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New Licensing Regime Jolts Freight Forwarders
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

Although the Customs and Excise Management Act provides for self clearing in which an importer is allowed the option of clearing its goods, most of them prefer to use clearing agents because of the bureaucracy involved. Accordingly, government reviews ...more »

How employment practices liability insurance can protect you in a lawsuit
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

In most cases, yes, but the caveat is that any known prior incidents and pending litigation are specifically excluded. Prior acts could be something that happened years ago, but you weren't aware of the problem and no supervisor had been notified. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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West Vincent postpones zoning law hearing
The MercuryJanuary 15, 2012

By Sara Mosqueda-Fernandez, WEST VINCENT — Township supervisors voted recently to postpone a hearing on township zoning law amendments. The hearing was originally scheduled for Dec. 12, then rescheduled to last Monday and ...more »

Health Care Law
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Catholic leaders oppose health care law's contraception mandate
WTOL.comJanuary 30, 2012

By Dick Berry - email TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - Worshipers in the Toledo Catholic Diocese this past weekend were urged by Bishop Leonard Blair to oppose a recent mandate from the US Department of Health and Human Services. That's because the ruling goes ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Court remands Douglas Co. man's sentence
Topeka Capital JournalJanuary 20, 2012

... the high court said the lower court should have followed the Kansas Sentencing Guidelines Act after it agreed to the recommendation not to impose the mandatory 25-year sentence. The KSGA grid in Jones' case called for a sentence of either 55, ...more »

Immigration Law
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'Self-deportation' is no joke
New York PostJanuary 30, 2012

“The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can't find work here because they don't have legal documentation to allow them to work here,” Romney said. It was an instant joke; everyone was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Nine special economic zones function in Kazakhstan
Gazeta.KZJanuary 26, 2012

Further development of special economic zones in Kazakhstan will help to attract additional investments to the economy of regions and ensure high level of profits on production in these zones. President Nursultan Nazarbayev signed the Law “On special ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Kemp Strang adds disputes partner
Legal Business OnlineJanuary 9, 2012

Roppolo, who joined Kemp Strang as a first year lawyer in 1996, will be a partner in the dispute resolution and insolvency practice. Her appointment continues Kemp Strang's growth following the lateral appointment of Patrick Dwyer in October. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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CNinsure's Chairman Named Best Insurance Intermediary Leader of the Year 2011
MarketWatch (press release)January 11, 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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Oklahoma drought leads to abandoned livestock
Tulsa WorldJanuary 23, 2012

By SEAN MURPHY AP OKLAHOMA CITY — State and agriculture officials launched a program Monday to help local law enforcement agencies overwhelmed with trying to care for an increasing number of abandoned animals and livestock. Gov.more »

Intellectual Property
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Q&A: Eye-Fi CEO Yuval Koren Discusses His SDA Complaints
PCWorldJanuary 24, 2012

Wi-Fi-card maker Eye-Fi has serious concerns about the SD Association's proposed iSDIO spec, which CEO Yuval Koren says infringes on his company's intellectual property and represents a 'disregard' for the SDA's own processes.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Legal opinion on Salisbury fire chief post upheld
Delmarva NowJanuary 31, 2012

According to the city charter and employee handbook, providing advice and consent on Mayor Jim Ireton's nomination for the position of fire chief in the absence of a competitive search process is legal, Tilghman said Monday.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Penn State's first in-house counsel, former justice Cynthia Baldwin, steps down
Patriot-NewsJanuary 17, 2012

... prepare and review legal documents, including contracts and licensing agreements; and collaborate with the University's Risk Management Office and the Affirmative Action Office," she said in a statement, released through the university. ...more »

Wichita Aero Club Trophy for 2011 Presented to Jeff Turner at Annual Gala
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andJanuary 31, 2012

The award presentation ceremony included a video highlighting Spirit's growth from a former Boeing Division into the design/build provider of choice for commercial aviation in just over 6 years. It also featured examples of Spirit's ongoing and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants rights in the spotlight as real estate disputes surge
ArabianBusiness.comJanuary 29, 2012

In the weeks since, rows over cooling fees, unpaid service charges and building lockouts have demonstrated how – in disputes between developers and landlords, tenants can lose out. So what are your rights when it comes to renting real estate in the UAE ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hostess Bankruptcy: How Twinkie Became an American Legend
AdAge.comJanuary 11, 2012

According to Bloomberg, the company, which also makes Wonder Bread, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, blames legacy pension costs, restrictive work rules and the economic downturn for today's Chapter 11 filing. It emerged from the 2004 bankruptcy filing in 2009. ...more »

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Saddled with litigation, Women's Professional Soccer cancels season
Salt Lake TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

Women's Professional Soccer, the one-time home of US players Abby Wambach, Hope Solo and Christie Rampone, called off its season as it fights a legal battle with a former team owner. The league plans to return next year, according to a statement on its ...more »

Business Law
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Budget Cuts Force Police Enquiry Office Changes
Chesterfield PostJanuary 28, 2012

"A vast array of other inquiries such as those around firearms certificates for example, can be dealt with by dialling 101 and there is more information and guidance on the force website and on websites like Ask the Police. "Following a review of all ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military affairs beat: Military sex assault directives now law
Minneapolis Star TribuneJanuary 11, 2012

Victims of sexual assault and trauma in the military who might not immediately report the case but seek benefits and treatment for it afterward. The Pentagon also will be allowed to review the data to improve research and reporting, but it won't be ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Keithville Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
KTBSJanuary 31, 2012

The Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes such as identity theft, Internet fraud, and cyber-stalking. Yet, most of the unit's investigations have involved crimes against children – boys and girls ...more »

Personal Injury
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California Personal Injury Attorney James Ballidis Featured in New 'Champions ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 30, 2012

30, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- James Ballidis, a prominent personal injury attorney, is a featured author in the newly released book "Champions: Knockout Strategies For Health, Wealth, and Success From Today's Leading Experts," which has already reached ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French constitutional council asked to block genocide law
Times of OmanJanuary 31, 2012

Franc: Group of French senators said Tuesday they had asked the country's constitutional council to block a new law that bans and punishes denial of the Armenian genocide. In a move that sparked a furious reaction in Turkey, the Senate last week ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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2012 Elections
SalonJanuary 25, 2012

If enacted, such a sweeping change in the court system would effectively screw every person who has ever been a victim of bad professional services, be it medical malpractice or crooked stock market brokers, because a “panel of experts” — and not an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Check out the finer points of a home
Independent Online (blog)January 20, 2012

With the introduction of the Consumer Protection Act, many buyers are requesting a list of defects from the seller, but there are a few things to look out for when viewing a property, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Deputies: Man posed as US Marshal at Siesta Key club
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 30, 2012

SARASOTA COUNTY - SARASOTA COUNTY — A local real estate agent who intended to apply for a job with Sarasota Police admitted to posing as a US Marshal while at a Siesta Key nightclub, sheriff's deputies say. Deputies arrested Jordan Alexander Letschert ...more »

College funds, taxes top Tennessee legislature's agenda
Memphis Commercial AppealJanuary 8, 2012

Voter photo ID: The governor says he may ask for a delay, for seniors only, in the law approved last year requiring government-issued photo IDs to vote. GOP leaders are staying firm with the law. Public meetings and records: Some local officials want ...more »

Sports Law
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Daniel B. Fitzgerald Honored for Making a Difference in 2011
PR Web (press release)January 30, 2012

The law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to announce that Daniel B. Fitzgerald was recognized in 2011 by the Connecticut Law Tribune in its annual “Dozen Who Made A Difference” news feature for his work in the area of Sports Law.more »

Criminal Defense
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Maryland Defense Attorney Marc G. Snyder Will Represent Child Charged with ...
PR Web (press release)January 31, 2012

Criminal Defense Lawyer vows to defend client in case that could have wide-reaching influence. Baltimore Criminal Defense Attorney Marc G. Snyder has been retained to represent Robert Richardson III, currently facing charges in the shooting death of ...more »

Firing At Anti-Poverty Agency Bares Claims Of Funding Misuse
Hartford CourantJanuary 28, 2012

State Auditors Robert Ward and John Geragosian confirmed Friday that their office spent months investigating a complaint filed last April by a "whistleblower" about alleged misuse of grant funds by CRT, and that they had referred it to state Attorney...more »

Discrimination in real estate
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)January 17, 2012

...gender, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, ancestry, familial status, source of income, or physical or mental disability. The laws in California are more inclusive of the national Fair Housing Act, which only considers race, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/23 – Couple Arrested on Drug Charges, Child Endangerment
Brownwood News (blog)January 24, 2012

Sergeant Shawn Dibrell with the Early Police Department was at a local convenience store at approximately 2:45am on Sunday, January 22, in plain clothes going off duty when he observed a female acting strangely as if she were “high,” according to EPD ...more »

Environmental Law
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Austin Energy transferring more every year into city's general fund
Austin American-StatesmanJanuary 29, 2012

By Marty Toohey Even as Austin Energy's budget has eroded, the city government has shifted increasingly large chunks of the utility's earnings to fund other parts of the city budget. It is a trend that threatens the utility's long-term finances and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Probate judge dies
The Keene SentinelJanuary 2, 2012

King said that Weeks took pains to make sure that all parties involved in what could be painful decisions involving child guardianship understood his decisions. He also spelled out in lengthy written opinions what a parent could do to get a child back. ...more »

Family Law
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Family value: Vizards' messy break-up sparks pay row
The LawyerJanuary 30, 2012

A law firm takeover is hard to get right, but a partial one can be hell, as Vizards Wyeth is finding out. Vizards is being pursued by its former family law team, which was left out of its partial takeover by Weightmans, for allegedly failing to pay ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Aging Workforce May Not Be So Bad for Workers' Compensation, Says NCCI
Insurance JournalJanuary 5, 2012

The aging workforce may not have the negative impact on loss costs that workers' compensation insurers have feared. New research from the industry's National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) also concludes that while loss costs are higher for ...more »


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