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Law stays out of polygamous sect's at-home education
Salt Lake TribuneApril 1, 2012

Thomas Barlow was about 16 when his education came to a halt. "I wasn't done with school, I didn't feel like I was finished. I wanted to keep going," said Barlow, a voracious reader who as a child devoured biographies of famous Americans.more »

Debt, Credit, Tormentors
Albuquerque Journal (subscription)April 1, 2012

Both debt collectors and credit bureaus are supposed to comply with various statutes and regulations, such as the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and Fair Credit Reporting Act respectively, but violations are rarely punished.more »

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Administrative Law
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NLD keen to change “repressive” laws
The HinduApril 2, 2012

Exceeding all expectations, including its own, Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) has said it has won at least 43 of the 45 seats in Sunday's by-polls, including in the administrative capital, Naypyitaw. Speaking briefly outside her ...more »

Health Care Law
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Holder: DOJ to respond 'appropriately' to judges' questions about health care law
CNNApril 4, 2012

Washington (CNN) -- The Justice Department is scrambling to meet a federal court's Thursday deadline to answer fundamental constitutional questions dealing with the health care law championed by President Barack Obama, an escalating political battle ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Four Dewey & LeBoeuf lawyers depart for DLA Piper
ReutersApril 4, 2012

By Leigh Jones | NEW YORK (Reuters) - A four-attorney mergers and acquisitions group has left law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf for DLA Piper in New York. The defections bring to at least 40 the number of partners known to have left 1000-attorney Dewey since ...more »

Immigration Law
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UMass Dartmouth hosts panel on immigration law
Wicked LocalApril 1, 2012

... but terrorists, because the laws are not enforced, enabling those groups to “lay low.” Recalling friends who were lost in the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Self choked back tears as she lamented that discourse on immigration frequently ...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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BD1.4m payout
Gulf Daily NewsApril 2, 2012

The Bahrain Foundation Construction Company (BFCC) has also been awarded BD45,500 in costs by the Bahrain Chamber for Dispute Resolution, according to lawyers representing the company. Thirteen other companies also seeking payouts are hoping for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court judgment should send warning note to insurance firms, say law firm
Jersey Isle NewsApril 2, 2012

The judgment makes clear that simply advising a client to thoroughly read documentation and ensure it meets requirements, is not good enough, irrespective of the client's experience in insurance matters. Bedell Cristin Head of Litigation Partner ...more »

Animal Law
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Ontario man convicted of felony animal cruelty charges, receives fine, probation
Inland Valley Daily BulletinApril 1, 2012

ONTARIO - An Ontario man was sentenced recently on felony animal cruelty charges for starving and neglecting his 5-year-old female horse. The conviction for Jesus Mura Sanchez comes with a sentence of three years probation, according to a news release ...more »

Intellectual Property
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TPP: The biggest secret you don't know
OregonLive.comApril 1, 2012

By David Sarasohn, The Oregonian It's that after years of negotiations at the highest levels, all around the Pacific Rim, on a major agreement to overhaul Pacific trade agreements and intellectual property rules, nobody knows anything about it.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyers Reportedly Looking For Groupon Complaints, Following Earnings Revisions
WebProNewsApril 2, 2012

The law firm of Federman & Sherwood, a nationwide law firm specializing in securities, derivative and merger litigation, has initiated an investigation into Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ: GRPN) with respect to possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: Attempt to lift ban rejected
San Francisco ChronicleApril 3, 2012

A federal appeals court on Monday rejected an attempt to revive preferential admissions for minorities at the University of California and reaffirmed the legality of Proposition 209, the state's voter-approved ban on affirmative action.more »

Plane crash in Siberia kills 31 of 43 on board
Sarasota Herald-TribuneApril 2, 2012

By LYNN BERRY AP MOSCOW - A passenger plane crashed in Siberia shortly after taking off Monday morning, killing 31 of the 43 people on board, Russian emergency officials said. The 12 survivors were hospitalized in serious condition.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord gets life sentence for shooting tenant
WEARApril 6, 2012

The Miami Herald (http://bit.ly/HrrXZ2 ) reports the judge had previously deemed Florida's "stand your ground" law irrelevant because as a landlord, Gonzalez didn't have the legal entitlement to be at his tenant's property. There was also no credible ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Frontier's new flights help push fares down
Great Falls TribuneApril 1, 2012

Dennis Lorang of Denny's Service & Repair of Black Eagle is warning other small business people of a slick salesman claiming to have a great deal on a credit card machine. "A guy came in back in November and said I could try out a credit card machine ...more »

Litigation
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Comings and Goings | lawblog@wsj.com
Wall Street JournalApril 1, 2012

Andrew Michaelson, who served as a special prosecutor during the criminal investigation of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, will rejoin New York-based litigation firm Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP in May as a partner.more »

Business Law
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Auckland fine dodger owes $500k
Stuff.co.nzApril 1, 2012

The 15-second commercial was part of the ministry's "Pay your fines, or pay the price" campaign and coincided with the first provisions of the Courts and Criminal Matters Bill. "The message in the ad is clear - unpaid fines may stop you from getting ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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W.Va. lawmakers have sought to address disputes over military pension credits ...
The RepublicApril 1, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers have so far been unable to revisit a state policy that rewards public employees for their military service. State law increases pension benefits for retirees who were in the armed forces during a draft or time of armed conflict.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Federal anti-hacking prosecutions reined in by appeals court ruling
San Jose Mercury NewsApril 10, 2012

Federal prosecutors alleged that Nosal and co-workers illegally foraged in the company's database for information to establish a rival company and charged him with trade secrets theft and violations of the anti-hacking law. Even with the 9th Circuit ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Authors Ebook Entitled "How To Choose A ...
Virtual-Strategy MagazineApril 1, 2012

Choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent one in a serious injury claim is a very big decision. In his new ebook, author Kenneth A. Wilhelm talks about the importance of selecting an attorney that has a great deal of experience.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court confirms ex-spouses access to government pensions
Independent OnlineApril 2, 2012

The Constitutional Court on Friday confirmed the declaration by the Western Cape High Court of the constitutional invalidity of the “clean-break” principle of the Government Employees Pension Law. The so-called “clean-break” principle was incorporated ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Atlanta Law Firm Hosts Future Emory Law Students
Virtual-Strategy MagazineApril 5, 2012

After Friday evening's reception, the admitted applicants met at the law school on Saturday for a full day of learning about law school basics, professional development, career strategy, financing their educations, and living in Atlanta.more »

Consumer Protection
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Study Highlights Dangers of Buying Prescriptions Online
Drug AlertApril 6, 2012

These redirecting attacks sending consumers to illicit online pharmacy websites were rendered illegal in 2008 when Congress passed the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act, which made it illegal to “deliver, distribute, or dispense a ...more »

Real Estate Law
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REAL ESTATE: Man who reoccupied home found in contempt
Press-EnterpriseApril 13, 2012

Arturo de los Santos stands outside his home overlooking the media presence in front on Feb. 21. BY TIFFANY RAY A Riverside family who moved back into their home in December after being evicted by lenders has five days to vacate the property, ...more »

The State of Commercial Laws: Scope of the term "public policy" under the ...
Bar & BenchApril 4, 2012

I attempt to provide the readers with an update on the position of law on one different aspect of these areas in every edition of the “The State of Commercial Law”. The power of the Courts to set aside an arbitral award (under the UNCITRAL model law ...more »

Sports Law
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Anti-bully law could turn trolls into criminals
Digital Media WireApril 3, 2012

Even common taunting about sports between rival fans done online is frequently meant to offend or annoy, and is often done using salty and profane language.” UCLA law professor Eugene Volokh is another who is making his concerns known.more »

Criminal Defense
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High-octane personality creates memorable law career
The Seattle TimesApril 8, 2012

Browne says he does not enjoy the business side of being a lawyer — and court records reflect the occasional challenges of getting paid. Once, representing an alleged drug dealer, Browne's firm received as payment a 1961 Rolls-Royce.more »

Auditor General questions Australia Network tender process
ABC OnlineApril 3, 2012

The tender panel twice recommended Sky TV for the job, only to see the Government intervene and hand the contract to the ABC indefinitely. As Stephen Long reports, the process got wrapped up in Labor's power play. JULIA GILLARD, PRIME MINISTER: On the ...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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Is the JOBS Act is a Snake Pit for Investors?
BostInnoApril 11, 2012

The basic theory behind the JOBS Act is that by reducing disclosure requirements and investor protection legislation, small companies will be able to raise capital much more easily. In turn, they will hire more employees, better achieve their business ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy efficiency goals too low?
Juneau EmpireApril 1, 2012

By RUSSELL STIGALL The state of Alaska has a relatively new law that requires a quarter of public buildings be 15 percent more efficient by 2020. “Ten to 20 percent is the low hanging fruit,” Jonathan Westeinde, founder of Windmill Development Group ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Volunteer attorneys to counsel seniors, caregivers in Conejo Valley
Ventura County StarApril 7, 2012

"We seek to create a similarly successful program on this side of the grade to provide legal and mediation assistance and guidance." The Pro Bono Panel of the Ventura County Bar Association and Grey Law and others have provided this service in the ...more »

Family Law
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UBB family skeptical of new state mine safety law
West Virginia Public BroadcastingApril 3, 2012

By Jessica Y. Lilly April 3, 2012 · During the state session this year, West Virginia representatives passed a law meant to improve safety in mines. Some of the families are skeptical. Four investigations into what happened at Upper Big Branch ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PERSONNEL MATTERS: Court says workers can sue for RICO violations in denial of ...
Tire BusinessApril 11, 2012

Cassens Transport Co. et al. overturns a previous US District Court decision, which said the workers could not sue for RICO violations because Michigan's workers comp law provides an exclusive state remedy outside of federal law.more »

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