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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 »

Details of £250m pounds tax swindle involving two Welshmen released
WalesOnlineJanuary 1, 2012

Her Majesty's Customs and Revenue described fish and chip shop owner Majid as one of the key players in the scam, which saw pay-as-you-go mobile phones shipped across Europe through a complex network of companies designed to confuse tax officials. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Supreme Court to Hear Environmental Case From Idaho
Fox NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Six months later, the EPA sent the order that triggered the court case. Mike Sackett says someone must have tipped off the EPA to the work. But the NRDC has produced documents that suggest the Sacketts have left out important parts of the story. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Managed health care systems to gain ground in 2012
Monroe News StarJanuary 4, 2012

Electronic records will help managed care systems to better coordinate care, said Vantage Health Plan's general counsel, Robert Bozeman. Per the federal health care law and its estimated timelines, an electronic medical records system is supposed to be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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BOURBON CEO Lefèvre Addresses Offshore Opportunities
MarineLinkJanuary 3, 2012

The US Gulf of Mexico is too restrictive due to US Jones Act rules. Taking into consideration the fact that our vessels cannot carry cargo in offshore areas, it is impossible for a foreign owner to enter this market. What will be your primary targets ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama super PAC memo: GOP damaged with Hispanics, seniors
Politico (blog)January 3, 2012

And on immigration, he savaged Gingrich and Perry for advocating anything less than a draconian, systematic deportation of all undocumented immigrants." Over the past year, Hispanic voters have watched as views formerly confined to the Pat Buchanan-Tom ...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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Newsmaker Q&A: Ryan Conrad
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

A: LVAR is a trade association providing professional development and training resources, competitive market information, legislative advocacy, a peer review and mediation process for members, and a dispute resolution service for consumers. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Correction -- CNinsure Launches Insurance Comparison Website ( (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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Why do abortion supporters (and the law) care more for baby animals than baby ...
LifesiteJanuary 11, 2012

If, instead of the Personhood Amendment being about giving the full protections of life to the unborn, it was about giving all constitutional rights to animals, would this be ok? Ms. Bateman concluded that the amendment concerning animals would be ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Greater Protection in China?: China's Intellectual Property Rights ...
American University Intellectual Property BriefJanuary 3, 2012

On December 19, 2011, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) issued a report indicating that China's applications for patent, trademark and “international design” protections increased significantly in 2010. A few days later, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Woman takes unique road to sue Honda over mileage
Boston.comJanuary 3, 2012

Aaron Jacoby, a Los Angeles attorney who heads the automotive industry group at the Arent Fox law firm, said Peters' strategy, while intriguing, is unlikely to change the course of class-action litigation. "In the class-action, the potential claimants ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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'Fraternity' recounts challenges of Black students at Holy Cross
Florida CourierJanuary 5, 2012

And, as Diane Brady implies, it asks us to consider as well whether affirmative action, if intelligently applied, gives talented men and women from economically disadvantaged families a chance that, through no fault of their own, they would not ...more »

Govt panel moves for 49% FDI in aviation
Business TodayJanuary 3, 2012

Before the government allows foreign carriers to take 26 per cent stake in Indian airline companies , the Working Group on Civil Aviation (WGCA) comprising secretaries of various ministries has already proposed raising the foreign direct investment ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Commentary: Beverly Hills Needs a Relocation Ordinance to Protect Tenants
Patch.comJanuary 4, 2012

He said Beverly Hills does not have an ordinance in place requiring landlords to pay tenants' relocation fees and that they were abiding the law in Beverly Hills by giving us 60 days to vacate. Soon after I was hunting Craigslist and buying a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Top stories of 2011
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

2011 brought with it a wave of criminal activity that got many residents worried about Hattiesburg's safety. Hattiesburg Police Department statistics show an increase in both felony and misdemeanor crimes on average for each month in 2011 from January ...more »

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Arent Fox Promotes Four Attorneys in its DC Office
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)January 2, 2012

Fowkes and Wright are both members of the litigation practice group. Fowkes focuses on complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation and arbitration and dispute resolution. Wright focuses on complex commercial litigation, technology and ...more »

Business Law
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Derbyshire Police Awarded £64000 To Help Tackle Motorway Closures
Chesterfield PostJanuary 2, 2012

A man who dumped rubbish in NE Derbyshire after advertising an illegal waste disposal service on the internet has been hit with a £400 fine. More... Police in Calow are asking bikers to ensure their vehicles are secure at all times following a number ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Post 9/11 GI Bill doubles Maine veterans who benefit
Press HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Hebert is among the group that qualifies for 100 percent of the federal assistance, with the percentage dropping based on years of active military duty and other factors. The education benefits gave Hebert an alternative to remaining in the Navy or ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Betting on a victory
The Economist (blog)January 4, 2012

VIETNAM is crazy about computer games. So much so that authorities regard game addiction, and the crimes reportedly committed by junkies desperate for their next fix, as a growing problem. Yet this huge popularity, especially of multi-player online ...more »

Personal Injury
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Allen & Allen Announces Hiring of John G. “Jack” Berry as Partner to Manage ...
PR Web (press release)January 18, 2012

He will manage the firm's Charlottesville, VA personal injury law office. Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen is pleased to announce that John G. “Jack” Berry will join the firm as a partner on February 1, 2012. He will manage the firm's Charlottesville Office ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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President Obama passes National Defense Authorization Law...
The Spokesman Review (blog)January 1, 2012

Any hope we, as citizens, may have once had that the Obama administration would roll back the constitutional excesses of George Bush in the war on terror was vacated today. What a way to start the new year! If you are an independent thinker, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Heidelberg elected to the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Mississippi Press (blog)January 23, 2012

"The FDCC is a significant legal association." Heidelberg is a lifelong resident of Pascagoula. He has practiced law in Pascagoula since his admission to the Mississippi Bar in January 1978. Heidelberg represents several Mississippi governmental ...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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Albany area real estate recap of 2011
Examiner.comJanuary 1, 2012

The county has hired a law firm to help facilitate the search for an appropriate buyer. Although the real estate market is still relatively stagnant the Albany area is hopeful that the new commercial construction and proposed construction in the fall ...more »

Asia Manufacturing Picture Clouds
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

By MICHAEL S. ARNOLD SINGAPORE—Manufacturing activity continued to contract in South Korea and Taiwan in December but grew in India, as the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis and the sluggish US recovery hit Asia's export economies harder. ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest South Carolina News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WCBDJanuary 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) National online mortgage broker LendingTree has agreed to pay $3 million in penalties to South Carolina counties for not disclosing information that state law requires. Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor Duffie Stone announced Wednesday the ...more »

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

By John Wisely The debate last month over whether Wayne County should spend $350000 on a top criminal defense lawyer to help answer grand jury subpoenas lasted more than half an hour. With TV cameras rolling, Deputy County Executive Alan Helmkamp ...more »

Paragon faces IRS takeover
Reporter-TimesJanuary 20, 2012

After that the Internal Revenue Service will begin seizing the town's bank accounts and property, Clerk-Treasurer Debbie Ellis said Thursday night during a meeting at Paragon Town Hall. Ellis said that, when she took over Jan. ...more »

Teen drivers caught speeding face arrest
abc11.comJanuary 2, 2012

One mom, Kelly Johnson, who has a daughter enrolled in driver's education, said the new laws discriminate against teens. "Their rights are being violated based on their age. That's age discrimination," she said. "I agree that they've broken the law, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LRAD Corporation to Report $3.5 Million in Fiscal Q1 2012 Revenues
MarketWatch (press release)January 11, 2012

... military deployments, maritime security, critical infrastructure and perimeter security, commercial security, border and port security, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, asset protection and wildlife preservation and control. ...more »

Environmental Law
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The Am Law DailyJanuary 6, 2012

Three lawyers have recently joined Barnes & Thornburg. In Chicago, MARCO MORENO arrives as of counsel in the corporate department. An immigration attorney, Moreno last worked at Indiana firm Lewis & Kappes. KENNETH VERMEULEN, a real estate and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Anoka County history: County courthouses over the years
Coon Rapids HeraldJanuary 4, 2012

The Anoka County Historical Society inherited probate records from the county from 1853 to 1921 and probate court records and will receipts from 1904 to 1934. These records show records and wills down to the minutest details. ...more »

Family Law
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Two Dead in Shoot-Out After Long Island Robbery
Wall Street JournalJanuary 1, 2012

The man was armed with what appeared to be a gun, and left the pharmacy with OxyContin and an unknown amount of cash, Mr. Smith said. As he exited the front door of the pharmacy at 3931 Merrick Road, three current or former law-enforcement officers ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PRIUM's Michael Gavin and Mark Pew Launch "Evidence Based" Blog
MarketWatch (press release)January 4, 2012

Content will focus on medical management issues within workers' compensation, particularly the over utilization of prescription drugs, including opioids. "We named it 'Evidence Based' because the blog is intended to provide fact-based, ...more »


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