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•4 killed as sect bombs Maiduguri •Nobody died —JTF •NYSC stops posting of ...
Nigerian TribuneMarch 1, 2012

OPERATIVES of the dreaded Islamic militant sect, Boko Haram are said to have started combing fertiliser markets in search of materials to be used for bombs following the decision of security agencies to tighten rules on use of dynamites and explosives.more »

Court rules on enforcement of foreign arbitral award
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

The arbitration clause in the contract provided that if the defendant was the complainant in the dispute, the dispute was to be referred for final resolution to the International Commercial Arbitration Court (ICAC) at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Federal Agency: HealthBridge Breaking Law
Hartford CourantMarch 1, 2012

By MARA LEE maralee@courant.com The Hartford Courant The nursing home chain that locked out workers at one of its six unionized homes in Connecticut is breaking the law, the agency in charge of enforcing workers' rights said Wednesday.more »

Health Care Law
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State Assistance to Business Critical for Health Care Reform
Worcester Business JournalMarch 4, 2012

Put simply, there will always be elements of the private sector that blanch at the idea of the government telling them how to run their business. But at least the commonwealth has not done a “cut and run” on the law and forced businesses to deal with ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Letters: Give people more information on health law
USA TODAYMarch 1, 2012

Enough ("Swing states poll: Health care law hurts Obama in 2012"). On Capitol Hill: Thousands protest the new health care policy on Nov. 5, 2009. On Capitol Hill: Thousands protest the new health care policy on Nov. 5, 2009.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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Beverly to consider building more affordable housing
Wicked LocalMarch 2, 2012

By Katrina Powell/ Wicked Local Beverly Beverly is already home to more affordable housing than is required by law, but due to state incentives, the city may consider building additional affordable units. At last week's City Council meeting, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Kelseyville school mediation to continue
Lake County Record-BeeMarch 1, 2012

The two sides met with the state mediation service in January and February but didn't come to a resolution. Contract negotiations reached an impasse in November. The Feb. 23 session at the KUSD main office started nearly four hours late because the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Brian S. Fraser, Litigation Partner, Richards Kibbe & Orbe LLP to Speak at ...
PR.com (press release)March 2, 2012

In financial litigation, Mr. Fraser represents clients in capital markets, derivatives, securities, including asset-backed securities, corporate governance and insurance litigation. Mr. Fraser represents hedge funds, fund managers, ...more »

Animal Law
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All animals deserve legal protection
AsiaOneMarch 13, 2012

The Road Traffic Act says that in hit-and-run cases, motorists who fail to stop and render assistance could be committing an offence, and incur a $3000 fine or a jail term of up to a year. That is, if the animal is a dog, horse, cattle, ass, mule, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Sen. Hatch Seeks Formal Intellectual Property Trade Dispute with Chile
International IP and the Public InterestMarch 1, 2012

Inside US Trade reports that Senator Hatch has asked the Obama Administration to initiate dispute settlement proceedings against Chile for violations of the intellectual property obligations in its FTA with the US In a February 16, letter he complained ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawsuit asks judge to declare Whatcom council violated open meetings law
TheNewsTribune.comMarch 1, 2012

In January, the council approved a policy on email usage that, among other things, aims to address the auditor's letter. To avoid violating meetings law with email exchanges, council members wanting to send informational emails to a quorum of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Advantages of affirmative action still needed
San Antonio ExpressMarch 2, 2012

The United States Supreme Court once again has agreed to revisit the touchy subject of affirmative action. This particular case is a continuation of a suit filed by Abigail Fisher, a white student who claims she was denied admission to the University ...more »

Priester Aviation Adds Gulfstream G550 and Two Additional Aircraft to Private ...
Albany Times UnionMarch 1, 2012

Priester Aviation, LLC, a global leader in aircraft management and private jet charter solutions, is pleased to announce the addition of three new aircraft to its private jet charter fleet. The new aircraft includes the renowned Gulfstream G550, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Victim of a Crime: You Can Still Take the Law into Your Own Hands
Patch.comMarch 5, 2012

Civil courts handle small claims cases, general litigation such as personal injury, contracts, foreclosure, landlord/tenant, probate, family law, and domestic violence cases. Dependency courts are part criminal and part civil in nature (if you do not ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Kodak Seeks Bankruptcy Court Permission to Examine Apple's Patent Claims
BloombergMarch 3, 2012

(EKDKQ) asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to investigate “the basis” of Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s claims it owns some of the company's digital imaging patents because the claims may disrupt the sale of the patents. “Whether as an infringer or a ...more »

Litigation
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Law Firm Representing Deutsche Bank in Kirch Litigation Quits
BloombergMarch 2, 2012

Deutsche Bank, Germany's biggest lender, yesterday rejected a proposal to settle the litigation tied to comments by Breuer in 2002 about the Kirch group's creditworthiness. The bank said it made the decision after a “thorough review,” which included ...more »

Business Law
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Health-care law seminar set
Toledo BladeMarch 1, 2012

The regional director of the US Department of Health and Human Services said in his travels around the Midwest to address the law, many small businesses believe they must buy into the health-care plan. "There is a misconception with some people that it ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Official: Raise Tricare fees or deepen cuts
SunHerald.comMarch 4, 2012

“However, contrary to the public statements by the Department of Defense military personnel programs and benefits have been protected under this budget proposal, the totality of the personnel related cuts [is] proportionate to cuts taken in any other ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hackers busted after 1 becomes FBI informant
Kansas City StarMarch 7, 2012

By RAPHAEL SATTER and COLLEEN LONG AP NEW YORK -- An Internet outlaw's decision to go to work for the FBI poured light on a secretive world where young computer experts caused havoc and where authorities say a Chicago man and others celebrated their ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fla. House OKs bill to fight personal injury fraud
Bradenton HeraldMarch 3, 2012

By JAMES L. ROSICA — AP TALLAHASSEE A bill aimed at cracking down on rampant fraud in the state's personal injury protection insurance was passed Friday in the Florida House of Representatives. The bill (HB 119) was approved largely along party lines ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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AZ redistricting panel OKs possible funding suit
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneMarch 3, 2012

The potential litigation would be the latest chapter in the commission's brief but tumultuous history that already has included a constitutional legal fight over Gov. Jan Brewer's failed attempt to remove Commission Chair Colleen Mathis with the ...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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Stephen Wright and Patrick Valentino join VLP Law Group's Real Estate practice ...
eNewsChannelsMarch 2, 2012

/eNewsChannels/ — VLP Law Group LLP is very pleased to announce that Stephen Wright and Patrick Valentino have joined its Real Estate practice as partners based in San Francisco. Mr. Wright joins VLP from Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP based in ...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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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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Jail, not NFL future, should be No. 1 on Williams' list of worries
CBSSports.comMarch 5, 2012

Those were crimes his players committed at his behest, and there's no room here for debate. Not according to a retired judge of nearly 15 years who was a criminal defense attorney for more than a decade before that, and a law professor specializing in ...more »

CONSUMER GROUP'S BOSS GOT $249000 IN BONUSES
U-T San DiegoMarch 9, 2012

Boxes on the group's IRS Form 990s, available for public review, were blank for top-paid officers. Private payroll information sent to the IRS showed Shames' compensation — including bonuses — totaled $202208, according to the lawyer's findings.more »

People with piercings still facing job hurdles
The AgeMarch 8, 2012

Legally, piercing-based discrimination remains a grey area - more than 10 of the city's biggest recruitment agencies contacted by The Age refused to comment about the issue on the record. Zana Bytheway, executive director of employment rights community ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Lawsky Hopes to Make RAAs a National NAIC Issue
LifeHealthProMarch 5, 2012

By Elizabeth Festa, Arthur D. Postal New York Department of Financial Services Superintendent Benjamin Lawsky said he hopes that his department's focus on retained asset accounts (RAAs) will become a national standard, even though it will take some ...more »

Environmental Law
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New push in Northern Pass fight
Concord MonitorMarch 4, 2012

"But the fact of the matter is that the law on the books is written by the corporations and their lobbyists, and they protect them far more than they protect the individuals." Nottingham voters passed their ordinance in 2009 with 60 percent of the vote ...more »

Wills & Probate
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South Florida attorney tells The JBA Trust and Probate Law Section to think ...
Jacksonville Daily RecordMarch 5, 2012

“Jerry is a true professional, a virtual walking tax reference bank for planning, gifting, estate tax and asset protection,” Rosenbloom said. Wolf has presented information about trust and probate law to The Florida Bar, the Florida Institute of CPAs, ...more »

Family Law
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Divorce lawyers: Pet custody cases increasing
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 4, 2012

By Sue Manning AP They still fight like cats and dogs in divorce court. But more and more they are fighting about cats and dogs. Custody cases involving pets are on the rise across the country. In a 2006 survey by the 1600-member American Academy of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Butte jury rules Montana Power not liable for workers' comp in class-action ...
Billings GazetteMarch 2, 2012

BUTTE — A jury found the defunct Montana Power Co. not liable Thursday of mishandling workers' compensation benefits of former employees, after a monthlong civil trial in Butte district court. The ruling saved the former utility from potentially ...more »

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