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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 »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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MRS. T. v. COMMISSIONER OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

P. 80C, Mrs. T. 1 appeals from a final judgment 2 of the Superior Court (Cumberland County, Wheeler, J.) affirming a decision of the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services accepting the recommendation of an administrative hearing...more »

Health Care Law
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State reviews health insurance hikes, lacks authority to halt them
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 6, 2012

By Tim Eaton Under the 2010 federal health care reform law, Texas is reviewing medical insurance companies' rate increases of at least 10 percent to determine whether they are justified, but even if reviewers find a problem, they have no way of heading ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Resident claims appointment violates state law
Patriot-NewsFebruary 2, 2012

I don't think that met the requirements of the Sunshine Act.” Township solicitor David A. Jones, of Stock and Leader Attorneys at Law, said he was unaware that a closed session during a vacancy board meeting is not permitted by the Sunshine Act. The ...more »

Immigration Law
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US Senate candidate Marisa DeFranco takes on healthcare, immigration and ...
MassLive.comFebruary 11, 2012

DeFranco is up against Warren, a consumer advocate and Harvard Law School professor, and Dover attorney James Coyne King, in an effort to gain her party's nomination to run against Brown, who won his seat in a special election two years ago following ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Chinese Policies—and US Companies—Threaten American Auto Parts Jobs
In These TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Obama himself could benefit from calling for such investigation: It could demonstrate seriousness about his State of the Union pledge to enforce trade laws—a winning pledge especially with many voters from working-class households, whose support is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Assamba heads to UK high commission
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 1, 2012

She also served the voluntary sector through her work with United Way of Jamaica, the Jamaica Cancer Society, the Jamaican Bar Association, the Dispute Resolution Foundation of Jamaica, Association of Development Agencies, Women's Leadership Initiative ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ebix Board of Directors Authorizes Regular Quarterly Dividend of $0.04 Per Share
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

ATLANTA, Feb 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ebix, Inc. /quotes/zigman/89059/quotes/nls/ebix EBIX +1.76% , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, today authorized a regular quarterly ...more »

Animal Law
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W.Va. moves to tighten laws for wild animal owners
Washington ExaminerFebruary 3, 2012

The Senate introduced a bill this week that would require current owners of such animals to obtain a permit and inspection from the Division of Natural Resources and generally bans breeding and possession of non-native, wild animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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Valence Technology Wins European Patent Appeal
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Valence was represented in the opposition and the appeal by Dr. Claus Beckmann of the German Intellectual Property Law firm Kraus & Weisert. "This decision removes any possible patent infringement claim under the Hydro-Quebec European Patent, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WR Grace proposes $19.5M asbestos settlement
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed settlement in the WR Grace and Co. bankruptcy case would pay $19.5 million into a trust for people sickened by asbestos exposure from the company's now-shuttered vermiculite plant in Libby, Mont. Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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California Minorities Ask Court to Restore Affirmative Action in College ...
Fox NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Calls it Quits Opinion: Sueños Latino College Enrollment Up 24% Opinion: For Latinos, Education Starts at the Kitchen Table SAN FRANCISCO – Attorneys for the plaintiffs in a case challenging California's ban on using affirmative action to determine ...more »

Sensex witnesses choppy session; Aviation stocks surge
Bloomberg UTVFebruary 1, 2012

Aviation stocks rallied after state-run oil marketing companies cut jet fuel prices by over 3%, with effect from midnight, 31 January 2012, as an appreciating rupee made imports cheaper. Index heavyweight RIL, extended Tuesday's gains as the company's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Protect yourself against credit repair scams
Examiner.comFebruary 2, 2012

Even those with high credit scores have experienced closed credit card accounts and equity lines. When an account has not been closed, credit limits have been reduced to the current balance due. The terms credit repair, credit restoration or credit ...more »

Litigation
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MasterCard's Profit Strong, Litigation Charge Weighs
CNBC.comFebruary 2, 2012

MasterCard reported a higher quarterly profit as consumers around the world spent more money using credit and debit cards, but a litigation-related charge took a large bite out of its earnings. “This special item represents the company's financial ...more »

Business Law
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USDA Withdraws Rule Requiring Proof of Labor-Law Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

31 (Bloomberg) -- The US Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a plan requiring companies doing business with the agency to certify that their subcontractors are meeting labor laws, after groups including the Chamber of Commerce complained.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Female veteran sues US over denial of full benefits
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 2, 2012

The Pasadena woman, a 12-year Army veteran who served in Iraq, says she was denied full benefits because she is married to a woman. The suit targets the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act. By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times A Pasadena woman who served ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Iran chokes Internet at politically sensitive time
Khaleej TimesFebruary 13, 2012

Attempts to get on Facebook, Gmail, Yahoo and foreign news pages were either met with an Iranian page saying in Farsi that “Access to this page is a violation of computer crime laws” or the connection was slowed to such an extent to make it nearly ...more »

Personal Injury
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Concordia Passengers Lawsuit Against Costa Cruise Lines, Inc Can be Turned ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 6, 2012

Generally, cruise tickets include a contract with a "choice of forum" clause stating the proper venue for potential lawsuits. Defendants can challenge the jurisdiction of US court over this case if the tickets purchased and signed by the plaintiffs ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Court strikes down Georgia's assisted-suicide law
CNNFebruary 6, 2012

The law is "unconstitutional under the free speech provisions of the United States and Georgia constitutions," wrote Justice Hugh Thompson in the court's opinion. The court said that a ban on assisted suicide could be constitutional, but the way the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When it's time to say goodbye
Chiropractic EconomicsFebruary 9, 2012

Yet as a doctor, you have an ethical and legal obligation to handle such a situation in a professional manner that fully protects the health and welfare of the patient. It is vital that you ensure that the termination of the patient relationship is ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Aid firm pair lose consumer credit licences
This is NottinghamFebruary 9, 2012

A MAN who ran a mobility aid company has had his consumer credit licence revoked. Amarjit Gill, who traded as Long Eaton-based ABM Mobility, breached consumer protection legislation, including aggressive sales techniques, despite warnings from trading ...more »

Real Estate Law
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5 Overbought Bank Stocks
TheStreet.comFebruary 6, 2012

By Philip van Doorn 02/06/12 - 04:31 PM EST Updated market close information and with comments on the possible mortgage settlement from real estate attorney and adjunct New York University law professor Adam Leitman Bailey. NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It ...more »

CRDA approves Atlantic City Tourism District Master Plan
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

They voted at the Atlantic City Convention Center on Wednesday, a deadline set by state law. Effective one year ago, those regulations also established the Tourism District and CRDA development powers within it, in addition to setting in motion other ...more »

Sports Law
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Concussion law puts teams on the spot
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"The law is basically asking the coaches to provide the primary level of sports medicine care and to be knowledgeable on how to diagnose a concussion," Freitag said. "The problem is the law doesn't go to the next step of saying, 'How are we going to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense relentless in questioning ex-Stanford exec
BusinessWeekFebruary 8, 2012

But defense attorneys have tried to show that his former top money man, James M. Davis, was the one behind the alleged scheme. Davis pleaded guilty to three fraud and conspiracy charges in exchange for a possible reduced sentence.more »

Horse show attorney files IRS complaint
New Jersey HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

Muir did not give details of his complaint to the IRS but said that in general the complaint contains allegations of financial irregularities uncovered by an audit, that fair President Alan Henderson circumvented the executive board to buy a new stage ...more »

Black Officers File Lawsuit Against Capitol Police
BETFebruary 8, 2012

Hostile work environments, reprisals, denial of promotions, age discrimination and denial of career-enhancing opportunities are just some of the allegations of discrimination outlined in the lawsuit. “The Chief of Police, Phillip Morse, and members of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Oilsands Quest Secures CDN$3.75 million Financing; Agrees to Sell Non-Core ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

The DIP Facility will be repayable on the earlier of one year following closing or the termination of the Order from the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (the "Court") providing creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act (Canada) ...more »

Environmental Law
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Shale Gas Issues: Squeezed Between Necessity and Reality
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 14, 2012

The energy industry and state regulatory bodies generally believe that existing and proposed state regulations will be adequate to protect water resources during the development of shale gas fields. On the other hand, a growing contingent of landowners ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Makes Presentation Concerning Estate Planning and ...
PR.com (press release)February 10, 2012

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate plans, making a will or living trust, the probate court process, getting advance directives and power of attorney done, and how to get things started. Charleston, SC, February 10, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Attorney ...more »

Family Law
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Paralyzed local attorney runs own family law practice
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

For seven years, Lewis has maintained his family law practice. He provides his services pro bono because he must remain below 85 percent of the federal poverty level to keep his eligibility for Medicaid. But Lewis is unable to get in or out of bed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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