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Tea Party Groups Question IRS Requests For Information
CBS LocalMarch 1, 2012

They've received IRS letters similar to one from a Waco group, which demands reams of inside information in order to qualify for 501(c)(4) status. As a lawyer, he sees some questions as standard boilerplate language; others, he says, are intrusive.more »

House approves California water bill
Fresno BeeMarch 1, 2012

In a highly partisan vote, the Republican-controlled House approved the legislation which would lengthen irrigation contracts, override state law and boost deliveries to farms south of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Most dramatically, the bill ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leidiger's campaign-paid speeding ticket draws DFL complaint
Minneapolis Star TribuneMarch 1, 2012

The complaint to the Office of Administrative Hearings targets Rep. Ernie Leidiger, a Republican from Mayer. The freshman legislator was ticketed for driving 74 mph in a 55 mph zone and then reimbursed himself for the $178 fine from his campaign, ...more »

Health Care Law
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NH First State to Receive New Health Care Law Funds
Patch.comMarch 2, 2012

We hope other states will follow New Hampshire's lead in seeking this new grant money to expand community services and supports.” A total of $3 billion is available to states under the Affordable Care Act's Balancing Incentive Program.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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31 arrested as hundreds protest abortion law at state Capitol
Richmond Times DispatchMarch 3, 2012

Along with Friday was Sheila Jones, who was wearing a T-shirt that she said she wore in April 1992 during the March for Women's Lives at the National Mall in Washington, DC, a pro-choice rally that drew more than 1 million people.more »

Immigration Law
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Nation's Toughest Immigration Law Stays Put For Now
Minnesota Public RadioMarch 1, 2012

by Corey Dade, National Public Radio Portions of Alabama's strict immigration law will remain in force until the US Supreme Court rules on its predecessor, the Arizona statue that ignited a national firestorm in the debate over illegal immigration.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kaonetics Announces Partnership with Center for Innovation
Virtual-Strategy MagazineMarch 3, 2012

Kaonetics, which recently moved its headquarters to Fort Worth, is developing multiple technology platforms based on energy waveforms with potential applications in military, law enforcement and other industries. Among other things, testing shows that ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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CFPB Opens Door to Bank-Fee Complaints
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

"Consumers need someone on their side to keep banks and credit unions accountable—that is our job at the Consumer Bureau," said the bureau's director Richard Cordray. The consumer bureau, a central plank of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial overhaul law, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Borden Ladner Gervais creates national insurance group
Canadian UnderwriterMarch 2, 2012

“Combined with the firm's existing financial services group and extensive insurance litigation and coverage practice, our insurance corporate/regulatory group makes BLG a full service firm for insurers, reinsurers, intermediaries and other sector ...more »

Animal Law
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Cameron accused of "smoke and mirrors" over circus animals ban
The IndependentMarch 1, 2012

The Government announced plans for a licensing regime to monitor animals' well-being as a precursor for outlawing their use entirely. But to the dismay of animal rights campaigners and MPs of all parties, it was unable to give a firm date for when a ...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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Proskauer's Mungovan: Dodd Frank Is The “End Of The Beginning”
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 1, 2012

Private Equity Beat recently caught up with Timothy Mungovan, a litigation specialist at Proskauer Rose to get his thoughts on regulation, litigation and what may lie ahead for private equity firms. How concerned should private equity firms be about ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Who is Professor John Hammond? Why was he at an Occupy Conference in Tehran?
Gather.comMarch 3, 2012

Other articles in the same journal have such titles as "The Assault on Workers' Rights", "From Affirmative Action to Diversity: Erasing Inequality from Organizational Responsibility", "The Speed of Collapse: The Space-Time Dimensions of Capitalism's ...more »

Japan's 1st low-cost carrier Peach Aviation begins operation
Mainichi Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

OSAKA (Kyodo) -- Japan's first low-cost carrier Peach Aviation Ltd. started operation on domestic routes on Thursday, in a move likely to intensify competition among air and ground transportation companies in Japan. Describing its flights as "flying ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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LA tenants battle landlord's online-only rent payment rule
Los Angeles TimesMarch 7, 2012

Elderly renters in the Woodlake Manor Apartment building in South LA sue landlord Jones & Jones, alleging that its requirement could leave them vulnerable to eviction. By Alejandro Lazo, Los Angeles Times Tenants and a state senator are battling a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Security Experts Debate If Markets or Legal Liability Will Ensure Secure Software
PCWorldMarch 1, 2012

Cars got safer after courts decided to hold automotive manufactures responsible for serious defects and banks have implemented credit card security systems after they started being forced to reimburse customers for credit card fraud loses, he said.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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Outdoor advertising bill passes S. Dakota Senate
Yankton Daily PressMarch 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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Mike vs Mike - Returning Military Troops
Mesquite Citizen JournalMarch 8, 2012

This gives family members certain immigration benefits and services. The Small Business Administration (SBA) provides help to veteran entrepreneurs through their community based Veterans Business Outreach Centers and the SBA offers a special Military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Prosecutors: 6 Suspects Charged With Computer Hacking, Other Cyber Crimes
CBS LocalMarch 6, 2012

15 to charges of conspiracy to engage in computer hacking, among other charges, authorities said. According to the court papers, he was an “influential member of three hacking organizations, Anonymous, Internet Feds and Lulz Security, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Scranton Personal Injury Lawyer Melissa Scartelli Named to "Top Attorneys In ...
Citybizlist (press release)March 9, 2012

SCRANTON, PA -- Scranton personal injury lawyer Melissa A. Scartelli of Scartelli Olszewski, PC. has been recognized as one of the "Top Attorneys In Pennsylvania" by American Registry, LLC. A partner with LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court Poised To Smack Down Affirmative Action
TPMMarch 1, 2012

University of Texas ruling is uncertain, but barring a shocking change of heart from one of the five Republican-appointed justices, the high court seems set to deal a blow to Affirmative Action. This fall, for the first time since 2003, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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doctors charged after liposuction patient dies
gulfnews.comMarch 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged the Brazilian plastic surgeon, LO, and the Indian anaesthetist, ND, with medical negligence, malpractice and professional misconduct that led to the victim's death. ND pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Dubai ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Changes to Bankruptcy Law Fight Reorganization
CNBC.comMarch 2, 2012

You say the bankruptcy process is broken. How so? When bankruptcy evolved, it was to protect debtors, the owners. The whole concept was forgiving debts or restructuring so the business would survive in the hands of the owners. But the rules have ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Space Pioneers LLC, Makes A Ripple in Time, Suing BBB Over Private Property ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 8, 2012

The legal discussions and opinions have been gathering steam among some pretty prestigious institutions and the idea for such possibilities has gone from a laughing matter to the beginning of serious ground work. And the next shot is the real estate...more »

Asia fills aviation funding gap amid Europe's woes
Ahram OnlineMarch 4, 2012

"In this part of the world there is a lot of financing," Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airlines, told reporters during a visit to Singapore last month. "If you talk to the leasing companies... they will tell you that they think the ...more »

Sports Law
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Thurgood Marshall Jr. on Genesco board
The TennesseanMarch 2, 2012

“He brings to the company valuable perspectives gained from his broad experience in business, public service and the law..." Once a major shoe manufacturer, the publicly traded Genesco now is a specialty retailer selling footwear, headwear, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Goodman goes on trial next week for DUI manslaughter
WPECMarch 3, 2012

"There's three hours between the time of the accident and the time his blood alcohol level was taken," said criminal defense attorney Grey Tesh. The arrest report says Goodman left the scene and used a neighbor's phone to call 9-1-1 an hour after the ...more »

How the IRS taxes debt
MyFox Tampa BayMarch 6, 2012

You think you've worked out a deal, and then a year later the IRS sends you another bill. It's something people are discovering as they file their taxes this year. You could call this a sign of the times, but actually it's the residual effect of how ...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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Jailed Lawmakers Rule India in Corrupt System
BloombergMarch 5, 2012

“The poor need my protection. I only fight against the powerful.” Ansari is an extreme embodiment of the growing criminality among politicians across the world's largest democracy. More than a quarter of federal and state legislators face charges that ...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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When trusts are tricky 8, 2012

Alan Lakey, director at Highclere Financial, explains: “Generally, placing a policy in trust is the best method of avoiding inheritance tax (IHT); delays due to probate or letters of administration; and family arguments where wills can be challenged or ...more »

Family Law
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Colorful Fort Lauderdale attorney Bo Hitchcock dies
Sun-SentinelMarch 6, 2012

They were also known for their annual "Law Day" parties that drew everyone from plaintiffs to judges to TV news photographers and even State Attorney Michael Satz. Mr. Hitchcock convinced his tailor of 32 years, Suresh Harpalani, to put four initials ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Shipyard workers want McDonnell to veto workers comp bill
Daily PressMarch 5, 2012

Bob McDonnell to veto legislation that would exclude shipyard and dock workers from Virginia's workers' compensation system. "We will continue to fight this bill, whether he signs it or not," said Arnold Outlaw, president of United Steelworkers of ...more »


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