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Southaven investigation halts city business
WMC-TVFebruary 1, 2012

SOUTHAVEN, MS- (WMC-TV) – After saying he would not step down, Southaven Mayor Gregg Davis was at work Tuesday while the investigation into his spending has put all city business on hold. When state and federal law enforcement agencies honed in on ...more »

College students provide free help filing income tax returns in Springfield
KSPRFebruary 1, 2012

Students at both Drury University and Missouri State University will offer free income tax preparation this winter and spring. Here is the information for both. Students will provide free tax preparation through an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge upholds demotion of one firefighter, firing of another for roles in prank
Macon Telegraph (blog)February 1, 2012

By AMY LEIGH WOMACK - An administrative law judge has upheld discipline imposed on two firefighters in connection with a prank at a Bibb County fire station involving a masked man threatening firefighters.more »

Health Care Law
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The 'Death Panel' Buried Deep Inside the Health Care Law (blog)February 1, 2012

They applauded in Berkeley but advocates of health care reform were livid two years later when Sarah Palin offered an equally honest assessment of pending health care legislation, charging that it would introduce rationing and “Obama's 'death panel'” ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Oil market OK but fragile, says IEA
UPI.comFebruary 3, 2012

3 (UPI) -- The International Energy Agency is ready to act should oil supplies become constrained, though there's no current problem, a deputy executive said. The IEA last year called on members to release oil from strategic reserves to offset supply ...more »

Immigration Law
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Kansas Immigration Hardliner Fights Plan to Allow Undocumented Workers
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The proposal, by business groups, calls for undocumented immigrants to be able to remain in Kansas if they work in jobs in agriculture and other industries that are struggling through labor shortages. Kobach, a former law professor who helped draft ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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63% in city say Mayawati govtfailed to check corruption
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

The voters of Varanasi look at the crime scene as developing as 29% of them high-fives the government. Again, Kanpur voters (5%) are circumspect of Mayawati's stance on law and order control. Interestingly, 24% of Lucknow voters believe the current ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Falklands dispute: Colonial criticisms from the main offender
ABC OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

Product of the anticolonial struggle in Asia and Africa against the French and British, the United Nations adopted Resolution 1514 in December of 1960 which called for "an end to colonialism and all practices of segregation and discrimination ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Gupta, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Judge James Kleinberg also rejected bids by both companies to seal documents in the case that they argued contain sensitive business information that that might harm them or their customers. HP said yesterday in an e-mailed statement that the fraud...more »

Animal Law
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Animal activist rescues dog from illegal abattoir
Sydney Morning HeraldFebruary 2, 2012

Photo: Michael Copp AN ANIMAL rights advocate courageously intervened last night to save a dog caged in squalor in Melbourne's west, after authorities failed to seize more than 20 dogs from a man whose property was raided on reports that he was ...more »

Intellectual Property
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IntraOp Medical wins Patent Defense Suit Protecting Their Intellectual Property
PR Newswire (press release)February 1, 2012

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- IntraOp Medical Corporation (OTC: IOPD) is pleased to announce that the German Supreme Court dismissed the patent nullification case that IntraOp Medical had appealed, and have upheld IntraOp's Mobetron ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Civil litigation cost reforms to be delayed until 2013, Government confirms
Out-Law.comFebruary 1, 2012

... the law firm behind, said that the delay was not unexpected due to the complexity of the reforms, although he said that Lord Justice Jackson, who proposed many of the changes as part of a wide-ranging review of civil litigation costs in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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From Partner Benefits to Affirmative Action, Advocates Discuss Specifics of ...
Metro WeeklyFebruary 6, 2012

4 -- shows three additional important questions that leading advocates are asking: whether such an executive order could be challenged in court; whether domestic partner benefits should be required by such an executive order; and how affirmative action ...more »

Agreement on U.S. Aviation Bill to End Years of Stop-Gap Efforts
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

House and Senate lawmakers ended more than four years of standoffs by reaching agreement yesterday on a four-year, $63.6 billion US aviation bill that keeps current funding levels and speeds development of new air-traffic technology.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Job of the Day: Leasing Agent
MyFox Tampa BayFebruary 2, 2012

• Must have knowledge of Public and subsidized housing program regulations, requirements, and standards as determined by HUD; Fair Housing Laws; and rental housing market and landlord/tenant laws. • Customer service and oral and written communication ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Obama's Auto Bailout Lies
Patriot PostFebruary 2, 2012

That the administration made a complete mockery of bankruptcy laws in the process was of little consequence. The details were truly odious. For example, Chrysler's "secured creditors," who should have been first in line in any legal bankruptcy ...more »

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Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force at the USAO-SDNY to ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

"Chris further enhances our efforts in the important and growing practice of securities litigation and white collar defense and investigations." As Chief of the Securities & Commodities Fraud Task Force, Mr. Garcia led a unit of prosecutors, law...more »

Business Law
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Alabama immigration law sponsor disagrees with study that finds 2011 bill ... (blog)February 1, 2012

Kerry Rich, R-Albertville, and Micky Hammon, R-Decatur, after signing into law what critics and supporters are calling the strongest bill in the nation cracking down on illegal immigration, on Thursday June 9, 2011 at the state Capitol in Montgomery.more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military Spouses Discover the Benefits of Online Education
Duluth WeeklyFebruary 10, 2012

So it's no surprise that military spouses seek out schools like Ashworth College ( to provide them with accredited online school programs that can be funded by their education benefit programs, like MyCAA.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Attorney: Police captain convicted of child pornography suffered PTSD
Fox NewsFebruary 10, 2012

On two occasions last spring, an undercover Connecticut State Police trooper assigned to the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit logged into a publicly available Internet file sharing program and downloaded several images of suspected child ...more »

Personal Injury
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Las Vegas Injury Lawyers Jack Bernstein and Scott Poisson Announce Victory in ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

Bernstein & Poisson, a Las Vegas personal injury law firm, announce the recent settlement for $600000.00 of a slip and fall case just prior to trial against a grocery store. Bernstein & Poisson is pleased that they were able to successfully obtain ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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In the run-up to the election, experts assess the impact of Citizens United
Harvard Law School NewsFebruary 3, 2012

To proponents of campaign finance reform, Citizens United had the detrimental effect of inundating an already-broken campaign finance system with corporate influence. At an event sponsored by the Harvard Law School American Constitution Society on Jan.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Online CE Course Now Available
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

CNA HealthPro and the Professional Protector Plan® for Dentists are pleased to announce a new online dental continuing education course offering, the CNA HealthPro Dental Professional Liability Risk Management Program. One of the most comprehensive ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Significant amendments proposed to Consumer Protection Act; Online filing to ...
Bar & BenchFebruary 3, 2012

The Government of India has recently proposed a significant number of changes to the Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (the Consumer Act) vide the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2011. The Amendment Bill, which was introduced in the Lok Sabha in ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker charged with regulatory offences denies allegations
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Absolutely nothing has been proven in the court of law.” The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), which regulates the real estate industry, laid the charges. They are related to alleged obstruction of a RECO investigator trying to get information ...more »

Fine Point Group Files Motion to Enforce Tribal Court Judgment Against ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

1, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- The Fine Point Group yesterday filed a motion in Pojoaque Tribal Court to enforce the decision of that same court in the face of continued interference by the Pueblo of Pojoaque Gaming Commission, whose conduct was previously ...more »

Sports Law
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IOC steps up fight against illegal betting, seeks global pledge to criminalize ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Governments, law enforcement agencies and betting operators agreed Thursday to work more closely together to fight illegal betting and corruption in sports. The International Olympic Committee held a summit meeting of sports...more »

Criminal Defense
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7th Circuit disbars well known Milwaukee lawyer
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)February 3, 2012

Milwaukee criminal defense attorney Bridget Boyle-Saxton learned that the hard way Thursday, when the US 7th Circuit Court of Appeals banned her from further practice in the federal courts in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. Boyle handles a significant ...more »

DPS teacher and former accountant indicted on money laundering and program ...
Detroit Free PressFebruary 1, 2012

The case was investigated by numerous federal agencies, including the FBI, IRS, and the Department of Education. The DPS Office of Inspector General “developed and investigated dozens of leads, which led to collaboration with the FBI and US Attorney's...more »

Islip updating housing discrimination law
NewsdayFebruary 3, 2012

Click here Islip updating housing discrimination law Published: February 2, 2012 8:32 PM By SARAH CRICHTON Islip officials are working to update the town law against discriminatory housing practices, adding age, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Ipso facto clauses and insolvency
Clayton UtzFebruary 2, 2012

Our tough insolvent trading laws are often blamed for this, but that's not the view commonly taken by insolvency professionals. They are more likely to point the finger at ipso facto clauses – provisions in contracts that allow one party to terminate ...more »

Environmental Law
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Quantum Technologies, Inc. to Present at Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

"We look forward to showcasing our company to some of the country's top clean tech and growth investors at this year's Merriman Capital Investor Summit 2012," said Alan P. Niedzwiecki. "This is an ideal venue in which we can provide an important update ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Citations help others assess credibility
Tbo.comFebruary 19, 2012

But experience should teach us that wills written into will books are clerks' copies of the original wills. Had the citation said the will came from the loose papers in a probate or estate file at the probate court, the researcher would surmise the ...more »

Family Law
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Family hires law firm to look into son's death
Mail TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

By Teresa Ristow The parents of Elias Angel Ruiz have hired a Portland law firm specializing in excessive-force cases to probe the death of their son, who was shot by Medford police during a domestic disturbance call Jan. 22.more »

Workers Compensation
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Texas Supreme Court Rules on Workers' Compensation Coverage Issue
Justice News FlashFebruary 11, 2012

The Texas Supreme Court recently ruled on a workers' compensation coverage issue. Port Elevator-Brownsville, LLC v. Casados, No. 10-0523 (Tex. Jan. 27, 2012), available at »


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