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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 »

Whistleblowers Sue FDA, Claim Emails Monitored
MedPage TodayFebruary 1, 2012

The FDA staffers are accusing the FDA of violating their Fourth Amendment rights, which protect against illegal searches and seizures, and their Fifth Amendment rights, which protect against abuse of government authority. Collecting emails to use ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Judge suspends Cline; hearing set
Durham NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Superior Court Judge Robert H. Hobgood of Franklin County suspended Cline under a rarely used state law. He ordered a hearing for Feb. 13 to determine whether Cline will be permanently removed from the elected office she has held since 2009.more »

Health Care Law
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Boehner: Feds should back off birth control order
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law, most employers and insurance plans will have to cover birth control free of charge as preventive care for women. Churches and houses of worship do not have to follow that requirement, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Optus wins landmark sports broadcast case
ABC OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

CLARE GILL, OPTUS SPOKESWOMAN: This has been a win for Australians, for innovation and for the law. This is a product similar to things that you can do today. So we see this no different from any other personal video recording device.more »

Immigration Law
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Ron Paul tells Hispanic crowd he opposes DREAM Act
CBS NewsFebruary 1, 2012

"As one who believes in individual liberty, the American spirit and the American dream, the one thing that I have resisted and condemned and think it is not the American way - I just do not believe that barbed-wired fences and guns on our border will...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Governor Announces Appointments to Commissions and Boards
WIBWFebruary 1, 2012

She earned a Masters of Public Administration and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Kansas. Mays is also a licensed specialist in Clinical Social Work and a Certified Mediator. (Law Enforcement and JJA Agencies Member) Dona Booe, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Systems (OPWV) Releases Quarterly Earnings, Misses Estimates By $0.01 EPS
LocalizedUSAFebruary 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. (Openwave) is a software provider delivering context-aware mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers, which include mobile and broadband operators, to create and deliver smarter services.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Animal Law
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Seaboard Corporation Pig Treatment Challenged By Humane Society Investigation...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Legal action is underway following an undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States that has alleged inhumane treatment at a pig breeding facility linked to the nation's largest grocer, Walmart. On January 31, HSUS filed ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Samsung, CSR, NFL, Elsevier, Motorola: Intellectual Property
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

(601766)'s bullet-train technology have yet appeared in the US Patent and Trademark Office's database of published patent applications, even after the Chinese company announced plans to seek US patent protection. State-owned CSR told Asahi Shimbun in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Relative of Asbestos Mine Founder Opposes Jeffrey Mine Funding (blog)February 1, 2012

The great-great niece of the founder of the first asbestos mine to ever open in Canada is speaking out against the continued production of asbestos at the Jeffry Mine in Quebec. Susan Henry is the descendant of Andrew Stuart Johnson, who founded the ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Is It Bias? Is It Legal?
Inside Higher EdFebruary 3, 2012

Asked if Asian-American applicants face bias at top colleges, Hernandez said "after 10 years of doing this [counseling] and four years in Dartmouth admissions, I don't think it's intentional, but I think there is discrimination.more »

New USAF X-Plane, the X-56A UAV, Revealed by Aviation Week
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

3, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In exclusive coverage, Aviation Week has revealed a new US Air Force X-plane, the X-56A Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will test active flutter suppression and gust load alleviation-- vital technologies that will propel ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Being A Landlord
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

The tenant quickly responded by texting my “Suddenly Landlord” friend, saying, “I know all about the tenancy laws, and of course I can leave whenever I want, plus you will use the security deposit as my last month's rent because I am not paying you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Donnan case shows Ponzi schemes not limited to Wall Street
Red and BlackFebruary 1, 2012

The allegations came forward as both GLC Limited and Donnan himself were forced to declare bankruptcy over the summer. According to federal court documents, Donnan and his wife solicited $70 million worth of investments from more than 50 individuals, ...more »

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Orlando SentinelFebruary 8, 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 »

Business Law
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Indiana University law, business students providing free tax assistance to low ...
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University law and business school students are providing free tax assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled residents. The students are participating in the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Military preparedness does not come cheap
Washington PostFebruary 6, 2012

Yes, that $102 billion delta is still a lot of money, but military salaries and benefits have increased almost 90 percent during this interval — roughly 30 percent more than inflation — and now consume a third of the budget.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Detective helps catch Internet sex predator
Milford MirrorFebruary 2, 2012

A Milford police officer helped nab a Plainville man who was allegedly using the Internet to lure minors into sexual acts. Last June, a Milford detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Against Children Taskforce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Statutes of Limitation (press release)February 2, 2012

One of the most common personal injury questions is how long you have to file a lawsuit following your accident. The answer is almost always, "Not long." DALLAS, TX, February 02, 2012 /24-7PressRelease/ -- One of the most common personal injury...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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SOPA defeated: Massive grassroots movement delays US lawmakers from passing ...
North Wind OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

In particular, professor Laurence H. Tribe, who teaches Constitutional law at Harvard Law School, wrote a lengthy open letter on SOPA that brought to light issues that most hadn't even considered in their opposition. First, Tribe said, SOPA denies due ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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New Jersey Legal Malpractice Lawyers Now Offer Helpful Information on the Web
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

As the Web page notes, Wasserman is one of the most widely recognized and highly respected legal malpractice authorities and attorneys in the country, with more than three decades of experience in this unique area of the law.more »

Consumer Protection
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US firms should disclose offshore hiring, says lawmaker
ComputerworldFebruary 1, 2012

That bill, the US Call Center and Consumer Protection Act., requires that call center workers disclose his or her location if a caller requests it. The bill also asks the US Department of Labor to keep a list of firms that move call centers overseas.more »

Real Estate Law
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International Tax Specialist, Demetri Yatrakis, Joins WeiserMazars LLP's Real ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

In addition, Mr. Yatrakis has extensive experience advising investors on issues related to inbound and real estate investments, including the application of the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act ("FIRPTA") and of the US withholding rules.more »

BP, Cabot, JPMorgan, Commerzbank, Morgan Stanley in Court News
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

Stuart Smith, a New Orleans-based plaintiffs' attorney, said the number of cases will increase as fracking expands into more populated areas and complaints grow. More drilling may also create new routes for the chemicals to migrate, he said.more »

Sports Law
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Outdoor Channel Holdings Announces Senior Legal Appointments
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

During his tenure with Outdoor Channel, Mr. Bolls has been responsible for overseeing and negotiating network contracts, licensing agreements, intellectual property matters, and litigation, as well as the development of a wide range of entertainment...more »

Criminal Defense
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Neil Eggleston Jumps from Debevoise to Kirkland
Corporate Crime ReporterFebruary 1, 2012

Famed white collar criminal defense attorney W. Neil Eggleston has jumped from Debevoise to Kirkland & Ellis. “Neil Eggleston has an impeccable reputation in the white collar bar as an exceptionally talented lawyer, with a depth of experience that is ...more »

Anti-tax crusader Doug Guetzloe to stand tax crime trial
WKMG OrlandoFebruary 3, 2012

Team officials said they were persuaded by their attorney to spend the money so Guetzloe would muzzle criticism of their bid for a new arena, mostly funded by the public. The arena was eventually built. Public records reveal Guetzloe's company received ...more »

The LGBT Grassroots vs. HRC: Fighting for a One-Bill Equality Strategy (And ...
Huffington PostFebruary 16, 2012

If these things were all we asked, and all Obama delivered in a second term, this would leave in place legal discrimination in housing, credit, all federally funded programs and services, public places and government facilities, marriage, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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$25 billion agreement provides homeowner relief, new protections
Coon Rapids ECM PublishersFebruary 9, 2012

President Obama established the interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force to wage an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. The task force includes representatives from a broad range of ...more »

Environmental Law
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Russia to focus on solar energy
The Voice of RussiaFebruary 1, 2012

Russia started showing an interest in alternative energy sources a few years later, but it has already achieved huge success. Owing to a draft law adopted in 2007, Russia built its first solar power station. The Russian government's interest is linked ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Community Calendar, Feb. 22
The StateFebruary 22, 2012

(803) 781-3013; ERNEST F. HOLLINGS SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARY: Open Gallery weekend, 1-4 pm Saturday and Sunday. The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and the SC Political Collections galleries will be ...more »

Family Law
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Pregnant? Please Leave, Conn. Woman's Employer Said
ABC NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Zvovushe, 31, said because she had worked at the company for four months her employer said she was not protected under the federal Family Medical Leave Act, which says employees must be on the job for at least a year to be eligible for up to 12 weeks ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules
Workforce ManagementFebruary 2, 2012

Those include workers' compensation, disability benefits and the NFL's 88 Plan, which pays for medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia. While some players have been able to receive benefits for concussion-related injuries, ...more »


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