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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 »

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Administrative Law
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Requirement to provide contraception in health care plans causing a stir
NECNFebruary 8, 2012

The issue is the Obama administration's denial of requests for a religious exemption for catholic hospitals, schools and charitable organizations from the new federal health care law's requirement that their health care plans cover contraception and ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Buford Shooting Blamed on Drug Deal Gone Bad
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

...act as a result of what police describe as a failed drug deal. According to Gwinnett County Police, Daniel Turpin, 23, of 2283 Ivy Crest Drive in Buford, brokered a drug deal with Lewis and Trenton Jones, 23, of 2000 Henderson Way in Lawrenceville.more »

Immigration Law
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TN lawmaker puts immigration bill on hold
The TennesseanFebruary 2, 2012

A state House bill that would allow law enforcement to check someone's immigration status if pulled over or detained has been put on hold for the moment. The bill, called the Lawful Immigration Enforcement Act, was put behind the budget by a House ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Indiana Gov. Daniels signs 'right to work' bill; protest winds through Super ...
Indianapolis StarFebruary 2, 2012

Mitch Daniels signed "right to work" legislation this afternoon without a ceremony, making Indiana the 23rd state in the nation with the law. Supporters said businesses already were lining up to expand or come to Indiana. Opponents had their eye on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Big three to step up efforts for consensus
RepublicaFebruary 4, 2012

... contentious issues that surfaced in the constitution drafting process. He also complained that there had not been any discussions at the Dispute Resolution Sub-Committee although there are only seven days left for resolving the thorny issues.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 9, 2012

In conjunction with our conclusion that the trial court lacked jurisdiction to enter the default judgment, we also vacate the supplemental judgment awarding plaintiff attorney fees. The pertinent facts are undisputed. This insurance case relates to ...more »

Animal Law
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Banned In 19 States, Animal Gas Chamber Still Legal In Pennsylvania
WTAE PittsburghFebruary 2, 2012

It's a horrible way to put an animal down. Horrible," said Ion. Kathy Bartlett, executive director of the Venango County Humane Society, said "It's not as cruel as some people say that it is." Senate Bill 1329, also known as Daniel's Law, would require ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Is the Road to the White House Paved with Intellectual Property Lawyers?
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The top contenders for the Republican presidential candidate nomination are finding out that the road to the White House might well be an intellectual property minefield. “The ad, entitled 'History Lesson', is little more than a short clip of NBC's ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division, United States Department of Justice, William C. Peachey, Assistant Director, Office of Immigration Litigation, and Ada E. Bosque, Senior Litigation Counsel, Office of Immigration Litigation, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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New James Madison president sets goals
NECNFebruary 13, 2012

Alger played an instrumental role in two landmark affirmative action court cases at the University of Michigan. In those cases, the Supreme Court ruled that the university's law school could continue to consider race in its admissions process, ...more »

Salina aviation professor renews flight master title
K-State CollegianFebruary 3, 2012

In order to maintain the high rating of the aviation program at K-State-Salina, its faculty have constantly renewed Master Certified Flight Instructor accreditations. Troy Brockway, associate professor of aviation, recently renewed his Master CFI ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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How to avoid disputes over your deposit
This is NottinghamFebruary 4, 2012

She says: "The law is clear but there are grey areas that create disputes between landlords and tenants. Expert advice: Stephanie Caine, who heads the lettings department at Royston & Lund in West Bridgford. "The purpose of deposits is to protect both ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Ray Armstrong bids for mayor
Monroe News StarFebruary 2, 2012

Amritha Alladi/The News-Star Mayoral candidate Dr. Ray Armstrong on Wednesday told a group of supporters he's running for mayor to address the city of Monroe's dire financial situation before it reaches bankruptcy. In November, Jefferson County, ...more »

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Schools may face litigation over poor guidance for pupils
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

Gerry Flynn, deputy president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said school boards of management faced potential litigation if an unqualified person gave inappropriate advice to students. Mr Flynn was speaking at the Oireachtas Committee ...more »

Business Law
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Today's media stories from the papers
The GuardianFebruary 1, 2012

P3 Website TripAdvisor told to curb its claims by Advertising Standards Authority. P3 L'Oreal's anti-wrinkle ad banned as 'misleading'. P12 Downton's signing of Shirley MacLaine heralds biggest catfight since Dynasty. P21 Apple lures Dixons' John ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Roger That: EC hockey games with Hobart will benefit Wounded Warrior Project
Elmira Star-GazetteFebruary 10, 2012

Elmira College seniors and team captains, from left, Kevin Willer, Brendan Sanders, Marty Lee and Mike Kirby model the camouflage jerseys the Soaring Eagles will wear Saturday in their game to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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“Initial investigating actions related to computer systems and detecting of ...
Ministry of InteriorFebruary 14, 2012

The seminar is a joint initiative of CDCOC (Chief Directorate "Combating Organized Crime"), the US Homeland Security Department, the International Cyber Investigation Training Academy and the International Agency for Crime Prevention.more »

Personal Injury
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Serious Injuries in Product Liability Claims Extend to Exercise Machines and ...
Albany Times UnionFebruary 11, 2012

Gilman Law LLP is a leading Massachusetts personal injury and products liability law firm and is here to help those injured and their families receive the best compensation for their injuries. A leading Massachusetts law firm with offices in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama shows contempt for judicial process
Sonoran NewsFebruary 1, 2012

... and Dr. Orly Taitz presented their cases before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi regarding Barack Obama's constitutional ineligibility and their respective requests to have him stricken from the Georgia primary ballot.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Bankers and Their Insurers Escape Big Penalties in FDIC Prosecutions
Insurance JournalFebruary 24, 2012

Catlin provided an equivalent of malpractice insurance to First National's executives, but the insurer denied liability for the executives' alleged mistakes. The case illustrates complex legal maneuvering as the FDIC steps up efforts to pick through ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation and Other Swap Regulations; Proposes ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2011 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).more »

Real Estate Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

JUSTIN PASS, Plaintiff, represented by Henry Ian Pass, LAW OFFICES OF HENRY IAN PASS, Pro Hac Vice. CAPITAL CITY REAL ESTATE, LLC, Defendant, represented by Jason Alejandro Pardo, Pardo & Drazin, LLC. CAPITAL CITY REAL ESTATE, LLC, Defendant, ...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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WTRF 7 News Sports Weather - Wheeling SteubenvilleLaw Allows W.Va. Residents ...
WTRFFebruary 1, 2012

According to the Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General Will Valentino, agreements with all states are not possible. Some states do not allow concealed weapons to be carried, while other states' laws vary too much from the ones in West Virginia.more »

Criminal Defense
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Indiana election chief's defense rests without presenting case against voter ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Secretary of State Charlie White's defense lawyer rested Thursday without presenting a case against voter fraud charges that could oust White from office. Closing arguments in the weeklong trial are set for Friday, when the case ...more »

Better Business Bureau offers tips on finding help for tax preparation
Coon Rapids ECM PublishersFebruary 14, 2012

Investigate whether the preparer has any questionable history with your state's Board of Accountancy (for CPA's), the State Bar Association (for attorneys) or the IRS Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) for enrolled agents.more »

Raleigh woman sues bank for age discrimination
West Virginia RecordFebruary 13, 2012

Margot A. Bower was employed by the defendant from Jan. 2, 2008, until Oct. 12, 2011, according to a complaint filed Jan. 25 in Kanawha Circuit Court. Bower claims her termination of employment was motivated in while or in part by her age.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Old stories and anti-Shell propaganda
Royal Dutch Shell plc .comFebruary 1, 2012

Richard knows Shell well and all of the tricks of their legal department. Richard is head of Royds Employment Department and specialises in all aspects of employment law. He was recommended to me and turned out to be a great asset and kind friend in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Transportation Bill Would Streamline Environmental Review, Sponsors Say
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 2, 2012

2 will mark up a transportation reauthorization bill that Republican sponsors say will streamline the environmental review process for new construction projects. The American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act (HR 7) would impose new timetables on the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Four stages of a strong farm estate plan
Iowa Farmer TodayFebruary 17, 2012

Most families in the growth stage consider a trust for the surviving spouse (not just for minor children) in their wills. This reduces the surviving spouse's estate after the first death for subsequent probate, second marriage, estate tax and future ...more »

Family Law
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Hispanic ministries adjust to immigration law
BP NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Pastors routinely refuse to assume guardianship though, since they cannot perform that service for all church members, he said. The United States should not grant amnesty to illegal immigrants, Hanks said, but he added that Alabama's new law has thrown ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Hyder loses comp appeal
Wilkes Barre Times-LeaderFebruary 4, 2012

By Jennifer Learn-Andes Sam Hyder has lost his appeal seeking workers' compensation for on-the-job stress when he worked as Luzerne County deputy prison warden. Hyder, who was furloughed from the $74263-a-year position in January ...more »


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