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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 »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing to be held on liquor license
Santa Maria TimesFebruary 2, 2012

A public hearing will be held on the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians' request for an expansion of the liquor license at its Chumash Casino Resort, but a date and location have not been set, according to a spokesman for the state agency responsible ...more »

Health Care Law
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States to get socked with Medicaid tax under health care law
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Once dead bookie fined $90K for disappearing act
Sports Memo (blog)February 1, 2012

According to an affidavit filed in Nevada, Jones' wife had told investigators that about six months before he disappeared, Jones lost his job at the board of trade and had to sell off his seat to pay gambling debts. In one instance, he lost $30000 ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law compromises human rights, safety
Daily Trojan OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Daniel Grzywacz · Daily Trojan Turmoil is growing between the California state legislature and the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement over immigration laws. ICE's Secure Communities program requires local law enforcement to send detainees' ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Newcomb buys former timberland for development
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

AP NEWCOMB, NY — The town of Newcomb in the central Adirondacks has purchased 348 acres from The Nature Conservancy for development projects along Route 28N. The parcels were part of the conservancy's 2007 purchase of 161000 acres of Finch, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Property experts call for clarity on disputes
ArabianBusiness.comFebruary 5, 2012

A lack of transparency and a slow rate of dispute resolution are among the biggest gripes of buyers, some of whom are reaching out for legal and technical support after experiencing delays or cancellations to the construction of their units.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurance News Net (press release)February 8, 2012

Certain statements contained in this Form 10-Q or incorporated by reference herein are "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and ...more »

Animal Law
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Make animal farm humane
Boston HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

The first piece of legislation that would limit the intense confinement of sows, hens and veal calves in the state is H458 (The Prevention of Farm Animal Cruelty Act). It would require that sows and veal calves be given enough space to lie down, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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International Rectifier Announces Second Quarter 2012 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 2, 2012

The second quarter fiscal year 2012 results included a reduction in intellectual property revenue due to a royalty over reporting and overpayment by one of the Company's licensees in prior periods of $1.5 million, and $1.5 million equity investment ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Attorney General, Saul Froomkin, joins ISIS Law
Bermuda SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” She said Mr Froomkin is one of the most experienced and well-respected lawyers in Bermuda. After practising law in Manitoba for eight years, he spent nine years in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action fight not over yet
Cal Coast NewsFebruary 14, 2012

[SanFranciscoChronicle] Challenging the 1996 voter ban on affirmative action based on race or gender are 55 University of California school applicants and an advocacy group contending that “developments” since passage of the initiative offer the courts ...more »

Agreement on US Aviation Bill to End Years of Stop-Gap Efforts
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- House and Senate lawmakers ended more than four years of standoffs over US aviation policy and funding, reaching agreement yesterday on a four-year, $63.6 billion bill that keeps current funding levels and speeds development of new ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Free legal aid in Maynooth
Leinster LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

A free legal aid centre is to being set up in NUI Maynooth this month. FLAC (Free Legal Advice Centre) is a new society with 60 members at the university, and will run free clinics giving people legal guidance. Most of those giving help are third year ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Don Cornelius Made Television History With 'Soul Train'
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

"But what I take credit for is that there were no black television commercials to speak of before `Soul Train.' There were few black faces in those ads before `Soul Train.' "And what I am most proud of," he added, "is that we made television history.more »

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Federal Judge Joins Former Partners to Launch New Litigation Boutique
SunHerald.comFebruary 7, 2012

Richard J. Holwell, the Southern District of New York judge who recently presided over the insider trading trial of Galleon Group founder Raj Rajaratnam, has announced his departure from the federal judiciary to open a boutique litigation firm ...more »

Business Law
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'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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2nd black graduate of University of Mississippi dies
Norwich BulletinFebruary 1, 2012

James Donald, who also graduated from Ole Miss and served 33 years in the military, said their family started an organization after World War II to push for military benefits for black veterans when the Veterans of Foreign Wars refused to let blacks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Former pilot, Atascocita resident convicted of distribution and possession of ...
Your Houston NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Todd Steven Ewanko, 47, an Atascocita resident and former commercial pilot, has pleaded guilty to distribution and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Kenneth Magidson announced today. On June 20, 2010, an undercover officer with ...more »

Personal Injury
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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...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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State fails to offer full disclosure
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

Under state law, any information obtained by the board as part of a complaint investigation is confidential. In 1997, Massachusetts became the first state to use its website to publicly post board and hospital disciplinary actions, malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Biz Groups Urge Repeal of CEO-to-Worker Pay Disclosure Rule
International Business TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Supporters of the rule, included in section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, say it is intended to encourage companies to narrow the considerable gap between executive and worker compensation.more »

Real Estate Law
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State asks homeowners to stop deducting some taxes
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

The California Franchise Tax Board is leaning on taxpayers and tax preparers to start complying with a widely ignored law that prevents property owners from deducting certain real estate taxes on their income tax returns. Many tax preparers are telling ...more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Incoming USGA president honed his game with Sandra Day O'Connor as a playing ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

His sporting life, by the time he reached Washington and became a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, wasn't much more developed. When he finally took up golf in earnest, he was over 30. His second lesson, he hit 25 shots.more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Jupiter businessman acquitted of defrauding taxpayers to get lawyer
Palm Beach PostFebruary 9, 2012

By Daphne Duret WEST PALM BEACH — A jury acquitted a 52-year-old businessman this afternoon in a rare Florida case where he was prosecuted on allegations he lied on applications to get a taxpayer-funded criminal defense attorney to represent him on a ...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 »

Worker Sues for Military Service Discrimination; Can a Supervisor Be Held ...
HR.BLR.comFebruary 2, 2012

The court turned to the state Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), an employment discrimination statute that contains similar language and embodies similar goals./1 It noted that two California Supreme Court cases and one appellate court case have ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Forfeiture laws threaten property rights
Troy Media (blog)February 1, 2012

Civil asset forfeiture or non-conviction based forfeiture is a legal technique through which governments using the courts benefit from property supposedly used in unlawful activity. It is a civil proceeding executed through civil court, and is distinct ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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Wicked LocalFebruary 1, 2012

A free senior legal planning workshop will be held from 2 to 4 pm Thursday, Feb. 2, and again at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Atty. Jonathan Graham's office, 8 Samoset St., Plymouth. Senior planning today is complex and changing.more »

Family Law
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Ramsay settles nasty family legal battle
New York PostFebruary 2, 2012

The TV chef had been in a legal war with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, over $3.8 million in disputed loans and who was to blame for Ramsay's high-end restaurant chain nearly going bankrupt three years ago. Both sides announced yesterday that the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Gov: Slow Down Privatizing Workers Comp Insurer
KJCT8.comFebruary 3, 2012

John Hickenlooper and Colorado's only state-chartered workers compensation insurer have agreed to delay a proposal to privatize the company. Hickenlooper said Thursday more work needs to be done on the plan for Pinnacol Assurance.more »


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