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New laws needed to combat jet ski hoons
Melbourne Weekly BaysideMarch 1, 2012

SFA president Dr Vicki Karalis said more accidents would happen unless tougher licensing laws were passed and zoning regulations changed. Ms Karalis criticised mixed zoning laws – which allow jet skiers to drive to the foreshore – adding that an ...more »

AMR wins right to hire bankruptcy advisers
CBS NewsMarch 1, 2012

FORT WORTH, Texas — American Airlines says a federal judge approved its hiring of legal, business and financial advisers to help steer the company through reorganization under bankruptcy protection. Sean Collins, a spokesman for American parent AMR ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Dane County DA slams Gableman 'fee arrangement' with prominent law firm
Capital TimesMarch 1, 2012

Justice Michael Gableman asks questions during an administrative conference of the state Supreme Court at the Capitol on Sept. 15, 2011. All Wisconsin politics. All the time. For the junkie in us all. State Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman's ...more »

Health Care Law
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Greek Parliament Approves Health-Care Cuts, Changes
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

ATHENS (Dow Jones)--Greece's Parliament Thursday approved a law implementing cuts and changes to the country's health-care sector in the latest legislative step needed to clinch a second bailout package for the country. In the early hours of Thursday, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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State Texting Law Supersedes City Ban
Patch.comMarch 7, 2012

However, a staff member from Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.'s (D-4) office said the state law essentially voids it. "The state law will supercede the city law basically nullifying it," staffer Joshua Cohen said. When the bill was passed in November, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law arguments to be heard today by federal appeals court panel
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)March 1, 2012

By Brian Lawson, The Huntsville Times March organizer Tamitha Villarreal gets ready to lead opponents of Alabama's new immigration law on a march down Jefferson Street on their way to the Limestone County Courthouse to protest the law in Athens, Ala.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Daniels will 'probably' sign Little Cal levee fee into law
nwitimes.comMarch 2, 2012

If signed into law, owners of residential parcels would pay $45 a year; agricultural, $90; commercial, $180; and industrial or utility, $360. Daniels said completing the levees has been a priority during his eight years in office.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Cruises in crisis around the tip of South America, as political disputes...
Chicago TribuneMarch 2, 2012

... there showing no signs of resolution. The Adonia's 710 passengers got it the worst, missing both Ushuaia and Chacabuco during their same premium cruise. One frustrated Adonia passenger, David Wells, wrote on the ship's online forum: "Bad news, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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US firm merges with German patent attorneys
Managing Intellectual Property (subscription)March 6, 2012

... new Center for Transnational Intellectual Property, Media and Technology Law and Policy. In addition to IP, CBM also handles matters including product liability, insurance, commercial litigation, corporate transactions and class action defence.more »

Animal Law
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Iowa Makes It A Crime To Video Animal Abuse
Care2.com (blog)March 4, 2012

Undercover footage filmed by animal rights groups during the past several years have been instrumental in exposing cases of cruelty to farm animals. Governor Terry Branstad signed the law in a private ceremony. Iowa is the country's leading producer of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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1st joint Taiwan-Japan crackdown on intellectual property piracy pays off
Mainichi Daily NewsMarch 5, 2012

TAIPEI (Kyodo) -- The first joint effort to crack down on pirating of intellectual property between Japan and Taiwan has led to the seizure by Taiwanese police of nearly 10000 pirated Japanese DVDs sold in the island's night markets, local police said ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The FBI's top official in Detroit declared war on public corruption Thursday ...
Detroit Free PressMarch 2, 2012

“Because exposure to asbestos, lead and hazardous waste can be fatal, our public leaders must ensure that construction work is carried out properly and by the most qualified people and companies, not by those looking to 'pay to play.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action prompts diversity discussion
The OrionMarch 7, 2012

21 to hear an affirmative action case, thrusting student diversity into public concern. In 1996, Proposition 209 banned affirmative action in California, and universities have since seen student diversity plunge, according to a Sept.more »

GENESEE & WYOMING INC. : Genesee & Wyoming to Present at J.P. Morgan Aviation...
4-tradersMarch 1, 2012

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (GWI) (NYSE: GWR) Chief Financial Officer TJ Gallagher will present at the JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation & Defense Conference in New York on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 1:10 pm EDT. Interested investors may access Mr.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: 5 Tenant Considerations Prior to Executing a Lease
Our Colorado NewsMarch 1, 2012

Matt Call is the co-founder and principal of NavPoint Real Estate Group. Matt brings a wealth of commercial real estate industry expertise having spent the previous four years as director of commercial real estate services for a boutique firm serving ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton mediation first case under new Calif. law
Ventura County StarMarch 1, 2012

(AP) - Beleaguered Stockton is the first California city to test a new union-backed law aimed at protecting public employee contracts by making it harder for municipalities to file bankruptcy. Stockton is trying to avoid becoming the most populous US ...more »

Litigation
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Yahoo v. Facebook: Litigation Threats Trump a Partnership
Investorplace.comMarch 2, 2012

Yahoo (NASDAQ:YHOO) and Facebook seem to have gotten along rather well in the past, so it came as a shock to some when the Internet portal and search engine announced it was demanding licensing fees from Facebook for the use of its patents.more »

Business Law
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States won't oppose Honda hybrid mpg settlement
Mainichi Daily NewsMarch 1, 2012

3, 2012 file photo shows Heather Peters, who says her 2006 Honda Civic Hybrid never achieved the 50 mpg Honda claimed in its advertising, presenting her case in small claims court in Torrrance, Calif. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon) SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Attorneys...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pollution concerns raised over sinking of Navy warships
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMarch 4, 2012

The Navy defended its cleaning and inventory process, saying it removes all liquid PCBs, thousands of gallons of fuel, mercury from instruments and other pollutants. "The Sinkex program provides numerous benefits to the Navy by making target vessels ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Loss mounts from scams targeting seniors Crimes hardest to investigate and ...
Arab Times Kuwait English DailyMarch 5, 2012

NEW YORK, March 4, (AP): Boomers beware: Scams, frauds and other financial exploitation schemes targeting older Americans are a growing multibillion-dollar industry enriching the schemers, anguishing the victims and vexing law enforcement officials who ...more »

Personal Injury
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Snowmobile Safety Tips to Avoid Personal Injury from Ferguson Barristers LLP
PR Web (press release)March 3, 2012

Ferguson Barristers LLP, an Ontario personal injury law firm explains the importance of snowmobile safety to avoid brain trauma, spinal chord injury and hypothermia. The law firm also offers helpful snowmobile safety tips to follow when out on the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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NC marriage question explanation OK'd by panel
Jacksonville Daily NewsMarch 2, 2012

Voters will see this on the ballot: "Constitutional amendment to provide that marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this State." State law requires the panel — comprised of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Official malpractice
New York Daily NewsMarch 2, 2012

The department's Office of Professional and Medical Conduct should have stripped his license. But no, OPMC placed Vitoulis under supervision, meaning he was supposed to have a fellow physician do monthly spot-checks of his medical records and billing ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Five Essential Elements of a Successful International Compliance Program
Law.comMarch 1, 2012

In the US alone, 4000 new laws and regulations are in the works -- and that's in addition to the more than 3500 federal regulations passed just last year. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 represented the most ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Q&A: The 4 Keys to Mortgage Modification
LoanSafeMarch 1, 2012

Do I call a law firm? A real estate agent? A loan modification company? Who? A: Call a lawyer experienced in dealing with struggling homeowners. He or she will help you figure out a strategy that may involve a short sale or a loan modification.more »

Franchise and Competition Class Actions: Dismissal of Tim Hortons Class Action ...
JD Supra (press release)March 7, 2012

In support of these claims, the plaintiffs advanced various legal theories based on breach of express and implied terms of the franchise agreements, breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing at common law and under Ontario's Arthur Wishart Act...more »

Sports Law
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WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, ALOpponents rally as appeals ...
WAFFMarch 1, 2012

By Karla Redditte - bio | email A federal appeals court is set to hear arguments in the legal challenges against the tough new Alabama immigration law. Alabama's immigration battle began June 9 th when Governor Bentley signed House Bill 56 into law.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense Starts in Glock GC Theft and Racketeering Trial
Corporate CounselMarch 1, 2012

The defense team began presenting its case Wednesday after a judge rejected their arguments that a Cobb County prosecutor had failed to prove the most basic elements of the crimes with which Jannuzzo is charged. Marietta lawyer Kevin T. Connor, ...more »

Former nursing home CFO sentenced to 3-6 years for embezzlement
Billings GazetteMarch 9, 2012

Bonander, Shepherd of the Valley CEO Jill Hult, and Assistant District Attorney Mike Schafer blamed Vandeventer for accelerating the financial decline at the nursing home in late 2010 that led to its acquisition by a Minnesota company.more »

White Metroparks officers allege discrimination dictates promotions
Hometownlife.comMarch 1, 2012

The Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority is facing two lawsuits alleging age and race discrimination related to the hiring of its police chief last year. / Hal Gould | Staff Photographer By Lisa Roose-Church Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority police ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Top 10 Ideas to Discuss With Your Financial Advisors Now
Business Review USA (press release)March 3, 2012

Exploring charitable trusts with large IRAs for second marriages Large IRAs can pass into testamentary Charitable Remainder Trusts to enjoy the estate charitable deductions while preserving the tax-deferred benefits of the IRA for beneficiaries.more »

Environmental Law
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CARBON ENERGY LIMITED : Appendix 3B and Cleansing Statement
4-tradersMarch 6, 2012

Carbon Energy is a world leader in advanced coal technology. The Company's business is transforming stranded coal resources into high-value fuels with lower carbon emissions to meet the increasing global demand for new, low cost, alternative energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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When trusts are tricky
ifaonline.co.ukMarch 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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Top New York Criminal Defense Lawyer Joel S. Walter to Lead I CARE Foundation ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)March 1, 2012

Joel S. Walter, a highly respected and renown New York City criminal defense lawyer and a Board of Director member of the International Child Abduction Research and Enlightenment Foundation (I CARE Foundation), will oversee the foundation's newly ...more »

Workers Compensation
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How wellness programs can impact workers' compensation costs and how new ...
Smart Business NetworkMarch 1, 2012

The impact these conditions and others have on workers' compensation costs is generally left out of the equation. Studies have shown that workplace wellness programs have the ability to generate a significant reduction in return-to-work days, ...more »

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