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Full City: order restored?
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

The district court had convicted the third officer for violation of the Pollution Act, but acquitted him of the charges under the Ship Safety Act. The prosecution did not appeal the acquittal; consequently, the appeal court considered only whether the ...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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Pipeline: The Pandora's Box of Privacy
Wired News (blog)February 2, 2012

It would be simpler, after all, to have no privacy law and no antitrust law. With a bit of rhetorical finger-waggling, he said that he didn't like the claimed benefit of simplicity; from his perspective, a one-time consent checkoff is an all-time ...more »

Health Care Law
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Coakley, Cuccinelli to debate health care law
Legal News LineFebruary 2, 2012

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) - Two state attorneys general will square off in a discussion next week about the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's federal health care law. Massachusetts' Martha Coakley and Virginia's Ken ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Editorial: Race on STOCK Act gets curiouser and curiouser
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

Members of Congress (and their staff, and all federal employees, for that matter) are prohibited by law from using inside information to make stock trades. Yet no member, at least in recent memory, has been investigated for insider trading even though ...more »

Immigration Law
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Brewer files brief in appeal over immigration law
KTAR.comFebruary 7, 2012

Jan Brewer filed their opening brief with the US Supreme Court in her appeal of a ruling that blocked enforcement of the most controversial sections of the state's immigration enforcement law. The governor is asking the nation's highest court to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 1 - Industrial policy 2, 2012

SA's industrial development zone (IDZ) programme has been a disappointment. Government is now overhauling and expanding it but scepticism remains, writes Claire Bisseker Since 2000, the IDZ programme has been marred by underdelivery , gross ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Mediation collapses in disputed judge election
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

The latest attempt to resolve Hamilton County's disputed election for Juvenile Court judge fell apart Wednesday, renewing a court battle that has dragged on for more than a year. Attorneys for Tracie Hunter, the Democratic candidate, said they pulled ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Alley Cat Allies, the only national advocacy organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Motorola Mobility, Nikon, MSF, EFF: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 6, 2012

Google is buying Motorola Mobility to gain mobile patents and expand its hardware business. Google's Android is also the operating system for smartphones made by companies such as HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. that compete with Apple's iPhone.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...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 »

Aviation college graduates honored
Arab NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By ARAB NEWS Emirates Aviation College, the institution of choice for higher education in aviation studies, honored 197 graduates at its graduation ceremony. The event was presided over by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Banking glitch resolved in aid to landlord Thanh Kim Le's family
HollandSentinel.comFebruary 2, 2012

Wanting to help the family pay Le's outstanding funeral and medical bills, her friends from EBW collected $400 and set up an account at Chase Bank in Holland in the name of Le's daughter-in-law, Tiara Gwynn. Gwynn has been handling Le's bills and other ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lowest Costs of Ownership for Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 1, 2012

by Steve Cypher on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 People with bad credit must consider the total expenses of a bad credit auto loan if they want to complete the process successfully. We understand this because for more than two decades we've been ...more »

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Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force at the USAO-SDNY to ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

"Chris further enhances our efforts in the important and growing practice of securities litigation and white collar defense and investigations." As Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, Mr. Garcia led a unit of prosecutors, law...more »

Business Law
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TripAdvisor authenticity claims misleading and unsubstantiated, ad watchdog rules
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

Under advertising rules set out in the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotions and Direct Marketing (CAP Code) marketing communications that "materially mislead" consumers or are "likely to do so" are prohibited.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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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ... (press release)February 1, 2012

To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by the medical device industry's inability to put public safety above personal gain would be an understatement, says the Maryland ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Supreme Court asks for change in law to prosecute
Daily News & AnalysisFebruary 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent | Place: New Delhi | Agency: DNA The Supreme Court on Tuesday said the right to file a complaint against a public servant under the Prevention of Corruption Act is a constitutional right, and that Parliament should make an ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer Breached Duty, Must Forfeit Fees For Ignoring Conflicts Among Joint Clients
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

The rulings came in a malpractice action filed by Kevin So, a Chinese businessman, against Leonard Suchanek, a former administrative law judge who represented So and others in litigation arising from an international Ponzi scheme.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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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Bringing back Steel Pier diving horse tops Atlantic City's newly approved ...
Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 2, 2012

Chris Christie to revive the resort beset by competition from nearby gaming markets and the recession. State Sen. Jim Whelan, D-Atlantic, was one of the main proponents of the legislation. “This is beyond my wildest dreams, what we saw today.more »

Sports Law
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Travis Leach Starts New Sports and Entertainment Legal Practice
Opposing ViewsFebruary 1, 2012

At the time, Leach was Co-chair of Phoenix, Arizona law firm Snell & Wilmer LLP's Sports and Entertainment Industry Group. Recently, he made the switch to Jennings Strouss & Salmon PLC, where he will lead a new sports and entertainment legal practice ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney appointed for Joseph Gentz in Jane Bashara case
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

By Joe Swickard Detroit defense attorney Susan Reed has been appointed to represent Joseph Gentz, who has told investigators he killed Jane Bashara. Reed, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was named by Presiding Judge ...more »

Few changes for small businesses when it comes to tax laws, but basics still ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comFebruary 26, 2012

Small-business owners can further streamline the process by taking note of changes in the tax code. The Affordable Care Act created a federal credit for business owners who provide health insurance for their employees, while a new state law allows ...more »

First steps in case against Fairfax
The AustralianFebruary 5, 2012

His statement of claim says he is seeking a total of $1.02 million in compensation for economic loss arising from acts of unlawful discrimination on the grounds of age and loss and damage to his reputation and pain and suffering.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Foley Expands Transactional & Securities Practice with Addition of Tracy ...
Citybizlist (press release)February 8, 2012

She concentrates her practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, intellectual property law and general corporate and real estate investment trust law. She regularly counsels public and private entities organized ...more »

Environmental Law
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House must pass transportation bill
The Hill (blog)February 15, 2012

If Congress wants to improve our crumbling infrastructure and put Americans to work in the hard-hit construction industry, it's time to support the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act. This legislation will reform our federal transportation ...more »

Wills & Probate
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A crass act?
Cape Breton PostFebruary 7, 2012

“Indians may make wills,” reads another section of the act, but “no will executed by an Indian is of any legal force or effect as a disposition of property until the minister has approved the will or a court has granted probate thereof pursuant to this ...more »

Family Law
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Gordon Ramsay Shelled Out How Much to Settle Family Feud?!
E! OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

Ramsay sparked a major family feud when he canned his father-in-law in 2010, alleging Hutcheson had broken into his personal and company files and swindled millions in order to fund a lavish double life with a mistress whom he was paying nearly $8000 a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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National Workers' Compensation Coalition Merges with CLM
MMD Newswire (press release)February 3, 2012

New York, NY (MMD Newswire) February 3, 2012 -- The Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) Alliance is pleased to announce that the National Workers' Compensation Coalition (NWCC) is merging with the CLM. The NWCC is a premier workers' compensation...more »


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