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IRS Tax Tips: Don't Make Mistakes!
Patch.comApril 1, 2012

Here are eight common tax return errors to avoid, courtesy of the IRS: Incorrect or missing Social Security numbers: When entering SSNs for anyone listed on your tax return, be sure to enter them exactly as they appear on the Social Security cards.more »

How network discounts can impact stop loss pricing
Smart Business NetworkApril 1, 2012

When third-party administrators (TPAs) solicit quotes for stop loss insurance for their client companies that self-insure, they may not be getting the maximum discounts available from stop loss carriers if the carriers don't receive transparent data ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge's Tentative Ruling Allows City Attorney To Stay On Mirkarimi Case
The San Francisco AppealApril 19, 2012

In his tentative ruling, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn denied the motion by the attorney of Mirkarimi, 50, who was suspended last month by Mayor Ed Lee on official misconduct charges and is facing an administrative process at City Hall ...more »

Health Care Law
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In Hopeful Sign, Health Spending Is Flattening Out
New York TimesApril 28, 2012

If so, it was happening just as the new health care law was coming into force, and before the Supreme Court could weigh in on it or the voters could pronounce their own verdict at the polls. “The tectonic plates might be beginning to shift,” said Karen ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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COLUMBUS -- What's a high-energy, fast-paced offense without a back who is ...
Bucyrus Telegraph ForumApril 20, 2012

MARION -- The I CAN Center of Excellence, a regional college access program, will offer the ACT... Army Pvt. Anthony C. Jones has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC- 7:30 am Andy Rehm is the Colonel Crawford student of ...more »

Immigration Law
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Brewer faces appellate deadline over Arizona law ruling
MyFox PhoenixApril 30, 2012

Jan Brewer faces a May 9 deadline for filing her appeal of a ruling that prevents police from enforcing yet another portion of Arizona's 2010 immigration enforcement law. Brewer is appealing US District Judge Susan Bolton's Feb.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act
Cryptome.orgApril 27, 2012

The Committee staff also held numerous meetings with private sector companies and trade groups in industries including technology, telecommunications, financial services, utilities, aerospace, and defense. And the Committee staff met with ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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BCTF asks Labour Relation Board to dismiss mediator
CBC.caApril 5, 2012

Jago, a former UNBC president with a long track record of public service, was appointed last week by Education Minister George Abbott to find a mediated resolution to the ongoing contract dispute. But his appointment was immediately criticized by the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Intellectual Property Insurance: Insurance to Protect Companies' Assets
Canadian UnderwriterApril 23, 2012

For over 21 years, Intellectual Property Insurance Services Corporation (IPISC) has maintained its reputation as the industry leader and expert in managing risk and protecting the value of clients' intellectual property (IP). As the original architect ...more »

Animal Law
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The growing field of animal studies
Washington PostApril 12, 2012

Pat Gegenheimer cleans the pigs' barn at the Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, where Balcombe and others volunteer. In all, more than 300 academic animal studies courses are offered worldwide in 29 disciplines at law schools, colleges and ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Hubbub over content rights greets Google Drive
CBS NewsApril 26, 2012

Before the day was over, technology blogs and Twitter users were picking apart a legal clause that made it sound as if all the users' content stored in Google Drive automatically would become the intellectual property of Google Inc. That could have ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Senior Government Official Kim Harris Returns to Davis Polk
MarketWatch (press release)April 30, 2012

Ms. Harris earned her JD from Yale Law School and her BA, magna cum laude, from Harvard University. Ms. Harris is the latest in a series of senior Washington lawyers to join Davis Polk in recent months, further reinforcing the firm's ability to help ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Coulter: Obama's silver spoon was 'an affirmative action silver spoon'
Politico (blog)April 20, 2012

“And the silver spoon Obama got — I mean that generation, it can't be denied, you can't support affirmative action and then pretend it doesn't exist. You don't transfer from Occidental, which by his own accounts in his autobiography he mostly spent ...more »

iPads turning into workers' newest accessory
Florida Times-UnionApril 29, 2012

The Federal Aviation Administration recently authorized Cleveland-based jet services provider Flight Options LLC to use Apple Inc.'s iPads as “electronic flight bags” in the company's large 13-seat jets. The technology “enhances safety and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Landlord bags 3 months jail term for failure to renovate building
VanguardApril 20, 2012

She stated that the offence was punishable under Section 7 of the Lagos State Environmental Laws, 2011. Mabinuori pleaded guilty and said that he was constrained to renovate the house due to the continued stay of his tenants. “I have given the tenants...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Spain Yields at 6% Show Bank, Economy Risk: Euro Credit
BloombergApril 26, 2012

Banks threaten to disrupt the premier's efforts as bad loans reach the highest levels in almost two decades. “Spain is likely to need support in both the banking and government sectors,” said Jamie Stuttard, head of international bond portfolio ...more »

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Litigation Fatigue Cited in Apple, Microsoft Patent Fight
BusinessWeekApril 25, 2012

“At the end of the day, companies that have a lot of money are going to be reapportioning who has how much,” said David Long, a patent lawyer with Dow Lohnes in Washington who specializes in telecommunications inventions. “The question is how they get ...more »

Business Law
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California's Realignment Is Really "Prisoner Dumping" Says Carl Hilliard
Sacramento BeeApril 30, 2012

"We would fail the citizens of our community and the victims of crime to follow the state's example and dump prisoners who have no jobs, are hooked on drugs, mentally ill, likely not rehabilitated and equally likely to commit another crime onto our ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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California: Judge Will Not Halt Discharge Process Against Marine
New York TimesApril 14, 2012

A federal judge in San Diego has denied a request to block discharge proceedings of a Camp Pendleton Marine who faces being kicked out of the military and losing benefits for criticizing President Obama on Facebook. Federal District Judge Marilyn Huff ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Compute: How to thwart today's online scams
The RepublicApril 24, 2012

Hang up and, if you think there might be a legitimate problem, call your computer service company. And contact the Internet Crime Complaint Center (, a partnership of the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center.more »

Personal Injury
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One jailed after personal injury crash
WLFI.comApril 30, 2012

Haymaker was then booked into the Fountain County Jail in Covington on suspicion of Driving Under the Influence. A trooper said Haymaker was wearing his seatbelt which more than likely prevented more serious injuries.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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'Stand Your Cyberground' Law: A Novel Proposal for Digital Security
The AtlanticApril 30, 2012

That is, the "Stand Your Cyberground" option could be a war-powers problem for Constitutional law, even if not IHL. But again, anti-piracy laws in the open seas provide a model for commercial enterprise to protect itself with force, no matter who the ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Former Clients File Legal Malpractice Suit Against Andrews Kurth
Texas LawyerApril 5, 2012

A group of former clients has filed a breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence/legal malpractice suit against Andrews Kurth and two Dallas partners, alleging the defendants mishandled litigation that ended with a multimillion-dollar ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Banks target vulnerable customers
Brisbane TimesApril 28, 2012

The National Consumer Credit Protection Act prevents banks from offering ''unsuitable'' credit to customers who cannot afford it. But banks are using advancing technology to profile and target customers with credit that will keep them in debt to the ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Lerner and Rowe Opens Criminal Bankruptcy and Real Estate Law Group
PR Web (press release)April 30, 2012

Lerner and Rowe Injury Attorneys, PC, recently opened a criminal defense and bankruptcy practice to complement their personal injury law firm. Lerner and Rowe Law Group is located at 2701 East Camelback Road, Suite #180, Phoenix, AZ 85255.more »

In Search of a (Red) Bull Market
Wall Street JournalApril 19, 2012

"We don't play at Giants Stadium anymore," the Red Bulls' president of business operations, Chris Heck, said. "We're not the MetroStars. We're not the Cosmos. It's almost like we're an expansion franchise in many ways, with this new stadium, ...more »

Sports Law
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Latest Pennsylvania news, sports, business and entertainment
WJTVApril 29, 2012

She was charged in February in Lancaster County with conflict of interest, tampering with public records and obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function. Authorities allege that Lancaster police cited Ballentine's car three ...more »

Criminal Defense
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DOJ Apologizes for 'Oversight' in Criminal Case Against Defense Lawyer
The BLT: Blog of Legal Times (blog)April 30, 2012

Prosecutors in Washington today apologized for what the government called an "oversight" in the case against a local defense lawyer charged with trying to dupe jurors in a drug case. The prosecutors handling the case against Charles Daum, ...more »

Ritacco faces 14 years in prison
Asbury Park PressApril 6, 2012

Rob Glantz, a special agent and spokesman for the IRS in Newark, said Ritacco could face up to 14 years in federal prison when sentenced July 12. Ritacco's lawyer, Jerome A. Ballarotto, said the 64-year-old former superintendent also agreed to forfeit ...more »

Overcoming age-related stereotypes
Malta Independent OnlineApril 13, 2012

The specific objectives of the year are: (d) Promoting activities that will help to combat age discrimination, to overcome age-related stereotypes and to remove barriers, particularly with regard to employability. In Malta, events and activities for ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Legal Structure: The Difference Between LLCs And LLPs
Business InsiderApril 25, 2012

To determine what's better for your company, let's explore the differences: Before we dive into the differences, it's critical to understand that laws concerning LLPs vary widely state by state. Generally speaking, LLCs can be formed by any business, ...more »

Environmental Law
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Michigan voters could face long ballot this fall
Ventura County StarApril 26, 2012

... bargaining rights to requiring utilities to use more renewable energy. Four already have passed muster. On Thursday, the State Board of Canvassers approved three more and deadlocked over a fourth that would repeal the state's emergency manager law.more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorney Supports National Health Care Decisions Day (press release)April 30, 2012

OC Trusts Lawyer Darlynn Morgan and Morgan Law Group is a Southern California Probate Attorney / Estate Planning Lawyer / Wills & Living Trusts Law Firm Serving: Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego & all of Southern ...more »

Family Law
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KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, SportsFarm labor law fails ...
KFDAApril 30, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP By Diana Crawford - email A law that would prevent their kids from operating machinery and handling live stock, has been withdrawn. That's because farmers across the country are saying taking away ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Injured NFLer Says His Lawyer Screwed Up
Courthouse News ServiceApril 30, 2012

LOUIS (CN) - Former St. Louis Ram linebacker Jamie Duncan claims in court that his attorney cost him big bucks by botching his worker's compensation claim against the Rams. Duncan sued Mark L. Floyd and The Floyd Law Firm, in City Court.more »


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