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HMRC bids to make failing to declare income from offshore accounts a criminal...
Daily MailAugust 20, 2014

HMRC's demand for greater muscle comes amid a broader crackdown on tax evasion, as Chancellor George Osborne looks to balance the country's books. Some £1.5billion has already been recovered from offshore tax evaders over the past two years, ...more »

SHAREHOLDER ALERT: Brower Piven Announces The Investigation Of Skilled ...
Wall Street JournalAugust 20, 2014

The securities litigation law firm of Brower Piven, A Professional Corporation, has commenced an investigation into possible breaches of fiduciary duty and other violations of state law by the Board of Directors of Skilled Healthcare Group, Inc ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Steuber sheds light on problematic statute
Russellville CourierAugust 20, 2014

When Russellville resident Scott Steuber heard in February about a proposed crematorium next to the elementary school his two sons would attend, he wanted the chance to express to the Arkansas State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors that he ...more »

Health Care Law
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State Says Insurers Must Cover Elective Abortions
CBS LocalAugust 24, 2014

Although the federal Affordable Care Act does not compel employers to provide workers with health insurance that includes abortion coverage, the director of California's Department of Managed Health Care said in a letter to seven insurance companies on ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The Churn: Squire Patton Boggs and Ashurst Adjust Alliances, Plus More Lateral ...
The American Lawyer (registration)August 20, 2014

The Khalid Al-Thebity Law Firm, the Riyadh-based shop of former Patton Boggs counsel and Saudi managing partner Khalid Al-Thebity, was once associated with the now-defunct Dewey & LeBoeuf before signing on with Patton Boggs in June 2012. ... The Asian ...more »

Immigration Law
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Using Immigration Technology Resources Effectively
The Legal IntelligencerAugust 20, 2014

The observations of immigration specialist Natalia Teper of the Law Office of Natalia Teper underscore the importance for paralegals of making effective use of technology: "In today's work environment technological awareness is not only beneficial but ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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To the Editor: 'Walkable City' author would advise against Road Diet for US 12
Heritage NewspapersAugust 21, 2014

Saline should expand the northeast parking lot, buy the back portion of 135 W. Michigan plus the pit for parking to allow gatherings at the back of future development, and obtain parking behind Sun Engineering while seeking from a new owner (p.241 ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Judge Van Alst seeks election to 84th District Court seat
Cadillac News (subscription)August 21, 2014

Van Alst earned her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, graduating with distinction with certificates of merit in taxation, civil procedure and alternative dispute resolution. Central Michigan University granted Van Alst a Bachelor of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Auto-repair shops face off against insurers over payments
Orlando SentinelAugust 20, 2014

The Florida lawsuit alleges that insurance companies, led by State Farm, pay repair shops on an arbitrary basis and "artificially suppress the labor rate" at auto-body shops. The suit alleges that State Farm steers business away from repair shops if ...more »

Animal Law
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Experts: 'Puppy Doe Law' will protect animals
The SunAugust 25, 2014

BOSTON -- When Gov. Deval Patrick signed the so-called "Puppy Doe Law" this month, increasing the penalties for animal cruelty and requiring veterinarians to be mandatory reporters, it added protection to another of the most "vulnerable members of ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Amendments to Intellectual Property Case Adjudication Act
Lexology (registration)August 20, 2014

Amendments to Articles 4, 19, 23 and 31 of the Intellectual Property Case Adjudication Act, plus the addition of a new Article 10-1, were passed by way of Third Reading during a session of the Legislative Assembly held on May 20, 2014. The Act was ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Ground Rules Regarding Privilege Set in Incretin Litigation
The National Law Journal (registration)August 23, 2014

According to the order from U.S. District Judge Anthony Battaglia of the Southern District of California, the parties were unable to agree on the source of law for disputes regarding whether attorney-client privilege shields some evidence. But the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Study: Affirmative Action Stigmatizes Beneficiaries
The College FixAugust 29, 2014

Research by George Mason University's David Kravitz and colleagues reveals that, while “affirmative action policies in the workforce have increased diversity,” they've also had the effect of “stigmatizing the very workers the policies are designed to ...more »

Americans Killed In Plane Crash Were Investors In Freeport
Bahamas TribuneAugust 20, 2014

Robert Dean Carlson, vice president of Aqua Sun Investments Inc, was piloting the twin-engine Cessna 340 aircraft when it crashed five miles northwest of Freeport on Monday morning. On board were lawyer R Michael Kennedy, managing director of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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In first year, city's one-strike law sees praise, criticism
Citizens VoiceSeptember 15, 2014

Tenants have to leave the property. A notice goes on the door, and the city's legal department sends owners a letter explaining the appeals process. Landlords must pay $100 and file an appeal to the city within 20 days from the date of the order. They ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Sears Canada Reports Second Quarter Results
Wall Street JournalAugust 20, 2014

The Company does not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any forward-looking information, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. ..... 26-week period ended August 2, 2014 (the ...more »

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How mediation of patent disputes differs from litigation
InsideCounselAugust 20, 2014

Mediation is a well-accepted means of dispute resolution and an alternative to litigation. The mediation process involves the parties to a dispute engaging an impartial mediator to facilitate a negotiation process. This process differs from litigation ...more »

Business Law
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Arson investigation launched in burning of historic Duluth mansion
Insurance News NetAugust 20, 2014

She and her business partner, Mike Seyfer , president and CEO of HTK, moved their 19-person operation that specializes in health care advertising to Hystead's house near the University of Minnesota Duluth . "Our goal is to meet every expectation ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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How Pakistan's Military Benefits from Civilian Unrest
The DiplomatAugust 20, 2014

Coups and military interference in domestic politics are endemic in Pakistan. Its most recent military tyrant, Pervez Musharraf, is under trial for treason. All of this suggested a certain return to civilian normalcy. However, as of August 2014 ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Can One of These Obsessions Get You Scammed?
Huffington PostAugust 22, 2014

To make matters worse, once your computer is infected, it can become a soldier in a zombie army -- aiding and abetting a variety of online crimes -- not to mention a conduit for transmitting your information to people who view the theft of your data as ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Law Firm Sponsors Little League Team
PR Web (press release)September 9, 2014

Personal injury law firm Anderson, Hemmat & McQuinn is sponsoring the South Suburban Little League Baseball Team for yet another year, providing funding for uniforms as well as other team expenses. In addition to the team's funding, firm Co-founder ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional Court annuls Article 42/1(c) of Decree-Law 556
World Trademark Review (subscription)September 5, 2014

Following an application for the annulment of Article 42/1(c) of Decree-Law 556 on the ground of unconstitutionality, referred by the Fourth IP Court of Istanbul, the Turkish Constitutional Court has ordered the annulment of that provision (Decision ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Decisions Address Relevance, Scope, Email and Privacy Issues
New York Law Journal (registration)August 30, 2014

Levy,6 a legal malpractice action, plaintiff asserted that defendant law firm failed in an arbitration to properly produce source data relied upon by its expert, which resulted in the exclusion of a certain exhibit, an expert report and expert ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FCC declares overly-broad absolute liability for unsolicited faxes under the TCPA?
Lexology (registration)September 8, 2014

... the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) filed a letter brief in Court on July 17, 2014, declaring that “under the plain text of [the Code of Federal Regulations (“CFR”)] – and unlike the robo-call and do-not-call contexts – direct liability ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Greenberg Traurig's Real Estate Practice Adds Daniel Acosta in Chicago
DigitalJournal.comAugust 26, 2014

Daniel Acosta has joined the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP as a counsel in its Real Estate practice in Chicago. He joined the firm from Boodell & Domaskis, LLC, where he was senior counsel. Acosta focuses his practice on commercial real ...more »

Obama Administration Calls The Supreme Court's Bluff In Hobby Lobby
ThinkProgressAugust 22, 2014

In most cases, once the non-profit employer submitted this form, their insurer would then contract separately with their workers to ensure that those workers had contraceptive coverage. These non-profit rules spawned one ... Hobby Lobby, which ...more »

Sports Law
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Shipley features all-star cast in concussion panel discussion
Main LineAugust 30, 2014

... women's ice hockey captain Josephine Pucci; Sports Legacy Institute co-founder Chris Nowinski; former Major League Soccer veterans Steve Jolley and Doug Warren; and Andrew Brandt, Director of the Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova University ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Minnesota Supreme Court rulings tighten law enforcement's authority on ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneAugust 20, 2014

The more significant ruling, written by Justice Christopher Dietzen, extended U.S. constitutional protections against unreasonable search and seizure to Minnesota civil, not just criminal, matters. The second ruling determined that police had illegally ...more »

This civil rights agency gives employers heartburn; you've probably never ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.comAugust 27, 2014

But if you were to walk into a company's human resources office and announce that the OFCCP – shorthand for the Department of Labor's clunky sounding Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs – was here for an audit, you'd likely incite panic. (So ...more »

Meme: Ray Rice Dropped From Ravens, Dylan O'Brien Is an Unlikely Action Star
TheBacklotSeptember 9, 2014

Bryan Fischer claims straight NFL discrimination, Michael Egan speaks out about lawsuits, Chick-Fil-A founder S. Truett Cathy passes away. The Air Force has refused to allow an airman ... Even when I was in years ago, you were allowed to skip the God ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Beacon Hill Roll Call
Wicked Local FraminghamAugust 22, 2014

Patrick signed into law a $929 million technology bond bill including $50 million to increase broadband service to homes and businesses in underserved areas in central and western Massachusetts; $38 million for a matching grant program to help public ...more »

Environmental Law
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New option emerges for Estabrook Dam problems
Milwaukee Journal SentinelAugust 24, 2014

However, before work could begin, officials learned the federal Bureau of Land Management would require the county to conduct an environmental assessment and evaluate other alternatives. The federal bureau has custody of an island separating two ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Editorial: A pro for Suffolk probate
Boston HeraldAugust 28, 2014

The race for Suffolk County register of probate and family court isn't generally high on most voters' priority lists and the job overseeing the administration of divorce and child custody cases along with wills, adoptions and the like shouldn't even be ...more »

Family Law
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UK surrogacy investigated in The Report on BBC Radio 4
Family Law WeekAugust 21, 2014

... intended parents, is sustainable. A BBC News feature concerning surrogacy is here. In early September Family Law Week will publish the first of a regular series of updates concerning surrogacy law, written by Andrew Powell of 4 Paper Buildings. 21 ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WCIRB Report on First Quarter 2014 Experience Released (press release)August 26, 2014

California workers' compensation written premium for calendar year 2013 is approximately $14.8 billion, which is approximately 18% above the written premium reported for 2012 and 68% above the written premium reported for 2009. Written premium for the ...more »


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