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The US Treasury is Aiming to Lower the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Ideal Tax Solution is amongst these companies broadening their horizons to assists all Americans tax problems. The US Treasury discussed a few months ago, possibly working with the FATCA (Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act) to lower the standards on it ...more »

Palike to reclaim Clarence School playground
Deccan HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

The Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike will take legal measures to reclaim the Clarence School playground. Commissioner M K Shankaralinge Gowda, while replying to a discussion on the issue in the Council meeting on Tuesday, said the lease of the ground ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Netflix: Update Antiquated Law to Allow for Facebook Sharing
PC MagazineFebruary 2, 2012

But one firm that's noticeably absent in the US is Netflix, thanks to a now-outdated 1988 law. At a hearing this week, Netflix made the case for updating that law, the Video Privacy Protection Act (VPPA), in order to allow US users to share their ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law makes Medicare stronger, more affordable
Tampabay.comFebruary 1, 2012

Part of those values is the promise of Medicare that older Americans won't have to spend the last part of their lives worrying about going broke from a hospital bill. Today, I am visiting Tampa to talk about how the 2010 health care law, the Affordable ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Law firm's bill for defending the University of Iowa suit is $87K
Estherville Daily NewsFebruary 4, 2012

Iowa Department of Justice lawyers usually represent the university in legal disputes, as they are in the Jones case. But they determined they had a conflict of interest in the Mills lawsuit because they had worked with him on legal matters in the past ...more »

Immigration Law
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JOEY KENNEDY: After the chat -- another busy day on the immigration law beat
The Birmingham News - al.com (blog)February 1, 2012

By Joey Kennedy -- The Birmingham News After The Chat With Joey Kennedy: Unemployment, Immigration Law and Alabama's Economy BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- After the chat: Pulitzer Prize-winner Joey Kennedy and his readers discuss immigration law's impact on ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor signs 'right to work' bill, but foes vow to continue fight
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels' signature making Indiana the 23rd "right to work" state in the nation, advocates on both sides were looking ahead to how the new law will affect Hoosiers. Supporters said businesses already were lining up to expand or come to Indiana.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NIA Places NICON Insurance on Three Months Suspension
THISDAY LiveFebruary 4, 2012

Justice George Adesola Oguntade, a retired Supreme Court Judge, would serve as an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism for the industry devoid of all the protocols and technicalities involved in normal court process.more »

Insurance Litigation
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DESSELLE v. ACADIAN AMBULANCE SERVICE, INC.
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... of a preliminary injunction prohibiting it from collecting, or attempting to collect, an amount in excess of the reimbursement rate contracted with certain health insurance providers pending litigation of a related class action certification.more »

Animal Law
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Fur flies over proposed change to animal shelter law
Pleasanton WeeklyFebruary 7, 2012

Jerry Brown's proposal to repeal the 1998 Hayden Law goes through. It mandates that public shelters must hold animals for four to six days before euthanizing. If the law is repealed, animals will have 72 hours. "A lot of people claim their animals four ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Intellectual Property Office delivers work report for 2011
Taiwan TodayFebruary 4, 2012

(Staff photo/Chen Mei-ling) By Meg Chang The Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economic Affairs said Feb. 3 that it received a total of 82988 patent applications in 2011, the second highest on record and up 3.1 percent from the ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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County lawyer choice called 'insult'
Albany Times UnionFebruary 1, 2012

( Skip Dickstein/Times Union) Ross D. Levi, executive director of the Pride Agenda, center, speaks about their objection to the nomination of Tom Marcelle to the position of Albany County Attorney at their offices in Albany, NY Jan. 31, 2012.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Your View: Personal responsibility can win against a rigged system
SouthCoastToday.comFebruary 10, 2012

8, which links my views to racism and the abolishment of Affirmative Action, both of which couldn't be further from the truth. I completely believe that racism and sexism both still exist, which is sad, and that Affirmative Action and laws meant to ...more »

FDI in aviation: Allow foreign airlines to invest 49% in domestic carriers ...
Economic TimesFebruary 5, 2012

"A liberal FDI regime would pave the way for foreign airlines to participate in India's aviation sector and strengthen it. A comprehensive policy direction is needed to address the prevailing crisis and lay a path for future growth," CII said in a ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Gold Dust Lounge Landlords Reportedly Call Cops, Worried About Supporters' Pub ...
The San Francisco AppealFebruary 2, 2012

But that didn't stop supporters of the bar from appearing before San Francisco's Historic Preservation Commission Wednesday, in an effort to gain support for classifying the Union Square lounge as a historic landmark. The Weekly reports that while the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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US Plans Charges on Bond Fraud
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The Manhattan US Attorney's office is planning to allege in a criminal complaint that several former traders at Credit Suisse Group AG, a major global investment bank, misled the bank's investors by booking inflated prices of mortgage bonds to boost ...more »

Litigation
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Motorola settles legal dispute with Lemko
Telecompaper (subscription)February 1, 2012

Motorola Solutions and IP software company Lemko have signed an agreement to settle all pending litigation between them. Motorola Solutions had sued Lemko, Xiaohong Sheng, Shaowei Pan, Xiaohua Wu, Xuefeng Bai, Nicholas Labun, Bohdan Pyskir, Hechun Cai, ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. ("K12" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/477398/quotes/nls/lrn LRN ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposed leave rules would benefit military families
Battle Creek EnquirerFebruary 1, 2012

Since 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) has allowed most employees to take unpaid leave to deal with certain medical or family emergencies without fear of losing their jobs or insurance benefits. The law provides for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Ephrata man charged in child-pornography case
Lancaster NewspapersFebruary 1, 2012

Ortenzi is part of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, a national group that targets online exploitation of children. He initiated the investigation, police said. Police obtained a search warrant that was served by members of the Lancaster ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Limitation period for Personal Injury
Lawdit Commercial SolicitorsFebruary 8, 2012

Under the Limitation Act 1980 section 11 the limitiation period for personal injury is 3 years. The limitation period will start to run from the date the injury was sustained or from the injured person's date of knowledge.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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House Committee Examines Obama's Unconstitutional Appointments
Heritage.org (blog)February 2, 2012

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee invited a handful of constitutional law experts to discuss the four controversial appointments Obama made in January. Citing delays in the Senate, Obama installed Richard Cordray (pictured) as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Sheppard Mullin Elects Twelve Attorneys to Partnership
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

Franklin is a registered patent attorney with expertise in a broad range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, patent prosecution and counseling, patent reexamination proceedings, unfair competition, and IP due diligence.more »

Consumer Protection
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Geithner: Financial Reform is Helping Consumers
Business InsiderFebruary 6, 2012

The CFPB has been operating with full regulatory power since July, and has worked to develop disclosure forms for mortgage and credit card lending agreements that are easier for consumers to understand.more »

Real Estate Law
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New school launches for continuing real estate education
NJBIZFebruary 7, 2012

TriState Realtors Commercial Alliance on Tuesday announced the launch of its Commercial Real Estate School of New Jersey. The continuing education school will meet the need created in 2010, when the Legislature passed a law requiring real estate...more »

Dr. Clarisse von Wunschheim On Arbitrating Your China Disputes, Part I. The ...
China Law Blog (blog)February 2, 2012

And the way I judge international contracts is by heading straight to the dispute resolution provision. The well crafted provision is, above all else, unambiguous. If it calls for litigation, it says where it will be and what law will apply.more »

Sports Law
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'We're all in it together': Paul Pierce discusses the business of basketball
Harvard Law School NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The panel included nine-time NBA all-star Pierce; Schwartz, founder and CEO of the Excel Sports Management agency; and Mike Zarren '04, Celtics assistant general manager and team counsel. Carfagna who is the faculty supervisor for HLS's Sports Law...more »

Criminal Defense
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Upset judge orders Scacchetti back to court
Cincinnati.comFebruary 2, 2012

Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, was in court Wednesday and agreed to report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility following his indictment late last year on a heroin possession charge. Those arrangements were made ...more »

IRS Announces New Voluntary Disclosure Program for Offshore Accounts and Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 1, 2012

Given the potential for extremely high penalties and criminal prosecution that could be involved with non-disclosure, taxpayers who are eligible to participate in the 2012 OVDI would be well advised to consult with an attorney in connection with the ...more »

This Chart Gives Definitive Proof Of Age Discrimination In America
Business InsiderFebruary 2, 2012

That number rises to 29 percent for ages 25-34; and all the way up to 42 percent for over 55. This trend also gives dramatic evidence of age discrimination in America. The older you are, the less companies want to hire you.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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AP Enterprise: Brown bank regulator an insider
Fox NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Jerry Brown's appointee to head the department that oversees banking, financial and consumer regulations in California led a trade association that fought against tighter lending restrictions before the subprime mortgage crisis exploded and was an ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies, Inc. to Present at Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"We look forward to showcasing our company to some of the country's top clean tech and growth investors at this year's Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki. "This is an ideal venue in which we can provide an important update ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Teaches Class OnEstate Planning And Probate Located At ...
openPR (press release)February 9, 2012

Mr. Guthrie spoke about the basics of estate plans, making a will or living trust, the probate court process, getting advance directives and power of attorney done, and how to get things started. Evan Guthrie is an attorney that practices in the areas ...more »

Family Law
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Jared Kushner a prospective Dodgers owner
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 7, 2012

The Donald Trump son-in-law, 31, is a member of a prominent New York real estate family. Jared Kushner and wife Ivanka Trump attend the CFDA / Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Skylight Soho last fall in New York. (Evan Agostini / Associated Press ...more »

Workers Compensation
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AMORIELLO v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Lisa Amoriello (Claimant) appeals from an order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) affirming the decision of the Workers' Compensation Judge (WCJ) granting the modification/suspension petition of Giant Foods (Employer) because Claimant ...more »

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