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More couples take the road less taken
Deccan HeraldApril 1, 2012

In an important decision aimed at changing the landscape for divorce seekers in the country, the Union cabinet recently approved a draft amendment to divorce laws, which would make it easier to for a couple to part ways. The cabinet's proposal seems to ...more »

Cities snuffing out hookah lounges
Minneapolis Star TribuneApril 1, 2012

City licensing staff said hookah lounges were taking advantage of the lack of definition for "sampling" in state law to "justify the operation of exclusive smoking nightclubs." Justin Jahangiri said the city ordinance will put him out of business.more »

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Administrative Law
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Lawmakers to Consider Hospital Districts' Future
The Bay CitizenApril 4, 2012

The Assembly Committee on Accountability and Administrative Review will hold a hearing on the role of the districts next week. The 13-member committee is charged with finding inefficiencies in state government. "Do these districts need to continue to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Biden says Supreme Court will uphold health-care law
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

And they're going out there, and they're emasculating all the efforts to deal with renewable energy. And so they have no policy.” On the contraception debate that roiled the country's politics earlier this year — and over which there had reportedly ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Volunteers ask voters to put marijuana legalization on ballot
Detroit Free PressApril 1, 2012

Tom Tucker of Southfield, left, talks with Don Jones of Pleasant Ridge after Jones signed a petition Thursday to get marijuana legalization on the November ballot. / ANDRE J. JACKSON/Detroit Free Press By Bill Laitner With a stack of petitions in his ...more »

Immigration Law
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UMass Dartmouth hosts panel on immigration law
Fall River Herald NewsApril 1, 2012

By Will Richmond The divide in the argument regarding immigration law can sometimes be as wide as the Rio Grande. That divide was apparent Thursday during a panel discussion at the University of Massachusetts School of Law as part of the annual ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Meet the candidates for selectman in Saturday's town election
Middleboro GazetteApril 5, 2012

He has worked in industrial security for the past 15 years, 10 as a manager. He served as a firefighter in the Air Force. A former Finance Committee member, Mr. McKinnon is currently chairman of the Republican Town Committee.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Carson Freeway Dispute That Has Cost Nevada Nearly $6 Million In Legal Fees ...
Carson NowApril 3, 2012

Brian Sandoval, Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and Secretary of State Ross Miller, approved the deal reached as a result of mediation. Ames had been seeking close to $50 million in its lawsuit. The protracted dispute over the work became ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Focus: Long-running UK mesothelioma litigation resolved
Allens Arthur RobinsonApril 2, 2012

Partner Dean Carrigan (view CV), Senior Associate Philip Hopley and Lawyer Stephen Lloyd report. The decision 1 provides clarity for insurers of UK employment liability (EL) insurance policies and their reinsurers that their obligation to indemnify ...more »

Animal Law
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Fates of dogs surrendered to Wake SPCA in limbo
News & ObserverApril 4, 2012

They will remain there until the hearing, scheduled for next week, decides whether the dogs can be adopted out this month or if they must wait for the animal cruelty trial, scheduled for June. The dogs were originally surrendered by George Brown of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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LightSwitch - Intellectual Property Law Bulletin -- 2nd Quarter, April 2, 2012
JD Supra (press release)April 2, 2012

by Nexsen Pruet, PLLC on 4/2/2012 By Michael A Mann A friend of mine, when confronted with a monumental task, would patiently state, “When you have to eat an elephant, you eat it a bite at a time.” I would add, dear reader, when you have to eat an ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Shares of A123 Systems fall to record low
BusinessWeekApril 4, 2012

Pomerantz alleges that A123 withheld information about the defective products from shareholders. After the lawsuit was filed, other law firms sent out press releases soliciting plaintiffs to join the legal action. A123 said in a statement Tuesday that ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action: Attempt to lift ban rejected
San Francisco ChronicleApril 3, 2012

A federal appeals court on Monday rejected an attempt to revive preferential admissions for minorities at the University of California and reaffirmed the legality of Proposition 209, the state's voter-approved ban on affirmative action.more »

Pilot from Scott dies in plane crash
Belleville News DemocratApril 1, 2012

BELMONT, Ohio -- Records indicate the small plane involved in a fatal crash in eastern Ohio is registered to a St. Louis-based nonprofit humanitarian group that works to help the poor. Trooper Mason Boyce of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Accidental landlords: With prices low, some homeowners rent instead of selling
OregonLive.comApril 8, 2012

Instead of grabbing a template lease off the Internet, use one drafted with Oregon law in mind. "It's really hard to enforce an eviction or do something that needs to be done if you don't have a proper lease agreement," Tindell said.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Conn's, Inc. Reports Results for the Quarter Ended January 31, 2012
MarketWatch (press release)April 3, 2012

The impact of the change was to reflect the charges for repair service and credit insurance agreements related to credit account charge-offs in net charge-offs and the provision for bad debts. There was no effect on operating income or net income ...more »

Litigation
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Aorangi litigation minefield warning
Otago Daily TimesApril 4, 2012

By Simon Hartley on Thu, 5 Apr 2012 Investors owed tens of millions of dollars from Allan Hubbard's Aorangi Investments Ltd will have to await the outcome of a minefield of litigation over asset ownership before more payments are made.more »

Business Law
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Who Pays for Political Ads?
Huffington PostApril 2, 2012

Great efforts are underway both locally and nationally to keep secret the identities of people and organizations paying for local political advertisements. But Americans can still do something, even when broadcasters shirk their responsibilities.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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W.Va. lawmakers have sought to address disputes over military pension credits ...
The RepublicApril 1, 2012

West Virginia lawmakers have so far been unable to revisit a state policy that rewards public employees for their military service. State law increases pension benefits for retirees who were in the armed forces during a draft or time of armed conflict.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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"Operation Phalanx" leads to child predator, porn arrests across Virginia
GoDanRiver.comApril 5, 2012

Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced "Operation Phalanx," an undercover, collaborative law enforcement effort between Virginia's two Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Forces and the attorney general's office.more »

Personal Injury
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New York City Law Firm's Newly Updated Facebook Page Provides Helpful Legal ...
PR Web (press release)April 3, 2012

The personal injury attorneys at Trolman, Glaser & Lichtman encourage Facebook users to visit their page to learn more about the firm's dedication to stopping cyberbullying and protecting the rights of those injured in New York.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Wary of activist court, Obama defends health law
STLtoday.comApril 3, 2012

Up for re-election, Obama also wanted to remind people about the law's purpose in real-life terms, as opposed to the abstract concept of whether it is constitutional to require insurance coverage. Yet to those whose opinions ultimately matter _ the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Hull Barrett's Davis A. Dunaway Selected as McDuffie County Attorney
PR Web (press release)April 9, 2012

Mr. Dunaway earned his BBA in Finance from the University of Georgia in 2000 and his JD from the University of Georgia School of Law in 2003. In 2010 he was selected as one of the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce's Top Young Professional to Watch and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumers often ignore food allergy labels: study
ReutersApril 5, 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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Business briefs & newsmakers
The News-PressApril 3, 2012

The class will have two guest speakers: Jim Kerr, a local estate attorney, will talk about the current issues in the federal estate tax law and also touch on estate planning, particularly within the state of Florida. Also speaking will be Joe Pankus, ...more »

Nashville People in Business
The TennesseanApril 1, 2012

Board members are: Rachel Bell (Bell, & Kinslow PLLC), Mary Nell Bryan (Children's Hospital Alliance of Tennessee), Dee Davis (Village Real Estate Services), Jane Ferrell (The Ferrell McDaniel Co.), Judy Lojek (private practice attorney), ...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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Legislators back bill on child sex abuse crimes
Milford Daily NewsApril 2, 2012

But Gentile said there will be opposition to the bill from criminal defense lawyers. He said it hurts defense lawyers' cases when there's a longer timeframe for a case. Peter Elikann, a Boston criminal defense lawyer, is one of those with mixed ...more »

Ritacco admits taking bribes Ritacco critics see vindication in plea
Asbury Park PressApril 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 »

Equal rights measure fuels passionate debate
Juneau EmpireApril 2, 2012

Nationally, 13 states, 134 cities and counties, and the District of Columbia have discrimination laws for private entities that include protections for transgender individuals, according to figures from the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How to clean the Hudson
Albany Times UnionApril 2, 2012

The most encouraging response comes from local government officials, for whom stopping pollution in blatant violation of the federal Clean Water Act would benefit the bottom line of strained municipal budgets. That is, if sewage system repairs are made ...more »

Environmental Law
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Forest products industry workers applaud Senator Hatfield for protecting rural ...
American Recycler NewspaperApril 2, 2012

Organic by-products of the pulping process now qualify as renewable energy. In addition, the legislation changes the law to provide adequate recognition for biomass energy facilities as renewable, regardless of the date they were first constructed.more »

Wills & Probate
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Not much charity in Australian wills
Swinburne University Media CentreApril 19, 2012

It examined a random sample of Victorian probate records in 2006 and found about one in twenty people who leave a will, leave a charitable bequest. "Most people tend to think that as Australians we are generous and respond well to people in times of ...more »

Family Law
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Parents ignore 'anti-smacking law', poll shows
TVNZApril 1, 2012

The survey, commissioned by Family First NZ, shows 56% of parents said they have smacked their child or children since the law change. And 66% of parents said they would smack their child in future. Family First director Bob McCoskrie said politicians ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BestWeek: Health Care Reforms, Medicare Spending Squeezing Excess Workers...
Insurance News Net (press release)April 2, 2012

Big changes lie ahead for the excess workers' compensation line, as the third-largest writer leaves the stand-alone market in the wake of rising medical costs and the possible impact of the Affordable Care Act, according to the latest issue of BestWeek ...more »

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