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Washington Wizards' rookies have rough first season
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

The Washington Wizards' draft room was filled with enthusiasm last June when the franchise pulled off what appeared to be a successful coup, despite a talent pool that had been described by most scouts and executives as a weak draft class.more »

Friends, Neighbors Help Victim's Grieving Family
MyFox PhoenixApril 1, 2012

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Administrative Law
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Appeals courts to change hiring practices after critical report
Thomson Reuters News & InsightApril 3, 2012

NEW YORK, April 3 (Reuters) - New York state court officials Tuesday adopted far-reaching recommendations aimed at improving hiring practices in the state's appellate courts to avoid the appearance of favoritism, Chief Administrative Judge Gail ...more »

Health Care Law
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President Clinton Imagines the Cases He Would Have Cited Before the Supreme ...
ABC News (blog)April 2, 2012

Former President Bill Clinton, who used to teach constitutional law, has a list of cases he seems surprised the Obama administration didn't cite in its arguments defending the health care law before the US Supreme Court last week.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Tijuana drug-cartel leader to get 25-year maximum sentence
Boston HeraldApril 2, 2012

By Richard Marosi / Los Angeles Times SAN DIEGO — For years, Benjamin Arellano Felix eluded US law enforcement while running a Mexican drug cartel that terrorized rivals and poured hundreds of tons of cocaine into the country.more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comApril 2, 2012

70% of us back immigration reform for agricultural workers. Just actually saw this article in the American Bar Association Journal quoting me on a story on professional responsibilty concerns for immigration lawyers. No, it's not an amnesty.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Gikondo Industrial Park Relocation to Cost Rwf 33 Billion
AllAfrica.comApril 2, 2012

"The cost will include expropriating those with houses in regards to the expropriation law and construction of new structures for those particular industries meant to shift to KSEZ," Kanimba said. However, the minister was quick to add that owners of ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Codiac Transpo talks may resume
CBC.caApril 2, 2012

But the union, which represents about 90 people, including bus drivers, mechanics and service workers, is still hoping to resolve the dispute, said George Turple, the president and business agent for the Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 1290.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Law firm restructuring its management
Washington PostApril 2, 2012

New York law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf is shaking up its management structure after the recent departure of nearly 40 of its 300-plus partners — including the managing partner of its Washington office. Dewey will go from having a sole chairman to a ...more »

Animal 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 »

Intellectual Property
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Dick's Sporting Goods Announces Purchase of Top-Flite Brand; Augments Private ...
MarketWatch (press release)April 4, 2012

PITTSBURGH, April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE:DKS) announced today that it has completed the purchase of the intellectual property rights to the Top-Flite brand from Callaway Golf Company (NYSE:ELY) , adding to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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German Court System Favorable for Patent Litigation
PCWorldApril 5, 2012

"At the Federal Patent Court, there are technical judges: judges who have an engineering degree and additionally studied patent law," he said. If a company wins an injunction in a regional court in Germany, that injunction can be preliminarily enforced ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Peoplefluent to Present Session on Gaining Affirmative Action Buy-In From Key ...
Marketwire (press release)April 4, 2012

Will present a session titled "How to Get Affirmative Action Buy-In from Recruiters and Executive and Mid-Level Managers" at the Southwest and Rocky Mountain (SWARM) Regional Conference. The SWARM Regional Conference will be held from Tuesday, ...more »

Clinton to talk at Kimmel
Philadelphia InquirerApril 2, 2012

... 21st-century warfare expert PW Singer; Erskine Bowles, co-chair of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility; former Mexican President Vicente Fox; and Nando Parrado, a survivor of the 1972 Andes Mountain plane crash involving his rugby team ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord gets life sentence for shooting tenant
MiamiHerald.comApril 6, 2012

The Miami Herald ( 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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Preapproved Auto Loans with Poor Credit
Auto Credit Express (blog)April 2, 2012

With a low credit score, there is no way anyone can get approved by any lender for a low interest auto loan. • If your credit history is really bad, there's a good chance you won't get approved for any kind of auto loan – at least not without a big ...more »

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Dwarka to Gurgaon in top gear when Expressway opens
Daily MailApril 1, 2012

The speed bumps are in the nature of litigation. More than 14km of the road passes through land that is free of litigation. The other four km sit on land under litigation in bits and pieces. 'Barely 26 acres are under litigation.more »

Business Law
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Wash. Governor Signs Bill Seeking to Stop Underage Escort Ads; ...
ABA JournalApril 2, 2012

The law requires websites and print publications that advertise escort services to get documentation that the escorts are at least 18, according to the Seattle Times and the New York Times. The law makes it a crime for classified advertising...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Soldiers known to fake PTSD symptoms, military doctor tells inquiry
Ottawa CitizenApril 4, 2012

The aim, said Edmonton doctor Leo Elwell, is to get cash benefits from Veterans Affairs Canada. “Not everyone in the military gets traumatized,” said the psychiatrist, “and not everyone who gets traumatized gets PTSD.” Elwell, now a civilian doctor, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man Arrested On Porn Charges
WTVQApril 3, 2012

A Woodford County man was arrested on charges related to child pornography, after Kentucky State Police say they discovered nude photographs and videos of a local teenage girl on his computer. Nathan G. Coleman, 37, of Versailles, was arrested in Pike ...more »

Personal Injury
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NY Personal Injury Attorney Michael Barasch Praises Recent Recommendation That ...
PR Web (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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Obama says health care law is constitutional
CNN InternationalApril 3, 2012

By Tom Cohen, CNN 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 »

Professional Malpractice
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Newsmakers: Golden Apple Scholar named
Mundelein ReviewApril 3, 2012

Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard hired Jennifer Ashley as an associate to join the law firm's Chicago office. She will focus her practice on personal injury, medical malpractice and wrongful death cases. Ms. Ashley received her law degree from Chicago-Kent ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumers often ignore food allergy labels
Fox NewsApril 6, 2012

Allergy labels are governed in the US by the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004, and in Canada by the Food Allergen Labelling Regulations, a new version of which will go into effect in August. Although all these labels warn that ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate Q&A: Deficiency on principal residence isn't taxable through 2012
Detroit Free PressApril 8, 2012

QUESTION: Will mortgage companies report to the government the loss on a foreclosed property so that the person will have to pay taxes on it as earned income for the following tax year? ANSWER: When a home goes into foreclosure or is sold in a short ...more »

Bilzin Sumberg Acquires Premier Trial Team
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

MIAMI, Apr 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Bilzin Sumberg, one of Miami's leading commercial law firms, today announced that Marty Steinberg and Jeffrey Gutchess, two renowned trial lawyers, have joined the Firm. Steinberg and Gutchess, formerly of Hunton ...more »

Sports Law
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Embattled Mich. emergency manager law threatened
WRICApril 2, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP 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>> By TIM MARTIN Associated Press MUSKEGON ...more »

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

Defense attorneys who have gone up against Corey in court say she is up for the job. "She is a tough-minded prosecutor who is prepared, thorough and a very good advocate for the prosecution in the court," said Ann Finnell, a Jacksonville defense...more »

How To Make The IRS Respect Rights of Small Business Taxpayers
ForbesApril 11, 2012

With the tax filing deadlines looming Senator Cornyn (R-TX) announced today that he is introducing legislation to strengthen the rights of small business owners in their dealings with the IRS. The best idea since combining peanut butter with jelly.more »

Business alert: The 10 employment laws every manager should know
Business Management DailyApril 4, 2012

Disability discrimination. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits job discrimination against qualified people with disabilities (ie, those who can perform the job's essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation).more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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GLOSSARY - Islamic finance definitions
ReutersApril 11, 2012

Fatwa: Religious opinion under Islamic law - a formal response issued by an expert scholar. > Fiqh: Islamic jurisprudence; it provides supplemental legal reasoning in cases where explicit rules are not available in sharia law.more »

Environmental Law
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DIARY - Global Environment
ReutersApril 3, 2012

... APRIL 3 ATHENS - High-level energy conference "Renewable energy and infrastructure development in Southeastern Europe and the Helios Project" organised by the European Commission and the Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.more »

Wills & Probate
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Buhrman Law Firm, PC Announces New Firm And Location
The ChattanooganApril 13, 2012

Buhrman Law Firm PC is a father and son law firm that focuses mainly in the areas of estate planning, wills and trusts, estate and probate administration, conservatorships and guardianships, business law, tax law and elder law.more »

Family Law
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Changes in Egypt's family law: A step backwards?
Ahram OnlineApril 2, 2012

Over the past year and a half, much debate has taken place regarding Egypt's Family Law. Whereas some, mostly Islamists, have argued that certain articles must be changed or removed, many, women and men, have taken the streets demanding that rights be ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. workers compensation bureau seeks midyear rate increase
Business InsuranceApril 5, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO—The Workers' Compensation Insurance Rating Bureau of California said Wednesday that it will seek a midyear increase in workers comp advisory rates in the state. The San Francisco-based WCIRB said it will ask this month for an average ...more »


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