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Health Law Alert: Providers Beware: OIG Alert Highlights FCA Liability Under ...
JD Supra (press release)March 1, 2012

A recent OIG Alert highlights potential False Claims Act (FCA) liability for physicians whose services are billed to Medicare under an independent contractor reassignment. The February 8, 2012, Alert titled, "OIG Alerts Physicians To Exercise Caution ...more »

Normal trade with India ''tied'' to level-playing field
Business Recorder (blog)March 1, 2012

The Commerce Ministry has been allowed in principle to make appropriate changes in the defence trade laws in consultation with the stakeholders to allay apprehensions of the industrial sector for using these laws more effectively against any unfair ...more »

Environmental Law News and Stories

Alternative Energy
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A zero-sum carbon game?
Climate SpectatorMarch 1, 2012

The Schröder government was keen to promote renewable energies like solar and wind power and passed the Renewable Energies Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz, or EEG). The law, which came into force in 2000, guaranteed high feed-in tariffs for renewables ...more »

Nanotechnology Law
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Mariner's Choice International Signs LOI With Swedish Environmental Technology ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 12, 2012

Some of the company's "green" products employ nanotechnology. For more information, please visit www.marinerschoice.net < http://www.marinerschoice.net/ >. Except for statements of historical fact, the matters discussed in this press release are ...more »

Dumping & Disposing
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California springs forward on ocean protection
Red, Green, and BlueMarch 10, 2012

In environmental advocacy, progress is often measured not in hours, or seasons, but in years or even decades. Thankfully, California is now celebrating two major victories for ocean protection that have been long in the making: a new set of ocean parks ...more »

Natural Resources
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Premier Management Holdings PLC Proposed Acquisition & Notice of General Meeting
Wall Street JournalMarch 13, 2012

Premier Management, the Central Asia-focused natural resources investment company, is pleased to announce the posting of a shareholder circular ("Circular") in connection with the proposed acquisition of Central Asia Resources ("CAR") a company which ...more »

Park & Historic Preservation Law
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Bohemian Hub for Entertainment, Still Unprotected
New York TimesMarch 24, 2012

But the commission has not safeguarded the core of the entertainment quarter. By some accounts, a largely unknown Bob Dylan wrote “Blowin' in the Wind” at the Fat Black Pussycat and could also be heard at the Gaslight, Cafe Wha? and the Village Gate.more »

Floodplain
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Gulf oil spill companies face other liability apart from settlement
NOLA.comMarch 5, 2012

Under the terms of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the responsible parties also are liable for damages to natural resources and the public's use of those resources. That law requires the companies to pay for projects that offset both categories, ...more »

Pest Control Law
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Lawn Doctor Offers Five Quick Tips for Spring Lawn Care
Albany Times UnionMarch 6, 2012

Lawn Pest Control: “We're not the only inhabitants to enjoy a mild winter. Lawn insect populations are often reduced by harsh winters. This spring, a proactive approach toward lawn pest control will be vital towards fighting a larger population of ...more »

Forest Preservation
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Public hearings set for Louisville's 'War on Preservation' [Opinion: The Arena]
Louisville.comMarch 1, 2012

... but understandably unsigned) suggesting that our local government had declared war on historic preservation: “Mayor Greg Fischer and … members of the Metro Council have shown disdain for the laws that protect the remarkable architectural heritage ...more »

Pollution concerns raised over sinking of Navy warships
Honolulu Star-AdvertiserMarch 4, 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 »

Hazardous Waste
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Agencies order El Monte business to stop accepting hazardous waste materials
San Gabriel Valley TribuneMarch 1, 2012

State law restricts hazardous waste management facilities to be located within 500 feet of a school campus. Titan is complying with the agencies' orders to stop accepting these materials and will now take steps to clean up the site, officials said.more »

Public Utilities
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Consumers May Be Able to Reject Smart Meters – But It'll Cost Them
Patch.comMarch 15, 2012

Administrative law judge on Thursday noted concerns by some critics over possible health risks. The decision, which could be altered or set aside, will affect SDG&E. A type of smart meter, which some consumers have objected to utilities installing at ...more »

Minerals & Mining
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Initial Underground Drill Results Show Continuity of Gold Mineralization at ...
MarketWatch (press release)March 1, 2012

Fire Creek is a compelling gold mining prospect located near power, transportation, mining infrastructure and several milling facilities. Fire Creek's mineral resource is reviewed in the most recent technical report available here with additional ...more »

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