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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 »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hearing on Mississippi pardons delayed until next week
CNN InternationalFebruary 2, 2012

Attorney General Jim Hood has been particularly outspoken, calling the pardons "a slap in the face to everyone in law enforcement and (saying) Governor Barbour should be ashamed." The attorney general is questioning the pardons for "failure to ...more »

Health Care Law
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Ann Coulter Defends Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Ann Coulter offered a surprising defense of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law -- affectionately dubbed 'Romneycare' -- on Wednesday. In a blog post featured on her website, entitled "Three Cheers For Romneycare!", she explains, "If only the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Questions Arise Concerning Suspected Aiken Public Safety Officer Killer's ...
WJBF-TVFebruary 1, 2012

... Monday by 26-year-old Joshua Tremaine Jones, many people are wondering if the behavior of the man accused of shooting and killing Aiken Department of Public Safety Master Corporal Sandra Rogers was the result of a mental condition, or an act.more »

Immigration Law
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TN lawmaker puts immigration bill on hold
The TennesseanFebruary 2, 2012

A state House bill that would allow law enforcement to check someone's immigration status if pulled over or detained has been put on hold for the moment. The bill, called the Lawful Immigration Enforcement Act, was put behind the budget by a House ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Prison farm site being eyed for data center park
Business Journal of the Greater Triad AreaFebruary 10, 2012

Economic development officials in Guilford and Alamance counties are exploring the development of the 800-acre Guilford County prison farm near Gibsonville as an industrial park catering to data centers. capital-intense data centers drawn to the site ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Russia Stands in the Way of UN Call for Assad to Step Down
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

“The Syrian government failed to make any serious effort to cooperate with us,” Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, the prime minister of Qatar, told the Security Council about Arab League efforts to mediate the dispute.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

Certain of the statements made in this press release regarding our business constitute forward-looking statements as contemplated under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Brown Looks to Repeal the Hayden Law – Animals Would Die After Three Days
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 3, 2012

Governor Jerry Brown is looking to repeal the Hayden Law, which is a law to protect shelter animals in Claycord, and throughout California. Governor Brown is considering a repeal of a number of provisions of the Hayden Law, citing budget concerns.more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favored the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Firm Alleges Defendants Misappropriated Trade Secrets, Privileged Info
Texas LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Houston's Shrader & Associates has been experiencing things lately that seem more like the plot of a legal thriller than reality at a small toxic-tort firm. In 2011, a former office manager at the firm, Tara Robertson Stevens, was charged with and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Agenda for Feb. 8 ASUC Senate meeting
Daily CalifornianFebruary 9, 2012

By Chloe Hunt At the ASUC Senate's third spring semester meeting Wednesday, a new bill aiming to reduce food waste on campus will be introduced, and the senate will also consider passing a bill in support of affirmative action. The Day of Action bill ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit to address long-term growth, sustainability issues
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 February 2012 1107 hrs SINGAPORE: The Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums return this year as part of the Singapore Airshow 2012. Organisers said under the theme, "Driving Change, Overcoming Challenges Together", ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenants priced out of their homes by Olympics as landlords cash in
MetroFebruary 2, 2012

Tenants are being driven out of their homes during the Olympics so their landlords can cash in on soaring rents. Even long-term residents have been told they will be evicted because of the shortage of accommodation expected in London in July and August ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Action Line: Secured cards can help rebuild credit
Tulsa WorldFebruary 2, 2012

But keep in mind that for the most favorable "credit history" you must never exceed 30 percent of "available credit" - charge no more than $60 on a $200 deposit secured card. The way they help rebuild bad credit is their issuers report to the three ...more »

Litigation
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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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Netflix says Congress can help bring Facebook app to US
Chicago TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

It's also to Netflix business partners and it's also potentially to law enforcement," Rotenberg said of the House bill's broader implications. Lawmakers also took issue with how the House bill would amend the Video Privacy Protection Act. Senator ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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State investigating Bud Day
The Northwest Florida Daily NewsFebruary 5, 2012

He filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government in 1996 on behalf of military retirees who lost their military medical benefits at age 65 and had to apply for Medicare. Because of his lawsuit, Congress created TRICARE For Life, ...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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Austin Car Accident Lawyer Says Texas Needs To Crack Down On Drunk Driving And ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Texas personal injury attorney Bob Richardson of The Bob Richardson Law Firm points to recently released statistics showing that the state's drunk-driving fatalities have increased while the country's overall figures have gone down.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hard-line law on BEE already in pipeline
Independent OnlineFebruary 13, 2012

While it is unclear when such an anti-fronting law would reach SA's statute books, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said his department was “certainly looking to have this bill tabled in Parliament in the first half of this year”.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Legal brief
Sun-SentinelFebruary 9, 2012

But then he focused on political science and law. Pettis co-founded of his Fort Lauderdale law firm Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in 1996. He's practiced in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, employment law, professional liability and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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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 »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

James V. Painter Successfully Defends Plastic Surgeon in Medical Malpractice Claim
Houston ChronicleFebruary 6, 2012

(Superior Court of Richmond County Georgia/Case Number: 2008RCCV01821) Mr. Painter graduated from The University of Georgia School of Law in 1994 and is admitted to practice in Georgia, South Carolina and New York. Chairman of Hull Barrett's litigation ...more »

Sports Law
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Hershman: HBO to remain 'bullish' on boxing going forward
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

By Mike Coppinger, Soecial for USA TODAY NEW YORK – Following years of questionable decisions and accusations of favoritism, HBO President of Sports Ross Greenburg was ousted from "The Network of Champions". HBO boxing broadcaster Jim Lampley, left, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Oakland prosecutor taken aback by Griem comments in Bashara murder case
Royal Oak Daily TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

By Mitch Hotts Well-known criminal defense attorney David Griem summoned the Detroit-area media to the Guardian Building on Friday to talk about the Bob Bashara murder case, but at times it seemed like he was gearing up for a fight with Oakland County ...more »

IRS Threatens to Shut Down Medical Cannabis
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 23, 2012

Twelve medical cannabis states form a national alliance, 280E Reform, to challenge US IRS Tax Code 280E. The IRS threatens to turn back the clock on Harborside Health Center">medical cannabis. A national alliance of industry leaders, patients and ...more »

End in sight for workplace age discrimination
Australian Ageing AgendaFebruary 2, 2012

Ms Ryan, who was a pioneer of anti-discrimination and equal opportunity legislation, including the landmark Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Affirmative Action Act 1986, said the older worker debates reminded her of the debates around employment ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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NOAA used fines for 'pleasure' boat
Gloucester Daily TimesFebruary 18, 2012

By Richard Gaines Staff Writer Using money from fines paid by fishermen, the NOAA law enforcement office in Seattle evaded procurement procedures to acquire a luxury undercover cabin boat that was used, misused and abused as a pleasure craft by ...more »

Environmental Law
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“Clean” Energy May Not Be as Green As We Thought
What They Think (blog)February 2, 2012

By Richard Romano on February 2nd, 2012 New Scientist has a long, yet provocative article pointing out that alternative energies may be subject to the law of unintended consequences. That is, at present, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar ...more »

Wills & Probate
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BOUQUETS and BRICKBATS
Beaumont EnterpriseFebruary 11, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will be prepared to discuss issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord and tenant law, tax issues, bankruptcy, employment, foreclosures and veterans' benefits and disability claims.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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Workers' comp privatization gets cool reception from Colorado task force
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP DENVER — A proposal to privatize the only state-chartered workers' compensation company is getting a cool reception from a special panel reviewing the plan. A straw poll of the task force on Tuesday showed more than half to be opposed or neutral.more »

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