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Could guns be battered women's answer to domestic violence?
Today's ZamanJanuary 1, 2012

This week, the very same group that advocated sitting around the table as a means of dealing with domestic violence less than two decades ago is proposing that women in fear of their lives should be issued with guns as a last-resort attempt to cut down ...more »

Experts Weigh In on Outside Groups' Pro-Gingrich Spots
New York Times (blog)January 1, 2012

Nevertheless, any ad featuring a candidate for federal office so close to an election would fall under what the election commission calls “electioneering communications.” But a quirk in the law means that the agency does not consider caucuses like ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal judge bans tweeting and live blogging from Dimora coverage
Plain Dealer (blog)January 4, 2012

David Sellers, who works in the Administrative Office of United State Courts, said judges have a great deal of discretion as to how they manage their courtrooms. The federal criminal rule that prohibits broadcasting -- which is more restrictive than ...more »

Health Care Law
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Program showed success in training health care, law enforcement
Newswise (press release)January 4, 2012

“Both health care and law enforcement can play an important role in the identification and referral of drivers who may be at risk for a collision,” said Linda Hill, MD, MPH, clinical professor in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at UCSD ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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California Adds Death-Benefit Law
BloombergJanuary 3, 2012

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 beneficiaries in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawsuit, immigration enforcement lead SC new laws
WPDEJanuary 1, 2012

The state's new immigration law also goes into effect, but a federal judge has put parts of the law on hold including rules against harboring illegal immigrants and the immigration status checks that police are required to perform. ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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In central China, shadowy sex case ensnares local officials
Kansas City StarJanuary 1, 2012

By TOM LASSETER CHENGGUAN, ChinaThe sign above the entry to the Water Cube bathhouse lit up at night with blue ocean waves, palm trees and red characters advertising spring waters. It was one of the last things the girls saw before their lives changed ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Full resolution on Point Thomson still not reached, months after settlement ...
The RepublicJanuary 3, 2012

BECKY BOHRER AP JUNEAU, Alaska — Full resolution has yet to be reached in a long-running dispute over leases on the Point Thomson gas fields, more than two months after the governor announced a settlement. The settlement was with Exxon Mobil Corp. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Inside Straight: 'Recreational' Writing, In-House And Out
Above the LawJanuary 23, 2012

Clients hire “10b-5 lawyers” or “product liability lawyers;” clients almost never hire “removal lawyers” or “Federal Rule of Evidence 103″ lawyers. Second, publish in the trade press, not the legal press or scholarly journals.more »

Animal Law
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Audrey one of many starved dogs
Cincinnati.comJanuary 5, 2012

Pit bulls, like Audrey, the dog that was found nearly starved to death in Butler County, are abandoned at a higher rate than any other breed of dog -- and animal advocates say laws that declare the animals ìviciousî based on breed alone are partly to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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RatnerPrestia Welcomes New Lawyer, Derek Richmond, to its Washington, D.C. Office
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 3, 2012

RatnerPrestia's practice is devoted exclusively to intellectual property law. With extensive and diverse legal, technical and corporate backgrounds, its professionals provide practical, cost-effective, business-oriented counseling to a wide range of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Facebook complicated for public officials
Sarasota Herald-TribuneJanuary 1, 2012

And what can be a typical exchange on a social media site, such as two commissioners posting about a topic that could come up for a vote at a public meeting later, could qualify as a violation of Forida's Government in the Sunshine law. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political Parties—Tools For Enhancing Women's Participation In Politics
GhanaJanuary 5, 2012

The conference also underscored the need to promote and enhance women's participation and representation in politics through Affirmative Action measures such as quota systems by means of constitutional guarantees and reforms in electoral laws. ...more »

Aviation: BA gets bmi as little sister
ChiefOfficers.NetJanuary 3, 2012

International Airliens Group (IAG), the group holding company for British Airways and Iberia is to buy bmi (sic) from Lufthansa. But it's not all plane sailing. The acquisition has raised competition issues because the newly enlarged group will have ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Free legal aid offered to veterans
San Angelo Standard TimesJanuary 5, 2012

Walk-ins will be accepted, but appointments are recommended. To make an appointment, call 325-653-6982, Ext. 7004. Areas of help include bankruptcy, housing, disability and retirement, family law, landlord and tenant rights and employment.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Saints putting up unreal statistics
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 2, 2012

The Saints will host the Lions in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday, and that's bad news for Detroit. With Sunday's win, the red-hot Who Dats have won their last eight games by an average score of 35.9-18.8. When you break down the numbers, ...more »

Litigation
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Bethesda reclaims Fallout MMO rights
GameSpotJanuary 9, 2012

By Eddie Makuch, GameSpot Litigation ends in settlement between Bethesda and Interplay over massively multiplayer game; Interplay loses rights, but gets $2 million as "consideration." The legal battle that began in 2009 between Bethesda and Interplay ...more »

Business Law
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Wyoming concealed-carry law makes few ripples
Casper Star-Tribune OnlineJanuary 1, 2012

He said insurance companies have raised a liability issue that is persuading some businesses against posting the no firearms allowed signs. According to the Professional Insurance Agents of Wisconsin, a business owner is not liable under state law if ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Applied DNA sees benefits in military's new no-fakes law
NewsdayJanuary 4, 2012

Business Newsday > Business Inside Long Island business Get the latest news and trends on Long Island companies and the people behind them. Content Preview Newsday 7 day/Optimum Online ® subscribers click here for full access Not a Newsday or Optimum ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Better Business Bureau ranks Top 10 scams of 2011
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.comJanuary 4, 2012

There are no instructions, just a nasty virus that can steal financial information, passwords and other information used in cyber crimes. “Anyone who has opened an attachment or clicked on a link should run a complete system scan using reputable ...more »

Personal Injury
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New Jersey Personal Injury Firm Gives Back By Participating in Adopt-A-Family ...
PR Web (press release)January 4, 2012

Employees at the New Jersey personal injury law firm, Console & Hollawell are diligent supporters of the Women's Opportunity Center at the YMCA of Burlington County. Giving back to the community is something the firm prides themselves on, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Details on Hungary's new Constitution
Politics.huJanuary 2, 2012

Parliament passed a cardinal law on enforcing the 50-percent-debt rule in 2016 - the government and parliament must make sure the budget is balanced, transparent and sustainable. - the new supreme law codifies the curbs on the Constitutional Court's ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Volusia County public records for Jan. 3, 2012
Daytona Beach News-JournalJanuary 3, 2012

Bell Helicopter Textron Inc., products liability; Richard W. Taylor PA v. Christopher N. Bavaro, in excess of $15000; Space Coast Credit Union v. Alfredo B. Urgel, real property; HSBC Bank USA NA v. David W. Dean, real property; PNC Bank NA v. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Insurance regulation takes center stage
Business InsuranceJanuary 1, 2012

Other regulatory issues include ongoing implementation of provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. And although almost certain to be focused on election-year politics, Congress nonetheless will have a role to play in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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All Together Now: For Big Firms, a Year of Poaching Groups
The American LawyerJanuary 3, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia shook up its legal team, removing longtime outside counsel Stradley Ronon from its litigation work and replacing it with two firms, Conrad O'Brien and Welsh & Recker. A number of firms created new practice areas in 2011. ...more »

Combine Solicitation - USCGC ALERT AMMO HOIST OVERHAUL
Insurance News Net (press release)January 10, 2012

FAC 2005-53 AUGUST 4, 2011 52.212-5 FEDERAL ACQUISITION REGULATION 52.2-40 __ (26) 52.222-21, Prohibition of Segregated Facilities ( FEB 1999 ). __ (27) 52.222-26, Equal Opportunity ( MAR 2007 ) (EO 11246). __ (28) 52.222-35, Equal Opportunity for ...more »

Sports Law
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Human trafficking a concern for local law enforcement, victims - KSWT: Local ...
KSWT-TVJanuary 12, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Yuma, Arizona January 11, 2012 - US Homeland Security says the problem of human trafficking in the United States continues to grow. "The State Department estimates that 12 million people are subjected to trafficking, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Lawyers, Democrats Get Bench Nods
Law.comJanuary 3, 2012

Brown has also opened the door more widely to the criminal defense bar, a practice eschewed by the last Democrat in the governor's office, moderate Gray Davis. At least six of Brown's new appointments have experience as public defenders or as private ...more »

IRS Angel: Local Angel Helping the Community Solve Their Tax Problems
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Yael is an attorney who specializes in tax resolution, tax preparation and audit representation. The necklace was a thank you present given to her by one of her very elated clients. After a few of her clients dubbed her their IRSAngel, ...more »

Ex-teacher in Morris County nets more than $500K over age discrimination
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comJanuary 10, 2012

By Ben Horowitz/The Star-Ledger Google Maps A former Jefferson Township High School, shown above, chemistry teacher was awarded more than $500000 after successfully suing the district for age discrimination. JEFFERSON — A former township chemistry ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 1/10
Brownwood News (blog)January 11, 2012

According to the report, the asset protection person advised he observed a female, identified as 33-year-old Tina Jean Goble, conceal items in her purse and walked past the point of sale. Goble was stopped in the grocery exit and escorted to the asset ...more »

Environmental Law
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Foley Hoag Expands Energy Technology and Renewables Practice
Citybizlist (press release)January 5, 2012

Barnett's client and industry experience spans technologies and projects in renewable electricity generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, renewable fuels and alternative transportation and other advanced energy technologies and projects. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Executor's job 'big and thankless'
Calgary HeraldJanuary 2, 2012

Accounts are a detailed statement of all of the money collected and paid out during estate administration. Each beneficiary was asked to approve the accounts before the money would be sent out. Some of them dragged their heels. ...more »

Family Law
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Essential Mesothelioma Legal Advice & Treatment Option Booklet Now Offered ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 2, 2012

Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason, one of the most successful mesothelioma law firms in the nation in getting significant awards for those injured by asbestos, now offers a free booklet that contains all the essential information regarding choosing an ...more »

Workers Compensation
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MATTER OF PMA MGT. CORP. v. WHITE
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

The NYLB paid workers' compensation benefits to respondent Robert White after his original workers' compensation insurer, Legion Insurance Company (Legion), was placed into liquidation by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania in 2003. ...more »

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