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Cities snuffing out hookah lounges
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2012

City licensing staff said hookah lounges were taking advantage of the lack of definition for "sampling" in state law to "justify the operation of exclusive smoking nightclubs." Justin Jahangiri said the city ordinance will put him out of business.more »

New spotlight on state responses to health-care law
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

Variations in the way states have moved to implement the 2010 federal health-care law have taken on greater significance after last week's Supreme Court hearings, whose tone heightened speculation that the statute would be overturned.more »

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Administrative Law
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Thousands of foreclosures in limbo one year after Stern firm's collapse
Palm Beach PostApril 1, 2012

Court administrative assistant Michelle Diaz (left) helps Shawna Bedford locate her case number at the Palm Beach County Courthouse in May. A judge allowed David J. Stern clients to substitute attorneys. Stern said he lacked the manpower to file ...more »

Health Care Law
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Many oppose health care act, and many don't know its benefits
Baltimore SunApril 1, 2012

But in the court of public opinion, a large percentage of people polled recently want the law scrapped. A CBS/New York Times survey found nearly half of those polled disapprove of the law, while 40 percent want the entire act overturned.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Employers Tie Financial Rewards, Penalties To Health Tests, Lifestyle Choices
Kaiser Health NewsApril 2, 2012

At Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle, a real estate firm, workers can earn up to $300 in cash for having a physical and hitting certain medical goals, or completing health coaching programs. Gone are the days of just signing up for health insurance and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy enters Atlanta
Bizjournals.comApril 2, 2012

New York corporate immigration law firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy LLP set up shop in Atlanta, taking 16 partners and attorneys and 64 paralegals and professional staff from Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP in Atlanta. New York corporate immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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GOP lawmakers: We put jobs first
Gainesville TimesApril 1, 2012

The issue even made its way into a rewrite of the state's open meetings law, as lawmakers closed off access to economic development talks before an industry agrees to come to the state. “On jobs, we feel like we've had a remarkably positive session,” ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Crisis Talks Due Over Fuel Strike Threat
Sky NewsApril 2, 2012

The mediation service Acas is meeting the employers of the 2000 workers who plan to strike over working conditions. Further talks between the Unite union and fuel distributors are expected to take place later this week. The Government has faced a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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W. R. Berkley Corporation Forms Berkley Public Entity Managers, LLC and ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

Berkley Public Entity Managers will offer coverages to self-insured public entities -- individual and groups. Berkley Public Entity Managers will underwrite on behalf of WR Berkley Corporation member insurance companies rated A+ (Superior) by AM Best ...more »

Animal Law
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Salty dogs (and cats, and parrots)
Annapolis CapitalApril 1, 2012

Sullivan is the founder of the Museum of Maritime Pets. The museum currently exists online, but Sullivan and her board of directors are searching for a space to rent. AP VIDEO more>> The museum is the pet project of Pat Sullivan, an Annapolis resident ...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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Leading E-Discovery Company Teaches Proper Utilization of Predictive Coding
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)April 3, 2012

(PRWEB) April 03, 2012 Advanced Discovery, an e-discovery company and a leading provider of investigatory and litigation services for prominent corporations and Am Law firms worldwide, is pleased to announce a webinar on how to best utilize predictive ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Jackson sidewalk repairs delayed
Muncie Star PressApril 6, 2012

But the works board on Wednesday rejected bids submitted by contractors in part because of a mix-up in bidding specifications and also in part because some vendors didn't include affirmative action documents with their bids.more »

Jail risk with online racist comments
News24April 2, 2012

This is according to law firm Webber Wentzel, IOL reported. The law firm's social media lawyer Emma Sadleir said that South Africans who post racist and offensive comments (also known as Cyber-smearing) via social networks could be charged with crimen ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Pottstown examining ways to make problem property owners pay for multiple ...
The Times HeraldApril 2, 2012

Activists, most specifically Katy Jackson, argue that a more effective ordinance is one way to make landlords with unruly tenants help shoulder the financial burden those tenants put on community services such as the police. “Our police department are ...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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Digital billboard construction blocked in Franklin; litigation expected
MyCentralJersey.comApril 1, 2012

Two more will be filed soon, he said, estimating the cost to be $1 million in litigation costs for the township. “I'm sure in 1969, when Joe Pizzillo was persuading businesses in this state to come to Franklin Township, that's not the way he did ...more »

Business Law
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NEWS OUTDOOR RUSSIA AND THE FBI – THE MOSCOW PROSECUTOR SPELLS OUT WHAT'S ...
Business InsiderApril 2, 2012

The criminal investigations now under way against him, his son James, his senior executives at News Corporation, company lawyers, and hired hands in the UK, the US and Australia are, he tweeted, nothing more than “every competitor and enemy piling on ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Benefits counselor to help veterans
Auburn CitizenApril 2, 2012

Cayuga Community College plans to bring in a benefits counselor once a week to help veterans, a response to the school's growing veteran population. The counselor, CCC graduate Kevin Justian, already works once a week at the Cayuga County Veterans ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Dedham man arrested in statewide child pornography crackdown
Daily News TranscriptApril 10, 2012

Investigative leads were coordinated by the Massachusetts Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and were executed by state police detectives. Staff writer Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at 781-433-8336 or deisenstadter@wickedlocal.com.more »

Personal Injury
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Injured fruitpackers in fatal M5 crash call in the lawyers
Halesowen NewsApril 2, 2012

Several of the 35 injured survivors have already instructed personal injury lawyers Claim Today Solicitors to act on their behalf despite fearing they could lose their job if they seek damages. Rob Bhol CTS Managing Director said: “A worrying picture ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Signs of Supreme Court activism worry Reagan-era lawyers
Boston HeraldApril 1, 2012

At the heart of last week's argument over the health care law was a dispute over power. Does Congress or the Supreme Court define the limits of economic regulation? The Obama administration's lawyers, relying on 20th century precedents, said Congress ...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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Congressman Miller calls for bank reform
The ChronicleApril 13, 2012

Miller headed the effort to include the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act in 2010. In his talk, Miller detailed the effects of this law and identified challenges that ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Law Firm of Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC Announces Merger with Ramey ...
PR Web (press release)April 4, 2012

The merger of two Virginia law firms, Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC and Ramey|Michael Business Law Group, PC, will compliment and expand existing legal services.The name of the firm will remain Goodman Allen & Filetti, PLLC. Goodman Allen & Filetti is ...more »

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

Mr. Markel has authored several articles on various employment law issues, including most recently (eqnx:)Employee Misclassification: A Current State of Affairs(eqnx:) (February 2012) and (eqnx:)Recent Trends in New York Noncompetition ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Concert at Army post in US geared toward ...
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 TOM BREEN Associated Press FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) - For the first time in history, ...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 »

Three Worst IRS Tax Traps
ForbesApril 17, 2012

Opinions about tax traps vary widely, but I consider these the worst parts of the tax code. Personal Injury Exclusion. If you're physically injured in an accident and receive damages, they are tax free. So says Section 104 of the tax code.more »

Why Gay Marriage Is Not the Issue This November
Huffington PostApril 2, 2012

No one in the LGBT movement or DNC is proposing a federal law to outlaw marriage discrimination in the 50 states. Democrats have simply not yet made same-sex marriage equality a federal issue. So there's no corresponding "ask" and Obama saying ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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US State Department: Security Challenges in Latin America
Mexidata.infoApril 2, 2012

Governments must have the ability, and in fact, have the responsibility to protect their citizens, to deal with crime and violence so that these issues remain or become law enforcement problems, not national security threats.more »

Environmental Law
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EPA Takes Significant Step Toward E15 Sales
CSNews OnlineApril 3, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC -- Less than a week after the Senate introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at removing legal and infrastructure obstacles to the sale of alternative fuels in the Unites States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) moved a step ...more »

Wills & Probate
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FCHC will dedicate Emery and Almeda Eickhoff Genealogy Room April 28
Republican-LeaderApril 18, 2012

Remote requests for research assistance "may originate with a phone call, e-mail or letter," and staff provides quick lookups, for less than 15 minutes, in the digital indexes for no charge; birth, death, probate and naturalization records for $6 each; ...more »

Family Law
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New drilling law deepens discord
Youngstown VindicatorApril 1, 2012

He said that late last year, environmental groups indicated they wanted to work on disclosure language in the legislation so that it was more like the Colorado law. “This law was universally accepted as the gold standard,” said Crompton.more »

Workers Compensation
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New WCRI Webinar: Hospital Outpatient Costs and the Impact of Fee Schedules
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)April 3, 2012

As legislators, employers and other stakeholders look for ways to control the rising costs of medical care for injured workers, the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) is offering a series of webinars on important workers' compensation...more »

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