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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 »

Congress manifesto stresses on development
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

If voted to power, Congress would lay emphasis on improving the poor law and order situation in the state by making police stations accessible to every citizen and setting up one mahila police station in each district, she added.more »

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Administrative Law
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Judicial races wide open in Gwinnett
Atlanta Journal ConstitutionFebruary 1, 2012

Walter J. Clarke, Robert Mock and Dawson Jackson -- chief judges in the Probate, State and Superior courts, respectively -- intend to retire at the end of 2012. And their impending departure has quite a few attorneys sparring for their turn on the ...more »

Health Care Law
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States to get socked with Medicaid tax under health care law
Salt Lake TribuneFebruary 2, 2012

The law calls for a new tax on health insurers' premium revenue — intended to help pay for expansion of coverage to 32 million uninsured Americans. But the tax will be paid by all insurers, including those that contract with states to provide coverage ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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In a Business of Style
Daily News - Galveston CountyFebruary 3, 2012

April James-Jones, owner of Ebony & Ivory Salon, has been known to throw parties for customers, some of whom come from Central Texas. AP Do I need to remind you, Heber Taylor, that freedom is not free? Your pompous article, “Juneteenth party is going ...more »

Immigration Law
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Law enforcement cracking down on counterfeits at Super Bowl
Evansville Courier & PressFebruary 2, 2012

The NFL, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security and the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police held a news conference Thursday highlighting the problems not only with counterfeit tickets, but other merchandise surrounding ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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New Development To Bring Townhomes, Nursing Facility To Former Industrial Site
NJ TODAYFebruary 2, 2012

SOUTH AMBOY – Woodmont Properties has begun site work on a 15-acre parcel in South Amboy's Lower Broadway Redevelopment Area that will be transformed into Woodmont at South Amboy, a mixed-use, transit-oriented development comprised of townhomes and an ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Update on the latest news, sports, business and entertainment
NECNFebruary 4, 2012

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Russia and China have vetoed a Security Council resolution backing an Arab League peace plan that calls for Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down. The other 13 council members, including the US, France and Britain, ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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It's fiscally irresponsible not to address liability reform
American Medical NewsFebruary 6, 2012

The present situation also hurts patients: In areas with high insurance premiums and significant litigation, there has been a decline in the number of physicians willing to practice in high-cost specialties such as obstetrics, emergency medicine and ...more »

Animal Law
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Hounded by dog menace, Punjab looks to Nagaland
Hindustan TimesFebruary 3, 2012

Under which law are dogs killed for meat in Nagaland when there is a ban on killing them under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act? Punjab has posed this query to the north-eastern state for a different reason: to combat the stray dog menace back ...more »

Intellectual Property
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AGIP Ranked Number One in Patent Work for 2012
ag-IP-news AgencyFebruary 9, 2012

AMMAN - Abu-Ghazaleh Intellectual Property (AGIP) announced in a press release that it was ranked in Tier One in patent prosecution and contentious work, according to an annual survey conducted by Managing Intellectual Property (MIP).more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Asbestos Consumption Increase Leads to ADAO Call for Import Ban (blog)February 1, 2012

If you or a loved one have been exposed to asbestos fibers and later been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be legal options worth pursuing. Call Sokolove Law today to learn more about possibly pursuing a mesothelioma 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 »

EPIC Aviation Selects Allegro Trading & Risk Management Solution
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

DALLAS, Feb 01, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Allegro Development Corporation, a leading provider of energy trading and risk management (ETRM) software, announced today that EPIC Aviation (EPIC) has selected the Allegro 8 platform to support its jet fuel and ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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District attorney wants tougher law on illegal housing after Quincy fire case
The Patriot LedgerFebruary 3, 2012

By Lane Lambert The Norfolk County district attorney and the state fire marshal say they will use the manslaughter convictions of two Quincy brothers to push for a stronger state law to prosecute landlords of illegal apartments.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Judge Rules MF Global Commodities Customers Don't Get Special Priority
Wall Street Journal (blog)February 1, 2012

“Under the Bankruptcy Code, the court does not have the power to grant the relief requested, and Sapere has failed to allege any facts to support its motion,” Glenn wrote. And even if it did, Glenn wrote, the court would decline to do so.more »

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MasterCard shrugs off litigation charge, posts strong Q4
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

Q4 adj EPS $4.03 vs est $3.91 * Q4 rev up 20 pct * Incurred $495 mln after-tax charge related to litigations * Shares rise 7 pct By Tanya Agrawal Feb 2 (Reuters) - A litigation-related charge took a large bite out of MasterCard Inc's quarterly earnings ...more »

Business Law
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Branham Law Group Announces New Dallas Office
Sacramento BeeFebruary 1, 2012

Dallas-based Branham Law Group represents corporate clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, as well as helping individuals in catastrophic personal injury claims. Led by noted courtroom lawyer Trey Branham, the firm provides extensive ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tracey Cooper-Harris, Gay Army Veteran, Sues Over Denial Of Military Benefits
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

JESSICA GRESKO 02/ 1/12 04:29 PM ET AP WASHINGTON — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straight spouses. The lawsuit announced in Washington involves a 12-year ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Child predator re-arrested for probation violation
Your Houston NewsFebruary 7, 2012

... to two counts of attempted possession of child pornography in early 2011 after investigators with the Houston Metro Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce discovered images and videos depicting children engaging in sexual acts on his computer.more »

Personal Injury
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Injured baby boomers: know when to see a doctor
CTV.caFebruary 13, 2012

Jen Solomon, a personal trainer, demonstrates stretching in a gym in central London on Tuesday, April 13, 2010. (AP / Sang Tan) The Associated Press CHICAGO — It happened to nurse Jane Byron years after an in-line skating fall, business owner Haralee ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Federal judge allows polygamous family's lawsuit challenging Utah's bigamy law...
Washington PostFebruary 4, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — A federal judge has ruled there's sufficient evidence to allow a polygamous family made famous by a reality TV show to pursue a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Utah's bigamy law. US District Judge Clark Waddoups on Friday ...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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Actress Suing IMDb for Revealing Her Age Gets Trial Date
Hollywood ReporterFebruary 7, 2012

Hoang is alleging breach of contract, fraud and violation of Washington's Privacy and Consumer Protection Act. Besides the identity of the plaintiff, much of the discussion since the lawsuit was filed in October has pertained to whether IMDb owner ...more »

Real Estate Law
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DWT Snags 3 DLA Piper Attys To Launch Real Estate Group
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

All three are based in the firm's Los Angeles office, where they started Tuesday. Nelson, a 30-year real estate law veteran who was at Paul Hastings LLP before joining DLA Piper, will lead Davis Wright's new California real estate...more »

MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

... February 1, 2012 - Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. /quotes/zigman/129714/quotes/nls/swm SWM -3.84% today responded to the anticipated initial decision rendered on February 1, 2012 by Administrative Law Judge Gildea in the International Trade...more »

Sports Law
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Abu Dhabi to host the first Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) outside ...
WAM - Emirates News AgencyFebruary 4, 2012

ADJD and CAS also agreed to have a close cooperation in the field of training and the promoting sports arbitration on regional and international levels. Training on CAS procedures and sports law will be available for judges, lawyers, researches, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Criminal Defense Attorney Patricia Campi of Summit Defense Law Firm Wins ...
PR Web (press release)February 2, 2012

By a criminal lawyer, San Jose clients are advised that California district attorneys still prosecute domestic abuse cases. In Campi's most recent domestic violence defense victory, the client, whose name is withheld to protect his reputation, ...more »

Council Member: Arriola Refused Offer To Clear Up Tax Questions
NewsChannel5.comFebruary 3, 2012

"When the government couldn't get Al Capone on any of the other actions, the IRS got him," said councilman Charlie Tygard. Tygard was talking about all the cash that Davidson County Clerk John Arriola pocketed for weddings he performed on taxpayer time ...more »

Why Older Workers are Better Workers
U.S. News & World Report (blog)February 17, 2012

According to the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, people over the age of 40 are protected against being treated less favorably because of age. As these older workers become a bigger part of the workforce, hiring companies will need to objectively ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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How a trust can protect your assets 7, 2012

By Janet Xuccoa, Wednesday, 8th February, 2012 Most people understand they need to protect their assets from risks – risks that occur as a result of being in business. For this reason, people often chose to take out insurance policies.more »

Environmental Law
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House Repeals Long-Term Care Program Obama Viewed as Too Costly
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

For a monthly premium, the long-term care program would have provided workers a cash stipend of at least $50 a day if they became seriously ill or disabled and needed care at home. The 2010 health-care law specified that the government wouldn't start ...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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8 remain hospitalized after fatal Florida pileup
CNNFebruary 2, 2012

"ICE's stated priorities include convicted criminals, immigration fugitives, repeat immigration law violators and recent border crossers." A letter to family friend Alonso Oliveira from Carmo's family members in Brazil said they were eager for ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' Compensation on Legislative Agenda for Oklahoma State Chamber
Insurance JournalFebruary 1, 2012

Taxation, workers' compensation insurance and health care coverage top the State Chamber of Oklahoma's agenda for the 2012 legislative session that kicks off on Feb. 6. The State Chamber's business agenda for the Oklahoma Legislature was released on ...more »


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