hanlon, who has experience of complex ...more »

Family Law
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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 2, 2012

Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason, one of the most successful mesothelioma law firms in the nation in getting significant awards for those injured by asbestos, now offers a free booklet that contains all the essential information regarding choosing an ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CHAMBERSBURG HOSPITAL v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

Chambersburg Hospital (Employer) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed the Workers' Compensation Judge's (WCJ) decision to grant the reinstatement petition of Irene Kaminsky (Claimant) and to dismiss her ...more »

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