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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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Convicted Murder to Get Evidentiary Hearing
NBC ChicagoFebruary 7, 2012

We had the documents, we had witnesses but we weren't able to put any of that into an evidentiary hearing attempting to get Mr. Caffey relief," said Chicago-Kent College of Law professor Richard Kling, who represented Caffey in those cases.more »

Health Care Law
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Republicans paint health law's CLASS Act as obstacle to long-term care reform
The Hill (blog)February 1, 2012

By Julian Pecquet - 02/01/12 04:28 PM ET House Republicans on Wednesday urged Democrats to repeal a major provision of the healthcare reform law by painting it as an obstacle to long-term care reform. In floor speeches before the repeal vote Wednesday ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Judge can't stop sonogram law
Houston ChronicleFebruary 7, 2012

By Gary Scharrer AUSTIN — US District Judge Sam Sparks said in a ruling Monday that he can't stop a new sonogram law from taking effect and pointedly suggested that three appellate court judges who overruled him last month had misapplied an earlier ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration's stark reality
Daily HeraldFebruary 3, 2012

A couple of Utah politicos are rattling sabers about immigration, but their proposals only underscore their failure to face the facts. Rep. Chris Herrod, R-Provo, has introduced a bill that would gut the sensible comprehensive immigration law that was ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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On the Boards
Philadelphia InquirerFebruary 6, 2012

Peter S. Linder, chairman of the MAG Fund, was elected treasurer and chairman of the Finance Committee; Alan J. Cohn, president of Sage Financial Group, is finance committee vice chair; and Michael J. Heller, chair of the Business Law Department at ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Pakistan to continue to pursue resolution of Kashmir dispute
Associated Press of PakistanFebruary 6, 2012

By Shumaila Andleeb JEDDAH, Feb 6 (APP): Pakistan would continue to pursue a resolution of the Kashmir dispute based on the wishes of Kashmiri people, Consul General Abdul Salik Khan said. At a function to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day, he reiterated ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Court of Appeals Vacates Lower Court's Rejection of EEOC Consent Decree in ...
Insurance News Net (press release)February 2, 2012

In a ruling issued today, the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision that rejected a consent decree resolving an US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) disability discrimination lawsuit against Pine City, ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal Gas Chambers Close Down in Alabama
CBS42February 2, 2012

(WIAT) - The last remaining animal shelter gas chambers in the state have shut down for good ... with animal rights groups condemning them as inhumane. The Cullman County Animal Shelter was only one of four in the state still using the carbon monoxide ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Obama Budget Bolsters Intellectual Property Enforcement
Insurance JournalFebruary 17, 2012

Still, the Justice Department asked Congress for $5 million to hire 14 new employees, including nine attorneys, to focus on intellectual property crimes. Last year, the administration sought $3 million for six new hires but Congress refused.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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WR Grace Settles Bankruptcy Lawsuit
Asbestos.Net NewsFebruary 3, 2012

Recently resolved bankruptcy court litigation involving asbestos-product maker WRGrace & Co. will likely benefit the thousands of sick individuals who have brought mesothelioma lawsuits against the company. According to The Daily Inter Lake, ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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What you may have missed in the polls: Taxes, the auto bailout, and ...
The American (blog)February 24, 2012

By Karlyn Bowman and Andrew Rugg We're confident that most Americans don't have a well-developed grand theory of taxation. We do know that most people think the system is a mess. The Pew poll from late December found that 60 percent of Republicans, ...more »

LUXUS AVIATION, LLC v. KERWIN MEDIA LLC
Leagle.comFebruary 1, 2012

Plaintiffs do not claim that Kerwin Media violated an explicit term of the agreement, but instead contend that the company breached its implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, as well as an implied restrictive covenant "to refrain from ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Being A Landlord
Patch.comFebruary 10, 2012

The tenant quickly responded by texting my “Suddenly Landlord” friend, saying, “I know all about the tenancy laws, and of course I can leave whenever I want, plus you will use the security deposit as my last month's rent because I am not paying you ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Hope Withers for February Market Breakout
TheStreet.comFebruary 1, 2012

According to a recent report by Credit Suisse, correlation amongst Russell 2000 stocks has dropped to 20% from 74% last September. In other words, if there's room to distinguish bad and good apples, there's room for certain stocks or sectors to move ...more »

Litigation
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Sanofi, Bristol-Myers Collect Damages In Plavix Patent Litigation With Apotex
NASDAQFebruary 8, 2012

This payment, following the decision of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in October 2011 upholding the payment of damages to the companies by Apotex, represents the final phase of the Plavix patent litigation between the companies and ...more »

Business Law
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New state law changes business license process
Duluth WeeklyFebruary 3, 2012

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga., (February 2, 2012) - Businesses in Gwinnett County are receiving occupation tax certificate renewal forms in the mail, but before certificates can be renewed, applicants must comply with new state requirements that went into effect ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Saluting Teamwork
New York Times (blog)February 6, 2012

It builds solidarity by taking care of its own, relying on a far more egalitarian structure of pay and benefits than the civilian economy. The United States Army developed a comprehensive plan to address problematic race relations in the 1970s, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FCC chief warns of cyber crimes
Washington TimesFebruary 22, 2012

By Shaun Waterman The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission called Wednesday for the private sector to help secure US Internet infrastructure from criminals, hackers and terrorists. Julius Genachowski urged Internet service providers and ...more »

Personal Injury
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New York Personal Injury Lawyer from The Perecman Firm Comments on the Likely ...
DigitalJournal.com (press release)February 4, 2012

"Apparently the fatal elevator accident accident could have been prevented if proper safety protocols were followed," said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman, founder of the Perecman Firm, one of New York's personal injury law firms.more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Hard-line law on BEE already in pipeline
Independent OnlineFebruary 13, 2012

While it is unclear when such an anti-fronting law would reach SA's statute books, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said his department was “certainly looking to have this bill tabled in Parliament in the first half of this year”.more »

Professional Malpractice
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Lawyer: 'Smear campaign' against surgeon must end
Poughkeepsie JournalFebruary 21, 2012

Panos, who was terminated from Dutchess County-based Mid Hudson Medical Group in July by the board of directors for issues with his professional standards, is accused in dozens of medical malpractice suits of performing surgeries but intentionally not ...more »

Consumer Protection
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DA to file complaint on Eskom blackouts
Independent OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

The National Consumer Commission is mandated by the Consumer Protection Act to prohibit any practices likely to unfairly affect consumers. Motau said the commission must also promote fairness and choice for consumers in purchasing products and services ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Property experts call for clarity on disputes
ArabianBusiness.comFebruary 5, 2012

A lack of transparency and a slow rate of dispute resolution are among the biggest gripes of buyers, some of whom are reaching out for legal and technical support after experiencing delays or cancellations to the construction of their units.more »

Sidley Austin Elects Six in Washington, D.C. to Partnership
Citybizlist (press release)February 6, 2012

The office's lawyers help clients navigate US and international regulatory law and public policies that affect the way business is conducted both in the US and around the globe. Key practice areas in the Washington, DC office include appellate, ...more »

Sports Law
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Lawyer Hutton represents big names in pro sports
Minnesota DailyFebruary 8, 2012

Former Gophers receiver Lee Hutton now works as an attorney at a major entertainment and sports law firm, Lommen, Abdo, Cole, King & Stageberg, PA He is representing Kris Humphries in his pending divorce from Kim Kardashian. By Sam Gordon It's hard to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Mobile Phone Application for Lawyers Enters Affinity Partnership with NACDL
EON: Enhanced Online News (press release)February 21, 2012

Members include private criminal defense lawyers, public defenders, active US military defense counsel, law professors, and judges. The affinity partnership with PUSH:legal will include special discount rates for all NACDL members, as well as other ...more »

Tax Trivia Giveaway #10: Presidential Terms and Taxes
ForbesFebruary 20, 2012

While at law school, I interned at the estates attorney division of the IRS. At IRS, I participated in the review and audit of federal estate tax returns. I even took the lead on a successful audit. At audit, opposing counsel read my report, ...more »

Queen Elizabeth – studious, stoic and worthy of her diamond jubilee
The GuardianFebruary 6, 2012

One law the Queen must have enjoyed signing was that banning age discrimination. Had she needed to apply for her job back when she was just 25, the selectors might have balked at her age. Sixty years on, she has played a blinder.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Copeland rejoins Gunster law firm in Stuart
TCPalmFebruary 1, 2012

Copeland specializes in estate and trust planning, probate and trust administration, tax preparation and audits, guardianship administration, estate, gift and generation-skipping tax planning, fiduciary representation, advanced estate planning ...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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Florida's Rubio pushes back at contraception rules under health care law
Kansas City StarFebruary 5, 2012

Uniquely positioned to act, the Florida Republican senator last week filed legislation that would repeal the part of the federal health care law that requires some religious institutions to offer contraceptives and family planning services without a ...more »

Workers Compensation
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House changes to judicial nomination process for workers compensation concerns ...
Kansas.comFebruary 17, 2012

By BRENT D. WISTROM TOPEKA — The House gave tentative approval today to a move that changes the nomination process for administrative law judges, who decide the fate of workers compensation and unemployment claims. Democrats decried the bill, ...more »

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