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Latest homicide victim remembered as caring father
CTV.caApril 1, 2012

Chad's killing is Edmonton's third homicide of the year. Police say it's early in the investigation and they have no leads on suspects. They're appealing to the public for help. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 780-423-4567 or Crime ...more »

Friends, Neighbors Help Victim's Grieving Family
MyFox PhoenixApril 1, 2012

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Administrative Law
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Protest location spurs legal wrangling
STLtoday.comApril 1, 2012

During a hearing to fight the city's denial of the permit before a city administrative law judge last week, permit applicant Andy Thayer said, "The First Amendment is meaningless if you don't have an audience for your views.more »

Health Care Law
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In Healthcare Case, the Supreme Court Is Risking Its Legitimacy
U.S. News & World Report (blog)April 2, 2012

Disturbing my peace of mind: the arrogance of Antonin "Nino" Scalia and his four fellow "conservatives" (almost too good a name for what they are if they dismantle President Obama's healthcare law). Piquing my patience: the journalistic myopia leading ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Broadway in Indianapolis series offers a mix of musicals
Indianapolis StarApril 1, 2012

"Good afternoon, Mr. Jones." Kylend Hetherington plays the title role in "Billy Elliot the Musical," the first production in next season's Broadway series. / Photo provided by Kyle Froman from page G1Broadway in Indianapolis series: "Billy Elliot the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Fools' Day
Huffington Post (blog)April 2, 2012

On April Fools' Day Alabama's immigration law (HB 56) mandates E-Verify for all employers. E-Verify is a federally run electronic employment verification system that checks employee identification against government records to weed unauthorized ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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GOP lawmakers: We put jobs first
Gainesville TimesApril 1, 2012

The issue even made its way into a rewrite of the state's open meetings law, as lawmakers closed off access to economic development talks before an industry agrees to come to the state. “On jobs, we feel like we've had a remarkably positive session,” ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Pekin officials speak to employee costs
Pekin Daily TimesApril 2, 2012

Contracting out services to private companies is one of a municipality's ways to keep employee costs down. The Pekin City Council recently opted not to contract out janitorial service to a private company to save approximately $140000 a year of the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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In opposing Obamacare, we were serious the whole time
CNN (blog)April 2, 2012

He has been heavily involved in the litigation regarding the Affordable Care Act, including having filed briefs on each of the four issues argued before the Supreme Court last week. By Ilya Shapiro – Special to CNN “Can you create commerce in order to ...more »

Animal Law
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Gov. Otter signs law to create Idaho's 1st felony animal cruelty penalties ...
The RepublicApril 5, 2012

CL "Butch" Otter gave his approval this week to a new law that puts felony animal cruelty penalties on the books in Idaho for the first time. The legislation signed by Otter and approved by lawmakers in the final days of the 2012 Legislature makes a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Callaway sells Top-Flite to Dick's
GolfDigest.com (blog)April 4, 2012

It also still owns the Chicopee, Mass., ball factory (which greatly reduced production costs) as well as all the valuable intellectual property. In fact, at the time of that deal, then Callaway CEO Ron Drapeau said, "It's a good marriage on paper.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Comings and Goings | lawblog@wsj.com
Wall Street JournalApril 1, 2012

Andrew Michaelson, who served as a special prosecutor during the criminal investigation of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, will rejoin New York-based litigation firm Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP in May as a partner.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals court upholds California affirmative action ban
Chicago TribuneApril 3, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A US appeals court upheld California's ban on the use of affirmative action in university admissions on Monday, reaffirming that public schools cannot base admission on race, gender or ethnicity.more »

Plane Crash Leaves One Dead
Ohio News NetworkApril 1, 2012

Officials handling the investigation of a deadly ultralight plane crash in Belmont County released more details Saturday, including the pilot's name, after federal agents came to visit the scene, reported ONN's affiliate WTOV. Donald Cates, 56, died in ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenancy deposit protection changes for landlords
Epworth BellsApril 11, 2012

The National Landlords Association (NLA) is reminding landlords and letting agents that they must protect a tenancy deposit with an approved government scheme, after changes to the Localism Act came into force on Friday, April 6.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal
BusinessWeekApril 2, 2012

In a statement late Saturday, Tribune Broadcasting said that without a deal in place, by federal law DirecTV cannot carry the signal of Tribune's local television stations after midnight, when the agreement expires. The affected markets include New ...more »

Litigation
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Navigating a new era of securities litigation and enforcement
Smart Business NetworkApril 2, 2012

The government is taking a much more active role, and the risks and the penalties associated with that process are very different than in typical securities litigation. Enforcement defense raises different issues relating to insurance coverage.more »

Business Law
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Wash. Governor Signs Bill Seeking to Stop Underage Escort Ads; Backpage.com ...
ABA JournalApril 2, 2012

The law requires websites and print publications that advertise escort services to get documentation that the escorts are at least 18, according to the Seattle Times and the New York Times. The law makes it a crime for classified advertising...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Bill would protect SBP for special-needs kids
NavyTimes.comApril 3, 2012

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer A Virginia lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow severely disabled military dependents to receive survivor benefits without losing their Medicaid and Social Security disability assistance. The “Disabled Military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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OLYMPIA: Ex-teacher gets 1 year for child-porn charge
Bellingham HeraldApril 1, 2012

The Washington State Patrol's investigation of Altheide began in 2010, when the Seattle Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children unit referred information that a computer with an IP address belonging to Altheide possibly was being used to ...more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney Says Contingency Fee Frequently Isn't the Best Bet
LoanSafeApril 9, 2012

In fact, in decades of trying, he has never been able to successfully persuade one of his clients not to use a contingency fee for a personal injury lawsuit. But that hasn't stopped him from trying — or from railing against what he sees as the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Protest location spurs legal wrangling
STLtoday.comApril 1, 2012

During a hearing to fight the city's denial of the permit before a city administrative law judge last week, permit applicant Andy Thayer said, "The First Amendment is meaningless if you don't have an audience for your views.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Former State Court Judge Ronnie L. White launches new website
St. Louis AmericanApril 3, 2012

The site, www.heknowsjustice.com, will provide ongoing resources for people seeking professional legal representation from one of the most respected lawyers in the St. Louis Metropolitan Area. Attorney Ronnie White, along with his nationally recognized ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Used car sales on a faster track
Independent OnlineApril 2, 2012

“The Consumer Protection Act has also helped a lot in sales because consumers now have peace of mind. I think the stock quality has also improved because most dealers don't want to have hassles later,” Stuart says. People are also going for more ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Bengal tweaks law to bar private townships
LivemintApril 2, 2012

Kolkata: West Bengal on Monday barred private real estate developers from building townships and large housing complexes by modifying a 56-year-old land-ceiling law. Under the West Bengal Land Reforms Act, 1955, no entity is allowed to own more than 24 ...more »

Analyst: Highmark dominion in decline as a new leader is so...
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewApril 8, 2012

"That is absolutely an act of extortion," an angry Dr. Kenneth Melani, then Highmark's executive vice president for strategic business development, said at the time. About a decade later, in the midst of another high-profile fight with UPMC, ...more »

Sports Law
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WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC Report: AirTran did ...
WECT-TV6April 2, 2012

AP National News Video More>> Supreme Court takes up key health care law issue: Can the gov't force you to carry insurance? By JOAN LOWY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - For the second year in a row, low-cost carrier AirTran Airways did the best job ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case known as tough
Florida TodayApril 1, 2012

Defense attorneys who have gone up against Corey in court say she is up for the job. "She is a tough-minded prosecutor who is prepared, thorough and a very good advocate for the prosecution in the court," said Ann Finnell, a Jacksonville defense...more »

Auditor general audit cracks down on state agency in Scranton [The Times ...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 2, 2012

... which was nearly 230 percent higher than its original estimate -- and may have violated laws by outsourcing some of its work to a private firm, according to a recent special performance audit by the state Department of the Auditor General .more »

EEOC Issues Age Discrimination Regulations
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2012

by Miller Canfield on 4/3/2012 On March 30, 2012, the EEOC published its final rule, issuing new regulations – effective on April 29, 2012 – governing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The new regulations set forth the EEOC's ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Surveillance: what the parties said then and now
The GuardianApril 3, 2012

The Liberal Democrat manifesto at the last general election said the party would "introduce a freedom bill to restore the civil liberties that are so precious to the British character" and "strengthen the Data Protection Act and the office of the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Frustration Floods PSC over Suspension of Renewable Energy Funds
AltEnergyMag (press release)April 3, 2012

More than 200 individuals and businesses submitted comments decrying the long delay in restarting the renewable energy programs of Focus on Energy, a nationally recognized program that reduces the cost of solar, wind, and biomass installations for ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney Maria Baler: 5 reasons to review and update your estate plan
Daily News TranscriptApril 11, 2012

Tax laws also change and seem to be affected more and more by the political climate, which is ever changing. Over the past several years federal and state estate tax laws have changed, therefore trusts created to shelter assets from estate taxes may no ...more »

Family Law
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Tribal justice still rules in parts of Egypt
Los Angeles TimesApril 1, 2012

"Police chiefs here don't interfere, and their laws and regulations don't mean anything when settling a dispute and they know this," Ismail said. "If one of the two conflicting families has killed one or two more than the other family, then we resort ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Meetings planned to assist cancer-stricken SRS workers
The Augusta ChronicleApril 10, 2012

“As part of this change, there are about 800 cases previously denied that we are reopening,” said Gary Steinberg, the acting director for the US Labor Department's Office of Worker Compensation Programs. “We'd also like to reach out to anyone eligible ...more »

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