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Lennon trial QC claims bomb 'fraud'
The Scottish SunMarch 1, 2012

By GRANT McCABE A DEFENCE lawyer in the Neil Lennon bomb plot trial yesterday asked if cops or a secret organisation could have played a part in a "fraud" over suspicious parcels in the case. Donald Findlay QC raised the question to a witness as it ...more »

House passes bill taking aim at tiny California fish
News10.netMarch 1, 2012

Devin Nunes' bill to end restrictions on water pumped to San Joaquin Valley farmers caused by preservation efforts related to the three-inch fish known as the delta smelt. "Flushing water into San Francisco Bay is not helping to recover species and ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Politics on Apple's Side as It Faces Trademark Dispute in China
PCWorldMarch 2, 2012

By Michael Kan, IDG News Politics could tip the scales in Apple's favor for a high-stakes legal battle that will decide ownership of the iPad trademark in mainland China. But some legal experts remain divided on whether it will be enough to help the US ...more »

Health Care Law
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What You Need to Know About the New Health Care Law
The StirMarch 3, 2012

Whether you agree or disagree with the new health care law, the fact is that it's currently in place, and already changing the face of health care as we know it. Unfortunately, learning the facts about the new health care law can be difficult.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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A Neo-Nazi in the GOP: Where's the Outrage From On High?
Huffington PostMarch 1, 2012

Arthur Jones, a neo-Nazi, outspoken anti-Semite and Holocaust denier, wants to be a Republican congressman from the Land of Lincoln. This is neither a joke nor an exaggeration. The 64-year-old Jones, who organizes "family friendly" celebrations of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Sheriff Joe Says Obama's Birth Certificate Is Manufactured BIRTHERISM RETURNS:
Business InsiderMarch 2, 2012

In a press conference Thursday, Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, who gained fame for his support of Arizona's controversial immigration law, said that he has come across evidence that President Obama's birth certificate was manufactured.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Maybar expands Franklin facility
BizTimes.com (Milwaukee)March 5, 2012

Reinhart has 25 years of sign industry experience. She will lead the Chicago office in serving existing clients and developing new relationships in the Chicago area. The office will help with planning, designing and implementing signage projects in the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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UK companies must plan for Jubilee disruptions, say Acas
Re:locate Magazine (blog)March 5, 2012

Acas, which provides mediation services to employers, said many employees will already be making plans for the weekend. Firms should establish a dialogue with workers, said Acas, in order to avoid last minute request clashes or short-term absences.more »

Insurance Litigation
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American Equity to Present at NYSSA Insurance Industry Conference
MarketWatch (press release)March 14, 2012

Certain statements made during this presentation may constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially.more »

Animal Law
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Wild animals banned from circuses
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

But a tough licensing regime will be brought in to improve conditions for performing animals while changes in the law are developed. Animal welfare minister Lord Taylor said: "There is no place in today's society for wild animals being used for our ...more »

Intellectual Property
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China Intellectual Property Infringement: Don't Forget SMEs
Business InsiderMarch 19, 2012

USAToday ran a very familiar China IP article today, but it's worth a read anyway. Yeah, it's the usual interview with a business owner that has been targeted by a Chinese infringer. The story is then backfilled with discussion of IP problems, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Md. gay marriage could hinge on black churches
Montgomery AdvertiserMarch 1, 2012

It would keep the law from going into effect until any litigation related to a potential voters' referendum on the measure is processed. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) / AP Associated Press BELTSVILLE, Md. — With Maryland poised to legalize gay marriage, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action: Missing Dimension in Sudanese Women's Rights
Sudan VisionMarch 12, 2012

The Constitution on Article 32 (2) has clearly called for affirmative action to promote women's rights but this have constitutional obligation have not been translated to actual effective actions. On this Day, that we celebrate the International ...more »

Aviation buffs savor the history at airfest
Gainesville SunMarch 4, 2012

What: Wings of Dreams Airfest, an air show that is a fundraiser for Wings of Dreams Aviation Museum. Where: Keystone Heights Airport, on State Road 100 between Keystone Heights and Starke. Now in their 80s and 90s, the women who served as Women's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Legal War Over NYC Rent Regulations
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 6, 2012

On Monday, the Bloomberg administration and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman submitted to the high court their opposition briefs defending the merits of the state-enforced and locally adopted Rent Stabilization Law, the blanket of rent ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Sommet Group partners hit with federal charges
The TennesseanMarch 1, 2012

A federal grand jury in Nashville has charged the principals of the defunct Sommet Group in a 15-count indictment alleging crimes including conspiracy, fraud and theft from an employee pension benefit plan. The indictment — filed today against Brian ...more »

Litigation
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Hagens Berman LLP: Co-Lead Attorney in Toyota SUA Litigation Comments on CNN Story
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

About Hagens BermanSeattle-based Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP represents workers, whistleblowers, investors and consumers in complex litigation. The firm has ten offices throughout the country and has been named one of the top plaintiffs' firms in ...more »

Business Law
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"Bodog" gambling website seized by feds, founder Calvin Ayre indicted
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

Gamblers in Maryland and elsewhere were sent at least $100 million by wire and check from 2005 to 2012, the US Attorney's office said, adding that Bodog conducted a $42 million advertising campaign between 2005 and 2008 to attract gamblers to the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Bill aimed at helping veterans access benefits
Mohave Valley NewsMarch 5, 2012

A 2007 law establishing the fund provides donors a dollar-for-dollar state income tax credit until the fund hits $1 million in a given year. The fund is scheduled to retire in 2013, but supporters said it's important to keep it around because of the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ward's cyber crime bill advances
Shelby County ReporterMarch 1, 2012

Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, to overhaul the criminal code in Alabama as it pertains to criminal activity committed online and through the Internet, advanced out of the senate committee on Feb. 29. The bill, known as the Alabama Digital Crime Act, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Local Lawyer Named to Birmingham Magazine's 2012 "Top Birmingham Personal...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 4, 2012

Drake Law Firm's Whit Drake was named as one of the top Birmingham personal injury attorneys. BIRMINGHAM, AL, March 04, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The Birmingham Magazine's 2012 edition of the "Top Birmingham Attorneys" is now on newsstands.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Egyptian parliament selects constitution panel
Seattle Post IntelligencerMarch 24, 2012

The new constitution is expected to curb presidential powers and give parliament more authority, a drastic change to Egypt's political system. Another key concern is the role of Islamic Shariah law, which is subject to a wide variety of interpretation.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Alumnus Attorney Accepted to ABOTA
Hendrix College Events and NewsMarch 5, 2012

His litigation and trial practice focuses on professional liability defense, including medical and attorney malpractice; products liability defense, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and consumer goods; ERISA benefits litigation and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Don't spam me, please
MyBroadbandMarch 17, 2012

Brian Mdluli, who recently resigned as chief executive of the association, said the database was created before the Consumer Commission was launched. “We created the platform before the Consumer Protection Act was enacted into law.more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Q&A: Avoid short-sale pitfalls
Kansas City StarMarch 8, 2012

The lawyer or real estate agent you hire to negotiate the short sale must be diligent about staying in touch with the bank. Even with a good representative on your side, these deals can drag on for months. You have almost no chance if you don't have ...more »

Inadvertent Contracts Over Email - How to Avoid Business Litigation
Business Review USA (press release)March 3, 2012

PORTLAND, OR, February 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the nuances of day-to-day business operation become more complex, Chenoweth Law Group is here to help you avoid unnecessary business & commercial litigation. Everyday, business professionals send ...more »

Sports Law
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Florida mulls outlawing Shariah, other foreign law
WRICMarch 2, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By MATT ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Court: Lawyers must do good job on plea bargains
The Seattle TimesMarch 21, 2012

A divided Supreme Court on Wednesday laid out new standards for criminal plea bargains, saying defense lawyers must do a competent job advising and informing their clients of prosecutors' offers of less prison time for convictions and guilty pleas.more »

Two Whistleblowers File Lawsuit Against UCAN
KPBSMarch 10, 2012

... and UCAN's one-time attorney David Peffer allege UCAN executive director Michael Shames failed to have the group's books audited, did not report tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses on IRS forms and moved hundreds of thousands of dollars for a ...more »

Driver discrimination
Australian Ageing AgendaMarch 1, 2012

The Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission has launched a state-wide survey to look into the issue of age discrimination against older drivers, pinpoint causes and create solutions. The commission, working in partnership with COTA ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Woodbridge, NJ shooting incident serves as a safety reminder
National Retail Federation (press release) (blog)March 9, 2012

By Joe LaRocca, Senior Asset Protection Advisor | Published: March 9, 2012 What was supposed to be a nice night out at the mall for hundreds of eager shoppers unfortunately turned ugly in a matter of seconds last night at New Jersey's third-largest ...more »

Environmental Law
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Proposed Clean Energy Standard Could Wake up US Energy Policy
World Resources InstituteMarch 1, 2012

For too long, the United States has lacked a clear, national energy policy. Today, Senator Bingaman took a step in that direction by introducing the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2012 (CESA), which would create certainty for clean energy investments, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Ask the Experts: Executor's secret deal troubles siblings
Sacramento BeeMarch 14, 2012

Another sister has formally contested the appraisal in hopes it will halt or delay the sale temporarily. No, an executor may not make major decisions in the trust administration period without consulting the other beneficiaries. If there is a probate...more »

Family Law
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Gay marriage backers find success emphasizing love and family
Q13 FOXMarch 5, 2012

"How can we tell these children that their parents' love is seen as unequal under Washington law?" A Washington state lawmaker who voted for the bill recalled her own marriage. "I was married for 23 years to the love of my life and he died six years ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Grand jury indicts former Maine selectwoman for extortion, tax evasion ...
The RepublicMarch 1, 2012

She was also indicted on charges of making false statement to obtain worker's compensation benefits. In addition, Carole and Marshall Swan are charged with filing false federal income tax returns from 2007 through 2011.more »

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