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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 »

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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GBTA's Michael W. McCormick Testifies at House Judiciary Hearing
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

In August 2011, it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. Congress has enacted similar protections from discriminatory state and local excise taxes for other interstate travelers such as airline, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Support builds for special session on health care
Memphis Commercial AppealFebruary 3, 2012

Republican lawmakers are building support for a plan to wait until the end of the year to take action on state requirements set by President Barack Obama's federal health care law. House Speaker Beth Harwell said Thursday that it would make sense to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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JONES v. UNITRIN AUTO AND HOME INSURANCE COMPANY
Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

Appellant, Lee Jones, appeals from the order entered February 4, 2011, granting the motion for summary judgment filed by Unitrin Auto and Home Insurance Company (Unitrin) in Appellant's declaratory judgment action wherein she sought a determination of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Alabama Farmers Asked To Take Immigration Law Impact Survey
WKRG-TVFebruary 3, 2012

The state's controversial immigration law will be discussed at the 2012 Legislative Session which begins next week in Montgomery. (more) Alabama farmers are asked to fill out an online survey gauging the impact the immigration law has had on their ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lest we forget in Myanmar
Asia Times OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

He has formed a new Human Rights Commission, opened previously closed doors to international diplomats and their corporate sponsors, and relaxed laws to promote more international investment and development. The timing has been impeccable.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Don't Shy Away From Progress on the Russia-Georgia Conflict
Center For American ProgressFebruary 6, 2012

The agreement also only has the potential to facilitate trade and, in the long term, conflict resolution. Russia and Georgia might opt not to increase their trade via Abkhazia and South Ossetia, thus failing to take full advantage of the agreement.more »

Insurance Litigation
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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.more »

Animal Law
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Animal welfare takes a new approach
EMC Smiths FallsFebruary 9, 2012

Melanie Young, the Lanark Animal Welfare Society's animal welfare and right's advocate holds at left Arielle and at right Athena, two cats up for adoption at the shelter. Read on to find out more about LAWS new approach to animal welfare.more »

Intellectual Property
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Mosaid sells 200 optical patents to unnamed company
Winnipeg Free PressFebruary 9, 2012

OTTAWA - Mosaid Technologies Inc., an intellectual property licensing company based in Ottawa, says it has sold a portfolio of more than 200 optical networking patents to a major global corporation it did not name. The company, recently acquired by a ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bergen County native is tapped to lead division of state Attorney General's Office
NorthJersey.comFebruary 1, 2012

He most recently specialized in white collar criminal defense and complex business litigation, according to Lowenstein's website. “Chris Porrino is an outstanding attorney who has established a track record as an excellent litigator, a leader, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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US Labor Department extends comment period on proposed rule to improve ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

The rule proposed by OFCCP would strengthen the affirmative action and reporting obligations of federal contractors by requiring them to set a hiring goal of having 7 percent of their employees be qualified workers with disabilities.more »

WEBBIES: Flightglobal announces the winners of this year's aviation web awards
FlightglobalFebruary 3, 2012

The Webbies, now in its fourth year, celebrates the best and brightest in aviation websites and social media activities – and this time includes new and improved categories. We asked flightglobal.com users to enter or nominate their favourite websites ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How to avoid disputes over your deposit
This is NottinghamFebruary 4, 2012

She says: "The law is clear but there are grey areas that create disputes between landlords and tenants. Expert advice: Stephanie Caine, who heads the lettings department at Royston & Lund in West Bridgford. "The purpose of deposits is to protect both ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US Plans Charges on Bond Fraud
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Manhattan US Attorney's office is planning to allege in a criminal complaint that several former traders at Credit Suisse Group AG, a major global investment bank, misled the bank's investors by booking inflated prices of mortgage bonds to boost ...more »

Litigation
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Mobile patent litigation: It's a push game no one wins
ZDNet (blog)February 3, 2012

No one can win this game of patent litigation because there is simply too much money involved. The way the system used to work was much different. A company would get a patent covering a specific area of technology unique to the pertinent industry.more »

Business Law
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Don't Trust, Verify
CFO.com MagazineFebruary 1, 2012

For the most part, executives understand the point of the 34-year-old law and have designed compliance programs to minimize the risk of their company or business partners violating the FCPA. Yet, straightforward as such compliance may sound, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Colombia Drug Lords' Cattle Theft Rob Rally Benefit: Commodities
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

The cash-strapped Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is selling livestock at below-market prices after a military crackdown on cocaine production made the fighters “desperate for financing,” Juan Manuel Santos, the nation's president, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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More than 6,0000 Child Porn Images Discovered, 9-Million Dollar Bond Set
KATVFebruary 4, 2012

... his home computer faces a felony charge per image. Friday afternoon Pulaski County Sheriff's deputies served a search warrant at 49-year old Norman Jewett's home. In 2010, the sheriff's office formed the Internet Crimes against Children Task force.more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Personal Injury Lawyer Sam Harding Named as Host on AM 720 KDWN ...
PR Web (press release)February 4, 2012

Sam Harding, a prominent Las Vegas personal injury lawyer who is also the owner of the Sam Harding Law Firm, whose Web site URL can be found at http://www.lvjustice.com, hereby announces that he has been chosen as the host of a new radio call-in show ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Rep. John Conyers talks emergency manager law with Gov. Rick Snyder, questions ...
MLive.comFebruary 2, 2012

Conyers, joined by Reverend Charles E. Williams II of the Detroit National Action Network, discussed the constitutional validity and "inherently undemocratic nature" of Public Act 4, according to his office. The newly-strengthened law provides ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Volusia County public records for Feb. 7, 2012
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

Mitchell Green, real property; Wells Fargo Bank NA v. Ilidio J. Santana, real property; John Stanton v. Howard Cauvel, other professional malpractice; State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance v. Lori A. Hill, auto negligence; Fia Card Services NA v.more »

Consumer Protection
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Aid firm pair lose consumer credit licences
This is NottinghamFebruary 9, 2012

A MAN who ran a mobility aid company has had his consumer credit licence revoked. Amarjit Gill, who traded as Long Eaton-based ABM Mobility, breached consumer protection legislation, including aggressive sales techniques, despite warnings from trading ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Brody Wilkinson Partners with Fairfield Museum in Honoring our Nation's ...
PR Web (press release)February 6, 2012

We are delighted to celebrate the City's past and help promote its future while, at the same time, fostering student education The law firm of Brody Wilkinson PC is pleased to announce its support of “Our Nation's Generations 2012” in partnership with ...more »

Labour of love
Malaysia StarFebruary 4, 2012

Sinnadurai has written extensively on Malaysian law, publishing many books that have since become authoritative sources of reference for legal practitioners as well as law students. His book on Law of Contract, the fourth edition of which was also ...more »

Sports Law
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Law officials: More than background checks are needed to root out sexual predators
Midland Daily NewsFebruary 6, 2012

In light of the recent news about coaches sexually assaulting young athletes, Midland County Prosecutor Mike Carpenter has very specific advice for sports organizations. And his advice is this: Don't assume that criminal background checks -- while very ...more »

Criminal Defense
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REGION: Pot-plant values fixed, regardless of green thumb
North County TimesFebruary 6, 2012

"Some people are good at growing things, and some are not as good as growing things," said Melissa Bobrow, a criminal defense attorney in San Diego who handles medical marijuana cases. "It matters in court because they say, 'Look at all these plants, ...more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

A&O abolishes mandatory retirement age as top law firms review policies
Legal WeekFebruary 10, 2012

Allen & Overy (A&O) is abolishing its mandatory partner retirement age of 60 as a growing number of major City law firms move away from compulsory retirement dates for partners in the UK. The City giant's move comes as research by Legal Week found that ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Statement by Paul M. King, President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council on ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

PEC has released a series of reports and legislative proposals, containing more than 40 specific policy recommendations, several of which are now law. We are pleased that many of the environmental protection measures contained in this bill match those ...more »

Environmental Law
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Energy companies fight rule requiring disclosure of foreign payments
Environment & Energy PublishingFebruary 2, 2012

Oil, gas and mining industries are battling a late addition to the 2010 financial reform law that requires energy companies to disclose their payments to foreign governments. Much of the fight has been played behind the scenes at the Securities and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Class OnEstate Planning And Probate Located At ...
openPR (press release)February 9, 2012

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate plans, making a will or living trust, the probate court process, getting advance directives and power of attorney done, and how to get things started. Evan Guthrie is an attorney that practices in the areas ...more »

Family Law
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Enforcement of child maintenance orders
The StarFebruary 1, 2012

He is a senior partner in the firm of Chigiti and Chigiti Advocates in Nairobi whose key area of practice is Human rights and public interest litigation and family law. He was admitted to the list of Counsel at the International Criminal Court-ICC in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp privatization gets cool reception
9NEWS.comFebruary 1, 2012

AP DENVER (AP) - A proposal to privatize the only state-chartered workers' compensation company is getting a cool reception from a special panel reviewing the plan. A straw poll of the task force on Tuesday showed more than half to be opposed or ...more »

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