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How hiring minors could have a major impact on your business
Smart Business NetworkApril 1, 2012

Although there are federal laws that impact employees who are minors, most requirements and restrictions come from state laws, and each state has its own set of regulations that employers must follow when hiring minors, says Holly Dangler, ...more »

E-commerce tax to target out-of-state retailers
MiamiHerald.comApril 1, 2012

Georgia joined other states this week in passing a law aimed at collecting billions in lost sales tax revenue from online retailers. The Legislature passed the measure as part of a comprehensive overhaul of the state's tax code.more »

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Administrative Law
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State upholds Lee County mine ruling
The News-PressApril 1, 2012

The state has upheld an administrative law judge's decision, saying Lee County's Comprehensive Plan meets the standards to deny zoning for mining in a vast watershed and wildlife area. Cynthia R. Lorenzo, interim executive director of the Department of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health-care law would end discriminatory 'gender rating'
The TennesseanApril 2, 2012

The health-care law will ban such practices once fully implemented, but until then, it remains a widespread problem. In Tennessee, 100 percent of the best-selling individual health insurance plans practice gender rating and 100 percent exclude ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Redistricting and Voting Rights Roundup
BETApril 3, 2012

By Joyce Jones South Carolina and Texas are not giving up on the fight to preserve their new voting laws and when it comes to redistricting, no one is truly safe. As Florida Rep. Corrine Brown has learned, sometimes political parties will even turn on ...more »

Immigration Law
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Mark L. Shurtleff: Republican Attorney General Of Utah Defies GOP Anti ...
Huffington PostApril 3, 2012

When Dan Stein, the longtime President of the country's leading conservative think-tank, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), got into a tiff on a radio talk program over Utah's immigration law this week, he wasn't having it out with ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Uttarakhand Chief Minister keeps major portfolios
The HinduApril 1, 2012

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna on Sunday distributed portfolios to his Cabinet colleagues keeping about 18 major departments including the PWD, Home, Law, Housing, Excise, Industrial Development, Forests and Wildlife and Information with him ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Idaho court hosts pro-bono mediation program
The Idaho StatesmanApril 1, 2012

The United States District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho, will partner with the Ninth Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to host the “Resolution Roundup.” Susie Boring-Headlee, who's organizing the program locally, said 30 cases ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court judgment should send warning note to insurance firms, say law firm
Jersey Isle NewsApril 2, 2012

The judgment makes clear that simply advising a client to thoroughly read documentation and ensure it meets requirements, is not good enough, irrespective of the client's experience in insurance matters. Bedell Cristin Head of Litigation Partner ...more »

Animal Law
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Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another Story
New York TimesApril 2, 2012

If only they were, nobody would have a problem with newborn chicks that are dyed in brilliant colors — neon, Fruity Pebbles, pastel, Crayola box — to serve as festive Easter gifts. The dye is either injected in the incubating egg or sprayed on the ...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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Litigation risk topic of closed-door meeting in Desert Hot Springs
The Desert SunApril 2, 2012

The agenda says the council will discuss “significant exposure” to possible litigation. The city attorney will report in open session afterwards if the council takes any action. The meeting will be at the Carl May Community Center, 11-711 West Drive.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Wisconsin Appeals Ruling Against Union Recertification Law
BloombergApril 10, 2012

State officials today asked US District Judge William Conley in Madison, Wisconsin, to put on hold enforcement of his decision that portions of the collective bargaining law are unconstitutional during the appeal. On March 30, Conley invalidated a part ...more »

Two die in plane crash north of Auckland
Stuff.co.nzApril 1, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Authorities have confirmed two people have died in a plane crash north of Auckland today. The fire service confirmed the plane crash was at South Head, about 90 kilometres north-west of Auckland, today. Reports that a plane had crashed ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord feeds tenant in need
Sunderland EchoApril 17, 2012

A DESPERATE tenant had to rely on her landlord for food after a paperwork blunder led to her benefits being stopped. Michelle Remmer spent almost a fortnight without money after being told she had not fulfilled legal requirements to receive jobseekers ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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How bad debt history can cost you a new job
Business Daily AfricaApril 1, 2012

Each time you apply for a credit facility from a commercial bank, the bank will first search the credit reference bureau database to ascertain your credit history. Photo/FILE By ISAIAH OPIYO (email the author) A fortnight ago, Franklin (not his real ...more »

Litigation
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Comerica Customers Seek Mediation of Overdraft Dispute
BloombergApril 6, 2012

The mediation is “an effort to resolve this action without further litigation,” according to a joint motion filed yesterday in federal court in Miami. The first mediation session is scheduled for May 23, according to the filing.more »

Business Law
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Turning off the Internet pimp engines
TheNewsTribune.com (blog)April 1, 2012

Most notably, the Governor's signature places culpability on the Internet companies that have been unwilling to eradicate the presence of human trafficking from their sites (Trib 3/29). It has been at least three years since this crime has become a ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'Military friendly'? College lists aimed at veterans on GI Bill prompt concerns
Louisville Courier-JournalApril 1, 2012

Patty Murray, D-Wash.; US Marines Iraq war veteran Moses Maddox and Iraq war veteran Army 1st Lt. Paul Rieckhoff applaud during a news conference introducing the GI benefit watchdog. / AP Associated Press In press releases and ads, colleges love ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Beauty queen accused of loan-modification scam
Los Angeles TimesApril 2, 2012

People who click the link have reported that their computers were infected with viruses, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Computer security experts caution that people should click email links only if they are confident that they know ...more »

Personal Injury
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'LA Law' Actor Subpoenas New York Personal Injury Firm
Wall Street Journal (blog)April 3, 2012

By Joe Palazzolo AP Corbin Bernsen played divorce lawyer Arnie Becker in the 1980s show LA Law. A full 15 years after the show's last episode, a Virginia-based company that provides marketing services for law firms hired him as a spokesman.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutional accumulated delays of up to 13 years in law controversy ...
San Francisco Luxury NewsApril 2, 2012

Reform of the Judiciary Act which requires a qualified majority for appointment to the Supreme Court pending since 2005. gay marriage law. The Constitution in 2005 agreed to hear the constitutional challenge presented by more than 50 members of the PP.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Department Issues Sixth Annual Ohio Medical Professional Liability Closed ...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 8, 2012

A total of 2988 medical professional liability claims were closed in 2010, according to data collected from entities providing medical professional liability coverage to Ohio health care providers and health care facilities. Ohio law requires all ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Duperreault Named Chairman of FACI
PropertyCasualty360April 2, 2012

The FACI was formed by the US Department of Treasury to provide advice to the FIO, which was created under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Appointments to the 15-member FACI, the first such committee of its kind in US ...more »

Real Estate Law
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ND lien law collects on unpaid child support
Crookston Daily TimesApril 3, 2012

The law created an online child support lien registry. A lien is created on real estate and titled property including vehicles owned by those on the list. Car dealers must check the registry anytime someone presents a vehicle as a trade-in.more »

AP source: Niese, Mets agree to $25.5M deal
Wall Street JournalApril 4, 2012

AP In the Mets' first major move since resolving the lawsuit by the trustee in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme, the team agreed with Niese on a $25.5 million, five-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.more »

Sports Law
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Tip boards face tough legal haul challenge
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 3, 2012

A House Republican proposal to finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium relies on an expansion of pro sports gambling that would require a difficult and costly challenge to federal law. House negotiators are banking on professional sports tip boards to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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George Zimmerman's Lawyer: 'Facts Have Been Spun by the Media'
TIMEApril 2, 2012

When George Zimmerman's lawyer, Orlando-based criminal defense attorney Craig Sonner, defended his client to TIME on Sunday night, he would not say whether he is gathering evidence for a trial. But he hints he is thinking ahead to a criminal case.more »

Odds favor IRS in Supreme Court tax cases: study
ReutersApril 5, 2012

The study said its findings "can be exploited by both government and corporate attorneys." BOOSTING ODDS OF WINNING The government's chances of prevailing in cases of alleged abuse increase when there are discrepancies between a corporation's internal ...more »

Strict law covering HIV-infected people against discrimination soon
Times of IndiaApril 7, 2012

The proposed law states that testing for AIDS cannot be a pre-requisite for employment or for access to healthcare, education or public places. It would mean that HIV afflicted people refused entry to public places like hotels or restaurants or denied ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NAB in talks for potential Australian debut sukuk -IFR
ReutersApril 5, 2012

National Australia Bank (Aa2/AA-/AA-) is understood to be in talks with regulators on a potential debut Sharia-compliant bond offering as the issuer seeks to marry local regulations with such deals' Islamic requirements. Any sukuk must secure prior ...more »

Environmental Law
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Renewable Energy Meets 35% of Scotland's Power Needs
Ecology Global NetworkApril 4, 2012

As a result, Scotland accounted for 40% of all renewable energy produced in the UK last year. The 54-turbine Black Law Wind Farm, near Forth in Lanarkshire, has a capacity of 124 megawatts. Such rapid growth, particularly as it pertains to wind, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Maldon district: Mad rush for postage stamps hits district
Maldon and Burnham StandardApril 19, 2012

Marie Parker, 43, of Wood Road, Heybridge, and her mother Ann Fosbrook, 63, who together own Fosbrooks Wills and Probate, have not been the only ones rushing to the district's post offices, leaving a number of branches temporarily out of stock.more »

Family Law
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Mexico Agents Investigate Family in Ritual 'Santa Muerte' Sacrifices
Fox NewsApril 1, 2012

José Larrinaga, spokesman for the Sonora Attorney General's Office, said 44-year-old Silvia Meraz was the cult leader, and seven people related to her, were detained: her boyfriend Eduardo Sanchez, father, son, three daughters and a daughter-in-law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp and Social Security
Federal Times (blog)April 3, 2012

Q. I have been receiving federal workers' compensation since February 2007 for an on-the-job injury. I never applied for Social Security disability. I turned 66 on Feb. 3 and applied for my full SS retirement benefits. If I hadn't been injured on the ...more »

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