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Parliament's moral duty on assisted dying
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

... been a lull in the media recently about the rights and wrongs of assisted dying, but the conflict is sure to break out again with the imminent publication of the report from Lord Falconer's commission, established to consider changes to the law. ...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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New drunk driving law is in effect in Nebraska (AUDIO)
Nebraska Radio NetworkJanuary 2, 2012

Dave Heineman says the new law is simple, if convicted of drunk driving, agree to have an ignition interlock device installed in your car and skip the administrative license revocation hearing. “Choosing an ignition interlock device is the difference ...more »

Health Care Law
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Committee says no thanks to national health care
NewHampshire.comJanuary 4, 2012

In December, the Executive Council voted to reject a $333000 planning contract, comprising half of the designated health care funds. The new bill would return the remaining money, which, because it's an appropriation, is subject to control by the ...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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Were voter ID, anti-immigration laws worth it?
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 3, 2012

Lawmakers argued over the voter ID law for three years and spent the past six years building an illegal-immigration policy. Gov. Nikki Haley signed the voter ID law in May and the most recent -- and furthest reaching -- anti-illegal immigration law...more »

Industrial Development Law
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TexCom Appoints Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth as New Independent ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

TexCom is expanding its interests to disposal of nonhazardous industrial wastewater, serving the refining and petrochemical industries. For more information, please visit www.texcomresources.com . Forward-Looking Statements This press release and the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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statute drafting awaits chords of compromise on issues
Himalayan TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Although the taskforce forced under the Dispute Resolution (DR) sub-committee has already presented its report on the debatable issues with possible solutions, the big guns are yet to strike chords of compromise.more »

Insurance Litigation
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At fault but not paying up
Tampabay.comJanuary 6, 2012

Fairmont Specialty Insurance Co., the company that took over for a now-defunct insurer, now has offered the Brodys $8.5 million to settle all claims. The Brodys would still have to pass a claims bill, but all litigation would end if the deal was ...more »

Animal Law
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SPCA continues push for pet ownership law
Channel News AsiaJanuary 2, 2012

By Olivia Siong | Posted: 02 January 2012 1839 hrs SINGAPORE: The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) says it will continue to push for a law to ensure responsible pet ownership. This includes getting those under 16 to obtain ...more »

Intellectual Property
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MacroSolve Continues Mobile App Patent Enforcement -- Files Ten Lawsuits ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

About MacroSolve MacroSolve, Inc. is a pioneer in delivering mobile apps, technologies, and solutions to businesses and government. Founded in 1997, the Company has an extensive network including the top name brands in wireless hardware and software as ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hubbard Is Going To Kanas City With Shook Lawyers
JDJournal.comJanuary 1, 2012

Hughes Hubbard & Reed is making the move to America's heartland on January 1 of next year with the addition of a products liability litigation team from the Kansas City-based Shook, Hardy & Bacon, the two firms confirmed last week. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Paul Krugman's Affirmative Action for Romney and the Republicans
Business InsiderJanuary 6, 2012

There he goes again, Paul Krugman is ignoring history to make the Republicans look better. His column today takes issue with Republican front-runner Mitt Romney's claim that the economy has lost 2 million jobs during the Obama administration. ...more »

Aviation executive facing charges over misapplying Texas A&M funds
Bryan College Station EagleJanuary 5, 2012

Walter Eric Shirley and his Aviation Enterprises are also being sued by A&M for breach of contract. Shirley, 50, turned himself in to the Brazos County Jail on Dec. 17 and was released that same day on $25000 bail. He is charged with misapplication of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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HOME TRUTHS: In a spin over a washing machine
Daily MailJanuary 2, 2012

Under the Landlord And Tenant Act 1987, freeholders who intend to sell the freehold of a building are obliged to grant the right of first refusal to leaseholders. Those who fail to do so are liable to fines of up to £5000. The developer is employing a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Slow improvement predicted for Polk
News ChiefJanuary 2, 2012

They've got to repair their finances. Until that happens, I don't see the economy moving forward on a firm foundation." The housing bust not only wiped out billions of dollars in personal wealth but led to the collapse of the housing construction ...more »

Litigation
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Cantor Fitzgerald Asks to Continue Sept. 11 Case Against Bankrupt AMR
BloombergJanuary 6, 2012

Cantor Fitzgerald & Co. asked a US bankruptcy judge to let litigation proceed against American Airlines over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, which killed 658 of the securities firm's employees. Cantor Fitzgerald, which sued American and parent company ...more »

Business Law
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New traffic laws in effect
Ukiah Daily JournalJanuary 1, 2012

(AB 628, Conway) The city of Santa Monica can now operate 25 city-owned buses with illuminated signs displaying advertising messages. This pilot program is authorized through Jan. 1, 2017. (AB 607, Brownley) Local governments can now regulate ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Personnel Get Free Help with Taxes
DoD LiveJanuary 8, 2012

These VITA sites provide free tax advice, tax preparation, and assistance to military members and their families. They are trained and equipped to address military specific tax issues, such as combat zone tax benefits and the effect of the Earned ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salvation Army official's link to child porn detailed in court document
Tucson CitizenJanuary 6, 2012

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said detectives working with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force “are on the Internet and looking for people downloading and transferring child pornography, and that is what led them to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Wisell & McGee Represent Former Patients of Dr. Syros Panos in Medial ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Wisell & McGee, LLP a New York City law firm specializing in medical malpractice and personal injury matters, represent 109 former patients of Spyros Panos, MD, an orthopedic surgeon formerly employed by Mid Hudson Medical Group in Poughkeepsie, ...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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West Virginia Mutual Gets New Leader and Excellent Rating
MarketWatch (press release)January 24, 2012

R. Austin Wallace, MD, has taken over as president and chief executive officer from David Rader, who had led the company since its inception in 2004 as a physician-run malpractice insurer owned by its policyholders. Wallace has served on the Mutual's ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Risk management concerns on state agendas for 2012
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

New York-based RIMS also plans to closely monitor state developments in implementing the surplus lines provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. And the Des Plaines, Ill.-based Property Casualty Insurers Assn. of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Woman says she was fired for serving on a jury, sues former employer
Naples Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

On Friday, she sued Island Title 5 Star Agency, a real estate company with offices in Naples and Marco Island, alleging it violated the law by firing her. Company officials deny the allegations, citing performance issues during Trejo-Beverly's ...more »

Chile's Codelco exercises Anglo American option
AFPJanuary 2, 2012

"On average, five years for this type of cases," said Antonio Gaspar, a professor of commercial law at Diego Portales University in Santiago. According to the 1978 contract, Codelco has the option every three years to buy up to 49 percent of AAS -- and ...more »

Sports Law
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Hunter's Journal: 2011 brought us much to consider -- and a great deal to ...
The News JournalJanuary 5, 2012

Another noteworthy event of 2011 was the passing of a law that allows Delaware sportsmen to hunt on Sundays on private commercial hunting preserves. The law gives commercial game preserves the opportunity to compete with hunting preserves in ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Catholic priest's defense to target gambling
Las Vegas Review-JournalJanuary 2, 2012

In October, those fears were realized when McAuliffe and federal prosecutors agreed to a deal. McAuliffe pleaded guilty to the mail fraud charges for sending falsified financial documents across state lines to the San Francisco Archdiocese. ...more »

WHAT OTHERS SAY: If people paid the taxes they owe, the deficit crisis would ...
Columbia MissourianJanuary 19, 2012

It takes a while for the IRS to comb through the statistics, so the job is done only every five years. Assuming this figure is roughly the same every year and allowing for inflation, that would be $4.5 trillion over 10 years — an amount that exceeds ...more »

Discrimination laws have hidden our prejudices, but not removed them
The Independent (blog)January 4, 2012

When I think of the acceptance of David Starkey's comments on Newsnight, I see that we have clearly not come as far with race relations as we hoped. 136358717 300x187 Discrimination laws have hidden our prejudices , but not removed them.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Will Your Offshore Accounts Land You in Jail
CNBC.comJanuary 5, 2012

As of September 2011, the IRS had collected nearly $3 billion in taxes, interest and penalties from 30000 taxpayers. Lurking in the background is serious jail time, as one father and son in Florida know. In March 2011 the two were sentenced to 10 years ...more »

Environmental Law
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British Virgin Islands Must “Keep Pace” on Renewable Energy: Minister
Caribbean JournalJanuary 5, 2012

There is a growing green energy movement in the British Virgin Islands, highlighted by the campaign of GreenVI, which is advocating to make the territory's energy law more friendly to alternative sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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Mark W. Bidwell, Attorney at Law, Opens New Office in Irvine, California
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

BidwellLaw.com, provides legal representation in Orange County and Long Beach probate courts; attorney prepared living trusts, wills and estate plans; corporate legal counsel for the small business owner and marital settlement agreements for divorce ...more »

Family Law
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15-year-old Afghan girl tortured by in-laws will go to India for treatment
Washington PostJanuary 2, 2012

He said that her mother-in-law and other members of the family were reportedly involved in what he described as “criminal activities,” which he said included selling alcohol and prostitution. According to preliminary reports, Basharat said, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Little Evidence of Impact of Recession on Workers' Compensation Costs Per ...
PR Web (press release)January 3, 2012

Modest growth of workers' compensation indemnity costs per claim in Maryland indicated little evidence of the potential impact of the recession, according to a new study, CompScope™ Benchmarks for Maryland, 12th Edition, by the Workers Compensation...more »

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