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Court further confirms rights of mortgagees under Maltese law
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

Through the court-approved private sale, the law seeks to support the mortgagee and other creditors of a defaulting owner by ensuring the best price for the vessel (which is associated with a private sale and not a judicial sale by auction), ...more »

Dallas-based Breast Cancer Group Drops Support of Planned Parenthood
KUT NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin. Photo by Eric Schlegel, Texas Tribune by Emily Ramshaw, The Texas Tribune The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Israeli military court postpones Shalabi hearing
Ma'an News AgencyFebruary 29, 2012

Prisoners society lawyer Jawad Boulos said the court Israeli officials claimed that the reason for the administrative detention was because Shalabi is considered a threat to Israel's security and safety of its people. They also claimed that she planned ...more »

Health Care Law
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Senate Republican Reintroduces Measure To Repeal Health Law's Independent ...
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 28, 2012

John Cornyn has reintroduced his legislation to repeal the health care reform law's Independent Payment Advisory Board with a way to pay for it, a sign that Senate Republicans are preparing to go after the provision. Cornyn (R-Texas) would pay for the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Costa Concordia: limitation of liability
Examiner.comFebruary 3, 2012

In general, the litigation will be handled under admiralty/maritime law with some specific differences between passenger claims and crew claims; and that is where the liability may be limited. The Convention of Limitation of Liability for Maritime ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law: Few changes expected, Baldwin County officials tell farmers (blog)February 29, 2012

(Press-Register/Guy Busby) ROBERTSDALE, Alabama -- Baldwin County legislators don't expect the state's immigration law to be overturned or changed in a major way, but area farmers, educators and others said local businesses and residents have been hit ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Call for regulatory policies to revise bio safety law
Vibe GhanaFebruary 28, 2012

Dr Hans Adu-Dapaah, Director of Crop Research of the Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research, has called for regulatory policies to revise the bio- safety law to maximise gains in the era of genetic revolution. He said this would help reduce cost ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Teachers' dispute not about pay
Burnaby NowFebruary 29, 2012

By Jennifer Heighton, Burnaby Now February 28, 2012 The BC government is legislating teachers with an imposed contract after fruitless attempts at bargaining came up with no resolution. Why was the bargaining process so unsuccessful?more »

Insurance Litigation
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PW Bangalore availed of $60 million insurance without paying single penny in ...
Economic TimesFebruary 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: Price Waterhouse (PW) Bangalore, the tainted auditor of scam-hit Satyam, utilized over 95% of a $60-million (Rs 280 crore approximately) insurance cover available to all Price Waterhouse entities in India to meet post-fraud litigation...more »

Animal Law
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Emotional adoption case may weigh state versus federal law
Aiken StandardFebruary 6, 2012

The South Carolina Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case, and the justices could for the first time be weighing state adoption law against a federal law, little known in South Carolina, meant to protect Native American children.more »

Intellectual Property
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Invensas xFD Technology Exhibited at Pan Pacific Microelectronics Symposium
Business Wire (press release)February 9, 2012

Invensas Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSRA), acquires, develops, and monetizes strategic intellectual property (IP) in areas such as circuitry design, memory modules, 3-D systems, and advanced ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leeper bid on city agenda
Chillicothe Constitution TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

A public hearing will be conducted to consider a zoning ordinance amendment regarding manufactured and mobile homes. Changes are being proposed because the existing zoning regulations are more than 10 years old, the ordinance does not differentiate ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ruben Navarrette: Court looks at affirmative action challenge
Rockford Register StarFebruary 29, 2012

I support soft forms of affirmative action, such as outreach efforts or attempts to advertise in minority communities. But I oppose hard racial preferences, as when a university sets a numerical quota or puts minority applications in a separate pile.more »

Bombardier Business-Jet Deliveries Rise Amid Industry Drop
BusinessWeekFebruary 22, 2012

Bombardier's accompanying 20 percent gain in billings helped fuel an increase of less than 1 percent across manufacturers for all light aircraft, including piston-engine and turboprop planes, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association said today.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tucson real estate
Arizona Daily StarFebruary 29, 2012

David Carroll of Romano Real Estate Corp. represented the landlord. • Chelsea Lucas and Kristen Horton leased 1446 square feet in Broadway Village, on the southwest corner of East Broadway and South Country Club Road, from CRI Broadway Village Partners ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Rules for the post-MF Global futures industry
CattleNetwork.comFebruary 29, 2012

The Commodity Customer Coalition will ask Congress to force futures brokers to remain legally separate from broker dealer affiliates to make bankruptcies less complicated for futures customers. Change bankruptcy law: Some futures advocates argue that ...more »

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Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Daniel E. Goldman, Senior Litigation Counsel; Jonathan Robbins, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: PETER W. HALL, ...more »

Business Law
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ATF Offers $5000 Reward for Information
Sacramento BeeFebruary 29, 2012

In addition to the ATF reward, Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $5000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for the homicide, for a total reward of $10000. Acting Special Agent in Charge (SAC) ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tim Barnes and Joe Pitts tout Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses in ...
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

Clarksville, TN – State Senator Tim Barnes and State Representative Joe Pitts thanked Governor Bill Haslam this week for including unemployment benefits for military spouses in his proposed 2012-13 budget. “The Governor's support of this bill shows ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Cops grab Marin porno suspects in sweep
Marinscope Community NewspapersFebruary 29, 2012

By Joe Wolfcale Marin County law enforcement detectives assisted a South Bay Internet task force Feb. 23 in the arrest of five Marin men on suspicion of downloading child pornography. The joint operation, initiated by the Silicon Valley Internet Crimes...more »

Personal Injury
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New NHTSA Crash Test Dummy Tests Child Safety Seats
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 27, 2012

By Jim Lewis, Personal Injury Attorney The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration has announced the addition of a new crash test dummy. The dummy is the size of the average 10-year-old and will aid researchers in understanding how car ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Did NYPD Spying On Muslims Violate The Law?
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

The NYPD did not respond to our request for comment about allegations it has violated the law. So Mayor Bloomberg and police commissioner Ray Kelly say everything that the NYPD did was legal and constitutional. Other people have disagreed 2013 Newark ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sweeping anti-abortion bills facing hurdles
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 16, 2012

The measure is being pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, the influential pro-life group that has successfully gotten other broad regulations passed into law over the past several years. Deborah Sheasby, CAP legal counsel, said that the bill was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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E-tag terms and conditions illegal – CPA
MyBroadbandFebruary 6, 2012

The terms and conditions signed by motorists when registering for e-tags to use on toll roads are not in line with the Consumer Protection Act, the Star newspaper reported on Monday. According to the report, Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala said ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate agents, residents balk at Certificate of Occupancy rule
Buffalo NewsFebruary 28, 2012

A $100 fee to the town gets the property certified by a town inspector who makes sure the home is not only habitable and safe but up to town code. Real estate agents, some town residents and at least one Town Board member, John M. Rusinski, ...more »

Mild winter impacts Port of Milwaukee (Milwaukee)February 27, 2012

The accounting and advisory firm of Baker Tilly, the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP, and the business association Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce sponsor the MOTY awards program. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an executive order to ...more »

Sports Law
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNFebruary 26, 2012

NEW: AP Enterprise: Crime fell around Conn. casinos LEDYARD, Conn. (AP) — When the first of two massive casinos opened two decades ago in a remote corner of Connecticut, some officials and residents feared organized crime, prostitution, drunken ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Cape Cod Criminal Defense Lawyer James Powderly Announces Dismissal of Charges ...
Einnews PortugalFebruary 22, 2012

For this reason, it is critical that those who find themselves accused of these types of crimes immediately seek the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in order to protect their rights and interests to the fullest extent of the law.more »

Obtaining family heirlooms would be difficult without a will
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 25, 2012

For years I have been told that the IRS has three years to audit you and after three years, supporting documentation can be shredded. But I read from other sources (including you) that we should wait seven years. So, which is it?more »

Galt firings draw age-discrimination lawsuit
Modesto BeeFebruary 21, 2012

The suit, however, complains that the city's conduct showed "malice, oppression and/or fraud" and violated state laws barring discrimination on the basis of age. Lawrance A. Bohm, the Sacramento attorney who filed the Jeffries lawsuit, said the city ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Asure Software Certifies Safe Harbor Compliance
MarketWatch (press release)February 24, 2012

Self-certifying to the US-Swiss Safe Harbor Framework ensures Swiss organizations that the certified organization provides "adequate" privacy protection, as defined by Swiss law. "Asure Software is very excited to be part of the US-EU and US-Swiss Safe ...more »

Environmental Law
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In Texas, Ambivalence Over Wind Tax Credit Extension
Texas TribuneFebruary 14, 2012

The credit has helped spur substantial development in rural Texas, especially around Sweetwater and, more recently, along the Gulf coast. But even as the industry's efforts to extend the credit intensify in Washington, analysts say that Texas' ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Business Calendar for week of 2/27/2012
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 27, 2012

Telecommunications event: Contingency Telecom Auditing LLC will host two free informational sessions Thursday at the Keiser University Auditorium. Session one will run from 8 am to 9:30 am followed by a continental breakfast.more »

Family Law
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Institute of Family Law Arbitrators launched
ClickdocsFebruary 28, 2012

A new organisation has been set up to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration in England and Wales. The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) has been created by the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers' group Resolution...more »

Workers Compensation
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Private vs. public sector workers
The Seattle TimesFebruary 3, 2012

In response to Andrew Taylor's article in The Seattle Times regarding private sector versus federal-worker compensation [“Earnings of many federal workers top private sector,” News, Jan. 31]. The question should not be why federal workers are earning ...more »


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