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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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Lawmakers consider supervisor ratio
Statesman JournalFebruary 2, 2012

HB 4131 follows up on a law passed last year that requires the Oregon Department of Administrative Services to craft a plan by 2013 under which large state agencies would eventually achieve a worker-to-supervisor ratio of 11-to-1.more »

Health Care Law
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Santorum ties Romney and Obama together on healthcare
The Hill (blog)February 6, 2012

By Daniel Strauss - 02/06/12 06:16 PM ET Rick Santorum delivered a scathing critique of Mitt Romney and President Obama's healthcare reform laws on Monday. In a speech billed as a major address on the issue, Santorum said there was virtually no ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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IU Blog: Jones III bruises shoulder, Hoosiers bruise ego on road
WDRBFebruary 2, 2012

The Hoosiers Jekyll and Hyde act continued Wednesday night at Michigan, and at this point in the conference schedule, it's pretty simple. Indiana is just a completely different team on the road. Indiana did make a run to pull within 2 early in the 2nd ...more »

Immigration Law
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Ala. Legislature faces immigration law changes, budget problems in 2nd session ...
The RepublicFebruary 4, 2012

BOB JOHNSON AP MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Legislature is preparing to enter its second regular session since Republicans took control in 2010 for the first time in more than a century. Speaker Mike Hubbard of Auburn and Lt. Gov.more »

Industrial Development Law
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2 studies recognized for improving health policymaking
EurekAlert (press release)February 13, 2012

... the Affordable Care Act. The second recognized body of research focused on identifying the benefits and risks of relationships between physicians/scientists and industry – including activities like the provision of samples, gifts and speaker fees.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Okla. Gov. Fallin asks tribal leaders to dismiss tribal water rights suit ...
The RepublicFebruary 2, 2012

Fallin asks them to dismiss their federal lawsuit and allow an ongoing mediation process to resolve disputes between the state and the tribes. In exchange, Fallin says the state will not file a separate state court action to determine the extent of ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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The Hanover Insurance Group Reports Fourth Quarter Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. /quotes/zigman/399009/quotes/nls/thg THG +0.16% today reported net income of $49.3 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2011. The company reported net income of $58.4 million, ...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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Global Digital Signal Processors (DSP) Market, By Intellectual Property (IP ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 9, 2012

The global DSP intellectual property market is classified and discussed in detail with market estimates and forecasts for each IP segments. The report delves into the classification of the global DSP market by various types of classifications including ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Bankruptcy deal may help Libby victims
Daily Inter LakeFebruary 1, 2012

Libby asbestos victims got some long-awaited good news on Tuesday with the announcement of a proposed $19.5 million settlement of bankruptcy court litigation between WR Grace & Co. and those sickened by exposure from Grace's former vermiculite plant ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Speediware Corporation Prepares for OFCCP Audit Changes
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

With the impending release of the new OFCCP Scheduling Letter, Speediware Corporation announced today that they are finalizing updates to SpeedEEO to ensure that all customers will receive the updated Affirmative Action Planning (AAP) reports and ...more »

Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 281 Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bill Larson | February 1, 2012 | Fort Campbell, KY – Yesterday Fort Campbell welcomed 281 soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a year long deployment to Southern Afghanistan. The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of the last ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Greenwashing domino effect
Thomson Reuters News & InsightFebruary 3, 2012

USGBC is given notice of Jade's failure to maintain green cleaning (probably from the across-the-street landlord), and lowers her building's certification level from Gold to Silver. The major tenant has the same termination right if the building loses ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Credit Suisse exec charged in NY mortgage probe
Fox NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan said Kareem Serageldin, the financial company's former managing director and global head of structured credit, was slated to receive nearly $7 million in compensation in 2007 before the company learned about the fraud...more »

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Fresh round of litigation targets 12 law schools over jobs data
The National Law JournalFebruary 1, 2012

The team of lawyers behind proposed class actions against the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and New York Law School have followed through with their threat to sue even more schools. New York attorneys David Anziska and Jesse Strauss — along with ...more »

Business Law
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Web TV Producer Sib Law In Search of His Audience
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Fred Musante H. Sibley Law, known as Sib to most people, is busy making a name for his Stratford-based business, Saxon Mills, as a provider for original entertainment programming on the Internet. His war horse in the battle for eyeballs is ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Pentagon budget calls for cuts to jets, benefits
USA TODAYFebruary 14, 2012

By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY WASHINGTON – An array of military programs, from fighter jets to retiree benefits, would be nicked to squeeze savings in the Pentagon's $525 billion budget for 2013, according to officials and documents released Monday.more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Online sex predator sentenced to prison
Northern Virginia DailyFebruary 7, 2012

20, 2011, Fuss engaged in an online chat with a Frederick County Sheriff's Office investigator assigned to an Internet Crimes Against Children task force, Commonwealth's Attorney Glenn Williamson said. The officer posed undercover as a 14-year-old girl ...more »

Personal Injury
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Lubbock personal injury attorney offers safety tips regarding passenger vans (press release)February 18, 2012

Lubbock, Texas (Lubbock personal injury attorney reports) - The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently published an article regarding the safety of passenger vans. These large vehicles are often used by organizations and companies ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Cite Obama with contempt, lawyers urge
WND.comFebruary 2, 2012

In a motion filed in the case pending before Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi, attorney Van Irion, representing David P. Weldon, urged the court not to overlook the fact that Obama had been subpoenaed for last week's hearing.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Leagle.comFebruary 10, 2012

Following this Court's decision in the underlying case, plaintiff commenced this action against defendant and Carter Conboy, asserting breach of contract and deceptive business practices claims against defendant and alleging legal malpractice as to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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FDIC To Require Stress Tests For Institutions With Over $10 Billion in Assets
JD Supra (press release)February 7, 2012

... (FDIC) announced on February 3 that it is seeking comment on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) to implement requirements of Section 165 (i)(2) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Under this section of the Act, ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Resource Capital Corp. Updates Recent Activity and 2012 FFO and Dividend Outlook
MarketWatch (press release)February 15, 2012

During the quarter ended December 31, 2011, the Company originated two new commercial real estate ("CRE") loans totaling $34.5 million at a weighted average rate of 7.9%, including origination fees and exit fees. -- CMBS Purchases.more »

Quarles & Brady LLP: Nicole Druckrey appointed to Oak Creek's Community ...
Wisbusiness.comFebruary 6, 2012

Druckrey practices in the Firm's Commercial Litigation Group and focuses her practice on the area of unfair trade practices. She regularly handles disputes over noncompete agreements, trade secrets, allegations of fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, ...more »

Sports Law
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Charleston, SC | Breaking News, Sports, Weather911 caller tells story of ...
ABC NEWS 4February 4, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Law enforcement officials blocked the bridge in both directions on Thursday as they worked to resolve the incident. (WCIV) By Stefanie Bainum CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) – Police have charged 38-year-old Phillip DeClemente with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense: 'G-word' is a slur against Fort Lauderdale psychics
MiamiHerald.comFebruary 5, 2012

Defense attorney Fred Schwartz says the word constitutes a slur, and is comparable to the N-word being leveled at African-Americans. “The connotation of the word 'gypsy' is a group of wandering people who go from city to city committing crimes,” said ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #3: High Income Taxpayers
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

A&O abolishes mandatory retirement age as top law firms review policies
Legal WeekFebruary 10, 2012

Allen & Overy (A&O) is abolishing its mandatory partner retirement age of 60 as a growing number of major City law firms move away from compulsory retirement dates for partners in the UK. The City giant's move comes as research by Legal Week found that ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Proposition 8 Ruling Analysis: Why the Narrow Holding?
TowleroadFebruary 9, 2012

While Judge Walker decided that same-sex marriage bans violate due process (by denying gay people the fundamental right to marry) and violate equal protection (by treating gay people differently than straight people for no legitimate reason), ...more »

Environmental Law
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Exeter's Russman Law Office, Solar-Powered
Patch.comFebruary 9, 2012

Attorney Ryan Russman said he can't count the number of people who have popped into his law office asking about its new solar array. The array, which will provide all the electricity his office needs, was installed by ReVision Energy, ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

Rocca argues that because he filed a caveat and challenge to the validity of the will prior to the appointment of Irene Boyansky and Victor Rones as personal representatives, the trial court erred in admitting the will to probate before ruling on his ...more »

Family Law
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Kilday Hart: Divorce forms divide two groups of Texas lawyers
Houston ChronicleFebruary 4, 2012

That's when the Family Law section of the State Bar of Texas cried foul, accusing the group of essentially breaking vows and spilling family secrets. With how-could-you-do-this-to-me outrage, the Family Law section began sending emails questioning the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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US University Pressures Indonesian Companies to Compensate Workers
Jakarta GlobeFebruary 16, 2012

I wonder why our Labor ministry did not pursue filing legal cases against Kizone. Foreign investors must clean up their obligations before packing up, should it not be the case? Poor workers are being abandoned to fend for themselves.more »


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