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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 »

Three UBS Clients Accused of Hiding Offshore Money From IRS
BusinessWeekFebruary 1, 2012

Kerr, who ran CCN Worldwide Inc., had accounts worth more than $5.6 million in 2007 that he failed to report to the Internal Revenue Service, according to a Justice Department statement and the Dec. 8 indictment. Quiel, who ran Legend Advisory Corp., ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Point Thomson lease case is heard by Supreme Court
TheNewsTribune.comFebruary 9, 2012

State attorneys argued before the Alaska Supreme Court on Wednesday that a lower court judge incorrectly interpreted state law on how the Department of Natural Resources terminates undeveloped petroleum leases. Associated Press State attorneys argued ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health-care law Birth control aspect necessary
HeraldNetFebruary 6, 2012

The Obama administration recently ruled that health insurance plans must include contraception among the preventive services available to women without deductibles or co-pays under the new health-care law. This decision does not force any doctor to ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Immigration law 'here to stay'
Andalusia Star-NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Mike Jones said, “The law is not being repealed.” He was Alabamians should expect some “word changes” that will make the law easier to apply. Jones said as written, the new law requires anyone who buys a tag to show proof of citizenship.more »

Immigration Law
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Obama's alien nation
Hernando TodayFebruary 2, 2012

These liberties and freedoms that aliens are seeking are not guaranteed by President Obama or any other president; they are guaranteed by the US Constitution, the supreme law of the land, and by those brave men and women who gave their lives so that ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Kingdom's spending drive to generate solid short-term growth
Arab NewsFebruary 4, 2012

The Report: Saudi Arabia 2012 provides in-depth analysis of the Kingdom's spending initiatives under the Ninth Development Plan (2010-14), which is expected to generate solid short-term growth. It also considers Saudi Arabia's shift to an emphasis on ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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STAR students offer mediation to peers
Community AdvocateFebruary 6, 2012

Some participants linked their service to long-term goals. Oddo said she wants to become something like a guidance counselor, and skills she's learning, like being impartial, will be useful. Eighth-grader Tatiana Karadimitriou believes mediation skills ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation Announces Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

Loss from operations for the three months ended December 31, 2010 equaled $(12399000) and includes a pre-tax charge of $19980000 for additional net asbestos litigation costs through 2020 associated with products manufactured decades ago by the Air and ...more »

Animal Law
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Group Seeks To Make Animal Abuse A Felony
LocalNews8.comFebruary 6, 2012

By Caleb James IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Idaho is one of only three states in the nation with no felony punishment for repeat animal cruelty offenders. Now, one statewide effort is building to change the law. "There really aren't any serious penalties for ...more »

Intellectual Property
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ACTA foes fear threat to Internet freedom
Tucson CitizenFebruary 11, 2012

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is designed to put in place international standards to protect intellectual property rights. But some lawyers say it forces private companies to police cybertraffic — and across the globe the treaty is ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Libby asbestos victims may soon see money
KAJ18 Kalispell Montana NewsFebruary 2, 2012

When final settlement documents are approved by the Bankruptcy Court all objections to the plan of reorganization from the Libby claimants will be settled and their appeals will be withdrawn." But not every victim from the vermiculite plant will see ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Disrupting the Moral Forcefield in Social Psychology: Affirmative Action for ...
Reason Online (blog)February 2, 2012

He called for affirmative action to make the field 10 percent conservative by 2020. In support of his ideas, Haidt pointed to "taboos and danger zones," subjects that turn on the moral "force field" and prevent researchers from exploring "the full ...more »

Limited disruption as France aviation strike kicks off
Channel News AsiaFebruary 6, 2012

PARIS: French airports announced some delays and cancellations on the first day of a four-day strike by aviation workers Monday but flight disruptions were initially limited. At Paris's Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports, officials said airlines had ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT TENANCY DEPOSIT PENALTIES AND SECTION 21
Residential Landlords Assoc.February 18, 2012

It is a detailed statement regarding the deposit and must be accompanied by an explanatory leaflet which each scheme issues for the tenant. The scheme itself does not give the prescribed information to your tenant as it is the landlord's responsibility ...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 »

Litigation
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Gardere Litigation Chair Rick Faulk Presents Mock Supreme Court Argument at ...
openPR (press release)February 2, 2012

... Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP, presented an impassioned case against judicial review during the University of Houston Law Center's Environment, Energy & Natural Resource Center's mock US Supreme Court argument on climate change tort liability held Jan.more »

Business Law
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Mitt Romney cruises to victory in Florida Republican primary
Toronto StarFebruary 1, 2012

The former speaker of the House of Representatives blamed his falling fortunes in Iowa on negative advertising launched by the Romney campaign — but the blitz in the Hawkeye State was akin to a bow and arrow compared to the $15 million cruise missile ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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St. Charles Community College Announces “Honoring Military Families ...
STLtoday.comFebruary 3, 2012

“Recognizing that our returning veterans will have education benefits from other sources, we want to acknowledge and support the educational aspirations of family members who have shared in the sacrifices of service to our country,” said Ron Chesbrough ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Colorado woman must turn over computer password
Waterbury Republican AmericanFebruary 23, 2012

AP DENVER (AP) — Sophisticated encryption software has become so readily available and so effective, it's surpassed the federal government's ability to seize computers and gather evidence in criminal cases. That development has raised questions in a ...more »

Personal Injury
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The Pennsylvania Personal Injury Lawyers of Lowenthal & Abrams, P.C., Discuss ...
SYS-CON Media (press release)February 9, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/09/12 -- The Pennsylvania personal injury attorneys discuss the state's new bicycle safety laws and are prepared to help individuals who have been injured in an accident while riding a bicycle.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Justice Ginsburg: “I Would Not Look to the US Constitution”
Heritage.org (blog)February 8, 2012

All these are “much more recent than the US Constitution.” Ginsburg's comments echo those by Washington University professor David Law, who published a study with Mila Versteeg on the US Constitution's declining influence worldwide.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Kansas Abortion Bill Would Impose Sweeping Restrictions
Huffington PostFebruary 6, 2012

A Kansas House committee is scheduled to take up a bill Wednesday that would exempt doctors from malpractice suits if they withheld medical information to prevent an abortion. The measure would also take away tax credits for abortion providers, ...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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Foreign Investment in Florida Due in Part to 2011 Florida Legal Reforms and ...
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Market reports are confirming the great amount of international interest in Florida real estate investment and development. In the last quarter of 2011, one report reveals that Florida took the lion's share in foreign investor interest from the rest of ...more »

How SC members of Congress voted, week ending Feb. 3
Spartanburg Herald JournalFebruary 5, 2012

Over a third of Medicaid spending goes for long-term care, a share expected to rise markedly as baby boomers grow old. contract disabling diseases, run out of money to pay health bills and turn to Medicaid. A yes vote was to repeal the CLASS Act.more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Bernard L. Siegel, 73, criminal lawyer, educator
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 7, 2012

In 1988, Mr. Siegel was a founder of the Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and in 2005 he received its Josel Advocacy Award. He received the Justice Thurgood Marshall Award from the criminal-justice section of the Philadelphia Bar ...more »

Fay Vincent: Massive failure to pay taxes would cripple U.S. system of ...
TCPalmFebruary 16, 2012

Though I was not a tax lawyer, one could not be in that firm without learning a good bit about our tax system. Mort, now in his 90s, taught tax law at Virginia Law School for years and the firm he built remains one of the fine tax firms in the nation.more »

Expert: Age discrimination still common in UK
Russell Jones & WalkerFebruary 2, 2012

That is according to Ceri Wheeldon, founder of online resource Fab After Fifty, who has indicated that many older professionals believe they are subjected to unfair treatment purely on the basis of their age. Should managers not offer their more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Old stories and anti-Shell propaganda
Royal Dutch Shell plc .comFebruary 1, 2012

Richard knows Shell well and all of the tricks of their legal department. Richard is head of Royds Employment Department and specialises in all aspects of employment law. He was recommended to me and turned out to be a great asset and kind friend in ...more »

Environmental Law
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Town turns off wind, opts for solar energy
Boston.comFebruary 2, 2012

“It's an opportunity to save money,'' Jim Goldenberg, chairman of the town's Alternative Energy Committee, said after town selectmen signed a 20-year agreement with a solar energy company that plans to build its facility in Acushnet.more »

Wills & Probate
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FREE LEGAL ADVICE CLINIC FOR HOUSTON VETERANS TODAY
The Cypress TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, worker's compensation, tax issues, bankruptcy, and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Family Law
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Imperial Family talking point
The Japan TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Behind the move is a fear that as long as the current Imperial Household Law remains as it is, the number of Imperial Family members will dwindle as time goes on. Under the law, female Imperial Family members lose the status of being members of the ...more »

Workers Compensation
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CITY OF PITTSBURGH v. WORKERS' COMPENSATION APPEAL BOARD
Leagle.comFebruary 13, 2012

The City of Pittsburgh (Employer) petitions for review of an adjudication of the Workers' Compensation Appeal Board (Board) denying its petition to suspend the disability benefits of Leslie Woods (Claimant). In doing so, the Board affirmed the decision ...more »

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