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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 »

Mandaric: tax charges are an insult to my family
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

The former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric claimed that the tax evasion charges against him were an "insult" after 12 years in England in which he has rescued Portsmouth, Leicester City and Sheffield Wednesday from the brink of bankruptcy, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Court fights off attack
Bangkok PostFebruary 29, 2012

Even if the court enjoys independence in hearing cases, its structure allows members of a panel of judges to contest each other. There is also the commissaire du gouvernement to keep a balance at the Administrative Court, Mr Phairoj said.more »

Health Care Law
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President Obama's health care law is unraveling
Daily CallerFebruary 29, 2012

We've also come to learn just how grossly underestimated the cost of the new law really was. The Department of Health and Human Services has already received and spent the entirety of its $1 billion budget to implement state-based health care exchanges ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Star Jones Does Not Agree with Law School Lawsuits
JDJournal.comFebruary 29, 2012

There are some people in the national spotlight who actually do agree with Robinson and his points of view regarding the legal world. One such person in agreement with Robinson is Star Jones, the former lawyer who turned herself into a television host.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigrants Take Plea To The Top
New Haven IndependentFebruary 22, 2012

S-COMM program aims to deport dangerous criminals by running fingerprints of immigrants arrested in local police stations and asking local authorities to detain them if they are deemed a threat. But a September 2011 Homeland Security report on the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Unprepared for shale boom: NY, Pa. have no severance tax on oil, gas
Ithaca JournalFebruary 26, 2012

For the nation, a huge energy source near where tens of millions of Americans live is a once-in-a-lifetime development. For the region, the dream is even grander: that cheap energy will make manufacturing competitive again and restore industrial might ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BC schools open as teachers await strike ruling
CBC.caFebruary 28, 2012

BC's Labour Relations Board is expected to rule Tuesday on whether 40000 teachers will be allowed to stage a legal strike, while the government prepares to introduce legislation to end the contract dispute. During a hearing that stretched late into ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MBIA Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

... into our insured securitizations. These developments support our view that our MBIA Corp. subsidiary will be able to meet all future expected claims as they come due." "Since the third quarter of 2011, five banks have exited the litigation...more »

Animal Law
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Hays County commissioners amend ordinance that called for killing dogs that ...
Austin American-StatesmanFebruary 29, 2012

But officials assured livestock owners that the revised law won't undermine their ability to protect their own animals or to seek retribution when those animals are harmed. Hays County Animal Control Division officers seized two dogs on Feb.more »

Intellectual Property
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Boeing eyes authorization standard to harden access to intellectual property
ZDNet (blog)February 29, 2012

Aerospace giant Boeing is testing emerging authorization technology as part of a first-time plan to deploy standardized policy and attribute-based access controls to protect intellectual property it shares with partners and customers.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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The People: Feb. 13, 2012
VEGAS INCFebruary 13, 2012

Daniel Cereghino is an associate attorney at the law firm of Kolesar & Leatham, focusing primarily in general commercial litigation. Nevada State Bank is donating $1 to the American Heart Association for every person who “checks in” to a Nevada State ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Supreme Court to Rule in Affirmative Action Case: Could Employers Be Affected?
HR.BLR.comFebruary 28, 2012

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case concerning affirmative action in higher education. While the case involves public colleges and universities, the ruling could eventually impact other courts' decisions on affirmative action programs outside ...more »

Gonzo Death Traps From the Early Days of Aviation: Man-Lifting Kites
The AtlanticFebruary 29, 2012

It's 1918, and wartime aviation is still in its infancy. The airplane is not even two decades old, and dirigibles and hot air balloons are all too easy targets for advancing artillery units. For a brief time on the battlefields of WWI, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Tiny demand from tenants as landlords still chase Olympic gold
Rentman SoftwareFebruary 7, 2012

Landlords hopeful of hitting gold in the Olympics by charging four times normal rents are continuing to inundate letting agents. Many are making it clear that they are prepared to turf out existing tenants in their pursuit of cashing in on the Games ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Reversing The Ninth Circuit, Supreme Court Upholds Right To Arbitrate
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 29, 2012

CompuCredit involved claims by consumers under the Credit Repair Organization Act (CROA), in particular the rights granted to consumers in the disclosure section of the CROA, 15 USC 1679c. One of the rights provided: "You have the right to sue a credit ...more »

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Core Wireless Launches Patent Litigation Against Apple
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

LUXEMBOURG, GERMANY, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Core Wireless Licensing Sarl ("Core Wireless") today announced that it has initiated patent infringement litigation against Apple, Inc. in the United States District Court for the Eastern ...more »

Business Law
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The Law Firm Of Weiss & Lurie Investigates General Bearing Corporation (press release)February 15, 2012

By Business Wire 02/15/12 - 05:39 PM EST Weiss & Lurie, a national class action and shareholder rights law firm with offices in New York City and Los Angeles, is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of law by the Board ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pickens woman convicted of embezzling from military survivors
Greenville NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A Pickens woman was convicted in federal court of embezzling military survivor benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Megan Mosteller, 26, of Pickens was convicted by a federal jury trial in Florence of stealing more than $37000 from the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Government computer at Fort Gordon used for inappropriate contact with teen ...
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

By Kyle Martin An Army chaplain arrested last month on a charge of obscene Internet contact with a child was using a government computer at Fort Gordon to communicate with a south Georgia sheriff's investigator posing as a 14-year-old girl, ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Offers Advice on Slip ...
Albany Times UnionFebruary 17, 2012

New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman offers advice on what to do following a slip and fall accident in New York. His advice augments the report of a Queens cemetery worker who broke his ankle after falling into an open grave.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Law school teams earn top honors at moot court tournament
Liberty NewsFebruary 21, 2012

Left to right, Professor Scott Thompson, John Mark Becton, Brian Giaquinto, Scott Stier, Charity Katze, and Dean Rena Lindevaldsen, attend the Leroy R. Hassell, Sr. National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at Regent University.more »

Professional Malpractice
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FDIC coming up empty in pursuit of bankers
msnbc.comFebruary 23, 2012

The primary targets of the lawsuits aren't so much the former executives' wallets, but rather the insurance policies most banks take out to shield their officers and directors from claims of negligent management, according to court documents and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC proposes identity theft “red flags” rules to protect investors
Journal of AccountancyFebruary 28, 2012

Authority over certain parts of the Fair Credit Reporting Act was transferred from the FTC to the SEC and CFTC, for entities they regulate, by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, PL 111-203. Comments can be submitted on the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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High Court Will Weigh Discount Fees In Quicken Mortgage Case
NPR (blog)February 21, 2012

The case was brought by three Louisiana couples who claim their lender violated a 1974 federal law aimed at preventing abusive practices in real estate closings. The borrowers sued their lender, Quicken Loans, contending that the company violated ...more »

Air Force Sets Aside Plane Contract
Wall Street JournalFebruary 28, 2012

By NATHAN HODGE WASHINGTON—The US Air Force said Tuesday it would set aside a contract awarded late last year to Sierra Nevada Corp. to supply planes to Afghanistan's military. The Air Force also said it would launch an investigation into the contract...more »

Sports Law
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Gingrich: Wash. same-sex marriage law passed 'right way' (0:37)
Washington PostFebruary 24, 2012 legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington state was at least enacted "the right way." (/The Associated Press) Correction: Clarification: SuperFan badge holders consistently post smart, timely comments about Washington area sports and teams.more »

Criminal Defense
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Huguely's trial ends with less than impressive lawyering
Baltimore SunFebruary 20, 2012

says another Charlottesville attorney, David Heilberg, the past president of the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Heilberg and Snook said the defense also didn't help itself by saying, shortly after Huguely's arrest, that Love's death ...more »

Ark. city asking residents to OK tax payment plan
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 19, 2012

"They never told us they would not file liens," City Attorney Mike Bearden told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) of the IRS. "But we were under the impression liens would not be filed until the election was over.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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ECB Special Lender Status Threatens Backlash
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

Play Video The European Central Bank's willingness to ride roughshod over bondholder rights risks pushing up borrowing costs for indebted governments by making investors less willing to lend. The ECB swapped about 50 billion euros ($67 billion) of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quill: Election 2012
my.hsj.orgFebruary 28, 2012

Tax credits would also be given to anyone who purchases “negative outcomes” insurance to reduce costly malpractice litigation while ensuring fair compensation be given to those harmed during a medical treatment. National Defense: Paul wants to avoid ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Joe Griffin of the Strong Firm appointed as Chairman of the Montgomery County ...
Woodlands Online, LLCFebruary 14, 2012

His areas of practice include: business law and contracts; corporations; LLCs and partnerships; business and investor immigration; real estate; trademarks; and estate planning and probate. He is a graduate of The University of Houston Law Center, ...more »

Family Law
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Immigrants returning to Ala.
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 20, 2012

Now they are among the families returning to cities like Birmingham; the mass deportations never materialized and courts blocked parts of the law. No one knows how many people initially left the state, so it is impossible to say how many have returned.more »

Workers Compensation
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A Troublesome Twist In Texas Workers' Comp Decision
Law360 (subscription)February 17, 2012

Law360, New York (February 17, 2012, 1:34 PM ET) -- A recent opinion of the Supreme Court of Texas raises important considerations for the management of workers' compensation risk in connection with jointly employed workers.more »


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