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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...more »

Man charged with homicide in death of baby sitter
Bloomington PantagraphFebruary 1, 2012

Prosecutors charged a Utah man Tuesday with child abuse homicide in the overdose death of his teenage baby sitter whose body was found in a shallow grave more than a month after she was reported missing. Suspect Eric Millerberg also faces charges of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China higher court begins hearing Apple iPad appeal
Hindustan TimesFebruary 29, 2012

A long-running legal fight between Apple Inc and a debt-laden Chinese firm over the iPad trademark moved to a higher court on Wednesday, in a potentially decisive hearing that will set a precedent for the rest of mainland China. the US firm after a ...more »

Health Care Law
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"Medical loss ratio" among issues disputed in health care law
Tulsa WorldFebruary 22, 2012

28, the Obama administration rejected Oklahoma's request for a waiver on a major provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dismissing claims that it would disrupt the state's individual insurance market. The US Department of Health...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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UFC 143 Preview: The Main Card
Sherdog.comFebruary 1, 2012

Last year gave us Anderson Silva's front kick knockout on Vitor Belfort, as well as the opening chapter in The Year of Jon Jones. This year promises to deliver the goods, as well, as Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz figure to be a tough act for the Giants ...more »

Immigration Law
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Hyundai warns dealers of protests over immigration law
Birmingham Business JournalFebruary 28, 2012

... of Alabama's largest foreign-owned manufacturing companies with a production plant in Montgomery, has sent a letter to all of its vehicle dealerships in the United States warning them of possible protests concerning Alabama's new immigration law.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Dyadic International Partners with Leading Provider of Nutritional Ingredient ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (otc pink:DYAI), a global biotechnology company focused on the discovery, development, manufacture and sale of enzyme and protein products for the industrial enzyme, bioenergy, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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State lawmakers to unveil proposal for drastic changes to redistricting process
Akron Beacon JournalFebruary 27, 2012

“The powers that be, the Republicans and Democrats and party leadership, will significantly fear the dispute resolution process so much that it should encourage them to actually reach consensus,” LaRose said. Sawyer added: “It would become a Sword of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Independent Insurance Adjuster - Sams & Associates Announces Creation of ...
WebWire (press release)February 29, 2012

Sacramento, California - Donald K. Sams & Associations, Inc., a leader in providing quality independent adjusting, is pleased to announce the creation of their Litigation Services Division. Sams & Associates has spent the last twenty years building ...more »

Animal Law
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Pet rescuer hopes to empower residents with class on animal rights
TribLocalFebruary 3, 2012

By Amy Alderman TribLocal reporter Today at 2:26 pm Libertyville animal rescuer Sandy Wisniewski hopes to empower more citizens with information on animal rights through her class, “Say no to animal abuse and neglect.” The five-week course, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Valence Technology Wins European Patent Appeal
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Valence was represented in the opposition and the appeal by Dr. Claus Beckmann of the German Intellectual Property Law firm Kraus & Weisert. "This decision removes any possible patent infringement claim under the Hydro-Quebec European Patent, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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US High Court Blocks Asbestos Injury Lawsuit In Locomotive Case
4-tradersFebruary 29, 2012

By Brent Kendall Of The US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that railroad maintenance workers can't bring state-law personal injury lawsuits against locomotive equipment manufacturers for alleged asbestos-related injuries. The court, in an opinion by ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Kilombero valley eviction directive 'doomed to fail'
The Citizen DailyFebruary 5, 2012

The Vice-President's directive on eviction of Kilombero valley pastoralists is a non-starter because it is not backed by affirmative action by the government to institute land use plans for pastoralists to live in the earmarked regions of Lindi and ...more »

Missoula's Neptune Aviation applauds call for new firefighting fleet
The MissoulianFebruary 20, 2012

TOM BAUER/Missoulian Neptune Aviation's new air tanker, the BAe-146-200, makes a water drop while flushing fire retardant out of its tanks last week at Missoula International Airport. Neptune has been flying the British-built jet around the valley ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renter's Rights After A Fire
WREGFebruary 24, 2012

The situation just went from bad to worse for some Memphis apartment tenants forced out of their homes this week by fire. Fire damaged at least three units at the Henry Street Apartments in the Highland Heights area. Tenants say their landlord told ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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GenOn Reports 2011 Results and Announces Expected Deactivation of Generation Units
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

When taken together with availability under existing credit facilities, GenOn's total available liquidity at December 31, 2011 was $2.2 billion. Total debt at December 31, 2011, excluding unamortized debt discounts and adjustments to fair value of debt ...more »

Litigation
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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on U.S. and Australian Gene Patenting ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Genetic Technologies Limited (asx:GTG) (UTD:GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Business Law
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Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law
NewsdayFebruary 29, 2012

Business Newsday > Business Content Preview Newsday 7 day/Optimum Online ® subscribers click here for full access Not a Newsday or Optimum Online ® subscriber? Click here Judge blocks day labor rules in AZ immigration law Originally published: February ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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It's real! Navy test-fires first working prototype railgun
Fox NewsFebruary 28, 2012

The Navy's futuristic railgun is one step closer to becoming a reality. Navy officials told FoxNews.com this week that the railgun, which relies on magnets rather than explosives to fire bullets at several times the speed of sound, had blasted through ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI, Brockton-area law enforcement target child pornography
Enterprise NewsFebruary 16, 2012

Area law enforcement also gets information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children “on a weekly basis,” officials said, as well as from task forces in other states and even overseas. With that information, Massachusetts ...more »

Personal Injury
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Scottish News: Employee sues personal injury firm after breaking wrist in fall ...
Scottish Daily RecordFebruary 29, 2012

A SECRETARY is suing a personal injury company she worked for after falling down office stairs and breaking her wrist. Rose Clark has launched the legal battle against Quantum, who offer a no-win-no-fee service for those injured at work.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Penn Judge: Muslims Allowed to Attack People for Insulting Mohammad
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 24, 2012

The Sharia law that the Muslim attacker followed trumped the First Amendment. The Washington Post recently reported on an appeals court decision to maintain an injunction to stop the implementation of an amendment to the Oklahoma state constitution...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Honesty May Not Always Be a Doctor's Policy
TCPalmFebruary 24, 2012

Tanvir Hussain, MD, a cardiologist and adjunct professor of bioethics at the Pepperdine University School of Law feels that, though the reasons can be varied, malpractice lawsuits are often at the heart of a doctor's decision to lie or withhold certain ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Forum: Lengthy legislation undermines government transparency
Peoria Journal StarFebruary 6, 2012

By Anonymous Some of the most important pieces of legislation - the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street and Consumer Protection Act, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the Higher Education Opportunity Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Mortgage relief faces a nightmare if tax benefit not renewed
Hartford CourantFebruary 23, 2012

Given the huge public and private resources now being devoted to helping financially distressed homeowners — including the recently announced $25 billion national mortgage settlement with five major banks — you might assume that a key federal tax law...more »

ICF International Wins $11.5 Million Energy Efficiency Contract With Southern ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Through this contract, ICF will continue to promote increased energy efficiency in the commercial, industrial, and residential consumer markets. Efforts will include programs for lighting and appliances, heating and cooling, new construction, ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Shorts: PEA picked for NE tourney
Seacoastonline.comFebruary 29, 2012

The 5K begins at 9 am at the intersection of Central Avenue, Washington Street and Henry Law Avenue, just in front of the museum. Post-race activities, including an awards ceremony and refreshments, will take place in Henry Law Park.more »

Criminal Defense
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Stocking Strangler case: Carlton Gary defense team appeals to federal court ...
Columbus Ledger-EnquirerFebruary 16, 2012

Defense attorney Jack Martin of Atlanta appealed to the circuit court after US District Court Judge Clay Land decided the federal government would pay only for Gary again to seek clemency before the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles, not for Gary to ...more »

Better Business Bureau offers tips for finding tax preparer
Alexandria Echo PressFebruary 18, 2012

Tax season is upon us again and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota (BBB) is encouraging taxpayers to do some legwork before selecting tax preparation help. Tax season is upon us again and the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota ...more »

Experience isn't the only valid qualification; document differences between ...
Business Management DailyFebruary 25, 2012

...Law on February 25, 2012 3:00pm The job candidate with the most experience might also be the oldest applicant. But that doesn't mean you always have to pick that person. You can use other factors as long as none of them hints at age discrimination.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Debt company Asset Acceptance settles FTC charges it harassed consumers ...
Pittsburgh Post GazetteFebruary 27, 2012

By Patricia Sabatini, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette One of the nation's biggest debt collectors has agreed to pay $2.5 million to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company tried to trick people into paying old debts -- part of a crackdown ...more »

Environmental Law
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Durkin: State green energy firms' success questioned
Wicked LocalFebruary 15, 2012

[12] Alternative energy companies with 10 percent “skin in the game” is a business model that shifts all risks and costs to Massachusetts ratepayers told to expect green energy savings. When signing the Green Communities Act into law on July 2, 2008, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Oklahoma lawmaker wants House staff to testify in workers' compensation case
NewsOK.comFebruary 23, 2012

Mike Christian's workers' compensation attorney asked a judge Wednesday to compel the state House's former general counsel and House Speaker Kris Steele's press secretary to answer questions under oath. BY RANDY ELLIS rellis@opubco.com Leave a comment ...more »

Family Law
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BP Oil Spill Trial: Deepwater Horizon Family Members Hope For Elusive Justice
Huffington PostFebruary 26, 2012

But she and other family members plan to travel to New Orleans for the start of the trial, to make their presence felt. "I feel like Dewey would want me to be there until the end, to see it through. That's who he was," she said, recalling that her ...more »

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