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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 »

China vs. North Korea's Refugees
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

Beijing forcibly repatriates these unfortunates without giving them a chance to apply for asylum. North Koreans who are suspected of having met Christians, South Koreans or Americans while in China are executed or shipped off to the gulag.more »

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Administrative Law
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DELAWARE: Legislators push for deep look at Social Security denials
Delmarva NowMarch 1, 2012

The agency's administrative law judges in Dover have denied 57 percent of the cases they've heard since October, compared to a national average of 41 percent, statistics show. It was the fifth-highest denial rate among the agency's 170 hearing offices.more »

Health Care Law
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Senate puts members on record for or against Obama law requiring free birth ...
Washington PostMarch 1, 2012

Republicans are pushing legislation to allow insurers and employers to opt out of any provision in the president's health care law to which they object on moral or religious grounds. That includes the requirement to cover the cost of birth control.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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US Refining Margins Decline as Mid-Continent Crude Oil and Light/Heavy ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

US Jones Act Fleet: A Potential Source of Incremental Products Supply to US Northeast? Recent refinery closures in the US Northeast and Virgin Islands have prompted questions about replacement supply sources and associated product price impacts.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration Laws of Alabama, Georgia Under Scrutiny in US Appeals Court
BloombergMarch 1, 2012

Alabama and Georgia are arguing to salvage state laws targeting illegal immigrants in a hearing before a federal court that already said there's a “substantial likelihood” some parts will be thrown out. A three-judge panel that began hearing cases ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kaonetics Announces Partnership with Center for Innovation
Virtual-Strategy MagazineMarch 3, 2012

Kaonetics, which recently moved its headquarters to Fort Worth, is developing multiple technology platforms based on energy waveforms with potential applications in military, law enforcement and other industries. Among other things, testing shows that ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Desal plant to sue for delay fines
The AustralianMarch 1, 2012

SA Water has revealed several issues are in dispute between the two parties, and a hearing on the first of these is expected within a month by a jointly-appointed dispute resolution board. Documents lodged in the Victorian Supreme Court last year ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Drug firms are target of lawsuit
Cherry Hill Courier PostMarch 8, 2012

... about the payments from health insurance plans. The coupons will eventually drive up consumers' health premiums and can cause patients to reach benefit caps quicker, according to Community Catalyst's Prescription Access Litigation project, ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa governor signs law penalizing animal rights activists
Chicago TribuneMarch 6, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that could result in penalties on animal rights activists who pose as employees or attempt to get inside agricultural production facilities in other ways to expose possible animal ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Louis Vuitton Threatens to Sue Law School Over a Parodic Logo Poster
New York MagazineMarch 8, 2012

By Alex Rees Well, this is embarrassing for whoever teaches trademark law at UPenn: To promote an upcoming symposium on fashion law and intellectual property, the University of Pennsylvania Law School designed some eye-catching posters riffing on Louis ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fannie and Freddie: Shangri-La for Lawyers
Fox BusinessMarch 1, 2012

And under the 2008 federal law letting the government seize Fannie and Freddie, the former executives would be prohibited from suing the companies' bankruptcy estate—they'd have to get in line with other unsecured creditors, and possibly end up with ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Perhaps a softer form of affirmative action is needed
Stockton RecordMarch 2, 2012

I support soft forms of affirmative action, such as outreach efforts or attempts to advertise in minority communities. But I oppose hard racial preferences, as when a university sets a numerical quota or puts minority applications in a separate pile.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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Owners avoid renting out apartments to Saudis
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkMarch 4, 2012

Al-Qahtani said field inspections conducted by NSHR confirmed landlords were biased against Saudi tenants in many cities in the Kingdom. The inspections were made after complaints were received about the discriminative practices of landlords in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Second half of Spurs season could be one of most exciting in team's history
KENS 5 TVMarch 1, 2012

As they say, things are never as good as they look or as bad as they seem. For starters, the Spurs are still a work in progress. And let's not forget that Manu Ginobili has missed 26 of the team's 35 with injuries. While the Bulls (29-8) demonstrated ...more »

Litigation
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More litigation follows Freed & Weiss dispute
Madison County RecordMarch 8, 2012

CHICAGO - An outside business litigation firm recently joined the mix of parties taking legal action against named partners at Freed & Weiss LLC. The firm, Williams Montgomery & John LTD., (WMJ), filed a complaint March 1 against Eric D. Freed, ...more »

Business Law
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Crime map disclaimer
Lexington Herald LeaderMarch 1, 2012

Misuse of the data may subject a party to criminal prosecution for false advertising under KRS 517.030. The Division of Police may, at its option, discontinue this service at any time without notice.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy 'Sinkex' raises pollution fear
Fox NewsMarch 3, 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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FBI chief warns cyber crime on par with terrorism
Bangkok PostMarch 2, 2012

Today's hackers are savvy and often work in groups, like traditional crime families. Private sector computer security researchers have attributed waves of cyber assaults to nations out to steal government or business secrets.more »

Personal Injury
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Trusted Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer Now Offering Clients Zero Attorney ...
PR Web (press release)March 5, 2012

This is why the leading Los Angeles personal injury attorney, Farhad Hamdam, is now offering his services to all locals that need a risk-free alternative for legal representation. The costs associated with even a minor accident can be staggering.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A panel created by North Carolina law will decide how to inform voters about a ...
WFMY News 2March 1, 2012

AP RALEIGH, NC -- A panel created by North Carolina law will decide how to inform voters about a proposed constitutional amendment on the May ballot to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The Constitutional Amendments Publication Commission meets ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fowler White Burnett Expands Maritime Practice Groups
PR Web (press release)March 7, 2012

"We are the only firm in Florida who can provide full legal service to the entire maritime community.” Fowler White Burnett, PA., one of Florida's oldest and well-respected law firms with offices in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Five Financial Reforms That Would Prevent Crises and Promote Prosperity
ForbesMarch 6, 2012

At 848 pages, this law is multiple times longer than the 29-page National Banking Act which established America's nationwide banking system (1864), the 32-page Federal Reserve Act (1913) which nationalized the currency, and the 37-page Glass-Steagall ...more »

Real Estate Law
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STOCKTON, or BUST!
Fox and Hounds Daily (blog)March 2, 2012

By David S. White Principal of David S. White & Associates, a real estate and general business law firm, West Los Angeles The very first real-world test of AB 506, requiring that before municipalities can file Petitions in Bankruptcy (Chapter 9 of the ...more »

Inadvertent Contracts Over Email - How to Avoid Business Litigation
Business Review USA (press release)March 3, 2012

PORTLAND, OR, February 29, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- As the nuances of day-to-day business operation become more complex, Chenoweth Law Group is here to help you avoid unnecessary business & commercial litigation. Everyday, business professionals send ...more »

Sports Law
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General Counsel Finalist (Public - Small): Dobranski's sports injury opens ...
San Francisco Business TimesMarch 2, 2012

First Republic Bank's Edward Dobranski is a finalist in the category of Best General Counsel - Public Company (Small). He is the company's executive vice president, general counsel and secretary. Edward Dobranski's legal career spans from private ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Di Ionno: Ravi webcam trial proves that in cyberworld, even the little things ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.com (blog)March 4, 2012

"Obviously, they communicate differently than (previous generations), with much less direct conservation. And all that communication is recorded and kept by the service providers," said Henry Klingeman, a lawyer connected to the case.more »

MADIGAN SUES NATIONAL TAX PREPARER MO' MONEY
Decatur TribuneMarch 14, 2012

Attorney General Lisa Madigan today sued the national tax preparer Mo' Money for charging taxpayers at least $800000 in hidden costs and fees for services and filing inaccurate tax returns without consumers' authorization. The Attorney General's suit, ...more »

Settlement Conference Set in Age Bias Suit against Kelley Drye
Wall Street Journal (blog)March 7, 2012

The EEOC brought the age-bias case in 2010 on behalf of Eugene D'Ablemont (pictured), a labor lawyer who alleged the firm's policy of de-equitizing partners upon their 70th birthday violated the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. (The firm has since ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate planning workshop in Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire ReviewMarch 2, 2012

The Law Offices of Gary Waitzman will offer a workshop on Estate Planning and Nursing Home Protection Planning 5-7 pm March 14 at Hampton Inn Lincolnshire, 1400 Milwaukee Ave., Lincolnshire. The purpose of this workshop is to provide education about ...more »

Environmental Law
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Linking Climate Policy to Fiscal and Environmental Reform
Brookings InstitutionMarch 2, 2012

These included energy efficiency requirements for such things as vehicles and outdoor lighting. It also included a renewable electricity mandate, which would have required electric utilities to substitute renewable energy (such as wind, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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IN RE ESTATE OF ARRINGTON
Leagle.comMarch 2, 2012

This is a will contest case. The testator's wife, Brenda Arrington, challenges the trial court's judgment, rendered on a jury verdict, admitting the will to probate and appointing the testator's daughter, Patricia Daley, the executrix of the will.more »

Family Law
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Kadyn's Law passes Iowa Senate
Mason City Globe GazetteMarch 1, 2012

The law, advocated by the family of the late 7-year-old Kadyn Halverson of rural Kensett, increases penalties for those violating school bus stop arm law. “It was very emotional for all, including legislators,” said Kim Koenigs of Osage, ...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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