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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Results mixed in sex offense hearings
Watauga DemocratApril 30, 2012

The alleged victim brought student conduct charges against both men to the University Conduct Board in a single hearing held in October 2011, but the cases were remanded to a new hearing because of a procedural error. The alleged victim said she does ...more »

Health Care Law
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Will the Supreme Court Split the Difference on Health Care and Immigration?
Huffington PostApril 30, 2012

Last November, the US Supreme Court announced it would hear one of many lawsuits by conservative officials challenging the new federal health care reform law championed by President Obama. At the time, you will recall, very few observers thought there ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Nolan Neil Jones: May Teen of the Month
Canton RepositoryApril 30, 2012

Nolan Jones of Jackson High School and Cristina Ocrainiciuc of Hoover High School are The Repository's Teens of the Month for May. By Necole Sims What's in your iPod or MP3 player? Everything from Lil' Wayne to the Glenn Miller Orchestra NOLAN'S SCHOOL ...more »

Immigration Law
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Proposed immigration law revisions get mixed reviews
Birmingham Business JournalApril 13, 2012

The future of Alabama's new immigration law, called the nation's toughest by supporters and opponents, remained uncertain this week as Montgomery politicians, business groups and others continued discussing a host of amendments.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Budget kills climate accountability legislation, weakens oversight
Canada.comApril 26, 2012

... mechanisms within a law tied to the 2012 budget. The proposal was included in the new legislation of more than 400 pages, including about 150 pages that were focused mainly on "streamlining" the environmental oversight of industrial development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Suu Kyi, her party to attend parliament Wednesday
Fox NewsApril 30, 2012

YANGON, Myanmar – Aung San Suu Kyi said she and other lawmakers in her opposition party will attend Myanmar's parliament on Wednesday for the first time and will take the oath of office though they still fiercely dispute its wording.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit Liability May Impact Wealthy Families Heavily, Says Amity Insurance
Citybizlist (press release)April 24, 2012

QUINCY, MA - Although many assume that wealthy families have little to worry about, those in the high-income bracket are more apt to be targets of significant liability lawsuits, according to Amity Insurance Agency, Inc., the region's leading full ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Abusers Would Be Named Under Bills in 26 States
BloombergApril 25, 2012

Vick was sent to prison in 2007 on charges of conspiracy to break dog-fighting laws, not animal cruelty, Wells said. 'Common Sense' “It's frustrating to see repeat offenders commit these crimes and get away with it in people's eyes,” said Wells, 47, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Rights in Additive Manufacturing
PCBDesign007April 30, 2012

In response to a growing need to establish and protect intellectual property, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) will present “Pathways to Innovation” at its RAPID 2012 Conference & Exposition on Thursday, May 24 at the Hyatt Regency in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$322M Verdict in Mississippi Asbestos Suit Overturned
ClaimsJournal.comApril 30, 2012

By HOLBROOK MOHR | April 30, 2012 An asbestos lawsuit that once resulted in a $322 million verdict for a Mississippi man has turned in favor of the company he sued. Thomas Brown's lawyers had called the verdict last year the largest asbestos award for ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban will do more harm than good
Spartan DailyApril 23, 2012

As long as I've been knowledgeable about it, I've had a difficult time forming a solid opinion on affirmative action — until now. I'm of mixed race, and like many others have walked a fine line between being white and a minority.more »

NTSB: Plane that Crashed into Grocery Store Had Mechanical Problems
NBC ChicagoApril 9, 2012

By BJ Lutz Aurora's Kim Presbrey was on a plane that plunged into the Publix at the Northgate Shopping Center in Deland, Fla. last week. A plane that crashed into a Florida supermarket last week, injuring an Aurora attorney, had mechanical problems ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Lagos State Tenancy Law: Simply not working
VanguardApril 28, 2012

The age long conflict between landlords and tenants causing a frosty relationship between both parties most probably underscored the enactment of the Lagos State Tenancy Law. In signing the Lagos State Tenancy Bill 2011 passed by the State Assembly ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Politicians are too responsive to the people
Columbus DispatchApril 30, 2012

In 1962, spending per person in poverty was $516. Haskins' list includes Medicaid, food stamps, the earned-income tax credit (a wage subsidy for some low-income workers) and Pell Grants. There are other, smaller programs dedicated to the poor.more »

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Teva, Mylan settle litigation over drug Nuvigil
CBS NewsApril 30, 2012

Israeli drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. said Monday that it has settled patent infringement litigation over Nuvigil and will allow rival generic drugmaker Mylan Inc. to sell generic versions of the sleep-disorder drug.more »

Business Law
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Dallas Appellate Attorney Chad Ruback Honored in D Magazine's 2012 "Best ...
Sacramento BeeApril 28, 2012

Ruback received a business degree from the University of Texas and a law degree from Southern Methodist University. After law school, he served as a briefing attorney at the Fort Worth Court of Appeals. After a few years working in the appellate ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Foreign Military Sales Make Partnerships Strong, Keep Oroduction Lines Hot
defproApril 30, 2012

And the benefits aren't just to the buyer, they go all around. With FMS, the buyer gets new equipment and guidance, the manufacturer gets increased sales, and the United States strengthens its military-to-military ties with the new owner through ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Thai webmaster may get 20 years for others' posts
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionApril 30, 2012

By THANYARAT DOKSONE AP BANGKOK — A webmaster accused of failing to act quickly enough to remove Internet posts deemed insulting to Thailand's royalty was to learn her fate Monday in a case highlighting computer-crime laws that rights groups have ...more »

Personal Injury
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Accident Victims Center Urges AV Rated Personal Injury Lawyers in Florida to ...
PR Web (press release)April 30, 2012

AV rated motor vehicle accident personal injury attorneys, or AV rated personal injury law firms are encouraged to join in this initiative, if their firm is based in one of these Florida metro areas. The Accident Victims Center's campaign will be ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Guest-Worker Approach
Wall Street JournalApril 27, 2012

But aside from whether the law is constitutional, there the question of whether additional enforcement measures are the best way to reduce illegal immigration. Five other states subsequently have adopted laws similar to Arizona's, and the reaction has ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Morocco Clamours for Justice
Inter Press ServiceApril 22, 2012

Fouzia El Bayed, deputy of the Constitutional Union (UC), which holds 17 of the 379 seats in parliament, told IPS that Morocco's legal system is blighted by malpractice and the abuse of power, which have eroded citizens' trust in the rule of law.more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer bureau may have final say on arbitration clauses
Los Angeles TimesApril 30, 2012

"It would eliminate a huge segment of arbitration clauses from consumer contracts." Jeffrey Keller, a San Francisco attorney who specializes in consumer-protection cases, said last year's high court ruling focused on the Federal Arbitration Act of 1925 ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Maxwell elected to county foundation board
New Philadelphia Times ReporterApril 28, 2012

Maxwell is a director of the law firm of Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths & Dougherty, which has five locations, including in New Philadelphia and Sugarcreek. His practice is in civil litigation, insurance law, appellate practice, creditor's rights, ...more »

HLS students take honors at Vis Moot Court in Vienna and Hong Kong
Harvard Law School NewsApril 30, 2012

Nearly 400 law school teams from around the world participated in the Vis Competition, which aims to train future leaders in methods of alternative dispute resolution. In Vienna, HLS placed third in oral arguments out of 285 teams, making it to the ...more »

Sports Law
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Law to quit Bangladesh job
Jacaranda 94.2April 16, 2012

By Reuters/Jacaranda Sport Australian Stuart Law will step down as the national cricket coach of Bangladesh in June due to family reasons. Law, who played one Test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia, joined as Bangladesh's head coach in July ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Sherman stages a comeback following prison
Greenwich TimeApril 23, 2012

Sherman had his law license reinstated after serving a year and one day in prison on tax evasion charges. Greenwich attorney Mickey Sherman poses for a photo in his office. Sherman had his law license reinstated after serving a year and one day in ...more »

Supreme Court Takes Break From Obamacare To Bail 1% Out Of Abusive Shelters
ForbesApril 26, 2012

Generally the IRS only has three years to audit you. If you leave out more than 25% of your gross income, though, they get six years. What happens if you sell something and overstate your basis in it ? We have an income tax not a gross receipts tax.more »

UK Top Court Rejects Lawyer's Age Discrimination Appeal
BusinessWeekApril 25, 2012

Judge Brenda Hale ruled the partnership contract that mandated retirement at 65 was justified in this case. “All businesses will now have to give careful consideration to what, if any, mandatory retirement rules can be justified,” she said in a written ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lamb McErlane Partner James Sargent Appointed By Pennsylvania Bar Association
Citybizlist (press release)April 19, 2012

Sargent has represented major manufacturers in litigation and appeals involving product liability, warranty, fraud, and consumer protection law claims. Named a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer annually for appellate law since 2006, his practice regularly ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michigan voters could face long ballot this fall
Petoskey News-ReviewApril 27, 2012

... bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy. Four already have passed muster. On Thursday, the State Board of Canvassers approved three more and deadlocked over a fourth that would repeal the state's emergency manager law.more »

Wills & Probate
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Respect the dead by creating new life
HaaretzApril 23, 2012

600 Biological Wills have been deposited by young people. As the only organization in the world drafting and storing biological wills, New Family has helped terminally ill people, bereaved parents, soldiers, and widows fulfill their biological legacy.more »

Family Law
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Rise of the DIY divorce: Hard-up couples causing court chaos by representing ...
Daily MailApril 22, 2012

The recession and upcoming cuts to legal aid are putting immense pressure on family courts as litigants shun solicitors to go it alone, The Law Society Gazette reported. Meanwhile wealthier divorcing couples are benefiting from a new arbitration scheme ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Reader's Watchdog: Iowa City workers' comp case will be prosecuted
DesMoinesRegister.comApril 23, 2012

The Iowa attorney general's office has been asked to make an Iowa City trash hauler the poster child in Iowa for what can happen when an employer fails to carry workers' compensation insurance. A deputy workers' compensation commissioner referred the ...more »


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