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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 »

The net closes on cyber-snoopers
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

Many internet users find these digital devices, which are used by websites to create personal profiles based on use of the Internet, intrusive. The data is used for Online Behavioural Advertising, allowing companies to direct their display adverts at ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Maria Ladas Hoopes acting as Muskegon County 60th District Court chief judge
Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

By John S. Hausman | jhausman@mlive.com Judge Maria Ladas Hoopes recently began acting as the four-judge court's administrative chief after Chief Judge Harold F. Closz III appointed her "chief judge pro tem" and turned over the duties to her.more »

Health Care Law
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Santorum hits Obama, Romney on healthcare
The Hill (blog)February 14, 2012

Santorum attacked both President Obama and Mitt Romney over their records on healthcare. Regarding Obama, Santorum said if the administration's Affordable Care Act, which is scheduled to be fully implemented by 2014, is put in place the country would ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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The state of anti-sharia bills
Washington Post (blog)February 29, 2012

By Robert P. Jones Earlier this month, before the furor over several proposed abortion bills threw Virginia into the national spotlight, another controversial bill began moving in the House of Delegates. House Bill 825 proposes to ban the use of any ...more »

Immigration Law
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Hundreds rally against Alabama immigration law
BusinessWeekFebruary 16, 2012

The protesters chanted in Spanish and English, "No more HB56" (the bill that became the law) and "One family, one Alabama." They delivered lollipops and Valentines to lawmakers, urging them to strike down the law. Legislative leaders have said they ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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We genuinely aspire stable and sustainable peace: Samarasinghe
Daily MirrorFebruary 28, 2012

The rollback and eventual abolition of emergency regulations in August 2011, in tandem with the gradual improvement in the country's law and order situation in the post-conflict phase, has led to further consolidation of peace. It has also demonstrated ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Legal briefs: Energy and Commerce general counsel returns to Steptoe
Washington PostFebruary 26, 2012

Crowell & Moring new head of arbitration group Henry Burnett, a partner in Crowell & Moring's New York office, has been tapped to lead the firm's international dispute resolution group, replacing former chairman Arif Ali, who earlier this month left ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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MacroSolve Files Patent Infringement Suit Against GEICO
MarketWatch (press release)February 21, 2012

"Our patent underlies mobile apps that are deployed today across virtually all industries, including insurance. With this suit and others which we've already filed, we will continue to protect our intellectual property rights," stated MacroSolve Vice ...more »

Animal Law
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Hunters take aim at an animal rights group's video drone
Daily MailFebruary 20, 2012

By Meghan Keneally An animal rights group's inventive plan to use a remote-controlled spycraft to record the actions of hunters was thwarted when the hunters turned their guns on the mini plane. A small aircraft that was equipped with a video camera ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Louis Foreman of Everyday Edisons and Inventors Digest to Speak at Summit on ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

29, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- ICAP Patent Brokerage, a division of ICAP plc and the world's largest intellectual property brokerage firm and organizer of ICAP Ocean Tomo Auctions, announced today that Louis J. Foreman, founder and Chief Executive ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Lawsuit Leads to $9 Million Award for Family of Retired Shipyard Worker
Seedol.com (blog)February 29, 2012

The award will compensate the family for Bristow's pain and suffering, losses suffered by his wife and each of his sons. If you or a loved one has been harmed by an asbestos exposure, contact Sokolove Law for a free legal consultation and to learn ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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College Affirmative Action Threatened by US
BusinessWeekFebruary 24, 2012

22 (Bloomberg) -- Colleges may soon have to overhaul decades-old efforts to promote racial diversity after the US Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the constitutionality of affirmative action in admissions. In accepting an appeal from a rejected white ...more »

Aviation College commences operations
Daily SunFebruary 13, 2012

The International Aviation College, Ilorin (IAC), has commenced operations, just as it also began flight training for Standard Pilot I (SPI). The Aviation College, which commenced flight training with 12 pioneer students spread across the country, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Cuomo appoints rent enforcer
Albany Times Union (blog)February 17, 2012

... and Reform Plan for 2012-13 dedicates $4.8 million to the Tenant Protection Unit (TPU), which will proactively enforce landlord obligations to tenants and impose strict penalties for failure to comply with HCR orders and New York's rent laws.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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American Airlines Pilots: Bankrupt Carrier Has Little Interest In Consensual Deal
Huffington PostFebruary 29, 2012

AMR Corp, the parent of American Airlines, said last week it needs concessions in a matter of weeks and did not have the "luxury of time" if it was to emerge from Chapter 11 in the near term. "To say that I am disappointed would be an understatement.more »

Litigation
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BAH v. HOLDER
Leagle.comFebruary 29, 2012

Tony West, Assistant Attorney General; Daniel E. Goldman, Senior Litigation Counsel; Jonathan Robbins, Trial Attorney, Office of Immigration Litigation, United States Department of Justice, Washington, DC, for Respondent. PRESENT: PETER W. HALL, ...more »

Business Law
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FDA to study "corrective" ads
Medical Marketing and MediaFebruary 29, 2012

The FDA will study the impact of corrective advertising on consumer misperceptions of drug safety and efficacy. In a notice posted to today's Federal Register, the agency cited ads run by Bayer in 2009 at FDA's behest to remedy false or misleading...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Liberians celebrate Armed Forces Day with parade, military skills demonstration
DVIDSFebruary 28, 2012

Sirleaf also called upon the legislature to work with her to grow the military and develop infrastructure to better care for soldiers and their families. “As we look ahead, we can say that the foundation has been laid for future benefits for members of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Local forensics lab seeks justice for computer crimes
Press & Sun-BulletinFebruary 21, 2012

While it only takes up a few rooms on the first floor of the Broome County Office Building, the CATS lab plays an important role in the investigation of computer crimes throughout the region. The lab averages about 120 cases a year, the bulk dealing ...more »

Personal Injury
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Farhad Hamdam, Los Angeles Personal Injury Attorney, Offers Complimentary ...
GlobeNewsWire (press release)February 20, 2012

Leading Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, Farhad Hamdam, is now offering complimentary consultation for all personal injury cases to help the victims of these accidents learn about their rights and the options available to them.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Insurance consultant warns about impact of health care reform
Richmond Times DispatchFebruary 29, 2012

... Care Act rests solely with constitutional review by the US Supreme Court. More than 50 of the 2010 law's 92 provisions already have been put in place, said Rash, vice president of BB&T Insurance and a national consultant on health insurance issues.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Student brings 'proxy' to help him crack GMAT - massive score in just 21 minutes
Deccan ChronicleFebruary 29, 2012

Following this the test centre complained to the city police that some of its employees allegedly helped the candidate in the malpractice. GMAT score is a must for admission to US business schools. The incident occurred at Pearson Professional Centre ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Threshold Raised for "Qualified Investor" Test
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 25, 2012

Under Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the SEC is required to review the test thresholds every five years to reflect the impact of inflation. Dodd-Frank also requires that the value of an investor's primary residence be ...more »

Real Estate Law
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What you need to know about estate tax laws
Minuteman News CenterFebruary 29, 2012

When most people hear about estate tax planning, they assume it's only for the wealthiest taxpayers. However, recent changes in the estate tax laws have been so advantageous to those passing wealth to another generation that it is worth knowing about ...more »

SCH approves human tissue protection law draft
Gulf TimesFebruary 28, 2012

By Bonnie James Qatar's Supreme Council of Health (SCH) has approved the draft of the proposed human tissue protection law, the Qatar International Conference on Stem Cell Science and Policy 2012, was told yesterday. “The committee meeting in this ...more »

Sports Law
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Ex-Floyd County prosecutor gets back law license
KEYC TVFebruary 27, 2012

AP Sports News Video CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - The law license for the former Floyd County attorney has been reinstated. Mason City television station KIMT reports (http://bit.ly/xY8jUe ) Jesse Marzen is now free to resume his practice.more »

Criminal Defense
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Legal proceedings: What is a John Doe investigation anyway?
WisBarFebruary 14, 2012

As John Doe proceedings unfold in Milwaukee County, criminal defense lawyer Marcus Berghahn explains what John Doe legal proceedings entail, how they are conducted, and why they are necessary. By Marcus J. Berghahn, Hurley, Burish & Stanton SC, ...more »

In Jimmy Dimora's trial, J. Kevin Kelley testifies about a life unraveled by ...
Plain Dealer (blog)February 5, 2012

The first day: sometime in December 2002, when then-Cuyahoga County Auditor Frank Russo asked Kelley to back out of a race for Parma mayor. When he agreed to drop out, Kelley, a little-known suburban link in the powerful Democratic Party chain, ...more »

Nebraska Bill Would Block LGBT Protections In Omaha Anti-Discrimination Law
QueertyFebruary 24, 2012

Omaha, the biggest city in Nebraska, is on the verge of instituting an anti-discrimination law that would include sexual orientation among other protected groups. Of course this pisses off Sen. Beau McCoy (R-Lincoln) to no end, but since he has no ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Panel to offer free financial advice
AZ Central.comFebruary 29, 2012

He earned bachelor's degrees both in accounting and law in India and a postgraduate certificate in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Bill Brunson is the spokesman for the IRS in Phoenix.more »

Environmental Law
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Report: Non-Solyndra energy loans could cost $3B
The Associated PressFebruary 10, 2012

The White House ordered the review after criticism of a $528 million loan to Solyndra Inc., a California solar company that went bankrupt. The review, led by former Treasury Department official Herb Allison, looked at 30 loans or loan guarantees ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Same-sex partner in will victory
WA todayFebruary 29, 2012

Outside court, Mr Robins' eldest daughter, Melanie McDonald, said: ''Our justice system is a joke if a person doesn't even have a right to write their own will.'' Mr Estrella's lawyer, Terry Johansson, from Contested Wills & Probate Lawyers, ...more »

Family Law
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Human Rights Victims Seek Remedy At High Court
NPRFebruary 28, 2012

Human rights are front and center at the US Supreme Court Tuesday in two cases testing how American law intersects with international law. At issue in both cases is whether foreign nationals in the United States can sue corporations or other entities ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Florida House Passes Workers' Comp Fraud Bill Involving Check-Cashing Companies
Insurance News Net (press release)February 25, 2012

The Florida House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that would help curtail the use of checking-cashing companies by individuals hoping to get out of paying workers' compensation premiums. The bill, HB 1277, would do away with a law ...more »

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