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Corona del Mar Today: Fire chief explains fire maps
Daily PilotApril 1, 2012

By Amy Senk Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster met with about 40 residents Wednesday evening, explaining the seemingly flip-flopping position that Corona del Mar has on state fire hazard maps. State law requires the Newport Beach City Council to ...more »

Anthony Dejuan Boatwright Laid to Rest
WJBF-TVApril 1, 2012

Now, the state of Georgia and many others have “Juan's Law”, which recommends day cares have liability insurance. Local and state leaders were at the funeral service Saturday to honor his legacy "That was flesh of my flesh, bone of my bone, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Gilgit-Baltistan unrest: CM spells out measures to heal sectarian rifts
The Express TribuneApril 30, 2012

By Peer Muhammad / Shabbir Mir Law minister criticised by journalists for ignoring security situation, instead holding press conference PM's support. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE A day after the Gilgit-Baltistan administration lifted a 25-day-old curfew in the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Supreme court moves to center of presidential race
Fox NewsApril 26, 2012

Within weeks it will rule on the contentious 2010 Democratic-crafted health care overhaul and a Republican-backed Arizona law that's seen as a model for cracking down on illegal immigrants. Obama sometimes seems to be running against the court, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bankruptcy Cools Off for Businesses and Lawyers
Corporate CounselApril 30, 2012

"What fewer filings mean is less work for bankruptcy lawyers," said David Epstein, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law. "It's hard to reach any other conclusion than that." So far, though, bankruptcy attorneys have managed to remain ...more »

Immigration Law
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Last day of Citizenship Now! Call-in
New York Daily NewsApril 27, 2012

The call-in ends today, so you have until 7:00 pm to call with your questions about citizenship and immigration law. Lines are open form 9:00 am to 7:00 pm For answers to your questions in English and dozens of other languages, call (212) 857-6221.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Enticements keep manufacturer Indium Corp. from bolting
Utica Observer DispatchApril 29, 2012

$450000 in tax-relief incentives, approved by the Oneida County Industrial Development Agency, over the next 10 years. Such is life in a region desperate to keep its jobs, in a state with a high tax burden, and with companies such as Indium that are ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Still building on a long career in law
Irish TimesApril 30, 2012

“My view is that we've got to integrate the legal profession both horizontally and vertically,” he says. By vertical integration, he simply means considering what can be done at each stage of a transaction or project, starting with contracts, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Negligent consumer advocacy
Wilson County NewsApril 24, 2012

The simple reality is that competition has driven the cost of insurance to physicians to new lows in Texas, thereby making Texas a very attractive state for physicians. Lawsuit reform has benefitted the people paying the insurance premiums, ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa case asks: Is it a crime to harass animals?
Huffington PostApril 30, 2012

A natural resources specialist for the US Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the lake, saw the two planes pass about 20 feet above the water, disrupting thousands of white pelicans and other birds. Once the birds settled on another part of the lake ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Safeguarding IP Rights
Voice of AmericaApril 30, 2012

Intellectual property is defined as any unique form of invention resulting from human creativity that is subsequently recognized and protected by law. This includes inventions and innovations on existing design in every field and genre, from medicine ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Foster Wheeler Awarded PMC Contract by ChemaWEyaat for Aromatics Complex in ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 30, 2012

... as expressed by its backlog), its liquidity, the outcome of litigation and legal proceedings and recoveries from customers for claims and the costs of current and future asbestos claims and the amount and timing of related insurance recoveries.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Diversity Training Doesn't Work, But It Persists Anyway, Due to Compulsion
OpenMarket.orgApril 27, 2012

The training sent the message that criticisms of affirmative action by white male employees are something that the employer should “nip in the bud” through investigations. That was bad legal advice, since criticism of affirmative action is protected ...more »

Plane crash in Switzerland kills 5
San Francisco ChronicleApril 28, 2012

(04-28) 11:21 PDT GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) -- Police say at least five people have been killed when a small plane crashed near a village in western Switzerland. Fribourg district police spokeswoman Donatella Del Vecchio said no one survived the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords warned that deposit law will be strictly enforced
This is NottinghamApril 21, 2012

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE landlords and letting agents should take note, for while they are being given more time to protect their tenant's deposits, penalties for failing to protect will be more strictly enforced, under changes to the Localism Bill.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Amid other controversies, Lewisberry's fire company president facing charges
York Daily RecordApril 30, 2012

In the meantime, Lewisberry borough's insurance company paid to repair the damage, which it estimated at $2680, court documents state. Wolf, Beck's attorney, said the fire company offered to pay $1300 after the first estimate.more »

Litigation
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Apple vs Samsung 1 year anniversary: 50 lawsuits, 10 countries - and counting
CNET (blog)April 28, 2012

It will apparently even bring the two CEOs face-to-face in May. by Charles Cooper April 28, 2012 5:16 AM PDT Follow @coopeydoop With patent litigation fast turning into the tech industry's favorite pastime, the yearlong legal battle between Apple and ...more »

Business Law
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JOBS Act's merits unclear, but it can't hurt
HeraldNetApril 13, 2012

Provisions in the new law, for example, will remove the ban on advertising by hedge funds, which should prove interesting. Also, a private company can now avoid SEC registration of its shares until it has over 2000 shareholders, while the previous ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Which types of information should reside in the military cloud?
Defense SystemsApril 26, 2012

By John Edwards The cloud promises to help the military achieve data storage efficiencies leading to cost benefits, but it first needs to figure out which types of information can safely reside in the cloud and which are best left in a conventional ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cumming Man Charged with Sex Crimes
Patch.comApril 25, 2012

A 31-year-old man is charged with 11 sex crimes involving at least four boys he falsely met on Facebook. By Liz Kennedy Forsyth County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested 31-year-old Brendan J. Spaar Tuesday night and charged him with four counts ...more »

Personal Injury
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Motorists face crackdown on fake whiplash claims and will have to prove they ...
Daily MailApril 29, 2012

Under tough measures designed to weed out bogus claims which have sent insurance premiums soaring, the Government will set up an independent panel of experts to investigate suspect injuries. There has been a 70 per cent rise in personal injury claims ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Wary of activist court, Obama defends health law
STLtoday.comApril 3, 2012

Up for re-election, Obama also wanted to remind people about the law's purpose in real-life terms, as opposed to the abstract concept of whether it is constitutional to require insurance coverage. Yet to those whose opinions ultimately matter _ the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Closing Courthouse Door On Malpractice Claim
Connecticut Law TribuneApril 27, 2012

In Connecticut, it's three years for a tort claim and six years for breach of contract. The majority opinion, by Judge Robert E. Beach, said Meyers was trying to disguise a tort case as a breach of contract claim against the law firm, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Commentary: mobile payments can expose more consumer data and weaken privacy laws
Mobile Payments TodayApril 26, 2012

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) requires telemarketing companies to honor two basic types of “Do-Not-Call” (DNC) lists. The first is the wildly popular national DNC list, and the second is the internal DNC list managed by each company.more »

Real Estate Law
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Greenberg Traurig merger talks end as bankruptcy looms for Dewey
The Real Deal New York (blog)April 30, 2012

But sources familiar with the firm's current state of affairs told The Real Deal that Saft has complained for months about delinquent payments from his real estate clients, many of whom were impacted directly by the 2008 financial collapse. Legal...more »

Outsourcing contracts and negotiations is getting more complex
ComputerworldUKApril 30, 2012

Check out our Business IT Hub for opinions and briefings. Read more KPMG reports that 41 percent of outsourcing attorneys surveyed for its 2012 Legal Pulse report indicated that complexity in contracting for outsourced servicesÂ?as evidenced in things ...more »

Sports Law
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DU Pioneers lacrosse upset No. 3 Duke at Sports Authority Field
Denver PostApril 28, 2012

"Lacrosse is game of runs," DU attackman Eric Law said. "That's what it's all about - who has the momentum at the right time. " It was just a great overall team effort. This feels good." The Pioneers still might have to win the ECAC crown to advance to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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For Amy Senser, a chance to tell her side
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 29, 2012

"I think the jurors in these kinds of cases, more than in most criminal cases, have this feeling that 'There but for the grace of God go I,'" she said. Defense attorney Bruce Rivers said the trial thus far has failed to show that Senser knew she hit ...more »

Taxpayer Advocate Olson Leads Frustrated Filers Through IRS Maze
BloombergApril 5, 2012

Though she has characterized IRS procedures as Kafkaesque, Olson empathizes with the agency. Congress is constantly demanding that it collect more revenue, both to bridge what's known as the tax gap -- the more than $385 billion discrepancy between the ...more »

Govt to spend $36m to combat ageism
Sky News AustraliaApril 18, 2012

The Labor government on Wednesday announced a $36.4 million package of measures aimed at tackling age discrimination and encouraging businesses to employ older workers as part of its initial response to an advisory panel report on the economic ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Analysis: Stricter mortgage standards criticized as too tight
MyrtleBeachOnline.comApril 26, 2012

To meet the reform law's mandate, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, another Dodd-Frank creation, is designing what is known as a "qualified residential mortgage." With a summer deadline for this new "Ability to Repay" rule, there is concern in ...more »

Environmental Law
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SC conviction of Yusuf Raza Gilani
Pakistan ObserverApril 30, 2012

Had he been on bail the reasoning PPP is adducing on continuation of Mr Gilani as Prime Minister could hold in strict law but even in that case , not morally. Now only two Parties stand for moral principles in politics in this case and Supremacy of Law...more »

Wills & Probate
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Over 100 attend 'Ask a Lawyer Day'
Isanti County NewsApril 30, 2012

Lawyers were available to discuss the following topics: criminal law, family law, landlord/tenant law, wills and probate law, employment law, tax law, mortgage foreclosure law, bankruptcy law, civil law and other areas of law.more »

Family Law
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Use of incest law to convict upheld
Irish TimesApril 12, 2012

The Strasbourg court found in favour of the German state yesterday saying its anti-incest law did not violate the fundamental right to protection of family life. The main reason for outlawing incestuous relationships was, it said, “the protection of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Illinois Auditor General Releases Report On State Employee Workers' Comp Program
WorkersCompensation.com (press release)April 30, 2012

By WorkersCompensation.com 25 minutes ago Springfield, IL (WorkersCompensation.com) - The Illinois Auditor General's Office has recently released their audit of the Workers' Compensation Program as it applies to State employees, identifying what the ...more »

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