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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 »

Facebook Lawyers Want 'Stratospheric' Fee, Ceglia Claims
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

In the suit, Ceglia claims he has a 2003 contract signed by Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg that gave him half-ownership of the company, now worth an estimated $74.3 billion, according to Sharespost.com, which tracks nonpublic companies.more »

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Administrative Law
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Cricketer spot-fix sentence delayed
Newmarket JournalFebruary 13, 2012

Mervyn Westfield, 23, was due to be sentenced at the Old Bailey, but the hearing has been adjourned until next Friday. Mark Milliken-Smith QC, for Westfield, said "administrative matters" had arisen and more time was needed.more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law hurting Obama in swing states
WTSP 10 NewsFebruary 27, 2012

Lynn West, 58, a retired state education official from Boscawen, NH, is exasperated that a law she says has been "fabulous" for her family continues to draw so much heat. Under its provisions, her 24-year-old son has been able to stay on his father's ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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4 indicted on drug possession charges
WAVY-TVFebruary 16, 2012

Michelle A. Warren, 41, was charged with two counts each of possession of a schedule I or II drug and conspiracy to violate the Virginia Drug Control Act. Two suspects remain at large. Thurston identifies them as Brian Dallas Jones, 28, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Democrats Hit Romney as Anti-Latino as Arizona and Michigan Vote
Fox NewsFebruary 28, 2012

He's threatened to veto the DREAM Act, which is supported by 85 percent of Latinos and promised to model a national immigration law based on Arizona's discriminatory and inhumane policy. Latinos should be terrified of a Romney presidency.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Port Huron City Council approves drafting fire merger
Port Huron Times HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

By AMY BIOLCHINI The relationship between the Port Huron and Marysville fire departments received a blessing Monday night from Port Huron City Council. Council unanimously voted for City Manager Bruce Brown to draft a merger agreement, with legal ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Haydenville woman tapped for probate court judgeship
GazetteNETFebruary 8, 2012

... Family Court Guardianship of Minor Study Task Force. She also is a past president of the Hampshire County Bar Association. Crawford is a graduate of Kenyon College and University of Illinois College of Law, where she earned her law degree in 1987.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Manulife takes loss, Great-West profit jumps
ReutersFebruary 9, 2012

Great-West took a C$225 million litigation provision in 2010 when it was embroiled in a lawsuit surrounding the financing of its 1997 takeover of London Insurance Group. The company said on Thursday it re-evaluated and reduced that provision.more »

Animal Law
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Bill would make it a crime to photograph a farm
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 24, 2012

John Mathis, R-Vernal, a veterinarian, said his HB187 is intended to stop groups such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) from taking what he says are distorted videos alleging animal abuse. Critics say the bill goes too far, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Prominent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 23, 2012

Although concentrating their diverse practices on apparently different areas of the law, Rubinstein and McGrady have a number of high profile clients in common and have collaborated in litigation for their shared clients with excellent results.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Quebec needs an asbestos registry: environmentalist
CTV.caFebruary 29, 2012

Green's list was compiled over six months by tracking the public tender process; each time a building is renovated, by law the contractor must be made aware if asbestos is present. "(It's in) our schools and hospitals, in our CEGEPs and universities," ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Should Race Be A Factor In College Admissions?
KCRA SacramentoFebruary 16, 2012

By Carl AzuzCNN (CNN) -- It's not a new debate by any stretch, but a renewed effort -- and court case -- are putting affirmative action back in the spotlight. Some of California's African-American and Latino students are hoping a federal appeals court ...more »

Aviation Week App Wins BtoB Mobile Award
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

28, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- BtoB magazine has selected Aviation Week's Paris Air Show App as the Mobile winner of this year's Social Media Marketing Awards, recognizing the top social media marketing campaigns in the b-to-b industry.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord must give notice of rent hike
Rochester Democrat and ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

Dear Anne: I wondered if it was legal to increase the rent of someone whose rent is subsidized when they change the lease from a yearlong lease to a month-to-month lease? It seems like a penalty to me. Answer: As long as your landlord does not raise ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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2012 Elections
SalonFebruary 14, 2012

He has opposed the war on drugs for decades, just as for years he has opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mind you, he's not always internally consistent, in the sense that he takes positions that stray from the libertarian ideal—taking earmarks for ...more »

Litigation
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Webinar: Nasuni to Explain How Information Technology Can Help Law Firms ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

Nasuni(R), a next-generation enterprise storage company, today announced that it will present a Webinar on March 7, 2012 titled, "How Do You Budget for Litigation Support? Storage, Storage, Storage." In the Webinar, Nasuni's Chris Glew will show how ...more »

Business Law
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Large employers in Cypress hear how to stay compliant with labor law at City's ...
Orange County BreezeFebruary 29, 2012

In response to requests from BRACE participating businesses, the BRACE Program in partnership with the Orange County Business Service Center invited keynote speaker Mr. Matthew M. Sonne, an attorney with the law firm of Sheppard, Mullin, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straight spouses. The lawsuit announced in Washington involves a 12-year veteran of the Army, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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BPD offers insight to avoid Internet sex predators
Beatrice Daily SunFebruary 23, 2012

As the digital age continues to evolve, a continued emphasis is placed on Internet crime that local authorities are keeping a close eye on. Efforts paid off last week when officers arrested a man Saturday morning on charges of alleged sexual assault by ...more »

Personal Injury
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Navigating critical developments in personal injury law to mitigate risk and ...
Your-Story.org (press release)February 27, 2012

There are increasing reports of cases in which the legal costs involved in a personal injury case dwarf the claim. The Association of British Insurers has recently revealed that solicitors are currently charging £2.4 million per day in fees to settle ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did the NYPD's Spying on Muslims Violate the Law?
TPMFebruary 29, 2012

by Justin Elliott ProPublica Last August, the Associated Press launched a series detailing how the New York Police Department has extensively investigated Muslims in New York and other states, including preparing reports on mosques and Muslim-owned ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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QBE forms new merged casualty and professional/financial lines team
Insurance Business ReviewFebruary 27, 2012

The new division will also be supported by internal appointees that include David Fitzpatrick as QBE's regional head of casualty international, Australia, Canada, South Africa, medical malpractice and pharmaceutical. Alastair Herbert will be the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Report: Consumer Info At Risk in Overseas Call Centers
Lake Stevens JournalFebruary 21, 2012

The report recommends that the US strongly encourage other countries to pass data privacy laws. Larson says new bi-partisan legislation, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3496), would address some of the concerns, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Blind attorney teaches self-defense and overcomes fear
Worcester TelegramFebruary 29, 2012

By Melissa McKeon CORRESPONDENT WORCESTER — In 2005, Elizabeth Myska was an experienced real estate attorney when a visit to Mass Eye and Ear changed her life. A diagnosis of retinitis pigmentosa placed Ms. Myska in a category she had never expected: ...more »

How SC members of Congress voted, week ending Feb. 3
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Over a third of Medicaid spending goes for long-term care, a share expected to rise markedly as baby boomers grow old. contract disabling diseases, run out of money to pay health bills and turn to Medicaid. A yes vote was to repeal the CLASS Act.more »

Sports Law
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Latest Virginia News, Sports, Business And Entertainment
WJTVFebruary 29, 2012

Bob McDonnell has signed a bill that repeals a law limiting individual handgun purchases to one per month, passed in 1993 when Virginia was a haven for gun runners. McDonnell's signature is no surprise. He had earlier expressed support for the bill, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford Trial Goes To The Jury Today
KUHF-FMFebruary 29, 2012

Marc Mukasey heads the white collar criminal defense section at the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani. He says the defense attorneys' decision not to call Stanford as a witness could hurt their client. “The defense attorneys, in their opening statement, ...more »

Feds Subpoena Anti-Poverty Agency's Records
Hartford CourantFebruary 25, 2012

The US attorney's office in Connecticut has subpoenaed records from Hartford's regional anti-poverty agency, the Community Renewal Team, which already had been under investigation by the state's attorney general, The Courant has learned.more »

Computer job applications act as a form of age discrimination
The TennesseanFebruary 23, 2012

Discrimination is rampant in many areas of our lives. Our legislature seems to add another discriminatory rule daily. I've run into episodes of unfair practice. It seems that all the big-box stores (Lowes, Wal-Mart, etc.) ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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What Did Congress Do to Combat Poverty in 2011? Virtually Nothing
Huffington PostFebruary 28, 2012

Only one bill that will reduce poverty -- legislation that will expand job opportunities and training for veterans -- passed the Senate and House and was signed into law by the president in 2011. This contrasts with 2010, when Congress passed and the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Republican candidates on the issues
Lebanon Daily NewsFebruary 24, 2012

Energy: Remove restrictions on drilling, coal and nuclear power, eliminate gasoline tax, provide tax credits for alternative fuel technology. Environment: In 2008, said "human activity probably does play a role" in global warming and part of the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Starts
bdailyFebruary 20, 2012

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors' Wills and Probate team have recruited a local solicitor. Nicola Dalzell brings extensive experience in high value estates with complex issues, and her new role includes inheritance tax planning, wills, ...more »

Family Law
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'Law And Order: SVU' Preview: Olivia's Family Experiences Some Trouble (VIDEO ...
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

When Olivia's half-brother Simon (guest star Michael Weston) is in town, you know things are going to get dramatic on "Law & Order: SVU" (Wed., Feb. 29, 10 pm EST on NBC). In "Child's Welfare," Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) calls on Bayard Ellis ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Former Energy Employees May Be Eligible for Worker's Comp
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Part B covers current and former workers diagnosed with cancer, beryllium disease. Exposure to beryllium mist, dust or fumes can cause lung damage. Individuals or their survivors found eligible under Part B may receive a lump sum compensation payment ...more »

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