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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 »

How did Stanford's Andrew Luck become the poster boy for college football?
NewsOK.comJanuary 1, 2012

But I think he trusts me and all my siblings to make the right decisions.” Oliver, now the athletic director at West Virginia, coached his oldest son in Pop Warner football but never beyond sixth grade. Once Andrew was playing for school teams, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Top 10 of 2011: Many delays drag wind case into 2012
Republican EagleJanuary 1, 2012

In order to determine the validity of the ordinance, the PUC asked an administrative law judge to review it, which caused the application to drag into April 2011. It wasn't until June 30 at a daylong hearing in St. Paul that the PUC approved the ...more »

Health Care Law
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NY bill would require bachelor's degrees for RNs
LubbockOnline.comJanuary 1, 2012

Demand for more skilled nurses is increasing as the population gets older and has more chronic diseases, and as the new federal health care law promises to help 32 million more Americans gain insurance within a few years. Federal health officials have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MetLife-GE Bank Deal, Other Transactions Keep Firms Busy During End-of-Year Lull
The American LawyerJanuary 3, 2012

The firm's team is led by New York corporate partner Steven Shoemate and Washington, DC–based financial institutions partner Cantwell Muckenfuss III. GE Capital's general counsel, Keith Morgan, is a former Gibson Dunn partner. While based in London, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ga. ag chief: Congress must fix immigration system
CBS NewsJanuary 4, 2012

A federal judge in June temporarily blocked sections of Georgia's new law pending a legal challenge by immigrant rights and civil liberties groups. Those contested provisions would authorize police to check the immigration status of suspects who don't ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Better laws needed to catch the drug cheats
The West Australian (blog)January 4, 2012

And the merits of urine versus saliva testing are set to become a major industrial relations flashpoint in the drafting of national mining regulations. The mining union is pushing for the less efficient saliva method to become the default test at mines ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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5 Resolutions for a Healthier & Greener 2012
Care2.comJanuary 1, 2012

We know that the big players in agribusiness will dispute this claim, but it makes sense to us. Organic farms tend to have richer, healthier soil than farms that use fossil-fuel derived fertilizer that's constantly being depleted. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Portland prepares for fight with insurance company over $1.5 million in legal ...
OregonLive.comJanuary 5, 2012

Portland's former insurance company won't pay the city's claim to cover staff time on that case and eight others, so the Portland City Council authorized a lawsuit to recover about $1.5 million. The city of Portland is prepared to sue its former ...more »

Animal Law
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Saudi firm buys dairy farm land in Argentina as anger grows from activists ...
Bikya MasrJanuary 2, 2012

LOS ANGELES: Animal rights activists and local farmers are fomenting over a recent purchase of approximately 30000 acres of farmland by a Saudi Arabian dairy company. The sale of Argentina's farm operator Fondomonte for some $83 million by Saudi's ...more »

Intellectual Property
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BASE METALS - European Opening View - Metals lifted by better Chinese ...
FXstreet.comJanuary 3, 2012

(g) your website does not contain content that is distasteful, offensive or controversial, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or otherwise does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Burr & Forman Thanks Clients
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

For over a century, Burr & Forman LLP's experienced legal team has served clients with local, national, and international interests in numerous industry and practice areas, ranging from commercial litigation and class actions to corporate transactions, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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South Africa: Striving for a colour-blind society
Toronto StarJanuary 7, 2012

Affirmative action has helped make the graduating class at the University of Cape Town more reflective of South African society. CAPE TOWN—Kevin Johnston, a business professor at the University of Cape Town, has a set piece in store for incoming ...more »

Authorities revise aviation rules
Viet Nam NewsJanuary 11, 2012

HA NOI — The Ministry of Transport has submitted to the Government two plans to bring foreign investment into the domestic aviation market. In the first plan, any airline with overseas investors had to show that its foreign partner held no more than ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent benefit cut will 'hurt young tenants'
Larne TodayJanuary 2, 2012

The Belfast-based Housing Rights Service warned that the majority of Housing Benefit claimants have yet to feel the brunt of the new rules. Policy manager Nicola McCrudden said that under the current system most single people under 25 who rent from a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The GOP's MVP's
phillyBurbs.comJanuary 2, 2012

The former NRA foundation fundraiser stood with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred by her side, alleging Cain had harassed her when she asked for his help getting a job in the 1990s. Bialek's allegations came several days after POLITICO broke the story of ...more »

Litigation
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MDL Status Denied in Beverage Litigation
JD Supra (press release)January 6, 2012

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation declined to consolidate the suits brought by plaintiffs attacking the marketing of beverages as “all natural” even though they allegedly contained a preservative. In re Skinnygirl Margarita Beverage ...more »

Business Law
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Why our mining laws are ineffective
Inquirer.netJanuary 1, 2012

Second, the belief that the decision makers in the business sector and those in government who are entrusted by the law to serve as guardians of our mineral wealth are knowledgeable and enlightened people whose main concern is to serve the public ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Walgreens drops military prescriptions
Record-SearchlightJanuary 5, 2012

By David Benda The nation's largest drugstore chain is no longer participating in a Department of Defense benefits program, forcing many active and retired military personnel and their families in Shasta County to switch pharmacies. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Canton man charged in child porn case
Akron Beacon JournalJanuary 5, 2012

9, FBI agents and member of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force searched Gilger's home and found child pornography on a desktop computer inside his Gilford Avenue NW home, prosecutors said. According to court records, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury claimants
Waterford TodayJanuary 11, 2012

Personal Injury claimants will be better placed to avoid unnecessary legal fees following a recent move by the Central Bank to compel insurance companies to forward information (see leaflet attached) about the Injuries Board to potential claimants as ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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EU Says Hungary's Central Bank Law Holds Key to Aid Talks
BusinessWeekJanuary 5, 2012

“We need to have full assurance that the Hungarian central bank is fully independent,” Bailly said. --With assistance from Zoltan Simon and Edith Balazs in Budapest. Editors: Jones Hayden, Patrick Henry To contact the reporter on this story: James G. ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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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 »

Consumer Protection
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Dreams of the year 2012
Oman Daily ObserverJanuary 1, 2012

We need them to understand their role and to be fully aware of the Act of Consumer Protection, the Omani Penal Code and the Basic Statute of Oman. This is to be able to take decisive actions towards any violations and complaints.more »

Real Estate Law
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Waller Lansden Announces Ten New Partners
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

He represents clients with an emphasis on multifamily, office, industrial and healthcare properties. Head received his BA from Vanderbilt University and is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He serves as a member of the Tennessee ...more »

Amarin Corporation plc Announces Offering of $150 Million of Exchangeable ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Amarin undertakes no obligation to update or revise the information contained in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or circumstances or otherwise, unless required by law. Amarin's product candidates are in various ...more »

Sports Law
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Taylor helps Dolphins eliminate Jets, 19-17
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer J Pat Carter / AP Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jason Taylor (99) is carried off the field at the end of an NFL football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in Miami. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Wayne County: Contracts often begin before commission approves them
Detroit Free PressJanuary 2, 2012

Other companies referenced in grand jury subpoenas, including Strategic Staffing Solutions, Henry Ford Health Systems and the Clark Hill law firm, all have received retroactive contracts in recent years. Ficano's spokesman Pat Dostine acknowledges the ...more »

Shippensburg tax evasion sentencing delayed again
Chambersburg Public OpinionJanuary 15, 2012

A sentencing hearing was again delayed for a Shippensburg builder and landlord convicted on federal tax evasion charges. Troy Beam was scheduled to be sentenced Friday, but the hearing has been moved to April 5 at 9:30 am in US District Court in ...more »

Fired Basketball Coach Sues Mullen For Discrimination
KMGH DenverJanuary 14, 2012

In a lawsuit filed in Denver federal court Monday, Porter Cutrell said the Christian Brothers, who own Mullen, violated his rights under the federal Americans With Disabilities Act and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act when his contract was ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Two Things Certain in Life: Divorce and Taxes?
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 11, 2012

Those that made over $10 million were the most likely to have hidden assets. Many people admitted to using wealth preservation strategies, where they hid assets from creditors and spouses through offshore accounts and asset protection trusts. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Obama, Congress begin 2012 in oil pipeline dispute
The Associated PressJanuary 2, 2012

Some landowners in the Sandhills celebrated the decision to reroute the project, but the pipeline's strongest opponents say they still have concerns about the prospect of the government using its power of eminent domain to seize land, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation: FAQs
Business Management DailyJanuary 4, 2012

by Alexander Hamilton Institute on January 4, 2012 3:00pm Workers' compensation premiums are based on the frequency of a company's injury claims. So it's critical to avoid paying claims for accidents that are not covered, as well as investigate ...more »

Family Law
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Family priority 2012: Turn back liberalised booze laws
VoxyJanuary 1, 2012

Family First NZ has released its annual list of the top family issues to be tackled, and heading the list for 2012 is turning back NZ's liberalised alcohol laws. "So many of New Zealand's social problems have been fuelled by our binge drinking culture ...more »

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