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Judge says suit involving Yellowstone Club against Credit Suisse can continue
The MissoulianApril 1, 2012

... brought by homeowners at four luxury resorts in the West and the Bahamas that went bankrupt. US District Judge Edward Lodge ruled that some of the plaintiffs can proceed with claims of fraud, negligence and interference against Credit Suisse.more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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WALTERS: Judges' war over facilities is entering its next phase
Modesto BeeApril 30, 2012

The ACJ has accused the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts of wasting money on a bloated bureaucracy, an unworkable centralized computer system and a multibillion-dollar courthouse construction program while local courts have ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's health care reform hurts students
Knoxville News Sentinel (blog)April 30, 2012

A little noticed and hardly mentioned provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act hurt college students. Our ever-expanding health care entitlements have long consumed tax dollars that could have gone to colleges and universities to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones Applauds Passage of SB 1216 By California ...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 28, 2012

SB 1216, which received bipartisan support, is sponsored by Commissioner Jones and the California Department of Insurance . The proposed legislation updates California reinsurance laws in response to changes in federal law and revisions in the National ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigrant rights march focuses on Supreme Court case
Milwaukee Journal SentinelApril 30, 2012

This year's turnout for the march, which has taken place yearly since 2006 to push for reform of the nation's immigration laws, was smaller than in previous years when the marches here have been among the largest in the country. Christine Neumann-Ortiz ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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UG researchers and industry harps on Research and development
GhanaWebApril 30, 2012

Ms Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment Science and Technology (MEST), on Monday called for private sector collaboration in the funding of Research and Development (R&D) activities to enhance the development in Science, Technology and Industry.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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FMCSA publishes final rule addressing 'reincarnated' carriers
Land Line MagazineApril 30, 2012

OOIDA also commented that FMCSA's DataQ dispute resolution process doesn't allow due process to carriers and drivers. FMCSA said the rule in question was limited to the notice of claim resolution process. FMCSA also established procedures for issuing ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Michele Punturi, Esquire, Invited to Join the Claims and Litigation Management ...
Citybizlist (press release)April 3, 2012

The CLM is a nonpartisan alliance comprised of thousands of insurance companies, corporations, corporate counsel, litigation and risk managers, claims professionals and attorneys. Through education and collaboration the organization's goals are to ...more »

Animal Law
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For the animals
Buffalo NewsApril 2, 2012

A proposal in the Erie County Legislature that would force people convicted of animal cruelty in the county to register on a public website is probably not a bad idea. The details would have to be finely tuned. Freshman Legislator Terrence D. McCracken ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google Drive prompts intellectual property fears
New Zealand HeraldApril 26, 2012

Before the day was over, technology blogs and Twitter users were seizing on a legal clause in the "terms of service" that could be interpreted to mean that any content stored in Google Drive automatically becomes Google's intellectual property.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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American Financial Group, Inc. Announces First Quarter Earnings
MarketWatch (press release)April 30, 2012

S. Craig Lindner and Carl H. Lindner III, AFG's Co-Chief Executive Officers, issued this statement: "AFG reported strong results in the 2012 first quarter, demonstrating the effectiveness of our specialization strategy and the discipline of our ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What does the Baylor Law data leak tell us about affirmative action?
Point of LawApril 9, 2012

If you believe Elie Mystal at Above the Law, the data shows that affirmative action isn't such a big deal: Eyeballing the numbers (and I haven't done a full statistical analysis on this data because I think it's kind of missing the point), ...more »

Plane crashes into Lake Wausau
Wausau Daily HeraldApril 22, 2012

This engine was very quiet and (the plane) was very low." Steele watched as the plane dropped lower and lower, and then landed in the water. He saw a splash, and then the plane's tail tipped up. It was a gentle sort of crash, Steele said, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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County Fair Housing Task Force reminds landlords of anti-discrimination laws
North Country NowApril 12, 2012

The Task Force has also revised a model rental lease that may be used between landlords and tenants. The lease was revised over a series of months and included input from the St. Lawrence County Board of Realtors and the St. Lawrence County Bar ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US Court of Appeals
Law.comApril 7, 2012

C. §§201... by Edward E. Neiger | 04/06/2012 ...a brief overview of what caused these...provided the bankruptcy court deems that the...23, 2012, the US. Bankruptcy Court... by Justice Michael D. Stallman | 04/06/2012 ...Cite as: Friends of Hudson River ...more »

Litigation
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Organizations Begin Litigation to Enforce National Voter Registration Act in PA
eNews Park ForestApril 26, 2012

Attorneys from Demos, Project Vote, and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law sent a pre-litigation notice letter on Monday to the Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth charging that the state is failing to provide low-income residents ...more »

Business Law
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George Zimmerman: Defense enters Twitter, Facebook conversation
Chicago TribuneApril 30, 2012

Now, defense attorneys for George Zimmerman, the Neighborhood Watch volunteer charged in the teen's death, have entered the virtual conversation. In an unusual move, Mark O'Mara has started a blog and accompanying Twitter and Facebook accounts to ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Is the US military ready for women on the frontline?
The GuardianApril 26, 2012

Women are also much less likely to qualify for disability benefits related to physical injury or trauma. Why? Because "officially" they aren't exposed to combat. No doubt, thousands of enlisted women would tell the US military that they're more than ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Zimmerman being tracked by sensitive GPS device
WISApril 23, 2012

24-year-old Catharine Ammons and 27-year-old James Watson of LugoffMore >> By LOLITA C. BALDORAssociated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - For computer users, a few mouse clicks could mean the difference between staying online and losing Internet connections ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Lawsuit Leads to $33M Award
CisionWire (press release)April 25, 2012

A jury awarded a Texas man $33.3 million in a personal injury lawsuit in relation to a June 2011 car accident. As reported in The Caller, James “Buddy” Roberts claims that he suffered severe injuries after another vehicle crashed into his near a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Constitutional status to panchayat soon in J&K'
Zee NewsApril 28, 2012

"When the offices in Srinagar will reopen, I will sit with Rural Development, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister to undertake an exercise in this regard (to bring relevant legislation to provide constitutional guarantee to powers of panchayats in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Morocco Clamours for Justice
Inter Press ServiceApril 22, 2012

Fouzia El Bayed, deputy of the Constitutional Union (UC), which holds 17 of the 379 seats in parliament, told IPS that Morocco's legal system is blighted by malpractice and the abuse of power, which have eroded citizens' trust in the rule of law.more »

Consumer Protection
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Nova Scotia to regulate hidden cellphone fees
CTV.caApril 27, 2012

Service Nova Scotia Minister John MacDonell said amendments to the province's Consumer Protection Act would cap cancellation fees to $50 and require telecommunications companies to provide minimum monthly costs of service in contracts and advertising.more »

Real Estate Law
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Hull Barrett Attorney Selected as WAGT 26 Women to Watch
Houston ChronicleApril 30, 2012

The station seeks nominations for local business women who serve as role models in their business community. Each candidate is reviewed and then a person is selected who exemplifies the power of entrepreneurs, empower others to be successful, ...more »

WCTV looks to the future
Boston.comApril 29, 2012

Ideal candidates should have experience in commercial construction, architecture design, local zoning laws, contract law, commercial finance, nonprofit organizations, grant writing, community involvement, and other relevant skills.more »

Sports Law
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Prosecutor defends money spent on sports programs
Boston.comApril 29, 2012

The Telegram & Gazette reports that documents it received under the state Public Records Law showed money was given without a formal application process used by other district attorneys. And it says some contractors were political donors to Early.more »

Criminal Defense
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Lake County hires attorney to investigate jail deaths
Chicago TribuneApril 25, 2012

Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran, Jr., announced the hiring of Terry Ekl, a former Cook County prosecutor turned criminal defense attorney, to investigate the deaths of Eugene Gruber and Lyvita Gomes. Gruber, 51, of Grayslake, died in a hospital March 3 ...more »

Maker Of 'Up With People' Movie Knocks Down IRS
ForbesApril 20, 2012

During 2006, 2007 and 2008, the years at issue, Storey, now a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP, earned more than $1 million from her work as a water rights lawyer. After an audit, the IRS disallowed all her film-making losses for those years and assessed ...more »

Current Paradise Valley High principal wants job back
AZ Central.comApril 26, 2012

Davis filed a notice of claim against the district Thursday, alleging violations of Arizona's Open Meeting Law, age discrimination and micromanaging of personnel decisions by the governing board. Davis is asking for her job back or a $600000 settlement ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Have You Checked Your Beneficiary Designations Recently?
JD Supra (press release)April 25, 2012

While Pennsylvania law does provide some protection in this area, as a practical matter insurance companies and retirement plan administrators are extremely reluctant to pay benefits to anyone other than the individual or individuals named on the ...more »

Environmental Law
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NJ could be leader in offshore wind power
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)April 29, 2012

Chris Christie signed the Offshore Wind Economic Development Act into law in 2010, authorizing up to $100 million in ratepayer-funded subsidies for offshore wind development connected to New Jersey's grid. Offshore renewable energy credits, or ORECs, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Graves running for Marion County Probate Judge
SCNowApril 25, 2012

Probate deals with so many things like wills, estates and trust funds.” Graves said his qualifications include 17 years of judiciary experience and knowledge of the law and its application. “The experience I have on the bench and my education of a ...more »

Family Law
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New York's trafficking law evolving
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleApril 30, 2012

Video by Tina Yee Amy Poulin, NY State Assemblywoman and Committee Chair on Children and Families, speaks about the current law and the changes needed on April 18, 2012 during a press conference at the Legislative Office Building in Albany to ask the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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SCF Arizona Chooses Rising Medical Solutions to Lead Its Medical Bill Review ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 10, 2012

PHOENIX and CHICAGO, April 10, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Arizona's largest provider of workers' compensation insurance, SCF Arizona, has signed an agreement with Rising Medical Solutions (Rising), a medical bill review and medical cost ...more »

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