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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 »

Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Patent Law Analysis by Professors Dennis Crouch and Jason Rantanen
Patently-OFebruary 1, 2012

This is even more so in the prior use context because the later filed patent by definition will have a priority date of at least one year later than the user's first date of commercial use. Using the language of the Supreme Court in its KSR decision: ...more »

Health Care Law
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Republicans paint health law's CLASS Act as obstacle to long-term care reform
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Julian Pecquet - 02/01/12 04:28 PM ET House Republicans on Wednesday urged Democrats to repeal a major provision of the healthcare reform law by painting it as an obstacle to long-term care reform. In floor speeches before the repeal vote Wednesday ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones guards Tar Heels' tunnel for 26th year
The Daily Tar HeelFebruary 6, 2012

Now 73, Jones has spent the past decades in what he considers the best seat in the house. “I like seeing the people, the players and the enthusiasm of the ball game,” he said. “This really is a class act.” On Wednesday, Jones will experience one of his ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Tax credits could bring area 200 jobs
Columbus DispatchFebruary 28, 2012

The company provides machining services for industrial customers, including those in the energy business. “Manufacturing is seeing a comeback in the US,” said Tom Creek, the company's president, after the authority approved tax credits for the company.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Frost & Sullivan Names DigitalRoute as Global Mediation Competitive Strategy ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

DigitalRoute refers to this approach as "Horizontal Mediation". Together with partner solutions, MediationZone from DigitalRoute has been deployed by 240 communication service providers (CSPs) around the world. Its revenue has grown sharply, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Lawsuit filed by mother of victim in 2010 Discovery Middle School shooting (blog)February 2, 2012

Sanderson said he has "discussed (the lawsuit) with the superintendent. It has not been served yet, but we have 30 days to respond to the suit. We plan to turn it over to the Alabama Risk Management for Schools (insurance company).more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
The AgeFebruary 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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Prominent White-Collar Criminal Defense Litigator Daniel Rubinstein, and ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 23, 2012

23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Winston & Strawn LLP announced today that nationally recognized criminal defense attorney Daniel D. Rubinstein, as well as noted technology, media and intellectual property litigator Paul D. McGrady, Jr., have joined its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Lawyer Fails to Toss $2.6 Million Award for Toyota
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 6, 2012

"Consistent with state law regarding contract interpretation, the plain language of the severance agreement is unambiguous and shows the parties' intent that while the contract terms are generally to be governed by California law, any arbitration more ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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A Ludicrous Lawsuit
Harvard CrimsonFebruary 8, 2012

But while the student's individual case may be impossible to prove, it is likely that overall, Asians are rarely the beneficiaries of race-based affirmative action. Yet this particular case bears no evidence of undue discrimination and can at the most ...more »

China Bans Airlines From Joining EU Carbon Levies System
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

6 (Bloomberg) -- China, home to the world's fastest growing aviation market, banned airlines from taking part in a European Union carbon-emissions system designed to curb pollution, saying the program violates international rules.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Further changes to rental laws proposed
Superior TelegramFebruary 16, 2012

In December, the governor signed a law preventing Madison and other municipalities from enacting local rental ordinances tougher than state law. Landlords can now use court records, income or occupation when considering tenants. Now another state law...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Prosecution calls for six-year sentence in Nova case
Helsingin SanomatFebruary 2, 2012

All three defendants have denied criminal activity. Merisalo was astounded by the demand. “It is probably the heaviest demand in years in this kind of an economic crime case”, he said. The trial involving the bankruptcy of the Nova Group began in ...more »

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Diagnosed With Bladder Cancer After Actos? Call the Drug Litigation Attorneys ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

Drug Litigation Attorneys warn anyone who has or is currently taking Actos to consider the risks associated with the drug. If you or a loved one has ever taken Actos for diabetes and are now exhibiting signs of bladder cancer, contact a doctor ...more »

Business Law
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Business Law: Matthew Cameron of Ashton KCJ warns of pitfalls when buying ...
East Anglian Daily TimesFebruary 2, 2012

IF YOU are considering buying, or indeed already own, a property abroad, there are a number of questions which need to be addressed, particularly concerning your will and succession planning. Rules of succession differ from country to country, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Spouses Discover the Benefits of Online Education
Duluth WeeklyFebruary 10, 2012

So it's no surprise that military spouses seek out schools like Ashworth College ( to provide them with accredited online school programs that can be funded by their education benefit programs, like MyCAA.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mansfield and Ashfield internet users warned against scams
Mansfield ChadFebruary 14, 2012

Police have asked computer users in Nottinghamshire to be on their guard after a number of suspected internet frauds were reported to the force. Nottinghamshire Police have received a number of calls in relation to an internet scam where members of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Attorney Melinda Helbock Offers Free Case Reviews for People Injured in San ... (press release)February 7, 2012

San Diego personal injury lawyer Melinda Helbock is announcing that she is now offering free legal consultations for individuals and families that are affected by San Diego car accidents. San Diego personal injury lawyer Melinda Helbock represents ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Law — right to bear arms — qualified immunity
Wisconsin Law JournalFebruary 2, 2012

United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit Civil Constitutional Law -- right to bear arms -- qualified immunity While Wisconsin law was in flux regarding the legality of openly carrying firearms, officers who arrested the plaintiff for ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Change in leadership at malpractice insurer
Parkersburg NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"We had a change in leadership," said Dr. R. Austin Wallace, who has taken over as president and chief executive officer of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company. "It's been a very great transition." Wallace took over the top positions at the ...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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Investing: Real estate investment trusts risky, but show great returns
The News-PressFebruary 5, 2012

Peculiarly, the commercial real estate market isn't quite as depressed. In fact, funds that invest in real estate investment trusts, or REITs, rose an average 7.5 percent last year, beating the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index's 2.1 percent gain.more »

Ex-Westchester Senator Admits Tax Obstruction
New York TimesFebruary 11, 2012

Insurance Company 1 was Professional Risk Managers, a small insurer based in Purchase, NY, which was awarded a state contract to act as a broker of record. The contract came after Mr. Spano was hired by the firm, prosecutors said.more »

Sports Law
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Headlinin': Today, Clemson-South Carolina is a rivalry. Tomorrow, it could be ...
Yahoo! Sports (blog)February 8, 2012

A South Carolina legislator has introduced a proposal in the state House of Representatives that would require Clemson and South Carolina to play every season under state law, to the apparent consternation of both athletic departments.more »

Criminal Defense
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Milwaukee attorney banned from federal courts
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 3, 2012

By Bruce Vielmetti of the Journal Sentinel If you're a lawyer, it's never wise to ignore "orders to show cause," especially when they're coming from a federal appeals court. Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Bridget Boyle-Saxton learned that the hard ...more »

In Jimmy Dimora's trial, J. Kevin Kelley testifies about a life unraveled by ...
Plain Dealer (blog)February 5, 2012

The first day: sometime in December 2002, when then-Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo asked Kelley to back out of a race for Parma mayor. When he agreed to drop out, Kelley, a little-known suburban link in the powerful Democratic Party chain, ...more »

Frightening power of discrimination laws
The GuardianFebruary 29, 2012

My letter to Radio 4's The Media Show last week about the Miriam O'Reilly/Countryfile age discrimination case has been interpreted in some odd ways (Report, 23 February; Letters, 28 February). For the avoidance of doubt, as a lawyer would say, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. Announces Earnings for the Quarter Ended December ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

MORRISTOWN, Tenn., Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Jefferson Bancshares, Inc. /quotes/zigman/90692/quotes/nls/jfbi JFBI 0.00% , the holding company for Jefferson Federal Bank, announced a net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 of $3.7 million ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy And Environment Update -- February 5, 2012
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

Energy and Climate Debate; Congress; Department of Commerce; Department of Energy; Department of Interior; Environmental Protection Agency; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Personnel; States; International; and Miscellaneous.more »

Wills & Probate
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Metro Atlanta Wills, Estates & Trusts Law Attorney J. Mark Brittain Launches ...
PR Web (press release)February 9, 2012

The firm has developed a reputation for maintaining high ethical standards while effectively representing clients throughout Metro Atlanta in wills, trusts, estates, probate, real estate, business and family legal matters. Attorney J. Mark Brittain ...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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Worker's failure to file comp claim foils suit
Workers Comp ForumFebruary 2, 2012

In Alaska, a municipality can be considered a "project owner" that is required to pay benefits to an injured worker if the worker's employer is a contractor that failed to secure the payments. Case name: Nelson v. Municipality of Anchorage, No.more »


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