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EU unveils plan to end roaming charges for mobile phones
The proposed law includes both carrot-and-stick elements to encourage mobile phone operators to remove roaming charges for customers who use mobile phones while traveling in the European Union.
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Court's restrictive interpretation to the right of insurers to avoid compensating 3rd parties in cases of cancellation of policy
By Dr. Christine Calleja
The Maltese Civil Court recently delivered two interesting judgments in relation to the right granted by law (Chapter 104 of the 'Laws of Malta') to authorized insurers not to pay compensation to third parties suffering damages caused by their insured in certain circumstances. This interpretation in effect nullifies the effect of article 10 (3) and if upheld by the Court of Appeal would cause significant repercussions in the Maltese insurance market.
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Companies expect more litigation, less spending in 2014
Corporate Counsel
Corporate counsel expect to see a surge in litigation in 2014, but the implementation of more aggressive cost containment measures means they will not be spending more money on legal fees, according to 'Litigation Outlook 2014' from The BTI consulting Group.
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Commercial accounts placed for collection declines, but average size increases
Annette Waggoner, executive director of the Commercial Collection Agency Association, reports that in the second quarter 2013, the number of commercial accounts placed with CCAA members declined by 8.29 percent when compared to the first quarter 2013. The dollars placed for collection slightly increased by approximately 3 percent for the same periods compared. Members reported that their average sized account rose significantly by approximately 27 percent.
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Transforming young attorneys into marketing rock stars
The Legal Intelligencer
Do you ever wonder how law firms turning 50, 75 and even 100 years old make it to these significant milestones? To have longevity, they likely do many things well. These law firms, however, are exceptional at one critical aspect of their business that seems to escape many others. They ensure growth and succession by nurturing their young professionals from before day one to be marketing and business development rock stars. Yes, it begins before an employment offer is ever made.
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Putting young tech minds and friendly faces on debt collection
After Detroit's bankruptcy filing, there might not be a more apropos startup in Michigan than HealPay, an Ann Arbor company that offers a suite of cloud-based apps that enable online payment processing for various sectors. As HealPay co-founder Erick Bzovi says, debt collection “is a dirty world and the technology sucks.” The solutions he and co-founder Lance Carlson have developed streamline collections and provide electronic options that they say improve chances of collecting receivables.
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Push for private debt collection clouds IRS confirmation: Taxes
A Republican senator is reviving an old fight over using private companies to help collect tax debts, an issue that may threaten President Barack Obama's nomination of John Koskinen as IRS commissioner. Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa wrote to Koskinen last week asking for his view on private debt collection and seeking a commitment from him to rely on outside contractors within his first 60 days as Internal Revenue Service commissioner if he wins confirmation, 'Bloomberg BNA' reported.
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