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Corona del Mar Today: Fire chief explains fire maps
Daily PilotApril 1, 2012

By Amy Senk Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster met with about 40 residents Wednesday evening, explaining the seemingly flip-flopping position that Corona del Mar has on state fire hazard maps. State law requires the Newport Beach City Council to ...more »

When NC employers dodge workers' comp costs, employees pay the price
Charlotte ObserverApril 1, 2012

Though the state has the power to crack down on these businesses, it doesn't act until a worker is hurt and left without a paycheck and with mounting medical bills. The state Industrial Commission rarely enforces penalties, and efforts to collect money ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Proposed city budget rises 3 percent to $31.1 million
Quincy Herald WhigApril 1, 2012

Increases in liability insurance, health insurance premiums and pension contributions have fueled a 3 percent increase in the general budget from this fiscal year. Director of Administrative Services Gary Sparks said most of the budgetary increases are ...more »

Health Care Law
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Countries that spend the most on health care
msnbc.com (blog)April 1, 2012

... the eighth-lowest life expectancy in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development survey. By Michael B. Sauter and Charles B. Stockdale, 24/7 Wall St. This week, the Supreme Court considered President Obama's health care reform law.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Charlottesville budget proposal relies on raiding certain funds
The Daily ProgressApril 1, 2012

Today: City Hall's balancing act; group meeting in May to determine future of city schools. Monday: Budget would deny request for key public safety strategy. Today: City Hall's balancing act; group meeting in May to determine future of city schools.more »

Immigration Law
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State's tough immigration law could get changes
STLtoday.comApril 6, 2012

Changes could be coming to Alabama's tough immigration law that has been challenged by the courts, churches and businesses. Its author, Republican Rep. Micky Hammon, on Thursday offered revisions that he said would make the law more workable for local ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Morning Download: Big Data Comes to 'Moneyball'
Wall Street Journal (blog)April 5, 2012

Big league baseball clubs now have access to data analytics “they could never do before,” says Oscar Fernandez, director of application development and business intelligence for Major League Baseball. The clubs are using those tools to win at ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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S. Sudan says Sudan still bombing, won't be dragged to war
ReutersApril 2, 2012

Benjamin said the government in Juba was confident outstanding issues, including a border dispute and a row over citizenship could be resolved through peaceful dialogue using the African Union and other international organisations.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Reservation Lawsuit
WLOSApril 3, 2012

But a lawsuit claims that money was mismanaged. A class action lawsuit is being brought against the Investment Committee of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians claiming more than 175 17-year-olds lost 22 thousand dollars each.more »

Animal Law
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Hollywood's long history of animal cruelty
SalonApril 2, 2012

The Hays Office, well known for prissy extremes such as insisting that marital bedrooms feature twin beds and that Betty Boop dress more modestly, also banned apparent animal cruelty. Films were submitted to the Office before release to get a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Awards Can Instill A Culture Of Innovation - Ismail Sabri
BernamaApril 3, 2012

KUALA LUMPUR, April 3 (Bernama) -- The National Intellectual Property Awards can instill a culture of innovation among Malaysians, said Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. He said the awards served to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Cadwalader Adds Recognized Washington Attorney to Business Fraud Group
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

... a leading counselor to financial institutions and corporations, today announced that senior Department of Justice official Adam Lurie has joined the Washington Office as Partner in the firm's Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Department.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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First, a reprimand, now U's nursing dean cited for reprisal
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 3, 2012

University of Minnesota Nursing Dean Connie Delaney, who is already under university reprimand for a hiring infraction, now faces a state human rights finding of discrimination and retaliation for firing an employee who filed an internal workplace ...more »

Donald Cates killed in Ohio plane crash
KSDKApril 1, 2012

AP BELMONT, Ohio (KSDK) - A volunteer with Chesterfield-based Wings of Hope has been killed in a plane crash in eastern Ohio. Trooper Ross Thompson with the Ohio State Highway says Donald J. Cates, 56, of Scott Air Force Base, was lone occupant of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Has Gov. Jerry Brown Defended and Promoted Women and Girls in California?
Huffington Post (blog)April 9, 2012

This bill extends the operation of the Reproductive Rights Law Enforcement Act, designed to combat crimes interfering with patients' access to health care facilities, and directs the Commission on Peace Officers' Standards and Training to develop...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tribune Broadcasting says no DirecTV deal
BusinessWeekApril 1, 2012

Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement late Saturday 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 York ...more »

Litigation
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EPO Decision, Utah Litigation Show Tuschl Patents Remain Mired in Litigation
Genetic Engineering NewsApril 5, 2012

It took litigation to settle ownership issues and use of Tuschl I and II. In 2009, Alnylam and Max Planck sued MIT, UMass, and Whitehead, alleging that the three misappropriated the use of 3' overhangs and other siRNA-related inventions from Tuschl II ...more »

Business Law
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Supreme Court justices voice doubts in Congress
Bryan College Station EagleApril 1, 2012

The views about Congress underlay questions from justices who appear to be on both sides of the argument over the constitutionality of the law's key provision, the individual insurance requirement, as well as whether the entire law should be thrown out ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tougher citizenship requirements nearly kept Lacey Army veteran from 6-figure ...
TheNewsTribune.comApril 9, 2012

In 2008, the agency began enforcing new requirements for birth certificates that first-time applicants use to apply for passports. The changes were intended to bring passport policies up to date and reflect changes in federal law. The prior regulation...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Operation Artemis: Multi-Agency Statewide Operation Targets Child Pornography ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)April 2, 2012

ALBUQUERQUE—United States Attorney Kenneth J Gonzales and New Mexico State Attorney General Gary K King announced today that, during the past three weeks, federal, state, and local law enforcement affiliates of the New Mexico Internet Crimes Against ...more »

Personal Injury
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Time will tell if new law fixes rampant car insurance fraud
MiamiHerald.comApril 2, 2012

A new law addresses the issue, but it might raise new issues. By Tia Mitchell TALLAHASSEE -- The long list of suspected car insurance scammers now includes food truck vendors. The state Division of Insurance Fraud reported last week that 15 people have ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama says health care law is constitutional
CNN InternationalApril 3, 2012

By Tom Cohen, CNN Washington (CNN) -- President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on last week's Supreme Court arguments about health care reform, saying he expected the justices to rule the act is constitutional. "In accordance with precedents out there, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Star a finalist for IRE award
Kansas City StarApril 2, 2012

Bavley's “Bad Medicine” stories focused on doctors with spotless medical licenses despite long histories of malpractice payments. IRE is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to training and supporting journalists who pursue investigative ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog challenges ruling on billing
Times LIVEApril 28, 2012

"Further, the Consumer Protection Act is not prescriptive as to the investigation process to follow. All the steps followed were as per the enforcement manual of the commission. An extra initiative was even taken in meeting with the city on these ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dubai to issue law to protect property investors
Emirates 24/7April 1, 2012

Dubai is planning to enforce a new law in mid 2012 intended to protect property investors to prevent fresh crisis that jolted the local real estate market in the wake of the 2008 global fiscal distress, an official has said. The new law will likely be ...more »

People in Business
Houston ChronicleApril 1, 2012

IPFC is a boutique financial consulting firm that provides corporate, individual and law firm clients with financial assessments and valuation services related to intellectual property and other assets. 1CBRE announced that commercial mortgage brokers ...more »

Sports Law
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Simon Turnbull: It's a sorry state to have sympathy for the devil
The IndependentApril 8, 2012

Any day now – by the end of the month at the latest – the Court of Arbitration for Sport will announce whether the British Olympic Association can maintain the by-law that precludes athletes from all sports who have served doping suspensions of six ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney plays condemned in Crossroads film
Madison County HeraldApril 10, 2012

The Madison resident who fills most of his time on the other side of the law as a criminal defense attorney can be seen in the movie Old Oak a short independent film shot on location in Canton. Old Oak will be shown during the the 7:20 pm Saturday ...more »

Canada-US Cross-Border Bulletin: What You Know About FBARs Can Hurt You
JD Supra (press release)April 23, 2012

The release confirmed that the IRS will not assert failure to file and failure to pay income tax penalt ies against taxpayers who file delinquent returns and do not owe US tax (such as due to the application of the foreign tax credit).more »

Wisconsin's Repeal of Equal Pay Rights Adds to Battles for Women
Daily BeastApril 7, 2012

The Equal Pay law wasn't just about women—it also offered protection from discrimination based on race, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and other factors. But it was enacted largely in response to a large gap between men and women's ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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MIDDAY UPDATE: Government targets loan sharks
Yahoo!Xtra New Zealand NewsApril 2, 2012

“These will be the biggest changes to consumer credit law in a decade,” Tremain said. “It is time for a significant shift in lending laws to increase protection for borrows and target irresponsible lenders.” The changes include better controls against ...more »

Environmental Law
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RE pushed to resolve Mindanao power crisis
Journal OnlineApril 1, 2012

AN environmental group said that President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III's allies in Congress should not seek emergency powers for him but instead push the executive branch of government to fast-track the implementation of the renewable energy (RE) law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp rules change criticized by doctors
Hawaii News NowApril 4, 2012

By Howard Dicus - bio | email HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The Hawaii Legislature is considering changing the rules of workers' compensation despite opposition from medical experts in the field who fear the move could hurt workers rather than help them.more »

Family Law
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Collaborative Law & Mediation Offices of Katherine Eisold Miller Names Ani ...
PR Web (press release)April 3, 2012

In a move that will expand the ability to offer constructive, intelligent solutions for the entire range of family law issues, the Collaborative Law & Mediation Offices of Katherine Eisold Miller has announced that Ani Mason has joined the firm as an ...more »

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