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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 »

Supreme Court order a signal to stop misuse of sanction power
Daily MailFebruary 1, 2012

By Mail Today Reporter There seems no end to the embarrassment that the United Progressive Alliance government has had to face on account of the 2G spectrum scam. The Supreme Court's order of Tuesday stating that Janata Party leader Subramanian Swamy ...more »

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Administrative Law
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MATTER OF GODFREY v. SHAH
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Following a fair hearing, the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) affirmed the denial of petitioner's request. We agree with petitioner that the request for the Bantam should have been approved because the Bantam is medically necessary.more »

Health Care Law
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Shumlin bends on health benefits exchange
vtdigger.orgFebruary 7, 2012

The exchange, a federal requirement that states set up electronic marketplaces for individuals and small groups to purchase health insurance, must be up and running by 2014. The federal health care reform law sets basic requirements for an exchange, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oil market OK but fragile, says IEA
UPI.comFebruary 3, 2012

3 (UPI) -- The International Energy Agency is ready to act should oil supplies become constrained, though there's no current problem, a deputy executive said. The IEA last year called on members to release oil from strategic reserves to offset supply ...more »

Immigration Law
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Feds: Teen injured in Florida pileup won't be deported
CNNFebruary 1, 2012

"Reports of her facing deportation are completely false." "ICE's stated priorities include convicted criminals, immigration fugitives, repeat immigration law violators and recent border crossers," Gonzalez said in a written statement.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Myanmar's ambitious Dawei project faces uncertainty
Reuters IndiaFebruary 5, 2012

Big questions surround the far-reaching plans by Thailand's largest construction firm, Italian-Thai Development Pcl ITD.BK, to transform 250 sq kms (97 sq miles) of scrubland in southern Myanmar into Southeast Asia's largest industrial complex.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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FAA's long flight nearly over
PoliticoFebruary 6, 2012

Commerce Chair Jay Rockefeller indicated a high level of confidence last week, though other sources are cautiously optimistic, noting there's a slight chance that union backlash against the compromised National Mediation Board language could erode some ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Coakley says insurance company should pay over bridge collapse
Legal News LineFebruary 1, 2012

XL Specialty Insurance Company and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates allegedly violated the Consumer Protection Act and the False Claims Act by submitting false statements to avoid an obligation to pay $3 million under a June 2007 construction ...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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Memoir Systems Wins DesignVision Award at DesignCon 2012
Business Wire (press release)February 6, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Memoir Systems Inc., the Semiconductor Intellectual Property (SIP) provider that delivers breakthrough memory performance today announced that it won the DesignCon 2012 DesignVision Award for the Semiconductor & IP Category with its ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Berg Hill Greenleaf & Ruscitti Add Two to Legal Team
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Mr. Arnold practices general litigation, including commercial and construction disputes as well as municipal matters and eminent domain proceedings. His experience in construction litigation has involved representing owners, general contractors, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political fresh air
Toronto SunFebruary 10, 2012

There were politicians willing to stand up and declare that they were pro-life, against affirmative action, in favour of increased oil exploration in the United States and, of course, many speaking out in favour of the Keystone pipeline.more »

EIN News Adds Great Lakes Aviation Daily Report to Its Media Monitoring Services
Einnews PortugalFebruary 1, 2012

EIN News, an online news company established in 1995, has added Great Lakes Aviation Daily Report to its suite of media monitoring websites. February 01, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- EIN News has developed one of the world's leading real time news ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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London Landlords Facing Rents of Zero Turn Offices Into Condos
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

Finance Jobs Lost Employment in the Square Mile dropped 8.5 percent last year and it will remain below 1998 levels until 2014, according to the Centre for Economics & Business Research Ltd. The cutbacks and the amount of aging space give City tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The End of Valenti's Restaurant
Artvoice (blog)February 1, 2012

Yesterday afternoon, North Tonawanda City Court Judge William Lewis awarded Frank Budwey a warrant of eviction against Desires Unlimited d/b/a Valenti's Restaurant, and a money judgment for $5200 in unpaid rent, plus $500 in costs and attorney's fees.more »

Litigation
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House bill seeks to expose foreign currency accounts under litigation
GMA NewsFebruary 10, 2012

The law states: "All foreign currency deposits... are hereby declared as and considered of an absolutely confidential nature and, except upon the written permission of the depositor, in no instance shall foreign currency deposits be examined, ...more »

Business Law
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Kosmos Energy Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuit Announced by Gilman Law...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Gilman Law specializes in cases involving stock manipulation, securities fraud, investments fraud, shareholder rights violations, and securities arbitration. Gilman Law, LLP Kenneth G. Gilman, Esq., 239-221-8301 www.gilmanlawllp.com ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Proposals to Change Military Retiree Benefits Should Kickstart Retirement Planning
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Current military members and retired Veterans should be mindful that big changes could be coming to their pension plans. As the federal government looks to rein in costs due to the budget crisis, proposals are circulating to change the military's...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Meriden man sentenced in child porn case
Meriden Record-JournalFebruary 2, 2012

In December of 2010, an undercover FBI agent downloaded 22 images of children pornography from an Internet file sharing program account maintained by Pillsbury, Fein said. In January, members of Connecticut Computer Crimes Task Force executed a search ...more »

Personal Injury
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Remit of injuries board may extend to medical negligence
Irish TimesFebruary 2, 2012

A PROPOSAL to extend the remit of the Personal Injuries Assessment Board to include medical negligence claims is being discussed by the Department of Health. The aim of the non-judicial process would be to speed up compensation cases and cut costs.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitution Check: When the Internet Went Dark, What Was the Constitutional...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Politics, indeed, may be changing as Ms. MacKinnon suggests, but law could be another matter. In an awesome display of Digital Age political power, the shuttering of major parts of the Internet in protest on January 18 had an almost instant impact in ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Santorum doles out tough medicine on drug costs
CBS NewsFebruary 2, 2012

What a dope. by mryoubrian February 2, 2012 4:54 AM EST "Back in 1994, when Santorum was in Congress and running for the Senate, he introduced HR 3918, which would have capped non-economic damages awarded by juries in medical malpractice cases at ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Opinion poll: Anti-regulatory 'hype' unwarranted
RegisterFebruary 3, 2012

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, he says will "hold Wall Street accountable and end taxpayer-funded bailouts," and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau "will protect consumers from unfair financial practices and make sure that ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust announces financing and leasing update
Canada NewsWire (press release)February 1, 2012

To find out more about Scott's Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX: SRQ.UN), visit our website at www.scottsreit.com. This document contains certain information that may constitute forward-looking information within the meaning of securities laws.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 »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney seeks on ban on retrial in murder
Delaware County Daily TimesFebruary 11, 2012

By MICHAEL P. RELLAHAN WEST CHESTER — The attorney for Morgan Marie Mengel on Friday asked a Common Pleas Court judge to prohibit the prosecution from retrying his client on charges that she helped murder her husband, saying that the prosecution had ...more »

Your money: Last-minute tax tips
Milwaukee Journal SentinelFebruary 1, 2012

An ounce of prevention will go a long way toward helping avoid an IRS audit. Get help. Don't have time to figure out all the ongoing changes to tax regulations? Don't have the interest? Then get the help of a professional tax preparer immediately after ...more »

Age discrimination trial brought by former Bluffton officer moves forward ...
The RepublicFebruary 7, 2012

AP BLUFFTON, SC — A federal judge has ruled that an age discrimination lawsuit brought by a former Bluffton police lieutenant can move forward. The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports (http://bit.ly/yC810m) that Magistrate Judge Bruce Hendricks ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Firm hired for Citizens' appeal
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

The law firm filed an emergency request with the Supreme Court to stop plaintiffs' attorneys from seizing Citizens' assets while Gibson, Dunn prepares its request for a Supreme Court review of the state court judgment. Citizens is fighting a March 2009 ...more »

Environmental Law
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Feed-in Tariffs in Ukraine ranking among the highest in Europe
EcoFriend NewsFebruary 6, 2012

Last year, the power generated from renewable energy sources (incl. large hydropower plants) constituted 7% of the total power generated in the country. Yet, when considering only the renewable energy complying with the Ukrainian law on the “Green” ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe Launches New Farmington and Wethersfield Websites
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The Law Offices of Jackson O'Keefe have launched two new websites to serve local communities in Connecticut more effectively. The firm's goal is to be more accessible to Farmington and Wethersfield, Connecticut residents and accident victims.more »

Family Law
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Money from family's lawsuit against tobacco giant helps Oregon balance budget
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

The company lost a lawsuit brought by the family of a Portland smoker who died of lung cancer. Philip Morris had agreed to pay the man's family but challenged an Oregon law requiring that 60 percent of punitive damage awards go to a state fund that ...more »

Workers Compensation
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In Small California Hospitals, the Marketing of Back Surgery
Wall Street JournalFebruary 9, 2012

California employers paid $7.1 billion in insurance premiums to cover their workers' compensation liability in 2010. Spinal-fusion surgery is a growing part of the care these premiums pay for. It accounted for 40% of inpatient hospital charges to the ...more »

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