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Shane Filan's High Court debt battle: Bank of Ireland sues Westlife star who ...
Daily MailApril 1, 2012

Documents lodged in the High Court show that BoI is pursuing cases against the star and two members of his family, Finbarr and Peter. BoI was one of several banks that helped fund Shane's massive property speculations during the boom, which aimed to ...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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Supreme Court Justice to speak on campus
The Student PrintzApril 3, 2012

Prior to serving on the Supreme Court, Scalia was Chairman of the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel and US Court of Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit.more »

Health Care Law
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Vice President Biden predicts Supreme Court won't rule health care law...
Washington Post (blog)April 1, 2012

(Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)“I'm not going to speculate about something I don't believe will happen,” Biden said on CBS' “Face the Nation” when asked by host Bob Schieffer what might happen if the entire health care law is thrown out by the court ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Volunteers ask voters to put marijuana legalization on ballot
Detroit Free PressApril 1, 2012

Tom Tucker of Southfield, left, talks with Don Jones of Pleasant Ridge after Jones signed a petition Thursday to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot. / ANDRE J. JACKSON/Detroit Free Press By Bill Laitner With a stack of petitions in his ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia, Latinos, and the Latino Vote
Huffington PostApril 3, 2012

Georgia lawmakers are at it again, less than a year after passing their own version of Arizona's hardcore immigration law. They tried to pass a statute that would have made life all the more difficult for many immigrants. SB 458 would have rendered ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Inventors: Don't File Your Own Patent Application
PR Web (press release)April 3, 2012

... an experienced Attorney, to their patent and engineering law firm. This new addition will help them service their clients better, which usually come to them seeking help with writing a patent application and developing their invention idea.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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LACBA Committee Nominates Daehnke as President-Elect
Metropolitan News-EnterpriseApril 2, 2012

The attorney previously served as treasurer and chair of the group's Business & Corporations Law Section as well as chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section. Kiesel is a partner at partner at Kiesel, Boucher & Larson, LLP, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Cruelty Trial Postponed Without Presiding Judge
Patch.comApril 3, 2012

Dawn Hamill was charged with several dozen counts of animal cruelty and neglect of owner's duties following a raid on her Tinley Park business in February 2011. Her attorney will try again to get the charges tossed out. By Jesse Marx A file photo of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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HBO Files Series of Lawsuits in Landmark Intellectual Property Rights Battle
Evening Transcript (satire)April 1, 2012

Two of the most popular series threatened by intellectual property theft are Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. Game of Thrones begins its anticipated second season Sunday night, but Alena warned that the shocking revelations to come might already ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fundraiser's Woes Hit Nevada Politics
Wall Street JournalApril 1, 2012

Now he is entangled in litigation that is roiling the political landscape in one of the nation's swing states. Mr. Whittemore, 55 years old, worked his way to the top of Nevada's political scene as a lobbyist and prodigious fundraiser over much of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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First, a reprimand, now U's nursing dean cited for reprisal
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 3, 2012

University of Minnesota Nursing Dean Connie Delaney, who is already under university reprimand for a hiring infraction, now faces a state human rights finding of discrimination and retaliation for firing an employee who filed an internal workplace ...more »

Two die in fiery plane crash north of Auckland
Stuff.co.nzApril 1, 2012

CRASH SITE: Investigators examine the scene of a microlight plane crash at Kaipara, northwest of Auckland. Two people were killed in the crash. LATEST: Two people have died in a fiery microlight plane crash near Auckland today.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Deposit protection scheme approved
The Press AssociationApril 5, 2012

Housing Minister Keith Brown said the change would make sure tenants receive a "fair deal" while also protecting the reputation of the majority of landlords who act responsibly. He said: "Up to 11000 tenants annually have £3.6 million of their deposits ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Why You Should Never Co-Sign For Your Kids
Business InsiderApril 1, 2012

There are some good reasons why people decide to become a co-signer for their kids, including helping them to buy a car or first home, or to establish a credit history. But while you may be aiming to do well by your children, co-signing can have huge ...more »

Litigation
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Attorneys ask court to keep Nalco, cleanup companies, in oil spill litigation
NOLA.comApril 9, 2012

While many health concerns from the spill will likely be covered by a medical settlement reached between BP, the leaseholder on the failed well, and the committee of plaintiff attorneys pressing the litigation, environmental and legal experts say there ...more »

Business Law
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Alta. elections boss warns groups over third-party advertising laws
Regina Leader-PostApril 2, 2012

The rules, which demand third-party advertisers register with Elections Alberta, submit financial statements showing where their money comes from, and abide by contribution limits, came into force for the first time in this election period.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military board says Marine who criticized Obama on Facebook should be dismissed
Fox NewsApril 6, 2012

That would mean Stein would lose his benefits and would not be allowed on any military base. The board's recommendations go to a general who will either accept or deny them. If the general disagrees with the board, the case could go to the secretary of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Taunton DPW employee to be arraigned for child porn
Taunton Daily GazetteApril 10, 2012

Glenn A. Deane is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Taunton District Court in connection to the April 1 police search of his apartment at 6 James St. A computer in the apartment contained two video files depicting sexual activity involving underage ...more »

Personal Injury
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Experienced Florida Accident and Personal Injury Website Launch: Gilman Law ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)April 9, 2012

Gilman Law LLP is a leading Florida accident injury firm providing professional legal services to clients in areas such as personal injury, car accidents, truck accidents, brain injuries, wrongful death, and other serious injuries resulting from ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Terry Jones sues Dearborn, accuses of violating free speech
Detroit Free PressApril 2, 2012

By Niraj Warikoo Quran-burning pastor Terry Jones filed a lawsuit today against Dearborn, alleging the city is violating his constitutional right to free speech by asking him to sign a legal agreement ahead of a rally he's planned for this Saturday ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Disclosure For All
Connecticut Law TribuneApril 6, 2012

Every motor vehicle operator, rich or poor, is required to carry insurance, and contractors engaged in construction projects must carry bonds, he said. “Yet lawyers, who are entrusted with clients' property as fiduciaries, are not required to carry any ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CA Consumer Protection Lawyer: Courts Close Calif.'s Injunctive Relief Escape
NewYorkInjuryNews (press release)April 1, 2012

San Francisco, CA (CA Consumer Protection Lawyer News) — California consumers were dealt another blow by a federal appeals court on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, by another ruling in favor of big business instead of in the best interests of consumers, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Danbury Real Estate Lawyer Sentenced to Prison for Mortgage Fraud Conspiracy
LoanSafeApril 5, 2012

(Source: IRS Criminal Investigation) - David B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that LUCY DeMELO, 39, of Danbury, Connecticut, was sentenced on April 4, 2012 by Senior United States District Judge Alfred V.more »

$1.1M housing and commercial rehabilitation grant supported by Willmar, Minn ...
West Central TribuneApril 3, 2012

WILLMAR — Business and homes in Willmar and Raymond will benefit over the next two years from a state grant worth nearly $1.1 million. WILLMAR — Business and homes in Willmar and Raymond will benefit over the next two years from a state grant worth ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Kansas news, sports, business and entertainment
KOAM-TVApril 2, 2012

(AP) - A Topeka rally is planned to push for the repeal of a Kansas stand-your-ground law modeled after one in Florida. Stand-your-ground laws have been in the news since the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a neighborhood watch captain ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Monday profile: On school board, Christine Clair has held open the door to success
La Crosse TribuneApril 2, 2012

La Crosse Public School Board President, women's rights advocate, and criminal defense lawyer Chris Clair will not be on the ballot again this year after deciding she needed to stay closer to home to spend time with her two daughters.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 »

Equal rights measure fuels passionate debate
Juneau EmpireApril 2, 2012

Nationally, 13 states, 134 cities and counties, and the District of Columbia have discrimination laws for private entities that include protections for transgender individuals, according to figures from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How to clean the Hudson
Albany Times Union (blog)April 2, 2012

The most encouraging response comes from local government officials, for whom stopping pollution in blatant violation of the federal Clean Water Act would benefit the bottom line of strained municipal budgets. That is, if sewage system repairs are made ...more »

Environmental Law
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FIT delay to affect $2.5B in renewable energy deals
Inquirer.net (blog)April 20, 2012

The feed-in-tariff scheme, a much awaited mechanism provided under the Renewable Energy Law, is among the most critical considerations in a renewable energy project as these will determine if it will be economically feasible and viable.more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Visits Class at Goose Creek High School
PR.com (press release)April 5, 2012

The Evan Guthrie Law Firm practices in the areas of estate planning probate wills living trust special needs trusts personal injury accident and divorce and family law and entertainment law. For further information visit his website at ...more »

Family Law
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How Family Law Attorneys Use Social Media Evidence [Infographic]
PR Web (press release)April 3, 2012

Family Law Attorneys Dishon & Block formally released today an infographic that illustrates how attorneys use social media to collect “smoking gun” evidence for divorce and child custody cases. With the advancement in technology and modernizing of laws ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mississippi House Sends Workers' Comp Bill to Senate
Insurance JournalApril 2, 2012

By Jeff Amy | April 2, 2012 Mississippi House members now favor changes to the state's workers' compensation system after previously voting against them. House members voted 60-56 last Thursday to pass Senate Bill 2576, which proponents say would ...more »

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