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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 »

Aide: Arpaio accepts blame for botched sex cases
Arizona Capitol TimesFebruary 1, 2012

By AP Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's top aide said Tuesday that the sheriff accepts responsibility for hundreds of sex-crimes investigations that were inadequately investigated and Arpaio started working to clear up the backlog once the problem ...more »

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Booz Allen Hamilton Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Ralph W. Shrader, Booz Allen's Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, said, "Our strong focus on helping government clients improve effectiveness and efficiency in their core missions drove Booz Allen's continued revenue growth in our ...more »

Franchise Contracts
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Company Spotlight: Law Office of Joshua A. Burt
Ventura County StarFebruary 4, 2012

What prompted you to start your own business? I enjoy problem-solving for businesses, big and small, and individuals in need of legal advice. The firm offers legal services in the areas of trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, employment and complex ...more »

Contract Disputes
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Spokane Council rejects firefighter labor contract
The Spokesman ReviewFebruary 7, 2012

Police and firefighters in Washington state are prohibited from striking, so contract disputes are resolved through binding arbitration. Under state labor law, arbitrators determine Spokane's contract based largely on the wages and benefits paid by ...more »

Government Contracts
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Catholic Church's opposition to contraception turns health care law into ...
Plain DealerFebruary 1, 2012

But speaking as an American liberal who believes that religious pluralism imposes certain obligations on government, I think the Church's leaders had a right to ask for broader relief from a contraception mandate that would require it to act against ...more »

Lending Agreements
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Capstead Mortgage Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Total financing spreads averaged 1.46% during the fourth quarter of 2011, compared to 1.47% during the third quarter of 2011. Yields on Capstead's interest-earning assets averaged 2.07% during the fourth quarter of 2011, a decline of 5 basis points ...more »

Contract Drafting, Review & Negotiation
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If the Seller fails to comply with the notice to complete
Lawdit Commercial SolicitorsFebruary 8, 2012

This article continues the series looking at the various legal and drafting aspects of notices to complete that are served under contracts for the sale of commercial property, which incorporate the Standard Commercial Property Conditions (Second ...more »

Secured Transactions
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Prestige Brands Holdings, Inc. Completes Purchase of 15 Brands from GSK
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Prestige Brands financed the purchase price for the transaction by issuing $250 million of senior notes and entering into a $660 million term loan. The proceeds from the financing were also used to refinance Prestige's existing senior secured credit ...more »

Employment Contracts
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New York, Chicago Law Schools Among Group Sued by Graduates Over Job Data
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

John Marshall Law School in Chicago and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University were among a group of law schools sued over claims they misrepresented employment data, leaving graduates with mounting debt and limited job prospects.more »

Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

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