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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

How your accountant can provide benefits to your business beyond tax season
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

Most business owners know to call their accountant when they're filing their taxes or doing succession planning, but there are other times a CPA can benefit your business. Whether it's making a large purchase or crafting a benefits plan, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Harry Burkhart, Arson Suspect, May Have Been Upset Over Mother's Legal Woes
Huffington PostJanuary 3, 2012

One of Saturday's fires occurred at the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex, a popular tourist destination bordered by the Walk of Fame in a neighborhood that includes Grauman's Chinese Theatre. Damaged buildings included a former home of ...more »

Health Care Law
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The health care law, the Supreme Court and the right not to recuse
Washington Post (blog)January 1, 2012

His words are especially relevant with a legal challenge to Affordable Care Act on the docket for this spring. The law's supporters and opponents have pressured two Supreme Court justices to sit out the case, due to potential conflicts of interest. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Troutman Sanders LLP | Troutman Sanders Partnership Expands By 11
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)January 5, 2012

As an author, Sump wrote The Oil Pollution Act of 1990: A Glance in the Rearview Mirror, which was published in the Tulane Law Review (Vol. 85, No. 4). He is a member of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and the Maritime Law Association of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Amnesty or New IDEA?
National Review Online (blog)January 2, 2012

We have actually had six amnesties since 1986, and respect for the rule of law has also eroded each year. Vested interests in open borders have collaborated to undermine immigration law. Both the Left and the Right have advanced their interests at the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Elimination of redevelopment imperils ongoing projects, stops future ...
San Gabriel Valley TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

But now at risk are the sale of the closed Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier, the completion of an eight-unit affordable housing complex in Alhambra, the sale of a 14-acre parcel of land to the Gold Line Construction Authority in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Breaking up is never easy but Delma helps to soften the blow
Irish IndependentJanuary 1, 2012

By Andrea Byrne AS Delma Sweeney sits down in a quiet corner of a hotel and begins to tell me about the Family Mediation Service, which she worked for and about which she has co-edited a book, it doesn't take me long to figure out why people would ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Breast implants litigation begins in France
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Kevin Timms, a trainee solicitor at Garden House Solicitors, a plaintiff law firm in Hertford, England, said his firm has filed a group action representing 27 claimants against 13 clinics. The firm is not pursuing PIP because implant manufacturer does ...more »

Animal Law
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New Illinois Laws In 2012: 214 New Laws Go Into Effect On Jan. 1
Huffington PostJanuary 1, 2012

While many of these lack the headline-grabbing appeal of provisions like the civil unions law, casino expansion, the death penalty or the CME Group-Sears tax break package, there are some important nuggets of knowledge to be gleaned from giving them a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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New Directions in International Intellectual Property
International IP and the Public InterestJanuary 9, 2012

Perhaps convince you that there is something important and interesting to follow in international intellectual property. The theme of my remarks is that the field of international intellectual property is being shaped today at the intersection of two ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Complete Game
The American LawyerJanuary 2, 2012

That means taking a detective's approach to examining the facts of a case, and sometimes using a team of outside private investigators to dig up more. It means waging battles inside and outside of the courtrooms. It's a strategy of action, not reaction ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Idaho State University Martin Luther King celebration set Jan. 16
Idaho State UniversityJanuary 4, 2012

The Idaho State University Office of Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity and Diversity will host a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Jan. 16 on the ISU campus. A march will begin at 1:30 pm from the northeast corner of the Holt Arena parking lot. ...more »

Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum renovation back on road: Whatever Happened To ...?
Plain Dealer (blog)January 1, 2012

By John Mangels, The Plain Dealer Enlarge Plain Dealer staff This powder blue touring car is one of the automobiles on display during the special exhibition marking the 140th anniversary of the Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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City is sending the message to not pay final water bills
Chillicothe GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

Currently, a small group of landlords and the city are embroiled in an very expensive federal lawsuit, which is the result of the city law director suing landlords over their former tenants unpaid utility bills. While both sides would agree that the ...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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Taking aim at the BCS: Utah attorney general plans lawsuit
ScrippsNewsJanuary 2, 2012

"But I think, on balance, at this point going into the litigation, I think the BCS would be favored." For nearly three years -- since an undefeated University of Utah was denied a shot at the national title, trouncing Alabama in the Sugar Bowl instead ...more »

Business Law
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Photo ID, anti-immigration measures among new Tenn. laws taking effect Jan. 1
The RepublicJanuary 1, 2012

Tennesseans will be required to have photo identification in order to vote and state employers will have to make sure their employees are legally authorized to work in the US under new laws that take effect Jan. 1. The photo ID measure has stirred ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Indian Army denies VK Singh's 'Pakistan army chief' remarks
Daily News & AnalysisJanuary 3, 2012

The former Punjab chief minister also reportedly attacked former army chief Gen. Deepak Kapoor, saying politics played a large part in have this controversy brewing so that it benefits some individuals. The discrepancy in Gen. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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2011's Cybercrime Explosion and Your 3 Cybersecurity Resolutions For 2012
The Criminal Report Daily (blog)January 2, 2012

By Hemanshu (Hemu) Nigam, former federal computer-crime prosecutor. Cybercrime touched the lives of so many Americans in 2011 that it felt as pervasive as the common cold and as painful as the flu. According to a report by security giant Symantec, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Wisconsin Association for Justice Awards Jeanne Bell for Service
PR Web (press release)January 5, 2012

Milwaukee Personal Injury Lawyer, Jeanne Bell, of Welcenbach Law Offices, SC was recently presented an award by the Wisconsin Association for Justice recognizing and appreciating her service as the Chair of the New Lawyers Section for the organization ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letter: Voter ID law a good idea
Topeka Capital JournalJanuary 1, 2012

Well the solution to that is for Congress to pass a constitutional amendment. This is being done state-by-state only in absence of Congress acting and the fear that 2000 could repeat itself. It could be President Barack Obama winning re-election in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law TimesJanuary 3, 2012

The Law Society of Upper Canada has reprimanded Toronto private practitioner Steven Sinukoff for professional misconduct stemming from allegations of sexual harassment. According to the LSUC, Sinukoff sexually harassed HR, a prospective client in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC Adopts Amendments To The Definition Of An Accredited Investor
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)January 12, 2012

The 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") requires that the value of a person's primary residence be excluded from the net worth calculation used to determine the person's "accredited investor" status. ...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 »

Paper tigers? 3, 2012

It has helped create a working group involving all stakeholders – local and national government, the community, conservationists and commercial entities – to manage the Senepis sanctuary. It is implementing a study to address the issue of human-tiger ...more »

Sports Law
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Last updated at 9:36 AM on 1st January 2012
Daily MailJanuary 1, 2012

According to Pendleton's Law, only triumph on her bike at the London Olympics in August can validate her career. 'What happens in London will define the rest of my life,' she said unequivocally. 'It's stupid, really. It makes no sense. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyers go to court for appeal of John Allen Rubio conviction
Brownsville HeraldJanuary 11, 2012

Defense attorneys William L. Hubbard of McAllen and David A. Schulman of Austin will argue why the conviction should be overturned. Today's hearing is at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin. A Hidalgo County jury in July 2010 convicted Rubio ...more »

IRS Angel: Local Angel Helping the Community Solve Their Tax Problems
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Yael is an attorney who specializes in tax resolution, tax preparation and audit representation. The necklace was a thank you present given to her by one of her very elated clients. After a few of her clients dubbed her their IRSAngel, ...more »

Brussels to rap Hungary over central bank
Financial TimesJanuary 15, 2012

The Hungarian central bank denounced the new legislation for “endangering Hungary's economic stability” and “seriously harming” the country's interests. While European officials have already decided to challenge the new central bank law, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/10
Brownwood News (blog)January 11, 2012

According to the report, the asset protection person advised he observed a female, identified as 33-year-old Tina Jean Goble, conceal items in her purse and walked past the point of sale. Goble was stopped in the grocery exit and escorted to the asset ...more »

Environmental Law
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Yearender: DoE managed the unmanageable in 2011
Inquirer.netJanuary 2, 2012

But critics of this administration pointed out that the DoE was not able to deliver the goods last year, failing to implement the law to the letter, much to the detriment of certain sectors. Dissenting quarters noted that, for one, the renewable energy...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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Legal aid underfunding is hurting poor, lawyer says
CBC.caJanuary 3, 2012

The system remains chronically underfunded, especially when it comes to family law, Cameron said. "There are families that need to get out of bad situations that are not getting out as quickly as they could and should because they can't access the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Dane Street announces Dr. William Hopper as new National Medical Director of ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

Dane Street is a Medical Review company providing Peer Reviews to the Workers Compensation, Disability, Pharmacy, Group Health and Auto market segments. Our nationwide panel of active-practice, board-certified health care professionals consists of more ...more »


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