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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 »

Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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FAQ: The Obama Administration's Compromise On Contraception Benefits
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 12, 2012

Last month, the administration announced that all insurance plans would be required to cover contraception as part of the list of free preventive services mandated by the 2010 federal health law. That regulation exempted houses of worship, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Another view on contraception, health care and the feds
Orlando Sentinel (blog)February 28, 2012

Here's another point of view by the Jewish Daily Forward: The controversy over the Obama administration's proposals to include contraception in insurance coverage required by the new health care law has been portrayed as an issue of religious rights.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Zavalla man arrested for stalking continues act from jail
KYTXFebruary 16, 2012

In the letter, he called the woman a prostitute several times, accused her father of performing sexual acts on her, and asked the man how he liked the prostitutes that were sent to him, an arrest affidavit stated. Jones said the woman told him a few ...more »

Immigration Law
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Another part of Arizona immigration law blocked
msnbc.comFebruary 29, 2012

PHOENIX — A US judge blocked another part of Arizona's strict immigration law Wednesday, saying police could not enforce part of the law that prohibited people from blocking traffic when they seek or offer day labor services. Only on msnbc.com Lesbian ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New York Court Affirms Towns' Powers to Ban Fracking
truthoutFebruary 24, 2012

The next month, Denver-based Anschutz Exploration Corp. sued the town, saying the ban was illegal because state law trumped the municipal rules. As Anschutz noted, New York law promotes the development of oil and gas resources in the state.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Saskatchewan essential services legislation deemed unconstitutional
National Union of Public and General EmployeesFebruary 8, 2012

“… no other essential services legislation is as devoid of access to independent, effective dispute resolution processes to address employer designations of essential service workers." - Justice Dennis Ball. Regina (08 Feb. 2012) - On Feb.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Reinsurance Group of America Reports Fourth-Quarter Results
Insurance News Net (press release)February 5, 2012

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, among others, statements relating to projections of the earnings, revenues, income or loss, future financial ...more »

Animal Law
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Video: Fish and Wildlife Commission President Poses With Dead Mountain Lion
Opposing ViewsFebruary 23, 2012

While hunting mountain lions has been illegal in California since 1990, Richards reportedly killed the animal in Idaho where it is legal. However, if he brought the carcass back to California, that would be illegal, per California Prop. 117.more »

Intellectual Property
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DOJ Chief of Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section Michael DuBose ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 21, 2012

Based in Washington, DC, DuBose will oversee Kroll's growing Cyber Investigations practice within the Business Intelligence and Investigations group. The team will provide comprehensive investigative services for digital forensics, data breach response ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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STATE v. TOOLOOZE
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Thomas C. Horne, Arizona Attorney General, Phoenix, By Kent E. Cattani, Chief Counsel, Criminal Appeals/Capital Litigation Division, Attorneys for Appellee. THIS DECISION DOES NOT CREATE LEGAL PRECEDENT AND MAY NOT BE CITED EXCEPT AS AUTHORIZED BY ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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ADCORP HOLDINGS LTD : Adcorp launches "the definitive guide and analysis of ...
4-tradersFebruary 21, 2012

Weak relationships between corporate profitability and most affirmative action dimensions explain why companies have been slow to promote employment equity. This is one of the findings of Adcorp, the JSE-listed provider of staffing, human capital ...more »

Astronaut visits aviation school
WZZMFebruary 29, 2012

Mark Kelly met with students at the West Michigan Aviation Academy before speaking at a business leadership forum. GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Mark Kelly, the husband of Gabrielle Giffords, visited Grand Rapids today. Kelly met with students at the West ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tenant disputes extermination fee
WWBTFebruary 21, 2012

By Diane Walker - bio | email RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – Life was good until the bedbugs began biting and the landlord levied a fee for killing them. The tenant contested, but says she could be homeless for taking a stand. Legal aid lawyers say Virginia law...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Election ahead, France's Sarkozy faces crunch time
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 14, 2012

JAMEY KEATEN, AP France's President Nicolas Sarkozy speaks to workers as he visits solar panel maker Photowatt, which was placed in bankruptcy protection last November 2011, in Bourgoin-Jallieu, central France, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.more »

Litigation
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New Report Reveals Apple Inc. Patent Landscape
Daily DisruptionFebruary 28, 2012

... on consumer electronics giant, Apple Inc. The newly released report provides greater insight into Apple's patent portfolio and IP investments and outlines some of the most significant innovations, acquisitions and recent litigation activities.more »

Business Law
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KBI searches for gun information -2/29/2012, 10:14 AM
Hays Daily NewsFebruary 29, 2012

Ellis County Attorney Tom Drees didn't have much to say about the advertisement. "In reviewing the Rooks County Sheriff's Office case, there was concern about a possible missing gun," he said. That's when the KBI took what has been described as the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Be suspicious if you hear 'hollow force'
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 11, 2012

“It also is unlikely, even in the case of drastically reduced military funding and a smaller military, (that) recruit quality would decline, pay and benefits would be drastically cut or US public support for the military would significantly decline,” ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Telcoms Regulator Signs Deal With ITU On Cyber Security
AllAfrica.comFebruary 24, 2012

The project would create a team to deal with online crimes from a central desk. Currently, each ministry handles its computer or Internet security separately, which has exposed them to cyber attacks, ranging from defacement to hacking of government ...more »

Personal Injury
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California's 'tort war' reignited with Darrell Steinberg bill
Sacramento Bee (blog)February 27, 2012

The Capitol's perpetual "tort war" that pits personal injury attorneys against insurance and business groups over the rules governing lawsuits has a new battleground. Senate President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg has introduced a bill that would overturn ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Texans with health insurance expected to reach 91 percent
Houston ChronicleFebruary 28, 2012

The law, however, faces uncertainty pending a US Supreme Court review over constitutional challenges, including a provision in the act mandating people to buy health insurance. Those who refuse will have to pay a penalty. An estimated 2.3 million ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Abortion investigation: doctor caught falsifying sex selection paperwork
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 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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Source 44's Groundbreaking Technology Simplifies Conflict Minerals Compliance
Business Wire (press release)February 23, 2012

... providing retailers and manufacturers a cost-effective solution to meet the requirements set forth in the Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act. This announcement comes ahead of the imminent ruling expected by the US Securities and Exchange Commission ...more »

Real Estate Law
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New insider trading law to open window into Congress members' financial ...
Fox NewsFebruary 28, 2012

WASHINGTON – Congress is about to open a new, real-time window into its members' stock trades, real estate deals and other financial transactions, allowing anyone to view the information online within weeks of the investments.more »

Concord Disposal Donating $50K to the City of Concord in Exchange for Term ...
San Francisco Chronicle (blog)February 6, 2012

According to the City of Concord staff report, “Mr. Joseph Garaventa, the Chief Executive Officer of Concord Disposal Services, is requesting that the City amend the current franchise agreement to adopt a new 15-year term that would renew automatically ...more »

Sports Law
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Four Linsane Lessons for Corporate Counsel
Corporate CounselFebruary 28, 2012

In my work as a consultant on crisis communications and other complex public perception issues, I'm often accused of relying too heavily on sports metaphors when counseling and training. But they work. . . so I'm making a Linsane drive to the hoop once ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Plan calls for shifting funds for defense of poor Ohioans
Youngstown VindicatorFebruary 27, 2012

Proponents say it could save money for local governments and make the justice system fairer, The Columbus Dispatch reported Sunday. “When you have the state of Ohio law being enforced and defended in 88 different ways ... you end up with huge ...more »

There's no reason to hoard all of your past housing-related documents, but ...
Chicago Daily HeraldFebruary 24, 2012

Unless it suspects fraud, the IRS generally cannot launch an audit more than three years after an individual tax return is filed (though the cutoff is six years for most of those who own their own business). Nonetheless, it's best to keep copies of ...more »

Atkinson wades into TV ageism row
BBC NewsFebruary 23, 2012

Writing to BBC Radio 4's Media Show, Atkinson said creative industries were "completely inappropriate environments for anti-discrimination legislation". She said she acted so women "would not be excluded" from creative processes.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Can You Keep a Secret? Protecting Your Business's Most Valuable Asset
ForbesFebruary 17, 2012

There is no perfect way in this world to protect your important business information. But a combination of good technology, smart business practices and sensible legal protections can help you secure what might be your most valuable assets.more »

Environmental Law
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Deerfield sets new standards for alternative energy
TribLocalFebruary 29, 2012

About three Deerfield properties use solar energy and about the same number use geothermal energy. These property owners will not be affected because the city laws wouldn't apply to existing alternative energy collection devices.more »

Wills & Probate
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Honoring the law
Seminole VoiceFebruary 23, 2012

Moran, whose law practice focuses on foreclosures, wills, guardianship and probate, said he does the pro bono work because he feels it's his duty as a lawyer to help people in their time of need. In his mind, in guardianship, he's helping someone with ...more »

Family Law
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LCO calls for evaluation of family law information centres
Canadian Lawyer MagazineFebruary 27, 2012

While the Ontario government has heralded reforms to streamline the family law system, a new Law Commission of Ontario interim report is calling for additional measures. In its interim report on the family law system, the commission emphasizes the need ...more »

Workers Compensation
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BWC now accepting applications for new Workplace Wellness Grant Program
Middletown JournalFebruary 14, 2012

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation is now accepting applications for its new Workplace Wellness Grant Program. The program is aimed at helping Ohio employers improve the overall health of their work force and reduce injuries by adding ...more »

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