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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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Inside a Gun Hearing in Washington, D.C.
Opposing ViewsFebruary 2, 2012

The hearing provided a perfect snapshot of the way gun politics operate in the District, with the usual cast of characters in lead roles on the pro-gun side. Everyone is familiar with the District of Columbia's tough gun laws, but the “Firearms ...more »

Health Care Law
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Boehner: Feds should back off birth control order
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, most employers and insurance plans will have to cover birth control free of charge as a preventive service for women. The administration had already ruled that churches and houses of worship do ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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5 Things, Including Job Skills at the Library
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

... jurisdiction over all laws, especially those in which constitutionality was at issue. The court was also charged with ruling on matters concerning treaties of the United States, foreign diplomats, admiralty practice and maritime jurisdiction.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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New Era clears the air on Caymanas development
Jamaica ObserverFebruary 6, 2012

BY PETRE WILLIAMS-RAYNOR Environment editor NEW Era Homes has insisted that at no time did it act to circumvent the environmental permitting and licensing process in its now controversial $9.2-billion Caymanas housing ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New Complaints Against NCUA Arise in North Carolina CAMEL Dispute
Credit Union TimesFebruary 3, 2012

At the same time, Jerrie Jay, administrator of the state's Credit Union Division, accused the NCUA of creating confusion and dragging its feet concerning resolution of the exam scrap triggered by last October's disclosure of CAMEL ratings by State ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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On the move with Starnes Davis Florie, Retail Specialists, and more
The Birmingham News - (blog)February 7, 2012

Hale devotes his practice to commercial litigation, construction litigation, and complex insurance litigation. Keenan focuses primarily on municipal litigation and suretyship law. Novak concentrates on complex, high-risk litigation.more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Enzo, Eurocopter, Beyonce, Super Bowl: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 3, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Enzo Life Sciences, which makes products for genetic analysis to diagnose disease, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$19.5M asbestos settlement proposed by WR Grace
STLtoday.comFebruary 1, 2012

Grace began the Libby Medical Program in 2000 after news reports exposed the widespread disease and deaths linked to asbestos exposure. Jon Heberling, the attorney representing the Libby claimants, says the proposed settlement ensures that the company ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals Court Hears Affirmative Action Challenge
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 13, 2012

Lawyers for 46 minority students and a civil rights group asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco today to allow them to go forward with their challenge to a voter-approved ban on affirmative action in University of California admissions.more »

Indian opposition urges inquiry over bribery case
Globe and MailFebruary 4, 2012

Indian opposition leaders are calling for a government inquiry into allegedly corrupt dealings at the country's Ministry of Civil Aviation, following a Globe and Mail report on bribery and bid-rigging allegations that implicate, among others, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Bristol City Council to Improve Customer Service and Save £2.7 Million Per ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 7, 2012

The new workforce management solution will enable the council to provide a more responsive service to tenants in areas such as repairs and maintenance, while improving staff productivity by aiming to ensure that its 300 field workers have the right...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Montgomery County Native Opens Law Firm in Maryland to Help Local Residents ... (press release)February 3, 2012

Local residents looking to find a bankruptcy attorney in Maryland will now be able to turn to one of their own. Montgomery County native Brandon Bernstein has opened a new law firm in Maryland focused on providing clients with a winning combination of ...more »

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The Litigation Process - Luvera Law Firm
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Here is a very basic overview of some of the parts of the litigation process. Luvera Law Firm 701 5th Ave Suite 6700 The Litigation Process In the most simple form, damage claims follow a specific pattern, from when an attorney agrees to represent a ...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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California veteran suing federal government over benefits not provided to same ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

WASHINGTON — An Army veteran from California is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. The lawsuit was announced Wednesday in Washington.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Three face Internet child pornography charges
StandardNetFebruary 4, 2012

According to the probable cause statements, an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force used a secure database to investigate Utah computers that were downloading, distributing and possessing child pornography files on the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Utah Supreme Court Rules Unborn Child is a Minor Child per Legislation Says ...
Law Firm Newswire (press release)February 6, 2012

Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 6, 2012 – Legally, there has been a question whether or not unborn children are considered minor children for the purposes of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. Recently, the Utah Supreme Court handed down a ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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After high court ruling, advocates question rules on police searches using GPS
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"The court merely held that the installation of the GPS was a Fourth Amendment 'search,'" George Washington University Professor of Law and computer law expert Orin Kerr wrote on The Volokh Conspiracy website. "The court declined to reach when the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Law Firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Names Three New Partners
Exec Digital (press release)February 10, 2012

Since graduating from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, Ginger Hunsucker has been practicing defense litigation at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog with significant experience in medical malpractice and professional ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Wall Street reform overreaches
Columbia Daily TribuneFebruary 12, 2012

Unfortunately, the new law passed in response to this crisis, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, could impose even more pain on still-struggling Americans. The new law vastly increases the reach of government bureaucrats, ...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 »

Courting arbitration: specialised chamber decides first arbitration cases
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

Arbitration would have never become a viable mechanism for resolution of commercial disputes were it not for the decisive role played by the Brazilian courts. Starting with the Supreme Court's 2001 landmark ruling on the Arbitration Law's ...more »

Sports Law
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NBC29 WVIR Charlottesville, VA News, Sports and WeatherPolice Anticipate More ...
NBC 29 NewsFebruary 8, 2012

National News from AP Virginia News from AP The state Senate pushed a law that could affect texting and driving rules. Sending a message while behind the wheel could now be enough to get you fined. In the last year or so, Charlottesville and Albemarle ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Why Geezers Are Occupy Wall Street's True Enemy
Big GovernmentFebruary 2, 2012

The IRS decides to audit Grandpa, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor was not surprised when Grandpa showed up with his attorney. The auditor said, 'Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, ...more »

Will I Get Fired Before I Retire?
International Business Times (blog)February 11, 2012

SCOTT: Exactly. For example, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act is a federal law that prohibits an employer from terminating an employee based on age. Anyone age 40 and over is protected. Also, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Column: Transferring house isn't always best move
PennLive.comFebruary 7, 2012

... “50+ Planning Ahead,” with Janet Colliton and Phil McFadden of Home Instead Senior Care. Live streaming is available at that time on . Janet Colliton, Esq., limits her practice, Colliton Law Associates PC, to elder law, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Initiative aims to amend Michigan's constitution to increase green energy
Central Michigan LifeFebruary 1, 2012

In 2008, a law was passed that requires 10 percent of Michigan's electricity to come from renewable sources by 2015. According to a state report, less than 4 percent of the state's electricity currently comes from renewable sources.more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 8, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules
Workforce ManagementFebruary 2, 2012

Those include workers' compensation, disability benefits and the NFL's 88 Plan, which pays for medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia. While some players have been able to receive benefits for concussion-related injuries, ...more »


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