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How an estate plan can minimize taxes, avoid probate and ensure a smooth ...
Smart Business NetworkJanuary 1, 2012

But creating a plan isn't enough; you have to revisit it to ensure it remains relevant, says Steven C. Hartstein, CPA, JD, a partner in the Tax Planning & Preparation Department at Skoda Minotti. “When it comes to estate planning to protect your ...more »

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THISDAY LiveJanuary 1, 2012

When President Goodluck Jonathan signed the Freedom of Information Bill into law 48 hours before he was sworn in, journalists and members of civil society groups saw it as the beginning of better days in the country. Seven months after, there are ...more »

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Administrative Law
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SNYDER v. COMMISSIONER OF SOCIAL SECURITY
Leagle.comJanuary 6, 2012

Plaintiff's date last insured for the purposes of disability insurance was December 31, 2005. (R. at 31.) Plaintiff's application was denied initially and again upon reconsideration. Plaintiff requested a de novo hearing before an administrative law...more »

Health Care Law
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Affordable Care Act Will Save States and Taxpayers $17.7 Billion on ...
eNews Park ForestJanuary 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC – Provisions in the health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act, will save taxpayers and States an estimated $17.7 billion over five years on prescription drugs bought through Medicaid, according to estimates in a proposed rule ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Same-sex marriage law to be changed to recognize gay tourists
National PostJanuary 13, 2012

Friday's amendment would fix a legislative gap in the Civil Marriage Act, the official said, and legally recognize the validity of same-sex marriages in Canada. However, under the current law, marriages of non-Canadian residents performed in Canada ...more »

Immigration Law
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Study says immigration law has economic costs
Tuscaloosa NewsJanuary 31, 2012

The state's illegal immigration law has potential economic costs and probably has not caused the unemployment rate to drop as the law's co-sponsor claims, according to a study by the Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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SEI Industries Ltd. Named National Winner of the 2011 Regional Awards for New ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 30, 2012

The BATT took a number of months to develop and was first deployed in 2010 for use by South American law enforcement in Columbia. SEI is now focused on expanding its range of models as well as gaining approval from the FAA and ICAO to bring the BATT to ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Inter-Insurer Disputes Resolved Using Arbitration in 2011 Sets Record
PropertyCasualty360January 31, 2012

By Staff Writer Nearly 520000 claims disputes valued at more than $2.4 billion were resolved in 2011—a new record, according to Arbitration Forums Inc. The nation's largest provider of inter-insurance dispute resolution services says it is saving the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Louisiana Citizens Files for Stay of $100 Million Katrina Judgment Pending US ...
Insurance News Net (press release)January 31, 2012

By Jeff Jeffrey Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. has appealed a $100 million judgment related to Hurricane Katrina claims to the US Supreme Court . In an emergency filing late Jan. 30 , lawyers for the Louisiana insurer of last resort asked ...more »

Animal Law
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Ohio man who freed exotic animals 'had a plan,' report suggests
Los Angeles TimesJanuary 18, 2012

The Oct. 18 incident touched off a flurry of questions about how exotic animals are cared for on private farms and what should be the regulatory role of the state. Law enforcement officials ultimately killed 48 of the animals. ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Helix BioMedix Strengthens Intellectual Property Position
Business Wire (press release)January 10, 2012

The patents focus on dermatological health, where the company continues to build its industry leading intellectual property portfolio. The patents include: Mexican patent number 288451, entitled “Short Bio-Active Peptides for Cellular and Immunological ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Job watch: Shipping litigation
The LawyerJanuary 30, 2012

“Shipping litigation's a very discrete and specialised area of the law. Should you have a good background in this area from a recognisable City firm, it's likely you'll be in high demand,” he says. “Doing proper due diligence with the help of a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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PHOTOS: Dr. Martin Luther King's Dream Remembered in Student Art
Patch.comJanuary 17, 2012

By Abigail Crocker The East Providence Office of Affirmative Action issued a project asking city students to draw artistic expressions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They came up with some very imaginative displays. Scroll through the photos to see how ...more »

Tanzania: Aviation Services Get Boost
AllAfrica.comJanuary 24, 2012

A PRIVATE company, Galileo Travelport Ltd, has introduced a new technology in attempts to increase and improve efficiency in the delivery of aviation and tourism-related services in the country. The technology, dubbed "Travelport SmartPoint" was ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Judge orders apartment owners to restore heat, hot water by Monday
Chicago TribuneJanuary 27, 2012

City law requires that from Sept. 15 to June 1, landlords must maintain temperatures of 68 degrees during daytime and 66 degrees overnight. Hot water must be at least 120 degrees, according to the code. Chicago's tenant ordinance also states that if a ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Saints putting up unreal statistics
Hattiesburg AmericanJanuary 2, 2012

The Saints will host the Lions in the first round of the playoffs next Saturday, and that's bad news for Detroit. With Sunday's win, the red-hot Who Dats have won their last eight games by an average score of 35.9-18.8. When you break down the numbers, ...more »

Litigation
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Google fired cheeky recruiter who peeved Steve Jobs with poach attempt
SlashGearJanuary 30, 2012

What we might not expect is litigation against tech firms over agreements not to poach employees from one another. In the past the technology world has seen companies get together and agree to set pricing and other details on products, ...more »

Business Law
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Sidley Expands its White Collar Practice in Frankfurt with the Addition of ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 31, 2012

Lawyers from the Frankfurt office have participated in some of the largest and most complex financing and restructuring transactions in the German market. Sidley Austin LLP is one of the world's premier full-service law firms, with approximately 1700 ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Obama unveils strategy for slimmed-down military
Seattle Post IntelligencerJanuary 5, 2012

The document said the Pentagon will have to find savings in pay and health care benefits for members of the military, but it offered no specifics. It made clear that while some current missions of the military will be curtailed, none will be scrapped ...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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£2.2m ON SCHOOL INJURIES
This is StaffordshireJanuary 28, 2012

Pupils and staff made the personal injury claims against the area's three main councils for everything from slips on spilt food to "accidentally" letting off a fire extinguisher. Thirty-four successful claims made against Stoke-on-Trent City Council ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Sen. Diane Allen crusading to preserve anti-bullying law
phillyBurbs.comJanuary 31, 2012

She welcomed the opportunity to work with lawmakers and the New Jersey Department of Education to craft revisions that achieve the law's goals without diverting resources from other programs. Allen said she was unsure of what expense the law created ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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LITIGATION PARALEGAL
Orlando SentinelJanuary 20, 2012

LITIGATION PARALEGAL —— Job Description: Established AV-Rated Plaintiff's Law Firm is seeking a candidate with a minimum of 5 years litigation experience either plaintiff or defense. This is an opportunity to assist a partner in the areas of personal ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Distribution Dates and Amounts Announced for Certain BlackRock Closed-End Funds
MarketWatch (press release)January 3, 2012

... including the recently approved Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and regulatory, supervisory or enforcement actions of government agencies relating to each Fund or BlackRock, as applicable; (8) terrorist activities, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Goodwin Procter Names Robert S. Insolia as Managing Partner; Regina M. Pisa to ...
MarketWatch (press release)January 25, 2012

... DC The firm provides corporate law and litigation services, with a focus on matters involving real estate, REITs and real estate capital markets; private equity; technology companies; financial services; intellectual property; products liability...more »

Dell joins Coombs & Dunlap
Napa Valley RegisterJanuary 31, 2012

Dell's practice includes civil litigation and employment law. He has represented clients in securities litigation, trade secret misappropriation cases, wage and hour class actions and breach of contract cases. Dell grew up in Northern California and ...more »

Sports Law
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Bill would enforce law turning stadiums into homeless shelters on off days
MiamiHerald.comJanuary 23, 2012

According to a 23-year-old law that has been mostly ignored, professional sports facilities built with the help of government funds are required to house the homeless on nights when no official events are taking place. Two lawmakers have dug up that ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Jimmy Dimora federal racketeering trial: Defense attorneys quiz FBI agent on ...
Plain DealerJanuary 24, 2012

By Plain Dealer staff Joshua Gunter, The Plain DealerStonebridge condominiums, shown here in 2007 when it was still under construction on the West Bank of the Flats by K&D Group Inc. and Bob Corna, stands just below the downtown Cleveland skyline.more »

Good and Better IRS News For Abuse Victims
ForbesJanuary 28, 2012

It is a real tragedy that someone can escape an abusive marriage, only to find themselves being pursued by the IRS for the abuser's tax debts. How does it happen ? Filing a joint return will usually result in a married couple having a lower federal tax ...more »

Congress has made progress in applying federal laws to itself, but key ...
Washington PostJanuary 31, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Law in brief
Warsaw VoiceJanuary 26, 2012

The European Parliament has approved new legislation under which suspects across the European Union will soon receive a special “letter of rights” listing their rights during criminal proceedings. This marks another step toward establishing common ...more »

Environmental Law
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Republican candidates on the issues
San Jose Mercury NewsJanuary 23, 2012

Energy: Remove restrictions on drilling, coal and nuclear power, eliminate gasoline tax, provide tax credits for alternative fuel technology. Environment: In 2008, said "human activity probably does play a role" in global warming and part of the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Police & local briefs
Poughkeepsie JournalJanuary 7, 2012

This free workshop will focus on important legal documents such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney and medical directives. Helpful, practical tips will be provided regarding each document and its importance to you and your loved ones. The probate...more »

Family Law
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Family fights to restore name in Colorado State Fair goat dispute
Denver PostJanuary 30, 2012

By Sara Burnett The family of two children whose prize-winning goats were disqualified from last year's Colorado State Fair after a feed additive used to promote growth was detected in the animals' systems is pursuing legal action to restore their good ...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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