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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 »

2011 NEWSMAKERS: Big crime stories of the year: County saw 14 homicides ...
Santa Cruz SentinelJanuary 1, 2012

Stephen Hull, 62, of La Selva Beach, a budget and planning analyst at UC Santa Cruz, was shot and killed by his son, Aaron Hull, 36, who worked at a Monterey County kayak and fishing business. Donna Orsini, Stephen Hull's daughter and Aaron Hull's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Cuccinelli calls for emergency law to open up Virginia ballot
Washington ExaminerJanuary 1, 2012

He earlier insisted that he would vigorously defend the current ballot laws against Perry's lawsuit, as his job requires. A judge hearing arguments on Perry's lawsuit raised questions Thursday about Cuccinelli's possible conflict of interest. ...more »

Health Care Law
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'Free' health care with a bill
Jackson Clarion LedgerJanuary 3, 2012

Bill Dunphy, a 61-year-old small business owner, thought his colonoscopy would be free under the nation's year-old health care law. / Ross D. Franklin/The Associated Press The Associated Press CHICAGO — Bill Dunphy thought his colonoscopy would be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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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 »

Immigration Law
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Irrationality in Deportation Law
New York TimesJanuary 3, 2012

In determining whether Mr. Judulang could apply for a waiver from deportation, the board looked to a repealed law, which dealt with excluding aliens from admission to this country. If the basis for deporting an alien is “essentially equivalent” to a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Year in review - The Top 10 stories in 2011
Midland Daily NewsJanuary 2, 2012

The Humane Society of Midland County took over the operation of the Animal Shelter from the sheriff's office, eliminating nearly all euthanasia except court-ordered cases. Creative 360 faced a financial crisis and awaits a January meeting to determine ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Police chief advises resident parties to negotiate
Seacoastonline.comJanuary 3, 2012

If no law was broken, police encourage the neighbors to reach a resolution. "Our advice to them is to try and be neighborly," Sullivan said. While it doesn't happen often, Sullivan said the Police Department has offered to mediate disputes between ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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TheJudge Comments as Legal Services Act 2007 Finally Takes Effect
PR Urgent (press release)January 3, 2012

TheJudge, an established broker in the litigation risk transfer market, comments on the new Legal Services Act's impact on legal firms. London, United Kingdom, (24th November 2011) – TheJudge, an established broker in the litigation risk transfer ...more »

Animal Law
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Proposed city law could fine future pet Owners
WRBLJanuary 10, 2012

A proposed city ordinance will fine pet-owners who don't spay or neuter their animal within a given time frame. Georgia law requires dogs and cats adopted from city shelters to be surgically sterilized to help reduce the number of unwanted animals. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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How evaluating intellectual property and ensuring proper protection pays off
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 3, 2012

For many companies, intellectual property (IP) – ranging from names and logos to products, websites and beyond – can be their most valuable asset. IP is protectable under federal and state laws to ensure that it will not be copied or used by other ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Meritor Announces Sale of St. Priest, France, Manufacturing Operation to ...
PR Newswire (press release)January 2, 2012

This release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Lead Medical Technologist
WEAU-TV 13January 5, 2012

... an atmosphere where each individual is valued and given opportunities for personal and professional growth should apply. We welcome those with prior military experience to apply. An Equal Opportunity Employer Operating Under an Affirmative Action Plan.more »

Aviation monument to make Illawarra home
Illawarra MercuryJanuary 2, 2012

The Illawarra-based Historical Aircraft Restoration Society has made a New Year's resolution to restore one of Australia's most important pieces of aviation history and fly it around the nation for children to see and touch. Work started at Illawarra ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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New law gives landlords more authority with smokers
abc7news.comJanuary 3, 2012

The new law requires landlords to specifically list in rental agreements and leases the areas where smoking is prohibited. Besides inside the units, the ban can include balconies, parking lots and other common areas. Many tenants say they like the new ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Be warned, George Osborne, austerity will be bad for your ratings
The GuardianJanuary 1, 2012

Instead of indulging in some form of "verbal protectionism" via your ill-judged remarks on France's credit rating – which, predictably, provoked a Gallic counterattack – you should have the courage to admit that you were wrong. ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation funders may look at Murchison
The AustralianJanuary 3, 2012

But the Chinese are expected to take a hard-nosed commercial approach. In particular, they will want to know whether the Jack Hills magnetite project is likely to be a viable development and, if so, when it is likely to be in production, ...more »

Business Law
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REGION: New law bans sale of animals on public property
North County TimesJanuary 1, 2012

Sanctioned animal sales at county fairs, stockyards and markets are not subject to the new law. And the law does not apply to the sale of animals on any private property, said Ray Sotero, Lieu's spokesman. In the past, animal authorities had to witness ...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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German Neo Nazi Sites Hacked
The Epoch TimesJanuary 3, 2012

By Christian Watjen Computer hackers from the Anonymous Operations “hacktivist” collective, attacked several German neo-Nazi websites around New Year's Day. While the group's attacks forced several right-wing Internet portals to shut down, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Law Offices of Brian Cunha & Associates Settles Personal Injury Case, Dog Bite ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

If afterwards that same dog bites another person, the dog owner or keeper is liable to the injured person for twice their actual damages. The Law Offices of Brian Cunha & Associates specializes in personal injury and workers' compensation cases and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Chief Justice Defends Peers on Health Law
New York TimesJanuary 1, 2012

In it, he made what amounted to a vigorous defense of Justices Clarence Thomas and Elena Kagan, who are facing calls to disqualify themselves from hearing the health care case, which will be argued over three days in late March. He did not, however, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Thomas Soldan Takes Office As 2012 President of Fauquier County Bar Association
Insurance News Net (press release)January 5, 2012

As a Virginia reckless driving lawyer, he represents clients charged as criminals after violating one or more of Virginia's tough traffic laws. He also provides quality legal defense to those accused of driving with a suspended license or operating an ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US RTOs and ISOs to seek exemption from US CFTC jurisdiction
PlattsJanuary 6, 2012

The issue centers on new over-the-counter derivatives rules the CFTC has been developing since President Barack Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act into law in 2010. RTOs and ISOs fear that transactions in their ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ABA Lawyers to Help New Yorkers Facing Bankruptcy, Foreclosure and Issues ...
RealEstateRama (press release)January 4, 2012

How does bankruptcy affect stays on collections, creditors and co-debtors? What are the federal income tax consequences? “Rights of Mortgagors and Mortgagees Under Chapter 11” – How does Chapter 11 work? How can businesses apply for and receive credit? ...more »

Year in Review: A month-to-month look at the stories of 2011
Times-StandardJanuary 1, 2012

21 -- Squires suit -- The city of Eureka and the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office have filed suit in Humboldt County Superior Court against Floyd and Betty Squires, alleging “ongoing and pervasive” code violations at the Squireses' 26 ...more »

Sports Law
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NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com | DHS ...
News On 6January 5, 2012

A child advocacy group, Children's Rights, teamed up with a Tulsa law firm to sue DHS in 2008. Their basic claim was that the state wasn't protecting the children in foster care from further harm. The state fought this lawsuit for the last three years, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford Seeks Trial Delay After Court Puts Expert Pay on Hold
BusinessWeekJanuary 3, 2012

3 (Bloomberg) -- R. Allen Stanford, accused of running a $7 billion investment fraud, seeks a three-month delay in his Jan. 23 trial date after his expert witnesses quit because they weren't being paid. Stanford's experts haven't been paid for four ...more »

Romney's 13.9% Tax Rate Shows Power of Investment Tax Preference
BusinessWeekJanuary 24, 2012

The campaign said his children were listed as beneficiaries, though didn't specify of which trusts. The income generated by the trusts triggers a tax obligation for Romney. By picking up that tax bill, Romney found a legal way to transfer money to his ...more »

Thousands Protest Over New Hungarian Constitution
ABC NewsJanuary 2, 2012

Human rights groups have expressed concerns about lifetime prison sentences without the possibility for parole for violent crimes and a ban on discrimination that does not specifically mention age or sexual orientation. The law's protection of the life ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cuomo Pledges $1 Billion for Buffalo
WKBW-TVJanuary 4, 2012

We will repair 2000 miles worth of roads – that's like driving from Buffalo to New York City five times! We will build new roads, bridges, and other critical transportation projects across the state. We will finance upgrades to 90 municipal water ...more »

Environmental Law
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Changes impact taxes, this year's refund
Los Altos Town CrierJanuary 4, 2012

In the way of tax legislation, 2011 was a relatively quiet year. However, there are tax-law changes that will affect this year's tax returns. To help maximize your refund, following are some tax-law changes you should know about before filing this ...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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Starting now, state workers, families to pay more for medical care
Madison.comJanuary 2, 2012

The law stripped most public sector workers of collective bargaining rights, and since August reduced their take-home pay to cover more of the costs of premiums for pension and health insurance. The pension change reduced paychecks by 5.8 percent, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Attorney speaks about workers compensation
The Mt. Laurel TelegramJanuary 11, 2012

By Sean Patrick Murphy Capehart Scatchard workers-compensation attorney Michael L. Bileci recently spoke at a continuing legal education seminar on advanced workers compensation, which was put on by the National Business Institute in Atlantic City. ...more »

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