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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 »

Ex-Massey security director gets three years in UBB case
Charleston GazetteMarch 1, 2012

A former Massey Energy security director deserves to spend three years in prison for lying to investigators and trying to destroy documents, but should not be blamed for the worst coal-mining disaster in nearly 40 years, a federal judge concluded ...more »

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Administrative Law
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President judge: No county judge will hear Lupas cases
Citizens VoiceMarch 30, 2012

"It was very evident here with the father of a sitting judge, this would be a full court recusal," Burke said. He said all 10 of the county's judges were in agreement on the matter. Burke said he notified the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania ...more »

Health Care Law
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Will the Supreme Court let parts of health care law stand?
CNNMarch 29, 2012

Washington (CNN) -- After three days of very public debate, the US Supreme Court now retreats from the spotlight to make decisions that could topple some or all of the the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Barack Obama.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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BP Case Shifts to Fight Over U.S. Pollution Fines That May Top $17 Billion
BloombergMarch 5, 2012

Barbier will move quickly to set a new trial date, Carl Tobias, who teaches product-liability and mass-tort law at the University of Richmond in Virginia, said in a phone interview. “It should be a pretty seamless transition from the PSC to the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia Lawmakers Drop College Ban from Immigration Bill
Fox NewsMarch 28, 2012

"Instead of just jeopardizing all this when we didn't have the support for the education part, I told them to pull that off if we need to and move forward with the rest of it." The bill still makes some tweaks to last year's law targeting illegal ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Rajasthan's single window law facilitates investment: Minister
TwoCircles.netMarch 28, 2012

By IANS, Jaipur : Rajasthan Industries Minister Rajendra Pareek Wednesday said the state government's single window act had facilitated investment in the state, which had emerged as one of the most preferred destinations for industrial investment.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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The WTO Rare Earths Trade Dispute: An Analysis
Resource InvestorMarch 29, 2012

It also looks at various criticisms of the complainants for filing the disputes. In addition, the article looks at the consequences of the various potential outcomes of the disputes, once they have been concluded, and looks at clues as to how things ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Justice Department Requires Divestitures In Humana Inc.'s Acquisition of ...
Insurance News Net (press release)March 29, 2012

The department's Antitrust Division filed a civil lawsuit today in the US District Court in Washington, DC , to block the proposed acquisition. At the same time, the department filed a proposed settlement that, if approved by the court, would resolve ...more »

Animal Law
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Japanese cat lovers snarl at new law
Ammon NewsMarch 6, 2012

The government says the real targets of the tighter animal protection law are late-night pet shops, which often sell dogs and cats around the clock. The animals are kept in small cages under bright lights that are never sitched off.more »

Intellectual Property
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People and honors: March 18
Knoxville News SentinelMarch 19, 2012

n Esther Roberts Bell has founded Global Intellectual Property Asset Management in Knoxville. She was previously a shareholder with Pitts, Lake & Bell. n Coulter & Justus announces the following promotions: David Breeden, IT director; Patsy Bragg, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Peck Bloom Welcomes Two New Estate Attorneys In Chicago As Partners
Einnews PortugalMarch 31, 2012

Peck Bloom, a law firm that focuses on elder law in Chicago, announces two new partners, Cameron DeGuerre and Timothy Ritchey. CHICAGO, IL, March 30, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Peck Bloom, a law firm that focuses on elder law in Chicago, welcomes two ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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John Payton dies at 65; prominent civil rights attorney
Los Angeles TimesMarch 26, 2012

He also led the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. John Payton, shown in 2009, was named to the National Law Journal's list of the decade's most influential lawyers in 2010. (Alex Brandon, Associated Press / May 13, 2009) John Payton, ...more »

Details emerge in plane crash
Asheville Citizen-TimesMarch 25, 2012

FRANKLIN — The plane that crashed last week at the Macon County Airport hit the runway nose-first before the right wing clipped the ground and the jet flipped over, bursting into flames. That's according to a report issued by the National ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Men not guilty over noisy neighbour attack 26, 2012

Randall Savage, left, and David Phipps deny taking the law to their own hands to deal with noisy neighbours. Two men accused of taking the law into their own hands to quieten a noisy party house in Paraparaumu have been found not guilty.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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NC Attorney General: Top Ten List of Consumer Complaints
LoanSafeMarch 6, 2012

Complaints about scams that promise to fix your credit or settle your debts for an upfront fee are increasingly common. Under North Carolina law, it's illegal to charge an upfront fee for credit repair or debt settlement help.more »

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Quote of the Day: Paying $14K/Month to the Woman You Used to Bang Certainly ...
Above the LawMarch 30, 2012

The practice areas of these placements have been cap markets (3), M&A (3), Litigation (2), Fund Formation (1) and Project Finance (2). Two of these persons are fluent in Korean, eight are fluent in Mandarin and one is Indian background.more »

Business Law
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Romney's attack ad strategy: time for Obama soon?
WANDMarch 29, 2012

ROF has released one ad scoffing at the president's history as a community organizer and law professor. And while Romney's campaign itself has run mostly positive ads during the primary, it has released several online videos using Obama's words against ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military benefits provided opportunity for higher education for some student ...
SRU The Online RocketMarch 31, 2012

Bergfelt, 27, said he didn't know what he wanted to do at the time, so joining the Army became an opportunity for his future. The military offered him a job and an opportunity to live on three continents, but another benefit he said he is really proud ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Des Plaines Man Facing 20 Child Porn-Related Charges
Journal & Topics Newspapers OnlineMarch 30, 2012

Des Plaines police conducted the investigation because the suspect lived in Des Plaines and the department has detectives assigned to the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Detectives seized a computer, internal hard drives, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Former Tinley Park cop pleads guilty to DUI, leaving accident
Chicago TribuneMarch 30, 2012

Today, Leonard, 38, entered a blind plea to felony charges of failure to report an accident involving personal injury and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He faces up to 7 years in prison, but is also eligible for probation, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murray-Darling legal stoush
Weekly Times NowMarch 31, 2012

Constitutional law experts, including the Dean of Law at the University of Adelaide, John Williams, said the opinion would carry a great deal of weight with the High Court if it came to rule on the relationship between the commonwealth and the states ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Hull Barrett Attorney Named to North Augusta, SC Family Y Board of Directors
PR Web (press release)March 19, 2012

The firm is engaged in a general civil practice providing a broad range of legal services with an emphasis on general litigation, trials and appeals; securities and corporate law; mergers, acquisitions and public offerings; local government law and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Jiffy Lube Franchisee Loses Bid To Dismiss Text Spam Lawsuit
MediaPost CommunicationsMarch 19, 2012

US District Court Judge Jeffrey Miller in the Southern District of California rejected Heartland's argument that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, which requires companies to obtain users' express consent before sending them text ads, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Clarke completes professional real estate course
Wicked LocalMarch 30, 2012

Realtor Institute program curriculum includes such subjects as residential construction and design, listings, pricing property, marketing, law, finance, ethics, management, advertising, real estate calculation and taxation.more »

Overview (March 2012)
International Law OfficeMarch 29, 2012

Lebanon has also ratified the Washington Convention and the Arab Convention on Commercial Arbitration. The Code of Civil Procedure, which was enacted by Legislative Decree 90/83 and amended by Law 440/2002, devotes Chapter 2 to arbitration.more »

Sports Law
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Federal judge strikes down parts of Wis. union law
WRICMarch 30, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Calendar AP National News Video More>> Supreme Court takes up key health care law issue: Can the gov't force you to carry insurance?more »

Criminal Defense
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State hampered by reliance on an unsavory witness
Boston.comMarch 24, 2012

In interviews, criminal defense lawyers and former prosecutors said Conley might have waited to bring the case to trial. There is no statute of limitations for murder, meaning there was no official deadline against which he was working.more »

MyTaxAuction Professionals Increase Savings Through Tax Planning
WebWire (press release)March 12, 2012 helps people understand the importance of correctly filing taxes and tax planning in their new eBook, “5 ½ Reasons you LOSE MONEY Preparing Your Own Taxes”. March 12, 2012 –Tax planning is an important element in saving money ...more »

Wells Fargo Financial Michigan Settles EEOC Race and Age Discrimination Suit
JobmouseMarch 26, 2012

Financial services company Wells Fargo Financial Michigan, Inc., has agreed to settle an age and race discrimination suit brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for $55000, the agency announced Friday.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate planning workshop
Wicked LocalMarch 25, 2012

By Anonymous PLYMOUTH - Elder Law Attorney Robert Romano will conduct a free “Estate Planning Essentials” workshop from 6 to 8 pm Monday, March 26, at the Plymouth Public Library, at 132 South St. Nursing home costs can destroy your family's security.more »

Environmental Law
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Western Wind Energy Corp., Results to be Released on March 30, 2012 ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)March 29, 2012

Western Wind Energy Corp. (OTCQX: WNDEF; TSX.V: WND) trades in the United States on the OTCQX under the symbol "WNDEF" and on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "WND". Western Wind is a vertically integrated renewable energy production company ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law Offices of Robert P. Bergman
San Francisco ChronicleMarch 14, 2012

... Trust & Probate Law (State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization). Law practice exclusively devoted to estate planning for families, especially families with young children, including wills, living trust planning, advance health care ...more »

Family Law
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Same-sex couple denied family discount at West Manchester swimming pool
York Daily RecordMarch 25, 2012

Many municipalities have no anti-discrimination law that could apply. By BILL LANDAUER York, PA - When Michelle Gladfelter of Manchester Township applied for membership at a local sports club, she envisioned her family splashing around one of the three ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Lawyer Claims Highest Known Workers' Comp Settlement in California History
Insurance JournalMarch 7, 2012

By Don Jergler | March 7, 2012 Attorney Christopher Asvar believes he has secured the highest known workers' compensation insurance settlement in California history, totaling $8.9 million on behalf of a Antonio Enriquez, who suffered a traumatic brain ...more »


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