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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 »

Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Patent Law Analysis by Professors Dennis Crouch and Jason Rantanen
Patently-OFebruary 1, 2012

This is even more so in the prior use context because the later filed patent by definition will have a priority date of at least one year later than the user's first date of commercial use. Using the language of the Supreme Court in its KSR decision: ...more »

Health Care Law
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The Battle for Vermont's Health -- And Why It Matters for the Rest of the Country
Huffington PostFebruary 7, 2012

The problem for Shumlin and his allies is this: It will take five years before Vermont can fully implement its new system, partly because the federal health care reform law prohibits states from undertaking more far-reaching reforms until 2017 unless ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Bills tightening voting ID laws advance, despite outcry
The Virginian-PilotFebruary 1, 2012

Bobby Scott, far right, speaks during a rally to protest proposed legislation to tighten Virginia's election laws at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012. (Steve Helber | The Associated Press) By Bill Sizemore Measures aimed at tightening ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kan. plan roils debate in immigration guru's state
The Associated PressFebruary 1, 2012

... but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program designed to give illegal immigrants hard-to-fill jobs. Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a former law professor who ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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BIO Testifies on Importance of Prompt Enactment of PDUFA V Recommendations
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Richard Pops, Chairman and CEO of Alkermes plc, testified today on behalf of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health during a hearing entitled ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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25 complete mediation training in Berbice
Stabroek NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Local | Friday, February 3, 2012 Twenty-five legal and non-legal professionals completed an Advanced Mediation Training Programme which concluded with a Certificate Award Ceremony at the Little Rock Hotel, New Amsterdam ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Florida Insurance Commissioner: 'This is the Year for PIP Reform'
Insurance JournalFebruary 9, 2012

“Making sure injured drivers are given proper medical care without creating a pot of gold for medical clinics and unscrupulous litigation.” Absence those reforms, McCarty said, the state may be looking at the prospect of having no choice but to repeal ...more »

Animal Law
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Local advocates petition for tougher punishments on animal abusers
KIVI-TVFebruary 3, 2012

By Jennifer Auh Animal rights advocates push for tougher punishments on animal abusers, and they want your help. Using a recent case of animal abuse in Oregon as an example, they point out why Idaho needs stricter punishments to protect animals.more »

Intellectual Property
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Disagreements on cyber risk East-West "Cold War"
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

* East-West disagreements over cyberspace rise * Intellectual property theft, Internet freedom key issues * Increasingly obvious gap between US, alies, Russia ,China By Peter Apps, Political Risk Correspondent LONDON - With worries growing over ...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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Kilombero valley eviction directive 'doomed to fail'
The Citizen DailyFebruary 5, 2012

The Vice-President's directive on eviction of Kilombero valley pastoralists is a non-starter because it is not backed by affirmative action by the government to institute land use plans for pastoralists to live in the earmarked regions of Lindi and ...more »

US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

"Both US intelligence and law enforcement communities and foreign services continue to identify people who want to cause us harm, particularly in the US and particularly as it relates to aviation," Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Must Landlords Do to Evict Tenants?
Patch.comFebruary 8, 2012

I believe that the landlord/tenant laws for residential leases are pro-tenant. If the landlord's “ducks” are all in a row, then the landlord can get the eviction. If a duck falls out of line, then the landlord may have to start over.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The Basics of Approved Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 3, 2012

To start with, you should know your credit scores. Most bad credit lenders deal in the FICO score range of 500 to 640. Anything more than a 640 is typically considered near-prime, while prime starts around 720. Although nearly all bad credit lenders ...more »

Litigation
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Hill Schwartz Spilker Keller (“HSSK”) Announces the Closing of the Sale of ...
Houston ChronicleFebruary 3, 2012

Its bankruptcy and financial forensics practices are led by two individuals with over fifty years of combined courtroom experience. HSSK assists clients in quantifying and articulating value for financial reporting, taxation, transaction, and corporate ...more »

Business Law
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Quincy Public Schools: Beware of Quincy Blue Devil banner scam
ConnectTriStates.com powered by KHQAFebruary 1, 2012

Here's a KHQA Safe Family Crime tip -- there has been a scam reported to law enforcement in the Quincy area. Several businesses have reported receiving calls to advertise on banners to be placed in Quincy Blue Devil Gym or Flinn Stadium.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigates War Hero Bud Day
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI warns of new email scam
La Crosse TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

MADISON — The FBI is warning of a new email scam that steals financial information from computers. Victims receive an unsolicited and fraudulent email claiming to be from the National Automated Clearing House Association, Federal Reserve Bank or ...more »

Personal Injury
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Whiplash injuries can be avoided: IAM
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Rear-end shunts are the most common accidents and, since many rear impact accidents result in a neck or spinal injury, these are often linked to personal-injury insurance claims. But, says the Institute of Advanced Motoring, as with all aspects of your ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional law talk captures teens' attention
Valley SunFebruary 3, 2012

Students at La Cañada High School students got a crash course Thursday on the Supreme Court and the real-world application of constitutional law on Thursday, when they were visited by an attorney who will be arguing before the US Supreme Court this ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Where Federal Pay Lags: Among the Highly Educated
GovExec.comFebruary 1, 2012

Federal lawyers are trying to expand the government's legal immunity from exposure to medical malpractice claims. The scientists and doctors say the information gathered on them contributed to harassment and wrongful termination, the Post reports.more »

Consumer Protection
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New Radius Cell Manager Strictly Follows TCPA Law
InsideARMFebruary 1, 2012

The Radius Cell Manager solution is a game changer because it's not based on dialer technology, but rather was newly developed starting in 2009 specifically to help call centers, credit grantors, and collection agencies overcome the liabilities ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

Legal View
Khaleej TimesFebruary 13, 2012

Saleh Ahmed Al Obaidli is an Emirati Lawyer at the Hadef & Partners Advocates and Legal Consultants, Associate Member of Dubai International Arbitration Centre and a Member of the Jurists Association, with a Master's Degree in commercial law, ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill to allow home-schooled students to play public school athletics clears ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Rob Bell, said an amendment to his bill had closed a loophole that could have allowed gifted athletes to declare themselves home-schoolers and market their services like adolescent free agents to premier high school sports programs. The law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Swedish businessmen hauled into court for Manhattan tourist sex assault
New York Daily NewsFebruary 10, 2012

Defense lawyers for the high-powered and smartly-dressed young business stars insisted their clients were innocent and told Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Anthony Ferrara they expect the case will be dismissed. “Your honor, the DA's office is working ...more »

Washington accountant faces prison in 'ongoing crusade' against IRS
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Writing the court, Garrison's attorney suggested the long-running fraud was Garrison's reaction to the IRS refusing to answer his questions. In “frustration,” the attorney told the court, Garrison put down “obviously incorrect information” in an ...more »

Axe plan for sex bias laws, says business
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

BUSINESS is demanding Labor dump a proposal to model new anti-discrimination laws on a key pillar of the Fair Work Act that has already burdened employers with a surge in speculative claims designed to force costly payouts. The government is developing...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futures On Credit-Default Swaps Seen As Natural Evolution
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

If a borrower defaults, sellers of the protection compensate buyers. The swaps--traded over the phone or on-screen, with prices known only to trading partners--are the domain of asset managers and hedge funds with the sophistication and financial ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 8, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes.more »

Family Law
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Vance shooting victim's family speaks out
The Tand D.comFebruary 1, 2012

Murder suspect Demetrice Dwight Perry is escorted out of the Orangeburg-Calhoun Regional Law Enforcement Complex courtroom by Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office Investigator Riley Godwin following Tuesday's arraignment. Demetrius Perry faces charges of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CITY OF PITTSBURGH v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 9, 2012

City of Pittsburgh and UPMC Benefit Management Services, Inc. (together, Employer), petition for review of the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board), which affirmed the decision and order of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ).more »

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