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Court rules on enforcement of foreign arbitral award
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

The arbitration clause in the contract provided that if the defendant was the complainant in the dispute, the dispute was to be referred for final resolution to the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce ...more »

Banking/Court win for Lehman Europe clients
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

It declared they had rights to reclaim the money, even though Lehman Europe had not kept it separate from the rest of the bankrupt firm's operations. Hedge funds feared they would have to take their place along with other unsecured creditors, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Law student called a 'slut' by Rush Limbaugh talks back
Atlanta Journal Constitution (blog)March 2, 2012

Here's the clip: Fluke, a third-year law student, testified about Georgetown's policy on contraception during an unofficial hearing last Thursday that was led by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She argued that birth control should be ...more »

Health Care Law
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Whitfield Votes to Repeal Obama Healthcare Decision Panels
SurfKY NewsMarch 1, 2012

The measure passed the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, 17-5. “I was pleased today to vote to repeal the controversial Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) that was created by President Obama's healthcare law,” Whitfield said.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Muslims leaders, NJ attorney general discuss surveillance
USA TODAYMarch 3, 2012

Several attendees said Chiesa told them during the private meeting that he was still reviewing what legal jurisdiction New Jersey law enforcement officials might have over NYPD operations in the state, before taking any formal action.more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks Arizona immigration law's day labor rules
KGMIMarch 1, 2012

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of the state's immigration law that prohibits vehicle occupants from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers waiting for work.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Special Tax Regime for Defense Industry...
defproMarch 2, 2012

09:42 GMT, March 2, 2012 BRASILIA | The Senate in plenary session today approved the Draft Law on Conversion (PLV) 2/2012 creating a special tax regime for the national defense industry (Retid) and establishing specific rules for bidding for defense ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Suleiman Urges Rival Parties to Resolve Spending Dispute
NaharnetMarch 5, 2012

by Naharnet Newsdesk 05 March 2012, 12:24 President Michel Suleiman urged all parties on Monday to agree on the foundations that would lead to a solution to the dispute on extra-budgetary spending. In a statement issued by Baabda palace, Suleiman said ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Movers and Shakers March 3, 2012
Coeur d'Alene PressMarch 3, 2012

Grubbs has two decades of trial experience, and will focus on construction law, land use and development, planning and zoning, real estate, contracts, business law, civil litigation, government law, and estate planning and probate with Winston ...more »

Animal Law
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Calif. wildlife official under fire for puma hunt
Boston.comMarch 3, 2012

Hunting cougars, which are also called pumas or mountain lions, was banned in California in 1993, though it's legal in Idaho and other states. After the photo surfaced, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and 40 Democratic Assembly members joined animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property: WIPO says global patent filings records growth in 2011
Afrique en LigueMarch 6, 2012

New York, US - The UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said applications for international patent filings experienced their fastest growth last year, since 2005, saying 'this signals a steady recovery despite difficult global economic ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawsuit asks judge to declare Whatcom council violated open meetings law
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 1, 2012

In January, the council approved a policy on email usage that, among other things, aims to address the auditor's letter. To avoid violating meetings law with email exchanges, council members wanting to send informational emails to a quorum of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Michigan ban on affirmative action back in court
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumMarch 7, 2012

By allowing the law to stand, "we are creating a new form of separate and unequal," said attorney George Washington, who represents the Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. The group wants the appeals court to strike down the law.more »

After Board's rejection, Rohloff still wants to pursue aviation industrial park
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 1, 2012

Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff wants to continue to pursue the creation of an aviation-related industrial park after a proposal to buy land at the southeast corner of Wittman Regional Airport was rejected Tuesday by the Winnebago County Board.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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PROPOSAL WOULD BAN SMOKING IN CONDOS, RENTALS
U-T San DiegoMarch 1, 2012

The proposal, which was recently reviewed in a City Council committee, would give nonsmoking tenants the power to make their living environments smoke-free. Right now, landlords have the choice to designate their rental properties smoke-free under a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Chadbourne & Parker Appoint 6
JDJournal.comMarch 3, 2012

The law firm, which covers the gamut of legal services, from mergers and acquisitions, to intellectual property and antitrust, to real estate and bankruptcy, is an international player, with offices in Russia, Turkey, the Middle East, Latin America, ...more »

Litigation
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LML Patent Agrees To Settle Litigation With Deutsche Bank - Quick Facts
NASDAQMarch 1, 2012

... regarding entering into a Settlement and License Agreement with Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas with respect to litigation filed by LML in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas alleging that Deutsche infringed US Patent No.more »

Business Law
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Coroner identifies man found shot in south Sacramento driveway
Sacramento Bee (blog)March 1, 2012

Tipsters may also call Crime Alert at (916) 443-4357. Callers to Crime Alert may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1000. Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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TRICARE Reshuffle
GovExec.comMarch 7, 2012

By Amanda Palleschi The Defense Department recently announced plans to streamline the agency that manages its military health benefit program, creating a new Defense Health Agency. According to Nextgov's Bob Brewin, the new agency will assume ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI chief warns cyber crime on par with terrorism
Bangkok PostMarch 2, 2012

Today's hackers are savvy and often work in groups, like traditional crime families. Private sector computer security researchers have attributed waves of cyber assaults to nations out to steal government or business secrets.more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers Seek Donations for Brain Tumor Awareness Campaign
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

“Our lawyers want to call attention to brain cancer, which is a serious and deadly threat to public health,” said Patrick A. Salvi, a Chicago personal injury attorney and managing equity partner of the law firm. “Hundreds of thousands of people are ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Marriage amendment explainer approved: No one's happy
News & ObserverMarch 2, 2012

“A current North Carolina law enacted in 1996 says that marriage between individuals of the same sex are not valid in North Carolina. This amendment would make that concept part of the North Carolina Constitution. If this amendment is passed by the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Aah, the Smell of Spring! 8 Ways to Freshen Up Your Risk-Management Procedures
WisBarMarch 9, 2012

Are you knowledgeable about law office technology and aware of software possibilities for docket control, time and billing, and other systems? Do you support your staff through training and education, professional development, individual feedback, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Michigan Man Pops AMC Theaters with Class Action over Concessions Prices
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 6, 2012

A man in Michigan decided he's had enough and filed a class action against AMC Theaters, the second largest theater chain in the US, alleging that high concession prices amount to price gouging — something the Michigan Consumer Protection Act was ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Douglas Co. to hold rare real estate tax auction
Herald Times ReporterMarch 4, 2012

The treasurer's office has planned the auction for Tuesday morning, when it will auction off nine pieces of real estate regardless of how low the final bid may be. The auction will be held in the basement jury assembly room in the Judicial and Law...more »

Asia fills aviation funding gap amid Europe's woes
Peninsula On-lineMarch 4, 2012

“In this part of the world there is a lot of financing,” Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airlines, told reporters during a visit to Singapore last month. “If you talk to the leasing companies... they will tell you that they think the ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Law Update -- March 2012
JD Supra (press release)March 2, 2012

As university sports officials struggle with possible legislative changes to their nickname, what are some legal issues that could crop up for the school in regard to merchandising contracts or the use of their trademark? What are some of the major ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Texas Criminal Law Attorney Kevin L. Collins Invited to Speak at Two Legal Events
PR Web (press release)March 2, 2012

San Antonio criminal defense attorney Kevin L. Collins of The Law Offices of Kevin L. Collins has been invited to present to the Texas College for Judicial Studies and the University of Texas-San Antonio on April 10, 2012 It is an honor and a privilege ...more »

Betty Again
Daily GuideMarch 2, 2012

In his view, it was improper for the former Attorney-General to have reached an agreement with CP at a time there were counter claims from Government of Ghana against the construction firm. In March 2010, CP entered into a settlement agreement with the ...more »

Age Discrimination: Protecting Your Right to Work
PR Web (press release)March 13, 2012

The law firm of Employment Legal Team (ELT) (http://www.employmentlegalteam.com) is committed to protecting older Americans and their right to work, especially in the federal government. The EEOC found his nonselection was discriminatory due to age and ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Morgan Stanley, Hyposwiss, Stanford, Apple, CIFG, Cantor in Court News
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

The EPA argued in court filings that the tailoring rule is acceptable under the Clean Air Act and necessary to avoid states being overrun with permit requests. The case is Coalition for Responsible Regulation Inc. v. Environmental Protection Agency ...more »

Environmental Law
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A zero-sum carbon game?
Climate SpectatorMarch 1, 2012

The Schröder government was keen to promote renewable energies like solar and wind power and passed the Renewable Energies Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, or EEG). The law, which came into force in 2000, guaranteed high feed-in tariffs for renewables ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Website Provides Wealth of Information on Probate Issues in Georgia; Site ...
Exec Digital (press release)March 8, 2012

... basic information, definitions and forms relating to probate matters such as estates and guardianships, including estate planning, probating wills, administrations, guardianships of persons, conservatorships and fiduciary services within Georgia.more »

Family Law
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National medical group cancels Mobile convention, cites immigration law
Press-Register - al.com (blog)March 2, 2012

By Robert McClendon, Press-Register MOBILE, Alabama -- A national medical group that planned to hold a meeting in Mobile has withdrawn its reservation, citing Alabama's controversial immigration law. Priscilla Noland, of the Association of Departments ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp cost may soar
Worcester TelegramMarch 2, 2012

The cost of employee compensation insurance for Massachusetts employers could rise dramatically later this year if rates proposed by insurers are approved by state regulators. The Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts, ...more »

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