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Rick Ross' House Site of Murder Investigation by Miami Police
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Investigators are also likely to be interested to know if Nesbitt has any connection to Ross' less than legal activities. He's been arrested on gun, assault and marijuana charges, and once claimed to be affiliated with Carol City Cartel and other local ...more »

Dooger's Warrenton location for lease
Coast River Business JournalMarch 1, 2012

“We have some pad spaces for lease and that's included,” said leasing agent Jeff Olson of Commercial Realty Advisors Northwest. The property at 103 US Hwy. 101 is described on several commercial real estate websites as, “Existing 5000 +/- SF ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senate May Have Faulty Aim at Indefinite Detention Law
Courthouse News ServiceMarch 1, 2012

Signed on New Year's Eve, the NDAA grants the military the power to indefinitely detain any person it accuses of aiding al-Qaida or "associated forces" without charge or trial. President Barack Obama issued an executive order on Tuesday night limiting ...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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Crawley pastor supports ban on gay marriage law
This Is SussexMarch 3, 2012

A CRAWLEY pastor against the legalisation of same-sex marriages says he envisages "many difficulties" if the law is changed. Reverend Colin Jones, pastor at Three Bridges Free Church, has signed a petition set up by the Coalition for Marriage (C4M).more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Laws Become New Focus of Selma Civil Rights March
Fox NewsMarch 4, 2012

John Lewis, D-Ga., center, is greeted by a well wisher as he pauses for a photo opportunity with members of the the Kennedy family prior to the 47th recreation of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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City eliminates jobs of two building inspectors
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 3, 2012

Shea, a member of the city's Inspection Services Advisory Committee for more than three years, said the move to eliminate the positions doesn't make sense if the city is pushing to spur economic development and future growth in industrial and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Government seeks to promote mediation as legal alternative
Business & FinanceMarch 1, 2012

Justice Minister Alan Shatter has published the general scheme of a Mediation Bill as the government attempts to promote the availability of alternative dispute resolution. Mediation is a process whereby both parties to a dispute attempt to reduce ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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SCHULTZ v. AVIALL, INC.
Leagle.comMarch 5, 2012

They seek to recover benefits under the long-term disability benefit plans maintained by their former employers (Aviall, Inc. and Perkins Coie, respectively) and issued by the Prudential Insurance Company of America. Like many private disability ...more »

Animal Law
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Wild animals banned from circuses
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

But a tough licensing regime will be brought in to improve conditions for performing animals while changes in the law are developed. Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor said: "There is no place in today's society for wild animals being used for our ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Google, Glaxo, Paul, Victoria's Secret: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekMarch 14, 2012

Ukraine complained at the World Trade Organization over Australia's decision to prohibit trademarks and logos on tobacco products, saying the ban violates global rules on intellectual property. Australia is the first country to require plain, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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More asbestos claims filed in St. Louis Circuit Court
Madison County RecordMarch 1, 2012

Steven M. Aroesty of the Napoli, Bern, Ripka, Shkolink law firm in Edwardsville brought the suit on behalf of the Williams. Randy L. Gori and Barry Julian of Gori, Julian and Associates brought the suit on behalf of the Buckelews and the Lemoines.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Infinite Affirmative Action?
National Review OnlineMarch 6, 2012

“Affirmative action has been an issue since segregation practices,” he declared. “The question is not when does it end, but when does it begin. . . . When do people of color truly get the benefits to which they are entitled?” Holder certainly made his ...more »

After Board's rejection, Rohloff still wants to pursue aviation industrial park
The Oshkosh NorthwesternMarch 1, 2012

Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff wants to continue to pursue the creation of an aviation-related industrial park after a proposal to buy land at the southeast corner of Wittman Regional Airport was rejected Tuesday by the Winnebago County Board.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Research the key for landlords, experts advise
Vancouver SunMarch 4, 2012

Picking the right tenant for your home is crucial. "You have to know who you're giving the keys to when they sign the lease," said Marv Steier of Nationwide Tenant Screening Services, which provides landlords with suggestions and tools to target ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Institute of CPAs Provides Ten Tax Tips For Small Business Owners
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

The cost of repairs may also be deductible even if the repair does not extend the useful life of the equipment. 6. Payroll. One of the most common and costly tax-related problems for small business owners is that they use the payroll taxes withheld ...more »

Litigation
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Acacia (ACTG) Unit Enters Licensing Agreement with Lowe's (LOW); Litigation Lifted
StreetInsider.com (subscription)March 1, 2012

Acacia Research Corporation (Nasdaq: ACTG) report that its Smooth Impact LLC subsidiary has entered into a license agreement with Lowe's Home Centers, Inc. (NYSE: LOW), covering patents directed to impact instrument technology.more »

Business Law
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Metro: Anti-Obama ad at Clarendon rail station is protected speech and will stay
Washington PostMarch 1, 2012

wrote to Metro on Wednesday, asking that the ad be removed and calling it “an offensive advertisement disparaging the recent health law.” “This advertisement is inappropriate, disrespectful of the President, and should be removed immediately,” Moran ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hike TRICARE Fees or Cut More Troops
Military.comMarch 3, 2012

"However, contrary to the public statements by the Department of Defense that military personnel programs and benefits have been protected under this budget proposal, the totality of the personnel related cuts [is] proportionate to cuts taken in any ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Waters
Government TechnologyMarch 1, 2012

At the time, Waters was a police investigator and chief of Wyoming's Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force. He was there to discuss software he developed to track down online predators by identifying computers that were trading child ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Greed of medical aid
News24March 6, 2012

Of recent a dispute has come to light between a personal injury lawyer and discovery health. Personal injury lawyers have always been portrayed as ambulance chasers in many Hollywood movies and this has generally cast them in a bad light.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Georgia, Ala. Immigration Laws Challenged In Court
NPRMarch 1, 2012

ELLIOTT: The question is: Can the states step into what they perceive as a federal void when it comes to immigration enforcement, says Bryan Fair, a constitutional law professor at the University of Alabama. BRYAN FAIR: What these cases will present ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Philadelphia Medical Malpractice Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C. ...
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

For one, patients are required to provide expert testimony regarding the cause of their injury, which requires the participation of a practicing medical professional. Furthermore, the new changes require any medical malpractice action to be filed in ...more »

Consumer Protection
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POLL: Man Sues over Movie Popcorn Prices
Patch.comMarch 7, 2012

Despite skepticism from some legal experts, Thompson and attorney Kerry Morgan say movie theaters are indeed price gauging when it comes to snacks, according to their interpretation of Michigan's Consumer Protection Act. Here in New York, consumer ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Five men to be arraigned for defrauding hundreds of victims in real estate...
Orange County BreezeMarch 3, 2012

Cunningham is in custody on $48257 bail and must prove the money is from a legal and legitimate source before posting bond. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months in state prison. Justin Dennis Koelle, 23, ...more »

Vodafone: An Eye Opener For SEBI & RBI
Moneycontrol.comMarch 12, 2012

His Lordship has effectively highlighted the deficiencies in our regulatory laws, and proceeded to observe that 'certainty in law' is of prime importance when it comes to dealing with cross-border investment issues. His astute commentary on the legal ...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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Search of Steven Powell's home was illegal, defense argues
KSL-TVMarch 6, 2012

The pictures were discovered during West Valley police's search of the Powells' Puyallup home. According to a motion filed to have the images suppressed, Steven Powell's attorneys contend that the images seized violated their client's Fourth Amendment ...more »

Okla. audit questions secret Education Dept. fund
Wausau Daily HeraldMarch 8, 2012

A spokeswoman for Pruitt, Diane Clay, said members of Pruitt's staff are reviewing it to determine whether state law was violated. The audit states Garrett has not responded to requests for an interview. Attempts to contact Garrett on Wednesday were ...more »

Texas' contested voter ID law could shave voter rolls
Houston ChronicleMarch 8, 2012

Because of historic discrimination, Texas and other Southern states face special scrutiny under the Voting Rights Act, which requires those states to win approval from the Justice Department or a Washington, DC-based federal court before making ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Greek Crisis May Test the Value of Swaps
New York TimesMarch 2, 2012

Investors may consider other strategies if swaps do not protect against losses. The restructuring of Greece's debt that is scheduled to start next week may well demonstrate how effective credit-default swaps are. These financial instruments, which ...more »

Environmental Law
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Enviros betting on Romney flip-flop - GOP Senate candidate goes greener-than ...
PoliticoMarch 5, 2012

Tuesday — Budget reviews the Defense Department's 2013 budget, where it's possible that Obama's push to increase the military's use of renewable energy and alternative fuels could come up. 10:30 am, 608 Dirksen. Wednesday — Energy and Natural ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Madison County Probate Judge results (Demos, Hennessee, Gentle)
al.com (blog)March 14, 2012

By Sarah Cure, The Huntsville Times MADISON COUNTY, Alabama -- Republican candidates Amanda D. Gentle and Patty Demos will face each other again in the April 24 runoff for the Madison County probate judge seat after a close race in today's primary.more »

Family Law
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Family Law Matters Do Not Belong in the Courtroom Says Family Law Attorney ...
Business Review Australia (press release)March 3, 2012

This is the norm for Family Law matters in Australia, England, Wales and Ontario, Canada. Using conflict resolution instead of litigation has helped reduce the backlog of court cases, drastically reduced costs for parties in divorces, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' compensation bill sent to Mo. governor
STLtoday.comMarch 7, 2012

Missouri lawmakers have sent the governor a bill that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries they sustain on the job. The legislation also includes occupational diseases under the workers' compensation system, instead of allowing ...more »

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