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  • Senate Approves Tax Extenders Bill

    With just over two weeks left in the 2014 calendar year, the Senate finally made up its mind about the tax extenders bill. The bill, which extends the life of a number of tax breaks through 2014, passed the Senate 76 to 16. Only 60 votes were needed for approval. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) referred to the bill as “quite literally the best we could do.

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  • Why Does Uncle Sam Hate American Expats?

    Wall Street Journal op-ed: Why Does Uncle Sam Hate American Expats?, by Neil Gandal (Tel Aviv University, Department of Economics): It’s not easy to be an American living abroad these days, and some are even giving up U.S. citizenship. The reason is ill-considered legislation most people never heard of: the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

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  • Legal communications and marketing people not using social media

    I recently ran across a press release in my feeds from a legal marketing company sharing word of work they were doing in the legal technology arena. I was going to share word of what they were doing on Twitter. Before doing so I went to look up the Twitter handle of the communications person who sent out the release. I wanted to give them a shout out and personal attribute.

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  • Personal Data Protection in Poland – Important Legal Changes

    On 7 November 2014 the Polish Parliament passed the Act on the Facilitation of Business Activity which substantially amends the existing Act on Personal Data Protection. As we previously reported, this new Act requires an administrator for information security to be given an independent position within the data controller’s organization.

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  • A Conversation With Sports Agent Blog’s Darren Heitner

    Ed. note: This is the latest post by Above the Law’s guest conversationalist, Zach Abramowitz, of blogcasting platform ReplyAll. You can see some of his other conversations and musings here. I first read SportsAgentBlog.com when I was a 1L. Maybe it was one too many viewings of Jerry Maguire, but I really wanted to be a sports agent.

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  • Federal judge rules Obama immigration action unconstitutional

    [JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that parts of US President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration [JURIST report] are unconstitutional. Judge Arthur Schwab found that the president's action exceeds the scope of executive authority: "The court holds that the Executive A ...

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  • Should the ICC Do Anything About CIA Torture?

    It shouldn’t come as any surprise to you that, before December 2014, the United States tortured its detainees. However, when the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released a 525-page excerpt of its findings on the US detainee program last week, there was still a genuine sense of shock about the extent of that torture.

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  • Remembering Nancy Johnson

    Nancy Johnson and Dean Steve Kaminshine at the groundbreaking ceremony for the College of Law’s new building The College of Law and the profession of law librarianship was hit by a tremendous loss this week. Nancy Johnson, who retired as Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Professor of Law in 2012, passed away on December 13, 2014.

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  • Johnston: How Google and Apple Make Their Taxes Disappear

    Newsweek: How Google and Apple Make Their Taxes Disappear, by David Cay Johnston (Syracuse): Around the world, countries are desperately seeking ways to stop multinational companies from earning profits within their borders without paying taxes on them, while stashing trillions in tax havens like the Cayman Islands.

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