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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 »

Gay marriage critics, supporters argue religious liberties, equal rights at ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

The Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing marked this year's first public debate on legislation to legalize same-sex unions, a measure introduced by Gov. Martin O'Malley last week. O'Malley, a Democrat, argued that the bill will grant necessary legal...more »

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Administrative Law
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Racial Justice Act hearing: Statistics expert says race a factor in exclusion ...
Fayetteville ObserverFebruary 1, 2012

That testimony came the third day of Marcus Reymond Robinson's Racial Justice Act hearing. The law gives death row inmates a chance to argue that racism played a role in their prosecution. Robinson is the first to have an evidentiary hearing since the ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care industry sees employment gains
Daily Mail - CharlestonFebruary 6, 2012

It still will be hard for investors to pick stocks in the industry, as prospects for hiring and profitability are clouded by lack of clarity on legislation. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in late March on President Barack Obama's health care law...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Mayor Launches Richmond Food Shuttle
WRICFebruary 1, 2012

"This is a recommendation that we can act on right away," said Mayor Jones. "Helping city residents access healthy and fresh food options tie right in with the City's healthy lifestyle focus." The food desert areas that have been focused on for this ...more »

Immigration Law
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Same-Sex Couple Wins Immigration Relief, Despite Defense Of Marriage Act
Huffington PostFebruary 10, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The Defense of Marriage Act is intact, but at least two same-sex married couples have been granted a reprieve, at least temporarily, from policies that could separate them based on immigration status. Tim Smulian, a 65-year-old South ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Clean-Tech Industry Facing Lean Times After Solyndra
KERA NewsFebruary 3, 2012

But now the clean-tech industry is facing leaner times, in part because of cheaper natural gas prices, the effects of the financial crisis and China's growing solar industry. On Thursday's Fresh Air, Washington Post environmental correspondent Juliet ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dhs400m financial dispute resolved
Gulf TodayFebruary 4, 2012

By Hamza M. Sengendo DUBAI: The Dubai Courts Centre for Amicable Settlement of Disputes on Saturday announced the settlement of a financial dispute worth Dhs400 million. “Within a one-day period, the centre had achieved a peaceful resolution,” said a ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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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 »

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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Enterprise Translation Leader MultiLing Continues Expansion with New Utah ...
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 2, 2012

PROVO, Utah--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The translation industry's most advanced provider of global enterprise and intellectual property translation is expanding again. Following its move to expanded headquarters in 2005, MultiLing has finalized an ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Managing Information in Litigation: How to Avoid Spending a Fortune
CIO InsightFebruary 2, 2012

By Adam C. Losey The costs of preserving, searching and reviewing information in litigation can be staggering. What costs a dollar to store on a hard drive can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to search and review for a lawsuit.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Appeals court to hear affirmative action challenge
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By TERENCE CHEA AP SAN FRANCISCO—More than 15 years after California banned affirmative action, a federal appeals court on Monday is set to hear a legal challenge to the ban on considering race in public college admissions. The US 9th Circuit Court of ...more »

Fort Worth rejects spending $510000 on aviation exhibit
Fort Worth Star TelegramFebruary 1, 2012

By Bill Hanna FORT WORTH -- After the Fort Worth Air and Space Museum Foundation couldn't repay a $2.5 million city loan, the City Council had to decide Tuesday what to do with the contents of the foundation's temporary aviation exhibit and whether to ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Jordan- Merchants strike as rent law dispute continues
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkFebruary 6, 2012

(MENAFN - Jordan Times) Merchants from across the Kingdom held a strike on Sunday in protest against the 2011 Landlords and Tenants Law. Meanwhile, around 30 landlords gathered outside the Prime Ministry to urge the government not to amend the law.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Text of Gov. Pat Quinn's State of the State speech
KWQC 6February 1, 2012

Here is the full text provided by the governor's office: President Cullerton, Speaker Madigan, Leaders Radogno and Cross, Attorney General Madigan, Secretary White, Comptroller Topinka, Treasurer Rutherford, Members of the General Assembly, ...more »

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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Anthony W. Norwood, Senior Litigation Counsel; Manuel A. Palau, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. Present: AMALYA L. KEARSE, ...more »

Business Law
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Eldridge: Democracy isn't for sale
MetroWest Daily NewsFebruary 1, 2012

The decision struck down bipartisan legislation that had limited corporations from spending their general treasury funds on political advertisements. Now, for-profit corporations may spend unlimited amounts of their general treasury funds to influence ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Defense Cutbacks Prompt Career Concerns In Military Families
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

Given anticipated cuts to defense spending, one in four respondents say they are “not at all confident” or “not very confident” about their career in the military. When asked to consider the effect of proposed cuts to military retirement benefits, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child Porn Suspect Sentenced to Two Years in Prison
KIONrightnow.comFebruary 1, 2012

... from the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), successfully downloaded from the internet 10 video files depicting prepubescent children being sexually molested. The video files were traced back to Bastian's home computer in Seaside.more »

Personal Injury
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The Dallas Auto Accident Attorneys at Grossman Law Offices File Suit Following ...
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

After a serious accident, the personal injury lawyers at Grossman Law Offices have filed suit against the Defendant driver for their alleged negligence. We've structured the firm in such a way that the client's needs are always the priority.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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University of Utah debate previews Supreme Court health care arguments
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

Adler is the Johan Verheij Memorial Professor of Law and director of the Center for Business Law & Regulation at Case Western's School of Law, where he teaches environmental, administrative and constitutional law. A leading medical ethicist, ...more »

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

To meet the growing demand for information about one's legal options after hired counsel has negligently handled a case or commercial transaction, the New Jersey legal malpractice lawyers of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC, have added a new page to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2011: More power to consumers?
Moneylife Personal Finance site and magazineFebruary 1, 2012

The Consumer Protection Act, 1986 (CPA) was a landmark in empowerment of consumers. For the first time, consumers were provided with a simple, legal means of seeking redressal of their grievances against manufacturers and providers of services.more »

Real Estate Law
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Great Falls man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting real estate agent
Great Falls TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

... sexually assaulting a Great Falls real estate agent in May. Bradley Joseph Crisman was arrested May 12 after the agent told law enforcement that he tied her up and attempted to sexually assault her after she showed him a home on Upper River Road.more »

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 »

Sports Law
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Optus wins live sports bid for mobile TV
The Daily TelegraphFebruary 1, 2012

The verdict comes as a huge blow to the nations top sporting codes, with the decision virtually making worthless Telstra's $153 million "exclusive mobile" deal with the AFL. And with the NRL set to renegotiate their next television rights, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Portland defense attorney Gary Bertoni will be suspended for 150 days
OregonLive.comFebruary 3, 2012

The Oregon State Bar is suspending for 150 days a prominent Portland criminal defense lawyer who was accused of mismanaging client's money. Gary Bertoni was facing a professional ethics trial that could have resulted in a longer suspension or even ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

Virginia Legislature Makes Discrimination Legal In Adoptions
Lez Get RealFebruary 7, 2012

By a 71-28 vote, the Virginia House has passed a law which codifies the state's Board of Social Services policy of allowing private adoption agencies to discriminate against potential adoptive parents on the basis of gender, age, religion, disability, ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Wall Street Split as Money Managers Fault Bank Foreclosure Deal
BloombergFebruary 3, 2012

The rift within Sifma follows investor advocates' complaints that bondholder interests are often trumped by those of the biggest banks when government officials act to address the fallout from the US housing slump. Language similar to the planned ...more »

Environmental Law
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Solar project caught in legal shadows
Staunton News LeaderFebruary 1, 2012

Fossil fuels are expensive, expensive to keep clean and undependable. It doesn't take a lot of brain power to see the world will need to change its ways of heating the homes and fueling motor vehicles before too long. Alternative fuel sources are the ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Las Vegas-based estate planning, probate firm expanding to Peoria
Phoenix Business JournalFebruary 10, 2012

It also offers legal services related to prenuptial agreements, financial agreements, limited-liability companies, domestic partnerships and wills. Cassady offers free 30-minute financial service, probate and estate-planning consultations to ...more »

Family Law
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Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some in Norristown. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing in family law at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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WCRI: Virginia's Medical Cost Per Workers' Comp Claim Higher Than Most
Insurance JournalFebruary 2, 2012

Broad metrics of worker' compensation costs show that Virginia is a lower cost state, largely due to a lower frequency of claims, according to a new report. But the report from the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) also found that the ...more »


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