News. Crime Stories, Law on News and Legal Publications in January, 2012

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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 »

Media and Marketing Communications Industry in 2011
THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

When President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law 48 hours before he was sworn in, journalists and members of civil society groups saw it as the beginning of better days in the country. Seven months after, there are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Policy, possession and proportionality – Nearly Legal
UK Human Rights Blog (blog)January 1, 2012

... for a permission hearing (and further confuse matters by also treating it as a substantive appeal hearing, rolled up) may have the merits of administrative efficiency, but has arguably deprived Mr O of the opportunity to take the matter further. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Five health reform dates to watch in 2012
Washington Post (blog)January 3, 2012

March 26: The Supreme Court hears oral arguments on the Affordable Care Act. The crucial debate will be over whether the mandated purchase of health insurance is constitutional and, if it isn't, whether or not the rest of the law can still stand. ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Russian tanker's voyage to Nome, a modern-day serum run
Alaska DispatchJanuary 2, 2012

The Maritime Administration (MARAD) has secured a Jones Act waiver. The City of Nome, the University of Alaska and many others are lending their help to stage the necessary equipment in Nome harbor prior to the Renda's arrival. Shipping agents ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama administration offers immigration policy change
Deseret NewsJanuary 7, 2012

By Blaze Bullock, For the Deseret News President Barack Obama's administration announced Friday that they will suggest changing immigration law sparing hundreds of thousands of US citizens from long-term separation from their families immigrant ...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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Revelations & Resolutions
AsiaOneJanuary 3, 2012

You can't dispute taking 30 seconds less on 2.4km run nor a solid three-repetition improvement on the pull-up. That is progress. On the other hand, you may have gained 3kg within your scale. But you look at the mirror and at an early stage, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ground Shifting for Medical Liability Insurers: Moody's
Insurance JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Although it comprises just over two percent of annual direct premiums for the US property and casualty insurance industry, the medical professional liability (MPL) insurance business is integral to the US healthcare system, which today accounts for ...more »

Animal Law
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Humane treatment? Don't blame animal-rescue group for city's lack of financial ...
Patriot-NewsJanuary 6, 2012

When a lost or stray animal is found, state law requires that it be kept for a minimum of 48 hours to give the owner a chance to find it before it is destroyed. City officials on Wednesday said that no dogs have been shot thus far. And, to be clear, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Protecting copyrights, patents protects our jobs
Las Vegas SunJanuary 12, 2012

That's why the Nevada State AFL-CIO is supporting two bills before Congress: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the House and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PROTECT-IP) in the Senate. These bills would protect the families working in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Questions surround house demolition
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2012

The Buffalo News then filed a formal request under the New York State Freedom of Information Law. The report is public information and should be released, said Robert Freeman, executive director of the state Committee on Open Government. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Falling Behind in India
Inside Higher EdJanuary 10, 2012

Students admitted to an elite Indian university under affirmative action were less prepared than their classmates and fell even further behind after arriving on campus, two Pennsylvania State University researchers found in what they say is a ...more »

Draft of Civil Aviation Bill Fails to Protect the Rights of Disabled Passengers
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Despite reassurances from The CAA and the Department for Transport, Reduced Mobility Rights noted that the Department for Transport draft of Civil Aviation Bill fails to comply with EU Regulation 1107/2006, Article 16, leaving disabled passengers ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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2011 Year in Review: Bronx Housing Stories
Norwood NewsJanuary 3, 2012

After months of negotiations, the city brokered a deal to sell the debt-riddled buildings in May to Steve Finkelstein, a Scarsdale-based landlord, for $28 million. This summer, several months after Finkelstein took over, Milbank tenants gave him a good ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Top Local Stories of 2011
Idaho Press-TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

... $25 million tort claim against the county claiming slander and libel, became the subject of an Idaho State Bar professional misconduct investigation, filed a defamation lawsuit against Nampa city council member-elect Bob Henry and a Nampa law firm, ...more »

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MBS Actions Drive Mortgage Litigation Index to Record High
MarketWatch (press release)January 9, 2012

...Litigation news: Patton Boggs LLPBased in Washington DC, Patton Boggs LLP is a national leader in public policy and regulatory, litigation and business law, and is well known for its deep ...more »

Business Law
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Why I'm an Adbooster
The AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

The United States didn't even have a federal trademark law until 1870. In sum, attackers and defenders of advertising are waging a looking-glass war. Such classic anti-ad tracts as Vance Packard's The Hidden Persuaders (1957) were based on some gurus' ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Mitt Romney Vows to Veto Dream Act if President
ABC News (blog)January 1, 2012

Why is it that people who break the law get benefits? In Texas, where I am from, prisoners were getting college education on tax payer money!! So I was paying for my own education (loans and things that I MYSELF have to pay back,) yet a prisoner who ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police warn of online danger after string of violent crimes related to social ...
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

“Backpage has now provided law enforcement authorities with computer, forensic or other evidence that shows that at least 70 different third-party ads or other postings on at least 22 different websites appear to be or are potentially related to this ...more »

Personal Injury
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No win, no fee changes spark angry campaign
bdailyJanuary 3, 2012

Personal injury firm, Claim Today Solicitors are to launch a marketing campaign that attacks planned government changes to the legal system. The company claims the changes will drastically reduce ordinary people's access to justice during 2012. ...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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AWARDS [Central Penn Business Journal (PA)]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Best Lawyers named the following regional attorneys Lawyers of the Year for the specified categories: William A. Atlee Jr ., medical malpractice law for plaintiffs; Charles J. Ferry , banking and finance law; Bradley J. Gunnison , tax law; ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Study: Reform increased cost to file bankruptcy
OCRegisterJanuary 2, 2012

By JAN NORMAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER The 2005 bankruptcy reform law has made the bankruptcy system costlier and more cumbersom for debtors and bankruptcy professionals, according to a study released by the American Bankruptcy Institute. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Calming of people in housing jam is lawyer's first task
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 2, 2012

"I can say that 95 percent of my foreclosure clients have never defaulted on an obligation in their lives," says Cason, a real estate attorney with the Syprett Meshad law firm. "Most have never been sued, and the concept of being in foreclosure is ...more »

Olshan Names New Partners to its Activist, Corporate, Intellectual Property ...
PR Web (press release)January 9, 2012

Clients choose Olshan for innovative strategies and sophisticated, game-changing advice in corporate, securities law and shareholder activism, complex commercial, corporate and securities litigation, bankruptcy and creditors' rights, real estate, ...more »

Sports Law
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Gambling interests hold strong hand
Tbo.comJanuary 9, 2012

The new law built on the foundation of the old one, and now that foundation appears to be cracking if not collapsing. Written long before the Internet, the 1961 law failed to anticipate today's wired and wireless world. It made it a crime to use wire ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Defense Expert Witnesses Quit Over Pay
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four months, Ali Fazel, Stanford's lead criminal-defense lawyer, said in court papers filed Dec. 30 in federal court in Houston. They quit last week after the US Court of Appeals, which controls budgets for ...more »

2 charter schools struck by thefts [The Arizona Daily Star, Tucson]
Insurance News Net (press release)January 1, 2012

That dollar amount doesn't count the $30000 the school paid its accountant and two lawyers during the investigation or what it may have to pay the IRS in penalties. Gall is not the only charter school employee to end up before a judge in recent months. ...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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California Adds Death-Benefit Law as U.S. Seeks More Disclosures
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- California, the most populous US state, enacted a law this week to protect life-insurance beneficiaries as the federal government seeks to boost disclosures for survivors of its employees. Insurers must obtain written declarations from ...more »

Environmental Law
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STR Holdings Receives the Supplier Achievement Award from First Solar
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

The company is delivering an economically viable alternative to fossil-fuel generation today. From raw material sourcing through end-of-life collection and recycling, First Solar is focused on creating value-driven renewable energy solutions that ...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, 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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Shine a blue light for officer's family
Alexandria Echo PressJanuary 4, 2012

With a simple flip of a light switch, local law enforcement is asking the community to help support the family of a fallen officer. Lake City Police Officer Shawn Schneider died Friday, December 30 after he was shot in the head responding to a domestic ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Proves Worker's Comp Lawsuit was Errornous
This Beat GoesJanuary 2, 2012

It appears that a lawsuit directed against Jay-Z by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York will not find its way to court. The lawsuit was first reported last week but it seems that the dispute was simply the result of clerical error. ...more »


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