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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 »

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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MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... February 1, 2012 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. /quotes/zigman/129714/quotes/nls/swm SWM -3.84% today responded to the anticipated initial decision rendered on February 1, 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade...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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Only in Austin: a legal argument about whether it's the state capital
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 3, 2012

In the request letter, Jones lays out a lengthy legal argument contending that the residency requirement does not apply to railroad commissioners. Further, she says in the letter, statewide elected officials can have more than one residence — an ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ghana: Local Content Policy Offends WTO Rules
AllAfrica.comFebruary 6, 2012

The obligations, Trade Related Investment Measures agreements (TRIMs Agreement) and the General Agreements on Trade in Services (GATS), bind all WTO member countries. TRIMs are rules that apply to the domestic regulations a country applies to foreign ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Negotiating with the LGBT Community at Pepperdine University
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

This student (I'll call him Joe) took Dan Van Ness' Restorative Justice class together and then Jack McCrory's Arbitration class during the summers in which my young friend was earning the Alternative Dispute Resolution part of his JD/MDR.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Class action against Motorola settles for $200 mln
ReutersFebruary 3, 2012

* Shareholders had alleged firm artificially boosted stock * Settlement money comes from reserves and insurance By Rebecca Hamilton NEW YORK, Feb 2 (Reuters) - A 2007 securities-fraud class action lawsuit brought by shareholders against Motorola ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Advocate
Morning StarFebruary 7, 2012

“A lot of time animals are discounted especially where the law is concerned. They're not seen as being worthy of attention.” While Wolfe does not take up many animal cases herself, she often assists pet owners, animal control officers or animal rights...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Picks Up 2 Paul Hastings IP Litigators
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (February 02, 2012, 3:03 PM ET) -- Goodwin Procter LLP has bulked up its Los Angeles office with two intellectual property partners specializing in high-stakes patent litigation from Paul Hastings LLP, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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ASUC Senate votes to support Day of Action protesting Prop. 209
Daily CalifornianFebruary 10, 2012

13 Day of Action in favor of overturning Proposition 209, a 1996 bill that prohibits affirmative action in admissions to public institutions. Under the bill, the senate will withdraw about $400 from its Contingency Fund to transport students to the 9th ...more »

More Information on Aviation Geek Fest 2012 – February 19, 2012
Seattle Post Intelligencer (blog)February 1, 2012

The Future of Flight, Boeing and are continuing to move forward with Aviation Geek Fest 2012 (#AGF12) and are ready to share a rough draft schedule of events for the day. Times can change — well really anything can change, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Program aims to reduce number of evictions of 'risky' tenants
Owen Sound Sun TimesFebruary 7, 2012

They take the tenants' rights first.” Brenndorfer is one of four housing support workers with the Owen Sound-based YMCA Housing Support Program which oversees the Landlord Links program. Landlords can list their vacancies on the Y's new website for ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Greek leaders' austerity meeting postponed again
DailyFinanceFebruary 7, 2012

"They are committing a crime against the country. They are driving wage-earners into poverty and wiping out pensioners and the unemployed," said Vangelis Moutafis, a senior member of Greece's largest union, the GSEE. "They are selling off state assets ...more »

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Gulf oil spill blame is focus of New Orleans court case
NOLA.comFebruary 5, 2012

Oil Rig Explosion gallery (24 photos) Assuming the case doesn't settle -- the parties to this case have said they're going to trial -- the event is expected to be the largest environmental litigation in history and the biggest event ever held at ...more »

Business Law
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Palin: Romney's $17 million in ads bought 'some false narrative' in Florida
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

"I think that with $17 million purchasing some ads and some false narrative it was very, very difficult for Newt Gingrich and the other candidates to counter that bombardment of advertisements," Palin said Tuesday night on Fox News.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets' influx challenges colleges, aid agencies
Louisville Courier-JournalFebruary 6, 2012

Vaughan has a simple job description — finding out what students need to be successful as they shift from military to civilian life. But the description covers a vast list of tasks, from helping students apply for GI benefits to helping them get ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Families warned to monitor children's use of computers
gulfnews.comFebruary 2, 2012

By Dina Aboul Hosn, Staff Reporter Dubai: Families have been advised to monitor their children's access to the internet to avoid falling victims to cyber crime, child abuse and harassment. The risk of child abuse over the internet came under the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Boyd legislation best to stem insurance fraud in car wrecks
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

As a primary care physician who has practiced in Manatee County and treated patients injured in automobile accidents for 30 years, I have seen it all. I have spoken both to state Rep. Jim Boyd and Sen. Mike Bennett about the need for Personal Injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business people
Concord MonitorFebruary 6, 2012

DOUGLAS MILLER of Concord has joined the litigation group of Hage Hodes in Manchester. Miller's civil litigation practice includes business and commercial disputes, personal injury, professional malpractice and employment litigation.more »

Consumer Protection
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Bring Call Centers Back To U.S., Bill Proposes
InformationWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Bishop's US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) would prohibit companies that place call centers offshore from receiving federal grants or guaranteed loans. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a publicly ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust announces financing and leasing update
Canada NewsWire (press release)February 1, 2012

To find out more about Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: SRQ.UN), visit our website at This document contains certain information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws.more »

Sheboygan officials go public with South Pier District casino plan
The Sheboygan PressFebruary 3, 2012

... a vote by the city's Redevelopment Authority to enter into a contract allowing the three parties to negotiate a development agreement, with an option to purchase South Pier land for a gambling operation, parking, and other commercial development.more »

Sports Law
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IDOT, law enforcement urge fans to safely celebrate Super Bowl Sunday
Aledo Times RecordFebruary 2, 2012

By Anonymous Across the country, millions of people will gather this weekend to watch the Super Bowl, America's most popular sports event. To prevent fans from driving impaired, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and Illinois State Police ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.more »

Don't dawdle on filing taxes. Identity thieves are lurking.
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

“We are taking this issue very seriously,” said IRS spokeswoman Julianne Fisher Breitbeil. The agency recently announced a crackdown on tax-refund fraud and identity theft. Working with the Justice Department's tax division and US attorney's offices ...more »

The slings and arrows of at-will employment
Las Vegas WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

Second, because age seems less at issue here than appearance, and discrimination law barely touches the subject. Michigan is the only state with an outright ban on appearance discrimination, though Stanford law professor Deborah Rhode notes in her book ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Webster Bank Announces Results of Fixed Price Cash Tender Offer for 5.875 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

This release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"). Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as "believes," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

... ranking Democrat on the Energy and Commerce panel, said Republicans who have majority control of the House haven't offered an alternative long-care plan even though they say they want to “repeal and replace” the health-care law.more »

Wills & Probate
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ENMU briefs — Feb. 15
Portales News-TribuneFebruary 15, 2012

KENW-TV studio will present “Last Will and Testament” 7 pm Tuesday for those who have questions about last wills, living wills and trusts. This hour-long live call-in special provides viewers the opportunity to call the KENW-TV studio and direct ...more »

Family Law
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Bill would allow halt of autopsies
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 1, 2012

A proposed law giving families a way to stop autopsies for religious reasons, prompted by the recent case of a Jewish hiker who died on Mount Rainier, passed out of a legislative committee before a key deadline this week. A proposed law giving families...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured men appeal decision in workers compensation case
The Guardian CharlottetownFebruary 1, 2012

A judge's decision to dismiss legal proceedings by two injured workers landed before the PEI Appeals Court Monday. In their statement of claim, Gordon Richard Vail and Frederick Joseph McIver said the Workers Compensation Board (WCB) didn't follow the ...more »


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