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Tax return vending machines? A Knicks shareholder suit? See the April 1 announcements

Posted Apr 1, 2014 2:06 PM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Legal bloggers are noting some unusual, even “stunning” developments today.

Among the April 1 reports:

• The Internal Revenue Service is introducing tax return vending machines, according to Forbes contributor Kelly Phillips Erb. Just pop in a credit card, verify your favorite color (the IRS knows everything) and answer some basic questions. If you owe money, you will see a sad face, and if you are getting a refund, you will see a smiley face.

• Inspired by a conference on disruptive innovation in the market for legal services, Thomson Reuters and LexisNexis issued an “unprecedented joint statement” that they will open their databases to free access to those who register by April 1, according to Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites.

• Rumors are swirling about a potential shareholder class-action suit after the chairman of the New York Knicks said he didn't know basketball before meeting Phil Jackson, according to the New York Personal Injury Law Blog.

• Congress and the Obama administration have reached “a stunning bipartisan agreement” to investigate IRS targeting of conservative groups, according to TaxProf Blog.

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