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Landowners face jail threat over bird deaths
Scotland on SundayJanuary 1, 2012

The landmark “vicarious liability” legislation allows the prosecution of landowners or managers who fail to take steps to ensure staff and contractors act within the law. The legislation applies to the unlawful killing of wild birds and the possession ...more »

Crimes give Akron, Ohio, area national exposure in 2011
Bellingham HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

"Ohio police find third body investigating murder spree," the Telegraph reported to its London readers in December. For a region more used to seeing the spotlight cast on its Goodyear blimp, the All-American Soap Box Derby or LeBron James, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Kwame Kilpatrick scandal inspires state lawmaker's campaign finance reform measure
Detroit Free PressJanuary 1, 2012

Kilpatrick attorney Thomas (the men are not related) argued the matter before a state administrative law judge on July 19. A decision is pending. In the meantime, Knollenberg introduced the bill to prevent other elected officials from following ...more »

Health Care Law
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STATE: 2012 health-care tax will affect many, insurance analyst says
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

By Jerry Wolffe Medical insurers will be charged a 1 percent tax on paid health-care claims, effective today. The tax, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law Sept. 20 by Gov. Rick Snyder, replaces the 6 percent use tax applied to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Political battlegrounds for 2012
BBC NewsJanuary 2, 2012

By Mark Hannaby BBC Wales political reporter Will first Minister Carwyn Jones be forced to share power in Cardiff Bay with another party? What will 2012 hold in store for Welsh politics? It provides an opportunity to put Welsh lawmaking plans into ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawsuit overturns immigrant-worker law
Houma CourierJanuary 8, 2012

The legislation, signed into law by Gov. Bobby Jindal in July, would have required that companies bidding on public-works contracts use the federal E-Verify system, an electronic database that cross-checks employee information with Homeland Security ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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People in Business
Houston ChronicleJanuary 1, 2012

Photo: Courtesy Photo / HC Stream Realty Partners, a national real estate services, development and investment firm, announces the promotion of David Buescher to senior associate in the firm s industrial tenant representation group in Houston. ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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"Young Adult" Most Moral Movie of 2011
ForbesJanuary 1, 2012

Negotiation, particularly for women, is so deeply enmeshed in our attitudes toward conflict that the subject of dispute resolution lays just below the surface of all conversations about the negotiation. And just beneath the activity of dispute ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Tinkering with bad faith puts citizens' rights at risk
Tbo.comJanuary 2, 2012

Kathleen Passidomo, a Naples Republican, would require someone claiming bad faith to notify the insurance company within 60 days of the alleged violation. The company could then address the violation and have a chance to negate the need for litigation. ...more »

Animal Law
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Book review: 'Careers In Animal Law' by Yolanda Eisenstein
This Dish Is VegJanuary 3, 2012

I guess I figure that if I had a law degree then I could put my knowledge and experience into lobbying for animal rights, and drafting proposals to be read by local lawmakers. I could be on the front lines of fighting the good fight, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Why Does Big Labor Support the Stop Online Piracy Act?
The New AmericanJanuary 1, 2012

Perhaps they understand that by granting the government the power to pull the plug on any one of these websites at any time without warning, SOPA is a persuasive disincentive to investment and thus to corporate growth and survival. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Age row: Army chief seeks legal aid, say sources
NDTVJanuary 1, 2012

The Supreme Court is already hearing a Public Interest Litigation over the issue. Sources also say that General Singh has also not ruled out resigning ahead of his tenure ending on May 31, 2012 - the date which the government has now decided. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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South Africa, a planet for dark people in Mercedes-Benzes
News24January 12, 2012

More recently, the country has become so bizarre in its zealous pursuit of multiculturalism and affirmative action that some days one feels as if this must be another planet where normal terrestrial principles no longer apply. ...more »

Global Aviation Finishes College Bowl Season with 2-2 Record
Sacramento BeeJanuary 6, 2012

By Global Aviation Holdings Inc. PEACHTREE CITY, Ga., Jan. 6, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Global Aviation Holdings kicked off the 2011-2012 college bowl season by transporting four football teams and three bands aboard World Airways and North American ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New Real Estate Laws Protect California Homeowners, Buyers, Tenants in 2012
Examiner.comJanuary 2, 2012

And a host of new laws aimed at protecting consumers. New laws taking effect this week target tenant rights, homeowner association fees and real estate agents. They include: Starting Jan. 1, owners of units in a common-interest development – usually a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wardlaw is The Journal Gazette's Citizen of the Year
Fort Wayne Journal GazetteJanuary 1, 2012

I didn't have any concerns for a very important reason: Larry is the type of person you can always trust 100 percent. He thought it through very carefully." Volunteering for the American Cancer Society was one of the first causes that drew Ward- law...more »

Litigation
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Corporate Governance-Shareholder Litigation Filed By Former Chairman of ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 10, 2012

10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Cincinnati, Ohio-based law firm of Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley Co., LPA filed a corporate governance lawsuit in Reno, Nevada on behalf of James A. McIntyre, former Chairman of the Board of Fremont General ...more »

Business Law
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Employment law reform for small firms 'a gimmick'
Telegraph.co.ukJanuary 2, 2012

The Government's moratorium on employment law for micro businesses has been branded a gimmick, after it emerged that those employing fewer than 10 staff were not exempt from a single regulation last year. The Federation of Small Businesses said the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama announces new military approach
Washington PostJanuary 5, 2012

... health-care programs has been a major goal of the Pentagon for most of the last decade. But the effort has consistently run into a buzz saw on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers have been resistant to even small reductions to military pay and benefits.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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Philadelphia Personal Injury Law Firm Feldman Shepherd Wohlgelernter Tanner ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 9, 2012

Feldman Shepherd is one of only two elite Philadelphia law firms to achieve a first-tier ranking in plaintiffs' medical malpractice law, and one of only 15 firms listed among Philadelphia's top tier for plaintiffs' personal injury litigation. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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US Supreme Court may put off ruling on health-care law
Palm Beach PostJanuary 2, 2012

The court had a variety of points on which to evaluate the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Led by Florida, 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business challenged the law. The US solicitor general, essentially President ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Edwards Wildman Admits 10 Lawyers to Partnership and Elevates Five to Counsel
Insurance News Net (press release)January 4, 2012

Fleming has also handled commercial contract and construction disputes, in addition to cases in the areas of creditors' rights, insurance coverage, and employment. Paul J. Labov , a New York counsel in the Restructuring and Insolvency Department ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Op-Ed: President Needs To Use Recess Power, Otherwise Consumer Financial ...
Progress IllinoisJanuary 3, 2012

Since July 21, the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB – a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- has been up and running. It's the nation's first federal financial regulator with only one job ...more »

Real Estate Law
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William Carey, Investor Who Backed Business Schools, Dies at 81
San Francisco ChronicleJanuary 3, 2012

He was head of real estate and equipment financing at Loeb, Rhodes & Co. and director of corporate finance at DuPont, Glore Forgan Inc. In 1973, he formed WP Carey with his brother, Francis J. Carey, and brother-in-law, Raymond S. Clark. ...more »

Kansas officials outraged, saddened by announced Boeing departure
Lawrence Journal WorldJanuary 4, 2012

But less than a year ago, Kansas officials were applauding after helping Boeing secure a $35 billion contract from the US Air Force to replace its refueling tankers. The contract had originally been awarded to Boeing arch rival EADS but Boeing ...more »

Sports Law
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TV right war getting fierce
VietNamNet BridgeJanuary 5, 2012

Meanwhile, VFF's partner Vietnam Professional Football (VPF) Company, which is in charge of marketing and sales and organization of top football leagues in Vietnam, the deal between AVG and VFF has been voided because it violated Vietnam's sport law. ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Critics assail crime laws aimed at people with HIV
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 2, 2012

14, 2011 photo, Andre Davis, left, confers with his defense attorney Greg Cohen in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Jerome Metz's courtroom in Cincinatti during the jury selection phase of his trial. On Wednesday, Dec. ...more »

Attorneys suggest high-end sentence
Youngstown VindicatorJanuary 13, 2012

By Peter H. Milliken A prominent Cleveland lawyer and former Ohio State Bar Association president who pleaded guilty to evading $75385 in taxes by filing false federal income-tax returns should get a prison term at or near the high end of the 10- to ...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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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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Energy's 10 big questions for 2012 - Court puts cross-state rule on ice - Iowa ...
PoliticoJanuary 3, 2012

And if pump prices do rise, will Republicans shake up their traditional response of calling for expanded drilling or Democrats of stripping oil companies' tax incentives to pay for alternative energy programs? 6) To frack or not to frack? ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. business groups to push 3 priorities in 2012
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

Missouri business groups are listing changes in workers' compensation, employment law and civil lawsuits as their top priorities in the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Representatives of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, ...more »

Family Law
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Decision by families to speakto media 'case-by-case thing'
Kennebec JournalJanuary 4, 2012

Nonetheless, Drago said law enforcement's advice is voluntary. "Obviously, everybody has the right to speak to the media whenever they feel like it," he said. In missing children cases, police might offer to coach people before speaking to the media. ...more »

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