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Steven Pearlstein: Eat your broccoli, Justice Scalia
Washington PostApril 1, 2012

Yet despite the fact that “Obamacare” did all of those things and more, there was not a single brief in support of the law from an organization representing big business. Small businesses have spent the past two decades complaining that the reason they ...more »

Corona del Mar Today: Fire chief explains fire maps
Daily PilotApril 1, 2012

By Amy Senk Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster met with about 40 residents Wednesday evening, explaining the seemingly flip-flopping position that Corona del Mar has on state fire hazard maps. State law requires the Newport Beach City Council to ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Who will judge the judges?
MSN IndiaApril 2, 2012

... Report (2006), the Judges Inquiry Bill of 2006 to create a National Judicial Council was examined by a Joint Standing Committee of Parliament in 2007 which found the judiciary a "highly secretive and closed institution" in its administrative work.more »

Health Care Law
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Justices' Cerebral Combativeness on Display
New York TimesApril 2, 2012

Over three days of intense arguments on the future of President Obama's health care law, the public got a vivid glimpse of an institution at once immensely powerful and intensely human, one packed with brainy, funny and assertive justices prepared to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Supreme Court of the United States
Law.comApril 1, 2012

...Louis - School of Law) has...on the Supreme Courtâ s...the Supreme Court decided two...to establish state court jurisdiction...in the United States to... by Justice Paul G. Feinman | 03/30/2012 ...as: The Matter of Birney v.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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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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Arbitration is a Bear necessity
The LawyerApril 2, 2012

TheCityUK's 'Interim Report of the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Work-Stream', which consists of Western and Russian law firms, is now being reviewed and considered by the Russian government, which will respond later this year.more »

Insurance Litigation
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SCOTUS: 'Obamacare' at a glance
WDAM-TVApril 3, 2012

On March 26, justices listened to arguments as to whether the penalty assessed for failure to acquire insurance was open to litigation. On the last day of arguments, the Court heard arguments about whether the rest of the Act would fail if the ...more »

Animal Law
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Dyeing Chicks Legal in Florida? Not in Time for Easter
ReutersApril 4, 2012

By Andrew Chow, JD at FindLaw.com A legal dogfight could soon be hatching in Florida, where state lawmakers repealed a decades-old ban on dyeing animals. But don't expect a deluge of brightly dyed chicks this Easter. Florida's governor must still ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CSIRO case highlights patent dangers
Brisbane TimesApril 2, 2012

The CSIRO's multi-million dollar settlement in the United States over the use of their patented wireless internet technology has sparked calls for other Australian researchers to better manage their intellectual property. The settlement, valued at $220 ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC Welcomes Dara T. Jeffries
MarketWatch (press release)April 4, 2012

Dara is an attorney in the Atlanta office of Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, focusing on intellectual property litigation. Her favorite quotation is "I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference," by Robert Frost.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court upholds California affirmative action ban
KTAR.comApril 2, 2012

By CHRISTINA HOAG AP LOS ANGELES (AP) - Affirmative action proponents took a hit Monday as a federal appeals court panel upheld California's ban on using race, ethnicity and gender in admitting students to public colleges and universities.more »

Crash investigators finish at scene of fatal plane accident
New Zealand HeraldApril 2, 2012

Emergency services working at the scene of a light aeroplane crash, just off Fuller Road, near South Head yesterday. Photo / File Air crash investigators have finished examining the Kaipara paddock where two friends were killed in a light plane crash...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Oakland raid fires up S.F. medical pot rally
San Francisco ChronicleApril 4, 2012

The message, directed mostly at US Attorney Melinda Haag's office, was clear: Federal law may still consider marijuana illegal in any form, but it's legal for medical use in California, so stay out of state and city business. "San Francisco stands firm ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Higley district tries to sort out bond vote
Arizona RepublicApril 3, 2012

If the new bill becomes law, Higley would double its bonding capacity and be able to get to about $50 million to build two planned middle schools and make needed repairs to its other aging schools, said Tony Malaj, Higley's executive director of ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation As Therapy
Courthouse News ServiceApril 2, 2012

By MILT POLICZER I've come up with another way for cash-strapped courts to raise money: therapy. Not therapy for judges. Therapy for litigants or would-be litigants. After all, most lawsuits are therapeutic anyway. People get mad and they need an ...more »

Business Law
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False Advertising: The Daily Beast and Open Zion
Arutz ShevaApril 2, 2012

What I would presently like to focus on is the Daily Beast's misleading and false portrayal of the blog's content and focus, by allowing the title "Open Zion." It seems that for the most part, the overall collective definition on the platform of the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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YOUR VIEW: Soldiers deserve benefits without civilians griping
al.com (blog)April 2, 2012

By Letters from our readers After reading the March 23 letter about military retirement ("Create 401(k) for active duty," Your Views), I wondered whether the writer is envious of a service member who receives a military retirement.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Patch.comApril 2, 2012

In 1998, the United States Department of Justice began an Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force tasked with the growing problem of Internet-related exploitation of children. The Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Program is ...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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Should You Be Jailed Simply for Lying?
Voice of AmericaApril 1, 2012

It became law after President George W. Bush added his signature in late two thousand six. There were no congressional hearings on the Act. And the debate in the House of Representatives lasted just twenty minutes. Some federal judges and free-speech...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Understanding the economic analysis of law
Zambia Daily MailApril 8, 2012

A lot of tort law, for example, can be seen as forcing someone to pay for the costs affecting other people (eg people are injured as a result of X's dangerous driving. If negligence is proved, X will be asked to pay for the costs.more »

Consumer Protection
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Embracing The Long Arm Of The SEC
Wall Street Journal (blog)April 9, 2012

By Laura Kreutzer There has been no shortage of grumbling from private equity and hedge fund managers as the deadline for registration with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Dubai to issue law to protect property investors
Emirates 24/7April 1, 2012

Dubai is planning to enforce a new law in mid 2012 intended to protect property investors to prevent fresh crisis that jolted the local real estate market in the wake of the 2008 global fiscal distress, an official has said. The new law will likely be ...more »

CBS Extends Letterman Contract Through 2014
Wall Street JournalApril 3, 2012

By CHRISTOPHER S. STEWART CBS Corp. extended David Letterman's contract through 2014, it said, eliminating questions about the CBS network's future late-night lineup and putting to rest rumors of the talk show host's retirement.more »

Sports Law
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KSWT: Local News, Weather, Sports Yuma, AZ El Centro Imperial Valley, CA ...
KSWT-TVApril 3, 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 ALBERT AJI and BEN HUBBARD Associated Press BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian troops began pulling out ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ohio self-defense laws put burden of proof on defendant
Canton RepositoryApril 1, 2012

Instead, much of the legal concept of self-defense in Ohio is based on common law and past court rulings, according to local criminal defense attorney Jeff Jakmides. In general, Ohio law allows people to use deadly force against another person if they ...more »

Lawsuits Test UBS Advice on Offshore Bank Accounts
Accounting TodayApril 2, 2012

Tax lawyers describe the suits, emerging from a crackdown by federal authorities on Swiss banks, as the first of their kind in the United States to assert that Swiss bankers made improper assertions to their US clients about the tax implications of ...more »

Gray hair's in fashion, but what about at work?
msnbc.comApril 2, 2012

Laws, of course, exist to ward off discrimination in the workplace, yet legions of men and women have no interest in letting their gray fly. Not now, when the struggling economy has produced a stampede of hungry young job-seekers.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NAB in talks for potential Australian debut sukuk -IFR
ReutersApril 5, 2012

National Australia Bank (Aa2/AA-/AA-) is understood to be in talks with regulators on a potential debut Sharia-compliant bond offering as the issuer seeks to marry local regulations with such deals' Islamic requirements. Any sukuk must secure prior ...more »

Environmental Law
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Sparx Plans Renewable-Energy Fund
Wall Street JournalApril 2, 2012

July is when Japan will implement a law aimed at reducing dependence on nuclear power by bolstering investment in renewable energy sources, an area in which the country has long lagged. It was pushing instead toward a goal of getting half its ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Multiple wills can be a winning strategy
Hamilton SpectatorApril 18, 2012

In Ontario, in order for certain assets such as real estate or bank accounts to pass on to beneficiaries named in a deceased's last will and testament, the will may be required to be probated with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.more »

Family Law
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Changes in the Family Law: A step backwards?
Ahram OnlineApril 2, 2012

Over the past year and a half, much debate has taken place regarding Egypt's Family Law. Whereas some, mostly Islamists, have argued that certain articles must be changed or removed, many, women and men, have taken the streets demanding that rights be ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Wal-Mart stirs concern about Texas' workers' compensation system
Fort Worth Star TelegramApril 10, 2012

By Becca Aaronson When Wal-Mart, one of Texas' largest private employers, dropped out of the state's workers' compensation system in March, it was a heavy blow to advocates of the system who have watched more large companies offer private -- and in ...more »

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