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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 »

Vancouver teen stabbed in city's 15th homicide of 2011
Vancouver SunJanuary 1, 2012

Vancouver police investigate the city's 15th homicide of the year at an apartment block at 5037 Main St at 35th Ave in Vancouver, BC., on December 31, 2011. A nineteen year-old man is dead of stab wounds and a 48 year-old man is in custody following ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Bandung Judge Convicted of Corruption, Jailed for Six Years
Jakarta GlobeJanuary 31, 2012

Last week, the Bandung State Administrative Court annulled a decision to raise the minimum wage in Bekasi district, prompting a massive outcry and pro tests. Judge Imas Dianasari leaving court after sentencing on Monday . She was jailed for six years.more »

Health Care Law
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Oklahoma could benefit from health insurance exchange setup, study finds
Tulsa WorldJanuary 28, 2012

Federal health care law requires each state to establish an exchange, which would act as a marketplace for people looking to purchase health insurance with federal subsidies and a means for enrolling eligible people in Medicaid.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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'Selfless' act helps others
Florida TodayJanuary 28, 2012

Jennell Jones and her children, Sidney, 11 and Owen, 8 are ready to call their new house their home. / Malcolm Denemark Families who move into Habitat for Humanity homes earn them. They are required to work at least 200 “sweat equity” hours divided ...more »

Immigration Law
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Dems seek repeal of Ga. immigration law
UPI.comJanuary 25, 2012

24 (UPI) -- Georgia Democrats seeking to repeal the state's strict new immigration law say it's hurting the farming industry by scaring off Hispanic migrant workers. "Georgia deserves better than a bill that costs millions of dollars in lost crops, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Should Patents on Pharmaceuticals Be Extended to Encourage Innovation?
Wall Street JournalJanuary 22, 2012

Most important, it has become less profitable, largely because longer development times mean companies have less time left under patents to exclusively market their discoveries. Now, the industry faces a financial crisis because of the recent or ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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CJ lauds alternate dispute resolution concept
The News InternationalJanuary 30, 2012

Lahore High Court Chief Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed has said that the concept of Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) was not alien to us and the people have benefited a lot from this mode of reconciliation and mediation.more »

Insurance Litigation
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China Auto Logistics Adding Automobile Insurance to Its "One Stop" Services ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

The Company reported it has now concluded cooperation agreements with five of the leading auto insurance providers in China under which the Company will be qualified to offer automobile insurance to purchasers of automobiles in its auto mall, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal abuse only a misdemeanor
WALA-TV FOX10January 28, 2012

(WALA) - Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon said there are multiple laws regarding animal cruelty, but there are three main statutes. “You're looking at a dog fighting statute, a general animal cruelty statute, and then specific animal...more »

Intellectual Property
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US GOLD - Comex gold recoups losses on rekindled safe-haven demand ...
FXstreet.comJanuary 30, 2012

(g) your website does not contain content that is distasteful, offensive or controversial, infringes any intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or otherwise does not comply with all applicable laws and regulations.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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BC-LA--Gulf Oil Spill-Litigation,1st Ld-Writethru, LA
CanadianBusiness.comJanuary 31, 2012

By AP | January 31, 2012 NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill looming, BP PLC is asking a federal judge to block two plaintiffs' experts from testifying about an alleged disregard for safety throughout the energy company ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Perkasa: Affirmative action for all, but 30pc Bumi quota remains
The Malaysian InsiderJanuary 29, 2012

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 29 — Perkasa declared today it supports needs-based affirmative action but insists that the 30 per cent quota for Malays and Bumiputeras remains in place as they are still lagging behind economically.more »

Aviation Nair backs ISRO Nair
IBNLive.comJanuary 31, 2012

BANGALORE/THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Amidst the ongoing space war unleashed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K Radhakrishnan and his predecessor Madhavan Nair, another Nair has come out expressing his strong views.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Exploitive rent demands 'a norm' for newcomers
Toronto StarJanuary 30, 2012

Nicholas Keung Immigration Reporter Rafiqul Islam paid his landlord $8600 of rent upfront for a bachelor apartment in Mississauga. Unaware of tenants' rights under Ontario law, new immigrants like Islam are being asked by landlords to pay as much as a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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FBI Testimony: Dimora Was Wined and Dined for Jobs, Raises
Cleveland News - Fox 8January 27, 2012

Prosecutors are also trying to show that Rybak used his union credit card and other funds to pay for dinners for Dimora. They also showed jurors financial records reflecting political contributions made by Plumbers Local 55 to the county democratic ...more »

Litigation
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TCDI® Announces the Release of CV5™
Sacramento BeeJanuary 19, 2012

Since 1988, TCDI®(Technology Concepts & Design, Inc.) has partnered with large corporations and law firms to provide advanced litigation support software and services for eDiscovery, hosted Review & Production and large-scale Litigation Case-File ...more »

Business Law
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Statement: Online Sting Brings Illegal Wildlife Traders to Justice; IFAW ...
Sacramento BeeJanuary 6, 2012

Investigating the Internet for criminal activities is not easy, as we know well, so we admire the USFWS agents and team who conducted this investigation so skillfully. Wildlife crime poses a major threat to endangered species such as elephants, rhinos, ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DoD plans smaller pay raises, benefits cuts
Marine Corps TimesJanuary 26, 2012

By Rick Maze - Staff writer Pay caps, reduced retirement benefits and higher out-of-pocket costs for retiree health care are in the military's future under the Defense Department's new strategy that will be announced this afternoon. For 2013 and 2014, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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LifeShield Partners with SpotCrime to Provide Free Local Crime Reports and ...
Einnews PortugalJanuary 25, 2012

YARDLEY, PA, January 25, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- LifeShield Security is pleased to partner with SpotCrime, the leader in internet crime search and information services, to offer its customers the ability to access city and county crime maps that ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal injury claims responsible for 'soaring' cost of S&M, claim MPs
NewsBiscuit (satire)January 31, 2012

The 128-strong Personal Services Committee has blamed the steep rise in the large number of companies encouraging punters to make spurious personal injury claims. 'The names and details of MPs, sorry, customers are being sold on to unscrupulous private ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Plan would let voters change Arizona Constitution to allow private school vouchers
YourWestValley.comJanuary 2, 2012

Most recently, the Arizona Supreme Court struck down a 2006 law which provided $2.5 million in vouchers to parents of former foster children to pay tuition and fees at private or parochial schools. An identical fund was set up for students with ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Illinois Case May Have Major Impact on Medical Error Reporting
DigitalJournal.com (press release)January 28, 2012

The case, which will begin this January, deals with the confidentiality of three Walgreens pharmacists who were accused of medication negligence. In 2010, the Illinois Department of Professional and Financial Regulation was investigating the mistakes ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Obama's Assault on Separation of Powers
FrontPage MagazineJanuary 10, 2012

Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which established the powerful Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the bureau could not start exercising its considerable powers and issuing regulations until a director was ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Ask a real estate pro: Walking away from a reverse mortgage
Sun-Sentinel (blog)January 20, 2012

While it is not always easy being a landlord, you may be able to get a real estate agent to manage the property for you and still cover your existing mortgage. If this option is not appealing to you, you may want to consider the short sale. ...more »

Becker & Poliakoff Names Gary C. Rosen Managing Shareholder
MarketWatch (press release)January 26, 2012

LAUDERDALE, FL, Jan 26, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Becker & Poliakoff, a diversified commercial law firm with more than 145 attorneys and lobbyists in Florida, New York City, New Jersey, Washington, DC, and internationally, today announced that it ...more »

Sports Law
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Time for a new FIFA says Jerome Champagne
Chicago TribuneJanuary 16, 2012

Examples could be taken from other sports to see if their laws could help improve the game. "We should reflect on the experience tennis and rugby on their own methods including temporary exclusions (the sin bin), public explanation of referee's ...more »

Criminal Defense
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New Plea Offered in Old Fire Trial
Mountain NewsJanuary 26, 2012

The first hint of a settlement in the Old Fire murder and arson trial of Rickie Lee Fowler surfaced Monday afternoon when defense attorneys said their client would like to enter a new plea. Fowler, a 30-year-old convicted burglar, is charged with four ...more »

Getting started on your small business tax return
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionJanuary 26, 2012

Tax professionals agree, filing for an extension is highly unlikely to make the IRS want to audit you. (The government doesn't have enough employees to look into why millions of taxpayers file extensions). A tax preparer can easily file an extension ...more »

EEOC Accuses ABQ Bank Of Age, Sex Discrimination
Albuquerque Journal (subscription)January 5, 2012

By Journal Staff on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 Tweet The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the Bank of Albuquerque in US District Court last week alleging age and sex discrimination against three female employees. The lawsuit said that at least since ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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The 2012 Regulatory and Market Landscape
Wall Street JournalJanuary 2, 2012

Steve Nadel, a hedge-fund lawyer with Seward & Kissel LLP in New York, said "registration issues will continue to dominate" the discussion in hedge funds in early 2012, but he also predicted changes that could lead to more taxation of the industry and ...more »

Environmental Law
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Government to appeal solar ruling
The Press AssociationJanuary 25, 2012

His decision will cause dismay to the solar industry, which says continuing uncertainty triggered by the legal action has already led to projects being abandoned and jobs lost. The Renewable Energy Association (REA) called for an end to the "fiasco" so ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Moneylife Foundation conducts maiden seminar in the City of Pearls
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineJanuary 25, 2012

Getting a will right is crucial if disputes between heirs over legacy are to be avoided. With this in mind, she spoke about the requirements of a will and types of wills, the need for a probate, the cost of a probate, how to make changes in the will...more »

Family Law
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Proposed changes to child labor laws could affect life on the farm
Kansas City StarJanuary 3, 2012

The Mershons call it a lifestyle they'd never trade. The federal government calls it child labor that ought to be restricted. If recent proposals from the US Department of Labor become law, Adam may have to wait five years before he can be paid to ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Personal Injury Firm's Referral Network Gives New Life to Old Business Model
The American LawyerJanuary 24, 2012

Personal injury and workers' compensation attorneys often have a thorny relationship -- but one firm has discovered a way to ease the prickliness and boost its profits at the same time. The Veen Firm in San Francisco has been spending millions on ...more »

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