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Rockefeller Supports Blind Trust for Members of Congress
HNN Huntingtonnews.netFebruary 1, 2012

The Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (STOCK Act) says US Representatives and Senators may not use information they gain in their role as Members of Congress. “Elected officials have a duty to our constituents to be above board in ...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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Legislature meddling in state judicial conflict
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 1, 2012

This rebellion against the Judicial Council and the Administrative Office of the Courts comes against the backdrop of state budget cuts - $350 million this year alone - that have left courts struggling to maintain their hours and avert backlogs.more »

Health Care Law
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CLASS Act: Abandoned yet defended
PoliticoFebruary 1, 2012

It's not as though the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Actis generating good press for President Barack Obama's health care law. In fact, Republicans are sure they can make it a symbol of the out-of-control spending they think the ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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DVD Review: Chalet Girl
Inside PulseFebruary 6, 2012

A comedy about a working class girl (Felicity Jones) who finds the usual romance with a rich boy (Ed Westwick) amongst the slopes of the Alps would've been a perfect release during the ski-happy '80s. Teen comedies weren't coming out en masse utilizing ...more »

Immigration Law
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Anti-Immigrant Group Twists Facts on Effectiveness of Arizona's Immigration Law
Hispanically Speaking NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Strangely enough, some of these statistics—such as those on the drop in crime—document trends which began before Arizona had enacted any harsh immigration laws. The report does mention, offhandedly, that punitive state immigration policies may not ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Apple may face 'sky-high' fines
China DailyFebruary 8, 2012

By Wang Yi (China Daily) On the heels of a court judgment last December in Shenzhen, Guanghdong province that ruled against Apple over an iPad icon trademark dispute, the US-based corporation could face paying "sky-rise fines" to industrial and ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Openwave Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Openwave Systems Inc. /quotes/zigman/91287/quotes/nls/opwv OPWV +4.48% is a global software innovator delivering all-Internet Protocol (all-IP) mediation and messaging solutions that enable communication service providers to create and deliver smarter ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Insurer Sued for $50 Million in BP Oil Spill
Courthouse News ServiceFebruary 1, 2012

"When Cameron needed it the most, Liberty refused to provide Cameron the $50 million in insurance limits it sold Cameron. Instead, Liberty offered Cameron a choice: either continue the Gulf oil spill litigation and face potentially crippling liability, ...more »

Animal Law
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Vigil Held for Tougher Animal Abuse Laws
WKBN/WYFX-TVFebruary 1, 2012

Demonstrators gathered in downtown Youngstown and lit candles in hopes of putting an end to animal abuse. The animal advocates support Nitro's Law, or House Bill 108, which would make animal abuse a felony in Ohio. The vigil comes one day after several ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Acclaimed Patent Trial Lawyer David Warden Joins Houston Complex Commercial ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 3, 2012

3, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Intellectual property lawyer David E. Warden has joined the Houston complex commercial litigation and intellectual property firm Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing PC (AZA) as of counsel.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Scottish Artist May Have Been Exposed to Asbestos Through His Work
Seedol.com (blog)February 1, 2012

If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos by using certain products or working for certain companies and have subsequently been diagnosed with mesothelioma, there may be legal options worth pursuing to obtain a mesothelioma settlement.more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Affirmative action advocates should make a better case
Daily CalifornianFebruary 16, 2012

By Jason Willick Affirmative action found its way back onto The Daily Californian's front page Tuesday — this time without the help of a satirical bake sale. For those of you who aren't up to date on the latest Proposition 209 news: Students staged a ...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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Proposed bedbugs bill targets tenants
DesMoinesRegister.comFebruary 1, 2012

Lawmakers heard conflicting — and at times graphic — testimony on legislation that would rewrite landlord-tenant law concerning bedbug infestations in rental housing. The bill in question, House Study Bill 520, would add new requirements for tenants ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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Lowest Costs of Ownership for Bad Credit Auto Loans
Auto Credit Express (blog)February 1, 2012

by Steve Cypher on Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 People with bad credit must consider the total expenses of a bad credit auto loan if they want to complete the process successfully. We understand this because for more than two decades we've been ...more »

Litigation
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Home > Constitutional Law > How The Litigation Over California's Anti-Same-Sex ...
Justia VerdictFebruary 6, 2012

How The Litigation Over California's Anti-Same-Sex-Marriage Prop. 8 Gave Rise to a First Amendment Fight As readers likely know, Proposition 8—“Prop. 8” for short—is a California initiative that purported to amend the state's constitution to prohibit ...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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Charlie Morgan, Lesbian Service Member With Cancer, Asks John Boehner To Stop ...
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Charlie Morgan, left, and Karen at an October event of gays openly serving in the military. WASHINGTON -- A lesbian National Guardsman -- who is fighting Stage IV breast cancer and who fears time is running out for overturning the Defense of Marriage ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Detective helps catch Internet sex predator
Milford MirrorFebruary 2, 2012

A Milford police officer helped nab a Plainville man who was allegedly using the Internet to lure minors into sexual acts. Last June, a Milford detective assigned to the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Against Children Taskforce, ...more »

Personal Injury
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Personal Injury Solicitors London add to support team for injury compensation ...
PR Web (press release)February 3, 2012

Personal Injury Solicitors London say the additional resource further consolidates their drive to provide the best accident claims service in the country. Personal Injury Solicitors London, who specialise in personal injury compensation services across ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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France's top court accepts Le Pen challenge to crucial election law
Monsters and Critics.comFebruary 2, 2012

Paris - A constitutional challenge by France's far-right National Front party to an election law that could disqualify its leader, Marine le Pen, from running for president was given the go ahead Thursday by the country's highest court.more »

Professional Malpractice
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CPA denies Cushnie's extension request
Saipan TribuneFebruary 12, 2012

The agency also sued him for alleged professional malpractice/professional negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract. Cushnie was reportedly paid a total of $1.3 million for his services with CPA from June 2003 to September 2006.more »

Consumer Protection
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Bill Gates Joins Push for Strong SEC Rule on Extractive Industries
Main JusticeFebruary 15, 2012

9 letter to SEC Chairman Mary L. Schapiro and commissioners urging vigilance on Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Section 1504 would require oil, gas and mining companies reporting to the SEC to disclose ...more »

Real Estate Law
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State asks homeowners to stop deducting some taxes
San Francisco ChronicleFebruary 5, 2012

The California Franchise Tax Board is leaning on taxpayers and tax preparers to start complying with a widely ignored law that prevents property owners from deducting certain real estate taxes on their income tax returns. Many tax preparers are telling ...more »

3M execs are cutting costs, but flying high
Minneapolis Star TribuneFebruary 4, 2012

But foreign travel accounts for a small portion of the trips made in the company's fleet, according to a Wall Street Journal database of Federal Aviation Administration information. The data show that the most popular destination for 3M's planes at ...more »

Sports Law
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Super Bowl wagers defy federal ban as N.J. works to revamp law
Dailyrecord.comFebruary 3, 2012

In Nevada, where sports betting is legal, the betting parlors anticipate handling more than $80 million in gambling on the big game based on figures from that stateís gaming regulators. Not only are people betting big money in Nevada, theyíre planning ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Ex-Stephen Grant Attorney David Griem Visits Bashara Home
MyFox DetroitFebruary 1, 2012

It appears Bob Bashara is now bringing in David Griem, who is a well known criminal defense attorney. Griem represented Stephen Grant, who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his wife, Tara, in Washington Township in 2007.more »

IRS settles whistleblower suit, special counsel reports
GovExec.comFebruary 9, 2012

By Charles S. Clark The Internal Revenue Service has reached a settlement with a California-based employee who blew the whistle on mismanagement by a contractor, the Office of Special Counsel announced Wednesday. The case could have an impact on future ...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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Oil and gas director bows out
Colorado Springs Independent (blog)February 1, 2012

David Neslin, the man at the center of oil and gas regulation in Colorado, has decided to bag it and practice law instead. Neslin appeared at the hearing on El Paso County's oil and gas regulations yesterday. Commission to return to the practice of law...more »

Environmental Law
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State law hurting Virginia's green future? Lawmakers eye changes
WSLSFebruary 2, 2012

State lawmakers are looking at making changes to a law that some argue may be hindering Virginia's push for renewable energy. As America makes the push for energy independence, many are turning to solar as one way to lead the charge.more »

Wills & Probate
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Santa Fe VFW to host free legal clinic for veterans
Ultimate Clear LakeFebruary 21, 2012

Any veteran or spouse of a deceased veteran can get help from a volunteer attorney in such matters as family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, and disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing representation and who ...more »

Family Law
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Family ties unravel in poll power play
Times of IndiaFebruary 1, 2012

Kendrapada: As the campaign for the rural poll speeds up, close-knit families are feeling the heat. Relatives are contesting each other in the gram panchayat elections, putting a question mark on family ties. Mother-in-law Tilotoma Sethi (55) has ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Man pleads guilty in worker's compensation fraud case
Lewiston Sun JournalFebruary 10, 2012

By AP AUGUSTA — A Medway man has been sentenced to two months in jail after pleading guilty to lying to investigators in order to get $6000 in worker's compensation benefits to which he was not entitled. David Powers admitted to a perjury charge this ...more »

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