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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 »

AP: Changes ahead for foreign exchange students
Wall Street JournalFebruary 1, 2012

18 memo comes more than a year after an AP investigation uncovered widespread abuses in the J-1 Summer Work Travel program, which annually allows more than 100000 foreign college students to work in the US for up to four months.more »

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Administrative Law
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GBTA's Michael W. McCormick Testifies at House Judiciary Hearing
PR Newswire (press release)February 1, 2012

In August 2011, it was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Commercial and Administrative Law. Congress has enacted similar protections from discriminatory state and local excise taxes for other interstate travelers such as airline, ...more »

Health Care Law
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Health care law makes Medicare stronger, more affordable
Tampabay.comFebruary 1, 2012

Part of those values is the promise of Medicare that older Americans won't have to spend the last part of their lives worrying about going broke from a hospital bill. Today, I am visiting Tampa to talk about how the 2010 health care law, the Affordable ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Leagle.comFebruary 2, 2012

... S. Jones, Judge) dismissing as time-barred their putative class action complaint against their former employer and the employer's pension plan for benefits alleged to be due under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA").more »

Immigration Law
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Militarization of the Dream Act
Real News NetworkFebruary 6, 2012

So talk of little bit about, first of all, President Obama's speech. There was very, very little about immigration and such question. One little reference to [it], I guess, was the DREAM Act. What did you make, first of all, of the speech?more »

Industrial Development Law
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Laws must be reasonable and above all fair
Niagarathisweek.comFebruary 3, 2012

In Ontario it is illegal, that's right, against provincial law, to indulge in a glass of raw milk. And although I'm sure there could be health considerations at play here, I am just as sure it should not make one a criminal. Life in Ontario has become ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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County Schools Host Student Mediation Conference
FairfaxNews.comFebruary 3, 2012

This year's conference theme, “My Part for Peace,” emphasizes the need for improved conflict resolution skills that will provide the potential to build a more peaceful atmosphere in schools, homes, and communities. During the workshops, participants ...more »

Insurance Litigation
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Attorneys start seizing La. Citizens Property Insurance assets
The AdvocateFebruary 1, 2012

By Ted Griggs Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp.'s board has scheduled a special meeting for Thursday after plaintiff attorneys began seizing the insurer's assets Monday to satisfy a $100 million-plus judgment against Citizens.more »

Animal Law
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Governor Proposes Animal Shelter Law Repeal
NBC Bay AreaFebruary 1, 2012

By Kellie Onaga The animals waiting for homes in California shelters have no idea what could be coming. They may get an early death sentence under Governor Jerry Brown's proposal that would repeal parts of a state law meant to protect them.more »

Intellectual Property
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2011 Intellectual Property Year in Review and Outlook for 2012 - Part II ...
Legal Talk NetworkFebruary 3, 2012

Attorney Peter Lando, host of IP Counsel and partner at the firm of Lando & Anastasi, LLP, welcomes John Welch, Of Counsel with Lando & Anastasi, to discuss important trademark cases and issues of 2011 that may continue well into the new year.more »

Asbestos Litigation
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$19.5M asbestos settlement for Montana victims proposed in WR Grace bankruptcy...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

He says the claimants' appeals will be withdrawn once the bankruptcy court approves the documents. Heberling says claimants also will be eligible to receive distributions from the separate Asbestos Personal Injury Trust to be established as part of ...more »

Labor & Employment Law
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Debate surrounds harrassment allegations
Daily HelmsmanFebruary 1, 2012

The Affirmative Action Office was unable to come to a final conclusion regarding this charge. Two workers alleged White belittled them and wrote them up without first discussing their performance. The Daily Helmsman examined dozens of letters, ...more »

9 factors that may have helped Dassault sell its Rafale fighter this week
Economic TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Many global arms industry observers were surprised this week when the Indian Air Force announced that it had chosen French firm Dassault Aviation as its preferred bidder for a roughly $11-billion deal to supply India with 126 jet fighters.more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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House Study Bill: Tenants Could End Up Paying For Bed Bug Extermination
KCAUFebruary 2, 2012

As the law stands right now, the landlord has to foot the bill to clean out not only that apartment but the entire building. Meynard Porter is the President of the Siouxland Rental Association. With that title, he works with many landlords in the area ...more »

Bankruptcy Law
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The European Reality Avoidance Scheme (and How the United States Colludes)
Huffington PostFebruary 1, 2012

Drug crime in Mexico. Oil security. Don't get me wrong. Those things are all important. If the frigid stand-off between Iran and its enemies flickers into outright conflict, the economic consequences -- forget the strategic ones, for a moment -- could ...more »

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Wamu Wins Approval to Settle Dispute With Holders of Litigation Warrants
BloombergFebruary 1, 2012

The dispute had threatened to delay payments related to the company's proposed $7 billion reorganization plan, Rosen said in a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware. “Sometimes it's better to settle than to fight,” Arthur Steinberg, ...more »

Business Law
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Indiana poised to enter right-to-work era as unions prep protest amid Super ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — State lawmakers were poised Wednesday to pass legislation that would make Indiana the Rust Belt's first right-to-work state and prohibit labor contracts requiring workers to pay union representation fees. Meanwhile, union protesters ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Tracey Cooper-Harris, Gay Army Veteran, Sues Over Denial Of Military Benefits
Huffington PostFebruary 2, 2012

JESSICA GRESKO 02/ 1/12 04:29 PM ET AP WASHINGTON — A gay Army veteran and her wife sued the federal government on Wednesday after they were denied military benefits granted to straight spouses. The lawsuit announced in Washington involves a 12-year ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Romanian police arrest alleged hacker in Pentagon, NASA breaches
PC AdvisorFebruary 16, 2012

The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism said Cernaianu also offered a computer program on his blog that could be used to hack into websites and published a video showing Internet attacks he had made against the US ...more »

Personal Injury
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Ruth sets deadlines for witness depositions in personal injury lawsuit
Madison County RecordFebruary 2, 2012

14, 2010 when he sustained injuries to his neck, head, back and shoulders after a leveler collapsed while he was standing on it. Ruth set the trial date for Sept. 4. He ordered Luksza to identify retained expert witnesses by March 1, and ordered the ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Murphy: Unburden police of having to interpret constitutional privilege
Denver PostFebruary 1, 2012

"We have to take the broadest possible interpretation to make sure we aren't violating the law." Or we could get rid of the law. The constitution is the instruction manual for our government. It provides strict boundaries where each of the three ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Zero-Way Communications
The League of Ordinary GentlemenFebruary 7, 2012

Note that I never used words like “lawyer,” “attorney,” “lawsuit,” or “malpractice.” I was quite careful not to. But about halfway through my statement, the patient advocate's face registered clearly that he had heard the words I had labored not to ...more »

Consumer Protection
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CFTC Adopts Customer Property Segregation And Other Swap Regulations; Proposes ...
Mondaq News Alerts (registration)February 7, 2012

... M. Oklewicz The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) on January 11, 2011 finalized three important rules and proposed one additional rule as required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 (Dodd-Frank Act).more »

Real Estate Law
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Real estate broker charged with regulatory offences denies allegations
Ottawa CitizenFebruary 2, 2012

Absolutely nothing has been proven in the court of law.” The Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO), which regulates the real estate industry, laid the charges. They are related to alleged obstruction of a RECO investigator trying to get information ...more »

Ryder Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2011 Results and Provides 2012 Forecast
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

The increase in comparable earnings primarily reflects strong organic growth in commercial rental, the benefit of acquisitions in all business segments, better used vehicle sales results, as well as organic growth in the Supply Chain Solutions (SCS) ...more »

Sports Law
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Hamilton's latest sober day is one closer to forever
Yahoo! SportsFebruary 4, 2012

Sports Feb 3, 8:43 pm EST Day 4 of forever was a bear. Because Josh Hamilton looks so natural sitting in front of cameras and speaking uninterrupted for 12 minutes about his addictions, it was easy to forget: On Monday, this man who projects such ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Lawyer agrees to treatment
Cincinnati.comFebruary 1, 2012

David Scacchetti, the suspended Hyde Park attorney facing drug charges, agreed Wednesday to seek addiction treatment. Scacchetti, once a high-powered, prominent criminal defense attorney, will report Feb. 8 to the treatment facility.more »

Top 5 Reasons to Hire a Tax Lawyer
ReutersFebruary 27, 2012

By Andrew Chow, JD at As a small business owner, should you hire a tax lawyer? You may feel like the answer depends on the complexity of your tax filing, or the size of your business. And with the economy still sluggish, affordability may ...more »

Fifty-Something Law Grad Found BigLaw Job a Tough Gig But Has No Regrets About ...
ABA JournalFebruary 10, 2012

Age discrimination was minimal. And being older was actually an advantage in relating to clients as she worked first as an associate at Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton and Garrison and next at Loeb & Loeb in New York. But this kind of job was not the right ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Walmart Offers Reward In Felony Theft Case
WIBWFebruary 7, 2012

Topeka Police Department detectives and Walmart's Asset Protection Division have been working this case, a felony theft, for the past few months. Detective Terry Harris, the lead investigator in the case, said many people have called with information ...more »

Environmental Law
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LRC's Capitol Notes: Bill expanding energy incentives heads to Senate
KyForward.comFebruary 2, 2012

Should it become law, HB 246 would expand the types of facilities that qualify for incentives under the Kentucky Alternative Fuel and Renewable Energy Fund and Incentives for Energy Independence Act. The bill would also exempt some geothermal drilling ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Family Law
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Local Attorneys Offer Free Legal Clinics This Month
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

9 - Family law issues (separation, divorce and custody/visitation), featuring attorney Leon L. Campbell. The clinic will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 pm at the Spartanburg County Public Library-Main Branch located at 151 S. Church St. in Spartanburg.more »

Workers Compensation
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Employee Loses Worker Comp after He Posted Party Photos Online
AllGovFebruary 3, 2012

Clement and his attorney argued that the introduction of the photos into the case were “a disgrace to the dignity of the workers' compensation proceedings and the legal system.” Judge David M. Glover of the Arkansas Court of Appeals was not impressed ...more »


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