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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 »

Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Sturgis attorney Rob Pattison files to run for St. Joseph County district judge
Kalamazoo Gazette - MLive.comFebruary 5, 2012

An Ottawa County native, Pattison, 46, is a shareholder in the Sturgis-based firm Bird, Svendsen, Brothers, Scheske and Pattison, where his primary focus is family law and litigation. Pattison, who clerked for the Administrative Law Judge Division of ...more »

Health Care Law
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It's time to protect our rights -- and our economy -- by ending health care ...
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the Attorneys General in their assertion that it is unconstitutional to force individuals to purchase health insurance. It didn't matter which President appointed the judges who concurred with the AGs, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Stockton Police Department Grants addressing Violence Against Women and Gang ...
Bilingual WeeklyFebruary 8, 2012

... Against Women Act Program and Project Safe Neighborhoods Program. Funding for both grants has been provided through the California Emergency Management Agency. “These are grants that we have received in the past,” said Assistant Chief Eric Jones.more »

Immigration Law
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Kansas bill seeks to pair undocumented immigrants, jobs
CNNFebruary 3, 2012

The Kansas Business, Workers, Communities Partnership Act would create a state program that matches two groups -- local undocumented immigrants who are low-priority for deportation per federal directives, and employers who have trouble finding and ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Photo Release -- Global and Local Expansion of Operations Announced by K2 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

The company has also acquired land rights in Suzhou Industrial Park, one of China's best high technology development zones, and held ground breaking for the first phase of K2 Energy's manufacturing expansion. K2 Energy is working with state and local ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Lab services 'too expensive'
Independent OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bheki Mbanjwa The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health says the services provided by the National Health Laboratory Service are too expensive, while also disputing the amount it reportedly owes to the service provider. This was after reports that the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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IN RE BLACK
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Before me is a motion to dismiss or stay ("Motion") the litigation of certain counterclaims\setoffs asserted by Black, Davis and Shue Agency, Inc. ("Debtor") against Frontier Insurance Company in Rehabilitation ("Frontier") in response to claims filed ...more »

Animal Law
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Two animal-rights activists arrested at protest
Gainesville SunFebruary 7, 2012

By Nathan Crabbe Two animal-rights activists were arrested on Saturday at a protest of the University of Florida's use of primates in research. Camille Marino and Lisa Grossman, part of the animal rights group Negotiation is Over, were protesting ...more »

Intellectual Property
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How to Protect Your Intellectual Property in the Cloud
ComputerworldFebruary 6, 2012

Cloud services customers more often line of business leaders that IT executive -- were panicked as they began to realize that their intellectual property (IP) was now at risk. Some, like one client who discovered that he'd potentially exposed his ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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George Washington University Undergoes Asbestos Abatement in Faculty Building
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

George Washington University conducted asbestos abatementprocesses at one of its major buildings only weeks before students returned to campus to kick off the new school year. According to the GW Hatchet, the University's newspaper, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New UVM President Worries About Affirmative Action Case
Vermont Public RadioFebruary 24, 2012

Sullivan says weakening affirmative action would have profound consequences for UVM. (Host) The University of Vermont's new president says he's deeply concerned that the US Supreme Court could soon erode the national policy on affirmative action.more »

Vt. Tech College to begin 4-year aviation bachelor degree
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

AP WILLISTON, Vt. — The Vermont Technical College is going to begin offering a four-year bachelor of science program in aviation called Professional Pilot Technology. The college said Thursday it had received approval for the program from the New ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord accused of being slumlord
WLBT-TVFebruary 21, 2012

In this situation, the tenants have no standing and must leave the property. The landlord says she will have deputies enforce the eviction Tuesday. Both tenants and landlords have rights. Therefore, it is of utmost importance to understand the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Local bankers, business leaders, urge looser rules for home lending
Pulaski County Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

30, 2012) — When Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler came to town for a Monday afternoon business roundtable meeting on how to improve the local economy, many of her questions came from bankers and those involved in commercial and residential development who ...more »

Litigation
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MasterCard posts strong Q4, litigation charge weighs
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

N) reported a higher quarterly profit as consumers around the world spent more money using credit and debit cards, but a litigation-related charge took a large bite out of its earnings. The world's second-largest credit and debit card processing ...more »

Business Law
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GM: Super Bowl 2012 ad just a joke; Ford not laughing
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

The ad, which can be seen at www.youtube.com/user/Chevrolet/home , ran during the first quarter of the Super Bowl, one of five Chevy spots. On Saturday, Ford lawyer Lynne Matuszak sent GM a letter demanding that the ad not air and be removed from all ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Hiring Help
GovExec.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments is seeking input from current military service members on their pay and benefits preferences following last week's preview of the Pentagon's fiscal 2013 spending request, which would change military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Coventry man arrested for child porn
Providence Eyewitness NewsFebruary 16, 2012

By Shaun Towne Jonathan Shank, 24, of 241 Richardson Dr., was nabbed by members of the Computer Crimes Unit/ ICAC Task Force for one count of possession of child pornography and one count of transmission of child pornography. He was processed by State ...more »

Personal Injury
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Special interests may derail PIP reforms
Orlando SentinelFebruary 19, 2012

Rick Scott and Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, the House and Senate once again this year have developed proposals to fix Personal Injury Protection insurance. PIP pays the first $10000 of medical bills or lost wages resulting from an auto ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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"Equal Justice Under Law" Should Be More Than Just Words
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

So she believed the law would prevent a recorded call from years earlier about her husband shooting a family computer was private and further believed that a federal law that prevented disclosure of her driving records would permit her to hold her ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Fannie-Freddie Plan, Sweden FSA, Trader Suspects: Compliance
BusinessWeekFebruary 22, 2012

Conservatorship, an emergency, short-term fix established by the Housing and Economic Recovery Act, has evolved into a long-term government operation. In a strategic plan sent to Congress yesterday, DeMarco said he will begin building a single system ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Jinggoy files bill amending law on foreign currency deposits
Journal OnlineFebruary 14, 2012

... the “order of an impeachment court or any competent court on cases involving public officials charged with the violation of Republic Act 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act” as exception to the confidentiality clause of the law.more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Court ruling the first loss in what will be a long legal season
The AustralianFebruary 2, 2012

No matter the intricacies of the law, it just seems unfair. And that was the initial consideration when Federal Court judge Steven Rares brought down his decision in Telstra's case against Optus on Wednesday. Not illegal because the judge's decision ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jimmy Dimora's defense lawyer raises questions about J. Kevin Kelley's mental ...
Plain Dealer (blog)February 4, 2012

According to Kelley's earlier testimony, a Cleveland halfway house helped finance the trip in exchange for the commissioner's help in getting a county contract renewed. Follow Jimmy Dimora's trial live with The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com.more »

Leaders of Clark County teachers union see big jump in pay
Las Vegas Review - JournalFebruary 26, 2012

Each earned between $139785 and $208683 for a total of $1.5 million, according to the Clark County Education Association's report to the IRS. John Jasonek, then executive director, got $208683 for running the union but also received $423863 from two ...more »

Virginia Senate Panel Kills Anti-Discrimination Bill
Care2.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The legislation would also have prohibited discrimination based based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, or status as a veteran.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Meeting Held Regarding Cemetery Bankruptcy
Bay NetFebruary 7, 2012

By Marty Madden Over 100 people showed up for an open discussion of the Southern Memorial Gardens bankruptcy case. The meeting was held Saturday, Feb. 4 at the office of Davis, Upton, Palumbo and Dougherty, Attorneys at Law, in Prince Frederick.more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Signs Joint Marketing Agreement with Navistar, Major Truck ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

We welcome the opportunity to work with Navistar to bring the benefits of clean, cost-effective, domestically-abundant natural gas fuel to the company's trucking customer base." "Natural gas has clearly emerged as the most realistic alternative fuel...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 17
The StateFebruary 17, 2012

27 at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; www.scbar.org/clinics SOUTHERN WRITERS SERIES: ...more »

Family Law
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Local Lawyers: Facebook May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law
Patch.comFebruary 2, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some right here in Montgomery County. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing ...more »

Workers Compensation
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State pulls license of builder after worker killed
North County TimesFebruary 4, 2012

The Contractors State License Board said Friday that it suspended the general building contractor license of US-Sino Investment, Inc. because the company had failed to comply with state workers' compensation insurance laws.more »

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