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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 »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Biggs, father of demoted ex-cop, seeks to allow disciplined officers day in court
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 1, 2012

SB1212 gives police who were suspended more than 40 hours or demoted despite a lack of just cause to seek a new hearing in Superior Court on the discipline. The proposed law also requires disciplinary panels, administrative law judges and hearing...more »

Health Care Law
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CLASS Act: Abandoned yet defended
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

It's not as though the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Actis generating good press for President Barack Obama's health care law. In fact, Republicans are sure they can make it a symbol of the out-of-control spending they think the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Long Island PressFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama conducting immigration law impact survey
Southeast Farm PressFebruary 2, 2012

In an effort to gauge current and potential labor shortages resulting from enactment of the state's immigration law, the Alabama Agribusiness Council (AAC) is asking farmers, producers and agribusinesses to complete a Web-based survey by Feb. 13.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Taking a Closer Look at the Jobs Governor's Industrial Policy
Bacon's RebellionFebruary 2, 2012

... 85 Connector Economic Development Zone could add up to $50 million over 2015 and 2016, if HB 1183 is passed into law. Remarkably, no one seems to be questioning the propriety of such aggressive use of the tax code to promote industrial development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Phoenix Launches New Distribution Agreement with National Agents Alliance
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Phoenix Simplicity Index Life (IUL) is a simplified-issue, indexed universal life insurance product that provides universal life insurance protection with an attractive ability to build cash value. Phoenix said it will seek a limited number of ...more »

Animal Law
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Ga. court overturns assisted suicide restrictions
Aiken StandardFebruary 6, 2012

I wish to express my appreciation to Gary Willoughby, Aiken SPCA president and CEO, for his excellent Animal Connection columns. I reall ... To the person complaining about the dead possum in the road, you don't call the county or city to remove the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Tessera Updates Status of Annual Meeting
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

The Company's Intellectual Property reporting segment (formerly known as Micro-electronics) is a patent licensing business that owns patents generated in over 20 years of semiconductor packaging research and development. The Company's other reporting ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...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 »

West Star Aviation Named Grand Junction Business of the Year
The Leading Aviation Industry Resource for News, Equipment andFebruary 2, 2012

Grand Junction, CO, February 1, 2012- West Star Aviation has been named Business of the Year by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce. The announcement was made on Friday, January 24 th , at the annual awards banquet held at Two Rivers Convention ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Hearing held on Charleroi landlord license
Monessen Valley IndependentFebruary 10, 2012

At that hearing, Gaudio, who said he has rented properties in the borough for about 15 years, told council that he evicted two of the tenants who were causing the problems and repairs had been made to the building. The landlord said 19 tenants would be ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US Plans Charges on Bond Fraud
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Manhattan US Attorney's office is planning to allege in a criminal complaint that several former traders at Credit Suisse Group AG, a major global investment bank, misled the bank's investors by booking inflated prices of mortgage bonds to boost ...more »

Litigation
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Little Falls planning board resolves years of litigation with developer
NorthJersey.comFebruary 3, 2012

2 resolved years of litigation between Edward Schumacher, a local developer, and the township. Schumacher had sued the township after the planning board in 2006 denied an application for town homes he proposed to build on Woods Road, Stephen Eisdorfer, ...more »

Business Law
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Group mulls hedge fund advertising, crowdsourcing capital
Ct PostFebruary 1, 2012

A government advisory panel is considering moves that would allow startups to raise money online and permit hedge funds to advertise. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Flint Internet Crimes Against Children task force makes its mark
WNEM SaginawFebruary 1, 2012

Crimes investigated to date include possession, manufacture and distribution of child pornography. Prosecutors have also sought additional charges for using a computer to commit these crimes. The Flint ICAC task force has identified more than 100 ...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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Setting The Scene For The Supreme Court's Consideration Of The Health Law
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Two state attorneys general will face off at the National Press Club on the constitutionality of the health overhaul. In other news, a Mississippi district court judge has agreed to hear a different legal challenge to the measure.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Healthcare IT Expert Exposes Hidden Risks of Lawsuits Due to Electronic Health ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... ( www.sambierstock.com ) points out significant concerns regarding increased vulnerability to medical legal claims that may result from the use of EHRs without major tort reform that would relieve physicians of an onslaught of malpractice suits.more »

Consumer Protection
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Federal Insurance Office Says Overdue Regulation Report Still Weeks Away
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the FIO, had specified that the study must be submitted to Congress not later than 18 months after the date of the Dodd-Frank Act's enactment. The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted ...more »

Real Estate Law
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School Board Hopes To Shrink Funding Gap
WINA AM 1070February 2, 2012

The county says it's the result of a continued softening of the local real estate market as well as nationwide. The lawyer fighting the city panhandling ordinance has decided to appeal. Members of the Albemarle School Board are hoping Superintendent ...more »

Handler Thayer Commercial Practice Alert - SEC Revises "Qualified Client ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 18, 2012

[2] According to Section 205(a)(1) of the Investment Advisers Act (the "Act"), registered investment advisers ("RIAs") are prohibited from charging performance fees; however, the SEC provided an exemption under Rule 205-3(a) of the Act, allowing RIAs ...more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

Older Aussies Cope with Age Discrimination
TopNews United StatesFebruary 1, 2012

A report has revealed recently that older people in Australia are becoming victims of age discrimination. It has been found that more number of older people is employed to work at the time of crisis when there is shortage of labour.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Gifting does not give full protection
New Zealand HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

In the past, however, they usually went for the debtor's personal assets. Now that assets can be given to a trust in one go, other existing laws are likely to be used more often. "Because there won't be personal property for creditors to claim against ...more »

Environmental Law
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Greenberg Traurig's Growing Global Energy and Infrastructure Practice Adds ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

... partner in charge of the energy practice at Borda y Quintana, SC Attorneys at Law in Mexico City. Borda's previous firm was one of only three firms ranked by Chambers & Partners in Band 1 in Energy & Natural Resources in Mexico in 2011 and 2012.more »

Wills & Probate
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Betty Lin-Fisher: Wills and other legal documents still important
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Do I still need a will? Yeah.” As an example in the case of spouses, ownership of two cars under a combined value of $40000 can pass outside of probate, McKenney said. If a car or cars are titled only in one name, at that person's death, Ohio law...more »

Family Law
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Family-law attorney Heckman throws hat in for Sutter judgeship
Appeal-DemocratFebruary 5, 2012

By Ben van der Meer/ADbvandermeer Cases in family law — child custody, protective services, endangerment — can be the most wrenching in legal circles. But Sarah Heckman, current managing attorney for the Sutter County Superior Court Family Law Center ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Many Pennsylvania Employers to Benefit from Lower Workers' Compensation Costs
Insurance News Net (press release)February 5, 2012

2 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for ...more »

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