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Daily StarJanuary 1, 2012

Show bosses are planning extra surprise evictions – meaning the celebs will constantly be on their guard. A Big Brother source last night revealed: “Producers have ordered more live evictions. They will be dropping like flies after just days in the ...more »

IG: Strengthen mechanism to beat domestic violence
Times of IndiaJanuary 1, 2012

INDORE: A workshop on Domestic Violence Act was organized here on Saturday. Inaugurating the event, inspector general (IG) of Indore range Anuradha Shankar emphasised the need to strengthen various mechanisms to overcome domestic violence, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bridgeport Council to weigh charter, salary issues
Ct PostJanuary 2, 2012

The council meeting will take place Tuesday at 7 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, to be preceded at 6 pm by a public hearing on this and other agenda items. The mayor's proposal could affect the salaries of about 80 nonunion mayoral appointees. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Attorney handling state's health care lawsuit files for state Senate seat
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 3, 2012

... after Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto refused to join the case. That appeal will be heard by the US Supreme Court this year. Hutchison said his decision to run was an outgrowth of his experience in the ObamaCare litigation, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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new chapter for Judge Jones
Cincinnati.comJanuary 7, 2012

He read from a letter from Nelson Mandela, president of the Republic of South Africa, thanking him for his “important contribution ... to the preservation and protection of human rights in South Africa.” Jones borrowed from the collection of legal...more »

Immigration Law
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E-Verify portion of Georgia's immigration law takes effect
WXIA-TVJanuary 2, 2012

ATLANTA -- Just more than seven months after Governor Nathan Deal signed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act into law, one of its more contested components is taking effect. Effective Sunday, Georgia businesses with 500 employees or more ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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NY takes action against Pa. driller over pollution
Utica Observer DispatchJanuary 25, 2012

By MARY ESCH AP Environmental regulators said Tuesday they are seeking $187500 in fines against a natural gas drilling company for polluting a trout stream in New York's Allegany State Park while drilling in Pennsylvania.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Call to make small businesses part of national economic plan
The Nation, PakistanJanuary 1, 2012

Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms will also be introduced and promoted for small businesses to minimize transaction costs. To strengthen supply side, governing institutions in particular local government institutions shall be strengthened for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

Animal Law
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White House Responds to Puppy Mill Petition
Opposing ViewsJanuary 2, 2012

The White House response also highlighted the USDA's commitment to increase enforcement under the Animal Welfare Act and referenced the agency's recent proposed rule to prevent young, and often sick, puppies from being imported into the United States. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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SRR Expands Dispute Advisory & Forensic Services Group by Hiring Two Leading ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 6, 2012

Mr. Haas has over 20 years of experience as an expert witness and consultant in an array of litigation matters, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property and commercial contract disputes. He has written articles and made presentations to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Small cases are big business in California courtrooms
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Lawyers often do better financially than their clients. Many other states apply stricter judicial standards. Last month, in a ruling that seemed to draw a line on frivolous actions, the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the dismissal of a Los ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Movers and Shakers January 5, 2011
Coeur d'Alene PressJanuary 5, 2012

COEUR d'ALENE - A free workshop on equal employment and affirmative action requirements will be held at the Idaho Transportation Department, 600 W. Prairie Ave., on Jan. 18 from 8 am to noon. Julie Caldwell, ITD's EEO/contract compliance officer, ...more »

PCAA to complete mega projects on schedule
Pakistan ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Karachi—Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCAA) will continue implementation on its on-going mega projects during the year 2012 for betterment of stakeholders and development of the country. The PCAA has spent billions of rupees on these projects ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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'Sex-positive' shop rejects lease offer, stays in space
Iowa City Press CitizenJanuary 10, 2012

Dan Black with MidWestOne Bank, said he doesn't speak about tenant leases and legal matters. “We just make a practice, from a privacy standpoint and just a consideration, not to discuss those matters,” he said. Mark Danielson, an attorney with Leff Law...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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AP Technology NewsBrief at 11:37 a.m. EST
Insurance News Net (press release)January 1, 2012

An informal job ad posted to the famed physicist's website said the assistant should be computer literate, ready to travel, and able to repair electronic devices "with no instruction manual or technical support."more »

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KCIC Experts to Speak at Solvent Schemes of Arrangement Conference
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

WASHINGTON, Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- KCIC, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in litigation support and insurance-related asset and liability management, announced today that Jonathan Terrell, president, and Dan Maloney, ...more »

Business Law
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10 Social Media Law & Governance Resolutions for 2012
Business 2 CommunityJanuary 3, 2012

Bringing an independent audit into the mix is good idea to help keep monitoring of social business activities as accurate as possible. BONUS: Cleary Define Who Owns Company-Related Social Network Accounts. One of the legal hot potatoes of 2011, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA Home Loan Rates are Lowered by the Security America Mortgage, Sponsors of ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 1, 2012

As a domino effect, the many men and woman returning home this year and next year may already be eligible to receive their VA Benefits, which in turn, this means those eligible can invest and profit from purchasing a home to own with VA Home Loans. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salvation Army official's link to child porn detailed in court document
AZ Central.comJanuary 6, 2012

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said detectives working with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force "are on the Internet and looking for people downloading and transferring child pornography, and that is what led them to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chiropractor Announces San Diego Workers Comp Treatment and Advanced Care
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

SAN DIEGO, CA, Jan 04, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- The practice of San Diego chiropractors Dr. Charles Salanger and Dr. Carol Spiegelman announced that personal injury chiropractor Dr. Carol Spiegelman also treats workers compensation patients ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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GOP field has broad views on executive power
Charlotte ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

Q: Under what circumstances, if any, would you sign a bill into law but also issue a signing statement reserving a constitutional right to bypass the law? ROMNEY: I share the view of many past presidents that signing statements are an important ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wausau Daily HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

Her practice focuses on claims involving motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice. Habush Habush & Rottier has served Wisconsin as a personal injury law firm for more than 75 years. The firm handles cases from simple auto accidents to complex ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Understanding consumer protection laws
The Nation, PakistanJanuary 4, 2012

A fine distinction has been made with respect to liability arising out of defective products and faulty services. The former forms Part II of the Act and the later Part III. Articles 4-17 constitute these parts. These areas include liability for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Another blow to Utahns fighting to keep homes
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 7, 2012

About 10000 default notices, one of the first steps in a foreclosure proceeding, were likely filed in 2011 in Utah, according to RealtyTrac, a California company that compiles real-estate data and that expects to have final figures this week. The legal...more »

Rangers Mount Classic Comeback
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

There was Brad Richards, signed to a nine-year, $60 million contract by the Rangers in the offseason to provide scoring and play-making, netting the game-winning goal 5 minutes, 21 seconds into the third period, capping a startling comeback from a ...more »

Sports Law
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New 50p coin aimed at explaining offside law 'gets offside law wrong'
The GuardianJanuary 5, 2012 has been written off as "totally out of date" and "confusing" by refereeing experts. The design, unveiled on Wednesday, is one of 29 coins produced to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, each featuring a different sport. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyer to hear whether he'll continue representing underwear bomber
Bellingham HeraldJanuary 6, 2012

Then, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab asked for a new lawyer, accusing prominent Detroit criminal defense attorney Anthony Chambers of ignoring him. Friday, a federal judge in Detroit is to decide whether the 25-year-old Nigerian student-turned-operative for ...more »

Wealthy Americans Are the IRS's Largest Target
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 24, 2012

Tax Resolution Services, Co. advises the $1 million-plus IRS audit targets to have certified tax resolution representation on their side if audited or already under audit Recent reports show that Americans earning over 1 million dollars per year are a ...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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Artprice Launches its Online Auctions
PR Newswire (press release)January 3, 2012

Artprice's capacity to offer 100% transaction security relies on its excellent knowledge of the digital economy and developments in the fields of information technology and Internet law. Indeed, we can affirm with complete confidence that the security ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy, Medicaid, on agenda Maine lawmakers return Wednesday for 2012 session
The RepublicJanuary 3, 2012

LePage's spokeswoman said the governor's intention all along was to encourage lawmakers to find an alternative funding source for PNMIs, given his concerns the federal government might not approve funding for that purpose. "His intention was never to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Keith B. Braun is one of the top attorneys in Florida
TCPalmJanuary 6, 2012

The law firm of Comiter, Singer, Baseman & Braun, LLP, is committed to providing superior and distinctive client service. The attorneys at the firm specialize in tax law and transactional issues including estate planning, tax planning, ...more »

Family Law
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Reports: ATF Agent May Have Been Killed by 'Friendly Fire' in Seaford Armed ...
Patch.comJanuary 3, 2012

Law-enforcement sources tell multiple media outlets bullet that fatally struck John Capano of Massapequa came from responding off-duty NYPD officer. By Andrew Coen The scene outside of Charlie's Family Pharmacy following a deadly armed robbery on New ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Court Rules That Illinois Workers' Comp Benefits Should Be Promptly Paid (press release)January 6, 2012

An Illinois court recently gave a stern warning to employers regarding when they must pay undisputed workers' compensation benefits. January 06, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In November of 2011, the Appellate Court of Illinois, Workers' Compensation...more »


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