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Northern Ireland report: Statistically the future is Catholic and female
Belfast TelegraphMarch 1, 2012

Both dissident republicans and loyalists who have turned to crime look likely to continue to operate. The dissidents have a far lower capacity than the IRA enjoyed at any point in their campaign but they have no political exit strategy.more »

Competition Act threshold is increased
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

Under the Competition Act - Canada's antitrust law - there is a two-part test for determining whether a pre-merger notification is necessary. The test is based on the size of the parties and the size of the transaction. Under the size of the parties ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Qaraqie Announces International Campaign Against Administrative Detention
International Middle East Media CenterMarch 1, 2012

... the Palestinian cause, governmental or non-governmental associations, to sign a petition that calls for pressuring the Israeli occupation to end its policy of administrative detention since its illegal under international law and inhuman practice.more »

Health Care Law
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Greek Parliament Approves Health-Care Cuts, Changes
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

ATHENS (Dow Jones)--Greece's Parliament Thursday approved a law implementing cuts and changes to the country's health-care sector in the latest legislative step needed to clinch a second bailout package for the country. In the early hours of Thursday, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Gov. Fallin appoints Steven Mullins to general counsel
Norman TranscriptMarch 3, 2012

By Chris Jones The Norman Transcript NORMAN — A passion for the law, and appreciation for public service has brought Steven Mullins to the State Capitol. Mullins, a Norman resident, recently joined Gov. Mary Fallin's office as her new general counsel.more »

Immigration Law
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Mayor Prohibits City Police From Enforcing Federal Immigration Law
WBAL RadioMarch 2, 2012

The Mayor is signing an executive order that effectively stops any local enforcement of federal immigration laws. The order also states that no city money or resources may be used to question, investigate, or arrest based on actual or suspected ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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ICL Announces New VP Appointments to Replace Soon-to-Retire Executive VP ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 5, 2012

Hezi Israel (44) has served for the past five years as VP Strategy and Business Development for ICL Industrial Products. Previously, from 2000-2007, Mr. Israel served at Teva in the areas of business development and global merger and acquisition ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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PICA-Service offers dispute resolution service for pub industry
BigHospitality.co.ukMarch 1, 2012

The PICA-Service supports tenants and lessees whose pub companies are bound by the Pubs UK Industry Framework Code of Practice by providing a formal dispute resolution. It can be called into play when disagreements over breaches of the IFC and company ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance bill leads to war of words
West Virginia RecordMarch 1, 2012

CHARLESTON -- The West Virginia Chamber of Commerce calls an insurance-related lawsuit bill detrimental to recent legal reforms made in the state, but supporters of the proposal disagree. And the ensuing fight is bordering on nasty.more »

Animal Law
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Idaho needs tougher animal-cruelty laws
Idaho Mountain Express and GuideMarch 14, 2012

The reason is apparent why Idaho needs animal cruelty laws—to prosecute people like Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, who would use his wife's dog as live bait to catch a wolf. Only a cruel person would say he "would chain the dog in a corral and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hair Direct Successfully Defends Intellectual Property after 3-Year Legal Battle
PR Web (press release)March 5, 2012

With the defense of intellectual property rights emerging as a hot economic issue around the world, Hair Direct, an online hair replacement company, has successfully reached an out-of-court settlement to resolve a copyright infringement suit it filed ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Chamber of Commerce Group's Survey Finds Plaintiffs' Lawyers Using Deceptive ...
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)March 1, 2012

29 report, sponsored by the US Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, show's how attorneys use Google keyword advertising, Facebook, Twitter and, in some cases, marketing websites disguised as resource websites to attract clients.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Fisher v. Texas and the Reasons Why Liberals and Conservatives on the Supreme ...
Justia VerdictMarch 2, 2012

As Mike explained, and as I chronicled in some detail in my first column on the Fisher litigation last year, there are a number of prior Supreme Court cases—Bakke, Croson, Grutter, Parents Involved, and a handful of others — that anyone trying to ...more »

Ajit Singh warns Kingfisher Airlines of licence suspension
Times of IndiaMarch 3, 2012

Aviation minister Ajit Singh on Friday said that if the DGCA feels the airline's inability to pay staff could affect safety or if Airports Authority of India (AAI) refuses more credit to the airline, its licence could be suspended.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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FRENCH VALLEY: Commercial park was hub for marijuana
Press-EnterpriseMarch 5, 2012

The tenants said the property was empty until their Orange County-based landlord hit on a new strategy: market it to marijuana growers. An ad for the property on Craigslist didn't mention marijuana but encouraged prospective tenants to “GROW GROW GROW” ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines Starts to Show Its Hand to Bondholders
Bond BuyerMarch 1, 2012

The trustee said it had intended to tap reserves but believes their use would violate bankruptcy rules. The trustee is attempting to obtain American's agreement to use the reserve funds to make the Feb. 1 debt-service payment or to pay the trustee's ...more »

Litigation
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Inadvertent Contracts Over Email - How to Avoid Business Litigation
Business Review USA (press release)March 3, 2012

PORTLAND, OR, February 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the nuances of day-to-day business operation become more complex, Chenoweth Law Group is here to help you avoid unnecessary business & commercial litigation. Everyday, business professionals send ...more »

Business Law
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Anti-Obama ad: 'Go to hell Barack'
9NEWS.comMarch 1, 2012

WASHINGTON - An anti-Obama Care ad at a Virginia Metro station has drawn the ire of a Congressman. Rep. Jim Moran wrote Metro a letter asking the transit agency to remove an ad attacking the health reform law and telling President Barack Obama to "Go ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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X-STATIC® Silver Antimicrobial Technology Provides Infection Prevention ...
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

By X-STATIC SCRANTON, Pa., March 1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- X-STATIC®, the silver-based fiber technology used widely by US Military Forces, Olympic Athletes, NASA astronauts and hundreds of well-known consumer brands, is now available to the healthcare ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Loss mounts from scams targeting seniors Crimes hardest to investigate and ...
Arab Times Kuwait English DailyMarch 5, 2012

NEW YORK, March 4, (AP): Boomers beware: Scams, frauds and other financial exploitation schemes targeting older Americans are a growing multibillion-dollar industry enriching the schemers, anguishing the victims and vexing law enforcement officials who ...more »

Personal Injury
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Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer, Farhad Hamdam, Is Now Dropping All ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 19, 2012

He has offered his services to those in need of a car, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident attorney in order to pay bills and move on with their life. The Law Offices of Hamdam and Associates continues its trend of devotion to their clients by now ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Egypt parliament starts debate on constitution
Reuters UKMarch 3, 2012

The document will define the balance of power between the army-backed executive and parliament, which wants to curb broad presidential powers and may become the focus of confrontations over the role of Islam in Egyptian law and society.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Bulletin Publishing Company Launches JuraLaw, a Web-Based Case, Calendar ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)March 28, 2012

JuraLaw integrates critical law firm case data with calendar events, court dockets, court calls and court rules. The software protects against “dismissed for want of prosecution” and legal malpractice claims by keeping lawyers on-track for important ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Remedial tactics
Times of IndiaMarch 4, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) offers two remedies when a party fails to obey the order. However, there is confusion among litigants, the bench and the bar about the manner in which proceedings have to be initiated and conducted in case of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Q&A: The 4 keys to mortgage modification
Kansas City StarMarch 1, 2012

Do I call a law firm? A real estate agent? A loan modification company? Who? A: Call a lawyer experienced in dealing with struggling homeowners. He or she will help you figure out a strategy that may involve a short sale or a loan modification.more »

Local Businessman Turns to Online Reputation Management to Aid in Fight for ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 1, 2012

Graham's commercial real-estate firm caters to clients across the United States, and most recently signed a contract to work with an international investor. However, the deal nearly fell through when the investor asked Graham about his past law suits.more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -BP settles Gulf spill lawsuits for at ...
KEYC TVMarch 3, 2012

"The United States will continue to work closely with all five Gulf states to ensure that any resolution of the federal law enforcement and damage claims, including natural resources damages, arising out of this unprecedented environmental disaster is ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Chris Brown facing imminent arrest in Miami Beach robbery
KSL-TVMarch 1, 2012

“The prosecution must prove that Chris Brown had the requisite or specific criminal intent to 'permanently deprive' Spann of her property,” said John Contini, a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney and author of “Danger Road” the true story of ...more »

Tufin Survey On Proposed Changes To EU Data Protection Laws Highlights Need To ...
Dark ReadingMarch 1, 2012

... led to increased risk awareness within their organization; 34% stated that their attitude towards Continuous Compliance had changed as a result, and 54% believe that automating audits would reduce the organization's risk of violating the law.more »

Do I have an age case?
The HourMarch 23, 2012

Do I have an age case? I already signed the release of liability form yesterday. Am I too late to claim discrimination? -- Ellen G., Wilton Response: The federal age discrimination law begins its coverage at age 40, so there is no possible violation of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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CDS Roulette: Long-Term Implications Of Greece And ISDA
Seeking AlphaMarch 5, 2012

According to BNP Paribas, that percentage seems to be a weighted average of Greece's two classes of bonds: those under Greek securities law and a smaller notional amount issued under UK law. The Greeks plan to use the CACs, if necessary, to affect 100% ...more »

Environmental Law
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In odd twist, Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

The idea behind the suits, filed in US District Court in Anchorage, is to beat environmental activists to court. Shell has already spent $4 billion on the project but has not yet started drilling. “This is a very unique legal approach.more »

Wills & Probate
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Jersey Finance and Hawksford co-sponsor prestigious STEP Arabia Conference 2012
Jersey Isle NewsMarch 13, 2012

It will highlight some of the pitfalls that can arise, particularly after the death of the client. Mr Cartwright is part of the executive team that heads up Hawksford Advisory and Hawksford Wills & Probate. He has spearheaded the development of new ...more »

Family Law
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Longmont law firm merges with Broomfield firm
Longmont Daily Times-CallMarch 2, 2012

The merger will expand both offices' already strong legal practice areas of business law, real estate and estate planning. The new firm will also offer new legal services, such as family law, tax law, civil and commercial litigation, land use law, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Alpha Review selects Mitchell web-based claim communications tool
Insurance Business ReviewMarch 5, 2012

Alpha Review has selected Mitchell web-based tool, Health Ticket and Provider Lookup Directory to enhance the workers' compensation claims cost containment with better care communications and provider network penetration. Alpha Review president Mike ...more »

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