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Into the lions' den: police 'feared violence at Wapping HQ' when they came ...
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

The officers backed down and left without all the evidence they wanted, later prosecuting just Mr Goodman and the NOTW's private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, despite having found a mass of evidence in Mr Mulcaire's notes indicating wider staff ...more »

Public authorities and the Freedom of Information Law
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

The Freedom of Information Law gives members of the public a general right of access to records held by public authorities (other than exempt records). But what is a 'public authority' for these purposes? The answer to this question raises some ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comMarch 1, 2012

In conjunction with the medical-vocational guidelines, 20 CFR Part 404, Subpart P, Appendix 2, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) found Phillips was not disabled. After granting review, the Appeals Council, and later the district court, affirmed the ...more »

Health Care Law
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First vote looms on Obama birth control policy
The Associated PressMarch 1, 2012

Roy Blunt that would allow employers and insurers citing moral or religious grounds to opt out of the requirement under Obama's implementation of the new health care law. Asked while campaigning in battleground Ohio if he supported Blunt's measure, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Feds pay visit to Fattah's son, lawyer
Philadelphia InquirerMarch 1, 2012

BY WILLIAM BENDER & JAN RANSOM After visiting Chaka Fattah Jr., federal agents spent almost an hour gathering a computer and documents from David Shulick's Center City law office. THE FBI has developed a keen interest in Chaka "Chip" Fattah Jr., ...more »

Immigration Law
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James L. Evans: A call for immigration justice
Anniston StarMarch 2, 2012

Almost immediately, state legislators became aware of many unintended consequences in the law that affected local business and licensing practices. But beyond these bureaucratic inconveniences, there exists a host of other problems — not the least of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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NY Law Provides Legal Recourse to Towns Duped by Slottje
NorthcentralPa.comMarch 10, 2012

Break it down into plain English, and it appears from the law that towns and municipalities have obligations under these sections to submit proposals seeking to ban natural gas development to county planning agencies, which will review those plans ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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School board to appeal decision in Riverview enrollment dispute
Hilton Head Island PacketMarch 3, 2012

The appeal was filed in order to ensure a full, final, and enforceable resolution of the issue of Riverview's maximum student enrollment in an effort to avoid future conflict and multiple lawsuits. In short, the Board does not want to find itself still ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Firms embrace liability covers for executives
Business Daily AfricaMarch 4, 2012

According to the Association of Kenya Insurers, the gross written premiums for liability insurance —which includes covers for directors and executives — grew by 30.36 per cent to Sh1.23 billion between 2009 and 2010 compared to a 2.46 per cent growth ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa governor signs law penalizing animal rights activists
ReutersMarch 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 ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The benefits of identifying and managing your intellectual property
Smart Business NetworkMarch 1, 2012

Patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, or intellectual property (IP), have become an increasingly important asset for today's businesses. In particular, IP provides strategic and financial advantages against competitors in the form of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Philadelphia Attorney Jillian A. S. Roman Presents The Topic of Pelvic Mesh
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

On February 8, 2011 Jillian AS Roman, attorney at the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth was a presenter at the Actos and Pelvic Mesh Litigation Update A Plaintiffs Only Forum, sponsored by Mass Torts Made Perfect. The roundtable, which was open to ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Rams Race Back on the Presidential Plate
Huffington Post (blog)March 1, 2012

The justices may not have had thoughts about how affirmative action and the issue of race will play out in the presidential campaign. But it will again present all the thorny, potentially inflammatory, sore spots that race always pricks.more »

Menzies has high hopes for aviation
ScotsmanMarch 4, 2012

By ERIKKA ASKELAND John Menzies will this week see profits in its aviation business surpass its distribution side for the first time in the Edinburgh-based firm's 178 year history. Craig Smyth, the managing director of Menzies Aviation, expects full ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Hundreds of Properties, Millions of Dollars, No Landlord
CityLimits.orgMarch 13, 2012

But when regulators or tenant advocates tried to push for improvements, they found no one to hold accountable. By CUNY investigative team Palazzolo Plaza, the Scarsdale office building that has been home to several dozen corporations controlling, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Sterling to stay free as attorney asks justices for rehearing
Greenville NewsMarch 1, 2012

A six-man, six-woman jury in Lexington found Sterling guilty of securities fraud in 2009. The jury acquitted Sterling of making false or misleading statements to the state Securities Commission and of criminal conspiracy. A bankruptcy trustee returned ...more »

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Illumina Announces Outcome Of First Phase Of Its Patent Litigation Against ... (press release)March 1, 2012

By Business Wire 03/01/12 - 04:15 PM EST Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) announced today that a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware, found that certain of Illumina's TruSeq sample preparation and cluster generation kits and products infringe US Patent ...more »

Business Law
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Will new metal law be too restrictive?
WALB-TVMarch 2, 2012

A new law targeting scrap metal theft looks to tighten the restrictions on recyclers. They're calling it just bad business, one that could cost Georgia jobs. It won overwhelming support in the Senate, but the House could be a different story.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Outside the Lines
Inside Higher EdMarch 7, 2012

The Department of Defense spent $65 million last year on its tuition benefit program for military spouses. About 40 percent of that amount -- $25.3 million -- was used at for-profit colleges that operate outside the regulatory reach of the US ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Wicomico detective fights child crime online
Tasley Eastern Shore NewsMarch 6, 2012

Since September 2006, Seichepine has served as the lead investigator on 217 sex abuse cases, 151 physical abuse cases and 82 Internet crime-related cases. Last year, he was responsible for 89 cases. While the law enforcement arm of the Child Advocacy ...more »

Personal Injury
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Senate wrangles over personal-injury protection insurance bill
Sun-SentinelMarch 7, 2012

And unlike the House, the Senate would not impose strict limits on the fees attorneys can earn in PIP litigation. The Senate plan also would compel insurance companies to reduce PIP premiums by at least 25 percent unless they can demonstrate, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Voting groups ask judge to block Fla. election law
MiamiHerald.comMarch 1, 2012

The Florida League of Women Voters, the Rock the Vote group that focuses on young people, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund sued the state, saying the election law infringes their First Amendment rights of free speech and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bouhan, Williams lawyers recognized
Savannah Morning NewsMarch 4, 2012

Frank “Sonny” Seiler's practice includes defense of personal injury claims, medical malpractice, products liability law, prosecution of serious personal injury claims, white collar criminal cases and divorce/domestic relations matters.more »

Consumer Protection
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CIA Director Gen. Petraeus' wife, Sen. Gillibrand meet with USMA cadets
Mid-Hudson NewsMarch 3, 2012

... Servicemembers Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; a federal agency created last year under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. She said they have had some good successes since they opened for business.more »

Real Estate Law
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San Diego Law Firm Selected to Discuss Importance of Pursuing Creativity and ...
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

San Diego Law Firm is known for its unique recruiting and hiring approach which has subsequently led to the firm receiving such prestigious awards as One of the Top 10 Best Places To Work by San Diego Business Journal. San Diego Law Firm Community ...more »

Brace for Impact of New Anti-Counterfeit Law
EBNMarch 2, 2012

Commercial chip-makers and OEMs may be held responsible for detecting and investigating counterfeit parts under a new law that applies to US defense contractors. At least, that's the concern of TechAmerica, a technology trade association.more »

Sports Law
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UT Law Professor Stirs Controversy Regarding Ohio School Shooting
The HornMarch 2, 2012

Johnson said he thought he had spoken directly to constitutional law professors when he posted a link to a New York Times story on the Ohio school shooting with his controversial Con Law List Serve statement, which said that the recent Chardon, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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GE Executive Maintains Insanity in Killing of Ex-Banker
BusinessWeekMarch 9, 2012

Planning and committing the crime “would not be consistent with someone being acutely manic,” she said. “Based on my findings and the statute, the defendant would be criminally responsible for murder,” she said. According to a Sept.more »

Attorney General Kamala D. Harris Announces Arrests of Three Attorneys in ...
Salem-News.ComMarch 10, 2012

Former clients of the Flahive Law Corporation filed complaints with the Attorney General's office, as well as with the Better Business Bureau and the State Bar of California. The State Bar of California launched an investigation, which was turned over ...more »

Hungary laws face new EU warning
BBC NewsMarch 7, 2012

Under the constitution, the retirement age for judges is lowered from 70 to 62, which will require 274 judges and public prosecutors to step down within a year. The Commission says the move violates its rules on age discrimination.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Holder's Speech on Targeted Killing, March 2012
Council on Foreign RelationsMarch 6, 2012

Even when under attack, our actions must always be grounded on the bedrock of the Constitution – and must always be consistent with statutes, court precedent, the rule of law and our founding ideals.Not only is this the right thing to do – history has ...more »

Environmental Law
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Covanta Doubles Quarterly Cash Dividend Payout; Increases Share Repurchase ...
Energy Digital (press release)March 6, 2012

Covanta Energy is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the US Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Website Provides Wealth of Information on Probate Issues in Georgia
Citybizlist (press release)March 1, 2012

Smith's practice concentrates on two primary areas of law - probate/estate and conservatorship/guardianship work and business and corporate work. He also is serving his 18th year as the county administrator/county conservator for Gwinnett County.more »

Family Law
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Victim's family speaks out against convicted drunk driver's early release
Fox 31 KDVR.comMarch 1, 2012

“It's hard. It's the waiting game,” said Baca-Heiberg. The family left the hearing without an answer. They were hopeful, but questioned the state's sentencing laws. “If somebody kills somebody, you pay the time. If you're sentenced to 16 years, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Shipyard workers want McDonnell to veto workers comp bill
Daily PressMarch 5, 2012

Bob McDonnell to veto legislation that would exclude shipyard and dock workers from Virginia's workers' compensation system. "We will continue to fight this bill, whether he signs it or not," said Arnold Outlaw, president of United Steelworkers of ...more »


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