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The Unrepentant Sinner
VanguardApril 1, 2012

He persecuted Christians and, even after converting to Christianity, Paul still boasts he was blameless under the law. He says: “Concerning zeal, persecuting the Church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.” (Philippians 3:6).more »

Supreme Court gave Congress rough treatment at health-care hearing
Naples Daily NewsApril 1, 2012

By Mark Sherman of AP AP Supporters of health care reform stand in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, March 28, 2012, on the final day of arguments regarding the health care law signed by President Barack Obama.more »

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Administrative Law
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Who won Microsoft v. Barnes & Noble patent litigation?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightApril 30, 2012

An administrative law judge at the US International Trade Commission last week put off an initial determination in Microsoft's patent infringement case against B&N, which was tried in February. Now that the two are partners in the e-book business, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care reform costs don't add up
Columbia Business TimesApril 30, 2012

By Joe Haslag With the recent Supreme Court hearings, the rhetoric has ramped up significantly regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act. I cannot speak knowledgeably about the constitutionality of this act.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Doing Business in Australia - Transport and Customs Law
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)April 30, 2012

Under the Admiralty Act 1988 (Cth), in rem jurisdiction is exercised by Australia's Federal Court and the Supreme Court of each state and territory. The right to commence proceedings against a ship extends to maritime liens, proprietary maritime claims ...more »

Immigration Law
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Supreme Court may uphold part of Arizona immigration law
Los Angeles TimesApril 26, 2012

In oral arguments, both liberal and conservative justices indicate they may maintain a provision of the Arizona law that tells police to check the immigration status of people they stop. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed the immigration law SB 1070 ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Agreement with Enbridge to Develop Utility Scale Energy Storage in North America
Power Engineering MagazineApril 24, 2012

The collaboration will bring together Hydrogenics' expertise in water electrolysis with Enbridge's expertise in the ownership and operation of natural gas pipeline networks and renewable energy generation. "This clean energy solution establishes a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Settlement talks between Apple and Samsung scheduled for May 21-22
Apple InsiderApril 29, 2012

The meetings came about after Judge Lucy Koh, the judge presiding over two suits Apple has lodged against its rival, ordered efforts toward an "Alternative Dispute Resolution." Tim Cook and Gee-Sung Choi, the chief executives at Apple and Samsung, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mortgage Insurer MGIC Settles Maternity Discrimination Case
Wall Street JournalApril 30, 2012

The company faced federal allegations that it required 70 women to return to work before they could receive mortgage-insurance coverage, which allows home buyers to take out loans with down payments of less than 20%. In a lawsuit filed last summer, ...more »

Animal Law
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Man who eats live animals becomes target of probe
Mother Nature NetworkApril 26, 2012

Animal rights activists say he's already crossed the line with live animals. By Bryan NelsonWed, Apr 25 2012 at 6:11 PM EST Louis Cole, star of the YouTube channel Food for Louis, has quickly become an Internet sensation, thanks to an offbeat form of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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HP Pledges Commitment to Intellectual Property
AllAfrica.comApril 30, 2012

By Nahimah Ajikanle Nurudeen, 30 April 2012 Lagos — Hewlett Parkard (HP) says intellectual property (IP) is a catalyst for economic, social and cultural prosperity and it is committed to its protection in Nigeria as in elsewhere.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Union Carbide wins asbestos lawsuit on 2nd try
CBS NewsApril 27, 2012

An asbestos lawsuit that once resulted in a $322 million verdict for a Mississippi man has turned in favor of the company he sued. Thomas Brown's lawyers had called the last year's verdict the largest asbestos award for a single plaintiff in US history ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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County To Offer Free OSHA Safety Training
My veronanjApril 17, 2012

By Staff Report The Essex County Office of Small Business Development and Affirmative Action is inviting small business owners, and women and minority business owners to participate in an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Training ...more »

Six die in Piper PA-32 plane crash in Switzerland
Examiner.comApril 30, 2012

A Piper PA-32R-301 Saratoga single-engine light plane, tail number HB-PGA, crashed on Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 3:00 pm local time in the village of Chatel-St-Denis, near Tatroz, Switzerland killing all six occupants, including the pilot, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposal to inspect rental housing revived in Waynesboro
The Herald-MailApril 30, 2012

Because of existing local laws, Sheffler said he cannot inspect a unit without being invited in by the landlord or tenant. The Waynesboro Borough Council is expected to discuss and possibly approve the rental-inspection program over the summer.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 »

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Biden seeks approval for litigation
The News JournalApril 25, 2012

The Delaware and New York attorneys general urged a judge to approve their participation in litigation over Bank of America Corp.'s $8.5 billion settlement with mortgage-bond investors. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Delaware Attorney...more »

Business Law
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US SEC: companies already using new IPO on-ramp
ReutersApril 11, 2012

* SEC says two companies already sent confidential docs * Agency resorts to paper collection system for now * Some sections of the new law go into effect right away * Others require SEC to write new rules, seek comment By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Diplomats get a break on pet travel costs
GovExec.comApril 26, 2012

Jim Moran, D-Va., sent an April 19 letter to United President and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Smisek urging the airline to provide Foreign Service personnel working overseas with the same benefit granted to military personnel and their families.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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SCSO: Man distributed child pornography
WYFF GreenvilleApril 12, 2012

On March 19, child pornography images were transmitted via the Internet from an IP address in Spartanburg County, according to the South Carolina Attorney General's Office Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The Task Force alerted the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Florida Association Calls for Veto of House Bill
Massage MagazineApril 5, 2012

The Florida State Massage Therapy Association (FSMTA) this week issued an appeal to massage therapists to contact Governor Rick Scott to encourage him to veto House Bill 119, which excludes massage therapists from motor vehicle personal injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama court comments create stir
CBS NewsApril 4, 2012

And it may just be that President Obama as a former teacher of constitutional law can't help but weigh in on what he thinks the court should do," Orin Kerr, of George Washington University Law School, said. The president sought to clarify his comments ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Mass. docs eye new approach to malpractice claims
10TVApril 17, 2012

The approach is patterned after one pioneered a decade ago by the University of Michigan Health Care System that has been credited with keeping a majority of claims out of the courts, and cutting legal and insurance-related malpractice expenses for ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Congress Got 'Say-on-Pay" Right
TheStreet.comApril 23, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act -- signed into law by President Obama in July 2010 -- has certainly created a rocky landscape for the banking industry, with numerous threats to revenue streams and confusing and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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North Brooklyn loft tenants fight to stay
Crain's New York BusinessApril 29, 2012

“We are keenly aware of the challenges, including real estate, they face in today's environment.” Undeterred, residents like Mr. Opdyke insist their spaces are some of the few spots in the city that members of another important industry—the making of ...more »

Debtors filing lawsuits over aggressive collection tactics
Sacramento BeeApril 23, 2012

A surging number of Californians – including Guzman and Schwarm – are turning the tables on collection agencies as the state experiences an explosion in lawsuits filed against debt collectors. In the last seven years, the number of lawsuits in ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus ruling a win for sport: AFL boss
SBSApril 27, 2012

AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou says the Federal Court's ruling that Optus has breached copyright law in broadcasting near live AFL and NRL matches is a victory for Australian sport. AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou says the Federal Court's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney for participants in brawl outside Staten Island's Espana ...
SILive.comApril 24, 2012

Thomas Reilly, Dervishaj's lawyer, said he understood that the grand jury voted on second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter charges, but didn't know if any other charges were presented. By law, grand jury proceedings are secret, ...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 »

Logansport schools pledge not to discriminate based on DNA
pharostribune.comApril 23, 2012

Language that was left in place already specified that discrimination would not occur based on religion, race, color, national origin, gender, disability or age. The revision was voted on at the April 9 school board meeting. The new wording protects ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LEID Products Hires New Federal Account Director
Midland Daily NewsApril 27, 2012

LEID Products, LLC., the leader of high security storage solutions with biometric asset protection and control, today announced the hire of Skip Richardson to lead its Washington DC Federal Programs business development and partnership growth ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michigan voters could face long ballot this fall
Petoskey News-ReviewApril 27, 2012

... bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy. Four already have passed muster. On Thursday, the State Board of Canvassers approved three more and deadlocked over a fourth that would repeal the state's emergency manager law.more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorneys offer free advice to public April 28 at Fort Myers mall
Lehigh Acres News StarApril 15, 2012

In addition to providing individual legal advice on topics that include divorce, probate, criminal law, bankruptcy, real estate and foreclosure, as well as many others, attorneys will also be presenting workshops on bankruptcy, foreclosure, ...more »

Family Law
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Council panel OKs $700000 settlement for family terrorized by rogue cops
Chicago Sun-TimesApril 16, 2012

The family members terrorized were law-abiding citizens with no guns or drugs in their home, according to their attorney Blake Horwitz. They were targeted because a family member had a criminal drug record. The four former officers — Flagg, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Senate expected to approve workers' comp benefit cuts
Federal TimesApril 25, 2012

By SEAN REILLY | Last Updated:April 25, 2012 The federal workers' compensation system would get its biggest makeover in almost 40 years under postal reform legislation expected to pass the Senate Wednesday. The bill would cut workers' comp benefits to ...more »


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