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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 »

$1m missing from real estate agency
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

Authorities are investigating after a NSW real estate agency admitted more than $1 million was missing from its books. NSW Fair Trading has appointed auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu to manage Dougmal Harcourts Warilla after discrepancies totalling ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SWM RESPONDS TO INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION'S INITIAL DECISION
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade Commission (ITC) action filed by SWM under Section 337 (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930. The ITC's initial decision found that SWM's Claims 36, 43, and 45 of United States Patent No.more »

Health Care Law
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Opponents Argue The Health Law 'Went Too Far'
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Congress went beyond its powers by requiring Americans to buy insurance under President Barack Obama's sweeping healthcare overhaul, opponents told the Supreme Court on Monday in arguing the law's centerpiece provision should be struck down.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama immigration law costs $11 billion, study shows
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

Alabama's controversial immigration law, considered one of the toughest in the nation, is costing the state's economy up to a whopping $10.8 billion annually, according to a new study. Under the law, which passed in the state last year, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Jeffrey Jacobson Named Head of Xerox Global Graphic Communications
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Jacobson is a graduate of the State University of New York Buffalo and holds a master's degree in industrial relations from the Cornell School of Industrial Relations. He also holds a juris doctor degree from Pace University School of Law and is ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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PcPools Renews Certification with Better Business Bureau Online Reliability ...
PR.com (press release)February 4, 2012

Is committed to working with its customers and the BBB to resolve potential disputes. Marketing Director Ted Robinson had this to say: “Having the BBBOnline Reliability Seal is of the utmost importance to PcPools, and we consider our A+ rating a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Baker Donelson acquires another Houston law firm
Bizjournals.com (blog)February 1, 2012

The Memphis-based law firm acquired Drucker, Rutledge & Smith LLP, a seven-lawyer civil litigation firm with experience in the areas of business, tort defense, insurance, construction, baking and employment. Texas was the first new state for ...more »

Animal Law
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Alley Cat Allies Backs Operation Catnip's Lawsuit Against Wake County, North ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... organization dedicated to the protection and humane treatment of cats, today announced the organization retained attorney Calley Gerber of Gerber Animal Law Center to advocate on behalf of Operation Catnip against Wake County, North Carolina.more »

Intellectual Property
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Faculty Senate objects to policy
ASU HeraldFebruary 7, 2012

All students and persons employed by the Arkansas State University System may lose their rights to their own "Intellectual Property" in an updated policy that is being reviewed in the shared governance process. The policy made its way to the faculty ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Dallas-based Branham Law Group represents corporate clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as helping individuals in catastrophic personal injury claims. Led by noted courtroom lawyer Trey Branham, the firm provides extensive ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court will rule on challenge to affirmative action in case from Texas
KTVBFebruary 21, 2012

AP Please take a moment to review the available e-mail newsletters has to offer. Place a checkbox next to the newsletters you wish to subscribe to. Thank you for becoming a member of KTVB.COM. You now have full access to the best local coverage and ...more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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What Must Landlords Do to Evict Tenants?
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

I believe that the landlord/tenant laws for residential leases are pro-tenant. If the landlord's “ducks” are all in a row, then the landlord can get the eviction. If a duck falls out of line, then the landlord may have to start over.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Poverty surge equals crime surge
Philippine StarFebruary 1, 2012

The equation is clear, the observer noted – poverty surge equals crime surge. Despite the global financial crisis that has placed a lot of European countries on the brink of bankruptcy, luxury brands seem to have bounced back from the downturn first ...more »

Litigation
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Litigation could alter future of California pesticide; county stakeholders ...
Monterey County WeeklyFebruary 2, 2012

The pending litigation hasn't stopped a small stakeholder group from meeting in Monterey County at the direction of Supervisor Simon Salinas. After four meetings in three weeks, the group plans to present the Board of Supervisors with a letter taking a ...more »

Business Law
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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm (The Sloan Firm, www.SloanFirm.com) has expanded its Houston presence with the relocation of associate J. Ryan Fowler from Longview, Texas, and the lease of larger offices at 3000 Smith ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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The Conversation: New help for our wounded warriors
Sacramento BeeFebruary 5, 2012

By Foon Rhee, Associate editor Should post-9/11 veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan receive more benefits and services than veterans of previous wars? To comment, please use our comments section at the end of the story or go our facebook page at ...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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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ...
DigitalJournal.com (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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State senator pushes for tougher abortion measures
Arizona Daily SunFebruary 1, 2012

And a pregnant woman also would have to be informed she "has an existing relationship with that unborn human being" which is protected by the US Constitution and state laws. Smith said the legality of a similar law is being considered by the 8th US ...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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Federal Insurance Office Says Overdue Regulation Report Still Weeks Away
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the FIO, had specified that the study must be submitted to Congress not later than 18 months after the date of the Dodd-Frank Act's enactment. The Dodd-Frank Act was enacted ...more »

Real Estate Law
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PHH Restructuring; MBA Classes; Servicing Comp Change Bearing...
Mortgage News DailyFebruary 3, 2012

"I am writing to let you know we recently decided to reallocate resources from our Correspondent Lending channel to our Private Label Solutions and Real Estate Field Sales distribution channels. Although this action will reduce our Correspondent ...more »

Universities and Researchers Wrestle Over Who Owns What
WNYCFebruary 7, 2012

By Fred Mogul If you work for a university science lab, what part of research you can call your own -- and take with you when you leave – obviously depends on your contract. But the prevailing norm, according to Professor Arti Rai, is pretty simple.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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Criminal Defense Attorney Patricia Campi of Summit Defense Law Firm Wins ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

By a criminal lawyer, San Jose clients are advised that California district attorneys still prosecute domestic abuse cases. In Campi's most recent domestic violence defense victory, the client, whose name is withheld to protect his reputation, ...more »

Better Business Bureau offers tips for finding a tax preparer
Wicked LocalFebruary 17, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility for enrolled agents.more »

Age limits abolished for top University of Michigan officials
AnnArbor.comFebruary 16, 2012

The university's legal office asked the regents to abolish the rule at their monthly meeting on Thursday, claiming the rule constitutes age discrimination and is in violation of Michigan's Elliott Larsen Civil Rights Act. Regents said the move is not ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Judicial Committee seeks to reduce protection of automotive repair parts
Examiner.comFebruary 10, 2012

The bill, titled the “Promoting Automotive Repair, Trade, and Sales” (PARTS) Act, allows for the blanket manufacture, testing, importation and pre-sale distribution of repair parts that would otherwise infringe a design patent for automotive “component ...more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

For a monthly premium, the long-term care program would have provided workers a cash stipend of at least $50 a day if they became seriously ill or disabled and needed care at home. The 2010 health-care law specified that the government wouldn't start ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SC Bar Offers Free Legal Clinics In Spartanburg
News Channel 7February 12, 2012

The SC Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor several free legal clinics in the Spartanburg area in February. The schedule is as follows: • Feb. 13 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney D. Alan Lazenby.more »

Family Law
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Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some in Norristown. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing in family law at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hickenlooper, workers comp insurer want to slow down privatization process
The RepublicFebruary 3, 2012

John Hickenlooper and Colorado's only state-chartered workers compensation insurer have agreed to delay a proposal to privatize the company. Hickenlooper said Thursday more work needs to be done on the plan for Pinnacol Assurance.more »

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