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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 »

'Business Connection' features Title Boxing Club
Chicago Sun-TimesFebruary 1, 2012

The Naperville location is one of 19 franchises across the country. TITLE Boxing Club specializes in boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts. Pete Gilfillan came on set to promote his business FranChoice. Want to start your own franchise but don't ...more »

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Administrative Law
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Floyd supervisors set hearing on zoning law change
Mason City Globe GazetteFebruary 1, 2012

Keep it clean. Avoid language that is obscene, vulgar, lewd or sexually-oriented. If you can't control yourself, don't post it. Don't threaten to hurt or kill anyone. Be truthful.Don't lie about anyone or anything. Be nice.more »

Health Care Law
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Senate committee kills GOP bill aimed at undoing Obamacare-related measure
Denver Post (blog)February 3, 2012

The Democrat-controlled committee killed on a party-line vote, a bill that would have repealed the 2011 law setting up the Colorado Health Care Benefits Exchange, legislation sponsored by House Majority Leader Amy Stephens, R-Monument.more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Second man arraigned in Cheektowaga slaying
Buffalo NewsFebruary 1, 2012

Monday, Rocky Jones III, 27, of Parkview Terrace, was arraigned on the same charges in the slaying of Armod R. Law, a Buffalo liquor store owner. Authorities said McCloud and Jones on Nov. 13 unlawfully entered Law's home on West Grand Boulevard in ...more »

Immigration Law
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Immigration and Obamacare join as issue
The AdvocateFebruary 6, 2012

Two of the hottest topics on the political circuit are illegal immigration and “Obamacare.” They can come together into a third steaming discussion: How the Democrats' Affordable Care Act of 2010 would hasten America's journey toward a more orderly ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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Peters: URA submitted required reports
Little Falls Evening TimesFebruary 6, 2012

... Budget Office last week released a report that identified more than 200 state and local authorities that did not file a budget, annual or audit report as of Jan. 27 for the most recent reporting period as required by Public Authorities Law.more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Russia Stands in the Way of UN Call for Assad to Step Down
New York TimesFebruary 1, 2012

“The Syrian government failed to make any serious effort to cooperate with us,” Sheik Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr al-Thani, the prime minister of Qatar, told the Security Council about Arab League efforts to mediate the dispute.more »

Insurance Litigation
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US Supreme Court Declines La. Citizens' Request for Stay in Class Action Suit
PropertyCasualty360February 2, 2012

Citizens' request stems from a 2009 decision in a class-action lawsuit that accuses the state-run insurer of failing to start the claims-adjusting process within the time frame set by law following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.more »

Animal Law
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Horse slaughtering resumes in US as legislation languishes in Congress
Fox NewsFebruary 2, 2012

Under pressure from animal rights groups and many horse owners, the domestic slaughter industry was effectively ended in the US in 2007, when Congress stopped funding for Department of Agriculture inspections of horse slaughter houses since uninspected ...more »

Intellectual Property
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Cabinet Office: no lobby influence on open standards
ZDNet UKFebruary 9, 2012

A Cabinet Office procurement policy note defined open standards as having "intellectual property made irrevocably available on a royalty free basis." This definition was formally withdrawn in November 2011. Technology publication ComputerWeekly said in ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Davis Polk Welcomes Senior Federal Prosecutor, Greg D. Andres, to Its White ...
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

The firm's White Collar Group has consistently been ranked in the 1st tier among New York law firms in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations in Chambers USA. The firm represents corporations and individuals from around the world in ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Agenda for Feb. 8 ASUC Senate meeting
Daily CalifornianFebruary 9, 2012

By Chloe Hunt At the ASUC Senate's third spring semester meeting Wednesday, a new bill aiming to reduce food waste on campus will be introduced, and the senate will also consider passing a bill in support of affirmative action. The Day of Action bill ...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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Supreme Court rejects ground rent law challenge
Irish TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The challenge came in an appeal from a High Court ruling that the law on ground rents was constitutional. Isle of Man-registered JES Holdings and its shareholders, John and Lucy Shirley, had claimed that the 1980 Landlord and Tenant Act, ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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20 Worst Quarterback Performances in Super Bowl History
Bleacher ReportFebruary 1, 2012

Too often do quarterbacks get too much credit for their team's victories and for the team's failures. It may not be fair, but it's the nature of the beast of playing quarterback. It is one of the few positions in football, if not the only one, ...more »

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American Creek Resources Provides Litigation Update
MarketWatch (press release)February 1, 2012

Feb 01, 2012 (ACCESSWIRE-TNW via COMTEX) -- The Board of Directors of American Creek Resources Ltd. /quotes/zigman/430569 CA:AMK 0.00% /quotes/zigman/430570 ACKRF +37.14% (the "Company") wishes to provide an update on the ongoing litigation with Teuton ...more »

Business Law
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Indiana University law, business students providing free tax assistance to low ...
The RepublicFebruary 1, 2012

AP BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana University law and business school students are providing free tax assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled residents. The students are participating in the Internal Revenue Service's Volunteer Income Tax ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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DADT is Over But Military Still Excludes Same-Sex Partner Benefits
SheWiredFebruary 1, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is being urged to start expanding all benefits and recognition to the families, partners, and spouses of gay members of the military. Aubrey Sarvis of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network wrote an open letter to ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Reverve Bank toughens protection against DDoS
The AustralianFebruary 6, 2012

Both state-sponsored and criminal cyber agents have been known to use DDoS attacks to knock corporations and large government organisations off the internet for political, military and financial gain. Traditionally, DDoS attackers have used fleets of ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyer Daniel Gilleon Appears on Three San Diego ...
PR Web (press release)February 15, 2012

San Diego personal injury attorney Daniel Gilleon, whose law firm Web site URL can be found at, recently appeared on three different San Diego news broadcasts to discuss the details of a California wrongful termination lawsuit ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Miss. high court takes ex-gov pardons case
The Associated PressFebruary 2, 2012

Matt Steffey, a constitutional law professor at Mississippi College, said the high court's decision is not a surprise because it would ultimately be up to the justices to decide the constitutional issue. "I think this is a positive development.more »

Professional Malpractice
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SAVANNAH 'SUPER LAWYERS' ANNOUNCED: Bouhan, Williams & Levy LLP (press release)February 19, 2012

His litigation practice concentrates in the areas of aviation law, insurance defense, and medical malpractice defense. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Georgia, the US Supreme Court, and serves on the Federal Court Advisory ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Insurance co. sued in Grafton bridge failure
Worcester TelegramFebruary 2, 2012

Yesterday the attorney general filed a lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court alleging that XL Specialty Insurance Company, a Delaware corporation, and its agent Fasano Acchione and Associates violated the False Claims Act and the Consumer Protection Act by ...more »

Real Estate Law
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Study: Licensing rule cut number of real estate agents
Boston HeraldFebruary 1, 2012

In addition, prior to the introduction of the continuing education requirement, the inflation-adjusted incomes of agents averaged $26504 but rose to $34970 after the licensing law was changed. “In short, contrary to the claims of the MAR, ...more »

Booz Allen Hamilton Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2012 Results
Business Wire (press release)February 3, 2012

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced preliminary results for the third quarter of its fiscal 2012 with revenue and ...more »

Sports Law
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Charleston, SC | Breaking News, Sports, Weather911 caller tells story of ...
ABC NEWS 4February 4, 2012

Entertainment News from AP Law enforcement officials blocked the bridge in both directions on Thursday as they worked to resolve the incident. (WCIV) By Stefanie Bainum CHARLESTON, SC (WCIV) – Police have charged 38-year-old Phillip DeClemente with ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Attorney appointed for Joseph Gentz in Jane Bashara case
Detroit Free PressFebruary 6, 2012

By Joe Swickard Detroit defense attorney Susan Reed has been appointed to represent Joseph Gentz, who has told investigators he killed Jane Bashara. Reed, president of the Wayne County Criminal Defense Bar Association, was named by Presiding Judge ...more »

Don't dawdle on filing taxes. Identity thieves are lurking.
Washington PostFebruary 7, 2012

“We are taking this issue very seriously,” said IRS spokeswoman Julianne Fisher Breitbeil. The agency recently announced a crackdown on tax-refund fraud and identity theft. Working with the Justice Department's tax division and US attorney's offices ...more »

Medford resident promoted to partner at Boston law firm
Wicked LocalFebruary 5, 2012

Stewart will continue to focus her civil litigation practice in the areas of construction law, employment law, professional liability and business litigation. She has been named a “Rising Star” (a distinction reserved for attorneys under the age of ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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LIVE WEBCAST: Bebchuk testifies before Senate Banking committee
Harvard Law School NewsFebruary 15, 2012

In addition to Bebchuk, the panel of witnesses include: Kurt Hyde, deputy special inspector general, Troubled Asset Relief Program; Professor Robert J. Jackson, Jr., associate professor at Columbia Law School; and Michael S. Melbinger, Bebchuk is the ...more »

Environmental Law
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Renewable fuels pioneer Fred Potter dies
Biofuels DigestFebruary 20, 2012

Doug Durante, of CFDC, writes: “Fred Potter stood with Ronald Reagan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, witnessing the president sign the Alternative Motor Fuels Act into law. In 1990, he was seated on the front row in the East Room of the White ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Kelly not commenting on report
MetroNews CanadaFebruary 17, 2012

According to Nova Scotia's Probate Act, which governs the handling of wills, an executor has to notify beneficiaries within 30 days from taking over the estate. An affidavit of service must be filed within 60 days, and an inventory of the deceased's ...more »

Family Law
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San Jose Law Firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard Helps Victims of Childhood ...
San Francisco Chronicle (press release)February 1, 2012

Lawmakers being asked to support and adopt tougher mandatory childhood molestation reporting laws. The San Jose, California personal injury law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard is announcing steps that it is taking to provide justice to victims of ...more »

Workers Compensation
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NFL Concussion Lawsuits May Turn on Workers' Comp Rules
Workforce ManagementFebruary 2, 2012

Those include workers' compensation, disability benefits and the NFL's 88 Plan, which pays for medical and custodial care of retired NFL players with dementia. While some players have been able to receive benefits for concussion-related injuries, ...more »


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