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How to start preparing for your year-end tax planning
Smart Business NetworkNovember 1, 2011

The end of the year is fast approaching — which means it's time to start thinking about year-end tax planning, both for your business and personal accounts. Planning early will help ensure maximum benefits. “Many items within tax planning are time ...more »

Feds challenge S. Carolina immigration law
Fox NewsNovember 1, 2011

The Justice Department holds that the South Carolina law imposes "significant burdens" on federal agencies and will divert funds from priority projects such as the fight against terrorism, drug smuggling, gangs and apprehending people wanted for other ...more »

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Administrative Law
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: Statement of Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer Before the Senate ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 1, 2011

The defendants were charged with engaging in numerous frauds, including sophisticated schemes to defraud Medicare and insurance companies by submitting fraudulent bills for medically unnecessary treatments or treatments that were never performed. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health insurance costs rising more slowly
Kansas.comNovember 6, 2011

Health insurance premiums for next year are still rising, but the rate of increase may be starting to slow, according to experts in the insurance field. And the effect of some new benefits under the new federal health care law , which ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Renewed proposal for Upper Arlington connector raises neighbors' ire
Columbus DispatchNovember 2, 2011

"The task force is a diverse group of stakeholders invited by the director of ODNR to give advice on the issue of regulating dangerous wild animals," wrote spokeswoman Laura Jones. "The group was not created by law, isn't required to meet or take any ...more »

Immigration Law
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The Man Behind Arizona's Immigration Law Could Lose His Job Today
GawkerNovember 8, 2011

Russell Pearce, the Arizona state senator who drafted the state's infamous "papers, please" immigration law last year and was rewarded with the title of Senate president, may, impossibly enough, lose his job today, in the first recall election of a ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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The Doe Run Company Promotes Matt Wohl to Vice President of Law
PR Web (press release)November 4, 2011

He will also oversee all other legal matters, including permitting, the interpretation of regulations and statutes, compliance and internal and external counsel for company operations. The Doe Run Company is pleased to announce that Matthew Wohl has ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Jamaica wants mediator to resolve Gayle-WICB standoff
Daily News & AnalysisNovember 3, 2011

Fritz Harris, general secretary of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), said a mediator should be brought in to adjudicate the ongoing dispute between Chris Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). Harris said the JCA has been quiet on the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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10-Q: NATIONAL PROPERTY INVESTORS 4
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkNovember 9, 2011

However, if AIMCO Properties, LP determines that the law of the state or other jurisdiction in which a limited partner resides would prohibit the issuance of partnership common units of AIMCO Properties, LP in that state or other jurisdiction (or that ...more »

Animal Law
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Rep. Wynn proposes animal abuse law
Royal Purple NewsNovember 2, 2011

State Representative Evan Wynn, R-Whitewater, introduced a new bill Oct. 27 that would create harsher penalties for abuse to animals. According to a press release from Wynn's office, the bill, named “Casey's Law” is named after a ...more »

Intellectual Property
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China to make unending efforts in IPR protection: vice premier
XinhuaNovember 15, 2011

15 (Xinhua) -- Vice Premier Wang Qishan Tuesday vowed to make ceaseless efforts to protect Intellectual Property Rights (IPR), as he believes China faces "an arduous and complicated task" in the fight against abusive copyright infringements. ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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City attorney eyes greater employee pension responsibility
SignOnSanDiego.comNovember 1, 2011

While that question is the focus of ongoing litigation between the city and its pension system, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and a city-paid actuary on Monday presented one possible path forward should San Diego win its legal battle to share equally in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Exclusion of queens from National House of Chiefs must end – Forum
Ghana Business NewsNovember 17, 2011

Participants at a regional forum held to collate views for the Affirmative Action Legislation (AAL) have denounced the continued exclusion of queens' from the National House of Chiefs (NHC), describing it as unfair and discriminatory. ...more »

U N aviation body weighs in against EU carbon plan
Moneycontrol.comNovember 3, 2011

REUTERS - The United Nations body responsible for civil aviation weighed in against the European Union's emissions trading scheme on Wednesday, increasing pressure on the EU to back down in what threatens to become ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Turtle Bay High-Rise Tenants Sue Landlord for Rent Overcharges
DNAinfoNovember 11, 2011

... into compliance with the law. “Anybody who's properly entitled to money back from an overcharge will be getting it,” Koeppel added. But the tenants' attorney, William Gribben, said that the landlord has still not fulfilled his legal requirements. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Andrew, Ruth Madoff Say They Were Unaware of $65 Billion Fraud
BusinessWeekNovember 1, 2011

Bernard Madoff, 73, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents on Dec 11, 2008, and his firm was forced into bankruptcy. He pleaded guilty and is serving a 150-year sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina. In describing the family's ...more »

Litigation
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Thermal Energy Provides Update on the Status of Litigation with Thomas Hinke ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)November 10, 2011

NOTE: This press release contains forward-looking statements relating to, and amongst other things, based on management's expectations, estimates and projections with respect to, expected outcomes of the Company's litigation with Mr. Hinke and Ms. ...more »

Business Law
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Why Celebrity Advertising Works: Management Consulting
WCWNovember 1, 2011

Advertisers feel that they are clever, and in one way they truly are. They allow us to build a bridge to the product or service on offer through a vivacious personality. Examples abound. Take Jude Law, the current enigmatic figure for the face of Dior ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Army Captain Sues Government For Equal Benefits
10TVNovember 2, 2011

The couple joined seven other gay military couples in the lawsuit against the government. The suit demanded the same military benefits provided to gay couples. That would include health care, housing and bereavement. “If a state or the District of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Perils in a simple Facebook click
Bangkok PostNovember 24, 2011

People who press "share" or "like" buttons on Facebook in response to lese majeste-related content can violate the Computer Crime Act, Information and Communication Technology Minister Anudith Nakornthap has warned. Although the clicks were only aimed ...more »

Personal Injury
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Boost cap on auto insurance payouts: report
CBC.caNovember 2, 2011

Proposed definition of minor personal injury A minor personal injury is a sprain or strain or whiplash-associated disorder, or a combination thereof, which results in minor consequences to a person's life. “Minor consequences” means that neither the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Keeping Up With the Joneses: How Far Does the 'Reasonable Expectation of ...
ABA JournalNovember 1, 2011

Jones involves the question of whether it is a search or seizure within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment when the police plant a GPS device on a person's vehicle and monitor it for 24 hours a day, for 28 days. Since Katz v. United States, decided in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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RESTAINO v. DES JARDINS
Leagle.comNovember 2, 2011

Plaintiff Deborah Restaino sued defendants Robert P. Des Jardins, Robert P. Des Jardins, Inc., Des Jardins & Haapala, ALC, and Michael J. Haapala for legal malpractice arising from their representation of her in a marital dissolution proceeding. ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FTC settles two Internet privacy complaints
Washington Post (blog)November 8, 2011

The agency has also brought complaints against Twitter for revealing user passwords after a security breach. The FTC has investigated Facebook's privacy policies and dropped a probe of Google's collection of residential data from Wi-fi networks. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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China's Poly Real Estate Drops Fund Raising
Wall Street JournalNovember 5, 2011

SHANGHAI—Chinese developer Poly Real Estate Group Co. said Saturday it has scrapped a plan to raise 9.6 billion yuan ($1.51 billion) through a private placement of shares, citing an unfriendly fund-raising environment for developers. ...more »

The Doe Run Company Promotes Matt Wohl to Vice President of Law
PR Web (press release)November 4, 2011

He will also oversee all other legal matters, including permitting, the interpretation of regulations and statutes, compliance and internal and external counsel for company operations. The Doe Run Company is pleased to announce that Matthew Wohl has ...more »

Sports Law
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Concealed carry and sports
OnMilwaukee.comNovember 1, 2011

RT http://t.co/6fiwBIcE You may wonder why we now have this law. Well let's let Darren LaSorte, a lobbyist for the National Rifle Association, explained the rationale. "For the first time, violent criminals are going to have to fear that their next ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney suggests evidence withheld in Richter case
Fort Dodge MessengerNovember 3, 2011

Jurors were removed from a Fort Dodge courtoom for more than an hour while attorneys argued over whether Scott Bandstra and the rest of Richter's defense team were given a Division of Criminal Investigation report that former Sac County Attorney Earl ...more »

Obama audits me. Who will audit him?
WND.comNovember 8, 2011

That's just the way it works in recent Democratic Party administrations – the IRS is used as a political attack dog against its "enemies." During Bill Clinton's administration, my news organization was singled out for a nine-month-long IRS...more »

We dedicated our lives to patients but the NHS threw us out at 65
The StarNovember 4, 2011

Age discrimination campaigners are celebrating a major victory; the law now prevents employers from forcing their workers into retirement just because they've hit 65. It's part of the government's grand plan to make our old age a more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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US Department of the Treasury Awards VSE Corporation Potential $250 Million ...
MarketWatch (press release)November 1, 2011

VSE has been the prime contractor for Treasury's Office for Asset Forfeiture (TEOAF) general property program since 2006. Under this contract, VSE will lead its team to provide transportation, storage, and disposition services to several law...more »

Environmental Law
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A Letter from Assemblyman Mike Feuer
Patch.comNovember 2, 2011

This law brings a new level of transparency and accountability to California's public pension funds, while helping ensure that taxpayer dollars do not go toward investing in companies that do business with Iranian energy interests. ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Vail Daily column: What to do when someone dies
Vail Daily NewsNovember 2, 2011

“Probate” is the legal process that is used to transfer title of property from the decedent to his or her heirs. All wills and intestate estates must be probated, but the degree of the court's involvement and the complexity of the process ranges from ...more »

Family Law
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Bequest to feed Panama children spawns legal fight
The Associated PressNovember 1, 2011

But there it was in black and white, and Florida tax lawyer Richard Lehman — Lucom's friend and attorney for three decades — was appointed in Panama to oversee the estate and initiate the plan to grow food for the poor kids from seeds. ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Proposed Canandaigua city budget includes changes, tax levy increase
Penfield PostNovember 4, 2011

The 2012 City of Canandaigua proposed budget features a 9.83 percent increase in the tax levy and several other changes, such as the inclusion of the Workers' Compensation levy to the overall tax levy. ...more »

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