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Will shortcomings undermine the new Competition Act?
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

On February 6 2012 the government submitted a draft of the new Competition Act to Parliament. The reform of the country's key competition legislation attracted a level of public participation rarely seen in Portugal's recent legal history.more »

Dear 16-Year-Old Me, Don't Go To Law School
Above the LawMarch 1, 2012

Last night we put up a video about law student debt, in which Professor William Birdthistle crunched some numbers regarding whether it's financially wise to go to law school. If you haven't already done so, check it out here.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge rejects NATO protesters' request to march through middle of Loop
Chicago Sun-TimesMarch 29, 2012

An administrative law judge Thursday backed the city of Chicago's denial of a permit to march from Daley Center to McCormick place — triggering what could be a higher court battle over the matter. City officials successfully argued that a ...more »

Health Care Law
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Most Oppose at Least Part of Overhaul, Poll Finds
New York TimesMarch 26, 2012

Two-thirds of Americans want the Supreme Court to overturn some or all of the health care law, even though large majorities support a few of its major aspects, according to a poll by The New York Times and CBS News. At the heart of the opposition is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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RBS, UBS, Goldman, Health-Care Law, J&J, JPMorgan in Court News
BloombergMarch 28, 2012

All four aimed questions at US Solicitor General Donald Verrilli, who argued in the law's defense. For more, click here. J&J Duped Arkansas Doctors Over Risperdal, Lawyer Tells Jury Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) officials repeatedly misled Arkansas doctors ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lucha libre using immigration to attract US fans
BusinessWeekMarch 31, 2012

Then he points to the message painted on the backside of his red trunks: "SB1070" -- a reference to Arizona's controversial immigration law. The crowd, some wearing masks of their favorite Mexican wrestlers, shrieks ever louder.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Development levy awaits green light
Independent OnlineMarch 26, 2012

The city is also waiting for the national government to approve the specific by-laws for the municipality. Municipal head of development planning, environment and management, Soobs Moonsamy, said she envisaged that this would be done by June 30, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ACCC invites comment on NBN referee
Business SpectatorMarch 29, 2012

As part of Telstra's participation in the rollout of the NBN, the company outlined a number of dispute resolution processes, including an ITA. The ACCC discussion paper, released on Thursday, said the ITA adjudicator would have responsibility for ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Supreme Court goes against insurers in Trigger litigation ruling
The LawyerMarch 28, 2012

Insurers could be forced to pay out hundreds of millions of pounds in compensation after the Supreme Court ruled against them in a landmark ruling affecting thousands of asbestos victims. Today's ruling, given by a majority of four to one with Supreme ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal rights groups find fault with standards for licensed breeders
KENS 5 TVMarch 30, 2012

by Minje Park / The Texas Tribune Animal-rights groups are saying that standards of care for dogs and cats by licensed breeders, which Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation commissioners approved this week, do not go far enough. In a 5-1 vote, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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HeartWare International Expands Intellectual Property and Technology Portfolio ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 29, 2012

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and SALT LAKE CITY, Mar 29, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- HeartWare International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTWR) (asx:HIN), which develops and manufactures miniaturized ventricular assist devices, and World Heart Corporation (UTD:WHRT) ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Court Slashes Baker & Hostetler Fees in Maine Redistricting Litigation
The Am Law DailyMarch 30, 2012

The judges found that the plaintiff did not need to rely on expertise in analyzing population data and drawing maps for this litigation. The judges also shaved about $7500 off the amount Woodcock initially requested by rejecting his request for fees ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speaker says affirmative action still needed to combat discrimination
LimaOhio.comMarch 22, 2012

LIMA — The executive director of the American Association for Affirmative Action said today that affirmative action is a remedy for discrimination, stressing that one still does exist and the other is badly needed. “They say this is a post-racial ...more »

Prosecutors' actions in Ted Stevens case illegal
USA TODAYMarch 28, 2012

He died in a plane crash in 2010. Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said he remained "disturbed" by the breadth of the misconduct identified by Schuelke. The report found that prosecutors made "astonishing misstatements" to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rent-Control Consequences
Wall Street JournalMarch 30, 2012

By JASON L. RILEY This week Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed off on a three-year extension of New York's rent-control laws, which put a ceiling on how much landlords can charge tenants. There are more than a million rent-regulated units in New York, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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China's bank profits hit record, but bad loans up
MarketWatchMarch 29, 2012

SHANGHAI -(MarketWatch)- Three of China's largest banks have reported record levels of net profit for 2011, but rising levels of bad debt have renewed concerns about credit risks in the country's banking sector. China's largest bank by assets, ...more »

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German Courts Prove Popular For Smartphone Litigation
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 16, 2012

Furthermore, since patent litigation is tried by specialized judges rather than juries, trials are more predictable in Germany, according to Mr. Grosch, a partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP. Companies can theoretically sue each other at ...more »

Business Law
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Save the Scenic Santa Ritas: Rosemont Copper Conceals Prior Bankruptcy in ...
Sacramento BeeMarch 29, 2012

Arizona law requires companies to affirmatively disclose whether its officers or directors have ever been subject to corporate bankruptcy proceedings. Knowingly filing false statements on the disclosure forms is a felony criminal offense in Arizona and ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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`Military friendly' college lists prompt concerns
Kansas City StarMarch 30, 2012

Patty Murray, D-Wash., US Marines Iraq war veteran Moses Maddox, and Iraq war veteran Army 1st Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, applaud during a news conference introducing the GI benefit watchdog, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In press releases and ads, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Prevention key to keeping computer crime at bay, experts say
EMC St. LawrenceMarch 29, 2012

I don't believe anything on the internet until I can corroborate it from some other source." Ladouceur raises the point of Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia, wherein anyone can post information which appears on the site. "The biggest thing we are ...more »

Personal Injury
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Washington Attorney Joseph E. Pendergast, III Releases Free Book Download of ...
PR Web (press release)March 30, 2012

Personal injury accidents last for only a few seconds, but the damage done both physically and emotionally during those painful and frightening moments can last a lifetime. Dealing with the injuries, disabilities, and possible fatalities that result ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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What if the need for a `limiting principle' is a fiction?
Washington Post (blog)March 30, 2012

But Kevin Drum asks an interesting question — what if the administration's failure to do this has nothing to do with whether the law is Constitutional or not? Kevin offers the following speculation about the Justices: One possible outcome is that ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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AP: Lawyers give more to Democrats in Senate race
The Journal News | LoHud.comMarch 23, 2012

Trial lawyers who file malpractice lawsuits have traditionally contributed heavily to Democratic politicians, who generally oppose caps on damages in personal injury cases while many Republicans have supported limits. Two contributors say that is one ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Auction group may face fine of R30m
Independent OnlineMarch 30, 2012

If the company is now found guilty of transgressing the Consumer Protection Act, it can expect to receive a hefty fine equivalent to 10 percent of the firm's annual turnover. Last year, Auction Alliance recorded a turnover of R300m based on assets ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The John Marshall Law School presents “Real Estate Investing in India ... (press release)March 20, 2012

Risks and benefits that come with purchasing real estate in India is the topic of an April 4, 2012, lecture at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Guests Shahrookh Cambata, Scott Eisenberg and Marc J. Strauss will speak at the event.more »

In Praise of Business: A New 'Note' from Justice and Peace
National Review Online (blog)March 30, 2012

Instead, this text's analysis of life as a business leader is rooted in a sophisticated appreciation and application of the principles of Catholic moral and social teaching. It also reflects a background of solid natural law reasoning about what ...more »

Sports Law
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Health care lawyer Clement as high court regular
KEYC TVMarch 12, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> Romney says he's on track to get a nominating majority before convention; rivals undeterred. More>> Romney says he's on track to get a nominating majority before convention; rivals undeterred.more »

Criminal Defense
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Sandusky's defense attorney may ask for trial to be delayed further
WJAC JohnstownMarch 30, 2012

By WJAC Web Staff A day after Jerry Sandusky's trial on alleged child sex abuse crimes was ordered to be delayed until June 5, his defense team and prosecutors are still at odds. 6 News has learned that Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, ...more »

FLORIDA BRIEFS: Couple with 697 cats pleads no contest
Bradenton HeraldMarch 30, 2012

The Tampa Bay Times reported that 52-year-old Rober said the IRS informed him of the action about two weeks ago. The newspaper reports an IRS audit began about two year ago, stemming from a 2009 civil lawsuit brought by Florida Utility Group, ...more »

Matthew Van Dongen
Hamilton SpectatorMarch 5, 2012

Now, instead of fighting fires, Gill is battling what he sees as age discrimination. At first glance, it looks like an uphill battle. The provincial human rights tribunal dismissed a similar age discrimination complaint in 2008 from a London ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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West Hartford police adds six officers to ranks
West Hartford NewsMarch 6, 2012

Justin Fredericks, of Inwood, New York. Fredericks is working toward a degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration at the University of New Haven. He was previously employed at Target as an asset protection agent.more »

Environmental Law
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Outside group targets Obama record on energy
WMBFMarch 29, 2012

The ads aired in eight states by the American Energy Alliance seek to undercut Obama's message that he has increased oil drilling and pushed to develop renewable energy sources, and came as the president unsuccessfully pressured Congress to cut ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Tell Your Family You Love Them -- Write Your Will
ForbesMarch 30, 2012

USA Today recently had a front page story – Two exes, a spouse, kids, stepkids – Now try drafting a will. In today's society there are more and more blended families, which makes having a will even more important. But your family dynamics really don't ...more »

Family Law
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State Laws Boosting Insurer Cost Without Adding Customers Failed
BusinessWeekMarch 30, 2012

In New York's Bronx County, the least expensive family plan in March cost $3150 a month, according to the state's Financial Services Department. Vermont also hasn't repealed its law. There, just two carriers actively sell policies to individuals in the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Court: Drug deals cost Ohio officer workers' comp
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 29, 2012

In its unanimous ruling, the high court ordered former Parma officer Donald McNea to repay the state for workers' compensation payments he received from the date of the first confirmed unlawful sale of OxyContin. Their decision upheld a lower court ...more »


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