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Woman Awarded $1.26M In Collection Wage Garnishment Case
Collections & Credit RiskAugust 1, 2011

But the law firm filed a lawsuit in April 2007 and obtained a garnishment order. The order was dropped when Yazzie's employer insisted the law firm had the wrong person. Two years later, Farrell & Sandlin won another garnishment order for the same ...more »

A Thumbnail Sketch of the Lemon Law
Huffington Post (blog)August 1, 2011

These cars are "Lemons" and are the subject of "Lemon Laws" in all fifty states. While everyone is familiar with the concept of the lemon automobile, not everyone is so clear on the law. Most people don't worry all that much about it until they find ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Trendy New Perk (or Punishment?) for Law Firm Junior Lawyers: Business Education
Wall Street Journal (blog)August 22, 2011

Earlier this year, for instance, we wrote about this new program from Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, in which its mid-level associates participate in an eight-day business and law training program for four consecutive years at Harvard University. ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Alabama's Immigration Law: Radical or Within Reason?
PBS NewsHourAugust 25, 2011

But it has a number of provisions that have not been tested in other courts, including the provisions you cited that make it illegal to contract with people, rent to people, that require schoolchildren to verify their immigration status, ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Google must be wary of widening antitrust scrutiny
Financial TimesAugust 17, 2011

... has also made Android a centrepiece of its own study of Google and is likely to look closely at a “downstream” acquisition that could see the company strengthen its search dominance, said Ted Henneberry, an antitrust lawyer in Washington. ...more »

Federal Grants
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Federal grants to fund Kan. highway projects
Kansas.comAugust 18, 2011

The US Transportation Department said Wednesday that it was awarding $3.9 million in grants to fund a variety of highway projects in Kansas. The largest grant — $1.65 million — will allow the state to build an "intelligent ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Ohio: Top 5 Investment Scams
ABC6OnYourSide.comAugust 23, 2011

Affinity fraud occurs when an investment promoter takes advantage of people's tendency to trust those who share similarities with them, such as attending the same place of worship, being a member of the same race or ethnic group, or sharing common ...more »

Banking Law
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Wells Fargo to test $3 debit-card fee (blog)August 17, 2011

Accounts in Charlotte won't be affected. The move signals another attempt by large banks to recoup the revenue lost because of new banking laws. The changes forced Bank of America to take $20.3 billion write-down to its card business. ...more »

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Tulsa voters favor ONG franchise agreement 3-1
Tulsa WorldAugust 10, 2011

By Staff Reports Tulsa residents voted in favor of extending a franchise agreement between the city and Oklahoma Natural Gas on Tuesday. The agreement passed with 75 percent - or 2546 - of the 3410 ballots cast. A franchise agreement allows utilities ...more »

Business Formation
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Fall college classes begin next Monday
Imperial RepublicanAugust 17, 2011

For-credit classes, most to be held at the campus building at 1324 Broadway, include Calligraphy Basics; Acrylics, Collage and Altered Books; Business Law; Basic Anatomy and Physiology; Computer Basics; Macintosh iWork Suite; Web 2.0 Tools; ...more »

Gaming Law
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Gambling and the Law: California's Unnecessary Delay
Casino City TimesAugust 30, 2011

The GO Committee will hold a hearing in January 2012. Do lawmakers in Sacramento really need another half-year to study the issues? For the record, the State Legislature spent only a few days deciding that California should have legal landbased casinos ...more »

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Regenerating Heart Muscle
UC Los AngelesAugust 10, 2011

... Daily News reported Tuesday that the UCLA School of Law has received a $10 million gift from education reform advocate and philanthropist Lowell Milken, which will be used to establish the Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy. ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Wyatt and his handler go under cover
Toronto StarAugust 30, 2011

Meanwhile, Peel police say there is nothing they will share, citing an internal investigation. The only apparent trace of Marty Kirwan or Wyatt is on a man named Marty Kirwan's Facebook page, with an undated photo showing a man believed to be a Peel ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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The Churn: Lateral Moves and Promotions in The Am Law 200
The American LawyerAugust 5, 2011

His practice involves commercial bankruptcy, insolvency, and restructuring. Seiden, Petkanics, and Dusch were most recently with LeClairRyan, and will be based in New York. They specialize in representing banks and financial institutions in loan and ...more »

International Transactions
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Akin Gump Further Expands Project Finance and Renewable Energy Capabilities
PR Newswire (press release)August 23, 2011

As a partner in the international corporate transactions practice, Tom will lead the growth of the firm's international power platform. Rick Burdick, managing partner for the firm's international offices, stated, "I am thrilled that Tom and Jeremy have ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Energy Law Firm of Burleson LLP Opens Denver Office to Serve Companies in ...
PR Newswire (press release)August 17, 2011

He has managed leasing plays in McKenzie and Williams Counties, North Dakota. Christopher Scolari, who focuses his practice in oil and gas law. He has worked as an independent landman for several years, determining private/state title for land covering ...more »

York County pet license proposal sparks debate
The Herald | HeraldOnline.comAugust 27, 2011

Now, activists are hoping to take the law one step further. It's unclear whether the county will move forward with the proposal. Councilman Bump Roddey wonders whether licensing fees will actually reduce the number of unwanted pets entering the shelter ...more »

Communications & Media
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Cohn & Wolfe Recognized as a 'Best Place to Work'
MarketWatch (press release)August 22, 2011

NEW YORK, NY, Aug 22, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Cohn & Wolfe ( ), a leading global communications agency, has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Marketing & Media by Advertising Age. The list is a celebration of ...more »

Locating Funds
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California Legislature releases spending records with some holes
Sacramento BeeAugust 27, 2011

The action is a concession that taxpayers have a right to see up-to-date breakdowns of how funds have been spent through July, rather than year-old statistics that typically are released each November. But the data released Friday provide a cloudy ...more »

Construction & Development
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Their view: Projects vital to economic development
Portales News-TribuneAugust 21, 2011

This year the Villages of Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs opened a new wastewater plant (funded with $9 million in USDA Rural Development Stimulus funds). During the two years of construction, the project employed 150 people, purchased $936000 in local ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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What's driving the increase in divestitures?
Washington TechnologyAugust 26, 2011

Unlike the prior divestiture wave, which was sparked by overleveraged balance sheets resulting from a series of mega-mergers, the industry's business breakups today are being done for highly strategic, business-driven reasons. Recent deals reveal three ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Florida prison chief's resignation follows split with Scott over TV ...
Palm Beach PostAugust 25, 2011

Buss's departure ends an increasingly tense couple of weeks between Scott's office and Buss over contracts that Buss signed and the governor's staff canceled, one allowing the filming of MSNBC's Lockup at a Florida prison and another dealing with a ...more »

Mortgages & Foreclosures
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Ind. AG pursues out-of-state foreclosure consultants
Legal News LineAugust 24, 2011

Community One and National allegedly violated Indiana's consumer protection laws by not registering $25000 surety bonds with Zoeller's office. Indiana law requires foreclosure consultants and service organizations to register bonds prior to performing ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Outside revenue opportunities limited for school districts
Kane County ChronicleAugust 25, 2011

As the assistant superintendent for finance for Batavia Public Schools District 101, Kris Monn understands the district relies heavily on its tax base. About 82 percent of its revenue comes directly from ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Slain Tacoma teenager wanted to change world
TheNewsTribune.comAugust 30, 2011

The 17-year-old from Tacoma's Salishan neighborhood would ride a bus, then walk more than two miles on Saturdays to volunteer with Peace Out, a nonprofit organization that helps teens raise awareness and money for charities. Shirley was killed early ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Small Business Bankruptcy Numbers Down
Inc.comAugust 26, 2011

1 on the list, with 1048 small firms declaring Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy during the first three months of this year. It was followed by Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario (629 bankruptcies), Sacramento (434), and San Diego (400). ...more »

Public Offerings
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DA: Accused family killer to stay in juvenile system
Fort Morgan TimesAugust 26, 2011

13th Judicial District Attorney Bob Watson and Colorado Public Defender's Office Chief Trial Dep. Daniel King held a joint press conference Friday morning at the Morgan County Courthouse to announce Watson's decision about whether to transfer the boy's ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Kid Brands, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results
MarketWatch (press release)August 16, 2011

Gross profit decreased primarily as a result of: (i) a $2.2 million accrual related to anticipated customs duty payment requirements (relating to the period from August 2006 through June 2011) for Kids Line and CoCaLo resulting from a recently ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Postal Service to End LTL Business
Transport Topics OnlineAugust 29, 2011

Facing a major restructuring and the closing of thousands of post offices, the US Postal Service said it will end its foray into less-than-truckload hauling Sept. 19. The USPS said in an Aug. 19 filing to the Postal Regulatory Commission that it ...more »

Debt Collection
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Q&A: Putting a face on debt collectors
Philadelphia InquirerAugust 8, 2011

Debt collectors. Next to the dreaded taxman, they're probably the most-feared financial folks around. And chances are, if you owe money on a delinquent loan, a credit card bill or a medical payment, you've heard from a debt collector. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Alabama Immigrant Law Irks Business
Wall Street JournalAugust 24, 2011

AP An Alabama law to tackle illegal immigration is coming under fire from some business leaders in the state, who say the measure is undermining Alabama's economy even before it takes effect. Representatives of agribusiness ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Cardillo: Bankruptcy, loan default were a learning experience
Utica Observer DispatchAugust 18, 2011

After the bankruptcy, which Cardillo said took a tremendous personal toll on himself, his wife and his children, he moved to California to attend law school at the University of West Los Angeles. He came back east in the mid-1990s to hold several ...more »

Trade Associations
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New Study Finds Illegal Trade in Threatened Turtles and Tortoises Thriving in ...
PlanetSave.comAugust 22, 2011

Without consistent enforcement of wildlife trade laws, this dire situation is quite likely to become worse. Protected species are coveted as status symbols in Indonesia; the fact that an animal is “illegal” is often used as a selling point. ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Ironshore Launches Commercial Crime Coverage Through Pembroke Syndicate
Insurance JournalAugust 16, 2011

Pembroke offers a suite of specialty insurance programs that include professional liability, directors & officers Liability, TRIA insurance, and crime. Pembroke's clients include all sectors of the commercial and financial markets, including commercial ...more »

Venture Capital
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How Bernanke's Fed Can Boost Demand
ForbesAugust 26, 2011

Peter Cohan is president of Peter S. Cohan & Associates, a management consulting and venture capital firm he founded in 1994. By conducting over 150 consulting projects, he has helped governments and businesses to identify, evaluate and profit from ...more »

False Advertising
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What Marketers Can Learn From the Great Wiener War
AdAge.comAugust 17, 2011

In a legal skirmish befitting the dog days of summer, Sara Lee Corp. and Kraft Foods are battling in a Chicago federal court over alleged false advertising claims each says the other made during their heated hot-dog brand battle in 2009. ...more »


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