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AMR boosts cash as it loses $234 million in January
Fort Worth Star Telegram (blog)March 1, 2012

The Fort Worth-based parent of American Airlines files monthly updates on its financial condition as part of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition filed on Nov. 29. According to Wednesday's SEC filing, AMR and its subsidiaries just about broke even on ...more »

Judge overturns Culpeper murder conviction; Albemarle sheriff 'opened the door ...
The Daily ProgressMarch 1, 2012

“Having reviewed the voluminous record in this case, the court is disturbed by the miscarriage of justice that occurred in this case and finds that Hash's trial is an example of an 'extreme malfunction in the state criminal justice system,” concluded ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Randolph's BP deal violated state law
Tri Parish TimesMarch 1, 2012

Because BP has a financial relationship with the parish, Randolph cannot accept gifts from the company, according to state law. In the same vein, state law prohibits Randolph from entering into personal economic agreements with the company.more »

Health Care Law
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Reform Law Intensifies Push To Better Coordinate Healthcare
Neon TommyMarch 1, 2012

But because of the healthcare law, providers now have a clear incentive. This year, Medicare will deliver better rates to care providers who score well on two dozen benchmarks. Intrigued by the possibility of savings, private insurers are experimenting ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Rick Santorum: Obamacare Poster Boy
Mother JonesMarch 1, 2012

During a recent interview with Glenn Beck, Rick and Karen Santorum suggested that the Obama administration's health care reform law would harm people with disabilities, like their three-year-old daughter, Bella, who suffers from a rare and usually ...more »

Immigration Law
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Challenges to Ga., Ala. immigration laws in court
WJXT JacksonvilleMarch 1, 2012

Mexico said in a brief opposing Georgia's law that it would strain diplomatic relations between the US and Mexico, "interfering with the strategic diplomatic interests of the two countries and encouraging an imminent threat of state-sanctioned bias or ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Select Board candidates share visions
Bennington BannerMarch 1, 2012

Zink said he believes the town must focus on more than just industrial development. "That great future involves a many-pronged attack on development. That means not just looking to an industrial base or any other base. I think some of our tourist base ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New York Academy of Mediators & Arbitrators: New York State's Premier ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)March 1, 2012

The Academy is an invitation-only association whose membership consists of mediators and arbitrators distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil/commercial conflict resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ministers promote insurance as legal aid alternative
The GuardianMarch 13, 2012

Andrew Slaughter, the shadow justice minister, said: "We have known since the government first proposed major changes to civil litigation over a year ago that they would prevent deserving claimants – from asbestosis sufferers to those harmed by ...more »

Animal Law
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Rescue group aids city with dog adoption
Worcester TelegramMarch 5, 2012

Animal control officers must travel to Leicester to get the dogs and take them to the Rescue League under the agreement reached to satisfy a technical requirement of state law. Problems were discovered two weeks ago when the city learned that Patricia ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Faculty senate continues fight against intellectual property policy
ASU HeraldMarch 5, 2012

Faculty Senate spent much of its meeting on Friday discussing measures that need to be taken in order to fight the controversial Intellectual Property Policy. The faculty senate discussed what measures to take to protect faculty's interests toward the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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TD profit hurt by litigation
Financial PostMarch 1, 2012

Toronto-Dominion Bank reported first quarter earnings of $1.48-billion, down 5% on lackluster performance from capital markets and a one-time litigation reserve related to a Florida law suit. Despite the “challenging environment,” the results “exceeded ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ending affirmative action could be good thing
San Antonio ExpressMarch 1, 2012

I graduated from a diverse public college preparatory school and attended an equally diverse public university where no one ever felt anyone else got in because of affirmative action. My strong undergraduate performance earned me a full-ride ...more »

Boeing's 787 Dreamliner has star power, but it remains to be seen if it will ...
National PostMarch 4, 2012

It was clear that the 787 still has a lot of sex appeal in aviation circles. Only Japan's All Nippon Airways currently flies the plane commercially after taking first delivery of its in September. So, the aircraft still has a lot star power as the new ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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LeaseRunner Launches, Revolutionizes Property Leasing With Web Application for ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 7, 2012

Operating entirely in the cloud, LeaseRunner's base services include generated city and state specific solutions that adhere to the latest local tenant, property, and landlord laws, thereby streamlining the process for landlords with properties in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rothstein investors' case ends in settlements
Palm Beach PostMarch 1, 2012

Rothstein's $1.4 billion Ponzi scheme was the most audicious financial crime that Fort Lauderdale has ever seen. The large-living attorney assured investors that they were buying secret legal settlements. The settlements never existed.more »

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Anti-tree litigation has EDS bemused
VoxyMarch 1, 2012

The Property Council has launched an unusual challenge in the Environment Court to Auckland Council's tree protection rules, says the Environmental Defence Society. "We are aware that papers have been filed seeking a declaration from the Court with ...more »

Business Law
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RSA 2012: FBI Chief Touts Partnerships in Cybercrime Fight
Government TechnologyMarch 2, 2012

The criminals had manipulated Internet click advertising to redirect users to fraudulent ads. The scheme affected more than 100 countries and reaped millions of dollars in profit. Six Estonians were arrested and charged for the crime.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Coming Home: The fight for benefits
Montreal GazetteMarch 4, 2012

Jayson Nickol loved his life in the military until a bullet from a Taliban fighter's rifle shattered his right femur. It wasn't the injury that soured the relationship – he knew the risks when he volunteered to go. It was the two-and-a-half-year battle ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Privacy software, criminal use
Boston.comMarch 8, 2012

Andrew Lewman said he is often approached by law enforcement officials investigating illegal activity on sites like Silk Road, which use Tor technology to protect users' identities. (Globe Staff Photo / Barry Chin) By Jenifer B. McKim A Walpole ...more »

Personal Injury
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House concedes on time patients have to get PIP-paid-for care
Orlando Sentinel (blog)March 1, 2012

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida House prepped a massive personal injury protection reform bill for a final vote Thursday, inserting several changes to make it closer to the Senate version as they attempt to hammer out a compromise before the end of the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Constitutionality of Vladimir Putin's Third Term
Brookings InstitutionMarch 9, 2012

The League of Voters, for instance, argued that the massive irregularities, use of administrative resources, and abuse of law discredited "the institutions of the Russian presidency, the Russian electoral system, and the entire Russian state.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Police can't be effective sans public support: IGP
The News InternationalMarch 2, 2012

While talking to The News, he said that traditionally, police focused predominantly the enforcement of the law to fulfill its mission but it needed to re-double its efforts in Punjab while implementing additional strategies to reduce crime.more »

Consumer Protection
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Column: For consumers, Georgia is Wild, Wild West
NeighborNewspapers.comMarch 1, 2012

I asked him if he thanks his lucky stars — each night — that he was able to move to a state that has such incredibly weak consumer protection laws and open a new business — while completely ignoring the harm he'd done in Ohio.more »

Real Estate Law
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King & Spalding Expands German Real Estate Tax Practice
Business Review USA (press release)March 3, 2012

FRANKFURT, GERMANY--(Marketwire - Feb 29, 2012) - Dr. Axel Schilder, a prominent German tax lawyer and former official of the German tax authority, joined King & Spalding as a partner in its Frankfurt am Main, Germany, office, the firm announced today.more »

Exelis Reports 2011 Financial Results, Provides 2012 Guidance
Business Wire (press release)March 2, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) today reported results for the full year and fourth quarter of 2011. For 2011, the company reported full-year sales of $5.84 billion and adjusted operating income of $583 million, compared to full-year sales of ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest South Carolina News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WNCTMarch 1, 2012

The law retroactively suspends the Department of Health and Environment Control's ability to make dredging decisions regarding the Savannah port. It reiterates a 2007 state law giving the Savannah River Maritime Commission authority over navigability ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bill would expand New York's DNA criminal databank
North Country Public RadioMarch 5, 2012

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys agree that having more DNA can help solve more crimes, but not everyone agrees that this bill does enough to ensure justice. WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail. The power of DNA evidence in ...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 »

The challenge of the flipping age pyramid
On Line opinionMarch 5, 2012

By Malcolm King - posted Tuesday, 6 March 2012 While it is early days in the war against age discrimination and inflexible workplaces, there are some signs that recruitment agencies and employers are getting in step with the times.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Geithner criticizes financial crisis 'amnesia'
SouthCoastToday.comMarch 3, 2012

Geithner offered a vigorous and personal defense of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which has been sharply criticized by the financial industry and Republicans as a severe regulatory overreaction that is hindering the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Govt introduces public share offer legislation
VoxyMarch 5, 2012

Ministerial decisions as majority owners of the four mixed ownership energy companies will remain subject to the Official Information Act and departments will remain subject to the Official Information Act and Ombudsmen Act. However the companies ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Stable Value: Putting Your Horse in a Trust
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 7, 2012

Wills can be contested if, say, a family member is irked that Trigger was left $50000. Even if a will isn't contested, it must pass through probate, which could delay the horse's much-needed care. In addition, if a client leaves $20000 in a will for ...more »

Family Law
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Lawyers combine spinning, legal education in class at JCC
STLtoday.comMarch 1, 2012

Alvin Wolff leads a spinning class at Staenberg Family Complex in Creve Coeur on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012. Photo by Emily Rasinski, First there were spin doctors. Now meet the spin lawyers. Alvin Wolff, a personal injury ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nevada Workers' Compensation Loss Costs See Small Increase in 2012
Carson NowMarch 1, 2012

By Jake Sunderland CARSON CITY – Many Nevada employers will see a small increase in the premiums they pay for workers' compensation insurance in 2012. Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper has approved a filing from the National Council on ...more »


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