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The Am Law 100, the Early Numbers: Revenue Up, Profits Down Slightly at Cadwalader
The American LawyerFebruary 1, 2012

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft enjoyed a modest uptick in revenue in 2011, the firm's first burst of top-line growth since 2007, according to The American Lawyer's reporting. The firm's gross revenue increased 4.4 percent to $448.5 million and revenue ...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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COURT WATCH 1/2012 [January 2012]
The ZimbabweanFebruary 1, 2012

Code not applicable to magistracy The code will apply only to the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court and the presidents of the Labour Court and Administrative Court. What will the Code cover? According to Justice Malaba, the code contains ...more »

Health Care Law
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VIEW FROM ELSEWHERE: Fewer cancer screenings without health care
Morning SentinelFebruary 6, 2012

Their plight underscores the urgent need to retain the health care reform law that will expand proven screening and prevention programs at no charge to patients. The study, based on a survey taken in 2010, was conducted by the Centers for Disease ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Saul Froomkin QC Joins ISIS Law
BernewsFebruary 1, 2012

ISIS Law Director, Sharon Beesley, said, “Saul has a wealth of experience and we are very excited that he is joining the ISIS Law team. Saul will lead our litigation department and will provide great value to our clients.” Saul Froomkin is one of the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Report says new immigration law will cost Alabama
NECNFebruary 1, 2012

But the report said the costs to the state include hurting the state's economic development effort and the cost of implementing and enforcing the law. Workers who leave will not be replaced by high salaried workers and will not be a big boost to the ...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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Frost & Sullivan Names DigitalRoute as Global Mediation Competitive Strategy ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

DigitalRoute refers to this approach as "Horizontal Mediation". Together with partner solutions, MediationZone from DigitalRoute has been deployed by 240 communication service providers (CSPs) around the world. Its revenue has grown sharply, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Animal Law
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Drury University Launches Animal Studies Minor Funded by Bob Barker
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

According to Dr. Patricia McEachern (Mc-Karen), the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professor of Animal Rights, several students have already begun pursuing the minor. "This minor in Animal Studies has captured the interest of colleges and universities ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ACTA foes fear threat to Internet freedom
Tucson CitizenFebruary 11, 2012

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is designed to put in place international standards to protect intellectual property rights. But some lawyers say it forces private companies to police cybertraffic — and across the globe the treaty is ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Essex: Campaign to change legislation over flytipping gathers pace
East Anglian Daily TimesFebruary 1, 2012

Ultimately we are looking to influence a change in legislation.” Explaining the extent of the problem, CPREssex chairman Tom Holme said: “Waste including household rubbish and tyres, asbestos and demolition material, fridges and washing machines is ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Someone Tell Hannity: Roger Ailes Is Sponsoring A Fox Diversity Program
Media Matters for America (blog)February 17, 2012

Somebody should alert Fox's two biggest hosts, Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, to the fact that Fox News has an affirmative action program. Because they won't be happy. Hannity has even asserted that affirmative programs violate Dr. Martin Luther King ...more »

Aviation classes for youths set to take flight by summer
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

He and a partner founded Outreach Aviation, a Lanham-based nonprofit that plans to teach kids about the mechanics and theory of flight in addition to critical thinking skills. Kirk Spencer Jr., a freshman at Dematha High School in Hyattsville, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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SM Courthouse facing backlog of evictions cases
Santa Monica Daily PressFebruary 8, 2012

By Ashley Archibald SM COURTHOUSE — Commissioner Jay Ford will join the Santa Monica Superior Court on Mondays to help clear a backlog of eviction cases from within the West district, which legal services say increased during the winter months.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Gov't to establish credit history system to prevent bad checks
Today's ZamanFebruary 2, 2012

The government plans to establish a credit history system, which will provide the credit rating of a check writer, in order to prevent the passing of bad checks and calm the reactions of businessmen to the recent “bad check” law, which does away with ...more »

Litigation
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Second Circuit panel strikes arbitration agreement with class action waiver
Lexology (registration)February 2, 2012

In In Re: American Express Merchants' Litigation (No. 06-1871-cv), a two judge panel of the Second Circuit breathes new life into arguments to strike arbitration clauses. The court held that, because of the allegedly prohibitive costs for pursuing ...more »

Business Law
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TripAdvisor authenticity claims misleading and unsubstantiated, ad watchdog rules
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

Under advertising rules set out in the UK Code of Non-broadcast Advertising, Sales Promotions and Direct Marketing (CAP Code) marketing communications that "materially mislead" consumers or are "likely to do so" are prohibited.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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deliberations begin in cover-up case
kypost.comFebruary 2, 2012

(AP) — A soldier convicted of covering up the slayings of Iraqi citizens by US soldiers testified in military court on Wednesday that he needs medical benefits because he is HIV positive and has struggled with substance abuse. The military panel of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PNP-CIDG lauds Senate approval of Cyber crime Law
Journal OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

... individuals for Internet-related crimes such as fraud, hacking, and cyber sex. Under SB 2796, cyber crime offenses would include: a: Offenses against the confidentiality, integrity and availability of computer data and systems (illegal access, ...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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Hunter Defends the National Defense Authorization Act; Critics Plan Protest
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Patterson said the NDAA is part of "a long line of assaults on our liberties that provides an easy transition to Totalitarianism." Patch contacted two Southern California law schools and a local constitutional attorney for legal analysis but did not ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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State fails to offer full disclosure
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 6, 2012

Under state law, any information obtained by the board as part of a complaint investigation is confidential. In 1997, Massachusetts became the first state to use its website to publicly post board and hospital disciplinary actions, malpractice...more »

Consumer Protection
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Mortgage woes may have solution
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

“The new law said all mortgage guys have to be regulated. The extent to which they will be watered down by industry will be very important.” The CFPB was created in 2011 as a result of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.more »

Real Estate Law
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Daniel R. Tilly Joins Faculty of Campbell Law School
PR.com (press release)February 2, 2012

Prior to Campbell Law School, Tilly litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts in Texas.more »

Newswatch:?HMSHost protests $56M deal for I-95 travel plazas
Gazette.Net: Maryland Community News OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

HMSHost, which says it spent “countless hours” and more than $800000 preparing its proposal, called the agency's award of the contract to Areas “arbitrary and capricious.” Through a spokeswoman, the agency declined comment on the protest.more »

Sports Law
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Bill to allow home-schooled students to play public school athletics clears ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Rob Bell, said an amendment to his bill had closed a loophole that could have allowed gifted athletes to declare themselves home-schoolers and market their services like adolescent free agents to premier high school sports programs. The law would ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Trio tasked to oversee end of Merced's redevelopment agency
Merced Sun-StarFebruary 6, 2012

Businessman Mike Gallo, insurance partner Bob Carpenter and criminal defense attorney Ralph Temple Jr. were tapped by Gov. Jerry Brown last week to oversee dismantling Merced's redevelopment agency, a task that will require retirement of Merced's ...more »

Rocket Lawyer Survey Reveals Top Issues for Small Businesses Are Legal and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

As SMBs enter into new business contracts, hire new employees, and upgrade to new office spaces, entrepreneurs face a wider range of legal issues, like signing contracts, staying compliant with HR laws, and signing commercial leases.more »

SPLC Claims DHR Discrimination against
WSFAFebruary 14, 2012

By Tametria Conner - bio | email Are immigrant children,who are legal US residents, being discriminated against by the Alabama Department of Human Resources? Mary Bauer with the Southern Poverty Law Center says the confusion surrounding Alabama's ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Forfeiture laws threaten property rights
Troy Media (blog)February 1, 2012

Civil asset forfeiture or non-conviction based forfeiture is a legal technique through which governments using the courts benefit from property supposedly used in unlawful activity. It is a civil proceeding executed through civil court, and is distinct ...more »

Environmental Law
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Payback at the Capitol?
Marshall IndependentFebruary 4, 2012

She was the force behind the 2007 passage of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Standard that required all utilities to have 25 percent renewable energy (wind, solar, and small hydro) by 2025 (30 percent from Xcel Energy by 2020). This law creates a ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Magic Theatre presents the first reading of 'Good Goods'
San Francisco ExaminerFebruary 27, 2012

[8 pm, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 50 Oak St., SF] 'Write Your Will': Workshop, conducted by estate planner and probate lawyer Stuart Bronstein, helps participants create fully functional wills. Bring a blue pen. [6:30 pm, Sunset Branch, ...more »

Family Law
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Family look at legal action
Jarrow & Hebburn GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

JAMES Bennett's family are considering legal action as they demand health chiefs act on South Tyneside coroner Terrence Carney's findings. They claimed NHS cost-cutting had contributed to the grandfather-of-three's poor care due to a lack of nurses at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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County OKs Workers Comp-Related Contracts
The Ann Arbor ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

1, 2012 meeting: (1) for the third-party administration of claims services for the workers' disability compensation program from 2012-2015; and (2) for excess workers' disability compensation insurance coverage from Feb. 1, 2012 through May 1, 2013.more »

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