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Part 2: What to Know Before You Are Ready to Buy

The impact that preparation, organization, and knowledge of the facts can have on your home purchase goals can be tremendous. Knowing what’s on your credit report and having the right paperwork can limit the obstacles you face during the home buying process. There are aspects of the overall process that you can control, including early planning – which is one of the critical things to know before you are ready to buy a home.

Special Report: It’s On! Gamification Finds a Home in Direct Selling

“It not only provides ‘visualization’ of distributors’ performance, but it also creates a social community and friendly competition, by bringing distributors together in a game-like environment.” — George Elfond, CEO, Rallyware “Direct sales and its entire methodology and processes are a gamified type of application, with compensation metrics, mechanisms, and multi-level tiers of recognition.” — Sebastian Leonardi, President, DSXGroup “We like earning things like badges and prizes and adva

18 Irresistible Types of Travel Writing

Finally, you’re ready to take the plunge into the travel writing sphere. Now what? What types of travel writing are right for you? Well, whether you’re a novice or seasoned writer searching for something new, there are multiple avenues from which to turn an aspiration into a part-time gig or full-time career. Modern travel writing appears in many forums, from travel blogs and websites, in-flight magazines, trade magazines, newspapers, free periodicals, books and more.  But before all that comes

Dish Network hit with $283M penalty for third-party telemarketing practices

A Springfield federal judge has placed Dish Network on the hook for a fine of more than $280 million for alleged violations of federal telemarketing law, even though the violations were committed by third-party contractors. And other companies should take note of the judge's ruling, said a lawyer who specializes in defenses against similar legal actions. On June 5, U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough of the U.S. District Court of the Central District of Illinois penalized the company $283 millio

Ark. SC makes decisions on immunity defense by state employee

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Legal Newsline) – The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled on the appeal of a public official sued by her former employee over racial discrimination allegations. In its decision on June 8, the Supreme Court of Arkansas determined where the division of sovereign and statutory immunity ended, including “individual capacity." It affirmed the circuit court’s ruling that the official is not entitled to statutory immunity on a federal civil rights claims In December 2014, Kristi Byers

Supreme Court on Microsoft case: plaintiffs cannot voluntarily dismiss to appeal class certification

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – The U.S. Supreme Court recently addressed a legal loophole in which a plaintiff denied class certification could voluntarily dismiss the claim with prejudice, and then appeal the adverse judgment against class certification. Originally in the Microsoft Corp. v. Baker case, when the district court refused to grant class certification, the plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed but tried to retain the right to recuperate their claim if the appeal overturned the denial. Ho

WVU Law student: Situations in Brazil 'almost identical' to West Virginia

MORGANTOWN – West Virginia University College of Law 2017 study abroad program recently returned from Brazil and it changed the perceptions of many a law student. Students spent two-and-a-half weeks visiting the rural Amazon in Manaus, urban Vila Velha (Vitoria) and Rio de Janeiro. This year, Alison Peck, WVU law professor and director of international programs, and Elaine Wilson, WVU tax professor and president of the West Virginia Tax Institute, were lead facility members in Brazil. Among the

Supreme Court continues e-filing transition with new digital deadlines

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Supreme Court recently announced amendments to its statewide plan of converting to a digital filing system. An e-filing order issued in January is being amended specifically for court and merchant fees, pro se inmates, criminal filings, migration of stand-alone counties to e-filing and general remote access. The move allows for easier filing methods and greater access across the board. Already, more than 3,000 residents have used e-filing. The e-filing merchant trans

Scott Bibb historical marker to be unveiled this month in Alton

ALTON — An Illinois historical marker will be unveiled this month to honor an African American man who fought for his children’s civil rights in the 1800s. Tribute will be paid to Scott Bibb on June 19, in a dedication ceremony at Lewis and Clark Community College, in the Scott Bibb Center, located at 1005 East Fifth St., in Alton. Illinois Supreme Court Justices Anne Burke and Rita Garman will attend, along with John Lupton, executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservati
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