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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 »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

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Administrative Law
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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 »

Health Care Law
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Mitch McConnell: Obama health care law is not financially viable
The State ColumnFebruary 1, 2012

Mr. McConnell's latest attack on the health care law comes as the US government spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will reportedly more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Obama's alien nation
Hernando TodayFebruary 2, 2012

These liberties and freedoms that aliens are seeking are not guaranteed by President Obama or any other president; they are guaranteed by the US Constitution, the supreme law of the land, and by those brave men and women who gave their lives so that ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Meet Your Industrial Development Agency
Streetsblog New York (blog)February 3, 2012

Deputy Director for Housing, Economic Development and Infrastructure Planning, NYC Planning Department. Leonard Wasserman. Chief, Economic Development Division, New York City Law Department (Corporation Counsel). Geez, the suspense is killing me.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How You Can Sue An Automaker In Small Claims Court And Win
JalopnikFebruary 2, 2012

If the company shows — they don't always, which often means you get a default judgment and get to move automatically to the fun money-collection part — they can only send a company representative, and they can't be a lawyer.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mining Insurance Losses Cause 30% Drop in Capacity
PropertyCasualty360February 6, 2012

Directors and officers liability insurance should remain competitive with plenty of capacity. The report warns, however, that “a significant increase in mergers and acquisition litigation might test insurers.” The international liability market has ...more »

Animal Law
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State animal cruelty laws questioned after two alleged dog neglect cases
WNDU-TVFebruary 8, 2012

Now more people are encouraged to report animal abuse early on before it's too late. St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak says recently after holding training sessions for local law enforcement and prosecuting attorneys, hopefully the public ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Cubist Receives CUBICIN Paragraph IV Notice Letter
Business Wire (press release)February 9, 2012

Cubist intends to vigorously enforce its extensive intellectual property rights for CUBICIN and plans to file a complaint alleging infringement within the required 45-day response period of the Hatch-Waxman Act. Once a suit is filed, a 30-month stay of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US affirmative action ban challenged
News24February 14, 2012

The complaint was filed in January 2010 by several dozen minority students and advocacy groups who say the ban violates the civil rights of black, Latino and Native American students. Those groups make up about half of California's high school ...more »

Ministry shielding officers in Airbus scam?
IBNLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

New Delhi: The Ministry of Civil Aviation has doggedly refused to grant sanction to the CBI to prosecute six people who were responsible for signing a deal with Airbus to procure 43 aircraft for Air India (AI) and cause a loss to the exchequer.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Smoke-Free Rental Properties Now Possible Under New State Law
Imperial Valley WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

By holtvilletribune On February 3, 2012 · Leave a Comment A new law expands the availability of smoke-free housing in California by allowing landlords to prohibit smoking in rental units. The Smoke-Free Housing Law went into effect on January 1, 2012.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RI lawmakers representing Central Falls say city shouldn't have to pay ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

William Benson Jr., the City Council president, who was among the elected officials who unsuccessfully challenged the constitutionality of the receivership law, notes that it was Flanders who filed for bankruptcy on the city's behalf.more »

Litigation
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Litigation could alter future of California pesticide; county stakeholders ...
Monterey County WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

The pending litigation hasn't stopped a small stakeholder group from meeting in Monterey County at the direction of Supervisor Simon Salinas. After four meetings in three weeks, the group plans to present the Board of Supervisors with a letter taking a ...more »

Business Law
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Child victims need more protection
Daily CameraFebruary 1, 2012

The children -- in addition to being trafficked for illegal sex with strangers -- are often abused, threatened, and plied with drugs and alcohol. They are told, and technically not inaccurately at least according to the law, that they will be arrested ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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WLOX Investigation: Veterans battle to secure VA benefits
WLOXFebruary 3, 2012

Paul Dehm spent 24 years in the military, including a year in Vietnam. He says trying to secure veteran's disability benefits has been difficult at best. "Over the last 18 years that I've departed from military service, it's been one difficult task ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Meriden man sentenced in child porn case
Meriden Record-JournalFebruary 2, 2012

In December of 2010, an undercover FBI agent downloaded 22 images of children pornography from an Internet file sharing program account maintained by Pillsbury, Fein said. In January, members of Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force executed a search ...more »

Personal Injury
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Fadduol Law Firm Helps Expand Access to Legal Support for Victims Throughout ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 17, 2012

The Texas and New Mexico law firm of Fadduol, Cluff & Hardy is taking the initiative to help those with limited access to personal injury legal resources and information get answers to their questions in the event of a serious accident injury.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Corporations are not people and Thomas Hartmann
Business InsiderFebruary 3, 2012

The Supreme Court is so much not supposed to create law, that Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution even says that it must operate 'under such Regulations as the Congress shall make. There are two problems with what Hartmann writes.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Online CE Course Now Available
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

CNA HealthPro and the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists are pleased to announce a new online dental continuing education course offering, the CNA HealthPro Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Program. One of the most comprehensive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA threatens complaint against Eskom
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust announces financing and leasing update
Canada NewsWire (press release)February 1, 2012

To find out more about Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: SRQ.UN), visit our website at www.scottsreit.com. This document contains certain information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws.more »

SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade Commission (ITC) action filed by SWM under Section 337 (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC's initial decision found that SWM's Claims 36, 43, and 45 of United States Patent No.more »

Sports Law
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First loss of a long legal season
The AustralianFebruary 2, 2012

Police estimated it was a business worth about $70 million a year. No matter the intricacies of the law, it just seems unfair. And that was the initial consideration when Federal Court judge Steven Rares brought down his decision in Telstra's case ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyers claim suspect didn't intend to kill Indy police officer but ...
The RepublicFebruary 11, 2012

AP INDIANAPOLIS — Attorneys for a man charged with killing an Indianapolis police officer say he shouldn't face the death penalty because his gun discharged accidentally. Defense attorneys say in court documents that Thomas Hardy didn't intend to ...more »

Audit: Delaware State University broke state law on issuing bids for ...
Sussex CountianFebruary 3, 2012

“The DSU president approved an emergency contract to add a recreation room, full kitchen, screened porch and patio to his campus residence,” said a report released Thursday by the Delaware Office of the Auditor of Accounts. The state requires publicly ...more »

Expert: Age discrimination still common in UK
Russell Jones & WalkerFebruary 2, 2012

That is according to Ceri Wheeldon, founder of online resource Fab After Fifty, who has indicated that many older professionals believe they are subjected to unfair treatment purely on the basis of their age. Should managers not offer their more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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You've Started A Business: Is Your Brand Protected?
Small Business TrendsFebruary 2, 2012

It's the cornerstone of your business and shapes everything that follows – from marketing tone to a customer's first impressions. Have you protected this valuable asset? How well do you understand trademark law? Maybe you're just starting your business ...more »

Environmental Law
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Report: Fewer businesses in Consumers Energy's territory buying power from ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

When the law was enacted in October 2008, 3 percent of Consumers' customers were buying from alternative providers. Ten months later, that figure hit the 10 percent cap. The number of choice customers in Consumers Energy's service territory was 1069 in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Susan Fuertes, Nathan Milliron and Sarah Robbins Join Hughes Watters Askanase LLP
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

The main emphasis of Fuertes' legal career has been consumer and business bankruptcy. She has represented creditors, bankruptcy trustees, and debtors. She also has experience in property tax collections, wills, probate, guardianship, and general civil ...more »

Family Law
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Panel for equal property rights among couples
Economic TimesFebruary 6, 2012

NEW DELHI: A high-level government panel has suggested that all movable and immovable assets acquired by a married couple or a couple living together be classified as joint property which would be divided equitably in the event of separation or ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Calif. Pulls Builder's License After Worker Killed
ABC NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Contractors State License Board said Friday that it suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment Inc. because the company had failed to comply with state workers' compensation insurance laws.more »

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