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Call to slash first home grant for many
The AustralianApril 1, 2012

THE Victorian first home buyers grant should be restricted to newly constructed dwellings to give the building industry a much needed boost, the Urban Development Institute of Australia says. The UDIA is also calling for a further interest rate cut ...more »

A Bloggy Puttanesca
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (blog)April 1, 2012

The police did no real investigation of a kid being shot, citing Florida's Stand Your Ground Law – which itself was passed more as a political tool than an attempt at crime prevention. In the Martin case, either the police were incompetent and/or ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge candidates bring wealth of experience to race
Great Falls TribuneApril 29, 2012

Based on the results of this review, we must implement those administrative processes and specialty courts with the greatest potential of providing efficient, fair, and impartial justice, while not sacrificing public safety. 2. In replacing Judge...more »

Health Care Law
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Letter: Intended benefits of the health care law not the issue, but whether it ...
TCPalmApril 27, 2012

Edward White's April 22 column on the Affordable Care Act missed the mark again. The issue is not the merits of the law, however altruistic they are. It is a legal issue about how the law is enforced. The ACA was passed in a most unpleasant way, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bob Jones Student From Bradenton Expelled After Watching "Glee"
Patch.comApril 28, 2012

By Toni Whitt A 23-year-old student at Bob Jones University from Bradenton has been kicked out of school after bucking the administration. But it's the act that resulted in his final demerits, that's causing a stir. It was a story first reported by ...more »

Immigration Law
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Florida Senator Promotes New Dream Act
NPRApril 23, 2012

Marco Rubio, an oft-mentioned name as a running mate to Mitt Romney, wants to push a modified Dream Act to let children of illegal immigrants get legal status in the US Here's one thing Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio did not address at that meeting today.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Singapore's strength lies in its multiculturalism
Arab NewsApril 30, 2012

In terms of expertise and know-how, Singapore's strengths are in urban planning and industrial township development, public housing, water solutions, information and communications technology, ports and airport management, ship building and aerospace ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Apple and Samsung mediation date set for May 21st and 22nd
The VergeApril 28, 2012

By Jamie Keene on April 28, 2012 02:19 pm 0Comments Following Judge Lucy Koh's order that Samsung and Apple must go to mediation to resolve their long-running patent infringement dispute, a date has now been set: May 21st and 22nd.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mortgage Insurer MGIC Settles Maternity Discrimination Case
Wall Street JournalApril 30, 2012

The company faced federal allegations that it required 70 women to return to work before they could receive mortgage-insurance coverage, which allows home buyers to take out loans with down payments of less than 20%. In a lawsuit filed last summer, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Law Violators Learn Accountability
KAKEApril 30, 2012

Police need to start doing their job and cracking down on the law-breakers. by 7geez Location: KS on Apr 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM I'm glad to see something like the Animal Justice Coalition in Wichita. Law enforcement needs to pay more attention to animal...more »

Intellectual Property
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India to have intellectual property strategy
TehelkaApril 27, 2012

THE INDIAN government has set up a sectoral council to prepare national intellectual property rights strategy with a view to incentivise innovation, a senior official said on Thursday. Saurabh Chandra, secretary, department of industrial policy and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos compensation ruling heralded 'historic'
Derby TelegraphApril 26, 2012

Mr Justice Wyn Williams gave his decision on the basis of the common law concept of assumption of responsibility. Yesterday three judges in the Court of Appeal dismissed Cape's challenge to that ruling. Lady Justice Arden, sitting with Lord Justice ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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NEF Tackles Watchdog Over Affirmative Action
AllAfrica.comApril 13, 2012

By Jo-MarÉ Duddy, 13 April 2012 THE Namibian Employers' Federation (NEF) has challenged the Employment Equity Commission (EEC) to publicly name and prosecute companies hampering affirmative action and to stop making "generalised accusations" which are ...more »

Attorney: 'Career killer' report for Coast Guard crash survivor
Alaska DispatchApril 25, 2012

The final crash report noted that Leone, the helicopter's co-pilot, failed to navigate and adequately oppose the pilot's decision to drop in altitude seconds before the aircraft struck inadequately marked power lines maintained by the Coast Guard.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rents 'Too Damn High'
Wall Street JournalApril 30, 2012

But that doesn't mean that tenants will keep paying the increases. High-end apartment owner Equity Residential, the country's largest publicly traded apartment landlord, reported last week that its occupancy in New York City fell 0.9% to 95.3% during ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Federal judge stops Texas law on women's health
NewsWest9.comApril 30, 2012

"Octomom" Nadya Suleman is filing for bankruptcy, telling a federal court she has as much as $1 million in debt. By TRACIE CONE Associated Press In 2004, the California Legislature gave foie gras producers seven years to find a humane way to create the ...more »

Litigation
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Increasing litigation shows people s trust in judiciary: CJP
The News InternationalApril 28, 2012

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry on Friday said that increasing litigation is the peopleís trust on the judiciary. Addressing an opening session of National Judicial (Policy Making) Committee at the Sindh High ...more »

Business Law
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New VINDICO Insights Report Analyzes 30 Billion Online Video Ad Impressions to ...
Broadcast NewsroomApril 11, 2012

Further, data found click-through rate, widely recognized as the industry standard for conversion, to be King of False Positives. Instead, completers or those who watch a video ad to completion are far more crucial to the success of a digital video ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Army beefs up leadership at troubled Lewis-McChord base
Chicago TribuneApril 27, 2012

The Army is reviewing accusations that doctors at the base's hospital, Madigan Army Medical Center, reversed diagnoses of post-traumatic stress disorder in an apparent attempt to cut the cost of disability benefits paid out by the Army.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Former State Probation and Parole Supervisor Pleads Guilty to Federal Child ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)April 28, 2012

On June 9, 2011, the FPD and NMAGO executed a search warrant at Franco's residence and seized computers and computer-related media that contained child pornography images and videos. In his plea agreement, Franco admitted that, while the search warrant ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Tennessee Car Accident Lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates Alert ...
Houston ChronicleApril 30, 2012

The Tennessee car accident attorneys at the law firm of Michael D. Ponce & Associates, a team of Tennessee personal injury attorneys who represent clients injured in crashes across the state, hereby alert the public of two new bills that are working ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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When It Comes To The Constitution, The Obama Administration Cannot Lay a Glove ...
Fox News (blog)April 4, 2012

This is hardly a sentiment that should come from anyone sworn to uphold the Constitution, much less a public servant who is a lawyer, much less a person who once taught constitutional law at one of the nation's best law schools.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Book Review: More New Developments In Successful Partnering In 2012
Metropolitan Corporate CounselApril 23, 2012

Because these other new chapters also address rapidly evolving and important areas of corporate legal practice, they are discussed in this month's review. But first, a few words about the treatise. Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer law debated
CitizenApril 20, 2012

In this most recent high-profile battle, the Commission's behaviour in relation to its legally enshrined powers as outlined in the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) has also become a point of interest. Dale Smiedt, Levitt's lawyer, informed CitiBusiness ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dewey in Discussions With Rival Law Firm
Wall Street JournalApril 20, 2012

But law firms usually used bankruptcy just to shut down, until late last year when a South Florida law firm that specialized in real-estate law, Ruden McClosky, used the bankruptcy process to clinch a $7.8 million cash-and-debt sale to a new owner.more »

Outsourcing Contracts and Negotiations Getting More Complex
CIOApril 28, 2012

KPMG reports that 41 percent of outsourcing attorneys surveyed for its 2012 Legal Pulse report indicated that complexity in contracting for outsourced services—as evidenced in things like service levels, contract structure, pricing models, ...more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNApril 28, 2012

(AP) — Law officers hunting for an armed survivalist suspected of killing his wife and daughter are maintaining a perimeter around an elaborate, underground bunker in the woods of Washington state. SWAT teams pumped tear gas into the structure after ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Newcomer versus perennial candidate in Democrats' DA race in Harris County
Houston ChronicleApril 29, 2012

A political newcomer with a famous family name, Houston attorney Zack Fertitta, 36, hopes to succeed Lykos - if, that is, he gets past a perennial candidate in the Democratic primary and if he bolsters his name recognition among Harris County voters.more »

Audit: Kenner visitors bureau misspent thousands
The Sheboygan PressApril 30, 2012

Also, Rada may have violated the law by spending $10406 of proceeds from the Laketown Festival without written authorization from the city of Kenner, required under the agreement between the city and the convention bureau. The Legislative Auditor's...more »

Fired Ohio teacher: Catholic schools discriminated
WSBT-TVApril 30, 2012

The results: a 14-month-old daughter she adores, a lost job and a federal discrimination lawsuit now moving forward that is being viewed as a barometer of religious organizations' regulation over employees' lives. Dias charges that the Catholic ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Blind activist's escape gives lift to other Chinese dissidents
New York Daily NewsApril 29, 2012

BEIJING — The surprising escape of a blind legal activist from house arrest to the presumed custody of US diplomats is buoying China's embattled dissident community even as the government lashes out, detaining those who helped him and squelching ...more »

Environmental Law
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Federal aid sought to build nuclear reactors in Missouri
Kansas City StarApril 20, 2012

Ed Smith, safe energy director for the Missouri Coalition for the Environment, said investments in renewable energy could create thousands of jobs without the risks associated with nuclear technology. Interest in building nuclear plants has been in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorney Supports National Health Care Decisions Day
Exec Digital (press release)April 30, 2012

OC Trusts Lawyer Darlynn Morgan and Morgan Law Group is a Southern California Probate Attorney / Estate Planning Lawyer / Wills & Living Trusts Law Firm Serving: Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego & all of Southern ...more »

Family Law
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McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing Appoints Paula Bennett
Citybizlist (press release)April 16, 2012

DALLAS - The Family Law firm of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing, LLP., is pleased to announce that Paula Bennett has joined the firm's Dallas office as an associate. Ms. Bennett represents clients in a wide range of Family Law matters, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Conning Research: Workers' Compensation Faces More Challenges Following Recession
MarketWatch (press release)April 26, 2012

HARTFORD, Conn., April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- As the economy recovers, workers' compensation may see different directional trends, leading to a complex mixture of improvement and further deterioration, according to a new study by Conning ...more »

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