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Alumni take law into own hands over jobs 'hype'
Times Higher EducationMarch 1, 2012

So unhappy, in fact, that 15 law schools are currently facing lawsuits for fraud, unfair competition and false advertising. Among those being sued are Albany Law School, DePaul University College of Law and New York Law School. "The numbers reported by ...more »

Banking/Court win for Lehman Europe clients
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

It declared they had rights to reclaim the money, even though Lehman Europe had not kept it separate from the rest of the bankrupt firm's operations. Hedge funds feared they would have to take their place along with other unsecured creditors, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal Agency: HealthBridge Breaking Law
Hartford CourantMarch 1, 2012

By MARA LEE maralee@courant.com The Hartford Courant The nursing home chain that locked out workers at one of its six unionized homes in Connecticut is breaking the law, the agency in charge of enforcing workers' rights said Wednesday.more »

Health Care Law
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Heller votes against law requiring birth control
Las Vegas SunMarch 1, 2012

Dean Heller said women already have access to birth control under current federal and state health care laws and a Democratic-backed effort to provide woman with free contraception violates the US Constitution. Heller, who joined Senate Republicans to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Muslims launch campaign to 'understand' Shariah
USA TODAYMarch 2, 2012

By Omar Sacirbey, Religion News Service Against a backdrop of heartland fears that US Muslims seek to impose Islamic law on American courts, a leading Muslim group will launch a campaign on Monday to dispel what it called misconceptions about Shariah.more »

Immigration Law
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Republican Mayor Paul Bridges, An Unlikely Ally In The Fight Against Anti ...
Huffington PostMarch 1, 2012

Mayor Paul Bridges of Uvalda has come out in a recent video condemning anti-immigration law HB 87 as the stuff of “hate-mongers,” saying if anything the bill is un-Republican. Bridges, who raises goats in Uvalda, which happens to be best known for ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cabinet Condemns Targeting of Security Officers and Citizens
Bahrain News AgencyMarch 4, 2012

In another context, the Cabinet condemned, in the strongest terms, the targeting of security officers and citizens, and denounced all instigative calls to violate laws and regulations and exploitation of religious platforms to undermine the deep-rooted ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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ADR introduced in CCH
Financial Express BangladeshMarch 1, 2012

CHITTAGONG, Mar 1: Authorities have introduced alternative dispute resolution (ADR) scheme at Chittagong Customs House on a trial basis. The ADR has been introduced at the CCH to resolve the tax-related disputes pending for decades with different ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Borden Ladner Gervais creates national insurance group
Canadian UnderwriterMarch 2, 2012

“Combined with the firm's existing financial services group and extensive insurance litigation and coverage practice, our insurance corporate/regulatory group makes BLG a full service firm for insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and other sector ...more »

Animal Law
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Animals rights spokeswoman: 'Ag Gag' won't stop us!
DesMoinesRegister.com (blog)March 1, 2012

The group, Mercy for Animals, is urging Gov. Terry Branstad to veto the bill even though a spokesman has said the bipartisan support behind the bill speaks favorably for its ultimate signage into law. “Mercy for Animals is committed to preventing and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Tours Cummins ...
Business Wire (press release)March 7, 2012

PROSPECT, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cummins Allison, the leading innovator and provider of coin, currency and check handling solutions, hosted the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Plaintiffs' lawyers spend millions in online ads. Should we care?
Thomson Reuters News & InsightMarch 1, 2012

ILR's president, Lisa Rickard, said in a press release that the report reveals trial lawyers' client-trawling tactics. "This new research shows how the practice of law in the United States has gone from a noble calling to often times a large commercial...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court Rams Race Back on the Presidential Plate
Huffington Post (blog)March 1, 2012

The justices may not have had thoughts about how affirmative action and the issue of race will play out in the presidential campaign. But it will again present all the thorny, potentially inflammatory, sore spots that race always pricks.more »

Aviation Company Seeks To Recruit 120 Mechanics From Tulsa Area
News On 6March 1, 2012

An aviation company called AAR Corp was in town Thursday recruiting mechanics for their Oklahoma City location. Michael Jones has spent the last 16 years working for American Airlines. Calhoun is a 17 year employee with American Airlines and now feels ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Council tenants told to do their own DIY.... and get paid £500 a year for it
Daily MailMarch 6, 2012

He said the scheme could allow their tenants the opportunity to become 'apprentices in the home'. Mr Shapps said: 'Rather than having to wait for landlords to act, tenants should be able to tackle their own DIY dilemmas — and get paid for it.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Warning Issued as Storm Scammers Begin Descending on Ozarks
OzarksFirst.comMarch 2, 2012

Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster says while the majority of contractors, tree-removal companies and car repair shops in the area are run by good business people, there are scam artists that will drive to town to prey on storm victims.more »

Litigation
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Senators Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey File Affirmations in Support of 9/11 ...
PR Newswire (press release)March 1, 2012

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York will hear argument on March 15 concerning the 9/11 plaintiffs' bid to draw Saudi Arabia back into the litigation. Senator Graham was a longtime member of the Senate Select Committee ...more »

Business Law
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Tobacco health labels violate free speech
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

By Jeremy Pelofsky WASHINGTON — A US judge sided with tobacco companies on Wednesday, ruling that regulations requiring large graphic health warnings on cigarette packaging and advertising violate free-speech rights under the US Constitution.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Applications Could Increase Lithium Demand
Business InsiderMarch 1, 2012

A technical paper written last year noted that replacing lead acid batteries in military vehicles with a lithium battery system could offer a series of benefits. These include doubling the reserve time of the stock battery, and delivering a ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Raided Internet cafe reopens outside just Fremont limits
Fremont News MessengerMarch 13, 2012

He pointed out that he and the nine others, employees and owners of the three businesses, have only been charged with crimes, not found guilty of them. Ralph "Gonzo" Gonzalez sat behind one of the computer terminals Monday and talked about how glad he ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Crash
Newton Press MentorMarch 6, 2012

By Staff reports Last night, March 5, at 6:24 pm at the intersection of Buck Grove Road and 800 N, 1 mile south of Newton, a two vehicle personal injury crash occurred. Unit #1, Jessica Marshall, 17, of Newton, driving a 2000 Mazda was heading ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did the NYPD's Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?
truthoutMarch 4, 2012

The NYPD did not respond to our request for comment about allegations it has violated the law. ProPublica: So, Mayor Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have said everything that the NYPD did was legal and constitutional. Others have disagreed.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Positively Carnal: Government medical micromanagement has gone too far
LSU The ReveilleMarch 12, 2012

There's a never-ending stream of stories regarding the government's attempts to intrude into people's lives without their consent, from Guantanamo Bay detentions to "legal" wiretapping. One of the biggest headlines today is the government's attempt to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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The American Association of Healthcare Administrative Management (AAHAM) to ...
PR Web (press release)March 7, 2012

AAHAM's 2012 Legislative Day focuses on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). AAHAM feels it is imperative that Congress take immediate action to modernize the TCPA for the 21st Century. The TCPA should recognize a consumer's right to consent ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Q&A: The 4 Keys to Mortgage Modification
LoanSafeMarch 1, 2012

Do I call a law firm? A real estate agent? A loan modification company? Who? A: Call a lawyer experienced in dealing with struggling homeowners. He or she will help you figure out a strategy that may involve a short sale or a loan modification.more »

N2.6trillion pension asset investment and retiree's future guarantee
BusinessDayMarch 5, 2012

Recently, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, governor, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), called for the utilisation of N2.6trillion National Pension Commission (PENCOM) asset through loans at commercial rates to deepen the capital market, but added that it should ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Maryland And Delaware News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WJTVMarch 1, 2012

Gay marriage supporters assume they will have another hurdle to jump as the law is expected to be petitioned to referendum in November. Gay marriage opponents are prepared to collect the almost 56000 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Retired teacher faces stiff sentence in child porn case
Southgate News HeraldMarch 4, 2012

“I think the feds absolutely got it right,” said criminal defense attorney Carl Marlinga, a former assistant US attorney who served as Macomb County prosecutor from 1984 to 2004. “The reason behind the big sentences is, even if the defendant is not a ...more »

Ex-gas worker gets jail time
Scranton Times-TribuneMarch 16, 2012

Attorney William Peters, representing Mr. Milam, said there was no question his client was involved. KINGSTON - Kingston fire crews rescued a woman from a rear porch roof early Thursday after heavy smoke forced her to flee out a second-floor sun room ...more »

Chuck Grassley, Tom Harkin Strike Back Against Supreme Court On Age Discrimination
Huffington PostMarch 13, 2012

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan Senate bill introduced on Tuesday would restore older workers' rights in the wake of a 2009 Supreme Court decision that made age discrimination claims more difficult to pursue. The legislation, co-sponsored by Sens.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law Enforcement Blotter 2/29
Brownwood News (blog)March 1, 2012

According to the report, the asset protection employee stated that a male subject, identified as Aaron Pippin, was observed concealing store merchandise in his pants and jacket. Pippin then attempted to leave the store without paying for the items, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wonkbook: What will President Obama do in his second term? Whatever Congress ...
Washington Post (blog)March 5, 2012

The announcement of an agreement late Friday by BP and lawyers representing individuals and businesses hurt by the disaster represented something of a turning of the page, though BP and its drilling partners continue to face legal challenges.more »

Wills & Probate
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Can You Afford to Die? The Next Financial Time Bomb
Business Review India (press release)March 14, 2012

In the UK today, the cost of dying (including death-related costs such as probate, headstones and flowers) has increased to an average of £7248, representing a dramatic increase of 20% since 2007 and over £400 since last year.more »

Family Law
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Heller votes to limit law requiring birth control
NECNMarch 1, 2012

Dean Heller said women already have access to birth control under current federal and state health care laws and a Democratic-backed effort to provide woman with free contraception violates the US Constitution. Heller, who joined Senate Republicans to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nevada Workers' Compensation Loss Costs See Small Increase in 2012
Carson NowMarch 1, 2012

By Jake Sunderland CARSON CITY – Many Nevada employers will see a small increase in the premiums they pay for workers' compensation insurance in 2012. Insurance Commissioner Scott J. Kipper has approved a filing from the National Council on ...more »

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