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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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Judge upholds demotion of one firefighter, firing of another for roles in prank
Macon Telegraph (blog)February 1, 2012

By AMY LEIGH WOMACK - awomack@macon.com An administrative law judge has upheld discipline imposed on two firefighters in connection with a prank at a Bibb County fire station involving a masked man threatening firefighters.more »

Health Care Law
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Support building among legislative leaders for delaying action on federal ...
The RepublicFebruary 2, 2012

Support is building among Republicans in the General Assembly for delaying until the fall any action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law. House Speaker Beth Harwell said Thursday that she believes it would be ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration's stark reality
Daily HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

A couple of Utah politicos are rattling sabers about immigration, but their proposals only underscore their failure to face the facts. Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, has introduced a bill that would gut the sensible comprehensive immigration law that was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Can Indonesia's New Land Law Help Its Wobbly March Toward Joining the BRICs?
Jakarta GlobeFebruary 7, 2012

Indonesia's attempts to attract foreign investment took a major leap forward in December when the House of Representatives passed long-awaited land reform legislation. Disputes over land ownership have long been one of the major impediments for ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Deal on FAA bill tweaks union rules, adds flights in DC
USA TODAYFebruary 1, 2012

The bill sets a new requirement for half the workers in a bargaining unit to petition the National Mediation Board for a vote to certify a union, up from the current 35%. -- Development of "NextGen" air-traffic control equipment.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Allentown School District legal defense bills mount in Central Elementary rape ...
Allentown Morning CallFebruary 6, 2012

Allentown Superintendent Russ Mayo said insurance premiums have not risen as result of the Central litigation. He also said the district has a right to defend itself against a legal claim. "We retain confident legal counsel to advise us on these ...more »

Animal Law
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Maine wardens in spotlight on TV's 'Northwoods Law'
Press HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

Animal Planet's new series "Northwoods Law" will devote six episodes to the duties, adventures and risks inherent in the work of Maine's wardens. And that may be only the start of the show, which its producers think could be a hit.more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Field Analyzed At Chabad
Chabad InfoFebruary 5, 2012

The settlement this week of a $250-million lawsuit over a decade-long fight for the use of the trademark name Target for retail stores in Canada is just the tip of the iceberg in the fast moving and lucrative world of intellectual property (IP) law.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Scientists censure McGill University over ties to asbestos industry
Montreal Gazette (blog)February 4, 2012

By Michelle Lalonde, Gazette Environment Reporter Dozens of prominent medical researchers and scientists from across Canada and around the world have signed a letter demanding that McGill University sever its ties with the asbestos industry.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Southborough adopts legislation that could lead to health cost savings
MetroWest Daily NewsFebruary 8, 2012

20 that he sees the discrepancy between union agreements as a failure of the collective bargaining process. He said he wouldn't consider implementing the law until it could apply to all the town's unions at once. The current teacher's contract runs ...more »

Aviation: Kingfisher's finances cause concern
ChiefOfficers.NetFebruary 6, 2012

Kingfisher, owned by United Breweries run by Vijay Mallya, has been causing concern for some time. The group has had several financial issues in the past few years and some have criticised Mallya for his purchase and running of F1 team Force India ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Experts expect rising prices of commodities this year
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 1, 2012

In remarks to The Jordan Times on Tuesday, experts also cited other developments, such as the new Landlords and Tenants Law, that may cause inflationary pressures, expecting the consumer price index (CPI) to increase by 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent on ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The European Reality Avoidance Scheme (and How the United States Colludes)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Drug crime in Mexico. Oil security. Don't get me wrong. Those things are all important. If the frigid stand-off between Iran and its enemies flickers into outright conflict, the economic consequences -- forget the strategic ones, for a moment -- could ...more »

Litigation
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The Nationwide Mortgage Settlement Protects Banks From Some Litigation, But ...
Business InsiderFebruary 9, 2012

BUT state attorney generals fought hard so not all of it would disappear, and now their press releases are making the rounds, lauding their achievement. All claims based on mortgage securitization misconduct, under securities fraud statutes, ...more »

Business Law
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Moneyville Vancouver Home Show Giveaway Rules
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

Agreement: These rules govern the Moneyville Vancouver Home Show Giveaway (“Contest”). No purchase is necessary to enter the Contest. The act of entering the Contest constitutes acceptance of the Contest rules and the decisions of the Contest judges, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
Seattle Post IntelligencerFebruary 1, 2012

Tracey Cooper-Harris is suing the federal government because she and her wife are being denied military benefits granted to heterosexual couples. Photo: Carolyn Kaster / AP Tracey Cooper-Harris, who served in the Army for 12 years, left, and her spouse ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Mansfield and Ashfield internet users warned against scams
Mansfield ChadFebruary 14, 2012

Police have asked computer users in Nottinghamshire to be on their guard after a number of suspected internet frauds were reported to the force. Nottinghamshire Police have received a number of calls in relation to an internet scam where members of the ...more »

Personal Injury
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When Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?
Einnews PortugalFebruary 2, 2012

If you have been injured due to someone else's negligence or reckless behavior, you will need a personal injury lawyer to determine if you have a valid legal claim. Most personal injury attorneys offer a free consultation. ORLANDO, FL, February 02, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Judicial solution for the buggery law
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 5, 2012

For other Commonwealth Caribbean countries, existing laws are those which existed before the constitution of the particular country came into being. It would appear that the presence of the savings law clause in the charter is intended to prevent local ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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BLANK ROME, LLP v. PARRISH
Leagle.comFebruary 8, 2012

Insofar as the third-party and proposed amended third-party complaints allege that BMF represented defendant, agreed to represent him with respect to the issues giving rise to the legal malpractice alleged in defendant's counterclaims, and that BMF was ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Fiery champ of your right to a fair deal
Mail & Guardian OnlineFebruary 10, 2012

But Mohlala is ready to illustrate how the Consumer Protection Act is meant to protect consumers and how members of corporate South Africa are falling foul of it. The fiery reputation that has marked her career and caused numerous headlines over the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

Negative Connotations Surrounding Sharia Must Be Dispelled
JURISTFebruary 3, 2012

Based on US conflicts of law, the law where the tort occurred would govern the dispute. The court would require expert testimony regarding the tort law of the country using Sharia, which would include issues relating to Sharia. A, a Saudi company, ...more »

Sports Law
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Handy solutions for ailing sport world
ESPNFebruary 10, 2012

Teammates: How can you have a sport where some of the participants have teammates running interference for them and some don't? Rule of law, people! Rule of law! All-weather racing: Racing in the snow -- now there's a sure moneymaker. Icy track?more »

Criminal Defense
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PNoy to lead PNP's command conference
Philippine Information AgencyFebruary 13, 2012

Index crimes include crime against persons such as murder, homicide, physical injuries and rape; and crime against property such as robbery, theft, carnapping and cattle-rustling. Meanwhile, Metro Manila police are now under alert against possible ...more »

When taxes attack: Can your business handle tax prep, or is it time to outsource?
VEGAS INCFebruary 6, 2012

Potential problems are lurking at every turn, ranging from an IRS or state tax audit caused by errors on the filer's part to the discovery that a longtime employee has gotten away with stealing money from the company because of a lack of adequate ...more »

Law changes on family violence recommended by commission
Herald SunFebruary 8, 2012

Ms Roxon said the passage of the Family Violence and Other Measures Act in November 2011 sent a clear message that family violence and child abuse are not acceptable. The attorney-general also announced that Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Crime of the Week
KTKA.comFebruary 7, 2012

Topeka Police Department Detectives have been working with the Wal-Mart Asset Protection Division regarding the felony theft that occurred November 26 th , 2011 at 1301 SW 37th street. Wal-Mart is offering a five-thousand dollar reward for information ...more »

Environmental Law
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APNewsBreak: Wis. GOP candidate got stimulus money
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

The leading tea party-backed Republican candidate running for Wisconsin's open US Senate seat who has also been a longtime critic of a federal stimulus program received more than $80000 in stimulus grants for his own solar energy company.more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 17
The StateFebruary 17, 2012

27 at Windsor United Methodist Church, 9500 Windsor Lake Blvd. Sponsored by the SC Bar Pro Bono Program, the topic will be wills and probate with attorney Carole H. Gunter. (803) 799-6654, ext. 158; www.scbar.org/clinics SOUTHERN WRITERS SERIES: ...more »

Family Law
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Local Lawyers: Facebook May Be Used Against You in a Court of Law
Patch.comFebruary 2, 2012

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