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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 »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Administrative Law
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Arpaio foes criticize hearing on MCSO
AZ Central.comFebruary 1, 2012

31, 2012 06:30 PM After two months of requesting a public hearing on many of the serious accusations affecting the Sheriff's Office, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday held a three-hour public meeting with county law-enforcement ...more »

Health Care Law
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New administration figures aim to show health law strengthened private ...
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The news contradicts Republican warnings that the healthcare reform law's $200 billion in cuts to the popular Medicare Advantage would gut the popular program. But the insurance industry immediately countered that painful cuts are yet to come.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Editorial: Race on STOCK Act gets curiouser and curiouser
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

Members of Congress (and their staff, and all federal employees, for that matter) are prohibited by law from using inside information to make stock trades. Yet no member, at least in recent memory, has been investigated for insider trading even though ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New benefits under new circumstance of Roll Crusher
American Cowboy (blog)February 8, 2012

...development and construction, the Government has to increase environmental protection legal system, to improve the low carbon environmental policy and law, to promote the harmonious development of low-carbon economy. In mining machinery industry, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Needham & Company Analysts Reaffirm a "Hold" Rating on Openwave Systems (OPWV)
LocalizedUSAFebruary 2, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. (Openwave) is a software provider delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers, which include mobile and broadband operators, to create and deliver smarter services.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Mahwah Business Owner Named 'Distinguished Citizen'
Patch.comFebruary 5, 2012

The honorees are Kristine Denning, a 1990 graduate of Ramapo College who is a partner in the law firm of Harwood Lloyd, Hackensack, in the firm's Insurance Litigation Department; Richard A. De Silva, the owner of Liberty Subaru and MV-1, ...more »

Animal Law
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Martin Scorsese campaigned successfully for 'Hugo' Doberman, but what other ...
Entertainment WeeklyFebruary 1, 2012

Perhaps that's why the legendary director felt so compelled to launch a campaign to get Blackie, the law-enforcing Doberman from Hugo, rightfully nominated for a Golden Collar Award. (“I'm proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Indie Insights on Intellectual Property
The OuthouseFebruary 8, 2012

My second mindset has more to do with the whole notion of an intellectual property some how being an unapproachable altar. I personally hate the very notion of ownership of an idea. How is that possible, much less policeable? The answer in my mind, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Searcy Denney Law Firm Reports $3.5 Million Verdict in Tobacco Litigation
WebWire (press release)February 1, 2012

Said Attorney Hardee Bass A spokesperson for the Searcy Denney law firm said that this case marks eight straight plaintiff's verdicts in Engle progeny tobacco suits by the lawyers for Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The dream is alive in Muncie
Muncie Free PressFebruary 12, 2012

By Rick Yencer MUNCIE, IN - Despite debates and lawsuits, affirmative action is still needed to ensure fairness and equality in hiring, wrote Fabian House, a Muncie Central High School senior. "Barack Obama taking the oath of office made history," said ...more »

Ga. Senate to vote on privatizing state aviation
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 7, 2012

AP ATLANTA -- The Georgia Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would pave the way to privatize the state's aviation services. State lawmakers are scheduled to take up Senate Bill 339 on Tuesday. The legislation follows a recommendation from Gov.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants priced out of their homes by Olympics as landlords cash in
MetroFebruary 2, 2012

Tenants are being driven out of their homes during the Olympics so their landlords can cash in on soaring rents. Even long-term residents have been told they will be evicted because of the shortage of accommodation expected in London in July and August ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Litigation
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London High Court Affirms 3M Legal Victory; Awards Company Litigation Fees and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

PAUL, Minn., Feb 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 3M announced today that the High Court of the United Kingdom ("UK") not only reaffirmed a prior judgment granting 3M a decisive victory in a London trial proceeding, but also further awarded 3M litigation...more »

Business Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ...
al.com (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.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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More than 100 child porn images found on Broward man's computer, state says
Orlando SentinelFebruary 17, 2012

During a news conference at its Miami regional headquarters Friday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Orville H. Bullitt, 44, was taken into custody Monday at his mother's home in Central Florida. "There is an indication that some of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Palms teen injured in Monday car accident
Huron Daily TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Sanilac County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Josh Horst was dispatched at about 7:45 pm Monday to the area of Goetze and Forester roads in Forester Township for a one-vehicle personal injury accident. According to Sgt. Steve McKenney, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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France's Genocide Law Put On Hold
The Armenian Mirror-SpectatorFebruary 2, 2012

By Suzette Bloch PARIS (AFP) — France's new law punishing denial of the Armenian Genocide was put on hold Tuesday after politicians opposed to the legislation demanded that its constitutionality be examined. Turkey reacted furiously last week when the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Signs Eight Bills into Law
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

... into law the following eight bills: House Bill 169 – This bill amends the Local Option Small Games of Chance Act to create new definitions, increase prize limits, and provide for additional rules and regulations for licensing of organizations.more »

Real Estate Law
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The Pipeline: Commercial Real Estate Roundup for 2.3.12
RichmondBizSenseFebruary 3, 2012

Quest Law, PLLC leased 2200 square feet in the Lee Medical Building at 1805 Monument Ave. in the City of Richmond. Team United Martial Arts leased 2048 square feet at 7542 W. Broad St. in Henrico County. Zinga! Frozen Yogurt leased 2000 square feet in ...more »

Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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County has $1.6 million budgeted for indigent defense
Odessa AmericanFebruary 1, 2012

Indigent defense — which includes court-appointed attorneys, investigators, expert witnesses and any extraneous trial expenses — is provided to those accused of a crime and are found they cannot afford representation on their own. but the total spent ...more »

Bakersfield Tax Preparer Pleads Guilty To Tax Fraud And To A Mortgage Fraud...
Mortgage DailyFebruary 15, 2012

According to her plea agreement in the tax fraud case, King willfully aided, assisted, and counseled a taxpayer in the preparation and presentation to the Internal Revenue Service of a false and fraudulent individual income tax return (Form 1040) for ...more »

The slings and arrows of at-will employment
Las Vegas WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

Second, because age seems less at issue here than appearance, and discrimination law barely touches the subject. Michigan is the only state with an outright ban on appearance discrimination, though Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode notes in her book ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Consumers Energy customers would pay $350 million in annual fixed costs if ...
The Jackson Citizen Patriot - MLive.comFebruary 6, 2012

When the energy-reform 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. Hypothetically, if the cap did not exist, choice participation would ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Slamming the Door on the Government Thieves
Huffington Post (blog)February 6, 2012

The poorly maintained records and the lack of a system to probate the wills of the Indian landowners was the main reason the land is so fractionated and it is the very government now willing to take $2 billion from the cash poor Indians to straighten ...more »

Family Law
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Bill would allow halt of autopsies
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed law giving families a way to stop autopsies for religious reasons, prompted by the recent case of a Jewish hiker who died on Mount Rainier, passed out of a legislative committee before a key deadline this week. A proposed law giving families...more »

Workers Compensation
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Largest workers' comp. insurer in Pa. lax on contract management
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Bob Graham Pennsylvania's auditor general said the state's largest workers' compensation carrier failed to hold a contractor who received nearly $4.9 million over two years accountable for the terms of the contract. Auditor General Jack Wagner said ...more »

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