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Obama Again Takes a Pass on Trying to Weaken Iran
American Thinker (blog)March 1, 2012

Back to the Kirk-Menendez legislation. There was a deadline regarding one of the provisions. The Obama administration had until today to decide whether to impose sanctions on firms cooperating with Iran's Central Bank. They ignored the deadline (an apt ...more »

Cody couple troubled by violence, debt, divorce
Cody EnterpriseMarch 1, 2012

26 has had previous trouble with the law, according to court records. The couple were also apparently struggling with medical bills and had been on the cusp of divorce. After a brief manhunt, Myron Friday, 28, was arrested Feb.more »

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Administrative Law
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Madoff-Mets, BNY Mellon, UBS, JPMorgan, Facebook in Court News
BloombergMarch 6, 2012

In dropping the case, the commissioners didn't explain when a compliance officer or in-house counsel at a broker-dealer or investment adviser becomes a supervisor liable for an employee's actions. Without knowing where their responsibilities lie, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care remains lightning rod for Romney
Tucson CitizenMarch 6, 2012

05, 2012, under USA Today News As the hours until voters head to the polls ticked away, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's health care law became a leading topic of discussion again with voters and among his political opponents.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Tennessee State goes cold in OVC women's tournament
The TennesseanMarch 1, 2012

4:47 pm They act, they sing, they run, they swing. But can they dance?- 10:02 pm Tennessee State guard Rachel Allen, right, goes up for a lay-up past Eastern Kentucky's Alex Jones during the first half of the OVC Basketball Tournament at Municipal ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Problem With 245(i)
Huffington Post (blog)March 9, 2012

Often in immigration law multiple sections of legislation converge to impact one another, requiring lawyers and judges to untangle the statutory provisions, the intent of Congress in passing the bills, and resolve conflicts in a fair and just manner.more »

Industrial Development Law
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China Yurun Food Group Limited Announces Its Annual Results for the Year Ended ...
Sacramento BeeMarch 9, 2012

It has been a short term turmoil experienced by the highly fragmented hog slaughtering and meat processing industries in China. For Yurun Food, this crisis allowed us to better recognize the challenges and opportunities of the Group's development in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Delayed Justice a Universal Problem: SC Judge
OutlookMarch 1, 2012

PTI | New Delhi | Mar 01, 2012 The delay in justice delivery is a world-wide problem and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms, like arbitration, can be the cure to the malady, Supreme Court judge Justice Altamas Kabir has said.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Kan. military school has history of abuse claims
Dodge City Daily GlobeMarch 19, 2012

A deposition filed in a recent case noted that so many abuse claims had been filed that the school's insurance carrier at the time excluded such coverage from its policy. A lawsuit settled last year, for example, included photos of a cadet's arm that ...more »

Animal Law
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'Ag gag' bill may gag free speech, say legal scholars
DesMoinesRegister.comMarch 1, 2012

But Mark Kende, a law professor and director of Drake University's Center of Constitutional Law, has doubts. He said the biggest constitutional hurdle the bill faces is one of “prior restraint” — or efforts to halt speech before it can even be uttered.more »

Intellectual Property
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Tilleke & Gibbins expands intellectual property practice in Vietnam
Legal Business OnlineMarch 2, 2012

By Seher Hussain | Friday, 2 March 2012 Southeast Asian legal powerhouse Tilleke & Gibbins recently hired intellectual property (IP) enforcement and litigation specialists Loc Xuan Le and Duy Linh Mai from Vietnamese firm Pham & Associates at its Hanoi ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Rosenthal calls for Lopez's recusal
Brownsville HeraldMarch 4, 2012

BY EMMA PEREZ-TREVIÑO The Brownsville Herald Attorney Marc G. Rosenthal has requested that 197th state District Judge Migdalia Lopez be removed from presiding over a wrongful death lawsuit that he filed in Willacy County against Union Pacific Railroad ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Poised To Smack Down Affirmative Action
TPMMarch 1, 2012

University of Texas ruling is uncertain, but barring a shocking change of heart from one of the five Republican-appointed justices, the high court seems set to deal a blow to Affirmative Action. This fall, for the first time since 2003, ...more »

Gujarati co-pilot of country's aviation history
Times of IndiaMarch 4, 2012

AHMEDABAD: An unknown Gujarati's family has written to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), staking claim for Mansukhlal Parekh of Jamnagar to be considered the real pioneer of aviation in India. While JRD Tata got India's first commercial ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants Say This LA Landlord Instituted An Online-Only Rent Payment Rule To ...
Business InsiderMarch 8, 2012

Tenants and a state senator are battling a requirement by a Los Angeles landlord that residents pay their rent online, alleging that a "green" initiative introduced by the company is actually a pretense to evict low-income, elderly renters benefiting ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Once a gospel phenom who got presidential praise, man tells NY judge he aims ...
Washington PostMarch 3, 2012

His lawyer, Benjamin Heiss, said Ford was a paradigm of the nonviolent, drug-addicted offenders state legislators wanted to help when they eased prison and parole terms for some drug crimes in 2009. But to city Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget ...more »

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Mylan Continues to Pursue Damages and Injunction Against Sunovion's Brovana ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

In addition, Mylan's two reexamined patents remain the subject of ongoing litigation and the company intends to continue to pursue damages and an injunction with respect to those patents.Mylan also will continue to pursue its claims against Teva in ...more »

Business Law
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Elevator mechanic accused of botching repair of lift that crushed advertising...
New York Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

By Greg B. Smith / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS The elevator mechanic accused of botching the repair of a high-rise lift that crushed advertising executive Suzanne Hart to death was fired Wednesday. Michael Hill and four other employees of Transel Elevator Inc.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US Sen. Brown hosts forum on military health cuts
Boston.comMarch 2, 2012

Brown said the cuts would increase health care fees for active duty military families and eligible veterans. He's said before any cuts are made to military health benefits the federal government should begin by cutting the health care benefits for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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GCHQ-backed competition names Cyber Security Champion
BBC NewsMarch 11, 2012

Last week the FBI charged six men - including two in the UK - with computer hacking crimes which it said had affected "over one million victims". The action prompted retaliatory attacks by the Antisec-wing of the Anonymous hacktivist movement.more »

Personal Injury
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After much debate, meaningful reform of auto injury policies
Daytona Beach News-JournalMarch 21, 2012

That famous quote, a favorite of moms everywhere, may never have been so true as when applied to the multi-year effort to pass reforms to our state's personal injury protection insurance law (PIP). Of course, some may have gone the route of Mark Twain ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Fighting Sioux legal fight has broader impact
Coshocton TribuneMarch 3, 2012

The Board of Higher Education, which is part of the North Dakota Constitution, was established by a voter initiative in 1938 in response to then-Gov. William Langer's decision to sack seven professors at the state agricultural college, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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executive items
Charleston Post CourierMarch 5, 2012

Her practice focuses primarily on professional malpractice defense and business tort defense. She has a bachelor's degree from Clemson University and a law degree from Louisiana State University. Matt Barber has joined Franklin Funding Reverse ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer watchdog
Mmegi OnlineMarch 2, 2012

The Consumer Protection Unit in the Ministry of Trade and Industry was set up specifically to do this. Section 5 (2) (a) of the Consumer Protection Act says that one of their jobs is to:"disseminate information to enable consumers to acquire knowledge ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Notice From the Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Stuart D. Meissner LLC to ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 7, 2012

Claims filed with FINRA allege that investors were solicited to invest in such products through fraudulent misrepresentations and omission of material facts. The risks associated with investing in REITs such as the Behringer Harvard Short Term ...more »

States Hardest Hit By Housing Collapse Lead US Jobs Recovery
Financial Advisor MagazineMarch 9, 2012

Technology companies are scooping up commercial real estate in the Financial District and South of Market areas of San Francisco to accommodate their expanding workforce. LinkedIn Corp., the biggest professional-networking website, Inc., ...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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Accused Winchester murderer may be forced to release pysch records
Wicked LocalMarch 9, 2012

The defense is often called not guilty by reason of insanity. Defense attorneys notified the court that they may rely on the defense of lack of criminal responsibility or diminished mental state, according to the notice filed on February 3.more »

IRS says Destiny USA green bonds can stay tax-exempt
Syracuse.comMarch 16, 2012

The IRS notified the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency Thursday that it has closed its audit of the bonds “with no change to the position that interest received by the beneficial owners of the bonds is excludible from gross income” under federal ...more »

Lawsuit against UPMC seeks court-appointed administrator
Tribune ReviewMarch 5, 2012

Federal age discrimination law specifically -- and discrimination case law in general -- makes the language of the release illegal, but the law is so detailed it takes an expert to know that, he said. "Many companies overstep what they're allowed to do ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Investors call on ECB to play fair in sovereign credit
ReutersMarch 5, 2012

... their creditor rights and whether they should blacklist bonds purchased during emergency sprees by the lender of last resort. By sidestepping markdowns on Greek bonds, the ECB has effectively robbed fellow senior creditors of their top rank status, ...more »

Environmental Law
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How Barack Obama can spur the green economy
Washington TimesMarch 1, 2012

Getting off of oil is so important to him that any attempt at alternative energy is a success. This would be fantastic, if not for one small problem. Alternative energy is a complete fraud. It does not work. If alternative energy was possible, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Premack: Separate property inheritance can be converted to community property
San Antonio ExpressMarch 5, 2012

Once the voters made conversion legal, the Texas Family Code was also amended to specify just how to accomplish the conversion. There is a right way and a wrong way defined by law. You do NOT want to simply sign a deed that gifts one-half of the ...more »

Family Law
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Separated couple awaits immigration law change
FederalNewsRadio.comMarch 5, 2012

The federal law that prohibits many illegal immigrants from living in the United States with their citizen spouses has been criticized by President Barack Obama, who recently ordered the State Department to allow some families to stay together.more »

Workers Compensation
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Managing your TPA for workers compensation white paper
Business InsuranceMarch 4, 2012

Using a third-party administrator for workers compensation programs doesn't mean handing off claims and case management work to someone else and moving on to other things. Risk managers with successful self-insured programs for workers compensation...more »


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