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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...more »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Court composed of Ulysses Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge, John D. Saunders, and J. David Painter, Judges. The appellant, a pre-trial inmate housed by the parish correctional center, appeals an administrative decision by the parish sheriff denying his ...more »

Health Care Law
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The 'Death Panel' Buried Deep Inside the Health Care Law (blog)February 1, 2012

They applauded in Berkeley but advocates of health care reform were livid two years later when Sarah Palin offered an equally honest assessment of pending health care legislation, charging that it would introduce rationing and “Obama's 'death panel'” ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Soda Co. to Raise $3.2 Million in Registered Direct Offering
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include all passages containing words ...more »

Immigration Law
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Black immigration bill targets Obama lawsuits
The Daily News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Diane Black, R-Gallatin on Tuesday, introduced HR 3842, a bill that would stop the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration from pursuing lawsuits against Arizona, South Carolina and Alabama over their state immigration enforcement laws.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industries come up with economic revival plan
The Express TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

... industrialisation and plan to improve law and order were the features of PIAF's economic revival agenda. LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has come up with a seven-point action plan to revive the country's economy.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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PHL pushes rule of law on territorial disputes before UN council
GMA NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Philippines lobbied anew with the United Nations for the rule of law in heading off international conflict, citing a 30-year-old declaration on the peaceful resolution of such disputes. Philippine Mission Deputy Permanent Representative Carlos ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012


Animal Law
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Effort Under Way to Ban Double-Deck Horse Trailers
Boise WeeklyFebruary 6, 2012

And the law also allows horses to be hauled in double-deck trailers to destinations other than slaughter houses, such as rodeos. According to the Animal Law Coalition, violators routinely haul horses long distances in double-deck trailers until they ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual property rights : Winners of "Hands off my Design" competition ...
IEWY NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Between 2005 and 2010, the number of registered cases at the EU borders of goods suspected of infringing intellectual property rights (IPR) increased from 26704 to over 80,0001. Meanwhile, the creative industry estimates that piracy has cost the ...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, 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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Gluba extends search for affirmative action panelists
Quad City TimesFebruary 7, 2012

After more than two weeks without any applicants for Davenport's Affirmative Action Commission, Mayor Bill Gluba put out another call Monday. The city council created the seven-member panel late last year. Now that work on the annual city budget is ...more »

On this Day in Aviation History: February 5th
NYCAviationFebruary 5, 2012

1913 – Two Greek pilots, Michael Moutoussis and Aristeidis Moraitinis fly a Maurice Farman MF.7 seaplane to spot the position of the retreated Ottoman fleet, marking history's first recorded naval aviation mission. XB - 47 test flight , later to become ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What housing can learn from profit-driven property guardians
The GuardianFebruary 3, 2012

Property guardian firms act as middle men between landlords seeking security and tenants desperate for affordable accommodation. The arrangement allows landlords to secure empty property at a fraction of the cost of traditional protection, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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San Francisco Consumer Protection Lawyer: High Court Favors Big Business- Again! (press release)February 1, 2012

The Supreme Court found it was not the intention of Congress to prohibit arbitration of disputes for companies that claimed to help improve people's credit scores. Their bizarre interpretation of the law that requires that credit repair companies must ...more »

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ERISA Court Ruled For Patients In A Self-Insured Out-of-Network UCR ERISA ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 4, 2012 offers new Executive & Litigation Support Webinars to examine the latest federal court decision on Jan 31, 2012, in a self-insured out-of-network UCR ERISA class action by the patients against the ERISA plan. The Court denied the plan's ...more »

Business Law
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City places ad for police chief position
Brownsville HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

By LAURA B. MARTINEZ/The Brownsville Herald Nearly two months after Police Chief Carlos Garcia announced his retirement from the police department, the city of Brownsville will start advertising the chief of police position.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Disabled American Veterans: Info for vets on benefits, claims
Leavenworth TimesFebruary 9, 2012

The DAV was established to assist veterans and their family members in filing disability claims for benefits from Veteran Affairs as a result of medical disabilities that occurred or were aggravated by military service. The Leavenworth Times has ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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New cyber bill to put US in charge of global cyber security
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 9, 2012

The new bill - International Cybercrime Reporting and Cooperation Act - is likely to go to a vote in the next few months. It will place the United States at the forefront of the battle against international internet-driven crime by threatening economic ...more »

Personal Injury
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A Need for Tort Reform for Personal Injury Lawsuits is a Myth Pushed by the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

7, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Cincinnati personal injury lawyer fights Tort reform that is being pushed because of so called lawsuit abuse or frivolous lawsuits. As a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer for over 30 years, the reality is that jurors ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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GPS and Privacy: Implications for Indigenous Property
Indian Country Today Media Network.comFebruary 3, 2012

The Jones majority opinion stated it by quoting a 1765 English case, Entick v. Carrington: “[O]ur law holds the property of every man so sacred, that no man can set his foot upon his neighbour's close without his leave; if he does he is a trespasser, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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CPA sues Texas firm for alleged defective design of Tinian airport
Saipan TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

CPA is suing Leo A. Daly Co. for breach of contract, professional malpractice, negligence, fraud, and violations of the Consumer Protection Act and the CNMI Building Safety Code. CPA, through counsels William R. Satterberg Jr. and Matthew T. Gregory, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Province announces new limits for debt-settlement agencies
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 2, 2012

They are a result of amendments to regulations under the Consumer Protection Act. "We want to be sure that people already struggling with debt don't find themselves paying large fees upfront with no guarantee the service will actually reduce their debt ...more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

In addition, Mr. Yatrakis has extensive experience advising investors on issues related to inbound and real estate investments, including the application of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") and of the US withholding rules.more »

CSC Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

-- Revenue was $3.76 billion net of a $204 million reduction relating to the UK National Health Service (NHS) contract. Excluding the NHS reduction, revenue was $3.97 billion, a decrease of 0.7% when compared to a year ago.more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins landmark sports broadcast case
ABC OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

CLARE GILL, OPTUS SPOKESWOMAN: This has been a win for Australians, for innovation and for the law. This is a product similar to things that you can do today. So we see this no different from any other personal video recording device.more »

Criminal Defense
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Indiana election chief's defense rests without presenting case against voter ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are set for Friday, when the case ...more »

DPS teacher and former accountant indicted on money laundering and program ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The case was investigated by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Education. The DPS Office of Inspector General “developed and investigated dozens of leads, which led to collaboration with the FBI and US Attorney's...more »

Man sues Nitro company, alleges age discrimination
Charleston GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

A former employee has filed a lawsuit in Putnam County against the world's largest crane company for age discrimination, among other allegations. Hurricane resident Cecil Hypes filed the suit in Putnam Circuit Court on Monday alleging Maxim Crane Works ...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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Mogul Energy Commences the Drilling of the Kunitz Well #1, San Patricio County ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

For more information about Mogul Energy International, Inc., go to . This news release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws, which are based on current expectations and beliefs, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Library calendar: Learn how to create online documents
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 19, 2012

6:30 pm Inman Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic. Come learn about wills, estates and probate in SC Call 864-472-8363. 6:30 pm Headquarters Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic.more »

Family Law
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Money from family's lawsuit against tobacco giant helps Oregon balance budget
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

The company lost a lawsuit brought by the family of a Portland smoker who died of lung cancer. Philip Morris had agreed to pay the man's family but challenged an Oregon law requiring that 60 percent of punitive damage awards go to a state fund that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hyder loses comp appeal
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 4, 2012

By Jennifer Learn-Andes Sam Hyder has lost his appeal seeking workers' compensation for on-the-job stress when he worked as Luzerne County deputy prison warden. Hyder, who was furloughed from the $74263-a-year position in January ...more »


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