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New year brings new taxes, laws to Va., Md.
Washington ExaminerJanuary 1, 2012

After the ball dropped at midnight Sunday, Montgomery County residents were greeted by the state's first bag tax and face the likelihood of higher energy taxes as well. Critics of the county's 5-cent tax on paper and plastic bags in the wealthy ...more »

In loan case, jury awards Independence woman more than $1 million
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

Lawyer Bernard Brown, who represented the woman, said the Missouri Merchandising Practices Act protects consumers who are unable to obtain car titles when their dealers go out of business. The law views such sales as “fraudulent,” and purchasers are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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2012 challenges: downtown Alexandria hotel, Cleco-related lawsuits and fees
Alexandria Town TalkJanuary 2, 2012

Said Silver: "The bottom line is I insist that we work and communicate with the administration so we are pulling the wagon the same way." Outside of administrative policies and unresolved legal issues, the major council event occurring in 2012 will be ...more »

Health Care Law
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2012 US Healthcare With ERISA Gold Teeth: Supreme Court Decisions Changed Your ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 3, 2012

In 2011, the Supreme Court has completely changed the healthcare legal landscape, correcting federal law, ERISA, from no remedies ("No Teeth") to "appropriate equitable relief" with "make-whole remedies" or surcharge ("Gold Teeth"). ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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J&G Attorney Disputes Assertions That Protest Over GHURA Award is Subject to ...
Pacific News CenterJanuary 1, 2012

HUD further explains, "Each year, the IRS allocates housing tax credits to designated state agencies - typically state housing finance agencies - which in turn award the credits to developers of qualified projects. ... The state allocating agency must ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Rules Tightened; Carts Unleashed
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

Georgia starts 2012 with new laws affecting hiring, public benefits, cellphone fees and the rules of the road. By Michael Jacobs Will all of Georgia become just like Peachtree City? The new year brings the next phase in Georgia's anti-immigration law, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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No AFSPA protection for arrested CISF men: Omar
Hindustan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

One person was killed and two others were injured on Monday when Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers allegedly opened fire at people protesting power shortage at a Jammu and Kashmir village. The state government has promised action ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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MNB sets date for United Airlines passenger service/reservation elections
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

Jan 03, 2012 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) -- The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) on Friday announced that the National Mediation Board (NMB) has set the starting date for the election to establish the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Congressional gridlock threatens Maine health insurance consumer assistance ...
Press Herald (blog)January 4, 2012

Those cases haven't gone to court; the program has succeeded in appealing directly to insurance companies without having to go the litigation route, and three other cases appealed to insurance companies are pending. “We are facing a gap (in funding) as ...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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Microsoft, Tilaknagar, Macy's, Apple: Intellectual Property
BloombergJanuary 4, 2012

A former assistant US Attorney, he has represented clients in IP disputes involving theft of trade secrets, antitrust, restrictive covenants and unfair competition, as well as maintaining a general litigation practice. He has an undergraduate degree ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Missouri Lawyers in the News: December 26, 2011 [Missouri Lawyers Media]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Springfield law firm Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool announced its newest associate, Teresa Baird . Baird joins from the Fairfield and Woods law firm in Denver . Her practice focuses on estate planning and trust administration, probate litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Opens Whistleblower Complaint Hotline
JD Supra (press release)January 2, 2012

The stronger the compliance policies and practices are, the less likely there will be legal and regulatory violations in the first place. It also will be critical to stay up-to-date on the latest regulatory and enforcement developments related to ...more »

Symposium to promote all things aviation Jan. 25
Kearney HubJanuary 9, 2012

KEARNEY (AP) — An aviation workshop later this month in Kearney will feature speeches by a survivor of the 2009 plane crash into New York's Hudson River and a former astronaut. The Nebraska Aviation Council's annual symposium promoting all things ...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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Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP Launches Environmental Department; Welcomes ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Mr. Farer and his team of environmental attorneys at GRS&D, including partners Jay A. Jaffe, David A. Roth and Marcie R. Horowitz, will draw upon their collective experience to advise the firm's business clients on the impact of environmental laws on ...more »

Business Law
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WNY business community's winners and losers of 2011
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Steven J. Baum law firm— Not only did the Amherst law firm collapse because of its shaky practices and bad taste, but its demise also cost the jobs of nearly 600 local workers at the firm that handled much of its legal paperwork. The law firm already ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA extends deadline for Gulf War veterans illness benefit claims
Fort Leavenworth LampJanuary 5, 2012

“When there is uncertainty about the connection between a medical problem and military service, veterans are entitled to the benefit of the doubt.” A recent change in VA regulations affects veterans of the conflict in Southwest Asia. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week
SooToday.comJanuary 5, 2012

Keep an open line of communication with your children so that they can ask you for advice if they are unsure of a situation. If you have any information about internet abuse contact Crime Stoppers anonymously by sending an e-tip to their website or ...more »

Personal Injury
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Kansas High Court Reviews Packing Plant Work Injury Case
EIN News (press release)January 1, 2012

January 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Kansas Supreme Court recently reviewed a case involving a personal injury suffered at a Dodge City beef packing plant. In Herrell v. National Beef, the court held that the landowner could be held liable for a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Tryst with an honest law
Daily News & AnalysisJanuary 2, 2012

Various lawmakers known as leading legal and constitutional experts aren't expected to maintain silence on the fact that the bill passed by the Lok Sabha was a Money Bill in nature and was ready for the President's assent only after the Rajya Sabha had ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Professional Ethics Tinged By The Holocaust
The Jewish WeekJanuary 11, 2012

The Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) has similar European missions for law, journalism and seminary students. FASPE (mjhnyc.org/faspe) will hold its annual alumni reunion symposium at the museum on Jan. 15-16. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Good opportunities but slow growth in 2012
SA Commercial Prop News (press release)January 5, 2012

... expected to bring a continuing escalation in consumer demand for better service, better information and better value for money, in real estate as well as other economic sectors, as the Consumer Protection Act becomes more widely known and applied. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Calming of people in housing jam is lawyer's first task
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

"I can say that 95 percent of my foreclosure clients have never defaulted on an obligation in their lives," says Cason, a real estate attorney with the Syprett Meshad law firm. "Most have never been sued, and the concept of being in foreclosure is ...more »

Huawei's Work in Iran Should Be Investigated, US Lawmakers Say
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

... broke the law by supplying sensitive technology to Iran, six US lawmakers said. Huawei, China's largest maker of phone equipment, said Dec. 9 it would voluntarily restrict business in Iran because of that country's “increasingly complex situation. ...more »

Sports Law
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Should we pay college athletes?
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)January 3, 2012

It may well turn out to be that this body takes on the form of a players' union, since a salary cap is illegal under antitrust law unless it is part of a collective-bargaining agreement. (That's why most professional sports leagues embrace players' ...more »

Criminal Defense
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County lawyer, DA office tangle
Auburn CitizenJanuary 1, 2012

Election season politics are still popping up in Cayuga County Court, where a defense attorney has accused District Attorney Jon Budelmann of targeting his private practice as retribution for supporting Budelmann's opponent last November. ...more »

Grounded by tips
Chicago ReporterJanuary 2, 2012

Burke said her employer, Prospect Airport Services, reported to the IRS that she earned an average of $100 to $140 in tips every two weeks, according to her check stubs. But that wasn't often true, Burke said. Thomas Murphy, outside general counsel for ...more »

Hungary shows flexibility on laws as EU pressure mounts
portfolio.huJanuary 12, 2012

The mandatory retirement age for judges is therefore lowered by eight years, from currently 70 years to (de facto) 62 years, with very short transitional periods (6 months to 1 year). According to Directive 2000/78/EC, discrimination on grounds of age...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Rights of Quebec's unmarried couples before Supreme Court
CTV.caJanuary 19, 2012

"There are six judges out of nine who are from other provinces where there are laws protecting common-law spouses," said Sylvie Schirm, family law expert. Unlike the rest of Canada, Quebec does not practice common law, therefore no common law couples ...more »

Environmental Law
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NHS is opposing law that would save millions in energy efficiency
Energy and Environmental Management (EAEM) MagazineJanuary 11, 2012

Tapping money for energy efficiency is not touched fully by the MFF, because it does not take into consideration all alternative types of funding,” said Claire Roumet of Cecodhas. There are over 1800 amendments proposed to the draft energy efficiency ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Why boomer widows are financially at risk
ReutersJanuary 20, 2012

Make sure all accounts are jointly held, for instance, so assets aren't walled off and subject to a lengthy probate process. "I know of one couple where the husband had a heart attack while packing for an anniversary cruise," says Korb. ...more »

Family Law
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Family priority 2012: Turn back liberalised booze laws
VoxyJanuary 1, 2012

Family First NZ has released its annual list of the top family issues to be tackled, and heading the list for 2012 is turning back NZ's liberalised alcohol laws. "So many of New Zealand's social problems have been fuelled by our binge drinking culture ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WCRI Study: Recession Gradually Affecting Michigan Workers' Comp Costs Per Claim
ClaimsJournal.comJanuary 4, 2012

The deep recession in Michigan is impacting the workers compensation system there as some costs per claim rose slowly, according to a new study by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). Amid recessionary pressures, indemnity costs per ...more »

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