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Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge suspends Cline; hearing set
Durham NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009.more »

Health Care Law
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

... but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Charlie Nye / The Star »Companies and unions can no longer negotiate a contract that requires nonmembers to pay fees for representation. »The law took effect immediately but applies to all new contracts written or renewed after March 14.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Aqua and city enter mediation
Elgin CourierFebruary 1, 2012

Just how productive that session was isn't known yet, but the heat level continued to rise last week as the two parties and their supporters championed their version of the legal dispute. The Elgin ISD board of trustees approved a resolution on Jan.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 2, 2012

In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit against Pine City, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal abuse often escalates
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 8, 2012

If the offenders are apprehended, though, a first- offense for animal cruelty is a misdemeanor, Musolino said. Subsequent offenses are felonies. Nitro's Law, named for one of the dogs that died in 2008 from neglect in a Youngstown kennel, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Network-1 Increases its Share Repurchase Program
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

Network-1 Security Solutions, Inc. is engaged in the acquisition, development, licensing and protection of its intellectual property and proprietary technologies. It currently owns six patents covering various telecommunications and data networking ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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State statutes place time limits on filing mesothelioma-related lawsuits
Mesothelioma NewsFebruary 1, 2012

It's not uncommon for attorneys to turn patients or families away because they waited too long to file a lawsuit. Each states' unique statutes of limitations provides a limited amount of time to sue companies responsible for asbestos-related diseases.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Dept of Ed Inquiry: Do Harvard and Princeton Discriminate Against Asian ...
ColorLines magazineFebruary 10, 2012

Anxieties about the discrimination of Asian Americans in higher education admissions are often used to mask an anti-affirmative action argument. Experts say the two issues need to be put in separate boxes. “Negative action is what was the basis of the ...more »

DFW International Airport to Host 2012 Boyd Group International Aviation...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 8, 2012

7, 2012 -- Summit to draw aviation leaders from more than 10 countries, provide insight to the future of aviation DFW AIRPORT, Texas, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will welcome aviation industry leaders ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What housing can learn from profit-driven property guardians
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

Property guardian firms act as middle men between landlords seeking security and tenants desperate for affordable accommodation. The arrangement allows landlords to secure empty property at a fraction of the cost of traditional protection, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Consumer Spending Down, Bad Credit Borrowing Up
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

The online consumer information website, BadCreditx.com, has released the results of its annual visitor survey revealing that consumer spending for necessities has declined sharply while borrowing, categorized as bad credit cards, loans or debt ...more »

Litigation
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Managing Information in Litigation: How to Avoid Spending a Fortune
CIO InsightFebruary 2, 2012

By Adam C. Losey The costs of preserving, searching and reviewing information in litigation can be staggering. What costs a dollar to store on a hard drive can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to search and review for a lawsuit.more »

Business Law
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Selling the dead
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 2, 2012

The Monroe deal is the latest in a series of legal actions and commercial transactions involving her, and they have highlighted continuing battles over the marketing of dead stars. In America, licensing the images, names and voices of 'delebs' (dead ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP Tracey Cooper-Harris, who served in the Army for 12 years, left, and her spouse ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Three face Internet child pornography charges
StandardNetFebruary 4, 2012

According to the probable cause statements, an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used a secure database to investigate Utah computers that were downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography files on the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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What's Required in an Expert's Opinion for Medical Malpractice
Patch.comFebruary 24, 2012

Thereafter, the Connecticut Supreme Court reviewed the legislative history of our Medical Malpractice Statute 52-190 (a), which was originally enacted as part of the Tort Reform Act of 1986. The original statute did not require the plaintiff to obtain ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog: No fears for small banks
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

The stringent provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that apply to massive investment banks and modest Main Street institutions alike are debilitating, Beck said. “That's what I'm hearing from our members.more »

Real Estate Law
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Movers & Shapers: Feb. 2
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 2, 2012

Glass was most recently director of program business development at The Hartford Insurance Group. • Greentree Real Estate in Monkton has hired Scott Meade as associate broker. Mead previously owned Meade Real Estate in Stowe.more »

Anglo fine 'mild slap on wrist'
Irish TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The family is entitled to advance arguments the bank breached Irish and European laws against market manipulation in making such loans and was therefore not entitled to recover the loans from them, their counsel Bill Shipsey SC said.more »

Sports Law
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Prentice Power Sports sells
Minden TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Prentice Power Sports will soon have a new name and new owner. Paul Prentice, centre, recently sold his business to Steve Harper, left, who has been cottaging in the Highlands for 10 years. Harper's brother-in-law Dan Bursey will be managing the shop, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorneys narrow jury pool
Times-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

In 1989, he entered private practice, continues to specialize in criminal defense and maintains a caseload of federal criminal cases in US district courts and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In 1998, he gained aquittal for Heather McGill, ...more »

Former F&S Oil auditor pleads guilty to bank fraud
Waterbury Republican AmericanFebruary 3, 2012

The US Attorney's Office said Thursday that Dale K. Ciccarelli, 57, of Southbury, waived his right to indictment and pleaded guilty in US District Court in Hartford to one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud and one count of aiding and assisting ...more »

As Congress moves on insider trading bill, lawmakers remain exempt from ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tension mounts at Waitangi
TVNZFebruary 4, 2012

Tension is growing among Maori leaders over the new state asset sales law, as politicians prepare to arrive at Waitangi. The issue of asset sales is likely to dominate the celebrations in Northland, with the Maori Party worried the Government wants to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bill would block export of Keystone fuels
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats unveiled legislation on Friday that would block export of any oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline, as they challenged claims that the delayed project would boost US energy security.more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Family Law
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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

“This law is our effort to help other children who may be in the same situation,” Julie Anderson said. “Custody should be awarded not on the antiquated notion that the mother is the best caretaker.” HB888, sponsored by Rep. Ryan Wilcox, R-Ogden, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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