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Letter: Strict gun laws make citizens safer
Knoxville News SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

If the writer is interested in facts, then he would have to admit that New York City's strict gun laws have actually kept the city's residents safer than in places with laxer regulations. New York and neighboring New Jersey have among the lowest rates ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Barnes & Noble's patent-misuse claim v. Microsoft: Not dead yet!
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 1, 2012

As a matter of law, that ruling spelled doom for Barnes & Noble's antitrust case at the ITC. The bookseller's argument, remember, is that Microsoft is using whatever ammunition it can pull from its entire patent portfolio -- and not just the four ...more »

Health Care Law
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Massachusetts' Health Care Success Story and Why the Affordable Care Act is ...
Center For American ProgressFebruary 1, 2012

Please join Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden and Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley for a conversation about the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act and the success of the Massachusetts health care law it is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oldest legal firm on the go
Rockhampton Morning BulletinFebruary 2, 2012

WHEN the last Rees R & Sydney Jones sign is taken down from 186 Quay St, many memories will go with it. The oldest legal firm in Queensland is moving to a new location at 55 Denham St in April. Three of the six partners of the Rockhampton firm, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration law defense bill: $85K
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

By David Montero Utah's enforcement-only immigration law has already cost taxpayers in excess of $85000 to defend in federal court, according to government records obtained by a social justice group. United for Social Justice filed its open records ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Carrying out Forced Industrial Innovative Development Program is top ...
Gazeta.KZFebruary 6, 2012

In accordance with the President's instructions outlined in his state-of-the-nation address, the Government intends to introduce amendments into the Law "On national budget for 2012-2014." The preliminary draft amendments will be considered next week.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Secret Sally swearing-in arrogant, odd
Jamaica GleanerFebruary 3, 2012

In lieu of the controversy that has so far shrouded the whole appointment, the secrecy of the investiture ceremony throws into suspicion the whole process. If you believe that your choice was right, why would you, first, move the ceremony from its ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 2, 2012

In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit against Pine City, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Qatar steps up fight against pirated goods
Gulf TimesFebruary 6, 2012

The seizures were made by the Intellectual Property Centre (IPC) at Qatar's Ministry of Justice in co-operation with the Ministry of Interior. Abdulla Ahmad Qayed, Director of the IPC, said at a joint press conference with the Business Software ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Consumption Increase Leads to ADAO Call for Import Ban (blog)February 1, 2012

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos fibers and later been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be legal options worth pursuing. Call Sokolove Law today to learn more about possibly pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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ASUC Senate votes to support Day of Action protesting Prop. 209
Daily CalifornianFebruary 10, 2012

13 Day of Action in favor of overturning Proposition 209, a 1996 bill that prohibits affirmative action in admissions to public institutions. Under the bill, the senate will withdraw about $400 from its Contingency Fund to transport students to the 9th ...more »

Dassault Aviation's Rafale Is Lowest Bidder in India Jet Fighter Contract
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Indian law requires the government to negotiate a contract with the lowest bidder. The only way it can reconsider the tender is if Dassault says it can't fulfill the contract, said Mrinal Suman, an arms-procurement adviser for the Confederation of ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Upcoming Special Report: Risky Rentals
CTV.caFebruary 14, 2012

The provincial government's laws and legislation are not in favor of landlords. It takes a long time to evict a bad tenant and by then, the tenant is able to leave without paying for many months. Meanwhile, the landlord still has to pay the mortgage.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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TEXT-Fitch:SBI capital injection is welcome boost as bad loans rise
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

Banks will face a sharp increase in the volume of restructured loans due to their exposure to infrastructure projects and the struggling aviation and power sectors. Rising credit and pension costs are also likely to limit SBI's ability to boost capital ...more »

[read all news] Litigation Roundup: Fraud Suit Setback, A Tale Of Two Nazeralis
Seeking AlphaFebruary 2, 2012

The next item on today's litigation roundup pertains to that libel suit pending in Canada against Byrne, his smear site Deep Capture, and the ex-journalist, Mark Mitchell, who churned out fantasies on demand for the conspiracy theorist-CEO.more »

Business Law
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Indiana poised to approve anti-union law
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

By Susan Guyett | INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) - The Indiana state Senate was expected on Wednesday to give final approval to a new law allowing workers at unionized businesses to avoid paying union dues, the last major legislative hurdle to making Indiana ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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2nd black graduate of University of Mississippi dies
Norwich BulletinFebruary 1, 2012

James Donald, who also graduated from Ole Miss and served 33 years in the military, said their family started an organization after World War II to push for military benefits for black veterans when the Veterans of Foreign Wars refused to let blacks ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Folsom man pleads guilty
Delaware County Daily TimesFebruary 17, 2012

Stephen C. DiValerio Jr., of the 400 block of Folsom Avenue, was arrested in October after detectives with the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force traced a computer sharing two known child pornography files on the Gnutella ...more »

Personal Injury
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CALA: It's time to take smart action against double dipping
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 7, 2012

By Chip Hough Not so long ago, the Texas court system was drowning in asbestos personal injury lawsuits, seriously threatening access to our courts, harming our business climate and posing a real obstacle for those who were truly harmed by asbestos and ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Miss. high court takes ex-gov pardons case
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

Matt Steffey, a constitutional law professor at Mississippi College, said the high court's decision is not a surprise because it would ultimately be up to the justices to decide the constitutional issue. "I think this is a positive development.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Change in leadership at malpractice insurer
Parkersburg NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"We had a change in leadership," said Dr. R. Austin Wallace, who has taken over as president and chief executive officer of West Virginia Mutual Insurance Company. "It's been a very great transition." Wallace took over the top positions at the ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFPB And FTC Agree To Coordinate Enforcement And Regulatory Efforts
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 6, 2012

The MOU broadly outlines the CFPB's and FTC's agreement to coordinate their actions concerning: (1) supervisory and examination information; (2) law enforcement; (3) rulemaking and agency initiatives; and (4) consumer complaints.more »

Real Estate Law
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REITs might be good investment to land
The Newark AdvocateFebruary 6, 2012

Peculiarly, the commercial real estate market isn't quite as depressed. In fact, funds that invest in real estate investment trusts, or REITs, rose an average 7.5 percent in 2011, beating the Standard & Poor's 500-stock index's 2.1 percent gain.more »

Sheboygan officials go public with South Pier District casino plan
Green Bay Press GazetteFebruary 3, 2012

... a vote by the city's Redevelopment Authority to enter into a contract allowing the three parties to negotiate a development agreement, with an option to purchase South Pier land for a gambling operation, parking, and other commercial development.more »

Sports Law
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Lawmaker Wants Twenty-One Sports Federations Scrapped
AllAfrica.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Joshua Odeyemi, 1 February 2012 The Deputy Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on Sports, Hon Ayo Omidiran has called for the scrapping of twenty-one Sports Federations in Nigeria. The law maker made this submission while speaking to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense lawyers complain judges rarely punished
Houston ChronicleFebruary 4, 2012

The wrist slap, months after Densen pleaded guilty to the crime, illustrates the inertia and toothless sanctions that the agency policing the state's judges is known for, according to Houston's association of defense lawyers.more »

9 Documents That Help You Reap Real Estate Tax Breaks
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a real estate broker, attorney, syndicated columnist and author of two critically acclaimed books on real estate. Technically speaking, April 15th is tax day. But for Americans who expect a refund - including many homeowners who ...more »

Give your CV a makeover
This is NottinghamFebruary 9, 2012

Since the Age Discrimination Act came into play, you do not have to reveal your age to a prospective employer. Up-to-date: Make regular revisions to your CV. Marital status. This is not necessary, so remove it. Include a personal statement.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Government efficiency group appoints ex-Slaughters partner as GC
The LawyerFebruary 6, 2012

Lucy Wylde, the current general counsel at the HM Treasury's Asset Protection Agency (APA) has been appointed as general counsel for commercial law of the Government's Efficiency and Reform Group (ERG) – a cross-government role based in the Cabinet ...more »

Environmental Law
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ADA-ES, Inc. to Present at Upcoming Investor Conferences
MarketWatch (press release)February 13, 2012

... changes in laws and regulations, government funding, prices, economic conditions and market demand; timing of regulations and any legal challenges to them; impact of competition; availability, cost of and demand for alternative energy sources and ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Parents' finances: When the family secret is Mom's bank balance
Los Angeles TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Asking our elderly parents about their finances. How do you broach that last subject without sounding greedy? It's an important conversation to initiate, experts say. β€œIt's not a question of age,” elder law attorney Danielle B. Mayoras says.more »

Family Law
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California family settles lawsuit over leaked crash images
ReutersFebruary 1, 2012

... (Reuters) - The family of a teen whose mangled corpse was shown in horrific car-crash photos that went viral online has settled a lawsuit against the California Highway Patrol for $2.37 million, ending a 5-year legal battle that changed state law.more »

Workers Compensation
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Leagle.comFebruary 7, 2012

Margaret Garnett (Claimant), pro se, petitions this court for review of the order of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board which denied her claim petitions filed against Peaks Little Angels, Inc. (Employer) and the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund ...more »


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