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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 »

Rick Ross' House Site of Murder Investigation by Miami Police
ReutersMarch 1, 2012

Investigators are also likely to be interested to know if Nesbitt has any connection to Ross' less than legal activities. He's been arrested on gun, assault and marijuana charges, and once claimed to be affiliated with Carol City Cartel and other local ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Tenure Charges Against Manalapan Principal Revealed
Patch.comMarch 1, 2012

By Katrina Rossos By now it is no secret that Manalapan High School Principal was placed on a forced administrative leave in December 2011 with pay by Freehold Regional High School District Superintendent Charles Sampson without knowledge of his ...more »

Health Care Law
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McConnell to skip healthcare reform repeal votes until after election
The HillMarch 1, 2012

told his colleagues this week that he does not want to vote again on repealing President Obama's healthcare reform law until after the November elections. The GOP's game plan on healthcare is politically sensitive because influential conservative ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Sharpen teeth of DWI laws
Monroe News StarMarch 1, 2012

Before implementation of Act 605 of 1992, Louisiana had a pure "two-track" driver's license suspension law. One track was the Implied Consent Law, which suspends driving privileges for those arrested for DWI that fail or refuse a chemical analysis test ...more »

Immigration Law
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Federal court hears challenge to Ga. immigration law
Anderson Independent MailMarch 1, 2012

GREG BLUESTEIN and KATE BRUMBACK, AP ATLANTA — Federal appeals court judges pressed Georgia attorneys to explain whether a new state law targeting illegal immigration interferes with federal enforcement efforts. Georgia attorney Devon Orland told the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Flanagan reaches out to Hess officials about Weaver's Cove reuse
Fall River Herald NewsMarch 1, 2012

By Will Richmond As the task force charged with developing suggested uses for the land at Weaver's Cove Energy finalizes their effort, Mayor Will Flanagan is reaching out to the owners of the property. On Wednesday, Flanagan issued letters to Hess CEO ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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COMPTEL : Wins IBM Beacon Award for Best Communications Industry Solution ››
4-tradersMarch 1, 2012

HELSINKI, Finland-1 March 2012-Comptel Corporation (NASDAQ OMX Helsinki: CTL1V) today announced that Comptel Convergent Mediation was named the Best Communications Industry Solution in the 2012 IBM Beacon Awards. This honour is awarded each year to a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MetLife Originates Nearly $3 Billion in Agricultural Mortgages in 2011
Insurance News Net (press release)March 5, 2012

MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States ...more »

Animal Law
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Dangerous wild animals law would require Ohio permit
Youngstown VindicatorMarch 9, 2012

“It protects personal- property rights and protects the animals. That is the name of the game of this thing.” “All new ownership will be banned, and the standards that will be set for current owners who want to try to hold on to animals will be similar ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Datawatch Exercises Option to Purchase Monarch Intellectual Property
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

Huger is the original developer of Monarch and its related intellectual property. Pursuant to a formula contained in a 2004 option purchase agreement between Datawatch and Huger, as amended, the purchase price for the intellectual property assets will ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Carlock, Copeland & Stair Attorneys Selected for Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyers
Citybizlist (press release)March 2, 2012

Kingma has particular experience in real estate issues including: RESPA; TILA; title insurance, real estate fraud, and secured lending. "Tom, Wade and Joe are incredibly accomplished attorneys and they are great assets to our Firm and clients, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action fight goes on
USA TODAYMarch 7, 2012

By Mary Beth Marklein, USA TODAY Affirmative action in college admissions is back on the national radar as the Supreme Court is likely to hear a case involving the University of Texas this year. But a high court ruling may not settle this divisive ...more »

J.B. HUNT TRANSPORT SERVICES, INC. : to Participate In J.P. Morgan Aviation...
4-tradersMarch 2, 2012

JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. : to Participate In JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference JB Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) today announced that John Roberts, president and CEO for JB Hunt, will present to the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Foreclosure leaves tenants in the cold
News in photosMarch 10, 2012

More than dozen people who rented rooms in an Evergreen foothills home owned by a Southern California woman are facing eviction by the Bank of America. The Law Foundation Silicon ValleyŐs Mental Health Project is trying to stop the evictions.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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MACM offers debt collection legal advice
DI-VEMarch 5, 2012

by di-ve - The Malta Association of Credit Management (MACM) has appointed a firm of lawyers to assist its members and provide them with legal advice with respect to matters relating to debt collection at favourable rates and fees.more »

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4Kids Entertainment, Asatsu-DK and TV Tokyo Settle Yu-Gi-Oh! Litigation
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

"We are very pleased that the Yu-Gi-Oh! litigation has been settled," said Michael Goldstein, interim Chairman of 4Kids. "We are looking forward to continuing to work with our long-standing partners ADK, TV-Tokyo, Shueisha and Konami on the Yu-Gi-Oh!more »

Business Law
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The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act was passed in 2009
CNNMarch 1, 2012

Richard Daynard, a lawyer and critic of smoking who leads the Tobacco Products Liability Project in Boston, rejected Leon's argument. "First of all, Congress did consider it," he said in a telephone interview. "They have elaborate findings of fact as ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Sen. Scott Brown hosts forum on military health cuts
Boston HeraldMarch 2, 2012

Brown said the cuts would increase health care fees for active duty military families and eligible veterans. He's said before any cuts are made to military health benefits the federal government should begin by cutting the health care benefits for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Shelton Man Faces Child Porn Charges
Valley Independent SentinelMarch 14, 2012

This case is being investigated by the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit, the Shelton Police Department, the New Haven Police Department, the FBI, and the Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force, which includes federal, state and local law ...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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Guest commentary: Aim for a fair fix of Michigan's emergency manager law
Detroit Free PressMarch 1, 2012

It is clear that the law is unconstitutional. The provision authorizing unilateral termination of collective bargaining agreements violates the contracts clause of the US Constitution. An authority on constitutional issues involving bankruptcy -- UCLA ...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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Consumer Commission takes on MultiChoice, Top TV over bundled bouquets
Rapid tv newsMarch 5, 2012

In October 2011 the National Consumer Commission ordered the country's two pay-TV companies to unbundle their TV channels as it claims this model contravenes the Consumer Protection Act. The companies are now facing a Consumer Tribunal over the matter.more »

Real Estate Law
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NorthWest Healthcare Properties Real Estate Investment Trust Releases Fourth ... (press release)March 1, 2012

UN), Canada's largest non-government owner and manager of medical office buildings and healthcare real estate, today announced its results for the three month period and year ended December 31, 2011. Through recent investment property acquisitions, ...more »

Can SMBs sue their bank and recover losses from a hacked bank account?
SearchSecurity.comMarch 1, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO -- When attackers hack into a business' bank account and empty the account of millions of dollars, can the business sue its bank and successfully win reimbursement? Two courts in the US decided such cases differently, ruling in favor of ...more »

Sports Law
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Brazil to cut ties with Valcke after criticism
Fox NewsMarch 3, 2012

SAO PAULO – Brazil's sports minister criticized "unacceptable" comments by FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke about slow preparations for the 2014 World Cup and said Saturday the government plans to cut ties with him. Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo said ...more »

Criminal Defense
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NY weighs expanding DNA bank to all criminals
Utica Observer DispatchMarch 4, 2012

They say the databank should at least be open to defense lawyers and at best be open to individuals who want to know if their DNA profiles are kept by police. "The problem, in my judgment, is that the library is secret," said Edward Blake, ...more »

Follow Three Simple Tax Rules
ForbesMarch 2, 2012

Taxes are complicated, but some rules are simple. Respect these three rules, and you'll reduce the chance of coming to grief with the IRS. 1. Keep Business and Personal Affairs Separate. You'll be better off if you can separate your tax life into ...more »

Md. lawmakers consider transgender anti-discrimination bill
Washington Post (blog)March 1, 2012

The Senate Judicial Proceedings committee heard testimony this week on a bill that would prohibit discrimination in public accommodations, housing and employment based on “gender identity,” which would take its place alongside race, color, religion, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Local assets in Zimbabwe 'are secure'
Independent OnlineMarch 2, 2012

But we are aware of the issues there,” he said, noting that whatever investments and assets were in the country would “be protected”. The bilateral agreement was law, he said, noting that there was a process of negotiation over the matter.more »

Environmental Law
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Paradigm shifts
Journal OnlineMarch 4, 2012

Recto, author of the Alternative Fuel Vehicles Incentives Act of 2011, led the symbolic ride/drive together with Secretary Lucille Sering of the Climate Change Commission, Red Constantino of Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities, Yuri Sarmiento ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) Elects Louis A ...
Bradenton HeraldMarch 22, 2012

... but not limited to, demonstrated skill and significant contributions to the field of trust and estate law and no less than 10 years experience in the active private practice of probate and trust law or estate planning. The 2012-2013 officers will...more »

Family Law
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Victim's family speaks out against convicted drunk driver's early release
Fox 31 KDVR.comMarch 1, 2012

“It's hard. It's the waiting game,” said Baca-Heiberg. The family left the hearing without an answer. They were hopeful, but questioned the state's sentencing laws. “If somebody kills somebody, you pay the time. If you're sentenced to 16 years, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Forum: Workers' comp article didn't tell whole story
Peoria Journal StarMarch 4, 2012

It was very favorable to big business and insurance interests and did not acknowledge the rights of injured Illinois workers. Many provisions of the workers' compensation package, signed into law last year, have drastically affected workers and their ...more »


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