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Reportage: Looking to liability
Insurance AgeFebruary 1, 2012

Arguably, what the wide vista of liability reveals is that a broker's learning does not cease with their product knowledge. For Neil Grimshaw, director at Ravenhall Risk Solutions, educating clients on risks and building a long-term partnership is a ...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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GBTA's Michael W. McCormick Testifies at House Judiciary Hearing
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

In August 2011, it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. Congress has enacted similar protections from discriminatory state and local excise taxes for other interstate travelers such as airline, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Military chaplains told not to read criticism of contraceptive mandate in Mass
Fox NewsFebruary 7, 2012

Army chaplains have been told not to read a letter in Masses on Sunday that expresses disapproval of a new regulation in the Obama administration's health care law because the language in the letter speaks too strongly against the commander in chief.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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A Proposal: War Powers Act Should be Amended to Cover Drones, Libya-Style Wars
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

The War Powers Act, however, requires the President to terminate any deployment within 60 to 90 days unless authorized by Congress. Democrats like John Conyers and Dennis Kucinich were joined by Republicans like Speaker John Boehner, Walter Jones and ...more »

Immigration Law
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Lawmakers refute immigration law cost
News CourierFebruary 1, 2012

The cost-benefit analysis, written by Dr. Samuel Addy of the University of Alabama's Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration, found the law could mean Gross Domestic Product losses of $2.3 billion to $10.8 billion, income and sales ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Senate poised to pass aviation bill (blog)February 6, 2012

By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer The Senate will vote Monday afternoon on a House-passed bill aimed at improving the nation's aviation infrastructure and modernizing air traffic control systems. The bill would provide more than $60 ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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NLRB crucial to protecting workers, employers
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

The reason, he explained, was that the parties reached their own resolution of the dispute. He pointed out that the purpose of the board, and of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), “is to foster collective bargaining and productive ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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HCC Schedules 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Earnings Release and ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

HOUSTON, Feb 3, 2012 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX) -- HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. /quotes/zigman/231812/quotes/nls/hcc HCC +2.84% today announced that the Company plans to release its 2011 fourth quarter and full-year earnings results after the close of ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Rights: Orangutans Saved By Four Paws
The Daily ActivistFebruary 2, 2012

Animal Rights – Indonesia – As hunters closed in and prepared to slaughter a defenseless pregnant orangutan and her baby, Four Paws, a British-based animal rescue group arrived in the nick of time, saving them from certain death.more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Picks Up 2 Paul Hastings IP Litigators
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (February 02, 2012, 3:03 PM ET) -- Goodwin Procter LLP has bulked up its Los Angeles office with two intellectual property partners specializing in high-stakes patent litigation from Paul Hastings LLP, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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PIL: The real hero of Supreme Court decision on 2G
FirstpostFebruary 3, 2012

Public Interest Litigation is a form of litigation wherein a third party, whose right has not necessarily been violated, can file charges in court against the government. The first PIL in India was filed in the year 1979, in the case Hussainara Khatoon ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Mercury News editorial: Fight achievement gap, not affirmative action ban
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 14, 2012

Proposition 209's ban on affirmative action at California public agencies, including universities, has done the state no favors -- particularly with regard to higher education. Students' intelligence, work ethic and overall potential may not be ...more »

Agreement on US Aviation Bill to End Years of Stop-Gap Efforts
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

1 (Bloomberg) -- House and Senate lawmakers ended more than four years of standoffs over US aviation policy and funding, reaching agreement yesterday on a four-year, $63.6 billion bill that keeps current funding levels and speeds development of new ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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550 seeking restitution from Milwaukee Archdiocese
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

MILWAUKEE – About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — more than in any of the other US dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy protection, according a lawyer involved in the ...more »

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Itronics Named a Medium Entrepreneurial Technology Company of the Year by NCET ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

("safe harbor" statement under the private securities litigation reform act of 1995:This press release contains or may contain forward-looking statements such as statements regarding the Company's growth and profitability)("safe harbor" statement under ...more »

Business Law
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Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP Files Securities Class Action Suit Against K12, Inc. and ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiff is represented by Faruqi & Faruqi, LLP, a national securities law firm with extensive experience in prosecuting class actions involving corporate fraud. If you wish to serve as lead plaintiff for the proposed class in this action, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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ComEd Offers Bill Payment Help to Active Military Personnel
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

CHAMP offers a package of benefits, including a cash stipend of up to $500 while funds are available, a deferred payment plan, extended payment due dates, exemption from late charges, deposit reduction and budget payment plans.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Protect Yourself from Cyber Crime
WSIL TVFebruary 11, 2012

By Christen Drew By Randy Livingston WSIL-- Prosecutors say internet crime is on the rise. These cases are difficult to investigate and very time consuming for law enforcement, but there are steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim.more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...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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Legal brief
Sun-SentinelFebruary 9, 2012

But then he focused on political science and law. Pettis co-founded of his Fort Lauderdale law firm Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in 1996. He's practiced in the areas of medical malpractice, personal injury, employment law, professional liability and ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Regulatory Watch List for 2012: Issues Anticipated to Impact the Commodity ETF ...
JD Supra (press release)February 10, 2012

Due, in large part, to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the Dodd-Frank Act) and increased scrutiny by regulators of the financial and commodities markets, 2012 promises to bring a host of new regulatory requirements and ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Proposed budget would raise real estate tax rate
Washington PostFebruary 19, 2012

Per state law, Prince William's final real estate tax rate cannot exceed the advertised rate they are scheduled to set Tuesday. Meanwhile, schoolteachers have lobbied the Board of County Supervisors for more funds, particularly for salary increases.more »

Judge Declares a Mistrial in 'Sting' Case on Bribery
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The defendants, owners and executives of small military-equipment companies, were charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which bars US companies and individuals from paying bribes to foreign officials to gain a business advantage.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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Case Dismissed! Criminal Defense Attorneys Greenberg and Greenberg Win Motion ...
U.S. Politics TodayFebruary 7, 2012

The experience of Riverside criminal attorneys Daniel and Philip Greenberg have served their many clients very well. Their prior work as district attorneys taught them about the tactics of prosecutors. This background has helped them plan a strategic ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Anti-discrimination law shake-up doesn't cut burden on employers: Employer group 7, 2012

Business groups have warned that a discussion paper on consolidating the four pieces of legislation covering anti-discrimination into one does not reduced burdens on employers. "Anti-discrimination law is overregulated and is becoming increasingly ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Futures On Credit-Default Swaps Seen As Natural Evolution
Wall Street JournalFebruary 2, 2012

If a borrower defaults, sellers of the protection compensate buyers. The swaps--traded over the phone or on-screen, with prices known only to trading partners--are the domain of asset managers and hedge funds with the sophistication and financial ...more »

Environmental Law
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FACT CHECK: Gingrich energy ad errs on facts
Boston.comFebruary 24, 2012

But in the case of Newt Gingrich's unusual extended commercial on American energy policy, it just means more time for mistakes. In the ad, Gingrich offers a pain-free prescription for cheap energy that betrays a misunderstanding of how oil markets work ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Evan Guthrie Law Firm Helps Lead Summervile SC Habit For Humanity Wills Clinic
openPR (press release)February 29, 2012

If a will is in place the probate court process is much easier and the homeowners can pass on the home to loved ones in a simpler way. There were many attorney and legal volunteers that participated in drafting and witnessing the documents that came ...more »

Family Law
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Ramsay settles nasty family legal battle
New York PostFebruary 2, 2012

The TV chef had been in a legal war with his father-in-law, Chris Hutcheson, over $3.8 million in disputed loans and who was to blame for Ramsay's high-end restaurant chain nearly going bankrupt three years ago. Both sides announced yesterday that the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Trade Workers Union challenges strike compo to Qantas
Herald SunFebruary 13, 2012

THE Transport Workers Union (TWU) is challenging a court order to pay Qantas more than $750000 in compensation over strikes at four Australian airports. Qantas ground staff belonging to the TWU held four-hour work stoppages at Sydney, Brisbane, ...more »


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