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Cohen & Grigsby Attorney Appointed to Collier County Bar Association Board of ...
PR Newswire (press release)August 2, 2011

The firm has more than 130 lawyers in nine practice groups – Business & Tax, Labor & Employment, Immigration/International Business, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Rights, Public Affairs and Estates & Trusts. ...more »

Bennett Jones lands leading competition lawyer
Globe and MailAugust 3, 2011

Bennett Jones LLP is beefing up its competition law practice, snagging prominent antitrust lawyer Randy Hughes from McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he had been that firm's practice group leader. The move makes a lot of sense for Bennett Jones, ...more »

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Advertising
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Tax Reform Proposal Targets Business Investment for Thailand
1888 Press Release (press release)August 24, 2011

Expert corporate legal service in Thailand, BSA Law, claims reducing corporate tax rates could also promote competition with other Asian nations. (1888PressRelease) August 24, 2011 - Bangkok, Thailand - Thai business law firm BSA Law claims cutting ...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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Attorney Stephen Nagins Joins Peretz Chesal & Herrmann as 'Counsel'
AddPR.com (press release)August 18, 2011

Nagin currently serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar and earlier in his career worked both in the Florida Attorney General's office and at the Federal Trade Commission – where he successfully represented the FTC ...more »

Federal Contracts
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NY man suing Facebook must explain missing items
Dayton Daily NewsAugust 23, 2011

Experts first found what they believe to be the authentic contract in an email outbox on one of Ceglia's computers, Snyder said. They've since verified it still exists on the Sidley Austin law firm's server. "It says, 'This is my contract with Mark,'" ...more »

Federal Grants
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Did the Democrats Miss Chance To Protect Reform Law?
California HealthlineAugust 17, 2011

Five other states have received such grants (Politico, 8/9). The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that a proposed amendment to the state constitution to block implementation of the federal health reform law can appear on the ballot in November. ...more »

Banking Law
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Madoff: I'm a Victim, Too
Fox BusinessAugust 25, 2011

Rather, he's somewhat of a victim who turned to crime as a way of dealing with unscrupulous Wall Street types that are found all over the financial services business. His explanation of the Ponzi scheme goes something like this: His investors demanded ...more »

Foreign Investments
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West Texan indicted in $2 million investment fraud
Houston ChronicleAugust 18, 2011

2011 AP SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A San Antonio federal grand jury has charged a West Texas man with embezzling about $2 million from investors by making them believe he worked for an investment firm. The seven-count indictment alleges that between ...more »

Business Formation
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Okla. lawmakers look to slash state tax giveaways
ForbesAugust 24, 2011

The panel will focus specifically on three tax credits - the Oklahoma Capital Investment Board Tax Credit, the Small Business Venture Capital Formation Incentive Act and the Rural Venture Capital Formation Incentive Act.more »

Franchising
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Browns notebook: Cribbs, Norwood turn heads at WR
Canton RepositoryAugust 14, 2011

What grabbed everyone's attention as the Browns broke out of the gate Saturday night against Green Bay, though, was one of the franchise's old hands. Joshua Cribbs, 28, was the star of Pat Shurmur's first series as head coach and offensive coordinator ...more »

Commercial
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V&E lawyer to lead regional SEC office
Bizjournals.comAugust 17, 2011

“David is an exceptional lawyer, an effective energetic leader and a great friend,” said Karl Stern, head of Vinson & Elkins' global litigation department. “While he will be sorely missed at the firm, David's experience in both securities law and ...more »

Gaming Law
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Tribes, officials discuss changes to gambling laws
Tulsa WorldAugust 19, 2011

Officials with the National Indian Gaming Commission met with tribal leaders Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel Downtown to discuss potential federal gambling law amendments. The meeting, which will continue ...more »

Commercial Bankruptcy
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Banks seeking to foreclose on Southern Nevada commercial properties
VEGAS INCAugust 11, 2011

In another Las Vegas commercial real estate bankruptcy, TBG Development I LLC filed for Chapter 11 on April 14. Managed by Christopher Bentley of the Bentley Group Real Estate Advisors, TBG Development I LLC in June was hit with a bankruptcy court ...more »

Government Construction Contracts
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Value of construction contracts reaches SR84.2 billion in H1
Arab NewsAugust 13, 2011

The government's focus to fulfill its citizen's demands for improved infrastructure capabilities played a significant role as more than 31 percent of the value of awarded contracts during the second quarter were directed toward infrastructure related ...more »

Commercial Leasing
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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, May Not Make $3.3 Million Bond Payment Sept. 15
BloombergAugust 25, 2011

The capital is barred from seeking bankruptcy protection before July, according to a Pennsylvania law that said the city would lose state funds if it tried. Rejection of Thompson's plan by the council also risks $3 million in state aid. ...more »

NLRB agrees to new rules that will harm workers, job creation
Hot AirAugust 31, 2011

Current law defines the appropriate bargaining unit as similarly situated workers who share a community of interests, but the new rule allows unions to define the appropriate bargaining unit as workers with the same job title. ...more »

Communications & Media
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Robert N. Green, communications lawyer
Washington PostAugust 8, 2011

Robert N. Green, 85, a lawyer who specialized in communications law for Western Union, died of prostate cancer July 31 at Montgomery Hospice's Casey House in Rockville. Mr. Green moved to the Washington area around 1950 and began his ...more »

Internal Investigative Services
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Pueblo State Hospital May Eliminate Internal Police Force
KMGH DenverAugust 26, 2011

Bicha said the internal investigation of the July incident indicates staff did not violate any laws, but he won't know for sure until the sheriff's investigation is completed. That's expected to be finished in the next two weeks.more »

Construction & Development
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US Alters Policy on Deporting Immigrants
Wall Street JournalAugust 19, 2011

The announcement comes as several states seek to pass laws to crack down on illegal immigrants, including millions who flocked to the US before the recession to take blue-collar jobs in construction, agriculture and hospitality. ...more »

International Transactions
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Jeffrey B. Kahn Certified as a California Taxation Law Specialist
PR Web (press release)August 24, 2011

As an IRS audit attorney, Mr. Kahn also offers assistance with undisclosed offshore accounts, delinquent tax returns, and unfiled back taxes. Mr. Kahn is a member of the California and Florida Bars and Board Certified in Tax Law by both Bars. ...more »

Contracts Involving State & Minicipality
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SEC's new whistleblower website – 'winning' Dodd-Frank style
Reuters Blogs (blog)August 18, 2011

17 (Business Law Currents) – As the fabled story goes, almost a decade passed between the time that fraud investigator Harry Markopolos first submitted evidence of the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme to the SEC's Boston office and his arrest in late 2008. ...more »

Des Moines schools lack plan to avoid teacher license errors
DesMoinesRegister.comAugust 29, 2011

“We take licensure issues very seriously, and act on them immediately,” Sebring said in an email. State and school district officials differ on when Des Moines was notified — officially or unofficially — about the two teacher licensing issues. ...more »

Corporate Finance & Taxation
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Avanzia Taxand awarded 'Tax Law Firm of the Year in Malta'
Malta Business WeeklyAugust 25, 2011

Maltese tax firm Avanzia Taxand has been awarded 'Tax Law Firm of the Year in Malta' by the Corporate INTL Global Awards 2011. Corporate INTL is a monthly magazine widely recognised as one of the leading monthly titles for business leaders, ...more »

Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
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New CCI Buy Signals - EPR, EPU, EQT, ESE, EVR
Health Talk & YouAugust 31, 2011

Its Investment Banking segment includes its Advisory services, through which it provides advice to clients on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other strategic corporate transactions, with a particular focus on advising prominent multinational ...more »

Creditor's Rights
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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 »

Professional Corporations
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Law firm hiring on the rise in South Florida
Sun-SentinelAugust 19, 2011

From boutique offices to South Florida's top-name law firms, hiring at regional law firms is back. Law firms have been adding litigators and specialists in areas including corporate law, bankruptcy, employment law, and government regulation. ...more »

Customs Disputes
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Strike to cause airport delays
Adelaide NowAugust 17, 2011

Quarantine workers, who are represented by the Community and Public Sector Union, will start a four-hour strike at 6am as part of a series of rolling national disputes involving pay negotiations. The strike, which involves Department of Agriculture, ...more »

Public Offerings
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Bid decisions on public contracts in Massachusetts available online
The Patriot LedgerAugust 17, 2011

By Anonymous Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday that bid protest decisions on public construction contracts are now available online. The Bid Protest Decision Lookup is a new feature on the Attorney General's web site. ...more »

Debt Collection
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Firms cash in on Howrey bankruptcy
Thomson Reuters News & InsightAugust 18, 2011

The statement followed Bankruptcy Judge Dennis Montali's order issued last month that required professionals hired by Howrey or the unsecured creditors committee to begin filing monthly statements with the court for payment. Under bankruptcy law...more »

State & Minicipal Bonds
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Fighting in the Streets
Fox and Hounds Daily (blog)August 19, 2011

Principal of David S. White & Associates, a real estate and general business law firm, West Los Angeles Cause summers here and the time is right for fighting in the street, boy . . . Hey! think the time is right for a palace ...more »

Debt Settlement
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Banking and Finance : Debt Settlements - Why obama's Debt Settlement is ...
SkyNewswire.comAugust 22, 2011

This made debt settlement popular amongst both debtors and creditors in America. It would be wise to not go directly to a debt settlement company but rather first visit a debt relief network. The top debt relief networks only allow debt settlement...more »

Unfair Competition
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Ticketmaster Back on the Hook for Rewards Scheme
Courthouse News ServiceAugust 23, 2011

Previously, a trial judge had refused to certify two class actions that accused Ticketmaster of violating California's Unfair Competition Law and Consumers Legal Remedies Act. Ticketmaster's "entertainment rewards program" has prompted three separate ...more »

Directors' & Officers' Liability
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A GOOD LEASE ON LIFE: Facing possible eviction? Here's how the process works
Santa Fe New Mexican.comAugust 27, 2011

After three days, he can dispose of all of your personal property with no further notice or liability. Susan Turetsky is executive director of the New Mexico Landlord Tenant Hotline, 664 Alta Vista Suite A, Santa Fe, NM 87505. ...more »

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