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How to reap tax savings for selling your products abroad
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

You can also use an IC-DISC to provide an equity type of incentive to employees, which can serve as a motivation tool to improve productivity and increase export sales. Does a company have to be making a certain level of sales for the IC-DISC to make ...more »

Obama signs bill on banking sanctions against Iran
XinhuaJanuary 1, 2012

Obama singed the bill into law although he has "serious reservations" about provisions regarding counter-terrorism efforts, including clauses that regulate the detention, interrogation and prosecution of suspected terrorists. ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Top 10 midstate stories
Macon Telegraph (blog)January 1, 2012

A hearing was held Dec. 14 for terminated firefighter Christopher Hughes and Joshua Brewer, a fire sergeant who was demoted and suspended for 10 days. Both men appealed their discipline to an administrative law judge. A decision is anticipated this ...more »

Health Care Law
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GE Healthcare Pays $30 Million to Settle Medicare Fraud Case
BusinessWeekJanuary 4, 2012

The fraud settlement announced yesterday involving the drug Myoview sold by Amersham Health Inc. resolves claims filed under the False Claims Act. The law allows whistle-blowers to pursue fraud claims on behalf of the federal government and then share ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Group blames increase in officer deaths on budget cuts; Glenn sheriff alarmed ...
Enterprise-RecordJanuary 1, 2012

He noted that last year, when officer shortages were less of an issue, law enforcement deaths jumped by more than a third. some people are feeling desperate and may act out in very violent ways," he said. Jones said the image of the police officer has ...more »

Immigration Law
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Bloggings On Immigration Law And Policy
ILW.comJanuary 6, 2012

Spending billions more each year to enforce a fundamentally unenforceable law is not the conservative answer to illegal immigration. Immigration law needs to be changed in a way that better serves our economic needs, protects our security, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Throughout year, big votes to take place
Kitsap SunJanuary 1, 2012

They could likely buy the services of a commercial real estate marketer to help them promote SKIA nationally and even globally. All that is new for the port, which also will tend to the home fires at its small airport, industrial park and marinas in ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Maoists, NC still disagree on governance
Zee NewsJanuary 3, 2012

The meeting of the Dispute Resolution Sub-committee under the Constitution Drafting Committee held yesterday concluded without any decision as both the Maoists and the Nepali Congress were firm about their respective stances regarding the system of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Repeal ObamaCare? Grrrrrrr…
Boston.comJanuary 5, 2012

Directs the establishment of at least two new multistate insurance plans to be made available in each state health insurance exchange? (10104) 45. Reauthorizes the Indian Health Care Improvement Act for the first time since 1992 to expand the Indian ...more »

Animal Law
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Cockfighting and Gambling Dominate India's 'Sun God' Festival
Opposing ViewsJanuary 9, 2012

As often is true of those animals favored for engagement in blood sports, Asils are generally very tame and trusting toward the humans who attach blades three- to four- inches long to their feet and throw them into a pit where they must kill or die. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Bowie & Jensen Elects Kimberly S. Grimsley as a Member of the Firm
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)January 5, 2012

Bowie & Jensen, one of Maryland's leading business law firm's, is pleased to announce that Kimberly S. Grimsley has been elected to the firm's membership effective January 1, 2012. Ms. Grimsley practices in the firm's Intellectual Property Department ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Miss. Judge Tosses $322M Asbestos Lawsuit Verdict
SalonJanuary 3, 2012

The case began unraveling for the plaintiff after defense lawyers asked the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove the original judge because he allegedly neglected to disclose his parents were involved in similar asbestos litigation. ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Political Parties—Tools For Enhancing Women's Participation In Politics
GhanaJanuary 5, 2012

The conference also underscored the need to promote and enhance women's participation and representation in politics through Affirmative Action measures such as quota systems by means of constitutional guarantees and reforms in electoral laws. ...more »

Airlines wary of Europe's carbon tax headwinds
gulfnews.comJanuary 2, 2012

According to Brain Pearce, chief economist at global aviation body the International Air Transport Association, the costs could go up to $4 billion in the future. "At the moment allowance prices are extremely low, but they won't remain low forever," he ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Frontline: Renters insurance vital for students
Western FrontJanuary 6, 2012

While the residential landlord-tenant act determines it illegal for landlords to rent out homes that violate safety issues, many of the homes in violation get rented anyway. A recent survey by two local organizations, Neighbors for Safe Rentals and the ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Political realities
The Economist (blog)January 2, 2012

Or in more trouble, I should say." In other words, corn-ethanol subsidies were a bad policy and eventually no one could deny it. So Congress let the tax credit in question expire. Perfectly reasonable of them. It is, arguably, surprising that Congress ...more »

Litigation
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Watch out for predatory legal sharks
Las Vegas Review - JournalJanuary 3, 2012

A practicing attorney gave a lecture on the subject of litigation that the good people of Las Vegas should take to heart. I quote: "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner ...more »

Business Law
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WNY business community's winners and losers of 2011
Buffalo NewsJanuary 1, 2012

Steven J. Baum law firm— Not only did the Amherst law firm collapse because of its shaky practices and bad taste, but its demise also cost the jobs of nearly 600 local workers at the firm that handled much of its legal paperwork. The law firm already ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tricare Help: Can I keep Tricare eligibility after my divorce?
NavyTimes.comJanuary 5, 2012

It is called the Continued Health Care Benefit Program. Learn about it at www.tricare.mil/chcbp. I regret that I cannot give you better news. Q. A BlueCross BlueShield subscriber has a daughter who is under 26 and married to a sailor who has military...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Salvation Army official's link to child porn detailed in court document
AZ Central.comJanuary 6, 2012

Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Tommy Thompson said detectives working with the Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force "are on the Internet and looking for people downloading and transferring child pornography, and that is what led them to ...more »

Personal Injury
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FDA Sights Concerns From 1-800-GET-THIN
InjuryBoard.comJanuary 2, 2012

A series of wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits have been filed against 1-800-GET-THIN, its affiliated surgery centers and doctors who performed the procedures. A class-action suit has also been filed - on behalf of patients - that accuses the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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High-level taskforce asked to study Hungary's media law
European VoiceJanuary 4, 2012

By Constant Brand - 04.01.2012 / 15:52 CET A high-level EU taskforce on media pluralism will examine whether a controversial Hungarian media law restricts press freedom, the European Commission said today. Ryan Heath, spokesman for Neelie Kroes, ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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MERCONE v. MONROE COUNTY DEPUTY SHERIFFS' ASSN., INC.
Leagle.comJanuary 2, 2012

That doctrine, "although originally derived from the continuous treatment concept in medical malpractice cases, has also been held applicable to professionals other than physicians" (Zaref v Berk & Michaels, 192 AD2d 346, 347). ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama made right appointment
Iowa City Press CitizenJanuary 9, 2012

Since July 21, the bureau — a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act — had been up and running, but only with partial powers. It's the nation's first federal financial regulator with only one job — protecting ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State housing law could be less stringent than Centre's
Indian ExpressJanuary 1, 2012

The state Cabinet recently approved the draft of the Maharashtra Housing (Regulation and Promotion of Construction, Sale, Management and Transfer) Bill, 2011, a law meant to safeguard the interest of home buyers. The move comes two months after the ...more »

Oil Jumps on Mideast Tension
Wall Street JournalJanuary 3, 2012

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Sports Law
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The Resurrection of the Competitive Sports Doctrine in Texas
JD Supra (press release)January 3, 2012

See Pivateau, Tackling the Competitive Sports Doctrine, 9 Tex.Rev.Ent.& Sports Law at 119. Texas Supreme Court Declines to Adopt Either In 2002, the Texas Supreme Court declined to adopt either the “reckless or intentional” standard and the “inherent ...more »

Criminal Defense
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STATE v. GAHAGAN
Leagle.comJanuary 4, 2012

Washington Appellate Project, Attorney at Law, 1511 Third Avenue, Suite 701, Seattle, WA, 98101; Mindy Michelle Carr, Mindy Carr, Criminal Defense Attorney, 1752 Nw Market St Ste 319, Seattle, WA, 98107-5264, Counsel for Appellant/Cross-Respondent. ...more »

IRS Angel: Local Angel Helping the Community Solve Their Tax Problems
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

Yael is an attorney who specializes in tax resolution, tax preparation and audit representation. The necklace was a thank you present given to her by one of her very elated clients. After a few of her clients dubbed her their IRSAngel, ...more »

Lawmakers say state's racial-profiling law not enforced
TheDay.comJanuary 5, 2012

By JC Reindl Hartford - A group of mostly Latino and black lawmakers on Wednesday demanded better enforcement of a state law that prohibits police departments from racial profiling and requires the collection of traffic-stop data and discrimination...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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JPMorgan, WJB Capital, BP, Stanford, Exxon in Court News
BloombergJanuary 4, 2012

PDVSA said yesterday on its website that it will pay $255 million in cash for the judgment, after accounting for about $300 million in a frozen New York bank account and $191 million in Exxon debt that the Venezuelan company will cancel. ...more »

Environmental Law
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Bruker Energy & Supercon Technologies (BEST) Announces New Large Asian Order ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 5, 2012

The latest multi-year LTS wire contract brings the total long-term LTS order value received by BEST over the last several months for clinical MRI magnets to more than $110 million, which is expected to be recognized as revenue during 2012, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Vermont Commission on Women publishes 'The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont'
vtdigger.orgJanuary 6, 2012

Written in plain language, The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont handbook, although written for women, covers issues affecting all Vermonters, such as marriage and divorce, adoption, wills and probate, women's health, employment and education, ...more »

Family Law
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more states allow same-sex civil unions
CNNJanuary 1, 2012

Jack Markell, a Democrat, signed his state's bill into law in May. The Delaware Family Policy Council, which says its goal is to "educate, equip, unify and engage the citizens of Delaware in advocating for family values and preserving the integrity of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Rep. Tim Jones wants to address workers' compensation, second injury fund ...
Missourinet.comJanuary 3, 2012

He says he expects to tackle legislation that would address workers' compensation, occupational disease and the state's second injury fund. “Those are three issues that affect small businesses more than most people realize,” he says. ...more »

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