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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 »

Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Moore, Malone agree on many issues in debate
Montgomery AdvertiserFebruary 29, 2012

Moore also said he would work with the governor and Legislature to keep the courts funded, though he did suggest cuts were needed in the Administrative Office of the Courts. "We can always cut waste and use retired judges more effectively, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Catholics debate new federal law
WIVBFebruary 6, 2012

But Western New York Catholics were talking about a federal health-care mandate during Masses this weekend, at the request of Buffalo Bishop Edward Kmiec. The new law , which is scheduled to take effect in 2013, would require all church-affiliated ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Monkees' Davy Jones dead at 66
CNNFebruary 29, 2012

Jones was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. A Martin County law enforcement source with knowledge of the case said Jones apparently suffered a heart attack. Laurie Jacobson, whose company Living Legends LTD ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law: Few changes expected, Baldwin County officials tell farmers
al.com (blog)February 29, 2012

(Press-Register/Guy Busby) ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Baldwin County legislators don't expect the state's immigration law to be overturned or changed in a major way, but area farmers, educators and others said local businesses and residents have been hit ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Underground Atlanta developer bets on another gambling plan
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

The Georgia Lottery board of directors, appointed by the governor, can legally approve video gaming in the state without the Legislature, O'Leary said. The lottery board declined to act three years ago but then-Attorney General Thurbert Baker gave an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Teachers' dispute not about pay
Burnaby NowFebruary 29, 2012

By Jennifer Heighton, Burnaby Now February 29, 2012 The BC government is legislating teachers with an imposed contract after fruitless attempts at bargaining came up with no resolution. Why was the bargaining process so unsuccessful?more »

Insurance Litigation
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Oscoda initiates pier lawsuit
Iosco County News HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

OSCODA — The Oscoda Township Board of Trustees acted by resolution to pursue litigation to seek full payment of $22000 on the bid bond that was posted on behalf of EC Korneffel Company of Trenton by Continental Insurance Company.more »

Animal Law
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Dozier: People News
Lansing State JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Ingham County Assistant Prosecutor Jeff Cruz was named one of America's Top Ten Animal Defenders by the Animal Legal Defense Fund during National Justice for Animals Week 2012, which was Feb.19-25. The week is an annual event dedicated to raising ...more »

Intellectual Property
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HistoRx Achieves Dominant Intellectual Property Position in Standardization of ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 28, 2012

... images from images that are visually appealing to images that are suitable for quantitative analysis with the accuracy required for clinical results," commented Wendy Davis, VP of Intellectual Property and Portfolio Management at HistoRx.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Two Italian Men Sentenced for Causing Thousands of Mesothelioma Deaths
MesotheliomaHelp.net (blog)February 17, 2012

Nearly every European country, as well as the United States, have safety regulations in place for handling asbestos and asbestos-containing products to protect workers. The former owner of the company and a major shareholder in the company were found ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Will the court strike down affirmative action?
CNNFebruary 22, 2012

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (now retired) wrote the majority opinion in a University of Michigan law school affirmative action case decided by the high court in 2003. The life of that decision is now on the line in Fisher. O'Connor should not be proud ...more »

AP Exclusive: US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year
Fox NewsFebruary 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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Property clinic: Ask the expert
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 14, 2012

In the latest Property Clinic, Irwin Mitchell's property disputes expert Clare Rant considers the different rules affecting tenants. She also looks at the rights of those who live in properties connected to their job and the risks of being a guarantor.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bank lending jump bodes well for US economy
CBS NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Yet much of those profits are the result of banks reducing the reserves they set aside to offset bad loans. Many institutions are struggling to grow amid low interest rates and new federal caps on credit card and overdraft fees.more »

Litigation
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Renowned Litigator Steve Susman Launches "Trial by Agreement" Website
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 29, 2012

28, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ -- Stephen Susman, a nationally known litigator based in Houston Texas, has launched TrialbyAgreement.com, a groundbreaking website aimed at ultimately transforming litigation in the United States into a process that is more ...more »

Business Law
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Is A Lie Just Free Speech, Or Is It A Crime?
Minnesota Public RadioFebruary 22, 2012

But when he claimed to have won the Medal of Honor, that lie was a violation of the Stolen Valor Act, which makes it a crime to make false claims about receiving military medals. Alvarez appealed his conviction and won. A federal appeals court struck ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Starting College Early, Joining The Military Also Options For Seniors
Jamestown Post JournalFebruary 26, 2012

"I think the reason that most high school seniors are interested in the military is the college benefits," she said. "Most kids in this area are having trouble affording to go to college, so when they look to the military a lot of the time, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senator Creigh Deeds wants more money for the Internet Crimes Against Children ...
WSLSFebruary 7, 2012

As the leader of the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) taskforce, he talks about just how bad Virginia's problem of child sexual predators is. "Once you see it, you never forget it. It's etched on your brain. These sexual predators, they try to ...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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Egypt to Select Constitutional Panel March 3
ABC NewsFebruary 26, 2012

The current constitution says that the state religion is Islam and the principle of Islamic Sharia law is the main source of legislation. However, some ultraconservative Muslims have called for the article to be changed to read that Islamic law is the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Remembering Journalist Tsegereda Hailu
EzegaFebruary 19, 2012

Her memory should fuel a movement to address the need for an enforceable legal framework which mandates close investigation of deaths from suspected medical malpractice and appropriate mechanisms of redress when such neglect is proven.more »

Consumer Protection
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Illinois Banks: Strongest and Weakest
TheStreet.comFebruary 24, 2012

... the "opt-in" requirement for costly ATM and debit card overdraft protection that went into effect in August 2010, and the Federal Reserve's final rule based on the Durbin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Where's the homebuyer boom?
The Real Deal New York (blog)February 28, 2012

By Leigh Kamping-Carder Why aren't more people buying residential real estate? That was a question posed today by Jonathan Miller, CEO of the appraisal firm Miller Samuel, at the third annual breakfast forum organized by the New York Law School's ...more »

Satellite Photos Go Commercial: Skybox Imaging Launches A Unique Platform
ForbesFebruary 29, 2012

Still, a number of established trends are working in Skybox's favor: Private-enterprise aerospace, contract manufacturing, geolocation, mobile computing, data analytics, platform business dynamics, and of course Moore's Law itself.more »

Sports Law
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Baltimore Co. public ethics law falls short of state standards
Baltimore SunFebruary 25, 2012

Maryland law bars officials from taking gifts from people who do business with their agencies, or whose activities are regulated by them. "It's absolutely our intention to comply with the state requirements," said Ellen Kobler, a spokeswoman for ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Difference Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

No matter what type of theft you are charged with, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Only an attorney can ensure that your side of the story is heard, and justice is truly served. It is possible that there are areas of gray ...more »

IRS Announces Pilot Program for Large Companies and Their Retirement Plans
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

The IRS hopes that after reviewing these procedures, etc., it can then use datadriven factors to surgically target a company's compliance weaknesses. Based on recent exam and survey activities, it seems large companies confront these types of ...more »

Judge says Sours case should go to jury
Savannah Morning NewsFebruary 8, 2012

By Frank Morris Former Bluffton Police Lt. Katherine Sours' age discrimination suit against the town of Bluffton is on track for a US District Court jury trial. See why in this verbatim copy of a US magistrate judge's report and recommendation, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pandit Fast Money Proving Citigroup Dead End
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

Volcker Rule That law, championed by former Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker and made part of the Dodd-Frank Act, says a deposit-taking bank's proprietary capital can't account for more than 3 percent of any hedge fund. In at least four of Citi's ...more »

Environmental Law
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COLUMN-Oil's rise puts sanctions under spotlight: John Kemp
ReutersFebruary 28, 2012

The law mandates experts at the Energy Information Administration (EIA), in conjunction with the departments of Treasury and State and the head of the intelligence community, to review the availability of alternative supplies every 60 days.more »

Wills & Probate
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Magic Theatre presents the first reading of 'Good Goods'
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 27, 2012

[8 pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF] 'Write Your Will': Workshop, conducted by estate planner and probate lawyer Stuart Bronstein, helps participants create fully functional wills. Bring a blue pen. [6:30 pm, Sunset Branch, ...more »

Family Law
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Same-Sex Marriage Is 'Fake,' Claims New Conservative Campaign
Huffington PostFebruary 24, 2012

...Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins launched a new campaign this week that warns of schoolchildren being indoctrinated, people losing religious freedoms and lives being "ruined by deception" if marriage equality were to become federal law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers Compensation Issues Prominent in National Summit on Rx Drug Abuse
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 29, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Several national workers' compensation experts will lead 1.5 hour sessions during the National Rx Drug Abuse Summit April 10-12 at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort in Orlando, Fla.more »

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