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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 »

Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

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Administrative Law
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California, insurance companies settle suits over investments in Iran
IFAwebnews.comFebruary 1, 2012

“The settlement preserves the department's ability to collect and publish information about insurer investments in companies doing business in Iran, while addressing issues raised about alleged conflicts with federal and state law.more »

Health Care Law
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Oklahoma Legislature: Health insurance exchange awaits GOP
Tulsa WorldFebruary 5, 2012

The federal health care law requires every state to set up an exchange or have one imposed from Washington. Each time the bills died under pressure from Tea Party activists, who want nothing to do with "Obamacare" or its mandates.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Maine Treasure Hunter Confident of $3 Billion Haul from Ship Sunk in WWII
MPBN NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Greg Brooks of Sub Sea Research, who hit the headlines two years ago when he led an aid shipment to Haiti, says he followed maritime law "to the letter" after finding the wreck of the SS Port Nicholson. The SS Port Nicholson was steaming under escort ...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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Taking a Closer Look at the Jobs Governor's Industrial Policy
Bacon's RebellionFebruary 2, 2012

... 85 Connector Economic Development Zone could add up to $50 million over 2015 and 2016, if HB 1183 is passed into law. Remarkably, no one seems to be questioning the propriety of such aggressive use of the tax code to promote industrial development.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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How You Can Sue An Automaker In Small Claims Court And Win
JalopnikFebruary 2, 2012

If the company shows — they don't always, which often means you get a default judgment and get to move automatically to the fun money-collection part — they can only send a company representative, and they can't be a lawyer.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Law Firms Pony Up for Insurance
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 6, 2012

During the Savings & Loans crisis law firms that represented failed financial institutions were targeted for litigation by the FDIC. For more detail on that — and a primer on similar exposure in the most recent financial crisis — see this rather ...more »

Animal Law
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Governor Proposes Animal Shelter Law Repeal
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 1, 2012

By Kellie Onaga The animals waiting for homes in California shelters have no idea what could be coming. They may get an early death sentence under Governor Jerry Brown's proposal that would repeal parts of a state law meant to protect them.more »

Intellectual Property
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inovia Agents Rank Among the Top Patent Firms in MIP's 2012 Survey
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

With pressure on intellectual property budgets leading to increased demand for fixed and/or lower foreign filing fees, many applicants and law firms are looking to outsource portions of the foreign patent filing process and are turning to specialist ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Increased Cancer Risk for 9/11 First Responders, Says Study (blog)February 1, 2012

If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma and suspect you wereexposed to asbestos at ground zero, you may be entitled to financial compensation. To learn more about your legal options regarding a possible mesothelioma settlement, please contact an ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Is It Bias? Is It Legal?
Inside Higher EdFebruary 3, 2012

Asked if Asian-American applicants face bias at top colleges, Hernandez said "after 10 years of doing this [counseling] and four years in Dartmouth admissions, I don't think it's intentional, but I think there is discrimination.more »

Aviation Leadership Summit to address long-term growth, sustainability issues
Channel News AsiaFebruary 1, 2012

By S Ramesh | Posted: 01 February 2012 1107 hrs SINGAPORE: The Aviation Leadership Summit and Business Forums return this year as part of the Singapore Airshow 2012. Organisers said under the theme, "Driving Change, Overcoming Challenges Together", ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Privy Council rules in favour of Presbyterian Church
Trinidad NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Three law lords held the view that a fair interpretation of the Land Tenants (Security of Tenure Act) 1981, is to allow a tenant to have protection from being evicted, even if he or she builds a structure on land not originally tenanted from a landlord ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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RI gov seeking nearly $400K in supplemental funds for Central Falls receiver ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI — The cost of the state-appointed receiver and legal fees related to bankruptcy proceedings in the Rhode Island city of Central Falls is nearly $400000 more this fiscal year than budgeted, and the total spent on the receivership is ...more »

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Mobile patent litigation: It's a push game no one wins
ZDNet (blog)February 3, 2012

No one can win this game of patent litigation because there is simply too much money involved. The way the system used to work was much different. A company would get a patent covering a specific area of technology unique to the pertinent industry.more »

Business Law
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Anti-gay-marriage group loses Maine list appeal
Boston.comFebruary 1, 2012

... and represents a second defeat for the National Organization for Marriage, which previously lost a challenge to the state's political action committee laws and laws governing independent expenditures and advertising attribution and disclaimers.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Gay Army Veteran Sues Federal Government for Denying Military Benefits to Her Wife
LAistFebruary 2, 2012

A gay US Army veteran in Pasadena has filed a suit against the federal government for denying military benefits to her wife. Tracey Cooper-Harris was an Iraq War veteran who served in the Army for 12 years until she was diagnosed with multiple ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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PD: Man Seeks Teen For Sex After Online Chat, But Finds Naugatuck Cops Instead
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

Blanchard is a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, collaborated program between state and local law enforcement that seeks to investigate offenders who use the internet or the computer to sexually exploit children, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Eve Samples: PIP overhaul would end massage therapy and acupuncture coverage
TCPalmFebruary 14, 2012

By Eve Samples There is little debate about the need to overhaul Florida's rife-with-fraud Personal Injury Protection coverage. As the number of staged auto accidents and phony referrals have surged across the state, drivers have been forced to pay ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Our View: It's time Supreme Court clarified legality of state's emergency ...
Adrian Daily TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

The court did rule, finding that most of the law was valid. Similar cases include Gov. Jennifer Granholm skipping the Court of Appeals during Kwame Kilpatrick's removal when she wanted to confirm her constitutional power to remove officials from office ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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When it's time to say goodbye
Chiropractic EconomicsFebruary 9, 2012

Yet as a doctor, you have an ethical and legal obligation to handle such a situation in a professional manner that fully protects the health and welfare of the patient. It is vital that you ensure that the termination of the patient relationship is ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Watchdog: No fears for small banks
Sioux Falls Argus LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

The stringent provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that apply to massive investment banks and modest Main Street institutions alike are debilitating, Beck said. “That's what I'm hearing from our members.more »

Real Estate Law
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Adverse Possession Resident Taken to Court
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort WorthFebruary 6, 2012

He's been featured on local television, spoken to law school students and created his own website: Real estate experts and Bank of America see it differently. The bank said it foreclosed on the house last month and wants the ...more »

MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... February 1, 2012 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. /quotes/zigman/129714/quotes/nls/swm SWM -3.84% today responded to the anticipated initial decision rendered on February 1, 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade...more »

Sports Law
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Ramnarine calls on WICB to blank GCB
Stabroek NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Sports | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine is calling on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to not recognise the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney: ATF sting targeted black Kansas males
Kansas City StarFebruary 4, 2012

By ROXANA HEGEMAN AP WICHITA | A bogus pawn shop operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives targeted black males during a months-long firearms sting operation that was racially motivated, a defense attorney claimed in a court ...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 »

Marriage Equality Act Passes In Washington State
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 13, 2012

But to retain that status, the couple would have to marry within one year after becoming permanent residents of Washington State, unless at least one of the partners was at least 62 years of age. The Marriage Equality Act would generally eliminate the ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Intertape Polymer Group's ABL Maturity Extended Under Favorable Terms
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

MONTREAL, QUEBEC AND BRADENTON, FLORIDA, Feb 02, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Intertape Polymer Group Inc. /quotes/zigman/17437 CA:ITP +1.29% ("Intertape" or the "Company") today announces the extension of its Asset-Based Loan facility (ABL) of $200 ...more »

Environmental Law
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Exeter's Russman Law Office, Solar-Powered
Patch.comFebruary 9, 2012

Attorney Ryan Russman said he can't count the number of people who have popped into his law office asking about its new solar array. The array, which will provide all the electricity his office needs, was installed by ReVision Energy, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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New Starts
bdailyFebruary 20, 2012

Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors' Wills and Probate team have recruited a local solicitor. Nicola Dalzell brings extensive experience in high value estates with complex issues, and her new role includes inheritance tax planning, wills, ...more »

Family Law
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Legal forums return Feb. 16
Cleveland Daily BannerFebruary 2, 2012

The year's first forum topic will be “Family Law Issues,” the same subject covered in the event's inaugural session. It has returned by “popular demand,” as has the entire Community Legal Forum concept, Tapper explained. Joining Tapper on the “Family ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Flagler Beach resident reappointed as judge of workers' compensation claims
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 1, 2012

By NICK KLASNE, Staff writer TALLAHASSEE -- Judge Thomas G. Portuallo of Flagler Beach was reappointed Tuesday as a judge of compensation claims by Gov. Rick Scott. Portuallo, 50, has been a judge of workers' compensation claims for the Daytona Beach ...more »


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