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Arkansas town strikes deal with IRS to repay $36000 in back payroll taxes
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BAUXITE, Ark. — A central Arkansas town has reached an agreement with the Internal Revenue Service to repay payroll taxes it owes. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( reported for Tuesday's editions that Bauxite owes more than ...more »

Regency Window fate still unclear
Plain DealerFebruary 1, 2012

Forty-three people have filed complaints against Regency with the Ohio attorney general's office since reports that it had closed without explanation. Emails sent from the Akron Better Business Bureau to Regency's vice president of operations and legal ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Ralph Branca, famous father-in-law
ESPNFebruary 1, 2012

Only then did 86-year-old Ralph Branca let on that there was nothing wrong with his hearing, and that his brain cells were still firing just fine, the way you'd expect they would for a guy who says he has an IQ of 160. George Napolitano/FilmMagic LR: ...more »

Health Care Law
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Ann Coulter Defends Mitt Romney's Massachusetts Health Care Law
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

Ann Coulter offered a surprising defense of Mitt Romney's Massachusetts health care law -- affectionately dubbed 'Romneycare' -- on Wednesday. In a blog post featured on her website, entitled "Three Cheers For Romneycare!", she explains, "If only the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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APNewsBreak: Kan. Lawmakers Warned to Keep Records
ABC NewsFebruary 3, 2012

The governor's staff has said the events did not violate the Kansas Open Meetings Act because they were social gatherings and Brownback admonished legislators to avoid discussions that would violate the law. The Topeka Capital-Journal, ...more »

Immigration Law
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Summer could bring ruling on immigration law
Yuma SunFebruary 8, 2012

It looks like Arizona will finally get some resolution as soon as this summer on its controversial law to curb illegal immigration. The US Supreme Court has announced it will listen to arguments about the law on April 25. A ruling will likely follow ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Lest we forget in Myanmar
Asia Times OnlineFebruary 3, 2012

He has formed a new Human Rights Commission, opened previously closed doors to international diplomats and their corporate sponsors, and relaxed laws to promote more international investment and development. The timing has been impeccable.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Lab services 'too expensive'
Independent OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bheki Mbanjwa The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health says the services provided by the National Health Laboratory Service are too expensive, while also disputing the amount it reportedly owes to the service provider. This was after reports that the ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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NewPage retiree lawsuit continues
Wisconsin Rapids TribuneFebruary 1, 2012

Retired union workers of Wisconsin Rapids' largest employer do not need to take action before the end of this week to stay involved in a class-action lawsuit against the company. In a recent legal notice to retirees involved in the lawsuit, ...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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Barnes & Noble, GE, Komen, ReDigi: Intellectual Property
BusinessWeekFebruary 7, 2012

By Victoria Slind-Flor (This is a daily report on global news about patents, trademarks, copyright and other intellectual property topics.) Feb. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Barnes & Noble Inc. should win a patent-infringement case brought by Microsoft Corp. that ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Some Asbestos Cases Just Got Easier in PA (blog)February 1, 2012

Instead, through a legal process called reverse bifurcation, most if not all mesothelioma lawsuit plaintiffs had to first prove in court that their mesothelioma diagnosis is tied to past asbestos exposure. Once this was proved – and it usually was ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action ban challenge gains little traction in court
San Jose Mercury NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Howard Mintz A federal appeals court on Monday appeared unlikely to overturn Proposition 209, indicating that it is bound by a previous ruling upholding California's voter-approved ban on public affirmative action programs.more »

Fort Campbell Welcomes Home 281 Soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade
Clarksville OnlineFebruary 2, 2012

By Bill Larson | February 1, 2012 | Fort Campbell, KY – Yesterday Fort Campbell welcomed 281 soldiers from the 159th Combat Aviation Brigade home from a year long deployment to Southern Afghanistan. The 159th Combat Aviation Brigade is one of the last ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 3, 2012

The parties entered into a lease for the rental of commercial space which provided that plaintiff tenant had inspected the premises, was taking it "as is," and would be undertaking construction work to prepare for its initial occupancy.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lending Club Surpasses $500 Million in Personal Loans
Sacramento BeeFebruary 2, 2012

The Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Currently only residents of the following states may invest in Lending ...more »

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JPMorgan settles overdraft fee case for $110 million
ReutersFebruary 6, 2012

N) has agreed to pay $110 million to settle consumer litigation accusing it of charging excessive overdraft fees. The largest US bank by assets joined Bank of America Corp (BAC.N) and several smaller lenders in settling their portion of the nationwide ...more »

Business Law
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Law Offices of Howard G. Smith Announces Class Action Lawsuit Against K12, Inc.
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

BENSALEM, Pa., Jan 31, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Law Offices of Howard G. Smith announces that a class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of purchasers of the common stock of K12 Inc. ("K12" or the "Company") /quotes/zigman/477398/quotes/nls/lrn LRN ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Colombia Drug Lords' Cattle Theft Rob Rally Benefit: Commodities
BusinessWeekFebruary 2, 2012

The cash-strapped Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia is selling livestock at below-market prices after a military crackdown on cocaine production made the fighters “desperate for financing,” Juan Manuel Santos, the nation's president, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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WSAZ SPECIAL REPORT: Tracking Internet Child Predators
WSAZ-TVFebruary 14, 2012

The Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAS) helps monitor them with a mapping system using red dots that are really red flags – signs that predators are online looking at child pornography. The ICAC can trace it all -- down to each city, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Baltimore Personal Injury Law Firm Discepolo LLP Plans to Take on Transvaginal ...
PR Web (press release)February 1, 2012

We are passionate about defending the rights of patients needlessly injured by defective medical devices such as transvaginal mesh. To say that personal injury lawyer Don Discepolo, founding partner of Baltimore law firm Discepolo LLP, is bothered by ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Michigan Supreme Court disappoints on manager law
Livingston DailyFebruary 1, 2012

Justice Stephen Markman, a Republican on the so-called nonpartisan bench, wants an immediate decision on whether the law passes constitutional muster. The majority of his high-court brethren, however, seem content to let the system run its course ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Goldberg Segalla LLP Welcomes James J. Wrynn, Former New York State ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 10, 2012

"He knows the industry and insurance law inside and out, and he is tremendously respected in the business community. His experience will bring a unique perspective and a distinct advantage to Goldberg Segalla's insurance and reinsurance clients across ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Biz Groups Urge Repeal of CEO-to-Worker Pay Disclosure Rule
International Business TimesFebruary 9, 2012

Supporters of the rule, included in section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, say it is intended to encourage companies to narrow the considerable gap between executive and worker compensation.more »

Real Estate Law
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Georgia's highest court to decide if neighborhood is responsible for fatal ...
Florida Times-UnionFebruary 7, 2012

By Walter C. Jones ATLANTA | The Georgia Supreme Court is grappling with the question of whether a posh real-estate development is to blame for an alligator mauling an 83-year-old visitor to death. The seven justices on the state's highest court heard ...more »

Selling the dead 2, 2012

The Monroe deal is the latest in a series of legal actions and commercial transactions involving her, and they have highlighted continuing battles over the marketing of dead stars. In America, licensing the images, names and voices of 'delebs' (dead ...more »

Sports Law
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Lawmaker Wants Twenty-One Sports Federations Scrapped
AllAfrica.comFebruary 1, 2012

By Joshua Odeyemi, 1 February 2012 The Deputy Chairman of the House of Representative Committee on Sports, Hon Ayo Omidiran has called for the scrapping of twenty-one Sports Federations in Nigeria. The law maker made this submission while speaking to ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Defense attorney Joerg Jaeger enters State Attorney's race
Orlando SentinelFebruary 7, 2012

By Anthony Colarossi, Orlando Sentinel Long-time Orlando criminal defense attorney Joerg F. Jaeger confirmed late Monday that he is running as a Republican for Orange-Osceola State Attorney. With Jaeger entering the race, incumbent Lawson Lamar now ...more »

Identity Theft Crackdown
KMASFebruary 2, 2012

“The Justice Department is working closely with the IRS to investigate, prosecute, and punish tax refund crimes committed through the theft of identities,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General John A. DiCicco of the Tax Division.more »

As Congress moves on insider trading bill, lawmakers remain exempt from ...
Washington PostFebruary 2, 2012

___ The Congressional Accountability Act applied the following provisions to the legislative branch: —The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. —The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. —Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Statement by Paul M. King, President, Pennsylvania Environmental Council on ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

PEC has released a series of reports and legislative proposals, containing more than 40 specific policy recommendations, several of which are now law. We are pleased that many of the environmental protection measures contained in this bill match those ...more »

Environmental Law
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Scots increase investments in green energy
Business MirrorFebruary 11, 2012

Scotland is rich in natural resources, thus, there are high stakes for renewable-energy investments. The Philippines is also encouraging investments in green energy with the passage of the renewable-energy law. With its geographical position and rich ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Family history courses on offer in Chard
This is The West CountryFebruary 22, 2012

Pre 1837 records can then be researched on Friday, April 27, and Friday, May 4, looking at parish records, poor law, wills and probate, maps and old photos. Finally, there is an advanced organising, writing up and presenting course planned for Saturday ...more »

Family Law
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Amy Winehouse coroner resigns, family seeks advice
Aiken StandardFebruary 2, 2012

She had practiced law for a decade in her native Australia. Her resignation was not made public until Wednesday. "I believed at the time that her experience as a solicitor and barrister in Australia satisfied the requirements of the post," Reid said in ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Workers' comp privatization gets cool reception
9NEWS.comFebruary 1, 2012

AP DENVER (AP) - A proposal to privatize the only state-chartered workers' compensation company is getting a cool reception from a special panel reviewing the plan. A straw poll of the task force on Tuesday showed more than half to be opposed or ...more »


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