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It's Your Business
Topeka Capital JournalApril 1, 2012

Theresa Marcel Schwartz has been appointed to the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts as a consumer member, replacing Diane M. Minear. Schwartz, whose term expires July 31, 2014, is employed as the associate general counsel for the Kansas Board of ...more »

How network discounts can impact stop loss pricing
Smart Business NetworkApril 1, 2012

When third-party administrators (TPAs) solicit quotes for stop loss insurance for their client companies that self-insure, they may not be getting the maximum discounts available from stop loss carriers if the carriers don't receive transparent data ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing scheduled on city sewer project
Victoria AdvocateApril 2, 2012

Judge Anne Perez, of the State Office of Administrative Hearings, is presiding over the case. Gwosdz said the city is working with an outside law firm for this case. Henry Perez and Kevin McNary are two people identified earlier by Texas Commission on ...more »

Health Care Law
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Rejection of health care law would let insurance industry discriminate against ...
Plain Dealer (blog)April 2, 2012

By Other Voices President Barack Obama's signature health care reform act cemented into law crucial protections for women, improving our access to health care and protecting us from insurance abuses. But some members of Congress and opponents of the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Worthwhile US Security or Inflated Freight Costs? - You Decide
The Handy Shipping GuideApril 2, 2012

... to lack of competition, is protectionist and has tripled costs for freight carried on feeder vessels and the like. By contrast the League says: “Shipbuilding, ship repair and ship modernization create well-paying jobs for thousands of workers and, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Rubio's 'conservative-Republican' DREAM Act may not fly with immigration...
Florida IndependentApril 4, 2012

Marco Rubio, R-Fla., stirred up the immigration debate last week when he announced a proposal to offer a “conservative-Republican alternative” to the DREAM Act, but it might not be enough for “attrition through enforcement” supporters, including Mitt ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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MTS Systems Names Jeffrey A. Graves CEO
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., April 3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ:MTSC) , a leading global supplier of test systems and industrial position sensors, today announced that the Company has named Jeffrey A. Graves chief ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mafatlal case: Disputes not resolved through mediation
Indian ExpressApril 2, 2012

Industrialist Atulya Mafatlal's daughter Marushka on Monday told HC that the Mafatlal family was not able to resolve its disputes through mediation. The statement was made by her lawyer before the division Bench of Justice VM Kanade and Justice PD Kode ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

Animal Law
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Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another Story
New York TimesApril 2, 2012

If only they were, nobody would have a problem with newborn chicks that are dyed in brilliant colors — neon, Fruity Pebbles, pastel, Crayola box — to serve as festive Easter gifts. The dye is either injected in the incubating egg or sprayed on the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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WIPO Mission Assures Nigerian Musicians Of World Wide Royalty Collection ...
Music Indistry News NetworkApril 1, 2012

A technical mission of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Geneva based United Nations agency for intellectual property issues around the world, has assured Nigerian musicians of world-wide royalty collection and distribution ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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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 »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court upholds Calif. affirmative action ban
STLtoday.comApril 2, 2012

Backers of affirmative action argued that the court should reconsider the ruling in light of more recent decisions elsewhere in the nation that reinstated affirmative action in college admissions. In California, affirmative action proponents say campus ...more »

Fighting to make loss meaningful
Buffalo NewsApril 2, 2012

The airline industry is preparing its opposition to a Federal Aviation Administration rule requiring co-pilots to have 1500 hours of training. It is one step in a long process to ensure that standards laid out in a 2010 flight safety law are followed.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Now renters can screen landlords
Snohomish County BusinessApril 3, 2012

Being a landlord for more than 30 years, I've run my share of credit and criminal histories on prospective tenants as part of their application process at the time of a property turnover. But I've never been asked by a tenant to undergo a landlord ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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City Council doors closed more than they're open
Stockton RecordApril 1, 2012

By Scott Smith STOCKTON - The City Council has held more meetings behind closed doors than in the open so far this year at a time when Stockton teeters on the brink of bankruptcy. During the first three months of 2012, the Stockton City Council has ...more »

Litigation
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Ashland ZBA reschedules discussion about dropping cell-tower litigation
MetroWest Daily NewsApril 2, 2012

By Anonymous Today's Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, when officials planned to talk about their recent decision to drop litigation against two cell companies, has been postponed. Due to a scheduling conflict, the meeting has been rescheduled for ...more »

Business Law
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20 held in Hanover lotto scam raid
Jamaica ObserverApril 1, 2012

BY HORACE HINES Sunday Observer reporter LUCEA, Hanover — Five women were among 20 persons taken into custody by members of an Area One taskforce policing lotto scam crime during a massive operation in several communities in Hanover yesterday.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Va city hires Navy officer to attract military
Coshocton TribuneApril 6, 2012

The alliance focuses on issues related to military facilities, Quigley said. Andrews said he plans to concentrate on the concerns of current troops and veterans, including the state's tax on retirement benefits, which he said veterans dislike.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Local man charged in child porn case
The Daily News of NewburyportApril 4, 2012

The investigation into his conduct began on March 9, when Trooper Michael Murphy of the State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force located an Internet protocol address that was sharing files of suspected child pornography, according to ...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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Charles Francis Wilson, guest columnist: Writing discrimination into our ...
Winston-Salem JournalApril 2, 2012

The May 8 primary election affords us the rare opportunity to cast a vote that could amend our state constitution, and any alteration to our defining legal document is to be taken seriously. The ballot will include Amendment One, which defines and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Distinguished alumni honored
North Platte BulletinApril 3, 2012

Raines graduated from UNL and entered law school. He passed the bar exam and began working at a Lincoln law firm on medical malpractice suits, where he became fascinated with medicine. The son of North Platte surgeon Max Raines, Ed had steered himself ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Gives important Guidance on Supervisory ...
JD Supra (press release)April 3, 2012

1024 of the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 (Title X of the Dodd-Frank Act) and the public comment period expires on April 17, 2012. The Rule is significant in that it provides an early insight into the Bureau's view of the scope of its ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Boies Hire, Verrilli Ad, Justice Tax Chief: Business of Law
BloombergApril 2, 2012

Dewey has had 38 partners leave since the start of the year, according an article in The American Lawyer magazine. The New York-based law firm lost 12 insurance and regulatory lawyers to Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP (1179L) on March 17.more »

Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanApril 1, 2012

Jerry Craig has been tapped to head a newly created department that will manage the bank's Bank Secrecy Act compliance, information technology and networking. Craig, one of the bank's earliest employees, has more than 20 years of experience in banking ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Concert at Army post in US geared toward ...
KEYC TVApril 1, 2012

AP Sports News Video 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 TOM BREEN Associated Press FORT BRAGG, North Carolina (AP) - For the first time in history, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Flipping sentence tempered by defendant's cooperation
Sarasota Herald-TribuneApril 1, 2012

By Michael Braga SARASOTA - The first figure to be sentenced in Southwest Florida's broad flipping fraud conspiracy got three months of home detention and 250 hours of community service. It was a sentence typical of white collar cases, ...more »

Odds Favor IRS in Supreme Court Tax Cases
Accounting TodayApril 9, 2012

Authors Joshua Blank, faculty director of the graduate tax program at NYU law school, and Nancy Staudt, a tax scholar at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, called their study the first to try to show the number of tax-abuse ...more »

Susan Ryan Age Discrimination
ABC Online (blog)April 30, 2012

During the conversation we heard stories about some of the discriminatory practices ageing workers face. Today 891 Mornings Ian Henschke asked Susan Ryan, Australia's Age Discrimination Commissioner to comment on the proposal and for an update on what ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Reforms fall short
The Canberra TimesApril 4, 2012

But asset-based fees are here to stay. As a protection that disengaged clients of planners would not keep paying open-ended asset-based fees, opt-in would have required planners to contact their clients every two years to get them to agree to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy bill vote angers Governor
WLBZ-TVApril 2, 2012

The Governor wants to change a twelve-year old law that regulates the purchase of renewable electricity in Maine. That law says that to qualify under Maine's Renewable Energy Portfolio standards, the power must come from sources smaller than 100 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Monmouth Vicinage to Conduct Elder Law Seminar
Atlantic Highlands HeraldApril 24, 2012

FREEHOLD, NJ - To mark Law Day, the Superior Court of New Jersey, Monmouth Vicinage, in collaboration with the Monmouth Bar Association, will hold an Elder Law Seminar on Thursday, May 3 from 10 am to noon at the courthouse of the Monmouth Vicinage, ...more »

Family Law
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Marriage Law Goes to Court
Wall Street JournalApril 4, 2012

By GEOFFREY A. FOWLER The US law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman went before a federal appeals court for the first time Wednesday, setting the stage for a battle over the constitutional rights of same-sex couples that could end at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Miss. workers' compensation bill hits new hurdle
SunHerald.comApril 2, 2012

A bill that would revise Mississippi's workers' compensation system survived attempts to kill it Monday, but ended up further away from passage. After earlier rejecting proposed changes, House members reversed themselves and voted 60-56 Thursday to ...more »

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