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Tax-to-GDP ratio unlikely to touch double-digit
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

Pakistan is ranked to have one of the lowest tax-to-GDP ratio in the world. The tax-to-GDP ratio was at 9.4 percent in FY11, marginally increased from 9.1 percent a year ago, according to the Ministry of Finance data. The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) ...more »

Someone You MUST Know: Immigration Equality Advocate & Author Judy Rickard
10 Thousand CouplesJanuary 1, 2012

By Heidi Mann, Associate Editor Sun, Jan 01, 2012 More attention is needed for the matter of US immigration reform and extending rights to LGBT binational couples. When it comes to gay rights and the 1000+ practical/financial benefits of marriage in ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Hawaii and Delaware same sex marriage law empowers gay marriage for ... News Agency (blog)January 2, 2012

Looking back to March of 2003, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), wrote a detailed authoritive memo instructing DHS officials about how they should treat a marriage under US immigration laws. ...more »

Health Care Law
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Silicon Valley Politicians Introduce 50 New Laws for 2012
Patch.comJanuary 1, 2012

SB 506: Spurring Investment in California Bonds It updates laws allowing the use of registered warrants to pay an existing tax liability. SB 225: Expanding Small Business Loan Program Through the bill, small trucking companies are able to access the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Couple forced to give up daughter
Charleston Post CourierJanuary 1, 2012

The two families arranged to meet at the Charleston Place Hotel, but Brown requested that they move the setting around the corner to Jones' law office, after reporters and photographers arrived at the hotel. With a police escort, the Capobiancos walked ...more »

Immigration Law
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Chat live today at 1 with Joey Kennedy on politics, immigration and drug tests ... (blog)January 3, 2012

Alabama's dreadful immigration law is still on many people's minds; the Legislature goes into session next month and there are likely to be revisions. As it stands, many of the law's provisions have been nullified by courts or state agencies unsure of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Senate body approves SEZs Bill with amendments
Pakistan Daily TimesJanuary 4, 2012

By Ijaz Kakakhel ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Law, Justice, Human Rights and Parliamentary Affairs on Wednesday approved the draft Special Economic Zones (SEZ) Bill 2010 with amendments, which was moved by the Board of Investment (BoI). ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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San Francisco Family Law Attorney Barry Schneider Says CA Budget Cuts Create ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 4, 2012

Family Law Specialist Barry Schneider is a San Francisco family law attorney who specializes in prenuptial agreements and divorces that may involve real estate, business and community property divisions. The law office has extensive experience helping ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Blue Shield To Pay $2M To Settle Lawsuit Over Coverage Rescissions
California HealthlineJanuary 4, 2012

In 2008, former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo (D) filed a lawsuit accusing Blue Shield of using deceptive advertising to persuade residents to purchase health insurance policies that the insurer later would rescind without proper cause. ...more »

Animal Law
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Harrisburg may rethink having cops kill stray dogs
ReutersJanuary 5, 2012

The original memo said officers could kill a stray dog if it was "vicious and a danger to the public and/or officers or if the animal is obviously sick, injured or suffering." A member of the governor's Dog Law Advisory Board warned such a policy would ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Arent Fox Promotes Four Attorneys in its DC Office
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)January 2, 2012

Fowkes and Wright are both members of the litigation practice group. Fowkes focuses on complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation and arbitration and dispute resolution. Wright focuses on complex commercial litigation, technology and ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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ZAB case to open floodgates of litigation: Kasuri
The News InternationalJanuary 1, 2012

He said that instant case falls within the purview of settled principle of Law ie “Closed and Past transaction.” Since the administration of justice heavily lean in favour of “Finality” hence a litigation, which is closed and past, cannot be reopened, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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The Broad Significance of Fisher v. Texas
Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription) (blog)January 9, 2012

By Richard Kahlenberg In the next few weeks, the US Supreme Court is likely to decide whether or not it will hear a challenge to affirmative action at the University of Texas. The university, whose racial-preference program was sustained in the lower ...more »

Aviation Union Directs Members To Shut Down From Monday
Nigerian ObserverJanuary 7, 2012

UNIONS in the aviation sector on Thursday directed their members to close down operations from Monday and participate in the strike called by Nigeria Labour Congress. (NLC). Organised labour had fixed Monday to begin an indefinite nationwide strike ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Council tracks down 'rogue' landlords
Dumfries and Galloway StandardJanuary 5, 2012

... contravened any housing laws. It costs £55 for a landlord or agent to register and £11 for each property rented out. The Scottish Government set up the legislation to try and ensure tenants are treated fairly and homes are of a sufficient standard. ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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For Portland's dope king, love and mistrust
The Associated PressJanuary 1, 2012

He has filed for bankruptcy at least twice. For at least three years, he paid off his personal bills with money from the foundation, and when the feds found out, he simply gave up the foundation's nonprofit status. When cornered, time and again, ...more »

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Founding Partner Jim Rubin Named to Top 100 and Seven Butler Rubin Partners ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

Seven additional Butler Rubin partners have been singled out for excellence in the list of 2012 Illinois Super Lawyers: Ira J. Belcove (Business Litigation), Michael R. Hassan (Business Litigation), James A. Morsch (Antitrust Litigation), ...more »

Business Law
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WNY business community's winners and losers of 2011
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Steven J. Baum law firm— Not only did the Amherst law firm collapse because of its shaky practices and bad taste, but its demise also cost the jobs of nearly 600 local workers at the firm that handled much of its legal paperwork. The law firm already ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Walgreens drops military prescriptions
Record-SearchlightJanuary 5, 2012

By David Benda The nation's largest drugstore chain is no longer participating in a Department of Defense benefits program, forcing many active and retired military personnel and their families in Shasta County to switch pharmacies. ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Police: Amberlee Evonne Meeker Arrested In FL For Sex Crimes Committed In NC
WFMY News 2January 6, 2012

Archdale, NC -- An elementary school teacher in Florida was arrested Monday for sex crimes involving children while she was in Archdale. The Archdale City Police Department, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the Flagler County Sheriff's ...more »

Personal Injury
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What Claim Do I Have After a Collision? : Ambulance and Garbage Truck
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 9, 2012

What claims are available is not always obvious and a very good reason why you should take advantage of meeting with an experienced personal injury lawyer to understand all of your coverages. The insurance company may seem to be treating you correctly, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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A New Year's Forecast For The Health Care Bill
NPRJanuary 1, 2012

And then two smaller issues which the court has taken up as well which have not gotten as much attention; one of which is a requirement in the law that states expand their Medicaid program for low-income Americans to help guarantee universal coverage ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

That doctrine, "although originally derived from the continuous treatment concept in medical malpractice cases, has also been held applicable to professionals other than physicians" (Zaref v Berk & Michaels, 192 AD2d 346, 347). ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Stop Online Piracy Act and the Video Game Industry
Gaming BusJanuary 3, 2012

The bill forces US law onto foreign entities by inhibiting any business interaction with them. It seeks to cripple infringing web sites by use of an Internet embargo, effectively starving it of payment services, search queries, and domain access. ...more »

Real Estate Law
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SFL: CBRE Global Investors, a World Leader in Real Estate Investment ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)January 3, 2012

During the transaction, SFL was advised by BNP Paribas Real Estate and CBRE Global Investors was advised by CBRE and law firm ARES-Avocats. With an exceptional portfolio of properties valued at €3.2 billion including transfer costs, essentially located ...more »

Morrison Cohen LLP Announces Four Partner and Senior Counsel Promotions
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Its commercial litigation attorneys regularly represent these institutions and other financing sources in a variety of matters, ranging from securities related litigation to sophisticated commercial and contract litigation. High Net Worth Individuals: ...more »

Sports Law
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DoJ's Internet Gaming Green Light to States is 'No Big Deal for Tribes'
Indian Country Today Media Network.comJanuary 2, 2012

Congress already passed the law saying that states can have intra-state gaming – the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.” The law, known by its unwieldy acronym UIGEA, was passed in 2006 as part of the SAFE Port Act and essentially prohibits ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Florida Traffic Ticket Defense Firm Finebloom & Haenel Gets Three Cases With ...
PR Web (press release)January 9, 2012

Based in Tampa and Sarasota, the firm also has offices throughout Florida in Clearwater and Orlando. For more information about the firm and its attorneys, go to Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Specializing in DUI ...more »

Small Business Tax Cheats: A $122 Billion Problem
The Fiscal TimesJanuary 18, 2012

Tax experts say the two key ways to prompt better small business tax compliance are to ramp up enforcement at the IRS and to subject businesses to additional third-party reporting requirements. Those solutions are all but impossible, since the IRS...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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10 Social Media Law & Governance Resolutions for 2012
Business 2 CommunityJanuary 3, 2012

Bringing an independent audit into the mix is good idea to help keep monitoring of social business activities as accurate as possible. BONUS: Cleary Define Who Owns Company-Related Social Network Accounts. One of the legal hot potatoes of 2011, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bellair Ventures Inc. Announces Proposed Qualifying Transaction
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

("CleanEnergy"), a corporation incorporated pursuant to the laws of the Province of Ontario (the "Qualifying Transaction"). If completed, the proposed acquisition will constitute Bellair's qualifying transaction pursuant to the policies of the TSX ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Cumbrian man loses inheritance bid
The Co-operativeJanuary 19, 2012

Although an unfortunate situation, the case illustrates the importance of ensuring that the proper provisions are left in wills to provide for the future. To protect against challenges of probate, writing a memorandum can also help to protect the ...more »

Family Law
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Law signed to speed troops through TSA security
NavyTimes.comJanuary 3, 2012

By Rick Maze - Staff writer President Obama has signed a law that within six months could make it easier for service members and their families to get through security checkpoints at major airports. The Risk-Based Security Screening for Members of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Jay-Z Proves Worker's Comp Lawsuit was Errornous
This Beat GoesJanuary 2, 2012

It appears that a lawsuit directed against Jay-Z by the Workers' Compensation Board of New York will not find its way to court. The lawsuit was first reported last week but it seems that the dispute was simply the result of clerical error. ...more »


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