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Obama presses Congress to pass 'Buffett Rule' tax increase on millionaires
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

Boehner called for more oil and gas production in federal lands and for a freeze in new regulations over refineries. He criticized Obama for pushing the anti-oil subsidy bill and for pressing Senate Democrats to vote down an effort to jump-start an oil ...more »

Capital Market: House Begins Journey Afresh
THISDAY LiveApril 1, 2012

Before his election in 2007, he was in private legal practice having obtained his first degree in Law at the University of Jos and a Master's degree in International Commercial Law at the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in Scotland, United Kingdom.more »

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Administrative Law
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Critiques must be tempered
Lawyers WeeklyApril 2, 2012

First, how far can lawyers go in criticizing a judge or the justice system, without running afoul of law society rules mandating lawyers to maintain professional civility and public respect for the administration of justice?more »

Health Care Law
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Analysts examine justices' questions to try to predict outcome
Kansas City StarApril 1, 2012

The judicial utterances during last week's lengthy oral arguments left a common impression that the conservative-led court might strike down some or all of the 2010 health care law. Unfortunately for the White House, these kinds of impressions can be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Carnival Triumph Held in Texas Over Costa Concordia Lawsuit
The Maritime ExecutiveApril 2, 2012

The judge stated in his warrant order that the court finds that the conditions for an attachment of defendants' joint and collective property within this district, mainly the MS Carnival Triumph, appear to exist upon an admiralty and maritime claim.more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. immigration law author offers revisions
WSFAApril 6, 2012

Robert Bentley says legislation proposing revisions to Alabama's immigration law doesn't change the essence of the law. He said the legislation proposed Thursday by Republican Rep. Micky Hammon would make the law more effective and enforceable.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industrial Policy for Bioterror Drugs Advances
GoozNewApril 1, 2012

It not only passed by unanimous consent in the Senate earlier this month, it will likely be approved by the conference committee that will soon consider the $4.5 billion Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act (PAHPA), the reauthorization of the 2006 ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Duke Aiona leaving St. Louis school to reopen law practice
KHON2April 7, 2012

Aiona will focus on family law and serve on a distinguished panel of neutrals for Dispute Prevention & Resolution, Inc. (DPR), a leading provider of dispute resolution services. Aiona has served as executive vice president of development and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Focus: Long-running UK mesothelioma litigation resolved
Allens Arthur RobinsonApril 2, 2012

Partner Dean Carrigan (view CV), Senior Associate Philip Hopley and Lawyer Stephen Lloyd report. The decision 1 provides clarity for insurers of UK employment liability (EL) insurance policies and their reinsurers that their obligation to indemnify ...more »

Animal Law
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Latest News
AG WeekApril 2, 2012

• BISMARCK, ND — A ballot initiative to toughen North Dakota's penalties against animal cruelty is ready for circulation. North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger approved the petitions for circulation March 27. The proposed ballot measure would make ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Looking into One of Apple's Special-Purpose Liquidmetal Projects
Patently AppleApril 2, 2012

Finance: "On August 5, 2010, we entered into a license transaction with Apple Inc. ("Apple") pursuant to which (i) we contributed substantially all of our intellectual property assets to a newly organized special-purpose, wholly-owned subsidiary, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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One-Stop Shop for Divorce—Lawyers to Matchmakers
CNBC.comApril 2, 2012

Nope — she was a lawyer looking for business in the man panel. Having all those lawyers around all these vulnerable people/potential clients made for an interesting mix. In the panel discussion, “Litigation, Mediation & Collaborative Divorce,” the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Campus diversity suffers under race-blind policies
Fox NewsApril 21, 2012

Ward Connerly, an African-American businessman who has led a national campaign against affirmative action, sees the practice as a form of racial discrimination. "I don't believe in proportionality," said Connerly, who heads the American Civil Rights...more »

Cause undetermined in 2010 fatal Colo. plane crash
Sacramento BeeApril 5, 2012

AP DENVER -- Federal investigators say they couldn't tell why a single-engine plane apparently lost power before it crashed in the Colorado mountains in 2010, killing two people from California and one from Washington state.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords have two days to protect deposits
Mortgage IntroducerApril 4, 2012

Landlords must protect their tenancy deposits with an approved government scheme by Friday 6 April when changes to the Localism Act come into force, the National Landlords Association warns. These latest changes give landlords 30 days to protect the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Personal Bankruptcy Redux
Russia ProfileApril 2, 2012

After seven years of lurching back and forth, Russia is finally closer to getting a personal bankruptcy law that may give insolvent borrowers the possibility of a fresh start. In a country where the volume of mortgages, car and consumer loans grows by ...more »

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Leagle.comApril 9, 2012

ClassicStar Farms, Inc., Intervenor Defendant, represented by Brian M. Johnson, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP - Lexington & Jason Trent Ams, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP - Lexington. GeoStar Corporation, ThirdParty Plaintiff, represented by Brian M.more »

Business Law
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Supreme Court justices voice doubts in Congress
Bryan College Station EagleApril 1, 2012

The views about Congress underlay questions from justices who appear to be on both sides of the argument over the constitutionality of the law's key provision, the individual insurance requirement, as well as whether the entire law should be thrown out ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Prosecutor: Marine posted negative images of Obama
The Associated PressApril 5, 2012

The comments came at a military administrative hearing where Stein was called irresponsible and a prosecutor said he should be dismissed from the military after ignoring warnings from his superiors about his postings. The government submitted screen ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Authorities have the technology - and the drive - to find out who is looking ...
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteApril 1, 2012

Urbana police Detective Tim McNaught, seated, and Sgt. Dan Morgan in the closet/office where McNaught does forensic computer work to catch child pornographers. Unlikely as it sounds, Urbana police Detective Tim McNaught said he sometimes has a hard ...more »

Personal Injury
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Birmingham Chiropractor Recommends Chiropractic Care for Auto Accident ...
Exec Digital (press release)April 3, 2012

Dr. Duca is committed to helping patients get "back on track" to better health after a personal injury, sports injury or car accident injury. Birmingham chiropractor Dr. Scott Duca is encouraging all auto injury victims to seek immediate diagnostic ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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President Clinton Imagines the Cases He Would Have Cited Before the Supreme ...
ABC News (blog)April 2, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton, who used to teach constitutional law, has a list of cases he seems surprised the Obama administration didn't cite in its arguments defending the health care law before the US Supreme Court last week.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Health-care law preoccupies doctors at TN Medical Association convention
The TennesseanApril 14, 2012

Personally, Bachrach hopes the health-care reform law withstands the legal challenges to its constitutionality. “Everybody is vulnerable to losing their insurance, unless you're fabulously wealthy,” he said. In the state legislature, the TMA ranks ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Cybersecurity Bill Authors Defend Legislation Against 'Privacy Disaster' Claims
Huffington PostApril 10, 2012

... businesses and the federal government legal protection to share cyber threats with each other in an effort to thwart hackers. Currently, they do not share that data because the information is classified and companies fear violating anti-trust law.more »

Real Estate Law
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With so much space, so few options -- Detroit's vast vacant lots are a burden
Detroit Free PressApril 1, 2012

City assessment records show that owners of only about 40% of the real estate parcels in the city are paying property taxes on time. The non-payers include exempt parcels, such as churches and schools, and tens of thousands of parcels that have been ...more »

Boies Hire, Verrilli Ad, Justice Tax Chief: Business of Law
BusinessWeekApril 2, 2012

The New York-based law firm lost 12 insurance and regulatory lawyers to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (1179L) (1179L) on March 17. A call to Dewey's spokesman Angelo Kakolyris wasn't returned. Allen & Overy LLP (323556L) (323556L) announced March 29 the ...more »

Sports Law
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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 »

Criminal Defense
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Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorneys Open New Law Firm
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)April 3, 2012

Citizens facing criminal charges can now put a former Los Angeles prosecutor on their side. The criminal defense lawyers at Aizman Shiffman have specialized training and unparalleled expertise in DUI and criminal law. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 03, ...more »

IRS Loses Tax-Shelter Case
Wall Street JournalApril 25, 2012

By JOHN D. MCKINNON WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court ruled against the Internal Revenue Service in a tax-shelter case, underscoring the agency's challenges in rooting out improper tax avoidance. The IRS waited too long— more than three years—to ...more »

Voice Actress' Lawsuit Against IMDb Heads to Court
Anime News NetworkApril 1, 2012

Hoang originally filed the lawsuit in 2011 anonymously after IMDb posted her age based on credit card information from her subscription to the IMDbPro service. The Texas-based actress claims that she has experienced discrimination in Hollywood based on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Finance industry makes up nearly half of pro-Romney super PAC's donations
iWatch NewsApril 2, 2012

Romney, a former private equity executive, wants to repeal the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act and has said he is opposed to doing away with a tax loophole that has helped make private equity and hedge fund managers enormously ...more »

Environmental Law
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Glencoe decides against all-renewable energy choice
Glencoe NewsApril 6, 2012

As it turns out, a consultant told the Village Board, buying renewable energy credits is not like buying bulk chicken wings at Costco. There's a limited amount of wind and solar power, so buying more means the law of supply and demand kicks in as the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Interior's Land Consolidation Plan: Another 'Disaster' in the Making
Indian Country Today Media Network.comApril 19, 2012

The Department admits that through estate planning “some allotments today are still owned by single individuals,” and acknowledges many stakeholders' suggestions “that the Department place a priority on estate planning, drafting of wills, and probate, ...more »

Family Law
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Serena dominates in final of Family Circle Cup
WMC-TVApril 8, 2012

Jobs report leaves Obama, Romney campaigns unsure where vital issue is headed Moving day: 101-year-old Mich. woman evicted from foreclosed home gets it back 7 months later Supreme Court takes up key health care law issue: Can the gov't force you to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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When NC employers dodge workers' comp costs, employees pay the price [The News ...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 1, 2012

Mike Carpenter , executive vice president of the NC Homebuilders Association , said his group has worked for years to try to clamp down on those in the construction industry without workers' compensation. Homebuilders pushed successfully for a law in ...more »


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