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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 »

Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Hearing
Insurance News Net (press release)February 29, 2012

Indeed, if banks or other financial institutions broke the law or treated the families they served unfairly, they should pay the price - and with this settlement they will. I would note that these funds are paid entirely by the banks.more »

Health Care Law
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Health Care Law's Insurance Mandate Will Be Struck Down at Supreme Court: Poll
International Business TimesFebruary 29, 2012

For other types of senior housing, you can access Seniors for Living's list of thousands of additional facilities. A USA Today/Gallup poll this week said 72 percent of Americans believe the individual mandate, the centerpiece to the Affordable Care Act...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'American Idol': 13th guy brought back for an 'incredible second chance' is...
Entertainment WeeklyFebruary 29, 2012

Last week we learned that one of four American Idol contestants — (clockwise from left): gentle giant Jermaine Jones, awful cowboy Richie Law, wee Michael Jackson impersonator David Leathers Jr., and hot-tub denizen and former J. Lo paramour Johnny ...more »

Immigration Law
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Georgia, Alabama illegal immigration laws headed to appeals court Thursday
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 29, 2012

By Jeremy Redmon The legal battle over how far states can go in combating illegal immigration will resume Thursday when a federal appeals court in Atlanta hears arguments over Georgia's and Alabama's enforcement laws. John Spink, John Spink, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Urban Industrial Futures - UWT Urban Studies Forum 2012
Exit 133February 7, 2012

Speakers include experts in green cities, economic development, and water research and industry. The forum will feature conversations on topics such as investment in green development in Tacoma; the possibilities for industrial development as a job ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Ex-UN chief's near-impossible job
Saudi GazetteFebruary 25, 2012

By Louis Charbonneau THE UN-Arab League envoy on the Syrian crisis, Kofi Annan, brings global stature and experience in conflict resolution to his new job, but averting a long and bloody civil war that could further destabilize the Middle East might be ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Attorneys iron out Rothstein bank settlements
South Florida Business Journal (blog)February 29, 2012

Each side will pursue litigation against Gibraltar's insurance companies for potential recovery of $25 million each, said a spokesman for Razorback's attorney William Scherer. Gibraltar had announced a settlement last week in the Rothstein bankruptcy ...more »

Animal Law
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Funding woes take bite out of state's dog laws
Reading EagleFebruary 28, 2012

The fund in a typical year takes in about $6 million in licensing fees and fines from dog law enforcement. That is considerably less that the more than $8 million it costs the Agriculture Department to enforce the dog laws. Less enforcement is expected ...more »

Intellectual Property
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United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office Publishes Application for ...
Power Engineering MagazineFebruary 27, 2012

South Wales, United Kingdom, Feb. 27 -- Mytrah Energy Ltd., St. Peter Port, Guernsey, has filed the trademark "MYTRAH" (customer's reference: T121639.GB.01/dm/DDR) on Aug. 24, 2011 for multiple goods and services. The trademarks application (serial ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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MEI JUAN ZHENG v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 28, 2012

TIFFANY L. WALTERS, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, (David V. Bernal, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, Tony West, Assistant Attorney General on the brief), Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Colleges After Affirmative Action: Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
BloombergFebruary 28, 2012

The Supreme Court's decision to hear a major case challenging affirmative-action policies at the University of Texas is widely seen as a sign that the five conservative justices in the majority are ready to do away with racial preferences in higher ...more »

AvStar Aviation Group, Inc. Releases Company Activity Update
MarketWatch (press release)February 27, 2012

27, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- AvStar Aviation Group, Inc. (AvStar) (otcqb:AAVG) today released the following company activity update. DOT Commuter Authority -A competitor of Twin Air Calypso Limited lodged a complaint with the FAA, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Many Renter's Unsure Of Rights
WDSU New OrleansFebruary 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- Local renters said they are frustrated after experiencing several problems with their landlords. Renters said many of them are unsure of their rights when it comes to housing. Sheila Duncan, a renter, said for one year, she had to endure ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Bad Credit Loans for Emergency Pet Vet Bills and Medical Expenses
eYugoslavia.comFebruary 28, 2012

In the current economic downturn, consumers know they can turn to trusted ReallyBadCreditOffers. com for bad credit loans and no hassle financial help, but now the beloved family pet has a financial ally as well. The site has announced a new suite of ...more »

Litigation
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Finra: Schwab Violates Rules On Customers' Litigation Rights
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has filed a complaint against Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW), saying the discount brokerage violated Finra rules by requiring customers to waive their rights to bring class-action lawsuits against the firm.more »

Business Law
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Canadian doc accused in $375M medical fraud in US
CTV.caFebruary 29, 2012

An advertising sign stands outside the offices of Medistat Group Associates in DeSoto, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Michael Ainsworth) A Canadian doctor has been arrested in what US officials say is a massive ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama Slashes Soldiers' Benefits to Pay Back Healthcare Industry Donors
Big GovernmentFebruary 29, 2012

Make no mistake; the President is downsizing our military, and this new military medical initiative is one sure way he will see volunteers leave the military knowing their benefits are jeopardized. At a time when Iran threatens the free world, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Telcoms Regulator Signs Deal With ITU On Cyber Security
AllAfrica.comFebruary 24, 2012

The project would create a team to deal with online crimes from a central desk. Currently, each ministry handles its computer or Internet security separately, which has exposed them to cyber attacks, ranging from defacement to hacking of government ...more »

Personal Injury
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Michigan Auto Insurers: Costs Rising and Market Hardening
Insurance News Net (press release)February 27, 2012

By Michael Buck A sharp escalation in recent years in medical costs and an "all-you-can-eat"-style personal injury protection no-fault automobile insurance system is threatening the long-term viability of Michigan's auto market, insurers say.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Gallup poll: 72 percent of Americans call individual mandate 'unconstitutional'
Yahoo! Contributors NetworkFebruary 29, 2012

Even among Americans who support President Obama's health care overhaul, a large majority believe that the law is out of step with the US Constitution, a Gallup poll released Monday revealed. The poll, conducted Feb. 20-21, indicates that 72 percent of ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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NY court suspends lawyer over allegedly fake lawsuit
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 2, 2012

... giving him more than $70000 in legal fees for a lawsuit he never filed. The Appellate Division, Second Department, granted a motion by the Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District to suspend Allen Gold from practicing law in New York, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SEC advises on say-on-pay presentation on proxy card
Lexology (registration)February 27, 2012

... adopted final rules regarding shareholder advisory (“say-on-pay”) votes on executive compensation and “golden parachute” compensation arrangements required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act).more »

Real Estate Law
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Law Firm Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP Names Three New Partners
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 3, 2012

Since graduating from law school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, Ginger Hunsucker has been practicing defense litigation at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog with significant experience in medical malpractice and professional...more »

AMSURG CORP - 10-K - Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 24, 2012

This report contains certain forward-looking statements (all statements other than statements with respect to historical fact) within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby.more »

Sports Law
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"The Law Firm" And The Best Nicknames In Sports
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Among the most timeless intimacies shared between athletes and those of us on the other side of the TV screen who choose to devote a degree of our desires towards witnessing the possible outcomes that these men and women facilitate with their deeds, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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DUI Charges Dismissed for Client After Judge Grants Motion to Suppress Evidence
PR Web (press release)February 26, 2012

DUI Refusal charges were dropped recently for a client of Finebloom & Haenel, due to a motion to suppress evidence argued by DUI Defense Lawyer AnneMarie Rizzo. This left the State with no choice but to dismiss all charges against Finebloom & Haenel's ...more »

IRS reopens Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program: Should Indian Americans apply?
Times of IndiaFebruary 23, 2012

The Internal Revenue Service has reopened the offshore voluntary disclosure program (OVDP) to help people hiding offshore accounts to get current with their taxes. The IRS had similar programs in 2009 and 2011 when it raised more than $4.4 billion.more »

Employment law update - what's on the horizon for 2012?
PharmiWeb.com (press release)February 27, 2012

Employers seeking to rely upon the “old” retirement rules will need to be mindful of a recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal which required notices to be in a specific form and to refer to specific matter to avoid age discrimination.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Occupy the SEC Pitches An Extreme Makeover of Wall Street
CounterPunchFebruary 20, 2012

The Volcker Rule constitutes Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed into law on July 21, 2010. In addition to proprietary trading, also impacted will be the ability of Wall Street banks to own hedge funds ...more »

Environmental Law
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Deerfield sets new standards for alternative energy
TribLocalFebruary 29, 2012

About three Deerfield properties use solar energy and about the same number use geothermal energy. These property owners will not be affected because the city laws wouldn't apply to existing alternative energy collection devices.more »

Wills & Probate
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Kelly not commenting on report
MetroNews CanadaFebruary 17, 2012

According to Nova Scotia's Probate Act, which governs the handling of wills, an executor has to notify beneficiaries within 30 days from taking over the estate. An affidavit of service must be filed within 60 days, and an inventory of the deceased's ...more »

Family Law
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Institute of Family Law Arbitrators launched
ClickdocsFebruary 28, 2012

A new organisation has been set up to enable family disputes to be resolved by arbitration in England and Wales. The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) has been created by the Family Law Bar Association, and the family lawyers' group Resolution...more »

Workers Compensation
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KCTV 5Mo. Senate passes workers' comp legislation
KCTV Kansas CityFebruary 16, 2012

Majority Leader Tom Dempsey, who sponsored the measure, says the change will be fairer to workers and protect them from having to pay large court judgments. The legislation also provides for workers' compensation coverage of occupational diseases.more »

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