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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Trial set for property scam case
Escanaba Daily PressFebruary 1, 2012

He also has a related trial pending in Escanaba's civil court and an administrative hearing pending at a regulatory agency downstate. During a pretrial conference in the judges' chambers in circuit court on Tuesday, the defense and prosecution decided ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law defended
Tbo.comFebruary 3, 2012

"Repealing at this point has some real-life consequences now for a lot of people," Kathleen Sebelius, right, said of the Affordable Care Act. Vanessa Mishkit talks about the difficulties her family faces in the health care system.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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5 Things, Including Job Skills at the Library
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

... jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which constitutionality was at issue. The court was also charged with ruling on matters concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice and maritime jurisdiction.more »

Immigration Law
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Law enforcement cracking down on counterfeits at Super Bowl
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 2, 2012

The NFL, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police held a news conference Thursday highlighting the problems not only with counterfeit tickets, but other merchandise surrounding ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation collapses in disputed judge election
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The latest attempt to resolve Hamilton County's disputed election for Juvenile Court judge fell apart Wednesday, renewing a court battle that has dragged on for more than a year. Attorneys for Tracie Hunter, the Democratic candidate, said they pulled ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Google "Lawsuit Abuse": What do you Find?
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 6, 2012

So, since I believe in keeping my enemies close, I subscribe to receive "Lawsuit Abuse" Google Alerts. But, most of the time, what I see must surprise even the wealthiest insurance, pharmaceutical, or tobacco executive. It is embarrassing to the likes ...more »

Animal Law
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Five Orcas, Five Slaves or Five Persons?
Miller-McCune.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Sue Russell One legal scholar, and proponent of achieving legal rights for nonhumans, sees a lawsuit by PETA to classify five SeaWorld orcas as slaves under the 13th Amendment could damage future animal rights law cases.more »

Intellectual Property
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Cathy Kiselyak Austin Joins Vertex as General Counsel
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Prior to joining Vertex, Ms. Austin served as a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Her practice included counseling US and international clients on information technology and Internet-related issues, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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County lawyer choice called 'insult'
Albany Times UnionFebruary 1, 2012

( Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Ross D. Levi, executive director of the Pride Agenda, center, speaks about their objection to the nomination of Tom Marcelle to the position of Albany County Attorney at their offices in Albany, NY Jan. 31, 2012.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ask the County Law Librarian -- Affirmative Defenses to Fraud
The Sacramento PressFebruary 9, 2012

A common affirmative defense for many types of cases is a violation of the Statute of Limitations, or failure to file an action within a certain period of time after the “wrong” involved was committed. The Statute of Limitations for Fraud is three ...more »

Aviation unit comes home to Fort Campbell from Afghanistan, 281 soldiers strong
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

A Tuesday night flight brought 281 members of the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan to the US Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border. As fellow soldiers looked on, Staff Sgt. Joey Honeycutt handed Spc.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord responds to PTSD woman's cat dispute
9NEWS.comFebruary 22, 2012

"Ms. Warden's situation is governed by the Federal Fair Housing Act. Tenants with disabilities may be afforded certain exceptions to their landlords' rules and policies. A reasonable accommodation is a change to the landlord's policies or rules.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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PSALM picks legal counsel for Lehman Brothers suit
BusinessWorld Online EditionFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm will thus represent the state agency at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. PSALM had entered into a principal swap contract with Lehman Brothers in July 2007 to hedge its loans against fluctuations in ...more »

Litigation
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'No win, no fee' litigation reforms pushed back by six months
Legal WeekFebruary 1, 2012

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) announced the delay earlier this week (30 January), with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, ...more »

Business Law
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Robbins Umeda LLP Announces an Investigation of Cablevision Systems Corporation
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

SAN DIEGO, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Shareholder rights firm Robbins Umeda LLP is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of the law by certain officers and directors at Cablevision Systems Corporation...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Mess: Widow Feels Short-Changed after Benefits Slashed
First Coast NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Since then, Stevenson, of St. Augustine, has received a monthly check from the military as part of the Survivor Benefit Plan. "I am 99 percent to 100 percent sure he was active duty because they activated him after 9/11," Stevenson said.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Family man faces child porn charges
KPRC HoustonFebruary 10, 2012

Investigators with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force said they tracked him down through his computer's IP address. They said Belcheff would even carry around a thumb drive with child porn on it so he could access the images ...more »

Personal Injury
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Orlando Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Contingency Fee Lawsuit Program for ...
EIN News (press release)February 5, 2012

The car accident and personal injury attorneys at Jaspon and Armas have announced a "No Fees Until We Win" program to assist victims of car accidents throughout the Orlando area with pursuing potential car accident law suits. ORLANDO, FL, February 05, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court asks for change in law to prosecute
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the right to file a complaint against a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right, and that Parliament should make an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are Attorney's Fees an Endangered Species?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The fundamental principle of charging for legal services, enshrined in Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, is that the fee must be reasonable. Ancillary to this is the provision that lawyer and client should document the basics of the fee in their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA to file complaint on Eskom blackouts
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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Better Buildings Reborn as National Real Estate Operations Publication
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 3, 2012

“Our annual reader survey indicated a need for more serious, in-depth articles on best practices for building operations and management,” said Michael G. Desiato, Vice President and Group Publisher of ALM's Real Estate Media Division.more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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REGION: Pot-plant values fixed, regardless of green thumb
North County TimesFebruary 6, 2012

"Some people are good at growing things, and some are not as good as growing things," said Melissa Bobrow, a criminal defense attorney in San Diego who handles medical marijuana cases. "It matters in court because they say, 'Look at all these plants, ...more »

SPECIAL REPORT - Passports... for a price
Reuters IndiaFebruary 12, 2012

Demand for a second passport is "way up," says David Lesperance, a Canadian immigration lawyer. Among his recent clients: an Egyptian pro-democracy activist who worries about instability in his country, and a Chicago businessman who is convinced that ...more »

PAISD non-suited from discrimination case
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 2, 2012

A former Port Arthur Independent School District teacher has non-suited the district from his age discrimination suit. As the Southeast Texas Record reported in April 2007, Gary Phillips sued PAISD alleging the district fired him due to his age.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Column: Transferring house isn't always best move
PennLive.comFebruary 7, 2012

... “50+ Planning Ahead,” with Janet Colliton and Phil McFadden of Home Instead Senior Care. Live streaming is available at that time on www.wche1520.com . Janet Colliton, Esq., limits her practice, Colliton Law Associates PC, to elder law, ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

For a monthly premium, the long-term care program would have provided workers a cash stipend of at least $50 a day if they became seriously ill or disabled and needed care at home. The 2010 health-care law specified that the government wouldn't start ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Betty Lin-Fisher: Wills and other legal documents still important
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Do I still need a will? Yeah.” As an example in the case of spouses, ownership of two cars under a combined value of $40000 can pass outside of probate, McKenney said. If a car or cars are titled only in one name, at that person's death, Ohio law...more »

Family Law
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Impact 5: Change in federal law to help thousands of Florida families caught ...
WPTVFebruary 10, 2012

Paul Baltrun, director of the Homeowner Assistance Division of the Law Firm of Paul A. Krasker, said the changes in federal law could be a game changer for thousands of Florida families. "I can't tell you how many clients we have, and how many people ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules
Workforce ManagementFebruary 2, 2012

Those include workers' compensation, disability benefits and the NFL's 88 Plan, which pays for medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia. While some players have been able to receive benefits for concussion-related injuries, ...more »

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