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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 »

Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

3 Upon joinder of issue, the Board referred the matter to the Office of Administrative Law where the case was tried over a period of four non-sequential days before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). In his Initial Decision, the ALJ found that "over a ...more »

Health Care Law
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New health care law starts to pay dividends
The Star DemocratFebruary 1, 2012

The legal bees may be busy at the US Supreme Court preparing for March's oral arguments over the legality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but there's no question that health care reform so far has been good for the major players of ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Letter: The Journal says ...
Naples Daily NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The protectionist Jones Act of the 1920s effectively prevents shipment of refined petroleum products along our East Coast. Thus, they are imported from abroad as needed in the Northeast, while we ship similar products abroad also. Wonderful!more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Farmers Asked To Take Immigration Law Impact Survey
WKRG-TVFebruary 3, 2012

The state's controversial immigration law will be discussed at the 2012 Legislative Session which begins next week in Montgomery. (more) Alabama farmers are asked to fill out an online survey gauging the impact the immigration law has had on their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels' signature making Indiana the 23rd "right to work" state in the nation, advocates on both sides were looking ahead to how the new law will affect Hoosiers. Supporters said businesses already were lining up to expand or come to Indiana.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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SD ag-mediation service could soon cover feds, too
AberdeenNews.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Bob Mercer, American News Correspondent The state House of Representatives supported a major expansion of South Dakota's agriculture mediation program Tuesday. House members agreed that services should become available to people or organizations ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer Sued for $50 Million in BP Oil Spill
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

"When Cameron needed it the most, Liberty refused to provide Cameron the $50 million in insurance limits it sold Cameron. Instead, Liberty offered Cameron a choice: either continue the Gulf oil spill litigation and face potentially crippling liability, ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Threatens to Reduce 'Hold Time' for Shelter Animals
Malibu Surfside NewsFebruary 2, 2012

BY ANNE SOBLE Governor Jerry Brown has earmarked provisions of California's animal control and shelter legislation known as the Hayden Law, which increased holding time for impounded animals and other protections, for repeal in the 2012-2013 California ...more »

Intellectual Property
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CORRECTED-Disagreements on cyber risk East-West "Cold War"
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

(Corrects name spelling of UK defence firm to QinetiQ in paragraph 13) * East-West disagreements over cyberspace rise * Intellectual property theft, Internet freedom key issues * Increasingly obvious gap between US, allies, Russia ,China By Peter Apps, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Honda loses Small Claims Court suit over Civic hybrid fuel economy
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 2, 2012

In taking the case to Los Angeles County Superior Court, the company will be allowed to bring in its army of lawyers to try to overturn the small-claims judgment. Even so, Peters' win was "amazing" and could affect litigation strategy in California and ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ban on Affirmative Action Challenged
Annenberg TV NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Kayla Colin A federal appeals court is set to hear a legal challenge Monday to the ban on affirmative action in public college admissions. The challenge comes 15 years after the ban on race consideration was implemented. Arguments are scheduled to ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit, Business Forums Key Highlights Of Singapore ...
BernamaFebruary 2, 2012

SINGAPORE, Feb 2 (Bernama) -- The highly anticipated Singapore Airshow Aviation Leadership Summit (SAALS) and Business Forums return this year as part of Singapore Airshow 2012. The Singapore Airshow 2012 will be held from Feb 14-19 at the Changi ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Job of the Day: Leasing Agent
MyFox Tampa BayFebruary 2, 2012

• Must have knowledge of Public and subsidized housing program regulations, requirements, and standards as determined by HUD; Fair Housing Laws; and rental housing market and landlord/tenant laws. • Customer service and oral and written communication ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Before the court is a Motion to Dismiss Complaint for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction pursuant to Rule 12(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rule 7012 of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure filed by defendants George Faris, ...more »

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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Business Law
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Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ware child porn case highlights risk of recidivism, challenges to sex offender ...
MassLive.comFebruary 1, 2012

... The Republican A Level 2 sex offender is supposed to pose only a moderate risk of committing more sex crimes. But the case of a registered sex offender from Hampshire County, freshly accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Boyd legislation best to stem insurance fraud in car wrecks
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 5, 2012

As a primary care physician who has practiced in Manatee County and treated patients injured in automobile accidents for 30 years, I have seen it all. I have spoken both to state Rep. Jim Boyd and Sen. Mike Bennett about the need for Personal Injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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I Was Denied Legal Help, Kasab Tells Apex Court
Daijiworld.comFebruary 1, 2012

The amicus curiae told the court that an accused was not just offered his right but he was informed of the right under the constitution and law. When the court observed that "you can say it was a formal compliance" of the provisions of the criminal ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

As the Web page notes, Wasserman is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected legal malpractice authorities and attorneys in the country, with more than three decades of experience in this unique area of the law.more »

Consumer Protection
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Anti-LNG Export Train Sounding Louder
Press Action (blog)February 16, 2012

The second bill, the North America Natural Gas Security and Consumer Protection Act, would forbid FERC from approving any natural gas export terminal in the United States until 2025. Among environmentalists, the Sierra Club has come out strongly ...more »

Real Estate Law
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REAL ESTATE: Apartment markets will get even tighter
Press-EnterpriseFebruary 4, 2012

That means a lot of people will move out of their parents' houses, but few are likely to have the savings or the credit scores to get into the home buyers market. Many will look for rentals, and the law of supply and demand is likely to drive rents up.more »

Hurdles can arise in hunt for public information
Delmarva Daily TimesFebruary 5, 2012

In Onancock, Charles Landis prevailed in court last month when he filed a petition claiming the town violated the state Freedom of Information Act by providing a copy of the town manager's employment contract with signatures and dates removed.more »

Sports Law
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Law officials: More than background checks are needed to root out sexual predators
Midland Daily NewsFebruary 6, 2012

In light of the recent news about coaches sexually assaulting young athletes, Midland County Prosecutor Mike Carpenter has very specific advice for sports organizations. And his advice is this: Don't assume that criminal background checks -- while very ...more »

Criminal Defense
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VanWeelden takes stand in trial
Journal ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

Sand asked Davidson if Bonnie VanWeelden's insurance plan at Family Medical Insurance covered elective procedures, to which Davidson answered, “yes.” Sand asked Davidson if Bonnie VanWeelden indicated to her why she was leaving Family Medical Center's ...more »

Washington accountant faces prison in 'ongoing crusade' against IRS
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Writing the court, Garrison's attorney suggested the long-running fraud was Garrison's reaction to the IRS refusing to answer his questions. In “frustration,” the attorney told the court, Garrison put down “obviously incorrect information” in an ...more »

The Careerist: First-Year Associate at 53
The American LawyerFebruary 10, 2012

about whether a middle-aged government relations professional should go to law school. Readers generally were not encouraging; they warned about taking on an onerous debt and the shadow of age discrimination in the job market.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Estate Planning Attorney at Plantation, Florida's Wild Felice and Partners ... (press release)February 4, 2012

Michael Wild, the managing partner of Wild Felice, and Partners, PA., a Fort Lauderdale area law firm specializing in Estate Planning, Asset Protection, and Probate Administration is the newest attorney to be honored with the AV Preeminent designation.more »

Environmental Law
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EDITORIAL: Lawmakers off track with legislation
New Haven RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

For example, the federal government fined motor fuel refiners $6.8 million last year for failing to use an alternative fuel that doesn't exist. Under the 2007 energy independence law, the refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons of fuel from ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Finance and marriage – should go together like a horse and carriage
CITY A.M.February 13, 2012

On death, joint bank accounts usually pass automatically to the surviving joint owner, and can therefore provide ready access to funds in advance of other assets passing under a will and through the probate process. During the marriage, joint bank ...more »

Family Law
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SEC to Family Offices: Brother-In-Law Must Exit
Barron's (blog)February 2, 2012

“If you have in-laws in a trust which includes family members, you can't just move the family members out. It's part of a trust. Splitting the two families apart takes time, potentially. It can also be expensive and complicated.” And, I might add, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Facebook Photos Doomed Workers' Comp Claim
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

By JEFF D. GORMAN (CN) - A retailer and its insurance company properly used pictures of a worker drinking and partying to fight claims that he deserved workers' compensation for a hernia, the Arkansas Court of Appeals ruled. Zackery Clement was injured ...more »


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