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•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 »

Opponents question EPA authority in greenhouse gas case
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Although the judges questioned the standing of the challengers' case, Sentelle and fellow judge David Tatel appeared open to the industry argument that the EPA could have used a different interpretation of the Clean Air Act, rather than having to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama administration proposes change to legal status applications
Bellingham HeraldMarch 30, 2012

By BRIAN BENNETT - Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is proposing to make it easier for illegal immigrants who are family members of American citizens to apply for legal permanent residency. On Monday, the Department of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Seniors group targets Nelson, healthcare law
Orlando Sentinel (blog)March 12, 2012

WASHINGTON — A conservative seniors group launched a $1.1 million ad campaign this week in Florida against Democrat Bill Nelson, tying the two-term lawmaker to criticism of the 2010 healthcare law. The television commercial, funded by the 60 Plus ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP | Lawrence Brennan to Speak at ...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)March 30, 2012

NEW YORK (March 28, 2012) – Lawrence B. Brennan, a partner in Wilson Elser's New York office, will speak at American Conference Institute's national forum on “Defending and Managing Admiralty & Maritime Litigation” on March 29 and 30, 2012.more »

Immigration Law
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Newest Anti-Immigrant Law Will Further Damage Georgia
American Civil Liberties Union News and Information (blog)March 23, 2012

Just when it seemed that Georgia was coming to grips with the damage caused by HB 87, the state's Arizona-inspired anti-immigrant law, some lawmakers are again attempting to rush through new measures that would further marginalize and exclude ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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MFC Industrial Ltd. Reports Year End Results for 2011
MarketWatch (press release)March 30, 2012

Divestment plans have now been put on hold indefinitely as we cannot predict our capital requirements in the short- and near-term with our existing and pending projects. We are considering several new acquisitions. But, we will be cautious not to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ellensburg School District forms bond committee
Daily Record-NewsMarch 29, 2012

School officials hope to bring in a professional mediator to assist with the meetings and have been in discussions with Matt Fairbank, executive director of the Dispute Resolution Center of Yakima and Kittitas Counties. An online service is needed to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Hooper Holmes Selected by Highland Capital Brokerage to Provide Efficient Data ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 28, 2012

BASKING RIDGE, NJ, Mar 28, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Hooper Holmes (ASE:HH) today announced an agreement with Highland Capital Brokerage, Inc., a national insurance brokerage firm, to provide efficient data acquisition and processing solutions.more »

Animal Law
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Idaho Legislature passes felony animal cruelty law
BusinessWeekMarch 30, 2012

Animal rights groups, who have threatened to put much stiffer cruelty penalties before voters, lauded lawmakers for passing the bill. "We couldn't be happier, because it's a tremendous step forward for the state," said Ann Church, vice president of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Facebook, PerkinElmer, Daimler, Nike: Intellectual Property
BloombergMarch 29, 2012

Facebook, the world's most popular social-networking service, is grappling with more lawsuits over intellectual property. The company, which had about 60 US patents at the end of last year, is aiming to defend itself by bolstering its portfolio.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Feds, Oregon agree on community mental health fix
Statesman JournalMarch 27, 2012

In a March 23 response to the federal officials, Oregon lawyer John Dunbar, head of the state Justice Department's Special Litigation Unit, expressed optimism about moving forward, along with some concerns. He said the document "appears to overstate ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Obama praises John Payton of NAACP as a champion of equality
The South Florida TimesMarch 29, 2012

Written by AP NEW YORK (AP) — Civil rights lawyer John Payton, who defended the University of Michigan's affirmative action policy before the US Supreme Court and led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, has died. He was 65.more »

Aviation Ministry defends plans to buy dreamliners
Economic TimesMarch 9, 2012

NEW DELHI: The civil aviation ministry has defended Air India's plans to buy 27 Boeing 787 aircraft, popularly known as Dreamliners, saying the debt-ridden airline will gain $10-15 million from sale-and-lease back of each aircraft.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Holding Out for $1.8M
Wall Street JournalMarch 19, 2012

A landlord is betting that the fourth time's a charm for its long-vacant retail space at 155 Fifth Ave., between 21st and 22nd streets. The Eretz Group has just switched brokers for the fourth time in roughly as many years for the 9000-square-foot ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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First Thoughts: Romney to wrap it up?
msnbc.com (blog)March 30, 2012

Obama's SCOTUS silence (so far): Well, we found out how President Obama is reacting to the three days of Supreme Court oral arguments on the landmark health-care law: with silence so far. Yesterday, in remarks from the White House on legislation to end ...more »

Litigation
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Crowell & Moring Boosts Antitrust Litigation Practice in California
MarketWatch (press release)March 28, 2012

After law school, he clerked for the Honorable John Feikens, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. Crowell & Moring LLP is an international law firm with approximately 500 lawyers representing clients in litigation and ...more »

Business Law
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City of Charlotte: Deny billboard company's tree-cutting requests
Charlotte ObserverMarch 30, 2012

Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com Charlotte officials want the state to deny most of Adams Outdoor Advertising's requests to cut down hundreds of trees along city interstates under a new billboard law that went into effect this month.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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US jobless claims fall to lowest level in 4 years
OcalaMarch 29, 2012

People pass a military jet while attending a job fair for veterans, Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York. The number of people seeking US unemployment benefits dropped last week, the latest evidence that the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Malware and Cyber Crime
DocutickerMarch 19, 2012

By Adrian Janes The internet can be a confusing place and that provides opportunity for criminals and criminal behaviour. High profile cases of criminal behaviour tend to be those that involve large sums of money or threaten national security.more »

Personal Injury
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Catastrophic injury premium to go to $175 per car
The Detroit NewsMarch 17, 2012

Lawmakers are discussing bills that would allow motorists to choose among various levels of personal injury protection coverage, rather than mandating uncapped coverage. Opponents say that wouldn't guarantee lower rates. Regular auto insurance policies ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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White House: No contingencies for health care law
BusinessWeekMarch 29, 2012

"There are a lot of different things that they could find, one way or the other," Earnest said of the nine justices, who are expected to rule on the 2010 law's constitutionality by the end of June. "We remain confident that they're going to find the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Bulletin Publishing Company Launches JuraLaw, a Web-Based Case, Calendar ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 28, 2012

Court Rules from Across the Nation - offers real-time, up-to-date federal, state, appellate, bankruptcy and agency rules from jurisdictions across the nation. -- Illinois Court Calls - delivers the most comprehensive and accurate Illinois court calls ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bank M&A Activity Could Increase in 2012
BanktechMarch 29, 2012

Uncertainty about the financial impact of regulatory reform, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, could also affect the ability to reach agreements. "European banks are seeking to sell US business operations to meet ...more »

Real Estate Law
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America's most corrupt states
msnbc.com (blog)March 27, 2012

... for overseeing all businesses, utilities, financial institutions and railroads in the state -- from its Freedom of Information Act. While Virginia has a General Assembly Conflict of Interests Act, the law has proven incredibly inefficient.more »

Obamacare's contract problem
Orlando SentinelMarch 26, 2012

And "coercing commercial transactions" -- compelling individuals to sign contracts with insurance companies -- "is antithetical to the foundational principle of mutual assent that permeated the common law of contracts at the time of the founding and ...more »

Sports Law
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Tracking Athletes Online as Legal Red Flags Flutter
New York TimesMarch 30, 2012

The business plan of Varsity Monitor is simple. Major universities like North Carolina, Nebraska and Oklahoma pay $7000 to $10000 a year and Varsity Monitor keeps an online eye on their athletes. Among the services the company and others like it ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bounty system revelations raise question of lawsuits
Buffalo NewsMarch 6, 2012

"What I like about this revelation is that it sends into motion an awful lot of legal issues," prominent local defense attorney Terrence M. Connors said. "Whether they're material or not is an interesting question." Applying criminal and civil ...more »

New law firm to focus on taxes, bankruptcy
Buffalo NewsMarch 10, 2012

By Jonathan D. Epstein Two small tax-focused law firms have combined and simultaneously brought on a bankruptcy expert, creating a new firm that will specialize in federal and state tax controversies, litigation and bankruptcy services.more »

Have you ever experienced age discrimination in hiring?
Business Management DailyMarch 29, 2012

by Alice Bumgarner, Moderator on March 29, 2012 11:19am Question: “Have you ever experienced age discrimination in hiring? My significant other and I have each been required to fill out background check forms that include our full birthdates and our ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Audit Rotation, M.D. Sass Probe, MF Global Subpoena: Compliance
BloombergMarch 22, 2012

The firm says on its website that it is “committed” to complying with antitrust laws. Gina Talamona, a Justice Department spokeswoman, declined to comment on the US investigation. For more, click here. Nomura Said to Be Involved in Insider-Trading Case ...more »

Environmental Law
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Covanta Holding Corporation Announces Pricing of Senior Notes Due 2022
Energy Digital (press release)March 9, 2012

Covanta 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 Energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ex-cop takes fifth in check-cashing case
Eagle TribuneMarch 29, 2012

Judge Mary Ann Sahagian didn't believe it either when the wills were contested in Probate Court. On July 7, 2011, Sahagian threw out the Hale will and approved the earlier will. Sahagian also referred her findings to District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett ...more »

Family Law
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Can Trayvon's Family Sue Zimmerman in Civil Court?
ReutersMarch 30, 2012

Individuals who use deadly force in self-defense are immune from both criminal and civil liability under the law. This is likely why, on Monday, attorney Ben Crump told the Orlando Sentinel that Trayvon's family has no plans to sue Zimmerman in civil ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Missouri Senate votes to override Nixon veto on workers' comp
Springfield News-LeaderMarch 30, 2012

Jay Nixon's earlier veto of a bill that would change workers' compensation laws by barring some lawsuits over workplace injuries. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed a measure that would prohibit employees from suing co-workers for injuries ...more »

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