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Kansas business tax cuts would shift revenue to other states
Kansas.comApril 1, 2012

By Dion Lefler and Brent D. Wistrom TOPEKA — The centerpiece business tax cut in Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to reform income taxes would enrich dozens of other states at Kansas' expense, The Eagle has learned. For out-of-state taxpayers who earn ...more »

New spotlight on state responses to health-care law
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

Variations in the way states have moved to implement the 2010 federal health-care law have taken on greater significance after last week's Supreme Court hearings, whose tone heightened speculation that the statute would be overturned.more »

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Administrative Law
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Who should be final authority in alcohol compliance cases?
Park Rapids EnterpriseApril 28, 2012

It could conduct an administrative hearing and suspend liquor licenses as penalties for noncompliance with the laws. Last week a Hubbard County District Court jury acquitted Cammy Johnson, a former employee of the Nevis Municipal Liquor Store, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues
Fox NewsApril 30, 2012

Health care law requires contraceptives to be available for free for women enrolled in workplace health plans. Romney: Opposes abortion rights. Previously supported them. Says state law should guide abortion rights, and Roe v.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Qur'an burning: Iran slams Pastor Terry
Independent OnlineApril 30, 2012

Florida pastor Terry Jones talks with reporters before holding a demonstration asking for a ban on sharia law in the US, on the steps of Dearborn City Hall in Dearborn, Michigan. Iran on Monday slammed a US pastor's burning of a Qur'an, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona's Immigration Law Has Already Harmed America - No Matter What the ...
Huffington Post (blog)April 28, 2012

Arizona's controversial immigration law, which requires immigrants to have their paperwork on hand in case a police officer asks for it during a routine traffic stop, represents further hardship for Latinos in America. Just imagine what it would be ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Latest bills that passed in the 2012 session
Alaskajournal.comApril 16, 2012

Lance Pruitt, both of Anchorage, the bill establishes a new fund within the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority to finance or facilitate the financing of energy projects in Alaska. The bill creates a new fund within AIDEA, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ottawa to set new rules for bank mediators
National PostApril 30, 2012

The federal government has finally confirmed it will not force the country's banks to resolve client disputes through the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) and is set to unveil new rules and regulations that will allow financial ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BofA directors fight back over $20 million settlement
ReutersApril 30, 2012

N) directors rejected allegations by unhappy shareholders that their proposed $20 million settlement of litigation over the purchase of Merrill Lynch & Co was made "on the cheap" and was the product of collusion. The accord would resolve a New York ...more »

Animal Law
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Pond may lose sanctuary status
Caymanian CompassApril 30, 2012

The Salt Water Pond on Cayman Brac could be stripped of its designation as the island's only animal sanctuary. A bill to amend the Animals Law, under which the pond is listed as an animal sanctuary, seeks to remove the protected area designation from ...more »

Intellectual Property
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2012 Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
International IP and the Public InterestApril 30, 2012

We are pleased to announce the Second Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. The theme for this year's Congress will be “Setting the positive agenda in motion.” This note invites applications to attend the Congress, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Redistricting maps pass review by Department of Justice
MiamiHerald.com (blog)April 30, 2012

"However, we note that Section 5 expressly provides that the failure of the Attorney General to object does not bar subsequent litigation to enjoin the enforcement of the changes," Perez cautioned. The review of redistricting plans wrapped sooner than ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Fox News MADE UP An Obama Quote To Make It Seem Like He Was Dissing Romney
Business InsiderApril 23, 2012

“And the silver spoon Obama got — I mean that generation, it can't be denied, you can't support affirmative action and then pretend it doesn't exist. You don't transfer from Occidental, which by his own accounts in his autobiography he mostly spent ...more »

Chile blames Air Force officers after deadly plane crash
Inquirer.net (blog)April 28, 2012

SANTIAGO – The Chilean Air Force announced Saturday it has filed administrative charges against 13 of its own officers for their role in a deadly September 2, 2011 plane crash that killed 21 people. The charges follow a seven-month investigation by a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords Ask Tenants To Sign Bed Bug Contracts
10TVApril 28, 2012

Some landlords are asking tenants to sign contracts that place extermination responsibilities on renters, Consumer 10's Kurt Ludlow reported Friday. Jason York and his roommates have called the northeast side Bel Air Court Apartments home for the past ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Amid other controversies, Lewisberry's fire company president facing charges
York Daily RecordApril 30, 2012

In the meantime, Lewisberry borough's insurance company paid to repair the damage, which it estimated at $2680, court documents state. Wolf, Beck's attorney, said the fire company offered to pay $1300 after the first estimate.more »

Litigation
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Inside Straight: Creating A Unifying Mind
Above the LawApril 16, 2012

In the litigation world, a corporation may have several line lawyers whose job is to supervise cases on a day-to-day basis. The line lawyer primarily responsible for overseeing a particular case should typically serve as the unifying mind for that ...more »

Business Law
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Expect hedge funds to start making sales pitches
Fort Worth Star TelegramApril 28, 2012

It's a hypothetical debate with real consequences, because a largely unnoticed provision of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, signed April 5 by President Barack Obama, allows hedge funds to market themselves to the masses, or at least the small ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tricare fee increases blocked, but that's not likely to last long
HeraldNetApril 30, 2012

This, of course, would serve as a caution against any straight-line comparison of military benefits to what civilian workers receive. Graham, however, was blunt in arguing that retirees must be required to pay higher fees to make their Tricare benefit ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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How Online Black Markets Work
PCWorldApril 30, 2012

From counterfeit and stolen products, to illegal drugs, stolen identities and weapons, nearly anything can be purchased online with a few clicks of the mouse. The online black market not only can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Boston.comApril 29, 2012

But when a knee injury shortened his freshman season on the ice, the former standout at St. Sebastian's in Needham made a decision. “I felt I could go farther in baseball, and although it was a slight injury that healed in five weeks, I didn't want to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Aung San Suu Kyi Will Join Burma Parliament and Hopes to Reform Constitution
Daily BeastApril 30, 2012

by Peter Popham Apr 30, 2012 4:15 PM EDT After being ignored or imprisoned for more than two decades, Aung San Suu Kyi and her party will take their seats in Burma's parliament, where they vow to reform the constitution as one more step in wresting ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Randy Johnston Honored As Texas Trial Legend By Peers
MarketWatch (press release)April 17, 2012

DALLAS, Apr 17, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dallas legal malpractice attorney Randy Johnston has been recognized as one of the Texas Trial Legends for 2012. Johnston and four other Dallas trial lawyers were honored by the Dallas Bar Association for their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Northeast Bancorp Reports Third Quarter Results, Declares Dividend
MarketWatch (press release)April 30, 2012

... adequacy of loan loss reserves, or deposit levels necessitating increased borrowing to fund loans and investments; increasing government regulation, such as the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010; changes in the rules ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Small business advice: Learn to be a realtor – How to become a real estate agent
NewsolioApril 18, 2012

To become a realtor you will need to be licensed in the state where you will be selling real estate.You need to know the real estate laws in your area, study, and pass a test to be licensed. Learning how to become a real estate agent can be an exciting ...more »

China Likely to Pressure Cotton Prices
Wall Street JournalApril 29, 2012

"I think there's a shortage of quality cotton that's deliverable" for futures contracts due to how much high-quality, upland-variety cotton China has purchased from the US, he said. The trader said he plans to remain bullish on cotton prices for the ...more »

Sports Law
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WKRN, Nashville, Tennessee News, Weather and Sports |Louis Ooshuizen leads ...
WKRNApril 1, 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>> By CHRIS DUNCAN AP Sports Writer HUMBLE, Texas (AP) - Louis Oosthuizen took a moment at ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Morvillos firm up own practice
New York PostApril 26, 2012

By KAJA WHITEHOUSE Three sons and the brother of famed white-collar criminal defense attorney Robert Morvillo are launching their own law practice, The Post has learned. The new firm, Morvillo LLP, will open its doors Tuesday and carry with it a roster ...more »

Ritacco faces 14 years in prison
MyCentralJersey.comApril 6, 2012

Rob Glantz, a special agent and spokesman for the IRS in Newark, said Ritacco could face up to 14 years in federal prison when sentenced July 12. Ritacco's lawyer, Jerome A. Ballarotto, said the 64-year-old former superintendent also agreed to forfeit ...more »

The new Youth Contract – Age discrimination or good economic policy?
Director of Finance onlineApril 27, 2012

The starting point is the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 and the Equality Act 2010, which subject to certain defences prohibit direct or indirect age discrimination. The default retirement age of 65 was scrapped in 2011 and the after ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Will Crowdfunding Live Up to the Hype? Part 4 of a 4-Part Series on the Jobs Act
Private Equity Hub (press release)April 29, 2012

Funding portals such as Kickstarter are officially blessed by the JOBS Act and should increase in prominence if crowdfunding takes hold. Crowdfunding can also be conducted through traditional FINRA-registered broker-dealers. The JOBS Act requires the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Tapping the crowd for funds gets easier
Northern Nevada Business WeeklyApril 30, 2012

... a pitch ready for investors less than two weeks after President Obama signed the measure into law. SunScience last week began offering shares directly to the public to raise money for development of its software to manage renewable energy systems.more »

Wills & Probate
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BRIEFLY: April 28
Wicked LocalApril 29, 2012

Members of the Rotary Club of Plymouth will be accepting donations from 9 am to 1 pm at Stop & Shop supermarkets in Plymouth, Manomet and Kingston and at Shaw's in Plymouth. All contributions will go toward the Feinstein Challenge, a charity effort by ...more »

Family Law
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Judge Linda R. Feinberg to Join the Law Firm of Szaferman Lakind
Sacramento BeeApril 30, 2012

Judge Feinberg is the 2012 recipient of the ADR Practitioner of the Year Award, which is co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Bar Association and the New Jersey Association of Professional Mediators. She has served as Chair of the Supreme Court ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Troubled Ill. injury-claim system hit in audit
BusinessWeekApril 26, 2012

Some had conflicts of interest in the cases they presided over. And while the state has written intentions to analyze trends for possible fraud, it has no means of statistical review to do so. "We identified numerous shortcomings in both the structure ...more »

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