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Restarting the US Capital Machine
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

Reforms in Congress, such as the Fincher-Carney Reopening America's Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act, would create a five-year "on-ramp" for smaller companies to comply with certain provisions of Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank that ...more »

Randolph's BP deal violated state law
Tri Parish TimesMarch 1, 2012

Because BP has a financial relationship with the parish, Randolph cannot accept gifts from the company, according to state law. In the same vein, state law prohibits Randolph from entering into personal economic agreements with the company.more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comMarch 30, 2012

P. 31.24 ¶1 Claimant Robert Gonzales ("Gonzales") seeks special action review of an Industrial Commission of Arizona ("ICA") Administrative Law Judge's ("ALJ") dismissal of his Request for Hearing for failure to comply with "rules governing ...more »

Health Care Law
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For government lawyer Verrilli, tough week on health care case
Chicago TribuneMarch 30, 2012

Liberals have been equally harsh, with Mother Jones' Adam Serwer saying it “may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court.” Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA, offered the Times his own analysis of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Granting waivers to the Merchant Marine Act of 1920 might head off a spike in ...
Petroleumworld.comMarch 13, 2012

Speculation about waivers is already building in the industry. Ship owners are receiving inquiries from potential customers about the potential to hire the 56 ocean going US .-flagged Jones Act tankers. Many of these ships are already chartered on ...more »

Immigration Law
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Mexican Man Denied Entry to US for Son's Funeral
Fox NewsMarch 31, 2012

Attorneys for Fidelmar "Fidel" Merlos-López are trying to win humanitarian parole so he can attend the funeral, but say US Customs and Border Protection has rebuffed their efforts. Damien López died in a row house along with his cousin, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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What Does the Economy Have to Do With National Security?
IndustryWeekMarch 21, 2012

If we invest insufficient amounts of our resources in research and development, science and technology? Or if we perceive the training and education of people as a cost as opposed to an investment?" This report was the result of a conference held on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Leagle.comMarch 30, 2012

and the Unfair Competition law (UCL; Bus. & Prof. Code, § 17200 et seq.; authorizing injunctive relief and restitutionary disgorgement of profits). Tri-City's complaint further alleges that Defendants are preventing it from carrying out its statutory ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Affirmative Insurance Holdings Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 30, 2012

The Affirmative Insurance Holdings, Inc. logo is available at This press release contains forward-looking statements made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation...more »

Animal Law
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"No Animals Were Harmed": Using Live Animals in Canadian Film and TV Productions
JD Supra (press release)March 30, 2012

At the federal level, we can start with the basic criminal law prohibition of cruelty to animals, found in Sections 444-447 of the Criminal Code. The Health of Animals Act, and its Regulations (in particular Part XII, which speaks to the transportation ...more »

Intellectual Property
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White Paper Release: 'Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Trends and ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 20, 2012

LONDON, March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Legal IQ has just launched a new white paper on Intellectual Property (IP) Portfolio Management Trends and Success Factors 2012, which reviews the recent challenges and changes in IP.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Graduates target another 20 law schools, alleging fraud
The National Law JournalMarch 14, 2012

The plaintiffs' attorneys who have already launched class actions targeting 14 law schools announced on March 14 that they aim to sue an additional 20 schools in 10 states by Memorial Day. The latest round of possible litigation targets two schools in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US judge voids parts of law restricting Wis. public unions
USA TODAYMarch 30, 2012

Scott Walker's controversial law that restricts collective-bargaining rights of most public unions, the Wisconsin State Journal says. District Judge William M. Conley ruled that the state could not require a recertification vote every year for some ...more »

Investigators get voice, data recorders from JetBlue flight
CNN InternationalMarch 30, 2012

Osbon turned off the radios in the aircraft, dimmed his monitors and sternly admonished the FO (first officer) for trying to talk on the radio," the US attorney's office in the Northern District of Texas said in a written statement.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renters Sue Dominant Landlord, Allege They've Been 'systematically ripped off'
KCRGMarch 28, 2012

Warnock has been fighting for student renters in court since December 2010 when he filed a class action lawsuit against Apartments Downtown seeking damages and injunctive relief for violations of the Iowa landlord-tenant statute.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Senator Durbin: Private Student Loans Should be Dischargeable in Bankruptcy
NextStudent (blog)March 29, 2012

Durbin, a Democrat from Illinois, said at a hearing on Capital Hill last week that there was no reason why private student loans should be treated differently from other consumer debt in bankruptcy. The congressional overhaul of bankruptcy laws in 2005 ...more »

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Jerrold S. Parker, Founding Partner of Parker Waichman LLP, Named to ...
Albany Times UnionMarch 26, 2012

Jerrold S. Parker, Managing Partner with the National Law Firm of Parker Waichman LLP, has been named to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation (MDL 2299) Currently Underway in US District Court for ...more »

Business Law
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Fake ID Seized By Police In Chesterfield
Chesterfield PostMarch 20, 2012

Green fingered residents in Chesterfield will be given tips on how to keep their lawnmowers safe during a crime prevention event at a local garden centre. More... Police are urging motorists to keep their cars and belongings safe following a number of ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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'Military Friendly' College Lists Prompt Concerns
MyFox PhoenixMarch 28, 2012

Some educators say it's patronizing to suppose military people read the lists uncritically. But there are worrisome signs that, more broadly, veterans aren't making informed decisions and could waste their benefits on low-value degrees.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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West Virginia man please guilty to federal undercover operation
Victoria AdvocateMarch 3, 2012 was an undercover officer, according to a news release from the FBI. The undercover operation was conducted by the Victoria Police Department, Victoria County Sheriff's Officer and Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.more »

Personal Injury
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Birmingham 'entertainer' turns fraudster in personal injury claim
Post OnlineMarch 2, 2012

A Birmingham man has had his personal injury claim thrown out and was ordered to pay costs of over £24 000 after he attempted to defraud Esure. By Amy Ellis Nigel Jackson (52) submitted a personal injury claim after he had allegedly sustained an injury ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Management Committee in Deadlock
AllAfrica.comMarch 24, 2012

By Clemence Manyukwe, 23 March 2012 THE Constitutional Management Committee met on Tuesday, but failed to resolve the majority of the sticky issues stalling the supreme law making process, one of the milestones expected to come out of the inclusive ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Watertown Dog Bite Attorney says Local Pit Bull Attacks Illustrate Potential ... (press release)March 31, 2012

Most often, the dog owner's liability is covered by their homeowners insurance, he said. If a proper insurance settlement cannot be negotiated with the insurance company, going to court may be the next step to obtain proper compensation for the injured ...more »

Consumer Protection
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BancTrust Financial Group, Inc. Announces Modification of Loan Agreement and ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 29, 2012

The loan being modified is secured by all of the outstanding common stock of BankTrust, the Company's wholly owned banking subsidiary, and currently has an outstanding principal balance of $20 million. The modification relieves the Company from having ...more »

Real Estate Law
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H&R Real Estate Investment Trust Announces $150MM Senior Unsecured Debenture ...
Marketwire (press release)March 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 »

George Will: Obamacare's contract problem
OCRegisterMarch 26, 2012

Now the Institute for Justice, a libertarian public-interest law firm, has focused on this fact: The individual mandate is incompatible with centuries of contract law. This is so because a compulsory contract is an oxymoron.more »

Sports Law
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WTVMMarch 26, 2012

Zimmerman has avoided arrest seemingly due to Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows someone to meet force with force. It does not require a person to attempt to flee first. Sanford police declined to arrest Zimmerman because they said ...more »

Criminal Defense
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San Francisco Defense Attorney Reviews California's Self Defense Law in New ...
PR Web (press release)March 30, 2012

San Francisco Defense Attorney Tim Pori says it takes more than a hoodie to create a reasonable fear. In an article released this week, “Trayvon Martin's Death and Highlights of California's Law on Self Defense”, San Francisco criminal defense attorney ...more »

Statute of Limitations On Collection Of Hawaii State Taxes
JD Supra (press release)March 31, 2012

Richard Paul McClellan III is a lawyer in Honolulu, Hawaii, with an interest in Hawaii tax law. For more information see www. The Tax Collection Statute of Limitations in Hawai'i By Richard Paul McClellan III, Lawyer Introduction ...more »

US Attorney Stephanie Rose sued by former employee who alleges age...
The RepublicMarch 29, 2012

The Des Moines Register ( reports that Martha Fagg, a lawyer for 12 years in the Sioux City branch of the US Attorney's Northern District office, cites age discrimination in the lawsuit. After complaining in 2010, Fagg says Rose ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Is it still appropriate to pursue a writ of attachment in these economic times?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 28, 2012

Bankruptcy Code Section 541(a) defines the bankruptcy estate as all legal and equitable interests in the property. Certainly, then, all property, money and assets seized as a result of a writ of attachment are part of the bankruptcy estate and thus ...more »

Environmental Law
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NorthWestern Energy Green Lights Spion Kop Wind Project
Sacramento BeeMarch 21, 2012

Both the energy and associated renewable energy credits will be used to meet the renewable portfolio standards obligations in Montana law. "We're pleased to be moving forward on the project so that we can meet our 2015 renewable portfolio standards ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Miss. House flips to favor workers' comp. changes
WJTVMarch 29, 2012

(AP) Mississippi House members now favor changes to the state's workers' compensation system after previously voting against them. House members voted 60-56 Thursday to pass Senate Bill 2576, which would proponents say would balance a system that now ...more »

Family Law
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Sen. Steven Baddour resigning to join law firm
Boston HeraldMarch 26, 2012

In his letter to supporters, Baddour wrote that family considerations weighed on his decision leave. The senator could not immediately be reached for comment. “While it is difficult to leave my position as your Senator, a job that I have loved and ...more »


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