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Judge to rule on 'practical farmer' law
Charleston GazetteMarch 1, 2012

"We're in the business of bottling water. It is what it is. It's food management." The constitution, however, conflicts with the 1911 law in terms of who should be eligible to take part in an election, Helmick's lawyer, Alex Macia said.more »

Mexican pipeline extension construction contract awarded
Pipelines InternationalMarch 1, 2012

TransCanada has been awarded a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract by the Comisión Federal de Electricidad – Mexico's state-owned power company – to build, own and operate the Tamazunchale Pipeline Extension in Mexico.more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama administration proposes changes to legal status applications
Los Angeles TimesMarch 30, 2012

David Leopold, a Cleveland attorney and past president of the American Immigration Lawyers Assn., called the change a "minor processing tweak, but it has great value to families." Unable to pass comprehensive immigration reform laws through a polarized ...more »

Health Care Law
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Dallas Doctor Arrested for Role in Nearly $375 Million Health Care Fraud Scheme
eNews Park ForestMarch 3, 2012

The arrests and charges were announced today by Deputy Attorney General James Cole and Health and Human Services (HHS) Deputy Secretary Bill Corr, along with Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department's Criminal Division; ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Justices vote today on health law case - And we wait - Employers told to keep ...
PoliticoMarch 30, 2012

The Supreme Court justices are likely to vote today on whether to strike any or all parts of the Affordable Care Act. But the rest of the country — HHS, the states, insurance companies and everybody else — won't know the result for another three ...more »

Immigration Law
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3 AZ police officials oppose 2010 immigration law
NECNMarch 30, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) — Three Arizona police officials have joined other colleagues from across the country in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the US Supreme Court expressing their opposition to the state's immigration enforcement law.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Transactions for March 25
Reading EagleMarch 25, 2012

Ricky G. Moore, Susan J. Moore and Susan J. Collins to the Ricky G. Moore & Susan J. Moore Irrevocable Asset Protection Trust and Stephanie A. Collins, 118 S. Chestnut St. Margaret M. and Harold S. Endy Sr. to Margaret M. Endy, 122 E. Cedar St. Debra ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New Entrant Spotify Takes Top Spot From Specific for First Time Since 2008 in ...
NEWS.GNOM.ES (press release)March 28, 2012

AOL leads in four areas (dispute resolution, ease of contact, client/media agency partnership and mid campaign support). Tribal Fusion leads in two areas (understanding of client objectives and post campaign support).more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance Provider to Offer School Bus Safety Company Training to Contractor ...
School Transportation NewsMarch 28, 2012

Safety, Claims and Litigation Services, LLC (SCLS), an affiliate of The National Interstate Insurance Company, will provide insured school bus contractors The School Bus Safety Company's Driver Training Course as part of its loss-control services ...more »

Animal Law
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Florida man faces two years in prison for killing bunnies
msnbc.comMarch 31, 2012

If it is about the bunnies, he should have simply cooked them up and fed them to his family for dinner, Which is quite legal. Hey Jim. What are the odds that your moniker would have ever made front page news. anyone that can harm an animal in this ...more »

Intellectual Property
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White House report cites 'great strides' on intellectual property
The Hill (blog)March 30, 2012

By Andrew Feinberg - 03/30/12 04:43 PM ET The White House Friday claimed "great strides" in implementing its strategic plan on protecting intellectual property in a report released Friday afternoon. The report detailed efforts over the past year to ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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DOE Establishes Regulations to Protect Workers From Asbestos
CisionWire (press release)March 19, 2012

There is still so much concern surrounding asbestos exposure and the increased risk of developing diseases such as mesothelioma that it causes that the Department of Energy (DOE) has taking steps to prevent construction workers from ending up near the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Keep allowing affirmative action
Minnesota DailyMarch 20, 2012

When the US Supreme Court reconvenes next, they will hear a case involving Abigail Fisher's denied admission to the University of Texas which was, she claims, due to affirmative action. This case should be of interest to all students and will without a ...more »

GE engine faulted for crash that killed 9
The OlympianMarch 27, 2012

"They're heroes," said plaintiff's attorney Greg Anderson of the pilots, William Coultas and Roark Schwanenberg. "They saved as many people as they could. They have been pilloried before this." The chopper was airborne less than a minute when it ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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KESLING v. SONSHINE, LLC
Leagle.comMarch 13, 2012

Upon consideration of the standard of review, the briefs, and the appendix presented, the Court finds no substantial question of law and no prejudicial error. For these reasons, a memorandum decision is appropriate under Rule 21 of the Revised Rules of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Patrick lays out different ways to think about Massachusetts tax breaks
Wicked LocalMarch 30, 2012

By Kyle Cheney Halting the tax breaks doled out annually by state government would repair Massachusetts's finances for a generation and could pave the way for reduced or simplified tax rates, Gov. Deval Patrick hypothesized Thursday, while emphasizing ...more »

Litigation
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Indifference, litigation created irrationality in schools
The Gonzales CannonMarch 29, 2012

By Dave Mundy/manager@gonzalescannon.com I'm not generally known as an apologist for our public-education system. Some members of the Texas Education Association consider me a life member of the “Enemies of Education” club for exposing the state ...more »

Business Law
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Opponents' Web attacks can make things sticky for candidates
Los Angeles TimesMarch 27, 2012

A click on the video brings up a commentary about a grand jury's 18-count felony indictment against Alarcon and his wife, stemming from the district attorney's allegations that they lied about where they lived and voted fraudulently.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Montana Chamber of Commerce forming new military support group
Great Falls TribuneMarch 31, 2012

Brown said Montana's military presence extends beyond Great Falls, which is home to MANG and Malmstrom Air Force Base — the state's only active-duty military base. "Every corner of Montana benefits from the military, whether it is National Guard ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Arrest of Wheaton College Professor Shows Failure of Church to Build Christian ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 7, 2012

(Christian Broadcasting Network, March 4, 2012, staff reporter) The DuPage County Internet Crimes Unit detected a pattern of downloads of images of underraged children from pornographic sites to Mr. Ratcliffe's home computer.more »

Personal Injury
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OVER 500 GALWAY PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
Galway Bay FMMarch 10, 2012

The majority of personal injury claims made in Galway are related to road traffic accidents. Over 500 claims were made in the city and county last year, slightly below the national average of awards made across the country.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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State high court: Law cutting number of Oakland County commissioners will stand
Detroit Free PressMarch 27, 2012

... ruled that a new, controversial state law passed in December which would reduce the number of Oakland County commissioners from 25 to 21 and allow the Republican-controlled county commission to draw the districts, is constitutional.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Bulletin Publishing Company Launches JuraLaw, a Web-Based Case, Calendar ...
Business Wire (press release)March 28, 2012

JuraLaw integrates critical law firm case data with calendar events, court dockets, court calls and court rules. The software protects against “dismissed for want of prosecution” and legal malpractice claims by keeping lawyers on-track for important ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Hammer falls on auction boss
Independent OnlineMarch 31, 2012

... shortly after she declined to place a bid beyond R60m. But after the sale, Appelbaum claimed she discovered that she had been the only “genuine” bidder, adding that the auction process failed to comply with the Consumer Protection Act (CPA).more »

Real Estate Law
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H&R Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Upsizing of $150MM Senior Unsecured ...
StockhouseMarch 29, 2012

Certain information in this news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws (also known as forward-looking statements) including, among others, statements relating to the objectives of the REIT and H&R ...more »

Root and branch reform, or just a tidy-up? Federal Government looks at ...
Clayton UtzMarch 29, 2012

Some important issues—such as what material can be used when interpreting written contracts—remain unsettled. Contract law also may need to adapt to new technologies and ways of doing business, such as electronic contracting.more »

Sports Law
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ABC5 WOI-DT News, Weather, Sports in Des Moines, IADay 2 argument: Can gov't ...
WOIMarch 27, 2012

The Supreme Court takes up the constitutional question at the heart of President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday. - Mandating that nearly everyone has insurance or pays a penalty falls under the federal government's powers to regulate interstate ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Self Defense Laws Questioned After Death Of Florida Teen
CBS LocalMarch 27, 2012

Clinton Township Criminal Defense Attorney Richard Marcel says he has seen a significant increase in the number of cases tried under Michigan “Self Defense Act,” which was patterned after the Florida law. “The situations and the circumstances in which ...more »

Consumer bureau opens investigations of some large banks
Bangor Daily NewsMarch 26, 2012

During last year's tax season, 30 percent of multimillionaires were audited, the agency said. Overall, just 1.1 percent of individual income tax returns were checked. Taxpayers making an adjusted gross annual income of $10 million or more are ...more »

Employers failing to engage older workers, says Acas
People Management Magazine OnlineMarch 29, 2012

“Despite anti-age discrimination legislation, stereotypical attitudes about both older and younger workers appear to be both widespread and well embedded,” said report co-author, Dr Emma Parry of Cranfield School of Management.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Discussing 'blue gold'
Galena GazetteMarch 28, 2012

Legal statutes like the Illinois Groundwater Protection Act have buffered some of these problems, but unused wells continue to be culprits of run-off. Groundwater contamination can come from discharge, spills, transportation spills, unplanned results, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bill on alternative fuel vehicles approved on second reading
Business MirrorMarch 29, 2012

The bill seeks to exempt from the payment of excise taxes and duties for nine years from the effectivity of the law the manufacture or assembly of completely knocked-down (CKD) parts of electric, hybrid and other alternative-fuel vehicles, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Business calendar
Tuscaloosa NewsMarch 4, 2012

Workshop will cover the most common threats to your life savings, such as nursing home poverty, estate and gift taxation and probate, as well as living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney. Seating is limited to the first 20 participants.more »

Family Law
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If Trayvon Martin family pursues civil case
The Citizen DailyMarch 31, 2012

The same law also says a person who uses such force is immune from civil action. However, given certain conditions, the Martin family could bring a wrongful death case against Retreat at Twin Lakes Homeowners' Association, Inc, the homeowners ...more »

Workers Compensation
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O'Farrell flags WorkCover overhaul
Sky News AustraliaMarch 26, 2012

Workers' compensation premiums in NSW were between 20 and 60 per cent higher than those in Victoria and Queensland, he told a business lunch to mark his government's first 12 months in power. He warned that if the state failed to act, employers would ...more »

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