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Man indicted on terror charges in NYC bomb case
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

The effort culminated "in the successful construction of one explosive device and the attempted construction of two others," it says. Most terror cases are federal, but this one was brought under a state terror law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.more »

Will shortcomings undermine the new Competition Act?
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

On February 6 2012 the government submitted a draft of the new Competition Act to Parliament. The reform of the country's key competition legislation attracted a level of public participation rarely seen in Portugal's recent legal history.more »

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Administrative Law
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Heated debate delivers tax assistance law
swissinfo.chMarch 1, 2012

In a lengthy and at times passionate debate which included discussion of some two dozen proposed amendments, the House of Representatives voted 113 to 58 on Wednesday to pass the government's proposed law on administrative assistance in taxation ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senate rejects Republican birth control challenge
ReutersMarch 2, 2012

By David Morgan and Thomas Ferraro | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate narrowly backed a key plank of President Barack Obama's healthcare law on Thursday by rejecting a sweeping Republican measure that would have allowed employers to opt out of birth ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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DREAM Act supporters gathered at capitol
KPHO PhoenixMarch 2, 2012

By Jennifer Jones - email Supporters of the DREAM Act rallied in two states and the District of Columbia today to draw attention to Florida Sen. Mark Rubio and his support of Arizona's immigration law. In Phoenix demonstrators gathered to call on Rubio ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Laws Become New Focus of Selma Civil Rights March
Fox NewsMarch 4, 2012

John Lewis, D-Ga., center, is greeted by a well wisher as he pauses for a photo opportunity with members of the the Kennedy family prior to the 47th recreation of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Shale Gas - Central Europe's Most Vital Energy Resource
Central Europe DigestMarch 1, 2012

by Alan Riley Alan Riley, Professor of Law at City University London, examines the regulatory framework governing Europe's energy resources. Emphasizing that the EU's liberalization policies necessitate a diversification of upstream suppliers, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Wragges ends promos hiatus with three new partners
The LawyerMarch 6, 2012

Arben is a dispute resolution specialist and part of the firm's six-lawyer team that provides risk management and dispute resolution advice to IT and outsourcing clients. Goold is a corporate lawyer with a niche in tech while Kola is part of the firm's ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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House GOP seeks to weed Obamacare from Idaho code
NECNMarch 2, 2012

The panel's majority took exception with aligning state law with provisions contained in the hated federal reforms, but Rusche contends this only invites the intervention of federal regulators to decide whether rate hikes by Idaho's insurers are fair.more »

Animal Law
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Legislation would require authorization to own exotic animals
WANEMarch 5, 2012

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Big Cats and Public Safety Protection Act would protect lions, tigers, and other big cats from being domestic animals and sold and bred for financial gain. For some animal rescues, this has been a long time coming.more »

Intellectual Property
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Protecting Our Intellectual Property - The Facts Regarding SI Group Tackifier ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 9, 2012

We hold numerous international patents covering tackifier resins and other phenolic resin products, including patents in China, and are committed to protecting our intellectual property and trade secrets in accordance with the laws of the countries in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawsuit asks judge to declare Whatcom council violated open meetings law
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 1, 2012

In January, the council approved a policy on email usage that, among other things, aims to address the auditor's letter. To avoid violating meetings law with email exchanges, council members wanting to send informational emails to a quorum of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Obama Administration Seeks Quotas Based on Disability, Race, and Perhaps ...
OpenMarket.orgMarch 2, 2012

(It is hard to understand why the Obama administration thinks this quota is authorized by the disabilities-rights laws, which the Supreme Court has said are not “affirmative action” statutes, and thus require only “reasonable accommodation” of a ...more »

SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd. to Present at J.P. Morgan Aviation...
MarketWatch (press release)March 2, 2012

... freight containers, today announced that the Company's Chief Operating and Chief Financial Officer, Steve Bishop, is scheduled to present at the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 11:10 am ET.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Q & A
New York TimesMarch 1, 2012

When a Landlord Seeks to Sell a Unit Q I have a 12-month lease that ends on Sept. 9. But there is a clause that states that if the landlord wants to sell the unit, he or she has the right to end the lease by giving 30 days' notice to the tenant, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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UAW troops will man class war
The Detroit NewsMarch 4, 2012

It's a perfect way for King to pay back Obama for tossing aside established bankruptcy law and moving the UAW to the top of the pecking order when Chrysler and General Motors filed for Chapter 11. It also plays well into King's style.more »

Litigation
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Illumina Announces Outcome Of First Phase Of Its Patent Litigation Against ...
TheStreet.com (press release)March 1, 2012

By Business Wire 03/01/12 - 04:15 PM EST Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ: ILMN) announced today that a federal jury in Wilmington, Delaware, found that certain of Illumina's TruSeq sample preparation and cluster generation kits and products infringe US Patent ...more »

Business Law
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Outdoor advertising bill passes S. Dakota Senate
Herald Times ReporterMarch 1, 2012

But he said "some businesses will look at this as a blank check" to advertise even more. But Sen. Joni Cutler, R-Sioux Falls, expressed her support for the measure. She said the law prohibiting local authorities from banning outdoor signs has been "on ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Coalition to lobby for commissary benefit
Marine Corps TimesMarch 7, 2012

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer In the wake of proposals over the past year that would diminish the savings offered in commissaries and exchanges, the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits has sprung up to promote, defend and strengthen those ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Losses mount from scams targeting older Americans
Albany Times UnionMarch 6, 2012

Elder financial abuse encompasses a wide range of tactics, some perpetrated by relatives or trusted advisers, some by strangers via telemarketing and Internet-based scams. A federal study found that 5 percent of Americans 60 and older had been the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Tuskegee woman crosses median, causes head-on collision
JD Supra (press release)March 5, 2012

by Johnston, Moore & Thompson, Huntsville Personal Injury Lawyers on 3/5/2012 There is no reason why an Alabama driver should cross a median and enter on-coming traffic and when he or she does, it raises questions about whether the motorist was driving ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Appeals panel defers to Supreme Court on immigration law
Gainesville TimesMarch 1, 2012

Among other plaintiffs, the ACLU and the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights have claimed the law violates a constitutional protection of illegal search and seizure and invites racial profiling by local law enforcement.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Boston Attorneys Edward Barshak and Lisa Goodheart Named to Chambers USA 2012
Citybizlist (press release)March 12, 2012

He specializes in the trial of complex, multi-party business disputes, professional liability and product liability claims. Barshak is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former President of the Boston Bar Association.more »

Consumer Protection
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6 points to make in the wake of Detroiter suing movie theater for exorbitant ...
MLive.comMarch 6, 2012

By John Serba | jserba@mlive.com The piece states that Joshua Thompson of Livonia filed a class-action suit alleging that the theater is in violation of the Michigan Consumer Protection Act. It also includes commentary from: A) consumer lawyers who ...more »

Real Estate Law
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The Forefront Law Group Announces Launch
DigitalJournal.com (press release)March 1, 2012

The Forefront Law Group formally launched its entrepreneurial law practice with more than two dozen initial clients, including venture stage and growth companies in technology, software and social media, luxury and retail, real estate, and renewable ...more »

Some Investors Take a Contrarian View on Fear
Wall Street JournalMarch 2, 2012

By CHRIS DIETERICH Amid a debate over whether stocks will keep rising, investors are piling into futures contracts on the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, known as the VIX. Daily trading volume last month was the second highest on ...more »

Sports Law
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WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, ALAppeals court will not ...
WAFFMarch 1, 2012

The 11th circuit of appeals says it will not render an opinion on the challenges to Alabama's immigration law. Outside the courthouse, protesters lined the streets to try to get their message across. The judges started the hearing by saying no opinions ...more »

Criminal Defense
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With Closing Statements Made, Financier's Fraud Case Goes to Jury
New York TimesMarch 1, 2012

They contended that Mr. Stanford had made money for his investors and created more than 5000 jobs through a legitimate, worldwide business empire. William J. Stellmach, a prosecutor, told the jury — made up of eight men and four women — on Wednesday ...more »

Former Officers of New Mexico-Based Defense Contractor Charged in Fraud and ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)March 2, 2012

“The indictment alleges that the defendants flagrantly enriched themselves at the expense of the Iraqi people—the very people they were there to help—and American taxpayers,” said United States Attorney Gonzales. “These charges highlight the federal ...more »

Gouverneur prepares to settle with Whitton
WatertownDailyTimes.comMarch 22, 2012

By MARTHA ELLEN GOUVERNEUR — The village appears close to settling an age discrimination lawsuit filed by Police Chief David C. Whitton. Senior US District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr. signed an order Jan. 23 dismissing Mr. Whitton's action by ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Fed bill would restrict investments
Independent OnlineMarch 3, 2012

Aides to Representative Kevin Brady said on Friday his reform bill would allow the Fed to invest only in US Treasury debt and repurchase and reverse-repurchase transactions used to add or drain banking system reserves except during emergencies.more »

Environmental Law
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Shell sues environmental groups to score drilling rights
msnbc.comMarch 1, 2012

Screw the legal system. If people keep relying on lawmakers and the courts, we may as well baste ourselves and hop in the oven before the GOP gets hitler junior in office. But what am I even doing? I'm talking to people who love their god and their ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Whitney's Will is Public
JD Supra (press release)March 23, 2012

Of course, it did not take much detective work for the tabloids to “leak” Whitney's estate plan, as all wills must pass through probate court and thus become matters of public record. Had Whitney instead chosen to use a living trust to distribute her ...more »

Family Law
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Andrea Mitchell interviews Georgetown Law student Sandra Fluke moments after ...
msnbc.com (blog)March 2, 2012

And what was really personal for me was that he said to tell my parents that they should be proud, and that meant a lot because Rush Limbaugh questioned whether or not my family would be proud of me. So I just appreciated that very much.more »

Workers Compensation
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Alpha Review Selects Mitchell Health Ticket and Provider Directory Solution
MarketWatch (press release)March 5, 2012

The Mitchell Health Ticket and Provider Lookup Directory is a web-based claim communications and PPO compliance solution that improves workers' compensation claims cost containment with better care communications and provider network penetration.more »

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