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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

The Nightly Turbo: Phil Hellmuth Wins at LAPC, FS+G Files for Bankruptcy, and More
PokerNews.comMarch 1, 2012

In this edition, Phil Hellmuth wins a poker tournament (finally), Federated Sports + Gaming files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and more. Bwin.party is one of many gaming operators preparing for legalized poker in the US In the latest edition of The ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Court fights off attack | Bangkok Post: news
Bangkok PostMarch 1, 2012

Even if the court enjoys independence in hearing cases, its structure allows members of a panel of judges to contest each other. There is also the commissaire du gouvernement to keep a balance at the Administrative Court, Mr Phairoj said.more »

Health Care Law
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Senate heads for showdown over contraceptives
Chicago TribuneMarch 1, 2012

"Regarding the Blunt bill, the way the question was asked was confusing," said Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul. "Governor Romney supports the Blunt bill because he believes in a conscience exemption in health care for religious institutions and people ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Davy Jones, Monkees Singer, Dead at 66
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Also read: Don Cornelius, "Soul Train" Host, Dead of Gunshot Wound "All of his family, friends and fans mourn Davy's loss," said Joseph Pacheco, Jones' manager and brother-in-law. "We were fortunate to have such an incredible human being in our lives.more »

Immigration Law
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Judge blocks Arizona immigration law's day labor rules
Chicago TribuneMarch 1, 2012

PHOENIX (Reuters) - A federal judge blocked Arizona on Wednesday from enforcing a part of the state's immigration law that prohibits vehicle occupants from stopping traffic to pick up day laborers waiting for work. US District Judge Susan Bolton, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Natural Law
Earth Island JournalMarch 1, 2012

“The law flies in the face of thousands of years of Western legal precedent that treats nature strictly as property.” It seemed likely that the ordinance would fail. The old guard on the city council was in favor of allowing dumping since it would ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Nigeria Will Export Engineering Services To Other African Countries Soon – Offor
Leadership NewspapersMarch 4, 2012

Long before the local content law was enacted, Kaztec Engineering Ltd., an indigenous company specialising in providing engineering, procurement and construction services to oil and gas companies, opened shop in Nigeria. Seven years down the road, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Dodgers offer compromise to Bryan Stow bankruptcy claim
Los Angeles TimesMarch 2, 2012

With the civil case on hold, the Dodgers last month asked the Bankruptcy Court to throw out Stow's claim and find that the team could not be held liable because stadium security was at record levels and the attack could not have been reasonably ...more »

Animal Law
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Ariz. animal abuse registry bill hits setback, but sponsor still pushing
Ahwatukee Foothills NewsMarch 4, 2012

A bill that would require those convicted of animal abuse to register with the state — similar to sex offenders — may currently be stalled, but its sponsor plans keep moving it forward through other avenues so it becomes law. House Bill 2310 ...more »

Intellectual Property
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The John Marshall Law School Offers its Intellectual Property LLM and MS ...
PR Web (press release)March 2, 2012

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago continues to expand its distance education programs with its online MS and LLM degree programs in Intellectual Property Law. The masters in law or advanced online degree programs offer practicing attorneys and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Obama nominates Oklahoma attorney for judgeship
Appleton Post CrescentMarch 1, 2012

The White House says John E. Dowdell has been a partner since 1987 at Norman Wohlgemuth Chandler & Dowdell, where he handles complex civil litigation and criminal matters before district and appellate courts. Since 1999, Dowdell also has served on a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Michigan ban on affirmative action back in court
Royal Oak Daily TribuneMarch 7, 2012

CINCINNATI (AP) — A federal appeals court is taking another look at Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions and government hiring. A dozen or more judges are eligible to hear arguments Wednesday at the 6th US Circuit Court of ...more »

Three aviation officials suspended
India TodayMarch 3, 2012

Three officials, including a senior official, of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) were suspended on Friday based on a Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) probe for offering undue concessions to 28 flying schools across India causing loss ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Celebrate consumer protection week by taking action: Plain Dealing
Plain DealerMarch 3, 2012

Ohio's legislature continues to hack away at the state's 40-year-old consumer law, once considered a model for the nation. Last year, the House passed HB 275, which would give businesses sued for fraud an inexpensive way to deny a consumer his day in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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In the Spotlight: Changing the debt conversation in Washington
Peoria Journal StarMarch 2, 2012

Last year, we received a wake-up call when America's credit rating was downgraded for the first time in its history. With weaker credit comes higher interest payments, resulting in even more debt burden for our children and grandchildren.more »

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 »

Business Law
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Ad tells Obama to 'Go to hell'
WECT-TV6March 2, 2012

Jim Moran, D-VA, wrote Metro a letter asking the transit agency to remove an ad attacking the health reform law. The ad told Obama to "Go to hell." The ad is for a movie called "Sick & Sicker." "This advertisement is inappropriate, disrespectful of the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Bellingham event to help veterans get benefits
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 2, 2012

BELLINGHAM - Military veterans who would like someone to help them access their Veterans Affairs benefits may attend an event from 9 am to 1 pm Saturday, March 3, at the Bellingham Vet Center, 3800 Byron Ave., Suite 124. Volunteers who are veterans ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Plan for internet cafe ban on children
The NationalMarch 4, 2012

Gen Al Maziena said very few internet-related crimes were registered in Dubai but the campaign was intended as a precautionary measure. "We know that child exploitation online occurs worldwide and that electronic crimes are one of the fastest moving ...more »

Personal Injury
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Know your legal rights in personal injury cases
Milwaukee Journal SentinelMarch 7, 2012

Americans of all walks of life experience personal injuries every day - many of them through no fault of their own. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. While most can recover from these injuries, the road to recovery is long ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Voting groups ask judge to block Fla. election law
MiamiHerald.comMarch 1, 2012

The Florida League of Women Voters, the Rock the Vote group that focuses on young people, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund sued the state, saying the election law infringes their First Amendment rights of free speech and ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Shareholders Join the Law Firm of Rogers Joseph O'Donnell
PR Newswire (press release)March 12, 2012

She has extensive trial and arbitration experience and handles matters involving legal malpractice, law firm partnership disputes, and attorney disqualification motions. She represents attorneys before the State Bar of California and is a member of the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Utah Law Firm With Idaho Office Changes Direct-Mail Solicitations About ...
LoanSafeMarch 2, 2012

Law firm reacts: After an investigation and agreement with the attorney general, Corvus, a Utah firm with an office in Post Falls, has modified its direct mail ads to comply with the Idaho Consumer Protection Act. Corvus also is prohibited from using ...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 »

Yuet Ming Tham Joins Sidley Austin's Hong Kong Office
Business Wire (press release)March 5, 2012

HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--International law firm Sidley Austin is pleased to announce that Yuet Ming Tham has joined the firm's Arbitration, Litigation and Regulatory Group as a partner in the Hong Kong office. Ms. Tham's practice focuses on ...more »

Sports Law
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Breaking down the potential legal fallout of Saints' bounty system
CNNMarch 3, 2012

Louisiana has several laws for remedying false advertising and deceptive trade practices. Michael McCann is a sports law professor and Sports Law Institute director at Vermont Law School and the distinguished visiting Hall of Fame Professor of Law at ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense: Orie, ex-DA, too smart for forgery counts
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneMarch 1, 2012

Jane Orie began her career as a prosecutor and knows too much about evidence and the criminal justice system to commit the obvious document forgeries attributed to her, Orie's lawyer told a jury Wednesday. Orie, 50, of McCandless, is being retried on ...more »

Ark. city's residents to consider tax to pay IRS
Appleton Post CrescentMarch 11, 2012

The audit also found minor discrepancies in the taxes reported and paid by city employees from 2004 to 2008. In February, 2nd Judicial District prosecuting attorney Scott Ellington sent a letter to the Arkansas State Police requesting an investigation ...more »

New evidence suggests Stone Age hunters from Europe discovered America
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

What can a little-known health project in rural Ethiopia tell us about discrimination in an all-twee... New archaeological evidence suggests that America was first discovered by Stone Age people from Europe – 10000 years before the Siberian-originating ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Trusts – a good port in a storm but design is key
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)March 1, 2012

The take-out from the latest round of litigation between the Financial Markets Authority, Mark Hotchin and two family trusts associated with him is that the trust is an effective asset protection tool – but that good design is essential.more »

Environmental Law
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A zero-sum carbon game?
Climate SpectatorMarch 1, 2012

The Schröder government was keen to promote renewable energies like solar and wind power and passed the Renewable Energies Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, or EEG). The law, which came into force in 2000, guaranteed high feed-in tariffs for renewables ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Website Provides Wealth of Information on Probate Issues in Georgia; Site ...
PR.com (press release)March 8, 2012

... basic information, definitions and forms relating to probate matters such as estates and guardianships, including estate planning, probating wills, administrations, guardianships of persons, conservatorships and fiduciary services within Georgia.more »

Family Law
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Going through a Divorce or other Family Law Matter? Stay off Social Networking ...
NewsReleaseWire.com (press release)March 1, 2012

Ken Altshuler, President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers wrote a recent article that appeared in the Huffington Post about clients going through a divorce and being on Facebook and Texting. In short his article says don't be on these ...more »

Workers Compensation
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COUNTY OF SAN BERNARDINO v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEALS BOARD
Leagle.comMarch 1, 2012

County of San Bernardino (County) contends that the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board (Board) erred when it awarded benefits to John McCoy for migraine headaches he suffered. It contends that any injuries he suffered were solely caused by the stress ...more »

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