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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 »

Bill to require more transparency in ballot measure advertising moves forward
Northwest Progressive Institute Official Blog (blog)February 1, 2012

HB 2499 would require advertising for or against ballot measures in Washington to include the name and address of the entity paying for the advertising; entities that are political committees would also have to disclose the names of their top five ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Study: Health Law's Tax On Insurers Will Take Bite Out Of Medicaid
Kaiser Health NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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April 25 hearing set on Arizona immigration law
KSWT-TVFebruary 3, 2012

PHOENIX (AP) - The US Supreme Court will hear arguments on Arizona's immigration enforcement law on April 25, in the last such hearing of the high court's current term. The court will review a federal appeals court decision that upheld a judge's ruling ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Many public authorities have not filed reports with state
Little Falls Evening TimesFebruary 2, 2012

27 for the most recent reporting period as required by Public Authorities Law. As a result, the authorities are considered out of compliance with state law. An ABO press release issued Monday said releasing the list constitutes an official warning to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Arbitration at Arm's Length: Are US Firms Missing an Opportunity in Asia?
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Four years ago, Paul Mitchard QC's firm, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, put him in charge of building an international dispute resolution practice in Asia. After trying -- and failing -- to find a suitable lawyer to head up an ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Full-year 2011 operating earnings for Group Insurance were $153.0 million, compared with $128.0 million in 2010. The increase was primarily due to higher underwriting margins on our life and disability products partially offset by lower underwriting ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights: Orangutans Saved By Four Paws
The Daily ActivistFebruary 2, 2012

Animal Rights – Indonesia – As hunters closed in and prepared to slaughter a defenseless pregnant orangutan and her baby, Four Paws, a British-based animal rescue group arrived in the nick of time, saving them from certain death.more »

Intellectual Property
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inovia Agents Rank Among the Top Patent Firms in MIP's 2012 Survey
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 9, 2012

NEW YORK--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--inovia, the leading foreign filing platform provider, announced today the inclusion of many of its agents in Managing Intellectual Property magazine's “Patent Survey 2012” rankings, demonstrating inovia's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos: “urgent action is needed”
Ed ExecFebruary 2, 2012

It is equally important that those officials who supervise and allocate resources are trained so that they are aware of their responsibilities under the law and aware of the level of resources that are needed to manage the asbestos safely.”more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Challenging legacy bias in admissions
UT The Daily TexanFebruary 10, 2012

Texas — the affirmative action case involving a Caucasian female denied admission to UT — makes its way to the Supreme Court and gains prominence in the media, other similar university admission policies are being criticized. A different demographic ...more »

Aviation Leadership Summit to address long-term growth, sustainability issues
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 February 2012 1107 hrs SINGAPORE: The Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums return this year as part of the Singapore Airshow 2012. Organisers said under the theme, "Driving Change, Overcoming Challenges Together", ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

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What Smart Business Owners Will Do in 2012: Prepare for the Worst as the ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Business leaders also need to be aware of hidden risks -- the stresses that can emerge during a prolonged downturn, leading to an upsurge in fraud and litigation along with competitive challenges over mergers and intellectual property.more »

Business Law
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The Stolen Valor Act (blog)February 1, 2012

In our country, it is a crime to falsely impersonate a police officer, a federal officer or employee, doctors, nurses or any other public official. Military personnel were also a part of this list but that may soon change if the Stolen Valor Act is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Navy Separation Process Leaves Sailors in the Dark
Military.comFebruary 8, 2012

31, Vongkoth could still receive retirement benefits that would have been due at 20 years of active service, including medical and commissary privileges, and a reduced monthly stipend -- if he agrees to forgo his severance. However, he has to apply for ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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State: Broward man had 144 child porn images on computer
Palm Beach PostFebruary 18, 2012

During a news conference at its Miami regional headquarters Friday, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement said Orville H. Bullitt, 44, was taken into custody Monday at his mother's home in Central Florida. "There is an indication that some of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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No Virginia Workers Compenstion Benefits for Virginia Laborer's Out of State ...
InjuryBoard.comFebruary 8, 2012

Just as yesterday's post discussed where to bring a personal injury action for a Virginia resident, this post will look at the same question from the point of view of an on the job accident claim. At the Herndon law firm ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd., ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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French council to review genocide denial law
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

By Saskya Vandoorne and Ivan Watson, CNN Paris (CNN) -- French lawmakers have asked the country's constitutional council to examine a new law that punishes the denial of genocide with fines and prison time. The French Senate said Wednesday that 65 ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Consumer Protection
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10 Things Prepaid Card Issuers Won't Tell You
Smartmoney.comFebruary 20, 2012

A Senate bill entitled "Prepaid Card Consumer Protection Act of 2011" was introduced in December and would require card issuers to provide more fee disclosure, among other things. The bill is awaiting review by a Senate committee.more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker charged with regulatory offences denies allegations
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Absolutely nothing has been proven in the court of law.” The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), which regulates the real estate industry, laid the charges. They are related to alleged obstruction of a RECO investigator trying to get information ...more »

Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Jon L. Swergold Has Been Elected to the Board of ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

As a commercial litigator, Jon has represented local, national and international clients in numerous jury and non-jury trials. Jon routinely litigates partnership and shareholder disputes, business fraud, banking disputes, bankruptcy matters, ...more »

Sports Law
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Letter, 2/5: Don't tax youth sports
Lincoln Journal StarFebruary 5, 2012

Abbie Cornett, who is sponsoring a bill (LB903) to amend Nebraska tax law to exempt sports events for youths under 19 from sales taxes. She is right on the mark. The Feb. 2 article "Advocates: Tax hinders youths" exemplifies the need for getting our ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jimmy Dimora's defense lawyer raises questions about J. Kevin Kelley's mental ...
Plain Dealer (blog)February 4, 2012

According to Kelley's earlier testimony, a Cleveland halfway house helped finance the trip in exchange for the commissioner's help in getting a county contract renewed. Follow Jimmy Dimora's trial live with The Plain Dealer and »

Tea Party Warrior: Report Medical Marijuana Clubs to the IRS and Get Rich
SF Weekly (blog)February 7, 2012

"If this is true, I should be on the phone every day, calling the IRS and reporting every small business up and down the street in the hopes that they audit them," Wykowski said. "[Chabot] misstates the basics of the [whistleblower] program ... you ...more »

Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) Hit With $500k Fine
eMoneyDailyFebruary 1, 2012

Bowne filed the case accusing that the bank dismissed him because of his age, which is against Florida law. FINRA did however say that the bank did not violate federal age discrimination law. Elizabeth Fogarty, Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C) spokeswoman, ...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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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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Senior citizens vulnerable to fraud, financial abuse from within family
The Guardian CharlottetownFebruary 17, 2012

... son in order to avoid probate when she died. When her son filed for bankruptcy and creditors came knocking, she suffered the consequences, said Kotzer. ``Be very cautious of giving up control to your children,'' he said. The same goes for wills.more »

Family Law
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Paralyzed local attorney runs own family law practice
Columbia MissourianFebruary 3, 2012

For seven years, Lewis has maintained his family law practice. He provides his services pro bono because he must remain below 85 percent of the federal poverty level to keep his eligibility for Medicaid. But Lewis is unable to get in or out of bed by ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers comp covers temporary worker: Court
Business InsuranceFebruary 5, 2012

AUSTIN, Texas—A temporary employee who died on the job can't be excluded from an employer's workers compensation policy, the Texas Supreme Court ruled in reversing a $2.7 million liability judgment for the worker's family. In a unanimous decision, ...more »


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