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Homicide Detectives Investigate Death of 4-year-old
San Diego 6April 1, 2012

By Mike Wille SAN DIEGO - Homicide detectives were called in to investigate the death of a 4-year-old boy today in a Carmel Valley neighborhood, San Diego police said. The 36-year-old mother of the boy flagged down a patrol sergeant who was driving out ...more »

Live Wire: State has promised quicker refunds this year
Fayetteville ObserverApril 1, 2012

Q: Can a power of attorney be overturned? My mom had designated power of attorney to me in 2002 and this year they said she had changed it and put her in a nursing home. I don't think this was her wish. What recourse do I have?more »

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Administrative Law
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The White House and FDA are often at odds
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserApril 3, 2012

The Food and Drug Administration was proposing as part of the new health care law to require that movie theaters post calorie counts for popcorn — and this was the first she had heard of it. In the FDA's view, the law called for moviegoers to know ...more »

Health Care Law
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Nancy Pelosi's fingerprints on health care debate
San Francisco ChronicleApril 2, 2012

Washington -- Two years ago, Nancy Pelosi bet the House on health care and lost. No one was more instrumental in passage of the Affordable Care Act, and no one paid a bigger political price. If the Supreme Court in June rules the law unconstitutional ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Google money going to law enforcement agencies
USA TODAYApril 2, 2012

US Attorney Peter F. Neronha said it may be the largest sum ever distributed among law enforcement groups under a program that allows forfeited funds to be shared with agencies that participate in federal probes. "I am extremely pleased that of that ...more »

Immigration Law
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The right target
Salt Lake TribuneApril 4, 2012

This is true whether those we send our law enforcement agents after are natural-born citizens, legal residents or those who are here in violation of immigration law. And this was, apparently, the thinking behind the recent nationwide sweep carried out ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Massachusetts could host 3 urban casino resorts if Springfield wins license in ...
MassLive.comApril 1, 2012

Bruce W. Stebbins, a former Springfield City Councilor and a member of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, an independent agency that will license casinos, said the state's casino law doesn't stipulate that a casino resort should be urban or rural.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute resolution amendments need to be reviewed
Business StandardApril 1, 2012

Therefore, it is proposed to amend the Income-tax Act to provide for an alternate dispute resolution mechanism which will facilitate expeditious resolution of disputes on a fast track basis.”The main advantage of DRP is that the Assessment Order passed ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court judgment should send warning note to insurance firms, say law firm
Jersey Isle NewsApril 2, 2012

The judgment makes clear that simply advising a client to thoroughly read documentation and ensure it meets requirements, is not good enough, irrespective of the client's experience in insurance matters. Bedell Cristin Head of Litigation Partner ...more »

Animal Law
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Local Food Trend Runs Afoul of Barnyard Animal Laws
NBC New YorkApril 5, 2012

At Barnyard Sanctuary in Frelinghuysen, NJ, hundreds of cast-off animals roam the premises. Tamala Lester started up the site about a year and a half ago, accepting refugees from the long arm of animal laws. New Jersey law allows barnyard animals on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Manatt Expands Intellectual Property Practice in New York
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

NEW YORK, Apr 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, announced that Mark I. Peroff and Darren W. Saunders have joined the New York office as partners in the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Global Asbestos Awareness Week: Kick Off
Mesothelioma NewsApril 2, 2012

The mesothelioma law firm of Baron and Budd is a proud sponsor of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) and Asbestos Awareness Week. The firm has dedicated more than 30 years to protecting the rights of mesothelioma patients and their ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appellate court upholds affirmative action ban in California
Minnesota Daily (blog)April 3, 2012

A federal appeals court upheld California's affirmative action ban Monday. The law banning the use of race, ethnicity and gender in determining college admissions passed in 1996. This was the second attempt to overturn it. Six states in the country ban ...more »

Humanitarian pilot from St. Louis area dies in Ohio plane crash
STLtoday.comApril 1, 2012

CHESTERFIELD • A Metro East pilot bringing a donated airplane back to the Wings of Hope flying charity in Chesterfield was killed when it crashed in Ohio, officials said Saturday. Donald J. Cates, 56, was alone in the two-seat, single-engine aircraft...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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High-Rise Tenant Denied Therapeutic Dog Sparks Lawsuit
CBS LocalApril 11, 2012

CHICAGO (STMW) - State human rights officials filed a lawsuit against a Lake Shore Drive condo association Tuesday, claiming its refusal to allow a tenant to keep a service animal for therapeutic purposes violates anti-discrimination laws.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Opponent of proposed copper mine near Tucson alleges project's developer ...
The RepublicApril 1, 2012

A leading opponent of the mine has filed a complaint alleging that the project's developer has violated state law requiring disclosure of a past bankruptcy involving top officers. The group called Save the Scenic Santa Ritas has accused Rosemont Copper ...more »

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Natoma Partners Adds Managing Director and Experienced Staff
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

“Companies around the world continue to face increased litigation, whether it is class action related, business to business disputes or matters involving regulatory bodies. CEOs, their General Counsels and the law firms that represent them need ...more »

Business Law
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Lawyer: Man may enter US from Mexico to bury son
Sacramento BeeApril 2, 2012

An immigration lawyer says a Mexican man will be allowed to enter the United States to bury his 10-year-old son, a US citizen who died in a house fire in northeastern Pennsylvania. Fidelmar "Fidel" Merlos-Lopez initially was barred entry into the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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W.Va. military credit issue stymies lawmakers
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneApril 1, 2012

(WTW) — West Virginia lawmakers have so far been unable to revisit a state policy that rewards public employees for their military service by enhancing their pensions. State law counts additional years toward the retirement of veterans, depending on ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Authorities have the technology - and the drive - to find out who is looking ...
Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteApril 1, 2012

Urbana police Detective Tim McNaught, seated, and Sgt. Dan Morgan in the closet/office where McNaught does forensic computer work to catch child pornographers. Unlikely as it sounds, Urbana police Detective Tim McNaught said he sometimes has a hard ...more »

Personal Injury
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Understanding the coming changes to Florida's car insurance laws
Tampabay.comApril 1, 2012

The measure (HB 119) includes a requirement that insurance companies reduce personal injury protection premiums at least 10 percent by Oct. 1 and 25 percent by 2014. Insurers can ask the state to be exempt from the rate cuts, as long as they provide ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Health care law's backers think drug, youth policies will stand
Palm Beach PostApril 1, 2012

While few of these changes caught the justices' notice as they debated the constitutionality of the president's sweeping health care law last week, the high court may have already decided their fate. The court met in a secret session, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Matthew D. DiCicco Named as One of Dayton Business Journal's 2012 '40 under 40'
Houston ChronicleApril 3, 2012

Freund, Freeze & Arnold, A Legal Professional Association, a Dayton, Ohio-based law firm, is pleased to announce that attorney, Matthew D. DiCicco, has been named one of the Dayton Business Journal's 2012 “40 Under 40” award winners.more »

Consumer Protection
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Bishop call center bill tops 100 co-sponsors
Long Island Business NewsApril 2, 2012

Bishop revealed today that the bill, known as the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act, has gained 106 co-sponsors. The bill would require the US Department of Labor to track firms that move call center jobs overseas, and make those companies ...more »

Real Estate Law
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San Francisco Chronicle (press release)April 10, 2012

The four distinct legal listings include an accident and personal injury lawyer, a family law firm, a real estate lawyer and a Commercial & Corporate Lawyer. Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB) April 09, 2012 Web presence directory, has initiated a ...more »

Pinnacle Airlines Files for Chapter 11 Protection
Wall Street JournalApril 2, 2012

By KRISTIN JONES Pinnacle Airlines Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as the company seeks to restructure its agreements with Delta Air Lines Inc. and wind down its operations with United Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. The regional ...more »

Sports Law
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Milwaukee mayor shakes up Wis. recall election
WRICApril 1, 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 SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis.more »

Criminal Defense
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Seven attorneys seek vacant seat on Circuit Court bench
The Register-GuardApril 4, 2012

She is a 16-year criminal defense lawyer who enrolled in law school at 40 after a previous career as a defense contracts administrator. Her interests include the criminal justice system's treatment of people with psychiatric disabilities and greater ...more »

FedEx fails to deliver for drivers
Huffington PostApril 2, 2012

When that happens people lose legal rights, governments lose tax revenue, and businesses gain an unfair advantage over competitors who pay the extra costs to treat their workers as employees. Federal and state governments have started coming down ...more »

EEOC Issues Age Discrimination Regulations
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2012

by Miller Canfield on 4/3/2012 On March 30, 2012, the EEOC published its final rule, issuing new regulations – effective on April 29, 2012 – governing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The new regulations set forth the EEOC's ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LRAD Corporation to Report $2.4 Million in Fiscal Q2 2012 Revenues
MarketWatch (press release)April 5, 2012

... military deployments, maritime security, critical infrastructure and perimeter security, commercial security, border and port security, law enforcement and emergency responder communications, asset protection and wildlife preservation and control.more »

Environmental Law
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Al Gore video chats with UC Berkeley students
Daily CalifornianApril 2, 2012

By Brittany Jahn | Staff Former Vice President Al Gore spoke to a class of about 25 students via video chat Monday morning at the UC Berkeley School of Law about renewable energy and climate change issues. Gore dialed into the class, which focuses on ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Obama Bid to End Too-Big-to Fail Undercut as Banks Grow
BloombergApril 16, 2012

Dodd-Frank, the most comprehensive rewriting of financial regulation since the 1930s, subjected the largest banks to higher capital requirements and closer scrutiny. The law also barred federal officials from providing specific types of assistance that ...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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EMPLOYERS® Introduces PrecisePay(SM)to Help Small Businesses Simplify Workers...
MarketWatch (press release)April 2, 2012

EMPLOYERS is a specialty workers' compensation provider focused on meeting the unique needs of America's small businesses. Because workers' compensation insurance premiums are based on payroll data, the new PrecisePay offering helps small businesses ...more »


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