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Ian Blair: Assisted dying needs a change of heart
The IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

What is their position in relation to the law in this regard?" Healthcare professionals are caught between the nebulous state of the law and a presumed duty of confidentiality to the patient. This snapshot of evidence received by the commission on the ...more »

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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Recent decisions made by local boards of education:
Battle Creek EnquirerJanuary 1, 2012

Reviewed a board policy on immunization and several administrative guidelines. Meets the second and fourth Monday monthly; 781-1250 or » Discussed board policies and bylaws that may need to be changed under a new state law that ...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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Jude Law, Kevin Spacey vie for Whatsonstage awards - Seattle Post Intelligencer
San Francisco Luxury NewsJanuary 3, 2012

LONDON (AP) — There's a Hollywood cast for Britain's Whatsonstage theater awards, with James Earl Jones, Jude Law and Kevin Spacey competing for best actor in a play. Jones is nominated for “Driving Miss Daisy,” Law for “Anna Christie” and Spacey for ...more »

Immigration Law
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Restrictive Immigration Laws Affect US Economy
Prensa LatinaJanuary 4, 2012

04 de enero de 2012, 12:38Washington, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) The effects of restrictive immigration laws in several US regions affect employers and immigrants themselves, official sources said on Wednesday. The problem that concerns many states in the ...more »

Industrial Development 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 »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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When To File in Small Claims Court
JD Supra (press release)January 5, 2012

Attorney Richard Alderman Before engaging in litigation, it's always helpful to check and see if informal mediation is offered through a consumer affairs office or dispute resolution office. “During any given year, many cases are filed in small claims ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website (
MarketWatch (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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Book review: 'Careers In Animal Law' by Yolanda Eisenstein
This Dish Is VegJanuary 3, 2012

I guess I figure that if I had a law degree then I could put my knowledge and experience into lobbying for animal rights, and drafting proposals to be read by local lawmakers. I could be on the front lines of fighting the good fight, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UK Intellectual Property Office Publishes Patent Application for 'Apparatus ...
Power Engineering MagazineJanuary 3, 2012

2 -- UK Intellectual Property Office has published a patent application (GB1010440.4) filed by Athene Works Ltd., Leeds, Yorkshire, on June 22, 2010 for 'Apparatus for Generating Electricity from Incident Solar Radiation.' The application for the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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All Together Now: For Big Firms, a Year of Poaching Groups
The American LawyerJanuary 3, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia shook up its legal team, removing longtime outside counsel Stradley Ronon from its litigation work and replacing it with two firms, Conrad O'Brien and Welsh & Recker. A number of firms created new practice areas in 2011. ...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 »

AvGas: Aviation Gasoline/Aircraft Fuel Properties and Use
Decoded ScienceJanuary 1, 2012

A piston-powered airplane uses Avgas, short for aviation gasoline, as aircraft fuel to power its internal combustion engines. Flight efficiency, operating cost, and the very safety of the passengers, depend on the quality of the fuel with which the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jamaica tenants sue over poor conditions
TimesLedgerJanuary 1, 2012

“By filing this lawsuit and standing up to their abusive landlord, these tenants have taken a courageous step not only to protect their rights, but to draw attention to a much larger problem,” Robert McCreanor of the Catholic Migration Office, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Asia Income Tax Rates Compared
2point6billionJanuary 2, 2012

All enterprises and individuals engaged in the sale of goods; provision of processing, repair and replacement services; and import of goods within China are required to pay VAT. The VAT rate for general taxpayers is generally 17 percent, or 13 percent ...more »

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Courts Rule in Favor of 4Kids in Yu-Gi-Oh! Litigation
World ScreenJanuary 5, 2012

... Asatsu-DK Inc and TV Tokyo Corporation, which alleges that the company breached an agreement for failing to pay the licensors approximately $4.7 million with regard to certain audit claims. 4Kids has since filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy after it ...more »

Business Law
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Newt Gingrich hits back at Mitt Romney over negative campaigning
The GuardianJanuary 2, 2012

Republican presidential candidate hopeful Newt Gingrich finally hit back on Sunday over the relentless and costly advertising campaign against him paid for by rival Mitt Romney. Gingrich, angry over the ad campaign, made a desperate attempt to reverse ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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PRECIOUS-Gold benefits from euro strength
ReutersJanuary 3, 2012

Military exercises in the Middle East Gulf by Iran and the movement of US naval vessels in the area have raised fears of a confrontation between Tehran and Washington that could cut off oil exports from the region. Iran has said it could shut the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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State police probe computer impersonation case at Camden Town Office
knox.VillageSoup.comJanuary 3, 2012

No criminal charges have been filed against Camden Development Director Brian Hodges. The state police computer crimes unit obtained search warrants Dec. 20 to seize the computer and computer records at Hodges' office at the Camden Town Office and at ...more »

Personal Injury
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Newsweek Features Estey Bomberger in Nationwide Top Attorneys Showcase
PR Web (press release)January 5, 2012

106CV070642 - Santa Clara County), and an $11 million verdict for a fall injury at a construction site, handed down by a Riverside County, CA jury in September, 2011 (Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Riverside, Case No. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals court to rehear South Dakota law promoting abortion-suicide link
American Medical NewsJanuary 2, 2012

9 whether a 2005 South Dakota law mandating what doctors say to women seeking abortions is constitutional. The court will address again a specific provision in the law requiring physicians to inform patients of possible suicide risks in relation to the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerJanuary 31, 2012

A finance attorney, Agbayissah started his careet at PricewaterhouseCoopers Legal. Vincent focuses on M&A, joint ventures, corporate, and commercial law. Naumann, who led SNR Denton's technology, media, and telecommuniations practice, litigates and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Congress to tackle online piracy this month
Florida TodayJanuary 2, 2012

In the Senate, Ron Wyden, D-Ore., plans to try to filibuster the Protect IP Act. “Our nation's leading technology employers warn that this bill presents a clear and present danger to innovation and job growth.” He and co-sponsors have proposed an ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State housing law could be less stringent than Centre's
Expressindia.comJanuary 3, 2012

The move comes two months after the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation released its Model Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Bill, 2011, drafted to serve as a prototype for enforcing such a law at the state level. ...more »

Legal View
Khaleej TimesJanuary 1, 2012

My limited contract got extended automatically for one year. Is it necessary to complete five years in this case to move to another company? Would I be liable to a labour ban as per the new labour law. What is the notice period I should serve before ...more »

Sports Law
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Taboo owner would swap sports bar for sex shop
The StateJanuary 3, 2012

... in issues like this for advice should the city seek to close his shop under the new law before TCM gets the necessary zoning permit and liquor license required to open. It would be the second sports bar along that block of Devine Street. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Former Prosecutor Turned Virginia Defense Attorney Completes National Trial ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 12, 2012

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, you need a Virginia Criminal Lawyer who is familiar with your specific charge and has a thorough understanding of the criminal system in Virginia. At Robinson Law, you'll find both. ...more »

The Road Ahead for Taxes
Wall Street JournalJanuary 6, 2012

Form 8938, popularly known as the Fatca form, springs from the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act passed by Congress in 2010 to combat offshore tax evasion. The IRS released the form and instructions late in 2011. The filing thresholds vary, ...more »

Kashmir LifeJanuary 2, 2012

As draft of an ordinance revising the law land in Raj Bhawan for the mandatory consent, the officials traced a discrimination against non-state subjects. Under the new law, the law enforcement agencies are barred from detaining state subjects, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

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 beneficiaries in ...more »

Environmental Law
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A-Power's Director and Interim CFO Michael Zhang Resigns
MarketWatch (press release)January 9, 2012

A-Power Energy Generation Systems, Ltd. ("A-Power"), through its China-based operating subsidiaries, is a leading provider of distributed power generation systems in China and is expanding into the production of alternative power generation systems. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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EAPs - The pursuit of happiness 20, 2012

... services accessed through an EAP mean that employees can access help for a wide range of issues, from stress, financial worry, relationships, anxiety, depression or bereavement through to information on stopping smoking or advice on wills and probate.more »

Family Law
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Baby Moses law rarely utilized
San Angelo Standard TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By AP SAN ANGELO, Texas — DALLAS — The Baby Moses law gives parents of unwanted newborns an option, but only 50 infants have been surrendered in Texas since 2004. Texas Department of Family and Protective Service statistics during that time show more ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Proves Worker's Comp Lawsuit was Errornous
This Beat GoesJanuary 2, 2012

It appears that a lawsuit directed against Jay-Z by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York will not find its way to court. The lawsuit was first reported last week but it seems that the dispute was simply the result of clerical error. ...more »


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