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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 »

SPORTCHECK: Not properly enforced!
New Straits TimesFebruary 1, 2012

"Not just athletes, but officials who are investigated and found guilty of supplying or administering the drugs can also face bans from their sports," Dr Jegathesan clarified. "To legislate a law, it would mean we are taking it a step further.more »

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Administrative Law
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Attorney general Bill Schuette asks that hearing on grad student unions be halted
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

By David Jesse Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed a request with the state Supreme Court, asking it to stop a hearing scheduled for today to decide whether University of Michigan graduate student research assistants can unionize.more »

Health Care Law
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Mitch McConnell: Obama health care law is not financially viable
The State ColumnFebruary 1, 2012

Mr. McConnell's latest attack on the health care law comes as the US government spending for Medicare, Medicaid and other healthcare programs will reportedly more than double over the next decade to $1.8 trillion, or 7.3 percent of the country's total ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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CIA Claims Release of its History of the Bay of Pigs Debacle Would “Confuse ...
Center for Research on GlobalizationFebruary 5, 2012

by Nate Jones Late last year, the Central Intelligence Agency explained to Judge Kessler of the US District Court in Washington DC that releasing the final volume of its three-decade-old history of the 1961 Bay of Pigs debacle would “confuse the public ...more »

Immigration Law
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After extensive immigration reform in 2011, Utah lawmakers reluctant to ...
The RepublicFebruary 8, 2012

JOSH LOFTIN AP SALT LAKE CITY — Immigration bills are being received with limited enthusiasm by Utah lawmakers still smarting from divisive debates during the 2011 session. Two lawmakers are sponsoring bills that would repeal a guest worker program ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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On the move: Regina Glenn named Chamber vice president
The Seattle TimesFebruary 13, 2012

Regina Glenn was named vice president of multicultural and small-business development for the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Glenn owns Pacific Communications Consultants... No comments have been posted to this article.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Putting consumers in the driving seat
European Parliament (press release)February 9, 2012

The Commission is proposing a reinforcement of their rights, an online dispute resolution system, better education tools and more funding for European Consumer Centres. On Monday it presented its consumer agenda for 2014-2020 to the EP's Internal ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repwest Insurance Company to Strengthen Loss Reserves on Discontinued Business ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

Certain of the statements made in this press release regarding our business constitute forward-looking statements as contemplated under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated as ...more »

Animal Law
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Help needed to care for neglected animals
KXRMFebruary 1, 2012

The animals have since been relocated to shelters and vet clinics across Colorado. "Those animals are being cared for in shelters from Douglas County to Pueblo County," Director of Animal Law Enforcement said. The Humane Society in Colorado Springs is ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Apple, Schweitzer-Mauduit, Target: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 2, 2012

Julius Glatz and its LIPtec unit didn't violate Schweitzer- Mauduit's patent rights for papers designed to limit accidental fires, US International Trade Commission Judge James Gildea said in a notice yesterday on the Washington-based agency's website.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Law Firm Must Use Disclaimer to Escape Client's Debt to Litigation-Services ...
Bloomberg BNAFebruary 1, 2012

By Joan C. Rogers A law firm is liable for payment of its clients' debts to litigation-services providers unless it disclaims this responsibility when it contracts with the provider on the client's behalf, the Nebraska Supreme Court made clear Jan.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Strong support for landfill permit
El Defensor ChieftainFebruary 8, 2012

In 2008, the Solid Waste Bureau recommended denial of a permit application submitted in 2006, unless the city agreed to a 10-year permit with an (operational) affirmative action plan. “At the hearing it was clear that the city did not agree with that ...more »

House passes 4-year aviation program blueprint accelerating air traffic ...
Washington PostFebruary 3, 2012

WASHINGTON — A four-year blueprint for aviation programs that hastens the transition to a new air traffic control system based on GPS technology was given final approval by the House on Friday despite last-minute objections from organized labor.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord fined over eviction
Newtownabbey TodayFebruary 2, 2012

A spokeswoman for Belfast City Council said: “We are pleased with this ruling as it reminds landlords that tenants are entitled to the full protection of the law. We work extremely hard with landlords to raise awareness about the rights of tenants and ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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To Payday Loan or Not To Payday Loan – That Is The Question
Which Way To Pay – UKFebruary 2, 2012

Why then are so many turning to these high interest loans? Late last year the Citizen's Advice Bureau warned that the number of people running into debt through payday loans has quadrupled in two years. It said that it is too easy to obtain such credit...more »

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City to move forward with litigation on Consolidated Tax issue
Reno Gazette JournalFebruary 1, 2012

18 city council meeting, the council directed staff to retain legal counsel and to move forward with litigation regarding the consolidated tax issue. Mayor LeRoy Goodman said, "We've been fighting this for the last 1-1/2 years," adding the city has ...more »

Business Law
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Oscars 2012: The Artist's Jean Dujardin's chances could be jeopardised by ... 2, 2012

France's advertising standards authority, ARPP, has received complaints for a series of posters featuring Mr Dujardin and his co-star Gilles Lellouche in various compromising positions with women to promote Les Infidèles (English title, The Players), ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Nigeria army condemns attack on Agip oil pipeline
NinemsnFebruary 5, 2012

"Unfortunately, people who were never part of the agitation have emerged and want to claim amnesty and its benefits by force," the Nigerian military said. It also warned of collateral damage if "individuals and communities decide to provide sanctuary ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Friendswood police make arrest in child porn case
Ultimate Clear LakeFebruary 6, 2012

Investigators allege forensic analysts found several hundred illegal images on Moya's computer. The Friendswood Police Department, as a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and detectives from Pearland, Santa Fe and the Department ...more »

Personal Injury
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Austin Car Accident Lawyer Says Texas Needs To Crack Down On Drunk Driving And ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Texas personal injury attorney Bob Richardson of The Bob Richardson Law Firm points to recently released statistics showing that the state's drunk-driving fatalities have increased while the country's overall figures have gone down.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Government Asks Supreme Court for More Time to Defend ObamaCare
The New AmericanFebruary 6, 2012

Those include the challenge brought by the Thomas More Law Center. The center has appealed a decision of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals wherein that court held that the individual mandate was constitutional. As reported by The New American, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Online CE Course Now Available
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

CNA HealthPro and the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists are pleased to announce a new online dental continuing education course offering, the CNA HealthPro Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Program. One of the most comprehensive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Actress Suing IMDb for Revealing Her Age Gets Trial Date
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 7, 2012

Hoang is alleging breach of contract, fraud and violation of Washington's Privacy and Consumer Protection Act. Besides the identity of the plaintiff, much of the discussion since the lawsuit was filed in October has pertained to whether IMDb owner ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Commercial Real Estate Attorneys to Address BBA
Patch.comFebruary 6, 2012

Abe J. Schear, Philip G. Skinner to discuss the surge in foreign investment in US commercial properities Commercial real estate attorneys Abe J. Schear and Philip G. Skinner will speak to the Buckhead Business Association Thursday morning, ...more »

What Do You Think? Will This Move Save Indianapolis?
RealtyBizNewsFebruary 4, 2012

Optimists will tell you that the new law recently enacted by Governor Daniels will spur life in the real estate market as more jobs become available, drawing more individuals to the area who obviously will need housing – improving both the residential...more »

Sports Law
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A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded
New York TimesFebruary 4, 2012

But before that, their size and reach — not only through their own businesses, but also through the vast amount of work they farm out to law firms and loan servicers — meant that Fannie and Freddie shaped the standards for the entire mortgage industry.more »

Criminal Defense
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Walker says he will meet with John Doe prosecutor
Wisconsin State JournalFebruary 4, 2012

He did not say when the meeting with Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm would take place. In a statement issued through his campaign, Walker also announced that he had hired two high-powered criminal defense attorneys, Mike Steinle and ...more »

Passports... for a price
ReutersFebruary 13, 2012

They pay no personal income taxes, and the island's remote location in the West Indies serves as a safe haven, should the need for a quick move ever arise. Demand for a second passport is "way up," says David Lesperance, a Canadian immigration lawyer.more »

Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Fannie Moten appeals the district court's 1 adverse grant of summary judgment in her action asserting that her former employer discriminated against her based on her age and gender, and unlawfully retaliated against her for complaining about a single ...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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Scots increase investments in green energy
Business MirrorFebruary 11, 2012

Scotland is rich in natural resources, thus, there are high stakes for renewable-energy investments. The Philippines is also encouraging investments in green energy with the passage of the renewable-energy law. With its geographical position and rich ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Library calendar: Learn how to create online documents
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 19, 2012

6:30 pm Inman Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic. Come learn about wills, estates and probate in SC Call 864-472-8363. 6:30 pm Headquarters Library, Wills, Estates and Probate — SC Bar Free Legal Clinic.more »

Family 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 »

Workers Compensation
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Penn. Regulators Approve 5.7% Decrease in Workers' Comp Costs
Insurance JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has approved a 5.7 percent decrease in overall workers' compensation costs that will result in $160 million in savings for Pennsylvania employers. Regulators said employers can expect a 5.7 percent rate decrease, ...more »


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