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More couples take the road less taken
Deccan HeraldApril 1, 2012

In an important decision aimed at changing the landscape for divorce seekers in the country, the Union cabinet recently approved a draft amendment to divorce laws, which would make it easier to for a couple to part ways. The cabinet's proposal seems to ...more »

Payrolls down but payouts up
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2012

"Severance has been in the contracts for a long time, and what we've tried to do is focus on the sick leave and reduce sick leave accrual," said Angie Nalezny, the city's human resources director. "On the other hand, employees not using sick leave is a ...more »

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Administrative Law
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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 »

Health Care Law
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President Confident Health Law Will Stand
New York TimesApril 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — President Obama declared Monday that he was confident the Supreme Court would uphold his health care law, saying it would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary” step to overturn legislation passed by the “strong majority of a democratically ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Sheriff's seat shoot-out set
Payson RoundupApril 3, 2012

Today's story offers brief overviews of Shepherd, Van Buskirk and Jones. A profile of Stubbs ran in the Feb. 17 Roundup. Jones has spent the least time working for the Gila County Sheriff's Office, but has a lengthy law enforcement career spread over ...more »

Immigration Law
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Importing illegal immigrants – into private Georgia prisons
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)April 11, 2012

From the lede: ICE's reliance on facilities like the Irwin County Detention Center has put small rural towns at the center of one of today's most contentious policy arguments—how to enforce immigration law. A yearlong investigation … shows how much ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Unigene Appoints Jack Wyszomierski to its Board of Directors
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

Joel Tune, Unigene's Lead Independent Director, stated, "As the head of the Nominating and Governance Committee, it has been a high priority for me to ensure Unigene's Board is well represented in all functional disciplines by best-in-class industry ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation Roundup
KBOIApril 2, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Volunteer judges and mediation experts starting Monday will take part in "Resolution Roundup" to help Idaho residents resolve federal cases free of charge in Boise, Pocatello and Coeur d'Alene. The United States District and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Americare: The Prescription for America if Obamacare Is Struck Down or Repealed
Huffington PostApril 3, 2012

The bill that was signed into law two years ago rolls over more than 2000 pages of clauses, provisions, mandates and regulations. Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi famously said at the time that "we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what ...more »

Animal Law
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Circuit attorney and Stray Rescue team up to fight animal abuse
STLtoday.comApril 4, 2012

Because Stray Rescue has become the city's shelter, the circuit attorney met with Grim and other Stray Rescue workers early last month and taught them things like the nuances of animal abuse law and how to properly document witness statements and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property pursuit creates high-quality jobs: report
SmartPlanet.com (blog)April 12, 2012

By Joe McKendrick | April 12, 2012, 4:30 AM PDT Intellectual-property-intensive industries directly and indirectly employ 40 million Americans, or close to 28% of the total workforce. That's one of the findings of a new report issued by the US Patent ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$2M eyed for attorney general's BP work
Jackson Clarion LedgerApril 2, 2012

Without additional funds, Hood wrote he would use a payment method in which a private lawyer takes a percentage of a potential settlement after successful litigation. Republicans critical of Hood's use of the practice argue that private attorneys walk ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appellate court upholds affirmative action ban in California
Minnesota Daily (blog)April 3, 2012

A federal appeals court upheld California's affirmative action ban Monday. The law banning the use of race, ethnicity and gender in determining college admissions passed in 1996. This was the second attempt to overturn it. Six states in the country ban ...more »

Fatal plane crash north of Auckland
Stuff.co.nzApril 1, 2012

LATEST: Two people have died after a plane crashed and burned in South Head, north of Auckland, this afternoon. Police and other emergency services are on the scene in Fuller Rd, South Head where a two-seater light aircraft crashed into a paddock.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Trial looms in frat eviction case
Athens NEWSApril 11, 2012

State landlord-tenant law, he said, mandates that a landlord "shall" – in other words, must – evict tenants if he learns they are using illegal drugs at the residence. "The landlord has a duty to evict them," he said. "That duty cannot be waived.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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DirecTV subscribers lose Tribune programming
ABC7Chicago.comApril 1, 2012

Tribune Co., owner of the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, other newspapers and the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field, has hired financial advisers ahead of a possible filing for bankruptcy-court protection, according to reports on Sunday Dec.more »

Litigation
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The Perils of State Human Rights Litigation
Corporate CounselApril 2, 2012

An exquisitely-timed conference was held at UC Irvine School of Law on March 2, three days after US Supreme Court arguments in Kiobel, to assess the prospects of human rights litigation under state law. I began the conference with enthusiasm, ...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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U.S. military sees a threat in global warming
Mother Nature NetworkApril 2, 2012

Hicks, who previously worked at the US Green Building Council and the Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star program, says the green benefits are meaningful. Energy investments are not about "advancing an environmental agenda," he said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Roommates arrested on unrelated criminal charges
URI The Good 5 Cent CigarApril 13, 2012

According to Patch.com, Byrne's and Dasho's arrests followed an investigation into child pornography by the State Police Computer Crime Unit and Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and several other departments. In order to track down suspects, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Protection (PIP) reform passed the Florida Legislature this year.
The News-PressApril 6, 2012

1, someone injured in an auto accident will qualify for PIP only if the individual received initial service within 14 days after the motor accident. Under current law there is no cut-off date. Only people diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition” ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Former Obama Law Student Speaks Out...
Fox NewsApril 5, 2012

Former student of President Obama's law class cant believe what he is hearing from the President on SCOTUS. By Thom Lambert Imagine if you picked up your morning paper to read that one of your astronomy professors had publicly questioned whether the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Psychologist: Spirit Lake social services in crisis
Grand Forks HeraldApril 15, 2012

“Compounding issues of system wide response are legal and jurisdictional complexities, severe funding and personnel deficiencies and difficulties in securing and retaining the services of qualified and well-trained personnel to name a few,” Yankton ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Do you Know Your Consumers Rights?
AllAfrica.comApril 5, 2012

Mr Sampa, however, said the CCPC was committed to ensuring that consumer rights were protected under the law. The Competition and Consumer Protection Act, 2010 seeks to safeguard and promote competition; protect consumers against unfair trade practices ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Aliquippa: Real estate tax deadlines
Beaver County TimesApril 3, 2012

The deadlines to pay 2011 real estate taxes for the City of Aliquippa and Aliquippa School District are April 15 and April 20, respectively. After those dates, the records will be sent to Portnoff Law Associates for collection, and penalties will be ...more »

Morrison Cohen LLP Announces Keith A. Markel to Join as New Lateral Partner
Business Wire (press release)April 2, 2012

He comes to Morrison Cohen with over a decade of employment experience representing institutional clients, hedge funds, and various businesses in a wide range of employment litigation matters, including state and federal court actions against claims of ...more »

Sports Law
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Pay for Women's Basketball Coaches Lags Far Behind That of Men's Coaches
New York TimesApril 3, 2012

“Women's coaches like Pat and Geno are the outliers,” said Robert Lattinville, the chairman of the sports division at the law firm Stinson Morrison Hecker, which represents numerous coaches. “In most cases, the coaches of women's basketball teams earn ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Zimmerman's former attorneys: Who are they?
CNN InternationalApril 11, 2012

He then moved to the Florida attorney general's office, where he prosecuted cases in the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) and organized crime section in 1980. He later served as a public defender in the 9th Judicial Circuit and ...more »

John Cornyn introduces bill to help protect small businesses from IRS abuse
Houston Chronicle (blog)April 12, 2012

John Cornyn announced a new piece of tax legislation Wednesday designed to help small business owners cut through IRS red tape. According to a press release, Cornyn's proposed Small Business Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2012 would make compliance ...more »

EEOC Issues Final Rule Under ADEA On Defense to Disparate Impact Claims
Bloomberg BNAApril 3, 2012

By Kevin P. McGowan The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission March 30 published a final rule in the Federal Register (77 Fed. Reg. 19080) amending its existing Age Discrimination in Employment Act regulations to conform with two US Supreme Court ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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County 1st in state to implement Hope Cards
Times DailyApril 9, 2012

Cabaniss said the card is the size of a driver's license and will provide easier access to information needed to be presented to law enforcement. “A PFA (protection-from-abuse order) is five to 10 pages of paperwork. This puts all the information that ...more »

Environmental Law
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Living on Both Sides of the US-Mexico Border in the Imperial Valley, California
Fox NewsApril 2, 2012

Trying to grow further beyond its farming roots, it's a place that lately has made its abundant sunshine, wind and underground heat available to renewable energy companies. A look at a day in the life here shows how issues that all Americans ponder, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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An Irishman's Diary
Irish TimesApril 10, 2012

AS the son of a probate officer and an assistant probate officer, I am possibly uniquely disposed to be fascinated by wills. The anti-proverb “where there's a will, there's a relative” neatly sums up the value of a good will to the genealogist or ...more »

Family Law
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Trayvon Martin's family seeks federal review of prosecutor
CNNApril 2, 2012

But police have cited Florida's "stand your ground" law, which allows people to use deadly force anywhere they feel a reasonable threat of death or serious injury, for not immediately arresting Zimmerman. ABC News has reported that the lead homicide ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BrickStreet acquires Pa. workers' comp company
Daily Mail - CharlestonApril 3, 2012

by George Hohmann BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has acquired a workers' compensation insurance company in Pennsylvania. Terms of the acquisition of PennCommonwealth Casualty of America Corp., headquartered in Canonsburg - a Pittsburgh ...more »

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