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Best of IMCA Brings Leading Conference Content to a Local Level
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

... Inc. Investment Management Consultants Association Inc. does not discriminate in educational opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.more »

NetWorth: Credit-, debit-card, PayPal sales to be reported to IRS
ScrippsNewsMarch 1, 2012

By KATHLEEN PENDER, San Francisco Chronicle More than 50 million businesses that accept credit or debit cards or online payments are grappling with a new tax-reporting form, the 1099-K. To uncover income being hidden from the Internal Revenue Service, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senate confirms Miranda Du to federal bench
Las Vegas SunMarch 28, 2012

AP Reno attorney Miranda Du was confirmed by the US Senate on Wednesday as Nevada's newest US District Court judge, becoming the first Asian Pacific American to serve on the federal bench in the state. The Senate vote was 59-39 to confirm Du for the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Obama defends health care law in Vt.
Boston GlobeMarch 30, 2012

By Tracy Jan WASHINGTON -- President Obama vigorously defended his landmark health care overhaul Friday during a fund-raising speech to about 4500 supporters at the University of Vermont in Burlington. With his sleeves rolled up, Obama outlined a ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP | Lawrence Brennan to Speak at ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)March 30, 2012

NEW YORK (March 28, 2012) – Lawrence B. Brennan, a partner in Wilson Elser's New York office, will speak at American Conference Institute's national forum on “Defending and Managing Admiralty & Maritime Litigation” on March 29 and 30, 2012.more »

Immigration Law
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Dianne Feinstein defends inclusion of gays, lesbians and illegal immigrants in ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)March 15, 2012

The new version Dems are pushing would expand the law to include domestic violence among same-sex couples and ease visa restrictions on illegal immigrants who claim they are battered. Joining Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, also a California Democrat are ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Billions to Stem an Unlikely Bioterror Attack
The Fiscal TimesMarch 30, 2012

By MERRILL GOOZNER, The Fiscal Times But Republicans and Democrats agreeing on industrial policy for the pharmaceutical industry to develop drugs and vaccines to combat bioterror agents? It not only passed by unanimous consent in the Senate earlier ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Idaho court hosts pro-bono mediation program
The Idaho StatesmanMarch 31, 2012

The United States District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho, will partner with the Ninth Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to host the "Resolution Roundup." Susie Boring-Headlee, who's organizing the program locally, said 30 cases ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Holland City Council Approves Settlement in DeYoung Lawsuit-Related Case
WHTCMarch 29, 2012

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - The Holland City Council last night approved a proposed out-of-court settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by the Holland BPW against insurance carrier Indian Harbor. By April 5 th , the company has to pay the utility 1.95 million ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal cruelty bill passes House
Appleton Post CrescentMarch 28, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (WTW) — House lawmakers have approved a plan to authorize felony penalties for animal cruelty and cockfighting in Idaho for the first time. The House voted 64-2 Wednesday to pass the bill, which creates a three strikes felony for animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Datawatch Completes Purchase of Monarch Intellectual Property
MarketWatch (press release)March 30, 2012

From an earnings perspective, the amortization of the intellectual property purchase and the non-cash interest expense from the warrants will result in an annual non-cash charge to earnings of $1.8 million during the 5 year amortization period of the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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How Obamacare got the Supreme Court
Washington Post (blog)March 31, 2012

This all raises the question: Was there something legal experts missed? Brad Joondeph is a law professor at Santa Clara University. In July 2010, he launched the ACA Litigation Blog, which has since traced every twist and turn in over two dozen ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Would Contribute To Gender Equality-CHRAJ
GhanaMarch 9, 2012

Ms Lauretta Vivian Lamptey, Commissioner, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) yesterday said the implementation of affirmative action will contribute immensely to resolve the problem of low representation of women in politics ...more »

Around Town: Best parts of Tumlin's 'State' speech were on the cuff
Marietta Daily JournalMarch 31, 2012

Though he's an attorney and CPA, Tumlin has never had much of a reputation as a stump speaker. But his rambling remarks at the outset on Thursday laced humor, gentle barbs and an obvious affection for his hometown. “It is a service of love serving as ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Clash over floating home reaches US Supreme Court
MyrtleBeachOnline.comMarch 25, 2012

The city argued at the time that he was on a month-to-month lease that could be terminated under state landlord-tenant law. No mention of the structure as a vessel - yet. Lozman fought the eviction in court and won, with a jury finding in March 2007 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Losses keep mounting at American Airlines
The Associated PressMarch 30, 2012

In separate filings this week, one of AMR's law firms, Debevoise & Plimpton LLC of New York, asked the bankruptcy court for $3.3 million to cover December billings and expenses, and Groom Law Group of Washington sought more than $900000 for three ...more »

Litigation
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Bloch & Chapleau Announces Expansion of Litigation Services for Colorado ...
PR Web (press release)March 31, 2012

Bloch & Chapleau is a full service law firm specializing in trucking, auto, and motorcycle collisions, ski and snowboarding injuries, medical malpractice, and all other types of personal injury claims. The United States economy relies on commercial ...more »

Business Law
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Rush Limbaugh Advertiser Sleep Train Pulls Commercials In Wake Of Sandra Fluke ...
Huffington PostMarch 2, 2012

One of Rush Limbaugh's advertisers announced Friday that it was pulling all of its commercials from his radio show in the wake of Limbaugh's incendiary comments about a female law student and contraception. After being bombarded on Twitter, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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SEVEN TIED TO NAVY CONTRACTS PLEAD GUILTY TO FRAUD
U-T San DiegoMarch 29, 2012

The US Attorney's Office said the four Navy employees netted more than $1 million in personal benefits, which came in the form of cash, store gift cards, expensive toys such as bicycles and model airplane engines and home remodeling projects that ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Shawn Henry: FBI is 'not winning' the war with hackers
GlobalPostMarch 29, 2012

The online hackers have taken credit for a wide range of Internet crime, including shutting down the CIA's website and releasing source code online from Symantec, the largest maker of anti-virus software, last month. Sony, NASDAQ OMX Group (which ...more »

Personal Injury
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Don't let Brain Injury Awareness month go unnoticed
JD Supra (press release)March 26, 2012

by Johnston, Moore & Thompson, Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyers on 3/26/2012 Did you know that March is Brain Injury Awareness Month? We discuss brain injuries every now and then on this personal injury blog. Such an injury can range from mild to ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Will a Yes bring compact under Irish Constitutional law (whatever becomes of ...
Slugger O'TooleMarch 7, 2012

There is a distinct possibility that if Ireland puts the measure into its constitution by referendum and the compact collapses, it will have passed a judicially enforceable fiscal brake even if that wider treaty collapses or becomes unenforceable.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Physician heal thyself
Daily Mail (blog)March 28, 2012

Patients are generally very understanding when doctors, and other healthcare professionals, make mistakes and immediately acknowledge them and apologise for them. But the medical indemnity associations, who insure doctors and others against malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hospitals liable for welfare of attendants too
India TodayMarch 12, 2012

Moreover, the Apex court held in the case of Smt Savita Garg v The Director, National Heart Institute 2004 CTJ 1009 (SC) (CP) that "it is the common experience that when a patient goes to a private clinic, he goes by the reputation of the clinic and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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H&R Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Upsizing of $150MM Senior Unsecured ...
StockhouseMarch 29, 2012

Certain information in this news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (also known as forward-looking statements) including, among others, statements relating to the objectives of the REIT and H&R ...more »

Red Bulls Lose Rodgers After He's Denied a Visa
Wall Street JournalMarch 30, 2012

His contract was then terminated, the Red Bulls said. The team spent more than two months dealing with immigration authorities over Rodgers, a British citizen, without publicly discussing the specifics of his case. Rodgers had been arrested on a couple ...more »

Sports Law
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WECT TV6-WECT.com:News, weather & sports Wilmington, NC White House: No ...
WECT-TV6March 28, 2012

AP National News Video More>> Supreme Court takes up key health care law issue: Can the gov't force you to carry insurance? By JIM KUHNHENN Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) - Voicing optimism, the White House on Wednesday said it is too early to devise ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lindsey defense: It was manslaughter, not first-degree murder
Tampabay.comMarch 20, 2012

He said a verdict of manslaughter was more appropriate for Lindsey than first-degree murder, the crime Lindsey is charged with. "That's really what happened ... he panicked," added Frank McDermott, another defense attorney. Flanagan noted that jurors ...more »

Surviving an Audit: Understanding the Audit Process
Dallas Morning News (subscription) (blog)March 27, 2012

Several factors can lead to an IRS audit. Taxpayers with no income who are self-employed and receive much of their income in tips, or run cash-intensive businesses, are more susceptible. The IRS also pays more attention to doctors, lawyers, ...more »

Job interview? What you really need to know
CBS NewsMarch 29, 2012

First there were accusations of age discrimination from older workers when, in reality, their kids have far higher rates of unemployment. Then there was the question of whether it's illegal or not to ask discriminatory questions in a job interview.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Altus Group Limited Announces Solid Year End Results with 19% Year-Over-Year ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 14, 2012

Altus leads the global real estate industry in offering professional real estate advisory services, data solutions and intelligence about an organization's assets, generating a wealth of knowledge and insight. With a staff of over 1700, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Effort advances to recast Bill Ritter's "New Energy Economy" office
Denver PostMarch 28, 2012

Bill Ritter often touted the "New Energy Economy," but a House committee today passed a bill recasting the mission of a state agency Ritter used to promote renewable energy — even airbrushing his catch phrase from the law. House Bill 1315, sponsored ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law Offices of Robert P. Bergman
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 14, 2012

... Trust & Probate Law (State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). Law practice exclusively devoted to estate planning for families, especially families with young children, including wills, living trust planning, advance health care ...more »

Family Law
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LEBANON: Tussle over gender violence law
IRINnews.orgMarch 8, 2012

Lebanon's 15 religious courts currently preside over personal cases (eg marriage, inheritance and custody) and have attacked the draft law as an attempt to undermine their authority and to Westernize the Arab family. Such arguments, said Nadine Mouawad ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mississippi House passes amended Workers' Compensation bill
Jackson Clarion LedgerMarch 29, 2012

The Mississippi House passed 60-56 an amended version of the Senate's bill to revise Workers' Compensation. The House first voted to replace the Senate's version with the text of their own, HB 555, which they defeated March 14.more »

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