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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 »

He legally hacks criminal minds
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The cyber law in India is good, but police need to be trained adequately for these laws to be implemented. I've introduced a course at the National Police Academy in Hyderabad, and am getting top cops acquainted with cyber crime.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge suspends Cline; hearing set
Durham NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009.more »

Health Care Law
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Santorum ties Romney and Obama together on healthcare
The Hill (blog)February 6, 2012

By Daniel Strauss - 02/06/12 06:16 PM ET Rick Santorum delivered a scathing critique of Mitt Romney and President Obama's healthcare reform laws on Monday. In a speech billed as a major address on the issue, Santorum said there was virtually no ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Obama wants Congress to act on expanded home refinance plan
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

To report corrections and clarifications, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones. For publication consideration in the newspaper, send comments to letters@usatoday.com. Include name, phone number, city and state for verification. To view our corrections, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Commission named for immigrant scholarship program
Chicago TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

The scholarship fund was created by the Illinois DREAM Act, which Quinn signed into law in August. The law's supporters have praised it as a civil rights victory that represents an alternative to measures cracking down on undocumented immigrants that ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Laws must be reasonable and above all fair
Niagarathisweek.comFebruary 3, 2012

In Ontario it is illegal, that's right, against provincial law, to indulge in a glass of raw milk. And although I'm sure there could be health considerations at play here, I am just as sure it should not make one a criminal. Life in Ontario has become ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Aqua and city enter mediation
Elgin CourierFebruary 1, 2012

Just how productive that session was isn't known yet, but the heat level continued to rise last week as the two parties and their supporters championed their version of the legal dispute. The Elgin ISD board of trustees approved a resolution on Jan.more »

Insurance Litigation
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RDA Financing: The Devil's In the Details
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

Hercules paid $2.7 million in fees to issue the bonds now the subject of litigation -- $1.3 million in 2005 and $1.4 million in 2007. Investors don't give money away. Before writing checks they want solid security features assuring that public agencies ...more »

Animal Law
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Martin Scorsese campaigned successfully for 'Hugo' Doberman, but what other ...
Entertainment WeeklyFebruary 1, 2012

Perhaps that's why the legendary director felt so compelled to launch a campaign to get Blackie, the law-enforcing Doberman from Hugo, rightfully nominated for a Golden Collar Award. (“I'm proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the ...more »

Intellectual Property
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inovia Agents Rank Among the Top Patent Firms in MIP's 2012 Survey
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 9, 2012

NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--inovia, the leading foreign filing platform provider, announced today the inclusion of many of its agents in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's “Patent Survey 2012” rankings, demonstrating inovia's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative Action Debate: Ethnic and Racial Preferences in University Admissions
6News LawrenceFebruary 10, 2012

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Law Students Association will host an affirmative action debate at 12:30 pm at Green Hall, Room 203 on the KU Campus. Ron Sullivan from Harvard Law School will be debating on behalf of BLSA and Roger Clegg ...more »

The Consequences for Airlines from the Inclusion of Aviation in the EU ...
Center For American ProgressFebruary 21, 2012

The European Union's decision to include the aviation sector in its Emissions Trading System as of January 1, 2012, sparked considerable ire across the world. Most controversially, the policy includes all airlines—not just EU airlines—and all ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants and Landlords have rights, do you know yours
KPLC-TVFebruary 7, 2012

By Victoria Waterman - bio | email The 4th Annual Landlord and Tenant Rights meeting was held at Iowa City Hall on Monday. The meeting involved speakers discussing the legal issues involving the eviction process and abandoned properties.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Panel Decides to Hire Expert to Review City's Finances
The LedgerFebruary 1, 2012

Satchel was paid per diem for meals when he traveled for the city, and at the same time charged his meals on the city's credit card. He said he didn't know per diem was for meals. State Attorney Jerry Hill said his office is exploring the allegations ...more »

Litigation
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SFL Data Experts Earn Relativity Certified Administrator Status to Help Ensure ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 27, 2012

SFL Data, the first provider of a fixed-price e-discovery managed service for corporations and law firms, today announced that Lead Litigation Support Analyst Rich Regio and Litigation Support Analyst Christine Tocalino have achieved Relativity ...more »

Business Law
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If It Seems Too Good To Be True...
Pocono RecordFebruary 1, 2012

Have you seen the television commercial for LegalZoom.com featuring the OJ Simpson- lawyer, Robert Shapiro? I looked at the Web site and found that you can make a last will and testament for $69 answering questions online and without meeting with an ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Active Military Personnel
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Man sentenced 30 years for child porn
WLFI.comFebruary 7, 2012

This case resulted from an investigation by Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, including US Immigration and Custom Office of Homeland Security Investigations, the Lafayette Police Department and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's ...more »

Personal Injury
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Senate panel clears personal injury protection fraud-fighting bill
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 2, 2012

A Senate panel has cleared a bill aimed at cutting down the massive fraud plaguing the state's personal injury protection coverage. The Senate committee on banking and insurance passed the PIP fraud-fighting bill (SB 1860) by a vote of 9-0 on Thursday.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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"Equal Justice Under Law" Should Be More Than Just Words
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

So she believed the law would prevent a recorded call from years earlier about her husband shooting a family computer was private and further believed that a federal law that prevented disclosure of her driving records would permit her to hold her ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Are Attorney's Fees an Endangered Species?
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

The fundamental principle of charging for legal services, enshrined in Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5, is that the fee must be reasonable. Ancillary to this is the provision that lawyer and client should document the basics of the fee in their ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation and Other Swap Regulations; Proposes ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2011 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).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 www.scottsreit.com. This document contains certain information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws.more »

Judge Declares a Mistrial in 'Sting' Case on Bribery
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The defendants, owners and executives of small military-equipment companies, were charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials to gain a business advantage.more »

Sports Law
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Sports and media expert agrees Mariners in line for big financial windfall in ...
The Seattle Times (blog)February 8, 2012

Today, I had a conversation with Adam Chase, a Washington, DC-based lawyer with the Media and Information Technologies practice group and Sports Law practice group at the DowLohnes legal firm. Chase figures there isn't much way for the Mariners to lose ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stocking Strangler case: Carlton Gary defense team appeals to federal court ...
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 16, 2012

Defense attorney Jack Martin of Atlanta appealed to the circuit court after US District Court Judge Clay Land decided the federal government would pay only for Gary again to seek clemency before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, not for Gary to ...more »

Local authorities investigate teacher's association funds
Delmarva NowFebruary 7, 2012

Earlier than that, in March, the union had told the IRS its finances were in crisis. According to a WCTA tax filing dated March 13, 2011, the union documented $111589 in what it called "misappropriated funds" and noted the amount was pending an audit...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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Parham Focuses Practice On Estate Law Complexities
Memphis Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Dries Estate law has become so complex that what an attorney calls his or her practice in the field has to have a certain precision. Attorney Michael R. Parham knew what he meant when he called his practice Parham Estate Planning.more »

Environmental Law
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Republicans take Solyndra message to Obama
BusinessWeekFebruary 16, 2012

It received more than $500 million in federal loans, becoming the first alternative energy company to receive a loan guarantee under a stimulus-law program the Obama administration highlighted as a way to foster green jobs. But in September 2011, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Better Business: You don't need to be rich to benefit from an estate plan
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 4, 2012

An estate plan can be as simple as drafting a will or as complex as setting up a trust and a living will. At the very least, anyone who has assets they would like to pass on to specific individuals should create a will. A will can also establish ...more »

Family Law
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Family look at legal action
Jarrow & Hebburn GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

JAMES Bennett's family are considering legal action as they demand health chiefs act on South Tyneside coroner Terrence Carney's findings. They claimed NHS cost-cutting had contributed to the grandfather-of-three's poor care due to a lack of nurses at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »

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