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Call to slash first home grant for many
The AustralianApril 1, 2012

THE Victorian first home buyers grant should be restricted to newly constructed dwellings to give the building industry a much needed boost, the Urban Development Institute of Australia says. The UDIA is also calling for a further interest rate cut ...more »

How network discounts can impact stop loss pricing
Smart Business NetworkApril 1, 2012

When third-party administrators (TPAs) solicit quotes for stop loss insurance for their client companies that self-insure, they may not be getting the maximum discounts available from stop loss carriers if the carriers don't receive transparent data ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Councilors Get Ready For Budget Public Hearing
WINA AM 1070April 2, 2012

The Albemarle Supervisors received wide-ranging advice on taxes and spending during a budget public hearing Wednesday night. Albemarle County is beefing up enforcement of a state law that bans advertising in the right-of-way of designated entrance ...more »

Health Care Law
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Impeach the Supreme Court Justices If They Overturn Health Care Law
Daily BeastApril 3, 2012

If they dump the Affordable Care Act, writes David Dow, we should dump them. You think the idea is laughable? Thomas Jefferson disagreed with you. Jefferson believed Supreme Court justices who undermine the principles of the Constitution ought to be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Van Jones on Trayvon Martin, Racial Violence and Why Obama Ignored Race Issues ...
Democracy NowApril 3, 2012

VAN JONES: Well, first of all, that comment from the President really should be seen as the third act in a three-act play on race for this president. You remember with the Reverend Wright situation, he stepped forward, and he gave a speech on race, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comApril 3, 2012

From ICE's press release regarding the operation: As part of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) ongoing commitment to prioritizing the removal of criminal aliens and egregious immigration law violators, the agency announced today the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industrial Content Bill Suffers SetBack In Delta
Leadership NewspapersApril 1, 2012

A bill for a law to establish the Delta State Industry content development 2011 on Friday suffered a setback at the State House of Assembly when majority of the lawmakers opposed to its passage after second reading. In a heated debate following a ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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KLRCA's fast track rules for resolving contract disputes
The Sun DailyApril 1, 2012

There is the potential for dispute in every contractual relationship. Typically, parties to a contract prefer to have disputes, if any, resolved in the most cost- and time-effective manner and without damaging the commercial drivers of the contract.more »

Insurance Litigation
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SCOTUS: 'Obamacare' at a glance
WDAM-TVApril 3, 2012

On March 26, justices listened to arguments as to whether the penalty assessed for failure to acquire insurance was open to litigation. On the last day of arguments, the Court heard arguments about whether the rest of the Act would fail if the ...more »

Animal Law
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Land managers try new method to capture mustangs
The Seattle TimesApril 1, 2012

The move comes after animal rights advocates' growing criticism of the traditional use of helicopters to drive the animals to corrals. Activists brand the practice as inhumane, saying horses are traumatized, injured or killed as they are driven for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Manatt Expands Intellectual Property Practice in New York
Business Wire (press release)April 3, 2012

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced that Mark I. Peroff and Darren W. Saunders have joined the New York office as partners in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. Both lawyers join from Hiscock & Barclay, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Court ruling paves way for insurance claims
Lexology (registration)April 2, 2012

The UK Supreme Court decided by a majority that Employers' Liability policies covered mesothelioma claims if the victim was exposed to asbestos at the time the policy was in place (this is referred to as the "causation" or "exposure" basis).more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California affirmative action ban challenge rejected
San Jose Mercury NewsApril 2, 2012

By Howard Mintz A federal appeals court on Monday upheld California's Proposition 209, a 16-year-old voter-approved ban on state-backed affirmative action programs. The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the latest challenge to Proposition 209, ...more »

Immigration Official On the Run
AllAfrica.comApril 2, 2012

He is being charged with unlawful possession of diamonds and contravening Section 12 (1) of the Immigration Act Chapter 4:02, which criminalises entry by evasion. Klein was re-arrested by immigration officials led by Kondo on Thursday although ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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City smoking policy leaves enforcement hazy
Crain's New York BusinessApril 22, 2012

A fact sheet on the law developed by the Bloomberg administration says the proposed-regulation would be “self-enforced.” It also “protects a tenant's right to pursue a legal claim based on smoke intrusion.” “It appears the only enforcement mechanism is ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Tribune Broadcasting: No deal reached with DirecTV
Wall Street JournalApril 1, 2012

Tribune Broadcasting said in a statement that without a deal in place, DirecTV was barred by federal law from carrying the signal of Tribune's local television stations after midnight, when their agreement expired. The affected markets include New York ...more »

Litigation
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Network-1 Announces Settlement of Patent Litigation With Motorola Solutions
Sacramento BeeApril 3, 2012

By Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. NEW YORK, April 3, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. (OTC BB: NSSI) announced today that it agreed to settle its patent litigation against Motorola Solutions, Inc. ("Motorola") (NYSE: MSI) ...more »

Business Law
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Veteran FCPA and White Collar Attorney Michael Volkov Joins LeClairRyan
Sacramento BeeApril 3, 2012

The former federal prosecutor and veteran white collar defense attorney will provide compliance, internal investigations and representation on enforcement matters across a broad range of issues, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Auditor: Military kept MPs in dark over purchase of new jet fighters
TheChronicleHerald.caApril 3, 2012

New auditor general Michael Ferguson was also highly critical of the Public Works Department for not exercising due diligence in overseeing what will be the single largest expenditure of Canadian taxpayers' money for a piece of military hardware.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Scam watch: Beauty queen, energy bills, e-pickpockets
Los Angeles TimesApril 1, 2012

People who click on the link have reported that their computers were infected with viruses, according to the Internet Crime Complaint Center. Computer-security advocates caution that people should only click on email links if they are confident they ...more »

Personal Injury
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Time will tell if new law fixes rampant car insurance fraud
MiamiHerald.comApril 2, 2012

A new law addresses the issue, but it might raise new issues. By Tia Mitchell TALLAHASSEE -- The long list of suspected car insurance scammers now includes food truck vendors. The state Division of Insurance Fraud reported last week that 15 people have ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Reality Check: A Look at What the Commerce Clause Actually Says
The AtlanticApril 4, 2012

The Supreme Court case that may determine the fate of the Affordable Care Act turns partly on the Commerce Clause and how broadly the justices construe the power that it grants to Congress. But coverage of the case rarely if ever quotes the language of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What employers should know about Maine's new marijuana rules
Mainebiz DailyApril 2, 2012

Further, the statute does not protect anyone who undertakes a task under the influence of marijuana in a way that constitutes professional malpractice or otherwise violates a professional standard. Employers, therefore, can terminate employees who show ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Auction Alliance staff going... gone
Independent OnlineApril 2, 2012

This follows hot on the heels of the National Consumer Commission's ruling last week which found company founder Rael Levitt had used “ghost bidder” Gideon Leygonie to bid against Wendy Appelbaum, contravening Section 45 of the Consumer Protection Act.more »

Real Estate Law
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Law Technology News Goes Behind the Scenes With Graham Smith and William Bice ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

ALM, an integrated media company, is a leading provider of specialized business news, research and information, focused primarily on the legal and commercial real estate sectors. ALM's market-leading brands include The American Lawyer, ...more »

Bitcoin, the financial traders' anarchic new toy
MSN MoneyApril 2, 2012

She said EU law required only euros to be accepted as legal tender, but this was superseded by German law that allows those involved in a contract to determine its content. So Bitcoin is at least not illegal there. The situation in the United States is ...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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Criminal Courthouse Election Round-Up
Houston Chronicle (blog)April 16, 2012

Since leaving the Office, he worked in Admiralty and Civil law before picking up some criminal defense cases a few years ago. ANALYSIS: Summerlin left the Office before gaining the experience to try tough felony cases that he would potentially be ...more »

Facebook misses March deadline following privacy audit
ZDNet (blog)April 3, 2012

By Emil Protalinski | April 3, 2012, 11:20am PDT Summary: Facebook promised changes after Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner completed his three-month privacy audit of the company's activities. Facebook has missed a deadline for many issues.more »

EEOC final rule clarifies age discrimination in Employment Act defense
Lexology (registration)April 3, 2012

On March 29, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a final rule amending the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (“ADEA”) regulations in the wake of the United States Supreme Court's decisions in Smith v.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Offshore tax havens: Myth vs. reality
CBC.caApril 10, 2012

"The public perception of tax havens, I think, is more or less from John Grisham novels – the Cayman Islands and that sort of thing." He goes on to note there is "no law against having an offshore bank account. There's nothing sinful in it.more »

Environmental Law
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Blackouts worsened under Aquino govt
Manila Standard TodayApril 1, 2012

Unfortunately, he seems to have forgotten his promise, allowing the implementation of the Renewable Energy Law to drag on and letting the coal plant proposals get through left and right.” Zubiri, the author of the Renewable Energy Act and the first to ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentApril 4, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes.more »

Family Law
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Divorce in Kenya: What the law says
The StarApril 4, 2012

The petitioner must illustrate or prove to the court why he or she wants the court to grant the divorce. The party must prove that their case fits within one of the few grounds for divorce as stipulated in the law. For example, the petitioner has to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CHP officer accused of workers' comp insurance fraud
Sacramento Bee (blog)April 10, 2012

Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully announced today that charges have been filed against a California Highway Patrol officer for workers' compensation insurance fraud. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Officer Tony Yao, 38, ...more »

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