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Three UBS Clients Accused of Hiding Offshore Money From IRS
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Kerr, who ran CCN Worldwide Inc., had accounts worth more than $5.6 million in 2007 that he failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a Justice Department statement and the Dec. 8 indictment. Quiel, who ran Legend Advisory Corp., ...more »

TripAdvisor reviews that can't be trusted: Website fails to vet comments, says ...
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Sean Poulter TripAdvisor can no longer claim to offer 'trusted and honest' reviews, the advertising watchdog has ruled. It said that because the world's biggest travel website does not vet its 50million users' comments, it cannot guarantee they are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Briefs Due Today in Obama's Georgia Eligibility Case
allvoicesFebruary 1, 2012

... close of business today to file their briefs in the case heard before deputy administrative law judge Michael Malihi last week in Atlanta. Judge Malihi had originally set the deadline for briefs on February 6, 2012, a month out from the election.more »

Health Care Law
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Employment Gains as Health Care Eclipses Factories as U.S. Ages
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

The US Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health-care law, including the requirement that Americans either buy insurance or pay a penalty. Republicans competing for the White House have all said they'll get rid ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Conomo Point fate hangs on votes of town, Legislature
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

“I'm giving it good odds; it just might take time,'' said Jones, adding that without Town Meeting approval, the town may ask residents to vote on the plan, subject to an exemption. “We'll be pleasantly surprised if they act on it before then.more »

Immigration Law
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Ron Paul tells Hispanic crowd he opposes DREAM Act
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"As one who believes in individual liberty, the American spirit and the American dream, the one thing that I have resisted and condemned and think it is not the American way - I just do not believe that barbed-wired fences and guns on our border will...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BALLEW v. CONTINENTAL AIRLINES, INCORPORATED
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

This appeal arises from the district court's order dismissing Plaintiffs-Appellants' ("Retirees") claim for lack of subject matter jurisdiction due to the Railway Labor Act's ("RLA") exclusive and mandatory dispute resolution process that applies to ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Silverstein's 9/11 Lawsuit Against Airline Continues
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 3, 2012

But under the deal AMR filed in bankruptcy court Thursday, plaintiffs may continue pursuing injury and damage claims “solely to the extent of available and collectible [insurance] coverage.” Court papers show the agreement, which isn't subject to court ...more »

Animal Law
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A dog's life in Hong Kong
AsiaOneFebruary 1, 2012

Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance, authorities are virtually powerless to prevent animals from living in poor conditions even when they are in danger or distress. They can act only when those conditions have actually taken a toll on ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Three Tennessee Men Face Prison for Serious Asbestos Violations
Mesothelioma.comFebruary 1, 2012

Chattanooga, Tennessee - On June 7, three men who committed several violations of the federal Clean Air Act during the demolition of an old textile mill will find out if they're going to prison and how much time they'll spend there when they're ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

Dassault Aviation bags $11-billion order to supply fighter jets to the Indian ...
Economic TimesFebruary 1, 2012

NEW DELHI: French defence supplier Dassault Aviation, whose Mirage 2000 fighters played a vital role for India during the Kargil conflict in 1999, has emerged as the lowest bidder for the $11-billion ( 55000 crore) contract to supply 126 fighter jets ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Roommate-matching site does not violate housing laws, court
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

By Terry Baynes (Reuters) - A roommate-matching website that allows users to hunt for living partners based on gender and sexual orientation does not violate fair-housing laws that ban discrimination, a federal appeals court ruled on Thursday.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Text of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech
KWQC 6February 1, 2012

Here is the full text provided by the governor's office: President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leaders Radogno and Cross, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Topinka, Treasurer Rutherford, Members of the General Assembly, ...more »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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Sansom businesses rejoice end of Law School construction
The Daily PennsylvanianFebruary 1, 2012

By Huizhong Wu · January 31, 2012, 8:23 pm Some business owners on Sansom Street will heave a sigh of relief when the construction trucks drive away from Golkin Hall for the final time. The Law School's Golkin Hall — which opened Jan.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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House Advances Unemployment Benefits for Military Spouses
KCPW (blog)February 7, 2012

Democratic Representative Lynn Hemingway, sponsor of HB 263, says it provides unemployment benefits for military spouses who are forced to quit their jobs when their husband or wife is re-located. “A lot of time the spouse is the major wage earner in ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Tackle PC viruses, download your free antivirus kit
Parda PhashFebruary 2, 2012

PC Tools Antivirus too does the basic function ie: detecting and eradicating viruses and related malware threats that attempt to enter computer systems by means of file transfer through storage media, e-mail, the Internet and other network protocols.more »

Personal Injury
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Grayson & Grayson Personal Injury Attorneys Announce Free Case Review for ...
PR.com (press release)February 1, 2012

Los Angeles Personal Injury law firm, Grayson & Grayson has announced free case review by top personal injury lawyers for victims of auto accidents including car wrecks, truck accidents, medical malpractice, dog bite injuries, bicycle accidents, ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Forget super PACs. A modest proposal for legalizing bribery
Washington PostFebruary 4, 2012

It was just two years ago that the Supreme Court, in a landmark decision, scraped away decades of barnacled case law obscuring our beloved Constitution and unequivocally established the right of corporations, unions and wealthy individuals to spend as ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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SE hospital district files malpractice suit over failed Bert Fish merger
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 4, 2012

By MARK I. JOHNSON, Staff writer A year after a judge threw out a merger for Bert Fish Medical Center, the Southeast Volusia Hospital District has filed a lawsuit claiming legal malpractice against their former attorney and his law firm.more »

Consumer Protection
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DTI leaves consumers hanging
ITWebFebruary 3, 2012

As a result of the lack of funding, about half of the provisions in the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) that deal with direct marketing cannot be enforced. The CPA became law last April and provides for a national opt-out registry, which allows consumers ...more »

Real Estate Law
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At 102%, His Tax Rate Takes the Cake
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Mr. Ross's plight illustrates something that came through in nearly every response and cuts across nearly all income levels: the disparities of the tax code don't just pit rich against poor or middle class. It taxes people within the same income ...more »

OFT to probe gym contracts
TotallyMoney NewsFebruary 2, 2012

At the time of the ruling, Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the OFT Goods and Consumer Group, said: “Gym companies should also be aware that trying to enforce illegal contract terms is a breach of the law and in certain circumstances they may ...more »

Sports Law
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First loss of a long legal season
The AustralianFebruary 2, 2012

Police estimated it was a business worth about $70 million a year. No matter the intricacies of the law, it just seems unfair. And that was the initial consideration when Federal Court judge Steven Rares brought down his decision in Telstra's case ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Key witness in custody in phony certificates case against attorney
Las Vegas Review-JournalFebruary 7, 2012

By Jeff German A former legal aide who is a key witness in the criminal case against defense attorney Brian Bloomfield is now in Las Vegas police custody. Brandon Snowden, 28, a felon who has convictions for theft and forgery in 2005, has been booked ...more »

Tax time proves taxing on wallet
Enid News & EagleFebruary 1, 2012

Of course, when the IRS is the agency conducting the poll, what other answer could you give? What is a bit surprising is the number of people who say you should cheat on your taxes “as much as possible” doubled in 2011, to 8 percent.more »

Routine testing for dementia could find three times as many cases
Transforming The Nation's HealthcareFebruary 14, 2012

But one Australian expert has described it as “a blatant example of age discrimination”. A US team assessed the impact of screening – coupled with further evaluation – on diagnoses in people aged 70 and older who had no indication of memory loss.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wall Street Split as Money Managers Fault Bank Foreclosure Deal
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

The rift within Sifma follows investor advocates' complaints that bondholder interests are often trumped by those of the biggest banks when government officials act to address the fallout from the US housing slump. Language similar to the planned ...more »

Environmental Law
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After Power Switch, China Market Will Light Up
Barron'sFebruary 11, 2012

The real target of the five-year plan is soft infrastructure—better welfare systems, better education, better security, alternative energy—much harder to execute than building another power station or airport. In the past two decades, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leeds Solicitor raises over £6000 for Will Aid Charity
openPR (press release)February 27, 2012

Visit their website at www.grahame-stowe-bateson.co.uk Grahame Stowe Bateson are a leading legal practice that specialise in many aspects of law including Family, Criminal, Conveyancing, Wills, Probate, Employment and Mental Health.more »

Family Law
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Children's legal right to see both parents after divorce criticised by family...
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 3, 2012

Today, Mr Norgrove criticised the plans, insisting that his review had “concluded that the law should not be changed”. He said: “The independent Family Justice Review panel thoroughly considered the issue of shared parenting and concluded that the law...more »

Workers Compensation
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Agents go undercover to expose Workers' Compensation fraud
WTOL.comFebruary 7, 2012

By Craig Thomas - email By Nick Bade - email TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) – Fraud of Ohio's Workers' Compensation program costs taxpayers millions of dollars every year. State investigators are going to extreme lengths, even going undercover to catch and ...more »

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