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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Judge dismisses Virginia Tech fine for slow alert
Chicago TribuneMarch 31, 2012

RICHMOND, Virginia (Reuters) - A judge has thrown out a fine imposed by federal education officials against Virginia Tech, finding the school did not wait too long under federal law to alert students of the first shootings in a 2007 rampage that left ...more »

Health Care Law
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Analysis: Health law advocates appeal to a justice's notion of liberty
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 30, 2012

It is his touchstone and guiding principle, and his conception of liberty is likely to determine the future of President Barack Obama's health care law. If the administration is to prevail, it must capture at least one vote beyond those of the court's ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Ratzan Law Group Announces Plaintiff Emmon Smith Was Awarded $10 Million ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 29, 2012

Joining him were JB Harris, Robert Trammell, Don Fitzgerald from Crabtree & Associates, Carlos Santisteban Jr., associate Daryl Bloomberg and paralegal Janine Montes, both from Ratzan Law Group. RJ Reynolds was represented by Jones Day.more »

Immigration Law
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DREAM Act protesters to be released from ICE
KPHO PhoenixMarch 22, 2012

By Jason Barry - bio | email By Steve Stout - email Four undocumented students who were arrested while protesting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's immigration policies are expected to be released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement tonight.more »

Industrial Development Law
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City of Ventura, Limoneira, Patagonia, iThentic Announce Global Online Short ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 26, 2012

She has held several positions at Viacom including Vice President and General Manager of VH1 UK overseeing VH1, VH1 Classic, VH2 and TMF, and Director of Development at VH1 USA where she was integral to the network achieving its best ratings ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New CIETAC Arbitration Rules Adopted
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)March 26, 2012

If there is the risk that a party will conceal property or destroy evidence, the other party to a dispute must often act fast. Sometimes they need to obtain interim preservation measures within a few hours. Formerly, in CIETAC arbitration proceedings ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Morgan Stanley, SEB, TBC, ADM, Lehman, Stanford in Court News
BloombergMarch 22, 2012

The amount consists of $3.8 million in legal fees the bank spent on Skowron's case and an internal investigation, plus 20 percent of his salary from 2007 to 2010, or $6.4 million, US District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruled March 21.more »

Animal Law
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New US Law Mandates 'Service' Horses Be Allowed In Stores, Restaurants
MyFox Washington DCMarch 30, 2012

By FOX News WASHINGTON - Business owners are expressing anxiety about a new federal regulation requiring a particular breed of horse to be allowed into shops and restaurants across the US. The Justice Department's regulations apply to so-called ...more »

Intellectual Property
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White House's New Report On Intellectual Property Enforcement Should Get A ...
TechdirtMarch 30, 2012

Let's dig into a few: "Improved transparency in intellectual property policy-makings and international negotiations." Wait, what?!? Yes, this is the same administration that has been the most secretive when it comes to negotiating IP laws and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Attorney seeks $4 million for 2 Va. Tech families
Boston.comMarch 28, 2012

The parents' attorney, Robert T. Hall, is seeking $2 million per family from the state's risk management plan, which covers state workers for damages related to their official actions as state employees, according to a motion filed this week.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Chiyangwa, Mliswa Trade Insults
AllAfrica.comMarch 22, 2012

The fight to control the Affirmative Action Group has intensified with businessman Mr Temba Mliswa alleging that founding president Mr Philip Chiyangwa cannot solely control the black empowerment lobby group. However, Mr Chiyangwa dismissed Mliswa's ...more »

Opinion: Blame misplaced for crash of CG-6017
KCAWMarch 30, 2012

By its own rules, the FAM is a document used by the Coast Guard to summarize the usually lengthy Administrative Investigation of Mishap, known as the AIM. The FAM, prepared by the Coast Guard staff and signed usually by the Commandant of the Coast ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Leagle.comMarch 28, 2012

In this declaratory judgment action, tenant obtained a Yellowstone injunction to stay the proceedings in response to landlord's notice to cure, which claimed that tenant had breached the amended lease by refusing access to its premises to enable ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Wilpons' settlement resets negotiating bar
NewsdayMarch 30, 2012

Crime Newsday > Long Island > Crime Content Preview Newsday 7 day/Optimum Online ® subscribers click here for full access Not a Newsday or Optimum Online ® subscriber? Click here Print Aa Wilpons' settlement resets negotiating bar Originally published: ...more »

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AG Caldwell updates on BP, health care litigation
Monroe News StarMarch 16, 2012

We agree with Gov. Bobby Jindal that our public education system needs dramatic change.- 11:36 pm Attorney General James “Buddy” Caldwell on Thursday highlighted his office's litigative achievements, also drawing focus to the state's lawsuits against ...more »

Business Law
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Sex-ad ID bill among more than 100 that became law Thursday
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 30, 2012

Chris Gregoire signed a bill into law Thursday that goes after classified advertising companies that don't demand ID to verify the age of people in sex-related ads published in print or online. JONATHAN KAMINSKY; The Associated Press Gov.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Myanmar's election on Sunday: Why It Matters
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 30, 2012

THE FUTURE: Both sides are playing for future benefits, but the path seems clearer for the military: Provide enough democracy to keep Suu Kyi in line and satisfy Western nations so that they drop their sanctions, and use the anticipated inflows of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Bloomington library battles rising crime rate
Appleton Post CrescentMarch 25, 2012

Staff also plan to review the library's Internet policy and consider filtering computers to reduce inappropriate websites, mainly in response to the handful of complaints each year about Internet pornography. "We have avoided filtering in the past, ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Authors Ebook Entitled "How To Choose A ...
Virtual-Strategy MagazineMarch 31, 2012

Choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent you in a serious injury claim is a very big decision. In his new ebook, author Kenneth A. Wilhelm talks about the importance of selecting an attorney that has a great deal of experience.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Ennahda: Tunisia's constitution will not be based on Islamic law
Link TV (blog)March 29, 2012

Dubai TV - The debate raging over the new constitution in Tunisia has intensified, after the government-led Ennahda Islamist Movement announced that it will not adopt sharia, or Islamic law, as the main source of legislation.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Allied World US Appoints Susan Chmieleski President, Professional Lines
MarketWatch (press release)March 20, 2012

...Professional Lines for Allied World US In this role she will be responsible for the production and profitability of all departments underwriting directors & officers liability, errors & omissions liability and medical malpractice liability.more »

Consumer Protection
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Court Order Against Nicholasville Auto Dealer
WTVQMarch 30, 2012

A consent judgment has been entered by the Franklin Circuit Court, finding MAC Auto, operating as Chrysler on Nicholasville, guilty of violating the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. In addition to Chrysler on Nicholasville, MAC Auto also operated ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Salem County real estate transactions
Today's Sunbeam - NJ.comMarch 21, 2012

By Today's Sunbeam • Tri-County Real Estate Maintenance Company Inc. to Attractive Properties, LLC, Lot 28, Block 51.05, North Norman Avenue, $70000. • Ruth F. Ruhl Jr. and Elizabeth G. Ruhl to Monica Owens, Lot 27, Block 71, Regional Drive, $110000.more »

Obamacare's contract problem
Orlando SentinelMarch 26, 2012

Now the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public interest law firm, has focused on this fact: The individual mandate is incompatible with centuries of contract law. This is so because a compulsory contract is an oxymoron.more »

Sports Law
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Three linebackers might prove to be equalizers to emerging tight ends
CBSSports.comMarch 5, 2012

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/ The emergence of tight ends Rob Gronkowski in New England and Jimmy Graham in New Orleans as virtually unstoppable weapons in the passing game surely has started a trend that every team the NFL will try to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Judge rules Sandusky defense must receive data on accusers
Philadelphia InquirerMarch 20, 2012

By Jeremy Roebuck Prosecutors must give defense lawyers the phone numbers, addresses, and juvenile arrest records of Jerry Sandusky's eight accusers before the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach's trial in May, ...more »

Madigan sues troubled Mo' Money tax preparers
Chicago TribuneMarch 15, 2012

Her office urged consumers who have used Mo' Money to contact the IRS immediately. Mo' Money advertises heavily to low-income taxpayers, offering them so called "tax refund anticipation" programs that give them a way to receive and spend refunds ...more »

Countryfile's Miriam O'Reilly reveals she quit BBC because they 'resented' her ...
Daily MailMarch 26, 2012

By Lucy Waterlow She famously won her case of age discrimination against the BBC but presenter Miriam O'Reilly has said her mistreatment from the corporation didn't end there. The former Countryfile presenter had been looking forward to returning to ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Prepared Remarks: Holder's Address at Northwestern University
Main JusticeMarch 5, 2012

I also want to discuss some of the legal principles that guide – and strengthen – this work, as well as the special role of the Department of Justice in protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution. Before 9/11, today's level of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wonkbook: Absolutely everything you need to know about health reform's Supreme ...
Washington Post (blog)March 26, 2012

Medicaid Expansion What it is: The health reform law expands Medicaid to cover everyone under 133 percent of the federal poverty line (about $14000 for an individual) in 2014. Medicaid is run as a state-federal partnership and, right now, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the Experts: Executor's secret deal troubles siblings
Sacramento BeeMarch 14, 2012

Another sister has formally contested the appraisal in hopes it will halt or delay the sale temporarily. No, an executor may not make major decisions in the trust administration period without consulting the other beneficiaries. If there is a probate...more »

Family Law
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Family of Pasco man expresses fury about state pension bill
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 30, 2012

By Paula Horton, Tri-City Herald The family of a Pasco man killed in 2005 by a retired Tacoma cop didn't mince words Thursday when they learned the governor signed a bill into law that will prevent them from garnishing the officer's pension.more »

Workers Compensation
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Nuclear Workers Data Breach Revealed
HNN Huntingtonnews.netMarch 29, 2012

Craig, CO – The Alliance of Nuclear Worker Advocacy Groups (ANWAG) has learned and is "extremely disturbed" that the Department of Labor's Office of Workers' Compensation Programs (OWCP) failed to inform claimants that one of their medical contractors, ...more »


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