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San Jose police reduce alarm response
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 1, 2012

They favor rules that allow for more false-alarm fines but still guarantee a police response. But San Jose police say they're following the lead of other cities including Fremont, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City that have stopped automatic alarm responses ...more »

How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Womble Carlyle buys S.C. law firm
Winston-Salem Journal (blog)January 31, 2012

The Columbia office will focus on campaign finance and election law, public policy, administrative and regulatory law, constitutional litigation and business litigation. Attorneys joining Womble Carlyle are: Butch Bowers, former chairman of the SC ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health secretary Sebelius talks to women in Roland Park about medical issues
Baltimore SunJanuary 26, 2012

The event, in the wake of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, was billed by Health and Human Services as the "State of Women's Health," and gave Sebelius a chance, as the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act approaches, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Dacula Docket Book Jan. 31
Patch.comJanuary 31, 2012

Those arrested and their charges include: Marco Chalet Jones, 1031 Jordan Road, Dacula, was arrested on Jan. 27 and charged with four counts of deposit account fraud. Ryan Tiege Almond, 2151 Rosebury Park Drive, Dacula, was arrested on Jan.more »

Immigration Law
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'Self-deportation' is no joke
New York PostJanuary 30, 2012

“The answer is self-deportation, which is people decide they can do better by going home because they can't find work here because they don't have legal documentation to allow them to work here,” Romney said. It was an instant joke; everyone was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Pan American Silver Comments on Changes to Mining Legislation in Rio Negro ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 19, 2012


Alternate Dispute Resolution
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HMRC extends alternative dispute resolution trial for smaller businesses
Out-Law.comJanuary 11, 2012

HMRC will accept applications to be included in the scheme where "a customer... believes that ADR may speed up the resolution of their dispute", it said. An SME is a company with fewer than 250 employees and either an annual turnover of less than £45 ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Cali. Insurance Commissioner Still Permitted to Oversee State's Iran Biz
aiCIOJanuary 31, 2012

“We continue to emphasize that these investments are legal under both state and federal law,” a release written by the five insurance trade associations said. “We also believe supervision of insurers' lawful foreign investments must remain uniform and ...more »

Animal Law
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Gov. Brown planning to repeal 'Hayden Law', reduce holding time for shelter ...
News10.netJanuary 31, 2012

SACRAMENTO - Governor Jerry Brown is planning to strip the $23 million dollars given annually to California animal shelters to compensate them for holding stray or lost pets for a minimum of six days prior to euthanization. The original law, SB1785, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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How intellectual property law applies to sport events
SportsCentralJanuary 27, 2012

... Africa during the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which provided an excellent example of the role that branding plays in major sports, both generally and more especially in South Africa., explains how best the law can be applied to benefit everyone involved.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Hagens Berman Investigates Health Management Associates, Inc.
Sacramento BeeJanuary 31, 2012

31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Investor-rights law firm Hagens Berman today announced it is investigating Health Management Associates Inc., (NYSE: HMA) regarding alleged violations of the securities laws. A class-action lawsuit was filed in the United ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Reconsidered
American SpectatorJanuary 25, 2012

When President John F. Kennedy included a call for "affirmative action" as part of an executive order he issued in 1961, the phrase was widely viewed as a proactive extension of the civil rights movement. The idea was to adopt corrective measures that ...more »

JetSelect Aviation Announces a 20% Fleet Expansion for Private Jet Charter to ...
PR Web (press release)January 27, 2012

JetSelect Aviation, LLC, an International Private Jet Charter and Global Aviation Service Provider, announced today that it is has added a Lear 55 jet, a Lear 60 jet, a Hawker 800XP airplane, and a WiFi equipped Challenger 604 aircraft to its fleet for ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Law school graduate recognized for public service
UH System Current NewsJanuary 25, 2012

Shek launched the service three years ago and has already helped more than 300 families, many of them immigrants, with a wide range of legal issues, from landlord-tenant concerns to how to apply for food stamps. “Kōkua Kalihi Valley already does so ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Another Blow to Investor Confidence! MF Global Funds Likely “Vaporized”
Yahoo! Finance (blog)January 31, 2012

That email was sent on October 24th of last year, just one week prior to MF's bankruptcy. The House Financial Services Committee will continue grilling the ratings agencies this Thursday, but is unlikely to produce anything to assuage investors already ...more »

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Growing Litigation Discovery Costs Propel Congressional Hearings
Metropolitan Corporate CounselJanuary 12, 2012

Current common law rules are inconsistent and inadequate to meet the challenges of a digital age in which information is increasing exponentially every day. “The present litigation climate of 'plead anything, discover everything' is crippling our ...more »

Business Law
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'Lying Dutchman' Could Cast Doubt on Ad Research
AdAge.comJanuary 2, 2012

The editor did not think incomplete or misleading research was a serious problem among the 50 or so legitimate advertising journals. "The peer-review process pretty well sorts out the bad eggs," he said. That Mr. Stapel was published repeatedly ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military probe adding to skepticism of DMAA
Stars and StripesJanuary 29, 2012

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service pulled the supplements from the shelves as the Defense Department investigates a possible link between DMAA and two soldiers' deaths. CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Defense Department is investigating a popular ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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East Stroudsburg man accused of trading child porn
Allentown Morning CallJanuary 25, 2012

Detectives said they obtained a second search warrant to seize a laptop computer there. Hoppe admitted to police that he has downloaded child porn, according to the criminal complaint against him. The complaint was prepared by county Detective Brian ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fetterman & Associates, the Law Team, Announce the Launch of a Brand New Website
PR Web (press release)January 25, 2012

Your Law Team is Ready To Help You with Your Florida Injury Case. Fetterman & Associates, The Law Team, is a leading Florida Personal Injury Attorneys law firm assisting injury and accident victims in the counties of Palm Beach, St. Lucie, and Martin.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Landmark California Biofuel Law Struck Down in Federal Court
Greentech Media (blog)January 3, 2012

While US District Court Judge Lawrence O'Neill didn't necessarily disagree with the intent of the law, he issued a preliminary injunction against it on the basis that it violated the Constitution's Commerce Clause, which prohibits discrimination in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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How Will Concussion Cases Against the NFL Change the Game?
Bleacher ReportJanuary 21, 2012

And then there are the cultural factors at play in the background: recognizing professional malpractice and finding remedy in court is socially acceptable. Critics may insist this is all part of the "culture of entitlement" in America, but what's wrong ...more »

Consumer Protection
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MJ Antony: Shocker for the negligent
Business StandardJanuary 31, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act has just celebrated its silver jubilee. Though more than 660 consumer forums are functioning in the country at various levels, braving poor infrastructure and rising workload, the law has started a kind of revolution.more »

Real Estate Law
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Inquiry targets church tax exemptions
TheNewsTribune.comJanuary 15, 2012

He described the deal as a kind of "bonus compensation" for the pastors, not a real-estate transaction. He asserted the church hasn't violated state law in its applications for tax exemptions on the homes. The law requires local assessors to exempt ...more »

Judge says BP contract gives partial shield to Transocean
FuelFix (blog)January 26, 2012

Commercial fisherman from St. Bernard Parish, La., hired by BP lay oil retention booms around New Harbor Island in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin) NEW ORLEANS — The rig owner involved in drilling the ill-fated well ...more »

Sports Law
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N .J. bill to allow sports wagering, permit betting on horse racing at 12 bars ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 9, 2012

But even if the sports betting measure passes and is signed by Gov. Chris Christie, who supports it, New Jersey would still have to go to court to try to overturn a federal ban on sports betting in all but four states. Only after that law is overturned ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pastors split on when to go home; 1 lives, 1 dies
Fox NewsJanuary 31, 2012

Criminal defense attorneys said that if the fire was caused by arson, authorities likely will file charges of manslaughter and possibly felony murder, which is defined as a death that happens as result of participating in a felony.more »

YouthPride faces eviction; community volunteers organize to save services for ...
The GA VoiceJanuary 27, 2012

Volunteering to serve on the Internal Audit Task Force are Stadtlander; Alison Hall, an internal auditor and board member of For the Kid in All of Us; Tracy Elliott, executive director of AID Atlanta; attorney and former YouthPride board member Seth ...more »

A look back at the top news of 2011 in the Record-Courier
Ravenna Record CourierJanuary 1, 2012

After discovering there is no measure of age discrimination under the Fair Housing Act, a group of the relocated seniors is now considering to take it up with their national representatives and have the law changed. Stories the Record-Courier broke ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Virgin Media secretly pays police for fraud investigation 29, 2012

Richard Branson's cable television company secretly paid for Scotland Yard officers investigating a multi-million pound fraud. By Robert Mendick, Chief reporter The deal has led to accusations that the police are now putting themselves up for hire.more »

Environmental Law
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Aquilex Holdings LLC Announces Extension of Exchange Offer
MarketWatch (press release)January 26, 2012

During the restructuring process, all trade creditors have received, and will continue to receive, payment in full in the ordinary course. According to Epiq Systems, Inc., which is acting as the Exchange and Information Agent for the Exchange Offer, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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63% of Britons have no will
IBB Solicitors (blog)January 30, 2012

The research shows many people deploy a head in the sand approach to wills.” For advice on issues relating to wills, trusts, probate and tax and estate planning, contact our specialist team, call us on 01494 790007 or email »

Family Law
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American Muslims Don't Want Sharia Law
Lez Get RealJanuary 31, 2012

The study was inspired by a 2003 case in Toronto, where a small group of Muslims petitioned for equal treatment in family court cases. Toronto has separate “family tribunals” for Catholics and Jews to hear family law issues.more »

Workers Compensation
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Texas Approves 13 Companies to Self-Insure for Workers' Comp
Insurance JournalJanuary 24, 2012

The Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC) approved 13 renewals of the Certificates of Authority for companies to self-insure their workers' compensation claims for a one-year period under the TDI-DWC self-insurance ...more »


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