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Larchmont Residents Lose Thousands in Fraud
The Daily LarchmontMarch 1, 2012

by Brian Donnelly (email) LARCHMONT, NY -- Multiple Larchmont residents reported that unauthorized withdrawals had been made from their bank accounts, including one of $130000, according to the Larchmont Police Department. - On Feb.more »

Rights-based approach needed in new law on legal capacity
Irish TimesMarch 1, 2012

The automatic loss of human rights of those placed under guardianship is a practice that must be changed. As work is under way to overhaul the 1871 Lunacy Act, Ireland is in a prime position to be a progressive leader in this area and ensure its reform ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Labor Law and Security Experts Testify About Workers' Rights Violations at Loomis
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

The hearing was held by UNI's Swedish Commission of Inquiry into the Labor Practices of Loomis. The commission, which is comprised of Swedish union leaders and legal experts, was organized by UNI, the global labor federation for services sector workers ...more »

Health Care Law
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Limbaugh Apologizes To Law Student
MyFox MemphisMarch 4, 2012

The student, Sandra Fluke, had testified to congressional Democrats in support of their national health care policy that would compel her college to offer health plans that cover her birth control. "My choice of words was not the best, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Limbaugh slur of law student draws Obama into fray
Houston ChronicleMarch 5, 2012

Photo: Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones / AP NEW YORK (AP) — Ever eager to provoke, Rush Limbaugh has now succeeded into drawing the White House into a skirmish. The spark: Limbaugh telling his talk show fans that a law student was a "slut" for her ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia to Take Up Bill Barring Undocumented Immigrants From Colleges
Fox NewsMarch 5, 2012

Pro immigration Demonstrators march outside the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals which is hearing arguments in the legal challenges against tough new laws targeting illegal immigration in Alabama and Georgia, Thursday, March 1, 2012, in Atlanta.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lebanon County approves city tax-abatement program
Lebanon Daily NewsMarch 2, 2012

For example, if the owner of a property makes improvements that increases the property's real-estate tax liability from $10000 to $14000, the tax bill would remain at $10000 for the first three years, then go to $12000 for two years.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation could work for BC teachers – if two sides stop shouting at each other
Globe and MailMarch 1, 2012

The BC government has turned to the process of mediation to resolve the acrimonious dispute over the contract for the province's 40000 teachers. The teachers federation says the process is a sham, with the outcome dictated by an education bill unveiled ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Senate wrangles over personal-injury protection insurance bill
Sun-SentinelMarch 7, 2012

And unlike the House, the Senate would not impose strict limits on the fees attorneys can earn in PIP litigation. The Senate plan also would compel insurance companies to reduce PIP premiums by at least 25 percent unless they can demonstrate, ...more »

Animal Law
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Pit Bull Kills Poodle; Owner Banned from Owning Dogs for 10 Years
Opposing ViewsMarch 2, 2012

... to two counts of violating the Dog Owners Liability Act. He was banned from owning another dog for ten years because of (1) failing to prevent the dog from biting or attacking a person or domestic animal and (2) allowing the Pit Pull to stray.more »

Intellectual Property
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The Patent Board Ranks Heska's Science Strength in Biotechnology Industry Top 50
Genetic Engineering NewsMarch 6, 2012

"We are pleased to once again have our intellectual property and, accordingly, our scientific innovation recognized by a respected third party," said Dr. Robert Grieve, Heska's Chairman and CEO. "Heska's founding value was predicated on great science ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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School prayer bill likely to become law
Orlando SentinelMarch 2, 2012

But opponents said the proposal is a pathway to costly litigation for school boards. "The only message we're going to be sending is 'Hello, school boards; get our your check books,'" said Rep. Irv Slosberg, D-Boca Raton. The "inspirational messages" ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action, admission preferences being challenged in court
TCU 360March 1, 2012

More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday heard a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions. The US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit ...more »

ITT Exelis CEO David F. Melcher to present at 2012 JP Morgan Aviation...
StockhouseMarch 7, 2012

ITT Exelis CEO David F. Melcher to present at 2012 JP Morgan Aviation, Transportation and Defense Conference ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) today announced that Chief Executive Officer and President David F. Melcher will present at the JP Morgan Aviation, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Commercial properties: Village on Venetian Bay sold
The News-PressMarch 4, 2012

An investment group purchased a 108000 square foot high-end retail center known as The Village on Venetian Bay from Scott F. Lutgert, Trustee, at 4200-4300 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples, for $32450000. David J. Stevens, CCIM, of Investment Properties ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Paydayloansolutions.net Provides the Borrower With Extremely Fast Payday Loans...
SBWire (press release)March 1, 2012

Payday loans are also taken by the people who are going through tough financial times. Payday loans are also called bad credit loans because they can be borrowed by a person with bad bank history. Experts of the website say that payday loans have a ...more »

Litigation
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Social justice litigation for transgenders
The HinduMarch 5, 2012

Under Section 4(d) of the Legal Services Authorities Act, 1987, NALSA is bound to take necessary steps by way of social justice litigation on matters of special concern to weaker sections. At a meeting of the Central Authority of NALSA, held in Patna ...more »

Business Law
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Rights fight part of business
China DailyMarch 1, 2012

Legal claims and counterclaims over intellectual property rights have become part of doing business not just in China, but in many other countries as well. So has using litigation, and the threat of litigation, as a commercial weapon.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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VA honors women Veterans for courage and sacrifice
News-Medical.netMarch 9, 2012

In these three- to five-minute video vignettes, women Veterans spanning various eras and service branches talk about their experiences in the military and how they made VA benefits work for them. VA offers women Veterans employment services, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Communication Ministry of Azerbaijan offers to develop policy against Internet...
Azerbaijan Business CenterMarch 2, 2012

Communication and Information Technologies Ministry of Azerbaijan offers to develop policy against cyber crimes. Communication and Information Technologies Minister of Azerbaijan Ali Abbasov has reported that provision of information safety is the main ...more »

Personal Injury
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Utah Personal Injury Lawyers Appear in Newsweek and Major Media Networks
PR Web (press release)March 1, 2012

A string of recent media appearances has highlighted a firm that already stands out in excellence amongst fellow Utah personal injury lawyers. The mounting accolades awarded to attorneys Ken Christensen and Russ Hymas of the Christensen Law Firm are ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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UT Law Professor Stirs Controversy Regarding Ohio School Shooting
The HornMarch 2, 2012

Johnson said he thought he had spoken directly to constitutional law professors when he posted a link to a New York Times story on the Ohio school shooting with his controversial Con Law List Serve statement, which said that the recent Chardon, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Carol Payne Joins Taber Estes Thorne & Carr
Citybizlist (press release)March 7, 2012

... including real estate disputes, contract claims, False Claims Act cases, and energy-related litigation. She also handles cases involving legal malpractice, disqualification, ethics and professional liability. "Taber Estes is a one-of-a-kind firm, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Suit to test protections of religious employers
The TennesseanMarch 5, 2012

... where it is poised to test both the limits on religious institutions' immunity from employee lawsuits and the breadth of the new Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Ron Nollner, a former Metro councilman from Madison who led ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Atty: Accused NYC madam was starting dating biz
Glens Falls Post-StarMarch 6, 2012

But Anna Gristina's advocates portrayed her Tuesday as a dedicated suburban mom, animal rescuer and former real estate broker who was working on building an online dating service. Jailed on a seven-figure bail on a single charge of promoting ...more »

Court rules against The Band's Helm in TV ad suit
Wall Street JournalMarch 1, 2012

AP NEW YORK — A Manhattan court says Levon Helm long ago signed away rights that let an advertising agency use a famous song in a cell phone commercial decades later. The Band's former drummer and singer sued ad agency BBDO Worldwide Inc. in 2004.more »

Sports Law
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Greenwich Sports Roundup: March 2
Patch.comMarch 2, 2012

Robustelli's plaque was added along with the other inductees, which included longtime NBA referee Bennett Salvatore, another Stamford native and Robustelli's son-in-law. Joining Robustelli and Salvatore were five other area sports legends -- former NBA ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Live blog: Defense argues there is 'ample evidence' Jason Young is not guilty
NBC17.comMarch 1, 2012

Defense attorney Mike Klinkosum concludes his case to the jury in Jason Young case, argues that the only 'fair' verdict is not guilty. (more) Judge Donald Stephens instructs the jury on Monday. NBC-17 is live blogging the murder trial of Jason Young in ...more »

Watch For Red Flags When Choosing Tax Pro
KESQMarch 13, 2012

If you get audited, remember that only an enrolled agent, a tax law specialist or a certified public accountant or tax attorney can represent you before the IRS. You can check with your local Better Business Bureau or the state bar association to see ...more »

Lawsuit alleges age, race discrimination at police metro authority
Hometownlife.comMarch 2, 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 Huron-Clinton Metropolitan Authority police officers allege age...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Geithner warns against financial crisis 'amnesia'
Tampabay.comMarch 3, 2012

Geithner offered a vigorous and personal defense of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which has been sharply criticized by the financial industry and Republicans as a severe regulatory overreaction that is hindering the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Land Use Must Change to Meet Biofuel Targets
Laboratory EquipmentMarch 1, 2012

An alternative, according to a study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology, would be to convert 60 percent of existing rangeland to biofuels. William Smith, from The Univ. of Montana, and colleagues explain that the 2007 Energy...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Website Provides Wealth of Information on Probate Issues in Georgia
Citybizlist (press release)March 1, 2012

Smith's practice concentrates on two primary areas of law - probate/estate and conservatorship/guardianship work and business and corporate work. He also is serving his 18th year as the county administrator/county conservator for Gwinnett County.more »

Family Law
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Families describe victims crushed by debris
Deseret NewsMarch 2, 2012

George Jones said his sister-in-law, Melissa Evans Beaty, had been at home in her double-wide mobile home with her husband, son and two grandchildren when the storm hit. Jones, who lives about 5 miles away, was one of several family members gathered on ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp cost may soar
Worcester TelegramMarch 2, 2012

The cost of employee compensation insurance for Massachusetts employers could rise dramatically later this year if rates proposed by insurers are approved by state regulators. The Workers' Compensation Rating and Inspection Bureau of Massachusetts, ...more »

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