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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 »

Local charity drops Catholic affiliation, will place kids with couples in ...
WPSD Local 6February 1, 2012

In June, Illinois lawmakers made it legal for same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, meaning they have the same rights as married couples. That includes the ability to become foster parents. With the new law came the stipulation that any ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Obama shows contempt for judicial process
Sonoran NewsFebruary 1, 2012

... and Dr. Orly Taitz presented their cases before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi regarding Barack Obama's constitutional ineligibility and their respective requests to have him stricken from the Georgia primary ballot.more »

Health Care Law
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Diocese will not abide by 'unjust law'
WIVBFebruary 3, 2012

Many western New York Catholics are taking a stand against the President's mandatory health care reform law. The Diocese says it violates church beliefs. But the White House is not backing down. When western New York Catholics attend mass this weekend, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Jones Day boosts real estate practice with 2 former Simmons & Simmons hires
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Shaheen Pasha | Thursday, 2 February 2012 International law firm Jones Day has nabbed former Simmons & Simmons real estate head Duane Keighran and senior associate David Weir, as it looks to expand its Dubai office and bolster its real estate and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Immigration Law's Opponents Seek Allies In Business Sector
Huffington PostFebruary 8, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of Alabama's contested immigration law are asking local manufacturers of Mercedes-Benz, Honda and Hyundai cars to help them push for a total repeal of the law in the state's Republican-controlled legislature.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Wind bill is back
Power Engineering MagazineFebruary 11, 2012

He also referenced the federal Public Utilities Regulatory Policy Act, or PURPA. The complex law encourages utility companies to buy renewable energy, which Simpson said some industrial wind developers exploit to their advantage.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mobile's dispute with MAWSS ticks up a notch as utility refuses to pay permit fees (blog)February 1, 2012

Until the courts resolve that dispute, the utility argues in its court filing, MAWSS shouldn't have to pay the city fees. Instead, MAWSS asked Circuit Judge Michael Youngpeter to create a court-administered holding account for permit fees.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 equaled $(12399000) and includes a pre-tax charge of $19980000 for additional net asbestos litigation costs through 2020 associated with products manufactured decades ago by the Air and ...more »

Animal Law
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Group Seeks To Make Animal Abuse A Felony
LocalNews8.comFebruary 6, 2012

By Caleb James IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Idaho is one of only three states in the nation with no felony punishment for repeat animal cruelty offenders. Now, one statewide effort is building to change the law. "There really aren't any serious penalties for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Has China Stolen IP? | Wind Farms Technology
DesignBuild SourceFebruary 8, 2012

For many years now, consternation in western countries about technology secrets and other intellectual property being allegedly stolen by Chinese companies and government organisations has been on the rise. Predominately, concerns have been focused ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Former Attorney General, Saul Froomkin, joins ISIS Law
Bermuda SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” She said Mr Froomkin is one of the most experienced and well-respected lawyers in Bermuda. After practising law in Manitoba for eight years, he spent nine years in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

Lawmakers close in on FAA funding deal amid pushback from unions
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Keith Laing - 01/31/12 07:25 PM ET Lawmakers in the House and Senate came close to finalizing an agreement Tuesday to provide long-term funding for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as unions voiced opposition to a labor deal that paved the ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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One-pot meth labs lead to profusion of damaged, abandoned houses
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 12, 2012

Fetter said if the problem worsens, landlords will be forced to pass the burden of prevention on to the prospective tenant, which includes paying for background checks and tougher lease conditions. "Are we going to have a leper colony of low-quality ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Barney: Black History Month program sheds light on activist Daisy Bates
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Don't feel bad. Today, few people outside of Arkansas are familiar with Bates, who was 84 when she died in 1999. Even Southern-born filmmaker Sharon La Cruise, who studied the civil rights movement in college, insists she never came across her name in ...more »

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Honeywell Sues Nest for Patent Infringement
Connected World MagazineFebruary 6, 2012

Honeywell says this move follows similar litigation against other manufacturers, naming Venstar,, and ICM Controls, Nest thermostat has been touted as the “iPhone of thermostats” by its creators.more »

Business Law
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Group mulls hedge fund advertising, crowdsourcing capital
Ct PostFebruary 1, 2012

A government advisory panel is considering moves that would allow startups to raise money online and permit hedge funds to advertise. On Wednesday, the US Securities and Exchange Commission's Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies will meet ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Security America Mortgage, Inc. Extends the Mortgage Lending Industry ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 3, 2012

Security America Mortgage, Inc. put a high value on the happiness of all American Veteran and Military War Heroes. Recently, the company launched an additional "VA Loans" website for Florida Veterans (only) buying a home. These changes were done to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senate passes cybercrime bill on final reading
Mindanao Gold Star DailyFebruary 1, 2012

2796, sponsored by Senator Edgardo Angara, seeks to empower law enforcement agencies to investigate, apprehend and prosecute individuals committing internet-related crimes. Angara said SBN 2796 aims to ensure internet security to the public with the ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury solicitors say claims for workplace accidents are on the rise
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

(openPR) - Fentons Solicitors LLP, one of the leading personal injury solicitors firms, believes people who suffer accidents at work are gaining the confidence to make a compensation claim. According to the firm, there has traditionally been a lot of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Wash. considers collecting DNA upon arrest
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 5, 2012

Nevertheless, the rush to expand DNA's use in criminal investigations worries privacy advocates, and courts around the country have disagreed about whether such laws violate the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects people from ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Memorandum: Defendant appeals from an order denying its motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint in this legal malpractice action. We agree with defendant that the action is time-barred, and we therefore reverse the order, grant the motion ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Lawmakers Working to Protect Millions of American Jobs
WDTVFebruary 2, 2012

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are on board to protect 4 million American jobs. Introduced last month, the US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act wants a ban on taxpayer subsidies to companies that choose to take American jobs overseas ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate lawyer admits stealing $360000 from clients
The Journal News | LoHud.comFebruary 8, 2012

A New York City real estate attorney with a White Plains office admitted Wednesday that he stole $360000 from two sisters over a two-year period. Fred Rosenberg, 57, pleaded guilty to second-degree grand larceny, a felony, in Westchester County Court ...more »

The People: Feb. 6, 2012
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Prior's focus is primarily in labor and employment law, providing litigation defense and extensive preventative counseling to clients in all areas of his practice. Schuttert's practice is concentrated in products liability defense, ...more »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

Horse show attorney files IRS complaint
New Jersey HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

Muir did not give details of his complaint to the IRS but said that in general the complaint contains allegations of financial irregularities uncovered by an audit, that fair President Alan Henderson circumvented the executive board to buy a new stage ...more »

Court splits up age discrimination case against law schools
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 22, 2012

Feb 22 (Reuters) - A federal judge has split up a lawsuit accusing six law schools of age discrimination, sending claims against four of the law schools to courts in their home districts. Nicholas Spaeth, the former state attorney general of North ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Proposition 8 Ruling Analysis: Why the Narrow Holding?
TowleroadFebruary 9, 2012

While Judge Walker decided that same-sex marriage bans violate due process (by denying gay people the fundamental right to marry) and violate equal protection (by treating gay people differently than straight people for no legitimate reason), ...more »

Environmental Law
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Clean Energy Opens LNG Fueling Station in Seville, Ohio to Support Truck Fleet ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 10, 2012

This station is on the leading edge of the natural gas highway that Clean Energy is developing across the United States over the next two years. We believe natural gas will be a mainstream alternative to diesel for class 8 truck fuel, because natural ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Family Law
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Supreme court decides issues on presiding judges and family member jurors
WisBarFebruary 3, 2012

All justices agree that a defendant was not entitled to a new trial where the presiding judge did not remove his daughter-in-law from the jury pool for cause, but defense counsel used a peremptory strike to remove her. Nevertheless, judges are urged to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp investigates privacy breach
CBC.caFebruary 7, 2012

An investigation is ongoing into a privacy breach at the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission. (CBC) Last Friday, the commission issued a statement saying an employee had accessed the files of a dozen workers over three years, ...more »


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