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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 »

Huckster Propaganda: Voice of San Diego gets a taste of its own fact check
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 1, 2012

If in certain contexts it characterizes (and trumpets) advertising as a form of support, it should not turn around and deny that advertising is support. The claim is false. The question, however, is whether there are aggravating factors.more »

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Administrative Law
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Whiskerville bond hearing set for Friday
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 1, 2012

A hearing on the bond amount is set for 4 pm Friday in County Court at Law No. 3, 600 59th St. in Galveston. Texas City and Galveston County animal control officers on Jan. 3 seized 184 cats and found 27 dead at the Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Politics and the Supreme Court
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

The Supreme Court underscored its power to shape American life when it took major cases about the health care reform law, Arizona's anti-immigrant law and the Voting Rights Act in an election year. But this is not simply a case of the court thrusting ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Perrin appointed LCU's sixth President
KCBD-TVFebruary 3, 2012

At a press conference earlier today, LCU Chancellor Ken Jones announced on behalf of the Board of Trustees that Pepperdine School of Law Vice Dean, Tim Perrin, JD, will be Lubbock Christian University's sixth president. The Board of Trustees' decision ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ormond airport expansion proposal stalls
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 9, 2012

City Manager Joyce Shanahan said, "Due to federal and state budget woes, the city has no idea when funds will be released for Taxiway G." She also said Green's proposal relies on "publicly issued Industrial Development Bonds to fund their project.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Residents promote peace after riots
The Press AssociationFebruary 3, 2012

Volunteer mediators in London will be trained to help prevent violence and looting as seen in last year's riots from happening again. Fifteen people are to complete training with Wandsworth Mediation Service to become a volunteer community mediator.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Greenberg Traurig Grows National Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

6, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Greenberg Traurig's Atlanta-based national Pharmaceutical, Medical Device & Health Care Litigation Practice Group continues to grow with the addition of Ginger Heyman Pigott. Pigott, who joins as a shareholder, ...more »

Animal Law
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Missouri Mulls Animal Rights Law
VetPracticeNews.comFebruary 6, 2012

The Missouri House General Laws Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow on a bill that would prevent future laws from granting animals the same rights as people. “The laws of this state shall not confer upon any animal a right, privilege, or legal...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung vows continued fight over intellectual property after German ruling ...
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 3, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea - Samsung Electronics Co. is vowing to keep fighting Apple over intellectual property after receiving a boost from a German court ruling that favoured the South Korean company. Germany's Munich Regional Court on Wednesday reportedly ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essex: Campaign to change legislation over flytipping gathers pace
East Anglian Daily TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Ultimately we are looking to influence a change in legislation.” Explaining the extent of the problem, CPREssex chairman Tom Holme said: “Waste including household rubbish and tyres, asbestos and demolition material, fridges and washing machines is ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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City commission could take up rights ordinance within next few months
Salina.comFebruary 7, 2012

By CHRIS HUNTER A proposal to add sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes under the city's equal opportunity and affirmative action ordinance could come before the Salina City Commission as soon as 90 days. The proposal was brought ...more »

Aviation college graduates honored
Arab NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By ARAB NEWS Emirates Aviation College, the institution of choice for higher education in aviation studies, honored 197 graduates at its graduation ceremony. The event was presided over by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, chairman and chief executive ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Residential rents in Madinah skyrocket
Arab NewsFebruary 4, 2012

“There should be provisions in the law banning landlords from raising rent for a specific period of time. For example, the Ministry of Commerce can fix the minimum valid period of a rent contract at five years,” he said, adding that the tenant can have ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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550 people seeking restitution for sex abuse in Archdiocese of Milwaukee ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE — About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — more than in any of the other US dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy protection, according a lawyer involved in the ...more »

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Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Gerry Flynn, deputy president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said school boards of management faced potential litigation if an unqualified person gave inappropriate advice to students. Mr Flynn was speaking at the Oireachtas Committee ...more »

Business Law
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American Academy of Dermatology Association Urges Policymakers to Act on U.S. ...
PR Newswire (press release)February 1, 2012

This investigation led to a consent agreement under which the ITA is currently prohibited from making misleading and false claims in its advertisements. It is clear that the time has come to hold the entire indoor tanning industry, not just the ITA, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Don't cut veterans' benefits
The Augusta ChronicleFebruary 7, 2012

The Department of Defense under President Obama is downsizing the military as of 2013. The real shame is that our representatives in Congress are going along with the second part of this downsizing, which is to reduce the salary and benefits to the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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Jury Verdict Research in Personal Injury and Accident Cases
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Therefore when it comes to personal injury cases, plaintiffs need to be careful regarding how much money they request from a jury and which requests yield higher awards. In one study, a plaintiffs' attorney made a request from different groups of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Our Unlovable Constitution
The League of Ordinary GentlemenFebruary 7, 2012

Living constitutionalism makes it distant because it means people need a law degree to understand it. If Americans are taught that they can't understand what their Constitution says—or worse, that it has no fixed meaning at all—then they will never ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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State of Pennsylvania continues to see less civil suits
Pittsburgh Tribune-ReviewFebruary 6, 2012

Nine of Allegheny County's 41 Common Pleas judges are assigned to the civil division, along with two senior judges, compared with 14 judges and one senior judge five years ago. Judge Terrence O'Brien, the division's administrative judge, said judges ...more »

Consumer Protection
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How to Break Up the Banks
Barron'sFebruary 4, 2012

Roberta Karmel, a onetime Securities and Exchange Commissioner who's now one of just two Centennial Professors at Brooklyn Law School, sees problems with reforms in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 -- 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 »

Photo shows biologist Nancy Black securing blubber for orcas
Monterey County HeraldFebruary 4, 2012

The Monterey resident made her first appearance in US District Court in San Jose on Thursday, pleading not guilty to two counts of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act by feeding or attempting to feed the killer whales. She was also arraigned on ...more »

Sports Law
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Happy National Girls and Women in Sports Day!
Huffington Post (blog)February 1, 2012

Thank goodness sports are included in this law. Because of Title IX, I have been blessed not to know a time when I did not have the right to play. When I started to play basketball around the 5th grade, I played on an all-boys team, the Logan Bobcats.more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney seeks on ban on retrial in murder
Delaware County Daily TimesFebruary 11, 2012

By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN WEST CHESTER — The attorney for Morgan Marie Mengel on Friday asked a Common Pleas Court judge to prohibit the prosecution from retrying his client on charges that she helped murder her husband, saying that the prosecution had ...more »

Few changes for small businesses when it comes to tax laws, but basics still ...
The Star-Ledger - NJ.comFebruary 26, 2012

Small-business owners can further streamline the process by taking note of changes in the tax code. The Affordable Care Act created a federal credit for business owners who provide health insurance for their employees, while a new state law allows ...more »

Feb 2012: Age discrimination
Mortgage Finance Gazette OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Many of the Act's requirements are already in force, but one new provision of potential importance to financial services – a ban on age discrimination in the provision of services (under section 29) – is yet to be implemented.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Parham Focuses Practice On Estate Law Complexities
Memphis Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Dries Estate law has become so complex that what an attorney calls his or her practice in the field has to have a certain precision. Attorney Michael R. Parham knew what he meant when he called his practice Parham Estate Planning.more »

Environmental Law
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Solar project caught in legal shadows
Staunton News LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Fossil fuels are expensive, expensive to keep clean and undependable. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to see the world will need to change its ways of heating the homes and fueling motor vehicles before too long. Alternative fuel sources are the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hospitals in Premier Insurance Management Services Program Receive Nearly $3 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 23, 2012

For 19 years, PIMS has offered the Excess Workers' Compensation endorsed program to Premier alliance members. Participants have the opportunity for experience credit payments based on favorable program experience. The program has returned more than ...more »

Family Law
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Family of woman killed by alligator tells Ga. high court the reptiles should ...
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

Williams was house-sitting for her daughter and son-in-law when one of the dogs went missing, said family attorney Robert Turner. She went looking for the dog around 9 pm, and several boys soon reported hearing a woman crying for help.more »


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