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Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

Office Rules Death a Homicide, Investigation Continues
OzarksFirst.comJanuary 1, 2012

(Greene County, MO) -- The Greene County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Weston T. North, 17, of Republic, as a homicide. A passerby found his body Saturday morning near Republic, in a ditch on the side of a Farm Road 178 off of Highway ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Former West New York Board of Education president Cosmo Cirillo told his ...
The Jersey Journal - NJ.comJanuary 3, 2012

In November, Cirillo was voted off the board. Last month, Cirillo filed a petition with the Office of Administrative Law for an emergency hearing. On Dec. 20, Judge Tahesha Way denied the petition and scheduled a hearing for March 21. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Why Medicaid Is No Longer a Voluntary Program
Hawaii ReporterJanuary 3, 2012

Today, states confront the dilemma of having to choose between joining Medicaid or being forced to sacrifice any health care “safety net” for their indigent populations. This is all because of a law enacted by Congress in 1986 called the Emergency ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Union-Law Fight Has Indiana's Legislature Mired in Limbo
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

When the legislative session opened yesterday in Indianapolis, Democrats remained in caucus, preventing the House from conducting business. The opening-day maneuver recalled last year's session, when the Republican-dominated House shut down for five ...more »

Immigration Law
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Democrats introducing immigration law repeal
Deseret NewsJanuary 24, 2012

By Michelle L. Price, AP PHOENIX — Supporters and opponents of Arizona's controversial immigration law are squaring off again after Democrats said they're working to repeal the measure. Dozens of protesters gathered at the state Capitol on Monday, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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SF firm to defend development suit
Milpitas PostJanuary 18, 2012

by Ian Bauer, Milpitas Post A San Francisco-based law firm will handle litigation involving one of the city's newly approved residential projects in southern Milpitas. Milpitas City Council voted on consent Jan. 3 to approve a contract with outside ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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City lawmakers ask State Attorney General to intervene in cable dispute
Buffalo NewsJanuary 5, 2012

The Attorney General's Office has the resources to bring about a resolution, according to Fontana. The city and Time Warner are negotiating a new franchise agreement. The last agreement expired several years ago, but its terms carry forward until there ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website ( (press release)January 4, 2012

These statements are made under the "safe harbor" provisions of the US Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward- looking statements by terminology such as "will," "expects," "believes," "anticipates," "intends," ...more »

Animal Law
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Police Dismiss Claims Of Animal Neglect, Family Claims Harassment
EastBayRI.comJanuary 25, 2012

Rhode Island law only looks at whether the animals are fed and given water or are in pain or suffering, he said. While he is “opposed” to the living conditions of the animals, state law does not require any type of shelter for healthy animals “unless ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Medtronic, Sequenom, Roche, Dice Corp.: Intellectual Property
BloombergJanuary 26, 2012

The judge also tentatively denied requests by NuVasive to overturn the verdict or grant a new trial. The case is Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA v. NuVasive Inc. (NUVA), 3:08-cv-1512, US District Court, Southern District of California (San Diego).more »

Asbestos Litigation
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On the move: People in business
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 1, 2012

•Robert Parrott has joined the law firm as a litigation associate in the firm's Jackson office. He previously interned with the Mississippi Supreme Court under Justice David Chandler and with the US District Court for the Northern District of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Five Quotes You Will Never Hear About Affirmative Action Planning
Interbiznet Bugler (press release)January 19, 2012

COLUMBIA, MD—January 26, 2012, 2 pm EST, When it comes to affirmative action planning, there are certain things you know you'll NEVER hear…until now! Berkshire Associates' latest FREE webcast brings human resource professionals together to explore ...more »

EU's aviation charge is a drop for China's airlines
BBC NewsJanuary 5, 2012

More shots are being fired in the war of words over the EU's new law requiring airlines to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions. The law came into force at the beginning of this month, and carriers flying to or from European airports will have to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Beirut Building Collapse: Owner's Negligence or Obsolete Rent Laws?
Al-Bawaba (blog)January 16, 2012

In the case of this specific building, the tenants pay 25000 LL a month, which, for ten apartments, totals $166 overall. Now, that's a monthly fee of $166 to include a partial income for the landlord and for maintenance on the whole entire building. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Obama Economy: History Repeats Itself
FrontPage MagazineJanuary 2, 2012

This was met with the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, signed into law by president Bush. This merely delayed the inevitable and in 2008, there were 1117771 bankruptcy filings in the United States courts. ...more »

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Litigation funder Woodsford snaps up Allianz investment officer
The LawyerJanuary 6, 2012

Third party funder Woodsford Litigation Funding has appointed Timothy Mayer, formerly of Allianz ProzessFinanz, as an investment officer to assess cases for investment opportunities. Mayer joined the company in December following the withdrawal of ...more »

Business Law
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CAIR Troubled By New Detention Law, Despite President's 'Reservations'
Sacramento BeeJanuary 1, 2012

Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed. • Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience. • Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their ...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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Task force arrests Katy man on child pornography charges
Ultimate KatyJanuary 26, 2012

6 at his Katy home, according to the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. ICAC forensic agents allege that when they analyzed computers and external devices found in Hutchins home, they discovered hundreds of videos and digital ...more »

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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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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Fort Wayne malpractice insurer buys New Jersey insurance company
News SentinelJanuary 3, 2012

By Bob Caylor Fort Wayne-based Medical Protective Company announced Tuesday that it finalized the acquisition of Princeton Insurance Company from Medical Liability Mutual Insurance Company. Based in Princeton, NJ, Princeton employs more than 100 people ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CADNA Calls for Changes Before the New gTLD Program Moves Forward
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

The US Congress should take much-needed action to improve the Anti-Cybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) in order to provide stronger deterrents against cybersquatting, both in existing gTLDs and any new ones that are created. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New year ushers in NH's new laws
Nashua TelegraphJanuary 2, 2012

Barry Rhodes, D-Nashua, achieved two new changes in state law as a Nashua Fire Department captain on behalf of the Department of Safety. One allows trucks with idle reduction technology to be heavier than others because they use less fuel and the ...more »

The Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing
Utah BusinessJanuary 5, 2012

by Rod Andreason No matter what your written contract says, your business could still be liable for doing—or not doing—things you never even discussed before signing the contract. This is due to the “implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing ...more »

Sports Law
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Murphy's Law: Wagner makes bold statement
Yahoo! Eurosport UKJanuary 17, 2012

Sports' Brian Murphy has his say on Johnson Wagner's latest success - and his moustache. The relatively unknown player, ranked 198th in the world when he touched down on Oahu, earned his third career win in 140 starts Sunday with a final-round 67 at ...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 »

If taxpayers paid what they owed, deficits would vanish
Merced Sun-StarJanuary 19, 2012

In tax year 2006 (it takes a while for the IRS to comb through the statistics, so the job is done only every five years) Americans owed $450 billion more in income taxes than they actually paid. Assuming this figure is roughly the same every year and ...more »

Professors file racial, age discrimination lawsuit against Jarvis Christian ...
Southeast Texas RecordJanuary 23, 2012

According to the complaint, five of the terminated employees were white and all six terminated employees were over the age of 40. The defendant is accused of violating the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and violating the plaintiffs' civil rights ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Market Target, San Diego's #1 SEO Firm Welcomes Grant, Hinkle and Jacobs as ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 17, 2012

Grant, Hinkle and Jacobs is second generation firm focused on delivering Life Insurance Services, Asset Protection, Wealth Transfer Planning and Business Succession Planning. With their long successful history of delivering services the Partners and ...more »

Environmental Law
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New State Laws Take Effect Jan. 1
Patch.comJanuary 2, 2012

Credit CC/Flickr: Mira Hartford If you work for a company that has 50 or more employees and you currently don't get paid sick time, starting Jan. 1 chances are very good that you'll start getting it. A new state law that takes effect New Year's Day in ...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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President Obama supports labor law change threatening America's seniors
Washington TimesJanuary 10, 2012

They put themselves at risk for substandard care, even elder abuse. Governments will lose tax revenue, while the caregivers will lose important employee protections. PHI, a national advocacy organization for home care workers, estimates that personal ...more »

Workers Compensation
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TN workers' comp reform delayed, but on horizon
Nashville Business JournalJanuary 5, 2012

Workers' compensation reform won't be part of Gov. Bill Haslam's 2012 legislative push, but broad structural reform remains on the table as the administration mulls what is a top business community complaint. The Republican governor has said he heard ...more »


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