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Court of appeals rules on ship construction contract dispute
International Law OfficeFebruary 1, 2012

"in the Brazilian legal framework there is no legal rule determining that the registration of the vessel construction contract with the respective Maritime Registration Office is a requirement for the validity thereof. The effect of its registration is ...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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Residents Must File Protest Letters Before Public Hearing to Stop City's Plans ...
San Fernando Valley SunFebruary 2, 2012

While many residents along with San Fernaando police are expected at the council's next meeting on Monday to protest the latest controversy that removed interim police chief Jeff Eley from his duties, placing him on administrative leave, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Does federal health mandate impose on faith?
Canton RepositoryFebruary 5, 2012

... values as its purpose; (2) primarily employs persons who share its religious tenets; (3) primarily serves persons who share its religious tenets; and (4) is a non-profit organization under Internal Revenue Code section 6033 and section 6033.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Hip hop acts make for energetic show at Bishop
Indiana Daily StudentFebruary 3, 2012

By William Gryna | IDS The Pro Letarians, Oreo Jones, DJ Wally Wonder and headliner DJ XV, who was the final, and most polished act, entertained a large crowd at the Bishop Wednesday. XV's visit to Bloomington was part of his Midwest State of Mind Tour ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings on Immigration Law and Policy
ILW.comFebruary 2, 2012

Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at The opinions expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cover story 3 - Saldanha Bay 2, 2012

Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes into effect, plans are at an advanced stage to proclaim the country's fifth zone at Saldanha Bay. Even before legislation to overhaul industrial development zones (IDZ) comes ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Sells Location Business to Persistent Systems
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Building on its mobile data heritage, Openwave mobilizes the Internet with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

(Adds Gupta in Lawsuits section, Stanford in Trials, Facebook in Litigation Departments and Foreign Bribe Case in Verdicts. Updates BP and EchoStar in Lawsuits, JPMorgan in New Suits and JC Flowers in Verdicts. Corrects gender of HSBC spokesman in ...more »

Animal Law
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Bryan Pease wants Sherri Lightner's job
San Diego CityBEATFebruary 8, 2012

By John R. Lamb “Animal-rights advocates remind us of this admonition: The ways in which people treat animals will be reflected in how people relate to one another.” —William Greider A beaming woman in a floppy sun hat had just approached lanky, ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Barnes & Noble, GE, Komen, ReDigi: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 7, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Barnes & Noble Inc. should win a patent-infringement case brought by Microsoft Corp. that ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Millwood couple names 80 defendants in asbestos suit
West Virginia RecordFebruary 1, 2012

Rawson claims he was exposed to asbestos during his career as a laborer from 1964 until 1997. The defendants are being sued based on theories of negligence, contaminated buildings, breach of expressed/implied warranty, strict liability, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ready, Steady, Compete
Science Careers Blog (subscription)February 2, 2012

On page 579 of this issue, Balafoutas and Sutter (4) show how affirmative action policies can increase the willingness of women to compete without affecting the chances of highly skilled men to succeed and while preserving postcompetition cooperation ...more »

AP Exclusive: US No-Fly list doubles in 1 year
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"Both US intelligence and law enforcement communities and foreign services continue to identify people who want to cause us harm, particularly in the US and particularly as it relates to aviation," Transportation Security Administrator John Pistole ...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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2 NY conspiracy pleas in federal probe of the sub-prime mortgage securities market
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Higgs said his crime began in 2007, when the real estate market began to deteriorate in the United States and the valuations of mortgage-backed securities faced significant reductions. The ensuing sub-prime mortgage crisis fueled the financial meltdown ...more »

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AMSC Provides Litigation Update
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

DEVENS, Mass., Feb 6, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- AMSC /quotes/zigman/68191/quotes/nls/amsc AMSC -3.82% , a global solutions provider serving wind and grid leaders, today provided an update regarding its legal actions in China.more »

Business Law
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Netflix says Congress can help bring Facebook app to US
Chicago TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

It's also to Netflix business partners and it's also potentially to law enforcement," Rotenberg said of the House bill's broader implications. Lawmakers also took issue with how the House bill would amend the Video Privacy Protection Act. Senator ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Ca. veteran sues over denial of benefits
The StateFebruary 1, 2012

By JESSICA GRESKO - AP WASHINGTON — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straight spouses. The lawsuit announced in Washington involves a 12-year veteran of the ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Rock County Man Arrested For Using Computer To Facilitate Child Sex Crime
WMTVFebruary 3, 2012

On January 26, a 39-year old woman in Louisiana was on an internet dating website and observed a man messaging a girl that she thought was under 13. The 39-year old female created an account and posed as an 11-year old female.more »

Personal Injury
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Lubbock personal injury attorney offers safety tips regarding passenger vans
EIN News (press release)February 19, 2012

Lubbock, Texas (Lubbock personal injury attorney reports) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published an article regarding the safety of passenger vans. These large vehicles are often used by organizations and companies ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Parliament debates intestate succession bill amendment
Myjoyonline.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Bill, which was laid before the House on November 3, 2009 and referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report, seeks a more responsive approach to the needs of nuclear families whose parents ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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The Wrong End of Lawsuits
Wall Street JournalFebruary 5, 2012

The vulnerability of law firms to client litigation is climbing as the value of the underlying deals, patents and other work for clients rise, insurance brokers say. And because big law firms carry more insurance than smaller firms, the big practices ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Debt-settlement agencies must now be licensed (blog)February 5, 2012

Amendments to the Consumer Protection Act regulation have been made to protect Manitoba consumers by banning upfront charges, setting maximum fees and requiring debt-settlement agencies to become licensed. This announcement was made by Healthy Living, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- WeiserMazars LLP announced today that Demetri G. Yatrakis has joined the firm as a tax principal in its Real Estate Services Group. Mr. Yatrakis will be based in the firm's New York City office. He brings expertise both from ...more »

The DIFC Courts: Opportunities for the Middle East insurance market
Business Intelligence Middle East (press release)February 7, 2012

The jurisdiction of the DIFC Courts was recently extended to allow parties having no specific connection with the Dubai International Financial Centre to choose to have their commercial disputes resolved by the DIFC Courts. The DIFC Court has also, ...more »

Sports Law
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Lawmaker Wants Twenty-One Sports Federations Scrapped
AllAfrica.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Joshua Odeyemi, 1 February 2012 The Deputy Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on Sports, Hon Ayo Omidiran has called for the scrapping of twenty-one Sports Federations in Nigeria. The law maker made this submission while speaking to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Wis. governor hires defense lawyers
UPI.comFebruary 4, 2012

The Journal Sentinel described one of Walker's two attorneys, Michael Steinle, as one of Milwaukee's most prominent criminal defense lawyer. The other, John Gallo, is a former federal prosecutor. Walker has said he is not a target of the investigation ...more »

Married Filing Separately, Joint or Single? Find Out Your Filing Status
Learnvest Living (blog)February 5, 2012

Plus, it's one of things that, if you get it wrong, will definitely land you in a dreaded audit. Your filing status basically expresses how you wish to be treated by the IRS, and can determine which deductions and credits you are allowed to take, ...more »

Civil Rights Lawyer and Author Michelle Alexander to Present Convocation
Carleton College NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Alexander is the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” (New Press, 2010), which will be the subject of her address, focusing on the continued legacy of discrimination against African Americans, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Equifax Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... changes in, and the effects of, laws and regulations and government policies governing our business, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in particular the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection...more »

Environmental Law
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EDITORIAL: Lawmakers off track with legislation
New Haven RegisterFebruary 7, 2012

For example, the federal government fined motor fuel refiners $6.8 million last year for failing to use an alternative fuel that doesn't exist. Under the 2007 energy independence law, the refiners were required to blend 6.6 million gallons of fuel from ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Kenneth R. Kraus named partner in law firm of Evans & Fox LLP
Brighton-Pittsford PostFebruary 13, 2012

Karus will continue his work in wills, trusts and estate planning, probate and estate administration, preparation of fiduciary, gift and estate tax returns, long term care, Medicaid planning, Surrogate Court litigation and residential real estate.more »

Family Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Gary E. Williams of The Law Firm for Family Law, Clearwater, for Appellee. Melissa King, the former wife, appeals the trial court's order denying her motion for contempt and for enforcement of the parties' marital settlement agreement.more »

Workers Compensation
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Inflation Outpacing Compensation for US Workers
U.S. News & World ReportFebruary 17, 2012

But according to new data from the US Department of Labor, American workers may be having a tough time just keeping up. Friday's figures show wages were just keeping pace with prices in January. Hourly and weekly earnings, as well as the consumer price ...more »


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