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Tribe takes land in Cherokee County
The Cherokee One FeatherAugust 2, 2011

Basic wills will be drafted, free of charge, to tribal members and existing wills can be reviewed for free to see if they meet existing tribal laws. He commented that the EBCI Legal Department is also drafting a document that can be used when dealing ...more »

Frank McCourt to ask Boston judge to keep malpractice claim on course
Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2011

In April, Bingham filed suit against McCourt, claiming he had refused to pay "hundreds of thousands of dollars" in legal bills on the basis of the alleged malpractice and asking for a court ruling that the firm had done nothing wrong. ...more »

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Advertising
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Our Idiot Brother review
Paste MagazineAugust 25, 2011

Our Idiot Brother has this much going for it: No one can accuse the filmmakers of false advertising. The title character powers through a triathlon of stupidity, brought about at its best by good-natured naivete and at its worst by the screenwriters' ...more »

False Advertising
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Murphy Desmond: Mendoza joins Murphy Desmond SC
Wisbusiness.comAugust 17, 2011

Madison, WI - Attorney Mario Mendoza has joined the law firm of Murphy Desmond SC, practicing in the areas of Business Law, Municipal Law and Administrative / Regulatory Law & Government Relations. Mendoza has extensive experience in contracts and ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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Pro bono week events planned
Jacksonville Daily RecordAugust 22, 2011

Oct. 6, 5:30-8:30 pm: Florida Bar Business Law Section, Nonprofit Organizations Legal Services Forum, Florida Coastal School of Law. Transactional attorneys will consult with local nonprofit organizations regarding legal matters in the areas of ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Federal Court Upholds Exclusive Video Streaming Contract
Broadcasting & CableAugust 24, 2011

Gannett had argued that as a state actor, the WIAA may not enter into exclusive contracts with private companies to stream entire events online and derive revenue from it, said the Federal appeals court panel in its ruling. The court said there was a ...more »

Federal Grants
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NY gets $16.2M for Staten Ferry, other projects
Wall Street JournalAugust 17, 2011

The money is coming from the Federal Highway Administration, which doles out millions of dollars in federal grants each year. This year there were more than 1800 applications from across the country, the agency said. —Copyright 2011 Associated Press ...more »

Banking Law
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UK-Swiss tax deal could lead to 'exodus'
GFS NewsAugust 25, 2011

The deal, first revealed by Global Financial Strategy on Wednesday, will see Swiss banks, their clients and employees immune from criminal prosecution over alleged tax evasion, while the country's famous banking privacy laws will be retained. ...more »

Foreign Investments
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Embrace foreign investment
The Sudbury StarAugust 26, 2011

Foreign investment in mining companies is a good thing and should not be feared, says Pierre Gratton. In Sudbury, for instance, the billions in investments that Vale is looking to make in its Sudbury operations might not have been made by the former ...more »

Business Formation
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Cosan Posts Impressive 1Q
Daily MarketsAugust 17, 2011

Starting from the first quarter of 2012, Cosan revised its business units giving effect to the formation of Raizen. The company's business units before Raizen were CAA (including Sugar, Ethanol and Cogen; Cosan Alimentos; and Corporate), CCL (including ...more »

Franchising
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Century 21 China Real Estate Signs Nanjing Franchise Agreement
PR Newswire (press release)August 10, 2011

... today announced that it has signed a regional franchise agreement with Nanjing Guangsha Real Estate (Group) Co.,Ltd ("Guangsha Real Estate"), an established property developer based in Jiangsu Province, under which Guangsha Real Estate will operate ...more »

Commercial
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Calif. seeks help for hotel maids
UPI.comAugust 16, 2011

State Senate Bill 432 would require innkeepers to provide hotel maids with long-handled cleaning tools so they will not have to stoop or squat to clean bathroom surfaces including floors and tubs, Business Law Daily reported Monday. ...more »

Gaming Law
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Lies the FBI Tells
Poker Player OnlineAugust 24, 2011

The result, sadly, is this professional law enforcement agency has become a tool of the Department's war of intimidation against Internet gambling. world's leading experts on gambling law. His latest.more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Hellboy hero Guillermo del Toro on being a director and the rules of Hollywood
New York Daily NewsAugust 21, 2011

But after the project languished because of studio MGM's bankruptcy, he bolted Middle Earth. Next, he seemed on the verge of scaling an adaptation of HP Lovecraft's "At the Mountains of Madness." He spent a year on that project before Universal pulled ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Parliament grants historic loan facility but Minority abstains
Ghana News AgencyAugust 26, 2011

However a thunderous “aye” from the Majority sealed the historical contract. The two-tranche credit facility each with 1.5 billion dollars, which have different terms, is the biggest loan facility Ghana has clenched in recent time. ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Hotel Lending Lawyer: What hotel lenders need to know about SNDAs
Hotel LawAugust 18, 2011

He has represented hotel owners in the negotiation of several hundred management agreements, as well as spa management and franchise agreements. Bob also advises hotel owners regarding telecommunications, software, internet, e-commerce, data processing ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Fullerton police admit cellphone video proves wrong man arrested
Los Angeles TimesAugust 17, 2011

The department has launched an internal investigation into how the mistake occurred. Fullerton's acting chief, Kevin Hamilton, ordered an internal affairs investigation after reviewing video of the incident shot with the cellphone of the arrested man, ...more »

Communications & Media
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Out, damned spot! FCC kills Fairness Doctrine again
Ars TechnicaAugust 25, 2011

Here's the actual rule itself: The Fairness Doctrine is contained in section 315(a) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, which provides that broadcasters have certain obligations to afford reasonable opportunity for the discussion of ...more »

Locating Funds
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Weatherization funds bring comfort
Berkshire EagleAugust 28, 2011

Now, thanks to funds provided through the federal American Recovery & Reinvestment Act's Weatherization Assistance Program, Granger is saving money and his house is more energy efficient. "What a huge difference it's made," he said. "It's amazing. ...more »

Construction & Development
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Supreme Court gets it right, again
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and HeadlinesAugust 25, 2011

The duty of the courts is to apply the law as written, even when the result strikes some as absurd. In this case, a convicted sex offender's prison sentence was reduced by the amount of time he was living at home on supervised probation, even though he ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Evercore Partners Completes Acquisition of Lexicon Partners
MarketWatch (press release)August 19, 2011

Evercore's Investment Banking business advises its clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, restructurings, financings, public offerings, private placements and other strategic transactions and also provides institutional investors with high ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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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 »

Non-Profit Corporations
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CouchSurfing captures $7.6M funding, ends not-for-profit status
TnoozAugust 25, 2011

Couchsurfing has also changed its company status from non-for-profit to so-called B Corporation, meaning it can act like a normal company but it complies with “comprehensive and transparent social and environmental performance standards, reach higher ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Fairness in Taxation
New York TimesAugust 29, 2011

The wealthy should be ashamed to pay lower tax rates than the brave military men and women who daily sacrifice their lives and limbs to provide the freedom we all, rich and less so, enjoy. Of course, this is just the most egregious example. ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Revolt Weakens Jones' Control of Fifth Circuit Law: Bankruptcy
BusinessWeekAugust 29, 2011

(Bloomberg bankruptcy columnist Bill Rochelle regularly writes about important court opinions on bankruptcy law. The following items are a collection of cases handed down during his August vacation. The regular column can be found at ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Bucks County Lawyer Robert Badman Elected Treasurer of Penn State Alumni ...
Citybizlist (press release)August 23, 2011

Mr. Badman is a Partner in Curtin & Heefner LLP's Commercial Services Group focusing his practice on commercial law, creditors' rights, bankruptcy and banking law. He is Vice President of the Doyle Development Corporation and is a member of the Eastern ...more »

Public Offerings
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Waudby wants settlement public: lawyer - THE LATEST
Peterborough ExaminerAugust 19, 2011

"It has always been Waudby's with that matters involving her case be open an public," Kirkpatrick said. Kirkpatrick did not represent Waudby in her civil suit. That was handled by Toronto lawyer Michael Jordan. Kirkpatrick said Waudby would be meeting ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Report rips ICE on enforcement | Philadelphia Daily News | 2011-08-18
Philadelphia Daily NewsAugust 18, 2011

US IMMIGRATION and Customs Enforcement deported people who had no criminal history and posed no threat to the public or national security, according to a report by the American Immigration Lawyers Association. ...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Dorsey & Whitney hires financial veteran as new CFO
Bizjournals.com (blog)August 18, 2011

"The business of law is evolving rapidly and we are fortunate to have an executive of Tom's stature and breadth of experience to lead our finance group during this time," Dorsey Managing Partner Marianne Short said in a news release.more »

Debt Collection
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Expatriates should counter false propaganda
Sunday ObserverAugust 27, 2011

... We have also introduced internationally recognised laws and regulations to avoid malpractice in monetary activities, exchange of goods, drug trafficking, banking and financial risks carried out by terrorists engaged in further nurturing terrorism. ...more »

Trade Associations
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Procurement law to battle graft
Times of IndiaAugust 28, 2011

They say such a law will go a long way in assuring investors and promote India as a stable and investment destination. "The law on procurement will also have to cover PPPs (public private partnerships). PPP is a contract to procure services for 30 ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Bankrupt St. Paul developer granted shot at starting over
Pioneer PressAugust 17, 2011

He's got his work cut out for him," said Steven DeRuyter of the Leonard, Street & Deinard law firm in Minneapolis, who represented the unsecured creditors in Trooien's bankruptcy. Trooien will hold onto the Sheraton Hotel in Woodbury; office buildings ...more »

Venture Capital
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Non-Profit CouchSurfing Raises Millions In Funding
ForbesAugust 25, 2011

I'm a deputy editor at Forbes, where I cover venture capital and startups and produce Forbes' annual Midas List. Since joining Forbes, I've helped send a bad guy to jail, picked the world's most powerful people, covered a dispute between a drug company ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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Latham & Watkins LLP | Corporate Officers To Be Prosecuted for Corporate...
Linex Legal (press release) (registration)August 25, 2011

Park exposes corporate officers to criminal liability for FDCA violations based solely upon their position of responsibility within the company, and penalties can be harsh — including large fines, debarment (prohibiting executives from providing ...more »

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