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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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Judge's ruling expected today in Fulton school abuse case
WGCL AtlantaFebruary 1, 2012

By Jeff Chirico - email An administrative court judge's ruling is expected to be handed down Wednesday in a case that could cost the Fulton County School System millions of dollars. In November, an attorney for the family of Alex Williams argued in a ...more »

Health Care Law
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House votes to repeal part of health-care law
Columbus DispatchFebruary 2, 2012

It's unusual for a public body to be found in violation of Ohio's open-meetings laws. It's not that violations are unheard of, but more the fact that few are willing to foot the legal bill to go to court to challenge secretive meetings.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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UFC 143 Preview: The Main Card
Sherdog.comFebruary 1, 2012

Last year gave us Anderson Silva's front kick knockout on Vitor Belfort, as well as the opening chapter in The Year of Jon Jones. This year promises to deliver the goods, as well, as Carlos Condit and Nick Diaz figure to be a tough act for the Giants ...more »

Immigration Law
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State Dream Act faces uphill battle
Queens ChronicleFebruary 2, 2012

A poster at a Dream Act protest in May 2010 outside the White House. As hopes for the federal Dream Act have faded, New York immigrants and immigrant advocates have looked to the passage of a state version of the bill. After gaining some momentum at ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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MPCA reports 99 percent compliance with permitting efficiency law
Alexandria Echo PressFebruary 11, 2012

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) says it is achieving a 99 percent success rate in issuing environmental permits for construction of new projects and expansions to existing facilities within 150 days. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Sells Location Business to Persistent Systems
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Today Openwave provides all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter services. Building on its mobile data heritage, Openwave mobilizes the Internet with ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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As an Increasing Target for Claims, Nonprofits Seek More D&O Coverage
PropertyCasualty360February 2, 2012

By Chad Hemenway, Receiving court documents over a lawsuit related to one's involvement in a nonprofit organization is not. The fact is, a nonprofit organization and its directors and officers face many of the same risks as a ...more »

Animal Law
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Colorado Rejects Animal Abuse Registry
Global AnimalFebruary 3, 2012

Lawmakers opposed to the bill were concerned the bill might unfairly stereotype animal abuse offenders while supporters argued that animal abusers are often at a higher risk of committing more serious crimes. According to the Animal Legal Defense Fund ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IP: is MegaUpload the most important case you've never heard of?
ChiefOfficers.NetFebruary 1, 2012

If for nothing else, the Megaupload case is important for establishing the use of public officials to protect private, commercial, rights. The film, music and software industries are so vital to the USA's otherwise flagging economy that it has used ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Relative of Asbestos Mine Founder Opposes Jeffrey Mine Funding (blog)February 1, 2012

The great-great niece of the founder of the first asbestos mine to ever open in Canada is speaking out against the continued production of asbestos at the Jeffry Mine in Quebec. Susan Henry is the descendant of Andrew Stuart Johnson, who founded the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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In a first, HC employs transgender
Times of IndiaFebruary 4, 2012

Setting an example in affirmative action, the Karnataka high court on Saturday appointed a 27-year-old transgender as a Class IV employee. The landmark move could perhaps be the first of its kind in the country. C Anu, a resident of Haleguddadahalli, ...more »

ILS Chooses Gael as Middle East Representative
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Feb 06, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Inventory Locator Service,(R) LLC (ILS), home of the world's most active aviation marketplace, ILSmart, recently selected Gael Ltd to represent and promote their Supply Chain Solutions across the Middle ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Preserving rental income streams: the end of grandfathering provisions
International Law OfficeFebruary 2, 2012

In the current economic climate, the preservation and maximisation of rental income continues to be crucial as capital values of investment properties achieve slow growth. Under the Goods and Services Tax (Jersey) Law 2007, a landlord of commercial ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The European Reality Avoidance Scheme (and How the United States Colludes)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Drug crime in Mexico. Oil security. Don't get me wrong. Those things are all important. If the frigid stand-off between Iran and its enemies flickers into outright conflict, the economic consequences -- forget the strategic ones, for a moment -- could ...more »

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UK Moves 'No Win, No Fee' Litigation Reforms to 2013
The National Law JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The Ministry of Justice announced the delay Monday, with the decision taken to allow law firms and legal businesses more time to prepare themselves for the implications of the changes. The civil litigation reforms, contained within the second part of ...more »

Business Law
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Study Finds Local Online Ad Outlook Strong; Call for Mobile Regulation
Street FightFebruary 1, 2012

Marketers are becoming bullish about their current and future investment in local advertising, particularly in local online media, according to a study released this week by GMSLocal. However, members of Congress such as Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Vets Views: Iraq, Afghanistan vets may be entitled to disability benefits
Park Rapids EnterpriseFebruary 1, 2012

... of Defense's Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) will work together to notify 77000 post-9/11 veterans that they are potentially eligible to receive increased disability benefits if they appeal the decision made when they left the military.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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Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm Expands Houston Focus with New Office ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 1, 2012

The Sloan Firm has an impressive track record with regard to negotiations and litigation in their key practice areas, which include general practice law and personal injury law. The firm's attorneys also have expertise in commercial law, employment law ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Constitutional law talk captures teens' attention
Burbank LeaderFebruary 3, 2012

La Cañada High School students got a crash course Thursday on the Supreme Court and the real-world application of constitutional law on Thursday, when they were visited by an attorney who will be arguing before theU.S. Supreme Courtthis month that the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Malpractice Costs, Changes to Med-Mal Insurers, and More
MedscapeFebruary 10, 2012

Says Murray, "We expect a...shift in market share [over time] toward [medical professional liability] insurers with multispecialty and multistate underwriting and claim-servicing capabilities for both individual medical practitioners," within these ...more »

Consumer Protection
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SAFF wants farm commissioner to have bite
ABC OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

SAFF president Peter White says the position stemmed from farmer concerns that their machinery is not covered by the Consumer Protection Act, and the move is a welcome one. He says it is hoped farmers will now have an alternative to the courts when it ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Defense lawyer fights racism in death row cases
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

As director of the criminal justice unit at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Swarns, 43, is one of the most prominent capital-defense lawyers in the country — the rare black woman in a community whose public face is most often white and male.more »

Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Sports Law
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My Jerry Maguire-esque Moment?
Business InsiderFebruary 1, 2012

In addition to Sports Agent Blog, I occasionally post legal related articles on (mostly related to intellectual property) and very recently created Sport-in-Law, which I believe has major potential to be the go-to website for everything ...more »

Criminal Defense
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VanWeelden takes stand in trial
Journal ExpressFebruary 3, 2012

Sand asked Davidson if Bonnie VanWeelden's insurance plan at Family Medical Insurance covered elective procedures, to which Davidson answered, “yes.” Sand asked Davidson if Bonnie VanWeelden indicated to her why she was leaving Family Medical Center's ...more »

Fay Vincent: Massive failure to pay taxes would cripple U.S. system of ...
TCPalmFebruary 16, 2012

Though I was not a tax lawyer, one could not be in that firm without learning a good bit about our tax system. Mort, now in his 90s, taught tax law at Virginia Law School for years and the firm he built remains one of the fine tax firms in the nation.more »

When ageism works for good
Business SpectatorFebruary 2, 2012

It was apt this week that on the same day news broke that former Financial Review Group chief Michael Gill was suing his former employer for $1 million on an age discrimination claim, Fairfax ran a management story headlined: “Over 50?more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Three years since meltdown, banks are shackled but stronger
PoliticoFebruary 13, 2012

Banks could merge to survive the heightened scrutiny caused by the enforcement of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection law, or they could break themselves up so they no longer appear on the radar screen of some newly empowered ...more »

Environmental Law
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Optimistic UN nuclear team plans new Iran trip
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Herman Nackaerts, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, is interviewed as he arrives after his flight from Iran at Vienna's Schwechat airport, Austria, Feb. 1, 2012.more »

Wills & Probate
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Would you feel comfortable with a death bed will?
The Co-operativeFebruary 11, 2012

The case of Martin Lavin has caused judges to debate the legality of the practice after he changed his will to make his sister Anne Liston the main probate beneficiary just a few hours before his death, the Telegraph reported.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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Report: California Workers' Comp Insurers Returns Improved in 2010
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

After declining for four consecutive years, California workers' compensation insurers' return on net worth showed signs of improvement in 2010. That's according to the data from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, which was compiled, ...more »


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