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How to reap tax savings for selling your products abroad
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

You can also use an IC-DISC to provide an equity type of incentive to employees, which can serve as a motivation tool to improve productivity and increase export sales. Does a company have to be making a certain level of sales for the IC-DISC to make ...more »

Rick Ross Sued By Nigerian Government For Pulling Out Of A Show
News OneJanuary 1, 2012

The government of Cross River State Government has hired lawyers in the United States to explore other options to sue Rick Ross for breach of contract and to recover the performance fee. Look, Nigeria is real crazy right now. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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China Set to Punish Another Human Rights Activist
New York TimesJanuary 3, 2012

“I'm afraid the sentence this time will be especially heavy,” their lawyer, Cheng Hai, said after their hearing on Thursday. The trial of Ms. Ni and her husband, Dong Jiqin, capped a particularly grim year for Chinese dissidents and human rights ...more »

Health Care Law
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STATE: 2012 health-care tax will affect many, insurance analyst says
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

By Jerry Wolffe Medical insurers will be charged a 1 percent tax on paid health-care claims, effective today. The tax, approved by the state Legislature and signed into law Sept. 20 by Gov. Rick Snyder, replaces the 6 percent use tax applied to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Lawsuit, immigration enforcement lead SC new laws
Myrtle Beach Sun NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Meanwhile, the law sets up a new illegal immigration law enforcement unit in the state Department of Public Safety. The law requires employers to check a federal database to see if the people they hire are in the country legally. It makes it a crime to ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration case led to LA arson arrest
CBS NewsJanuary 3, 2012

However it turns out, hopefully this was the guy doing it and he won't be doing it anymore. by rowdy-ninja January 3, 2012 3:08 PM EST Time for German Americans both legal and illegal to whine and cry about the immigration laws of this country like the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Better laws needed to catch the drug cheats
The West Australian (blog)January 4, 2012

And the merits of urine versus saliva testing are set to become a major industrial relations flashpoint in the drafting of national mining regulations. The mining union is pushing for the less efficient saliva method to become the default test at mines ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Relationship advice on hand to counter festive stress
Cambridge NewsJanuary 3, 2012

Talk about it The National Family Mediation Service is on standby to receive inquiries from couples deciding to split after the stress of the festive period. January 7 is the date more couples throw in the towel on their marriage than on any other day. ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Michael Horn of Springfield joins Hackensack law firm
Suburban NewsJanuary 9, 2012

By Suburban News SPRINGFIELD — Michael S. Horn joins Archer & Greiner's Commercial Litigation Group in Hackensack office. Prior to joining Archer & Greiner, Michael Horn practiced for several years at Hardin, Kundla, McKeon & Poletto, PA in ...more »

Animal Law
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Woman sues to prove dogs are 'living souls,' not property
msnbc.comJanuary 5, 2012

Whether the suit is successful or not, it brings to light the practices of puppy mills and their damaging effects on animals and their human owners, animal rights advocates say. “I don't know where this case is going to go, but it's good that it brings ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Former IP Group Chair at Manatt Phelps Joins Sheppard Mullin
Metropolitan News-EnterpriseJanuary 4, 2012

Guy N. Halgren, chairman of the firm, praised Pietrini as “a powerhouse litigator, portfolio manager and trademark attorney, who has regularly been recognized among the top IP lawyers in the state.” He opined that her “diverse client roster”—which ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Baron and Budd Announces $8.4 Million Verdict for Widow of Mesothelioma Cancer ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Baron and Budd has been defending the rights of asbestos cancer sufferers and their families for more than 30 years and was one of the first law firms to successfully litigate a mesothelioma lawsuit. The firm has achieved numerous landmark mesothelioma ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Little desire to work in SA
Times LIVEJanuary 11, 2012

Government hand-outs, trade unions and affirmative action have combined to generate a marked negative effect on the desire to work in South Africa. This is according to information obtained from JSE-listed human capital management group, Adcorp, ...more »

BBA Aviation acquires Azalea Aviation, Arrindell Aviation
RTT NewsJanuary 4, 2012

(RTTNews) - BBA Aviation plc (BBA.L: News ) Wednesday said its Signature Flight Support Corporation has recently acquired assets of Azalea Aviation in Mobile, Alabama and 95 percent of Arrindell Aviation Services in St Maarten, Caribbean. ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Retford law firm's landlord warning
Retford TodayJanuary 2, 2012

“Landlords and their letting agents need to be aware of these new rules and realise that financial penalties are now more likely than ever if they don't comply.” For more advice on landlord and tenant law please contact James Murray at Atteys ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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As chances for bank loans shrink, Britain's small firms struggle
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 2, 2012

In Britain, the credit squeeze has sent businesses scrambling for alternative financing and fostered lending that bypasses the big banks. Graffiti by British artist Banksy on the side of a building in East London, with the HSBC and Citibank buildings ...more »

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Meade County Commission still in litigation over rubble site expansion
Rapid City JournalJanuary 8, 2012

The commissioners are currently in litigation with DENR over the expansion, so they would not say anything on the matter, instead breaking into executive session. "The county is in the status of litigation of this matter so we have to keep our comments ...more »

Business Law
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How the Economy and Technology Are Changing Our News
Caribbean Media VisionJanuary 1, 2012

Online delivery gives newsrooms a global audience and the ability to increase advertising revenue from the constant demand of online content. The faster the news, the more virally it can spread. New media platforms are speeding up the delivery of news ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Mitt Romney says he would veto DREAM Act
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 1, 2012

By James Oliphant Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney has pledged to veto the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for children of illegal immigrants if they attend college or serve in the military. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police warn of online danger after string of violent crimes related to social ...
Dearborn Press and GuideJanuary 1, 2012

“Backpage has now provided law enforcement authorities with computer, forensic or other evidence that shows that at least 70 different third-party ads or other postings on at least 22 different websites appear to be or are potentially related to this ...more »

Personal Injury
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Injuries board welcomes move to reduce lawyers' role in claims
Irish TimesJanuary 2, 2012

Set up in 2004, the board has the express purpose of reducing the cost of personal injuries claims. Given that the main cost – outside of the awards themselves – are legal fees, it has always had a difficult relationship with the legal profession. ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama Crowned Himself on New Year's Eve
The International News MagazineJanuary 1, 2012

To prevent the US government from behaving like a king, the drafters of the US Constitution empowered an elected legislature to write every law, to declare every war, and to remove its executive from office. To further prevent the abuse of individuals' ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Taking Stock: Appointments, Promotions, Achievements
Wausau Daily HeraldJanuary 1, 2012

Her practice focuses on claims involving motor vehicle accidents and medical malpractice. Habush Habush & Rottier has served Wisconsin as a personal injury law firm for more than 75 years. The firm handles cases from simple auto accidents to complex ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Study: Reform increased cost to file bankruptcy
OCRegisterJanuary 2, 2012

By JAN NORMAN / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER The 2005 bankruptcy reform law has made the bankruptcy system costlier and more cumbersom for debtors and bankruptcy professionals, according to a study released by the American Bankruptcy Institute. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Rothman Gordon Recognized as one of Fortune's 2012 Top Ranked Law Firms
Insurance News Net (press release)January 2, 2012

Areas of practice include alternative dispute resolution; business and corporate law; commercial real estate; litigation; estate planning and administration; taxation and employee benefits; financing and commercial loans; employment and labor law; ...more »

Asia Manufacturing Picture Clouds
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

By MICHAEL S. ARNOLD SINGAPORE—Manufacturing activity continued to contract in South Korea and Taiwan in December but grew in India, as the euro-zone sovereign debt crisis and the sluggish US recovery hit Asia's export economies harder. ...more »

Sports Law
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Sports Marketing and PR Veteran Katrina Leonce Joins Dow Lohnes Sports ...
Virtual-Strategy MagazineJanuary 3, 2012

Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment is a division of Dow Lohnes, a nationally renowned law firm established in 1918 with expertise across a wide range of disciplines. Over the past several years Dow Lohnes Sports & Entertainment has quickly become the ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorneys ask judge to plug leaks in tix-fix case
The Riverdale PressJanuary 11, 2012

...lawyers revealed at a packed hearing at Bronx Criminal Court on Jan. 5. Huddled around a small table — normally fit for one or two defense attorneys — a dozen lawyers representing 15 of the 16 police officers arrested as part of the ticket-fixing ...more »

IRS Wage Garnishment Could Definitely Be Avoided
Litchfield Independent ReviewJanuary 13, 2012

Procrastination cаn be paralyzing, аnd it can bе detrimental tо your оverаll financial well beіng - еѕpeciаlly if you have unfiled returns or owe thе IRS back taxes, which exposes you to IRS audits, liens, wage garnishments, penalties, fines and even ...more »

Fast-food manager files gender, age discrimination lawsuit
Southeast Texas RecordJanuary 2, 2012

LUFKIN - An assistant manager for a Wendy's restaurant has filed a gender and age discrimination lawsuit, claiming she was forced to quit when upper management wouldn't stop the harassment. Cathy Gilder filed suit against LaTrelle's Management on Dec. ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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BADGER CULLS: Charities continue protest
Xperedon Charity NewsJanuary 6, 2012

Animal welfare charities such as the RSPCA, the Humane Society, Animal Aid, The Wildlife Trust, The Badger Trust and others are opposing the culls of badgers which are planned for later this year. Badgers have long been held responsible for bovine TB ...more »

Environmental Law
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Wentworth Resources Limited : Acquisition of Cove Energy's Interest in Mnazi ...
ReutersJanuary 30, 2012

WENTWORTH RESOURCES LIMITED ("Wentworth" or "the Company") ACQUISITION OF COVE ENERGY'S INTEREST IN MNAZI BAY CONCESSION, TANZANIA Highlights: Wentworth will acquire Cove's 16.38% participation interest in Mnazi Bay In exchange Wentworth will terminate ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local offices draw more candidates
News CourierJanuary 6, 2012

He said during that time, he's been able to help people with a variety of issues that relate to probate law, including real estate, mental commitments, guardianships and wills. “I just felt the call to serve, and it's something I wanted to explore,” ...more »

Family Law
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Free Public Family Law Informational Sessions
Canada NewsWire (press release)January 5, 2012

5, 2012 /CNW/ - Val Hemminger, senior lawyer and owner of Hemminger Schmid Lawyers and Mediators, is leading free informational and Q&A sessions on family law matters to interested local community groups in Greater Victoria. Sessions are geared towards ...more »

Workers Compensation
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New, stronger pain medications raise concerns
Business InsuranceJanuary 8, 2012

AP An opioid medication being developed by several companies could nearly double the daily dosage of hydrocodone available by prescription, and workers compensation experts are tracking the drug's progress. San Diego-based pharmaceutical firm Zogenix ...more »


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