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Gyms investigated for unfair contracts
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

'The magic of the cup' isn'ta term often used to describe Spain's premier domestic cup competition,... Fears about flooding are rising - but of more pressing concern is the ending of the government agree... They were 27 days into their journey when ...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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City learns costly lesson after PFC hearing
Superior TelegramFebruary 29, 2012

Since 2005, six employees of the police and fire departments could have faced charges before the PFC after violating the law; charges were filed only in two cases. A firefighter accused of stealing $6500 in union funds when he served as treasurer of ...more »

Health Care Law
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Website helps firms with health care law
Modesto BeeFebruary 29, 2012

By Mark Glover A group of California business organizations launched a website to help business operators understand the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The Health Law Guide for Business site at www.healthlawguideorbusiness.org – is ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oh, Canada! Northern Neighbor Becoming New Hot Spot for Big Securities Claims
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 27, 2012

By Ashby Jones One high-profile US plaintiffs' firm has already gone north. Milberg LLP has teamed up with Canada's Kim Orr Barristers PC, in order to mine the burgeoning Canadian class-action market. Michael Spencer, a seasoned New York-based lawyer ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration bills sought by Kobach get lukewarm response in Kansas
Kansas City StarFebruary 22, 2012

Kobach has argued strenuously for tough new laws to deal with the state's estimated 65000 undocumented immigrants. Without doing anything, Kansas will become a magnet for illegal immigration, he warned legislators. “We risk being the one state in the ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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National budget refinement discussed at session of Nur Otan's parliamentary ...
Gazeta.KZFebruary 29, 2012

The session's agenda included the issues regarding amendments to the Law 'On the national budget for 2012-2014' in the view of implementation of the tasts set by President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in his annual Address to the Nation ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Collingswood Municipal Court Seeks Volunteers
Patch.comFebruary 29, 2012

By Matt Skoufalos Mediators provide valuable relief to the borough courts system. If you'd like to help, call 856-854-7535. Collingswood Community Disputes Resolution Committee (CDRC) is looking for citizen volunteers 21 and older to train as mediators...more »

Insurance Litigation
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California starts action against Zurich American
Central Valley Business TimesFebruary 28, 2012

The California Department of Insurance says two insurers, Zurich American Insurance Company and Zurich American Insurance Company of Illinois, have been using a type of workers' compensation insurance agreement known as a “large deductible agreement” ...more »

Animal Law
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Hays County changes law that called for dogs' death
Austin American-Statesman (blog)February 28, 2012

But they were careful to assure livestock owners that the revised law won't undermine their ability to protect their own animals or seek retribution when those animals are harmed. Following county code — which requires law enforcement authorities or ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Built a Better Mousetrap? Now Protect Your Intellectual Property
NewsdayFebruary 29, 2012

Now Protect Your Intellectual Property Huntington, NY 631-439-6864 Event overview More events at this venue Be the first to rate: 0 Click to rate When: Wed. 4/4 5-9 pm. Where: Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center 246 Old ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Molycorp Shareholder Investigation -- The Briscoe Law Firm and Powers Taylor ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 9, 2012

The Briscoe Law Firm, PLLC is a full service business litigation, commercial transaction, and public advocacy firm with more than 20 years of experience in complex litigation and transactional matters. Powers Taylor, LLP is a boutique litigation law...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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College Affirmative Action Threatened by U.S. High Court Case
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 22, 2012

22 (Bloomberg) -- Colleges may soon have to overhaul decades-old efforts to promote racial diversity after the US Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the constitutionality of affirmative action in admissions. In accepting an appeal from a rejected white ...more »

Ankur Bhatia, Executive Director, Bird Group & Chairman of CII's Core ...
BusinessworldFebruary 21, 2012

Indian aviation industry plays a very important role in shaping the Indian economy. As one of the fastest growing aviation industries in the world, the sector not only contributes to nation's revenues in the form of direct and indirect taxes, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Rise and fall: Legal muddle of local shops weakens market
Lansing State JournalFebruary 3, 2012

The closing of dispensaries has affected local commercial vacancy rates. / Rod Sanford/Lansing State Journal An October 2010 Lansing-area market report from NAI Mid-Michigan Vlahakis Commercial showed vacancy rates for several different types of ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Just How Elitist Are You? Murray's 'How Thick Is Your Bubble' Quiz
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

I'm sitting in my home office looking out at the homes of two lawyers and one esteemed budget analyst. My bubble starts out a bit thick here, I'm afraid. 2. Did you grow up in a family in which the chief breadwinner was not in a managerial job or a ...more »

Litigation
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Gulf oil spill trial delayed for settlement talks
Bismarck TribuneFebruary 26, 2012

The massive scope of the case - a maze of claims and counterclaims between the companies, federal and state governments and plaintiffs' attorneys - has elicited comparisons to the tobacco litigation of the 1990s. Roughly 340 plaintiffs' lawyers have ...more »

Business Law
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CBS Corp. Profits Increase, but Revenue Comes Up Short
New York TimesFebruary 16, 2012

At that time, the company benefited from political ad spending and a syndication sale of the crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” Over all, the company's performance for full year 2011 was “terrific and much better than expected,” the chief ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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End of Afghan mission leaves vets grappling with their return to Canada
National PostFebruary 27, 2012

It's what he signed up for, and why he is going back, this time to lead a 12-man unit overseeing communications for the 950 Canadian military trainers still in that country. Related Over 2000 Canadians were wounded in Afghan mission: report A teacher's ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Is that new car cyber secure?
Meriden Record-JournalFebruary 27, 2012

With a bit of complex ingenuity, the computer experts were able to gain control of car computers using features such as a CD player, Bluetooth systems and wireless internet systems. “Any type of computerized thing could be vulnerable to attack.more »

Personal Injury
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Chicago Injury Lawyers Set to Represent 3 Victims
EIN News (press release)February 1, 2012

/EINPresswire.com/ Chicago personal injury law firm Willens Law Offices has been retained by three Illinois survivors of the Costa Concordia cruise ship disaster. Chicago Injury Lawyer Matt Willens and his team will represent the Illinois family in ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Home-schooled students adapt at college
nwitimes.comFebruary 21, 2012

Melissa Sanchez, 21, chats with classmate Andrew Nelson before their American Constitution and Constitutional Law course at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Sanchez was home-schooled from kindergarten through 12th grade and is currently a ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lee Byrd Elected President Of Sands Anderson Law Firm
PR Web (press release)February 29, 2012

L. Lee Byrd, former chair of the Business and Professional Litigation practice and current member of the Board of Directors of the law firm of Sands Anderson PC, has been elected President of the firm, reported M. Pierce Rucker, immediate past ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Kraft, Starbucks Class Action False Advertising Lawsuit Concerning Tassimo ...
PR Web (press release)February 23, 2012

A False Advertising Lawsuit was recently filed against Kraft Foods and Starbucks for allegedly misleading consumers about the “Tassimo” Coffee Brewing System and violating other consumer protection laws. Kraft knew Starbucks brewing cups would become ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lawmakers to open new, real-time window with frequent reports of their ...
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 28, 2012

Article by: LARRY MARGASAK , AP WASHINGTON - Congress is about to open a new, real-time window into its members' stock trades, real estate deals and other financial transactions, allowing anyone to view the information online within weeks of the ...more »

Chief of Delaware U.S. Attorney's Office Criminal Division Rejoins Chadbourne ...
Bradenton HeraldFebruary 28, 2012

... Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Delaware, has rejoined the Firm's White Collar Defense, Regulatory Investigations and Litigation Group as Counsel in the Washington, DC office.more »

Sports Law
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26 states seek relief from education law
WRICFebruary 29, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> By ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Stanford defense rests without calling Stanford
WAMCFebruary 27, 2012

By Anna Driver HOUSTON (Reuters) - Texas financier Allen Stanford's attorneys wound up their defense in his criminal fraud trial on Monday without calling Stanford himself to the stand, ending suspense over whether he would testify.more »

5 tax tips for small biz
El Paso Inc.February 6, 2012

The IRS knows that small businesses often overstate automobile expenses, so during an audit the IRS often looks for mileage logs to substantiate the business use of personal autos. If you don't keep a log of your use of your car for business reasons, ...more »

Ban on age discrimination shelved
Telegraph.co.ukFebruary 24, 2012

Campaigners said they feared the set-back signalled that the Coalition was not committed to tackling age discrimination and that the proposed law could be abandoned altogether. A series of damning reports from official watchdogs in the last year have ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Micron Shares Climb After Rival Elpida Files For Bankruptcy >MU
Wall Street JournalFebruary 27, 2012

Elpida, ending prolonged speculation over how it will raise enough funds to repay upcoming large loans, said on Monday that it is seeking protection from its creditors under Japan's Corporate Rehabilitation Law. The maker of dynamic random access ...more »

Environmental Law
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Global Fuel Demand Outside Iran Outstrips Supply, U.S. Says
BloombergFebruary 29, 2012

31 law that requires the EIA to provide an update on oil market conditions every 60 days. “The EIA report highlights how tight the global market is,” Trevor Houser, an energy analyst and parter at Rhodium Group, a New York-based economic research firm, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Peter Kelly has some explaining to do
CBC.caFebruary 22, 2012

UPDATE: Wednesday, 1:29pm - Mayor Peter Kelly issues statement that he will not seek re-election in October. Kelly says he intends to complete his term. In the 1950's, the classic TV show "I Love Lucy" spawned the catchphrase "Lucy, you have some ...more »

Family Law
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Obama will not contest law suit filed by gay couples over military benefits
The Warner Robins PatriotFebruary 21, 2012

The couples, legally married in states permitting same-sex unions, are seeking the same benefits afforded heterosexuals in the military including family housing and married-couple housing allowances along with medical and dental coverage.more »

Workers Compensation
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Physician-Dispensing Workers' Comp Bill Gets a Kiss of Life
Sunshine State NewsFebruary 29, 2012

A bill that originally sought to limit how much doctors can charge for dispensing repackaged drugs to workers' compensation patients died after one Senate subcommittee vote, but it got a kiss of life when, moments later, one senator changed his vote ...more »

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