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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 »

'Misleadingly exaggerated': Rachel Weisz advert banned after L'Oreal admits to ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

The British actress is not the first renowned beauty to have her image digitally enhanced to give a false impression of the benefits of using popular beauty products. An advertisement for an Olay anti-aging product featuring Twiggy was banned in 2009.more »

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Administrative Law
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Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law
ESPNFebruary 1, 2012

Only then did 86-year-old Ralph Branca let on that there was nothing wrong with his hearing, and that his brain cells were still firing just fine, the way you'd expect they would for a guy who says he has an IQ of 160. George Napolitano/FilmMagic LR: ...more »

Health Care Law
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Boehner: Feds should back off birth control order
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, most employers and insurance plans will have to cover birth control free of charge as preventive care for women. Churches and houses of worship do not have to follow that requirement, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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MUTO v. CBS CORPORATION
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... S. Jones, Judge) dismissing as time-barred their putative class action complaint against their former employer and the employer's pension plan for benefits alleged to be due under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA").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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GovSec Delivers Cost-Effective Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

VIENNA, Va., Feb 07, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- GovSec -- the Government Security Conference & Expo featuring the US Law Enforcement Conference & Expo -- will help prepare law enforcement and first responders to address the challenges they face as the ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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John Keith Miller
Oak RidgerFebruary 1, 2012

In November 2011, he was awarded the Peacemaker's Award for International Dialogue by the Dispute Resolution Center of Austin for his work in conflict situations in several foreign countries during the past 20 years. John Keith Miller, 84, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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FDIC sues County Bank's ex-executives
Modesto BeeFebruary 1, 2012

By Phil Milford The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sued former officials of County Bank in Merced, part of Capital Corporation of the West, claiming their mismanagement caused $42 million in losses through bad loans. Named in the lawsuit, filed Friday ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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2011 Intellectual Property Year in Review and Outlook for 2012 – Part I: Patents
Legal Talk NetworkFebruary 3, 2012

IP Counsel host, Attorney Peter Lando, partner at the firm of Lando & Anastasi, LLP, welcomes Craig Smith, partner at Lando & Anastasi, to discuss important patent cases and court decisions in 2011 from the United States Supreme Court and the Court of ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...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 »

Magazine for Ghana's aviation industry launched
Ghana Business NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The “Aviator Magazine” was launched in Accra on Wednesday to address some of the challenges in the reportage of aviation, tourism and hospitality industry issues. Typical of these challenges is the terminologies used in the industry which may not be ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Locals exasperated by derelict Gerrard St. E. storefronts and buildings
Toronto StarFebruary 9, 2012

In fact, the city offers landlords a one-third property-tax cut if they can't find a tenant. But what if a landlord simply doesn't want to rent out the space? I talked to one Gerrard St. E. landlord who says he hasn't found the right tenant for 10 ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Filers: Claims against Archdiocese of Milwaukee not about money
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 3, 2012

"As an organization, we have a responsibility to do the legal things necessary under the bankruptcy law to ensure that rightful claimants receive equitable compensation in the Chapter 11 proceeding," archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said in an email.more »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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Political Firestorm in Mexico over 1.9M in Cash Found in Suitcase
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

28, 2012 image released by Mexico's Attorney General's Office (PGR) on Jan. 31, 2012, an official counts money that was seized at the Mexico state airport in Toluca, Mexico. Industry groups, political parties and analysts in Mexico are questioning the ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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2nd black graduate of University of Mississippi dies
Norwich BulletinFebruary 1, 2012

James Donald, who also graduated from Ole Miss and served 33 years in the military, said their family started an organization after World War II to push for military benefits for black veterans when the Veterans of Foreign Wars refused to let blacks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Friendswood police make arrest in child porn case
Ultimate Clear LakeFebruary 6, 2012

Investigators allege forensic analysts found several hundred illegal images on Moya's computer. The Friendswood Police Department, as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and detectives from Pearland, Santa Fe and the Department ...more »

Personal Injury
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Guest column: Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor
This is NottinghamFebruary 1, 2012

Beth Jinks, personal injury solicitor at Rothera Dowson reacts to changes in payouts for crime victims... IN the cold light of day, this is a cost-cutting exercise. As part of the plans, victims of violent crime who suffer injuries such as a broken ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Enacting law on EC through consensus
Daily Star OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The president has stressed that the government enact a law in line with the constitution to form an EC. He has suggested that if it is not possible to enact a law due to time constraint, then a search committee comprising a judge of the Appellate ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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LEVINE v. HARRITON & FURRER, LLP
Leagle.comFebruary 24, 2012

The claim was subsequently transferred to defendant, a law firm in the Village of Round Lake, Saratoga County, and plaintiff was again retained. The parties initially proceeded upon an oral agreement. In February 2006, plaintiff submitted a written ...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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Foreign Investment in Florida Due in Part to 2011 Florida Legal Reforms and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Market reports are confirming the great amount of international interest in Florida real estate investment and development. In the last quarter of 2011, one report reveals that Florida took the lion's share in foreign investor interest from the rest of ...more »

Aetna Reports Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2011 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 1, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aetna (NYSE: AET) today announced fourth-quarter 2011 operating earnings (1) of $354.3 million, or $.97 per share, a per share increase of 54 percent over 2010. Full-year 2011 operating earnings (1) were $1.97 billion, ...more »

Sports Law
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Ind. liquor law could crimp Super Bowl party hosts
KLTVFebruary 1, 2012

AP Sports News Video More>> By JIM SUHR AP INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Super Bowl tailgaters who wait until the last minute to buy alcohol could be out of luck. Indiana is one of only a handful of states that outlaw liquor sales on Sundays.more »

Criminal Defense
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Handyman assigned a lawyer in Jane Bashara killing
Detroit Free PressFebruary 7, 2012

Police sources previously said evidence in the case would be sent to the Michigan State Police crime laboratory, but no information on that was available Monday. Grosse Pointe Park public safety officials did not return calls Monday.more »

Audit council postings bring local overseer a step closer
Victoria Times ColonistFebruary 5, 2012

Audit council members will serve three-year terms and will be appointed by the provincial government. The Islands Trust will be exempt from the auditor's purview at least for now. The Islands Trust has a unique mandate in law for land-use planning on ...more »

Islip updating housing discrimination law
NewsdayFebruary 3, 2012

Click here Islip updating housing discrimination law Published: February 2, 2012 8:32 PM By SARAH CRICHTON sarah.crichton@newsday.com Islip officials are working to update the town law against discriminatory housing practices, adding age, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Pinal County Sheriff Babeu uses cash for coins, badges
Tucson CitizenFebruary 12, 2012

RICO money comes from assets seized in racketeering investigations, the proceeds of which are distributed to law-enforcement agencies involved in the busts. State law allows policing agencies to spend the money within these perimeters: gang prevention, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Transportation Bill Would Streamline Environmental Review, Sponsors Say
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 2, 2012

2 will mark up a transportation reauthorization bill that Republican sponsors say will streamline the environmental review process for new construction projects. The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) would impose new timetables on the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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SC Bar Offers Free Legal Clinics In Spartanburg
News Channel 7February 12, 2012

The SC Bar Pro Bono Program will sponsor several free legal clinics in the Spartanburg area in February. The schedule is as follows: • Feb. 13 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney D. Alan Lazenby.more »

Family Law
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Law enforcement reacts to officer death
WALA-TV FOX10February 5, 2012

The full weight of Mobile Police Officer Steven Green's death is being felt both throughout Mobile and surrounding areas. Nowhere is this truer than in the law enforcement agencies throughout Mobile and surrounding areas. “This is a sad day for law ...more »

Workers Compensation
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PIOTROWSKI v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Theresa Piotrowski (Claimant) challenges the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) which affirmed as modified the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) that denied and dismissed Claimant's claim petition and terminated ...more »

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