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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 »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (http://bit.ly/wo4HKV) reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Barnes move opponents respond to sanctions in hearing
Main LineFebruary 2, 2012

Instead, Ott again denied the parties standing, and this time ordered them to pay a portion of the Barnes Foundation's legal costs to respond to the petitions. At the hearing, the Barnes Foundation's lead council, Ralph G. Wellington, testified that he ...more »

Health Care Law
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Diocese will not abide by 'unjust law'
WIVBFebruary 3, 2012

Many western New York Catholics are taking a stand against the President's mandatory health care reform law. The Diocese says it violates church beliefs. But the White House is not backing down. When western New York Catholics attend mass this weekend, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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SNYDER'S STOUGHTON: Schools accused of illegal bids, buys
Wicked LocalFebruary 3, 2012

In the past, there have been procurements paid for without knowing because the school refused to furnish the town with contracts and bidding materials. The contracts are required by law to be held in the town accountant's office.more »

Immigration Law
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Bills to repeal guest-worker law, driving card emerge
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 3, 2012

Steve Urquhart is making good on a promise to push the repeal of key immigration reforms and Friday will publicly unveil bills to scrap the state's guest worker law and the driving privilege card. Both bills — drafts of which were provided Thursday to ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Sarkozy, Socialists duel over idle French steel mill
ReutersFebruary 27, 2012

| PARIS (Reuters) - President Nicolas Sarkozy kept up the role of defender of French industry on Monday, promising state investment in an idled ArcelorMittal (ISPA.AS) plant as opposition Socialists rushed out rival plans to force firms to keep such ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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25 complete mediation training in Berbice
Stabroek NewsFebruary 3, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Local | Friday, February 3, 2012 Twenty-five legal and non-legal professionals completed an Advanced Mediation Training Programme which concluded with a Certificate Award Ceremony at the Little Rock Hotel, New Amsterdam ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court action could prolong health care fight
USA TODAYFebruary 21, 2012

On the first day of their historic session March 26-28, the justices will consider that policy and address whether people who challenge the insurance requirement must first pay the disputed tax and seek a refund before bringing a lawsuit.more »

Animal Law
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Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania
WTAE PittsburghFebruary 2, 2012

It's a horrible way to put an animal down. Horrible," said Ion. Kathy Bartlett, executive director of the Venango County Humane Society, said "It's not as cruel as some people say that it is." Senate Bill 1329, also known as Daniel's Law, would require ...more »

Intellectual Property
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DuPont trade-secret award helps drive record verdict growth
The News JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Lawsuits by DuPont Co. and St. Jude Medical Inc. to protect trade secrets helped account for the largest increase in US history last year in the size of intellectual-property jury awards. The 10 biggest intellectual-property verdicts, including six ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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7 Deadly Sins of Document Review
Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

Doing so requires taking responsibility for what's often the biggest cost-center in modern-day litigation. Legal budgets are tighter than they have been in years, so it's important to make every day and every dollar count. The attorney's first priority ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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High court to take new look at affirmative action
NewsdayFebruary 21, 2012

Click here High court to take new look at affirmative action Published: February 21, 2012 10:10 AM By The Associated Press (AP) -- The Supreme Court will once again confront the issue of race in university admissions in a case brought by a white ...more »

Aviation Partners seeks dismissal of Airbus winglet lawsuit
FlightglobalFebruary 2, 2012

Seattle-based Aviation Partners (API), patent-holder of the blended winglet, is seeking the dismissal of an Airbus lawsuit aiming to clarify the intellectual property rights of the European airframer's alleged use of API's winglet on the Airbus A320's ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Wausau Passes Rent Abatement Ordinance
WSAWFebruary 16, 2012

Wausau tenants could get their rent reduced under a law passed by the Wausau City Council Tuesday. The rent abatement ordinance forces landlords who refuse to fix hazards to do so or they'll have to pay the price. Beginning in April renters who live in ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit hire: Collision course
Post OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Craig Budsworth The investigation follows a three-month call for evidence which saw insurers, credit hire companies and various trade bodies, including the Credit Hire Organisation participate. The number of cases surrounding this area of law is ...more »

Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Business Law
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IN THE MATTER OF DICKEY
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

In addition, respondent agrees to complete the Legal Ethics and Practice Program Ethics School and Advertising School within six (6) months of the date of the order imposing discipline. We accept the agreement, issue a public reprimand, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Some top military brass making more in pension than pay
USA TODAYFebruary 3, 2012

The new pension rules were part of the 2007 Defense Authorization Act to address concerns that the military would lose too many experienced generals and admirals during wartime. Before the change, the maximum pension was based on an officer's pay at 26 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child predator re-arrested for probation violation
Your Houston NewsFebruary 7, 2012

... to two counts of attempted possession of child pornography in early 2011 after investigators with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce discovered images and videos depicting children engaging in sexual acts on his computer.more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Offers Advice on Slip ...
PR Web (press release)February 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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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patterson said the NDAA is part of "a long line of assaults on our liberties that provides an easy transition to Totalitarianism." Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal analysis but did not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Physicians have ethical, legal obligation to report child abuse
AAP News (subscription)February 27, 2012

However, failure to report abuse can have serious consequences: In many states, a medical professional could be charged with a misdemeanor and held liable for financial damages. A physician might be the subject of a medical malpractice action if a ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Bring Call Centers Back To U.S., Bill Proposes
InformationWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Bishop's US Call Center Worker and Consumer Protection Act (HR 3596) would prohibit companies that place call centers offshore from receiving federal grants or guaranteed loans. The bill also requires the Department of Labor to maintain a publicly ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust announces financing and leasing update
Canada NewsWire (press release)February 1, 2012

To find out more about Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: SRQ.UN), visit our website at www.scottsreit.com. This document contains certain information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws.more »

Treatment of finance leases
Oman Daily ObserverFebruary 6, 2012

INSIGHT — By Ashok Hariharan — New income tax regulations - Article 79 of the Income Tax Law provides that the Executive Regulations (ERs) shall determine the rules governing expenditure incurred in respect of capital assets acquired through finance ...more »

Sports Law
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Concussion law puts teams on the spot
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 2, 2012

"The law is basically asking the coaches to provide the primary level of sports medicine care and to be knowledgeable on how to diagnose a concussion," Freitag said. "The problem is the law doesn't go to the next step of saying, 'How are we going to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford defense rests without calling Stanford
Chicago TribuneFebruary 27, 2012

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas financier Allen Stanford's attorneys wound up their defense in his criminal fraud trial on Monday without calling Stanford himself to the stand, ending suspense over whether he would testify. Stanford, 61, is accused of ...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...more »

City's nondiscrimination law may widen to include gender and sexual orientation
Springfield News-LeaderFebruary 6, 2012

Currently, under the city's ordinance, discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability and sex is forbidden when it comes to housing, employment or public accommodations. In housing, discrimination based on ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Tension mounts at Waitangi
TVNZFebruary 4, 2012

Tension is growing among Maori leaders over the new state asset sales law, as politicians prepare to arrive at Waitangi. The issue of asset sales is likely to dominate the celebrations in Northland, with the Maori Party worried the Government wants to ...more »

Environmental Law
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Mitt's Solyndra? He handed out renewable energy subsidies, too
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

Also that day, Romney announced plans to take $15 million from Massachusetts' Renewable Energy Trust Fund — a pot of more than $150 million collected from electricity customers following passage of a 1998 energy deregulation law — and start up a new ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Where's there's a will, there's a way to help
nebusiness.co.ukFebruary 7, 2012

Nationally, Will Aid has reported its most successful year ever, raising more than £1.5 million to date. Carolyn Tilly, partner with Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors and specialist in Wills and Probate, said: “It is wonderful to report this success for ...more »

Family Law
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Panel for equal property rights among couples
Economic TimesFebruary 6, 2012

NEW DELHI: A high-level government panel has suggested that all movable and immovable assets acquired by a married couple or a couple living together be classified as joint property which would be divided equitably in the event of separation or ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Employee Loses Worker Comp after He Posted Party Photos Online
AllGovFebruary 3, 2012

Clement and his attorney argued that the introduction of the photos into the case were “a disgrace to the dignity of the workers' compensation proceedings and the legal system.” Judge David M. Glover of the Arkansas Court of Appeals was not impressed ...more »

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