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SC Treasurer Sounds Alarm About State Investments
News Channel 7February 1, 2012

He says the legislature doesn't need to pass any new laws regarding the state's investments; the current laws just need to be enforced. So who enforces those laws? "In some cases it's the treasurer; some cases the Budget and Control Board; ...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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COURT WATCH 1/2012 [January 2012]
The ZimbabweanFebruary 1, 2012

Code not applicable to magistracy The code will apply only to the judges of the Supreme Court and the High Court and the presidents of the Labour Court and Administrative Court. What will the Code cover? According to Justice Malaba, the code contains ...more »

Health Care Law
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The Supreme Court ruling: what's at stake for health care?
ForbesFebruary 2, 2012

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about President Obama's health care law next month, as the widely anticipated debate on the constitutionality of the law will finally come to a head. These arguments have been awaited since September, ...more »

Admiralty & Maritime Law
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Kan. legislators say substantive issues arose at social events with gov., but ...
The RepublicFebruary 6, 2012

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor, a Democrat, is investigating whether the gatherings violated the Kansas Open Meetings Act. Brownback spokeswoman Sherriene (SHUH'-reen) Jones-Sontag said the administration remains confident that the ...more »

Immigration Law
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Romney's Tough Immigration View Is at Odds With His Church
New York TimesFebruary 3, 2012

The church was instrumental last year in passing controversial legislation in Utah that would provide “guest worker” permits to allow illegal immigrants with jobs to remain in the United States. The church also threw its weight behind the Utah Compact, ...more »

Industrial Development Law
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HC clears land transfer for Navi Mumbai airport
Hindustan TimesFebruary 2, 2012

The Bombay high court, on Thursday, paved the way for development of the Navi Mumbai airport, by allowing the City and Industrial Develop-ment Corporation (CIDCO) to hand over 157 acres of disputed land, earmarked for the proposed airport, ...more »

Alternate Dispute Resolution
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Senior US diplomat: Improved inter-Korean ties crucial for resolution of ...
Washington PostFebruary 1, 2012

SEOUL, South Korea — In a message aimed at both Koreas, a senior US diplomat said Wednesday that Washington is open to settling the North Korean nuclear standoff through diplomacy, but only if Pyongyang improves ties with archrival South Korea.more »

Insurance Litigation
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NFP Announces Fourth Quarter & Full Year 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)February 7, 2012

... Company's businesses, due to requirements related to medical loss ratios stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act or otherwise; (8) NFP's ability to operate effectively within the restrictive covenants of its credit facility; ...more »

Animal Law
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Animal-cruelty trial to start for Fairview-area rancher | The Republic
The RepublicFebruary 5, 2012

A rancher who had 98 horses seized by Wyoming Livestock Board officials and law enforcement last May will go on trial this week on animal cruelty charges. The horses seized at James Ridge's ranch near Fairview had allegedly been neglected and starved ...more »

Intellectual Property
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T2 Biosystems Announces Issuance of Key Patent Providing Broad Intellectual...
MarketWatch (press release)February 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, Mass., Feb 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- T2 Biosystems, a company developing direct detection products enabling superior diagnostics, today announced the issuance of patent number 8102176 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office ...more »

Asbestos Litigation
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Arpaio office lawyers to meet with DOJ
Fox NewsFebruary 3, 2012

15 report accusing the sheriff's office of racially profiling Latinos, basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish in Arizona's most populous county.more »

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

"We need to fight to get affirmative action back in California." Lawyers for the governor and the students argued the previous 9th Circuit case was "wrongly decided," and that it did not consider Proposition 209's effect on minority enrollment at UC ...more »

Travolta donates jet to Museum of Aviation
Macon Telegraph (blog)February 2, 2012

By WAYNE CRENSHAW - Film actor John Travolta, a pilot and avid aviation enthusiast, is donating his Gulfstream II executive jet to the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame, which is located at the museum, said Chrissy Miner, ...more »

Landlord & Tenant Law
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The Cypress TimesFebruary 4, 2012

Volunteer attorneys will provide legal advice on issues including family law, wills and probate, consumer issues, landlord/tenant law, worker's compensation, tax issues, bankruptcy, and veterans' benefits and disability claims.more »

Bankruptcy Law
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550 claims against Milwaukee archdiocese
UPI.comFebruary 2, 2012

2 (UPI) -- Some 550 people have filed sex-abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Milwaukee by the deadline for doing so in the archdiocese's bankruptcy proceedings. That's by far the highest number of claims filed among the eight Catholic diocesan ...more »

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TD Bank to add $255M reserve for Rothstein litigation fallout
South Florida Business JournalFebruary 3, 2012

Local attorneys suing TD Bank over its connections to Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein have one thing to say about the bank's litigation reserve. “I can tell you it's not enough,” said William Scherer, the Fort Lauderdale attorney handling a $200 million ...more »

Business Law
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Study Finds Local Online Ad Outlook Strong; Call for Mobile Regulation
Street FightFebruary 1, 2012

Marketers are becoming bullish about their current and future investment in local advertising, particularly in local online media, according to a study released this week by GMSLocal. However, members of Congress such as Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) ...more »

Military Law & Military Benefits
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Digital partnership improves health care access for veterans
United States Army (press release)February 3, 2012

By Robin Boggs, First Army Division East Cpl. Eric McNulty, an infantryman from Southern Plains, NC, fills out the e-benefit form with military service coordinator Nathan Talley after returning from deployment with C Company, 279th Infantry Regiment, ...more »

Computer & Internet Related Crimes
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Senior Non-commissioned Officer Charged In Child Porn Sting
WIBWFebruary 10, 2012

According to Junction City Police Chief Tim Brown, his detectives developed information on Heckman through computer analysis that he was downloading sexually explicit images of children on his computer from the internet and also distributing the files ...more »

Personal Injury
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San Diego Personal Injury Lawyers at Morris and Associates File California ...
PR Web (press release)February 10, 2012

The San Diego personal injury attorneys at Morris and Associates, whose law firm Web site URL can be found at, hereby announce that the firm has filed a California personal injury lawsuit against Massage Envy on behalf of ...more »

Constitutional Law & Civil Rights
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Parliament debates intestate succession bill amendment
Myjoyonline.comFebruary 2, 2012

The Bill, which was laid before the House on November 3, 2009 and referred to the Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration and report, seeks a more responsive approach to the needs of nuclear families whose parents ...more »

Professional Malpractice
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Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen announces new partners
Madison County RecordFebruary 3, 2012

Her practice focuses on the defense of healthcare providers and other professionals in professional liability litigation. She provides general counsel to individual health care professionals, multi-specialty clinics and hospitals on administrative, ...more »

Consumer Protection
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Why e-tolling wont fly
ITWebFebruary 7, 2012

In December, government was asked what would happen in the case of fraudulent licence plates, since people without e-tags are charged for e-tolling via pictures of their licence plates, taken by overhead cameras on the gantries.more »

Real Estate Law
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Florida Attorney General's Attempt to Subpoena Foreclosure Mills Stalls
LoanSafeFebruary 3, 2012

by Alex Ferreras on February 3, 2012 in Real Estate (Source: Kimberly Miller The Palm Beach Post, Fla.) – Florida's once-heralded foreclosure mill investigations have fizzled as the attorney general's office has failed to find the right strategy to ...more »

Ram Power, Corp. Announces Updates for the San Jacinto-Tizate Project
MarketWatch (press release)February 6, 2012

Under the steam turbine supply contract with Fuji Electric Corp. of America ("Fuji") for the Project's Phase I, 36 MW steam turbine generator, Fuji was required to conduct a performance test shortly after commercial operation of the geothermal power ...more »

Sports Law
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For National Girls and Women in Sports Day, More Evidence Fighting Title IX Is ...
ForbesFebruary 1, 2012

Mink introduced what became Title IX in June 1972, sports wasn't in the front of her mind. In fact, the word “sports” is nowhere in the law. With a few exceptions spelled out, the law simply states, “No person in the United States shall, ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Tribute to Russel: rival, friend
Colorado Springs IndependentFebruary 2, 2012

Bob Russel was in his first term as district attorney. I was destined to spend much of the next 20 years as a criminal defense lawyer, and Russel went on to serve five terms until leaving office. In short, we spent much of our professional lives in ...more »

IRS Tackles Giants Safety Antrel Rolle--Hard
ForbesFebruary 3, 2012

But according to the court, last year he agreed to pay $1.9 million plus interest–pretty much everything the IRS was seeking. The tab included $368000 in late-filing and accuracy-related penalties. R0lle's lawyer, Hiram M. Martin, did not respond to a ...more »

Expert: Age discrimination still common in UK
Russell Jones & WalkerFebruary 2, 2012

That is according to Ceri Wheeldon, founder of online resource Fab After Fifty, who has indicated that many older professionals believe they are subjected to unfair treatment purely on the basis of their age. Should managers not offer their more ...more »

Trusts & Estate Planning
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Cougar Oil and Gas Canada enters into creditor protection following failure of ...
OilVoice (press release)February 6, 2012

Cougar Oil and Gas Canada, Inc. has requested and obtained an Order from the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench providing creditor protection under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act. While under CCAA protection, the Company will continue with its ...more »

Environmental Law
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Washington State's Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Names Attorney ...
Sacramento BeeFebruary 3, 2012

Ms. Bloomfield is dedicated to serving the legal community through involvement in the TPCBA, which promotes the administration of justice and advocates for the enactments of laws that uphold good government. She served as a TPCBA Trustee from 2006-2009 ...more »

Wills & Probate
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Mirror wills invalidated by signature mix-up
Legalbrief (subscription)February 6, 2012

The ruling disinherits the couple's intended heir and has left lawyers calling for a more flexible approach to probate law. A report in the Law Gazette notes that in 1999 Mr and Mrs Alfred Thomas Rawlings signed mirror wills that they believed would ...more »

Family Law
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Family says crash victim may have been shot
KFOX El PasoFebruary 6, 2012

By Samantha Manning A 31-year-old man was found dead inside his car after a crash and his family told KFOX14 that they suspect he may have been shot before he crashed. Krystal Paiz said that her brother-in-law was the man found dead inside his car at ...more »

Workers Compensation
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Nassau County Sheriff's Department – Friend or Foe?
California NewswireFebruary 1, 2012

Officer Greco was charged with Workers Compensation fraud which resulted in his wrongful termination, as per a ruling by the arbitrator hearing his case. Despite winning two judicial decrees in his favor against the Nassau County Sheriff's Department, ...more »


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