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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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Nothing About Public Transportation in Chris Quinn's Transportation Report
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 1, 2012

Our bill will provide parking ticket recipients a greater degree of fairness as they await the ruling of an Administrative Law Judge. Finally, Intro. 546, introduced by Council Member David Greenfield, prohibits the City from placing adhesive stickers ...more »

Health Care Law
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Support building among legislative leaders for delaying action on federal ...
The RepublicFebruary 2, 2012

Support is building among Republicans in the General Assembly for delaying until the fall any action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law. House Speaker Beth Harwell said Thursday that she believes it would be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama senator says his bill would add 'common sense' to state's immigration law
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

A Republican senator introduced a bill that makes modifications to Alabama's immigration law. Sen. Gerald Dial of Lineville has pre-filed the bill which he says will add common sense to the immigration law. Dial's bill amends a section prohibiting the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Growth management can stifle a city's economy
Mid Columbia Tri City HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Kennewick's mayor says the city has lost out on three opportunities to bring businesses to the area because it lacks developed industrial land. Mayor Steve Young is hoping the proposed bill will change that, helping to make land in south Kennewick ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NLRB crucial to protecting workers, employers
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The reason, he explained, was that the parties reached their own resolution of the dispute. He pointed out that the purpose of the board, and of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), “is to foster collective bargaining and productive ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MERCURY GENERAL CORPORATION : Announces Fourth Quarter Results and Declares ...
4-traders (press release)February 6, 2012

Mercury General Corporation and its subsidiaries are a multiple line insurance organization offering predominantly personal automobile and homeowners insurance through a network of independent producers in many states. For more information, visit the ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina.more »

Intellectual Property
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IntraOp Medical wins Patent Defense Suit Protecting Their Intellectual Property
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

By IntraOp Medical Corporation SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- IntraOp Medical Corporation (OTC: IOPD) is pleased to announce that the German Supreme Court dismissed the patent nullification case that IntraOp Medical had appealed, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Loose Asbestos Tiles Closes School for Repairs (blog)February 1, 2012

For those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer that can be linked to asbestos exposure caused by a product or former employer, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact an experienced mesothelioma attorney to learn more about ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals court to hear affirmative action challenge
Modesto BeeFebruary 13, 2012

By TERENCE CHEA AP SAN FRANCISCO -- More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday is set to hear a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions.more »

China Bans Airlines From Joining European Union's Carbon Emissions System
BloombergFebruary 6, 2012

The system contravenes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and international civil aviation regulations, the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement cited yesterday by the official Xinhua news agency.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Residential Trends Are Trying to Blend With Commercial
GlobeSt.comFebruary 15, 2012

So said Carl Muhlstein, executive vice president of Cushman & Wakefield, at the recent CREW-LA program titled: “Today's Leasing Labyrinth: Don't Get Caught in the Same Old Maze.” The event, which attracted more than 75 commercial real estate ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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NRI banker faces bankruptcy
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Sinha, who was chief executive of the London arm of JC Flowers, is now expected to plunge back into bankruptcy -- a position he was only discharged from on August 23, 2011, the report said. He borrowed 9 million euros (7.5 million pounds) to invest in ...more »

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US Antitrust Enforcers Add Litigators to Bolster Odds at Trial
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

That has increased the agencies' need to fortify their litigation staff, Gavil said. The Justice Department and FTC have joint authority to decide if mergers violate antitrust laws. The FTC, which on Jan. 27 filed a complaint to stop Omnicare Inc.'s ...more »

Business Law
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Group mulls hedge fund advertising, crowdsourcing capital
Ct PostFebruary 1, 2012

A government advisory panel is considering moves that would allow startups to raise money online and permit hedge funds to advertise. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Xi says frictions shouldn't define US-China ties: report
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

Xi, widely viewed as China's president-in-waiting, told the Washington Post via written answers to questions that China was of huge economic benefit to the United States. "As economic globalization gathers momentum, China and the United States have ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Hacker Chris Hardy gives online safety advice
BBC NewsFebruary 7, 2012

A computer hacker from Cumbria says people should be more cautious about how much information they put online about themselves. Chris Hardy, 22, from Whitehaven, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation in August and was sentenced to 120 hours' ...more »

Personal Injury
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Senate panel clears personal injury protection fraud-fighting bill
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 2, 2012

A Senate panel has cleared a bill aimed at cutting down the massive fraud plaguing the state's personal injury protection coverage. The Senate committee on banking and insurance passed the PIP fraud-fighting bill (SB 1860) by a vote of 9-0 on Thursday.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Insight: Bankers escape big penalties in FDIC failed bank cases
Easy BourseFebruary 23, 2012

Catlin provided an equivalent of malpractice insurance to First National's executives, but the insurer denied liability for the executives' alleged mistakes. The case illustrates complex legal maneuvering as the FDIC steps up efforts to pick through ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Law changes mortgage rules
SignalFebruary 8, 2012

By Jana Adkins Signal Business Editor AP/ In support of the real estate market, state senators voted Jan. 23 on a pair of bills that would offer protections to those hurt by the California mortgage crisis. By Monday, one of those bills was withdrawn ...more »

Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings (1) of $354.3 million, or $.97 per share, a per share increase of 54 percent over 2010. Full-year 2011 operating earnings (1) were $1.97 billion, ...more »

Sports Law
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Feds seize illegal sports-streaming sites
CNETFebruary 3, 2012

ICE says that he illegally operated nine Web sites that streamed live sporting and pay-per-view events from his home in Michigan. "In sports, players must abide by rules of the game, and in life, individuals must follow the laws of the land," said ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Portland defense attorney Gary Bertoni will be suspended for 150 days
OregonLive.comFebruary 3, 2012

The Oregon State Bar is suspending for 150 days a prominent Portland criminal defense lawyer who was accused of mismanaging client's money. Gary Bertoni was facing a professional ethics trial that could have resulted in a longer suspension or even ...more »

Former US Army Corps of Engineers Manager Pleads Guilty in Alleged $20 Million ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)February 14, 2012

... Peggy E Gustafson, Inspector General for the Small Business Administration (SBA); Robert E Craig, Special Agent in Charge of the Mid-Atlantic Field Office of the Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS); Eric Hylton, Acting Special Agent in ...more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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EU Bank Firewalls, Citigroup 'Defects,' D.E. Shaw: Compliance
BloombergFebruary 23, 2012

Measures to be considered by the group include “prohibiting banks from carrying out some activities or requiring banks to put certain activities (eg taking deposits from retail customers) into separate legal entities,” according to the statement.more »

Environmental Law
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South Korea, Japan want US to detail Iran sanctions
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

| TOKYO/SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea and Japan will soon meet US officials in Washington to ask how much oil they can import from Iran under new sanctions that leave the Asian nations with few alternative sources for energy, government officials said ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Finance and marriage – should go together like a horse and carriage
CITY A.M.February 13, 2012

On death, joint bank accounts usually pass automatically to the surviving joint owner, and can therefore provide ready access to funds in advance of other assets passing under a will and through the probate process. During the marriage, joint bank ...more »

Family Law
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Family wants change to custody law after child's death
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 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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Workers' comp privatization gets cool reception
9NEWS.comFebruary 1, 2012

AP DENVER (AP) - A proposal to privatize the only state-chartered workers' compensation company is getting a cool reception from a special panel reviewing the plan. A straw poll of the task force on Tuesday showed more than half to be opposed or ...more »


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