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A sports blitz of historic proportions awaits South Florida
MiamiHerald.comApril 1, 2012

It's the sports equivalent of a Halley's Comet sighting! Ignore the calendar. This is no April Fool's Day prank, and I'm not joking. We are in the midst of the most exciting, compacted and delightfully varied few days of sports in our history.more »

Lobbyists give up on wine bill
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleApril 1, 2012

The wine-in-supermarkets lobby, which has pushed millions of dollars into the effort to rewrite laws prohibiting the sale of wine in food stores, has slowed to a crawl this year, subdued by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's opposition to the change.more »

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Administrative Law
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Win a loss for ex-Chrysler dealers?
Crain's Detroit BusinessApril 2, 2012

"(But) for everyone else, there is a state law process that covers the opposition of a facing dealer, and the dealers within the same market can ask for a (judge or administrative) ruling. "But the concern of the prevailing dealers is that the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health-care law would end discriminatory 'gender rating'
The TennesseanApril 2, 2012

The health-care law will ban such practices once fully implemented, but until then, it remains a widespread problem. In Tennessee, 100 percent of the best-selling individual health insurance plans practice gender rating and 100 percent exclude ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Review: 'Gore Vidal's The Best Man'
NewsdayApril 2, 2012

The three-act structure of Vidal's 1960 campaign melodrama is a bit creaky. But everything else about this joyfully shrewd star-encrusted revival -- including, for starters, the untouchable James Earl Jones and Angela Lansbury, plus a deeply touching ...more »

Immigration Law
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ABA Urges Supreme Court to Overturn Ariz. Law Requiring Immigration Checks of ...
ABA JournalApril 2, 2012

By Debra Cassens Weiss The ABA has filed an amicus brief urging the US Supreme Court to overturn part of a controversial Arizona law that requires immigration status checks for some people who are stopped or arrested. The ABA brief urges the court to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Land for proposed city industrial park likely in jeopardy
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumApril 3, 2012

BUCYRUS -- A contentious battle over a proposed industrial park behind Walmart has hit a snag. The plan had called for 28 acres of land to be developed along Stetzer Road South. While the city planning commission approved annexing the land into the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Customers lose out on rollout delays - Telkom
Moneyweb.co.zaApril 2, 2012

Last week the High Court granted an interim interdict pending the finalisation of a dispute resolution process between Telkom and ZTE Mzansi. Pending the outcome of the dispute resolution process, Telkom is interdicted from implementing the tender and ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Portland police officers to settle lawsuit against City of Portland on Wednesday
The TennesseanApril 3, 2012

Portland councilors and Portland Mayor Ken Wilber will appear in Nashville district court on Wednesday, April 4 for a possible settlement of the million-dollar lawsuit a demoted policeman filed against city officials in January.more »

Animal Law
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Is dyeing chicks for Easter animal cruelty?
Globe and MailApril 2, 2012

But in Florida, a long-time ban on dyeing animals was overturned last month, after a dog groomer requested that it be lifted. The move has been met with outcry. “This law has protected thousands of animals from neglect and abuse, and it shouldn't be ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Landon IP Opens Tokyo Office, Continuing Mission to Bring Best of Class ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

David Hunt, Landon IP's CEO, says, "Landon IP provides customers worldwide with professional support services that help them understand, enforce, and maximize the value of their intellectual property assets." He adds, "We have been working with ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Massachusetts Plaintiff Personal Injury Law Firm Thornton & Naumes Begins ...
Albany Times UnionApril 4, 2012

Attorneys at Massachusetts personal injury law firm of Thornton & Naumes, LLP have formed a team in their Drugs and Medical Devices group to investigate claims on behalf of US women who became pregnant while taking contraceptives that pharmaceutical ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ninth Circuit Judge Tashima dissents in Affirmative Action case
Tucson CitizenApril 2, 2012

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, which rested on ...more »

Small plane crashes into Fla. supermarket, 5 hurt
Seattle Post IntelligencerApril 3, 2012

First responders from DeLand Fire Department, Volusia County Fire Services, EVAC and DeLand Police Department work the scene of a small plane crash at the Publix Supermarket on East International Speedway Boulevard, in DeLand, Fla., on Monday April 2, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Conn. Laws about Landlords and Heating
WTNHApril 2, 2012

[.pdf] The landlord must provide properly working facilities for heat and utilities, even if the tenant is required to pay for his own heat. The landlord must also provide the utility service, the fuel, and at least 65 degrees of heat, unless they are ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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SME members not in agreement about dissolution of co-op
Great Falls TribuneApril 1, 2012

"It's a bad situation," Van Haur said. Fergus Electric buys power wholesale from a bankrupt Billings-based electric cooperative. Some 65000 Montanans receive power through six members of the Southern Montana Electric Generation and Transmission ...more »

Litigation
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Patent litigation risk drives Microsoft to move European distribution center
ComputerworldApril 2, 2012

By Loek Essers IDG News Service - Microsoft is moving its European distribution center form Germany to the Netherlands due to ongoing patent litigation, a company spokesman confirmed Monday. The move is prompted by a lawsuit filed by Motorola against ...more »

Business Law
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Alta. elections boss warns groups over third-party advertising laws
Victoria Times ColonistApril 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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Marksmanship academy helping law enforcement, military and local community
Dothan EagleApril 8, 2012

About six months ago, the American International Marksmanship Academy opened its doors, located on Sherman Road just off US 27 in Blakely, to the military, law enforcement and public alike. Now, it's hosting shooting competitions, military training ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Computer monitoring plans not 'snoopers' charter'
Channel 4 NewsApril 3, 2012

David Cameron defends government proposals to monitor calls, emails, texts and websites visits, claiming that the move is necessary to stop crime and would not be a "snoopers' charter". It comes as the Sun newspaper published a letter from Home ...more »

Personal Injury
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Judge: Personal Injury Lawsuit against DuPont Lacks Evidence
WDTVApril 5, 2012

A judge has dismissed a personal injury lawsuit against DuPont, saying Spelter residents didn't have enough evidence to support their case. Fourteen residents joined together to sue DuPont claiming the company harmed them when DuPont ran the Spelter ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Reich: Political jujitsu to save health care law
San Francisco ChronicleApril 1, 2012

If the Supreme Court decides that the individual mandate requiring everyone to buy health insurance is an unconstitutional extension of federal authority, the law starts unraveling. But with a bit of political jujitsu, President Obama could turn that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Mass. malpractice initiative announced
Worcester TelegramApril 18, 2012

The operation doesn't succeed, the patient has underlying complications that weren't detected, it was bad timing or bad luck; or sometimes a health care professional makes a mistake. Whether or not an unexpected poor outcome could have been prevented, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The Best Congress the Banks' Money Can Buy
Huffington Post (blog)April 9, 2012

"Some banks recommended consultants and law firms," they write, "... to help clients write letters arguing that the proposed language defines proprietary trading too broadly. Partnering with trade associations, the banks also commissioned studies, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Cummins & White Adds Real Estate & Business Litigation Attorneys
MarketWatch (press release)April 4, 2012

Wildish, who has more than 30 years of experience, will focus on all major areas of real estate litigation, contract law, tort, construction litigation, defense, environmental litigation, title insurance, escrow law, and boundary disputes.more »

Brian Dickerson: In Lansing, a mortgage bill tailored for one
Detroit Free PressApril 1, 2012

In Schostak's case, Richardville said, legislators had acted to resolve "legal confusion" that might discourage others from investing in Michigan real estate. "There was some uncertainty, it seemed like, in the court system," he explained.more »

Sports Law
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WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports |Team of destiny? Jayhawks ...
WKRNApril 3, 2012

Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> Supreme Court takes up key health care law issue: Can the gov't force you to carry insurance? More>> BC-BKC--NCAA Championship-Kansas,834 Kansas digs hole too deep against Kentucky AP Photo FF175 ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutor in Trayvon Martin case known as tough
Florida TodayApril 1, 2012

AP Associated Press SANFORD — The special prosecutor leading the investigation into the shooting death of an unarmed black teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer is known for her tough tactics aimed at locking up criminals for long sentences and ...more »

Francis Gartland pleads guilty to bribing Michael Ritacco, former Toms River ...
Asbury Park PressApril 2, 2012

Mel Evans / AP Photo TRENTON — Former Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Michael J. Ritacco maintains his innocence, his lawyer says, even though his co-defendant in a federal bribery case pleaded guilty Monday to taking part in a scheme to ...more »

Kelley Drye Settlement Provides A Cautionary Tale For Firms
The Am Law DailyApril 11, 2012

... at age 70 has resulted in a sizeable payday for the main partner involved, but it doesn't resolve a question that continues to plague the legal industry: Is a law firm partner considered an employee, and thusly protected by discrimination laws, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Christie, Parker & Hale Obtains Key Patent for Utility Asset Data Management
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)April 4, 2012

LOS ANGELES--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Christie, Parker & Hale LLP, one of Southern California's leading intellectual property law firms, announced today that the firm prosecuted a major patent application through issuance for its client ProStar, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Sparx Plans Renewable-Energy Fund
Wall Street JournalApril 2, 2012

July is when Japan will implement a law aimed at reducing dependence on nuclear power by bolstering investment in renewable energy sources, an area in which the country has long lagged. It was pushing instead toward a goal of getting half its ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Having an end-of-life plan helps ease tensions later
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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Law enforcement, family members at Victims Memorial
Albany Times Union (blog)April 20, 2012

The Victim Service award was presented to David P. Nowakowski and Richard J. Salamone, the investigators who brought the murderer of New Hartford police officer Joseph Corr to justice. Corr was killed in 2006 when he was chasing the suspects of an ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BrickStreet acquires Pa. workers' comp company
Daily Mail - CharlestonApril 3, 2012

by George Hohmann BrickStreet Mutual Insurance Co. announced it has acquired a workers' compensation insurance company in Pennsylvania. Terms of the acquisition of PennCommonwealth Casualty of America Corp., headquartered in Canonsburg - a Pittsburgh ...more »

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