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How To Negotiate The Restrictive Covenant In Your Employment Contract
Physicians News DigestAugust 1, 2011

Restrictive covenants are designed to protect the economic interest of your employer who is assumed to have spent time and money training you, introducing you to its patients and sharing confidential information to you. Pennsylvania and New Jersey Law. ...more »

Pottstown cites technical errors in seeking lawsuit dismissal
The MercuryAugust 2, 2011

The original suit noted that the borough adopted the Uniform Construction Code in April, 2004, but it failed to adopt another ordinance, under the newly adopted UCC, authorizing its code enforcement department to require inspections and cite those who ...more »

Business Law News and Stories

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Money, motel create a big mystery
The News JournalAugust 21, 2011

In May 1978, according to a News Journal account, Kennedy received a public censure, after earlier receiving a private censure for violating legal advertising rules, which he claimed as a "great victory" in that he could have been suspended or ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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My son got injure in a fight
AvvoAugust 22, 2011

I wish we could be more specific, but any lawyer would need more facts about how, where, when, and why the fight happened to determine whether there was sufficient cause to file a premises liability or other type of suit. Gather as much information as ...more »

Antitrust Law, Domestic
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What's really at stake in the Google antitrust case?
ZDNet (blog)August 24, 2011

In short, and for lack of a better way to phrase it, is Google guilty of antitrust law violations? To get some perspective on how all those questions might be answered, I spoke to New York-based intellectual property lawyer Rob Kunstadt, ...more »

False Advertising
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Brands taking the law into their own hands
Marketing WeekAugust 17, 2011

Law firms taking advantage of this provision can now become more marketing-focused organisations, run like any other business. Law firms can go into business areas outside of law, meaning that they can diversify to compete with companies in other ...more »

Federal Contracts
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Justices rule ordinance can create contract
Business Management Daily (blog)August 21, 2011

The Supreme Court of Texas ruled that, because the firefighters performed the duties required of them by law, they were entitled to payments for services rendered. Essentially, the justices said the firefighters had a unilateral contract. ...more »

Banking Law
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Opinion split on 'pragmatic' Swiss accounts deal
Financial TimesAugust 25, 2011

“If anyone wants to maintain their Swiss banking secrecy they are going to have to pay for it very substantially, potentially losing over a third of their assets,” he told the BBC. Accountants felt the agreement was realistic given that the government ...more »

Federal Grants
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Our leaders are failing at solving big issues
Willcox Range NewsAugust 17, 2011

This heated debate is taking place in Maryland, where a new state law grants illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates for college. The law passed the state General Assembly by a narrow margin and was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley. ...more »

Business Formation
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STAG Industrial, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2011 Results and Provides Highlights
MarketWatch (press release)August 15, 2011

On April 20, 2011, the Company closed on its initial public offering (IPO) and the related formation transactions to aggregate its predecessor and other funds owned by affiliates of the Company. As the Company was not a public company for a portion of ...more »

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NBA Commissioner David Stern says 4 or 5 buyers interested in New Orleans Hornets
NOLA.comAugust 17, 2011

... Commissioner David Stern said the New Orleans Hornets are starting to show signs they can achieve long-term viability in New Orleans and have attracted interest from four or five potential buyers who would keep the franchise in the Crescent City. ...more »

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Solicitors Needed - Top Prospects - Rotorua - Public Law 14, 2011

... partners directly and to develop their skills based on their desire to succeed rather than tenure. We are seeking suitably qualified solicitors for the roles. Public and commercial law experience is preferred although all candidates will be considered.more »

Law of the land
ABC OnlineAugust 28, 2011

SHAUN MURPHY: There are now nine Australian universities, soon to be 10, teaching animal law to the nation's future lawyers. Interest in animal law extends well beyond Australia's university law schools. It's now a growing field of legal practice, ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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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 »

Internal Investigative Services
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Hillsborough deputy retires amid battery charge
Tampabay.comAugust 30, 2011

The Sheriff's Office would not let a reporter view the Internal Affairs file Tuesday. Typically, internal investigations are made public upon completion. Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said Internal Affairs has completed its probe, ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Duluth Human Rights Commission pans proposed loitering ordinance
Duluth News TribuneAugust 26, 2011

A proposed city ordinance to regulate loitering with the intent to engage in prostitution or sell drugs is “absolute trash,” according to a Duluth lawyer who sits on the city's Human Rights Commission. People come and go along Superior Street near Ace ...more »

Locating Funds
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Panic over, depot money obligated
Dearborn Press and GuideAugust 19, 2011

The move puts to an end questions of whether or not the city would actually get the funding, which was awarded more than two years ago as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Although the money was awarded, until this week it still had ...more »

Communications & Media
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Judge Says Warrant Needed for Cell Phone Records
MobilediaAugust 24, 2011

According to the federal Stored Communications Act, law enforcement must only show someone's phone records are material to an ongoing criminal investigation. However, Garaufis, in rejecting the argument, said releasing the data violates the ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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Sikich Investment Banking Names Terrel G. Bressler Managing Director and John ...
Middle East North Africa Financial NetworkAugust 23, 2011

Mr. Ebe brings over 19 years of professional experience in investment banking covering a broad range of transactions including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, shareholder defense assignments, raising capital in the public and private markets ...more »

Construction & Development
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IRRRB Projects To Create More Than 800 Full-Time Equivalent Jobs
Northland's NewsCenterAugust 18, 2011

“And the important construction jobs these projects create are supporting families and our local and state economy.” IRRRB Community Development funding (see attachment) assists in the construction of infrastructure and site work for new development. ...more »

Non-Profit Corporations
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Caperton outearns Harvard president
Daily Mail - CharlestonAugust 29, 2011

The companies don't pay corporate taxes because of their nonprofit status. Each year, several million students take their exams, which generate revenue through fees. Seven states fund the Preliminary SAT and seven more will pay for the ACT this school ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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Names and Faces for Aug. 21
Rapid City JournalAugust 21, 2011

Rhead has been practicing law for seven years, and is focused on criminal defense and juvenile cases. ... Jeffery D. Collins, member of the Business Law and Litigation Practice Groups at Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, PC, has been promoted to ...more »

Professional Corporations
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Opinion by Will Moredock
Columbia City PaperAugust 28, 2011

ALEC is a corporate-funded juggernaut which works with Republican state legislators throughout the country in pushing a hard right-wing agenda, including anti-union legislation, privatization of schools and prisons, and rolling back environmental ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Law Professor Sues University of Pittsburgh for Age Discrimination
Texas LawyerAugust 25, 2011

In 2009, the law school hired a new tenure-track tax professor who was in her early 30s, according to the complaint. Brown's teaching contract was not renewed for the 2008-'09 academic year. He had been given the law school's Excellence In Teaching ...more »

Public Offerings
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Teacher charged with second-degree arson in LPS fire
Lincoln Journal StarAugust 18, 2011

Lancaster County Attorney Joe Kelly addresses media after former Lincoln Public Schools teacher Sharon Brewster'€™s first court appearance in connection with the fire that destroyed the school district's headquarters. Former Lincoln Public Schools ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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Slight uptick in bankruptcy filings
WSFAAugust 19, 2011

A sign of tough economic times is the number of personal and business bankruptcy filings. In the Middle District of Alabama, which includes Montgomery, the number of filings is down compared to last year. ...more »

Reorganizations & Restructuring
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Newark Superintendent Doug Ute talks about reorganization, graduation, future ...
The Newark AdvocateAugust 21, 2011

"When you reorganize, you have to choose in your day what's important," Ute said. "That (major) restructuring's been done. We're still in that process." In the spring, the district offered staff a retirement incentive that would pay $20000 or $40000 ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Bureau of Customs eyes changes in transshipment rules for cargoes
Manila BulletinAugust 17, 2011

Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez says he wants to change the rules on transshipment because of their susceptibility to abuse and misuse. The customs chief explained that while transshipment is one of the trade facilitation practices being ...more »

Trade Associations
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iPhone criminal case gives Apple more options
CNET (blog)August 22, 2011

... Calif., offices of the Orrick law firm sent a cease and desist letter to Gawker in January 2010, warning them that an offer to provide cash for a prototype iPad was "illegal" under various laws, including "California trade secret law. ...more »

Debt Collection
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Maine reports drop in bankruptcy filings
Bankruptcy HomeAugust 22, 2011

Maine is on pace for its first decline in filings for protection under bankruptcy law in six years. Maine is on pace for its first decline in filings for protection under bankruptcy law in six years. According to the Portland Press ...more »

Unfair Competition
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After DLF, who's next? CCI targets Delhi builders first
FirstpostAugust 24, 2011

This is why the CCI has taken suo motu note of “unfair competitive practices” in the realty sector and looks set to give its Director General a go-ahead to conduct further investigations. In DLF's case, the Belaire housing complex was supposed to be a ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Grupo Mexico Unit Must Pay Law Firm Baker Botts $122.4 Million in Fees
BloombergAugust 19, 2011

Jack L. Kinzie was the lead lawyer in the bankruptcy case before Grupo Mexico regained control of Asarco and hired a new law firm. Asarco objected to the fees. The company's new attorney, Marty L. Brimmage Jr. of the law firm Haynes & Boone LLP., ...more »


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