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Man indicted on terror charges in NYC bomb case
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

The effort culminated "in the successful construction of one explosive device and the attempted construction of two others," it says. Most terror cases are federal, but this one was brought under a state terror law passed after the Sept. 11 attacks.more »

Northern Ireland report: Statistically the future is Catholic and female
Belfast TelegraphMarch 1, 2012

Both dissident republicans and loyalists who have turned to crime look likely to continue to operate. The dissidents have a far lower capacity than the IRA enjoyed at any point in their campaign but they have no political exit strategy.more »

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Administrative Law
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Jindal names 2 to state ethics board
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneMarch 30, 2012

Jean Ingrassia practiced law for 35 years and was a federal administrative law judge from 1994 to 2006. She is being reappointed to represent the 3rd Congressional District. The ethics board is made up of 11 members. The governor appoints seven to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Super PAC ads make little-known health care board an issue
USA TODAYMarch 14, 2012

James Martin, the group's chairman, called the ads the "opening salvo" in its efforts to dismantle the board and the sweeping health care law that created it. He said the group's spending could exceed $20 million in this election.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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With GPS Data Out, Feds Eye Warrantless Cell Phone Surveillance
Wired NewsMarch 31, 2012

By David Kravets Prosectors are shifting their focus to warrantless cell-tower locational tracking of suspects in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that law enforcement should acquire probable-cause warrants from judges to affix GPS devices to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration, marriage laws leave same-sex couples in limbo
MiamiHerald.com (blog)March 22, 2012

BY CURTIS TATE, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — Love may cross oceans and borders, but tens of thousands of same-sex couples in the United States live under the threat of separation because federal law prohibits immigration authorities from treating ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Global Growth Trust Closes On Land For Tampa Apartment Development
PR Web (press release)March 30, 2012

Global Growth Trust, Inc. (herein also referred to as the “Company”) intends that all such forward-looking statements be covered by the safe-harbor provisions for forward-looking statements of Section 27A of the Securities Act and Section 21E of the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Synacor Enables BendBroadband to Offer TV Everywhere to Their Subscribers
Broadcast NewsroomMarch 30, 2012

Synacor, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYNC), provider of the leading technology platform enabling cable, satellite, telecom and consumer electronics companies to authenticate their consumers and deliver digital entertainment, TV Everywhere, and online services, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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On the move with Huie, Fernambucq, & Stewart, FederalGraphics, and more
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)March 27, 2012

... for Kia Motors in California, managing Kia's warranty and product liability litigation. At Huie, Fernambucq & Stewart, his practice is focused in automotive liability, product liability, insurance defense, premises liability and breach of contract.more »

Animal Law
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KCTV 5National group addresses animal hoarding with local law enforcement
KCTV Kansas CityMarch 31, 2012

The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spoke to local law enforcement and animal control Friday about how to spot an animal hoarder. "Hoarding isn't about the number of animals, it's about the quality of care.more »

Intellectual Property
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Israeli enterprises to establish intellectual property platform in Chengdu
China DailyMarch 27, 2012

A cooperative framework agreement on the establishment of an intellectual property platform was signed at the forum. Under the terms of the agreement, the Chengdu Science and Technology Bureau will join hands with the Infinity Group to set up a local ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law firm calls for asbestos removal
The AustralianMarch 28, 2012

Slater & Gordon says it conducted the first successful common law asbestos litigation case in 1984. Since then the firm has acted for thousands of people exposed to and diagnosed with an asbestos related disease and helped negotiate the James Hardie ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Memorial University policy endorses racial discrimination
The TelegramMarch 30, 2012

Affirmative action is a racially based policy that became ascendant in the 1970s and has largely refused to go away, even though some more enlightened states — such as California and Sweden — have banned it. The MUN release declares, “Memorial has ...more »

Inspector General: Aviation Department Wasted At Least $171000
CBS LocalMarch 9, 2012

CHICAGO (CBS) — The City of Chicago's inspector general says the Department of Aviation wasted at least $171000 on GPS tracking that didn't work and vehicle tracking capability that it almost never used. As WBBM Newsradio's Bob Roberts reports, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Can a Landlord Demand Online-Only Rent Payment?
ReutersMarch 12, 2012

In response, Jones & Jones' attorney said residents can apply for a waiver to continue paying rent the old-fashioned way. But Jones & Jones can revoke that waiver at any time, a tenant organizer complained. Still, existing law prevents landlords from ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Improving city services is most important to Detroiters, new Free Press poll shows
Detroit Free PressMarch 29, 2012

David Hardy, 40, bottom right, is one of the 43% of Detroiters citing crime as the number one issue. By Todd Spangler, Paul Egan, Cecil Angel and Bill Laitner Richard Grove said his main concern is crime in his east-side neighborhood.more »

Litigation
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HUI LIN HUANG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comMarch 28, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Margaret J. Perry, Senior Litigation Counsel, Anh-Thu P. Mai-Windle, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, Civil Div., US Dep't of Justice, Washington, DC, submitted a brief for Respondent.more »

Business Law
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Apple offers to refund Australian customers misled by 4G ad
PanARMENIAN.NetMarch 28, 2012

Australia's Competition and Consumer Commission has taken Apple to the Federal Court for false advertising over its "iPad with Wi-Fi + 4G" promotion, because the popular tablet device does not work on the local 4G frequency. The US tech giant's lawyers ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pelosi, Hoyer rebuke Boehner for DOMA defense in veteran case
Washington BladeMarch 31, 2012

1, the Southern Poverty Law Center filed the lawsuit against DOMA in the US District Court for the Central District of California on behalf of Tracey Cooper-Harris, who's seeking benefits as a disabled Army veteran her spouse, Maggie Cooper-Harris.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Visalia police make 2nd arrest in child molestation case
Visalia Times-DeltaMarch 19, 2012

Earlier last week, members of the Central Valley Internet Crimes Against Children task force arrested Eberle, 28, when they served a warrant in the 1000 block of South Bradley Street. Eberle was arrested on suspicion of continuous sexual battery and ...more »

Personal Injury
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Texas Accident Attorney Shane R. Kadlec Improves Website to Further Assist Clients
Houston ChronicleMarch 14, 2012

The Houston, Texas law firm of Shane R. Kadlec launches an improved website to make it easier than ever to connect with an experienced personal injury lawyer or get answers to basic legal questions. The Houston, Texas law firm of Shane R. Kadlec ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Stanford law school dean to step down in September
San Jose Mercury NewsMarch 29, 2012

Kramer has been dean since 2004, when he succeeded constitutional scholar Kathleen Sullivan. Kramer's departure leaves a plum opening in a law school considered among the top three in the country, along with Harvard and Yale.more »

Professional Malpractice
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AP: Lawyers give more to Democrats in Senate race
The Journal News | LoHud.comMarch 23, 2012

Trial lawyers who file malpractice lawsuits have traditionally contributed heavily to Democratic politicians, who generally oppose caps on damages in personal injury cases while many Republicans have supported limits. Two contributors say that is one ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Is 'Consumer Protection' Just Another Federal Reserve Power Grab?
Business InsiderMarch 30, 2012

This is truly Orwellian: the latest and greatest Executive Branch/Federal Reserve power grab is labeled "consumer protection." I am indebted to correspondent Jim S. who seems to be one of the few Americans to have actually sorted through this ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New WA State Law: Carbon Monoxide Alarms Required To Sell Owner-Occupied Homes
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)March 27, 2012

A new law emphasizing the importance of carbon monoxide alarms in Washington homes has created many questions about which real estate transactions it affects. Here are a few points synopsized from a recent Coldwell Banker Danforth memo to clarify the ...more »

A Run for Their Money
Wall Street JournalMarch 30, 2012

Now out of the business and apparently eager to vaporize any bridges back to it, Mr. Luchs has written "Illegal Procedure," a cautionary confessional that mostly lives up to the subtitle's promise: "A sports agent comes clean on the dirty business of ...more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNMarch 31, 2012

NEW: Gay marriage law heads to appeals court in Mass. BOSTON (AP) — A battle over a law that denies federal benefits for married same-sex couples is headed to an appeals court in Massachusetts, the first state in the nation to legalize gay marriage.more »

Criminal Defense
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Prosecutors: Sandusky committed crime with victim in Tampa
Tbo.comMarch 2, 2012

Sandusky, 68, is confined to his home while he awaits trial on 52 criminal counts. He denies the allegations, and his lawyer said he did not think anything in the latest filing would change his defense strategy. "We are continuing with the preparation ...more »

Financial spring cleaning: Time to purge
CBS NewsMarch 21, 2012

Tax returns/supporting documents: Here's a bum rap: You can only amend your tax returns going back three years, but the IRS has seven years to audit your returns. As a result, you need to hold on to your returns and all supporting documents for the ...more »

EEOC Issues Final Rule on “Reasonable Factors Other than Age” Under the ADEA
JobmouseMarch 29, 2012

WASHINGTON – The US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued the “Final Regulation on Disparate Impact and Reasonable Factors Other than Age” (RFOA) under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA).more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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VidSys and BRS Labs Extend Global Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)March 27, 2012

"Together, we're able to provide our joint customers with the critical ability to proactively identify security threats as they unfold in order to better protect people, property and assets." Through the integration of the VidSys PSIM software, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Long-term alternatives to nuclear energy needed
Korea TimesMarch 9, 2012

No doubt the move was aimed to stop the Fukushima incident from dashing cold water on Seoul's self-celebration for becoming a global ``nuclear energy power.” Law enforcement authorities must find out the truth behind state agencies' systematic cover-up ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Chance to draw up your will without charge
Salisbury JournalMarch 8, 2012

Gill Bassett, wills and probate solicitor at the firm, said: “It is surprising how many people, young and old, don't have a valid will and don't appreciate how important it is to have one. “Dying without a will makes life much more complicated for your ...more »

Family Law
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New family laws are divorced from reality
TehelkaMarch 30, 2012

By Flavia Agnes IT APPEARS that “family laws” have suddenly become extremely topical, claiming front-page space in the print media and catching eyeballs in the electronic media. Things seem to be moving in so many different directions.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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