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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 »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law
ESPNFebruary 1, 2012

Only then did 86-year-old Ralph Branca let on that there was nothing wrong with his hearing, and that his brain cells were still firing just fine, the way you'd expect they would for a guy who says he has an IQ of 160. George Napolitano/FilmMagic LR: ...more »

Health Care Law
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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 »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Richmond Launching New "Grocery Shuttle"
WRICFebruary 2, 2012

"This is a recommendation that we can act on right away," said Mayor Dwight C. Jones. "Helping city residents access healthy and fresh food options tie right in with the City's healthy lifestyle focus." The areas deemed food deserts include many of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law defense bill: $85K
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

By David Montero Utah's enforcement-only immigration law has already cost taxpayers in excess of $85000 to defend in federal court, according to government records obtained by a social justice group. United for Social Justice filed its open records ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Industries come up with economic revival plan
The Express TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

... industrialisation and plan to improve law and order were the features of PIAF's economic revival agenda. LAHORE: Pakistan Industrial and Traders Associations Front (PIAF) has come up with a seven-point action plan to revive the country's economy.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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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.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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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Intellectual property lawyer David E. Warden has joined the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) as of counsel.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BO LIN v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Richard M. Evans, Assistant Director; Ann Carroll Varnon, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: JOSEPH M. McLAUGHLIN, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action for women in math contests boosts participation without ...
Ars TechnicaFebruary 2, 2012

The common feature in all three methods is an affirmative action approach: the active promotion of the underrepresented group. Passive methods (such as increasing potential rewards for everyone) do improve participation by women, but they also improve ...more »

Travolta donates jet to Museum of Aviation
Macon Telegraph (blog)February 2, 2012

By WAYNE CRENSHAW - wcrenshaw@macon.com Film actor John Travolta, a pilot and avid aviation enthusiast, is donating his Gulfstream II executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, which is located at the museum, said Chrissy Miner, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord registry not the answer to city's housing woes
South Bend TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

The solution, according to the NRC, is to create a registry for landlords, along with a new set of rules to follow, more inspections and inspectors and heavy fines for violators by landlords or tenants, all this being funded by the landlords.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Missouri's Top Ten Scams for 2011
Kansas City infoZineFebruary 1, 2012

“Federal laws limit how far debt collectors can go to pursue debt,” Koster said. “Your best protection against harassing and abusive calls from debt collectors is to know your rights. The Federal Trade Commission provides a debt collection guide for ...more »

Litigation
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ROJAS v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Anthony W. Norwood, Senior Litigation Counsel; Manuel A. Palau, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. Present: AMALYA L. KEARSE, ...more »

Business Law
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Proposal from Kan. business groups goes against immigration guru's national ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

An architect of state and local laws cracking down on illegal immigration is a leading Republican officeholder in Kansas, but business groups in his home state are asking legislators to move in the opposite direction by starting an unusual program ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Marine fights military conviction for suicide attempt
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

HAGERSTOWN, Maryland – A discharged US Marine private who slit his wrists in a suicide attempt is fighting his military conviction for deliberately injuring himself, arguing the punishment is inconsistent with the armed forces' efforts to battle a rise ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Caddo man charged with child pornography
KSLA-TVFebruary 1, 2012

The Attorney General's High Technology Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes such as identity theft, Internet fraud, and cyber-stalking. Yet, most of the unit's investigations have involved crimes against children – boys and girls ...more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Injury Lawyers Set to Represent 3 Victims
EIN News (press release)February 1, 2012

/EINPresswire.com/ Chicago personal injury law firm Willens Law Offices has been retained by three Illinois survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. Chicago Injury Lawyer Matt Willens and his team will represent the Illinois family in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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US free speech faces Islamic blasphemy law pressure, analyst says
Catholic News AgencyFebruary 4, 2012

In the US, Marshall observed, courts generally uphold the First Amendment's free speech protections. But he said that America is still threatened by blasphemy laws, and cited efforts by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to promote international ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 1, 2012

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How an Internet and Website Legal Audit Can Protect Your Business
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Violations of the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act can result in fines between $1000 and $100000 per domain name. Legal Issues • Advertising Problems: The Federal Trade Commission has very specific guidelines regarding advertising for ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawyer To Appeal Panhandling Decision
WINA AM 1070February 1, 2012

The county says it's the result of a continued softening of the local real estate market as well as nationwide. The lawyer fighting the city panhandling ordinance has decided to appeal. Members of the Albemarle School Board are hoping Superintendent ...more »

Colt Defense adjusts its sights for sales
Hartford BusinessFebruary 5, 2012

Was it specific new contracts or was it a growth in the consumer side of the business? A: The sales increase was driven by both the international and commercial/law enforcement markets. Sales in the commercial and law enforcement markets were driven by ...more »

Sports Law
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Jack McElroy: Public Records Law is a secret to success
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 5, 2012

It's a nonprofit organization that is paid from the hotel-motel tax to do work for the city and county. Courts have ruled, though, that if an organization is the "functional equivalent" of a government agency, it is covered by the law.more »

Criminal Defense
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Wis. governor hires defense lawyers
UPI.comFebruary 4, 2012

The Journal Sentinel described one of Walker's two attorneys, Michael Steinle, as one of Milwaukee's most prominent criminal defense lawyer. The other, John Gallo, is a former federal prosecutor. Walker has said he is not a target of the investigation ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Business warns govt on discrimination laws
Business SpectatorFebruary 5, 2012

Business groups have urged the federal government to dump proposed new anti-discrimination laws, warning that already burdened employers could face a surge of speculative claims, according to The Australian. According to the newspaper, the government ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Harrisburg Receiver Ponders Asset Sales, Taxes for Pennsylvania's Capital
BloombergFebruary 6, 2012

Unkovic said he's prepared to seek bankruptcy court protection for the city, if needed. The October law lets Unkovic take that step no earlier than July, when another measure banning such a move expires. Seeking Asset Bids Unkovic is asking for bids on ...more »

Environmental Law
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New European Airplane Fuel Laws Will Spark U.S. Biofuels Industry
PolicyMicFebruary 4, 2012

Although DoD only buys about 15% of aviation fuels, it has been an important early adopter of advanced biofuels. The Department of Navy has committed to get 50% of its fuels from alternative sources by 2020 and the Air Force has committed to source ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Attorney James announces run for Richmond County Probate Court judge
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 10, 2012

A probate judge can issue an emergency order to have that person temporarily detained and evaluated to avoid those types of situations, he said. “It burdens my heart when people say, 'We don't know where to go,' or, 'No one will help us,' ” he said.more »

Family Law
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Keeping Locked-up Kids and Families Connected
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Middle Ground Prison Reform, a prison advocacy group, challenged the law in court as a discriminatory tax, but a county judge upheld its constitutionality. Fees like that, slapped on prisoners and their families, couldn't be more counterintuitive.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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