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China vs. North Korea's Refugees
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

Beijing forcibly repatriates these unfortunates without giving them a chance to apply for asylum. North Koreans who are suspected of having met Christians, South Koreans or Americans while in China are executed or shipped off to the gulag.more »

AMR wins right to hire bankruptcy advisers
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says a federal judge approved its hiring of legal, business and financial advisers to help steer the company through reorganization under bankruptcy protection. Sean Collins, a spokesman for American parent AMR ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Microsoft Ruling in Motorola Mobility Case to Get Review
BloombergMarch 3, 2012

The commission said it will consider the judge's infringement analyses of the patents, the validity of the patent that Administrative Law Judge Theodore Essex had found infringed, and whether Microsoft had met the requirement that it be using the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senate rejects Republican birth control challenge
ReutersMarch 2, 2012

By David Morgan and Thomas Ferraro | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate narrowly backed a key plank of President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Thursday by rejecting a sweeping Republican measure that would have allowed employers to opt out of birth ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
This is NottinghamMarch 2, 2012

FUNK and soul act Sharon Jones and her eight-strong band The Dap Kings fly in from New York soon for a short UK tour that includes a date at Rock City next week. Gabriel Roth, aka Bosco Mann, founder of The Dap Kings, who won a Grammy for his work with ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney's Attack on Latinos Sends the Right Off a Cliff
NewsweekMarch 12, 2012

He's also proposed to use Arizona's draconian and controversial immigration law as “a model” for the United States. (Eighty-one percent of Latinos oppose the Arizona immigration law.) And then there was Romney's brazen move of outflanking Rick Perry ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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More Questions About Large Propane Tank, Some Answers
Freepress OnlineMarch 1, 2012

According to Elliot, they expected little opposition to a development in an existing industrial zone where fuel storage is well established. The DCP plan for the 23-acre site includes the 22.7-million-gallon insulated propane storage tank, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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WALTHAM FOREST: 'Gangs project saved my life'
East London and West Essex Guardian SeriesMarch 2, 2012

In 2009 the Metropolitan Police secretly set up a mediation scheme which uses youth mentors to act as independent go-betweens with different gangs in an attempt to resolve disputes. The force was unsure if it would be successful but has now made ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MetLife Confirms First Quarter 2012 Preferred Stock Dividends
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)March 6, 2012

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, ...more »

Animal Law
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Japanese cat lovers snarl at new law
ReutersMarch 2, 2012

A revision to Japan's Animal Protection Law, due to come into force on June 1, will slap a curfew on the public display of cats and dogs, forcing cat cafes to shut up shop at 8 pm "There's this new revision which says we should be open from eight in ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Trade department sets intellectual property seminar
Sun.StarMarch 5, 2012

THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office-Philippines (IPOPHL) is conducting a one-day basic orientation seminar on intellectual property in Zamboanga City. National Economic Research and Business ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Guest commentary: Aim for a fair fix of Michigan's emergency manager law
Detroit Free PressMarch 1, 2012

It is clear that the law is unconstitutional. The provision authorizing unilateral termination of collective bargaining agreements violates the contracts clause of the US Constitution. An authority on constitutional issues involving bankruptcy -- UCLA ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Taking affirmative action personally
CNN InternationalMarch 7, 2012

The storyline involves the contentious issue of affirmative action, which is central to Fisher vs. University of Texas, a case that is scheduled to come before the court this fall. It will cast a spotlight on two of the court's justices: Sonia ...more »

Three aviation officials suspended
India TodayMarch 3, 2012

Three officials, including a senior official, of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) were suspended on Friday based on a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) probe for offering undue concessions to 28 flying schools across India causing loss ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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1-BR, $1000: Rent Control in Court Test
Wall Street JournalMarch 5, 2012

For the past four years, an Upper West Side couple who own a copper-clad, Beaux-Arts brownstone on West 76th Street have been in federal court to overturn the rent regulations shielding their tenants. One of those tenants is Nancy Wing Lombardi, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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APA Files Lawsuit “To Clarify Legal Gray Area” In American Airlines Bankruptcy
AvStop Aviation NewsMarch 4, 2012

By Shane Nolan March 4, 2012 - The Allied Pilots Association (APA), certified collective bargaining agent for the 10000 pilots of American Airlines, filed an action for declaratory judgment with the bankruptcy court asking the judge to clarify how the ...more »

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Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Michele Stocker Honored by Crockett Foundation
SunHerald.comMarch 12, 2012

She also regularly advises clients in employment-related matters involving discrimination, harassment, severance agreements, restrictive covenants, and wage and hour issues. Last year, Stocker was selected by Business Leader magazine among "South ...more »

Business Law
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Rights fight part of business
China DailyMarch 1, 2012

Legal claims and counterclaims over intellectual property rights have become part of doing business not just in China, but in many other countries as well. So has using litigation, and the threat of litigation, as a commercial weapon.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Security America Mortgage Sponsor the Brand New VA Home Loan Relocation ...
Houston ChronicleMarch 3, 2012

It also serves as assistance for individuals who are moving to one of the neaby military bases in the California area. Depending on the military member's entitlement, buying a home in California using VA benefits can earn you a home up to $1 million ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Chicago man, 27, charged in cyber attack
Chicago TribuneMarch 6, 2012

The Chicago Tribune was among a number of companies and organizations targeted for cyber attacks, according to a source. However, the Tribune was not mentioned in the US Attorney's press release about the charges. Tribune Co. spokesman Gary Weitman ...more »

Personal Injury
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Help Raise $10000 for Brain Injury Survivors without Even Paying a Cent (press release)March 5, 2012

... the law firm will donate $1 per "Like" to the Brain Injury Association of Michigan, up to $10000, said Steven M. Gursten, a national traumatic brain injury lawyer and head of the Farmington Hills based personal injury law firm.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Lawyers say gun ruling likely to withstand appeal
Baltimore Sun (blog)March 7, 2012

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun Constitutional lawyers said Tuesday that a recent federal court decision overturning a portion of Maryland's gun-control law will likely be upheld on appeal and called the ruling groundbreaking given the liberalism ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Hull Barrett Attorney Named to North Augusta, SC Family Y Board of Directors
Houston ChronicleMarch 19, 2012

He has tried cases in Federal and State Courts in Georgia and South Carolina and represents clients in cases relating to trucking litigation, medical malpractice defense, products liability, contract disputes and litigation and general insurance ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Reval SDR, Inc. Registers with the CFTC as Multi-Asset Class Global Swap Data ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

With plans to service the reporting and compliance requirements of over-the-counter (OTC) derivative use as specified in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Reval SDR, Inc. will utilize a proven solution that already ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Handler Thayer, LLP Wins 2012 PAM Award for Best Overall Law Firm
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

The firm is universally regarded as expert legal counsel in the areas of family governance, taxation, estate planning, asset protection and family office structures. Handler Thayer's own best-in-class standards and consulting firm approach compels them ...more »

Iraqi South Oil Official Allegedly Took Bribes
Wall Street JournalMarch 5, 2012

By HASSAN HAFIDH A department head at Iraq's South Oil Co. has fled from the country after being accused of accepting bribes paid by a subsidiary of Australian construction firm Leighton Holdings Ltd. to help it secure contracts in southern Iraq, ...more »

Sports Law
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Reeves Nelson Lawyers Up, Demands Retraction From Sports Illustrated
DeadspinMarch 1, 2012

This evening, a Los Angeles law firm representing Nelson sent a letter to John Huey, the editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated, calling the article "false and defamatory" and demanding a published retraction as well as asking Dohrmann to reveal his ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Barnett for defense: prepared, passionate
OCRegisterMarch 4, 2012

$35 For a One Hour Signature Therapeutic Massage with Aromatherapy oil add on By LARRY WELBORN / THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER When the phone rings at 4 am, private investigator Farzin Noohi knows who's calling. "He doesn't start out with a hello or a how ...more »

Be prepared before picking tax preparer
Joliet Herald NewsMarch 3, 2012

Look for credentials: Get a certified public accountant, a tax attorney or an enrolled IRS agent. Don't fall for the promise of a big refund: Be wary of promises of large refunds, and avoid preparers who base their fee on a percentage of the refund.more »

How to File a Work Discrimination Claim
Bradenton HeraldMarch 2, 2012

By The US government has laws that prohibit work discrimination based on age, disability, place of origin, race, religion and sex, as well as pregnancy and other things. These laws protect both employees and applicants.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Probe of support to Iran exile group said to seek Rendell records
Philadelphia InquirerMarch 11, 2012

The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control subpoenaed records of payments to Rendell for speeches he gave in support of the MEK, according to a report made public Friday by the Washington Times. Rendell reportedly confirmed that he had ...more »

Environmental Law
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A zero-sum carbon game?
Utility ProductsMarch 5, 2012

The Schr�der 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 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Website Provides Wealth of Information on Probate Issues in Georgia; Site ... (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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Handler Thayer, LLP Wins 2012 PAM Award for Best Overall Law Firm
Sacramento BeeMarch 2, 2012

The firm is universally regarded as expert legal counsel in the areas of family governance, taxation, estate planning, asset protection and family office structures. Handler Thayer's own best-in-class standards and consulting firm approach compels them ...more »

Workers Compensation
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2012 Innovation Awards: Next Generation Predictive Model
Business InsuranceMarch 11, 2012

When Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. launched its first workers compensation predictive model in 2004, the technology was limited to simply correlating reported injuries with high claim costs. That's useful information, said George Neale, ...more »


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