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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 »

Crimes Targeting Elderly Seen As Growing Trend
13WHAM-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Mason makes that claims while pointing to an aging population of “Baby Boomers” as well as a 2010 Cornell University study on Elder Abuse Prevalence in New York State. That study (attached) estimates that 260000 older New Yorkers “had been victims of ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Wrightsville Beach refuses to release officers' names
StarNewsOnline.comFebruary 3, 2012

By Julian March & Brian Freskos The town of Wrightsville Beach is refusing to release the names of three police officers placed on paid administrative leave, despite a state law that makes any changes in an employee's status a matter of public record.more »

Health Care Law
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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APNewsBreak: Kan. lawmakers warned to keep records
The Associated PressFebruary 3, 2012

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor sent a letter to all 40 state senators and all 125 House members, directing them to preserve not only their records, electronic files and "tangible items," but the same materials for their staffs.more »

Immigration Law
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Arizona style immigration law moving through Iowa legislature
WQADFebruary 9, 2012

Modeled after Arizona's controversial immigration law a similar controversial bill keeps moving forward in Iowa. House File 2156 is aimed at shutting down businesses that hire illegal workers. Right now this just a proposal, but earlier this week it ...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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Insurance benefits backlog a nightmare for accident victims
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The backlog of cases is so bad that the FSCO is looking for outside help, recently announcing a request for proposals seeking assistance from private “alternative dispute resolution” firms. For Toronto insurance lawyer Michael Smitiuch, the backlog is ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ebix Board of Directors Authorizes Regular Quarterly Dividend of $0.04 Per Share
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

ATLANTA, Feb 03, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Ebix, Inc. /quotes/zigman/89059/quotes/nls/ebix EBIX +1.76% , a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, today authorized a regular quarterly ...more »

Animal Law
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Poll: ND voters want stiffer animal cruelty laws
Jamestown SunFebruary 8, 2012

He said the issue was complicated when Legislative Council staff, seeking to modernize “archaic” language in the law, took his proposed bill from four pages to 16. That unnerved some agricultural interests, who “feared that loopholes in our laws could ...more »

Intellectual Property
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UC Berkeley intellectual property has started 146 companies in 20 years
San Francisco Business TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Intellectual property rights from the University of California, Berkeley , have been used to start 146 businesses in the last two decades. Some prolific professors have started plenty of companies -- chemist Richard Mathies, for example, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The Mesothelioma Victims Center Now Makes Finding the Most Successful ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

You do not find the best mesothelioma attorneys, or a listing of the best mesothelioma trial law firms in the United States, all in one place in the Yellow Pages, or on the Internet. We are the only group in the nation, that offers a service like this ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

Allegations against White were investigated by the Affirmative Action Office. Since then, White has issued his own complaints regarding the manner in which the accusations were investigated. Despite four formal grievances filed against the Physical ...more »

A4A, Boeing Recommend Path to Accelerate Viability of Aviation Biofuels
AvStop Aviation NewsFebruary 5, 2012

“While there has been a great deal of progress made toward the deployment of aviation biofuels, additional steps are needed to support the commercial viability of this new industry,” said A4A Vice President and Chief Economist John Heimlich.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SGA pushes for safer housing laws
The Daily AthenaeumFebruary 7, 2012

The West Virginia University Student Government Association is pushing for a statewide bill to be passed that would protect tenants who face issues with mold growing in their homes. There is currently no legislation that regulates what rights tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit hire: Collision course
Post OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Craig Budsworth The investigation follows a three-month call for evidence which saw insurers, credit hire companies and various trade bodies, including the Credit Hire Organisation participate. The number of cases surrounding this area of law is ...more »

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City to move forward with litigation on Consolidated Tax issue
Reno Gazette JournalFebruary 1, 2012

18 city council meeting, the council directed staff to retain legal counsel and to move forward with litigation regarding the consolidated tax issue. Mayor LeRoy Goodman said, "We've been fighting this for the last 1-1/2 years," adding the city has ...more »

Business Law
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Study Finds Local Online Ad Outlook Strong; Call for Mobile Regulation
Street FightFebruary 1, 2012

Marketers are becoming bullish about their current and future investment in local advertising, particularly in local online media, according to a study released this week by GMSLocal. However, members of Congress such as Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) ...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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Meriden man sentenced in child porn case
Meriden Record-JournalFebruary 2, 2012

In December of 2010, an undercover FBI agent downloaded 22 images of children pornography from an Internet file sharing program account maintained by Pillsbury, Fein said. In January, members of Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force executed a search ...more »

Personal Injury
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Leagle.comFebruary 9, 2012

Ana Jiminez appeals the judgment entered against her and in favor of George Faccone and the Estate of Rita Faccone 1 in a personal injury action stemming from an automobile accident. She also appeals the award of attorneys' fees in favor of the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Will Gingrich return America to the days of King George?
Alaska DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

As a conservative constitutional scholar, I share Gingrich's concerns that liberal members of the judiciary often misread the Constitution. But I am deeply troubled by his willingness to subvert the rule of law to strike back at those judges, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 5, 2012

Topics covered touched on background and health effects of asbestos inspectors, the role of inspectors, bulk sampling techniques, regulations, friable vs. nonfriable asbestos, personal protective equipment, dust sampling, soil sampling, ...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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Jones Day boosts real estate practice with 2 former Simmons & Simmons hires
Legal Business OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Shaheen Pasha | Thursday, 2 February 2012 International law firm Jones Day has nabbed former Simmons & Simmons real estate head Duane Keighran and senior associate David Weir, as it looks to expand its Dubai office and bolster its real estate and ...more »

Conroy flags law changes from Optus win
ZDNet AustraliaFebruary 3, 2012

Speaking on the Today Show yesterday, Communications Minister Stephen Conroy — an avid Collingwood football club supporter — said that the government would wait for the appeals process to resolve, but indicated that the government may seek to change ...more »

Sports Law
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Ind. liquor law could crimp Super Bowl party hosts
KLTVFebruary 1, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> By JIM SUHR AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Super Bowl tailgaters who wait until the last minute to buy alcohol could be out of luck. Indiana is one of only a handful of states that outlaw liquor sales on Sundays.more »

Criminal Defense
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Difference Between Theft, Burglary, and Robbery
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 2, 2012

No matter what type of theft you are charged with, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney on your side. Only an attorney can ensure that your side of the story is heard, and justice is truly served. It is possible that there are areas of gray ...more »

Tax Audit Horror Stories: When the IRS Attacks
DailyFinanceFebruary 28, 2012

It turns out an audit memo that had been sent to her old address was never forwarded and went unanswered. It took her 11 months to dig out from the paperwork avalanche that comes with an full audit. This is the horrid headache that we fear each year ...more »

EEOC gets record number of complaints; many were retaliation
Sacramento Business JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Discrimination in the basis of sex was third, with 28534 charges filed; followed by disability, with 25742 and age, with 23465. “Retaliation has been steady over the last couple of years; what jumps out to me is that age discrimination and disability ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Walmart Offers Reward In Felony Theft Case
WIBWFebruary 7, 2012

Topeka Police Department detectives and Walmart's Asset Protection Division have been working this case, a felony theft, for the past few months. Detective Terry Harris, the lead investigator in the case, said many people have called with information ...more »

Environmental Law
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Around the region
Post-BulletinFebruary 4, 2012

Four projects in this region will receive grants from the Clean Energy Resource Team to increase awareness of alternative energy or upgrade an old school's heating system. The four were among 27 announced for the state totaling $70000.more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Woman Leaves £1 Million Legacy To The League Of Friends Charity
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 1, 2012

As a first point of call for expert opinion on wills and probate issues for BBC Radio Berkshire, Boyes Turner's Wealth Protection expert Caroline Wallis has once again appeared on the Andrew Peach show as an expert commentator.more »

Family Law
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Children used by warring parents
Herald SunFebruary 1, 2012

Courts are struggling to cope with increasingly bitter family law cases involving one parent turning their child against the other. Behaviour includes false allegations of abuse, constant denigration of the other parent, asking the child to carry ...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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