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As I See It | Two very bad ideas from labor regulators
Kansas City StarApril 1, 2012

The National Labor Relations Board recently handed down two rules I believe will make it much more difficult for small businesses to survive. The first allows the formation of micro-unions. These unions could be made up of two to three workers.more »

Cops sensitized to elders' woes
Times of IndiaApril 1, 2012

BANGALORE: Senior citizen Mandakini's son allegedly threatened her every day and would physically abuse her, forcing her to transfer her property to him. She called the Elders' Helpline, which in turn issued a notice to the son.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judges are not a law unto themselves
Daily MailApril 1, 2012

... Report (2006), the Judges Inquiry Bill of 2006 to create a National Judicial Council was examined by a Joint Standing Committee of Parliament in 2007 which found the judiciary a 'highly secretive and closed institution' in its administrative work.more »

Health Care Law
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Trump: President Obama's comments on Supreme Court's pending decision on ...
Fox NewsApril 5, 2012

Trump is blasting President Obama for insulting the Supreme Court and questioning the court's power to overturn his healthcare law. We spoke with Donald Trump earlier tonight. VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, nice to talk to you. VAN SUSTEREN: Donald, do you have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Scrap health-care law, start over
Greenville NewsApril 1, 2012

We're working on the following obituaries for Sunday morning's paper: Jimmy J. Boiter of Greenville (Palmetto Mortuary); Joyce Jones of Greer (Wood Mortuary); Doris Ballentine Rogers of Greenville (Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest); Julia Suzanne ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigrants pray bill dies
Hattiesburg AmericanApril 1, 2012

Tere Turner, an employee of Catholic Charities, speaks to a group of immigrants about the potential impact of House Bill 488 on March 23 in Vardaman. Turner says immigrants are asking questions about what to do if the bill becomes law.more »

Industrial Development Law
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State Tax Credits News Briefs
Novogradac Company LLPApril 2, 2012

Louisiana Economic Development provided NuStar $3 million in modernization tax credits and the company plans to use the Quality Jobs and Industrial Tax Exemption programs. The expansion will create 32 direct jobs and retain 23 existing jobs at the ...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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Settlement reached in lawsuit against Owasso Public Schools
KOKI FOX 23April 4, 2012

Owasso Public Schools reached a settlement Friday with a group called Owasso Kids for Christ, which filed a lawsuit against the district back in October, 2011. The group claims a district policy violated its members First Amendment rights to free ...more »

Animal Law
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Otter signs felony animal cruelty bill into law
KTVBApril 5, 2012

CL "Butch" Otter has approved a bill creating felony animal cruelty penalties in Idaho for the first time. The plan Otter signed into law this week makes a third animal cruelty conviction in 15 years a felony, leaving the Dakotas as the only states ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CardinalCommerce Grows International and US Patent Portfolio With Additional ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

announced that it has secured additional intellectual property protection in Australia and the United States. The Australian patent office and the United States patent office have awarded patents 2006309231 and US 8140429 B2 respectively.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Celebrity chefs land in legal soup
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2012

Here's a tip: Employment law challenges for restaurants merit special attention, from harassment to tip sharing. Photo: AP, Associated Press Recent news that two "celebrity chefs," Paula Deen and Mario Batali, are separately embroiled in litigation...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California affirmative action ban challenge rejected
Oakland TribuneApril 3, 2012

By Howard Mintz A federal appeals court on Monday upheld California's voter-approved ban on state-backed affirmative action programs, denying arguments that it is depriving minority students of a fair shot at admissions to public universities.more »

Attack of the drones: The amateur enthusiasts crowding the sky with miniature ...
Daily MailApril 2, 2012

'Our concern is with all of the drones,' said Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Small aircraft are hard to see, and large drones can fly high enough to stay out of sight, she said.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Court Finds City Isn't Obligated to Continue Housing Program
Gotham GazetteApril 11, 2012

by Emily Jane Goodman When a group of battered women and homeless individuals and families, agreed to leave public shelters and become tenants of private but rent subsidized apartments offered by the City of New York, they expected to occupy them for ...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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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell talks safety, balance as litigation mounts
Denver PostApril 1, 2012

But as litigation mounts from former players over the long-term effects of repeated concussions in the shadow of the Saints' Bounty-gate scandal — off-the-books cash payments to New Orleans players that league investigators say targeted specific ...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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Military marriages show surprising resilience
Pensacola News JournalApril 15, 2012

It might also be true that military pay and benefits, particularly the extra pay given married members or the value of military benefits compared to civilians, are barriers to divorce, even in wartime, just as they are incentives to marry while in ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Pascagoula man faces child-porn charge
SunHerald.comApril 13, 2012

Martin faces additional charges, Byrd said, after a forensic analysis on his computer is completed and evidence in the case is presented to a Jackson County grand jury. Members of the Gulf Coast Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force worked to ...more »

Personal Injury
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NY Personal Injury Attorney Michael Barasch Praises Recent Recommendation That ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)April 5, 2012

NY personal injury lawyer Michael Barasch of Barasch McGarry Salzman & Penson has continued to support the addition of cancer to the list of illnesses covered by the Zadroga Act since 2003. His tenacity paid off when the Science/Technical Advisory ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutional accumulated delays of up to 13 years in law controversy ...
San Francisco Luxury NewsApril 2, 2012

Reform of the Judiciary Act which requires a qualified majority for appointment to the Supreme Court pending since 2005. gay marriage law. The Constitution in 2005 agreed to hear the constitutional challenge presented by more than 50 members of the PP.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Memorial Health System may need insurance boost
The News-PressApril 8, 2012

“Many hospitals, including Sarasota Memorial, do not carry insurance for professional negligence, including claims bill insurance, because the analysis has never supported the expenditure of the cost of such insurance,” Savage said.more »

Consumer Protection
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Web sites misleading consumers
ITWebApril 3, 2012

However, none of the sites ITWeb researched clearly indicated these items are parallel imports, which is a contravention of the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) and Department of Trade and Industry regulations. As a result, the resellers are ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Court backs WTAE-TV on Section 8 housing records
Pittsburgh Post GazetteApril 2, 2012

By Ben Present / The Legal Intelligencer The addresses and owners of Section 8 housing properties are public records, the Commonwealth Court has ruled. A split three-judge panel decided that a Pittsburgh television reporter was entitled to the property...more »

3 Questions You Didn't Ask Your Contract Attorney
Patch.comApril 8, 2012

Lawyers call these clauses exclusive jurisdiction, venue, and choice of law provisions. By way of example, I recently had a case come across my desk where the defendant was being sued for leased kitchen equipment in a commercial facility.more »

Sports Law
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Latest Alabama news, sports, business and entertainment
WDEF News 12April 2, 2012

(AP) — An alliance of union and civil rights groups opposed to Alabama's toughest-in-the-nation immigration law has filed a complaint with the United Nation's International Labor Organization. The complaint Monday alleges that Alabama law violates ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New defense lawyer hired as rallies continue over Trayvon Martin's death
MiamiHerald.comApril 5, 2012

Uhrig, a criminal defense attorney, is a familiar face for Orlando TV viewers: he was a legal analyst on that Fox station during the Casey Anthony case. He joins Craig Sonner, a DUI lawyer who acknowledges he has yet to meet his most famous client.more »

County Board of Elections audit released
Utica Observer DispatchApril 3, 2012

By ELIZABETH COOPER The audit of the Oneida County Board of Elections has come in, and it's clear the Board officials made some mistakes. Just how bad those mistakes were, however, is a matter of opinion. Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said ...more »

Avoiding employee lawsuits: 5 lessons from the court
Business Management DailyApril 9, 2012

Best Buy, DC IL) The lesson: Avoid attaching to employees nicknames that carry even the perception of being tied to a protected characteristic, such as race, age, gender, religion, national origin or disability. 2. Avoid strict 'English-only' language ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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A Day in the Life: Jennifer Figurelli takes pride in helping retirees, others ...
Naples Daily NewsApril 13, 2012

Figurelli said that she has a unique "seven step" retirement planning process, including assisting clients in assessing their finances and goals; addressing insurance and asset protection considering legal exposures and fraud; and estate planning ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mass. Senate Approves Energy Costs Bill
WAMCApril 9, 2012

The law would also expand oversight powers to the Department of Public Utilities. Larry Chretein, Executive Director of the Mass Energy Consumers Alliance, agreed that encouraging utilities' long-term contracts with renewable energy sources is a great ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Putting your mind at ease
Joliet Herald NewsApril 10, 2012

On Thursday, Hanson, of Fabrizio, Hanson, Peyla and Kawinski, PC Attorneys at Law in Joliet, which concentrates its practice in estate planning, probate and elder law, will discuss the above topics and answer questions about sifting through the legal ...more »

Family Law
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The Family Law Section of the Florida Bar is donating $75000 to Children's ...
Tallahassee.comApril 4, 2012

Children both in and out of state custody need free legal help for a variety of reasons – sexual or physical abuse, adoptions, and a myriad of other reasons. The bar's NOW campaign name is meant to underscore the urgency of the funding crisis because ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BestWeek: Health Care Reforms, Medicare Spending Squeezing Excess Workers...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 2, 2012

Big changes lie ahead for the excess workers' compensation line, as the third-largest writer leaves the stand-alone market in the wake of rising medical costs and the possible impact of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest issue of BestWeek ...more »

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