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Judge in the dock to defend himself over Franco investigation
The IndependentFebruary 1, 2012

"When people disappear, it is a permanent crime, which no amnesty law can affect." Outside the court hundreds of supporters of the judge, including British historian Ian Gibson – who has investigated the murder of poet Federico Garcia Lorca by Franco's ...more »

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 »

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Administrative Law
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Online Gambling Hearing Set for Thursday
NBC ConnecticutFebruary 1, 2012

In December, the US Justice Department issued an opinion that in-state Internet gambling does not violate federal law, prompting New Jersey lawmakers to consider a new state law allowing online gambling there. Soon after the court issued a ruling, Gov.more »

Health Care Law
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The 'Death Panel' Buried Deep Inside the Health Care Law
Crosswalk.com (blog)February 1, 2012

They applauded in Berkeley but advocates of health care reform were livid two years later when Sarah Palin offered an equally honest assessment of pending health care legislation, charging that it would introduce rationing and “Obama's 'death panel'” ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Live music for the weekend of Feb. 2
Gainesville SunFebruary 1, 2012

Saturday: Yo, Banana Boy, Wayland, The Bends, Vanilla Chinchilla, Manny & Emilio's Violin Act, When Pigs Fly. Sunday: Potluck, the Gathering. Tuesday: Comedy Night. Wednesday: Jeff Jones Queer Variety Show. AMELIA'S RESTAURANT: 235 S. Main St., ...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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Council Says No to Animal Slaughter Ban
Patch.comFebruary 7, 2012

Jones said the cost of developing and possibly defending a ban in court is secondary to the policy issue of whether "the cause is right." He said that the law should at least ban slaughter in front yards or within view of neighbors.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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New mediation and dispute resolution service launched
Post OnlineFebruary 1, 2012

By Amy Ellis Expedite Resolution's said that its central focus is to offer mediation and dispute resolution as a viable route to reduce life cycles of claims, and early closure, with a corresponding reduction in costs both direct and indirect.more »

Insurance Litigation
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Individual-Mandate Foes Warn of Affordable 'Car' Act
MedscapeFebruary 8, 2012

If the government can compel Americans to obtain health insurance in the name of regulating interstate commerce, the state officials argued, then it can require them to buy cars to bolster the domestic auto industry, or certain foods to support the ...more »

Animal Law
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Legal bid to free killer whales is 'strategic error', says conservationist
The GuardianFebruary 5, 2012

And with the issue of slavery such an emotive one for the US, Peta has faced criticism over its bid to pursue the freedom of an animal under the 13th amendment. While the case would bring publicity to the issue of the rights or interests of "non-human ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Goodwin Procter Picks Up 2 Paul Hastings IP Litigators
Law360 (subscription)February 2, 2012

By Megan Leonhardt Law360, New York (February 02, 2012, 3:03 PM ET) -- Goodwin Procter LLP has bulked up its Los Angeles office with two intellectual property partners specializing in high-stakes patent litigation from Paul Hastings LLP, ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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LawyersandSettlements.com Recognizes American Heart Month With Its Top 10 ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

LawyersandSettlements.com provides comprehensive legal news and critical information for those affected by once-in-a-lifetime situations involving medical device lawsuits, personal injury, defective products, California overtime and labor issues or a ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Ban on Affirmative Action Challenged
Annenberg TV NewsFebruary 13, 2012

By Kayla Colin A federal appeals court is set to hear a legal challenge Monday to the ban on affirmative action in public college admissions. The challenge comes 15 years after the ban on race consideration was implemented. Arguments are scheduled to ...more »

Magazine for Ghana's aviation industry launched
Ghana Business NewsFebruary 2, 2012

The “Aviator Magazine” was launched in Accra on Wednesday to address some of the challenges in the reportage of aviation, tourism and hospitality industry issues. Typical of these challenges is the terminologies used in the industry which may not be ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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Renter's Have Rights
JD Supra (press release)February 2, 2012

Yet many people feel that their landlord took too long to fix something in their unit or that they have been scammed out of their security deposit at the end of the lease. Here are ten points that I feel are important when it comes to tenant rights: ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Young people 'more financially savvy'
Vanquis BankFebruary 1, 2012

When looking to build a credit rating, many people could be setting themselves a strict budget plan and using any spare money left over to save for emergencies. Young people may be more disciplined in this sense than their older counterparts, ...more »

Litigation
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MasterCard posts strong Q4, litigation charge weighs
ReutersFebruary 2, 2012

N) reported a higher quarterly profit as consumers around the world spent more money using credit and debit cards, but a litigation-related charge took a large bite out of its earnings. The world's second-largest credit and debit card processing ...more »

Business Law
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Paw Street Journal: Don't Copy that Floppy!
my.hsj.orgFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) enables the US Law Enforcement to bar a said copyright infringing website from doing business with advertising networks, making them practically invisible to Search Engines and forces the Internet Service Provider ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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deliberations begin in cover-up case
kypost.comFebruary 2, 2012

(AP) — A soldier convicted of covering up the slayings of Iraqi citizens by US soldiers testified in military court on Wednesday that he needs medical benefits because he is HIV positive and has struggled with substance abuse. The military panel of ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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FBI warns of new email scam
La Crosse TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

MADISON — The FBI is warning of a new email scam that steals financial information from computers. Victims receive an unsolicited and fraudulent email claiming to be from the National Automated Clearing House Association, Federal Reserve Bank or ...more »

Personal Injury
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Jogger sues paralympians over injuries caused during morning run
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 10, 2012

By GARY DIMMOCK, The Ottawa Citizen February 9, 2012 7:47 PM Top Canadian paralympians Jon and Jason Dunkerley (pictured) are facing a personal-injury lawsuit for crashing into another runner on a morning jog along the Rideau Canal in 2010.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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SE hospital district files malpractice suit over failed Bert Fish merger
Daytona Beach News-JournalFebruary 4, 2012

By MARK I. JOHNSON, Staff writer A year after a judge threw out a merger for Bert Fish Medical Center, the Southeast Volusia Hospital District has filed a lawsuit claiming legal malpractice against their former attorney and his law firm.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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PHA Balks at HUD's Demand to Pay Back $726400 in Legal Fees
LoanSafeFebruary 7, 2012

by Evan Bedard on February 6, 2012 in Real Estate (Source: By Jennifer Lin and Mark Fazlollah, The Philadelphia Inquirer) - In an ongoing tug-of-war over legal bills, the Philadelphia Housing Authority is challenging the latest demand from the federal ...more »

Can a former employee poach my customers?
Financial TimesFebruary 3, 2012

However, if you can prove that the restriction has been put in place to protect a legitimate business interest, and that the clause goes no further than is reasonably necessary to protect that interest, then a court is likely to enforce it.more »

Sports Law
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Ramnarine calls on WICB to blank GCB
Stabroek NewsFebruary 1, 2012

By Stabroek staff | 0 Comments | Sports | Wednesday, February 1, 2012 President and CEO of the West Indies Players Association (WIPA), Dinanath Ramnarine is calling on the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) to not recognise the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Arizona's Law Office of Corso & Rhude Expands with Addition of New Attorney
openPR (press release)February 3, 2012

(openPR) - The Law Office of Corso & Rhude has announced the hiring of its newest attorney, Ryan Cummings, who joins the firm's growing staff of defense attorneys at its Peoria office. Peoria, AZ, February 03, 2012 -- The Law Office of Corso & Rhude ...more »

Tax time proves taxing on wallet
Enid News & EagleFebruary 1, 2012

Of course, when the IRS is the agency conducting the poll, what other answer could you give? What is a bit surprising is the number of people who say you should cheat on your taxes “as much as possible” doubled in 2011, to 8 percent.more »

PAISD non-suited from discrimination case
Southeast Texas RecordFebruary 2, 2012

A former Port Arthur Independent School District teacher has non-suited the district from his age discrimination suit. As the Southeast Texas Record reported in April 2007, Gary Phillips sued PAISD alleging the district fired him due to his age.more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Equifax Reports Strong Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 8, 2012

... changes in, and the effects of, laws and regulations and government policies governing our business, including the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, in particular the establishment of a new Consumer Financial Protection...more »

Environmental Law
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Republican Candidates Vouch for Agency Spending Cuts and hESC Restrictions
Genetic Engineering NewsFebruary 16, 2012

In 2006 with the Senate in Republican hands, Santorum introduced S.2754, the Alternative Pluripotent Stem Cell Therapies Enhancement Act. The measure required NIH to fund peer-reviewed research into developing isolation and production techniques for ...more »

Wills & Probate
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The Local Scene
Appleton Post CrescentFebruary 8, 2012

Volunteer lawyers, paralegals, and pre-law students from UW-Oshkosh will be available to offer help in the following case types: family law, small claims, domestic abuse/harassment injunctions, probate/wills or guardianships and property disputes.more »

Family Law
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Facebook May Be Used Against You In Court, Local Lawyers Say
Patch.comFebruary 1, 2012

The law journal talked to several lawyers about the phenomenon, including some in Norristown. "By and large, we haven't had a custody case where something Facebook-related doesn't come up," Jonathan Hoffman, an attorney specializing in family law at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Facebook pics lead to worker's comp denial
msnbc.comFebruary 3, 2012

When Clement applied for an extension of those benefits, he was turned down by a judge and the workers' compensation commission. The insurer and the retailer had submitted pictures of Clement taken from Facebook and MySpace, arguing that the pictures ...more »

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