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Northern Ireland report: Statistically the future is Catholic and female
Belfast TelegraphMarch 1, 2012

Both dissident republicans and loyalists who have turned to crime look likely to continue to operate. The dissidents have a far lower capacity than the IRA enjoyed at any point in their campaign but they have no political exit strategy.more »

New laws needed to combat jet ski hoons
Melbourne Weekly BaysideMarch 1, 2012

SFA president Dr Vicki Karalis said more accidents would happen unless tougher licensing laws were passed and zoning regulations changed. Ms Karalis criticised mixed zoning laws – which allow jet skiers to drive to the foreshore – adding that an ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Jon Moyle: Monopolistic FHSAA needs some due process
Tallahassee Democrat (blog)March 2, 2012

Our court system, administrative hearings and any other venues where testimony and other evidence are presented provide for due process, which includes an independent judge and the assumption that a person is innocent until proven guilty or liable.more »

Health Care Law
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Condoms now required for Los Angeles porn actors - but how will law be enforced?
New York Daily NewsMarch 6, 2012

"Today really is a milestone in the advance of health and safety for these adult filmmakers," said Ged Kenslea, spokesman for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, which lobbied for years for the measure. When the City Council passed the law in January, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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TEXT-S&P Summary: Marquette Transportation Co. Holdings LLC
ReutersMarch 2, 2012

The company also benefits from relatively stable revenues under fixed-rate, long-term contracts and from competitive barriers to entry under the Jones Act. The Jones Act requires that vessels carrying shipments between US ports be built registered in ...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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Jamboree Housing Corporation Completes Courier Place Apartment Homes in ...
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkMarch 12, 2012

Funding for the property's development consists of HOME/City of Industry Funds from the Commission as well as the City of Claremont, 9% Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) from the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee purchased by WNC ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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No resolution in Ports mediation
Marlborough ExpressMarch 2, 2012

Two days of mediation talks on the protracted Ports of Auckland dispute have ended without resolution. Ports of Auckland said there had been no change in the Maritime Union's position on fundamental issues including the port's desire to have more ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Illinois Federal Court Rejects Dismissal Based on Abstention Doctrine
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

Rockford Mutual and Pekin Insurance, therefore, moved to dismiss Hartford's lawsuit on the basis of the Wilton/Brillhart abstention doctrine, arguing that the court should abstain from hearing Hartford's claims in light of their already filed state ...more »

Animal Law
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Wild animals in circuses WILL be banned after ministers cave in to demands to ...
Daily MailMarch 1, 2012

The prosecution is believed to be the first of a circus owner for animal cruelty under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. An estimated 150-200 animals are currently held in cricus, and an estimated 37 of these are wild animals. These include zebras, lions, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Flextronics to divest parts of Vista Point Technologies
evertiq.comMarch 2, 2012

DigitalOptics Corporation (DOC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, will buy part of the company's camera module business, including intellectual property and China-based manufacturing operations. Flextronics said in a press release ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Boulder lawyers up for municipalization
Boulder WeeklyMarch 1, 2012

The city recently signed a contract with the Denver law firm Duncan, Ostrander & Dingess to spend up to $600000 — but no more than $400000 a year — to assess the cost of condemning and acquiring Xcel's utility infrastructure.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 »

SpiceJet may import aviation fuel: CEO
FirstpostMarch 2, 2012

Mumbai: The Chennai-based low-cost airline SpiceJet today said it is seriously working towards importing aviation fuel on its own, following the recent government notification. “We are very much interested in directly importing aviation fuel, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlords: For first time, rent default insurance available in Colorado
Grand Junction SentinelMarch 2, 2012

Rhonda Follman is the area director of the Colorado State University Tri River Area Extension office. By Staff I absolutely love this time of year when the days start getting longer, the night time temperatures are a little more tolerable and a few ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Student Loans With Bad Credit: You Can Get a Loan for School With Ease
Caribbean Media VisionMarch 3, 2012

This includes looking at past behaviors and current debts in the form of a credit check. When you have a poor credit score, this is the step where the lender rejects you. Basically, the idea is that if you have too much debt and/or a bad history of ...more »

Litigation
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Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP Announces Update on In re: Toyota Motor Corp ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 6, 2012

This press release may be considered Attorney Advertising in some jurisdictions under the applicable law and ethical rules. Glancy Binkow & Goldberg LLP, Los Angeles, CA Marc L. Godino 310-201-9150 or 888-773-9224 www.glancylaw.com.more »

Business Law
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Business Briefs
Wall Street JournalMarch 2, 2012

Mr. Kirch, a Deutsche Bank client, sued the bank, accusing Mr. Breuer of violating his confidentiality rights under German banking laws. He also alleged that Mr. Breuer tried to damage his company to obtain a lucrative deal to split up the media empire ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tricare Help: I'm pregnant; how soon should we marry for me to get coverage?
NavyTimes.comMarch 1, 2012

We have every intention of getting married, but I want to know if there is a time limit in which we need to wed in order for our unborn child, and me, to receive military benefits. A. You will become eligible for Tricare, including maternity care, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hacker on trial in manipulation of cable modems
Boston GlobeMarch 1, 2012

By Milton J. Valencia There is little doubt about what Ryan Harris did: He not only learned to hack computer cable modems to access free Internet service, he showed others how to do the same. He even wrote a book about it, called “Hacking the Cable ...more »

Personal Injury
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New Maryland Expert Opinion Ruling
Maryland Injury Lawyer Blog (blog)March 5, 2012

The Maryland Court of Appeals issued an opinion last week in a case that should be read by every Maryland personal injury lawyer who is putting up or cross examining expert witnesses at trial. In Yiallouro v. Tolson, the plaintiff was injured in a car ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Same-sex custody battle could change Florida law
The Associated PressMarch 4, 2012

It also might force state lawmakers to reconsider a 19-year-old law regarding the rights of sperm and egg donors. The women, now in their 30s and known in court papers only by their initials, were both law enforcement officers in Florida.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Part 2: Gambia's Bleak Human Rights Exposed
JollofnewsMarch 5, 2012

(JollofNews) – Recently, we brought you part one of the European Union sponsored report on bleak human rights and press freedom picture. He refused to take a plea of mitigation. The Gambia Press Union paid up the fine on the spot.more »

Consumer Protection
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Remedial tactics
Times of IndiaMarch 4, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) offers two remedies when a party fails to obey the order. However, there is confusion among litigants, the bench and the bar about the manner in which proceedings have to be initiated and conducted in case of ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Global Real Estate Job Outlook on the Rise - 61% Plan to Increase Hiring in 2012
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 1, 2012

... including CEOs and other senior-level executives from companies active in commercial property investment and commercial mortgage lending, along with a sampling of respondents from investment banks, REIT securities, law firms, corporate real estate...more »

Competition law breach by Federal Grid Company won't be reconsidered
RAPSIMarch 2, 2012

The Supreme Commercial Court has refused to reconsider the court decision declaring the Federal Grid Company in breach of competition law, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.ru). The Moscow District Federal Commercial...more »

Sports Law
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Reeves Nelson Lawyers Up, Demands Retraction From Sports Illustrated
DeadspinMarch 1, 2012

This evening, a Los Angeles law firm representing Nelson sent a letter to John Huey, the editor-in-chief of Sports Illustrated, calling the article "false and defamatory" and demanding a published retraction as well as asking Dohrmann to reveal his ...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 »

Salem Health Delinquent with Oregon Department of Justice Filing
The Lund ReportMarch 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 – The Oregon Department of Justice makes it quite clear – nonprofit entities such as hospitals are required to provide audited financial statements every year that show their net worth, the salaries of their top executives and the ...more »

Pensioners face steep rises in travel insurance
Telegraph.co.ukMarch 5, 2012

Pensioners holidaying abroad this summer face being hit by annual increases of up to 90 per cent in the cost of their travel insurance, in what age charities have called a “shocking” example of age discrimination. Reach for sunnier climes and find your ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Geithner Op-Ed: 'Financial Crisis Amnesia'
FireEngineering.comMarch 5, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, signed into law by the president on July 21, 2010, put in place safer and more modern rules of the road for the financial industry. Yet only four years after the financial crisis began to ...more »

Environmental Law
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A zero-sum carbon game?
Utility ProductsMarch 5, 2012

The Schr�der 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 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Website Provides Wealth of Information on Probate Issues in Georgia; Site ...
Exec Digital (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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China morning round-up: Law on secret detentions
BBC NewsMarch 9, 2012

The proposal requires the police to inform the suspect's family within 24 hours "after arrest and surveillance". However, suspects accused of subversion and other security charges can still be detained without their families being informed.more »

Workers Compensation
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Bill would ease workers comp for firefighters
KLEWMarch 2, 2012

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho firefighters who get cancer they think is caused on the job are a step closer to winning stronger workers compensation protections. Professional Firefighters of Idaho representative Mike Walker told the Senate State Affairs ...more »

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