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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Testimony by NASA IG Paul Martin: NASA Cybersecurity: An Examination of the ...
Space Ref (press release)March 1, 2012

Thank you for the opportunity to testify at today's hearing. The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is committed to providing independent and aggressive oversight of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and we welcome this ...more »

Health Care Law
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Clearing Up Confusion on Health Care Reform
Public News ServiceMarch 5, 2012

DENVER - This month marks the start of the third year of the Affordable Care Act. But there is still much confusion as to what the health-care reform law does and doesn't provide for consumers. A recent Kaiser Family Foundation study found that ...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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Mississippi plans immigration law; court to review others
Plain DealerMarch 1, 2012

... will see more action in the coming days, with Mississippi considering an Alabama-style immigration crackdown bill and a federal appeals court set to consider today whether the Alabama law, and a similar one in Georgia, are constitutional.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Nuclear Industry Sues to Reverse Grand Canyon Uranium Land Withdrawal
Environment News ServiceMarch 1, 2012

In support of their case, the two industry organizations cite the statement in the Arizona Wilderness Act of 1984 that, "Congress does not intend that the designation of wilderness areas in the State of Arizona lead to the creation of protective ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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First charter, district mediation meeting set
Los Altos Town CrierMarch 3, 2012

of JAMS, a private alternative dispute resolution provider which specializes in mediating and arbitrating complex cases. The meeting will include an opportunity for public comment. Representatives from the Los Altos School District Board of Trustees ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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New Fee-Disclosure Regs Pose New Litigation Risks for Retirement Plan Providers
Insurance News Net (press release)March 2, 2012

New regulations by the US Department of Labor concerning fee disclosures by retirement plan service providers could pose new litigation risks on the murky legal issue of whether service providers act as fiduciaries under the federal Employee Retirement ...more »

Animal Law
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Are Muslims in Europe Waging Jihad Against Dogs?
Opposing ViewsMarch 15, 2012

“Islamic legal tradition holds that dogs are "unclean" animals, and some say the call to ban them in Holland and elsewhere represents an attempted encroachment of Islamic Sharia law in Europe,” wrote Soeren Kern, Senior Fellow for Transatlantic ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Allon broadens intellectual property with new patent
4-tradersMarch 5, 2012

This new Australian patent strengthens Allon's intellectual property estate which includes 15 patent families, 61 issued patents and over 30 pending applications worldwide. Dr. Alistair Stewart, Allon's Vice President of Commercial Research, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Romney's Diversity Record Could Prove Awkward
The AtlanticMarch 1, 2012

One possibility is affirmative action and racial preferences, long a hot-button issue for the conservative base and once again on the national radar with the US Supreme Court preparing to re-examine the last major affirmative action ruling in higher ...more »

Jet Aviation acquires Enterprise Jet Center FBO
Arab NewsMarch 2, 2012

By ARAB NEWS Jet Aviation has acquired the Enterprise Jet Center FBO at Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, adding the 14th FBO to its global network of premium aircraft service and support facilities. private aircraft. The facility becomes the sixth Jet ...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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Stockton mediation first case under new law
Monterey County HeraldMarch 1, 2012

Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, sought to require municipalities to get approval from a state panel — the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission — before filing in bankruptcy court. Cities, counties and taxpayer advocate groups criticized ...more »

Litigation
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Anti-tree litigation has EDS bemused
VoxyMarch 1, 2012

The Property Council has launched an unusual challenge in the Environment Court to Auckland Council's tree protection rules, says the Environmental Defence Society. "We are aware that papers have been filed seeking a declaration from the Court with ...more »

Business Law
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Judge rules video of Mirkarimi's wife OK at trial
Sacramento BeeMarch 1, 2012

AP SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge has denied a request by lawyers for the wife of San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi to not allow a video as evidence during his domestic violence trial. Judge Garrett Wong ruled Wednesday that a video of Eliana Lopez ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Afghanistan: Coming Home: The fight for benefits
Montreal GazetteMarch 3, 2012

Jayson Nickol loved his life in the military until a bullet from a Taliban fighter's rifle shattered his right femur. It wasn't the injury that soured the relationship – he knew the risks when he volunteered to go. It was the two-and-a-half-year battle ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Communication Ministry of Azerbaijan offers to develop policy against Internet...
Azerbaijan Business CenterMarch 2, 2012

Communication and Information Technologies Ministry of Azerbaijan offers to develop policy against cyber crimes. Communication and Information Technologies Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Abbasov has reported that provision of information safety is the main ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fla. House OKs bill to fight personal injury fraud
Daily CometMarch 2, 2012

A bill aimed at cracking down on rampant fraud in the state's personal injury protection insurance was passed Friday in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill (HB 119) was approved largely along party lines on an 85-30 vote.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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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 »

Professional Malpractice
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New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on Baby's ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 10, 2012

"Trusted professionals can make medical decisions that lead to devastating results," said New York medical malpractice lawyer Perecman, a medical malpractice lawyer in New York with over 30 years of experience. "If you believe you or someone in your ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Granite State could use more 'blue sky'
Concord MonitorMarch 5, 2012

In large part, those numbers are high because of the role of special interests in elections. They drive up the cost of our democracy. The outsized and misunderstood influence of lobbyists in the state has led to weak consumer protection laws.more »

Real Estate Law
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Mark W. Bidwell, Attorney at Law, Introduces New Legal Service to Fast Track ...
PR Web (press release)March 5, 2012

Mark W. Bidwell offers new legal service in Orange County, California to expedite the sale of homes and real property in probate. For more information call 949-474-0961 or go to http://www.IrvineProbateAttorney.com Homes, houses and real estate in ...more »

Stuck in Arbitration
New York TimesMarch 7, 2012

One 2008 study in the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform examined employment and consumer contracts used by 21 major corporations and found mandatory arbitration clauses in 93 percent of the employment contracts and 77 percent of the consumer ...more »

Sports Law
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Our View: Pass law to prevent youth concussions
Wausau Daily HeraldMarch 2, 2012

We're largely past the era when a concussion sustained in youth sports was referred to as "getting your bell rung" and players were sent back to play after a brain injury with little thought to the long-term impact. Largely, but not entirely.more »

Criminal Defense
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Georgetown Criminal Defense Lawyer Analyzes Drug Offenses and Penalties in Texas
eYugoslavia.comMarch 2, 2012

The Texas legislature recently amended the state's drug laws by adding bath salts and synthetic marijuana to the Texas Controlled Substances Act. Michael J. Price, a criminal defense attorney in Round Rock, analyzes the effect this new legislation will ...more »

CONSUMER GROUP'S BOSS GOT $249000 IN BONUSES
U-T San DiegoMarch 9, 2012

Boxes on the group's IRS Form 990s, available for public review, were blank for top-paid officers. Private payroll information sent to the IRS showed Shames' compensation — including bonuses — totaled $202208, according to the lawyer's findings.more »

How to File a Work Discrimination Claim
Bradenton HeraldMarch 2, 2012

By GobiernoUSA.gov/USA.gov The US government has laws that prohibit work discrimination based on age, disability, place of origin, race, religion and sex, as well as pregnancy and other things. These laws protect both employees and applicants.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oilsands Quest Files Form 10-Q Quarterly Report with Status Update
MarketWatch (press release)March 8, 2012

If the affected stakeholders do not approve a plan in the manner contemplated by law, Oilsands Quest will likely be placed into receivership or bankruptcy. If by May 17, 2012, Oilsands Quest has not obtained a further extension of the initial order or ...more »

Environmental Law
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GOP Tries to Block O'Malley Regulators
Southern Maryland OnlineMarch 3, 2012

Pipkin said the PSC is supposed to act independently and that nominees Kelly Speaks-Beckman and Kevin Hughes have previously worked as “advocates for alternative energies that are for more expensive for the ratepayer than traditional energy sources,” ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Candidates disagree on local issues
News CourierMarch 2, 2012

Both candidates vying for the probate judge position have extensive legal experience. Don Mansell is currently a municipal judge for the city of Athens, while Charles Woodroof is an attorney. When asked what life experiences qualified them for the ...more »

Family Law
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Sikh family receives death threats in US
IBNLive.comMarch 7, 2012

PTI The letter, addressed to the 'Turban Family', said the family is being closely watched and it should leave the US immediately. "Our people in the neighborhood have been closely watching your activities and figured out you are a close associate of a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New Tool for Comparing Workers' Compensation System Laws Across U.S. and Canada
Houston ChronicleMarch 1, 2012

An essential tool for researching and understanding the distinctions among workers' compensation laws in all US states and certain Canadian provinces is now available from the International Association of Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) and ...more »

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