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Stanislaus County Sheriff: Pot Farms Increasing Problem
KCRA SacramentoMarch 1, 2012

Stanislaus County Sheriff Adam Christianson applauds the US Attorney's announcement that it will be working with local law enforcement to further crack down on marijuana farms. Sheriff Christianson said the Stansilaus Drug Enforcement Agency, ...more »

Competition Act threshold is increased
International Law OfficeMarch 1, 2012

Under the Competition Act - Canada's antitrust law - there is a two-part test for determining whether a pre-merger notification is necessary. The test is based on the size of the parties and the size of the transaction. Under the size of the parties ...more »

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Alabama Immigration Laws Become New Focus of Selma Civil Rights March
Fox NewsMarch 4, 2012

John Lewis, D-Ga., center, is greeted by a well wisher as he pauses for a photo opportunity with members of the the Kennedy family prior to the 47th recreation of the "Bloody Sunday" civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery across the Edmund Pettus ...more »

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National Trial Lawyers Association Names Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White ...
Citybizlist (press release)March 13, 2012

Mr. Zissel serves as Court-Appointed Counsel in Adult Guardianship matters in Howard County and has tried many contested guardianship cases throughout the state. Mr. Zissel began his professional career interning for the Chief Judge of the US ...more »

Divorce & Separation
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Divorce lawyers say pet custody cases increasing
SouthCoastToday.comMarch 2, 2012

"There is no law that recognizes visitation with an animal," Raso said, so couples have to work it out themselves. Reaching a pet custody agreement without a lot of help from attorneys and judges will save money, Raso said. Divorces can cost $1000 and ...more »

Individual Educational Plans
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DOJ Files Civil Rights Lawsuit Against MN School District; Settlement Proposal ...
Metro WeeklyMarch 6, 2012

In October 2010, the Department of Education sent a letter to schools detailing their obligations under federal law to protect LGBT students from sexual harassment and gender-based harassment resulting from sex stereotypes. Noting specific examples of ...more »

Infertility Law & Surrogate Parenting
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Vic sperm donor reform to be a world first
The West AustralianMarch 28, 2012

State legislation currently prohibits people conceived from sperm donations before the Infertility (Medical Procedures) Act came into effect on July 1, 1988, from having access to any identifying information about their donors.more »

Domestic Partnerships
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Family reflects shifting line on gay marriage
Bellingham HeraldMarch 1, 2012

The closest such a measure came to passing was three years ago, when Washingtonians voted to uphold domestic-partnership legislation by a ratio of 52 to 48 percent. A poll conducted last year by Strategies 360, a Seattle-based communications firm, ...more »

Mortuary Law
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Phaedra Parks: The Real Housewives of Atlanta's Scene Stealer
Daily BeastMarch 6, 2012

That's something of an understatement for the wife, mother, lawyer, philanthropist, reality-TV producer, and aspiring mortuary owner. She credits “effective time management” for her ability to balance a variety of personal and professional roles.more »

Domestic Violence
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Refuge warns it could be forced to close
The GuardianMarch 3, 2012

The domestic violence charity Refuge could face closure this summer amid funding cuts of 50%, its chief executive has warned. The charity, which supports 1600 women and children, has seen funds decimated and is now "fighting for our very survival", ...more »

Name Changes
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China to restrict secret detentions _ on paper
The Herald | HeraldOnline.comMarch 8, 2012

The congress, which is controlled by the ruling Communist Party, is all but certain to approve the changes when the session ends Wednesday. While legal reformers have cheered the revisions, enforcement of most laws in China is spotty.more »

Foster Care
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Wife of 'monster dad' arrested in son's stabbing death
MiamiHerald.comMarch 2, 2012

Her surviving son is in foster care after being released from the hospital. The case has generated criticism of the Department of Children & Families, which had transferred the siblings out of foster care back to their parents despite reports that they ...more »

Paternity Suits
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Today in History - March 21 (press release)March 21, 2012

Chaplin was acquitted, but he lost a paternity suit despite tests showing he wasn't the father of Barry's child. In 1960, a peaceful demonstration in Sharpeville, South Africa, against the government's oppressive identity pass laws turned into a ...more »

Gay & Lesbian Rights
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TRENDING: Analysis: Same-sex marriage trouble for the Democrats?
CNN (blog)March 8, 2012

He used the opening to argue the president has advocated for gay and lesbian rights saying, "our record stands in sharp contrast to the other side and what they other side has said is that they want a constitutional amendment on anti-marriage.more »

State Child Protection
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Abuse death costs state
The Register-GuardMarch 1, 2012

The state essentially agreed to pay the full $1507000 sought in the August 2011 wrongful death suit filed by Portland attorney David Paul, according to a settlement document filed this week in Lane County Circuit Court. Under Oregon law, $1.5 million ...more »


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