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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 »

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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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

... PRISCILLA PENA; HILDA GIRON; DEBBIE ALMANZA, individually and in their official capacities; STATE OF NEW MEXICO-New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts, Defendants-Appellees. Before BRISCOE, Chief Judge, MURPHY and BRORBY, Circuit Judges.more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as U.S. Ages
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Iowa law would mimic anti-illegal immigrant law in Arizona
Radio IowaFebruary 7, 2012

A bid to close-down Iowa businesses that employ illegal immigrants has cleared an initial hurdle at the statehouse. If the bill becomes law, an Iowa business caught with an illegal immigrant on its payroll would be placed on probation.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Taking a Closer Look at the Jobs Governor's Industrial Policy
Bacon's RebellionFebruary 2, 2012

... 85 Connector Economic Development Zone could add up to $50 million over 2015 and 2016, if HB 1183 is passed into law. Remarkably, no one seems to be questioning the propriety of such aggressive use of the tax code to promote industrial development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. /quotes/zigman/91287/quotes/nls/opwv OPWV +4.48% is a global software innovator delivering all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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AMERCO Schedules Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results Release, Investor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

RENO, Nev., Feb 1, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMERCO /quotes/zigman/57675/quotes/nls/uhal UHAL +0.47% , the holding company of U-Haul International Inc., Oxford Life Insurance Company, Repwest Insurance Company and Amerco Real Estate Company, ...more »

Animal Law
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Council Says No to Animal Slaughter Ban
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

Jones said the cost of developing and possibly defending a ban in court is secondary to the policy issue of whether "the cause is right." He said that the law should at least ban slaughter in front yards or within view of neighbors.more »

Intellectual Property
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2011 Intellectual Property Year in Review and Outlook for 2012 – Part I: Patents
Legal Talk NetworkFebruary 3, 2012

IP Counsel host, Attorney Peter Lando, partner at the firm of Lando & Anastasi, LLP, welcomes Craig Smith, partner at Lando & Anastasi, to discuss important patent cases and court decisions in 2011 from the United States Supreme Court and the Court of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Thompson & Knight Names Emily Parker as Managing Partner
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

In response to the Tax Court's decision in that case and because of concerns about the potential loss of revenue resulting from the ruling, the US Congress amended the underlying law. "I'm honored to serve the clients and attorneys of Thompson & Knight ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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ASUC Senate votes to support Day of Action protesting Prop. 209
Daily CalifornianFebruary 10, 2012

13 Day of Action in favor of overturning Proposition 209, a 1996 bill that prohibits affirmative action in admissions to public institutions. Under the bill, the senate will withdraw about $400 from its Contingency Fund to transport students to the 9th ...more »

Idaho House passes aviation tax exemption
AOPA PilotFebruary 2, 2012

The bill, strongly supported by AOPA and the general aviation community, is now headed for Senate committee. Idaho House Bill 417 passed the house 69-0 Feb. 1, just days after being introduced by the Revenue and Taxation Committee.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Hearing held on Charleroi landlord license
Monessen Valley IndependentFebruary 10, 2012

At that hearing, Gaudio, who said he has rented properties in the borough for about 15 years, told council that he evicted two of the tenants who were causing the problems and repairs had been made to the building. The landlord said 19 tenants would be ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Groundhog Day: History and Facts
HistoryFebruary 2, 2012

Explore Groundhog Day's shadowy history as well as interesting facts about the custom below. A groundhog handler holds Punxsutawney Phil after his 2012 weather prediction in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images) • Falling ...more »

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Court to stay infringement litigation while Neptune's krill patent is re-examined
NutraIngredients-usa.comFebruary 3, 2012

Under the terms of the deal struck by the Delaware court, the litigation is now on hold pending the conclusion of the re-examination, said Neptune. “Pursuant to an agreement by the parties… the court has ordered a stay of the litigation until the ...more »

Business Law
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Kan. plan: Allow illegal immigrants to stay, work
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

The Kansas proposal also is notable because it complicates the debate over immigration issues in the home state of Kris Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft tough laws against illegal immigration in Alabama and Arizona.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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Westborough Tennis Instructor Admits to Child Sex Crimes
Patch.comFebruary 3, 2012

An investigation followed, spearheaded by Sgt. Michael Hill of the MSP Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A trace of the target computer IP address led police to the Cold Harbor Drive residence. On Feb. 2, MSP Trooper Patrick McStay applied ...more »

Personal Injury
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Syracuse Car Accident Attorney Joins Call for Crackdown on Drugged Driving
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer Scott C. Gottlieb of the Law Offices of Scott C. Gottlieb & Associates says he supports improving technology and training for local law enforcement in their efforts to stem the rising threat of drugged driving accidents.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

It's expected to last from 1 to 4 pm Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal opinions but did not get responses within the time constraints of this report.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Business people
Concord MonitorFebruary 6, 2012

DOUGLAS MILLER of Concord has joined the litigation group of Hage Hodes in Manchester. Miller's civil litigation practice includes business and commercial disputes, personal injury, professional malpractice and employment litigation.more »

Consumer Protection
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Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 14, 2012

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (the "Dodd-Frank Act"). The Dodd-Frank Act has a broad impact on the financial services industry, including significant regulatory ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Manhattan Church Leads an Area's Improvement
New York TimesFebruary 8, 2012

The eight-story former warehouse, between Charlton and Vandam Streets in the Hudson Square neighborhood, has been vacant for a decade after several scuttled development plans and even a legal tussle. Last week construction finally began on a $113 ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Criminal Defense
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A Star Panel Debates Financial Crisis Prosecutions
New York TimesFebruary 8, 2012

Ms. White, the former prosecutor-cum-defense lawyer, echoed the note of caution. “We must distinguish what is criminal from what is reckless behavior or bad business decisions and not bow to the frenzy,” Ms. White said.more »

Tax time proves taxing on wallet
Enid News & EagleFebruary 1, 2012

Of course, when the IRS is the agency conducting the poll, what other answer could you give? What is a bit surprising is the number of people who say you should cheat on your taxes “as much as possible” doubled in 2011, to 8 percent.more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Betty Fuller was employed by the Department of Defense as a supply clerk and, at about age 63, was passed over for a promotion to supply technician. She sued under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, claiming that she was denied promotion because ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Old stories and anti-Shell propaganda
Royal Dutch Shell plc .comFebruary 1, 2012

Richard knows Shell well and all of the tricks of their legal department. Richard is head of Royds Employment Department and specialises in all aspects of employment law. He was recommended to me and turned out to be a great asset and kind friend in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy Ministry seeks to boost ethanol exports, remove obstructions
The NationFebruary 6, 2012

Energy Minister Arak Chonlatanon is seeking discussions with the ministries of Finance and Industry to boost ethanol exports and promote alternative energy development. He said on Monday that the Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency Department ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Probate judge candidates disagree over attorney's role in the position (blog)February 18, 2012

The probate judge's term is for six years. The probate judge is the chief election officer in the county. The duties of the job include recording real estate documents, such as deeds and mortgages, probating wills, issuing marriage licenses, ...more »

Family Law
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Children used by warring parents
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

Courts are struggling to cope with increasingly bitter family law cases involving one parent turning their child against the other. Behaviour includes false allegations of abuse, constant denigration of the other parent, asking the child to carry ...more »

Workers Compensation
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City pays workers comp settlement
Gilroy DispatchFebruary 3, 2012

The city paid a workers' compensation settlement to one of its public works employees this week, bringing the total amount paid in such claims this fiscal year to about $199000. Following a discussion in closed session at Wednesday's meeting, ...more »


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