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Commentary: Eagles well-positioned to handle loss of Jason Peters
Sacramento BeeApril 1, 2012

When DeMeco Ryans was available, they had the cap space and surplus draft picks to get him. When DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis reached the end of their contracts, the Eagles had the money to keep them. They had enough flexibility to extend Trent Cole ...more »

Latest homicide victim remembered as caring father
CTV.caApril 1, 2012

Chad's killing is Edmonton's third homicide of the year. Police say it's early in the investigation and they have no leads on suspects. They're appealing to the public for help. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 780-423-4567 or Crime ...more »

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Administrative Law
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The White House and FDA are often at odds
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserApril 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration was proposing as part of the new health care law to require that movie theaters post calorie counts for popcorn — and this was the first she had heard of it. In the FDA's view, the law called for moviegoers to know ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama says health care law is constitutional
FOX Toledo OnlineApril 2, 2012

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama weighed in Monday on last week's Supreme Court arguments about health care reform, saying he expected the justices to rule the act is constitutional. "In accordance with precedents out there, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Van Jones Says Trayvon Martin Case Makes Him Fear For Sons' Lives
ABC News (blog)April 1, 2012

“The root fact is, though, Mr. Jones, that about 150 black men are killed every week in this country and 94 percent of them by other black men.” Under Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman was within his rights to use deadly force against Martin ...more »

Immigration Law
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New rules, but few changes for immigrants trying to stay
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 2, 2012

Immigrants, attorneys don't see much change with new approach to deportation. Feds say final numbers aren't in. Oscar Siguencia, a student at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, wants to at least be able to finish his education; an immigration ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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No end in sight in battle over Haldia
Business StandardApril 2, 2012

The greenfield project was conceived in 1985 as a joint venture between the the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC) and the RP Goenka Group. But it did not take off for almost nine years, even though Tata Chemicals and Tata Tea were ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Angie's List founder advocates credit card payments for contractors
Fox BusinessApril 2, 2012

Without consistent federal guidelines, dispute resolution procedures for debit cards can vary from bank to bank. During a credit card dispute, Hicks says, consumers put none of their money at risk. On the other hand, most banks withhold cash from ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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PIP reforms may not deliver for consumers
Tampabay.comApril 8, 2012

That means costs will simply shift to victims' traditional health insurance plans, assuming they even have them, or could require litigation to force the at-fault driver's liability insurance to pay, assuming he even has such coverage.more »

Animal Law
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Tough chip laws urged in strays crisis
Hong Kong StandardApril 2, 2012

Laws to regulate chip implants in pets and mete out tougher punishment against owners who abandon them should be enforced to keep the number of strays in check. These are the views of several animal rights groups who attended a private forum organized ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property seminars for SMEs launched
bdailyApril 3, 2012

A new series of free business support events for SMEs has been launched today in Liverpool by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Companies House. 'Get It Right - First Time' is aimed at business owners looking for help with protecting their ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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U.S. Senate Confirms Cadwalader Attorney for Department of Justice Position
Sacramento BeeApril 2, 2012

Before joining Cadwalader, Horowitz held senior positions in the DOJ's Criminal Division during the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations, first as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then as Chief of Staff to the head of the Criminal Division.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court upholds Calif. affirmative action ban
Fresno BeeApril 2, 2012

Backers of affirmative action argued that the court should reconsider the ruling in light of more recent decisions elsewhere in the nation that reinstated affirmative action in college admissions. In California, affirmative action proponents say campus ...more »

Foreign Airlines Enjoy Preferential Treatment in the Country, Says Agbakoba
AllAfrica.comApril 1, 2012

He said that one of the required legal framework is the FLY NIGERIA BILL similar to (FLY AMERICA Regulation) which when passed would require Federal employees, dependents, consultants, contractors, grantees, and other persons performing Nigeria ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord Gets Life For Shooting the Tenant
The LedgerApril 7, 2012

The Miami Herald reported 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 evidence Gonzalez was ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Supreme Court: Strip searches in jail OK even for minor offenses
msnbc.comApril 2, 2012

... wake up folks, we are heading toward a police state, Patriot act, American citizen detention without trial, warrant less searches of you home, seizure of all your property is a agency suspects you of being a terrorist(terrorist defined as a person ...more »

Litigation
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Camden rogue police cost New Jersey $340000 in damages
Philadelphia InquirerApril 2, 2012

Through their lawyers, all say they were victimized by dirty cops who planted evidence and falsely charged them. In most cases, authorities say, it is impossible to determine otherwise. The settlements and potential awards in the pending litigation put ...more »

Business Law
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PETA Gone Wild: Flour Bombing Kim Kardashian, Accusing HBO of “Murder”
Daily BeastApril 2, 2012

PETA has achieved many victories on behalf of animal rights, not least of which is the elevated awareness of the horror of the fur trade. Sometimes PETA's controversy for controversy's sake approach misfires. Are they their own worst enemy?more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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SPLC condemns House Republicans' intervention in disabled veteran's case
San Diego Gay & Lesbian NewsApril 3, 2012

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on Monday condemned efforts by House Republicans to prevent a decorated 12-year US Army veteran and other married gay and lesbian veterans from receiving the same disability benefits provided to their married ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Training, equipment enable Nashua detectives to go after Internet crimes
Nashua TelegraphApril 2, 2012

By JOSEPH G. COTE Correspondent illustration by Bruce Preston The Nashua Police Department has obtained several pieces of equipment to help them investigate crimes involving computers, cell phones and other electronic devices.more »

Personal Injury
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Understanding the coming changes to Florida's car insurance laws
Tampabay.comApril 1, 2012

The measure (HB 119) includes a requirement that insurance companies reduce personal injury protection premiums at least 10 percent by Oct. 1 and 25 percent by 2014. Insurers can ask the state to be exempt from the rate cuts, as long as they provide ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Should You Be Jailed Simply for Lying?
Voice of AmericaApril 1, 2012

It became law after President George W. Bush added his signature in late two thousand six. There were no congressional hearings on the Act. And the debate in the House of Representatives lasted just twenty minutes. Some federal judges and free-speech...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on Medical ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)April 4, 2012

When negligence on the part of a medical professional affects this, it could be a case of a medical malpractice,” said New York medical malpractice lawyer David Perecman, whose New York medical malpractice law firm, The Perecman Firm, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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US regulatory leniency hit Infosys' results
Business StandardApril 18, 2012

Dodd-frank, also known as the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, requires banking and financial services companies in the US to comply with various new rules to ensure they don't face a Lehman-like situation. Named after the head of the US ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Iranians join Arab investors in Turkey real estate frenzy
Today's ZamanApril 9, 2012

Anticipated regulations in property ownership law are aimed at attracting investors in Gulf and Turkic republics, markets from which Turkey loses a significant capital inflow in real estate investments. Market observers expect the anticipated foreign ...more »

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Charleston Post CourierApril 4, 2012

SUMMERVILLE — Three people who asked for a copy of the Durham School Services bus contract from Dorchester District 2 schools were told it would cost $150 — an apparent violation of the state Freedom of Information law. courier.com/foia to read the ...more »

Sports Law
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Lexington fan riots captured via Twitter by fire department
USA TODAYApril 2, 2012

While there were instances of fans breaking the law, Lexington Fire Department Battalion Chief Ed Davis maintains these instances were sporadic and contained quickly. "Last night was not a riot. At no point did things escalate, and we didn't feel ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ineffective counsel: High court allows heightened scrutiny of plea bargaining ...
WisBarApril 3, 2012

Two recent US Supreme Court decisions mean that criminal defendants can challenge the plea bargaining process on the grounds that their lawyer was ineffective. In this article, criminal defense lawyer Brian Kinstler discusses the impact.more »

FOID law is shooting blanks
Lincoln CourierApril 7, 2012

Some are surrendered to judges when a holder is convicted of a crime, and beginning this year state law requires they be returned to state police, Bond said. People holding revoked FOIDs can't buy guns from licensed dealers — a separate, instant state ...more »

EEOC Issues Final Regulations Explaining “Reasonable Factors Other Than Age...
JD Supra (press release)April 2, 2012

by Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP on 4/2/2012 Yesterday, the EEOC published its “Final Regulation on Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other than Age” as it relates to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LEID Products to Showcase BACS System at the 2012 Massachusetts Chief of ...
PR Web (press release)April 2, 2012

LEID Products, LLC., the leader of electronic locker and cabinet storage with biometric asset protection and control, today announced that they will be at the Massachusetts Chief of Police Association Annual Trade Show on Wednesday, April 4 at the Best ...more »

Environmental Law
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Japan Alternative-Energy Investment Stalls
Wall Street JournalApril 3, 2012

At $66.5 million in assets, Daiwa Asset Management's Green Energy Fund, a joint venture with Black Rock Securities of the US, is one of the largest offered by a Japanese investment bank. But even there, about two-thirds of the investment was in the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Movers and Shakers: New operations manager for Southwold Pier
East Anglian Daily TimesApril 10, 2012

Miss Raynes will collect her STEP certificate from His Honour Judge Denzil Lush of the Court of Protection at an awards ceremony in Westminster in June. Birkett Long provides a wide range of legal and financial services including probate, wills, ...more »

Family Law
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Minn. family in fatal crash was on motocross trip
WBAYApril 2, 2012

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 MARGARET STAFFORD Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Minnesota family and some friends were taking a spring ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp and Social Security
Federal Times (blog)April 3, 2012

Q. I have been receiving federal workers' compensation since February 2007 for an on-the-job injury. I never applied for Social Security disability. I turned 66 on Feb. 3 and applied for my full SS retirement benefits. If I hadn't been injured on the ...more »

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