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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 »

•4 killed as sect bombs Maiduguri •Nobody died —JTF •NYSC stops posting of ...
Nigerian TribuneMarch 1, 2012

OPERATIVES of the dreaded Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram are said to have started combing fertiliser markets in search of materials to be used for bombs following the decision of security agencies to tighten rules on use of dynamites and explosives.more »

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Administrative Law
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Immigration Laws of Alabama, Georgia Under Scrutiny in US Appeals Court
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

Alabama and Georgia are arguing to salvage state laws targeting illegal immigrants in a hearing before a federal court that already said there's a “substantial likelihood” some parts will be thrown out. A three-judge panel that began hearing cases ...more »

Health Care Law
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Letters: Give people more information on health law
USA TODAYMarch 1, 2012

Enough ("Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012"). On Capitol Hill: Thousands protest the new health care policy on Nov. 5, 2009. On Capitol Hill: Thousands protest the new health care policy on Nov. 5, 2009.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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30 arrested as hundreds protest abortion law at state Capitol
Richmond Times DispatchMarch 3, 2012

Along with Friday was Sheila Jones, who was wearing a T-shirt that she said she wore in April 1992 during the March for Women's Lives at the National Mall in Washington, DC, a pro-choice rally that drew more than 1 million people.more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks Arizona immigration law's day labor rules
WINA AM 1070March 1, 2012

By Tim Gaynor PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of the state's immigration law that prohibits vehicle occupants from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers waiting for work.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Prattsburgh: Board unites on wind farm
Steuben CourierMarch 4, 2012

McConnell and Councilwoman Angela Einwachter will meet with Steuben County Industrial Development Agency Executive Director Jamie Johnson to learn what options the town has regarding the tax-incentive payments Ecogen must make to the town.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Basescu advocates presidential mediation to resolve arguments
The Diplomat BucharestMarch 1, 2012

President Traian Basescu has advised the ministers of the new Government led by Prime Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu to use presidential mediation for any dispute which might occur, and assured them of his support. The president gave the example of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Overdraft fees draw consumer ire, government scrutiny
Cherry Hill Courier PostMarch 4, 2012

The average overdraft fee in 2011 was $35, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts in Philadelphia. Pew compared overdrafts to short-term loans with a repayment period of one week and determined that the annual APR or annual percentage rate ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa governor signs law penalizing animal rights activists
WAMCMarch 6, 2012

By Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that could result in penalties on animal rights activists who pose as employees or attempt to get inside agricultural production facilities in other ways to expose ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Datawatch Exercises Option to Purchase Monarch Intellectual Property
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

Huger is the original developer of Monarch and its related intellectual property. Pursuant to a formula contained in a 2004 option purchase agreement between Datawatch and Huger, as amended, the purchase price for the intellectual property assets will ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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For Mesothelioma Victims Concerned About Compensation Only The Mesothelioma ...
eYugoslavia.comMarch 1, 2012

The Mesothelioma Victims Center is urging victims of mesothelioma, or their family members to take advantage of their unsurpassed mesothelioma victims services, that include the names, and specific contacts of the best mesothelioma attorneys in the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Court case challenges affirmative action
The ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

By Michael Shammas | March 1, 2012 In a move intensifying ongoing debate regarding preferential admissions, the United States Supreme Court recently decided to hear a case that could potentially limit or even ban race-based affirmative action policies ...more »

An air of opportunity in aviation
gulfnews.comMarch 7, 2012

Abu Dhabi: While the Middle East's aviation industry has expanded and is expected to grow even more in the next few years, it is still a very expensive business — one that is pushing private jet operators to look into fleet management in order to help ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q & A
New York TimesMarch 1, 2012

When a Landlord Seeks to Sell a Unit Q I have a 12-month lease that ends on Sept. 9. But there is a clause that states that if the landlord wants to sell the unit, he or she has the right to end the lease by giving 30 days' notice to the tenant, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Boston Capital Meyers owes $45 million in stock deal
Boston GlobeMarch 2, 2012

Judge Christine Roach found Meyers acted in bad faith and would have to pay that tab - about $45 million, including interest - to an investor who bankrolled the stock transactions years ago. Buried in the ruling is a simple lesson.more »

Litigation
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4Kids Entertainment, Asatsu-DK and TV Tokyo Settle Yu-Gi-Oh! Litigation
Anime News NetworkMarch 2, 2012

"We are very pleased that the Yu-Gi-Oh! litigation has been settled," said Michael Goldstein, interim Chairman of 4Kids. "We are looking forward to continuing to work with our long-standing partners ADK , TV Tokyo , Shueisha and Konami on the Yu-Gi-Oh!more »

Business Law
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Pomerantz Law Firm Investigates Claims on Behalf of Investors of Seracare Life ...
Business Wire (press release)March 1, 2012

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pomerantz Haudek Grossman & Gross LLP is investigating claims on behalf of investors of SeraCare Life Sciences (“SeraCare” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: SRLS) (ISIN: US81747T1043) concerning the proposed acquisition of SeraCare ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Lawmakers aim to help for military members, veterans
TucsonSentinel.comMarch 3, 2012

Proving eligibility for benefits can be a hassle for a veteran because he or she must provide military documentation as proof that they received an honorable discharge, according to Sen. Jerry Lewis, R-Mesa. He authored a bill that would add ...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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Fla. House OKs bill to fight personal injury fraud
Wink NewsMarch 2, 2012

(AP) - A bill aimed at cracking down on rampant fraud in the state's personal injury protection insurance was passed Friday in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill (HB 119) was approved largely along party lines on an 85-30 vote.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Letters: Give people more information on health law
USA TODAYMarch 1, 2012

Enough ("Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012"). On Capitol Hill: Thousands protest the new health care policy on Nov. 5, 2009. On Capitol Hill: Thousands protest the new health care policy on Nov. 5, 2009.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Seyfarth Shaw | Georgia Court of Appeals Holds That Legal Malpractice Claims ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)March 2, 2012

First American Title Ins. Co., the Court explicitly held, for the first time, that legal malpractice claims are assignable under OCGA § 44-12-24 and Georgia law. The underlying facts in Villanueva are as follows: When a closing attorney, Villanueva, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Bureau targets student loan abuses
Politico (blog)March 5, 2012

Prior to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, there was no federal supervisory program over non-banks that issued student loans, and they were subject only to a patchwork of rules and oversight. Under Dodd-Frank, the CFPB now ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Property Tax Complaints and the Unauthorized Practice of Law in Ohio
JD Supra (press release)March 3, 2012

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Website ∙ Disclaimer Real Property Tax Complaints and the Unauthorized Practice of Law in Ohio Avoid a Dismissal of Your Company's Valuation Complaint March 2, 2012 by Richard Tranter and Sarah Herron In Ohio, property owners can ...more »

QB Eli Manning restructures contract for Giants
Wall Street JournalMarch 8, 2012

AP A person familiar with the decision says Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning has restructured his contract with the New York Giants. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team has not officially announced the quarterback's ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -NY congressman: NJ gov took 'cheap shots ...
KEYC TVMarch 3, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By DAVID B. CARUSO and SAMANTHA GROSS AP NEW YORK (AP) - An interstate feud escalated Friday when a New York congressman berated the New Jersey governor for "trying to score cheap political points" ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Texas Criminal Law Attorney Kevin L. Collins Invited to Speak at Two Legal Events
PR Web (press release)March 2, 2012

San Antonio criminal defense attorney Kevin L. Collins of The Law Offices of Kevin L. Collins has been invited to present to the Texas College for Judicial Studies and the University of Texas-San Antonio on April 10, 2012 It is an honor and a privilege ...more »

Two Whistleblowers File Lawsuit Against UCAN
KPBSMarch 10, 2012

... and UCAN's one-time attorney David Peffer allege UCAN executive director Michael Shames failed to have the group's books audited, did not report tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses on IRS forms and moved hundreds of thousands of dollars for a ...more »

Time to take away the keys?
Victorville Daily PressMarch 17, 2012

“That would be age discrimination,” explained Jan Mendoza, spokeswoman for the Department of Motor Vehicles. Instead, Mendoza said there are ways family, doctors and even law enforcement authorities can help determine if a driver of any age should no ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/29
Brownwood News (blog)March 1, 2012

According to the report, the asset protection employee stated that a male subject, identified as Aaron Pippin, was observed concealing store merchandise in his pants and jacket. Pippin then attempted to leave the store without paying for the items, ...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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Estate planning seminar Thursday
Midland Daily NewsMarch 6, 2012

Weiler will talk about the state of participants' estate plans. His topics will include wills: Guardian/conservator for minor children, probate assets vs. non-probate assets, trust: The “main vehicle/conduit” to pass assets at death, financial durable ...more »

Family Law
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Tonya Page and John Page Selected for Inclusion in Missouri Super Lawyers as ...
PR Web (press release)March 2, 2012

For Tonya Page, being selected for inclusion as a “Rising Star” for Super Lawyers magazine means being recognized for her outstanding work as a family law attorney in Missouri. As a member of both Missouri Bar's Family Law Section and the Bar ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Camp Lejeune Worker Sentenced For Workers Comp Fraud
WITNMarch 5, 2012

The Department of Justice says a civilian from Beulaville working aboard Camp Lejeune has been sentenced for lying to get workers compensation benefits. Michael Lanier, 57, pled guilty in October to making false and fraudulent statements in his ...more »

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