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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 »

Feinstein begins to replenish campaign account
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

Durkee is facing a federal mail-fraud charge. Feinstein, who is a heavy favorite to win her fourth full term in the Senate, quickly replenished her campaign, loaning it $5 million. In all, her campaign has about $6.6 million in the bank, ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Readers blast state Rep. Bob Genetski for drunken driving arrest
MLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

Genetski, 45, appeared Monday at an administrative court hearing regarding the appeal. The civil action related to his license is separate from his criminal case. Genetski has been charged with misdemeanor drunken driving, his first offense.more »

Health Care Law
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Obama's Healthcare Law Creates More Reaction Than Romney's
Gallup.comFebruary 28, 2012

Both the national law and the Mass. law have a more negative than positive impact on voters by Frank Newport PRINCETON, NJ -- President Obama's support for the 2010 national healthcare bill has more of a political impact than Mitt Romney's support for ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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House subcommittee advances Sunshine Law revision
Online AthensFebruary 28, 2012

By Walter C. Jones - Morris News Service ATLANTA — A complete overhaul of the state's open meeting and open records laws cleared its first legislative hurdle Monday when a House subcommittee moved it to the full Judiciary Committee with the ...more »

Immigration Law
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- Provincial Government News
Canada NewsWire (press release)February 20, 2012

20, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse is urging the Québec government to change its immigration law and programs to put an end to the systemic discrimination of migrant workers.more »

Industrial Development Law
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Ballot Positions Set in Penn State Board Race; 86 Alumni Pursue Three Seats
State College NewsFebruary 29, 2012

(Other board members are appointed -- some by the Pennsylvania governor, some by agricultural societies and others by business and industry representatives. Several, including the university president, serve as ex-officio members.) ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Dispute over gun rights leads to walk-out
Radio IowaFebruary 29, 2012

House Republican Leader Linda Upmeyer disputes that account. House Democratic Leader Kevin McCarthy said Democrats are standing up against a Republican bid to “abuse their power” and add “extremist” gun rights language to the state constitution that ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Annual Cash Dividend Declared by Atlantic American
MarketWatch (press release)February 28, 2012

Its principal subsidiaries consist of American Southern Insurance Company, American Safety Insurance Company, and Bankers Fidelity Life Insurance Company. Note regarding Private Securities Litigation Reform Act: This press release contains ...more »

Animal Law
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Iowa lawmakers seek to penalize animal rights activists
CattleNetwork.comFebruary 29, 2012

The Iowa state Senate voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to impose penalties on animal rights activists caught trying to get a job at a farm or animal production facility in order to gather evidence such as cruelty to animals. Senator Joe Seng, a Democrat ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Yak Pak's Trademark and Related Intellectual Property Go Up for Auction
Sacramento BeeFebruary 23, 2012

Conducted on behalf of secured-creditor Wells Fargo Trade Capital Services, Inc., the sale includes rights, title and interest in the trademark and related intellectual property for Yak Pak. Sealed bid packages are available at »

Asbestos Litigation
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Sanctions Sought for Law Firm That Allegedly Used Inadvertently Produced Info ...
ABA JournalFebruary 13, 2012

By Martha Neil Counsel for some of the defendants in complex nationwide litigation concerning claimed defects in ASR hip implants marketed by a unit of Johnson & Johnson are asking a Georgia judge to sanction an Atlanta law firm.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ruben Navarrette: Court looks at affirmative action challenge
Rockford Register StarFebruary 29, 2012

I support soft forms of affirmative action, such as outreach efforts or attempts to advertise in minority communities. But I oppose hard racial preferences, as when a university sets a numerical quota or puts minority applications in a separate pile.more »

Lawyer Snapshot: Randy Reep
Jacksonville Daily RecordFebruary 27, 2012

Field of practice: Criminal defense, DUI, personal injury and aviation law. Professional organizations: Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Justice Association, Airline Pilots Association (pilot union).more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Many Renter's Unsure Of Rights
WDSU New OrleansFebruary 29, 2012

NEW ORLEANS -- Local renters said they are frustrated after experiencing several problems with their landlords. Renters said many of them are unsure of their rights when it comes to housing. Sheila Duncan, a renter, said for one year, she had to endure ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Stockton could become biggest city to go bankrupt
OcalaFebruary 29, 2012

The city of Stockton in California's crop-abundant Central Valley has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the nation and one of the highest crime and unemployment rates. It was named America's most miserable city in a national magazine - twice.more »

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Genetic Technologies Provides Update on U.S. and Australian Gene Patenting ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 29, 2012

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA, Feb 29, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Genetic Technologies Limited (asx:GTG) (UTD:GENE) wishes to update the Market on its position with respect to US and Australian legislation, litigation and case law regarding gene patenting.more »

Business Law
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CBS 4Q Net Up 31% On High-Margin Distribution Deals
Wall Street JournalFebruary 15, 2012

The latest results still compared against a strong year-earlier performance driven by higher ratings for key TV shows, syndication of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and higher political advertising sales. Like its peers, CBS' broadcast network also ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Wade was one of first black combat soldiers in WWII
Bend BulletinFebruary 28, 2012

Wade formed the Association of the 2221 Negro Volunteers, World War II, and launched a lobbying effort aimed at military and political leaders to restore the benefits, ranks and medals that black troops had been denied. Wade was an exceptionally ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Telcoms Regulator Signs Deal With ITU On Cyber Security
AllAfrica.comFebruary 24, 2012

The project would create a team to deal with online crimes from a central desk. Currently, each ministry handles its computer or Internet security separately, which has exposed them to cyber attacks, ranging from defacement to hacking of government ...more »

Personal Injury
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Atlanta Dog Bite Attorney Praises Bill to Increase Penalties for Owners of ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

Personal injury and wrongful death laws in Georgia allow victims of dog bites or their families to file a claim against the owner of the dangerous animal, Millar said. Dog bite lawsuits can be complicated because they involve the collection of medical ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Obama takes on Constitution
Amarillo.comFebruary 20, 2012

Holy Cross Hospital, for example, is still required by law to engage an insurance company that is required by law to provide these doctrinally proscribed services to all Holy Cross employees. Nonetheless, the accounting device worked politically.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Movers & Shapers: Feb. 16
BurlingtonFreePress.comFebruary 17, 2012

McDougall is a member of the captive, business services and insurance law teams at the firm. Pocius' practice focuses on commercial litigation and medical malpractice defense. • Burlington attorneys Eric Jones and Peter Kunin have been named deputy ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Finalizes Regulatory Scheme for ...
JD Supra (press release)February 13, 2012

Section 1073 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act added a new section 919 to the Electronic Fund Transfer Act (“EFTA”) to require certain disclosures and error resolution procedures with respect to remittance transfers.more »

Real Estate Law
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Mortgage fraud called 'staggering'
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 21, 2012

By Nicolas Van Praet, MONTREAL February 21, 2012 12:00 AM Consumer-credit company Equifax uncovered roughly $400 million worth of mortgage fraud in Canada last year, an "eye-opening" number industry experts estimate represents only a fraction of the ...more »

IBM lawyer: Ind. agency head sought breach of deal
Wall Street JournalFebruary 27, 2012

Mitch Daniels' second human services chief went looking for ways to kill Indiana's $1.37 billion welfare automation deal with IBM Corp. after taking over her agency in 2009, an attorney for the computer giant argued Monday in an Indianapolis courtroom.more »

Sports Law
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High court torn over law banning lie about medals
WRICFebruary 22, 2012

AP Sports News Video Entertainment News from AP Entertainment News from AP AP National News Video More>> NYPD monitored students at colleges across Northeast; sent agent on rafting trip, noted prayer. (Graphic by AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey) More>> ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Pennsylvania Sen. Jane Orie knows too much about criminal justice system to ...
PennLive.comFebruary 29, 2012

The new trial on those charges and new charges that she lied during a first trial and forged some of the documents used in her defense starts Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Orie, 50, of McCandless, is being retried on 10 campaign corruption ...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 »

Ban on age discrimination shelved 24, 2012

Campaigners said they feared the set-back signalled that the Coalition was not committed to tackling age discrimination and that the proposed law could be abandoned altogether. A series of damning reports from official watchdogs in the last year have ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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What Did Congress Do to Combat Poverty in 2011? Virtually Nothing
Huffington PostFebruary 28, 2012

Only one bill that will reduce poverty -- legislation that will expand job opportunities and training for veterans -- passed the Senate and House and was signed into law by the president in 2011. This contrasts with 2010, when Congress passed and the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Lawmakers again propose to set feed-in tariff for electricity generated from ...
InterfaxFebruary 28, 2012

The law on the feed-in tariff was adopted in Ukraine in spring 2009. The law sets a special coefficient for electricity generated using alternative energy. The National Commission for Energy Regulation (NCER) approved a procedure for setting feed-in ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Probate judge candidates disagree over attorney's role in the position (blog)February 18, 2012

The probate judge's term is for six years. The probate judge is the chief election officer in the county. The duties of the job include recording real estate documents, such as deeds and mortgages, probating wills, issuing marriage licenses, ...more »

Family Law
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You and the Law: With family farms, equal does not mean equal
Hanford SentinelFebruary 18, 2012

By Dennis Beaver Hanford Sentinel | Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2012 7:45 am | (0) Comments Today's question should be of special interest to all families in agriculture, where some of the adult children might already have other occupations, ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Missouri audit blasts state-sponsored insurer
STLtoday.comFebruary 27, 2012

JEFFERSON CITY – A state-sponsored workers' compensation company has given out huge severance checks to its former executives and hefty bonuses to other employees, according to a state audit released today. The company, Columbia-based Missouri ...more »


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