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SEIU and Allies Lodge Unprecedented NAFTA Complaint, Hitting 'Abusive' Alabama ...
eNews Park ForestMay 1, 2012

MEXICO CITY--(ENEWSPF)--April 30 - The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and a Mexican labor lawyers group today filed a path breaking complaint with Mexico's Department of Labor challenging Alabama's anti-immigrant law HB 56 under the ...more »

Gaetzes standing up for 'Stand Your Ground' law
The News HeraldMay 1, 2012

While motions are filed and trial dates are negotiated in the prosecution of George Zimmerman, the media's obsession has shifted to Florida's “Stand Your Ground” law. Riding the extreme rhetoric of Al Sharpton and encouraged by the “concerns” of US ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Former MC woman wins wrongful termination case
Mason City Globe GazetteMay 1, 2012

Her case went before an administrative law judge who ruled in favor of FedEx on all counts in May 2011. Johnson appealed the decision to the Mason City Human Rights Commission. This month, the commission unanimously rejected the administrative law ...more »

Health Care Law
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HHS: Obama health law, stimulus expanded clinic access to millions
The Hill (blog)May 1, 2012

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said that the Affordable Care Act will have funded the construction of more than 300 new community health centers by 2014. Sixty-seven have been completed so far, it said. Nearly 200 local clinics have ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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St. Louis CVC asks judge whether Dome records should be released publicly
STLtoday.comMay 2, 2012

The Edward Jones Dome, home of the St. Louis Rams, as seen from the elevated deck of the Four Seasons Hotel on March, 1, 2012. Photo by David Carson, dcarson@post-dispatch.com Do you think the Edward Jones Dome negotiations should be done in public or ...more »

Immigration Law
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NH lawmakers show little support for Arizona immigration law
Eagle TribuneMay 2, 2012

By Norma Love AP CONCORD — A New Hampshire resolution in support of the tough Arizona law that requires police to check the immigration status of people they want to stop for any reason drew opposition yesterday rather than support.more »

Industrial Development Law
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BC changes 1st Nations investment law
Castanet.netMay 4, 2012

"This is really an historic opportunity," Polak said at a news conference shortly after introducing Bill 43, The First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act Implementation Act. "It doesn't solve all the issues with respect to reserve land, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Peru could find itself snared in the Falklands/Malvinas dispute
MercoPressMay 2, 2012

By W. Alex Sanchez, Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs - Thirty years after a bloody war between the United Kingdom and Argentina, the longstanding territorial conflict over the Falklands/Malvinas Islands continues to simmer.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Women suing McKenna over federal health care law
The Seattle TimesMay 4, 2012

Lawyers for the plaintiffs from the public interest law firm of Smith & Lowney PLLC say McKenna's actions are not in the best interest of Washington state and its residents, which he is obligated by law to represent. McKenna "has greater latitude than ...more »

Animal Law
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Walkom: Toronto's elephants part of larger battle over animals
Toronto StarMay 1, 2012

It is one that has played out in Parliament over animal cruelty laws. It also plays out regularly, although often below the radar, whenever humane society inspectors raid a farm in rural Ontario. The battle is over the relationship between humans and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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George Clooney, Julia Roberts Sue to Enforce Intellectual Property Rights ...
Hollywood ReporterMay 1, 2012

Two of Hollywood's biggest stars have joined forces on a new project: suing to protect intellectual property rights associated with their names and images. George Clooney and Julia Roberts (suing as Julia Moder, her married name) have filed suit ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Top Law Firms Turn to Litigation Finance Companies to Fund Suits
ABA JournalMay 1, 2012

By Debra Cassens Weiss Litigation finance companies aren't just bankrolling suits by small law firms and personal injury lawyers. Some of the nation's top law firms have introduced clients to such companies, the New York Times DealBook blog reports.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban changes little on state's campuses
TucsonSentinel.comMay 3, 2012

It was not "just a chance thing" that the words "affirmative action" were not included in the language of the law, Bender said. Banning the use of enrollment policies that help create a diverse class would have failed at the ballot box, he said.more »

Plane Crashed on Purpose to Help People Survive
ABC News (blog)May 1, 2012

But beyond the incredible video, the crash acts as a science experiment to improve survivability on board. The likelihood of dying in a plane crash is very small — crashes are very rare, and an astounding 76 percent of passengers aboard serious ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Are tenant farmers let down by bad law also pawns in a political game?
For ArgyllMay 1, 2012

This ruling enforced the notice to quit that had been served on Mr Riddell by his wealthy landlord, Mr Alistair Salvesen. Mr Riddell's family have been tenants at Peaston farm for 110 years. Mr Salvesen bought it in 1998. Mr Riddell will now have to ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Dewey & Leboeuf Aims to Avoid Bankruptcy, Bienenstock Says
BusinessWeekMay 1, 2012

Dewey's most profitable practices include bankruptcy, corporate law, litigation and public policy, the firm has said. The plan remains uncertain because firms considering taking some of Dewey's lawyers might do better to pick up the pieces after a ...more »

Litigation
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Hummus Maker Settles Wages Claim
Wall Street JournalMay 8, 2012

Flaum Appetizing Corp., best known for its hummus, will pay the mostly Mexican immigrants back wages and compensation, resolving National Labor Relations Board litigation and a federal lawsuit filed in Manhattan. Daniel Gross, executive director of the ...more »

Business Law
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Campaign promotes Stop the Texts Day
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (blog)May 1, 2012

About 60 percent of young adult drivers ages 16 to 24 still say they have texted while behind the wheel, according to a national survey released today by the Ad Council. Zoeller joined other state attorneys general, the National Highway Traffic Safety ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Veteran benefits fair at Kalamazoo Valley Community College scheduled for May 10
Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.comMay 2, 2012

KVCC, the State of Michigan's Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and the Workforce Development Agency are collaborating to offer former service men and women an opportunity to brush up on the benefits for which they qualify from 10 am to 4:30 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Banking fraud to thrive in cyberspace
RAPSIMay 3, 2012

Bankers and law enforcement authorities predict a near boom in Internet banking services fraud. Experts see several reasons behind this trend – flaws in Russia's legal framework, inefficient anti-fraud efforts, and Internet users simply being ...more »

Personal Injury
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Suit trips up city
Gilroy DispatchMay 1, 2012

Sundquist sued the City of Gilroy, Santa Clara County, the owner of the business and the owner of the building for personal injury damages. He claims to have permanent cognitive damage. The culprit of the dangerous sidewalk, the city agreed, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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The Tea Party vs. the Constitution: ObamaCare Edition
Huffington PostMay 1, 2012

The problem with polling on the public's views about matters of constitutional law is that these views are more likely to be based on which side is screaming most loudly about the Constitution than what the Constitution says and appropriately means.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Self-appointed tooth fairy: Woman removes all of ex-boyfriend's teeth after he ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comMay 1, 2012

"I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” she reportedly said. “But when I saw him lying there I just thought, 'What a bastard' and decided to take all his teeth out.” Machowiak gave her ex a heavy dose of anesthesia — putting ...more »

Consumer Protection
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5 on Your Side: Legal Helpers Debt Resolution
KSDKMay 10, 2012

Madigan alleges that Legal Helpers attorneys take up front fees from clients, then outsources debt settlement services to non-lawyers in third party debt settlement companies. The Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act forbids debt settlement...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rep. Vallee joins Boston law firm
Milford Daily NewsMay 1, 2012

He will continue to work as a real estate attorney with Nixon Peabody, in the real estate, government relations, and public policy branch. “As a member of the House of Representatives, Jim established himself as a well-respected public official with a ...more »

DigitalGlobe Reports First Quarter 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)May 1, 2012

The company also announced that it has been notified by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) that its EnhancedView contract has been fully funded for the US Government's fiscal 2012. Accordingly, the company expects to receive $250 million ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus could face legal claims by content TV rights owners
The AustralianMay 1, 2012

Copyright lawyer experts said that free-to-air broadcasters and television production companies whose entertainment was recorded using the service could soon line up behind sports rights owners seeking compensation. The service, which had let Optus ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Sandusky defense filing mentions 'Accusers 11-17'
USA TODAYMay 5, 2012

The requests, dated April 16 and April 23, were attached to a motion filed Thursday in which Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola asked the supervising judge to mandate more disclosure of investigative materials. The criminal charges against the ...more »

Prepare for an IRS Audit of Your Law Practice
WisBarMay 15, 2012

Read Frazier's Wisconsin Lawyer article, “A Lawyer's Guide to IRS Audits of Lawyers,” published in the April 2012 edition. In it he helps you prepare for an audit by looking at it from the government's point of view.more »

Black Cop Leader Slams Malloy's Profiling Fix
New Haven IndependentMay 1, 2012

The Alvin W. Penn Racial Profiling Prohibition Act, passed in 1999, “prohibits any law enforcement agency from stopping, detaining, or searching any motorist when the stop is motivated solely by considerations of the race, color, ethnicity, age, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Virginia law can protect assets of a trust from creditors
Washington Business JournalMay 4, 2012

Bob McDonnell signed into law asset protection trust legislation, effective July 1. This makes Virginia the 13th state to enact comprehensive legislation permitting asset protection trusts. The new law permits the creation of Virginia self-settled ...more »

Environmental Law
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Consumers Energy can lower renewable-energy surcharge for electric customers ...
The Grand Rapids Press - MLive.comMay 2, 2012

The utility's cost to comply with the state's renewable energy standards has decreased, according to a news release. The state's 2008 energy-reform law mandates that utilities have 10 percent of their electricity come from renewable sources by 2015.more »

Wills & Probate
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Rosemary Young joins team at Archers Law
nebusiness.co.ukMay 8, 2012

by Karen McLauchlan, Evening Gazette STOCKTON-BASED Archers Law has strengthened its wills, probate, trusts team with the appointment of well regarded solicitor Rosemary Young. Rosemary has practised in Teesside for more than 25 years, specialising in ...more »

Family Law
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Health care law may put some Nevadans in line for rebate
Las Vegas Review - JournalMay 3, 2012

The Kaiser Family Foundation says more than 75000 Nevadans could get $96 to $126 back from insurers, based on a rule in President Barack Obama's health-care law that requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care and quality ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Mo. governor signals compromise on workers' comp
NECNMay 1, 2012

(AP) — About six weeks after he vetoed legislation that would have changed the state's workers' compensation system, Missouri's Democratic governor is signaling that he would be open to compromise with Republican lawmakers.more »

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