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Ships and boats can travel in US waters but the operators of these water vessels must be knowledgeable about admiralty law. Injuries, deaths and damaged cargo falls under the responsibility of both the captains as well as the ship owners.

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Because air space cannot be legally owned by any party, governments are required to regulate and monitor the activities of commercial and private plane owners in order to keep hazards to a minimum. Aviation laws are constantly changing so keeping up with them will help you to avoid causing air traffic related accidents.

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Children are especially at risk because they are often not able to speak for themselves in the court system. This is why Child Protective Services and other governmental agencies are used to evaluate the parents and guardians that have been accused of neglect and abuse.

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New Law Toughens Approach To Russian Cabs

The Russian government has just implemented new, tougher laws in relation to how taxies operate in the country. Under the new laws, which came into force on September 1st 2011, all Russian mini-cabs will now have to install a meter to ensure a fair and consistent pricing scheme as well as journey tracker so that their routes are recorded. In addition, all taxi’s will now have to be clearly marked (with an orange light and checker side) and the laws regarding drivers have also been toughened meaning that you will now need an approved permit and 5 years experience to drive a licensed and therefore legal cab in the country.

Continue reading 29.09.2011. 17:15

Court Rules Marvel Comics Owns Copyright

Walt Disney the parent company of Marvel Entertainment has won its fight in court. A New York federal judge has ruled that the company, not the artist owns the copyright to 45 book superheroes including Iron Man, Spider-Man and the x- Men. The ruling handed down by Judge Colleen McMahon invalidates all of the 45 notices that were sent to Marvel by the heirs of Jack Kirby, the artist who rendered the drawings.

Continue reading 01.08.2011. 11:28

FDA Looks To Pass New Food Safety Law

The Food and Drug Administration has been under intense scrutiny since the recent Tylenol recalls and E. coli outbreaks. The agency responsible for ensuring that all food and drug products manufactured or imported into the US are safe has failed to identify several major safety issues. Although Congress has already reduced the FDA budget for 2012 by over $100 million, the agency is looking for more money to pass a new food safety law. The money would be used to train more inspectors and implement more stringent safety regulations.

Republicans believe that the Food and Drug Administration is well within its power to regulate the industry without the need to increase its budget. With the federal government looking to reduce costs across the board, it is unlikely that Congress would give the FDA an additional $1.4 billion for the new law. Some lawyers believe that the FDA could further push the issue if it was able to show that the safety of US citizens would be at risk without new regulations.

One of the industry that probably will be unaffected is pharmaceuticals. Each year, thousand of new prescription drugs are released on the market while food manufacturers face tougher restrictions. Even still, tainted batches of meat, produce and prescription drugs have sickened and even killed thousands of Americans. Whether or not the FDA is able to get the money that it needs to fund the proposed new law, the agency will need to put better food safety regulations into effect.

06.07.2011. 06:51

Mason Creek Kennel Owner Charged With 104 Felony Animal Cruelty Offenses

William Allen, the owner of Mason Creek Kennel, was found to have been keeping malnourished dogs and puppies on his property after a search warrant was executed. In total, more than 270 dogs were found living in their own excrement, covered in sores and severely dehydrated. Allen, who is wheelchair bounds and suffers from a number of medical ailments, says that he was unable to properly care for his own animals. Instead of selling or giving them away, Allen claims that he hired workers to oversee his business.

Allen has run his kennel in North Carolina for a number of years without incident, but when reports were made pointing to his dog breeding activities and allegations of animal cruelty rose, investigators began to take a closer look at his business. Animal rescue crews noted that most of Allen's dogs were kept outside in enclosures directly outside of Allen's own home. It would be veritably impossible for him to not see that his animals were in a poor state of health. In addition to being dehydrated and malnourished, all of the dogs on the property either suffered from sun exposure or had severely matted coats.

As a result of their findings, police have charged Allen with 104 misdemeanor animal cruelty charges. Although Allen has promised to get out of the dog breeding business, he may serve up to 42 years in jail if convicted. The prosecutor and judge may take Allen's poor health into consideration before formally handing down the charges and sentence.

22.06.2011. 14:13

DSK Rape Victim Loses Credibility

Ever since Dominique Strauss-Kahn was charged with raping a NYC hotel maid, his supporters have attacked the character of the unnamed victim. The maid, who had only been working for the hotel for a few years when the alleged crime occurred, has made conflicting statements, and her past has come under scrutiny. While the prosecutor has pleaded for other victims to come forward, the entire case hangs on the statements of Strauss-Kahn and the hotel employee.

Although there is DNA evidence, it has come to the attention of authorities that the victim was not completely forthcoming. Instead of alerting hotel security immediately after the alleged attack occurred, the victim claims that she continued to clean more rooms. Dominique Strauss-Kahn was arrested on board a flight headed for France, and was immediately imprisoned at Rikers Island. The former IMF Bank chief has been accused in the past of being sexually inappropriately at times, but he contends that all acts between himself and the unnamed maid were consensual.

The defense for Strauss-Kahn believes that the accuser is fabricating her story. The woman, who immigrated to the United States 16 years ago may have lied about being raped in order to gain amnesty. Strauss Kahn's lawyers are digging into her past, and they have uncovered that the alleged victim has been paid in excess of $100,000 a year for performing questionable services. She has also been linked to criminals and her mother is a member of a political party that opposes Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

08.06.2011. 06:48



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