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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 »

Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SC Governor Strikes Back at Legislature on Harbor Deepening
Southern Political ReportFebruary 28, 2012

And the Southern Environmental Law Center, representing conservation groups in both states, held a scheduling hearing with the SC Administrative Law Court on Monday, as part of its own challenge. "The governor is trying to focus on what's not in the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Poll Shows Americans Divided On Repeal Of Healthcare Law
RTT NewsFebruary 27, 2012

(RTTNews) - Americans are divided on whether or not they favor a Republican president's repealing of President Obama's health care law, according to a new poll, although a majority of those surveyed believe the mandate is unconstitutional.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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School Board adopts new one- to five-star ranking system
Las Vegas Review - JournalFebruary 24, 2012

The Hewetson Elementary School principal zip-lined over Fremont Street with 36 other elementary school principals, an act symbolizing their newly earned freedom to soar. Because of their students' exceptional performance, these schools alone in the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigrants trickling back to Alabama despite crackdown
msnbc.comFebruary 19, 2012

Immigration law protestors gather outside the Alabama Statehouse in Montgomery, Ala., Tuesday. About 400 demonstrators protested House Bill 56 which is considered one of the strongest immigration laws in the nation. By JAY REEVES BIRMINGHAM, Ala.more »

Industrial Development Law
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LIVE: Tiverton Town Council Meeting
Patch.comFebruary 28, 2012

She said residents just heard about a huge development at the last meeting, and said now she fears there's a rush to move forward with another one without any specifics made available to the public. She cites open meetings law 42-46-5(a)(6) regarding ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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On the move
The LawyerFebruary 27, 2012

Corporate partner Mao Tong and international dispute resolution partner Peter Chow (above) have also joined Squire Sanders in Hong Kong. Tong was formerly managing partner of Bryan Cave's Hong Kong office and Chow headed its international arbitration ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Law360 Names Three Wiley Rein Practices Among "2011 Groups of the Year"
Metropolitan Corporate CounselFebruary 21, 2012

Law360 has recognized Wiley Rein's Government Contracts, Insurance and International Trade Practices as being among the nation's best in 2011. These "Groups of the Year" honors are based on each practice's notable work and significant litigation ...more »

Animal Law
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Former Tarzan actor has his wild cats seized by state officials
Orlando SentinelFebruary 28, 2012

FWC officers on Monday also arrested Sipek for having the animals without a federal permit and for keeping them as pets. Florida law prohibits keeping wild animals as pets; they must be used for commercial purposes and exhibited to the public.more »

Intellectual Property
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National Academy of Inventors holds inaugural annual conference
Science CodexFebruary 27, 2012

"Mr. Kappos is the ideal person to lead the USPTO when it is charged with implementing the America Invents Act, milestone legislation passed last year that brings the most sweeping changes to patent law in generations." Before joining the USPTO, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Continental Breakfast: Three UK Firms Ink External Investment Deals As Legal...
The American LawyerFebruary 10, 2012

It turns out that external investments in law firms are like buses: You wait ages for anything to happen and then three come along at once. After years of speculation and delays, three UK law firm investment deals worth a combined $200 million were ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action, • Supreme Court justices take up race as a factor in ...
Bend BulletinFebruary 26, 2012

Last week, the court signaled that it might end such affirmative action much sooner than that. By agreeing to hear a major case involving race-conscious admissions at the University of Texas, the court thrust affirmative action back into the public and ...more »

National Aviation Hall ceremony may go to N.C.
WHIO DaytonFebruary 28, 2012

The board of the National Aviation Hall of Fame expects to decide soon whether to accept an offer from Charlotte, NC, to convene this year's Hall of Fame enshrinement dinner and ceremony in that city, rather than in Dayton, where the annual ceremony ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Gold Dust Lounge owners sue landlord in attempt to save landmark SF bar from ...
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 24, 2012

The lawsuit was brought by owners James and Tasios Bovis against Handlery Hotels, which has leased the commercial space to the Bovises since 1966. The move aims to save the bar from being demolished to make way for a new tenant that wants both an ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton could become biggest city to go bankrupt
OcalaFebruary 29, 2012

The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.more »

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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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McDermott Will Open Seoul Law Office Following Trade Agreement
BusinessWeekFebruary 15, 2012

McDermott, which advised Fila Korea Ltd. and Mirae Asset Securities Co. on the $1.23 billion acquisition of the Acushnet golf business from Fortune Brands Inc. in May 2011, is on “the leading edge of what promises to be a wave of new activity in South ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Holder won't defend limit on gay military benefits
pride source.comFebruary 22, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is extending its decision to stop defending an anti-gay marriage law to provisions affecting same-sex couples in the military. The 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act requires the Pentagon to ignore same-sex ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Naperville man held on child pornography charges
Naperville SunFebruary 29, 2012

Members of the police department's High Tech Internet Crimes Unit and Special Operations Group had Lipinski under investigation for six months, Bell said Wednesday. Detectives had been “patrolling the Internet to see who's downloading child ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Oklahoma Personal Injury Lawyers at Atkins & Markoff Alert Public to Tulsa ... (press release)February 29, 2012

The Oklahoma personal injury lawyers at Atkins & Markoff, an Oklahoma law firm that dedicates its time to representing injured clients, hereby alerts the public of a recent article published in the Tulsa World newspaper that details the ongoing ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Valley legislators split on same-sex marriage law
Snoqualmie Valley RecordFebruary 13, 2012

If race is a genetically acceptable criterion for constitutional equal protection under the law in the 14th Amendment, then genetic sexual orientation is closely related as a fundamental expression of human biology." Anderson said he approached the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Abortion investigation: doctor caught falsifying sex selection paperwork 24, 2012

Whatever an individual's opinion on abortion … laws in this country are decided by Parliament, not by individual doctors. If some professionals disagree with the law as it stands they should argue their case for change. Simply flouting them in a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Car dealer settles loan but fees remain
SowetanFebruary 29, 2012

CONSUMERS who buy defective cars continue to suffer prejudice in the name of the Consumer Protection Act. A WRITE-OFF: Jones Mashego, Mathebula's fiancé, standing next to their car before they discovered it had previously been written off.more »

Real Estate Law
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Apperson Crump absorbing four Borod & Kramer attorneys
Memphis Business JournalFebruary 28, 2012

Borod & Kramer was founded in 1915 and has a broad-based business law practice, but noted cases have centered on premises liability and victim's rights, as well as executive employment law, intellectual property and business partner disputes.more »

Foreign Law Firms Case: Post Match Conference!
Bar & BenchFebruary 24, 2012

Foreign law firms or foreign lawyers cannot practice the profession of law in India either on the litigation or non-litigation side, unless they fulfill the requirement of the Advocates Act, 1961 (Advocates Act) and the Bar Council of India (BCI) Rules ...more »

Sports Law
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KEYC - Mankato News, Weather, Sports -Arizona executes man for killing ...
KEYC TVFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video AP National News Video More>> By AMANDA LEE MYERS AP FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona executed an inmate Wednesday for killing and dismembering his adoptive mother while he was out of prison on furlough for another crime, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ohio group considers changes to defending the poor
Marietta TimesFebruary 27, 2012

AP COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio working group considering changes in how defense lawyers are provided for the poor has drafted a proposal that would shift the financial responsibility from counties to the state over a five-year period.more »

Miccosukee tribe says members owe $26M to IRS
Tulsa Native American TimesFebruary 16, 2012

Lehtinen contends that he privately advised the tribe about its members' potential tax liability and that they should create a reserve fund in case the IRS prevailed in their dispute. Under past leaders, $20 million was set aside but Lehtinen said the ...more »

Jury finds University of Iowa did not discriminate against Michigan lawyer ...
The RepublicFebruary 26, 2012

AP IOWA CITY, Iowa — A jury has rejected a Michigan lawyer's claims that the University of Iowa's law school denied him a faculty position because it found him too old, siding with the school in one of three discrimination lawsuits that were making ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Document Security Systems to Expand IP Portfolio in Cloud Computing, Mobile ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 27, 2012

DSS provides counterfeit prevention and comprehensive brand and digital information protection solutions to corporations, governments, and financial institutions around the world. DSS develops and manufactures products and services containing patented ...more »

Environmental Law
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Independent Analysis Proves the Effectiveness of Federal Loan Guarantees
OilPrice.comFebruary 17, 2012

By Science Progress | Thu, 16 February 2012 23:45 | 0 Take a deep breath, because what I'm about to tell you may be shocking: Federal loan guarantees for energy projects have been successful, cost-effective investments—contrary to what some ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 20
The StateFebruary 20, 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; SOUTHERN WRITERS SERIES: ...more »

Family Law
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Domestic Violence And The Law
The StarFebruary 15, 2012

Domestic violence can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can take very many forms. It can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological.more »

Workers Compensation
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WSI worker claims deletions broke law
In-ForumFebruary 26, 2012

FARGO – An employee of North Dakota's workers' compensation program contends laws were violated when a claims supervisor ordered the deletion of a worker's electronic medical record. FARGO – An employee of North Dakota's workers' compensation program ...more »


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