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Reforms coming to the state foster care system
kjrh.comMarch 1, 2012

"Litigation was hotly contested for years," said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. "The state defended the case pretty aggressively," said Marica Lowry, executive director of Children's Rights. It's all been over a federal suit that claims the ...more »

Trade Me pushes for consumer law change
Stuff.co.nzMarch 1, 2012

Trade Me says it will continue to push for an amendment to a bill overhauling consumer law as it believes full and part-time traders should have to identify themselves as being professionals when selling goods online or at fairs, markets and car boot ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Serpe removed as county administrator
Green Bay Press GazetteMarch 31, 2012

Supervisors voted after an evidentiary hearing and a 75-minute closed session to deliberate the charges. He had been on paid administrative leave since the board's Administrative Services Committee first reviewed the matter on Feb. 24.more »

Health Care Law
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Court questions whether health care law could stand without individual mandate
Boston GlobeMarch 28, 2012

By Tracy Jan That was the question Supreme Court justice Elena Kagan posed to lawyers Wednesday morning, the third and final day of hearings on the fate of President Obama's health care law. If the court strikes down the constitutionality of the law's ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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BWW TV: SEMINAR's Jeff Goldblum, Justin Long, Zoe Lister-Jones Meet the Press!
Broadway WorldMarch 30, 2012

Academy Award and Emmy Award nominee Jeff Goldblum (The Pillowman, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"), Justin Long (He's Just Not That Into You, The Break Up, Live Free or Die Hard, Dodgeball, "Ed"), and Zoe Lister-Jones...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama proposes new rule for immigrant families
Los Angeles TimesMarch 31, 2012

The proposal is the latest move by the administration to use its executive powers to revise immigration procedures without changing the law. It reflects an effort by President Obama to improve his standing among those Latino voters who feel he has not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Push to Put Building and Industrial Codes Online
BusinessWeekMarch 22, 2012

Malamud believes that UL 142 (1968) lies in the public domain, since it's a law. But UL 142 (1968) was written by a standards development organization, a nonprofit that works with companies and government agencies to write industrial code.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Idaho court hosts pro-bono mediation program
The Idaho StatesmanMarch 31, 2012

The United States District and Bankruptcy Court, District of Idaho, will partner with the Ninth Circuit Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee to host the "Resolution Roundup." Susie Boring-Headlee, who's organizing the program locally, said 30 cases ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Penn State D&O Coverage May Pay For Employees' Attorney Fees
PropertyCasualty360March 23, 2012

By Chad Hemenway, PropertyCasualty360.com Penn State is telling subpoenaed employees to hire their own attorneys, which may be paid for by the university's directors and officers' insurance coverage. The university, under the microscope since former ...more »

Animal Law
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Senate approves amended animal cruelty bill, 24-11
The Spokesman Review (blog)March 29, 2012

SB 1303a, the animal cruelty bill sponsored by the state's cattle industry that creates the state's first felony penalty for animal cruelty - for a third aggravated offense - has been endorsed by the Senate with its House amendment.more »

Intellectual Property
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HeartWare International Expands Intellectual Property and Technology Portfolio ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 29, 2012

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. and SALT LAKE CITY, March 29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- HeartWare International, Inc. (NASDAQ:HTWR) (asx:HIN), which develops and manufactures miniaturized ventricular assist devices, and World Heart Corporation (UTD:WHRT) ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Working on the Clock: The Advantages of Timed Trials
Texas LawyerMarch 30, 2012

Consider the story that plaintiffs lawyer Mark Lanier told a group of Harvard Law School students in a speech titled "Tort War Stories," available at YouTube.com, regarding the cross-examination style of Lanier's mentor, Ernest Cannon.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Justice Kennedy's Do-Over
Inside Higher EdMarch 29, 2012

Fisher will be the latest higher education affirmative action case argued before the Court. The timing is curious. Grutter was just decided in 2003. In it, the Supreme Court upheld a race-conscious admissions plan at the University of Michigan Law...more »

JetBlue co-pilot calmly and quickly got jet down
ReutersMarch 30, 2012

"The law is if you are employed by a company and you do something that hurts anybody else, then the company is liable." said Juan Serrano, an aviation lawyer with Griffin & Serrano. If JetBlue had spotted a warning sign of mental strain in the pilot ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Merchants, unionists plan major strike for next Sunday
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkMarch 11, 2012

The strike will be held in protest against the 2011 Landlords and Tenants Law and the recent hike in electricity prices, JCC President Nael Kabariti said during the meeting. The JCC president added that they also plan to hold a demonstration outside ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rangers-Canadiens Score: New York Tops Montreal 4-1; Magic Number Down To Three
SB Nation New YorkMarch 31, 2012

The win was the Rangers' 50th, the third time in franchise history they've reached that mark. And 107 points, the Rangers' magic number to clinch is three. And, oh yeah, a power play that has been embarrassingly bad over the duration of the season?more »

Litigation
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Jury Trial begins in Fosamax Litigation: AttorneyOne.com informs You Can Still ...
Albany Times UnionMarch 9, 2012

According to court documents, on February 27th, 2012, a jury trial began in the Superior Court for Atlantic County, New Jersey in In re: Fosamax Litigation (No. 282). Plaintiffs allege that their Fosamax use caused them to develop osteonecrosis of the ...more »

Business Law
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City of Charlotte: Deny billboard company's tree-cutting requests
Charlotte ObserverMarch 30, 2012

Davie Hinshaw dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com Charlotte officials want the state to deny most of Adams Outdoor Advertising's requests to cut down hundreds of trees along city interstates under a new billboard law that went into effect this month.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed hike for some veteran healthcare benefits
Today's THVMarch 29, 2012

"This will primarily affect veterans who have retired out of the military and were promised health care benefits when they signed up and now... we're trying to go back on that promise." Some area veterans question whether they would be affected by the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Shawn Henry: FBI is 'not winning' the war with hackers
GlobalPostMarch 29, 2012

The online hackers have taken credit for a wide range of Internet crime, including shutting down the CIA's website and releasing source code online from Symantec, the largest maker of anti-virus software, last month. Sony, NASDAQ OMX Group (which ...more »

Personal Injury
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South Carolina Personal Injury Attorney Encourages Boaters To Take Safety ...
PR Web (press release)March 30, 2012

South Carolina personal injury attorney Ken Harrell today urged boaters to take an approved boating safety course before hitting the state's waterways this spring. ‚ÄúSouth Carolina is a wonderful place for boating, with countless numbers of lakes and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Will Obama's health care law survive the Supreme Court?
msnbc.comMarch 28, 2012

well, you know, i think that's a low blow from the rnc. and it should come as no surprise. they've been trying to undermine the president's health care law before it passed and trying to repeal it since it passed. i know don verrilli personally, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Couch Braunsdorf Insurance Group is Pleased to Announce That Austin M ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 29, 2012

Austin's local presence reflects Couch Braunsdorf's commitment to provide unparalleled service to our Professional Liability Insurance clients on behalf of the carriers for which we are appointed as Program Administrators: Zurich and General Star.more »

Consumer Protection
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Huntington Bancshares Purchases Fidelity Bank in Southeastern Michigan
MarketWatch (press release)March 30, 2012

... to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as future regulations which will be adopted by the relevant regulatory agencies, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), to implement the Act's provisions; ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Style and city the
Calgary HeraldMarch 20, 2012

"I love fashion more than anything - except the courtroom." As a civil litigator for Field Law, Otto specializes in contractual and real estate disputes and insurance defence. She says she chose Field because it's not a typical law firm. "It's family.more »

Harvard emails show Zuckerberg's business side
Wall Street JournalMarch 26, 2012

The client, Paul Ceglia, sued Zuckerberg in 2010, claiming that a contract he signed in 2003 entitled him to a 50 percent ownership stake in Facebook. If Facebook's upcoming initial public offering goes as expected, that could amount to as much as $50 ...more »

Sports Law
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Q&A: NYPD spies on Muslims. Legal? Good policy?
WRICMarch 12, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> Romney says he's on track to get a nominating majority before convention; rivals undeterred. More>> Romney says he's on track to get a nominating ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland defense attorney Lincoln Mintz dies
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 29, 2012

Lincoln N. Mintz, a well-known criminal defense attorney who practiced law in Oakland for more than 30 years, died March 21 at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward after suffering a series of illnesses. He was 70. Mr. Mintz was involved in several high-profile ...more »

Regional briefs for Friday March 16
Scranton Times-TribuneMarch 16, 2012

Attorney William Peters, representing Mr. Milam, said there was no question his client was involved. KINGSTON - Kingston fire crews rescued a woman from a rear porch roof early Thursday after heavy smoke forced her to flee out a second-floor sun room ...more »

Matthew Van Dongen
Hamilton SpectatorMarch 5, 2012

Now, instead of fighting fires, Gill is battling what he sees as age discrimination. At first glance, it looks like an uphill battle. The provincial human rights tribunal dismissed a similar age discrimination complaint in 2008 from a London ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Local BUSINESS News In Brief
St. George Daily SpectrumMarch 23, 2012

Representatives also have access to a network of specialists who together provide guidance on asset and income protection, retirement, estate analysis, education funding, business needs and other financial concepts. ST. GEORGE - Retina Associates of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Minnesota could go 100% renewable for about 2 cents per kWh
Clean Energy AuthorityMarch 26, 2012

The report came about after one of the authors, Dr. Arjun Makhijani, was asked to testify before the state's joint energy commission in 2009. He was testifying against repealing a Minnesota law that prohibited more nuclear plants from being built in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Smart Money column: Investors must weigh performance, risk
Herald Times ReporterMarch 25, 2012

Dear Bruce: In July I will have about $500000 to invest. I don't need immediate access to most of it, so I'm trying to find the best, most secure place to put the money to work. Between my IRA ($1.5 million) and some farm/ranch land (1000 acres), ...more »

Family Law
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Staff Sgt. Bales, family seek help with legal bills
Bellingham HeraldMarch 27, 2012

That might include a trip to Afghanistan to view the crime scenes and interview witnesses if such a trip could be arranged with the US and Afghan militaries, Fidell said. Brett Purtzer, a Tacoma criminal defense attorney, said the cost of defending ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mississippi House passes amended Workers' Compensation bill
Jackson Clarion LedgerMarch 29, 2012

The Mississippi House passed 60-56 an amended version of the Senate's bill to revise Workers' Compensation. The House first voted to replace the Senate's version with the text of their own, HB 555, which they defeated March 14.more »

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