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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 »

Cops sensitized to elders' woes
Times of IndiaApril 1, 2012

BANGALORE: Senior citizen Mandakini's son allegedly threatened her every day and would physically abuse her, forcing her to transfer her property to him. She called the Elders' Helpline, which in turn issued a notice to the son.more »

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Administrative Law
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Nominates President Candidate
BloombergApril 1, 2012

“We have taken administrative, legal and judicial measures before the military judiciary and based on this, all convictions have been dropped,” Abdel Monem Abdel Maqsoud said in a phone interview in Cairo yesterday. “All legal obstacles have been ...more »

Health Care Law
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Daschle, McGovern Weigh In On Health Care Law
KELOLAND TVApril 1, 2012

By Hailey Higgins The fate of the national health care reform law is in the hands of the US Supreme Court. The nine justices have heard arguments for the past week about whether or not the federal mandate requiring all Americans to buy insurance is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Report: Saints bounty players could face criminal charges
USA TODAYApril 2, 2012

There can't be legal liability anytime there is an injury. Otherwise, you can't have football." For more information about reprints & permissions, visit our FAQ's. To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones.more »

Immigration Law
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Romney slams Obama over immigration record
CBS NewsApril 3, 2012

Speaking at an oil distributorship, the former Massachusetts governor said the president "chooses to do nothing" about fixing America's immigration laws and noted that Obama had pledged to make the issue a priority during his 2008 campaign for the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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China, Malaysia launch 1st joint industrial park
China DailyApril 1, 2012

The China-Malaysia Qinzhou Industrial Park will focus on the development of manufacturing, IT and service industries. The park will set a good example for economic cooperation between the two countries, Premier Wen Jiabao said at the park's opening ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Codiac Transpo talks may resume
CBC.caApril 2, 2012

But the union, which represents about 90 people, including bus drivers, mechanics and service workers, is still hoping to resolve the dispute, said George Turple, the president and business agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1290.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Holder backs Obama comments on Supreme Court
msnbc.comApril 5, 2012

The letter states well-settled law about the issue, but in doing so, it manages to make many of the points the Obama administration has stressed in litigation over the health-care case. During oral argument Tuesday over a lawsuit challenging a part of ...more »

Animal Law
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Wayne Pacelle, CEO of HSUS, comes to New Orleans for book-signing
NOLA.comApril 1, 2012

He tells the story of the biggest animal rescue mission in American history and how it led to the federal Pet Evacuation and Transportation Standards (PETS) Act, which requires every local or state disaster response agency receiving funding from FEMA ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Trademark change sounds like a gift to big business
Vancouver SunApril 4, 2012

The MGM roaring lion is sleeping easier these days - the Canadian Intellectual Property Office is allowing companies to register and protect "sound marks." It was a 20-year fight for the famous Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer symbol, but it has led to a dramatic ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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South Colton dog trainer will stay shut down as litigation continues
WatertownDailyTimes.comApril 2, 2012

Mr. Sabin was not in the courtroom Friday, but his attorney, David P. Antonucci of Watertown, said there are satisfied customers but their names are with Mr. Sabin's previous attorney. Mr. Antonucci said the issues brought up by the state attorney...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California affirmative action ban challenge rejected
Santa Cruz SentinelApril 3, 2012

By Howard Mintz A federal appeals court on Monday upheld California's voter-approved ban on state-backed affirmative action programs, denying arguments that it is depriving minority students of a fair shot at admissions to public universities.more »

Experimental plane crashes into Fla. supermarket
CBS NewsApril 3, 2012

A small experimental plane sputtered and crashed in flames into a supermarket at a Florida shopping center Monday evening, injuring five people and sending frightened shoppers running from the complex, authorities said. Several people in the Northgate ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Fit to let doesn't mean habitable
Independent OnlineApril 10, 2012

By Sayed Iqbal Mohamed Implied warranty of habi-tability is part of our common law and developed by the courts in a few instances, but is largely ignored. When a tenant enters into a lease contract, the dwelling must be habitable, which includes ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stacie Derman opens law practice
Stockton RecordApril 2, 2012

Derman focuses mostly on family law and criminal defense but is also taking on bankruptcy cases, simple will preparation and other general civil law matters. Macy Caldwell has joined Placer Title Co. as a business development representative in the ...more »

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Acacia Subsidiary Enters into Settlement and License Agreement with QlikTech, Inc.
SunHerald.comApril 3, 2012

Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTG) announced today that its BI Systems LLC subsidiary has entered into a settlement and license agreement with QlikTech, Inc. This agreement resolves patent litigation that was pending in the United States ...more »

Business Law
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Pricey rats removed, pirate ship Bangun Perkasa crawls toward eventual fate
Alaska DispatchApril 1, 2012

Nobody came forward to claim the vessel, despite advertising appeals in several newspapers including the Asian Wall Street Journal, said attorney Joshua Freeman of the US Attorney's office in Anchorage. The federal government has physical but not legal ...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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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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Toxic Tort Lawsuits Seen as Less Likely In Wake of FDA Decision on Bisphenol A
Bloomberg BNAApril 9, 2012

... several proposed multi-state class actions, citing the plaintiffs' failure to demonstrate that common issues of law and fact controlled the litigation (In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastic Products Liability Litigation, WD Mo., MDL No.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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Admitting Errors Is the Right Thing to Do
JD Supra (press release)April 2, 2012

by Patrick Malone & Associates PC | DC Injury Lawyers on 4/2/2012 Early in life most of us are taught to tell the truth. Its corollary is to admit when you've made a mistake. In the world of medical malpractice, however, these simple life lessons are ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FSOC Approves Final Rule to Designate Nonbank SIFIs; MMFs Not Likely?
Crane Data LLCApril 4, 2012

It says, "Section 113 of the Dodd-​Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (​the "​Dodd-​Frank Act") authorizes the Financial Stability Oversight Council (​the "​Council") to determine that a nonbank financial company shall be supervised ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Q&A: Is this the year to buy?
Kansas City StarApril 5, 2012

By GARY M. SINGER QUESTION: With the market up and down and with elections on the horizon, my husband and I are unsure about whether we should buy a home. We don't want to wait too long and have prices go back up. What are your thoughts on buying in ...more »

Physicians Post-PPACA: Not Going Bust At The Healthcare Buffet (Conclusion)
Physicians News DigestApril 2, 2012

Thus, a possible option is to partner with an insurance company through employment or other contractual means. In some cases, this may be a very positive option for physicians. However, it should be noted that in the 1970s and 1980s, Prudential was a ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Friends recall Micah True: passionate ...
KEYC TVApril 1, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> Supreme Court takes up key health care law issue: Can the gov't force you to carry insurance? More>> By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) - Up mountainsides, through deserts and ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Michigan Drunk Driving Defense Attorney Launches New Website
PR Web (press release)April 5, 2012

“We know it's scary to be arrested for OWI or any crime,” he added. “But you have legal rights. They need to be protected. You also have options. They need to be pursued. A skilled and experienced OWI defense attorney can help you sort through your ...more »

Audit: Iowa schools group lost $1M on risky deals
Boston.comApril 5, 2012

Leaders of the association told auditors they had suspended such investments while lawyers review whether they are subject to a state law banning the use of public funds for market speculation. The audit also showed the association was forced to pay ...more »

Anchorage ballot issue fuels passionate debate over protections for gay ...
The RepublicApril 1, 2012

Nationally, 13 states, 134 cities and counties, and the District of Columbia have discrimination laws for private entities that include protections for transgender individuals, according to figures from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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'Significant Impediment' to Sino-Forest Asset Split 5, 2012

Sino-Forest's offshoot Greenheart is the owner of the Mangakahia Forest in New Zealand, so questions are being raised over whether this, and another forest asset in Surname, will also be up for sale. However, a spokesman for the Hong Kong-based law...more »

Environmental Law
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Covanta Announces Completion of $1.6 Billion of Debt Transactions
Energy Digital (press release)April 4, 2012

Covanta Holding Corporation is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Business briefs for April 16
Marshall IndependentApril 16, 2012

This class will cover how credit scores affect everything; what goes into a good credit score and a bad credit score; strategies for credit repair and how to build a budget to achieve good credit scores. This class could have a significant impact on ...more »

Family Law
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Mesothelioma Law Firm Helps Patients Understand Thoracic Surgery
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)April 4, 2012

Surgery is often the first line of defense against asbestos cancer. The California mesothelioma law firm of Clapper Patti Schweizer & Mason helps clients and those newly diagnosed to understand the role of thoracic surgery as treatment for mesothelioma ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BestWeek: Health Care Reforms, Medicare Spending Squeezing Excess Workers...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 2, 2012

Big changes lie ahead for the excess workers' compensation line, as the third-largest writer leaves the stand-alone market in the wake of rising medical costs and the possible impact of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest issue of BestWeek ...more »


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